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NASA Considers Autonomous Martian Helicopter To Augment Future Rovers

Applehu Akbar Re:Lift? (52 comments)

It's going to be a funny-looking quadcopter with a thousand-foot rotor span. Good luck getting that into a spacecraft shell and then assembled after landing.

1 hour ago
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Doomsday Clock Moved Two Minutes Forward, To 23:57

Applehu Akbar Re:you can't boil this down to one variable (158 comments)

I also suspect that the part of the antinuclear movement which is not composed of idiots is composed of oil companies.

7 hours ago
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Doomsday Clock Moved Two Minutes Forward, To 23:57

Applehu Akbar Re:IMO (158 comments)

In the days when the Doomsday Clock was published by actual atomic scientists, it measured their perception of how imminent the Cold War danger was. The end of Communism cut the Doomsday Clockers adrift, much as Salk vaccine did to the March of Dimes.

So are the SJWs who found this thing in the attic and dusted it off advancing the clock because of carbon, or because of Islam? Let me guess...

7 hours ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Applehu Akbar Re:Just Require an IQ Test (634 comments)

You're that one eighty-year-old chain smoker that each of us knows. You are proof in your own mind that smoking has no effect on health.

Oh, and drone the terrorists wherever we may find them.

2 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Applehu Akbar Re:its a tough subject (634 comments)

With your own body, yes, in the same way that we have a basic right in this country to own guns. But if you showed up at work brandishing your weapon and randomly firing it into the air over the heads of crowds, then your employer would say that this right of yours ends where other bodies begin. It's the same way with your right to walk around unvaccinated.

2 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Applehu Akbar Re:electric car driver here (790 comments)

It's the auditory equivalent of "rolling coal"

2 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Applehu Akbar Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (790 comments)

And to the audiophiles the fake engine noise isn't pure unless it comes through a McIntosh tube amp

2 days ago
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Hands On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles

Applehu Akbar Re:"Holograssholes" ? (170 comments)

As with every other rapper, Kim Kardashian.

2 days ago
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Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

Applehu Akbar Re:Useless Art Project (161 comments)

"Beam up a full-size PLA sculpture of me, Scotty!"

2 days ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

Applehu Akbar Re: a better question (585 comments)

Yes, I could run Windows in a VM on OS X inside a Faraday cage, but this would limit my wife's ability to pass sandwiches and coffee to me through the bars.

2 days ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

Applehu Akbar Re:Let's hope (253 comments)

The IRS doesn't make tax law, but like other federal departments it has broad powers to set administrative rules covering concentration of their power on this or that group of taxpayers. When Republicans are in office, IRS power to throw tantrums and make examples of people to show off their superpowers are no longer unlimited.

2 days ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

Applehu Akbar Re:The police are terrified (679 comments)

I don't think the cops are actually going to start using radar on their subjects as an alternative to in-person raids. How would they kill your dog and steal your cash?

3 days ago
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The Paradoxes That Threaten To Tear Modern Cosmology Apart

Applehu Akbar That's my beef against cosmology (228 comments)

It'a the only discipline where 120 orders of magnitude is a slight disagreement.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?

Applehu Akbar Re:Yes (297 comments)

RapidWeaver with Stacks!

3 days ago
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Hands On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles

Applehu Akbar Re:"Holograssholes" ? (170 comments)

The first use for technology like this, especially if it can't be taken out of the home, is always porn. Guys are going to wear Hologlass to make their wives look like Beyoncé.

3 days ago
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Doomsday Clock Could Move

Applehu Akbar Re:The doomsday clock should be renamed. (144 comments)

Don't confuse the hipster doom lovers who follow every movement of the clock with those who set the clock. It's maximum 'optimistic' setting came after the fall of Communism, and lasted through the Nineties to 9/11.

3 days ago
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Doomsday Clock Could Move

Applehu Akbar Re:Who they do not attempt to stay relevant? (144 comments)

Any population that can establish a colony somewhere off Earth is by definition a group who accepts the most radical type of global-for-temselves engineering. It will be interesting to see what evolution rate they can achieve in comparison to the terrestrial population.

3 days ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

Applehu Akbar Let's hope (253 comments)

That this forces simplification of the tax code.

3 days ago
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Shanghai Company 3D Prints 6-Story Apartment Building and Villa

Applehu Akbar Re:No one 3D printed a house (97 comments)

This is fundamentally new if and only if the printing is being done in multiple materials at once. Otherwise, it's just fast assembly of components printed elsewhere.

A small-scale way of putting this is, when will we be able to print, in one operation, a usable baseball?

about a week ago

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Could the Higgs boson destroy the universe?

Applehu Akbar Applehu Akbar writes  |  about 5 months 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 10 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 a year 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 a year 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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