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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

Hartree Re:Say what? (239 comments)

"As the rulebook notes, "witch hunting is not an exact science."

FTFY.

2 days ago
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How a Supercomputer Beat the Scrap Heap and Lived On To Retire In Africa

Hartree Re:Really now (145 comments)

Exactly!

This is something near and dear to my heart as much of my job is rescuing and refurbing older instruments and lab gear. For an established professor with big grants it's not so big a deal. They can afford to buy the latest and greatest.

For our new professors who are just setting up their labs, reusing older gear can make a huge difference. That's research and grad students they might not have been able to fund otherwise.

I want more people working on the world's problems across the globe rather than just having some select few coming to tech centers in the west and leaving their countries behind.

Here in the US, we're good at coming up with solutions that work in our economy and society. Often, they aren't practical in other parts of the world. Having the research going in those areas tends to lead to solutions that work in those places.

about two weeks ago
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How a Supercomputer Beat the Scrap Heap and Lived On To Retire In Africa

Hartree Not a factor: (145 comments)

That's a complete failure of energy usage understanding.

The power use for one supercomputer is nothing compared to that used for even a small oil refinery, or steel mill (which all of those countries have).

When you have massive data centers like Google or the like, power cost becomes a big factor. This is only 40 racks total plus a high speed switch.

Any of those countries can easily afford the power for 40 racks of even pretty inefficient computer gear.

about two weeks ago
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How a Supercomputer Beat the Scrap Heap and Lived On To Retire In Africa

Hartree Re:Really now (145 comments)

Horse hockey.

South Africa (one of the destinations) is the tech hub of southern Africa and has long been highly competitive with Europe and the Americas in research and industry.

Supercomputers can be used for all sorts of problem solving and are part of the basic modern scientific infrastructure. You don't have to have the utter best and fastest to still be very useful.

To keep at the cutting edge you have to get ever faster systems. But most day to day research work doesn't need that much horsepower. (full disclosure: I work for the chemistry department at a major US university. I'm in the same group that supports research computation, though I do lab instrument repair)

How do you propose to train and keep researchers to solve the problems of those countries if there are no facilities?

Are you saying that they should shut down everything in their research centers and universities until every problem is solved? That's like locking the toolbox until the car is fixed. Doesn't make much sense does it?

That's like saying you should shut down US universities and research labs until we take care of the many civil problems we still face (poverty and crime ridden areas, for example)

about two weeks ago
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Hints of Life's Start Found In a Giant Virus

Hartree Re:Well (158 comments)

"Nobody else around here lets that kind of thing stop them."

He didn't let it stop him either.

about two weeks ago
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Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe For a Better Oven

Hartree Re:Who cooks at 800C ? (228 comments)

"your very own kitchen smelter is terrifying"

I must admit, I've used my oven more for preheating cast iron for welding and low temp curing of refractory than I've done for baking lately. But smelting in it is a bit much even for a lunatic like me.

about three weeks ago
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Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe For a Better Oven

Hartree 800C? WTF???? (228 comments)

Is this due to unfamiliarity with Centigrade?

All the food baking I've done is well below 260C (500F).

800C (1472F) is cherry red can melt a lot of metals.

It's in the range you would use a muffle furnace or kiln to get.

about three weeks ago
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Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

Hartree Well, now that's simple: (567 comments)

If we get rid of all the farmers, not only will we have unity of ideas, but everyone will starve so we've solved anthropogenic global warming.

Of course, even at this point it may well take a long time for the existing effects to reverse, but we can rest easy in our graves. ;)

(Extreme tongue in cheek warning for the humorless bastards on both sides of this flamepit topic who'd take anything seriously no master how ridiculous.)

about a month ago
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Facial Recognition Might Be Coming To Your Car

Hartree Great: (131 comments)

Now my insurance company will want access to that data to verify that I'm not loaning my car to anyone.

about a month ago
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China Builds Artificial Islands In South China Sea

Hartree Further Developments: (192 comments)

After anchoring its right to the South China Sea with islands constructed from Chinese materials, China has begun investigating the use of other purely Chinese items in the rest of the world.

As such, China is announcing an air defense identification zone surrounding all zoos containing giant pandas. In particular, all aircraft entering or departing the airspace in the 5 miles surrounding the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington D.C. will now have to file a flight plan with China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Chinese Civil Aviation Administration, and maintain regular two way radio contact. In case of aircraft not following these guidelines, China reserves the right to take Emergency Defensive Measures.

about a month ago
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Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

Hartree Re:bad choice (649 comments)

You mean god is a pimply faced slashdotter playing Spore in his mother's basement?

about a month ago
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Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

Hartree US-centric Slashdot misses much of the point: (649 comments)

This came out of a row in Britain over an investigation into schools in Birmingham. Unlike the US situation, what brought this about was a charge that Muslims were trying to take over schools in Birmingham and alter the lessons to support Islamic Ideals. The term you can search on to find this is Trojan Horse Investigation, along with Birmingham.

