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Comment One change I want to see (Score 4, Insightful) 103

There is only one change I'd like to see made sooner rather than later:

Stop using my main memory as a video buffer!!!

The main reason I opt for discrete graphics solutions is not because of the performance of the graphics, but the lack of main memory throughput degradation. I build boxes to compute, not sling graphics.

Comment Re:tacit admission (Score 4, Informative) 465

It's a psychological spiel. What a polygraph does is to note down reactions, both voluntary and involuntary. When you get asked questions, your body reacts. The idea is now that lying requires more "work" from you than telling the truth, since you have to fabricate it.

In reality, though, the way you react is dependent on so many facets that whether you lie or tell the truth plays a minor role, if any. It's like saying that you can tell what TV program someone is watching by looking at how much power he uses. While technically, in theory, possible, there are so many other appliances running in his house (or not) that their combination pretty much drowns out that information in way too much noise.

What is left of the polygraph is that people might THINK it works, and hence react differently. The goal is to give you the impression that it not only can, but WILL tell, without a doubt, that you're lying if you lie. So you get told that it can easily spot when and how you lie (it cannot), that it will be used in court against you (it cannot), that they used it multiple times to convict people (they have not) and so on.

The psychology around it is the actual "value" of it during an interrogation. Just like in medieval times showing the instruments of torture were usually enough to extract confessions, so does telling people about the polygraph. The main difference probably being that the instruments of torture can actually deliver what is promised, something the polygraph cannot.

Comment Re:Nope. The US has a long way before that. (Score 1) 165

That's what the NSA is supposed to do from the US point of view. But then again, all the accusations are from an US point of view too, while the rest of the world won't give a rat's ass about them. For all I care, Snowden didn't do anything wrong. Sure, he wronged the US, but why the heck should that bother me?

And, bluntly, I don't think the US justice is the place where the truth matters in this particular case. The US justice has been about making examples lately a bit too much to put any kind of faith in the system behind them. The closest this could come to an impartial and fair trial would be an international court. Let's be honest here, a US tribunal would not be far from a witch trial in its most literal sense, since in the trials held by the RCC on witchcraft matters accuser and judge were rolled into the same person. It would be very much the same for this trial where the US accuse and in turn the US is also the party that will cast the verdict. If you consider that a "fair trial", your and my definition of fair differ quite a bit.

And yes, that's a pretty fine definition of a kangaroo court. It's like having a judge preside over the trial of a guy who raped the judge's wife.

Comment Re:Do Some Homework Allison (Score 0) 545

Except in a study in Indiana after they became the 48th state to adopt DST in 2006 (where all the population is at least as far north as San Francisco and most are near the northern border of CA in latitude) that showed springing forward immediately increased energy consumption by 1%.

And there is no state in the Union as schizophrenic about time as Indiana. Good luck trying to argue that any change there, better or worse, is independent of all other factors.

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