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Comment Re:So much for public charging locations (Score 1) 243

Can't the same thing be accomplished with a pre-charged capacitor (a battery or something) with an usb port? Send the charge through the data line and blow stuff up. And I'm sure you can get it cheaper than 50 USD.

So if this is to become a problem, it won't be from this gadget.

Comment Re:Blame the migration policy and not integrating (Score 1) 1592

Or are you under the impression that the Spanish Conquistadors let the native populations survive in meaningful numbers?

Perhaps a bit off-topic, but in many of the latinamerican countries the native populations were not decimated by the Spanish, but rather enslaved. That's why from Mexico to Peru the population is still mostly indigenous.

Comment Terrible headlines that don't reflect the study (Score 1) 291

By the same logic, would they conclude that the vast majority of racists against black people are black because they are the ones who use the word "Nigger" (or derivatives) more? I have heard many instances of women calling each other slut as a friendly nickname, with no offense meant. Perhaps a bit misguided, but definitely not misogynistic on itself.

Though in all fairness, the study itself does not conclude that half of misogynistic tweets come from women. They report that half of the usage of the words 'slut' and 'whore' is by women, but they make a distinction between casual use and offensive use (and more distinctions within this). While not peer-reviewed, the study makes for interesting reading.

Comment Problem with summary? (Score 1) 79

While blue light emitted by monitors and mobile displays has been widely cited as a cause in disrupting people's circadian rhythm, the evidence is thin


Many studies have shown that exposure to bright blue light in the evening can affect your circadian rhythms and make it harder to fall asleep

I know the two quotes come from different people (the submitter and "Apple", respectively), but putting them both in the summary without further comment seems odd. Which one is true, then?

Comment Re:Nazis (Score 1) 162

(reposting because I accidentally posted it as response to the wrong comment)

The scientific article itself doesn't mention nazis at all. The closest it gets is mentioning Milgram's classic experiment in the 60s, which itself was based on the question about nazis. Any nazi reference you see comes from the media, not the scientists.

Comment For anyone who cares about the science (Score 1) 162

The results indicate that humans are able to hurt each other when given orders.

Those aren't the results, but rather the original observations. From the article's abstract:

Thus, people who obey orders may subjectively experience their actions as closer to passive movements than fully voluntary actions

The results are that the brain actually feels like a passive observer once you have decided to follow orders against your better judgement. You no longer process the results as consequences of your actions, but rather as 'just the way the world moves'. This means that any form of reinforcement learning goes out the window immediatly.

Comment Well... (Score 1) 42

So they were surprised that their technology to track cars can be used to track cars? Who knew!

On a less sarcastic note, the problem seems to be that they don't require you to prove you're the owner of the car in order to register it with their system. Therefore, you could register anyone's car and use the malls' systems to track the real owner.

Comment Re:Bad Summary, Only new part is the sharing optio (Score 1) 487

I wonder, though, if you give your pass to a guest who is using win10 (unbeknownst to you) and your router is set to not allow win10 devices (is this possible? I'm not techie enough), would their win10 machine still save the pass and share it?

If so, you would need to do the banning personally. If your guest asks for your pass, you will need to personally check that they're not going to use it with a win10 device before you hand it over.

Comment Bad article (Score 2) 141

The blog from the summary cites no sources. Hell, they don't even hint at where they get their information. The other link to a story is a rehash of the blog post. The others are unrelated to the main story.

And in case you're wondering, the blog post doesn't say why they quit or what does "quitting" mean. One can assume from the text (though it doesn't actually say it) that the main space agency was disbanded by the government, but that's all. Why? Who knows!

This is some high-quality journalism here.

Comment Maybe I'm way off... (Score 1) 415

but isn't this a very stupid thing to do? I mean, one of the reasons MS can get away with windows is by hiding the actual cost to the consumer, since it's mostly bundled with the brand desktop or laptop you buy. At the end, most regular users really see windows as being free. Then in comes MS and starts waving invoices in front of their faces? People are going to start wondering if there's an actually-free alternative...

Comment Re:Abject brand mismanagement (Score 1) 352

Drivers? The only drivers you'll ever need are graphics drivers, and that's only if you're a gamer; otherwise the default video drivers work just fine.

This is of course anecdotal, but on my computer every time I install win7 I need to go looking for video, sound and modem drivers to even make it behave like a modern computer (and I still can't believe Windows asks me if I want to search the internet for those modem drivers). Then I have to install a bunch of other minor drivers to get all the functions back. And this with a dell laptop that came with win7.

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