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Lawrence Krauss: Congress Is Trying To Defund Scientists At Energy Department

MrKaos Re:Status quo vs The Future (214 comments)

Renewable energy and "sustainable transportation" were largely tried in the 19th century and abandoned because they were too limiting. This isn't the real future, this is what reactionary conservatives like yourself want to take us back to.

Wow, that's interesting, I would have described myself as a radical technologist. I think left and right politics have consistently failed to deliver the important structural changes our society needs to adapt and prosper. We devalue science and engineering and try to over-over simplify things when it's just not appropriate.

Instead of good quality debate we get low quality politicians driven by funding from corporate sources, and they want what they pay for. In reality I think that the alternative energy sources like wind, solar and geo-thermal are appropriate sources of technological development for the next 100 years while we get nuclear power engineered properly for the next 1000-5000 years. But that's close to impossible now because the debates about all of these things has become so polarized that people have forgotten things like compromise, wisdom, truth and fact.

And the science of anthropogenic global warming was reported right here at /. before it was trendy to talk about it. The debate was considerable different too, considering the merits of the science as opposed to how convincing the lobby groups are.

And alternative energy will mean an explosion of activity in IT to deploy control systems to manage energy. The cruel irony is countries like America and Australia are so abundantly rich with wind and solar resources that the future is practically begging us to lead the way, yet we choose to dig our heals in and forget that we used to do difficult things and solve hard problems.

You call me a conservative, but what does that mean any more? What does a liberal mean anymore? I like capitalism because when an idea is bad or has had it's turn, it collapses and something new takes over. Well the music industry is one of many examples that show us all that the vested interests CAN halt change, so what we have isn't capitalism at all, it's corporatism.

New ideas and thinking don't stand a chance against that sort of money.

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Lawrence Krauss: Congress Is Trying To Defund Scientists At Energy Department

MrKaos Status quo vs The Future (214 comments)

I watched Krauss on Q&A and WOW, what a great scientist he is. I thought to myself, this is one of the reasons people look up to America, because they have all these great thinkers that we can learn from.

Unfortunately Australia sometimes takes the lead in being backwards thinking and it's no secret here that many of our accomplished leaders in creating solar energy are now in America. Now it seems American politician are looking to Australia for methods to embed the status quo. This looks a lot like the Australian government scrapping the independent Climate Commission (made up of scientists), but legislating to avoid, what happened here, a relaunched Commission funded by the public as citizens instead of as taxpayers,.

And like a dying animal the status quo tries to kill the future. This is not a generational issue because some of the older generation know what the issues are and trying to make things better to minimize the consequences and costs the younger generations that will experience. However, the people controlling energy and its future, now, will be dead by the time the effects are here, so for them why wouldn't they have all the benefits of cheap power when they will never experience the downside of it.

They struggle for 50's thinking to be relevant in the 21st century, but have compunction imposing it and since the science is so convincing the only thing left to do is muzzle the scientists. It's madness.

yesterday
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

MrKaos Re:Pft (907 comments)

tl;dr

2 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

MrKaos Re:Pft (907 comments)

The basic point is: when you're threatening a violent crime against a person who may well have been a victim of such, and even if they haven't, very likely has friends who have and is more than aware of their vulnerability in this regard, that's taking it to a whole different level.

Unfortunately, I have encountered women and men with such experiences and you are right.

I think we also have to look at the kind of people issuing those threats in the gaming forums. Realistically they're unlikely to have social interaction beyond gaming and their life experiences is gaming. I doubt they have the compassion or sensitivity to understand the damage they do and are taking out their pent up frustrations on women.

Their lack of confidence when faced with a real woman would more than likely make them fumble and stutter and I doubt they would have the confidence to approach a beautiful woman at all. So when a woman is in this deodorant lacking, personal hygiene optional, gaming world, those barriers are eliminated and they somehow feel entitled to vent and direct their frustrations.

