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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

Anarchduke Crap post (441 comments)

Watts up with that looks like a Republican astroturf site dedicated to debunking climate science.

about three weeks ago
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Solar Roadways Project Beats $1M Goal, Should Enter Production

Anarchduke Re:Deja vu (311 comments)

Yes, its not like anyone would put in a road made from modular hard materials. I mean, the cobblestone roads of Rome are only two thousand years old.

about 2 months ago
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New Battery Tech From Japan Could Supercharge EVs

Anarchduke Re: Eight years? Might work if... (81 comments)

I'm glad thats not my Subaru. It went 220,000 miles before needing a major repair. If you consider replacing the alternator major.

about 2 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

Anarchduke Re:Flawed reasoning (765 comments)

this is why a guns should be able to prevent unathorized people from using them. yes, i know its a liberal site but the facts kind of speak for themselves. and why not let the people who want smart guns buy them? why send death threats to gun shops for daring to sell them?

about 2 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

Anarchduke Re:Camera gun (765 comments)

are you part of a state militia? is it a well regulated militia? then why would you think that the 2nd amendment applies to you?

about 2 months ago
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Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

Anarchduke Re:Fermi paradox (608 comments)

"Space," it says, "is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space, listen..."

about 3 months ago
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Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access

Anarchduke Re:Internet access should be a socialized service (520 comments)

The US Postal Service accurately routes and delivers over 500 million mailpieces each and every day. We could do worse than the post office.

about 5 months ago
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Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access

Anarchduke Re:Internet access should be a socialized service (520 comments)

The US Post Office inefficient? Would you like to define efficient? Because by my definition, a company that can accurately route 500 million pieces of mail each and every day is pretty fucking awesome.

about 5 months ago
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How much time do you spend gaming compared to 10 years ago?

Anarchduke significantly more (270 comments)

now that my son is old enough to play video games with me.

about 5 months ago
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UAE Clerics' Fatwa Forbids Muslims From Traveling To Mars

Anarchduke By the same (lol) logic... (363 comments)

Staying on Earth will end up with you dead too, which must also be tantamount to suicide. Therefore, if you are Muslim, you shouldn't be allowed to live anywhere.

about 5 months ago
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With 'Virgin' Developers, Microsoft Could Fork Android

Anarchduke We all know (241 comments)

That any implementation of Android taken over by Microsoft will be completely forked.

about 5 months ago
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Online, You're Being Watched At All Times; Act Accordingly.

Anarchduke The only way to fight (299 comments)

Is to watch porn so disturbing that the government is afraid to monitor your computer

about 5 months ago
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Stephen Hawking: 'There Are No Black Holes'

Anarchduke Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (458 comments)

Thats not exactly true. A religion can change its beliefs. Of course, when that happens you end up with a lot of burnt heretics. From both sides of the argument.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: It's 2014 -- Which New Technologies Should I Learn?

Anarchduke Re:It's not about which technology (387 comments)

Judging by our history of riots, wars, murders and the like, what the world really needs is less passion and more rational thought.

about 6 months ago
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Nvidia Announces 192-Core Tegra K1 Chips, Bets On Android

Anarchduke Re:"Practically built by aliens", huh ? (128 comments)

To which the BHP would say, hey do they have H1-B's? We don't need any trouble with INS.

about 7 months ago
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Nvidia Announces 192-Core Tegra K1 Chips, Bets On Android

Anarchduke Practically built by Aliens? (128 comments)

Why didn't they give this the code name Roswell?

about 7 months ago
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Yahoo Advertising Serves Up Malware For Thousands

Anarchduke Re:Image/text only ads (184 comments)

it appears yimg.com is owned by https://www.markmonitor.com/
Not sure exactly what markmonitor does, even though it says they do "brand protection" I just downloaded one of markmonitors white pages to try and figure it out.

about 7 months ago

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Microsoft kills TechNet subscription Service

Anarchduke Anarchduke writes  |  1 year,23 days

Anarchduke (1551707) writes "Microsoft has announced that the TechNet subscription service, an incredibly popular way for IT professionals to evaluate Microsoft software, will become a thing of the past. Per Microsoft, "The last day to purchase a TechNet Subscription through the TechNet Subscriptions website is August 31, 2013. Subscribers may activate purchased subscriptions through September 30, 2013."
TechNet subscriptions have long been a considered a worthwhile investment by members of the tech world — those very people who tell organizations how to spend their IT dollars, The only remaining question seems to be, Is Steve Ballmer smoking crack and if so how much is he smoking?"

