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Comment: They seem to have learnt the right lessons. (Score 1) 260

which will run on both ARM- and Intel-based phones and provide an experience very much like the desktop.

See? They can learn. After fully understanding it is stupid to slap a phone UI paradigm on desktops they have decided the right thing to do is cram the desktop UI on to the phone. Way to go Microsoft. Way to go.

Comment: Well, that is one less thing to worry about. (Score 1) 36

There was always that off beat chance the battleship is hiding in some isolated bay, continuing the war, not knowing the war had ended, like some soldiers of the Imperial Army in that part of the world. . This discovery will put many people at ease.

Comment: Re: Worthless Study (Score 1) 207

by cayenne8 (#49182367) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too
My first thoughts are "DUH"...

I mean, it is (or at least should be) common sense that people tend to relate to and help/associate with other beings that are more like them.

This is just basically innate behavior of humans. Why is anyone shocked at this? If you don't actually KNOW a either of two strangers you might be presented with, you're first reaction is likely to feel more at ease and more trusting of the person that visually resembles you the most.

When did political correctness overrule common sense and things we've known about human behavior since pretty much the dawn of time?

Comment: Re:We'll see (Score 1) 102

by MBGMorden (#49181757) Attached to: NVIDIA Announces SHIELD Game Console

Compared to Ouya most certainly, but Amazon has 15x the market cap of Nvidia. The only thing Nvidia has there is potentially better hardware specs, and a stronger brand identification with the games industry.

Although one thing that may have hobbled the FireTV was making the game controller an optional accessory. It is harder to convince devs to target a platform when only part of your userbase can really take advantage of stuff.

Comment: Re:you care more for your own kind, its science! (Score 1) 207

by argStyopa (#49181561) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too

I'd argue it's still a useful sense, no matter how desperately we try to rationalize it away.

While certainly the danger from someone you know isn't zero, strangers are many, many times more dangerous in many contexts.

Just because we've industrialized the proximity of strangers with our cities, doesn't change the simple fact that strangers are more risky than people you know. And while skin-color doesn't equate to "someone I know", even a 5% benefit is likely evolutionarily impactful.

What's curious is that these studies also tend to show that in the US adult black-skinned individuals LIKEWISE act preferentially to white-skinned individuals*, suggesting that it's not just identificatory friend-or-foe at work, but likely learned behavior from experience.
*I'd be interested in seeing comparisons of the results from adults vs pre-socialized children, but I've never seen them presented in a controlled enough fashion to say they're comparable.

Comment: We'll see (Score 2) 102

by MBGMorden (#49180705) Attached to: NVIDIA Announces SHIELD Game Console

Honestly, I don't doubt the technical feasibility of an Android console, but they just don't seem to be catching on.

I was one of the "early adopters" that bought an Ouya. I figured I would mostly use it for XBMC anyways and the games would just be a bonus. Thankfully XBMC works OK as the games never really materialized there (the Final Fantasy ports are about the only thing decent available).

I also bought a FireTV - again, mostly as a video device (Netflix, Hulu) for the living room TV. Again - the games haven't really taken off. The Telltale games are available on it (but then again they're available almost everywhere) and I did see SW: Knights of the Old Republic was made available for it, but overall its pretty stale.

Personally, I'm not going to be rushing out for this one until it proves itself to not be another flop. The only thing that MIGHT would interest me would be the ability to stream games from a PC, but all the steaming options I've seen in the past recommend a wireless or "robust" Wifi connection, which I generally interpret to mean it'll suck over WIFI.

