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Comment: Re: In the retina? (Score 1) 60

It depends on what you mean. They are probably talking about the center-surround filtering in the retina (because that is about the only thing the retina does that anyone understands). It's a pretty simplistic view, and most people wouldn't call them "line" filters unless you were talking about something more like the oriented band pass filters of V1.

Dumb pop sciencey article is dumb and pop sciencey.

Comment: Re:CIA computers (Score 4, Interesting) 242

by bmacs27 (#46455441) Attached to: Senator Accuses CIA of Snooping On Intelligence Committee Computers
Yea... they sure did have a bigger problem. Someone (intentionally or unintentionally) leaked to congress their own account of what was really going on.

I think people are being unfair to Feinstein here. This has serious ramifications on congressional oversight of intelligence orgs. At stake is the existence of any elected oversight of spooks.

Comment: Re: Victim blaming (Score 1) 479

by bmacs27 (#46450161) Attached to: Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers
Advice appreciated. I do take basic security precautions, but also feel there is a responsibility on device and software manufacturers. The current state of "default security" is abysmal. Frankly, if I was in the field, I would be embarrassed by current standard practices. Not being a victim, I welcome you encouraging caution. However, when someone has intimate details of their life exposed for no apparent reason, our response should not be, "they should have been taking this additional security measure." That's something their computer security providers (in this case Google) should have been doing. Instead, the public awareness campaign should focus on what additional security measures the crooks might should have taken, and dragging their sorry asses to the pillory.

Comment: But their bid was lower! (Score 4, Insightful) 227

This is why government contracts are broken. You are forced to go with the low bid in cases like this, so you end up with garbage. Yet, you still end up giving away no-bid contracts to preferred cronies like KBR. All the fascism, none of the quality.

Comment: Re:But.. (Score 1) 340

by bmacs27 (#45349065) Attached to: Global Biological Experiment Generates Exciting New Results
Right. His point is dumb. His form of capitalism would require such a burdensome regulatory check the transaction costs associated with it would sink any enterprise. Further, as you point out, everyone would be coerced to comply with said regulation. I.e. I would need to verify that everyone has been satisfactorily compensated to voluntarily allow me to damage their air quality. Dumb point is dumb.

Prediction is very difficult, especially of the future. - Niels Bohr