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Comment: Re:That title needs work, for one thing (Score 1) 93

by FreeRadicalX (#47900185) Attached to: Early Reviews of Destiny: Unfulfilled Potential
Personally, I've been having a blast with it - On 360 no less. It's true that the actual size of the game world isn't actually as vast as the game's media suggests it is, but that doesn't change the fact that when I'm playing it I'm having a really good time. It's also true that the game play is a patchwork of elements from different genres that don't ever go definitively in any direction, and yet I find the game play experimentation that Bungie committed to totally refreshing. Despite the fact that the content FEELS like it should be underwhelming, I cannot deny that I'm really enjoying my time with it so far. That may wane once I reach the endgame, but that doesn't worry me. This is an MMO and Bungie / Activision are in this together for the next decade. The game's content will continually expand and Bungie, famous for their involvement with their user base, will in all likelihood listen to suggestions to improve their offering and keep people hooked. I got my money's worth already.

Comment: Re:Bikes lanes are nice (Score 1) 213

by FreeRadicalX (#47868817) Attached to: Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars
You don't bike in the city do you. I ride on 700C Continental Gatorskins, which means about a half inch of contact width with the road. They ride on cobblestone, glass, potholes, rat carcasses, gravel, trash, ice, you name it. About 85PSI +/- 5. Skinny tires are a lot better at urban riding than you'd think. Of course, the woven layer of kevlar doesn't hurt either.

Comment: Re:Bikes lanes are nice (Score 1) 213

by FreeRadicalX (#47868777) Attached to: Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars
I bike to and from work here in NYC, and regularly hit 30MPH in certain areas. According to Strava my max speed is near 50MPH. I'm not an athlete, but I am in decent shape. On most NYC avenues during a work day I can outpace motor traffic due to congestion. Bikes don't slow down cars. Cars slow down cars.

Comment: Re:Bikes lanes are nice (Score 5, Informative) 213

by FreeRadicalX (#47868743) Attached to: Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars
NYC cyclist here. The parking lane is still there. They just narrowed the motor lanes a few feet, swapped the bike lane to be on the sidewalk-side of the parking lane ("Parking protected"), and put a left turn pocket at left turn intersections (Every other intersection, since our streets are one-way). The turning pocket only takes up 3 to 4 car lengths, the rest of the parking is still there. There's also parking on the other side of the street.

Comment: Re:yet if we did it (Score 1) 463

Actually, it's astoundingly rare in the US for a motorist who strikes and kills a cyclist or pedestrian to be charged with anything related their death. If there was a DUI, hit-and-run, suspended license or bench warrant involved then law enforcement will diligently follow up on those offenses, but as a member of the NYPD once explained to me (I'm a cycling advocate in NYC so I get into these discussions), it's surprisingly hard to charge the driver with manslaughter in most cases, or anything related to the death. For one, the legal definition rules out any situation where an otherwise-lawful driver can say "Well gee I didn't see them!" and secondly, draconian US penalties for crimes like vehicular homicide tend to make prosecutors recoil at the thought of 'ruining the life' of an otherwise law-abiding citizen by sending them to prison for 15 years, a person who's shoes they can see themselves in. So it doesn't happen unless the perp already had it coming for other huge reasons. It's a legal problem where we lack appropriate sentencing, and a cultural problem where we identify with the criminal. As you can imagine, some cycle-savvy Scandinavian countries have already done a good job of tackling these issues via appropriate sentencing (License revoked or limited for a reasonable period of time, and transportation-related community service) and infrastructure improvements (No death on the road can be put to rest without a thorough analysis of the traffic conditions that caused it and steps taken to correct the problem, such as actual road changes - Something we in the US seem to require a quota of 3 or more deaths at a location before doing).

Here, this NYTimes article does a great job of expanding on the issue, despite it's clickbait headline.

Comment: Re:There was no "hello" - it's vaporware (Score 1) 41

by FreeRadicalX (#37263616) Attached to: Swarmanoid 'Bots Rule Air, Land, Bookshelves

Kill off everybody except you and another random person, and you have improved the odds of being better than anybody else from microscopic to a staggering 50%. Kill him or her too, and you're the best person on the planet.

Note that your odds of being the worst person increase the same way.

Comment: Re:K'nex? (Score 1) 785

by FreeRadicalX (#25752343) Attached to: Of childhood "building" toys, my favorite is ...
I wholeheartedly agree. Before I grew out of them, me and a friend managed to build an Empire State Building-style skyscraper out of them that was as tall as my house. It took us three days and we had to raise it in sections.

As far as I know, they've moved from large, free-build sets and over to smaller, less creativity-encouraging themed packs in recent years, the same way that Lego has. But the height of their popularity in the mid-90s was fantastic.
Operating Systems

Windows 7 To Be 256-Core Aware 441

Posted by kdawson
from the so-they-say-now dept.
unassimilatible writes "As new features of Windows 7 continue to trickle out, ZDNet is now reporting that it will scale to 256 processors. While one has to wonder, like with Vista, how many of the teased features will actually make it into the final OS, I think we can all agree, 256 cores is enough for anybody." This Mark Russinovich interview has some technical details (Silverlight required).
Medicine

Scientists Erase Specific Memories In Mice 320

Posted by samzenpus
from the where's-the-cheese dept.
Ostracus writes "It sounds like science fiction, but scientists say it might one day be possible to erase undesirable memories from the brain, selectively and safely. After exposing mice to emotionally powerful stimuli, such as a mild shock to their paws, the scientists then observed how well or poorly the animals subsequently recalled the particular trauma as their brain's expression of CaMKII was manipulated up and down. When the brain was made to overproduce CaMKII at the exact moment the mouse was prodded to retrieve the traumatic memory, the memory wasn't just blocked, it appeared to be fully erased."

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