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Comment: Re:Are "innovations" in Windows even relevant anym (Score 1) 138

by Entropius (#49283175) Attached to: Windows 10's Biometric Security Layer Introduced

"Trying to do what they have been doing for years" also means "running some software without needing or wanting anything from the OS rather than a window manager, device drivers, a filesystem, and a networking stack". Just because the "platform" isn't "innovating" doesn't mean that people don't run nifty software on it.

Most of the frustration with Windows comes from trying to get the Microsoft marketing bullshit to fuck off so we can use computers for what computers are for: running software.

Comment: Re:As an Engineer/Journeyman Machinist I can tell (Score 1) 188

by Alsee (#49212369) Attached to: The Origin of Life and the Hidden Role of Quantum Criticality

Or.........
as a computer scientist you could look into the field of evolutionary algorithms, discover that evolution is an applied science used by half of Fortune 500 companies, discover how evolution does work, and write your own code and witness first hand that evolution works.

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Comment: Re: Salem Hypothis: Be careful not to paint with (Score 1) 188

by Alsee (#49211653) Attached to: The Origin of Life and the Hidden Role of Quantum Criticality

Let's say 30% of the population are creationists.
Let's say 10% of Engineers are creationists, because creationists are less likely to pursue the field and/or because their education convinced them to no longer be creationists.
Let's say 1% of scientists are creationists, because creationists are less likely to pursue the field and/or because their education convinced them to no longer be creationists.

Result: Any creationist claiming to have a "science degree" has something like a 90% chance of turning out to have an engineering degree.... even though engineers are unlikely to be creationists.

That's the Salem Hypothesis. Creationists claiming science degrees tend to be engineers, even though engineers tend not to be creationists.

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Comment: Re:Quantum commuicantion (Score 1) 188

by Alsee (#49211555) Attached to: The Origin of Life and the Hidden Role of Quantum Criticality

studies =shown there is no difference in effect between placebo groups and the group receiving EMF radiation

Which only goes to prove that the negative health effects of placebos can be as severe as the negative health effects caused by EMFs.

We need a law banning EMFs *and* banning placebos.

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Comment: Re:how much it took (Score 3, Interesting) 274

by Entropius (#49199563) Attached to: Laser Takes Out Truck Engine From a Mile Away

It took "mere seconds" to burn through the engine manifold.

Paint it white (specifically, something with high albedo in whatever frequency range the attacker favors) and you can probably increase that time by a factor of ten. Paint it with that retroreflective paint that they make street markings out of and you've blinded anyone near the firing station.

Laser weapons look effective now because nobody's taking rudimentary countermeasures against them (because they don't need to). But if these things start appearing on battlefields, there are some simple countermeasures that will make their life a lot more difficult.

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no substitute for a good blaster at your side. - Han Solo

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