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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

Dr. Tom Movie time! (212 comments)

I expect Morgan Freeman, Tom Hanks, Uma Thurman, and Cameron Diaz (with cameos by Dolly Parton and Emma Watson) to make a movie about this immediately. "The Corona"

about 3 months ago
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The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

Dr. Tom Homeland Security vs CDC (190 comments)

You all remember the recent smallpox discovery at the NIH ... well it turns out they found quite a number of samples of various other things, and their disposition was somewhat odd: some of them went to the FDA, the CDC, or were destroyed, but a number of samples (they didn't say what) were sent to Homeland Security.

WTF?!

What possible business can H.S. have with vials of deadly diseases?

'The original smallpox samples, along with ten others that were unclearly labeled, were securely transferred to the CDC’s high-containment facility in Atlanta., the FDA said, and 32 other vials have already been destroyed. The remaining 279 were transferred to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Bioforensic Analysis Center “for safeguarding.”'

http://www.salon.com/2014/07/1...

about 3 months ago
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Research Suggests One To Three Men Fathered Most Western Europeans

Dr. Tom Jake, Fred, we've been found out! (253 comments)

Dang modern science, guys, they found us! It'll only be a matter of time before they round us up. I mean, it's not like you all should be GRATEFUL to your elders but NO

about a year ago
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Legislators Introduce Bill To Stop Set Top Boxes From Watching You

Dr. Tom Re:Disgusting anus (161 comments)

sorry, I thought this was a different thread. Oops! I'm an idiot. Ha ha.

about a year ago
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Legislators Introduce Bill To Stop Set Top Boxes From Watching You

Dr. Tom Re:Disgusting anus (161 comments)

I marked this as offtopic stale troll spam under submissions, but they posted it anyway. You don't have to be a genius to predict exactly this kind of response, but noooooo, somehow Mr. Soulskill thought it'd be a laugh. Yeah, look, lots of posts! Ad revenue! I'm going to disable ads now. Thanks.

about a year ago
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NSA WhistleBlower Outs Himself

Dr. Tom Re:Contribute to defense (860 comments)

Oh please, haven't you been paying attention? They just built another 60 megawatts of server space in MD, and not just because the Utah facility is full. The Utah facility, by the way, is measured in units of Facebook. As in, they can store 10 copies of ALL of Facebook. Plus a couple Youtubes.

about a year ago
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NSA WhistleBlower Outs Himself

Dr. Tom Re:Making them put their money where their mouth i (860 comments)

Why is it that *nobody* is outraged over the fact that the phone companies and ISPs already collect this information? The only scandal I see is that the gov't forced them to give it up for free, cuz the US is too broke to just buy it like everybody else.

about a year ago
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NSA WhistleBlower Outs Himself

Dr. Tom Re:Modern Jesus (860 comments)

Derp, by now he's FAR away from there. Do you think this guy is as dumb as McAfee?

about a year ago
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Iain Banks Dies of Cancer At 59

Dr. Tom Inventor of the Lazy Gun (141 comments)

When the Lazy Gun is fired at humans, many different things may occur. An anchor may appear above the person, giant electrodes may appear on either side of the target and electrocute them, or an animal may tear their throat out. Larger targets such as tanks or ships may suffer tidal waves, implosion, explosion, sudden lava flows or just disappear. When fired at cities and other such targets, thermonuclear explosions are the norm, although in one instance a comet crashed into the city.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Against_a_Dark_Background

Another interesting fact about a Lazy Gun is that it weighs three times as much when turned upside down.

about a year ago
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Asteroid Passes (Just) 65,000 Miles From Earth

Dr. Tom Re:Hindsight (96 comments)

is how we gather statistics from the past to generate probabilities for predicting the future. The More You Know.

about a year ago
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Canadians, Too, Should Demand Surveillance Answers

Dr. Tom Re:widespread (81 comments)

/scoff

I visited an East Berlin museum back when there was an East Berlin. There was an exhibit consisting of several rooms worth of intercepted mail. Yeah, they read all the mail, except they didn't really have enough staff to do it all, so most of the letters just sat in crates forever. Basically, they were inept idiots compared to what's being done today.

about a year ago
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Canadians, Too, Should Demand Surveillance Answers

Dr. Tom Re:widespread (81 comments)

Why is it that nobody seems to care that phone companies and ISPs have been collecting and selling exactly the same information to marketing companies for years?
The only thing draconian about this is that the government is too broke to just buy the data like everyone else, so they strong-arm the companies into giving it up for free.

about a year ago
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When Will My Computer Understand Me?

Dr. Tom Re:Maybe.. (143 comments)

Where do you think the probabilities for the Markov nets come from? They are learned from examples.

about a year ago
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The NSA: Never Not Watching

Dr. Tom Re:Constitution (568 comments)

Where is the outrage over Verizon already collecting this data? Hmm? And selling it?

about a year ago
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The NSA: Never Not Watching

Dr. Tom Re:Constitution (568 comments)

Why is nobody outraged about the fact that Verizon is collecting this data? The NSA isn't spying on you, Verizon is!
The only reason the NSA needed a warrant is because the government is too broke to just buy it from the phone companies and web providers like any number of marketing companies already do.

about a year ago
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Banker Offers $1M To Solve Beal Conjecture

Dr. Tom Re:Couldn't you just make up any old equation... (216 comments)

Gödel supported Gauss. He proved that yes, you can come up with many statements that can't be proven. However, if a statement like Beal's conjecture can't be proven, you should be able to prove *that*. Which would also qualify for the prize money, I'd say.

