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Comment: I wonder what happens if you add anonymity? (Score 1) 123

by tofarr (#48411093) Attached to: Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others
So many Enlightening Experiments: * Get 10 people * Attach 5 of them up to electrodes. * Attach the other 5 up to electrodes, with 6 buttons - 5 will deliver shocks to each of the people without buttons, 1 will deliver a shock to themselves. * Apply financial incentives * Observe result. Variant 1: * Make sure participants have no way of knowing who shocked them - use some kind of automated system to pay them. * Observe Result Variant 2: * Use 10 people with 10 buttons * Observe Result Hypothesis: People are a lot less altruistic when they think they are not being watched / can get away with it!

Comment: Re:Any suffiently advanced tech... (Score 1) 986

Except your ICE would be producing gasses and noise (outputs) which are measurable. Even if you were able to somehow hide these, a well designed experiment would run for long enough to mean that your ICE ran out of fuel. It is not necessary to look in the box to determine if it works - just make sure you control the inputs and monitor all the outputs for long enough to prevent trickery. The question here seems to be - Did those involved do this, or are they shills working with a con man.

Comment: Re:Tesla is worth 60% of GM ! (Score 1) 267

by tofarr (#48026071) Attached to: Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"
You obviously do not understand the car market, because you left out the most important point : We are a lot less rational than we like to think, and for many people a car is a status symbol. People do not drop 70K on a car that can do speeds which are illegal / impractical in most situations - they pay it because they feel it will get them immediate respect, and possibly get them laid.

Comment: Re: A fool and their money (Score 1) 266

I call bull on your story - finding water in Ireland is simply a matter of looking out the window (ie: Right now it is raining, and It seems like it is always raining). That's why the country is so green - the West gets even more rain than the East. I suspect that if you dig almost anywhere and you will hit water sooner or later - it's just a matter of how deep. Also, how far was he walking? Unless the distance was substantial, it probably didn't matter where you dig.

Comment: Re:What lessons are the video games teaching? (Score 1) 1262

Most people don't play video games to learn lessons - they play for entertainment. In many cases, that entertainment takes the form of an empowerment fantasy - Be the muscle bound hero, deliver justice, save the day, get the girl (/guy), be adored and admired by the masses etc, etc. So long as those involved realise the difference between this and reality there is generally not a problem - aside from when some take the empowerment fantasy onto the internet and threaten strangers lives, or when others complain that the empowerment fantasies of others make them feel isolated. Both sides need to get over themselves. Threatening the lives of others is not acceptable. Conversely, not every piece of entertainment out there is going to be focused on you. Get over it.

Comment: Re: There's no money. (Score 1) 112

by tofarr (#44745271) Attached to: John Scalzi's <em>Redshirts</em> Wins Hugo Award for Best Novel
There will always be scarcity - even in a star trek like fairyland where they say there is "no money". Ask any geek whether they would like the job of being captain of the enterprise, and they will probably say "Hell Yeah!!!" (What's not to like? - Bang alien chicks, be involved in something important, and have amazing adventures!) However, it ignores the important realities, such as "Who cleans the toilets on the enterprise?". Ask who wants that job, and you will get a lot less enthusiasm. Even without monetary scarcity, there will always be haves and have nots. For one person to be a Captain Kirk, hundreds of others have to be an Ensign Ricky.

Comment: Re:Fast-paced chess on steroids (Score 1) 124

by tofarr (#44553161) Attached to: Playing StarCraft Could Boost Your Cognitive Flexibility
I am not a high level chess or Starcraft player, but it has always been my impression that due to the fact that it is turn based, chess tends to be quite single threaded - You analyse the available moves, form a strategy, and updating your strategy as the situation requires. Starcraft is more like trying to keep multiple threads of execution in your head concurrently - no single one of them is overly complex, but the player who can more effectively multi task is usually the winner.

Both require adaptation to changing circumstances.
Both have a psychological aspect.

I should get back into playing both...

Comment: Re:This is a very hard problem (Score 1) 558

by tofarr (#44485097) Attached to: Campaign To Kill CAPTCHA Kicks Off
But how many such questions could you create? In your example, it would be trivial to look for strings starting with "What color" and then search for known color strings in the rest of the text - Add that to the rules of your spam bot and hey presto - no such question will stop them anymore.

So you think up a new question, and the spammers break that just as easily. And a new one with the same result. And so on, and so on.

The only way this could possibly work is if few enough people are doing it so that the spammers don't expend effort on cracking your system - It is security through obscurity. If you are trying to create a general purpose anti spammer mechanism that can be widely used, then captchas although not perfect are the best current solution to a nasty problem.

Comment: Re:Not just console (Score 1) 157

No offense, but your use case seems more of a problem for the browser vendors than web page vendors to me. The browser on my phone seems to unload background tabs so that the page reloads when I view it if the total memory usage exceeds a certain point - This seems like a good strategy to me (tabs stay open, resources are diverted towards what I am actually using).

Expecting a web page creator to write for the situation where there are 1/200th of the resources available seems a tad absurd to me.

Disclaimer : I work with web based GIS applications which can consume a lot of memory / bandwidth / runtime if not optimised correctly, [and can still do so even if they are!]

It seems intuitively obvious to me, which means that it might be wrong. -- Chris Torek