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Comment Re:Police, Fire Brigade, Truncheon, Axe... (Score 1) 115

You would think a carrier could easily block VOIP originating calls to emergency services.
Unless that information is lost by the time the call arrives at the carrier.
There has to be an originating caller id - as this is who is charged for the call,
certainly if the destination is not an emergency services number.

Video Gamers Have Power Over Their Dreams 308

Ponca City, We love you writes "Live Science reports that researchers say playing video games before bedtime may give gamers an unusual level of awareness and control in their dreams, which could provide an edge when fighting nightmares or even mental trauma. 'If you're spending hours a day in a virtual reality, if nothing else it's practice,' says Jayne Gackenbach, a psychologist at Grant MacEwan University in Canada, who says that hardcore gamers represent the leading edge of immersion in virtual worlds that increasingly has come to define a large part of contemporary entertainment and communication. 'Gamers are used to controlling their game environments, so that can translate into dreams.' One intriguing theory holds that dreams are a sort of threat simulation where nightmares help organisms hone their skills in a protective environment, and ideally prepare organisms for a real-life situation. To test that theory, Gackenbach conducted a study using independent assessments that coded threat levels in after-dream reports and found that gamers experienced less or even reversed threat simulation (in which the dreamer became the threatening presence), with fewer aggression dreams overall. In other words, a scary nightmare scenario turned into something 'fun' for a gamer."

Comment Re:My plate is pretty full right now... (Score 1) 479

Name one other profession or trade or area of expertise where expert advice is so routinely ignored for such trivial reasons.

All of them.

It doesn't happen with doctors, lawyers, plumbers, electricians, auto mechanics or insurance agents. /blockquote.

You might want to talk with some doctors, lawyers, plumbers, electricians, auto mechanics or insurance agents. They'll tell you differently. It might happen a little more often to IT professionals, but, trust me, it does happen everywhere.

Comment Re:PowerPoint makes us stupid (Score 1) 233

They actually teach this in the intro engineering classes. Ironically enough with a powerpoint presentation about the subject of make pp presentations. Unfortunately very few of the professors are required to learn this skill, often with the poor practices that you mention or worse.

Comment Re:Taking out capital ships? (Score 2, Insightful) 618

Having an interest in terminal ballistics, I'd like to see some citation for that. While there may be some difference between 5.56 NATO and, say, 7.62 NATO in terms of lethality, I would be willing to bet that the primary contributing factor is shot placement.

We use small calibers because it allows the soldier to carry more ammunition into battle.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 821

Terrorists will always find a way to get explosives on planes if they feel they need to.

Why bother? Thanks to security theatre, they can now simply blow themselves up in the scanner queue, which will kill the hundred or so people packed in there, will probably shut down the entire airport, and will cause the government to rape us even harder than before.

Comment Re:Not even possible! (Score 1) 346

For me the important conclusion of the book is that there is no practical way to fullfill all our current energy needs from "renewable" resources.

That's perfectly reasonable. This is a misrepresentation:

if you actually look at the physics, it is not possible to supply all our current energy needs entirely through solar and wind (renewable) power.

When you look at the physics, it is entirely possible, it just isn't attractive given the area used and the cost of doing it.

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