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The Science of Santa

Dausha Re:Obligatory (223 comments)

There's a problem with the science in your comment above. It presumes all the boys and girls are Nice. We can scientifically prove that most of them are in fact Naughty. How many parents fake Santa's appearance to mask their children's Naughtiness?

As a result, Santa is mostly underfed, underworked. He's not as chubby as before since he has few morsels to eat every Christmas. He's home by 9PM PST. His elves were able to participate in this year's Occupy protests without any meaningful dent in productivity.

more than 2 years ago

8 Grams of Thorium Could Replace Gasoline In Cars

Dausha Costs (937 comments)

So, I played a little math and it looks like 1 gram of Thorium would power my car for about 11,000 miles. I see the car being pre-equipped with the element, and the auto industry pre-equiping a car with 5 grams... then telling you it cannot be replaced due to the huge economic impact. There won't be gas stations to fill up from. It will be like Apple's integrated battery...

That said, the cost of one gram of Thorium would end up being as high as 7,500 gallons of gas...which is about $26,000.

According to the chart, there are about 400 billion grams in the US, or 3x10(15) gallons of gas. That's equivalent to 15,000,000,000,000 barrels of oil. Based on US consumption, that's 71,428 days or about 195 years.

more than 3 years ago

Betelgeuse To Blow Up Soon — Or Not

Dausha Re:Or.... (312 comments)

Just showing that /. Continues to post old news...

more than 3 years ago

Watch 200 Years of Global Growth In 4 Minutes

Dausha Adjust... (270 comments)

If he's going to show 200 years, he needs to adjust for inflation. If the average UK salary was $400 (in pounds) in 1840, that's 20oz (@$20/oz through the 19thC). Gold price now is ~$1,350/oz. Average salary (from the graph) is about $40,000. That's about 30oz. So, in real (1840) dollars, it's only a net increase of $200, not $39,600.

more than 3 years ago

Navy Tests Mach 8 Electromagnetic Railgun

Dausha Not such a big deal. (440 comments)

That's only 44,280 hp*s (horsepower per seconds). It's hurling a small object at a speed of only 16.3 million furlongs per fortnight. They need to get it up to at least 88 million fpf...

more than 3 years ago

A Lost Civilization Beneath the Persian Gulf?

Dausha Damn Global Warming (277 comments)

As somebody who was there when it happened. I told them it was coming. I said, "Hey, keep driving around those large chariots and eventually this whole place is going to flood." A friend of mine said he was going to build a boat. Took him 100 years. He probably could have done it faster if he had stimulus money. But, hey, times were tough back then.

more than 3 years ago

IT Worker's Revenge Lands Her In Jail

Dausha Re:Harsh Sentence (347 comments)

Heck, I'd like to see her delete passwords and lock IT systems without a computer.

more than 3 years ago

Medical Researcher Rediscovers Integration

Dausha Re:So how is a 16 year old report news? (473 comments)

It's more recent than that, actually. If you notice one of the links, that the article summary completely plegerizes, is dated March 2007. So, we not only have old news, we have a three year-old blog entry that laughs about it---and an article summary that plagiarizes.

more than 3 years ago

X-37B Secret Space Plane To Land Soon

Dausha Re:Launched April 22? (252 comments)

It's been in Space for seven months? It is a space ship, after all. A future flight will be one of the last of America's deep space probes. I've heard the pilot is William Rodgers; but I don't remember his call sign.

more than 3 years ago

Carbon Dioxide Emissions Fall Worldwide In 2009

Dausha Re:That's clearly impossible (221 comments)

I know you're being cheeky, so I'm a fellow traveler.

A friend's son's research suggested that CO2 levels correlated with temperature change, but only after the temperature had shifted. So, no causation. Of course, there is also the historic data that shows that our temperature swing is not unprecedented, nor accelerated by us.

And while we're trying to create cars that somehow magically scrub CO2 from the air, the quality of air in Beijing is being given "hella bad" ratings.

