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Extremists Warn South Park Creators Over Muhammad In a Bear Suit

Gat0r30y Eastern Orthodox (1131 comments)

Eastern Orthodox Christians do not permit depictions of anyone. Do they throw a fit about cartoons too?

more than 4 years ago
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Extremists Warn South Park Creators Over Muhammad In a Bear Suit

Gat0r30y Re:It could have been worse.... (1131 comments)

Mohammed (PBUH) did have a 7 year old wife. People who idolize that while threatening violence toward a cartoon are, well, not stable.

more than 4 years ago
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Hackers Attack AU Websites To Protest Censorship

Gat0r30y Re:Sure, that sends the right message (334 comments)

No, however they may have to consider the actual cost (in actual dollars) of implementing their idiotic plan. What do you think the actual cost of one day of these shenanigans is to the government? Also, while I do not like to feed the b/east they were rather effective at humiliating the government by making them appear completely ineffectual.

more than 4 years ago
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The robot apocalypse has arrived. And its sexy.

Gat0r30y And My Sig (1 comments)

It is finally relevant.

more than 4 years ago
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Optical Transistor Made From Single Molecule

Gat0r30y Re:Photonical engineering (92 comments)

I took a biophotonics course at university. The reason they don't teach this much: its dense, and extremely difficult. While the equations might look pretty in Transmission / Waves class, when you actually get down to the scale of molecules and the like, with all of the complications that entails, it is virtually impossible to make meaningful sense of the mathematical results. The best you can do is a computer simulation, which is occasionally useful, and of course test in the lab.

more than 5 years ago
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RIAA Seeks Web Removal of Courtroom Audio

Gat0r30y Re:RIAA is right on this one. (138 comments)

This is why we have courts that can strike down bad laws.

Indeed, someone has to be willing to break a bad law, and go to court in order for it to get heard.

more than 5 years ago
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RIAA Seeks Web Removal of Courtroom Audio

Gat0r30y Re:RIAA is right on this one. (138 comments)

He is a lawyer, and this means he will be spending more time in court. Perhaps only for notoriety, but in the long run I suspect he won't be screwed.

more than 5 years ago
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RIAA Seeks Web Removal of Courtroom Audio

Gat0r30y Re:RIAA is right on this one. (138 comments)

âoeI certainly donâ(TM)t agree that I am violating any law.â

And his justification:

âoeThat is so outrageously unconstitutional that I would prefer myself to honor the United States Constitution and take my chances that recording a conversation with a judge in a federal case and opposing lawyers is somehow in violation of a Massachusetts statute that makes me a felon,â Nesson said.

While I can certainly see how perhaps there are cases where this sort of behavior would indeed be very bad, in this particular case I think Nesson is right.

more than 5 years ago
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Images of Apollo Landing Sites Soon Available

Gat0r30y Re:God dammit (263 comments)

You also forgot: Were whalers on the moon, we carry a harpoon.

more than 5 years ago
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US House May Pass "Cap & Trade" Bill

Gat0r30y Re:Cap & Trade = Energy Rationing (874 comments)

I, like you, see our destruction of the environment as a debt to future generations and actions must be taken to protect the world for the future, however, please consider the fact that our children won't have a future if we've spent out economy into oblivion. If you are ok with the United States going up to 25% unemployment again, people by the tens-of-millions living on the streets on in shelters, and your children having little to no education (or an advantage really) to speak of all for the protection of the environment, then I guess such considerations need not be made.