For example: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-eng...

For a more sensationalist view, we have the Daily Fail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new...

One of (many) things charged was teaching creationism. Others were teaching in sex ed that wives weren't allowed to "say no" and must submit to their husbands.

How much of this is true depends on who you ask and, no surprise, it's quite a controversy.

But, to put it in context, this came up in response to charges of Islamic influence. Apparently any Christian state funded schools teaching creationism didn't raise this level of concern.

about a month ago
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"Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa

Hartree Re:And hippies will protest it (396 comments)

Gee. I'm a slashdotter too, and I must not have gotten the memo on that. Maybe it ended up in my spam trap.

It's so hard to keep up with what I'm supposed to be thinking since I'm on Slashdot.

about a month ago
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Behind the Great Firewall: What It's Really Like To Log On From China

Hartree There is no Great Firewall: (90 comments)

"And we'll block any web site that says there is!"

about a month and a half ago
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In the year since Snowden's revelations ...

Hartree Snowden who? (248 comments)

Wasn't he the gunner in Catch 22?

about a month and a half ago
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FBI Need Potheads To Fight Cybercrime

Hartree Frito-Lay Inorporated loves this! (319 comments)

Imagine what this will do to sales of Doritos from the vending machines at the FBI.

about 2 months ago
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New Tech Super PACs Could Tap Into Google Riches

Hartree Re:Likely topics, given that it's Kurzweil: (52 comments)

I'd bet it's in one or more of his books (None of which, I must confess, I've read.). Probably something more nuanced than those two options only.

It's a good question, though. In some ways we're already confronting a similar situation. People are living a lot longer after retirement than was originally planned. Full benefit retirement age for social security used to be 65 across the board, but is now 67 for those born after 1937. It's a very touchy political issue, so nothing more has been done in that direction. Yet.

about 2 months ago

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This American Life Retracts Episode on Apple Factories in China

Hartree Hartree writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hartree (191324) writes "This American Life aired an episode in January about visiting Foxconn's factory in Shenzhen China that supplies Apple with iPhones and iPads. It was the most downloaded of all of its episodes.

That show helped prompt Apple to release, for the first time, a list of its suppliers and allow outside audits of working conditions at its suppliers. (Discussed here on a previous Slashdot story.)

This American Life has now retracted the episode after finding out that Mike Daisey, whose visit to the factory the show was based on, fabricated portions of the story. This included a number of minor items, but also major ones such as his saying that he personally met underage workers and those poisoned by hexane exposure.

To set the record straight, this weekend's episode of This American Life will present how they were mislead into airing a flawed story.

TAL's press release (pdf) is here."

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FBI names, arrests Anon who infiltrated its secret conference call

Hartree Hartree writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hartree (191324) writes "Ars Technica reports: The anonymous operative that recorded a conference call by the FBI and other international cybecrime units has been arrested in Ireland.

This is due to information apparently provided to the FBI by Sabu, the LulzSec head who was named and indicted earlier today along with several other members.

Interestingly, one of the topics discussed during the intercepted call was delaying UK court cases to avoid interfering with a major operation that the NY FBI was planning.

Ironically, that operation was the investigation leading to Sabu and LulzSec's arrest earlier today. That also lead to the arrest of the person recording that very call."

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FBI names, arrests Anon who infiltrated its secret conference call

Hartree Hartree writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hartree (191324) writes "Ars Technica reports: The anonymous operative that recorded a conference call by the FBI and other international cybecrime units has been arrested in Ireland.

This is due to information apparently provided to the FBI by Sabu, the LulzSec head who was named and indicted earlier today along with several other members.

Interestingly, one of the topics discussed during the intercepted call was delaying UK court cases to avoid interfering with a major operation that

Ironically, that operation was the investigation leading to Sabu and LulzSec's arrest earlier today. That also lead to the arrest of the person recording that very call."

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WHO: Cell Phones May Cause Cancer

Hartree Hartree writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Hartree (191324) writes "A World Health Organization group of experts doing a review of previous studies concluded that they could not rule out the the possibility that cell phones increase brain cancer risk. The judge the possibility to be great enough to warrant measures to reduce exposure. Hands free operation or testing were mentioned."
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