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MIT Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati

Jade_Wayfarer Re: Generati? (110 comments)

That's not a typo, they are just some long-lost cousins of Illuminati. More green-oriented, I presume.

about a month ago
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Walter Munk's Astonishing Wave-Tracking Experiment

Jade_Wayfarer Re:Now that's what I call... (55 comments)

So true. Sorry for not engaging in conflict, but I really have nothing to add here )

about a month and a half ago
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Walter Munk's Astonishing Wave-Tracking Experiment

Jade_Wayfarer Re:Now that's what I call... (55 comments)

Ah, that's just made my monday! Pity I've ran out of modpoints yesterday. If we'd had more people with similar views within our society, it wouldn't be so fucked up.

about a month and a half ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

Jade_Wayfarer Re:If everyone loses their jobs... (530 comments)

Hmm... and how you'll be able to grow your own food when all patents on it would belong to Monsanto and other corporations? And patent infringement would become a capital crime?

about a month and a half ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

Jade_Wayfarer Re:more leisure time for humans! (530 comments)

I wish I had some mod points - there are so many misconceptions about Marx and communism that it is sometimes painful to watch. Although, if we'll take anarchism or libertarian capitalism in their extreme (and unattainable) forms, they'll result in a really nice societies as well. We'll just need a different types of people for each of these systems to work properly. Right now it seems that we have the system that we deserve, no more, no less.

about a month and a half ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

Jade_Wayfarer Re:That's Less Than $1 per Device (530 comments)

Hmm... you wouldn't buy some cheap knockoff, would you? If your phone costs less than $800, it's not "premium" or "VIP" or how do they call these things nowadays. So no, prices would remain the same because people are already buying phones at current prices, and even if it will go up they'll gladly pay for the magical "status item". Lawyers and marketologists could ask for a raised salary, though.

about a month and a half ago
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New Russian Law To Forbid Storing Russians' Data Outside the Country

Jade_Wayfarer Re:Still missing the point (206 comments)

That's the difference in the mentality - when we say "government corruption" or "lack of freedoms" we don't mean the same things as citizens of Canada or US do. They just don't get it why are we laughing so hard when they tell us about their "outrageous" problems at DMV or somesuch.

about 1 month ago
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Former FCC Head: "We Should Be Ashamed of Ourselves" For State of Broadband

Jade_Wayfarer Re:It's a problem... (118 comments)

Yeah, no argument here. I'm afraid that for the equation "most ethical business = most profitable (or should we say most rewarding?) business" to work we'll need a different society. More insightful, more long-term thinking as a whole. But I don't think that even the best engineers in the world could manage such an accomplishment.

about 2 months ago
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Former FCC Head: "We Should Be Ashamed of Ourselves" For State of Broadband

Jade_Wayfarer Re:It's a problem... (118 comments)

Wait, are you implying that Bezos and Musk are the same? Well, why not just throw in Larry Fucking Ellison - great futurist and visionary. Amazon and Walmart are working hard on becoming the monopolies, using so many dirty tricks in process it's mind-boggling. They are on the level of Monsanto now. While Tesla opens up their patents, Amazon still holds it "one-click buy" stupidity as a Holy Grail. And you think that future with this kind of people at the helm would be bright? Sorry, no sell.

We don't need "cutthroats", we need engeneers and architects.

about 2 months ago
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Former FCC Head: "We Should Be Ashamed of Ourselves" For State of Broadband

Jade_Wayfarer Re:It's a problem... (118 comments)

Well, to really succeed, this process has to start from the both sides: some well-motivated guys on top have to support some blue collar workers, who, in turn, have to use this power in constructive way. You know, when every one, from the "big boss" to the last janitor's assistant would be really proud to do they work, create something meaningful, help to build better future, etc. Not so likely in current conditions. And that's not even bringing in the problems of outsourcing jobs or even eliminating them completely with the help of robots.

Still, only time will tell how this problem is going to solve itself.

about 2 months ago
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Former FCC Head: "We Should Be Ashamed of Ourselves" For State of Broadband

Jade_Wayfarer Re:It's a problem... (118 comments)

Well, that's the core problem of post-industrial society vs. industrial society. Maybe even post-modern world vs. modern world. Maybe people like Elon Musk (sorry, I know that everyone are already grew tired of his name, but I can't take another example from the top of my head) can renew the popularity of actually achieving something, rather than "great, we've secured the profit for our shareholders for the next quarter, fuck everything else". I, for one, would really love to see a beginning of a "neo-modern" era.

about 2 months ago
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Why the Moon's New Birthday Means the Earth Is Older Than We Thought

Jade_Wayfarer Curse this godless country! (98 comments)

Curse these godless heathens! Now all of Young Earth Creationists will have one more fact to ignore. It ain't easy already!

about 2 months ago
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Docker 1.0 Released

Jade_Wayfarer Re: What is this? (88 comments)

It is still the same fallacy:

"Nae true Scotsman doesnae ken abit Docker, laddie"

about 2 months ago
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Study: Male Facial Development Evolved To Take Punches

Jade_Wayfarer Slashdot? What's happening to you? (190 comments)

For many years, this extra strength was seen as an adaptation to a tough diet...

And not even one joke about "knuckle sandwich"?

about 3 months ago
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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

Jade_Wayfarer Re:Myopic viewpoint (360 comments)

And iPhone (up to its latest models) was/is a toy too. It was laughed at by all armchair "tech experts", who really thought that Nokia N900 is the future. Now, let's look at Apple and Nokia today, shall we?

about 4 months ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Jade_Wayfarer Re:"little influence" (818 comments)

Well, what can I say - good luck to you! Here, in Russia, it seems like we've lost our fight already.

about 4 months ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Jade_Wayfarer Re:"little influence" (818 comments)

So, everything is going exactly as planned, right? If so, why cut grant money from the research group who just proved that?

BTW, inthe same line of thinking, I think that NSA should silently award Snowden with some medal at least. He absolutely proved to them that no matter what they'll do, they won't even get a slap on the wrist. Not that such agencies are known for their sense of gratitude, of course.

about 4 months ago

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Russian rocket Proton-M crashes at launch

Jade_Wayfarer Jade_Wayfarer writes  |  about a year ago

Jade_Wayfarer (1741180) writes "Today, at 02:38 UTC (08:38 local time), Russian rocket Proton-M crashed after only several seconds of flight. Proton-M was carrying 3 GLONASS-M satellites of the ill-fated Russian navigational system. There were no causalities, but evacuation of personnel was ordered because of toxic rocket fuel fumes. Video of the event can be found here."
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Jello-like memory device developed

Jade_Wayfarer Jade_Wayfarer writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Jade_Wayfarer (1741180) writes "Researchers from North Carolina State Univercity had developed a memristor-like device that can be used to create a true bio-inteface for electronics. The devices are made using a liquid alloy of gallium and indium metals set into water-based gels, similar to gels used in biological research. For now devices cannot store much data, but they can operate in environments that would make traditional electronics unusable (wet insides of brain, for example).

Maybe this device can even help to store data after an EMP, which will make it harder for criminals (or police) to destroy important evidence. But for now researchers hope to use it in biological sensors or for medical monitoring.

Device is discussed in an abstract here."

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A hunt for the cosmic graffiti and other art

Jade_Wayfarer Jade_Wayfarer writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Jade_Wayfarer (1741180) writes "NASA's Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe team had found Stephen Hawking initials in the cosmic microwave background. There are many other interesting anisotropies out there, including images of animals. The most interesting part is that you can participate in the "cosmic hunt". Who knows what other "easter eggs" of Universe can be found there?"
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