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Comment: The real question is step 1... (Score 0) 667

by barfy (#46551219) Attached to: Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

From the Cosmos show, the key ingredient of all life is the DNA factory in the cell. Where the DNA is stripped and duplicated and new cells are created. This is true for all life, and the process of accidental mistakes that result in desirable traits become part of the life tree because the life is more sustainable or competes well compared to previous versions, ultimately over an extremely long time, 100's of millions of generations results in the totality of life on earth.

The unanswered question, is how does this DNA duplication factory happen by accident? Not to mention the accidental creation of DNA in the first place. I believe that these are unanswered and unduplicated in any experiment or theory (one theory are that it isn't accidental everywhere, but somehow happened accidentally once, and redistributed in the universe by some form, an alien invasion), (Other theories are that is a divine spark), (Others is that the universe in a perverse form of chemistry and physics demands that life spontaneously appears wherever the conditions are ripe). It's not a question of the eye, or the complexity of the brain. But life itself.

The next question becomes why small ever more complex that life is, how does this accidental creation of life itself, does the basic operating system, which is I suppose essentially chemistry, how does this chemical thing that happened, how in the world of I suppose anything, is rich enough in the get-go to ultimately support the ability to create all life and all life functions. (I think that this question may indeed be easier than the step 1 questions). Why is the first accidental step to life a single cell microbe, and not say a full grown human being. Why is accident 1 not more complex? We share 50% of our DNA with Bananas. We both have the same DNA factory inside our cells.

Comment: Re:How can the situation be improved? (Score 1) 513

by barfy (#46321387) Attached to: Why Is US Broadband So Slow?

food has a huge government input. The Farm bill is one of the largest pieces of legislation financially. A large reason food is cheap, is that the government provides incentive to supply food at a slight overage and maintains returns to the farmers by artificially inflating markets. I was with you until the last sentence.

Comment: Re:Diabetics (Score 3, Informative) 47

by barfy (#45507375) Attached to: Digital Taste Interface

There is good reason to believe that sweet testing things cause insulin production, especially because certain items, especially sugars start making it into your blood stream prior to ingestion. This is the believed source of the diet coke makes you fat syndrome. It causes insulin response because of sweetness, gating existing blood sugar into cells for storage. Lowering blood sugar which needs to be replaced making you eat, eat sooner, eat more often, eat energy dense foods. If they are ONLY testing blood sugar response on diabetics, you may find that it DOESN'T affect blood sugar, because they are diabetic. Where this makes a world of difference is in pre-diabetics. Those that already have too much stored in their body, but have either yet to max out, or that the insulin production in their body hasn't already been damaged.

Comment: Suspected Action by NSA, Police? (Score 1) 1105

by barfy (#43456813) Attached to: Explosions at the Boston Marathon

Ok... Pure speculation, but what I would do if I was designing an anti-terrorist plan.

Imagine you have immediate access to all cell phone activity in the country. There are reported reasons to believe that this is true...

ASAP prepaid cellphone lockout in the area, and possibly nationwide or just rich target areas.

Almost immediately thereafter cellphone number of the triggers and what phone called them. (This can be done by simply looking at calls that weren't answered at the right time and right location),

Tracking of location of calling phone, to within a cell tower.

Time tracking of triggered phones and calling phone, within a relatively short period of time. Proximity (time/location) to any other preferably pre-paid phones, this will give an indication to additional devices.

Transmit to authorities continual location of calling phone.

Full time tracking of triggered phones. To give location of origin of bomb making, number of devices, time of plot, testing of devices.

Take down of bomb making site.

Additional features I am sure.

All within hours, max. I am sure that this would have been scripted for almost immediate action. Who knows what the constitutional implications are.

Comment: Please Please Please... (Score 1) 712

by barfy (#40369707) Attached to: Microsoft Announces 'Surface' Tablet

I have wanted a convertible (which this is close to), that allowed typing when appropriate, but the interface was sensitive to the fact I am touching the screen or using a stylus. The previous windows versions just didn't work because everything was upper left centric. Which means if your right handed you simply obscured the screen. And interaction with the pen didn't let you interact with the document. PLEASE or PLEASE have fixed this. I am currently apple centric, but I am not a fanboy, I live where the implementation best matches what I want. I am totally willing for windows to have this correct. I am encouraged, so far if value was number one on my list, they are getting much closer, and it will be important. But if they can just tear down a few walls in usability and design...

Comment: This is reference hardware for... (Score 1) 288

by barfy (#40344623) Attached to: Microsoft To Sell Its Own Windows RT Tablet

Smart Glass. This is a bit different than a phone. Just like they make Keyboards, Mice and Joysticks. This is primarily for the smart glass living room marketplace, and they are going to explore ideas that are best for that space and application, as well as all the other cool stuff you can do with a tablet.

Comment: Neither... (Score 1, Interesting) 222

They are not trying to be Apple, but more like Google. They are not attempting to make a play like Xbox, but rather a massive infrastructure play. RIM provided an interesting value proposition at the time. They would send somebody to install a thing in your server room that let the mail work on the phone. This was HUGE. Microsoft is attempting to not require RIM by making their mail servers aware that they are talking to a phone. And that they will be first class with Hotmail, and possible with Yahoo. And Gmail may well limp and work as well.

I think it will come down to the Windows environment and the ITunes environment. This race will become much closer over time. Apple found a huge wedge with iPod, in establishing the iTunes environment on top of a compelling UI and continual Internet Access and compelling and good enough environment to develop for. There was simply nothing else like it.

Android is simply too lasses faire and requires too much learning for your non-geek and simply doesn't "work" yet.

Windows phone definitely appears to match the compelling features of the Apple environment and will become easily a major player in the market place. Personally, they are very close. I love the 900, but I am going to live off contract for awhile while I get the last few drops of functionality out my 4. What happens next, I don't know. But I definitely do not think that Microsoft needs to spend resources buying a handset manufacturer.

Comment: Seriously, this... (Score 1) 228

by barfy (#39001837) Attached to: What Does a Software Tester's Job Constitute?

Create and propagate information that helps people to create and ship the software...

Everything else is details on this. I was the senior software tester for multiple projects. I got paid more than most everyone else, because I owned the above. I helped and did everything, and spent as little time as possible, NOT doing anything else.

However, most people spent tons and tons of time NOT doing the above. The created very little new and useful information, and propagated very little. The company would make up for this by hiring LOTS of people, to try and create more information. Lots of time, people were given my stuff, in an attempt to expand on it.

Personally, I spent a very small fraction of my time on regression testing. A little more on verification. But most of my time creating and propagating information.

I would spend time creating models and predictions, and watching carefully what would happen. I would look at errors, user expectations, standards, behaviors and functionality. And barf stuff out as quickly as possible. And some percentage of time was coming up with larger and better explanations.

I was never done, and I never could work enough to find them all, and I was never satisfied. There was always rich veins of information to be uncovered and passed on.

At some point it shipped anyways...

Sometimes I was there for the next version, sometimes I did other things.

My personal satisfaction, was knowing that I had a substantial impact on what shipped. And that it was better for me being there.

If bankers can count, how come they have eight windows and only four tellers?