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AT&T looking to collect an "Administrative Fee"

Anarchduke Anarchduke writes  |  about a year ago

Anarchduke (1551707) writes "AT& is implementing a new "administrative fee" of 61 cents on customer buills starting in May of 2013. Its an administrative fee and not a rate increase so it doesn't constitute a breach of contract. And of course, this fee will help rack up 500 million dollars a year in additional revenue. It should be noted that AT&T only claims they need to do this because other carriers do. For example, Verizon charges 91 cents for their "administrative fee". I imagine the fee will only get larger in the future."
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Duqu Trojan uses as yet unknown programming language

Anarchduke Anarchduke writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Anarchduke (1551707) writes "During its analysis of the Duqu trojan, also referred to as stuxnet 2.0, the team has uncovered some startling and unsettling information. While much of the code was written in C++, some parts of the virus were written in an unknown programming language never before encountered. Kaspersky is seeking help from the Programming community to identify the code.
Some are speculating that whoever developed the new language has to have some pretty deep pockets, leading the researchers to conclude this was developed by an as yet unknown state.

Perhaps someone on /. might crack the mystery."

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The biggest Android Table EVER!

Anarchduke Anarchduke writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Anarchduke (1551707) writes "A company in Turkey has developed a massive 65" Honeycomb powered android tablet. Right now it doesn't support multi-touch but they are in the process of developing the capability.

The giant sized device isn't a mere concept, according to the article the company "is in talks with education and enterprise customers and hopes to bring this setup to production as a more power- and cost-efficient smart board alternative." The video of the mammoth screen is indeed impressive. It is a pretty safe bet that Apple won't be able to block the sale of this because of its resemblance to the ipad. Ardic has also customized Android to provide a pretty solid support for the 1080p resolution their superpad is able to handle."

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Google Bids Pi

Anarchduke Anarchduke writes  |  about 3 years ago

Anarchduke (1551707) writes "Google, whether bored or just deciding to flex its geekiness, submitted some interesting bids at the auction for Nortel's wireless patents. In addition to submitting a bid as a multiple of Pi, 3.14159 billion, they also utilized less famous figures such as Brun's Constant.
Apparently, though, Google decided to pass on using Euler's constant, and a consortium made up of six companies (Apple, Microsoft, RIM, EMC, Ericsson and Sony) took ownership with a final bid of 4.5 billion."

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Outraged British MP wants Gov. Scwarzenegger to sh

Anarchduke Anarchduke writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Anarchduke writes "Harriet Harman, an outspoken British MP, sent a letter asking Governor Schwarzenegger of California to shut down the website http://www.punternet.com/ This site offers customers of prostitutes in the UK the chance to rate the services they received. Prostitution isn't illegal by itself, although most activities surrounding prostitution are. Ms. Harmon, having missed the concept of paid entertainers, states, "Surely it can't be too difficult for 'The Terminator' to terminate Punternet and that's what I am demanding that he does." It seems a sudden switch to moral conservative for Ms. Harman, who had once come under fire for wanting to water down child pornography laws. The webmaster of Punternet answered Ms. Harman's request in an open letter, whereby he explains the concept of freedom of speech.

In the USA, there is a concept called "freedom of speech" which is considered the most important personal right guaranteed by the Constitution. It exists specifically to prevent the sort of abuse of power that you are attempting. The Governor (indeed, even the President) has no authority with which to shut down a perfectly lawful enterprise such as PunterNet.

He also thanks the MP for her open letter to Schwarzenegger

In closing, I would like to thank you for the huge influx of traffic to my website which your actions have caused. I am sure that the ladies who are a part of the PunterNet community thank you as well, as they will no doubt benefit financially from the many new clients who might otherwise never have found them.

Now when we travel to Great Britain, we will know how to find the good hookers. Thanks, MS. Harman!"
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FCC to unveil open Internet rules

Anarchduke Anarchduke writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Anarchduke writes "According to Reuters, the FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski plans to release new proposals in a speech on Monday (09/21) that would force Internet Service Providers to treat the flow of content equally. One anonymous source said that Genachowski will announce plans to, "codify into new regulations the principle of nondiscrimination."

This will play out in an interesting manner, pitting the economic might of companies like Google against entrenched service providers like Comcast as they both fight to sway the FCC regulations. I am sure at least a couple of lawsuits will arise in an attempt to block implementation of any net neutrality regulations. Genashowski's a known supporter of Net Neutrality, so this is the logical next step for him as head of the FCC."

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Researchers find Cursing helps control pain.

Anarchduke Anarchduke writes  |  about 5 years ago

Anarchduke (1551707) writes "The next time someone screams out a filth-ridden paragraph of obscenities upon stubbing his toe, you can feel reassured that he is just self-medicating. Researchers at Britian's Keele University discovered that swearing can physically control pain. Richard Stephens, John Atkins and Andrew Kingston, set out to establish if there was any link between swearing and physical pain.

