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Researchers Say Neanderthals Created Cave Art

Applehu Akbar Re:Hate!? (79 comments)

Yes, Republicans need to reclaim the spirit of Goldwater. Can we hope for Democrats to ever reclaim the spirit of Roosevelt?

5 hours ago
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Researchers Say Neanderthals Created Cave Art

Applehu Akbar Re:Hate!? (79 comments)

What do you mean, 'lately'?

5 hours ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

Applehu Akbar Re:yet if we did it (425 comments)

White people riot at the ballot box.

yesterday
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

Applehu Akbar Re:yet if we did it (425 comments)

This is going to be an interesting trial, too. For the first time, a deep-pockets plaintiff, rather than just another little guy easily crushed by the system.

yesterday
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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

Applehu Akbar Re:Ummm.... (167 comments)

When you display XKCD strips on an Apple device, then what happens? Does the universe crack through at that point and a black hole form?

2 days ago
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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

Applehu Akbar Re:Ummm.... (167 comments)

So you're the one who thinks Microsoft is morally bound to hand over its Irish emails to the federosaurus!

2 days ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

Applehu Akbar Re:customer-centric (403 comments)

I'm assuming that any customer who wants to keep his emails private has already moved them to a local archive away from the MS servers. The disclosure order would apply to any copies Microsoft has of the emails.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

Applehu Akbar Re:customer-centric (403 comments)

In the time it takes for all those moving parts to click into place, Microsoft could just use the IRS tactic: just delete the damn emails and then claim that they can no longer find them.

2 days ago
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Iceland Raises Volcano Aviation Alert Again

Applehu Akbar Re:Bah, character-set ignorance. (35 comments)

The character you have in mind is 'thorn'. If we had Unicode, betcha we could do one.

2 days ago
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Iceland Raises Volcano Aviation Alert Again

Applehu Akbar Re:Iceland disrupting air traffic? (35 comments)

No, I would have have a federal judge rule that the volcano must stop. Look at all the US-made aircraft that would be affected if the eruption is allowed to continue.

2 days ago
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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

Applehu Akbar Re:Where there is a wil.. (239 comments)

I've visited the Nevada Test Site. Our fossil drilling history has given us an unparalleled ability to bore straight holes eight and twelve feet in diameter (standard sizes on the Site) for thousands of feet down. Start anywhere in the country and rill an eight-foot hole down through any sedimentary strata to basement rock, and then keep going for another few thousand feet. drop anything you want in there and allow room for a few hundred feet of sealing concrete before you reach the top of the basement rock layer, and you have a time capsule that will stay there for geologic eons.

We could dispose of our spent nuclear fuel that way, but we wouldn't want to. We would be wasting a large amount of usable fuel.

2 days ago
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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

Applehu Akbar We don't need a disposal site (239 comments)

We need a recycling plant with buffer storage. the whole "disposal" paradigm, including guarding the waste for hundreds of thousands of years, is predicated on the idea that the 95% of unburned fuel that keeps the stuff hot for so long is something that should be thrown away while it slowly decays. It should be recovered and re-used, so that the actual waste remaining after that is trivial. If we used Yucca Mountain as the buffer storage, an accompanying recycling plant would mean lots of good jobs for Nevadans.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

Applehu Akbar Re:customer-centric (403 comments)

I'm not a Microsoft fan in any way, but MS is dead right on this one. A US judge does not have jurisdiction over foreign e-mails. He can claim jurisdiction all he wants, butwishing will not make the world bend to his black-robed will.

As a practical matter, MS lawyers will stall this with delaying actions until Pres. Paul is safely in office and this crap all goes away.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

Applehu Akbar Re:That's nice, but... (403 comments)

"Backdoor"? More of a freeway with HOV lanes.

2 days ago
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Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

Applehu Akbar Re:Ineffective advertising (145 comments)

If your PSU grows heath, you need to get a dehumidifier or even consider leaving Seattle.

3 days ago
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Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

Applehu Akbar Re:How much? (145 comments)

This attitude goes right along with assuming that every argument that differs from one's own is a shill for some corporate interest. Is there any position on any issue that can't be construed that way, by the decicated paranoid?.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Applehu Akbar Re:Rotary Phone (615 comments)

And those old desk phones are so reliable that if you throw one away, it will crawl out of the dumpster and come back to your front door.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Applehu Akbar Re:The bicycle (615 comments)

As "lifeboats" in case of a breakdown, I suppose.

3 days ago

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Foxconn to Restaff Entirely with US Adjunct Professors

Applehu Akbar Applehu Akbar writes  |  about 5 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 6 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 7 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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