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Med Students Unaware of Their Bias Against Obese Patients

xavierpayne Re:Med students (446 comments)

>> Being fat indicates that a person has made one HELL of a lot of unhealthy choices. Like - every single day, he eats to much.

With respect Runaway, that thinking right there is exactly the problem.

Obese != unhealthy life choices (at least not in all cases)

Take for example the 250lb person who eats right, jogs, and works out every day vs the 145lb person who never exercises, eats cookies, and pounds beer and soda but for some reason never gains a pound. The 250lb person could have a thyroid problem or other hormonal imbalance causing their metabolism to be too slow. Thus they burn less calories and keep weight easier. But they have strong lungs and a good heart. The doctor brow beats them every visit harping on whatever diet and exercise they claim to be doing as not enough, or (if they are bolder) outright lies. This does not help this patient stay healthy.

The 145lb person could have the opposite problem with imbalances causing their body to burn too many calories. They could be skinny as a rail with hypertension and be bordering on becoming Type II diabetic. But the doctor doesn't bother to run any tests or take the results too seriously because they are at their "target weight". This does not help this patient stay healthy.

Doctors should diagnose based on full spectrum data collection. Not simply based on what they see and think at first glance. That's like a climatologist looking at a clear blue sky on a good day and saying "look, no smog. Clearly climate change is not caused by man made pollutants!!! No need to look any further into this."

On second though, perhaps a car analogy would work better. Can somebody help me out here? :)

about a year and a half ago

Adobe Bows To Pressure and Cuts Australian Prices

xavierpayne Re:About darn time (159 comments)

Thanks for asking. I've only been in the game since CS4 but here's the list of things I couldn't do with CS4 that I can now do with CS6.

Premiere Pro:
    Stabilize footage (taking into account rolling shutter from the new HD sensors)
    Edit and preview RED scarlet footage in real-time with rgb curves and other effects applied (without a RED Rocket or 3rd party plugins)
    Edit and preview AVCHD footage in real-time with rgb curves and other effects applied
    H264 encoding support
    Muticore support (faster renders)
    CUDA support (real-time previews of various effects that used to require pre-rendering)
    64-bit support (more ram, bigger projects, more sophisticated effects)

After Effects:
    3D Camera Tracking Built in, for match-moving & better 3D compositing. (Before this functionality alone cost several thousand dollars as stand alone plug-ins.)
    Support for RED footage
    Overhauled RAM preview
    Muticore support (faster renders)
    64-bit support (more ram, bigger projects, more sophisticated effects)

    Content aware fill
    Content aware scaling
    GPU acceleration (fewer effects need render time to preview)
    64-bit support (more ram)

This is just what I can think of off the top of my head that I benefit from every day.

I have 5 year old quad core PC with 12 gb of ram and the last 3 releases have each enabled me to keep up with current codecs, do more, and deliver faster with the same battle tested workstation.

Can't really say the same thing about the last 3 versions of windows.

about 2 years ago

LulzSec Offers to Take Revenge On Sega Hackers

xavierpayne Re:Am I the only one? (244 comments)

Only thing I'd change about your statement is the following:

The people who should be punished are the people running the companies they hack (lots) and the people providing security and operating systems to those people (a bit).

In my experience the people providing security do the best they can with the resources the customer is willing to expend. Properly configuring the firewall. Writing safer code. Implementing monitoring and checks and balances type systems requires man hours and money. Most companies don't want real security. They want security theatre.

Even in industry standard security courses the first thing they teach is you are not aiming for 100% security. You're going for the best the company "can afford". Unfortunately that often means the best the company "is willing to pay for" and that often times isn't based on being safe. It's based on paying just enough in security to significantly lower the estimated cost of litigation when your systems are breached. "No no your honor, we did our due diligence, just look at how many firewalls we have! (-ommitted- still running on the factory defualt settings)".

Until that attitude changes, expect much more of the same. Punishing the guys that installed/implemented the system on budget will not solve the problem.

more than 3 years ago

77 Million Accounts Stolen From Playstation Network

xavierpayne Re:passwords? (645 comments)

This is not true. The Netflix app does ask you to log in to the PSN but after 3 failed attempts it lets you into the netflix app anyway and I thus far I haven't encountered any problems streaming even with the PSN itself down.

more than 3 years ago

Potentially Great Sci-fi Films Still Due In 2011

xavierpayne Re:cowboys and aliens (342 comments)

> terminator V back to the future

This one has been done (kinda) and it looks like it'd actually be a pretty damn good flick if done in the spirit of the trailer. :)


more than 3 years ago

How Do You Store Your Personal Photos?

xavierpayne Re:After a lifetime of experiences ... (680 comments)

I both agree and disagree with this comment.

