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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 14, 2016, 08:52 Pigeon
 
Pr()ZaC wrote on Oct 13, 2016, 15:32:
I'm sure that if you needed a modern PC to watch p0rn, most households would have i7s and Titans. Because Titan has the word Tit in it... Followed by an...

Well maybe once they can get the interactive VR going a little stronger we'll see that exactly.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 13, 2016, 21:25 Pigeon
 
I had to check the rest of the site just to make sure it wasn't some elaborate dry humored satire article poking fun at the mentality of Mercedes drivers. I'm still not fully convinced the rest of the site isn't just being put forth to sell the ruse. I understand the concept of if you can save one life for sure you should chose that over, maybe saving many lives, but also maybe losing all lives. I mean how long until the cars figure out that all other human life is a potential threat to their drivers life? In fact I think there's an episode of Rick and Morty that addresses this  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 13, 2016, 14:33 Pigeon
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 13, 2016, 12:07:
Heard a fantastic conversation yesterday on the CBC program, Spark. Professor of Cognitive Science at UCAL Irvine, Don Hoffman, discusses how our perception of reality is pretty deeply flawed. I recall reading articles about this in SciAm several years ago and it looks like the science is finally starting to bear this out.

Is Reality Just Perception?

They also discuss the role of AI in things to come and that got me thinking of that TNG episode where they have to determine if Data is sentient and property of Star Fleet or not. Well wouldn't that apply to AI? I mean, if man can create a truly sentient, intelligent being why would we think we ever have the right to control it? That would be enslavement. Yet, could we afford to allow such an unknown variable to run around completely unchecked?

All stimulus is run through the filter of our own cognition; something which I think makes it very difficult to be certain of what is real. I work in mental health and I can tell you what some people experience as the truth, is anything close to what most mentally "healthy" individuals would consider true or real. It is also very sad, because true or not that is their experience, which leads them to a great deal of suffering. It (is)can be very difficult to change that perception, you can't just point out that they're wrong, you have to in essence train them how to perceive and process stimuli differently. Anyways didn't get a chance to watch the video (will watch later), just read the article, but it's very cool stuff and IMO we are in the midst of a fundamental change in how we understand the brain, thought and behavior.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 12, 2016, 16:59 Pigeon
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 12, 2016, 16:21:
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 12, 2016, 13:17:
The Half Elf wrote on Oct 12, 2016, 11:12:
Tree Removal... damn look at his forearms and biceps..
Was amused by all the negative comments on the video. It never fails to amaze me how stupid people are. The trees were damaged and in danger of falling on a house -- get a grip on reality people.

So, move the house! Sheesh.

Man, those are some tall freakin' trees.

I understand the point a few people were trying to make i.e. people have trees removed for less than obvious reasons. But there's no indication that was an issue. Also it's all well and good to bitch about removing a tree until it's your house it could come crashing through. And that monster would demolish the place not just put a hole in the roof.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 12, 2016, 12:58 Pigeon
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 12, 2016, 11:49:
Glow in the dark paths in multiple colours? Jesus, Warsaw is going look like a bad rave at night. That would be really irritating having to look at that constantly. We actually need the dark.

Your taste for salt is not hard-wired from birth. The excessive amount we eat today is a result of what Matthias Berninger, vice president of public affairs for Mars, calls an ďarms raceĒ between food producers and restaurant chains. One turns up the salt; customers get used to that; the next producer does the same thing. Over time, the whole populationís palate changes. Today Americans consume two to three times the sodium we need, and one in three Americans suffers from high blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease ó which can lead to the grave.

Which is why I quit using salt 20 years ago on anything but fresh food and even that's minimal. One thing I've always noticed is that anyone else who's done this easily picks up just how much salt there is in processed/frozen/restaurant food. Tasting anything really salty actually gives me a coughing fit. I anxiously await the day that the government regulates the shit out of sodium because it's way past due.

I cut back on my salt usage years ago and it's amazing when you start to notice just how salty things already are. I cringe when I see people adding salt to things that I know to already be very salty.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 11, 2016, 14:38 Pigeon
 
BobBob wrote on Oct 11, 2016, 14:30:
Based on recent news, events, and debates .. who is winning Hillary or Trump?

