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Comment Re:Boring article - we already know the science (Score 1) 401

You can oversimplify a situation to make the evidence mean whatever you want. A guitarist will talk about "muscle memory" and how their hands just do what they need to do. That doesn't mean they lack free will when playing a guitar solo. Our brains are complex, and behaviours become instinctive and responsive over time in order to react quickly; free will can then override the instinctive decision. For example, when driving your car you might find yourself braking because you've seen something out of the corner of your eye, you then decide that the car in the side road isn't about to pull out on you, so you make a conscious decision to put your foot on the gas. It doesn't mean you lack free will, it means you've trained your instincts to respond before higher reasoning kicks in, but your higher reasoning can still override that response - and it was your decision to train yourself that gave you the instinct in the first place.

Comment Re:Good. (Score 1) 699

Right... because there's nothing that could be done to the albumen between egg and needle that might make it safe and sterile? I think if you look too closely at the food chain from source to table or medicine from source to needle or pill, there will be plenty of things that will gross you out. The question is whether the end products are safe and sterile.

Comment Re:Love camera phones (Score 1) 182

I can take high-ISO handheld photos with my 6D in an only partially lit parking lot at night

Dude, you can get arrested for doing things like that.

Seriously, though, DSLRs are amazing, so long as you actually learn to use them. I almost laugh out loud on a regular basis when on holiday every time I see someone with an entry-level DSLR in full auto mode with a kit lens, shooting some artefact or monument with the built in flash. Those sorts would do better with an all in one bridge camera and spend the difference in the hotel bar.

Comment Re:OS X Upgrade Fear (Score 1) 362

Actually, I've wondered for a long time why it's not normal behaviour for a GUI-based OS to prioritise the foreground task. It drives me mad that, when my workstation is rendering some video (for example), I can't check my mail. Multicore and multiprocessor becoming the norm has done a lot to improve this, but it still seems to me that when I sit down at a computer and click on something with the mouse, the majority of the CPU time should be used to respond to that click since that's obviously what I'm concerned with at that moment in time.

Comment Re:Since when are digital projectors thousands? (Score 1) 236

I don't think it is "inverse square from the projector to the screen and inverse square back". I think the inverse-square law for light is radiation from a point source, i.e. it describes the drop-off in illumination as the light spreads out, rather than attenuation per se. When you're focusing, you're causing the beam to converge on a particular spot (the screen) which is a different thing.

Comment Re:Shifting paradigms is easy with no momentum (Score 2) 269

So it seems youre also the sort of idiot that claims macs dont get viruses because they dont get the same viruses as windows pcs.

I'm that sort of idiot. I've run three Mac systems (2 laptops and a desktop for a while) over the past 5 years with no resident antivirus protection, and I've had 0 viruses. I've been in cybercafes on at least 4 different continents, hundreds of different WiFi networks, plugged hard drives and memory sticks in from all sorts of people, and never had a problem. I've never recommended antivirus software to any of the many people I've suggested buy a Mac, and none of them have ever come back to me with a messed up machine to sort out - the closest anyone has come was a hard drive failure after about 3 years of use. So, yes, I think "Macs don't get viruses" is a factually correct statement for all practical purposes, at least for the time being.

Comment Re:Gizmodo (Score 2) 269

I'll bite... it's slower than Windows 7 for launching applications, running things like Windows Update and Control Panel - I only know this because my limited use of Win8 has been to help people set up their machines. The 'hover the mouse in the screen corner' thing is totally confusing and unintuitive. Ditto the start screen thing. It actually seems like a step backward to something analogous to the Dos/Win3.1 days - back then most PC users thought of the Win3.1 interface as 'the computer' but sometimes you had to drop down to DOS to fix something, and certain programs (games mostly) were DOS only. Win8 feels like that - there's two competing UIs with completely different metaphors duelling it out on one screen that flips backwards and forwards. It's a bizarre attempt to take the approach that Apple has been using - gradually bringing the touch-based iOS and the desktop-based metaphors together - but Microsoft have just done it in one leap, and the result is terrible. It would be OK if the start screen thing actually brought some major advantage, but it's just a confusing mess that makes it difficult to launch the required application.

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