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Comment: Re:Known for a long time (Score 1) 212

by Reziac (#47954451) Attached to: Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

Absolutely true. Canids and felids in particular hunt more for sport than for food. Wolves have been observed having all sorts of fun killing an entire flock of sheep. Foxes hunt and kill mice and birds without eating 'em. And I used to have a cat who did nothing but hunt gophers all day long; within 3 years he'd completely exterminated them in my neighborhood.

Incidentally my neighbor runs a twice-weekly foxhunt, tho the usual quarry is coyotes (mostly chasing, they usually don't shoot 'em). The local coyotes have gotten so into being chased by dogs that they come down to the kennel the night before a hunt and get the dogs all riled up and ready to go.

Comment: Re:Recent claims by whom? (Score 1) 212

by Reziac (#47954405) Attached to: Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

Female dogs that have never had pups will often kill puppies. Presumably fewer of someone else's offspring means more resources when you have your own.

[This is a consistent enough behavior that I warn clients in no uncertain terms to never ever leave the new puppy alone with the adult dog, most especially the spayed female adult dog.]

Comment: Re:I'm not surprised (Score 1) 89

by Reziac (#47945793) Attached to: Canon Printer Hacked To Run <em>Doom</em> Video Game

Any idea what the problem was, or maybe just trying to juggle two styles of driver access?

Now that you mention it, I'll have to check driver types when I have my old WinME setup handy again -- once I'd beaten it into submission, it ran 24/7 as the media-watching and image-editing box for two solid years without once needing a reboot (tho got restarted a couple times for twiddling hardware). Only got retired cuz I added an XP dual boot that took over the same jobs.

If mine had any VxD drivers, it woulda been the Matrox vidcard... but I became a Matrox bigot largely because their drivers never caused me any grief. Couldn't say that about various others.

Linux frustrates the hell out of me. I keep trying distros with hopes held high, only to find some showstopper issue (I am not willing to chase all over hell looking for fixes, it either works out of the box or it goes away), or that the performance is unbearably bad. Contrary to popular claims, I've found Linux with fullfledged desktops needs about 3x as much hardware to perform the same as concurrent Windows. :(

Comment: Re:Mental decline in "Barb"/Tom = evident (Score 1) 61

by Reziac (#47933657) Attached to: More unsurprisingly conservative ads on slashdot

LOL! I don't think any amount of sex changing would turn some of these ...folks... into "real men" :D

You were Tom? [goes off, roots around] Well, you do sound different now... more relaxed. -- Long ago I had a TG friend whom I knew before, during, and after, and there was a personality transition.... to be expected, I think, under changing hormonal conditions. Ordinary biology. She had a sort of emotional crisis shortly after and I told her stop worrying, you're just going through puberty again. The light bulb went on and she was like "oh! then that's fine!"

But I'm glad you found yourself, that's what counts.

Not bothering to look at the alleged study, but I wonder if a combination of high estrogen and low cholesterol is the root of the issue; turns out high cholesterol in the elderly is protective against dementia.

Comment: Re:Helps explain a few things ... (Score 1) 221

by Reziac (#47928699) Attached to: Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

Undoing some mod points to reply here, but anyway...

Aside from how dogs have been selected to "read man" (see the results of testing police dogs, where it was found most were alerting not on drugs, but on handler expectations), a dog's nose can pick up even the slightest difference in a person's metabolism -- half a dozen molecules are sufficient for some dogs' noses to distinguish. In crude terms, when there's something "wrong" with the human's chemistry, which includes brain chemistry, they smell different from other folks (probably due to the metabolic byproducts being different). If that smells "wrong" to the dog, they're going to react against it, often with fear or aggression.

This is also why some assistance dogs alert to their owner's health status -- I know a guy whose dog goes nuts if he's starting a diabetic episode, and he's learned (the hard way) the dog is right even tho he hasn't any symptoms yet. He starts smelling wrong to her, so she throws a fit, and she notices well before the blood test does. (He's done multiple tests in a row to check against her reaction.)

Incidentally I have a dog who 'alerts' on certain abnormal personalities -- he's naturally trusting and loves everyone else, but acts like he wants to kill a very few individuals: One was a paranoid schizophrenic (among other symptoms, she heard voices and saw things that weren't there), another had bipolar disorder with severe anger issues, and so on. And this dog, who has an exceptional nose, visibly does the "take a sniff, then react" thing. I've learned that when this dog doesn't like someone, I had better pay attention, because he's always right.

[I'm a pro dog trainer with over 40 years experience. I notice these things.]

Comment: Re:I'm not surprised (Score 1) 89

by Reziac (#47923505) Attached to: Canon Printer Hacked To Run <em>Doom</em> Video Game

I hadn't heard about the CoD incident, but ... [goes off, looks it up] holy shit, that's douchery of a high order. Tho I'm not sure the cops had much less douchery... I mean, 60 officers, WTF? I guess he can count himself fortunate they didn't overhear game gunfire and react by opening fire themselves.

If I had to wipe and reinstall Windows with any regularity, yeah, I'd be looking for a different OS. I don't spend all that time and effort getting it all just how I want it, only to have to replace it and start over. Reinstalling is against my religion. I use the damn machine, I don't just play with it. My OS setup is not disposable.

WinME was actually very good about drivers -- the install routine was smart enough to look for one that works even if it wasn't a WinME driver. I'd not seen that before and was suitably impressed. And while WinME sucked donkey balls out of the box, it could be made 100% stable -- turn off System Restore, apply 98Lite in default mode, and it goes from unable to even crash properly, to never crashes again. (Didn't help the sucky resource management, tho.)

But when we stoop to comparing FOSS to WinME... yeah, that shows just how ...unrealistic... their expectations and performance really are. The driver structure is insane. You do NOT build ephemeral software (ie. liable to be updated, possibly often) into the kernel, and not expect to have the whole house of cards fall down too often for comfort.

Comment: Re:I'm not surprised (Score 1) 89

by Reziac (#47919069) Attached to: Canon Printer Hacked To Run <em>Doom</em> Video Game

Or with the average laser printer, plug in printer, don't bother with the install disk, select whatever is the nearest version of the HPLJ that Windows happens to have handy. (This also works for older inkjets and some pin-impact printers.)

As to TFA, didn't you know that no device is complete until it can play DOOM? :D

But yeah, methinks if software started from the perspective of the douchebag, 90% of the hacks would go away and the rest wouldn't be worth the trouble.

What hath Bob wrought?