Comment: operational logs should lend some detail. (Score 0, Offtopic) 33

Speaking as a NASA scientist for the project I can tell you this rover has been trickier than the others to operate. Its far more advanced, since keith secured funding for hooker headers and flowmaster pipes we've also had to upgrade to a new edelbrock carb (i threw in the holly mild cam for better low range torque.) I took a few days to tint the windows on it and, despite what my colleagues say, I think "suckin gas and haulin ass" was an excellent choice of stencil in the rear window next to the JEGS stickers. current and voltage anomalies can often be explained by the fact that neil doesnt think he has to terminate speaker wires properly and instead just wraps them in electrical tape (thats why the left front speaker cuts out all the time on the highway.) Also, and im not saying his brother does a bad job, but when we had to replace the distributor suddenly the power locks stopped working. Its not a showstopper, we're still exploring mars after all, but it makes grocery trips a pain in the ass. Ill be more than preturbed however if this is another 'caroline' scenario where we arent moving because she cant get the goddamn thing out of neutral. Its a short-throw four speed shifter Carol, for god sakes just practice in the parking lot. and for the last time, we are not arguing about the 8 ball shifter anymore its a muscle centerpiece you uncultured swine

Comment: It's always been true, it's just easier (Score 3, Insightful) 138

by argStyopa (#49180229) Attached to: Technology's Legacy: the 'Loser Edit' Awaits Us All

Bad historians have done this forever, carefully culling information to fit the predetermined narrative that they're trying to present. Don't get me wrong, sometimes this can be done in a way that makes history more entertaining & easier to understand as long as it's highlighted as what it is, but the tenor of modern (particularly American, particularly ) teaching of history is very much a linear, determinate thing: this happened, so then THIS happened, which logically led to that.

HIstory - even recent history - *must* be understood in-context. Frankly, that's what makes GOOD study of history a really hard thing. Monday-morning quarterbacking happens whether the event was last night or 1000 years ago. The people of, for example, Dark Ages Europe are practically aliens from another planet, in terms of how they saw the world; to interpret their choices (or worse, to render moral judgement on their actions) solely through the postmodern view of 2015 would be ludicrous, yet it happens constantly.

"History is written by the winners" has always been true; the internet has simply made it a sport everyone can enjoy. It's no longer academic historians fighting closeted battles over esoteric issues within their field, it's the subject of daily conversation.

Further, with the astonishingly short memory/attention span of the modern American electorate, tendentious people are able to get away with the constant revisionist presentation of events within recent memory.

Hell, half the political conversations I have, the first effort is simply to establish SOME common basis of accepted facts upon which we can even constructively argue.

Idiocracy is truly approaching.

Comment: I have a hard time accepting the argument made... (Score 3, Insightful) 138

by nimbius (#49180027) Attached to: Technology's Legacy: the 'Loser Edit' Awaits Us All
The "Loser edit" if it really is something we should wory about, and seek to avoid, has some rather dire consequences. I mean, think about it. Without the loser edit people like Justin Bieber are OK guys despite 18 documented police interventions and a drug conviction. It means that despite Pat Robertsons direct connection to a diamond mine in the congo that itself was responsible for decades of bloodshed and terror, hes an alright guy with a pretty gruff outlook on the gays. and worse yet, it means Dick Cheney, a man directly responsible for the death of nearly a million Iraqi citizens, is just a misunderstood old fogey.

Comment: Re:prevention is better than a cure (Score 1) 124

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#49179787) Attached to: Treadmill Performance Predicts Mortality
Car talk guys had an interesting observation. The average extra "lifespan" you get by exercising seems to equal the time spent exercising. Something like: Exercising 30 minutes a day works out to some 1.6 years spent exercising over 76 years and that seems to be the extra lifespan you get by exercising 30 minutes a day.

Comment: Re:So let's give a number scail so we can't self t (Score 1) 124

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#49179763) Attached to: Treadmill Performance Predicts Mortality

I really hate it when people don't use percentage as a decimal, but it still beets the IRS "Combine" algebraic operator.

I get 73 from a recent stress test. Who hoo, Still Alive! Wife still kicks my ass with a 130 though.

For a guy who hates mistakes in number formats, you seem to have a very relaxed attitude towards spelling homonyms correctly.

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