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iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

Applehu Akbar Re:Hipsters... (106 comments)

Go ahead and build a PC. Then you would have to run an operating system that has to self-adjust to the infinity of possible variations in specific implementations of that "standard." And such an OS would perform accordingly.

2 days ago
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iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

Applehu Akbar Re:how do SSD's compare to HD's? (106 comments)

And if computers were put together with robot welds and 1" steel torsion bolts, would that make them easier to repair?

2 days ago
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iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

Applehu Akbar Re:Broken link (106 comments)

Until this moment the only language without vowels was Bella Coola, a language of British Columbia.

2 days ago
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Researchers Scrambling To Build Ebola-Fighting Robots

Applehu Akbar Re:Best use of resources? (87 comments)

It's true that the original Ned Ludd protests in 1811 were purely a labor movement by crofters who perceived their artisanal fabric-making business in danger from the Jacquard loom. No concept of what industrialization would mean in the long run existed at the time.

It would be nice if we had a more historically accurate term for it, but the movement that we call Luddite today actually is a visceral hatred of innovation itself. It's the idea that applications of science are by default dangerous and 'corporate'.

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Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

Applehu Akbar Re:Fission is Dead (217 comments)

Don't forget the four million people who died at Chernobyl, and the radioactive wasteland of Pennsylvania.

2 days ago
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Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

Applehu Akbar Re:Fission is Dead (217 comments)

Which even if were true would be of ni use if you put your solar panels in a place where is either
1. No sun, or
2. Californians.

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Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

Applehu Akbar Re:We need Nuclear here! Fission and fusion. (217 comments)

Ivanpah, CA, has plenty of featureless open desert for its solar mirrors. Unfortunately, it's also infested with Californians.

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Researchers Scrambling To Build Ebola-Fighting Robots

Applehu Akbar Re:Best use of resources? (87 comments)

Hmmm. If we developed an Ebola vaccine, it might be the world's greatest knows way of eliminating Luddites. We could even put a homeopathically small trace amount of mercury in it, just to make sure.

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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

Applehu Akbar Re:It's the OS, Stupid (249 comments)

The latest OS X includes Handoff, which right now is just a way of starting work on one Apple device or computer and subsequently continuing it on another ("Handoff"). ArsTechnica, in their long-form review of OS X 10.10, has some details on the internals of this feature. It seems to be implemented in a way that would eventually allow for having client tasks on your iDevice interact with server processes on your remote OS X machine - or on a cloud server.

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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

Applehu Akbar Re:Seriously? (249 comments)

Can we see your bestselling Gnu tablet?

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Florida Supreme Court: Police Can't Grab Cell Tower Data Without a Warrant

Applehu Akbar Re:anonymously sourced evidence? (110 comments)

Don't rely on the whim of judges. Develop stronger crypto.

2 days ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

Applehu Akbar Re:Prison population (407 comments)

It's an election year. This is the occasion for prosecutors to lobby for jail construction bonds, at the same time as inventing new categories of prisoners to fill them. How many people are jailed for "paraphernalia," which means common items that might possibly be used in the drug trade. Failing that, we can always crank down the blood alcohol limit one more time until one beer with dinner out is enough to expose middle-class people to the prison system for the first time.

4 days ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

Applehu Akbar Re:Cue slippery slope arguments now... (364 comments)

As with everything else: it may be difficult for us to envision a distant ideal, but all of us can envision an incremental improvement from our current state.

5 days ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

Applehu Akbar Re:Cue slippery slope arguments now... (364 comments)

There is a lot of confusion in the public mind between genetic choice and eugenics.

Almost all of us are the result of genetic choice: two people picked each other out and started having babies that they hoped are like themselves in as many ways as possible. We all want our children to be more intelligent than the average, just as we want them to be taller, stronger and better looking. That's basic human nature, and whatever technology becomes available to give us more choice in creating offspring gets incorporated into that process. In time, genetic choice by embryonic sorting will become the norm.

Eugenics, on the other hand, is a set of genetic ideals imposed by governments. It became an international fad in the early twentieth century as an outgrowth of Darwinism. Until WW II, it was as popular in the US as it was anywhere else.

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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

Applehu Akbar Re:Scarier still.... (364 comments)

Oooh, a professional phrenologist! And if your test babies show a fear response to images of guns and nuclear plants, does that nail them politically also?

5 days ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

Applehu Akbar Re:Awesome quote (232 comments)

Being free to join Comcast is like being free to join ISIS, except that Comcast hates Americans more.

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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

Applehu Akbar Re:Hitler (232 comments)

"...Comcast is a bad guy the US army won't do anything about."

That's because if the US Army attacked Comcast, they could have it fired.

5 days ago

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Could the Higgs boson destroy the universe?

Applehu Akbar Applehu Akbar writes  |  about a month and a half 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 7 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 8 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 8 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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