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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

Applehu Akbar Re:Close, but I think it's simpler and more normal (425 comments)

But when the public distrusts motives, it's generally the motives of engineers who implement scientific theory, while scientists themselves have been seen as above the fray. What'a new is the nation that scientists themselves are working for them whenever they announce an unpopular finding.

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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

Applehu Akbar Re:Americans are smart. (425 comments)

But keep in mind that all of those "chemicals" in your food and medicines were passed upon by the FDA, which is the most notoriously conservative testing organization in the world. Even Europeans routinely get drugs that may not be available in the US for years. We can alost consider it a promotion board for medial tourism.

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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

Applehu Akbar The problem is the politicization of science (425 comments)

We really need to stop doing that. When science is seen as being a part of politics, the public assumes that the facts we discover by observation of nature can be manipulated and bargained away in the same way as the laws made by legislatures.

yesterday
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Marc Merlin's 2014 Burning Man Report For Tech Geeks

Applehu Akbar Re:The climate there sucks. (55 comments)

True enough, but the Burning Man environment has one great advantage for nerds: it's an ultimate test of hardware reliability for your project. If the tech product you're about to introduce will survive BM, it will work in any home or business.

3 days ago
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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

Applehu Akbar Re:huh? (266 comments)

Aren't there only about two all-party consent states? Why doesn't GM issue large warning stickers that the driver can attach if he lives in one of these states.Instead, it seems that in typical Corporate Chicken Smith fashion, the valet mode feature is going to be disabled. If so, I predict an immediate stealth market among Corvette owners to jailbreak their cars and re-enable the feature.

3 days ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

Applehu Akbar Cram in regulations while Democrats still lead (299 comments)

I live within walking distance of wilderness, and spend a lot of time hiking in it with my 400-member club and documenting our adventures in pictures. Because my images go up on a public site and are regularly used in local newspaper stories about the wilderness, does that make me "media"? Would an amateur photographer who occasionally sells a print (lots of those around here too) come under this regulation?

The Forest Service is supposed to be in charge of keeping designated wilderness pristine by controlling trail access and, in general, monitoring any usage of the area that can alter the environment. The current rule on photography requires permits for commercial crews that need to bring in special equipment, have exclusive use of an area for the day, and so on. In extending the regulation to have commercial or 'media' use of photographs themselves be the criterion for the permit requirement rather than impact on the land, the Forest Service would be changing its role from steward to landowner trying to maximize profit on his acreage.

4 days ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

Applehu Akbar Re:This is huge (308 comments)

No, the effect of global warming is to make everything worse. That's why they predict drought at the same time as they predict massive hurricanes (which transport large amounts of water). All weather gets worse: hotter in the summer, colder in the winter, scarier all around.

5 days ago
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Anonymous Peer-review Comments May Spark Legal Battle

Applehu Akbar If a peer reviewer is anonymous (167 comments)

Then how do we know he's an actual peer? This is an especially relevant question when it comes to certain scientific issues of an inflammatory politicized nature.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Applehu Akbar Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

At age 92, her computing requirements are fairly simple. I left Office 2008 on it, the latest version that runs on the PPC, and she's just fine with it. MS Office, Mail.app, and the ability to maintain her Wordpress blog and run the writing classes she teaches. Graphics card speed is not an issue in this situation.

about a week ago
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The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

Applehu Akbar Re:Something tells me... (144 comments)

If any copy of VMWare is suspected of being used for an illegal purpose, the DEA has the right to swarm in and confiscate everything. The evidentiary standard for this action is "probable cause."

about a week ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

Applehu Akbar THIS is why we of the dark side hate Obamacare (478 comments)

We recognize that a large segment of the population can't afford healthcare and need to be subsidized by the public. We realize that because the pharma and hospital lobbies are not about to allow a free market to develop (imagine if medallion cab drivers had the nationwide ability to behead people who used Uber - that's the power of the lobby we're talking about here), that is going to cost a lot more than it would if a free market did exist. What we fear is that as the costs inevitably mount, policy Twinkies like Emanuel are going to cement the "suggestion" of this article into national policy. Like the people in Isaac Asimov's "Pebble In the Sky" we will be required to be gassed at a specified age to keep the system solvent.

My hiking club in northern Arizona includes about 400 members, most of them retired. At age 75 most of them are still hiking every week, enjoying more of the outdoors than city folk half their ages. Hikes are routinely led by people in their eighties. Our oldest member recently hung up his cleats at the age of ninety-three. As time goes on we get titanium knees and hips, implanted teeth, and pacemakers, and we stay on the trail farther and farther into senescence. We're going Borg, and that's how we like it.

