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Comment: Re:Drat! Still only 8GB RAM max. (Score 2) 316

by period3 (#47048601) Attached to: Surface Pro 3 Has 12" Screen, Intel Inside

A tablet may not be the best place to run virtual machines or servers, and nothing else really requires more than 8GB of RAM. Win 8 will run very well with 8GB.

Really? Virtualization and servers are the only applications you can think of that could possibly benefit from more than 8GB of memory?

Comment: Re:Why stop there? (Score 3, Funny) 496

by period3 (#46645673) Attached to: Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

What about ditching the windshield and replacing it with a 4k HD screen? Then you can embed the driver lower-down and deep inside a protective hardened shell. A no-glass car all around.

Then how about ditching the wheels, and just simulate movement on the 4K screen. You could drive as fast you want in perfect safety.

Comment: UGh (Score 4, Insightful) 242

by period3 (#46591707) Attached to: Hacking Charisma

I'm halfway through the article but so far all I've read is "blah blah blah". Atrocious website that requires a cut-and-paste into a word processor to make the narrow article even readable, and as utterly devoid of content as the reader's digest article I read at the dentist.

Honestly do editors even try to read these submissions?

Comment: Re:I'm Inferior To A Tree (Score 1) 71

by period3 (#46540965) Attached to: Pine Tree Has Largest Genome Ever Sequenced

All those genes make humans look like flunkies. And knowing a tiny bit about Darwin maybe we could take into account that a pine tree can easily outlive any human ever born. And pine trees tend to have a very long history of reproduction compared to humans. So maybe all the thinking, feeling and running about that humans do is simply proof of our inferiority. think about it. The pine tree needs water, sunshine, a few minerals and an atmosphere and that is about it. Humans need all kinds of things. I've never seen a tree shoot anyone, go mental, or rape other trees. Trees might enjoy making humans feel like idiots.

Plants often have large genomes. One reason I've heard for this is that plants can't move, so they're much more exposed to the environment. As a result, they need a more diverse array of biochemical responses to stressors.

Comment: knee jerk? (Score 2) 211

by period3 (#45386721) Attached to: LeVar Burton On Google Glass

Burton still had a "knee-jerk" response when confronted with Glass

He was asked what he thought of Glass, and he gave his opinion. Sorry, how is that a "knee-jerk" reaction? Would it have been so if he had responded positively?

Here's my reasoned, non knee-jerk response: Google can fuck off, and -- within the bounds imposed by professionalism and etiquitte -- so can eveyrone else wearing these infringements to my privacy. (In what I consider the moral sense, as opposed to the legal sense)

Comment: Re:'Simple really... (Score 1) 775

by period3 (#43835445) Attached to: Google Glass: What's With All the Hate?

In a democracy, we can decide we don't want it. e.g. no selling of wearable cameras.

I don't know where you live, but "robotic eyes" is not the world I live in. Nor is being recorded at "all times". CCTVs are common, but they aren't everywhere -- and more importantly, they aren't posting footage to youtube. (although some are)

The world we live in is what we decide to make it, and there's no reason we need to acquiesce to this crap.

Comment: Re:wait, will wiping off help? (Score 2) 275

by period3 (#43613719) Attached to: Condensation On Your Beer != Good

The taste isn't diminished THAT much by cold unless you're serving it ice cold. (colder than fridge temperature).

You may taste more of warm beer, but for some (including me) this is outweighed by the fact that it's warm. I find near room-temperature drinks (or food) of any kind pretty gross. It feels like drinking from a still swamp. Ugh. It's got nothing to do with the taste.

The same observation about 'warm' beer can probably be made about anything. Probably room-temperature sorbet has more taste than frozen sorbet, but wtf wants to eat that?

In summary, eating/drinking is enjoyable not merely because of "taste", but also because of touch (texture) and temperature.

After Goliath's defeat, giants ceased to command respect. - Freeman Dyson