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How Cornell Plans To Purge Campus Computers of Personal Data

Count_Froggy Re:I went to Cornell (164 comments)

Spent all your time in Statler, huh?

more than 4 years ago

Studies Reveal Why Kids Get Bullied and Rejected

Count_Froggy Blame the victim (938 comments)

Blame the victim.
And people wonder why the 'social sciences' are so despised.

more than 4 years ago

Thorium, the Next Nuclear Fuel?

Count_Froggy Re:Because... (710 comments)

There are several countries in the Middle East who want new forms of reliable power and don't want to be targets for terrorists.
Thorium has the potential to generate power cheaply and without bomb-making potential; unlike uramium. As to the 'enrichment' question, once separated as a metal from the ores (a basic technology every metal needs to be recovered from the ground in any quantity), Thorium does not need enrichment. The primary isotope for nuclear fuel usage is the +90% content component. There are technical issues to solve, but the main issue to the willingness to concider nuclear power and forgo bombs.

about 5 years ago

Solar Roadways Get DoT Funding

Count_Froggy Solar power panels as a road surface material. (484 comments)

Whether the idea of using these panels on major, truck-carrying roads flies or not, the technology to make rugged, relatively low cost solar panels has a lot of value. Many commercial buildings have asphalt roofs, top floors of parking garages are often exposed all day, and there are lower use roads in many places around the country. Even if this is only used to power the streetlights and traffic lights (and sewage and waste water pumps), this could be significant savings to local government. If you did those things, even the AC/DC argument fades to insignificance as the usage is local and generally not current-type dependent.

more than 5 years ago

Should We Just Call Dog Breeds a Different Species?

Count_Froggy Small dogs (497 comments)

Quote from the article;
"Amazingly, right now Chihuahuas are still considered C. lupus familiaris, a subspecies of wolf. And calling a Chihuahua a wolf is like calling someone at the Discovery Institute a scientist."

I can't speak to the Discovery Institute point directly; but without a doubt, small dogs can be as aggressive as a wolf. We own a 10 pound poodle and my daughter and SIL have a 7 pounder. DO NOT get on the wrong side of either. They may not take as big a bite, but it still hurts.

more than 5 years ago

First Graphics Game Written On/For a 16-Bit Home PC

Count_Froggy And this is meaningful, why? (159 comments)

So what if this was written on a 16-bit hardware computer. I know of graphic games written in the Apple ][ Sweet-16 interpreter (a 16-bit machine in software installed on all Apple ][ machines) long before this. And, this machine was a one-of-a-kind creation that had no meaningful volume, even by the standards of the time. Lastly, it isn't graphical if it used TEXT CHARACTERS to represent the game elements. There were other games written on PDP-11 and LSI-11 machines (also true 16-bit hardware) that predate this.

more than 5 years ago

Ancient Books Go Online

Count_Froggy Quality vs. Quantity (198 comments)

Do not confuse quantity with quality; also recognize the results of theft by European conquerors in the quantity of materials in European hands that originated in the Middle East and other places. I am more familiar with the Western literary tradition, so I will use as examples the multiple books of the Hebrew Bible, the Dead sea scrolls (some of which are not in the Bible), the early Christian writings, the Talmud, and lots of Islamic works - all of which are of Middle Eastern origin.

more than 5 years ago

How Do I Make My Netbook More Manly?

Count_Froggy Re:You're half way there (993 comments)

The best advice out of the 900+ posts in this thread.

more than 5 years ago

Author's Guild Says Kindle's Text-To-Speech Software Illegal

Count_Froggy Underestimating the age of these bozos (683 comments)

Here is yet another group of 19th-century bozos

You are overestimating them. These are 15th Century BOZOs.

more than 5 years ago

Palm Announces Killer New Phone

Count_Froggy Useless (617 comments)

As a long-term PalmOS (since 1996) user, this device is useless to me. Some of my client do not allow cell phones and other radio (excluding WiFi and Bluetooth) devices on premises for security reasons. So a device dependent on the Web, as is indicated in the email sent to me by Palm, won't be available when I need it; it will be out in the car in the parking lot (if it even makes it in past the security gate). There is no indication if I could import data from existing PalmOS devices or if it can run any existing PalmOS third-party applications. For a device and OS supposedly 'in development' as long as this one has, it seems grossly inadequate to hold on to existing customers. And, I'm not even going to mention Sprint!

about 6 years ago

Volvo Introduces a Collision-Proof Car

Count_Froggy tailgaters? (743 comments)

Possible solution to tailgaters? Just brake when they get too close and THEY have their brakes activated automatically! YES!!!!

about 6 years ago

New York Times Sued Over URL Linking

Count_Froggy Complainant is a fool. (74 comments)

Let's see...
If the NYT lost such a case (not likely), what would the outcomes possibly be?
1 - NYT hires some junior reporter wannabes whose job it is to read articles on other sites, rewrite them without plagiarizing, and post as NYT material. The winner gets neither fees and advertising revenue. NYT gets the stuff cheap.
2 - NYT pays licensing fees for linking to the winner's site. The winner gets both fees and advertising revenue. NYT gets shafted.
3 - NYT goes to the winner's competitor(s) and gets approval to aggregate their material instead. The winner gets neither fees and advertising revenue. NYT gets the stuff cheaper than option 2, but probably more than #1.

