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Comment Re:Self-inflicted (Score 2) 59

Yes, and those idiot's votes count the same as yours and mind. It is amazing how many people "me too" jump on some bullshit I've already proven to be false a few times before. Hoax is the poisoning of the mind for people too stupid to do their own thinking and prefer their news in a 600x600 image square. Whoever controls these drones, controls the vote, because they are half the population.

Or to paraphrase George Carlin, think about how stupid the average person is, then remember that half the population is dumber than they are.

Comment Re:Pokemon Go killed more people than Tesla Autopi (Score 1) 141

When you release something into the world, you should really understand people.

You should, but "some idiot might try to change batteries while driving" is not a kind of thing you can reasonably protect against.

More generally, at some point safety features will actually make things less safe. For example, forklifts have to sound alarm while backing. Good idea if there were always just one, but if you have many of them working in the same warehouse the resulting cacophony masks other sounds - such as the tire noise of the forklift that's about to drive over you.

Comment Re:On Hobbes and the Hamiltonians (Score 2) 228

Hobbes had a radical hatred of violence. I feel that violence is a natural part of the human experience. The reservation of violence to the State interferes with the natural experience of violence by man. It should be tempered, but not removed entirely.

Medicine interferes with the natural experience of dying from dysentry or infected papercuts. Clothes interfere with the natural experience of freezing, and food production with the natural experience of starving. Houses interfere with the natural experience of waking to a bear gnawing at your feet. Naturalistic fallacy is a fallacy because nature is a murderous bitch.

You and people like you are welcome to make each other's lives short, vicious and brutal up while trying to earn your Darwin awards, but I for one am damn glad a Leviathan stands ready to squeeze you like a bug if you try that crap with me. Which, come to think of it, should fit your own worldview perfectly well, unless of course it's yourself you see as the 500-pound gorilla ruling the jungle.

Honestly, I've read some dumb shit on this site before, but you just made the new record. Congratulations.

Comment Re:Why a poll ? The browser tell this already. (Score 1) 548

The browser can't tell if people are on what they consider their "main computer". Since I am willing to bet the majority of /. users use at least two different computers on a daily basis, a summary of visitor OS isn't necessarily going to line up with what the users consider their work machines. It would in my case -- if i I were to browse /. while my Chromebook happens to be booted into "a Debian-based Linux" rather than Windows 10, it would be unusual -- but there are plenty of people obligated to use Windows machines at work who also post from work, but would consider their personal machine to be something else.

Comment Re:Why no separate category for Win10? (Score 1) 548

I'd lump Vista and 7 together because 7 is Vista, except done right. I'd also lump 8 and 10 because 10 is pretty much what 8 should have been in the first place from a user's perspective, and also from Microsoft's wet dream perspective, although for thoroughly different reasons. Similarly I'd lump 2k and XP together if 2k was still the least bit relevant.

Comment Cutting down on clutter (Score 1) 548

I'm trying to strip down to a minimal number of computers, which for various reasons should always be at least two (mostly so one can go for help if the other crashes). The desktop machine just runs Windows 10, but I'm strongly considering adding a Linux-under-Windows installation to that. This Acer C720 Chromebook dual-boots Windows 10 and GalliumOS, and now has a 256GB SSD. Aside from the keyboard and the unsigned drivers for the trackpad and keyboard, it may as well be a purpose-built Windows ultrabook.

The Aspire One (Atom, 32-bit, single core) has been a toy for years and may or may not sell today. I'm tired of keeping it up to date and then never using it. The "big laptop" is purely Windows 10 also and was just taken out of service yesterday. Its fate remains undetermined. It's big, heavy, hot, loud, and has few advantages over the Chromebook.

Comment What will they do with essential things? (Score 1) 102

What do they plan to use as a replacement for essential tools like the one that writes ChromeOS restore images to flash drive? It seems to me they'll be stuck writing separate Windows, Mac, and Linux versions of it if they don't have the unifying base of Chrome. While this would be good for the users in some ways (I didn't enjoy having to install Chrome just to make a restore disk), it sounds like a lot more work for them.

Comment Re:I've Persuaded Voters on Facebook (Score 1) 399

Peter Koutoujian: He's the Middlesex Sheriff. In Massachusetts, a sheriff is mostly responsible for prisoners. Koutoujian has been working for prison reform to make changes so that people who are released are less likely to return. I have no idea why someone would mount a challenge to him--he's generally popular, and I doubt that there's much risk of him losing the primary.

Bob Jubinville: He's the member of the Governor's Council from the second district (of eight). In most other states, the senate will approve gubernatorial appointments, but in Massachusetts, we have a separate body to do this. Jubinville has been very independent in his role, sometimes being the only vote against a nominee. He's very concerned that judges ruling on criminal cases have a good understanding of addiction, as that is often a significant factor in the circumstances leading up to the infraction. He makes a significant effort to attend public events throughout his huge district, so I see him regularly, which is not something you can usually say about someone in his office.

State Rep: If you're actually in my district (parts of Framingham and all of Ashland), let me know, and I'll fill you in.

Comment Re: More proof (Score 1) 414

Racism isn't bad because it's mean. Racism is bad because it is stupid. Like, having a heartfelt belief that red cars are faster than blue cars kinda stupid.

Tribalism and identity politics, on the other hand are bad because they make enemies of everyone outside the tribe.

That's what's happening. All these people trying to push their tribe forward are creating bad feelings. They're not helping anyone, including those they purport to support.

Comment Stick with LTS kernels (Score 2) 67

If the idea of your kernel no longer getting point releases bothers you, you should stick with the Long Term Stability releases. For most users, this is done by default using the distribution kernels. For users that build their own kernels, upgrading to the next release isn't much more difficult than upgrading to the next bugfix point release. If you're building your own kernel and use commercial kernel modules (e.g., VMWare), then stick with LTS kernels to minimize version conflicts.

So for most Linux users, this story is a non-story.


Startup Aims To Commercialize a Brain Implant To Improve Memory ( 85

the_newsbeagle writes: Neuroscientist Ted Berger has achieved some remarkable feats in his work on an implanted brain prosthetic to boost memory. Working with rats, he recorded the electrical signals associated with a specific memory from one animal's brain, then inserted that signal -- and thus the memory -- into another animal's brain. Working with monkeys, the implanted device enhanced the animals' recall in difficult memory tasks.

Still, it's startling to learn that a startup is ready to commercialize Berger's work, and is trying to build a memory prosthetic for humans suffering from Alzheimer's, brain injuries, and stroke. The new company, named Kernel, will fund human trials and develop electrodes that can record from and stimulate more brain cells.
"An implanted memory prosthetic would have electrodes to record signals during learning, a microprocessor to do the computations, and electrodes that stimulate neurons to encode the information as a memory," writes Eliza Strickland via IEEE Spectrum.

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