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Comment bad study (Score 5, Informative) 223

Sorry, tracking until age 18 isn't long enough. Schizophrenia will show up a bit later if it does. Also, *having* a cat in the house is one thing - how many kids are cleaning the litterbox? Because that's the danger zone.

For those who are unaware, Toxoplasma gondii has a life cycle that relies on cats and their prey - typically rats or mice. In cats, it reproduces in the digestive system and gets crapped out. In rodents who come into contact with the cat crap, it infects their brain and makes them less afraid of cats, which benefits the parasite because it wants to end up in a cat's digestive system again.

In humans, it definitely causes miscarriages. There have been studies suggesting a link to schizophrenia, but I don't believe that's the current consensus. Something like 50% of all humans have been exposed to it, so it would be scary if so. But it might also depend on other factors.

It's conceivable that a parasite that has evolved to control host behavior could have adverse psychological effects on human hosts, thus the research into it.

Comment Re: Umm (Score 1) 388

Out of 1 billion votes cast there were 44 cases of fraud, a rate of 0.0000044%.

There is also widespread evidence that such laws are designed to target democratic voters and that they tend to target the poor and minorities.

And that "44" number is as much utter bullshit as the "13" number that the left was barfing up every time this conversation came up two years ago.

We had one case in Memphis where one member of the Ford family - I don't recall which one - received something like 50 more votes in a certain precinct than there were registered voters. In other words, if there were 100 registered voters he received 150 votes. You know, when doing fraud smart people at least pay attention to *where* to do it. Anyway, that single incident involved more fraud than you claim exists in all of history.

I wonder if you people (leftist lunatics) know this and don't care, or really are stupid enough to believe there have only been 44 cases of voter fraud. I know you're not terribly bright, but, geeze.

Comment Re:SubjectsSuck (Score 1) 199

I don't even understand the point of the claim. So the interpreter has a baked-in crypto library? And how is that different than simply #including a crypto library, which has the added bonus that you can pick any number of crypto libraries.

More to the point - this is the main problem with PHP. The idiots who "design" it think that something like this should be compiled into their interpreter and made into even more built-in function calls. The better way to handle it is exactly as you describe - allow people to add their own code and make your language robust enough to allow them to code the crypto library (or whatever) in your language.

Historically, PHP was terrible at handling binary data and such, so there was no way to do a lot of these sorts of actions in straight PHP. The workaround was to write your functionality in C and then include it as a PHP module - meaning that PHP would have a new set of functions when your module was included. This caused namespace issues and idiocy such as two sets of "functions" for handling MySQL connectivity: the "mysql_" set and the "mysqli_" set. It's like the "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" of programming languages, except "it's so bad, well, it's just bad".

Now their idea is to encourage WordPress programmers to do better by including a crypto library in their already polluted function namespace.

<facepalm>

Comment Re:They get you off your ass (Score 1) 93

Scientific study of the benefit or harm is good. No doubt.

But, from a common sense 30,000 foot perspective, if there is even the slightest effect among the majority of these apps of embarrassing you into getting off your ass a little more often, isn't that likely to be a net health positive?

I agree. This guy's questioning the 10,000 steps metric. Fine. Maybe it isn't "best" for everybody. But I'm sure it's a hell of a lot better than sitting on your ass all day.

This is known as allowing the perfect to be the enemy of the good.

Comment Re:I'll keep saying it - Global Free Press Foundat (Score 1) 388

The greatest benefit Bill Gates or Warren Buffet could leave to human kind is to use most of their money to fund a global free press foundation.

Yeah, with Democrat cronyist leftists like Gates and Buffet funding it there's no way it would have an ideological bias.

Comment Re:Umm (Score 1) 388

Yes every President lies at some point. But few lie about things so easily disproved.

Right. Like "If you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan." Or, "It wasn't a preplanned terrorist attack - it was a demonstration against an internet video that got out of hand spontaneously." I could go on and on, but you get the point. Thanks to that stupid crap, we ended up with Trump.

Comment Re:Be careful what you ask for.... (Score 1) 505

As democracy is perfected, the office of the president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people.
On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House
will be occupied by a downright fool and a complete narcissistic moron.

~H.L. Mencken

And now that he's had his 8 year term, people elected Trump.

Comment Re:Go visit Mar-a-Lago and complain (Score 1) 505

> Why would I believe

Because when the PV videos on staging violence came out, we found evidence that Zulema Rodriguez was employed by MoveOn to be in Arizona, we have a video of her blocking the road and lying to cops, and that corroborates the video?

