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Comment: Re: Lazy farmer (Score 2) 92

by Rei (#48671173) Attached to: Scientists Say the Future Looks Bleak For Our Bones

But it does raise a serious issue - they're studying changes that don't necessarily reflect the selective pressures of present-day life.

Think about it: what are the leading causes of death for people in the prime breeding age (15-34)? Car accidents - by a good margin. So isn't this significant selective pressure to beef up the neck against whiplash, the skull against forehead impact, survival during significant blood loss, etc?

#2 is suicide. I don't know how this rate has changed over time or whether the methods modern humans choose for attempts are more effective than would have been chosen in the past. For example, while men commonly turn to firearms, which are a very effective way to commit suicide, women more often turn to prescription medication overdoses as a method, which overwhelmingly fails.

#3 is poisoning. While humans have always been around poisons, the sheer number that we keep in our houses, most of types that we didn't evolve to, suggests that this may be a stronger selective factor now than it was during our agrarian days, perhaps comparable to that when we were hunter-gatherers or worse.

#4 is homicide. We've definitely gotten a lot better at that, a person is far more likely to die from an intentional gunshot wound than a beating or stabbing. Selective pressures: surviving blood loss, mainly. Stronger, thicker bones may help in against low velocity penetrations.

#5 is other injuries. Again, we're not as likely to suffer from, say "crushed by a mastodon" as an injury, but we've developed plenty of new ways to get killed or maimed in our modern lives.

Then it gets more complicated on the basis that the issue isn't just about survival of the individual, but their social group as a whole, so even nonbreeding members can have a major impact...

Comment: Re:I was suspicious from the moment they denied it (Score 1) 250

by Rei (#48670095) Attached to: Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

To make a political statement? Since when was this "a political statement"? It was an attempt to stop a movie that made fun of the Great Leader. An attempt that mostly succeeded. Which was done after previously threatening Sony about the issue.

What, exactly, is to gain by admitting culpability? Is that usually what criminals do? "Why, yes, officer! I threw the brick through my ex's window to get back at her and scare her. I'm telling you now so that you can go ahead and punish me!"

Comment: Right. (Score 2) 250

by Rei (#48670077) Attached to: Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

Because the world is just full of people who would hack a company to blackmail them not to release a movie about Kim Jong Un. Because everyone loves the Great Leader! His family's personality cult^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^HVoluntary Praise Actions only take up about 1/3rd of the North Korean budget. And I mean, they totally deserve it. I mean, did you know that his father was the world's greatest golf player who never had to defecate and whose birth was fortold by a swallow and heralded by a new star in the sky?

No, of course it wasn't North Korea. Clearly it was the work of America! Because America wants nothing more than a conflict with North Korea right now. Because clearly Russia and Syria and ISIS aren't enough, no, the US obviously has nothing better to do than to try to stir up things out of the blue with the Hollywood obsessed leader of a cult state whose family has gone so far as to kidnap filmmakers and force them to make movies for him. It all just makes so damn much sense!

Cue the conspiracy theorists in three, two, one...

Comment: Re:Many DDR3 modules? (Score 5, Informative) 124

by Rei (#48666531) Attached to: Many DDR3 Modules Vulnerable To Bit Rot By a Simple Program

If you're wanting to narrow it down, you won't like this line from the paper:

In particular, all modules manufactured in the past two years (2012 and 2013) were vulnerable,

It's pretty clever, and something I always wondered whether would be possible. They're exploiting the fact that DRAM rows need to be read every so often to refresh them because they leak charge, and eventually would fall below the noise threshold and be unreadable. Their exploit works by running code that - by heavily, cyclicly reading rows - makes adjacent rows leak faster than expected, leading to them falling below the noise threshold before they get refreshed.

Comment: Re:Sovereign default (Score 1) 258

by Rei (#48666131) Attached to: Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

Russia imports processed foods *and* staples. Just because there's some products that they're net positive on doesn't change that picture, their food imports are about 6x larger than their exports. And even some of your examples are off. For example, Russia exports a couple hundred million dollars of milk every year but imports 1 1/2 *billion* worth.

