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Comment: Re:What they don't tell you (Score 4, Insightful) 139

by Tx (#47805843) Attached to: Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

Easy to make such glib statements, but the whole point is to find out what is the ideal balanced diet. Both the groups in this study were eating all the things you'd include in your balanced diet, however the low carb group took a greater proportion of their calories in the form of fat, whereas the low fat group too a greater proportion in the form of carbs.

Comment: Re:Ecosystem (Score 5, Insightful) 103

by Tx (#47799653) Attached to: The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction

"If the Passenger Pigeon has been extinct for this long, it's safe to say that ecosystems have adjusted to their demise."
If the ecosystems can adjust to their demise, then surely they could equally well adjust to their return?

"Let's not see what the consequences of re-introducing them are."
Why not? I'm curious.

"There is no way to predict the effect."
There 's no way to predict the effect of any given action or inaction. For all you know, reintroducing passenger pigeons could be the best thing ever to happen to the North American environment.

"If they are planning and engineering these hybrids just to study their work in captivity, well, that is just as wrong."
Why is it just as wrong? Something isn't true just because you say it is; try to provide some rationale behind the statement. You've stated concerns about re-introducing the critters to the wild, so surely studying them in captivity is the perfect solution.

Comment: Re:Leapmotion anyone? (Score 3, Insightful) 31

by Tx (#47654189) Attached to: Microsoft Research Brings Kinect-Style Depth Perception to Ordinary Cameras

It is apples and pears on one hand, however the fact that the camera needs a modification, however small, means that you will still be buying a special bit of hardware to make your gesture control work, so in that sense it is in the same boat as the Leap. Except of course that the piece of hardware in question should be a lot cheaper, and could easily be included in laptops/tablets/monitors at minimal extra cost, if it really works that well and the idea takes off.

Comment: This kind of thing confuses me (Score 1) 214

by Tx (#47474733) Attached to: Cosmologists Show Negative Mass Could Exist In Our Universe

This kind of subject always leads to a cascade of stupid questions in my head that I can't answer, leaving me feeling even dumber than usual. Does negative mass necessarily imply negative weight? What about momentum and kinetic energy? If a lump of matter with negative mass hit something, would it actually absorb energy from it rather than imparting energy to it? Would a negative-mass planet have an anti-gravity field? Is it even meaningful to talk about matter with negative mass, or is some physicist going to pop up and explain to me that negative mass is a property of some sort of field, and not something that could actually be expressed by anything that I would recognise as matter?

Comment: Re:News? (Score 2) 126

by Tx (#47431393) Attached to: Child Thought To Be Cured of HIV Relapses, Tests Positive Again

Umm, they couldn't find any trace of the HIV virus, or specific antibodies to it. It seems reasonable to hope that someone is cured of a disease if you can't find any trace of said disease in their body. And it's not like they jumped the gun on it, she was supposed to be on anti-viral drugs because they weren't sure the virus was gone.

Comment: Re:aka (Score 4, Insightful) 186

by Tx (#47211297) Attached to: Toyota Investigating Hovercars

The trouble with those car-sized hovercraft is the turning and braking profile, which is nowhere near good enough for public roads designed for cars. Now a design something like the Aero-X hoverbike might be able to improve on that - by hovering a bit higher and tilting the entire craft, you could effectively vector a large proportion of the lift airflow for turning force, as opposed to redirecting a bit of the horizontal thrust only with a fin as with conventional hovercraft. Aerofex don't seem to make any such claims about their design though, they seem to be targeting off-road use only, and I guess turning that way might present problems for other road users/pedestrians getting hit by the airflow.

Comment: Re:Overthinking it. (Score 1) 199

by Tx (#47154389) Attached to: To distress my enemies, I'd force on them ...

I used to disable adblock on slashdot, and not use that disable ads option either; I've even clicked the odd ad on rare occasions. I have no problem with reasonably sized static ads. But they started having those stupid ads expanding at the bottom of the screen when your mouse went near them; those were the final straw, adblock enabled again. As far as I'm concerned, ads that pop up or expand or move or anything like that are too annoying.

Comment: Re:Where's The Content? (Score 1) 207

by Tx (#47129393) Attached to: 4K Displays Ready For Prime Time

"Hmm, I just thought of something that I heard about a good while back but haven't seen any movement on - "peripheral vision" TVs. I seem to recall reading years ago about a type of TV that used lights around the edges to dimly shine the peripheral colors on the TV image around the room parallel to the TV, giving the illusion to your peripheral vision of an expansive screen."

Philips Ambilight.

Comment: Re:GNU/Linux (Score 1) 264

by Tx (#46959217) Attached to: The Man Behind Munich's Migration of 15,000 PCs From Windows To Linux

I think you're just trolling. Seriously? You're annoyed that common usage of a term has diverged from its original correct usage? Better rip out about 90% of your dictionary and burn it then. So operating systems using the Linux kernel have become known as Linux in common parlance; how infuriating. I tell you, I am completely fascinated to know what other earth-threatening evils are giving you ulcers right now.

Comment: Re:Slow follower (Score 1) 179

by Tx (#46876665) Attached to: Microsoft Continues To Lose Money With Each Surface Tablet It Sells

It's a shame TFA didn't provide a breakdown of device types, I would have been interested in the percentage of Surface versus Surface Pro devices, but also I would like to know if they included convertible ultrabooks as tablets. I find it a bit unlikely that Windows tablets could hit 6% without convertibles, but they really aren't part of the "tablet market" IMHO.

Comment: Re:"LONG extinct"? Hah. (Score 5, Interesting) 187

by Tx (#46482227) Attached to: 43,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth Remains Offer Strong Chance of Cloning

Yeah, considering how many species humans have (directly or indirectly) wiped out, developing the skills to bring some of them back might be prudent.

" We already extinguished them once, without even the help of gunpowder."

However I believe the current thinking is that mammoths are not amongst our victims, and were wiped out by natural climate change instead.

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