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Comment: Re:I know what will happen... (Score 1) 35

by Kjella (#49571445) Attached to: Researchers Mount Cyberattacks Against Surgery Robot

The exactly same thing will happen if they do not provide the service to undeveloped areas, the patient suffers and possibly dies. Any effort to do something is better than doing nothing despite the risks involved.

Sure, but there's a few more options than doing this and doing nothing. For example, if the connection is so unreliable would you rather have someone on-site try doing it under audio/video/photo/sketch/text guidance and if the connection breaks down he'll just have to wing it or do you really want a remotely operated robot that'll leave you stranded when the connection fails. Not to mention the latter is harsh, but maybe needed on-the-job training. And if you want remotely operated robots, well you need some pretty advanced skills to maintain and repair them so you might just replace one skill they don't have for another.

Comment: Re:Does it matter? (Score 1) 41

by Kjella (#49569223) Attached to: TeslaCrypt Isn't All That Cryptic

Since most people who will be subject to ransomware have no way of knowing the mechanics of the encryption (or wouldn't be able to access it anyway) ... does that they lied about their super secret crypto make a damned bit of difference?

Well, I wouldn't bother to start poking at it but I would at least search online if there's a workaround if I managed to get hit with a cryptolocker. So by publicly announcing this tool a few may be helped, isn't that good enough? I didn't bother to read TFA but I imagine it came for "free" looking for the malware's infection vector/hiding techniques/C&C central/whatever so there's no reason to complain about a lucky break.

Comment: Re:The grid needs storage - not battery storage (Score 1) 233

by Jeremi (#49568889) Attached to: Why Our Antiquated Power Grid Needs Battery Storage

A used car battery won't hold a charge, or deliver current. That's why they are replaced after all.

I think you might have a misconception here -- it sounds like you are thinking of the engine-starter batteries used in a gasoline-engine car. The used batteries the previous poster is referring to are the (much larger) battery packs from an electric car. Those batteries are typically swapped out when their capacity deteriorates to the point where the car's maximum range is no longer acceptable. In that state, the batteries are still perfectly capable of holding a charge and delivering current; just not as much charge as when they were new.

Comment: Re:Rent seeking all the way down. (Score 1) 201

by Kjella (#49567735) Attached to: Valve Pulls the Plug On Paid Mods For Skyrim

That is a dangerous assertion. Why shouldn't Microsoft take a 40% cut of Zenimax profits because Skyrim runs on Windows?

If Microsoft wants to charge 40% to use DirectX, let them. Like certain GPL proponents like to point out, if you don't like the terms don't use it. Imagine this was something bigger and more formal than a mod, like a partnership. They make and sell the base game, you build DLC content for it. They're not going to give away their content and engine for free so you can make money off it, you won't write the DLC for free so they can make money off it. You'll agree to some commercial terms, a 40% cut is one possibility. I really fail to see the problem here.

Comment: And for that kind of money there should have been (Score 4, Insightful) 201

by Sycraft-fu (#49566605) Attached to: Valve Pulls the Plug On Paid Mods For Skyrim

I mean if you are going to take a 75% cut, well then you can afford to spend the fucking time curating your shit. If they are going to charge that kind of cut, they can afford to have people review the content. Given that they are taking a much larger cut than the dev, it should stand to reason that goes to paying for some work on their part.

Have it where you submit a form to Valve with what your mod is, what it does, etc. They screen it to make sure it sounds like a reasonable idea, and then send you stuff to sign where you declare that this is your work, you aren't violating copyright, you've paid commercial licenses for software used on it, etc. Once they have that, mod gets submitted and then it goes off to Bethesda for QA. They test it to make sure that it does what it says, doesn't crash the game, and so on. Maybe even help fix bugs possibly. If that's all good Valve does a final check to make sure they don't see any copyright violation (maybe an automated system that flags and then a human checks i there are flags to see if it is legit) and it then gets posted.

If they were doing something like that, then ok maybe there's some justification of the price. Ya there's a big cut getting taken, which means higher prices, but you are getting something more along the lines of paid DLC. QA like that might be worth it.

However they were just letting anything and everything get posted. They were treating it with the same indifference as the rest of Steam, which is just not ok.

