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Minerva CEO Details His High-Tech Plan To Disrupt Universities

OneAhead Re:This Republican scam to destroy education... (90 comments)

if they still held to the political philosophy and beliefs they held in 1860

I'm not judging the rest of your post, but this here is a silly argument. In multidimensional political space, the one-dimensional Democrat-Republican axis of American politics has turned 180 degrees since 1860. It's like two fencers who were so busy fighting each other they didn't notice they switched position. Which is a nice demonstration of how ridiculous a two-party system is.

11 hours ago
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Minerva CEO Details His High-Tech Plan To Disrupt Universities

OneAhead Re:Zontar the Mindless - backup your libel (90 comments)

It is beyond me why you waste your time replying to this guy. What he does is just attention-seeking behavior, and you're encouraging it by acknowledging him. Just ignore him; nobody in hell is taking him serious so you don't need to worry about defending your reputation.

I would even go as far as saying that even the sig is unnecessary. Hanging out the dirty laundry of someone who is clearly suffering from mental illness is a bit like beating up a little child for calling you names. Stiff upper lip and all that.

11 hours ago
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3 Former Astronauts: Earth-Asteroid Collisions Are a Real But Preventable Danger

OneAhead Astronouts are experts? (50 comments)

I'm not saying these guys don't have a valid point, but why is something important because an astronaut says it? Aren't astronauts usually pilots who received advanced training for going to space? How does their word carry more weight than scientists or analysts who have studied the subject their whole life? Again, their point may or may not be valid, but this is the kind of stuff that belongs in a Sunday newspaper. For "news for nerds", I at least expect an article in Scientific American.

12 hours ago
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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

OneAhead Re:Why do these people always have something to hi (331 comments)

There is one thing that, above anything else, determines a scientist's career: getting original research published. Where "original" implies "before your competitors". Which means letting your competitors look into what you're doing before it's published is career suicide. If you're gonna attach strings to your funding stipulating that every small tidbit you find should immediately be publicly available, then the only scientists who will want to work for you are the ones who publish dull uninnovative research.

Not to mention all the unnecessary animosity surrounding the many results that later turn out to be untrue but were thrown before the public before the person producing them got the chance to double-check (which often takes months). This is enough of a problem as it is already; given the breakneck competition, people often tend to publish too soon rather than too late.

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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

OneAhead Re:Why do these people always have something to hi (331 comments)

No doubt within less than two weeks, he'll be complaining about "intransparency and lack of reproducibility" again, as if he never saw GP.

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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

OneAhead Re:So what? (331 comments)

Whoosh.

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MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

OneAhead Re:Should or maybe not (213 comments)

Apart from hurricanes, which have been mentioned elsewhere in this discussion, there's also the obvious problem of someone who doesn't like you (in the case of the US, think N. Korea) sneaking in a submarine and scoring a direct torpedo hit on the reactor vessel. *Shudder*.

2 days ago
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MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

OneAhead Re:Not a retarded idea. No way. (213 comments)

Because the people designing it did not stick with the minimum legal specs for the seawall height like the geniuses at Fukushima had, but did some research on their own. And simply made the seawall much higher.

Yeah, and then once the water came over the seawall, the inevitable mayhem was exacerbated by:
* A lot of the electrical equipment needed to get the pumps up-and-running again being under the waterline and not sealed, so flooded and water-damaged
* The backup generators being placed in a vulnerable position
* The containment being an obsolete design, based on engineering principles that have long been discredited (but hey, there are many of those still up and running in the USA)
* Common "bugfixes" to mitigate some of the known weaknesses of the design (valves and stuff) not being implemented
* The spent fuel pools not being very well contained, and pretty full (endemic in the industry)

Hindsight is 20/20, but my point is, the industry can be made a whole lot safer just with some simple fixes, not to even mention newer designs that have passive cooling capabilities. If it would not have been dismissing its critics for decades, something this accident would never have been this bad, and the industry's future would not be threatened by public outrage. In line with what parent said, Fukushima Daiichi comes close to a "man-made disaster".

Conventional plants are not that bad, if they are designed by competent people. If you put them on barges, though, as these dudes are proposing, you are just adding to the potential failure modes, while not avoiding any that are impossible to handle. Not a good thing.

To be honest, TFA is a lot better thought-out than a nuclear-plant-on-a-barge, but even so, it remains a monstrosity that gives me the creeps just looking at the CGI.

2 days ago
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Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Released

OneAhead Re:versions (172 comments)

Looks like someone doesn't understand the process of big distros bugfixing, releasing and supporting stable kernels.

2 days ago
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Code Quality: Open Source vs. Proprietary

OneAhead Re:Not a surprise (132 comments)

Given the data in TFA, I would say this turned out to work rather well.

2 days ago
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GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

OneAhead Re:Strange.. (318 comments)

Not to mention the fact that smokers statistically have a lower lifetime healthcare cost than non-smokers, because they tend to die early and lung cancer kills quickly.

That used to be true about 20 years ago. Welcome to the 21st century! Nowadays, through the administration of expensive cancer treatment, they can keep them alive long enough on average to readily ramp up a higher-that average lifetime healthcare cost even if they were healthy most of their life. Or why did you think US health insurance companies and many governments in Europe suddenly started campaigning aggressively against smoking roughly 10-15 years ago?

2 days ago
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GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

OneAhead Re:Norway: super rich country with strong support? (318 comments)

American here. Aren't most other developed countries countries some of the richest countries in the world with a strong social support system? So the situations which make somebody homeless in the USA don't apply to other developed countries?

FTFY.

2 days ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

OneAhead Re:Free, less buggy, more usable, what's not to li (277 comments)

Ah, that would be the incremental saving of changes - good times! Another workaround was to use the Save as... function to save a fresh document with no incremental stuff in it. It even used to be posted on the Microsoft support site. AFAIK, they never got this feature right, and gave up on it when implementing the .docx format (I could be wrong!)

Wow, this must have been the first time I said something "positive" about OOXML.

2 days ago
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

OneAhead Re:Hello Zontar sockpuppet - Zontar does this (580 comments)

Hello Zontar sockpuppet - Zontar does this

Paranoid delusions - check.

Show us a post where I put up material on hosts where it doesn't apply.

All of them. Living in an alternative reality - check.

I would advice you try to take your meds on time and never skip them. It's really important.

2 days ago
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Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

OneAhead Re:Polution tax (156 comments)

Yes, they are funny, which many consequences, some difficult-to-predict. In fact, you are having way too much fun with this. Specifically, don't you think it's a tad disingenuous to focus on just a couple of cherry-picked possible consequences to make some political point? As a counterweight, here are some more (just as biased as your pick): more (manufacturing and such) jobs for the huge number of lowly educated jobless in the USA (many of which don't show up in the "job searcher" statistics because they've given up searching)
--> more people who can afford buying stuff --> better turnover rate of the consumer economy
--> more manufacturing in the USA --> economic growth --> more regular tax income --> opportunity to decrease regular tax rates and/or improve infrastructure
--> less people who are reliant on unemployment and other benefits --> less government expenditure --> opportunity to decrease regular tax rates and/or improve infrastructure
--> less people who commit crime out of desperation

3 days ago
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

OneAhead Re:APK? No. He's defending himself vs. libel (580 comments)

I was talking about you, APK. Zontar is not the one obsessively flooding the discussion with offtopic incoherent ramblings. It's not what you say, it's what you do.

3 days ago

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