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Comment Re:How does it "eat up CPU cycles"? (Score 1) 127

There is the time taken to read the file into memory, but I'm going out on a limb that the calculated 5MB isn't going to make much of a difference were it purged.

It doesn't read the file into memory. It only reads the pages that need to be read. You can have a 100mb file, and if you only attempt to read a 1mb chunk in the middle, then the rest of it won't even be read off disk.

Comment Re:Vigorous debate? Surely you jest (Score 2) 506

I would add - the comments section of typical left-leaning news sites have become absolutely fanatical if even one dissenting opinion is expressed. If you agree with 90% of a topic/idea and provide criticism of the other 10%, you are dismissed as a racist nazi and shunned from the group. Try it some time as an experiment.

You are wrong.

I've expressed quite a few dissenting opinions on (as typical a left-leaning news site as there is), mainly objecting to various criticisms of Trump. For instance on the first travel ban I said the numbers showed that you couldn't call it "targeted at Muslims" for what the phrase "targeted" usually means. There has been disagreement, sure, but I was never once dismissed as a racist or a nazi, and I wasn't shunned. Here are my posts so you can verify it yourself. (On Slate, you have to click the speech bubble to view the comments, and wait a few seconds while it loads).

Why haven't I been dismissed as a racist nazi? or shunned? I think it's because I am mostly polite, rational and fact-based in my posts, and people see this and respond positively to it. Usually not *agree* with it, but at least respect me for it. I think you generally get out what you put in.

(the following is about the travel ban)

Comment Re:Missing option: None (Score 1) 151

Voice input has its place.

"Navigate to the UPS store on Princess."

"When does the LCBO close tonight?"

"New appointment for tomorrow 3pm, code review."

"Reply ok, see you then."

Each of these is significantly faster than inputting the request with a touchscreen, and much safer while driving. In the winter, voice control means no taking off gloves or even taking your phone out of your pocket.

It's just another tool, and on some devices, it actually works surprisingly well.

Comment For fuck sakes (Score 4, Informative) 223

It's bad enough having to wade through all of the uneducated mouthbreathers and their "HEALTH GOODNESS WELLNESS NOW!!11" anti-science garbage sites.

Do we really need to see more garbage science on /.?

If you want to know the risks of aspartame (spoiler alert: there are none unless you've been diagnosed with phenylketonuria), consult legitimate scientific bodies, like the NHS or Health Canada.

Comment Re:User's need to take responsibility too. (Score 1) 223

The best thing we can do is to resist the pressure to upgrade our gadgets. No we don't need to upgrade every year and no we don't need the new shiny gadget that will be put in the dump in a few months. The fix starts with us.

I hate to say it, but I think we've already lost this battle.

I run a Galaxy Note 3, and have done so since about its release date back in Sept 2013. For me, it's flawless - 4 monster CPUs, a great OLED screen, thermometer, barometer, hygrometer, great camera (with 4k video), LTE/MiMo, running CM13 (Android 6.0.1). I have no reason or desire to upgrade. None. I'll still be using this phone for 3 or 4 more years unless I break or lose it.

Here's the trick: I'm on my third replacement battery.

This behavior costs the incumbent manufacturers money, and they have put a stop to it by gluing batteries into devices. They all do it now. It's disgusting. And we allow it. And don't be surprised if they start chipping and authenticating the batteries in the future.

This is the battleground, and very few people seem to understand it. Gluing batteries into phones encourages users to replace them at least every two years (as they typically start just long enough to last a day, and after two years, can't do that anymore). Replacement is mandatory, for many users, after 3. Forget about 5, 6, or 10 years.

The practice should be illegal as it is a huge waste of resources, recycling or not.

Comment Re: How to copy? (Score 1) 169

Easiest answer here is for the US gov't to mandate minimal acceptable response times for chip banking transactions. There's precisely no reason why it should take longer than a second or two to authenticate any consumer debit. If it takes longer than that, the bank's systems are broken and should be fixed before they're allowed back on the network.

Everywhere else in the world, chip transactions (including a roundtrip to the bank) happen very quickly.

Submission + - What a Trip: First Evidence for Higher State of Consciousness Found (

baalcat writes: Researchers observe a sustained increase in neural signal diversity in people under the influence of psychedelics.

Scientific evidence of a ‘higher’ state of consciousness has been found in a study led by the University of Sussex.

Neuroscientists observed a sustained increase in neural signal diversity – a measure of the complexity of brain activity – of people under the influence of psychedelic drugs, compared with when they were in a normal waking state.

The diversity of brain signals provides a mathematical index of the level of consciousness. For example, people who are awake have been shown to have more diverse neural activity using this scale than those who are asleep.

This, however, is the first study to show brain-signal diversity that is higher than baseline, that is higher than in someone who is simply ‘awake and aware’. Previous studies have tended to focus on lowered states of consciousness, such as sleep, anaesthesia, or the so-called ‘vegetative’ state.

Comment Re:They could have done better with the data (Score 4, Insightful) 344

We found that driving performance of both younger and older adults was influenced by cell phone conversations. Compared with single-task (i.e., driving-only) conditions, when drivers used cell phones their reactions were 18% slower, their following distance was 12% greater, and they took 17% longer to recover the speed that was lost following braking. There was also a twofold increase in the number of rear-end collisions when drivers were conversing on a cell phone.

Hardly an increase of 10,000% as the OP suggests.

Driving while talking on a speakerphone/headset is worse than driving without talking to someone. Also, driving while tired is worse than driving while not tired, and oblivious drivers are worse than non-oblivious drivers. As usual, the devil is in the details.

Comment Re:Define phone use (Score 1) 344

They include talking hands free and using the GPS as phone use.

I figured as much. So, essentially, the study is irrelevant and worthless. GPS use increases safety behind the wheel, where texting decreases safety. So what's the net?

I suspect this oversight wasn't made by accident.

Comment Re:"Disruptive" (Score 2) 56

He just means "non-customer facing", right?

I think you are just grumpy this morning.

What he means is what he says - you can have an AI helper that you can talk to, and replies in a seemingly intelligent manner, without having all the self awareness, and the OMG! Bots are going to murder us in our beds!! nonsense we have had from Steven Hawking, or the singularity quasi-rapture predictions of Kurzweil et al. The first implementation of AI's is probably going to be something that will be guided by humans rather than replacing them. Cars that drive themselves, but will come safely to a stop or ask for help if they see something they cannot understand. TV remotes that can respond to speech, and find something you might like to watch without flipping channels. Less "Open pod bay doors, Hal" "I'm sorry, Dave. I cannot do that", and more "Shit! Did I forget to turn off the oven, Hal?" "Yes, you did, Dave. I turned it down a bit there was nothing in it. Would you like me to turn it off?

There is a lot of AI bull about. Oddly enough, I don't think this particular article was an example. But maybe I'm wrong.

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