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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

Applehu Akbar Re:What bullshit (174 comments)

No, but I did.

yesterday
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If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

Applehu Akbar Re:Of course we can (139 comments)

And if you don't like the politics of today's 60-year-olds, imagine the political values o cautious, ultraconservative 20,000-year-olds.

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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

Applehu Akbar Re: This may be the way to escape from Comcast (405 comments)

Cablevision (now Suddenlink) has a different strategy. It clamps down your usage with a low monthly cap, so the need for service calls does nor arise.

2 days ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Applehu Akbar Re:You Fail at Quotations (583 comments)

Since 9/15 is also the day of lowest ice cover in the Arctic, how does this year's minimum compare with history?

2 days ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Applehu Akbar Re: It's getting hotter still! (583 comments)

No, that's not what they're saying. Rather, it goes like this: all unusual weather events, whether they be powerful hurricanes in summer or severe blizzards in winter, are proof of warming. Record Antarctic ice is proof of warming because the effect of global warming is to make all weather scary.

2 days ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

Applehu Akbar Another reason not to use sapphire for now (201 comments)

Everybody who gets an iPhone immediately puts it into a rugged, generally rubberized, case. All smartphones tend to be fragile, and the naked iPhone is slippery. Cases not only protect against damage, but prevent most drops from happening in the first place. An iPhone in a rubbery OtterBox is not going to slip out of your shirt pocket into the toilet.

2 days ago
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If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

Applehu Akbar Re:Of course we can (139 comments)

Just like all the other times, we will have to adapt to the elimination of aging when the time comes. In the good old days before civilization and technology, there was no such thing as grandparenthood. As soon as the longest-lived individuals started to survive plague and war to live that long, we adapted to the new reality.

2 days ago
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If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

Applehu Akbar Re:Baking Soda May Help! (139 comments)

If it were anything so simple as ozone or baking soda, we would have known it years ago.

2 days ago
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If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

Applehu Akbar Re:Of course we can (139 comments)

My response to those "they're sitting on a cure" conspiracy theorists is that though pharma may be the most powerful lobby in the US, there's a whole world out there. A number of other countries would love the sheer prestige attached to announcing a cure. And even if they gave that treatment away through nationalized health care systems, they would reap huge income from American medical tourists.

2 days ago
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If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

Applehu Akbar Re:Of course we can (139 comments)

I've seen one analysis that estimates that if all medical causes of death were eliminated, we would enjoy an average lifespan of about 650 before some accident would kill us. With a lifetime like that, imagine the tall tales you could tell your descendants. And if, in such a society, the most cautious individuals made it to age 1000, would they get birthday cards from Skynet?

2 days ago
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The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

Applehu Akbar Re:Studying at home is like working from home (182 comments)

I'm talking about this kind of office: http://thesatellitecenters.com...
where most people are working remotely for different companies, hence less distracting cubicle banter. You're there because the environment is distraction-light compared to home but you have office infrastructure, such as copy machines, and AV equipment.

3 days ago
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DARPA Funds Harvard's Soft Exoskeletal Suit

Applehu Akbar When I imagine a Harvard exoskeleton suit (28 comments)

I'm envisioning a business garment that allows hedge fund managers and corporate lawyers to jump over tall buildings.

3 days ago
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The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

Applehu Akbar Studying at home is like working from home (182 comments)

When you're in a distracting environment where the wife and kids keep demanding attention, your mind will inevitably wander. Working remotely is more practical when you can be in a satellite office, not far from home but still a working environment as opposed to a home environment. If you're seriously taking MOOCs, try this sort of office instead of the house.

3 days ago
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Medical Milestone: Scientists Reset Human Stem Cells

Applehu Akbar Re: hoooray (74 comments)

And best of all, natural selection will swiftly favor people with your attitude. Those who celebrate death and suffering will go the way of the Neanderthal. Good riddance.

3 days ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

Applehu Akbar Re:Not just Reno (438 comments)

Environmentalists really opposed this kind of mining, especially in such a green place and for such a dirty material, except when it promotes their most current fashion.

From your link:
"Mining in the 48.0 km Garzweiler II sector started in 2006 and it will take until around 2045 to fully exploit both sectors. The lignite is used for power generation at nearby power plants such as Neurath."

This is the "new" part of the mine, used for power requirements from 2008 forward.

4 days ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

Applehu Akbar Re:Not just Reno (438 comments)

As of this moment, half of Germany's nuclear plants are still in operation. Merkel plans to phase them out by 2022. The phased-out plants have been replaced by the world's largest strip mine, Tagebau Garzweiler. The full phase-out will require a new, much larger lignite pit, Tagebau Hambach. When fully developed, it will cover 85 sq km.

4 days ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

Applehu Akbar Re:Not just Reno (438 comments)

The largest renewable energy installation in my state was also the one most bitterly opposed by environmentalists. It was built before renewables became fashionable: http://www.nps.gov/glca/index....

4 days ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

Applehu Akbar Re:Not just Reno (438 comments)

Unfortunately those ARE the goals of environmentalists. Real-world environmental problems, including anthropogenic warming if the science validates it, must be solved by a new breed of pro-human activists.

4 days ago

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Could the Higgs boson destroy the universe?

Applehu Akbar Applehu Akbar writes  |  about a week 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 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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