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+ - SPAM: Lost Your Keys? Your Cat? The Brain Can Rapidly Mobilize a Search Party

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An anonymous reader writes "A contact lens on the bathroom floor, an escaped hamster in the backyard, a car key in a bed of gravel: How are we able to focus so sharply to find that proverbial needle in a haystack? Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have discovered that when we embark on a targeted search, various visual and non-visual regions of the brain mobilize to track down a person, animal or thing."

Comment: Re:Fixed (Score 1) 599

by asdfx (#28299007) Attached to: Why Isn't the US Government Funding Research?

you spouted nothing more than blind conjecture with the implicit determination to end the wars altogether since we cannot 'win'. the way you are using war here versus a traditional war is an equivocation fallacy. that is, the wars on poverty and crime are not meant to be winnable (they a natural ongoing battle within society itself) whereas the war in iraq might one day be won (as this is a quarrel amongst nations).

also, there's nothing in the constitution that protects your right to smoke pot. you don't seem to understand the definition of 'unconstitutional' and, for that matter, probably couldn't be bothered to read the document (which, by the way, was not written on hemp, as i'm sure you love to tell people).

Comment: Re: Lithium is used to fight bipolar disorder (Score 1) 458

by asdfx (#27797309) Attached to: Lithium In Water "Curbs Suicide"

So lithium in the water would make people drink more water and get more lithum which makes them drink more water and get more... oh the humanity!

you mean... oh, the profit...?
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Comment: Re:does not compute (Score 2, Funny) 119

I like that the sentence begins with the benignly presupposing phrase, "Basically...", as if the material following it is set to simplify and clarify the content of the article. Then it goes on to make things more incoherent, with poor use, of punctuation, in, the explanation,. comma, comma, period.p

In other words, "blarf grrblle grble, lasne en fragne, rabble rabble rabble, chuck norris."

Comment: Re:First post. (Score 1) 141

by asdfx (#27372387) Attached to: Mozilla First To Patch Pwn2Own Browser Vulnerability

Nah, they probably have automatic updates on. I'd wager it's massive computer labs at high schools or colleges where there either isn't an administrator, the administrator is a fool, or the administrator is lazy. The need doesn't seem all that pressing, but ironically they have some of the strongest internet connections for worms to use.

Comment: Re:This seems abrupt (Score 1) 856

by asdfx (#26681009) Attached to: Windows 7 To Skip Straight To a Release Candidate

hah, someone peed in your coffee this morning, huh? your agonized rant seems rather discordant with your signature.

Anyway, you'd think that features they promised for Vista might - just might - show up in their following release. If not, then what, exactly, are you paying for?

Also, I appear to be a glutton for punctuation.

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