Gamers live in the game world, where such threats are meaningless, flesh wounds are repaired with a healing pack and a new life is just a game away.

2 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

MrKaos Re:Pft (907 comments)

She's not talking about comments like "nice ass" as much as she's talking about comments like "die, you fucking cunt!"

Why is this moderated troll?

The very first paragraph of the article says she got a death threat and that they know where she lives. Do people even read the articles before moderating anymore?

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EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power

MrKaos Re:headed in the wrong direction (230 comments)

It is. But I guess you have to be there.

What do you mean? You aren't there?

3 days ago
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EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power

MrKaos Re:Some studies on Tritium (230 comments)

Not the same AC, and unfortunately I don't have time to look up the sources, but I remember distinctly coming across studies before showing that there is not much distinction between external and internal sources when dealing with cells (not to be confused with external vs. internal sources for the body, which have a huge difference).

Sounds interesting. Was there any data about a radioisotope that was organically bound? The studies I read show radio isotope analogues became more mutagenic in that scenario.

This actually came as a surprise. It was supposed to be a test that some sources of radiation had a higher biological effectiveness due to being in the cell and especially with elements that are components of DNA, but results came up the opposite. While DNA is sensitive, it doesn't have a particularly high concentration of the composing elements compared to other parts of the cell, and the multiple induced ionization over some short distance made it not matter much if the atom was actually in the DNA when there was a bunch outside too.

Perhaps the low energy characteristics of the radioisotope trick the cell into duplicating more errors in the DNA that it normally would. Still mutagenic radioisotopes inside the body - doesn't make for a happy ending.

I don't remember if it specifically included tritium though, which has a rather low energy decay, and it excluded effects of other isotopes that due concentrate in the nucleus (some heavy metals and elements not normally used in biology).

Perhaps another low energy beta emitter, it seems the low energy beta characteristics of tritium make it a prime cause of transgenic disease. Like I said, I would really like to see that study - if you find it - you know who/where to find me.

4 days ago
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Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

MrKaos Re:In Nam (204 comments)

I just ran out of mod point - this is probably one of the most interesting "where were you when they landed on the moon" stories I've heard.

Apart from actually being on the moon

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Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

MrKaos Re:And today (204 comments)

"......same as it ever was ....same as it ever was ....same as it ever was ...."

same.as.it.ever.was

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EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power

MrKaos Re:headed in the wrong direction (230 comments)

I live at Yellowstone National Park above 7,000 feet. That altitude plus enhanced radon exposure from the volcanism probably means I'm getting a bit more than 1 mS/year too.

That sounds like a great place to live.

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Mt. Fuji Volcano In 'Critical State' After Quakes

MrKaos Re:Fukushima (151 comments)

Ah, yes. Your hypocritical ad hominems are quite pointless, you should know. And what "science and reality" went into you going off your rocker here?

It's called - being sarcastic - and having a laugh. There is nothing ad hominem about that post, it's modded troll because people feel threatened by something they don't understand. Including you.

It's so peculiar a failure mode...

When you encounter something so absurd, sometimes an equally absurd response is the only sane thing.

You really need to learn how to reason with someone who doesn't fully share your worldview. Free association babble just doesn't work.

Well I learn a little more every day. I don't have any animosity to you personally, and I actually agree with some of your posts unrelated to nuclear things. I just wish you would post some evidence to support your position, because you never do.

I don't expect you to understand parody, however it is a great cherry on the cake of my day that you read it - because that's how I feel when I read every one of your posts.

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EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power

MrKaos Re:headed in the wrong direction (230 comments)

it is the common view of medical and general science during the century-odd that we have discovered and been able to document radiation and its effects... that no amount is "generally recognized as safe" and standards need to be tightened.

In the end, you need evidence to back up such assertions not alleged consensus of vague groups of people.

Here you go. The story is discussing Tritium and here is some studies that you can go an examine yourself. I've copied the post for you to read.

These scientific studies are on the effects of tritium on living beings.