Obama, his poll numbers have never looked better.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 11, 2016, 13:56 Pigeon
 
How does the Harrison song go:
Something in the way she moves,
terrifies me like no other spider.
screeshscreeshscreeshscreesh
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
29. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 10, 2016, 22:25 Pigeon
 
Redmask wrote on Oct 10, 2016, 15:46:
She has been the target of a conservative campaign to discredit her for the better part of two decades. Even if it's not true when people hear that consistently for such a long time, they're more likely to believe negative things said about her, and/or view things she has done as worse when compared to others who have done something similar. If for the last 20 years you heard how awful cornflakes were, youíd be more likely to believe bad things said about cornflakes than things said about toasties (Postís version of cornflakes). Itís unfortunate in that if she is doing something wrong it is shrouded by political bias on both sides. Why should she be jailed when the previous administration lost 22 million emails also held on a private server in the midst of questions about improprieties involving evidence that lead to the Iraq war? How could she just get away with deleting emails during an investigation?

Anyways to get more back on the topic, people hate her because they've been told to hate or distrust her. Whether the ire she has directed at her is valid, and applied fairly (i.e. consistent with how it is applied to others) is difficult to determine because people have been so conditioned to have an opinion on her.

Yes, everyone who dislikes Hillary Clinton can't make up their own mind and just blindly follows right wing media. Come on man. Conspiracy theories against Hillary, sounds more like the Trump camp guys. Perhaps shes just a career politician with a mile long baggage train? The several scandals that have dogged her throughout the years, whether you find them valid or not? The fact that she openly sells herself out to corporate interests? The disenfranchisement with neo-liberals who cloth themselves in the far left when it suits them? Peoples frustration with Washington in general and she is pretty much the perfect representation of it? Her complete lack of charisma and inability to connect with many voters without a massive war chest of cash and a bunch of celebrities begging people to vote for her?

Before we go looking for conspiracy theories, perhaps we should look for the obvious. Plus give me a break in claiming that shes got a rough time with the media, she gets a ridiculously favorable ride from 3 major networks, CNN has been openly stumping for her and most of Hollywood has united against Donald Trump. I don't care if the Koch brothers are dumping money into Clinton attack ads, shes still way ahead on the PR game. Many people just don't like her and it goes deeper than Fox News.

It doesn't really matter because she can't lose this. The money they've dumped into it and Trumps numerous blunders pretty much assure her victory so relax and stop trying to explain away her failings as somehow all the fault of the public or right wing media. Yep many people are stupid but not all of them watch right wing media and there are plenty of left leaning voters who don't like Clinton.

I dislike Clinton and Trump, they're terrible options and we deserved better.

I wasn't suggesting a conspiracy, only attempting to explain the psychology behind what's happening. When you hear something repeatedly you're brained becomes primed to respond accordingly. This is how the human brain works. In general it allows our brains to work more efficiently by taking cognitive short-cuts. We are not "mindless" in the sense we are unable to respond in ways contrary to the priming, we can it just takes more cognitive effort.

Now my point wasn't that Hillary was good or bad, but pointing out that after 20+ years of repeated statements of her being corrupt, unlikable, and untrustworthy, people are more likely to believe such statements, and/or believe the things she has done are worse than other's who have done similar things. I alluded that, albeit in a breakfast cereal analogy, if you switched out any politician and subjected them to the same treatment they too would look like the poster boy/girl for political corruption. I also asserted it clouds people's ability to effectively judge what she has done in the context of which it happened. Dumb, smart, educated or not, people tend to make quick emotionally based decisions because it is easy.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
9. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 10, 2016, 15:26 Pigeon
 
descender wrote on Oct 10, 2016, 14:18:
Hilary came across as another slimy/lying politician

It's pretty clear to me at this point that (just like racist people did with Obama) there is just something about her that people don't like and makes them irrationally despise her. I can't put my finger on what it is because she is probably one of the most qualified people ever to run for the position. She has been fighting off accusations from "the establishment" for decades because for some reason they just don't seem to like her. She has been thoroughly investigated time and time again and she has been exonerated or found guiltless basically every single time.

Maybe someday she will be able to figure out why everyone dislikes her so much. In the end, maybe people will just have to admit that they are a tiny bit misogynistic... even if they may not realize it.

I'm not claiming her to be a perfect saintly candidate, every presidential candidate in history has done and voted for things that people disagreed with... but when people proclaim her things like the "most corrupt politician ever", to me that really just highlights naivety and not a well thought out opinion.

