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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

14erCleaner Re:Well if two google engineers say so (556 comments)

If you google "renewable energy can prevent climate change" without quotes, you get 70 million hits. If you google "renewable energy cannot prevent climate change", 30 million. Therefore, using the same methodology that was used to prove that Coloradans love them some frog eye salad, there's hope after all, Google!

yesterday
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

14erCleaner Re:Not a good week... (445 comments)

Achieving regular manned commercial space travel is also worthwhile

When I see statement like this, I think of the Everest guiding industry. In many ways, carrying tourists to 100 kilometers and then returning is much like guiding them to 29,000 feet. Neither one has any real purpose other than bragging rights. Arguably the boom in Everest climbing tourism has had major negative effects, including pollution of the high-alpine environment and a high death rate by the employees. I wouldn't be surprised if the suborbital tourism industry took a similar path, but pretending that it has some long-term benefit is deceiving yourself, IMO. Richard Branson isn't going to colonize the stars, any more than Alpine Ascents International is colonizing the high Himalayas.

about three weeks ago
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What Will It Take To Run a 2-Hour Marathon?

14erCleaner Re:2025 is much more likely. (254 comments)

If you're going to cheat, why not just use wheels? The wheelchair record is way under two hours already (1:18:24 as of 2012).

about a month and a half ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

14erCleaner Re:Thinking back late 70's Algol, SNOBOL etc (547 comments)

Whatever happened to Algol anyway?

By 1980, it had turned into Pascal, never to return. Wirth's compiler was a big reason - it was easy to port to new machines, so spread like a virus.

about a month and a half ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

14erCleaner Thinking back to my undergraduate days (late 70's) (547 comments)

Fortran: will live forever
Cobol: ditto
PL/1: probably a goner
Pascal: is that still around?
LISP: was already for hipsters only by the 80's

about a month and a half ago
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Fortune.com: Blame Tech Diversity On Culture, Not Pipeline

14erCleaner Low pay? (342 comments)

I guess the lure of the big bucks in teaching and nursing is too hard to resist.

about 2 months ago
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Kano Ships 18,000 Learn-To-Code Computer Kits

14erCleaner Whoa, Deja Vu! (53 comments)

I'm having flashbacks to the KIM-1, a 1976 single-board computer with a keyboard (hex digits) and display (6 LED digits) and 1K bytes of memory. This has a bigger keyboard, a bigger display, more memory, a bit more software, and costs less, but it's basically the same thing, right?

about 2 months ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

14erCleaner Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

But, hey, Bush was in business with the family of OBL ... so he was a terrorist too, right?

And, as the Republicans used to repeatedly hammer us over the head with, Obama was a member of an organization that included Weather Underground co-founder Bill Ayers. While I'm no supporter of Bush, this kind of thing could get almost anybody.

about 2 months ago
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Mushroom-Like Deep Sea Organism May Be New Branch of Life

14erCleaner Re:New specimens need to be found (64 comments)

And what if these were the last two specimens ?

The authors did say these might be a "failed experiment in multicellular life".

about 3 months ago
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Death Valley's Sailing Stones Caught In the Act

14erCleaner Re:timothy = fail (48 comments)

The reported video is from 2013, so NatGeo must have been reporting something else.

about 3 months ago
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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

14erCleaner Lack of backup (194 comments)

From an alternative story:

"[Getting a new prosthetic hand and iPod configured to work together] takes a long time," Eberle told the San Antonio Express-News. "It's tedious and it's a lot of work with the hand itself."

So in fact, another ipod could work, but it has to be trained first. A good backup of the training data should allow a new ipod to be set up quickly, but it sounds like they didn't do that.

about 3 months ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

14erCleaner Re:Hydroelectric Dams (521 comments)

I shudder to think how many insects die on America's highways every second (billions?), but that seems OK to most people.

about 3 months ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

14erCleaner Re:Safety vs Law (475 comments)

The speed limit on I-70 heading out of the mountains into Denver used to be 55 mph, but most people drove 75 or more. It was changed to 65 about a year ago, and it appears to me that traffic has slowed down since then.

about 3 months ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

14erCleaner Re:Why speed only a little? (475 comments)

I for one would buy Google car tomorrow if it could get me to work in brief bursts at 120mph shaving seconds off my commute.