Some of them show that Triated water's effect is biologically mutagenic *because* it's a low energy emitter and it's characteristics makes readily absorbed by surrounding cells. The available evidence from studies conducted journal a list of effects. From those works;

Tritium can be inhaled, ingested, or absorbed through skin. Eating food containing 3H can be even more damaging than drinking 3H bound in water. Consequently, an estimated radiation dose based only on ingestion of tritiated water may underestimate the health effects if the person has also consumed food contaminated with tritium. (Komatsu)

Studies indicate that lower doses of tritium can cause more cell death (Dobson, 1976), mutations (Ito) and chromosome damage (Hori) per dose than higher tritium doses. Tritium can impart damage which is two or more times greater per dose than either x-rays or gamma rays.

(Straume) (Dobson, 1976) There is no evidence of a threshold for damage from 3H exposure; even the smallest amount of tritium can have negative health impacts. (Dobson, 1974) Organically bound tritium (tritium bound in animal or plant tissue) can stay in the body for 10 years or more.

It's often said "of all the elements in nuclear waste tritium is one of the more harmless ones" and while it's more benign than most other radioactive effluents it's toxicity should not be under-estimated.

Tritium can cause mutations, tumors and cell death. (Rytomaa) Tritiated water is associated with significantly decreased weight of brain and genital tract organs in mice (Torok) and can cause irreversible loss of female germ cells in both mice and monkeys even at low concentrations. (Dobson, 1979) (Laskey) Tritium from tritiated water can become incorporated into DNA, the molecular basis of heredity for living organisms. DNA is especially sensitive to radiation. (Hori) A cell's exposure to tritium bound in DNA can be even more toxic than its exposure to tritium in water. (Straume)(Carr)

First, as an isotope of hydrogen (the cell's most ubiquitous element), tritium can be incorporated into essentially all portions of the living machinery; and it is not innocuous -- deaths have occurred in industry from occupational overexposure. R. Lowry Dobson, MD, PhD. (1979)

References;

Komatsu, K and Okumura, Y. Radiation Dose to Mouse Liver Cells from Ingestion of Tritiated Food or Water. Health Physics. 58. 5:625-629. 1990.

Dobson, RL. The Toxicity of Tritium. International Atomic Energy Agency symposium, Vienna: Biological Implications of Radionuclides Released from Nuclear Industries v. 1: 203. 1979.

Hori, TA and Nakai, S. Unusual Dose-Response of Chromosome Aberrations Induced in Human Lymphocytes by Very Low Dose Exposures to Tritium. Mutation Research. 50: 101-110. 1978.

Straume, T and Carsten, AL.Tritium Radiobiology and Relative Biological Effectiveness. Health Physics. 65 (6) :657-672; 1993. [This special issue of Health Physics is entirely devoted to Tritium]

Laskey, JW, et al. Some Effects of Lifetime Parental Exposure to Low Levels of Tritium on the F2 Generation. Radiation Research.56:171-179. 1973.

Rytomaa, T, et al. Radiotoxicity of Tritium-Labelled Molecules. International Atomic Energy Agency symposium,Vienna: Biological Implications of Radionuclides Released from Nuclear Industries v. 1: 339. 1979.

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EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power

MrKaos Re:Some studies on Tritium (230 comments)

These studies are around 30 years old!

That's correct, and has anything changed? Do brains now grow to normal size when exposed to H3?

How do you respond to:

Smith, Geoffrey Battle; Grof, Yair; Navarrette, Adrianne; Guilmette, Raymond A. (2011). "Exploring Biological Effects of Low Level Radiation from the Other Side of Background". Health Physics 100 (3): 263Ãff"5. doi:10.1097/HP.0b013e318208cd44. PMID 21595063.

Looks like it could be interesting when it is complete. It is studying the effect of radiation on a bacteria.

Capece, D.; Fratini, E. (2012). "The use of pKZ1 mouse chromosomal inversion assay to study biological effects of environmental background radiation". The European Physical Journal Plus 127 (4): 37. Bibcode:2012EPJP..127...37C. doi:10.1140/epjp/i2012-12037-7.

which show an opposite effect?