Russia's top ag imports are beef, beverges, pork, milk, tobacco, sugar and honey, poultry, and cheese. Beverages is mainly alcohol. So take beverages and tobacco out of the picture, you've still got mostly staples. And the funny thing is, see the milk and all that meat on the list? Russia's biggest subsidies to its ag industry are *already* on its meat and dairy production, and it still vastly underproduces.

It should also be noted that the very thing that keeps Russia's ag industry competitive at all has been its steady shift from lousy Soviet-era farm equipment to modern equipment. The vast majority of which (and spare parts to keep current systems operational) are imported.

Comment: Re:and that's how we got the world of FIREFLY (Score 1) 258

by Rei (#48663367) Attached to: Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

GDP comparisons:

Major pro-sanctions players:
US: 16,8T
EU: 17,5T
Japan: 4,9T

Major anti-sanctions players:
Russia: 2,1T
China: 9,5T

Just ignoring the whole fiat currency issue and controlling the global banking system which act as large multipliers, China is simply not comparable to the economic pressure being levied against Russia.

Comment: Re:Morons should read some economic history (Score 4, Interesting) 258

by Rei (#48663327) Attached to: Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

China's in this thing with Russia for precisely one thing: China. They're taking advantage of a weakened Russia to strike deals that they never would have gotten before. A good example is the "Power of Siberia" gas pipeline deal that they signed for a few years back. China's been trying for years to get Russia to bite at bargain-basement prices that leave almost no profit for Gazprom (perhaps even a slight negative that would have to be somewhat subsidized by the government's gas royalties), and Russia had been refusing. Then they sign the exact same deal they'd been refusing a few months ago and herald it as a great victory.

China has Russia in an excellent position and is going to squeeze every drop of potential profit out of their bad situation that they can. And Russia will herald it as a glorious blow to the west all the way down.

That said - even China's GDP doesn't compare to the sanction imposers (US + Europe + Japan + misc), all the leverage multipliers of global banking and fiat currency that the sanction imposers have aside. Even if China's goal was to break sanctions - which it's not - it's just not big enough, it's a third their size. And Russia a trivial fraction of that. And the multipliers of controlling the banking system and a fiat currency are very real. Throw trade into the picture, forget it - Moscow is closer to Newfoundland and Liberia than it is to Beijing. There's a giant barren wasteland between the two. They have a border but it's more of a barrier than a facilitator for trade.

As the very article linked by Slashdot put it:

"In the current conditions, any help is very welcome," Vladimir Miklashevsky, a strategist at Danske Bank A/S, said by e-mail. "Yet, it can't substitute the losses of the Russian banking system and economy from western sanctions."

Comment: Re:OK Google? (Score 1) 35

by squiggleslash (#48651785) Attached to: Chromebook Gets "OK Google" and Intel's Easy Migration App

Basically the idea is you walk up to your Chromebook, and without touching anything you say "OK Google what are my appointments today?"

