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Comment Re:Token Creationist here (Score 1) 1014

This is definitely one of the most common misconceptions I hear about evolution. How did a monkey evolve into a human? A *single* monkey did not evolve into anything, it was a monkey. Has any human recently evolved into a star-child? Individuals of a species do not evolve. Evolution is a function of a population over many, many generations. It is the natural selection of traits that promote survival given the current habitat/climate/whatever. More successful traits become more prominent, especially when they lead one individual to

1) Live Longer

2) Have more offspring

The offspring have these traits, and the cycle continues.

Talking about the "evolution of the individual" is like talking about how it is possible to make a chain with one link.

Comment Re:Application of heat doesn't sound too hot... (Score 1) 70

As someone who has done research in memory wear leveling, I can assure you that these technologies have a place. There are significant design trade-offs that must be considered for any application. Power, area, speed/latency, and maximum amount of write-erase cycles all come into play. One of the head researchers in emerging memory technologies at Penn State has an interesting presentation here on the roles of these memory technologies (yes, I realized it is hosted at Oregon State, and he is from PSU, oh well...):

Autism Diagnosed With a Fifteen Minute Brain Scan 190

kkleiner writes "A new technique developed at King's College London uses a fifteen minute MRI scan to diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The scan is used to analyze the structure of grey matter in the brain, and tests have shown that it can identify individuals already diagnosed with autism with 90% accuracy. The research could change the way that autism is diagnosed – including screening children for the disorder at a young age."

Comment Re:Kazkek (Score 3, Informative) 337

I will say this. Labview is great for a quick-and-dirty setup or small application. If you need to do anything more complicated, you will find that the entire development environment is incredibly lacking and highly tedious, and there is no meaningful literature on application design in Labview (90% of Labview books are "hurf-a-durf you connect one box to another and it does things, think outside the c++ box man").

As someone who writes VHDL, Verilog, C++, and Matlab on a daily basis, I understand both control flow and data flow programming, Labview is some perverted amalgamation of the two. It lures you in under the guise that you will not need to learn any GUI programming, and then screws you over in anything more than the basics. For example, in a data flow paradigm, pointers have no meaning, as all data is by value. Nearly every complex data type is handled with pointers, and "magical pointer functions" which make life hell, as they do not fit into the paradigm. So then they add "classes", which is a way for them to say that they somehow trump C++ and Java. Upon reading the fine print, one discovers that the class system is similarly FUBAR'd. Then there's the issue of inserting something into code. In a text based language, hit enter, and begin typing. In labview, delete a shit-ton of wires, drag and drop portions of the diagram, put in new bright colored squares, connect even more wires, make everything look readable (see: drag 'n drop ad nausium).

But, if you need a quick and dirty state machine to control something, and you don't mind a polling architecture, I can implement that in about a day...

Comment Re:Leader AND innovator? (Score 1) 243

Yes, all of these things are interesting and innovative ideas, but in and of themselves, they are not products that should be patentable. Take the following examples:

An english teacher marks up a term paper with red pen. Is this infringing on microsoft's red squiggle? I'm fairly certain that red pens have been used far longer.

I arrange all the tools on my desk in a line, pencil/pen cup, phone, coffee mug, parts directory, etc. Is this infringing on the "toolbar" or "ribbon"?

In conclusion, an idea is not necessarily a product.

Do Gamers Want Simpler Games? 462

A recent GamePro article sums up a lesson that developers and publishers have been slowly learning over the last few years: gamers don't want as much from games as they say they do. Quoting: "Conventional gaming wisdom thus far has been 'bigger, better, MORE!' It's something affirmed by the vocal minority on forums, and by the vast majority of critics that praise games for ambition and scale. The problem is, in reality its almost completely wrong. ... How do we know this? Because an increasing number of games incorporate telemetry systems that track our every action. They measure the time we play, they watch where we get stuck, and they broadcast our behavior back to the people that make the games so they can tune the experience accordingly. Every studio I've spoken to that does this, to a fault, says that many of the games they've released are far too big and far too hard for most players' behavior. As a general rule, less than five percent of a game's audience plays a title through to completion. I've had several studios tell me that their general observation is that 'more than 90 percent' of a game's audience will play it for 'just four or five hours.'"

Net Users In Belarus May Soon Have To Register 89

Cwix writes "A new law proposed in Belarus would require all net users and online publications to register with the state: 'Belarus' authoritarian leader is promising to toughen regulation of the Internet and its users in an apparent effort to exert control over the last fully free medium in the former Soviet state. He told journalists that a new Internet bill, proposed Tuesday, would require the registration and identification of all online publications and of each Web user, including visitors to Internet cafes. Web service providers would have to report this information to police, courts, and special services.'"

Comment my reports (Score 4, Funny) 381

dear /.

I feel that it is important to report market information that I have assembled.
Based on a survey of the people I'm living with, Ubuntu has a 25% market share of the laptop market.
None of my friends own an iPhone, so I assure you that it is a dead market space, MMOs fall into the same category.
On average, there is only one care for six people with driver's licenses.
Wii has 100% of the market share.
All teenage girls love anime and The Lion King.
In terms of popularity, 4 out of 5 of my roommates wanted a joint memorial for Billy Mays and Michael Jackson.
Everyone I know hates MySpace. I mean everyone. Its a really stupid facebook. The only people who use it are retarded. Surveys report that people are more willing to twitter than use MySpace, which is quite shocking considering previous reports.

All of these reports are held to the highest standards of statistical accuracy and truthfulness. It has the statistical rigour usual to all of my reports.

Comment Re:DRM: the precious (Score 1) 271

The only successful DRM comes from hardware makers (read: Apple) who balance the power to govern sales without extortion prices and without runaway piracy, because their interests are aligned with both consumers and intellectual property content producers.

Are you telling me that Apple's prices are reasonable? Their products cost 50% to 200% more than the market competition. They definitely are extorting people with DRM. The majority of people who use apple products don't even know that they are being controlled by DRM (think: iPod). All they know, is that, if they try to use another brand (of hardware), it just won't work.

For those who are not as tech-savvy, not working = broken (and will never use again)

Also, do you think that Apple's DRM has helped cut music piracy? I assume /. readers are smart enough to figure this one out.

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