Again, interesting. I will buy a full copy and go through it, so thanks. However, reading the part that is available says that it is studying the effect of cosmic (and lack of) on cells. I'm curios about the in-vivo model, so I will certainly set some time aside to examine and absorb it.

How do you respond to:

These studies study "emitted" radiation on cells not the effect of a radioisotope, like Tritium, as an "emitter" in the body. The changes being discussed are considering allowing more radioactive isoptopes, as effluent, into the environment, so if you are asking if these papers are relevant, not really. Certainly interesting though, and thank you for pointing them out Mr AC.

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EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power

MrKaos Re:Some studies on Tritium (230 comments)

The main thrust of relaxing is for Japan.

Then you have the sites in the USA that have got new paper work to run for decades more.

The "unusual event" reports on early warning alarm shuts downs at sites makes the US news over the past few years.

Then you have the US storage site clean ups.

A plethora of effluents.

Best to change national standards, stop funding quality US epidemiology, stop the tiny gov grants for books and books chapters on cancer clusters.

If you can't fix the problem, fiddle the figures.

Then over time the next generations of top medical staff will be very tame :) Great in the ER but none of that messy long term pathology study work that finds 'facts' over decades.

Coupled with things like the IAEA can exert publishing interdictions against the WHO when they study or publish something about nuclear effluents effect on humans it makes for a very tightly controlled flow of information.

Another trick is to only talk of basic external exposure issues. Never ever mention ingestion, lungs. That's a great talking point and can really fool the wider public.

Exactly.

So there is huge effort to get the talking points out about safe new numbers and lessen the mention of what is in the air.

It's disturbing that you refer to that as I have heard numerous reports of radioactive garbage exposed at Fukushima province being burnt all around Japan. It seems that distributing the materials affects that ability to get a control when doing a study as a basis for legal action. It seems some of the lessons learned at Chernobyl are being used in quit sinister ways to deny potential litigants access to legal remedies.

5 days ago
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EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power

MrKaos Re: Great news for all (230 comments)

Wow, you haters really have got to hate.

5 days ago
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EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power

MrKaos Some studies on Tritium (230 comments)

These scientific studies are on the effects of tritium on living beings.

Some of them show that Triated water's effect is biologically mutagenic *because* it's a low energy emitter and it's characteristics makes readily absorbed by surrounding cells. The available evidence from studies conducted journal a list of effects. From those works;

Tritium can be inhaled, ingested, or absorbed through skin. Eating food containing 3H can be even more damaging than drinking 3H bound in water. Consequently, an estimated radiation dose based only on ingestion of tritiated water may underestimate the health effects if the person has also consumed food contaminated with tritium. (Komatsu)

Studies indicate that lower doses of tritium can cause more cell death (Dobson, 1976), mutations (Ito) and chromosome damage (Hori) per dose than higher tritium doses. Tritium can impart damage which is two or more times greater per dose than either x-rays or gamma rays.

(Straume) (Dobson, 1976) There is no evidence of a threshold for damage from 3H exposure; even the smallest amount of tritium can have negative health impacts. (Dobson, 1974) Organically bound tritium (tritium bound in animal or plant tissue) can stay in the body for 10 years or more.

It's often said "of all the elements in nuclear waste tritium is one of the more harmless ones" and while it's more benign than most other radioactive effluents it's toxicity should not be under-estimated.

