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Comment: Re:Easy to understand - impossible to solve. (Score 1) 149

Would it help if the VR headset allowed for some Actual Reality to seep through in some controlled way? Couple of ideas come to mind --

1. Have a faint overlay of "AR" with the VR image. Could be that the physical screen is partly transparent somehow so you can see the outside, with a controllable (manual or automatic) transparency.

2. Have a small square patch of AR in your field of view, say in the upper right corner, that your eyes can dart back to when your brain needs some grounding. Kind of like a little plug in the headset that when you remove physically with your hands, you see a hole through which the real world shines through. When it's plugged back, you see a black square in its place. Actually it would be more like a camera shutter -- touch the headset on the side and it opens/closes.

3. Time-shared -- at certain times, auto-deduced or manual, the entire VR quickly fades in into your entire field of view. That would be best if optical and not rendered, so it may be a form of (1) -- unless rendered is fast enough (maybe with direct circuitry from the headset camera to the screen, without going through the PC).

The idea is the very moment you feel uncomfortable you touch the headset (perhaps even command it via EEG) and you see the real world immediately -- without worrying about taking off the headset.

Comment: Re:Relaxing = Live longer? (Score 1) 207

by iMadeGhostzilla (#49160395) Attached to: Research Suggests That Saunas Help You Live Longer

I'm not sure we'll ever find causation in a complex system such as human life, beyond the very simple and obvious. Ie. as someone said it is not clear that there is an arrow of causality from A to B. If B (a person's life) depends on a bajillion other factors, what influence could a single A (sauna) have that could be demonstrated and isolated? Unless A is something obvious like ingesting cyanide.

I think the point of these studies is more like, if something has been done for a long time (eg. sauna in moderation, in Finland) and you enjoy it (perhaps after giving it some time), then it's probably not bad for you.

Comment: Re:What is different? (Score 1) 119

by iMadeGhostzilla (#49068151) Attached to: FAA Proposes Rules To Limit Commercial Drone Use

I think I understand the FAA's position. The precaution to ban all commercial use until a good system is put in place is unfair to roofers but likely prevents some far more wild and daring commercial ventures -- people motivated by money will go a lot further than people motivated by leisure -- that would likely have resulted in damage and injuries or worse. That's the reality of needing laws -- they are bound to be unfair to some but are considered to be beneficial for the society overall.

And IMO had the rules be more lax from the outset and a few bad accidents had happened, it would likely have brought bad PR for drones in general (not that they are terribly loved now) and would likely stun the progress in that area for longer.

I'm not a big fan of the current administration but I think being cautious about drones *in this country* is the right thing to do.

Comment: Re:And no consequences? (Score 1) 223

by iMadeGhostzilla (#48989317) Attached to: US Health Insurer Anthem Suffers Massive Data Breach

I'm not sure more laws will help. The health industry is already under tons of laws like HIPAA and this still happened. I also believe that past some reasonable point, more and more regulations make people who do the actual work in the field (doctors in this case) resentful about their jobs.

Comment: Re:The biggest failure of science: (Score 2) 200

by iMadeGhostzilla (#48980675) Attached to: Too Much Exercise May Not Be Better Than a Sedentary Lifestyle

I imagine that people who run that much don't do it because science says exercise is good (as if we needed science to know that), they probably enjoy it. My guess is that people who only mildly enjoy running or not much at all but do it because they believe it's good for you are unlikely to run that much.

And btw Science is such a wide umbrella of institutions, organizations and body of knowledge that it makes little sense to talk about it in general. People running particle accelerators and social scientists making phone calls randomly and asking questions are very different beasts.

Comment: Re:Thanks NSA and others (Score 2) 127

More like, if one (Western) company sells, that company is lost. Because they will have to give away their source code knowing that any guarantees about it being kept private will mean exactly nothing, and might as well put it up on their web site. So unless they are already open source and live off of providing services, that will be the end of them.

Comment: What Happens At Yucca Mountain... (Score 1) 176

'The name "Yucca Mountain" is synonymous with danger and excitement. It's so much more than some single-industry desert town with a lot of unusual buildings—the entire place surges with activity and pulses with the thrill of the forbidden. The eerie luminescent glow lights the Nevada sky all through the night. Everyone has heard stories, but no one who hasn't visited can truly understand Yucca Mountain. Why's that? Well, my friend, I'd like to tell you, but folks who work here have a little saying: What happens at the Yucca Mountain Federal Nuclear Waste Disposal and Encasement Facility stays at the Yucca Mountain Federal Nuclear Waste Disposal and Encasement Facility. '

I just love their writing. http://www.theonion.com/articl...

Comment: Re:More proof (Score 1) 667

by iMadeGhostzilla (#48877555) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

That's a separate point, I completely agree, voting by non-experts to decide if experts are correct or not in their domain is a bigger nonsense, unless the voting body thinks that the majority of experts in the field are frauds and votes on their character or something like that. Which could make sense if that's a very small group of experts we're talking about, but that is not the case with the climate research.

So it's nonsense, nonsense, nonsense all around. On the surface anyway -- underlying that is a clash of worldviews I think, one of "higher intelligence" with special designs for us, and the other of an impersonal "intelligence" in the form of "laws" which doesn't care about us.

