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Discovery Claims It Will Show a Man Being "Eaten Alive" By an Anaconda

MakerDusk Re:What next? (164 comments)

For this, I recommend Perception: it has a short lecture on different mental conditions, and the brain, per episode.

about a month and a half ago
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China Completes Its First Lunar Return Mission

MakerDusk Re:So much envy from America (109 comments)

Just a FYI:

The first mars rover that crashed as an international undertaking. In fact, that's one of the reasons it went wrong: us Canadians were responsible for the final calculations. We assumed, Americans being Americans, that the measurements given were in feet. (Yes, our stereotype has Americans pegged as being so backwards that the entire nation doesn't know System International, or are too prideful to use the standardized system.) However, the Americans had been kind and already converted to meters. Needless to say, that rover crashed hard.

The incident is still repeated at my university, to this day, when collaboration with American physicists is suggested.

about a month and a half ago
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Silk Road Lawyers Poke Holes In FBI's Story

MakerDusk Re:Wait, what? (191 comments)

Like the Person of Interest fictional organization Vigilance? Domestic Privacy Terrorists using computer skills (on the organization level) and varied member skill sets (on the operational level) to insert themselves temporarily into high ranking corporate, and governmental, positions to: gather information, expose ongoing criminal activities, and to 'deal out justice'

hmm... slashdot...

hmm... computer skill and varied skill sets...

It's sad that there a need, and that the people needed to found such an organization can be recruited here. Next thing you know, there will be American Revolution book ciphered /. posts detailing operations to take back our freedom. Only for the subsequent discovery that we were in fact being manipulated by a government intelligence agency, seeing as they have much more experience in hidden espionage/financial manipulation/assassination operations along these lines.

about 3 months ago
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World's Fastest Camera Captures 4.4 Trillion Frames Per Second

MakerDusk Re:Four times faster than existing. (94 comments)

Yes, it would be fairly useful for inspections in science and engineering: a way to measure precision, as well as observe rapid chemical reactions. Speaking of rapid chemical reactions, I wouldn't mind seeing a mythbuster style explosion that slow.

about 4 months ago
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Solar Roadways Project Beats $1M Goal, Should Enter Production

MakerDusk Re:Deja vu (311 comments)

Considering the panels are capable of melting snow... this could very well mean that they would not have to deal with snowplows or sand. That would be interesting to see, and is easy enough to test using a parking lot. Imagine a Walmart parking lot that always has the snow cleared. If successful, the next benchmark would be monitoring the physical condition of the panels, over a few years, for durability.

about 7 months ago
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Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

MakerDusk Re:frosty piss (664 comments)

I can say that is not true in my city: banks are not engineered, lights are random, and there was no thought put into traffic flow. Welcome to everywhere other than a large, fairly new city.

about 8 months ago
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Zero Point: The First 360-Degree Movie Made For the Oculus Rift

MakerDusk Re:More for Avegant Glyph then Oculus (53 comments)

It's actually really easy to track head movement with the rift. The problem with this technology is that it works best with CG. It's one thing to put the player in a predefined grid of 3D objects, but it's an entirely different beast to create the models and grid while shooting live action. For this to work, all movies would have to be filmed in a green room; or be completely CG.

about 10 months ago
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Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

MakerDusk Re:Universe and perfect simualtion are equivalent (745 comments)

So, you're suggesting that we'll never find a cure for Alzheimer's disease? Note that the memory loss only effects those who aren't actively using their mind for higher functions. How hard would it be to have an algorithm target a subset by age, and utility to whatever the purpose was... and then add in an exception if they are still serving a viable purpose?

about 10 months ago
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Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

MakerDusk Re:Can't be (745 comments)

That's why the creators decided not to tell us it was a simulation ;)

about 10 months ago
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Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

MakerDusk Re:Some possible ways (745 comments)

Absolutely! There is some interesting science there, however it's generally explained by a close minded bigot who doesn't understand what has been done. Since those ones are legion, we lump all of them into that category. Why? Because statistics say we're almost guaranteed to be right.

about 10 months ago
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Ultrasound Technique Provides a New Radiation Free Way To Visualize Tumors

MakerDusk Re:Not news. At all, really. (35 comments)

Oh definitely! This still leaves the ultrasound creating bubbles, cooking tissue, emitters being inserted in nasty places... and the resolution is nothing compared to a PET scan for detection.

about a year ago
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Ultrasound Technique Provides a New Radiation Free Way To Visualize Tumors

MakerDusk Re:Tiny Bubbles (35 comments)

What you're looking for is something called Tumor Specific Proteins. At that point, it's very easy to coat a gold nano particle have it attach to cancerous cells, and then heat them up via surface plasmon resonance (they're tuned to the type of electromagnetic radiation that will reach the tumor: be it laser, xray, or gamma ray. At that point, resonance causes the GNP to heat up the heat induces cell death in the cancerous cells to which they have bonded. The blocker on this line of treatment is government regulation and the wonderful independent studies performed by those who produce chemotherapy drugs.

