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How One Man Changed the Ecology of the Great Lakes With Salmon

InterGuru Re:Fear the Asian carp (118 comments)

Even if the canal were closed, it is a just a matter of time until someone with an evil bent or an adolescent sense of humor deliberately introduces a few carp into the lake -- that's all that's needed.

about a month and a half ago

Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

InterGuru Ho hum (252 comments)

Nutrition, like education, is fad driven. Whatever we "know" will be displaced in the future for something else.

about 2 months ago

British Army Looking For Gamers For Their Smart-Tanks

InterGuru I assume they protected the sensors against EMP (163 comments)

As a recent article in IEEE Spectrum discusses, Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) weapons, such as those depicted in the movie Oceans Eleven, have become more capable. They can wipe out electronics with no visible signature. EMPs might be deployed either as portable weapons, dropped from a plane or fixed booby traps

about 3 months ago

Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

InterGuru Re:Oh dear - money grows on trees... (517 comments)

When I look at my electric bill about 1/3 the cost is the grid, the rest is energy. If you have solar panels you are still using the grid to both send and receive energy even as you save the utility from generating energy.

about 4 months ago

Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

InterGuru Re:Dangerous (399 comments)

Feminist nix command

man bash

about 4 months ago

Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

InterGuru It's more complicated. (478 comments)

I'm 72 with slowed capacity. I have had similar thoughts. Even if you agree with the idea, implementation is tricky. Let's say I stop all life lengthening treatments at 75. Well, I take warfarin blood thinner to prevent clots from forming on my mechanical heart valve. These clots could break off to give me a heart attack or stroke. Clearly this is a life lengthening treatment. Should I stop taking it? If I stop and a clot develops there is a chance the the ensuing heart attack or stroke could leave me deeply crippled, either mentally or physically, but very alive -- to spend my last decade(s) in bed.

In biology there are no sharp lines. When does a child become an adult? 16? 18? 21? 25? All of these ages could do. In the same way, Emanuel, if he does not change his mind -- as most people I know do, will have great difficulty making these decisions except in extreme cases.

about 4 months ago

The 2014 Hugo Awards

InterGuru You cant make much writing Science Fiction (180 comments)

Sad thing. After Paolo Bacigalupi won all the awards below he discovered that you make much writing SF, and now writes Young Adult novels

The Windup Girl is a biopunk science fiction novel, written by Paolo Bacigalupi and published by Night Shade Books on September 1, 2009. The novel was named as the ninth best fiction book of 2009 by TIME magazine,[1] and as the best science fiction book of the year in the Reference and User Services Association's 2010 Reading List.[2] This book is a 2010 Nebula Award[3] and a 2010 Hugo Award winner (tied with The City & the City by China Miéville for the Hugo Award), both for best novel.[4] This book also won the 2010 Compton Crook Award and the 2010 Locus Award for best first novel.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

It's a great book, one of the best I have read for years. Its plusible dystopian take on the near future still haunts me.

about 5 months ago

Fusion Power By 2020? Researchers Say Yes and Turn To Crowdfunding.

InterGuru Re:This was tried 35 years ago (280 comments)

Do I understand correctly that you have worked on that project? If so, could you comment on what the people on LPP Fusion are doing? Is is feasible / safe / sustainable?

Is it safe? I see no safety problems beyond those normally found in laboratories or industrial projects that use high energy densities.

Is it feasible? Who knows? That what science experiments are designed to find out.

Is it sustainable? I assume you are asking is it affordable. I suspect that it could be supported for less cost than the toilet paper used at ITER.

about 8 months ago

Fusion Power By 2020? Researchers Say Yes and Turn To Crowdfunding.

InterGuru This was tried 35 years ago (280 comments)

This was tried as the Trisops Project 35 years ago but lost funding because all of the fusion energy project's focus was on the Tokamak.

Trisops was an experimental machine for the study of magnetic confinement of plasmas with the ultimate goal of producing fusion power. The configuration was a variation of a compact toroid, a toroidal (doughnut-shaped) structure of plasma and magnetic fields with no coils penetrating the center. It lost funding in its original form in 1978.
The configuration was produced by combining two individual toroids produced by two conical pinch guns, located at either end of a length of Pyrex pipe with a constant magnetic guide field. The toroidal currents in the toroids were in opposite directions, so that they repelled each other. After coming to an equilibrium, they were adiabatically compressed by increasing the external field.

Disclosure: I was an author on the paper and of the referenced Wikipedia article;

about 8 months ago

Japanese Firm Proposes Microwave-Linked Solar Plant On the Moon

InterGuru Re:ambitious? (330 comments)

The article did not say oil would run out, just affordable oil.

