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Robot Jet Fighter Takes First Flight

Davemania No need for carriers (119 comments)

If the Navy does manage to deploy UAV with more capabilities, they would have to re-think the role of carriers, you would think I new generation of destroyer type warships capable of launching UAV would be a feasible option to project airpower using UAV.

more than 3 years ago
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Legislation To Make Web Devices Accessible To Disabled Users

Davemania Re:Eat your own dogfood, jerks (274 comments)

I don't even see the point about broadband access have anything to do with this, this is about the new web devices, the article stated itself that the industry body support parts of this law. Your free market libertarian approach isn't going to shield every segment of the society. I am not advocating that the government have to do everything but the original poster threw a general blanket of "economy-destroying" law on the productivity class. That is absurd.

more than 4 years ago
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Legislation To Make Web Devices Accessible To Disabled Users

Davemania Re:Eat your own dogfood, jerks (274 comments)

Thats right, legislations should have economy on top of the list, stuff like civil right and stuff like that should take a back sit because money is the most important factor in a legislation. The unfortunate can fend for themselves

more than 4 years ago
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Maybe the Aliens Are Addicted To Computer Games

Davemania 40 Years is not a long time (496 comments)

Compare to the size and the age of universe, the likely length of an alien civlization, 40 years is not a long time to search for anything, let alone being in the right time peroid to detect a alien civlization.

more than 4 years ago
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Did the US Take the Back Seat In Science In 2009?

Davemania Re:I expect so... (502 comments)

The population ratio would probably be roughly equivalent in the last few decades yet US and a few other "rich" countries were able to maintain their scientific lead in the past. The point here is not that we expect the US to be the leader of everything but that there seems to be a large drop off in scientific/research investment in the last decade. We also see a drop in the quality of education (i.e. why are we still arguing about evolution in 20XX) standards and that will have a long term effect.

more than 4 years ago
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Where the Global Warming Data Is

Davemania Re:Just another day (1011 comments)

Oh I don't know, were you in a coma for the last couple of years ? I just find it really funny that the new stratergy now is to call into question the honesty and ethics of the researchers or basically personal attacks instead of challenging the freaking DATA. Denier still know what data is defined as right ?

about 5 years ago
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Where the Global Warming Data Is

Davemania Just another day (1011 comments)

This is just another sissy-fit thrown by the denier groups that are willing to use any tactics to distract people from the real issue. If there was any substance to these email, they would've produced the evidence by now. A few sentences blown out of context from a few cherry picked emails are merely red-herring.

about 5 years ago
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Environmental Chemicals Are Feminizing Boys

Davemania Re:Dolls and tea sets? (614 comments)

What does the existance of toys have to do with anything ? Children behavior isn't dictated by toy brand name. If you were to argue whether a toy evokes certain evolutionary trait of a child, that may make more sense.

more than 5 years ago
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Engineers Tell How Feedback Shaped Windows 7

Davemania Re:Whoever proposed a bigger memory footprint than (452 comments)

Hardware cost has gone down and the computational power has increased significantly. More complex software can be developed. Just because something uses more disk space and memory does not mean it is inefficient.

more than 5 years ago
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Pi Calculated To Record 2.5 Trillion Digits

Davemania Re:Question about Pi and circles. . . (432 comments)

All this really says is that our numeric system can not model the world perfectly.

more than 5 years ago
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No Windows 7 XP Mode For Sony Vaio Z Owners

Davemania Legitimate reason ? (198 comments)

I'd like to know if this is a purely commercial move or if there is actually technical merit to it ? I doubt this move actually will drive up sale but I think there is a case that older codes can be security problem.

more than 5 years ago
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Sony Producing New PS3 Hardware, Slim Appears Likely

Davemania Re:Do not want!! (183 comments)

Comparing the price of a base PS3 to XBox360 is quite frankly ridiculous. The extra features of the base machine offered is completely different, if you get the Xbox 360 with the addtional attachment cost included, comparing the cost would than be more realistic. I do think that the PS3 price need to come to but not necessarily down to 360's.

more than 5 years ago
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AT&T Blocks Part of 4chan

Davemania Re:Net Neutrality (342 comments)

Yes they would be, considering it would be their parent paying for it.

more than 5 years ago
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Aussie Government Offers $40M To Build a Bionic Eye

Davemania Re:Won't this fail for simple biological reasons? (89 comments)

The current bionic implants targets very very circumstances, i.e. the nerves and retina must still be attached etc. The implant stimulates the retina and creates images that the user can see. (They can replicate this using animal experiment by stimulating the retina and observing the brain activity in certain regions. Some groups in the US have already done some human trial with limited success) The current resolution is very low and the whole setup is impractical. My opinion is that stem cell research is the way to go.

more than 5 years ago
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When Does It Become OK To Make Games About a War?