Tritium can cause mutations, tumors and cell death. (Rytomaa) Tritiated water is associated with significantly decreased weight of brain and genital tract organs in mice (Torok) and can cause irreversible loss of female germ cells in both mice and monkeys even at low concentrations. (Dobson, 1979) (Laskey) Tritium from tritiated water can become incorporated into DNA, the molecular basis of heredity for living organisms. DNA is especially sensitive to radiation. (Hori) A cell's exposure to tritium bound in DNA can be even more toxic than its exposure to tritium in water. (Straume)(Carr)

First, as an isotope of hydrogen (the cell's most ubiquitous element), tritium can be incorporated into essentially all portions of the living machinery; and it is not innocuous -- deaths have occurred in industry from occupational overexposure. R. Lowry Dobson, MD, PhD. (1979)

References;

Komatsu, K and Okumura, Y. Radiation Dose to Mouse Liver Cells from Ingestion of Tritiated Food or Water. Health Physics. 58. 5:625-629. 1990.

Dobson, RL. The Toxicity of Tritium. International Atomic Energy Agency symposium, Vienna: Biological Implications of Radionuclides Released from Nuclear Industries v. 1: 203. 1979.

Hori, TA and Nakai, S. Unusual Dose-Response of Chromosome Aberrations Induced in Human Lymphocytes by Very Low Dose Exposures to Tritium. Mutation Research. 50: 101-110. 1978.

Straume, T and Carsten, AL.Tritium Radiobiology and Relative Biological Effectiveness. Health Physics. 65 (6) :657-672; 1993. [This special issue of Health Physics is entirely devoted to Tritium]

Laskey, JW, et al. Some Effects of Lifetime Parental Exposure to Low Levels of Tritium on the F2 Generation. Radiation Research.56:171-179. 1973.

Rytomaa, T, et al. Radiotoxicity of Tritium-Labelled Molecules. International Atomic Energy Agency symposium,Vienna: Biological Implications of Radionuclides Released from Nuclear Industries v. 1: 339. 1979.

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EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power

MrKaos Great news for all (230 comments)

All this "NIMBY" greenpeace anti nuke fags really just don't know what they are taking about, anyone who knows about nuclear reactors will tell you that they are really great, super reliable and that the only reason that we have to pay for electricity is because it's waaay too cheap to meter it from a nuclear reactor and the utilities had to pay for meters.

I've often thought, "I would like some strontium 90 on my breakfast cereal" because it is tasty and good for you, plus you will win every fart contest. Recently it was conclusively *proven* that not only can you get a great suntan from the core of a reactor, but that radioisotopes have Vitamin C in it, so my advice to people would be if you are feeling a bit of a sniffle coming on, get yourself to a local nuclear reactor and ask to cuddle up to a couple of fuel rods and get toasty.

Chernobyl and Fukushima proved how safe Nuclear power is and we should all want one near us. Whilst evacuations of these areas have occurred Bruce Willis proved that you won't die at all from fallout from a nuclear reactor in "A good day to die hard". He lived and was stronger so we should move people back there so they grow up to be just like Bruce Willis.

Nuclear is perfectly safe and we can all have a nuclear future, in our back yards, today!

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

MrKaos Re:Free market economy (528 comments)

Well, as tough as it is, and as right as this senator may sound, this is the result of global free market economy. Companies get their resources where they are cheapest, regardless if this is parts or people.

Absolutely! Sacking everyone and hiring foreign workers is the path to full employment and prosperity for all people. When everyone is un-employed and grateful to work for a bowl of food, the country will be a much better place and everyone will be happier.

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Mt. Fuji Volcano In 'Critical State' After Quakes

MrKaos Re:Fukushima (151 comments)

I see your supporting your adgenda as a Nuclear apologist again.

At least, I don't go bug-eyed and rant four times about the shills modding down a single post

Of course you don't, you never present any facts of value.

And, as usual, your "argument" is easily demolished so the only thing you have left is your predictable ad-hominem attack, to which you readily resort.

(and the modding in question is as flamebait and off-topic, looks like appropriate modding to me).

Well you would say that because the science and reality of the situation doesn't fit into the agenda you promote.

about a week ago

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Gore Vidal, 1925-2012

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  about 2 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Gore Vidal was a significant presence in the American political landscape and though he was often controversial his love of American history was undeniable. A great voice for democracy in it's truest form his often acerbic criticism of the country he undeniably loved stemmed from disappointment watching it's long decline.

