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Comment: Related work: entropic bounds on (Score 1) 211

by freality (#47875635) Attached to: Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

Related work:

surprisingly no references between Adami and England.

"Self-replication is a capacity common to every species of living thing, and simple physical intuition dictates that such a process must invariably be fueled by the production of entropy. Here, we undertake to make this intuition rigorous and quantitative by deriving a lower bound for the amount of heat that is produced during a process of self-replication in a system coupled to a thermal bath. We find that the minimum value for the physically allowed rate of heat production is determined by the growth rate, internal entropy, and durability of the replicator, and we discuss the implications of this finding for bacterial cell division, as well as for the pre-biotic emergence of self-replicating nucleic acids."

+ - Hackers Steal Data On 4.5 Million US Hospital Patients->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Community Health Systems said the attack occurred in April and June of this year, but it wasn't until July that it determined the theft had taken place. Working with a computer security company, it determined the attack was carried out by a group based in China that used 'highly sophisticated malware' to attack its systems. The hackers got away with patient names, addresses, birthdates, telephone numbers and Social Security numbers of the 4.5 million people who were referred to or received services from doctors affiliated with the company in the last five years. The stolen data did not include patient credit card, medical or clinical information."
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Comment: Re: You're welcome to them. (Score 1) 402

by yagu (#47588221) Attached to: Comparison: Linux Text Editors


And one final point: the fact that you can apply any standard UNIX command to a range of lines in vi is just amazing. Look it up if you don't already know it, but are interested.


Reading this thread, SOMEBODY had to mention this. I use the "use buffer (can be range) as stdin to command and replace with results" feature of vim EVERY SINGLE DAY. It is one of the most amazing and productive features I can't believe it isn't more well known.

And once you've started getting nice snippets of "buffer code", the power grows by typing <CTL-f> at the colon ":" prompt and finding recently used commands. Amazing and powerful stuff. (Set your remembered vim commands to >1000 for long term buffer-command goodness!)

I don't know of any other editors that do this

Comment: We are winning! (Score 1) 188

by kosmosik (#47434963) Attached to: DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

I am not US taxpayer so I don't give a shit how much such bullet costs. All I know that sometimes the SEALS or other special ops. unit serves to protect civilians. Hard to belive but that is its function. Put aside "the bad terrorists" and just focus on some scenarios in which such weapon would be extremely useful despite its cost... like I don't know... maybe it is some stupid Hollywood style example but - Maersk Alabama incident. AFAIK snipers did excellent job then and if such weapon could help in such situations I like it.

Comment: Re:unfiltered information will make people THINK! (Score 1) 1037

by freality (#46687051) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Interesting.. the reverse for me.

I wasn't raised to be religious and was so interested in science that I adopted a kind of default atheism. I saw religion as one of many strange things some people in my community did. To later find out how varied and yet concordant in their cores the religions are, of people long-separated.. it's reminiscent of multiple experiments that support the same hypothesis. But what was the hypothesis? Then, I started reading.. Houston Smith's The World's Religions first, and then trying original texts from each. I ended up reading the Old Testament and found it a great source of enlightenment on the human condition. Then again with Greek Mythologies, ancient mystery religions. The Eastern tradition the same. I find it impossible to separate the study of psychology and history from a deep appreciation of the religions. The whole situation recurses with prehistorical religions and cultures and the mentality our ancestors had.. here I found Ken Wilber's Up From Eden essential for framing.

To call religions right or wrong is to me a categorical mistake. They were pragmatic and serviceable for their day and they are part of our history. They are in conflict just like we are in conflict. The existence of two cultures in and out of conflict and peace with each other is not a demonstration of their non-existence or non-relevance, but the opposite.

Comment: one thing seemingly missed (Score 3, Insightful) 341

by yagu (#43966603) Attached to: What Can You Find Out From Metadata?
I hear over and over in this discussion the salve "only the metadata has been recorded".

I'm guessing that's simply a function of limited technology, i.e., "today" that's just too much data to store. But in keeping with technologies amazing storage capacity growth, it's only a matter of time before the content is also recorded and archived. It's just too tempting not to.

"There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum." --Arthur C. Clarke