If the photo's are simply photos of landscapes and scenery without any of the stuff that made it worth being there (friends, family, etc) then yeah I agree. Just live in the moment and enjoy the experience.

If your going to take photos first make them memorable and second... Never underestimate the power of postwork.

I once shot video of my kid playing at Devils Den, Gettysburg. He was climbing on rocks and going on and on about dinosaurs. It went on for about an hour and it was pretty funny by itself.

Once I got home I fired up iMovie to put together a video for the grandparents to watch and quickly realized the unedited clip would bore them to tears. No problem I thought I'll put it to music. Then while browsing royalty free music I heard some tunes that gave me a crazy idea.

One hour later I had edited together a dark and humorous mockumentary about what really happened at the battle of Gettysburg. It was 6 minutes long, hosted by my kid and, involved dinosaurs, and government conspiracies, and was one of the funniest damn memories I have to date.

In short. Taking that video that day, capturing what was really important (the moment as you point out). Then using technology in my spare time to zero in and touch up the best parts of that moment has left me with a final product that's even better than the original memory.

We've even entered it into a few film festivals and had it screen in local movie theatres. There's nothing cooler than seeing your kid see "his movie" in a real theatre.

None of that would have ever happened if I left the camera in the car.

So yes live in the moment. If you must capture something. Capture the moment. If you're going to preserve or enhance anything make it the moment. Not just some hill or mountain someplace somewhere you'll never remember.

And Flicker and Youtube FTW! :-)

about 4 years ago

Why Are Terrorists Often Engineers?

xavierpayne Re:Aptitude (769 comments)

By this logic if someone commits suicide because Microsoft loses money and they had everything invested in Microsoft is the Linux community responsible for their deaths because they weren't improving Microsoft's sales?

I'm sorry, we were looking for your argument to be presented in the form of a car analogy. But, thank you for playing and do enjoy a free complimentary copy of the home game! :-)

more than 4 years ago

Sony Has Lost the PS3 Hacking War

xavierpayne Re:It does make homebrew *possible*. (322 comments)

An intel i7-975 with an NVidia gtx 480 can emulate a PS2 quite smoothly at 1080p with hardware scaling, AA, and a handful of other graphical touches that blow the original PS3's PS2 support out of the water. SONY already proved the PS3 has the power to emulate the PS2's central processing. All that's left is for them to emulate the Emotion Engine (GPU). I'd be willing to bet there are plenty of cores left over to do that effectively. They even already filed a patent for it: http://www.ps3news.com/PlayStation-3/patent-shows-ps3-to-ps2-backwards-compatibility-no-ps2-chips-1/ My guess is once they finally end of life the PS2 the backward compatibility will return to the PS3 via full software emulation. That way they can continue to sell all the PS2 "classics" on the PlayStation Store. FF7 for the PS One has been one of the best selling games in their store for a long time. It's got to be killing them all the money they are loosing not being able to sell downloadable iso's of PS2 games.

more than 4 years ago

It's Official — AMD Will Retire the ATI Brand

xavierpayne Re:Opportunity knocking for AMD here... (324 comments)

I agree. Unless intel does something major with their graphics team they have been and will continue to be an "also ran". I'll take closed source and fully functional over open source and "might work, somewhat" any day. I really haven't had any problems with the closed source ATI or NVidia drivers once they were properly configured. And I've used them for gaming, dual monitors, etc.

more than 4 years ago

Sony Continues To Lose Ground In Mobile Gaming

xavierpayne Re:Who trusts Sony? (202 comments)

Is it one of the models that's backward compatible with PS2 games? If so and you're serious I'll bite. Drop me a private message.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Busting Its Own Browser+OS Myth

xavierpayne Re:Um no... (204 comments)

Microsoft told the court it was not possible in the retarded 30-90 timeframe the court demanded. It's taken years and at least 1 whole new OS cycle to get the level of detachment they have now.

more than 4 years ago

Nero Files Antitrust Complaint Against MPEG-LA

xavierpayne Re:HOLY SHIT. (247 comments)

Sorry but for some reason I can't help but picture you in a "I'm Khyber, and Windows 7... er the Nero law suit was my idea!" commercial! :-)

more than 4 years ago

4G iPhone Misplacer Invited To Germany For Beer

xavierpayne Re:Great PR potential for Apple to squander (164 comments)

That's actually a pretty awesome idea for a youtube spoof/skit. Bravo my friend. I am tempted to film it myself.

more than 4 years ago

Sony Can Update PS3 Firmware Without Permission

xavierpayne Re:So what? (700 comments)

So SONY in their latest ToS has basically admitted that they believe they have carte blanche over hardware you payed between $300-$600 dollars for. Not counting accessories and purchases. Yes. With 3.21 this only affected linux and it was optional (arguably). But from 3.30 forward SONYs stance is they can AUTOMATICALLY and WITHOUT YOUR PERMISSION update the console. The updates can add/remove features, capabilities, even content you have bought and paid for and you (in their eyes) can't do a thing about it. GeoHot was right. This isn't about Linux anymore. This is about who owns what you paid for.

more than 4 years ago

Sony Refuses To Sanction PS3 "Other OS" Refunds

xavierpayne Re:Douchebags (396 comments)

Actually this is what I was thinking, it's not like Sony/the retailer is forcing them to update to the latest firmware, the users chooses to update and loose that functionality.

