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Comment War of good verses evil. (Score 1) 305

I hate to say this, but this is a classic war of good versus evil. The good people have been trying to live their lives, but also not allowing hate speech to be spread about them. The bad is the people who spew the hate and who have had their hate groups shut down because they were reported, rightfully so as spewing hate. Seems like the evil side found a easy way to retaliate. :(

Comment Re:Do not understand this. (Score 4, Insightful) 814

Seriously? The choice for most of us is to transition and embrace the way our heads our wired or suicide. I don't see a choice there. I didn't have a choice. I didn't choose to have my marriage explode either. Our society is about gender binaries, Male or Female, for the number of people who fit someplace outside of that precise box, having documentation and paperwork that does NOT match their presentation can be crippling in this binary society where people think that if looks don't match that M/F field, then something is very wrong automatically.

How would you like to hit a TSA checkpoint and almost be denied in the ability to pass beyond the checkpoint to catch your flight because your ID says your Male and you have breasts and look like a Woman? Or better yet, when you present your identification, and people completely change their interaction with you, their tone of speaking, and begin using word that remind you of the pain that you endured.

Preventing the ability to change documentation is not only for people that are transgendered, its for everyone else who has to see/interact with that identity information. It is inhumane to both parties to prevent the ability to correct the information.

Comment What you call optimize, they call cooking? (Score 3, Insightful) 285

I'd hate to say this, but company $A having an algorithm that might be tuned however they damn well please does not constitute cooking... unless, there is a master defined algorithm that every search provider must follow. Yes... I can see the goose-stepping algorithm enforcement brigades now.

Now, are we going to start with the "In Soviet America Jokes", or are we going to just define the algorithm Führer and get over with it?

Comment Hi Lazyweb! Alternatives? (Score 1) 80

I hate to say it, so instead of my bill being someplace between 2-3x of what it is presently, it will end up being around 2x..... So Anyone have a pretty gui built around one of the open source/free hypervisors with all the same basic features as vCenter (live migration, live storage migration, performance reporting)? oh, and the GUI needs to be easy for a windows person to use.

Comment Perhaps... Perhaps not. (Score 1) 1139

I could see it working in larger areas, or between larger cities. Example, in North Carolina, If I could go from Winston-Salem, NC to Raleigh, NC, however we're talking 120 miles highway, and possibly 160 via rails, although I don't see myself driving 30-60 miles to get to a train station, to hop on a train that only runs 2 times a day, to get to a city where I would have to rent a car or get a ride from a friend because... in some cities in NC... public transportation only stops most places 2 times a day.... so I think I'll just drive the 80-100 miles to get where I need to go and do what I need to do. K THX GIVE ME MY TAX MONEY BACK BAI


Things You Drink Can Be Used To Track You 202

sciencehabit writes with an intriguing story about the potential of figuring out where people have been by examining their hair: "That's because water molecules differ slightly in their isotope ratios depending on the minerals at their source. Researchers found that water samples from 33 cities across the United State could be reliably traced back to their origin based on their isotope ratios. And because the human body breaks down water's constituent atoms of hydrogen and oxygen to construct the proteins that make hair cells, those cells can preserve the record of a person's travels. Such information could help prosecutors place a suspect at the scene of a crime, or prove the innocence of the accused." Or frame someone by slipping them water from every country on the terrorist watchlist.

Comment Re:Why does the UPS not have a fail safe that kill (Score 1) 154

You can test lead-acid batteries by measuring the resistance between the terminals. Most upses only look for voltage from the battery. This means that the battery casing can split open, leak acid, before the batter grounds out or goes kaboom, or whatnot. I had one battery in a 64 battery cabinet leak out and ground out the batteries.... The bloody APC Silcon (now discontinued) ups didn't throw an alarm at all, all we noticed that there were no lights all of a sudden when the power flickered. It was apparently a firmware bug or some sort because APC swapped out the firmware IC chips when they replaced the batteries.

Generally, with larger ups systems, you tend to have a quarterly battery inspection where a tech comes out, takes voltage and ohms readings for each battery in the unit, and visually inspects the batteries in the cabinet.


Towards Artificial Consciousness 291

jzoom555 writes "In an interview with Discover Magazine, Gerald Edelman, Nobel laureate and founder/director of The Neurosciences Institute, discusses the quality of consciousness and progress in building brain-based-devices. His lab recently published details on a brain model that is self-sustaining and 'has beta waves and gamma waves just like the regular cortex.'" Edelman's latest BBD contains a million simulated neurons and almost half a billion synapses, and is modeled on a cat's brain.

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