The point the previous poster was making is that math is different from science, because you can prove things in math, but in science you can only disprove things.

about a year ago
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Banker Offers $1M To Solve Beal Conjecture

Dr. Tom Re:Couldn't you just make up any old equation... (216 comments)

Boy, and here I was just pissing my life away on this chicken and egg theory.

That's been solved. The egg came first. Evolution is true: two not-quite chickens had sex, and the mutant offspring was a modern chicken, who of course started life as an egg.

about a year ago
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Verizon Ordered To Provide All Customer Data To NSA

Dr. Tom Re:Shocking! (609 comments)

Normally Verizon sells this data, so the only thing the gov't is doing here is forcing them to hand it over for free. The NSA can't pay for it like everyone else because of the sequester.

about a year ago

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Latest victim of Gov't Shutdown: Bill Gates

Dr. Tom Dr. Tom writes  |  1 year,19 days

Dr. Tom (23206) writes "The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Festival, an annual event scheduled to be held next week, has been canceled. Bill Gates was to have delivered the opening keynote speech tomorrow (Monday):

http://researchfestival.nih.gov/
http://researchfestival.nih.gov/2013/schedule.shtml

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture
Bill Gates, Co-chair and Trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Masur Auditorium (Videocast Overflow in Lipsett Amphitheater)

Many of us at the NIH were looking forward to attending the lecture, which was to have been videocast across the NIH campus, and are also saddened that the actions of a small minority have been able to disrupt this celebration of medical science and research."
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Clipping news stories: AP wants to shut down news portal sites

Dr. Tom Dr. Tom writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Dr. Tom writes "The defendant in the case is Norway-based Meltwater, a service that monitors the internet for news about its clients. Its clients, which include companies and governments, pay thousands of dollars a year to receive news alerts and to search Meltwater’s database.

The Associated Press demanded Meltwater buy a license to distribute the story excerpts and, when the service refused, the AP sued it for copyright infringement. Meltwater said it’s fair use to clip and display news stories.

The issue, apparently, is that Meltwater charges for their service of aggregating news stories. Does fair use require that redistribution of stories be free? How about ads on those pages? If Meltwater got their revenue from ads---perhaps ads from their customers---would that be OK?"

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Future fighter planes won't have ejection seats

Dr. Tom Dr. Tom writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Dr. Tom writes "The U.S. has deployed more than 11,000 military drones, up from fewer than 200 in 2002. They carry out a wide variety of missions while saving money and American lives. Within a generation they could replace most manned military aircraft, says John Pike, a defense expert at the think tank GlobalSecurity.org. Pike suspects that the F-35 Lightning II, now under development by Lockheed Martin, might be “the last fighter with an ejector seat, and might get converted into a drone itself.”

The weakest link is the pilot. A jet could pull 15 g's, out-turning any conventional aircraft, except it would kill the pilot. Is it time to stop spending billions on obsolete aircraft?"

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Straw poll, vote over the internet for President

Dr. Tom Dr. Tom writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Dr. Tom writes "* Romney
* Gingrich
* Obama
* Santorum
* uh, Ron Paul
* Roseanne Barr
* Cmdr Taco"
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The Birth of Optogenetics

Dr. Tom Dr. Tom writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Dr. Tom writes "Scientists at MIT and other labs have created transgenic neurons that fire when exposed to light. The technique targets specific cell types in live primates. They are already talking about the possibilities for therapy and behavior modification by optically stimulating specific brain circuits."
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nobel winner also an IgNobel laureate

Dr. Tom Dr. Tom writes  |  about 4 years ago

Dr. Tom writes "The winner of the Physics Nobel (for graphene) also got a 2000 Ignobel for levitating a frog."
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Poll topic: what's your share rating?

Dr. Tom Dr. Tom writes  |  about 6 years ago

Dr. Tom writes "What's your share rating?

* Bittorrent is firewalled
* Less than .1
* Between .1 and 1
* Between 1 and 10
* More than 10
* I am The Pirate Bay"
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New email attack targets executives, military

Dr. Tom Dr. Tom writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Dr. Tom writes "WHAT IS IT? CDC users recently received bogus emails purported to be from Jason.mossman@edwards.af.mil with the Subject: Reference Data Request about F-35. There are two attachments: JSF Fun Pod Planning.ppt and JSP_updata_12-05-2008-PEB.txt. These emails have been highly correlated with similar emails across the government from the same originating IP address. The attachments contain malicious code not detected by current antivirus patterns. CDC and HHS are working with US-CERT on further investigation. Similarly, U.S. Federal Court officials have warned that hackers are emailing phony subpoenas embedded with malicious software to high-ranking executives to steal valuable information. Some emails are crafted with the seal of the US federal court in San Diego, California, and are addressed to executives using their names, addresses and other individual details. Clicking on a link to see a "subpoena" displays a realistic looking document and stealthily installs malicious computer code in the reader's computer. In other attacks, high ranking government and military officials have been sent emails embedded with malicious software which appear to have been sent by someone the receivers knows or contain a subject the receiver may recognize. These emails are used to exploit the receiving computer once the attachment or link is clicked."

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