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Comment Re:In other news. scrambling eggs creates chickens (Score 5, Insightful) 288

Of course, after rereading the /. summary and title again, I can see how people might misinterpret the findings of this study, since the linked article is much more careful not to jump to grand conclusions, and explicitly mentions that they don't believe the psychedelic experience to necessarily be a "better" state of consciousness. But expecting anyone to actually RTFA instead of basing their opinions on the /. title is silly, I guess.

Comment Re:In other news. scrambling eggs creates chickens (Score 5, Insightful) 288

"Creating complexity" in the sense of more measurable neural events is not a measure of "higher conscience". You can get the same effect with a pair of electrodes, or even getting patterns of neural events in seizures. The destruction of existing structures, and the inability to retain those "new insights" long enough to explain or use them either during or after the influence of psychedelic "events" is evidence that disruption is possible, not evidence of a "higher" consceience.

It's very *exciting* to get blitzed, and it can be *fun* to taste the color red. But it's hardly insightful. You can get more "insight" by simply paying attention.

You could not be more wrong. External electrical influences or seizures absolutely do not create more "complexity," in the same sense as psychedelics; they create dysfunction through disruption, which is very different. And using a ridiculous blanket term like "getting blitzed" shows that you have no understanding whatsoever of the difference between mere intoxication and other types of altered states, such as those produced by psychedelics. This study, while not groundbreaking, is interesting because it has produced more data supporting the notion that psychedelic states are not simply a form of random intoxication, as you suggest, but are indeed indicative of stimulation of certain brain functions.

You are interpreting the summary completely backwards, and you sound like someone who calls all drugs "narcotics," or thinks that any drug use simply amounts to "getting high," regardless of the intentions, results, or method of action in the body. Nancy Reagan and Richard Nixon would be proud.

Comment Re:Still slower than iphone 7 (Score 1) 82

you will get modded to hell by apple fanbois for that, how dare you question a contrived scenario to make an IPhone look best. heaven forbid they actually compare real world scenarios.

The iphone 7 runs iOS apps way, way waaayy faster than any Android phone, which is a fact you can't deny, so it must be better!

Comment Re:Who defines truth? (Score 1) 155

This gets to the heart of the problem around post-truth. Just who defines "truth"?

How does that fit in to the checks and balances in a democratic society? Does everything have to go through the courts?

Apparently real world data and scientifically proven facts are not considered "truth" any more.

We are now free to define our own alternative truth, like when you say someone wiretapped you, your subordinates who you say would have been responsible for doing so refute your claim, the people who you say will back you up also refuse to do so and say there's no evidence to support you, yet you keep repeating the same thing as your official spokesperson says you misspoke and/or didn't mean it the first time.

I thought truth was universal and limited to what has actually occurred, in a factual sense, rather than a matter of opinion, but a lot of people seem not to agree any more. Pretty scary.

Comment No more free speech? (Score 1, Insightful) 155

I think Donald Trump is silly and orange, and I don't like him. My previous statement is irrelevant. Please fine me for it, I dare you!

We already have legislation prohibiting libel and slander, so this new bill is not only "excessive" (goes way to far) and inadequate (way too vague), it is also "irrelevant" (due to being unconstitutional and unenforceable, as well as unnecessarily duplicating enforceable laws already on the books). What a stupidly reactionary waste of time.

Comment Re:What if..... (Score 1) 542

they told you they were rebooting the Matrix and .... no one showed up.

I'll probably skip it, and just take some pills I got from some creepy strangers who ran from the Feds, or something.

There was a little-known version of the original that featured an alternative ending. Neo took the blue pill, and the movie was only 20 minutes long. Bad movie, but it would have had an upside: no Matrix 2 or 3.

Comment Re:They could save it (Score 1) 542

Look the first one was kind of a twist. But to save it they need to go 'down the rabbit hole'.

The first one was great. Lame acting and dialogue, but an interesting movie that was pretty well done overall. The best thing they can do with the reboot is already a given - cast a better actor than Keanu as the lead.

Comment Re:Star Wars ? (Score 1) 542

How do you figure? The Force Awakens was a pretty blatent remake of A New Hope.

The plot lines were obviously weak, but the Force Awakens doesn't fit any definition of "remake." Yes, same characters behaving similarly, with similar foes, but it is a continuation that can not possibly be mistaken for a remake. If you disagree, then you must consider any sequel or subsequent movie in every series to be an unoriginal remake.

Comment Re:Star Wars ? (Score 1) 542

Thanks, I knew I couldn't be the only one who thought the summary's inclusion of Star Wars was inaccurate. Star Wars has not been reimagined or rebooted on film, as all of the eight current movies cover different parts of a continuous timeline (aside from some overlap with the original at the end of Rogue One, which merely added detail and did not attempt to alter it or retell the story).

With Lucas stepping away, we may see reboots eventually, but that won't happen any time soon. Spin-offs, on the other hand, will likely proliferate. I've heard little to nothing about the upcoming Han Solo movie or any other future Star Wars movies, but I'm eager to see what they'll be like.

Comment Half truths (Score 2) 88

Total construction costs were $10,134 (USD)

"Total construction costs" does not mean "it cost this much to build a complete house," in this case. You could not realistically wire that house for the stated $242 and have it be legal here, and surely the other finishing work would cost more than the supposed $1178 if you weren't in Russia. So maybe it is $10k when built in Russia, with Russian labor and to Russian standards, but I bet you'd be looking at double that to build it to code in the US, with questionable profitability for the builder. I didn't see any mention of whether it was heated or connected to a sewer system or not, and what sort of foundation it is on - looks like it's just on a concrete slab.

This is an impressive tech demonstration, but we're a long way from complete $10k western homes. Plus, the square footage is about a third of the current US minimum for new single-family homes. So for this to be competitive with what an American would consider a house, you'd be looking at more like $30k if you did some work yourself and bribed the local inspectors, and that's without land. This may have a future, but you aren't going to be buying one of these any time soon, so keep saving your old bottles and tires and build an Earthship instead!

Comment Re:Now THAT... (Score 1) 162

...is global warming.

A young hippie waitress just told me the other day that global warming is just the Earth's way of healing, since killing us off is what it wants and how it will recover. If I had told her the mantle just got a hundred degrees hotter she probably would have thought I was agreeing with her.

Comment Re:"Old School" (Score 1) 54

I also want notification LEDs to come back (and not be hidden and disabled). I loved the little ball on the Nexus One, too.

I won't buy a phone without a notification LED, but fortunately there are still plenty available, as far as I know. Samsung, LG and ZTE include them on flagships at least, off the top of my head.

Comment Choice is good (Score 1) 54

Of course, this wouldn't be Android without fragmentation, so Moto's method is slightly different (swipe left to go back, right for multitasking, and a tap to go home), but having tried both of them, I can say that they're improvements on the status quo and I'm glad the change is happening. For Android purists, this may all seem like an unnecessary distraction.

This isn't fragmentation in the sense that it doesn't introduce something negative. Diversity and innovation make Android great. I've never owned a Huawei or Moto device and probably won't any time soon since my ZTE Axon 7 is still very new, but neither of these new ideas would scare me away form either company's phones.

I like having three dedicated capacitive "buttons," but one space to activate three functions isn't a bad idea. The fact that each of these companies is doing something unique isn't a dectractor, it gives user even more choice. If these don't work or don't sell, we'll only seem them on the current generation, so no harm done.

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