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Comment: Re:Seems unintuative (Score 1) 175

by neurovish (#48620397) Attached to: Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

I think you may be misunderstanding. The summary says that it is the engineered mice that could resist the sunlight while the normal mice became prunes. In this case the cream (more likely a shot) would be what allows you to stay out in the sun without using sunscreen at all.

TFS makes it sound like the mice are still susceptible to sunburns (and probably skin cancer), but that their skin is no worse off looking after the burn heals. I'm just curious what the unintended consequences of that would be. Our skin probably gets old and wrinkly for a reason.

Comment: Re:I'm a special snowflake apparently. (Score 2) 160

by neurovish (#48600453) Attached to: How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

"Your browser fingerprint appears to be unique among the 4,789,097 tested so far.

Currently, we estimate that your browser has a fingerprint that conveys at least 22.19 bits of identifying information."

Unique amongst the browser's tested. Is there a selection bias amongst people who would check to see if their browser is unique going on? I tried with IE from a generic install of windows 7 and still get the "you appear to be unique" message.

Comment: ...or an alternative view (Score 1) 281

by neurovish (#48600345) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

Fast forward to the year 2017.
Headline: NSA outsourced to Google
In a cost cutting move, the US Government has outsource all NSA activity to Google. In a statement from President Hillary, she gives the reasoning that "[they] recognized a duplication of data collection efforts between the NSA and Google and decided to take advantage of those synergies."

Comment: Great News! (Score 3, Funny) 281

by neurovish (#48600313) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

I was wondering what I could do to keep the NSA from spying on me. I'm glad that Google has it figured out. Time to upload all of the documents I have stored locally on my desktop to the Google servers so that they can keep a watchful eye on them. I was worried that this was going to be hard and require a lot of dilligence.

I'm going to tell my boss that we need to move away from all of these Microsoft products to and only use Google cloud services for security.

Comment: Re:Wait what? (Score 1) 222

He has a 4yr old playing these games?
His 4yr old plays mine craft?!?!
His 4yr old can handle WASD input?

I keep hearing about kids loving minecraft, but every time I ask if they have actually played the game I find out they are simply watching Youtube videos of funny British guys narrating their games. It seems the narrators are the real stars and the games incidental. I've got a 7yr old and he, nor anyone in his class can actually play the game. that SouthPark episode is a real thing?

Comment: Re:If everyone in government and industry cheats.. (Score 1) 438

by neurovish (#48361393) Attached to: The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

Sigh. True that. We cheat about cheating by pretending we don't cheat.

No, we're just better at it. Reminds me of a course I had in school where about 80% of the grade was a single Java project where students worked in teams of 3 or 4. This project is always the same from one semester to the next. One of the projects from the previous year was floating around, and everybody had access to it. Out of a class of 50 or so students, I think 2 groups turned in what looked to be 100% original projects. The groups that re-used the old projects did so at varying levels...some of them completely changed the UI layout, some of them only changed the UI colors, and then you had the groups of the Asian students. They turned in the exact project from the previous semester only changing the names on it. There were 4 Asian groups, and they all had the exact same was blatant. They also all received As on the project.

Comment: Re:Worthless degrees (Score 1) 438

by neurovish (#48361297) Attached to: The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned that if these students get a job where they are actually required to be able to do what they say they can, they'll get knocked on their ass real fast.


That's when they become Oracle, Cisco, or Delloitte consultants and jump from one job to the next every 3 months.

Comment: Re:Great! More hipster hate. (Score 1) 176

by neurovish (#48359741) Attached to: The Math Behind the Hipster Effect

I'm 41 with a gigantic oustache. I work in tech, live in San Francisco, like craft beer, and bike to work, all things associated with being a hipster (except my age). I don't define myself around my consumption habits; I just am. I like to bike. I like to drink craft beer. I like working in tech, and my facial hair rocks. It's the idiots out there like you who feel it's necessary to label folks different than themselves as " empty soulless yuppie shitheads." If you think that having a mustache or liking craft beer is what makes a person a shithead, then you are part of the problem.

Hmmm, you're pretty close. What size pants do you wear, and how often do you wear plaid?

The Universe is populated by stable things. -- Richard Dawkins