I wish the focus would be on something akin to "quality of life" or "being good stewards of our environment" than some quasi-religious tilt to Gaia.

more than 3 years ago

Desktop Linux Is Dead

Dausha Re:wrong OS? (1348 comments)

No, it's additive, not multiplicative. Totally different result.

more than 3 years ago

Hawking: No 'Theory of Everything'

Dausha Unified Theory (465 comments)

God. That's my theory. Proven.

more than 3 years ago

Newspapers' New Revenue Plan — Copyright Suits

Dausha Re:The last sentence is misleading (123 comments)

"As copyright law was originally written, you sued only over financial damages. For roughly 200 years, you had no basis to pick and choose except financial harm. The law still doesn't give you that right in the US - if it did, it would include what are called 'moral copyright clauses', as, for example, the ones now used in French law which the US has deliberately avoided including in treaty. Now that parts of copyright law have been criminalised, you are in effect arguing that your right allows you to compel the state to engage in selective prosecution of crimes, as is expressly forbidden in the bill of rights, for damned good reasons."

Where in the U.S. Bill of Rights does it forbid selective prosecution?

more than 4 years ago

Firefox 4 Beta 1 Shines On HTML5

Dausha Re:Does what to HTML 5? (256 comments)

"Come on, mods: if you can't be honest about yourself, what can you be honest about? Shut off Olbermann and Beck, accept what our country is, and just deal with it. Seriously."

I don't accept where our country is going, any more than I would accept my girlfriend is sleeping with my best friend. Some things require a reaction, especially "where things are going" is a retrenchment in what our ancestors sought to leave behind.

more than 4 years ago

Students Show a Dramatic Drop In Empathy

Dausha Slant? (659 comments)

"The article lays out a laundry list of culprits, from child-rearing practices and the self-help movement, to video games and social media, to a free-market economy and income inequality."

Our Free-Market economy was around 30 years ago. I vaguely remember reading about that sort of economy stretching back into the 18C and 19C, including the "Gilded Age." I would argue that income inequality was also around 30 years ago. What does that really mean? That college kids today don't have as much discretionary income as their peers around 1980 (30 years ago)? I submit these two situations are factors the article wished was the cause.

Child-rearing practices and self-help has changed radically in the past 30 years. It was the 1970s that saw the rise of the dual income among middle-class parents. Children are immediately carted off to day care as soon as the mother can return to work. The family wants that income, needs that income to maintain the house they own so they can be in the school district they want. Of course, two-incomes is a doubled-edged sword; because so many are in this situation, it makes it more difficult to have a comfortable living on one because prices (at least home prices) account for the higher family income.

I've heard at least one woman complain about how she had a child so she could pay somebody else to raise it. In East Europe there are orphanages where kids are not give familial affection or attention and end up sociopaths. Is it any wonder that carting kids to day care has a negative affect on empathy?

more than 4 years ago

"Innocent Infringement" Defense May Reach Supreme Court

Dausha What? (213 comments)

Okay, under the copyright law, everything is copyrighted by default; unless something has sent it to the public domain (age, author release, etc.). Registering a copyright just gives the copyright holder the ability to sue for damages (verses just an injunction). So, every song downloaded is copyrighted. So, I have a hard time accepting the innocent infringement when the individual actively downloads music.

According to the [Copyright Law], the only scenario she might exercise is that "[she] consciously and intentionally copies from the plaintiff's work, with a good faith belief that the conduct is not infringing." And IF she proves this, then the court may "reduce statutory damages below the minimum of $750 to as low as $200." The RIAA was asking for $200 per song anyway.

If you read the rest of the link, then to pull of Innocent Infringement, she has to prove good faith and a reasonable belief the works were not copyrighted. What's reasonable is what a jury can agree to, essentially. So, if you found 12 random people on and asked if it was okay to download known music for free.