The Chromebook will then say "About 15,700,000 results (0.39 seconds) "Ok Google" and voice search - Search Help - Google Help â ... â How to use the app Google For example, say "Ok Google" do I need an umbrella tomorrow" to see if ... Note: You need to have Google Now turned on for some of these examples to ... Create a Google Calendar event: "Create a calendar event for dinner in San Francisco, Saturday at 7 PM." See your upcoming bills: "My bills" or "My Comcast bills 2013. Google now Google Google Now brings you the information you want, when you need it. Ok Google now, what's my next appointment no longer working ... â Motorola Android Phones â Moto X (2013) Aug 26, 2014 - 9 posts - âZ3 authors Anyone else having trouble with "Okay Google Now, what's my next appointment?" It stopped working for me about a week ago. It was one of ... Google Now - Show me appointments for this week and ... 25 posts Oct 13, 2013 Assist - Meetings not working? - Android Forums at ... 21 posts Aug 21, 2013 More results from How to get the best out of Google Now - Digital Trends â Mobile Jul 28, 2014 - If you'd like to know how to properly set up Google Now and learn about ... If you have a Nexus 5 or you install the Google Now Launcher then you can simply say âoeOk Googleâ on your home ... When is my next appointment? [Q] Why is Google Now not telling me "w⦠| Samsung Galaxy S III ... Sep 15, 2012 - 10 posts - âZ7 authors I have been trying to get Google Now to tell me what my next appointment is but all it ever seems to do is web search and not actually look at ... 6 Tips For Getting Started With Google Now - Gizmodo Gizmodo Sep 20, 2014 - Here are seven simple steps you can take to turn Google Now into your personal ... to remind you that you're about to be late for an appointment. ... Voice allows you to turn your tablet into a hands-free device: with OK Google Detection, you ... Commands like "Show me all of my photos from Kalamazoo" or ... The Ultimate Guide to Using Google Now as Your Personal ... Dec 6, 2013 - Google Now is more expansive and feature rich than ever before, and it's built ... Next Appointment - Info for nearing Google Calender Events. ..... off my HTC One, the first thing I do is unlock my device and say, "OK Google". Google Now tip: say "Show me my calendar" : Android - Reddit reddit Nov 25, 2013 - I got a card displaying a lot of my upcoming events and it read off the date, time, ... "ok google, show me a list of everything i can tell you to do.". Google Now nearly on your computer with Google's voice ... Nov 27, 2013 - In Android 4.4, you can speak the âoeOK Googleâ hotword and perform a ... I was also able to get Google to recite my next scheduled appointment, ... Why it's time for Google to fix Google Now â" Tech News ... Mar 29, 2014 - (I told Google Now about my actual place of work many moons ago, .... Thus, when I book an appointment outside of work, I would expect Google Now to .... constant false positives GN gives when it thinks ive said âoeok google.â.:

And afer showing you an ad for OK Google it will then let you go to the next page of links.

Comment: Re:false summary is false (Score 2) 35

by squiggleslash (#48651761) Attached to: Chromebook Gets "OK Google" and Intel's Easy Migration App

I've read your reponse three times and it looks like you're responding to an entirely different claim:

Their claim: Chromebooks out-sold iPads.

Your apparent rebuttle: Apple's combined laptops and tablets outsold laptops and tablets running Google platforms in one sector, education, according to an Apple advocacy site.

Their claim may be easy to knock down, I don't know: it's unsourced, and it certainly sounds a little odd (the iPad is a remarkably popular platform, for it to be beaten by something most people seem to have never heard of seems strange and is either wrong, or we've severely underestimated the Chromebook's widespread appeal), but you don't appear to address it in any way whatsoever, and the argument you do make lacks a credible source.

Comment: Re:My sockets are made of high quality steel (Score 1) 144

by Rei (#48651377) Attached to: NASA 'Emails' a Socket Wrench To the ISS

The difference with a 3d moulder being that, instead of taking a couple hours to 3d print a mould, then stop your production line and manually install the new mould in place of the old, then start it back up again you could effectively instantly form 3d mould (via microactuators or whatnot), do a 15 minute production run and make a couple hundred parts, then move on to mass producing the next part you need with no break in-between. Your "factory" could be in full production mode nonstop yet have a single line produce many dozens of different types of parts over the course of a day.

When one thinks of space colony applications, it quickly becomes clear how essential such a thing will be. Even if you try to simplify, you're still going to have tends to hundreds of thousands of types of parts that will wear out with time. Let's say 100k unique types of of parts with a mean lifespan of 3 years - that's probably pretty realistic for a colony. That means you'll have to produce a new type of part every 15 minutes nonstop - with quantities varying from one-offs to the tens of thousands, depending on the part. Now think of how big your typical production line is and how much mass that means transporting from earth. Clearly, rapid production flexibility is critical! (same applies to all steps of the chain, including robotic assembly)

(and yes, I know a single moulder or whatnot cannot achieve all possible production jobs, real production lines involve many types of materials and many processes... it's just an example of a common production mechanism :) )

(as another side note, it should even be possible to make 3d moulds for metals. Carbon fiber cloth - or better, graphite fiber cloth - can tolerate temperatures hotter than many metals, but still has stretch and could be shaped with an array of actuators).

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