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Prospects Darken For Solar Energy Companies

Hungus Free Market at Work (435 comments)

How is this a long term bad thing? Either the industry will come up with an idea that will allow a marketable solar power system sans subsidies and thus thrive, or it will die and we can move on to the next idea instead of wasting engineering hours on a failed/NRFPT energy source. In either case we win.

more than 2 years ago
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Computer-Controlled Cyborg Yeast

Hungus Misread Title (61 comments)

You know you have read too much Sci Fi when:
You misread the headline of "Computer-Controlled Cyborg Yeast" as "Computer Controlled Cyborg Yeats" and start looking over your shoulder for the Shrike's 3rd cousin and the Shrubbery of annoyance.

more than 2 years ago
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Netflix Creates Qwikster For DVD Only Business

Hungus Re:Way to make the problem worse (481 comments)

I doubt it id ton try and get people to subscribe, more likely it is to 'develop' a seperate business line so it can be jettisoned and not as negatively affect stock prices.

more than 2 years ago
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Google's Real Name Policy, Why You Are the Product

Hungus TANSTAAFL (374 comments)

Repeat after me: There ain't no such thing as a free lunch

more than 2 years ago
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Police To Begin iPhone Iris Scans

Hungus Re:And Lemme Guess... (197 comments)

This is why I linked to the actual Supreme Court decision in Google Scholar (2nd link). The summary is in fact correct.

more than 2 years ago
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Police To Begin iPhone Iris Scans

Hungus Re:And Lemme Guess... (197 comments)

Obtaining an iris scan is probably invasive enough to require a compelling reason to perform it, and my guess is that under most circumstances that means that one is either 1) already being arrested, or 2) being served a warrant for the collection of it.

Sorry but you would be incorrect.

The Supreme Court has said that individuals do not possess an expectation of privacy in their personal characteristics (see United States v. Dionisio, 410 U.S. 1 [1973]). Thus, the police may require individuals to give handwriting and voice exemplars, as well as hair, blood, DNA, and fingerprint samples, without complying with the Fourth Amendment's requirements.

Iris Scans fall into the same category.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Offline Storage Method For Large Archives?

Hungus Archival Quality BD-R (397 comments)

Delkin offers Archival Quality Disks tested via ISO 18927-2002 standards with an estimated life expectancy of 200 years. You can buy them at most any mid to high end photography supply store for around $10 each for 24GB of storage. I use them for all of my research projects.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Safely Saw Up Motherboards?

Hungus Re:Treat it like fiberglass or asbestos (247 comments)

Better yet use a wet saw and keep water running over it the entire time. Then you can filter the water but particulates should never become airborne and so you will never inhale them. You should also be wearing thick non porous gloves what handling them and make certain any think you work with is lead free if you plan on making jewelry out of it.

more than 2 years ago
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Online Social Security Statement In Limbo

Hungus Re:Sigh (160 comments)

Actually you are wrong, Currently SSA takes in MORE money than they pay out. There is no "Fund" as Congress has been "Borrowing" it to fund other parts of the budget. The best way to maintain benefits after the switchover occurs (when more money is being paid out than put in) is to raise SSA taxes now and feather the retirement age again.

Social Security brought in an excess of 68.6 Billion dollars last year. (thats what remained after all payouts were made)

Don't believe me?

The data is here: http://www.ssa.gov/oact/progdata/assets.html

more than 2 years ago
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Climate Skeptic Funded By Oil and Coal Companies

Hungus Re:Disregard your own opinion on climate change mo (504 comments)

I have to disagree. Politicians are using Global warming as a grab for power, scientists & academics are using it as a grab for funding. The entire situation is hyper politicized.

more than 2 years ago
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Infertile Daughter To Receive Uterus From Mother

Hungus Re:And they do that with socialized medicine! (358 comments)

No, one year does not give anything other than anecdotal evidence. Don't worry I will keep digging through census data as I have time.

more than 2 years ago
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Infertile Daughter To Receive Uterus From Mother

