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Comment: Re:Is it dead? (Score 2) 109

by dinfinity (#46771943) Attached to: Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft

Thank you. So few people seem to see what is going on and how that is going to continue.

Android x86 is going to take down Android ARM within a few years and Windows 9 is going to go down with it. In fact, if Android x86 had been a bit more mature a week ago, 80% of the people that have switched to Windows 8.1 would have switched to Android x86 instead.

It is clear that Intel has been asleep in this market, but it is even clearer that they are on the war path and intent on destroying Qualcomm and ARM in general.
Producing low-power chips and pushing Android x86 are the obvious ways to do that.

If you take into account the interoperability between Android ARM and Android x86 (made possible by Java and an intelligent package creation and delivery system for the bits of NDK code), most consumers won't even know the difference between their desktop / tablet Intel x86 SoC running Android or their 'old' phone Samsung ARM SoC running Android. Everybody will just gradually transition to x86-based mobile devices as Intel uses all their tactics, money and power to push their ARM competitors to the same corner where AMD is allowed to exist currently.

Comment: Re:They've got a lot of catching up to do... (Score 1) 431

by dinfinity (#46745439) Attached to: Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

My comments were not anti race but anti subculture

Can you name some of these subcultures?

To be blunt: black people, and to a lesser extent, first generation Hispanics

Those are not 'subcultures'. Honestly, how the fuck is 'black people' even remotely a denominator for a subculture? If you'd have said 'black culture' it would have been half credible.

I'll give you a hint why members of those 'subcultures' tend to stay where they are. Terrible social mobility, expensive education and ghetto's.
If the environment you grew up in is made up of largely uneducated people, succeeding will be a problem. People strive for success within their community, within what they perceive as their in-group. They look at role models from their community, people that got ahead. Considering that it is ridiculously expensive to get a proper higher education in the US, few of those role models will be of the educated type. Instead, the vast majority of role models will be people that got ahead in some other way: by being good at some sport, having success in the entertainment industry, or becoming a successful criminal. Things where education is not required.

As a Western European, I always laugh at these kinds of quotes:

These communities get enourmous amounts of money from the federal, state, and city governments.

Your idea of 'enormous' is ridiculous. You should come here, where all education up to the age of 23 is government subsidized to the point where it is almost free. You are deluding yourself if you think that the US is throwing huge amounts of money at this problem.

I agree with you that there is no 'quick' fix, but having higher education be accessible to everyone is absolutely the first step that needs to be taken. If that step is not taken, little will change.

Comment: Re:Its called paying attention (Score 1) 364

by dinfinity (#46654293) Attached to: Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

1. I've never run a red light I didn't want to run. Because I pay attention when I'm driving.
2. The whole concept of a 'double-length' yellow is retarded. There are yellow lengths that are too short, that are too long and everything in between. The ideal yellow length allows (almost) all vehicles coming up to that intersection to safely come from the maximum speed allowed to a full stop before the intersection, within its length and under regular conditions.
3. If the light is yellow you should stop, if possible. Not 'if it just turned yellow, you can probably still make it' (which is what your flashing green light would indicate).
4. If you 'notice' a traffic light at the last moment, you are a terrible driver, period. There's a reason those things are designed to be visible and readable from miles away.
5. If you run a red light because you could not come to a full stop safely before the intersection, you either did not see or respond to the yellow light timely or the length of the yellow light is woefully short.

Comment: Re:Its called paying attention (Score 0) 364

by dinfinity (#46647885) Attached to: Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

A double-length yellow light would reduce these accidents tremendously. But the problem here is that a driver who looks up and suddenly notices a yellow light may still not know whether it has been yellow for 1 second or for 6 seconds. So there's no difference, at least in their mind; they have to quickly decide whether to hit the brakes hard or to speed up.

'Suddenly notices'?? Are you kidding me? Fucking learn how to drive like a responsible adult.
If you run a red light because you didn't pay attention to the core thing you should have been paying attention to, which is safely crossing the intersection, you deserve the fucking ticket.

Comment: Re:Its called paying attention (Score 1) 364

by dinfinity (#46641821) Attached to: Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

I like a system I saw in Mexico and I've heard exists elsewhere, where the green light flashes for a few seconds before turning yellow. Requires no extra signage, still gets the point across and makes for safer intersections.

