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Tesla and Panasonic Have Reached an Agreement On the Gigafactory

EvolutionInAction Re: What makes this a gigafactory? (92 comments)

So? They weren't SI units, but they used SI prefixes (wrongly.) Now the SI has made SI units based on the old ones that do conform. They even threw in some binary units for the times that they are actually useful. You're just pissed because it turns out people respect the SI more they do grumpy old computer geeks.

2 days ago
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Two South African Cancer Patients Receive 3D Printed Titanium Jaw Implants

EvolutionInAction Re:Hm. I wonder if the sintering can take a punch? (71 comments)

If I remember this correctly, sintering is actually one of the favoured manufacturing methods for implants. Something about how you can make the material surfaces porous enough for tissue to hold on to, which traditional machining simply cannot match.

I've no doubt that sintered parts have undergone failure testing and found acceptable. Do you know the level of regulation for a medical implant? It's insane.

4 days ago
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Nano-Pixels Hold Potential For Screens Far Denser Than Today's Best

EvolutionInAction Re: What's the point? (129 comments)

Read. He says that if you can have a light emitting grid below the object of interest you could do some neat tricks with illumination.

Of course, if you could actually get pixels much smaller than a wavelength, the big application would be true holography. You aren't drawing images at that point, you're drawing interference patterns.

about three weeks ago
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Four Weeks Without Soap Or Shampoo

EvolutionInAction Re:Does shower mean soap? (250 comments)

Or you've just stopped noticing the smell, which is the worrying theory.

I've actually stopped shampooing as well, though I also have to keep my hair buzzed short. It's the only thing I've found to reduce the oil and irritation. I'm far too aware of BO to stop using soap, though...

about 2 months ago
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Did Mozilla Have No Choice But To Add DRM To Firefox?

EvolutionInAction Re:Users make the final decision ... (406 comments)

Arguing with several people in the same thread is annoying.

I am not arguing against the security measures that Mozilla is putting in place. Those are good! I'm arguing against the violation of one of the principles that the browser was launched on. Maybe it is "bowing to reality" but I honestly don't care about that. Stick to your guns, or what's the difference between you and google's chrome?

about 2 months ago
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Did Mozilla Have No Choice But To Add DRM To Firefox?

EvolutionInAction Re:Users make the final decision ... (406 comments)

Because plugins can do lots of things. They might even be open source! EME implementation has only one use - adding closed source, restrictive DRM.

about 2 months ago
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Did Mozilla Have No Choice But To Add DRM To Firefox?

EvolutionInAction Re:Users make the final decision ... (406 comments)

This is the inclusion of closed source, liberty restricting software in a product that touts its open source, free and open internet stance. Not including software that restricts your freedoms is not restricting your freedom in any way. You are free to use another program to get that closed content. You are free to write a plugin that implements EME.

And yeah, I'm still free to chop out the cruft from firefox. Yay, I guess. What's wrong about this is that Mozilla is bowing to external pressure to break its principles.

about 2 months ago
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Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed

EvolutionInAction Re:ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (450 comments)

I'm kinda confused here. You say that killing a cop is a terrible idea because you get 500 police with guns coming to get you, but if the patrolman doesn't have a gun he'll get shot because he's unarmed?

It's still a bad idea to kill the cop! It's not like NONE of the police have guns, just the patrolmen. So if you shoot at that guy you're going to get taken down hard, if you just run maybe you'll get away.

about 2 months ago
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Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed

EvolutionInAction Re:ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (450 comments)

A) Bullshit. There are lots of ways to deal with somebody who's got a gun.
B) Did you read what I wrote? The thought is that if your patrolmen are not armed, fewer criminals will bother with guns.

about 2 months ago
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Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed

EvolutionInAction Re:ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (450 comments)

It's not that they don't trust the officers with a gun, it's that everybody knows that patrolmen don't have guns. Why spend money to get a gun when you know that you're not at risk of being shot at to start? And then why shoot at an officer who you know won't shoot at you?

The idea is that it lowers the stakes all around.

about 2 months ago
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How Firefox Will Handle DRM In HTML

EvolutionInAction Re:I don't like DRM either (361 comments)

To me it matters quite a bit!

I want to see the companies who's products I use take a stand. Yeah, the big players will just work around them. So what? Is that any reason not to fight?

about 3 months ago
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Elderly Mice Perk Up With Transfused Blood

EvolutionInAction Re:Vampirism (178 comments)

Hmm, what's the best way I can put this?

BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

No. Evolution happens when offspring get mutated genes from their parents. Actually, the older an organism gets the more mutations it's likely to pass on to its offspring! But this of course misses the larger point: Evolution is not good nor bad, it just IS. There's no advancing, wonderful goal. It's just a process that happens over time. We don't need to respect it or some garbage like that. We are alive, and we can do wonderful things. The only reason people romanticize death and "living forever by passing on our ideas" is because we have no choice. We've been beaten by death for so long that we have to try and justify it to stay sane.

There is some truth to the saying that science (and everything else) advances one death at a time. Entrenched interests and viewpoints are hard to get rid of when they won't die off. On the other hand, I refuse to condemn people to death because I find their viewpoints annoying.

about 3 months ago
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Elderly Mice Perk Up With Transfused Blood

EvolutionInAction Re:Vampirism (178 comments)

Either that's going to happen anyway and we should just get it over with, or it's never going to happen.

