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Comment: Re:Blocking ragers/trolls (Score 1) 229

Doesn't make as much sense on Slashdot. Steam is a service that offers a catalogue of games, including some free ones.
Slashdot basically offers one product that's free/ad-supported, and the ability to post is directly tied to that service (not necessarily so the ability to chat/voice-chat in the games).

However, I could see somebody coming who offers a third-party service web-presence validation service. $5 for a validated account, which then could be used to login to others such as Slashdot etc via OpenID or something similar. I would actually be willing to pay for that if it could get past the initial growth hurdles.

Comment: Glyphosate over--use (Score 1) 320

by phorm (#49521439) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

However, it's also gone beyond the original intended purpose (killing weeds), and is used as a desiccant. To make wheat easier to harvest, it is soaked in glyphosate to speed the drying process pre-harvest.
That's convenient for the farmers, but there are a lot of studies showing links between celiac'ism etc and glyphosate overuse. Notably, a lot of people with gluten intolerance seem to be able to eat wheat-products in Europe (where the roundup/glyphosate use is often banned), but get sick when eating it in the US.

Comment: Coffee beans (Score 1) 320

by phorm (#49521399) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

My understanding is that caffeine and other stuff in coffee beans is intended to keep away predators (insects etc).
I've been collecting coffee grounds as adding them to my garden as
a) They add minerals which plants love (phosphorus, potassium, nitrogen, magnesium)
b) For tomatoes, they help keep the tomato bugs away

Comment: SSD's and seek times, multiple operations. (Score 2) 159

by phorm (#49515987) Attached to: New PCIe SSDs Load Games, Apps As Fast As Old SATA Drives

Examples of things that couldn't care less: streaming large assets that are decompressed in realtime, like audio or video files. Loading a word processing document. Downloading a game patch. Encoding a DVD. Playing RAM-resident video games.

Yes, any one of those things. However, if you're downloading a game patch while playing a game and maybe playing some music in the background, at the same time as perhaps download a few torrents or copying files, whatever... SSD's kick ass.

Why? Because singularly those things aren't IO-bound, but once you start doing 2+ things that require semi-hefty disk access then on an HDD you're going to have a lot of thrashing and speed goes out the window.

Comment: Genetic intelligence VS upbringing (Score 1) 385

by phorm (#49513077) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?

Generally evolution isn't going to go on a per-decade rate, especially for humans that live for 50-100 years. That's something that happens over generations. It's hard to measure in the long-term because the standards of measure have also changed.

There's also the upbringing factor: development is not only genetics, it's tied to health and nutrition. Your average "poor" person might not have a great outlook in that regard due to malnutrition etc.

Comment: Re:The Reporter Video Wasn't Even An Upside (Score 1) 254

by phorm (#49512869) Attached to: The Upsides of a Surveillance Society

Complaining "Your service sucks, your employees are rude, and etc etc" isn't going to be a big deal. If they want to publish somebody saying they suck go ahead

Saying to an employee (to paraphrase) "you're an ugly, fat uneducated idiot with no usefulness as a human being blah blah and I'm going to use my power to RUIN you" is not so open to interpretation. I've gotten ticked off at people in stores, but I don't resort to personal attacks because I'm not an asshole.

Comment: Surveillance Society (Score 1) 254

by phorm (#49512821) Attached to: The Upsides of a Surveillance Society

And there a difference between "government and industry watching your every move" versus "portable recording devices easily available"

I don't want to be recorded and tracked 24/7 by government/industry, but I don't particular have an issue with the people around me having cameras. Yes, somebody could catch me at a bad moment, but they can also film a lot of good things such as abuse of power (e.g. cop shooting fleeing suspect in the back and then planting a taser on the body), he-said-she-said (dashcams of car accidents, somebody assaulting a cop and saying it was abusive police), etc.

Public shaming of true a-holes isn't a terrible thing as well, so long as we don't get to the point where neighbours are posting our pictures wanted-ad style because a cat crapped on somebody's petunias once.

There are no data that cannot be plotted on a straight line if the axis are chosen correctly.