Here is a summary

The problem is not peak oil, but peak affordable oil.
We are already there, the big oil companies have cut back exploration because the cannot make money even at $100/barrel.
High oil prices choke off growth in our economy
With little or no growth, we cannot pay our debts.
As in 2008, unpayable debt will crack our financial system
As not in 2008, the central banks have shot most of their “arrows” and have few left in their quiver.
With a broken financial system, we will have the social chaos that was barely avoided in 2008

about a year ago

Japanese Firm Proposes Microwave-Linked Solar Plant On the Moon

InterGuru Re:ambitious? (330 comments)

After the oil runs out, there won't be any money. Details here. Warning -- it's a harrowing read.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

InterGuru Re:The more simple you make it the less complex it (876 comments)

because you can't produce something complex with something simple

Hmm, this sounds like a creationist's argument against Darwinian evolution.

about a year ago

Studies Say Earth Won't Die As Soon As Thought

InterGuru Life can still exist without the surface water (155 comments)

A Princeton-led research group has discovered an isolated community of bacteria nearly two miles underground that derives all of its energy from the decay of radioactive rocks rather than from sunlight. According to members of the team, the finding suggests life might exist in similarly extreme conditions even on other worlds.

1 year,4 days

Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

InterGuru I don't see why there is a technical problem. (1038 comments)

I don't see why there is a technical problem with capital punishment. Twice I had open heart surgery, Twice I was put under anesthesia. Neither time did I feel any pain or discomfort. While I was under they could has turned me off without me being aware.

I am against capital punishment. Like nuclear power it requires a level of perfection that we do not have. Still, if you must do it, it seems we have the means to do it humanely.

1 year,9 days

FBI Edits Mission Statement: Removes Law Enforcement As 'Primary' Purpose

InterGuru A bad set of priorities (539 comments)

In the last dozen years we have had about two dozen victims of terrorism and 100,000 victims of gun crime. Yet we are devoting so many more resources to terrorism. The main danger of terrorism is causing overreaction. Bin Laden's strategy was to bankrupt the United States and we are helping him succeed.. The main danger of terrorism is causing overreaction. With this, NSA and Iraq he is on the way to success,

1 year,20 days

Is Computer Science Education Racist and Sexist?

InterGuru I hope their solution works, but I doubt it will (612 comments)

Including culturally relevant instructional materials represented a driving focus of our course development," explained ECS Team members who now advise Code.org. "Cultural design tools encourage students to artistically express computing design concepts from Latino/a, African American, or Native American history as well as cultural activities in dance, skateboarding, graffiti art, and more.

Fifty years ago the African Americans' lag in education was attributed to textbooks that ignored them, and a lack of adult role models in the schools. As time went on many black educators entered the workforce and textbooks included african american in pictures and as examples. Unfortunately it did not help much. We still have a gap.

about a year ago

Satanists Propose Monument At Oklahoma State Capitol Next To Ten Commandments

InterGuru Which translation of the 10 commandments? (1251 comments)

Catholics, Jews and Protestants have different translations of the 10 Commandments. Some translations differ on how to divide the commandments. Muslim translation(s) may differ too.

I suggest a lawsuit to post all translations, or perhaps just post the original Hebrew version.

about a year ago

Nearly 1 In 4 Adults Surf the Web While Driving

InterGuru Is this a problem? (365 comments)

Has the accident rate increased?

about a year ago

Physicists Plan to Build a Bigger LHC

InterGuru Just the bonus for a few sleazy bankers (263 comments)

When the LHC was first built I was impressed by the multi billion $USD cost. Now we spend that much just bailing out a bank so they can pay bonuses to their never-indicted criminal executives.

It's funny how we can't afford to repair our bridges and schools, but when it comes to bailouts and worthless wars, cost is no consideration.

about a year ago



Tylenol-laced Mice airdropped over Guam

InterGuru InterGuru writes  |  about a year ago

InterGuru (50986) writes "The examiner reports that Tylenol laced mice are being airdropped over Guam.

Mice recently airdropped on Guam were highly toxic to their predators as they were pumped full of Tylenol. The mice were airdropped on the island paradise as food offerings for the Brown Snake. This airdrop is an attempt to eradicate the snake from the island paradise of Guam, according to KPLR 11.com on Dec. 3. The Brown Snake has devastated the island’s native bird population and the slithering creatures have caused millions of dollars in damages to Guam’s electrical infrastructure. The U.S. Government stepped in and offered poisoned mice to the snakes for their dinner.

I wonder whether this will be picked up as an example of government waste?"


Functional Claim Drafting Practices Considered by USPTO

InterGuru InterGuru writes  |  about 2 years ago

InterGuru writes "From the article in American Intellectual Property Association website.

Despite public misconceptions to the contrary, software is not patentable. Of course, aspects of software, or “software related” patents exist in which an otherwise statutory apparatus or product is claimed that includes computer implemented functionality. In an effort to enhance the “quality” of these software related patents, the USPTO issued a notice last Thursday in the Federal Register entitled: Request for Comments and Notice of Roundtable Events for Partnership for Enhancement of Quality of Software Related Patents.

I myself don't understand this, but it sounds interesting. It continues,

Reading through the tea leaves, the USPTO appears quite interested in exploring means-plus-function claiming with the software community. Since this style of claiming directly links the disclosed structure of the patent specification (algorithmic in the case of computer implemented features), it may be that the Office is proposing to rein in the scope of software claims by requiring the more narrow claim type. ...


