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Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

JeffAtl Re:*Yawn* (117 comments)

You keep using the word "city", I do not think it means what you think it means. Not every city in the country is like NYC - in fact it is pretty much the exception (maybe Chicago).

Take for example Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, Dallas and Houston. Very few places that people want to go in those cities are "within 5 miles". The population of those cities is surrounded by huge suburbs.

Ever wonder why major cities in the US have huge traffic jams - it's not because people are driving from one farm to another. It's driving from one suburb to another or a suburb to a business district.

2 days ago
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The Truth About Solar Storms

JeffAtl Re:One of many... (90 comments)

You would probably end up dead without electricity as well unless you had the firepower to seize from others.

Watch "Naked and Afraid" - without modern technology it's a real struggle to survive even in decently hospitable locations.

Humans have lived without modern technology before, but never at this population level. Also, during those times wild food was much more abundant.

Also, why do you feel that people wanting to use their phones is some sort of weakness?

4 days ago
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How Stanford Engineers Created a Fictitious Compression For HBO

JeffAtl Re:Meh (89 comments)

It may not have been claimed in the article, but it was claimed on the show itself.

4 days ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

JeffAtl Re:Discrimination against atheists (198 comments)

It's all in the phrasing though. Atheists were demonized for generations as being wicked and disturbed, so it still carries a negative stigma to even those that aren't very religious at all. The famous Jack Chick tracts portrayed athiests as being worse than actually being evil.

That's why most tend to describe themselves as secular humanists.

5 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

JeffAtl Re:100% sure there's more to it than this one side (882 comments)

The guy was already on the plane and the situation was over. Would you really act out some sort of revenge fantasy because you the guy hurt your feelings?

5 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

JeffAtl Re:Police? (882 comments)

Unfortunately, he would have been arrested for making threats at the airport and would have been subject to a very violent arrest.

That's why this situation is so serious. Police go nuts when an incident at the airport is reported and that agent could have caused a man's life to be destroyed or even ended.

5 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

JeffAtl Re:Obligatory Slashdot knee jerk (882 comments)

To be fair, Southwest caters to a different demographic than most other airlines.

5 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

JeffAtl Re:Customer service? (882 comments)

You missed the point. He was already on the plane and the situation was over. There was no reason for the gate agent to go nuclear on him.

5 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

JeffAtl Re:Customer service? (882 comments)

That's one of the reasons that they claim keeps their prices low - they're the fast food of the airline world.

5 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

JeffAtl Re:Customer service? (882 comments)

You missed the entire point. It doesn't matter if the gate agent was right or wrong about whether his kids could board with him.

The point is that he was pulled off the plane for a non-threatening comment he made on twitter. Obviously Southwest gets the point as they're compensating the guy.

5 days ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

JeffAtl Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

You could make that same case for any administration.

about two weeks ago
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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

JeffAtl Re:Pretty sure this won't work (311 comments)

Lawyers cost money. The Tor Foundation will have to spend a lot of money defending this - even if they're successful. That's plenty of harm right there.

If you want more harm, you could consider the chilling effect that this will have on other foundations or projects.

about three weeks ago
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Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch

JeffAtl Re:Did the editor know...this is Google/Android te (242 comments)

But you do have to remember that Pancreatic Cancer is tough, and Jobs had a particularly bad version of it.

No, that is completely backwards. Jobs had a rare type that was much easier to treat. It was nothing like the type that Swayze had. Jobs lived 8 years after his diagnosis.

about a month ago
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Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch

JeffAtl Re:Did the editor know...this is Google/Android te (242 comments)

Assuming it's caught before spreading and treated aggressively, the 5-year mortatlity rate is about 80%. If I remember correctly, in Steve Jobs' case, it wasn't discovered until it had affected his liver so the year or so that he stuck around was actually a pretty damn good fight.

You have all of that exactly backwards. Steve Jobs lived 8 years after his diagnosis. Jobs had a rare type of pancreatic cancer that grows very slowly and is much easier to treat.

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant

JeffAtl Re:So they'll just add (249 comments)

You're perfectly free to respond to every single question asked at a checkpoint with "I don't talk to the police, may I leave now?" and there's not a damned thing they can do about it, unless of course you're under the influence.....

And if you do that, they will "suspect" that you are intoxicated and detain you. There's a saying that cops love, "you can beat the rap, but you can't beat the ride."

about a month ago
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Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

JeffAtl Re:Not true (394 comments)

We don't all live in the arctic either.

about a month and a half ago
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Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

JeffAtl Re:pure rubbish (394 comments)

The 140 watt claim wasn't correct either - as the article later states it's "as much as 35 watts".

about a month and a half ago
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Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

JeffAtl Re:Here's an idea... (394 comments)

That's not really a practical option for DVRs as they tend to take a significant time to boot up and initialize. Even non-DVR cable boxes take a long time to update the program listings after being powered off.

about a month and a half ago
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"Eskimo Diet" Lacks Support For Better Cardiovascular Health

JeffAtl Re:Well, there goes... (166 comments)

Meta-studies rarely have any scientific validity though.

about a month and a half ago

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