FIFY. Get real, self-driving cars aren't magic, and will still need to deal with traffic.

about 3 months ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

14erCleaner Re:Lies and statistics... (570 comments)

Also, if you dig into their footnotes, you find that the median debt in collection is $1349, far less than the average (mean) that they so prominently feature.

about 4 months ago
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Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

14erCleaner Re:And less than four years later... (211 comments)

Space travel is a big dead-end. Outside of sci-fi, nobody really wants to live in anyplace remotely as horrible as the friendliest of non-Earth planets. Think about the worst places on Earth: summit of Everest, South Pole, bottom of the ocean, middle of the Sahara. All of those places look like Eden compared to the nicest environment available within 10 light-years of here. Get real - we're stuck with our one Earth, and we should take care of it.

about 4 months ago
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UEA Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility of Alien Life

14erCleaner Limited Imagination (97 comments)

This result (which basically says that any planet with life has to look like ours) reminds me of an article I read long, long ago speculating on what ETs would look like. The author basically concluded that they'd have to look exactly like us, i.e. two arms, two legs, head on top with two eyes and a mouth and a nose, etc., and he had arguments for why each of these things was necessary. Of course, almost none of the thousands of other species on Earth look exactly like us, but that didn't faze him in the least in his application of logic...

Why does everyone always assume that life requires water, anyway? Couldn't there be a planet out there infested with silicon-based life forms who live at 300 degrees Celsius, or whatever?

about 4 months ago
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The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

14erCleaner Re:Turing test not passed. (285 comments)

So now anything we understand is not intelligence???

When I was in grad school back in the 80's, I knew a guy who was researching AI. He complained that as soon as some technique was understood, people would say it wasn't AI any more, so as a result the AI profession as a whole never got much credit for advancing.

about 4 months ago

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Amazon Raises Free Shipping Threshold, Then Beats Revenue Expectations

14erCleaner 14erCleaner writes  |  about a year ago

14erCleaner (745600) writes "Three days ago, Amazon.com increased its threshold for free "Super Saver" shipping from $25 to $35. This led one short-seller to speculate that they would badly miss earning estimates. Yesterday evening, Amazon announced earnings of $17.1 billion for the third quarter of 2013, handily beating the average estimate of $16.8b. They still lost 9 cents per share, but they're making it up in volume."
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Malware for Android Surges

14erCleaner 14erCleaner writes  |  about 3 years ago

14erCleaner writes "According to Juniper Networks, malware for Android platforms has increased 472% since July. 55% of the identified malware acts in one way or another as spyware. The other major type of attack, which make up 44%, are SMS Trojans, which send SMS messages to premium rate numbers owned by the attacker in the background of a legitimate application, without the owner’s knowledge. They credit the more open app store, with no up-front review process, for the greater amount of malware versus the iPhone platform."
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TSA Sabotage Results in Two Year Sentence

14erCleaner 14erCleaner writes  |  more than 3 years ago

14erCleaner writes "A federal judge sentenced a Colorado Springs programmer to two years in prison Tuesday. Douglas Duchak was caught trying to insert code that would have interfered with processing searches into the TSA's no-fly list in October 2009, after he was notified that his contract job was being terminated."
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14erCleaner 14erCleaner writes  |  more than 10 years ago I work for a company called Xpriori (http://www.xpriori.com), which creates an XML database system called NeoCore. This system consists of a server which stores XML documents, a web-based console for administering and querying the database, and client APIs for C++, Java, and COM. The server is available for Windows (2000 or XP), Linux (RH 9.0 or equivalent), and Solaris.

I'm obviously biased (despite not having any equity in the company yet :), but I think this is a great product, and I wish more people knew about it. Hence this self-serving essay...

A free version of NeoCore is available for download from our website. This server has no time limits or other B.S. in its licensing, but does somewhat limit the size of the database (10 GB, which isn't very limited), the number of CPUs used (2), and the number of simultaneous active clients (about 10). There are extra-cost options (obviously; we have to make money somehow) which give you direct support, online backup, larger limits, etc. Support of the free version is through an online forum - free registration is required.

I'm especially proud of our XML query language. It's based on the W3C XQuery language; we've customized it to make it more suited for database access (versus e.g. XSLT addressing), and have left out support for some of the features. Partly we just wanted to keep our query language small (XQuery is a huge language). In one case (schema support) we consider it a feature to leave out a feature, if that makes sense (by not requiring predefinition of XML structures allowed, we can store any XML documents and query them immediately).

Our query language allows retrieval of documents via a path-based language (a la XPath), augmented with a moderate-sized function library, FLWR statements for iterating over result sets, XML constructors for making new documents for output, and built-in sorting by multiple keys.

NeoCore has quite good performance and capacity. Our core technology is based around a set of patented search techniques, and we index absolutely everything (all XML tags and each tag with its data content). Despite this hyperactive indexing, our storage footprint is often smaller than the XML that is stored (chalk this up to the redundancy in XML more than our cleverness).

So, please give it a look if you're interested in XML storage. Please be tolerant of our website, as it seems to be a no-no in product marketting to mention what the product actually does (I'm reminded of Kermit the Frog in "The Muppets Take Manhattan"). You might get something very useful for no cost, other than your time.

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