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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

JeffAtl Re:A bit???? (165 comments)

How is my comment "flamebait"? This technology doesn't require connection to the free airport WIFI - it uses the WIFI probing that cellphones and tablets broadcast.

yesterday
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

JeffAtl Re:A bit???? (165 comments)

I agree with you in this case, but not in general. There is a big diffence between a person logging events and it being done via a logging mechanism.

For example, the argument has been used that police should be able to put a tracking device on your car because they could achieve the same thing by following you. Another example would be setting up a license plate scanner on a road and logging every car that passes through.

The fact that a tracking method is using automated technology is not a distinction without a difference - it has huge implications.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

JeffAtl Re:Performance issues? (168 comments)

many large organizations putter along with only *nix-based servers and a few windows desktops just fine (CERN, Munich, many scientific orgs, etc.).

I think you might be suffering from confirmation bias or maybe just denial - CERN does use Microsoft server based solutions.

Here is just one example... CERN Using Microsoft Lync for Collaboration and Mobility

2 days ago
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

JeffAtl Re:A bit???? (165 comments)

Again, what does any of this have to do with using free services?

2 days ago
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

JeffAtl Re:A bit???? (165 comments)

This has nothing to do with connecting to or using the airport's WIFI network, so your rant is really bizarre.

2 days ago
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Oldest Human Genome Reveals When Our Ancestors Mixed With Neanderthals

JeffAtl Re:Bone a Neanderthal (126 comments)

A species is generally understood as a population that can interbreed and produce viable offspring. Homo sapiens and homo neanderthalis obviously can do so, so they should be the same species.

That's a very poor understanding of speciation.

For example, consider ring species: species A & B can breed and species B & C can breed, but species A & C cannot.

 

2 days ago
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Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important

JeffAtl Re:humans and chimpanzees split somewhere (154 comments)

Far more recent than that. Has slashdot been overrun by Ken Hovind disciples?

about a week ago
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Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important

JeffAtl Re:humans and chimpanzees split somewhere (154 comments)

The point is that humans and chimps share a common ancestor. Neither species split off from the other.

This is pretty basis stuff - have to wonder how you missed this in your education.

about a week ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

JeffAtl Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (294 comments)

Also, auto dealers tend to be very politically connected within local communities. Lobbying money isn't the prime mover on this.

about a week ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

JeffAtl Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (294 comments)

Those totals don't really matter that much on the state level though. Auto dealers tend to be among the wealthiest people in small town to medium size towns and they tend to be heavily connected within the community.

In most cases, the state representatives would vote in favor of their local auto dealers for free.

about a week ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

JeffAtl Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (294 comments)

The laws made sense in the era that they were created. Times have changed though and the laws are still on the books.

Now they've become very similar to the archaic alcohol sales related laws that are still present in most states.

about a week ago
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Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important

JeffAtl Re:humans and chimpanzees split somewhere (154 comments)

Pretty sure that humans and chimpanzees never split. We share a pretty recent common ancestor, but that's it.

about a week ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

JeffAtl Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (294 comments)

That's not really how a constitutional republic works. A simple majority doesn't always get to make the rules.

about a week ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

JeffAtl Re:Of course! (566 comments)

As others have also pointed out, nuclear fuel is not soluble in water. Think about it - if nuclear fuel was highly soluble, much of the fuel would be dissolved sitting in the reactor vessel. This dissolved fuel would make it very difficult to moderate the reactions.

I know that your goal is to make everything solar - including submarines, but that's just not going to work.

about a week ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

JeffAtl Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

It does matter. Some hospitals are better prepared for this type of thing. The two hospitals previously noted are among four the in nation that are equipped and have the expertise for this type of thing. The hospital in Dallas is not.

Emory Hospital in Atlanta had 2 ebola patients 2 months ago and there were no transmissions.

Your anti-western bias is not serving you well.

about two weeks ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

JeffAtl Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

It's not clear why you're singling out hospitals in the United States.

It's also not clear why you are playing the "understaffed" card. Every organization in the world claims that it is understaffed.

about two weeks ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

JeffAtl Re:Of course! (566 comments)

Pretty much no ecological disaster at all. Ends up that water makes an incredible radioactivity shield.

The USS Thresher sunk in the early 1960s.

about two weeks ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

JeffAtl Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

This seems to be a case of the hospital taking on a "anything that can be done other states can be done better in Texas".

Officials now admit that the original patient should have been transferred to either Emory University Hospital in Atlanta or Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

It's not clear why the hospital was insistent on treating a disease that it had no expertise with.

about two weeks ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

JeffAtl Re:That's not the reason you're being ignored. (405 comments)

Quoting Myth Busters probably hurts your case more than it helps - especially on something contradicting a governmental agency.

While their demonstrations can be pretty cool, they exhibit a lot of bad science.

Their show is also completely reliant on the cooperation of law enforcement, so they will be very hesitant to produce results that flies in the face of current governmental policy.

about two weeks ago

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