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Comment: Re:Really need to post information about the act (Score 1) 40

by garyisabusyguy (#49145021) Attached to: Patent Trolls On the Run But Not Vanquished Yet

Are you suggesting the Marshall Texas, population 23,523, where the federal courthouse is located that is mentioned in your linked article is NOT a rural area?

Or perhaps having a mail-drop 'office' adjacent to the court house is not 'shopping' for a jury and judge...

Comment: Re:Pinky and the Brain (Score 1) 82

by garyisabusyguy (#49144371) Attached to: Xeroxed Gene May Have Paved the Way For Large Human Brain

Interesting, I did some googling and found a competing theory that it is the restrictions of the mother's metabolism that demands that the baby be born at nine months. As compared to a chimpanzees development at birth (brain 1/2 the size at adulthood) the birth canal would only need to be 3 centimeters wider, a size that many women could accommodate

link to study:

Taking that out of consideration, I still have to wonder at the novelty of increasing brain size and complexity in mammals. I think that mice would have severe limitations to the size of the brain that they could support. What mammals would be capable of supporting a brain of similar size to humans? Elephants can obviously support a very large brain, would this gene provide for a more human-like brain (increase in folds and complexity). They would face limitations in terms of supportability (kinda hard to keep that super-intelligent elephant in an urban environment.

What would be an appropriate target for engineering an intelligent companion for humans? Dogs, cats or even horses? To be honest I selected cows because of the intelligent cow at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe offering to serve up portions of its own body for consumption. But they would also have a fairly docile pattern of behavior and we are pretty good at keeping them in line. Pigs may be another option (Animal Farm anybody).


Comment: Re:Pinky and the Brain (Score 2) 82

by garyisabusyguy (#49143167) Attached to: Xeroxed Gene May Have Paved the Way For Large Human Brain

The limiting factor to human brain development has been the birth process

If we apply this technique to animals that have larger birth canals, then we can create beings that have brains that are much larger than a humans

All hail our future bovine overlords!

You don't think that they will hold a grudge over the past few millennia do you?

Comment: What about a windows VM? (Score 0) 169

by garyisabusyguy (#49138221) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

What would be the downside of just installing a windows vm on Linux to run games?
It would seem to remove most of the barriers, and provide the benefit of isolating the host system from potential intrusion.
Many people like to boast about the security benefits of *nixes, but I think that loading a bunch of resource intensive gaming applications would tend to reduce that benefit

Comment: Re:Black Mirror (Score 4, Interesting) 243

by garyisabusyguy (#49134759) Attached to: 5 White Collar Jobs Robots Already Have Taken

Yes. but I think that the people using exercise bikes to generate power is just a placeholder for 'something else' that the author hasn't quite figured out yet (kinda like the human batteries from The Matrix)

I tend to look to the past for what we will find in the future and this immediately brought to mind 'A Modest Proposal' with its suggestion for the proper use of 'excess human population'. Just to save you from doing any research, it is the same that was found in Soylent Green (but much better written, Johnathan Swift possessed wit)

Of course, Spock's Brain comes to mind as our robotic overlords become to advanced to be bothered with tending to the 'plumbing' and outsource the more mundane work to our feeble human brains

The expositions of the future used to envision a world where automation resulted in a life of ease for us mere humans, this could still be the case if the concentration of wealth to the upper echelons can be avoided

Comment: Re:Not in the US (Score 1) 395

I was given morphine for pain in the US after splenectomy due to trauma (mid-70's)

Contracted pneumonia, so they dropped the morphine immediately and started harassing me to walk around (dragging the IV around like a rolling crutch) because the death rate from pneumonia as a complication of pneumonia is pretty damned deadly

Not certain if it was the withdrawal from morphine or moving around with a foot long incision through all of my abdominal muscles that was the biggest bitch, but it left a lasting impression and I have had a deep seeded dislike for any opiates for the past 40 years

Maybe near death and torture-like treatment is an effect means of opiate avoidance

Comment: Re:Says Howie. (Score 1) 670

by garyisabusyguy (#49109603) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge

Surveying has changed an awful lot in the past 30 years. It used to be that you operated a theodolite, closed out loops and calculated error rates, spun out construction staking, etc... Then everybody started getting HP calculators that would perform all the brain work and uplink to cogo programs on pcs and (apparently) now everything can be performed by one or two man crews using high resolution GPS

I jumped ship in the late 80's and took the GIS train to Unix serverland big Oracle databases, which paid the bills for a good while, 'til I decided to go back to college and (eventually) started working with financial and online commerce systems. I like to think that the disciplines of civil engineering make me better at the job that I do now, but I may be delusional

I've spent a lot of time in big datacenters and cubicle farms fondly remembering the days spent doing boundary surveys on old ranches and outlying areas before they got plowed under for subdivisions, and yes surveyors can be an awfully happy bunch of people, filled with former forward observers and semi-civilized miscreants who dream of weekends spent hunting and prospecting

I usually draw my memories back to the last summer I spent re-staking residential streets in 120+ (official Fahrenheit temp, probably hotter where I was) temps with asphalt layers and heavy equipment rolling past my head, then I am happy with my career choices

In the long term surveyors battle skin cancer and alcoholism, it can be hard to stick with it

Comment: Re:Says Howie. (Score 1) 670

by garyisabusyguy (#49108903) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge

I worked with a guy that had a mathematics degree once. He was the most unhappy land surveyor that I ever met. He said that he was faced with teaching high school math because he was not in the upper percentages of his cohort, so he abandoned it entirely and switched to a career that made some tangential use of his education

Comment: Re: Good grief... (Score 1) 670

by garyisabusyguy (#49108881) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge

I agree with 99.9% of what you wrote above, but the word is 'sow', unless you are reaping clothing

Just to digress from humor for a moment, much of the scientific method calls for a person to point out errors, even of those people who they largely agree with.

It is BS playground politics that require that everybody line up and agree 100% with everything that one of their buddies spews. You might feel that they are being assholes, but if you take the time to listen to their criticisms, then you will be the better for it.
(and yes, that is a janky sentence structure, feel free to improve on it)

A formal parsing algorithm should not always be used. -- D. Gries