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Comment: Re:Then I guess you could say... (Score 1) 215

by kimvette (#47915979) Attached to: Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

> that schizophrenia itself has a bit of a split personality.


Schizophrenia is when you hear "god" telling you to kill that actress.

DID is when at times you really believe you are god, then a moment later you believe you're a receptionist at a law firm, then you believe you're a construction worker - and your personalities may or may not know one another and be friends. It's a really messed up condition - I had a friend with DID once and it was unnerving because I'd wonder who I would be talking to next time I'd see her. More recently I've encountered someone I've been chatting online with who at times insists she is Hathor, the ancient Egyptian goddess, and other times insists she is a different "god" and other times she is just her. Now, she could just be trolling people online but I really do think she genuinely has DID. It's a very strange condition.

Comment: Copying Samsung again (Score 0) 203

by kimvette (#47905671) Attached to: Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

There goes Apple, innovating, er, I mean copying Samsung again. Two or three years ago Samsung reportedly had run similar tests with sapphire screens and found large sapphire panels to be too brittle.

Incidentally, I purchased the iPhone 6 last year, when it was known as the Samsung Galaxy S4. ;)

Comment: Meanwhile. . . (Score 4, Interesting) 527

by kimvette (#47857189) Attached to: AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Meanwhile, other providers are testing 10_G_bps FTTD (fibre to the desktop) for deployment, because they see the future isn't in cable TV but in providing TCP/IP (Internet, basically) connectivity. That is 10x the bandwidth any one PC you can buy off the shelf can handle without adding in a 10GbE server network card. Yes, ten GIGABITS PER SECOND over epon/dpon.

AT&T and Comcrap are just whining and clawing because they know the future is here (streaming video on demand from providers that are NOT THEM) and they don't want it. They should do what my employer is doing and embrace the ISP side of the business as their meat and potatoes and treat cable video as gravy. Cable TV is not only a zero-growth industry, but a dying industry.

Comment: Re: What the heck? (Score 5, Informative) 354

by kimvette (#47841563) Attached to: DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

". If somebody is using GPL code and refuses to issue source, it's cut and dried, guilty."


If you implement a web server, an e-commerce service, or anything involving = GPLv2-based projects but you do not distribute the binaries then you are under NO obligation to release the source code. That requirement only arises if you DISTRIBUTE binaries derived from the = GPLv2-licensed source code.

GPLv3 changes things a bit but that doesn't seem to be the issue here.

Comment: Re:The way firefox manages this... (Score 1) 67

by kimvette (#47840541) Attached to: Mozilla 1024-Bit Cert Deprecation Leaves 107,000 Sites Untrusted

Firefox is becoming a real pain in the ass when it comes to certs. I can see displaying a "ZOMG!!! WARNING!!!" when trying to load a low-bit cert, but it fails completely, which makes it unusable for managing more and more enterprise appliances, some of them being brand new. One could go to each and every appliance and LOM module and generate a new high-bit cert but if you've got enough of them in your data center it's a royal pain in the ass to do so.

The solution? Use any browser other than firefox.

Comment: Re:Progress (Score 1) 316

by kimvette (#47763595) Attached to: Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

Cloud backup is great for a one-man show when all you back up is a handful of files.

If you have more than a few employees and have to back up terabytes of data and have custom applications which require a day or two minimum to install and configure and data in multiple places, and downtime costs you hundreds, thousands, or more per hour, cloud backup services quickly become an epic fail - plus you need to worry about bandwidth caps with crappy ISPs.

Other backup solutions become more important - for low-budget IT a handful of large external hard drives swapped out daily and taken off-site is a workable (if not ideal) solution, but the best solution is still a tape drive - and replace the tapes after a few rotations. Remember when downtime costs you significant money, having full backups with a rapid restore times becomes critical.

Comment: Wait a second! (Score 2) 316

by kimvette (#47739601) Attached to: For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

Wait a minute. Let's follow legal reasoning.

Corporations are people, right? When a person lives and works overseas, even though the money is earned overseas, they're still supposed to file a return and pay taxes on those earnings, right? How can Microsoft claim legal personhood, and then neglect to pay taxes on their offshore earnings?

Comment: Re:This is ridiculous. (Score 1) 146

by kimvette (#47719063) Attached to: Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners

> The reason 9/11 worked out was because people were used to other kinds of plane hijackings. Hijackers that steal a plane, fly it somewhere, then demand something to be fulfilled before returning plane and passengers.

Exactly. It has always been an opportunity to visit places Americans are prohibited from traveling to, such as Cuba. 9/11 was a game-changer which results in passengers subduing would-be hijackers. Hell, I'd love to see passengers permanently maim and disfigure one of those fuckers and maybe force feed them pork as the ultimate insult.

Comment: Re:I am not colorblind (Score 1) 267

by kimvette (#47630231) Attached to: My degree of colorblindness:

So far I don't - I am the only one in my family who does not need glasses. To put off reading glasses as long as possible I exercise my eyes; I get close to a window with a screen, and keep shifting focus between the screen and a distant object. I can still focus clearly on objects about 6 inches away. Closer is difficult but sometimes doable with practice. I can clearly discern the pixels on my smartphone (4.99" 1080p display) and huge pixels on my desktop monitors (1080p) drive me nuts. I'm hoping Asus gets their 1440p 120Hz (3D capable!) monitors out soon. :-)

One thing I have noticed is the last couple of years when I get over-tired I cannot focus clearly on anything so there is that.

Comment: Re:I am not colorblind (Score 1) 267

by kimvette (#47630199) Attached to: My degree of colorblindness:

Secondly, the colorblindness test they do as part of a normal eye exam is rather poor for detecting mild colorblindness. You see a faint and indistinct "5" in the dots, and you're lumped together with everyone who sees a clear and unambiguous "5".

A person with tetrachromatic vision will see a faint, indistinct but discernable 5 in those tests because their eyes are better at discerning slight hue differences.

Comment: Re:Different colors (Score 1) 267

by kimvette (#47630187) Attached to: My degree of colorblindness:

Do you pass or fail color blindness tests? You might be tetrachromatic in one eye. Another thing that can cause it is if one light is receiving more light than the other (your eyes will rarely both receive the same amount of light) so one retina will be bleached a little more in the color spectrum of the bright object you are looking at. There are also other reasons each eye might respond differently to color (such as one eye has more or less of a type of cone cell than the other).

If you are tetrachromatic though, it can be advantageous, such as acing online hue sorting tests such as


Interviews: Ask James Cameron About The Deepsea Challenge 3D Movie 45

Posted by samzenpus
from the go-ahead-and-ask dept.
Starting at 5:15 am local time on March 26, 2012, James Cameron piloted the Deepsea Challenger to the east depression of the Challenger Deep, the deepest part of the Mariana Trench. He spent three hours exploring the sea floor. Later analysis of the specimens Cameron collected during this and other dives in the submersible revealed many life forms, with at least 100 of them identified as new species. One shrimp-like amphipod was found to produce a compound that was already in clinical trials to treat Alzheimer’s disease. The Deepsea Challenger submersible and science platform was donated to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on March 26, 2013, the one-year anniversary of the historic dive. A new National Geographic film chronicling the project from the beginning called, Deepsea Challenge 3D, is coming out August 8th in select theaters. Here's your chance to ask James Cameron and director John Bruno about the film, the dive, and the submersible. As usual, ask as many questions as you'd like, but please, one per post.

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