This iconic American died yesterday aged 86."

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Google buys Motorola

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "In a move said to "Supercharge the Android ecosystem" Google has bought Motorola for 12.5 Billion. Final approvals are pending but with the patent attacks on Android it will be interesting to see how this pans out."
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Today is Binary

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Like last year, it's a year with binary dates. I missed the binary days in 2010 because I was too busy to pick up on something so insignificant that won't happen for another ninety years. Yesterday is binary and new years day was. I count six more "binary" days throughout the year. Of course there are a whole lot of interesting dates during the first 12 years of the 21st century that have made corny release dates for movies like 02/02/02 and the 03/04/05 but because of the the way months and days are positioned in dates around the world it's only the binary days that happen on the *same* day around the world even if they work out to be a different decimal value. I find it interesting just because of how they are arranged but maybe there are some maths geeks who can actually make it interesting.

If you plan on popping the question to a significant other you might want to do it on 11/11/11 which translates to the ascii character "?""
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Church of Scientology - 'rife with shocking crime'

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "An Australian Politician, Independent Senator Nick Xenophon, has used parliamentary privilege to launch a scathing attack on the Church of Scientology. Under parliamentary privilege the senator is protected from legal responses from Scientology and has called for and inquiry into the tax free status of 'a cult rife with shocking crime'. Fighting intense pain from recent back surgery the senator joked 'Nurses actually found a spine in a politician' and is also a strong opponent of Internet filtering and censorship. Despite partisan moves to block the inquiry he has called for a vote on the inquiry in February. The Times has a full transcript of the allegations of a Senator who appears to have spent some time exploring COS's activities."
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New Small Quiet Concorde plans

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Designed by Skunkworks and dubbed the QSST by Supersonic Aerospace International a new super sonic passenger liner appear to have made it past the design phase and into the development phase. It's certainly an attractive aircraft with an interesting design said to be 100 times quieter than Concorde and able to fly at speeds of around Mach 1.8 whilst producing less emissions.

If this smaller version can be flown for longer at supersonic speeds over populated areas it may be able to overcome the biggest problems Concorde had, the sonic booms it produced that restricted it's supersonic flight."
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What if Sergey Korolyov had lived?

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  about 5 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "The Space Race that culminated with the Apollo moon landings was driven by the vision of Wernher von Braun on the U.S side and Sergey Korolyov on the Soviet side. Despite both being in the center of a maelstrom of two immense political machines both men were absolutely dedicated to bringing the space age into reality.

Korolyov put Sputnik 1 into orbit and thus began the space race. The Soyuz rocket family and spacecraft, designed and built under his guidance put the first man into space and continues to serve carrying crew and equipment to the International Space Station. His existence was a state secret that was not revealed until his death from cancer in 1966. It was a tragic loss to both sides as he injected vitality into the space race that ultimately meant the U.S could cut-back space spending.

At the time of his death Korolyov was working on a new project N1 moon rocket which was attempting to implement so advanced propulsion concepts. Given the man's drive, charisma and ability there is every chance he would have succeeded, even if the U.S ultimately got to the moon first.

Recent navel gazing in New Scientist about the Apollo program was interesting. But as an impetus, what if Soviet's were able to complete their moon plans and forced the U.S into spending more on space? What would our space programs look like now?"
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Star Trek

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "I just watched the new Star Trek movie and not only was it visually spectacular, the story was woven in a creative way. J.J. Abrams appears to have successfully 'rebooted' the story, leaving scope for new stories in a way Trek fans should appreciate. Abrams really has given viewers a sense of the sheer size of Federation Star Ships from within and blends the technology in a believable way. Characters are explored, where they came from and how they became who they are in a way that builds on the original stories instead of just throwing away story elements that other Star Trek movies have been known to do. There are a few hat tips to the original series, which people unfamiliar with Trek don't have to know to appreciate the movie. You can knitpick if you want to spoil it for yourself but, as someone who has watched Star Trek from when it first aired, I think Abrams has done a fine job. I'll be seeing it again. So get a ticket, leave your expectations at the door, have fun and enjoy Star Trek. Which is what Star Trek is about."
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Star Trek premier gets standing ovation

