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Comment: Re:Med students (Score 2) 446

by xavierpayne (#43824607) Attached to: Med Students Unaware of Their Bias Against Obese Patients

>> Being fat indicates that a person has made one HELL of a lot of unhealthy choices. Like - every single day, he eats to much.

With respect Runaway, that thinking right there is exactly the problem.

Obese != unhealthy life choices (at least not in all cases)

Take for example the 250lb person who eats right, jogs, and works out every day vs the 145lb person who never exercises, eats cookies, and pounds beer and soda but for some reason never gains a pound. The 250lb person could have a thyroid problem or other hormonal imbalance causing their metabolism to be too slow. Thus they burn less calories and keep weight easier. But they have strong lungs and a good heart. The doctor brow beats them every visit harping on whatever diet and exercise they claim to be doing as not enough, or (if they are bolder) outright lies. This does not help this patient stay healthy.

The 145lb person could have the opposite problem with imbalances causing their body to burn too many calories. They could be skinny as a rail with hypertension and be bordering on becoming Type II diabetic. But the doctor doesn't bother to run any tests or take the results too seriously because they are at their "target weight". This does not help this patient stay healthy.

Doctors should diagnose based on full spectrum data collection. Not simply based on what they see and think at first glance. That's like a climatologist looking at a clear blue sky on a good day and saying "look, no smog. Clearly climate change is not caused by man made pollutants!!! No need to look any further into this."

On second though, perhaps a car analogy would work better. Can somebody help me out here? :)

Comment: Re:About darn time (Score 2, Informative) 159

by xavierpayne (#42873729) Attached to: Adobe Bows To Pressure and Cuts Australian Prices

Thanks for asking. I've only been in the game since CS4 but here's the list of things I couldn't do with CS4 that I can now do with CS6.

Premiere Pro:
    Stabilize footage (taking into account rolling shutter from the new HD sensors)
    Edit and preview RED scarlet footage in real-time with rgb curves and other effects applied (without a RED Rocket or 3rd party plugins)
    Edit and preview AVCHD footage in real-time with rgb curves and other effects applied
    H264 encoding support
    Muticore support (faster renders)
    CUDA support (real-time previews of various effects that used to require pre-rendering)
    64-bit support (more ram, bigger projects, more sophisticated effects)

After Effects:
    3D Camera Tracking Built in, for match-moving & better 3D compositing. (Before this functionality alone cost several thousand dollars as stand alone plug-ins.)
    Support for RED footage
    Overhauled RAM preview
    Muticore support (faster renders)
    64-bit support (more ram, bigger projects, more sophisticated effects)

Photoshop:
    Content aware fill
    Content aware scaling
    GPU acceleration (fewer effects need render time to preview)
    64-bit support (more ram)

This is just what I can think of off the top of my head that I benefit from every day.

I have 5 year old quad core PC with 12 gb of ram and the last 3 releases have each enabled me to keep up with current codecs, do more, and deliver faster with the same battle tested workstation.

Can't really say the same thing about the last 3 versions of windows.

Comment: Re:Am I the only one? (Score 1) 244

by xavierpayne (#36499722) Attached to: LulzSec Offers to Take Revenge On Sega Hackers

Only thing I'd change about your statement is the following:

The people who should be punished are the people running the companies they hack (lots) and the people providing security and operating systems to those people (a bit).

In my experience the people providing security do the best they can with the resources the customer is willing to expend. Properly configuring the firewall. Writing safer code. Implementing monitoring and checks and balances type systems requires man hours and money. Most companies don't want real security. They want security theatre.

Even in industry standard security courses the first thing they teach is you are not aiming for 100% security. You're going for the best the company "can afford". Unfortunately that often means the best the company "is willing to pay for" and that often times isn't based on being safe. It's based on paying just enough in security to significantly lower the estimated cost of litigation when your systems are breached. "No no your honor, we did our due diligence, just look at how many firewalls we have! (-ommitted- still running on the factory defualt settings)".

Until that attitude changes, expect much more of the same. Punishing the guys that installed/implemented the system on budget will not solve the problem.

Comment: Re:After a lifetime of experiences ... (Score 2) 680

by xavierpayne (#34945740) Attached to: How Do You Store Your Personal Photos?

I both agree and disagree with this comment.