Hungus Re:And they do that with socialized medicine! (358 comments)

I have been looking for specific data, I see from world census data that male infant mortality is ~20% higher than female, but I have not yet found a reliable source either way on actual birth rates before the advent of legalized abortion for the US. I know my old biology books (OK, clay tablets in Cuneiform) say that female birth rates are higher than males precisely for the reason I mentioned, genetic fragility, but it is not like they cited the sources well anyway. As for Wikipedia, heh I prefer secondary sources and historical fact.

more than 2 years ago
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Infertile Daughter To Receive Uterus From Mother

Hungus Re:And they do that with socialized medicine! (358 comments)

Actually it is the other way around, males are genetically more fragile and so more girls are born under normal circumstances than boys. This is also why male infant mortality from natural causes is higher.

more than 2 years ago
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Infertile Daughter To Receive Uterus From Mother

Hungus Re:Responsible? (358 comments)

[begin massive sarcasm]All these orphans are unwanted why not just perform REALLY late term abortions on them? Nothing magical happens by traveling down a vagina. The NY Times reported in 2007 some 32% of children never traveled down one, they were delivered via cesarian. Since they are not old enough to survive on their own (hence the need for fostering/ adoption) save us all some money and just pop a 22 round in them, or use them for science experiments instead of the poor bunnies and chimps which are getting rights anyways. Even better train the older ones as suicide bombers or assassins or heck if you want to be nice and keep them around anyway let them be useful just reinstitute slavery.[/end massive sarsasm]

My grandparents were foster parents, adopted 1 (in addition their their natural 3) and tried to adopt a 2nd, courts would not let them despite the fact that they were more than capable of taking care of another child (their 2 oldest were already off at college). While Granddad may not have been uber wealthy money wise he did have 160 acres including farmland and livestock plus he was a mail carrier, barber, welder and volunteer fireman.

Dangit, it ripped my pseudocode sarcasm tags off the first paragraph.
There, it is corrected now
Oh well, I am going to get marked flaimbait or over rated or something anyways.

more than 2 years ago
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Infertile Daughter To Receive Uterus From Mother

Hungus Re:Responsible? (358 comments)

All these orphans are unwanted why not just perform REALLY late term abortions on them? Nothing magical happens by traveling down a vagina. The NY Times reported in 2007 some 32% of children never traveled down one, they were delivered via cesarian. Since they are not old enough to survive on their own (hence the need for fostering/ adoption) save us all some money and just pop a 22 round in them, or use them for science experiments instead of the poor bunnies and chimps which are getting rights anyways. Even better train the older ones as suicide bombers or assassins or heck if you want to be nice and keep them around anyway let them be useful just reinstitute slavery.

My grandparents were foster parents, adopted 1 (in addition their their natural 3) and tried to adopt a 2nd, courts would not let them despite the fact that they were more than capable of taking care of another child (their 2 oldest were already off at college). While Granddad may not have been uber wealthy money wise he did have 160 acres including farmland and livestock plus he was a mail carrier, barber, welder and volunteer fireman.

more than 2 years ago
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Infertile Daughter To Receive Uterus From Mother

Hungus Re:And they do that with socialized medicine! (358 comments)

Physical degenerates: yes, moral degenerates: no.
Remember a few days (weeks) where it was pointed out that people were using ultrasounds to select for gender and so for the first time ever more boys were being born than girls?

Besides we have already sen what the eugenics wars will bring us ... KHANNNNNNNNNNNN!

more than 2 years ago
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New Gasoline Engine Prototype Claims 3X Current Engine Efficiency

Hungus Re:Unlike copyrights, patents expire (377 comments)

Sorry to burst your math deficient bubble but spending more than you bring in is what causes a deficit. Social Security still brings in more money than it costs: for example in 2009 Social Security brought in 807 billion and paid out 686 billion. This leaves medicare/medicaid and defense. Medicare costs approximately 3x what it brings in per individual. This means payroll taxes need to increase, benefits need to decrease, waste needs to be cut or some combination of the aforementioned 3. Bring the spending below the income and no deficit again. Without going into defense and medicaid, let me also state that raising taxes $1 does not bring in $1 in taxes and that you make the very faulty assumption that tax policy immediately affects revenue and GDP.