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Proving that Science Fiction can be great entertainment, J.J. Abrams appears to impressed Star Trek fans at the World premier of "Star Trek", who gave the film a five minute standing ovation at the Opera House in Sydney today. Meanwhile flummoxed fans at the Alamo Drafthouse theater in Austin, Texas, deceived into thinking they were seeing a special extended version of Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, were pleasantly surprised when a disguised Leonard Nimoy greeted them and announced they would be seeing the new film in it's entirety.

ILM's influence on the film is reported as visually stunning and lucky Australian fans are scheduled to see the movie first as it opens a day before the American release."
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2008, 10th Warmest year on record.

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Whilst cooler than recent years the World Meteorological Organization has listed 2008 the 10th Warmest year on record since records began and a UK Met Office press release titled Global temperature 2008: Another top-ten year. Just in case this horse hasn't been flogged enough looking back just one year the NOAA listed 2007 a Top Ten Warm Year for U.S. and Globe and Science daily citing (in 2007) Top 11 Warmest Years On Record Have All Been In Last 13 Years. Time to sell the beach side house yet?"
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Mining a wealth of your data

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "An interesting new scientist article about reviews a book 'The Numerati' about the extent and state of data mining and provides some interesting insights. From the article

Data is big business for the numerati. US firm Acxiom keeps shopping and lifestyle data on some 200 million Americans. They know how much we paid for our house, what magazines we subscribe to, which books we buy and what vacations we take. The company purchases just about every bit of data about us that can be bought, and then sells selections of it to anyone out to target us in, say, political campaigns.

How do you know who knows and if they need to know what they know? Now where is my tinfoil hat!"

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Lehman Brothers files for bankruptcy

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "150 year old American investment banking giant Lehman Brothers has filed for bankruptcy. The bank is so large that it's loss is causing gold prices to go up and several agencies are reporting on it's demise and the effect on financial markets around the world. Meanwhile Alan Greenspan describes the current banking crisis as 'possibly the worst in a century — including the 1929 Wall Street Crash.'

Not exactly news for nerds but pretty hard to ignore."
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Western Digital working on 20,000 rpm drive

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Western digital seems to be preparing itself for the onslaught of SSD drives affecting it's market by developing a 20,000 rpm hard drive. Similar to the Velociraptor line of drives, the new drives seem to be offering lower capacity as a trade off for higher seek and write times. Looks like the battle lines are drawn for a new series of development in the mass storage front."
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Open Source losing ground with charities

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Following recent discussions about Creative Capitalism, Open Source and Charities I found that Open source could do a lot better addressing the needs of charities who do not have the budget to afford the skills of I.T Professionals capable of implementing and maintaining the Open Source solutions that they really need. Is this a job for the various Linux User Groups out there, or is there a better way?

So come on slashdotters, they want our help, they need our help, how can we help?"

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DOJ to oversee Windows 7 Development

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Windows 7 already is being reviewed by U.S. government technical appointees, under the terms of Microsoft's November 2001 Justice Department settlement and final court judgment issued about a year later, a government-sanctioned "Technical Committee" has overseen Windows development. The TC is responsible for ensuring that Microsoft complies with the terms of the final judgment, investigating complaints about Microsoft abuses and regularly reporting on the company's compliance."
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Australia's Music mafIAA finds new targets.

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  about 7 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Australia's version of the RIAA, the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia's (PPCA) has found a new target for revenue raising, Clubs and Pubs (Public bars) by increasing royalty rates by %1500. Zeropaid http://www.zeropaid.com/news/8904/Music+Royalties+ for+Aussie+Night+Clubs+and+Dance+Parties+Increases +by+1500%25! reports that new royalty models will be based on capacity and not actual attendance, effectively charging clubs for the people who aren't listening to the music. Could be a good thing if the clubs decide to enlist more live bands."