To me, given the possibility that the NYT would win a 'fair use' case, especially since the stuff was on an open RSS feed anyway, and a cheap possible solution if they lose, the complainant is a fool.

about 6 years ago

Space Is Just a Little Bit Closer Than Expected

Count_Froggy Definition? (130 comments)

The distance to the edge of an atmospheric layer varies by definition, season, orbit, solar radiation conditions, and probably a variety of other conditions. If the edge measured was at 220km instead of 420km, is there agreement on the definition (as a start)? 220 km converts to about 137 miles. 420km converts to about 261 miles. (sorry, I'm in the US, I think in non-metric units.) The US requirement for astronaut wings is 50 miles. Since none of the people in orbit since 1960 (except for moonshots) went higher than the upper number, where they all in orbit within the ionosphere, according to the claimed 'old' definition? Unlikely.

more than 6 years ago

7th-Grader Designs Three Dimensional Solar Cell

Count_Froggy Your signature (719 comments)

This is about your signature, not the post directly. I checked out your referral to the Bible Gateway and they don't have an English version of the Hebrew Bible. Since there are significant differences in the translations into English from the original Hebrew between the Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant versions (not to mention some of the differences recognized by Islam, which also considers these books to be holy), why not an English version of the Hebrew Bible? The JPS 1917 translation is available for free at http://www.mechon-mamre.org/e/et/et0.htm

more than 6 years ago

NASA Patents To Be Auctioned

Count_Froggy Theft (224 comments)

Why are you surprised???

Since when would this matter to Bush and his greedy cronies? Some of Bush's buddies will make a lot of money and McCain will be able to say "I know nothing, nothing..." while dressed as Sgt. Schultz.

Not the first time. A number of years ago George Bush approved the conversion of a generic prescription drug (five manufacturers) on the market for over 40 years [that I'm dependent on] to one of his 'pals'. It became an over-the-counter product with only one manufacturer at only .25 and .50 the dose. This item went from $5 for a 90 day supply to $30 for a two week supply; I'll leave the rest of the math to you. Oh yes, no longer available in bulk at all.

"Healthcare Reform"

more than 6 years ago




Some late night ramblings of an over-caffinated mind

Count_Froggy Count_Froggy writes  |  about 6 years ago

There have been a number of news reports regarding Super-Volcanic action in the recent weeks. Much of it centers on increased seismic activity in the Yellowstone area of North America. Another has been the report of a theoretical analysis of the Earth's Moon being formed as a result of a Super-Volcanic eruption, instead of the currently prevalent impact theory.

I do not consider myself to be a competent technician in the analysis of super volcanoes; but a series of questions have come to mind.
* A super volcano can be considered a rocket engine on the side of a spherical, spinning spacecraft in orbit along with another slightly smaller spacecraft around a much larger primary (the Sun). The eruption of this super volcano can be considered the firing of the rocket, generating a varying force vector, depending on the timing of the eruption and the duration. How could that affect the:
** orbit of the Earth, relative to the Sun (distance and irregularity),
** orbit of the Earth-Moon pair around each other
* Based on the relative position on the volcano on the surface of the sphere (between the Poles) and the possibility that the force vector may not be directed through the center of the Earth, may also have an impact on the speed of rotation of the planet, the tilt of the axis of rotation, and the wobble of the axis.
** Earth's length of day,
** axial tilt,
** wobble of the axis

In unrelated musings, I have also noted a discussion on the lesser effects of such an eruption on the biosphere. Much of the discussion has centered on the potential of the resulting atmospheric ash, its thickness as it fell, the length of time it might stay airborne, the temperature impact on the planet, the potential for a devastating cooling of the planet in the short run, and the mid-term impact of reduced (and eliminated) growing seasons. Other questions this has raised in my mind are:
* impact on fresh water pH in downstream rivers and lakes of the (probably acidic) ash,
* impact on ocean water pH from the ash
* levels of gas dissolved in both fresh and salt water
* changes in the level of various atmospheric gases, including oxygen, carbon dioxide, nitrogen compounds, sulfur compounds, and water vapor
* possible changes in ocean current resulting from the disruption of the atmosphere
* the impact of these changes on the biosphere

And, a last group of questions:
* the impact on tectonic plates in the area, including the movement of individual plates and the splitting of plates
* impact on other tectonic plates on the planet, like continent formation, splits, and the like
* sea levels, based at least in part on the planetary temperature and the removal of water from the seas into land topping glaciers
* is there geologic, biologic, or other evidence that can be used to support these analysis from prior super volcano eruptions.he planet, the potential for a devastating cooling of the planet in the short run, and the mid-term impact of reduced (and eliminated) growing seasons.

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