I believe this to be a false choice. You seem to imply that the current implementation proposed would cause a complete economic disaster. I do not see this as the case. Other countries have done what we are proposing, in fact the rest of the developed world with the exception of China have done it.

more than 5 years ago
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A Mathematician's Lament — an Indictment of US Math Education

Gat0r30y Re:it's really bad (677 comments)

This is "teaching to the test" at its worst. Proofs are on the exams to get money. Improved curriculum doesn't do anything if the standardized exams don't change too. I had plenty of good teachers, who wanted to teach - and ended up basically prepping students to perform well on standardized exams just so funding wouldn't get slashed.
While we are on the subject - the whole public school system is no longer really teaching kids anything of value. Its basically an expensive babysitting service. What exactly is a high school graduate qualified for anymore?

more than 5 years ago
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First Images of Memories Being Made

Gat0r30y Imaging and resolution (71 comments)

This is really sweet. If you've ever looked at some of the images that researchers produce when trying to get an idea of where in a cell things are going on using GFP - this image is really clean. An AAAS webinar on the subject recently seemed to indicate that most of the improvements have come about due to how the image is processed. In any case this calls for a big congrats to the researchers.

more than 5 years ago
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"Colossal Magnetic Effect" Could Lead To Another Breakthrough In Storage Tech

Gat0r30y Actual application in spinning storage? (105 comments)

I suspect never. Very high pressures + spinning media doesn't work particularly well. Not to say this investigation will not lead to some interesting condensed matter physics, which in turn could lead to actual discoveries that make it to market.

more than 5 years ago
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Draft Stem Cell Guidelines Threaten Research

Gat0r30y This was pretty much already the case (206 comments)

The so-called Presidential lines aren't suitable for actual medical application

They were, and still are, suitable for research. Many of these lines have been contaminated in ways which pretty much already precluded any actual medical application.

more than 5 years ago
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Ocean Circulation Doesn't Work As Expected

Gat0r30y Re:But Al Gore says (658 comments)

People are quite cockroachlike, though not quite cockroaches ourselves. We will survive as a species in some sort of existence if any animals of 30+ pounds survive.

[citation needed]. I'm going to have to disagree here. We may make it for 1000 more years, hell perhaps longer. Ultimately however, the bacteria still own this planet and they are going to do just fine regardless of what stupid shenanigans we are up to in the meantime.

more than 5 years ago
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Ocean Circulation Doesn't Work As Expected

Gat0r30y Re:Driving Blind (658 comments)

It requires adaptation, not fear.

Unless you live in Bangladesh. In which case you are straight fucked.

more than 5 years ago
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Rotten Office Fridge Cleanup Sends 7 To Hospital

Gat0r30y And the one cleaning the fridge? (410 comments)

28 people to need treatment for vomiting and nausea.

There is no justice.

Authorities said the worker who cleaned the fridge didn't need treatment â" she can't smell because of allergies.

more than 5 years ago
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For Building DIY Droids, It Helps to Live In Japan

Gat0r30y Re:Wait (38 comments)

My sig is relevant!

more than 5 years ago
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WHO Investigates Claims That Swine Flu Resulted From Human Error

Gat0r30y No Sir (249 comments)

âoeYou really want a very sober assessmentâ of the science behind the claim, Fukuda said May 11 at the WHOâ(TM)s Geneva headquarters.

No thanks. I'll take drunken hysteria please.

more than 5 years ago

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Hawii moves on Electric Cars

Gat0r30y Gat0r30y writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Gat0r30y (957941) writes "Energy costs are higher on islands. And in that spirit, islands make an ideal testing place for new energy infrastructure projects, like a fleet of all electric cars. Its a pretty interesting idea, replacing gas stations with battery swap stations. From the NYT (go to bugmenot.com to get around the stupid subscription) article:

"We always knew Hawaii would be the perfect model," he said in a telephone interview. "The typical driving plan is low and leisurely, and people are smiling."