Either way it's a horrible argument. We're inventive! We're good at surviving. We'll come up with something.

about 3 months ago
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Lessig Launches a Super PAC To End All Super PACs

EvolutionInAction Re:questionable axiom (465 comments)

The fuck are you on about?

The idea behind "one man one vote" principles is EXACTLY equality of speech. Nobody is supposed to have more or less say.
Right now the rich have far more power - hell, there was a study posted just the other week about that. You know, the metastudy that concluded that the policy records of the government correlated with the will of the top couple percent quite strongly, and with the will of everybody else quite poorly? Yeah.

The "problem" with advertising is human nature. It works on you. It works on me. The more you think it doesn't work on you the better it works! It's horrifying, but it's true. The way to deal with it is at the source.

about 2 months ago
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Lessig Launches a Super PAC To End All Super PACs

EvolutionInAction Re:questionable axiom (465 comments)

Except because that rich guy can pay more than 90% of the population put together, he's got more say than that 90%. That's kind of antithetical to the basic tenets of democracy.

Even if you want to say that the politicians are unswayed by huge donations (ha!) it would still be a problem. It's well known that if you don't advertise you aren't going to win anything. So the politicians who are likely to win are all the ones who agree with one rich guy or another. You have to see why this introduces a rather frightening bias to even an uncorrupted system.

about 2 months ago
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The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

EvolutionInAction Re:Impossible (600 comments)

You're aggressive and not particularly helpful. Since you seem to think that insulting me is more important than convincing me, this will be my last post on this.

Measles. Polio. Meningitis. Hepatitis. Whooping cough. Rubella. Chicken pox. Diphtheria. Tetanus. Mumps. Smallpox. These are a few of the diseases that we've massively reduced via the use of vaccines. Many of them were fatal or horribly crippling. Before the polio vaccine there were something like 15,000 reported cases of paralysis per year in the US due to the disease. Smallpox had a fatality rate of somewhere around 30% and no treatment. You seriously think things were better?

One of the great things about science is that the burden of proof falls on the people challenging the status quo. See, it's fairly easy to make up a theory. If we had to investigate every single theory that anybody ever came up with we wouldn't get anything done. Instead, you've got to give some kind of evidence that you're correct.

If you're not willing to try and even explain what you're talking about, it's certainly not worth my time to try and figure it out. I'm sure you'll go and froth a bit about how I'm a horrible person, but frankly you've used up all the fucks I had to give. Have a good life, I hope that your hatred of science doesn't burn you too badly. Even more, I hope it doesn't burn the rest of us.

about 3 months ago
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The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

EvolutionInAction Re:"Fully Half Doubt the Big Bang"? (600 comments)

Are you a troll? You sound like a troll.

For the sake of being clear to others who might wander past here:

DNA is wonderful stuff. We've sequenced a LOT of critters. We can actually place the evolutionary relationships of different species by seeing what has mutated and to what degree. We can say when dogs and foxes split off from some common ancestor. We can watch as bacteria mutate at furious pace due to having little in the way of error correction mechanisms and the wholesale incorporation of exterior DNA. That's actually how a whole class of genetic engineering is done - with viruses that incorporate random DNA into themselves. When they splice themself into the target cell the DNA gets included. Imprecise, but cool.

Theories are explanations of events. Laws are relationships that are observed. The law of gravity says that masses attract with a given relationship between distance and masses and universal constants. The theory of Relativity describes why that happens. It's *gasp* "just a theory" and yet if it were incorrect your GPS wouldn't work.

Zero evidence for everything coming from one point, eh? Hey, do you know what the temperature of the universe is? Do you know why there is so much hydrogen in the universe? Oh look, these observations (and lots of other ones) are explained by the Big Bang theory.

This guy is arguing against science when he hasn't actually read up on any of it.

about 3 months ago
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The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

EvolutionInAction Re:Impossible (600 comments)

The hell are you on?

We can make any theory more complicated than necessary. I can propose that quarks are in fact made up of two tiny, orbiting teapots. These teapots are far to small to be seen, and have no effect on any of the interactions that we can see.

Do we say that there are teapots? No! Just because you -could- make the theory more complicated, doesn't mean you should. We use the simplest theory that fits all the data that we have. And since we have seen no evidence for god, we cut him out of the model. The universe makes far more sense that way.

about 3 months ago
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The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

EvolutionInAction Re:Impossible (600 comments)

I like this comment. It's a microcosm of the problem with trying to argue with people who refuse to accept any scientific findings.

You want studies about the safety of vaccines?
http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php...
http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php...
http://www.collectionscanada.g...

And even if they DID cause some harm, the lives saved by their use is still worth it.

As for your Expanding Vacuum thingy, because I don't know about it I'm somehow wrong? Instead of trying to explain to me why it's right you insult me? When I try and guess what the hell it is (based on the results of some quick googling) you try and take it as an insult? I don't know if your theory has any testable hypothesis. I said IF it is a variant of string theory, it probably suffers from the same problem as most string theories and isn't taken seriously because it's not testable.

You ain't challenging my beliefs in the slightest. I don't 'believe' in the big bang, or evolution, or that light travels in waves. I've seen evidence for them, studied them some and accept that the best way to describe and interact with the world is set out in the theories we have constructed. These theories are subject to change and improvement. God is absolute, unchanging, and very wrong. Hawking is old, crippled and has a chance of being right, or at least capable of making brilliant observations. I'll take my way any day.

about 3 months ago

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