[Copyright Law]:

more than 4 years ago

Conservative Textbook Curriculum Passes Final Vote In Texas

Dausha Re:Time to stop relying on Texas... (895 comments)

"Yet Texas ranks 49th out of the 50 states in education. Instead of trying to raise the standards to match the states that are the most successful in education students, we're intent on lowering our standards to match the states that are the worst."

Texas ranks #25 (, which is pretty good as its immigrant population is 1/6 its total population. ( Many of those came in just the past ten years, and 3 of 4 are from Latin America. So, they do pretty well for a state that has a language barrier.

more than 4 years ago

Conservative Textbook Curriculum Passes Final Vote In Texas

Dausha Re:Time to stop relying on Texas... (895 comments)

"Actually the superior educational system in Germany has helped them a lot. They are the number one exporter of manufactured goods. And they're able to make all these superior manufactured goods despite the fact that they are among the most labor-friendly societies in the world"

What makes it superior? Germany is #1 in exports? It exports more than China? According to Wikipedia (the source of all true knowledge), Germany is not #1 globally. ( It is #2 after China. And, this is based on 2009 numbers, when the U.S. manufacturing sector was hard hit by depression. Our manufacturing states have greater than 25% unemployment. Oddly enough, unemployment is greater were labor laws are pro-union.

What you wrote above suggests that one requires a good education to be an assembly line worker. In fact, you don't have to have a good education. You don't even have to be literate.

more than 4 years ago

Conservative Textbook Curriculum Passes Final Vote In Texas

Dausha Re:Time to stop relying on Texas... (895 comments)

"The problem here is that decisions are being made by a group of people with an agenda to pass that completely goes against our countries constitution. Even worse, they're trying to educate our future children concepts that are polar opposites of what our country was founded upon."

Have you reviewed the changes the Texas School Board adopted? Are you a Texan?

You state this group has an "agenda...that completely goes against our countries(sic) constitution(sic)". The "agenda" was to balance the educational diet of the student.

What happened here? Texas reviews its curricula periodically (every 10 years). They received an "expert's recommendation" on a history curriculum that they red-lined. Have we compared that expert's recommendation to the (then) current Texas history curriculum? We are not hearing that they are taking the current curriculum and changing it, but that they are adjusting a recommendation.

Have you reviewed the original recommendation? Have you reviewed the redlines? Or, are you just parroting what others are telling you? Have you compared this year's review with review of the same curriculum the past time? The time before that? How do you know the have an agenda that would completely destroy our Constitution?

Hell, this isn't even the material. This is the REQUIREMENTS DOCUMENT.

You don't. You are upset because you've been told 1) the Constitution bars religion from society and government and 2) that Texas is trying to let churches run the school by reengineering history.

more than 4 years ago



On Facebook, MySpace? Obama's got your e-mail

Dausha Dausha writes  |  about 5 years ago

Dausha (546002) writes "According to the World Net Daily, Obama's got your e-mail. It appears that the White House New Media team is seeking to hire a technology vendor to collect data such as comments, tag lines, e-mail, audio and video from any place where the White House "maintains a presence" — for a period of up to eight years. This on the heels of earlier news that the Obama administration is gathering information on American citizens exercising their First Amendment rights."

Dausha Dausha writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Dausha (546002) writes "The Tech Web news site reports a story about Botnet turf wars. Botnets have been around for a while, and are increasing in severity. The latest innovation finds Bots capturing and securing host computers from other bots. Security includes installing software patches, shutting down ports, etc."

Dausha Dausha writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Dausha writes "As if not enough has been said about global warming, yet another scientist (tm)suggests cosmic radiation is a greater contributer to global warming that human production of CO2. The news article is of interest because it reminds us of how science is rarely 100%, and anything less is subject to a better theory. A related article underscores solar output is at its highest in 1000 years, seemingly supporting those who believe that the Sun is a greater contributer."


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