Davemania Remember "Shock and Awe" (295 comments)

Remember that one of the game publisher decided to cash in on the term "Shock and Awe" and realize that there was a public back lash at the attempt to cash in on the Iraq war. I think people need to realize one thing. This is not a freedom of speech issue, they're a private company and if they tick off the people that generates their profits, they'll probably do what it takes to protect that revenue source.

more than 5 years ago
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Go For a Masters, Or Not?

Davemania In the end, it depends on your skills (834 comments)

I have friends that have gotten very good jobs after their masters and others that haven't. If you're going to play probability than masters will offer you better chance for better paid jobs. But in the end, it'll be up to you on how you present yourself and the experience and knowledge that you have. If you think the master degree for whatever field will present you with more options, than definiately go for it. Else, get a job, get some proper experience. You can always get your degree at a later date when you know what you're doing.

more than 5 years ago

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The process of selling software

Davemania Davemania writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Doppy Dave (580154) writes "As someone that is thinking about what to do in the future, I would like to know how entrepreneur in slashdot started out ? How did you go from an idea (specifically about software but other tech related will also be interesting) into a sellable product? What is the process such as getting funding, development and marketing. I am not targeting experiences at large multi-million corporations but rather mid to small size software related businesses. Is it a struggle ? especially in the "globalized" market today."
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Australia's War on music piracy

Davemania Davemania writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Davemania (580154) writes "The SMH reports "AS THE internet threatens to kill the established music industry, the Rudd Government is considering a three-strikes policy against computer users who download songs illegally. The Government will examine new legislative proposals being unveiled in Britain this week to target people who download films and music illegally. Internet service providers (ISPs) there might be legally required to take action against users who access pirated material. The music industry estimates 1 billion songs were traded illegally by Australians last year. Under the three-strikes policy, a warning would be first issued to offenders who illegally share files using peer-to-peer technology to access music, TV shows and movies free of charge. The second strike would lead to the offender's internet access being suspended; the third would cancel the offender's internet access. The policy would mirror legislation being introduced in Britain, which would require ISPs to police the activities of users.""
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Davemania Davemania writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Davemania (580154) writes "I am working for a research group that requires to do a large amount of data analysis (each of these files could be up to 1 gig in size). We're planning on buying up to 10 pc with linux on them to do these scientific processing (matlab, etc ) but what would be the best configuration for these 10 linux boxes ? Preferably, we would like to maintain all the data on one server and send it out to the Linux box for processing automatically. What approach would be the best, clustering ? OpenMosix, Rock Cluster ? or just simply drop files into the share folder and remote desktop in ?"
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Davemania Davemania writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Davemania (580154) writes "Has the race for militarization of space begun ? It was recently reported that China has successfully shot down a satellite with a ballistic missile, despite International condemnation , China is keeping quiet on its space ambition.

From the article

"The Chinese military used a ground-based missile to hit and destroy one of its aging satellites orbiting more than 500 miles in space last week — a high-stakes test demonstrating China's ability to target regions of space that are home to U.S. spy satellites and space-based missile defense systems. The test of anti-satellite technology is believed to be the first of its kind in two decades by any nation and raised concerns about the vulnerability of U.S. satellites and a possible arms race in space. China's action drew sharp protests from other nations with satellite programs — a predictable response that experts said dramatically illustrates Chinese willingness to face broad international criticism when it comes to space, which Beijing considers a key part of the push to modernize its military and increase its ability to compete in high-tech warfare. "The U.S. believes China's development and testing of such weapons is inconsistent with the spirit of cooperation that both countries aspire to in the civil space area," National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said yesterday. "We and other countries have expressed our concern regarding this action to the Chinese.""
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Davemania Davemania writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Davemania (580154) writes "CNN has an interesting article on how internet has changed amateur astronomy by providing them an ever increasing amount of astronomy data. Following in the footstep of SETI@Home, astronomers and researcher are increasingly enlisting the help of internet users to help them analyze images and data in pursuit of the next major breakthrough. A example of this identified in this article is the Systemic Project that allows enthusiast to look for extrasolar planets."
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Davemania Davemania writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Davemania (580154) writes "CNN reports that the Nobel Prize in Physics has been award to John C. Mather and George F. Smoot for their contribution to the big-bang Theory.