Comment: Re:danger vs taste (Score 1) 593

by Kjella (#49562565) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

I never understood this type of reaction. Yes, they are eating a boatload of calories through everything else, but at least they are cutting out a few hundred with the diet coke. Yes, it won't make them thin, but at least they are doing something to try and get healthier and possible lose a little weight, which they should be applauded for. You are probably the same type of person that goes to gym and tells people they should just quit because they aren't lifting enough weight or only doing cardio. The fact is, they are doing something, which is more than some people do and should be encouraged.

Oh please, one of the most common forms of self-delusion is to focus on one little thing you do that is contrary to your usual behavior or line you won't cross making you not such a bad guy after all. Like focusing on that your bacon-cheese, greasy meat and white bread tower drenched in dressing with lots of oil-soaked fries has a leaf of lettuce and a slice of tomato too. And you ordered a Diet Coke, it's not that unhealthy right? I guess some of them are honest with themselves, it's still a calorie monster just without the final topping. But I'm guessing a lot more are lying to themselves, I know I've been prone to do so.

Comment: Also it is a lot of calories, and empty ones (Score 1) 593

by Sycraft-fu (#49562409) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

Soda has around 100 calories per 8 fluid ounces (varies slightly with type of soda). So you get a 32 ounce drink, that's 400 calories. That's a fair bit, even by fast food standards. Most fast food burgers are in the 800-1200 calorie range (a double quarter pounder with cheese is 740 calories for reference). So you are adding 33-50% more calories to a meal with a 32oz soda.

Well the thing is, the calories in that soda won't do much if anything to fill you up. Drink as much as you like, you still feel hungry. Not so with a hamburger. While it isn't high quality nutrition, it is still plenty of protein, fat, and carbs and your body is going to be satisfied by the consumption of it.

Thus cutting out the soda really can help. You reduce a non-trivial amount of calories and it isn't likely to make you feel less full. Ya, you are still eating fast food and it is not high quality nutrition, and it is high calorie for what you get, but it is better than just drinking sugar water which is more or less what soda is.

Weight loss and eating healthy isn't an all or nothing proposition. There is better and worse, and cutting out soda is doing better than leaving it in.

Comment: Re:It's all about the dosage (Score 1) 593

by Prune (#49561851) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame
I forgot to mention an important consideration: one also has to take into account the tradeoff compared to using lots of sugar/glucose/HFCS/etc. While, optimally, intake from both groups should be restricted, I know that's not realistic for many people. I'm lucky in that my metabolism and insulin sensitivity allow me to handle large quantities of the high glycaemic index foods I love, but if you also have a sweet tooth -- depending on your genetics -- the artificial sweeteners may be the lesser evil.

Comment: It's all about the dosage (Score 1) 593

by Prune (#49561759) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame
Aspartame and a few of the other artificial sweeteners are excitotoxic (they overexcite some neurons to the point of death). For example, see and other research like it. The main counterargument is that studies showing excitotoxic effects in vivo have always been done with doses significantly higher than would be ingested using regular consumption of foodstuffs in which artificial sweeteners are used (indeed, a benefit of advanced artificial sweeteners is that they reach the threshold of sweetness when very dilute). While even a good deal of overconsumption of artificially sweetened soda drinks may not reach the amounts having been shown detrimental. However, I've found no safety evidence either way regarding very long term exposure at lower intensity, over decades. For me, that's cause for caution and limiting consumption (though even I don't totally avoid it, and that's from someone that doesn't particularly like the taste of soda drinks).

Comment: Re:"Need" definable for social integration? (Score 2) 267

You may not "need" the latest smartphone but at the same time, especially among younger people, you could almost say you need to have a smartphone capable of accessing social networks

See, here you're confusing two very different things. A shitty low end Android will let you access Facebook. The iPhone 6 will let you hang with the rich kids. Rich kids have expensive habits. Rich kids often have expensive habits to show off that they're rich. Our little fishing boat doesn't fit very well in a yacht club, am I now poor because I can't "fit in" with the millionaires? Sorry, but wanting to pose in an economic league you're not doesn't strike me as any genuine poverty. At least not severe enough to forcibly take my money to even things out.

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