Buying a device that promises to do A, B, and C. Then being told after the purchase that you have to pick "A" or "B and C" is not much of a choice. Even if I do nothing I loose advertised features (no PSN, no games or movies that require a firmware update). If I do update I loose real time AVC encoding: http://codecsys.fixstars.com/en/

more than 4 years ago

Sony Refuses To Sanction PS3 "Other OS" Refunds

xavierpayne We are not being noisy enough! (396 comments)

I called SONY customer relations to chat with them about the dropping of linux in their latest PS3 update. After very civily conveying my dismay at their decision to punish honest users of the PS3 by retro-actively ripping out the previously advertised, supported, and paid for "Other OS" feature I asked what they could do for me to even things up for effectively turning my non ps2 compatible fat into an oversized-overpriced slim. Their answer: "Sir I take hundreds of calls a day and you are the first to call and complain about this particular issue." Linux fans, PS3 owners who are linux fans... If that statement is true I'm dissappointed in you. 1-800-345-7669 (SONY) Hours: Mon-Sat 6:00AM-8:00PM / Sun 7:00AM-6:30PM PT If you are going to call be civil. But make it clear their action hasn't gone unnoticed and is unnacceptable. According to a friend of mine who has also called if you want to escalate it further, you can apparently call 1-866-286-5123 Monday through Friday from 8am-5:30pm Pacific time, a.k.a. 11am-8:30pm Eastern. They need to know just how much this bothers their customers. The impression I have so far is that it's not even a blip on their radar.

more than 4 years ago

Review of Adobe Creative Suite 5

xavierpayne Re:Upgrade policy? (204 comments)

Actually I read somewhere that if you bought it within 30 days of the new products release (and kept your receipt) upgrading you to the next version for free is not uncommon.

more than 4 years ago

PS3 Owner Refunded For Missing "Other OS"

xavierpayne Re:How Does a Refund Fix Anything? (353 comments)

Thank you. You have inspired me to go to the Best Buy in the US that I purchased my PS3 (with other OS) and see where they stand. I too paid the price premium of being an early adopter so I could run linux. The way I see it SONY owes me at least the price difference between the PS3 fat I bought. and the slim they've basically turned it into.

more than 4 years ago

IE9 Throws Down the Hardware Acceleration Gauntlet

xavierpayne I can't believe all the negative posts... (601 comments)

As the owner of a quad core with an Nvidia 8800 I am constantly underwhelmed by applications (3D, Video Editing, power point... basically everything that's not a game) performing absolutely mediocre because they don't take advantage of even basic acceleration capabilities of my sound and graphics hardware. What the hell is the point of having built in mpeg or dolby 5.1 enc/dec if nothing uses it? I might as well still be using my SB16. My video card is supposed to be able to decompress avc natively but my NLE stupidly throws it at the cpu making my 512mb 8800 no more effective than a 16mb Voodoo Banshee. I don't care if it's office, my web browser, or Adobe Premiere. I bought a bangin GPU because I wanted my apps to use it. Microsoft can't clean up the millions of crappy web pages out there by releasing a new browser. They can however make those millions of crappy web pages hog less of the CPU.

more than 4 years ago

10% Tax On Custom Software, $100M Tax Cut For Microsoft

xavierpayne Re:Microsoft's tax cut and a sales tax (305 comments)

Mod parent up. It's not flamebait it's reality. The rich or even just the "more affluent" buy their playstation 3, blu rays, ATVs, BMWs, etc... all subject to sales tax. Since the purchases are huge the taxes they contribute will be huge. While the less affluent will buy toyotas, wiis, dvds, etc... although subject to the same sales tax they are much cheaper purchases. So these folks will (individually) pay less in taxes over the course of a consumer year. Then take the even less affluent, folks that have no video games, no wii, and perhaps a handful of VHS tapes they got from freecycle... they are technically subject to the same sales tax but put pay a lot less over the course of a consumer year because they make far fewer taxable purchases. Sales tax sucks but it's a totally fair system. Whether you are a corporation or an individual the more money you have and throw around the more you have to pay into the system. But the % is flat across the board and there are no exceptions... well except non-profits. :-)

more than 4 years ago


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