If the photo's are simply photos of landscapes and scenery without any of the stuff that made it worth being there (friends, family, etc) then yeah I agree. Just live in the moment and enjoy the experience.

If your going to take photos first make them memorable and second... Never underestimate the power of postwork.

I once shot video of my kid playing at Devils Den, Gettysburg. He was climbing on rocks and going on and on about dinosaurs. It went on for about an hour and it was pretty funny by itself.

Once I got home I fired up iMovie to put together a video for the grandparents to watch and quickly realized the unedited clip would bore them to tears. No problem I thought I'll put it to music. Then while browsing royalty free music I heard some tunes that gave me a crazy idea.

One hour later I had edited together a dark and humorous mockumentary about what really happened at the battle of Gettysburg. It was 6 minutes long, hosted by my kid and, involved dinosaurs, and government conspiracies, and was one of the funniest damn memories I have to date.

In short. Taking that video that day, capturing what was really important (the moment as you point out). Then using technology in my spare time to zero in and touch up the best parts of that moment has left me with a final product that's even better than the original memory.

We've even entered it into a few film festivals and had it screen in local movie theatres. There's nothing cooler than seeing your kid see "his movie" in a real theatre.

None of that would have ever happened if I left the camera in the car.

So yes live in the moment. If you must capture something. Capture the moment. If you're going to preserve or enhance anything make it the moment. Not just some hill or mountain someplace somewhere you'll never remember.

And Flicker and Youtube FTW! :-)

+ - Scientists find new target for Alzhiemer's->

Submitted by GarryFre
GarryFre (886347) writes "Neurological researchers at Rush University Medical Center have found a new therapeutic target that can potentially lead to a new way to prevent the progression of Alzheimer's disease. The target called neutral sphingomyelinase (N-SMase) is a protein that when activated, can cause a chain of reactions in the cell leading to neuronal death and memory loss. Already a substance has been found that shows some promise in halting the progression of the disease."
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NASA

+ - Martian meteorite gets NASA Mars rover's attention->

Submitted by coondoggie
coondoggie (973519) writes "NASA's Mars rover Opportunity will take a small detour on its current journey to check out what could be a toaster-sized iron-based meteorite that crashed into the red planet.NASA scientists called the rock "Oileán Ruaidh," which is the Gaelic name for an island off the coast of northwestern Ireland. The rock is about 45 centimeters (18 inches) wide from the angle at which it was first seen on September 16."
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Comment: Re:Aptitude (Score 1) 769

by xavierpayne (#33601590) Attached to: Why Are Terrorists Often Engineers?

By this logic if someone commits suicide because Microsoft loses money and they had everything invested in Microsoft is the Linux community responsible for their deaths because they weren't improving Microsoft's sales?

I'm sorry, we were looking for your argument to be presented in the form of a car analogy. But, thank you for playing and do enjoy a free complimentary copy of the home game! :-)

Comment: Re:It does make homebrew *possible*. (Score 1) 322

by xavierpayne (#33560540) Attached to: Sony Has Lost the PS3 Hacking War
An intel i7-975 with an NVidia gtx 480 can emulate a PS2 quite smoothly at 1080p with hardware scaling, AA, and a handful of other graphical touches that blow the original PS3's PS2 support out of the water. SONY already proved the PS3 has the power to emulate the PS2's central processing. All that's left is for them to emulate the Emotion Engine (GPU). I'd be willing to bet there are plenty of cores left over to do that effectively. They even already filed a patent for it: http://www.ps3news.com/PlayStation-3/patent-shows-ps3-to-ps2-backwards-compatibility-no-ps2-chips-1/ My guess is once they finally end of life the PS2 the backward compatibility will return to the PS3 via full software emulation. That way they can continue to sell all the PS2 "classics" on the PlayStation Store. FF7 for the PS One has been one of the best selling games in their store for a long time. It's got to be killing them all the money they are loosing not being able to sell downloadable iso's of PS2 games.

Comment: Re:Opportunity knocking for AMD here... (Score 1) 324

by xavierpayne (#33414332) Attached to: It's Official — AMD Will Retire the ATI Brand
I agree. Unless intel does something major with their graphics team they have been and will continue to be an "also ran". I'll take closed source and fully functional over open source and "might work, somewhat" any day. I really haven't had any problems with the closed source ATI or NVidia drivers once they were properly configured. And I've used them for gaming, dual monitors, etc.

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