On this note, what other energy projects would be ideally suited for an island test like this? Personally, I'd like to see a test of a breeder nuclear reactor, a full scale Hydrogen distribution network, a superconducting grid..... And as long as I'm wishing for things I'm not gonna get I want a pony too."
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Jacking into the brain

Gat0r30y Gat0r30y writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Gat0r30y (957941) writes "Sci-am has a sweet article looking at the present state, and the future of brain / machine interfaces. Their analysis indicates that we aren't going to see Kurzweil's singularity any time soon, but advances are being made in the field. Gary Stix acknowledges that at present, there is no method for putting information into the brain from a machine, but we have gotten pretty good at using signals already in the brain to control machines. On monkeys controlling prosthetic arms Duke University's Miguel A. L. Nicoleli had this to say: "There's some physiological evidence that during the experiment they feel more connected to the robots than to their own bodies". Stix seems to believe that the problem of sending information back the other way is intractable. I don't know if I buy this analysis though — there is no mention of how plastic the human brain can be. Even if it is an extremely complicated problem, and I'm sure it will be, I would posit that if a proper interface to the brain could be developed the brain would figure out what to do with the incoming information in the most appropriate way — sending .pngs to the visual cortex, and letting me download the instruction manual for my new jetpack straight to my brain.... I hope anyway. In any case, it is an entertaining article — so RTFA."
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Plants no longer sitting ducks

Gat0r30y Gat0r30y writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Gat0r30y (957941) writes "FTFA:

Researchers at the University of Delaware have discovered that when the leaf of a plant is under attack by a pathogen, it can send out an S.O.S. to the roots for help, and the roots will respond by secreting an acid that brings beneficial bacteria to the rescue.

Sweet. Not quite the end of the world envisioned by M. Night, but still pretty darn cool."
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Obama Answers Science Debate 2008 Questions

Gat0r30y Gat0r30y writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Gat0r30y (957941) writes "Presidential candidate Barack Obama has answered the 14 questions posed by Science Debate 2008. Wired is running a summary as well. All in all, surprisingly in depth answers, with quite a bit of actual policy statements included. From the Wired Article:"A lot of the scientists I've spoken to are pleased with the level of substance and detail," said Otto.
Interesting for sure, your thoughts? When might we expect a response to these questions from the Republican Parties nominee John McCain? Something tells me not to hold my breath."
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No email/SMS privacy in the UK

Gat0r30y Gat0r30y writes  |  about 6 years ago

Gat0r30y (957941) writes "In a disturbing revelation it would appear that all SMS messages and emails to/from UK citizens will be recorded and made available to public investigators across Europe. FTA

The measure will mean that details of personal internet and text traffic, but not the content, will have to be made available by telecommunications companies to public sector officials investigating crime, or to "protect the public". The measure will also cover VOIP — voice over internet protocol — calls such as Skype.

Again FTA

This is justified on the grounds that much of the information is already stored as billing information by the companies.

I'm pretty sure we can all agree that this is a Bad Thing. I would like to ask how far will people let their government go in the name of "protecting the public" before they start asking for protection from the government?
On the other hand, I think it could generally be a good thing, if implemented in the right way. Perhaps with a little taste of radical transparency in government this could be useful. If this goes through, could we publish the location/content of all the SMS/emails initiated from/to all government employees? If there is no expectation of privacy (for anyone), and they have done nothing wrong, then they have nothing to hide right?
On another note, what is the over under on how long till this program gets abused for something incredibly ridiculous? My prediction — three weeks till a govt. employee gets busted tracking their daughters/sons/wife's SMS and email for no good reason."

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20 Percent of Scientists Admit Using Brain-Enhanci

Gat0r30y Gat0r30y writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Gat0r30y writes "Wired is running this survey about a new study stating that 20% of scientists admit to using "Brain Enhancing drugs"

like Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Provigil (modafinil).
So, late at night, slaving over your research projects are you popping beta blockers to get the mental juices flowing? Or do you just chug pot after pot of coffee?"

