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Comment Re:Smartphones are great driving aids. . . (Score 2) 344

Good point. Here is a comprehensive list of states with stupid laws.

Regarding Texas, I have the following points:
- The law specifically mentions "attached to windshield" but not "rear view mirror." It also mentions "Obstruction." Accordingly, the law would make for an interesting case for "rear view mirror" mounted devices. Would like to check case law when I have some time.
- The way the law is stated, if "rear view mirror" mounted smartphones are "obstruction" then so is every single rear window sticker, rear view mirror charm, and dashboard bob-head. . . I want to say that ~30% of the cars I see have something like this, so perhaps this is just another dumb Texas law that is almost never enforced.
- If they are actively enforcing this for people who are using apps like Waze, then they are killing people every year by their stupidity, and I feel morally obligated to resist this out-of-date and very stupid law. I hope I do get a ticket so that I can be the first to loudly fight it.

Comment Smartphones are great driving aids. . . (Score 1) 344

you just have to use them correctly. Here are the steps I have taken:
1) Installed Waze
2) Bought a proper smart phone mount. I have had success with the rear view mirror mounted type.
3) Enter my destination into Waze every time I am about to go somewhere.

I have noticed the following with this approach:
- I have no motivation to do stupid things like text while driving if I am using my phone for navigation and the cars around me can easily see my phone screen.
- Even if I were to do something stupid on my smartphone, at least I would be looking up, instead of down, and would have a significantly better chance to avoid an accident (plus, other cars would more easily be able to see that I was doing something stupid on my rear view mirror mounted smartphone and could do a better job avoiding me)
- Waze is excellent for getting a heads up that traffic is about to slow down or there is an object on the road that I need to avoid. Unfortunately, they do not seem to have an option for reporting stupid drivers that are using their smartphones wrong while driving.

Anyway, cars are starting to notice me typing this post while driving, so I better end my post here. . . (I kid).

Comment Re:The year of the Linux. . . (Score 5, Interesting) 138

Android isn't really Linux. Yes, buried in there somewhere is a Linux kernel

It uses the Linux kernel but is not really "Linux" seems to be some arbitrary constraint you have invented. Maybe my original post lacked context: my sister is a non-techy. I was never expecting her to use GNU tools, etc. . .

but the kernel is not the operating system.

You seem so confident, yet not everyone seems to agree with you.

I am sure that if Chrome OS took over you would have a reason to say why THAT is not really Linux. Such is the world through the eyes of a pedant. Meanwhile, the rest of us will be able to appreciate the underlying point that Open Source and its flag ship project (Linux) is having an impact we could not even dream of a decade or so ago.

Comment The year of the Linux. . . (Score 2, Interesting) 138

My sister was chiding me a while back about me saying over a decade ago that "Linux" usage was going to explode and "that ended up not happening at all." I then pointed out that Android was Linux and that the Personal Computer had just shrank to cellphone size. That shut her up good. . . : p

I am now living the dream, working in a start-up where the flagship product runs on. . . you guessed it, Linux. We have come a long way. It will be interesting to see where the next decade takes us.

Comment Old Problem (Score 4, Insightful) 158

Socrates on books:

If men learn this, it will implant forgetfulness in their souls; they will cease to exercise memory because they rely on that which is written, calling things to remembrance no longer from within themselves, but by means of external marks.

There are plenty of problems left in this world to apply unused brain tissue to. . . Freeing up brain matter to be applied to new problems is how we progress as a species.

Comment Re:Why bother with the machines? (Score 1) 734

Except for the zero proof that the RNC was hacked and repeated denials from the RNC chair that the RNC was hacked.

Two things:
1) The party you hacked to lose the election is the party that you WANT people to know was hacked. Common knowledge of the hack results in dramatically improved credibility of the released information attained in the hack.
2) The party that you want to blackmail is the party that you want the hack to be a secret. The more secretive you can be about blackmail, the more effective it is. Also, if the RNC is being blackmailed due to a hack, would you expect them to announce that to the world!?

Of course, even worrying about the RNC being blackmailed is a waste of time if the president-elect is already compromised by the Russkiy's, something we will know as soon as he follows through with his promise to release his taxes (along with getting Mexico to pay for the wall and bringing back coal. . . in other words, don't hold your breath. . .)

Comment Re:Why bother with the machines? (Score 1) 734

. . . there is the possibility it is being used to tamper with the lawmakers. . .

1) Hack BOTH parties A & B during an election
2) Use hack of party A to help party B win
3) Use hack of party B to blackmail party B after they come into power
4) . . .
5) Pribyl'!

Comment Devil is in the details (Score 1) 30

Radiolab broke the story with their http://www.radiolab.org/story/...">Bringing Gamma Back episode. The remarkable thing about this research is that they focused on the lack of gamma wave activity in those suffering from Alzheimers. This has been observed in both the brains of mice and humans.

If human brains cannot have gamma waves induced with LEDs like mice, I am sure there are many different options for inducing gamma. However, the fact that mice and human brains both have gamma wave patterns and both lack this brain pattern when suffering Alzheimers seems to bode well for the possibility that inducing gamma in human brains will also trigger the brain's self cleaning processes like it did in mice.

Most research involving mice involves chemical reactions that can be nuanced enough to not apply to humans. However, this specific research seems to be based on the fundamental functionality of the brain which is more likely to be common across various mammals.

Comment Re:"Critics say!" (Score 1) 302

Bank meltdowns don't contaminate land for thousands of years

But the public gets to bend over and take it whether it is a bank or a nuclear plant that melted down.

nuclear reactors aren't speculative bubbles

Neither are banks. . . (speaking of shitty analogies. . .) Both represent high concentrations of power/capital that can be recklessly managed for large gains to those in power at the risk of large losses to the overall public. Whether it is banks assuming housing prices will alway go up or a nuclear plant expansion project that assumes electricity prices will not fall over 60 years, both show the damage that power concentration causes to the public.

Now, if you could devote more of your post to logical reasoning than vitriol, this might actually start to reasonable a rational debate. . .

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