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Comment Re:Sockets and mobos (Score 2, Insightful) 235

That's a faulty comparison. Cars and houses take many well-trained hands to build, whereas a PC can be built by a single individual with little to no training in a few hours time (or less). I don't change my oil, I don't paint my house, hell I can't even fix the leaky faucet downstairs, but I can certainly build my own PC.

Comment Re:Written by someone born in the 90s? (Score 1) 249

I could never get 56k modems to retrain to 33.6, and 56k downloads always seemed to be hosed if any kind of uploading was necessary. So basically you had 56k (and due to line noise, frequently 48k instead) down or 28.8 down/up, but never 33.6 up.

My trusty old 33.6 did 33.6 up/down in its sleep, all day long if necessary. I think I actually played EQ phase 2 beta over that thing . . . oh the memories.

Comment Re:Acoustic coupler era and POTS! (Score 2, Interesting) 249

And 33.6. I had a 33.6 modem and I swear it provided better latency than any 56k modem I used afterwards. The other thing I hated about 56k modems is that they were only 56k down, not up; a 33.6 could do 33.6 bi-directional whereas a 56k could do 56k down or 28.8k bidirectional, or something like that. All I know is uploading anything significant on a 56k would kill download speed. My 33.6 was much more consistent, even if it couldn't achieve the hallowed 7kBps download.

Oh yeah, there was also the whole V.FC vs v.34 thing on the 28.8/33.6 modems, where basically, V.FC sucked.


Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child Screenshot-sm 331

Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."

Comment Re:Neat, but... (Score 2, Informative) 43

I am not an expert in the field or otherwise well-informed about the subject matter at hand, but it seems to me the major differences here are that it's wireless and that it communicates with a glasses-mounted camera that would hopefully be less obvious to a casual observer than the Borg-like implants that have been used to provide limited sight to the blind in the past. The article is somewhat lacking in the details department.

Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong; I've merely arrived at these conclusions via assumptions based on the post and the article.

Comment Re:Potential side-effects (Score 1) 478

All I can say is that if you trash your engine tuning too aggressively, say goodbye to your warranty coverage; likewise, if your NOx output shoots upward because you're running your car too lean, then your local emissions testing station will fail you and order you to go get the problem "repaired" (most tuners have ways around this but I digress). Anyone who tunes should know the risks before they do it.

Point being, people are already tuning ECUs without much (if any) help from OEMs. At least this way, if you want a tune, you will have an easier chance of getting one regardless of the size of the enthusiast community surrounding your vehicle-of-choice. Or at least, that's what I would assume.

Comment Potential side-effects (Score 2, Interesting) 478

Various manufacturers have been making it difficult, if not impossible, to correct problems with ECUs/ECMs aside from doing simple stuff such as restarting them or forcing them to retrain/relearn. That is to say, if you're unlucky enough to have a car that is not beloved by hordes of tuners/ricers/etc., then no 3rd party will show the interest in figuring out how to reprogram your ECU/ECM to give it a proper tune. The car I own (Saturn Ion 1, 2004, Sedan) has an ECU that is widely unsupported by 3rd-party tuning apps, for example. If there's something wrong with any of the sensors or the ECU itself, better take it to the dealership.

And this doesn't even touch on the notion of aftermarket tunes for better performance and/or fuel economy.

If the manufacturers are forced to give up the goods on all the computerized components of autos, will this mean that any car, anywhere, will now be tunable by your local mom-and-pop repair shop or performance shop or what have you? Or, more importantly, will most of the 3rd-party tuning packages now work on anything provided you have a lappy and can hook up to the OBD2/CAN port? Will this be retroactive? Does that mean that my '04 Ion 1 will FINALLY be tunable?

This might not be a big deal around here, but any number of performance enthusiast sites out there had better be jumping for joy over this.

Comment Re:Reverse causation (Score 1) 512

While I agree with your sentiment, I have actually noticed enhanced cognitive functions on my own part while in fits of depression, irritation, or anger. Loss-of-perspective may follow, but I focus better on whatever tasks I can be bothered to do and generally do a better job at everything.

The biggest thought-killer for me is sex. The shot of endorphins plus whatever hormones go along with it make me a bit stupid and careless, at least in my opinion. This only applies to real sex and not the solo equivalent. Gee, wonder why.

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