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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

MiniMike Re:Provided (242 comments)

Why not just use TenVolt?

Then when you lose the credentials to that, your name can go to ElevenVolt.

9 hours ago

Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

MiniMike Did they try looking next to them? (269 comments)

So they were wrong in their hypothesis that these 69 sites on the genome are related to intelligence. This does not mean that other sites on the genome aren't related to intelligence.

On top of that, the three gene locations that did seem to have a stronger correlation weren't involved in development of the nervous system.

So they really don't have complete knowledge of this extremely complex system. Not surprising. Time to review their assumptions, and come up with a new hypothesis to test. They still gained knowledge (what doesn't work), it's just not the knowledge they were hoping for.

about a week ago

Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

MiniMike No one knows everything, so... (226 comments)

The show touches on a somewhat wide range of technology and culture. There must be science related questions that are outside your area of expertise. Who do you contact for advice when you need it?

about two weeks ago

Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

MiniMike Guest stars (226 comments)

There has been a very impressive list of tech or geek related guest star appearances on the show (Stan Lee, Stephen Hawking, Neil deGrasse Tyson, ...).

Do you have any control over who guest appearances are written for?

Are there any tech related people who you would like to have on the show as a guest star, but have been unable to get?

about two weeks ago

In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

MiniMike Re:Stephen King and Rage (441 comments)

Yet strangely, I don't recall anything about Stephen King being arrested in the middle of the night and involuntarily committed to a mental hospital.

Yeah, just who do you think is going to voluntarily go to Steven King's house in the middle of the night?

about two weeks ago

Google Is Backing a New $300 Million High-Speed Internet Trans-Pacific Cable

MiniMike Re:Hmmm (135 comments)

That sounds great, but what happens when Google obtains monopoly status in your area?

A quick internet search indicated that there will be no problems, and that we shouldn't worry at all about this. I was then given a link to a free game download. BBL.

about a month ago

Ancient Worms May Have Saved Life On Earth

MiniMike Credit? (54 comments)

scientists say, these creatures kept oxygen concentrations at just the right level to allow animals and other complex life to evolve.

And they've regretted it ever since.

about a month and a half ago

Hotel Charges Guests $500 For Bad Online Reviews

MiniMike Know how to work with this one... (183 comments)

Say you had a legit bad experience there- so you wait the week or so until they return your deposit to unleash your torrent of critical reviews, or start burning through the deposit while you're still there.

If your experience there was so bad that you can't wait a week to post the review you should probably be talking to a lawyer first anyway.

about a month and a half ago

China Confirms New Generation of ICBM

MiniMike Re:Known since forever (224 comments)

This missile development effort has been known of since forever. Pictures of the TEL has even showed up.

So is it based on stolen U.S. designs, or stolen Russian designs?

about a month and a half ago

The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

MiniMike Re:I agree (140 comments)

The normal shells weren't penetrating the armour of the German ships, but the concrete filled training shells were punching right through, dealing surprisingly heavy damage.

That's because in their training the Germans were only exposed to abstract shells.

about 2 months ago

Hackers Ransom European Domino's Customer Data (including Favourite Toppings)

MiniMike Re:they'd better pay (100 comments)

where will they hide their faces then?

Probably in another pizza.

about 3 months ago

Cable Companies Duped Community Groups Into Fighting Net Neutrality

MiniMike My HOA is run by semi-literate morons, so... (170 comments)

I had to check if my HOA had been duped too, because this is just the type of thing they would do. They're not on the list, but if anyone else is interested they should check the list themselves to see if any groups they're members of are on it.

about 3 months ago

Britain Gets National .uk Web Address

MiniMike Re:Jayhawks (111 comments)

As a graduate of the U of I (no, not that one, the other- no not that one either. The good one. No, not that good one. Nevermind...) I can sympathize with the confusion aspect of this (although at least we keep our letters in the right order).

about 3 months ago

NSF Researcher Suspended For Mining Bitcoin

MiniMike Re:Throw the book... maybe literally at him. (220 comments)

Many of those systems have no (or minimal) idle time. Also, this misuse caused them to consume more power, and increased the wear on the systems components. There was a real impact from this. The $150k indicates a lot of cpu time was consumed for this, but TFA doesn't indicate how much- certainly more than would have been 'spare time'.

about 3 months ago

Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery

MiniMike Re:Hm.... (363 comments)

That's a small detail. If it can use tap water, it can also use water from the condenser coil or filtered rainwater collection. Or they could just add a small reservoir (similar to the windshield wiper fluid reservoir) which gets topped off when they change the battery.

Or they could just fill it up with the "amazing, mileage extending super water" which would be sure to hit the shelves soon after these batteries are released.

about 3 months ago

How Open Government Data Saved New Yorkers Thousands On Parking Tickets

MiniMike Re:The Real Story Should Be... (286 comments)

We'll need a follow up to see if they change the markings back in a year.

They'll probably just find other locations to 'fix' the markings on next month, and probably warn the ticket writers not to make it so obvious.

I'm surprised they haven't started disguising fire hydrants as newspaper boxes or trash cans, in order to increase revenue.

about 3 months ago

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Buys the LA Clippers For $2 Billion

MiniMike This might be good for the team (270 comments)

Their hang time should increase dramatically...

about 4 months ago

Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

MiniMike Re:Infectious diseases ... (493 comments)

You're forgetting that many people can not be immunized- babies, some elderly, people with compromised immune systems, people with other conditions. etc. These are the people who are most threatened. This threat is in addition to those mentioned in the other comments about mutations, and vaccinations not being 100% effective.

about 4 months ago

The Brakes That Stop a 1,000 MPH Bloodhound SSC

MiniMike Re:The solution (262 comments)

I heard that they were actually mortarfied with the results...

about 4 months ago



Tae Bo workout sent skyscraper shaking

MiniMike MiniMike writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MiniMike (234881) writes "According to CNN:

Seventeen people performing a vigorous Tae Bo workout caused tremors that forced the evacuation of a South Korean skyscraper earlier this month, the building's owners say. Scientists recreated the event in the 12th floor gym, according to a report in the Korea Times.

I don't know which is scarier, that they made such a flimsy skyscraper, or the sight of 17 scientists doing a Tae Bo workout. Hopefully they're better at it than the scientists I've seen in the gym (note that IAAS)."
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Mugging Victim Tracks Suspects Via IPhone's GPS

MiniMike MiniMike writes  |  about 5 years ago

MiniMike (234881) writes "According to The Pittsburgh Channel:

A CMU student who was mugged on a street in Shadyside helped Pittsburgh police catch the suspects using his iPhone....

He got on his computer and tracked his iPhone using its global positioning satellite chip. The feature allows users to pinpoint the location of their phone if it's ever lost or stolen.

Police officers tracked the three suspects to an Eat N' Park in North Versailles, where police arrested the men.

No word if the student was given the option to have his iPhone explode while the muggers were using it."
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