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Comment: Honeypot (Score 1) 69

by mfh (#46779917) Attached to: RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit

I've talked to an accountant about this and we're both convinced this was an RCMP sting. They announced there was a vulnerability on their website about six hours before they patched it. That's either totally stupid and insane, or it was a police sting and they were just waiting to see who would be stupid enough to try and break in through the open door. Please have a seat.

Comment: Ergonomics (Score 2) 98

by mfh (#46764227) Attached to: Your <em>StarCraft II</em> Potential Peaked At Age 24

My feeling is that a lot of older computer users suffer from ergonomic injuries as a result of repetitive stress. Eventually this won't be a problem for us as we move computers into the mind-space but for now when we have to physically interact with computers it's one of those injuries that can really lower the quality of life, let alone the scoreboard.

Comment: Re:Autism (Score 1) 583

by mfh (#46747833) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

If there were another smart animal on this planet, as smart as we are and more cooperative and less likely to lie to each other AND being speciist, ie not trusting human beings, then they would have an evolutionary advantage as a species over us. There isn't.

This is totally mind-blowing to consider. Perhaps that's exactly the kind of species we could encounter that was space-faring, and from another planet, solar system or galaxy. When you consider the Borg in Star Trek terms fits this concept perfectly, it's a little chilling. I wonder if it's simply free will and a short lifespan that causes a species to be so completely dishonest as human beings.

Comment: Re:Autism (Score 1) 583

by mfh (#46746303) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

You're falling prey to the foolish notion that someone couldn't devise a strategy around this deficiency. One exists to effectively remove dishonesty from the equation.

We're in the age of dating profiles. A successful nerdy high functioning autistic can mate and bear children easily enough. The fact the autistic doesn't have to contend with hundreds of women eagerly waiting for his sexual attention merely offers up more time to do whatever great things the universe has in store.

Comment: Re:Autism (Score 1) 583

by mfh (#46745935) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

So you're suggesting that evolution relies upon dishonesty? You're not wrong... but at some point we hit a wall where continued dishonesty creates a threat that puts our species at risk (which is where we are today). To survive as a species we have to uphold honesty as a defacto requirement or we'll simply be culled from history like the dinosaurs.

Comment: Carmack (Score 1) 535

by mfh (#46583661) Attached to: Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

Listen guys I know a lot of people are complaining about Oculus going to Facebook. Carmack is a total genius.

There are a couple of reasons this probably happened.

This is from Carmack's message when he joined Oculus Rift as CTO last year.

I believe that VR will have a huge impact in the coming years, but everyone working today is a pioneer. The paradigms that everyone will take for granted in the future are being figured out today; probably by people reading this message.

Carmack probably started the ball rolling to get Facebook interested. Carmack has always had problems with massive user connectivity to his systems. He has never really been able to manage it very well or he would have pioneered a MMO. His focus has always been geared towards bringing fast paced FPS game engines to market but they almost always lacked very good latency or rendering when more than 16 people would join a game. Facebook has been working on connectivity since day one. Carmack probably wants them involved so he can access their complete knowledge base.

I think this is a calculated move by Carmack. He's also going to shake things up at Facebook.

I think he's gonna have a positive effect on Facebook and also on Zuckerberg, who has lacked a moral mentor that will possibly be found in Carmack.

Comment: Re:Eggs are good for us (Score 1) 269

by Derek Pomery (#46287189) Attached to: Asia's Richest Man Is Betting Big On Silicon Valley's Fake Eggs


Lustig in his "Sugar, the Bitter Truth" youtube video claims the whole fat-is-evil thing started out based on a flawed study (one that failed to separate variables, and shaped an anti-fat public policy.

Food without fat tastes like cardboard, so Lustig says producers responded by cranking up the sugar. I'm sure the subsidising of corn and sugar didn't help. And certainly they are cheaper. But now they could argue their food was healthier "low fat" instead of having the bad mojo of it being made of cheaper lower quality ingredients.

Comment: Re:Astrology (Score 1) 326

by Derek Pomery (#46250651) Attached to: NSF Report Flawed; Americans Do Not Believe Astrology Is Scientific

The most sympathetic skeptical take on it would probably be:
"The rules just kind of got there. They don't make any kind of sense except in terms of themselves. But when you start to exercise those rules, all sorts of processes start to happen and you start to find out all sorts of stuff about people. In astrology the rules happen to be about stars and planets, but they could be about ducks and drakes for all the difference it would make. It's just a way of thinking about a problem which lets the shape of that problem begin to emerge. The more rules, the tinier the rules, the more arbitrary they are, the better. It's like throwing a handful of fine graphite dust on a piece of paper to see where the hidden indentations are. It lets you see the words that were written on the piece of paper above it that's now been taken away and hidden. The graphite's not important. It's just the means of revealing their indentations. So you see, astrology's nothing to do with astronomy. It's just to do with people thinking about people." illusion you are probably seeing.

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. -- Sagan