Your original source is a video by a guy who is famous for dishonestly editing videos... and yet you keep going back to him as a primary source.

I have absolutely zero confidence that you know how to determine if a piece of evidence is true or relevant.

So, he edited her into the video?

Look, I know the looney left hates this, but O'Keefe releases all his original videos. The reason you would believe is that he lays out his evidence using verifiable primary sources. I know it's good on your side to attack the messenger and claim victory, but it just makes you look like a fool in this case.

Comment This concept suggests that we're a simulation (Score 1) 47

MAME represents the idea that our digital heritage is important and should be preserved for future generations. MAME strives to accurately represent original systems, allowing unmodified software to run as intended.

We might be living in MAME for the universe. I know, this has been beaten to death, but think of it in these terms. How many Pacman machines exist right now in the world? Now, how many people run it on MAME? If I were to randomly pick one person on the planet playing Pacman right now, they would almost certainly be playing in MAME. In 20 years from now, the chance will be even higher.

Comment Someone else said it, but they were too nice (Score 0) 170

Only a moron would send something irreplaceable via regular mail. Sorry. This is what UPS and FedEx are for. If it's purely domestic within the US, there are services available from the USPS that will do the same thing (priority mail with tracking). It also needs to be in a secure box - thick cardboard and taped up really well.

It's sad that these carts were lost. Consider it another expensive class at the school of hard knocks.

Comment Re:Gartner "analysts" (Score 1) 91

As much as I'd love for you to be right - MS has behaved like this for 20 years and they're still the dominant desktop OS.

They're the dominant desktop OS simply because of inertia and the large volume of software available. And that's the same reason Windows phones will never be able to break into the two-horse race between iOS and Android. There's no real software available for a Windows phone compared to the other platforms, and nobody in their right mind is going to develop for a platform that accounts for 3/1000ths of the phones out there. Worse yet, when someone has a market share that low you have to wonder who the schmucks are that got suckered into one and are they even interested in buying more software for it?

Comment Re:OMG fix the banner adds (Score 2) 20

I have been a contributer on Slashdot for over 15 years. There have been things to complain about over the years, but FOR GOD SAKE don't let the banner adds chase everyone away. What's more annoying than a Banner Ad? A banner add that doesn't scroll away as you read.

Serious, I will never visit Slashdot again if this isn't fixed ASAP.

Don't be like the thousands of other crap sites that are doing this now. I don't care if it is in the advertisers JavaScript, find somewhat to stop that shit OR I AM GONE!

Is there a way that tensorflow can fix the banner ad problem?

Comment Re:Never. (Score 1) 158

I worked for Cisco Systems for nearly ten years. I could convert all of my capital to Cisco stock and not even touch a tenth of a percent.

Meanwhile, a single executive at Cisco could issue a decree that all offices require a $100,000 to $250,000 conferencing solution (out of their own budgets), and it would be nearly impossible to fight. Think I'm wrong? Check out any Cisco office's teleconference room.

Yes, I understand - you have to have widespread buy in to get anywhere. A lot of companies give huge stock incentives to executives, also, furthering the divide.

Publix has been that way likely from the start. I probably don't have to tell you which store treats its employees far better, right? Hint: not the unionized store.

One of the cool things about employee ownership is that everybody is on the same team again, rather than having the "workers vs. management" mentality.

Comment Re:That too exists, LLVM barcode (Score 1) 374

C is portable assembler. I love C, and there will *always* be a place for it, but to really use it safely and properly you simply have to understand how computers work at the lowest levels. I'm old school and at one time could write in 3 different assembly languages fluently. I know how processors and hardware work. But most modern programmers don't, and they need something a little higher level to be able to write reasonably safe code. If Swift can fill that niche, I'm all for it. Ultimately having a somewhat safer compiled language is a really good thing since almost all language development these days is tending toward scripting languages with better VMs - not something to put in your IoT device.

Comment Re:Irreverent vs. Inappropriate (Score 1) 363

Put more simply, "death to all jews" in a vacuum is stupid and offensive, but we don't live in a vacuum. In the context of our modern world this was an actual goal that a homicidal maniac was able to, at the very least, make significant headway toward attaining just 75 years ago. Plenty of his victims are still alive, with far more children and grandchildren, so this is still well within the collective conscience of the world and particularly the west.

It's mind boggling to me that the guy who probably has no other marketable skills would throw away a dream career in such a dramatically stupid fashion.

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