Comment: Re:Time for a UNION! (Score 1) 271

by iMadeGhostzilla (#48877377) Attached to: The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

That is a good point. We should also push for changes in laws that offer incentives for being a contractor (and/or small business or part of a small business). One of the changes could be eligibility for assistance if you are at the poverty line -- the argument for it being that the state should protect the weak, not the middle class. In my view, if people can live modestly as contractors or workers at small businesses and know they can count on not starving when there's no work, that's still better than the the combination of large corporations and mass consumption that the current system favors, because it would be (I believe) more robust and sane. It might also solve the problem of migrant workers, if people in their own countries are willing to do lower-end jobs.

It's a change that would take time, but I think it should be embraced first by those who can take it more easily, like software engineers, to go back to the original post. (By "should" I mean it would be good for them, if they agree.) Btw I'm not blaming "the Man" for the current state, I think the system evolved that way b/c most of us believed large and more organized is better. I also think enough evidence is coming to show that's not the case.

Comment: Re:More proof (Score 2) 667

by iMadeGhostzilla (#48872125) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

That's nonsense. Science operates outside of policy, whereas policy takes into account science, politics, economy, "state of the union" and so on.

For science to define policy would mean that politics, economy, "state of the union" and so on would be input to science and output would be policy. That doesn't make sense because that is not what science is concerned about, nor can measure, or has credible theories about it. (I do not count economy, political science etc. as sciences.)

Comment: Re:Time for a UNION! (Score 3, Interesting) 271

by iMadeGhostzilla (#48867253) Attached to: The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

Maybe a solution is to move away from the job culture and into service/contract culture. Employment meant something when it was meant to be long term, when companies were stable. Tech world especially moves too quickly. Unless someone really likes the company, wants to be a part of it anyway and accepts that he or she may need to leave when the company's needs change, why be an employee at all? Why go through the pretense of loyalty and security when it doesn't exist? Simply work per project or as a contractor as long as the services are needed, then be quick and nimble and find other clients when the situation changes. Not much different than a taxi driver perhaps. All the while be your own boss and keep your dignity, even if you make a little less (or more, if you are lucky and willing) and accept the short term uncertainty. (Something we evolved to deal with anyway.) Arguably long term uncertainty is worse when you are employed.

Comment: Sit on an exercise ball (Score 1) 348

by iMadeGhostzilla (#48856837) Attached to: Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

That would be my recommendation. It takes as little space as a chair. I have a dark gray one that blends nicely in the office environment, and I didn't need to change anything -- I even kept my chair for visitors.

Does sitting on a ball helps your health? I don't know of any studies, but speaking for myself, when I sit on a regular chair for more than a couple of hours I get low back pain. With a ball I can work 10-12 hour days without any pain. (My theory is that's because the pressure point is constantly moving a little.) I'm constantly making little movements so I don't feel stuck. It works the abs for sure. It's fun -- when I'm thinking about a problem I can roll on my back and be lying on it and it definitely helps. I also bounce on it when I'm thinking or do balancing poses. I can do situps to shake up a little. When I'm tired I can lean on it at 45 degrees angle and it feels restful. It helps straighten my posture.

The downside is the posture -- I tend to slouch if I can't lean on something. To prevent that, I wear shoulder support straps when I work. That's why it improves my posture, otherwise would degrade it.

Another upside -- I can carry my "chair" with me anywhere (e.g. when I'm going overseas for a month). In that sense it's the opposite of a standing desk. I used a standing desk for about four years, but started having back pains with those as well. Similar reason I guess -- not much change in the pressure point.

I've been sitting on the ball for about 7 months now. It took me about a month or two to break in completely, during which I'd sometimes switch to the regular chair. Now it feels great and my body always prefers the ball.

You need the right size ball; they come in 75, 65, and 55cm diameter. I'm 6'0 and I use the 75cm. They are probably all similar in quality, but this is the one I use and can recommend: http://www.amazon.com/GoFit-75.... I have one for the office and one for home. For shoulder support I use this: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CM..., size Large (even though I wear mostly Medium for regular clothing). Hope it helps.

Comment: Re:Are you afraid? (Score 2) 258

You would want to practice morality for your own mental health and well-being. That you even consider it means it is in your consciousness (and your conscience). You can compare it to a pilot who is dropping a bomb on a target that he thinks he knows is strictly military, vs. when he sees the target is also civilian. Now that you have the knowledge, you can't escape it. So what to do with it? The pattern is, as far as I can tell, that people who are aware they are breaking an ethical issue, which usually means harming others directly or indirectly, and who are perhaps concerned enough about it to ask others for opinions, but choose to ignore it under some rationalization, suffer later in life -- with depression and other things. It doesn't even matter if the majority of others are doing the same thing, what matters is your internal state of mind. If you do not know, or can't possibly see how that can be an issue, you do not have the mental consequences as when you do know, or suspect, but do it anyway. That's just how life is. You happen to both know and care at some level about the ethical issues (even if you might prefer that you did not), so that will affect your options. That's my opinion.

Comment: Re:Fuck Wall Street "analysts" and journalists (Score 1) 155

by iMadeGhostzilla (#48755553) Attached to: The Fire Phone Debacle and What It Means For Amazon's Future

I have zero interest in the fire phone but that statement is not true: there is hardware and software engineering work done that make this product both new and useful, except not as much compared to market alternatives. But those engineers and designers and so on made the damn thing, unlike these idiot analysts who make nothing of value and give their opinion without having any skin in the game (or stand to make a profit in not-quite-not-yet-illegal ways -- there's a book called Conflicted by Michael Pulp which gives a good insight at what goes on in that world).

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