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Pebble Time Smartwatch Receives Overwhelming Support On Kickstarter

Noah Haders Re:Watches (136 comments)

You didn't think before you replied! I'm a lady!

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Pebble Time Smartwatch Receives Overwhelming Support On Kickstarter

Noah Haders Re:Watches (136 comments)

some of us don't wear pants and it makes it a real pain to dig out our phones (think about this before you respond)

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Pebble Time Smartwatch Receives Overwhelming Support On Kickstarter

Noah Haders Re:Watches (136 comments)

sounds cool. does it work iwht iphone?

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100 Years of Chemical Weapons

Noah Haders Re:Fritz Haber (224 comments)

I would also question the idea of Haber developing artificial materials using the Haber process.
It made ammonia which is a naturally occurring compound and ammonia made by the Haber Bosch process is identical in all ways to that which is formed by nature.

yes this is the very exact point. Before Haber you had to haul saltpeter across the globe to have the materials you needed to make fertilizer and dynamite. After Haber one could make as much of this stuff as you wanted without needing the natural materials. think of it more as a supply chain problem and solution.

Also there's not really a difference between dynamite and tnt.

2 days ago
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100 Years of Chemical Weapons

Noah Haders Re:Fritz Haber (224 comments)

nobel's invention was limited because it required naturally-occurring saltpeter. haber developed artificial materials so the quantities were not limited by natural ingredients.

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100 Years of Chemical Weapons

Noah Haders Re:Fritz Haber (224 comments)

Thank you for the clarification. I think the overall point still stands.

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100 Years of Chemical Weapons

Noah Haders Re:Fritz Haber (224 comments)

yes it's crazy, no? Nobel invented the process of making TNT, but it required naturally-occuring saltpeter. Haber invented the process to make artificial saltpeter, which meant TNT could be made in a factory without needing to import the saltpeter from overseas. The same german factories that produced nitrogen fertilizer to make food also produced the TNT for war. the intersection of science and society is a weird place!

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100 Years of Chemical Weapons

Noah Haders Fritz Haber (224 comments)

Fritz Haber was an interesting guy. He won a Nobel Prize for synthesizing ammonia from atmospheric hydrogen and nitrogen. This was the basis of nitrogen-rich fertilizer that basically fed the world by making crop lands more productive. But he also developed the chlorine gas for the german govt and advocated for its use. Two weeks after the first chlorine gas attack his wife killed herself with his service revolver after an argument over its use.

3 days ago
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Humans' Big Brains Linked To a Small Stretch of DNA

Noah Haders Re:life imitates art (95 comments)

what do you want to do tonight? the same thing we do every night -- try to take over the world!

4 days ago
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Humans' Big Brains Linked To a Small Stretch of DNA

Noah Haders Re:Say... (95 comments)

what do you want to do tonight? the same thing we do every night, try to take over the world!

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can Technology Improve the Judicial System?

Noah Haders Re:It is not about technology (182 comments)

Perhaps you can push for a city ordinance to put all the municipal codes up on the city website. that sounds like a good sunshine law.

4 days ago
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Apple Will Let Users Test iOS Beta Versions For the First Time

Noah Haders Re:*beta* program (54 comments)

Yosemite beta one messed with my mailbox such that I couldn't load any of my desktop mail. This wasn't fixed until Yosemite public beta 3. But I can't get mad, it was beta software and they fixed it before the open release.

5 days ago
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Apple Will Let Users Test iOS Beta Versions For the First Time

Noah Haders Re:*beta* program (54 comments)

You "data" is still anecdote. Presumably, a smart person could actually do a data analysis of the forum posts to find how a particular piece of software compares against others. But this would require extraordinary rigor to do defensibly.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can Technology Improve the Judicial System?

Noah Haders Re:It is not about technology (182 comments)

What you're hinting at in both examples but not saying outright is the need for lawyers, which means money. Our current regilatory and justice system requires people to hire a lawyer. This has nothing to do with access to records and won't change regardless of the technology used.

5 days ago
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Apple Will Let Users Test iOS Beta Versions For the First Time

Noah Haders *beta* program (54 comments)

I hope people take this with a grain of salt and remember that this is an old-school beta program, in which the software *mostly* works, but many eyes are needed to make the final bugs shallow. Google and others ruined the term by calling so many products "bata" for years after their wide introduciton. As a result, during Yosemite's open beta last year, people we're complaining that the software "wasn't ready for prime time". No kidding!

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can Technology Improve the Judicial System?

Noah Haders Re:It is not about technology (182 comments)

I'm pretty sure all regulations are available on the internet. you're right, it's harder to access cases for free, although it can be done. but considering that if you have a real need to be doing case research, you likely have a lot of money on the line anyway, there's no real fault to paying a bit to access cases online.

also there's systems for filing case briefs online.

it's true the prosecutor gets paid to get convictions. the heart of the justice system is the adversary system. for every prosecutor there's a defense lawyer, who's paid to get guilty people off regardless of what they've done.

5 days ago
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Why Hollywood Fudged the Relativity-Based Wormhole Scenes In Interstellar

Noah Haders Re:It was a movie--duh (132 comments)

whaa??? the moon is real, dumbazz. i shine lasers at it all the time myself.

5 days ago
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No Tech Bubble Here, Says CNN: "This Time It's Different."

Noah Haders Re:Isn't the difference (252 comments)

ive been using ddg for a while now as my delfault and I really like it. I would LOVE a ddg email service. noahhaders@duck.co, how cool would that be!

5 days ago

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Let's talk about #GamerGate

Noah Haders Noah Haders writes  |  about 3 months ago

Noah Haders (3621429) writes "It's been a while since #GG has been foaming at the mouth, and I feel like we've never had a good nerdrage post about it. So let's get it out of our systems! I'll ask the question: What do you think about #GamerGate? What lessons should a budding games designer take from this?"
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Google buying satellite constellation network; will watch your every movement

Noah Haders Noah Haders writes  |  about 8 months ago

Noah Haders (3621429) writes "The Wall Street Journal profiles one of Google's recent acquisitions which has implications on mapping, competitive intelligence and even privacy. Skybox Imaging is an intelligence company that by the year 2018 will be able to take satellite imaging to the next level:
By the time its entire fleet of 24 satellites has launched in 2018, Skybox will be imaging the entire Earth at a resolution sufficient to capture, for example, real-time video of cars driving down the highway. And it will be doing it three times a day.
The ability to take such frequent imaging will certainly aid Google's Maps product, but it also opens up a market for competitive intelligence. Skybox says they are already looking at Foxconn every week and are able to pinpoint the next iPhone release based on the density of trucks outside their manufacturing facilities.

Google plans on initially using the technology to improve their Maps product, potentially providing more up-to-date satellite images, but Skybox executives have long term plans for offering their data to outside developers for a fee."

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