And I take it the meaning of the green flashing would be 'if you can safely come to a stop before the intersection, do so'?

The 'problem' is in your mind.

Comment: Re:Um, right. (Score 1) 278

by dinfinity (#46553247) Attached to: Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

I'm pretty sure that the level of intelligence, grasp of the subject matter and didactic skill of the assisting parent make a lot of difference.

Considering the quality of those aspects in the average child-rearing adult, it is hardly surprising that their tutoring does little good. Being a good teacher is hard.

Comment: Re: Ridiculous. (Score 1) 914

Of course, you could also use the drugs to shorten current sentences (whilst keeping the 'perceived' length the same).

That is of course assuming that rehabilitation is in some way linked to the perceived (or actual) length of the sentence. That assumption is actually one of the more problematic aspects of how most people view justice:
There is absolutely no scientific basis for the length of prison sentences when it comes to the effect on rehabilitation.
Pretty much all prison sentence durations have been, in essence, pulled out of a dark tunnel-shaped place, somewhere in Napoleonic times: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N...
(Modifications have been relative: sentence x should be shorter, or sentence y should be shorter than sentence z.)

Now imagine that using these drugs (or other means) it would be possible to completely rehabilitate all criminals within a week. It certainly feels wrong and would let people 'get away with murder'. Why not kill your wife/kid/boss/sworn enemy, if the only thing lost is a week of your life?
I think that as long as we are animals in our core, fear of punishment is an essential part of preventing crime. One could imagine less counterproductive types of punishment than sending people to crime-camp.

Comment: Re:As someone currently dealing with athlete's foo (Score 1) 63

by dinfinity (#46509297) Attached to: Friendly Fungus Protects Our Mouths From Invaders

My allergist isn't a big fan of zinc pyrithione.

Because? I'm genuinely interested.

Selenium sulfide shampoos [...] have worked far better for my seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp

Mm, I had not yet encountered that one. After a bit of googling, I found this good overview: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pm... (the substance specific appreciation is at the end).

Comment: Re:As someone currently dealing with athlete's foo (Score 3, Interesting) 63

by dinfinity (#46499591) Attached to: Friendly Fungus Protects Our Mouths From Invaders

Terbinafine (Lamisil) is the most effective compound against that: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...
1 week of exposure is enough to eradicate all traces of the fungi that cause athlete's foot. Lamisil Once is very effective if you're lazy or forgetful.

If you prefer 'natural' methods, you can apply (or soak in) a sufficiently acidic solution of citric acid or vinegar for two weeks. Skip a day and the two-week counter resets, as the method relies on the fungi not reproducing until they all die naturally. The same goes for most anti-fungal treatments, by the way (which is why Lamisil Once is so effective).

While we're on the subject of fungi: dandruff is often caused by the fungus http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M... (globosa), which feeds on the lipids on your scalp.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z... is quite effective in dealing with the fuckers, without requiring a prescription from your doctor.

Comment: Re:And the water practically disappears, right? (Score 1) 545

by dinfinity (#46446167) Attached to: Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

True, but if you're going to talk about the consumption of potable water you have to talk about the production of potable water, which rain is an essential part of.

I'm all for a (discussion about a) nuanced overview of the actual issues concerning potable water instead of some alarmist bullshit that implies that water is simply 'used up'.

To be honest, the 'potable water shortage' issue is more an issue of energy than of matter. There is plenty of H2O on this planet, it just needs to be filtered and/or desalinated. If you've got a constant and 'renewable' shitload of usable energy coming in, your water problems disappear. Potable water produced in such a way is and will be more expensive than sucking aquifiers dry, but apparently not prohibitively so:

"Solar-powered desalination currently averages about $1.52-$2.05 per cubic metre of water produced, depending on technology, energy costs and location, according to the World Bank. Conventionally, alternatives typically cost half that or less. The cubic-metre costs of desalinised water in Israel's traditional Hadera and (newer) Sorek plants, for example, are $0.65 and $0.52 respectively."
( http://www.theguardian.com/sus... )

"Energy consumption of sea water desalination can be as low as 3 kWh/m^3"
( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D... )

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