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For Airplane Safety, Trying To Keep Birds From Planes

Clanked Re:Fly Around Them (368 comments)

However you forget that most air radars (assuming they have more than just a weather radar to begin with) are designed to ignore slow moving objects (read birds) because it clutter the scope to the point of being useless.

more than 5 years ago

Solar Panels Reach $1 a Watt

Clanked Re:thats nice (381 comments)

Dang, I had the same idea... now the price is gonna shoot up overnight as all the slashdotters rush to fill their basements with tellurium!
While tellurium is likely to increase in value slightly over the next decade or so, this is not the makings of a "gold rush". To be quite honest, this isn't even really news, considering that First Solar has been using tellurium in their solar panels for 4 years now.

Ohh sure... make a post refuting the value of tellurium so that you can go out and horde it cheaper.

I'm on to your schemes mister!

more than 5 years ago

AMD Launches New Processor Socket Despite Poor Economy

Clanked Re:What's the point in wating for markets to turn (215 comments)

You have to account for how each company lists its TDP.
Intel lists its TDP as average load usage, while AMD lists the max draw.

So if each chip was listed at 90W, the AMD would actually use less power.

more than 5 years ago

Kaspersky Customer Database Exposed

Clanked Re:Sad (175 comments)


The OS is a tool to get the job done.
Without knowing anything about you, I am willing to put money of the fact that this guy using windows has accomplished more than you have with your "h4x0r!1" OS.

more than 5 years ago

New Method To Revolutionize DNA Sequencing

Clanked Re:99.3% accurate? (239 comments)

He was making a DNA joke that went right over your head. See: Base Pairs

about 6 years ago

Five PC Power Myths Debunked

Clanked Re:a PC actually wrote this article (551 comments)

That is under the assumption that workers use every single second on the job to be productive.
You and I both know that isn't true.

So a minute to boot up a computer, is not actually a minute lost. It can easily be made up later in the day if it is really that needed. (ex. Worker browses one less minute of /. in order to finish his job. THE HORROR!)

more than 6 years ago

The Unforgettable Amnesiac

Clanked Re:Offered his brain for further scientific study (120 comments)

In the article it stated that all the while he had a sense that he was helping something important. His sub conscious was still in tact, and was probably what made him so interesting. He could be taught to do things, without knowing it.
So sub consciously he knew he was helping. So when asked to consent to giving his brain up, it was probably that sub conscious that gave him the feeling to say "Yes, I'll do that."

more than 6 years ago

NFL's First Broadcast In 3-D, Still Has Work To Do

Clanked Re:No football!!! Bring on the Hockey! (178 comments)

You of course won't agree with me on this, most likely because you don't have a full understanding of the game.

Fighting actually keeps the game safe.

Yes, I said that. Fighting keeps the players safe.
The amount of damage you can inflict on someone with fisticuffs is minimal. Compare that to a nasty hit which can very easily permanently disable someone.

So a hockey team will have their little skilled guys, and then one or two enforcers out there. The other team knows if they do something cheap- usually a bad check -to any opposing players they will get their face punched a bit. No one likes getting punched (except Tyler Durden). This helps keep it self, a sort of forced sportsmanship if you will. The game suspension penalty makes it so players just don't randomly get into fights. I would wager 90% of the fights that happen are for a specific purpose.

Bash fighting all that you will, but actual hockey fans understand it. They also don't watch the games for fighting; in fact games with a lot of fights are usually the worst ones to watch. How many fights do you see in the playoffs? There is a reason those games are the best to watch, they contain the best hockey.

more than 6 years ago

40-Gbps DDoS Attacks Worry Even Tier-1 ISPs

Clanked Re:let it collapse (146 comments)

Wouldn't something such as the federal minimum wage help alleviate some of these problems? Then these companies that already pay their workers the minimum have to choose between hiring their own, and having a government supply. Personally I would hire people myself as I imagine firing a person that the government hands to you as labor would be quite tough.
This however brings up another problem. What happens when your company gets handed someone who won't work. Someone who just shows up and collects a paycheck. A lot of people on unemployment are these type of people. They will apply to random jobs which they know they cannot get, just so they can check the box saying they are looking for a job. I imagine they will do the same when they get to their Govt. handed job.

more than 6 years ago

National Debt Clock Overflowed, Extended By a Digit

Clanked Re:Clock can run in reverse. (696 comments)

Time to get rid of my karma.

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that's what they decided to do.

The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. "Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20."Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men - the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his 'fair share?' They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

"I only got a dollar out of the $20,"declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man," but he got $10!"

"Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a dollar, too. It's unfair that he got ten times more than I!"

"That's true!!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!"

"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison. "We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!"

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
University of Georgia

more than 6 years ago

Air Force To Re-Open Pursuit of Cyber Command

Clanked Re:Where do I apply? (142 comments)

Fortunatly not all of the people in the military are computer illiterate. We are few and far between for sure, but there is a lengthy application process to get anywhere near the jobs where you actually do something. A simple aptitude test already weeds out those that say "hey I wanna be a hacker like on TV" and those that really understand security. Once you are in the door, it is about two years of schooling (not by the military) to teach you what the hell to do. So yes, it will be quite interesting, but restricted to an extreme few. The MAJCOM is more to give the cyber people a voice "as strong as" the fighter guys, the cargo guys, and everyone else. This provides topcover and funding. The other thing this will enable, is Airman Snuffy who works at the comm squadron to add to his performance report "Coordinated with worldwide anti-cyberterrorism organization to ensure local network security. Resulting in 0 penetrations. Promote immediatly." Translation: "He applied a patch cleared by the MAJCOM."

more than 6 years ago



Possible cure for cancer in sight?

Clanked Clanked writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Clanked (1156473) writes "A US team has developed a new way to turn a patient's T-cells against a deadly, metastasised skin cancer. A 55-year old man who received the immune boost lives tumour-free, more than two years after treatment.
The team treated eight other melanoma patients, but they say it is too early to tell whether their tumours have vanished as well.
Other cancer experts say the results could pave the road for a cancer vaccine, but more proof with additional patients is needed."

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