From the CNN article

Mather, 60, works at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and Smoot, 61, works at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif.
Their work was based on measurements done with the help of the NASA-launched COBE satellite in 1989. They were able to observe the universe in its early stages about 380,000 years after it was born. Ripples in the light they detected also helped demonstrate how galaxies came together over time.
"The very detailed observations that the laureates have carried out from the COBE satellite have played a major role in the development of modern cosmology into a precise science," the academy said in its citation."
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Davemania Davemania writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Davemania writes "This Sunday, NASA will resume the reconstruction of the International Space Station with the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. NASA predicts a 60% chance that the weather will hold but will be keeping their eye at Tropical Storm Ernesto. The 6 astronaut crew is tasked with deploying 2 large solar arrays and integrating the port 3/port 4 truss segment. As usual, the live launch can be seen on NASA TV"
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Davemania Davemania writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Davemania writes "CNN reports that China and Russia have agreed to a joint unmanned mission to Mars, with the Russians providing the launch vehicle while the Chinese will be providing the surveying system. This is part of the ambitious plan by China which will also include a lunar surveying mission next year and possible manned lunar mission within the not too distant future."
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Davemania Davemania writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Davemania writes "New York Times reports that a new technique has been developed to establish colonies of human embryonic stem cell without destroying the embryo. Even though this technique in some extent addresses the objection of the current Administration, it seems that George Bush is unlikely to change his stance on federal funding for the foreseeable future."
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Davemania Davemania writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Davemania writes "New York Times reports that an Evolution biology subject has disappeared from a list of acceptable fields of study for recipients of a federal education grant for low-income college students. The Education department has described this as a Clerical Mistake but others are skeptical about this. "Scientists who knew about the omission also said they found the clerical explanation unconvincing, given the furor over challenges by the religious right to the teaching of evolution in public schools. "It's just awfully coincidental," said Steven W. Rissing, an evolutionary biologist at Ohio State University.""
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Davemania Davemania writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Davemania writes "Following the footstep of the US Stem cell debate, the Australian government is about to decide on the fate of therapeutic cloning. Sydney Morning Hearld recently reported that Tony Abbot, the Federal Health Minister who also happen to be a devout Catholic is accusing scientist of "giving false hopes to sufferers of crippling diseases just to get "a leg up" in their research". Perhaps a preview of the type of debate that will be forthcoming in Australia."
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Davemania Davemania writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Davemania writes "Washington Post reports that the FBI's attempt to modernize their department has once failed again. The 170 million dollar Virtual case File system, the agency 2nd attempt to go paperless is reported to be useless. The finger seems to be pointing at the FBI leadership, greedy contractor and bad software management. You have to wonder why projects such as these are so badly managed especially post 9/11."

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China Criticized for Anti-Satellite Missile Test

Davemania Davemania writes  |  more than 7 years ago Has the militarization of space begun ? It was recently reported that China has successfully shot down a satellite with a ballistic missile, despite International condemnation , China is keeping quiet on its space ambition.

From the article

"The Chinese military used a ground-based missile to hit and destroy one of its aging satellites orbiting more than 500 miles in space last week -- a high-stakes test demonstrating China's ability to target regions of space that are home to U.S. spy satellites and space-based missile defense systems. The test of anti-satellite technology is believed to be the first of its kind in two decades by any nation and raised concerns about the vulnerability of U.S. satellites and a possible arms race in space. China's action drew sharp protests from other nations with satellite programs -- a predictable response that experts said dramatically illustrates Chinese willingness to face broad international criticism when it comes to space, which Beijing considers a key part of the push to modernize its military and increase its ability to compete in high-tech warfare. "The U.S. believes China's development and testing of such weapons is inconsistent with the spirit of cooperation that both countries aspire to in the civil space area," National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said yesterday. "We and other countries have expressed our concern regarding this action to the Chinese."

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Abbott lashes out at scientists

Davemania Davemania writes  |  more than 8 years ago Following the footstep of the US Stem cell debate, the Australian government is about to decide on the fate of therapeutic cloning. Sydney Morning Hearld recently reported that Tony Abbot, the Federal Health Minister who also happen to be a devout Catholic is accusing scientist of "giving false hopes to sufferers of crippling diseases just to get "a leg up" in their research". Perhaps a preview of the type of debate that will be forthcoming in Australia.

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Davemania Davemania writes  |  more than 8 years ago A article in washington post reported the debate amongest scientist about the contribution of global warming to the intensity of the storms. The article noted the political impact and also the scientifc perspective from each side. It seems that whether or not global warming is contributing to the intensity of these storms, it has shown our lack of prepration to protect ourselves from natural disasters.

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