about 3 years ago

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Demonoid Returns Again (Not a repeat from 2008)

Hungus Hungus writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Hungus (585181) writes "It has been many weeks since the popular semi-private BitTorrent tracker Demonoid went offline. The site’s owner claimed the downtime was due to hardware issues and warned of the loss of both torrents and user data. Today, however, there is hope on the horizon, as Demonoid’s tracker is now up and running again.

Since Demonoid went down in September there has been a lot of speculation about what had caused it, and how long it would take for the site to recover.

As always, Demonoid staff kept quiet about the site’s future and all its users could do is wait for a sign of life, which quietly arrived earlier today.

A few hours ago Demonoid’s tracker started to respond again. It appears that it’s still hosted in the Ukraine, and although the frontend of the site hasn’t updated yet, this comeback might indicate that the site is preparing for a full return.

The current situation stirs memories of Demonoid’s downtime back in 2007. At the time the tracker also returned before the site itself became accessible again, which took two more months. Many Demonoid members are undoubtedly hoping that this chain of events will complete more quickly this time around.

Demonoid tracker is up and running

When the site returns, it’s likely that members that joined the site more recently will have to sign up again, while others may have to resubmit their torrents. “A loss of some months worth of activity including registered users and torrent submissions is to be expected,” Demonoid staff warned earlier.

The tracker’s return in itself is already being welcomed by the thousands of users whose torrent clients are not supporting trackerless torrents. Many of them might have been staring at several unfinished downloads for weeks, and now they are finally able to complete their downloads."

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New Music sounds a bit fishy

Hungus Hungus writes  |  more than 8 years ago

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4693307.stm

Hi-tech fish make their own music
A ground-breaking hi-tech art project that generates music using fish and digital locators has opened its doors as BBC World Service Go Digital producer Colin Grant reports.

Real fish movements drive the animations
"Never work with animals and wireless networks," cautions the digital artist, Julie Freeman.

She is putting the finishing touches to an unusual exhibition that invites electronically tagged fresh-water fish to conduct their very own mood music.

Visitors who find their way to Tingrith Fishery in Bedfordshire, southern England, will find that amongst the fishermen, Ms Freeman has stealthily installed a gallery, housed in a 20ft-high converted cylindrical silo.

The exhibition called The Lake demonstrates how increasingly artists are collaborating with the makers of ground-breaking technologies to explore a brave new world of digital art.

Sixteen fish from the lake - an equal number of tench, rudd, goldfish and carp - have been volunteered for the exhibition.

Under anaesthesia they are slit open and miniature bio-acoustic tags are inserted into their bodies.

The fish are then stitched up, woken up and returned to the lake where they emit a tiny acoustic signal every two seconds.

Within the lake are a number of hydrophones (underwater microphones) which pick up the emissions from the fish tags and feed that information into a laptop hidden nearby that works out the co-ordinates of each fish.

The gallery is in an old silo
That information is, in turn, sent over a wireless connection to two other computers in the roof of the silo, and using software Ms Freeman has written, one of the computers generates an animation from the movement of the fish.

The other computer generates a soundscape, playing sound samples recorded in the environment that Freeman has matched to seven different types of movement or behaviour patterns of the fish.

You can see the results in the converted silo housing loudspeakers which play this random fish symphony and a canvas membrane, acting as a false ceiling, upon which the coloured representation of the fish movements are depicted.

It is a beautiful, aural and visual entertainment where the viewer is offered a sensual experience of the private lives of fish, ordinarily hidden deep beneath the surface of the lake.

Barring a few teething problems with clashing and crashing software, it is all worked smoothly.

But a little peal of anxiety works its way across Freeman's brow when asked to consider the likelihood of another artistic intervention: the real possibility that a fisherman lands one of her fish.

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