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Hackers Plundered Israeli Defense Firms That Built 'Iron Dome' Missile Defense

Applehu Akbar Gee, isn't Iron Dome supposed to be worthless? (155 comments)

Apparently the Chinese don't think so. Compared to the American liberal arts community of experts on missile defense, they must be sadly misinformed.

yesterday
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

Applehu Akbar The magic D word (495 comments)

As soon as drug usage is mentioned in a given area of commerce, the federosaurus gets to suspend the Constitution. Silicon Valley is being seen as a place of wealth right now, and invoking the drug war gives authorities the right to steal however much of it they want without due process.
And no, developers don't shoot heroin to get projects completed faster.

2 days ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Applehu Akbar Re:Colorado has California over a barrel (374 comments)

The big one is Carlsbad, near San Diego, but towns all the way up the coast are installing plants:
http://www.nbcnews.com/storyli...

And these are all using reverse-osmosis tech, which costs about twice the market groundwater rate. THey represent hedges against the total disappearance of groundwater.

3 days ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

Applehu Akbar Greenpeace is my go-to guide on enviro issues (287 comments)

When an environmental issue comes up, I look up the Greenpeace position on it and automatically know that the opposite must be true. For example, the Amazon Fire 'burns coal' because Greenpeace wouldn't let us have nuclear.

The most pressing environmental issue in my area currently is the impending shortage of water. So I looked up the Greenpeace platform on drought. Presto! Now I know that the ultimate solution to our shortage will de desalination.

4 days ago
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SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

Applehu Akbar Re: According to Wikipedia (132 comments)

Because the UN Space Treaty forbids deploying weapons of mass destruction in space.

4 days ago
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The NSA's New Partner In Spying: Saudi Arabia's Brutal State Police

Applehu Akbar Had we known on 9/12/01 what we know now (125 comments)

Instead of invading Iraq and Afghanistan, we would have nuked the Tora Bora fortress and then dismantled Saudi Arabia, doing whatever it might have taken to eliminate the Wahhabi influence on Islam.

4 days ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Applehu Akbar Re:Colorado has California over a barrel (374 comments)

Actually, long-term it's going to be the other way around. California coastal towns have already started desalinating, even though they currently have to use the expensive reverse-osmosis technology. As soon as the nerds at Caltech figure out how to apply graphene, the cost will drop exponentially and the big California cities will be able to make their own water. This will take the strain off inland water sources for a time, after which California will be actually shipping water inland in exchange for the power that it refuses to generate for itself.

How do I know this will be the next big thing? Look at the major environmentalist sites, and you will see that the flat-earther lobby is already lining up against desalination. Why would they have against a technology that, apart from cost, has no downside? Because they know it will be next big thing for humans to benefit from.

5 days ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

Applehu Akbar Re:Let's just hope... (167 comments)

That's why the second terrorist group to try this technique will probably use the more difficult but effective technique of infecting the shrapnel rods that a BUK explosion scatters through the nearby target, including the bodies of any humans. If this had happened in MH17 it would have, given the looting that occurred after the crash, been a very efficient way of slaughtering the whole Ukrainian separatist army and infecting any number of Russian "advisers."

about a week ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

Applehu Akbar Re:Think of it as evolution in action (167 comments)

Speaking of bread in the gene pool, let's all hope that your hot dog never finds a hot dog bun.

about a week ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

Applehu Akbar Re:Could be worse... (167 comments)

They get porous boarders in Chicago all the time. You're not safe unless you're an owner and no closer than Schaumburg.

about a week ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

Applehu Akbar Re:Let's just hope... (167 comments)

all it takes is for one of said nutjobs to smear Ebola on the tips of the BUK missiles that radical sheikhs are undoubtedly buying for them as we speak, and the next mystery plane crash becomes an ideal distribution site for the disease. This would include the NTSB teams that are routinely dispatched from Washington to help investigate.

This morning's breaking news is that a mystery plane crash just occurred in West Africa.

about a week ago
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Finding Life In Space By Looking For Extraterrestrial Pollution

Applehu Akbar Re:Advanced? (95 comments)

It's worse than that. Pollution is highly specific to the existence of given technology at a given stage of development. How long, on astronomical time scales, would a given planetary atmosphere contain iodine-131 (half life 8 days) or even coal smoke, before more advanced versions of the same technology, or a different technology entirely, succeeds the one emitting the pollutant?

Furthermore, we can only detect as pollutants substances that we already know about as side effects of our own civilization. If we were to look at some exoplenet and detect an oxygen atmosphere that has scandium dust in it, or which absorbs slightly more yellow that we think it should, we would have no way of associating this effect with possible intelligence until we experience the same kind of pollution ourselves.

about a week ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

Applehu Akbar Consider Apple's latest Xcode IDE with Swift (368 comments)

This new language is as much fun to code in as Python without the pure-interpretive overhead. The latest Xcode includes a "playground" prototyping space that makes it easy to experiment with pure code, including library API calls, before cementing your work into the application framework of iOS or OS X. Right now it's a one-manufacturer language, and still beta, but something tells me it's going to spread.

about a week ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Applehu Akbar Although I'm fully equipped for streaming... (353 comments)

I stick with the DVD plan, because it gives me access to the whole library of movies and TV shows. The tiny fraction of that library available for streaming is a joke. Netflix keeps wanting more people to stream, but this problem is the major inhibitor.

What I would like to see Apple do with its immense cash hoard is to buy Hollywood. Not the whole thing, of course, because we would just be swapping one monopoly for another, but a substantial vertical slice of it. As soon as consumers are able to get current TV shows as well as movies on a low-cost subscription model without all the silly rules and restrictions, the rest of the entertainment industry will see the light and set up a similar system. Netflix streaming could be a major beneficiary of this process.

about a week ago
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MIT Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati

Applehu Akbar Re:Algae (110 comments)

Ben 'n Jerry's flavor name: Solargreen
Baskin-Robbins: Peanut Algae
Dreyer's: Verde Vivacious

about a week ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

Applehu Akbar As an Apple user, I should be celebrating this (282 comments)

The move dooms Microsoft to irrelevance by preventing it from using the talent necessary to fix Windows' problems. BUT - without Microsoft to absorb the accusations of "monopoly" by economic know-nothings (at any given time in any market, there is always a largest player. This does not make that player a monopolist), it will now be Apple's turn in the barrel.

about a week ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Applehu Akbar Free markets are the natural way (613 comments)

Markets can't solve every problem, but because the open market is the direct extension in human affairs of biological competition in natural ecosystems, it is a default mode of operation in human nature. Widespread cheating is what you get when a society imposes socialism in a variety of situations where an open market would work perfectly well.

Not for nothing is 'cheating' an anagram of 'teaching'.

about a week ago
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Print Isn't Dead: How Linux Voice Crowdfunded a New Magazine

Applehu Akbar Re:If (56 comments)

Cue the hipsters who suddenly discover how much they loved the smell of the leather-bound first edition computer magazines of their youth, and how much better these were than digital.

about a week ago
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Print Isn't Dead: How Linux Voice Crowdfunded a New Magazine

Applehu Akbar Re: Spam (56 comments)

The major banks now give you the ability to transfer money to individuals without having to use an expensive wire or set them up on ACH. These are designed to directly compete with PayPal. See if your bank has one.

about a week ago

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Foxconn to Restaff Entirely with US Adjunct Professors

Applehu Akbar Applehu Akbar writes  |  about 4 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 5 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 6 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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