She has been the target of a conservative campaign to discredit her for the better part of two decades. Even if it's not true when people hear that consistently for such a long time, they're more likely to believe negative things said about her, and/or view things she has done as worse when compared to others who have done something similar. If for the last 20 years you heard how awful cornflakes were, youíd be more likely to believe bad things said about cornflakes than things said about toasties (Postís version of cornflakes). Itís unfortunate in that if she is doing something wrong it is shrouded by political bias on both sides. Why should she be jailed when the previous administration lost 22 million emails also held on a private server in the midst of questions about improprieties involving evidence that lead to the Iraq war? How could she just get away with deleting emails during an investigation?

Anyways to get more back on the topic, people hate her because they've been told to hate or distrust her. Whether the ire she has directed at her is valid, and applied fairly (i.e. consistent with how it is applied to others) is difficult to determine because people have been so conditioned to have an opinion on her.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 9, 2016, 16:36 Pigeon
 
Thanks for making an awesome site. I honestly can't think of any other site I have visited more regularly for the last 13+ years than here.

This comment was edited on Oct 9, 2016, 17:16.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
6. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 6, 2016, 12:30 Pigeon
 
Frankly the entire corporate world needs to get its head out of its ass, and stop expecting top-box scores when they're unwilling to put in top-ox effort or spend the money needed to create top-box score quality. Instead they try to shame people into giving them better scores than they actually deserve.  
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News Comments > New AMD Drivers
2. Re: New AMD Drivers Oct 6, 2016, 08:30 Pigeon
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Oct 6, 2016, 08:17:
Do these make the Polaris architecture competitive with current gen Nvidia cards?

Didn't you see that one Ashes benchmark where polaris beat pascal by 3%?
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 5, 2016, 20:37 Pigeon
 
Brings a whole new meaning to the term 'Food Porn'. Also I'm a lot more curious about the the "Flex Zone" now.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 5, 2016, 13:46 Pigeon
 
Maybe competing at the high-end is new, but Google had the Moto line before they sold it to LG , and I'm not sure how having Pixel manufactured by HTC is different from Huawei and LG manufacturing the Nexus lineup. If anything it signals Google doesn't feel the likes of Samsung etc. are effectively competing against the iPhone.  
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
7. Re: Evening Mobilization Oct 5, 2016, 11:43 Pigeon
 
Verno wrote on Oct 5, 2016, 10:02:
They tightened up the wifi connection stuff to cut down on battery problems, if its remotely flaky it will just DC or ignore the AP. I think they messed up the implementation.

I have a Nexus 5x as well, very happy with it overall although the battery life isn't wonderful under active use. It charges so quickly that it doesn't matter though, I can get like 4 hours of use in like 15-20 minutes of charge time thanks to USB-C/fast charge.

I suspect you're right, seems to fit with what I'm observing. It is unfortunate you can't set something as a preferred network so it will attempt to stay connected no matter what. For now I just have cellular data disabled so I don't burn through my minuscule data plan while streaming music at work.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
5. Re: Evening Mobilization Oct 5, 2016, 09:50 Pigeon
 
Verno wrote on Oct 5, 2016, 08:59:
They priced it way too high, the thing doesn't even have OIS or really any big feature to differentiate it from any other phone on the market. Super disappointing announcement from Google, give me the Nexus line up back any day.

Actually picked up a 32gb 5x (US) a couple weeks ago ~$280, so far quiet happy with it. Only issue is it has a hard time staying connected to the wifi at work, seems to be an android issue though as it happens to other android user's here I've talked to.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Re: Into the Black Oct 5, 2016, 08:50 Pigeon
 
When you're drunk and start climbing the stairs to the wrong apartment.  
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
3. Re: Evening Mobilization Oct 5, 2016, 08:42 Pigeon
 
Considering they're pricing it to compete directly against the iPhone 7 I'd be curious to see how performance compares.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
9. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 5, 2016, 08:31 Pigeon
 
I was going to comment on them already owning about 1/3rd of Hulu, but the article says they'd probably have to sell that off. I really don't see much good coming from something like this, hopefully it stays a rumor.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 3, 2016, 12:57 Pigeon
 
Well I got the two games I thought would be upsets this week correct, but I missed all the other upsets, like the Bills stomping the Pats. I can also take some consolation in the fact that the rest of the teams in my Texans' division are terrible so they can probably squeak into the playoffs and lose immediately... unless they play the Bengals.  
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