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Comment: Sounds like a Patrick Stewart speech (Score 1) 188

by nightcats (#47313517) Attached to: The Higgs Boson Should Have Crushed the Universe
Hills and valleys, poetic images and wistful metaphors delivered with Shakespeareian bemusement over a cup of Earl Gray in the ready room, near the end of another episode's close shave with some Cosmic Anomaly or other. Perhaps Q is there as well, whispering: "the trial never ends, Jean Luc..."

Comment: Project not exactly the right word (Score 1) 139

by nightcats (#47295095) Attached to: I prefer to settle down at night with a good..
I write: by day, technical documentation. By night, the kind of stuff I actually like to write. But I would have thought "cat" would be among the choices at a geek site!

BTW everyone: treasure your kittehs, they just don't last long enough here and leave a big hole in your chest when they have to go.

+ - Intel Announces Devil's Canyon Core i7-4790K: 4GHz Base Clock, 4.4GHz Turbo->

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (1002251) writes "Last year, Intel launched two new processor families based on the Haswell and Ivy Bridge-E based Core i7 architecture. Both chips were just incremental updates over their predecessors. Haswell may have delivered impressive gains in mobile, but it failed to impress on the desktop where it was only slightly faster than the chip it replaced. Enthusiasts weren't terribly excited about either core but Intel is hoping its new Devil's Canyon CPU, which launches today, will change that. The new chip is the Core i7-4790K and it packs several new features that should appeal to the enthusiast and overclocking markets. First, Intel has changed the thermal interface material from the paste it used in the last generation over to a new Next Generation Polymer Thermal Interface Material, or as Intel calls it, "NGPTIM." Moving Haswell's voltage regulator on-die proved to be a significant problem for overclockers since it caused dramatic heat buildup that was only exacerbated by higher clock speeds. Overclockers reported that removing Haswell's lid could boost clock speeds by several hundred MHz. The other tweak to the Haswell core is a great many additional capacitors, which have been integrated to smooth power delivery at higher currents. This new chip gives Haswell a nice lift. If the overclocking headroom delivers on top of that, enthusiasts might be able to hit 4.7-4.8GHz on standard cooling."
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Comment: Re:BMI is a lie! (Score 1) 329

by nightcats (#46967161) Attached to: Gaining On the US: Most Europeans To Be Overweight By 2030
Agreed - I've written at some length on this topic (see the footnote); and the BMI is not helping at all. Geeks here may find my approach to this question excessively new-agey and such, but the point is merely that weight loss is not a superficial undertaking, even if you consider it from a purely mechanical positivist perspective.

Comment: Chopin need not fear anything from this (Score 1) 31

by nightcats (#46557031) Attached to: Algorithm Composes Music By Text Analyzing the World's Best Novels
I'm fairly sure Commander Data would have come up with some more engaging compositions; this stuff could be placed in an online dictionary beside the word "dull." I suspect that in the next few generations the algorithm will be as abused in applied practice as email, texting, and video have been in our time. Still, if it goes well and the corporations stay away from it long enough for it to develop naturally, the algorithm could become a faltering forward step in human evolution. I am admittedly not confident about that, but it is a good target for hope.

+ - Another State Legislature Targets Tesla

Submitted by nightcats
nightcats (1114677) writes "New York joins the growing list of state legislatures aiming to shut down or at least restrict Tesla's business model:

The bill, which would restrict Tesla's ability to sell cars directly to consumers, moved out of the Assembly Codes Committee on Wednesday, one of several necessary steps on its way to a full vote.

Most of this legislation is driven by lobbying from traditional auto dealers working aggressively to protect their business model against an innovative but threatening incursion. Those dealers claim to have the full support of the Cuomo administration. For those keeping score, NY joins Texas and New Jersey in its efforts to keep product that is good for the environment as far away from consumers as possible."

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 1) 888

by nightcats (#46248585) Attached to: Star Trek Economics
I was just writing about this last week. One of my points is that there simply isn't enough information given in the series (most notably TNG and Voyager) to draw any inferences, let alone conclusions, That's what I mean by my desire to see "the real drama" of those ST stories -- what's really going on in the Terran system that makes that Wall St. goon awoken from his cryogenic sleep such a stranger there. It's such a fascinating notion, this amaterialistic global economy, that a completely new series could be made about it, but as presented it's all too vague.

+ - Statue of Apollo Discovered in Palestine

Submitted by nightcats
nightcats (1114677) writes "A 2,500 year old statue of the Greek god Apollo has been discovered by Palestinian fishermen.While Trekkies may object that this is all merely a trick, an energy projection of the being from Pollux IV (see season 2, Who Mourns for Adonais), it does appear an actual creation of those Greeks who worshiped that alien life form."
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Journal: Ask Slashdot: Can Quality Writing Live Beside SEO?

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As a writer, I have a crucial question which needs input from geeks, and I hear a few of them hang out here. It's about SEO, which usually stands for Search Engine Optimization; but I call it Strange Eerie Orwellian. I use the Yoast plugin on WordPress and find that it's always sniping at me about omissions and flaws. The gold keyword must be in the title, in the first paragraph, and a dozen other places amid the content. The Flesch score is always yapping at me to make shorter sentences, as

Always leave room to add an explanation if it doesn't work out.