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MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  about 7 years ago Pumping carbon into the atmosphere may not be the cause of Global warming, but it's absolute insanity to beleive we can continue to pump millions of tons of carbon into our atmosphere without consequences. Even if you subscribe to the belief that cyclic changes in the sun, or the earths orbital plane, are the causes of global warming, it's irrelavant - because our, and future generations, will still have to deal with global warming. This can only be achieved by having a sustainable energy infrastructure policy. I note that most of the people in that documentary are old enough so that if they are wrong they won't have to deal with the consequences. Global warming is happening, no matter what the cause, dealing with carbon emmisions are the first step. People may try to ignore the science, but it doesn't change the fact that is is happening.

The carbon emissions of industry that generates energy for society illustrates the much larger issue of externalities. Externalities are the waste and by-products of corporations, and they are not legally obliged to factor these into the cost of production of their goods or services. The cost of these externalities are offset to the community, because in theory, the community should have the resources to deal with the externality. Of course this was before we had corporations with economies the size of countries. Externalities can be anything from the toxic chemicals dumped into a river, the destruction of ecosystems, human rights violations from the abuse of cheap labor in third world countries, nuclear waste and of course carbon emissions from coal fired power plants.

Not factoring these externalities into the cost of producing a good or service reduces the cost. This reduction in cost forces the board of a company to take the lowest cost route available because, by law, the corporation is legally obliged to maximise the financial returns to the shareholder. Even if a board of a corporation agrees that it's is an undesirable course of action, morally wrong or clearly unsustainable environmentally, this fatal flaw in the design of a corporations legal structure prevents even the most environmentally aware directors doing what is right by the earth and ultimatley the human race.

Carbon trading is an attempt to put a cost on the energy industries externality (carbon emissions) so that a cost can be factored into energy production that burns coal. This very focused approach allows the issue of changing the law to force corporations to deal with their externalities, to be avoided. I'm not saying not to apply carbon trading, but this is the very layering of regulation that business complains about. The real issue is how much longer can we continue to destroy the very ecosystem that allows the human race to exist all because we allow this glaringly obvious legal flaw to continue.

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MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 7 years ago I beleive technology is a gift. Thats why I was so interested in computers when I was a kid, and eventually made a living of it. So much to learn, which opens more doors and continues to develop me, I'm constantly amazed, the internet is like a western in cyberspace.

Which brings me to slashdot, innocently I came here thinking this is just a web site where nerdy people talk about nerdy things, but it's more, much more. Over the years I saw it building itself into an insidious massive network of connected human nodes who 'must read slashdot'.

I didn't notice at first, when I started reading in the late nineties, it made an interesting alternative to the newspaper or a magazine, at breakfast, or with a hot beverage. I didn't think it would affect me but soon, it became more noticable, like, you could get by without a coffee or a morning tea, but you would'nt be happy about it.

Then, it happened, the shift was so subtle, like trying to recognise a face you think you know,

'must read slashdot'

Oh, no "I'm addicted" I thought. I never realised how wrong I was, it was far worse than addiction. I start posting, and slowly I realised, "I'm inside a hive mind", but had it seen me? I couldn't look away - not because it was beautiful, more like, looking at a accident in slow motion. But the reality was it is more like some small animal looking at the headlights of a truck, and I'm the small animal. I'd stared too long. I thought "borg", but even the borgs assimilation process seemed quick and merciful compared to the slow roasting over flame I'd seen some nodes recieve on slashdot.

i pray to the great superconciousness it doesn't happen to me....wait.I.was.born.a.

religion not defined

.....

i should get a subscription...resist..arrrrggggghhhhh...

must read slashdot.......nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

we are the slashdot..we.are.the.slashdot

You will be assimilated.i.have.been.assimilated

must read slashdot

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