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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Applehu Akbar Re:The "Protesters" (916 comments)

Japanese labor protests are even more stylized. To begin with, they are scheduled long in advance for a specific block of days in springtime, so that businesses can prepare for the event. Thousands of protesters carry colorful red flags as tourists snap away with the new cameras they just bought at the Akihabara Marketplace (just try that in Ferguson!). When they graffito labor slogans on walls and trains, they paint each kanji on a separate sheet of white paper, duct-taped in place so there is no damage to public infrastructure.

7 hours ago
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Conglomerate Rock From Mars: (Much) More Precious Than Gold

Applehu Akbar Re:Hmm (61 comments)

They compare the isotopic ratios in the rock with those observed by our various landers and crawlers on Mars.

7 hours ago
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Regin Malware In EU Attack Linked To US and British Intelligence Agencies

Applehu Akbar The real aim of ISIS stands revealed (110 comments)

Out of fear, we will accept that Symantec will now be so bloated that most Windows PCs will never finish booting up.

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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

Applehu Akbar Re:Let's do the math (275 comments)

A thousand years? We may even have a stable, well-liked version of Windows by then.

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Ohio College Building Indoor Drone Pavilion

Applehu Akbar Let's discuss this with the Orthodox Jews (42 comments)

Doing work on the Sabbath, even carrying one's child to the temple, is a violation of Talmudic law. What to do, in a practical modern society? The Hasidim came up with a Talmudic hack. Because work inside 'private' spaces such as homes or temples is permitted, they define entire cities as virtually indoors by setting up symbolic wire boundaries next to important roads into the delimited area.

Could city ordinances be used in this way as a hack on our secular legal code to define symbolic indoor space to fly drones? The designation could be applied to parkland that is safely out of near-ground aviation pathways.

Drone eruvin, here we come!

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Multi-National Crew Reaches Space Station

Applehu Akbar Re:The 60's (69 comments)

Slacking, you say? During that time we have only been sending probes to every planet, plus Pluto, asteroids and now a comet. So far, manned programs have been a vestigial part of space exploration as a whole. Now that manned programs are going private, astronauts will be able to assume levels of personal risk that have not been possible since Apollo.

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Multi-National Crew Reaches Space Station

Applehu Akbar Re:Same as Columbus (69 comments)

Right now, that's true. But as the cost of digging deeper escalates and the minerals get more scarce, there will inevitably be a time when the cost of resources from space will drop below the cost of terrestrial mining.

Long before that, we're going to see steadily increasing local use of space resources, such as habitats and solar arrays on the Moon made from lunar materials.

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How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

Applehu Akbar Re:Why giving ? (91 comments)

Statistical distortion much? In the 1600s there was no industrialization yet, so all Europeans were poor except for a tiny elite. By 1947 most Europeans had a reasonable level of income, even so soon after the bloodiest war in history. Meanwhile India suffered from centuries of religious war between the Hindu and the you-know-whos, and the man British excuse for staying was actually the knowledge that of they were to leave, the two factions would annihilate each other.

Once Britain hit on the idea of isolating the Religion of Pieces in a new Stone Age country of its own, India could safely become independent and, after the usual failed experiment with Communism, start industrializing.

2 days ago
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How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

Applehu Akbar Re:Were Hunter-gatherers doing better (91 comments)

Because we have not been farming most species for very long, there have been a lot of early problems with fish farming. This should not deter us from getting better at it. If the ultra-green New Zealanders can do it, so can we.

2 days ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

Applehu Akbar Re:Flawed Premise (452 comments)

Free clue: the Dunning-Kruger effect also applies to driving.

2 days ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

Applehu Akbar Re:Flawed Premise (452 comments)

Autonomous cars will probably cost considerably more than 'manual' cars, but will last longer, for the same reasons that automatic transmissions last longer than manual trannies. This will drive more users to ditch the cost of ownership in favor of the rental model.

2 days ago
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Great Firewall of China Blocks Edgecast CDN, Thousands of Websites Affected

Applehu Akbar Re:Yeah right (128 comments)

It's like Mississippi, but with lots of honeymooners.

2 days ago
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How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

Applehu Akbar Re:Were Hunter-gatherers doing better (91 comments)

Hunting and gathering works only for small human populations. That's why the one place where advanced western societies are still hunting and gathering, at sea, has led to a horrendous problem of fish depletion. For the good of the oceans we need to ban use of that stupid "Wild Caught" label on fish and get good at aquaculture.

2 days ago
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How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

Applehu Akbar Re:I don't blame people for trying alternatives (91 comments)

But what we discovered in the Middle East is that those dictators were all that was keeping religious psychos at bay. Now we're scrambling to groom a new generation of dictators to set the Middle East right again.

2 days ago
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How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

Applehu Akbar Re:Why giving ? (91 comments)

When China gives foreign aid they're practicing Colonialism Lite, and in the long term that's a good thing. Remember the boost India got from British law, civil organization, and railroad engineering?

2 days ago
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How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

Applehu Akbar Re:For those who found TFA to be TLDR (91 comments)

For you reading-impaired types, the points being made were: respect local culture, allow local entrepreneurship to flourish in possibly unexpected ways, and approach developing world societies as whole systems, rather than focusing in isolation on the funding and engineering of your playground pump.

But watch that first point, because sometimes you just have to stand up and demand that some aspect of local culture be changed if any progress is going to occur. If this author were to encounter a society that practiced FGM on its women, would be consider it progress if he could convince the locals to perform the procedure with anesthesia under sterile conditions, rather than with a piece of broken glass?

2 days ago
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Google's Project Loon Can Now Launch Up To 20 Balloons Per Day, Fly 10x Longer

Applehu Akbar Re:Helium shortage (114 comments)

We're talking about low-cost unmanned balloons, so why not use hydrogen? H2 does not have as major a leakage problem as does He, with its tiny atoms.

Now who was the genius who came up with that name?

3 days ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Applehu Akbar All these search terms are yours, except "Europe" (321 comments)

I would like to see Google go into direct competition with the EU. Incorporate as a sovereign nation within Silicon Valley, in the same way as Vatican City. Issue its own currency. Build California a nice set of high-speed trains. Everybody wins.

3 days ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

Applehu Akbar My first post got eaten (357 comments)

So herewith, a repost: If we really are changing the climate, we're already geoengineering, so why not geoengineer the world back to normal? The biggest problem with doing so would be defining "normal". Russia and Canada like the world a little warmer, and are not going to appreciate our refreezing it.

4 days ago
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Culberson As Chair of NASA Fundng Subcommittee Makes Europa Mission More Likely

Applehu Akbar Re: Unnecessary. (57 comments)

And neither does it say "Whoosh" in the Good Book.

4 days ago

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Could the Higgs boson destroy the universe?

Applehu Akbar Applehu Akbar writes  |  about 3 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 8 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 9 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 9 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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