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Comment opportunity (Score 1) 91

Before we were born there was a fascinating industry around stereoscopy. Stereographers would travel the earth snapping 3D images of interesting sights that could be viewed back home in a simple device similar to Google Cardboard. Stereo projections of still images are fun, but moving images in stereo can be breathtaking.

This Spectacles device should have two cameras for stereo. This is a public announcement of the idea, so don't try to patent it subsequently.

Comment Could this be FUD? (Score 1) 45

I don't believe there's an increase. My ten plus mailboxes get a total of 10 spams per week. Same or less than they got in the last century. Of the 10 spams, roughly 2 are from an annoying friend, 2 are from Trump affiliates, 2 have Chinese looking script, 3 are from small businesses. Most are the result of legitimate attempts to communicate but a typo in the address got me involved.

If I owned an internet security business, I suppose I'd want people panicking about spam or viruses. Could this be FUD?

Comment HP not all bad ... (Score 1) 387

Another problem with HP- if you run out of yellow (or any single color) you just can't print at all. Even your black only documents will refuse to print.

But the worst problem is tech support. God help you if you ever need that.

On the good side, when other brands were struggling with faulty paper handling, HP was flawless. Never a double sheet draw, never a jam, never a missed sheet, even with the duplex unit, even after it got old and full of crud. The sheet fed scanner sometimes struggled with odd sized or wrinkled pages, but usually worked ok.

Comment And who wins? And who loses? (Score 1) 16

"People like you...
And you,
People who are alter..." (Firesign Theater, I Think We're all Bozos on this Bus)

No doubt companies have been fined and/or penalized in the courts for leaking information like this. And rightfully so, but has any executive ever been held responsible, paid a fine or done jail time? Corporations don't make decisions, humans do. They are responsible.

Comment your health is not a corporate concern (Score 2) 527

This would be a good time to go after Kellogg, General Mills, Wonder Bread, and all the other purveyors of starchy foods that begin to turn to sugar the moment they touch your tongue. Yes, extreme athletes, insomniacs and a few others will turn these carbohydrates into energy and muscle, while the rest of us turn carbs into fat.

The promoters start with the children and insidious advertisements for sugary cereals and high carb snacks. Children often don't immediately show the bad effects of excess carbohydrates. Once the children are hooked, they will remain so for the duration of their short lives. They can expect obesity, diabetes, dementia, other diseases, and a short lifespan.

This huge industry knows that, as well as the governments of the world, but lobbyists have suppressed and cast doubts on scientific proofs. How many millions of deaths are the result of this corporate greed? Remember that a corporation has only one mandate- to provide profits for the shareholders.

I'm one of those addicts. As I sit thinking how good a potato chip might be, or a tortilla chip; I settle for peanuts and the lesser satisfaction they give. It's 9PM and I avoid beer in favor of vodka with lemon water (no sugar). My diabetes is somewhat controlled, but when will I ever have a Ben & Jerry's ice cream again? I'm not happy about it because I grew up watching millions of advertisements promoting carbohydrates (and saying fat is bad). Turns out that's 100% backwards.

Comment Re:More complex? (Score 1) 305

Brain surface area and cortical thickness seems to be more significant. The ability to measure surface area is improving (US National Institutes of Health PubMed):
And the relationship to intelligence is an ongoing study. Here's one approach:

As the Martian says, brain size can be a factor but it's complicated.

Comment Re:I think it's fair (Score 1) 178

funny phrase: "Crazy abuse of workers for profit will happen unless standards are imposed and enforced"

It's not crazy if it profits the abuser- just common sense. But it seems immoral. And standards are imposed, but this new concept has delayed proper legal analysis.

If I could enslave workers in a similar fashion and profit by it (to the tune of billions of shekels), I would be sorely tempted.

Comment stupid (Score 0) 231

Don't these 'scientists' read science fiction? Don't they know history? Aren't they aware that European incursions into the New World killed millions with disease?

So we send microbes to presumably uninhabited planets. Fine, except for those that *are* inhabited. How will those foreign microbes effect the existing life forms? We have messed up enough planets already, let's stop here.

Comment very disappointing (Score 1) 294

I expected yet another one of those articles that tell us that hackers can spy on us by studying the blinking lights around our houses. They can tell when our shaver is fully charged or when the flickering neon light in our power strip is about to pass on. They can tunnel in to the heart of our system software and plant worms that cause even more blinking until they drive us insane. Those hackers are shameful with their evil intentions.

Comment the Master Race (Score 1) 367

Sometimes referred to as 'eugenics'. The idea that one group of people, due to some inherent superiority, should rule over others. Don't we all want to be in that group? Don't we fear that we are in the other group?

Robert Klark Graham, founder of the Nobel Sperm Bank, was fond of placing advertisements in various publications (particularly Mensa publications) that simply said "The smarter you are, the more children you should have."

On the surface, that seems a fine and sensible sentiment. But underlying it is the hidden opposite, unspoken "stupid people should not have children". In this century, no sensible person will speak this aloud, though they may think it.

Some might note that humanity has reversed the 'survival of the fittest' concept that is universal among other living organisms, by going to great lengths to protect and preserve the least fit among us. And allowing them to reproduce. The DNA pool of the human race now carries more disease and dysfunction than would have occurred had nature prevailed.

But soon we can begin to correct that. We need a bit more research, more investment, more government encouragement. When we begin modifying the DNA of individuals, there will be some 'test animal' humans, and after proven success the wealthy will be beneficiaries.

Then we face the reality that some may be able to enhance their bodies, minds, lifespan and that of their children according to their ability to pay, and others will continue to live in increasingly shabby circumstances. Are we approaching an even more extreme social imbalance?

Comment another unintelligible headline (Score 2) 13

"Snapchat Cuts Local Stories Curators in Strategy Shift for Live"

Does this make sense to anyone? There are words here that need to begin with a capital letter. There are words that should not. Without distinguishing between them the sentence is gibberish.

Early in the last century, publishers used capital letters liberally. Some headlines were in ALL CAPS. Their job was to sell newspapers and to do that they wanted to generate excitement.

Does this headline excite you? Does this headline sell newspapers? When will Slashdot join the 21st century?

Comment GM mosquitoes (Score 2) 470

I have seen dramatic evidence that genetically modified fruit flies can wipe out populations and save millions worth of crops. This works on organic farms as well because no poison spray is required. These GM flies don't kill other species, only their own.

So, where are the modified mosquitoes?

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