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The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

DeBattell Re:Hmm (600 comments)

Soon on the cosmic scale perhaps. I will probably be several hundred years at best.

about 4 months ago

Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation

DeBattell Not fixed (306 comments)

As far as I can see it is NOT fixed. It's just that it hasn't finished flagging all the different versions that were posted to different channels.

about 4 months ago

Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

DeBattell Re:Kill capitol punishment! Kill it dead! (1038 comments)

Well that's all fine and good, but not everyone feels as you do. I am NOT willing to accept even a tiny probability of being one of the sacrificial lambs, and more importantly I'm not willing to accept that tiny probably for my children either. Monetary compensation is not a perfect solution, but what you typically see when someone is released after a long stretch of unjust imprisonment is that they are not bitter at all. But the bitterness of the family who has a family member unjustly executed is eternal. The two situations are not comparable at all.

about 7 months ago

U.S. District Judge: Forced Decryption of Hard Drives Violates Fifth Amendment

DeBattell Re:As usual, rubbish article (417 comments)

I think hard drives should be considered as an extension of your brain, and thus as protected as the content of your brain.

about a year ago

Spain's New S-80 Class Submarines Sink, But Won't Float

DeBattell Stretch Subs (326 comments)

$9.7 million per meter. And I thought stretch SUV's were expensive.

about a year ago

Energy Use From Wireless Networks Will Dwarf Data Center Use By 2015

DeBattell Cars (42 comments)

Meanwhile, cars put something like 5,000 metric tons of carbon per year into the air.

about a year ago

The Accidental Betrayal of Aaron Swartz

DeBattell Re:Cops too. (409 comments)

How about we take over the government and make the job of cops and lawyers be getting the truth, not getting a conviction.

about a year and a half ago

How the Open Invention Network Protects Linux and Open Source (Video)

DeBattell Re:Sony, the PS3 Linux remover? (28 comments)

What are the implications of this for the while Nikon/Microsoft Android tax situation. Isn't Android based on Linux, or is Microsoft specifically targeting parts of it that are not from Linux to dodge IBM's wrath?

about a year and a half ago

Tennessee "Teaching the Controversy" Bill Becomes Law

DeBattell Re:Methinks a law of unintended consequences (672 comments)

I live in Tennessee. I read my 8 year old Dawkin's "Magic of Reality" cover to cover. He's straightening out his class mates. There are a few educated people in Tennessee. The problems come when we get distracted by things like Slashdot and ignore local politics.

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Unveil Worlds First Computerized Human Brain Map

DeBattell 1000 whole sites (73 comments)

1000 whole sites. Too bad the brain has something like 100 trillion synapses. So that means each site contains an average of about 100 billion synapses. I want a higher resolution map.

more than 3 years ago

US Navy Close To On-Ship Laser Cannons

DeBattell Cool way to kill people (309 comments)

Killing people is OK as long as you use cool technology to do it.

more than 3 years ago

BP Robot Seriously Hampers Oil Spill Containment

DeBattell Re:Brilliant (264 comments)

Require relief wells to be in place before production begins on future wells.
Start drilling relief wells now for any existing wells that might ever need them.

more than 4 years ago

BP Robot Seriously Hampers Oil Spill Containment

DeBattell Call me Captain Obvious but... (264 comments)

Call me Captain Obvious, but given the loss risk, the time it takes to drill relief wells, and the lack of other working options, wouldn't it make sense to require that relief wells be in place *before* production begins on new wells in the future?


more than 4 years ago

Microsoft's Treatment of Google Defectors

DeBattell Re:what's the big deal? (572 comments)

Unfortunately this is not always true. I worked in a computing lab at the University of Tennessee in the 90's. We had a girl who came in to do backups every evening. She put in her notice one day, served it out, still making the backups. After she left, she logged in with the still-unchanged root password and trashed our systems. And it turned out the last few "backups" she made were blank. I guess she was pissed about something; we never firgured out what.

more than 6 years ago



Bush's veto of Water Projects Bill Overridden

DeBattell DeBattell writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DeBattell writes "CNN Politics reports that Bush's veto of a new water projects bill, which includes funds for rebuilding in Katrina-devastated New Orleans, has been overridden by a comfortable margin by both the house and senate. Sen. Mary Landrieu, (D-Louisiana) was quoted as saying "I don't know why the president chose this bill to try to reassume the mantle of fiscal responsibility, but he picked the wrong bill." The link:"


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