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The tech world rejoices: a Congressman who can cod

Gat0r30y Gat0r30y writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Gat0r30y (957941) writes "CNet is running a little piece here about House of Representatives newest addition, Bill Foster. He won a special election in Illinois this last Saturday and he is a code geek. He has apparently coded in Assembly, Fortran and VB. Well, I guess I can excuse the VB just this once since he also did some Integrated Circuit design work that went into the particle accelerator at Fermilab. How did he win you ask? Well, he coded up a program to get out the vote, knocking on the right doors on election day got him his narrow victory."
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Database assembles U.S. warnings of Saddam threat

Gat0r30y Gat0r30y writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Gat0r30y (957941) writes "Routers is running this story about the new Center for Public Integrity database cataloging the false information the Bush Administration disseminated leading up to the war in Iraq. What are your thoughts? Is this a positive step toward greater accountability in government(red or blue, I think we can all agree accountability is a Good Thing)? Or is this just a petty jab at an already lame duck Administration for mistakes its far too late to recover from? And thinking forward, how might we as an ITcentric community offer new tools like this to keep our government in check?"
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Gat0r30y Gat0r30y writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gat0r30y (957941) writes "Check out Dell's newest HDD for the XPS M1710 here under hard drives — a 160G 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive. This is the biggest 7200RPM 2.5 inch drive ive ever heard of. I have been thinking about getting one of these, and noticed that this is new today."
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Gat0r30y Gat0r30y writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gat0r30y writes "A collegue just sent me a link to Scilab an open source replacement for Matlab. I nearly made a mess in my pants. Seriously, check it out. I've been looking for an open source alternative to matlab for years, and now i have it."

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License for an EE?

Gat0r30y Gat0r30y writes  |  more than 5 years ago So I graduated ~ 3 years ago with a degree in Electrical Engineering from an ABET accredited institution, but never got around to actually taking my FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) test. I have been working in the field for the last 3 years in a hardware test engineering position. I figured that I had graduated and gotten a good job, why bother going through getting licensed?
Now my company is about to have another round of layoffs and it would appear I need to be ready to move on. Ultimately, I would really like to move into design. Many of the design positions I've looked into require a PE (Professional Engineer) License. Should I start working toward a License? Is it worth it? I have until June to decide if I want to take the FE exam and get certified as an Engineer In Training (EIT).
I'm already three years out of college and I don't exactly have all of the material fresh in my head. I wouldn't be able to take the exam until October, and by then I'm going to have to be in a new job anyway. Should I still pursue a PE? What are the advantages? Disadvantages? Are there ways around taking the test? Any PEs out there - I would really appreciate any insight, advice you could offer a young Engineer who has strayed from the standard course toward a PE.

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VP candidate Sarah Palin Wants to Teach Creationism

Gat0r30y Gat0r30y writes  |  more than 5 years ago The Republican ticket is now complete, with John McCain picking Sarah Palin, the Republican Governor of Alaska as his running mate. And sure, she is hot (safe for work) but it would appear she is also a proponent of teaching creationism alongside Evolution in public schools. I don't mean to start a flame war here (ok maybe just a little) but seriously, how can anyone take a candidate seriously when they shamelessly pander to the stupid lobby?

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Bad Astronomy Blog: Oklahoma One Step from Doom!

Gat0r30y Gat0r30y writes  |  more than 6 years ago It seems Oklahoma has passed a law stating that Earth Science students must be given a passing grade even if they deny the very principles of Earth Science.

A school district shall treat a student's voluntary expression of a religious viewpoint, if any, on an otherwise permissible subject in the same manner the district treats a student's voluntary expression of a secular or other viewpoint on an otherwise permissible subject and may not discriminate against the student based on a religious viewpoint expressed by the student on an otherwise permissible subject

I raise the issue not to bash OK, nor to start a flame war. However, I believe it raises some interesting questions. What should be the legislatures role in determining school standards? It seems clear to me that our legislators lack an understanding of science fundamentals which is prerequisite to passing laws that make even an ounce of sense. What steps do we the informed electorate need to take to open a dialog with our government about science education. Of course there is the "contact your congresscritter". Since there's little we can do once they are elected, how might we go about opening a more sincere dialog during the election process to raise issues which are important to the scientific community?

