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Comment: Re:Falsifiability (Score 1) 282

by Smauler (#48233449) Attached to: High Speed Evolution

A "biological population" is not one person, thus your example of comparing yourself to your parents does not show evolution by the very definition you're using.

If you believe that you are different than your parents then you believe in evolution.

If you believe that all that is required as proof for evolution is being different, you're setting the bar a little low.

Also, evolution existed quite a while before sexual reproduction did... sexual reproduction had to evolve.

Comment: Re:Victim Blaming vs Common Sense (Score 1) 622

by Smauler (#48136107) Attached to: The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

I asked some people about that, saying that in the UK the victim would be blamed for making their stuff easy to steal.

What? I live in the UK, and leave my house unlocked all the time. I also leave my car unlocked all the time.

For the former, it helps that I have a 35kg dog (who is a complete wuss, but potential burglars don't know that). For the latter... I'd prefer a thief to open the door than to smash the window to get to something inside. If there's nothing inside, no harm done.

Comment: Re:Straw Man (Score 1) 622

by Smauler (#48135885) Attached to: The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

If these celebrities had not taken the pictures of themselves and shared them online they would not now be in the public.

This is not blaming the victim.

If you cross the road without looking carefully (which in most of the world is perfectly legal) and get hit by a speeding drunk driver, it's not blaming the victim to advise people to look carefully before they cross the road.

Comment: Re:It's not feminism at this point. (Score 1) 724

by Smauler (#48051873) Attached to: Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Is he only allowed to wear clothing that can fit inside of a Tic-Tac box? Is his entire purpose in the story to tell the female protagonist how awesome she is and then get killed at a dramatic moment so that she will have something to be angry about? And are there copies of him in half of the movies, books, video games and TV shows on the market?

"Barbarian" fits two of these.

Besides, I can't remember the last game I played that does portray women like this. Can you think of a game in which a woman fits all three of these?

Comment: Re:NSA probably already has this technology (Score 1) 120

by Smauler (#47901263) Attached to: The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

I can lip read a little (my hearing was awful as a child). I still always look at people's mouths when I'm talking with people to get extra information - my hearing's currently worse than average, but not too bad - I have trouble with background noise.

There have been some times watching quiz shows when I've read the contestant's lips (when they're conferring) to get the answer they're going to say before they've said it, and repeated it to the room. That being said, I agree it's far from an exact science.

I _hate_ (hate hate and hate again) audio and video being out of sync, because it completely throws me. I can't watch video with bad audio syncronisation, I just have to listen to it.

With regards to the Twilight bad lip reading example, I could tell that some words were off, but not too many. Like I said, it's not an exact science, and I agree that 1% false positive would be very optimistic.

Comment: Re:in the meantime : (Score 1) 204

by Smauler (#47840299) Attached to: Dell Demos 5K Display

TVs are often awful for gaming, having very high input lag. Some can have over 50ms, equivalent to a decent internet connection. Yup, that's right - there's more lag between the computer and the screen than there is between the computer and a server hundreds of miles away.

Note I'm not talking about response time or refresh rate here.

You don't have to know how the computer works, just how to work the computer.