My case is typical. When I was a child I had to wear huge Coke-bottle eyeglasses. For high school graduation, I got contact lenses. That was already fifty years ago, and now I'm about to take the next step up, to implanted lenses. Ezekiel Emmanuel, please take your early exit option and never get to set health policy in this country.

about a week ago
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The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

Applehu Akbar Something tells me... (144 comments)

That soon a DEA SWAT team will attack VMWare development facilities and smash everything up, using trumped-up drug charges.

about a week ago
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Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

Applehu Akbar Re:More harm than good (200 comments)

But those were GOOD buses, carrying environmental activists to a protest, as opposed to those BAD buses, which carry Silicon Valley nerds to work.

about a week ago
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Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

Applehu Akbar Re:Largest Climate march in history (200 comments)

Slashdot: Can we have a new downmod category, perhaps called "Burn The Witch!" It would indicate severe disagreement with the comment and would be a way of avoiding overuse of the Troll mod.

about a week ago
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Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

Applehu Akbar Re:All this because Clang went Clunk? (203 comments)

But KIckstarter, as a new financial market, has the opportunity to take the same innovative approach to the reporting area as it has to investing itself. Can it come up with a financial reporting system that investors will actually pay attention to, rather than toss in a drawer unread? THAT's what I'm looking for here.

about a week ago
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Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

Applehu Akbar All this because Clang went Clunk? (203 comments)

More transparency will be a good policy for Kickstarter. It's developing what is essentially a new stock exchange, and in the process is finding out what kind of reporting investors will truly find useful.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Applehu Akbar Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

Oops - iPad Mini Retina. My kingdom for an Edit button.

about a week ago
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Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

Applehu Akbar Automatic subway train operation? (179 comments)

Tokyo was rolling that out when I wrapped my commercial duty tour in 1978. The recently finished Oedo Line, newest in the system, runs on linear induction motors. That means no more overhead network of catenaries to deliver power.

about a week ago
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Is Alibaba Comparable To a US Company?

Applehu Akbar Re:Style (121 comments)

The hope is that Alibaba's status as a Cayman Islands shell will allow it to develop a black tulip, which will not only be significantly more valuable than all the other tulips,but will be tradable on social media. And because Alibaba owns its own credit subsidiary, you will be able to buy them on thin margin, putting up very little of your own money.

about a week ago

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Could the Higgs boson destroy the universe?

Applehu Akbar Applehu Akbar writes  |  about three weeks ago

Applehu Akbar (2968043) writes "In a story widely quoted in the disaster-loving media, Stephen Hawking speculates, in a foreword to a new book, Starmus, that a Higgs boson created at sufficiently high energies, could destroy the entire universe. There is no discussion so far on whether the energies Hawking envisions have already been achieved in, say, supernova explosions."
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Foxconn to Restaff Entirely with US Adjunct Professors

Applehu Akbar Applehu Akbar writes  |  about 6 months ago

Applehu Akbar (2968043) writes "(Xinhua) Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer, announced today its response to the increasing cost of local labor: by 2Q 2015, it will have completed replacement of its assembly staff with American adjunct professors. Said an executive who did not wish to be named, “Adjunct professors are not only highly educated but are used to working for nothing more than ramen and a basement cot. They are not spoiled like our local Chinese assembly workers.” They are for the most part docile, and used to operating within rigid bureaucracies.

The US educational system turns out far larger numbers of adjuncts, especially in the humanities, than can ever hope to be employed by academe. The excess adjuncts live on the streets of major American cities, but, after being pushed aside by the tougher and crazier traditional homeless, gravitate to the more congenial west coast, where roving bands of them subsist on odd jobs and shoplifting. Here they are easily picked up by Foxconn raiding parties, which dicker with what we know in China as People’s Shining Path Moral Guidance Cadres. In the US these are called “Homeowner Associations,” and they gratefully cooperate to turn in bands of feral adjuncts, whose constant bickering and messy campsites are an ongoing annoyance to the people of America’s West Coast.

Once captured, the adjuncts are loaded into Foxconn’s fleet of wind-powered EcoFreighters and sedated for the slow sea voyage on the “Central Passage” from Long Beach to the Shanghai labor auction docks. Now that there is human cargo to bring back to China, the EcoFreighters no longer have to return empty after unloading their troves of consumer goods in Los Angeles.

Foxconn has been anxious to grab the most easily trainable workers before more Chinese companies take an interest in American adjunct professor labor. “At first we tried a breeding program for even greater long term savings,” said the Foxconn exec, “But the males, raised as they have been in western academic culture, have developed such a deep-seated fear of their own females that fertile matings were rare, even when naked, unchained females were placed right in males' dormitory cells.” But why fight to change an alien culture, the thinking now goes, when fresh adjuncts are so easily hunted down on the California/Oregon coast? So long as this situation persists, the EcoFreighters will sail full and world’s supply of low-cost products will not be in danger."
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Justice Department Backs Broadcasters in Aereo Dispute

Applehu Akbar Applehu Akbar writes  |  about 7 months ago

Applehu Akbar (2968043) writes "I'm from the government, says the Department of Justice, and I'm here to help...not you, but Big Broadcast. In today's amicus curiae filing in support of the broadcasters, the DOJ explains that: “gain access to copyrighted content in the first instance — the same service that cable companies have traditionally provided.” Meaning, of course, that broadcasters are much bigger donors to the Democrat-Republican Party than those little people who watch TV."
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How About A Spherical Solar Collector ?

Applehu Akbar Applehu Akbar writes  |  about 8 months ago

Applehu Akbar (2968043) writes "German architect André Broessel claims to have invented a solar collector that is far more efficient than today's flat panels, even flat panels with tracking. He calls it the Betaray. The idea is that a fixed transparent sphere can concentrate any available sunlight, direct or diffuse, and coming from any direction, to its center. At that point a small high-efficiency collector, presumably one that loves high temperatures, harvests the energy.

Broesser's orb is a lot prettier to look at than existing solar collectors, but for me two questions arise. For one, wouldn't a hemisphere work just as well and be cheaper to manufacture, easier to keep cool and more easily mounted? And if so, why not arrays of multiple, much smaller hemispheres as an efficient collector design for all those suburban rooftops?"

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