The collapse of Jewish Achievement?

InterGuru InterGuru writes  |  more than 2 years ago

InterGuru writes "In a large article about college admissions and Asians I found an intriguing paragraph.

The Strange Collapse of Jewish Academic Achievement From my own perspective, I found these statistical results surprising, even shocking. I had always been well aware of the very heavy Jewish presence at elite academic institutions. But the underwhelming percentage of Jewish students who today achieve high scores on academic aptitude tests was totally unexpected, and very different from the impressions I had formed during my own high school and college years a generation or so ago. An examination of other available statistics seems to support my recollections and provides evidence for a dramatic recent decline in the academic performance of American Jews.

I am Jewish and it does not match my experience in the 50's nor that of my children and their friends who were born in the 70's."
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MPG of a human

InterGuru InterGuru writes  |  more than 3 years ago

InterGuru writes "Tom Murphy, blogging from UCSD in his Do the Math blog asks
' I am curious to know how potent human fuel can be. How many miles per gallon do we get as our own engines of transportation? '

He finds, after accounting for the energy intensity of American agriculture, which uses ten units of energy to get one unit of food energy, walking consumes 18-34 MPG of oil equivalent, and biking comes in at 70-130 MPG.
Maybe if we switched to a more vegetarian diet, we could improve on this."

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Light too slow for Wall St. use Neutrinos?

InterGuru InterGuru writes  |  more than 3 years ago

InterGuru writes "The New Scientist notes that Wall Street traders are frustrated with the limitations caused by relativity.

EVERY microsecond counts in stock trading. The New York Stock Exchange handles a third of the world's stock trading — around 22 billion messages a day. But NYSE Euronext, which operates the exchange, wants it to get even faster.

Slashdot has already noted the construction of a faster transatlatic cable. It seems however that even light is not fast for the casino that is now Wall Street.

"The speed-of-light limitation is getting annoying," Andrew Bach, head of network services at NYSE Euronext, told the European Conference on Optical Communications in Geneva, Switzerland, last week. With global markets currently in turmoil, it might seem a strange time to worry about the speed of trades, particularly when automated trading was implicated in the stock market's May 2010 "flash crash". But traders still want their computers to receive trading data and place orders instantaneously. And customers will go elsewhere if a rival is faster.

Send in the neutrinos!!"
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$400M cable to save 5ms for flash traders

InterGuru InterGuru writes  |  more than 3 years ago

InterGuru writes "I just read an article in Popular Science that almost made me sick to the stomach. The headline says it all "Pricey Transatlantic Cable Could Save Milliseconds, Millions by Speeding Data to Stock Traders".

Here is $400M being spent just to give flash traders a 5 ms advantage in trans-atlantic trading. It adds nothing to the economy, just lets the Wall Street Casino operators skim more money from the economy. I addition, it diverts talent from productive projects.

Never has Matt Taibbi's description of Goldman Sachs, and by extension, all the big banks, as "a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money" seem even more apt.

Bookwormhole.net over 30,000 links to published book reviews."

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I just turned Adblock off

InterGuru InterGuru writes  |  more than 6 years ago

InterGuru writes "After three years of browsing with the Firefox extension, Adblock, I turned it off. This took some doing, as I enjoy the experience of browsing without annoying animated ads blinking at me.

I did not do it because I thought that blocking ads violates some social contract with the advertising industry. I did it because I felt that I was killing the goose that lays the golden eggs. Most of sites I read, including Slashdot, depend on ads for the revenue needed to continue publication.

We all hear how the "mainstream press" (MSM) is a dying anachronism in the face of blogging. Yet when you look at blogs, they are usually responding to a MSM story. In spite of record readership on the Net, the MSM is in real economic trouble as its paper version loses readership. Internet ads do not bring in the revenue that paper does, but it is the future revenue stream.

Well who cares! We all should. Few or no bloggers have the resources to send a reporter out for a few weeks to cover an in depth story, or for that matter, have a reporter sitting in on the city council meetings. If too many of us turn ads off, we will kill off the MSM even faster than it is dying.

I now grin and bear it when a blinking ad disturbs me. I even blink back at it.

Bookwormhole.net — Thousands of published book reviews."

An IT lawsuit is better than a nuclear war

InterGuru InterGuru writes  |  more than 6 years ago

InterGuru writes " Strategy Page notes that China is producing knockoff copies of its diesel submarine.

Russia is getting more and more upset at what it sees as Chinese making unauthorized use of Russian military technology. The latest irritation is the new Chinese diesel electric sub design, the Type 39A, or Yuan class. They look just like the Russian Kilo class.

In retaliation China is threatening a lawsuit.

The Russian sub building organizations are not amused, and are warning China of legal action if Yuans are offered for export (and in direct completion with the Kilos.)

Perhaps we could sic some IT Lawyers on Al Quaeda for violating the business process patents of older terrorist groups."


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