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Bill Clinton Backs 100 Year Starship

Palpatine_li Re:Methinks people don't appreciate the scales her (299 comments)

So a 100 year ship to Alpha Centauri requires a top speed of 0.08c. 0.08c is within the reach of the giant version of Orion. Snake oil defies natural law. Orion defies SPACE treaty only. Your assertion is without merit.

more than 2 years ago
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Pirate Bay To Offer Physical Item Downloads

Palpatine_li 3D printers are not scary (343 comments)

DNA synthesizers are. Guess TPB is going to have seeds for Ebola sequence in ten years and soon be labeled a terrorist site after that.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Working On Siri Competitor Majel

Palpatine_li Re:Google versus Apple (360 comments)

I thought that was the whole point of wolframalpha. Because it's really just an online demo for Mathematica, it can't let you do really complicated queries.

more than 2 years ago
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Human Survival Depends On Space Exploration, Says Hawking

Palpatine_li Re:Make it a religion (438 comments)

why not cult of singularity?

more than 2 years ago
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Man With Quadriplegia Controls Robot Arm With Mind

Palpatine_li Re:finally! a story that you can feel good about! (70 comments)

For your last question, I'd think not. ECoG is just metal on the cortex. Damage? Probably. But it's not inserted into the cortex, so you get way worse signal initially. It's advantage is signal doesn't deteriorate over time.

about 3 years ago
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Physicists Devise Magnetic Shield

Palpatine_li MRI can be much better with this (90 comments)

Now the problem with raising the magnetic field strength to get higher resolution is the the distortion of the field. Most of this distortion can be avoided just by shielding everything except what you are going to image in this magnetic shield.

more than 3 years ago
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Algorithmic Trading Rapidly Replacing Need For Humans

Palpatine_li undesired interactions and outcomes (331 comments)

And humans are less likely to have that, right? Because we have never had economic cycles, bubbles; and all government regulations went exactly like how they were supposed to be. But seriously, if we speed up everything, we will have much smaller bubbles and cycles.

more than 3 years ago
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German Court Upholds Ban On Samsung Galaxy Tab

Palpatine_li Re:Suck it, Android fan-idiots (314 comments)

9 months' research for a rounded rectangle. Jobs must really be a sadist to his designers that hard.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Details and Defends Its Use of Electricity

Palpatine_li Why should you or I care? (237 comments)

As long as they are paying an unsubsidized price for it, or they are investing an amount same or more than whatever subsidy in the included in the bill in green tech?

more than 3 years ago
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Krugman On Bitcoin and the Gold Standard

Palpatine_li Re:Keynes wasn't Keynesian (601 comments)

Exactly! Krugman is just a Keynesian, not an economist like Keynes. It's just like Christians to Christ (the famous Gandhi quote). Plus, Krugman won his Nobel prize for what? Model building in macro( international trading, in fact), the voodooist field in an already voodoo study like economy.

more than 3 years ago
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Will Climate Engineering Ever Go Prime Time?

Palpatine_li Re:Unintentional experimentation (281 comments)

How about sulphide release countering global warming? Where are the studies when we need them?

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft 'Ribbonizes' Windows 8 File Manager

Palpatine_li Good move (951 comments)

Now Canonical and KDE 4.0 team will not look so bad.

more than 3 years ago
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EFF Takes On Cisco's Role In China

Palpatine_li How is it different from regulatory arbitrage? (84 comments)

Following the same line why not ban companies from hiring from foreign countries with lower minimal wages? Selling retired weapons to build theme parks, anyone? Why not attack the root of the problem which is an oppressive government? Oh, btw, borrow trillions from such a government is obviously not good for the protection of human rights, right?

more than 2 years ago
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American Grant Writing: Race Matters

Palpatine_li Re:Why have any racial indicators? (464 comments)

How do you propose to erase name from a grant? How can anyone show you a publication list without revealing who s/he is? Also, many field are so small that anyone worth his salt (read enough literature) should be able to spot a fellow researcher just from the writing style.

more than 3 years ago
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Space Elevator Conference Prompts Lofty Questions

Palpatine_li Re:This is way harder than you think... (212 comments)

Obviously you haven't read any of the reports. There is at least one as linked by JoshuaZ, a report for a NASA grant for preliminary study, and one by the japan association of space elevator. They have considered more problems with SE than you can think of. Though their prediction of the material development was a bit too optimistic.

more than 3 years ago
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The End of the Gas Guzzler

Palpatine_li It's really not about the cost of compliance, (897 comments)

but what does the govn't have to do with the whole efficiency farce. It is the oil resource (and maybe CO2 emission) that has externalities. Tax those, but leave the fxxking trucks be.

more than 3 years ago
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Terror Attack On Norwegian Government

Palpatine_li Re:And this is on /. why? (401 comments)

Because this is in Norway? I thought only Finnish news get a blank pass for nerd news.

more than 3 years ago
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Fed Audit's Initial Report Reveals Trillions in Secret Loans

Palpatine_li Re:Ron Paul 2012 (499 comments)

I wish someone would give you a troll mod. Hard assertion without shit to back it up.

more than 3 years ago

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