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Red Team Go! Steal an election that is.

Gat0r30y Gat0r30y writes  |  about 7 years ago It seems there is a UC Davis Study where students were charged with hacking into the most common 3 kinds of voting machines.
From the Executive Summary:

Each "red team" was to try to compromise the accuracy, security, and integrity of the voting systems without making assumptions about compensating controls or procedural mitigation measures that vendors, the Secretary of State, or individual counties may have adopted. The red teams demonstrated that, under these conditions, the technology and security of all three systems could be compromised.

If thats not bad enough:

The key one is that the results presented in this study should be seen as a "lower bound"; all team members felt that they lacked sufficient time to conduct a thorough examination, and consequently may have missed other serious vulnerabilities.

Oh and they were able to overwrite the firmware on each machine without trouble.... more than a little disturbing.

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Deluxe Notebook Drives... 160G Has Never Been Sexier!

Gat0r30y Gat0r30y writes  |  more than 7 years ago Tom's Hardware is running a comparison here [Tom's Hardware] of three Notebook HDD's. Fujitsu's MHW2 BH Series, Seagate's Momentus 7200.2 and Toshiba's MK1637GSX. All 160G's but available at other capacities as well. Seagate comes out the clear winner, mostly due to the advantage of 7200 RPM (vs. 5400 for Fujitsu and Toshiba) and it's ability to utilize SATA/300 to it's full potential, beating the competition into submission on every benchmark except energy consumption. FTA...

In addition, the 7200.2 comes with Seagate's new free fall sensor called G-Force Protection, it offers a wider operating temperature range, and comes with a comforting five year manufacturer's warranty. The 7200.2 also is one of the most expensive notebook hard drives, at $240. In contrast, we found the Fujitsu drive for as little as $140, and Toshiba's 160 GB product is available for only $120. Seagate wins, but it makes its product hardly affordable, which I guess makes the decision a bit more difficult.

Is it wrong to think HDD's are Sexy? They sure are a great place to store all that pr0n [CNN Money].

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Dell offering 160G 7200RPM SATA drive on XPS M1710

Gat0r30y Gat0r30y writes  |  more than 7 years ago Dell is now offering a 160GB 7200RPM Hard Drive on it's XPS M1710. For the small one time price of only $250 you yourself can get one of these suckers. I was going to buy one yesterday and this option wasn't there, now it is. I dunno for sure but this is the largest capacity 7200RPM drive ive ever heard of.

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IE7 to beat Firefox?

Gat0r30y Gat0r30y writes  |  more than 8 years ago Information Week has published an article about IE7 Beta 2 claiming the final release of IE7 may take back market share from Firefox, while giving credit for most of the 'new' features in IE7 as getting their inspiration from Firefox. They even pose the question "Are Web Standards Still and Issue". The bottom line? Firefox will always be better because more people are willing to develop it into a useful product rather than merely "Leveraging the Browser Market to ..(Insert quip about M$ being evil here).."

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Iraq is now 5th longest war in US history

Gat0r30y Gat0r30y writes  |  more than 8 years ago My uncle brought this to my attention. It is pretty intesting. Here is the text of his email. Hello everyone, Today is a sad anniversary. (And I don't mean because it's the day I officially turn 51-and-a-half.) No, you see today is the day the the Iraq War officially becomes the 5th longest war in American history, surpassing the Korean War which lasted 3 years, 8 months and 12 days. The only four wars which lasted longer are, in order, the Viet Nam War, Revolutionary War, Civil War and World War Two. I just figured this out myself using data from the World Almanac supplied by the Dept. of Defense. And unfortunately, the way things are going, the current mayhem should have no trouble passing World War Two for the number four spot. This will happen on November 21 of this year. It's hard to believe this madness has gone on so long. Anyway, maybe if you have the time, you could pass this info along and generate some buzz. As I implied, I haven't heard any of the media talk about this, and it's probably something more people should be aware of. Jeff B.

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