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Comment Dash Computers are Suboptimal (Score 1) 249

In 10 years, it will still be a fine car but the dash computer will be an antique. My car has bluetooth and a phone jack, and that will allow me to hook up the latest equipment to navigate and entertain me, for a long time, and replace it on my own schedule.

Comment Re:Doctor what's wrong with me? (Score 1) 111

Those genes are not expressed, and we don't have copies of those viruses floating around our bloodstream.

Probably, and for the most part. But we used to think the genome was mostly "junk DNA" before we understood that much of it was homeotic in function. It seems to me that virus copies would not be conserved over time unless they were serving some function.

Comment Re: Police? (Score 4, Informative) 370

I worked at one of those background check companies for a while. It's amazing how much information people will give up for the chance of winning a contest, or even just asking.

The credit headers have some good information, but it's nothing in comparison to people filling out random forms for free shit.

Comment Re:Facebook database (Score 1) 113

database, dossier, file, list... anything would have been more accurate than "facebook". Hell, even if they compared it to Wikipedia, it would have been more accurate.

Facebook is full of user supplied information. The others are collections of information by 3rd parties. Maybe they were hoping for the keyword "facebook" to get their story more traffic. It got them here, so that should be good for at least a couple dozen clicks. That's the number of daily Slashdot users now, right?

Comment Re:From TFA: bit-exact or not? (Score 1) 174

There used to be a web page called "Your Eyes Suck at Blue". You might find it on the Wayback machine.

You can tell the luminance of each individual channel more precisely than you can perceive differences in mixed color. This is due to the difference between rod and cone cells. Your perception of the color gamut is, sorry, imprecise. I'm sure that you really can't discriminate 256 bits of blue in the presence of other, varying, colors.

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