"Swearing has been around for centuries and is an almost universal human linguistic phenomenon," says Stephens. "It taps into emotional brain centers and appears to arise in the right brain, whereas most language production occurs in the left cerebral hemisphere of the brain. Our research shows one potential reason why swearing developed and why it persists."

Their experiment showed that swearing enabled people to withstand pain or discomfort longer. The link, Stephens explains, appears to be the fact that swearing increases aggression.

"What is clear is that swearing triggers not only an emotional response, but a physical one too, which may explain why the centuries-old practice of cursing developed and still persists today".

Having watched English soccer matches, I guess all of the attendees must be suffering severe chronic pain."

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First successful quantam chop proof of concept

Anarchduke Anarchduke writes  |  about 5 years ago

Anarchduke (1551707) writes ""Yale researchers just made the first, albeit simple, quantum processor. The processor is made of two artificial atoms (each made of a billion aluminum atoms) that act like single atoms that can occupy two distinct states."

The next step, according to researchers is "adding more qubits, which adds more power on an exponential scale."

The thing I want to know is how many animals will a 300 qubit x 50 qubit processor hold?"

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SCOTUS Says School Stripsearch Unconstitutional

Anarchduke Anarchduke writes  |  about 5 years ago

Anarchduke (1551707) writes "In what amounts to a victory for the rights of children, the Supreme Court ruled that the stripsearch given to then 13 year old Savana Redding by school officials.

In a near unanimous decision, the Supreme Court has drawn a line in deciding how far school administration officials can go. Since children have limited constitutional rights, and the Justices often favor school interest over students, this is a clear indication of how far overboard the school actually went.

According to the decision,

"When suspected facts must support the categorically extreme intrusiveness of a search down to an adolescent's body, petitioners' general belief that students hide contraband in their clothing falls short; a reasonable search that extensive calls for suspicion that it will succeed."

Justice Thomas dissented, believing that the fourth amendment protections should not cover even this level of intrusion. His prime concern is the decision "grants judges sweeping authority to second-guess [officials]" and that it changes the line at which the court had previously drawn regarding the fourth amendment restrictions handed down to schools. According to Thomnas, the Court:

"should return to the common-law doctrine of in loco parentis under which 'the judiciary wasreluctant to interfere in the routine business of school administration, allowing schools and teachers to set andenforce rules and to maintain order.' Morse v. Frederick, 551 U. S. 393, 414 (2007)."

IANAL, but the ruling in my opinion didn't go far enough to prevent the abuse of power by school officials. The LA Times agrees, and suggests that schools shouldn't be put into the position of deciding these issues, but that in the case of drugs allegedly secret inside the underwear of children, "they would be spared such decisions by laws in every state banning strip searches by school officials. If such searches are needed to protect schools and students, they should be done by police."
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If You /. You Drink Too Much

Anarchduke Anarchduke writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Anarchduke (1551707) writes "Apparently, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism decided to take a fresh approach to identifying high risk drinkers. By utilizing "an established and widely used marketing research database and merged it with data from the CDC in order to identify high-risk drinkers..." the NIAAA was able to locate new facts out of an already strip mined information resource.

As a result of their research, Howard B. Moss, the director for Clinical & Translational Research at the NIAAA said,"

"We identified the top 10 audience segments in the U.S. that engaged in twice-a-month, high-risk drinking," said Moss. "Five of these audience segments were made up of young adults, and five were middle-aged individuals. The young adult segment we called the 'Cyber Millenials,' with the highest rate of risky levels of alcohol drinking, represented well-educated, ethnically mixed, technologically sophisticated individuals..."

Oddly, other than the penchant for guzzling alcohol, the Cyber Millenials (okay I hate that name, it sounds so freaking lame) are among the most health conscious groups in American society. The NIAAA hopes that identifying this tech savvy group will help tailoring advertising campaigns to combat the binge drinking.

One wonders if they will bombard traditional media with the ads and shoot themselves in the foot?"

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The EU Strikes Back

Anarchduke Anarchduke writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Anarchduke (1551707) writes "The European Union has decided to find Intel anti-competitive and generally a giant corporate douchebag in that they illegally paid manufacturers to scrap or delay implementation of AMD chips in their product offerings. They also paid to make manufacturers stick to ratio of their chips versus AMD chips in their systems. Lenovo Notebooks, for example, were to have only Intel CPUs in them, while NEC was told it could have up to 20% of its desktop and notebook offerings contain competitor chips.

Previous infractions by Intel include giving illegal rebates to computer makers back in 2007 and paying retailers not to sell AMD based computer systems.

The only question I would ask is which company is the bigger bastard, Intel or Microsoft."

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