about a year ago
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Finnish Hacker Isolates Helicopter GPS Coordinates From YouTube Video Sounds

MakerDusk Re:Brilliant hack! (163 comments)

Her accomplishment is more on the lines of "hey, that's pretty damn clever"

Someone doing something clever leads to wanting to have a conversation with them. Why, because you're interested in what they have to say. And that leads to coffee. Sadly, a guy having a private intellectual conversation with a woman is usually viewed as a date by the ignorant masses.

about a year ago
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Finnish Hacker Isolates Helicopter GPS Coordinates From YouTube Video Sounds

MakerDusk Re: ...and? (163 comments)

That one is easy: it makes good television, and it's also about the highest level the producer can understand. Brilliance is only truly recognized and appreciated by people who have sufficient background. Could you imagine a local news anchor trying to explain what was done? Could you imagine their audience understanding any of it? Even if the person's intelligence, charisma, and accomplishments are vaguely understood, you suddenly have someone that makes the agency look stupid in comparison. People in power (in this case the producer) do not want to show someone who makes themselves look incompetent and stupid by comparison.

This is also not limited to women, but applies also to men. Try approaching your boss with an idea that betters the business, but replaces a system they invented. Management that will not dismiss your idea out of hand is a rare breed indeed. Much more can be said but it essentially comes down to obvious gaps in knowledge, experience, and intelligence.

If you'd like to see intelligent entertainment, I recommend TED talks and hak5.

about a year ago
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World's First Magma-Based Geothermal Energy System

MakerDusk Re:Is no one else concerned? (161 comments)

I just don't see why this tech is needed when we have the technology to generate all the electricity and heat we need through nuclear fission. Eventually, fission will give way to fusion, but geothermal and 'renewable' energy technologies are just an unnecessary distraction IMO.

Not when you take the radioactive waste into account. Power for a year, dangerous waste for hundreds. The power company will be long dead before their waste is eliminated. You need to look at the long term picture.

about a year ago
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Daily Pot Use Tied To Age of First Psychotic Episode

MakerDusk Re:Cause and effect may be backwards (382 comments)

That pretty much falls into the category of a working alcoholic. A little bit makes a dry task not seem as dull. Who hasn't had a beer while they worked? Having a bit of weed is the same thing, depending on your tolerance. Some people manage to function with copious amounts of intoxicant in their system. Being intoxicated is being intoxicated: some can work with it, some can't. I wouldn't recommend getting drunk and working on something which requires fine motor skills. I also would not recommend doing the same with weed.

about a year ago
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The SEC Is About To Make Crowdfunding More Expensive

MakerDusk Re:Overreach (366 comments)

Blueprints? Schematics? Verilog files? Simulation runs?

I could make very informed decisions with those... I could also provide the occasional pointers, as an investor, to keep items on track. Seeing that a company is actually working to make designs better, the results of the simulations, and how close the company is to bringing a new product to market... but then what would happen to the corporate espionage industry? Also, we'd end up with investors with science behind them, and that's kind of a scary thought.

about a year ago
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Are High MOOC Failure Rates a Bug Or a Feature?

MakerDusk Re:Consider the tech book (122 comments)

I see them in the exact same way. MOOCs make excellent reference material: complete with how-to videos and explanations. If you're really lucky, you get one under git versioning control.

about a year ago
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Are High MOOC Failure Rates a Bug Or a Feature?

MakerDusk MOOC: failure is still success (122 comments)

I'll often join a MOOC that is already well in progress (even after they are complete), take what information I wish to learn from it, and then never return. I do, however, still leave it registered in case I need to refer to it at a later point. With no pressure to simply pass, I take what I need, the pass be damned.

about a year ago

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What follows shouldn't have been possible, but Verizon managed to pull it off:

MakerDusk MakerDusk writes  |  about a year and a half ago

MakerDusk (2712435) writes "This evening, on a network I administer, I noticed an oddity with Verizon's mobile network. Two unique users on different devices with the same WAN IP.

Posted with the users' permission
* Client connecting: Tootsie (yaaic@99.sub-174-229-xx.myvzw.com) [174.229.xx.99] {?} [Tootsie]
* Client connecting: Laen (yaaic@99.sub-174-229-xx.myvzw.com) [174.229.xx.99] {?} [Laen]

After some investigation, it turned out to be a NAT collison on the Verizon end. The devices in question were a Sony Xperia and a Droid X. As can be expected, the phones fought for a bit, including freezing. Even after multiple restarts, the phones continued to obtain the same IP address from Verizon. At the moment, both phones are offline, and are unable to obtain a signal, thusly forcing the users to move back to their computers in order to continue fueling their IRC addiction.

To all this, I only have one thing to say: well done, Verizon."

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