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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

PortHaven Strange... (552 comments)

I remember 100+ degree days in Connecticut in the late 80's and 90's. Now I am much further south in Pennsylvania and rarely recall such days. So yes it is hard for me to believe that this is the hottest of all.

(And yes, I understand weather is not climate, but I am pretty sure this post is insinuating weather is climate so STFU.)

about two weeks ago
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Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines

PortHaven Wait.... (149 comments)

I thought I read somewhere that it was 10,000,000 kbps, or was it 10gbps?

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

PortHaven I encountered this once....TOTAL PAIN (USELESS) (702 comments)

Years ago I flew on Tower Air. Tower Air contracted their security through El-Air, as such they were ahead of where we are today. But one thing I always griped about was this policy being useless.

You see I had borrowed an old laptop (and I mean super old, where only the front half flipped up with a screen). The PC still worked, but the battery was long dead. So when they required me to turn on this ancient behemoth, we spent the next 20 minutes trying to find a plug so I could boot it. As soon as they saw it begin it's boot sequence, they gave me the okay. A lot of PITA for little benefit IMHO.

Why do I say this?

If anyone intended to build a bee oh em bee inside a laptop or cell phone. Why wouldn't you just take advantage of all the existing software and circuitry? It is a lot easier to just set a timer, use a program like Automate It, or even write your own basic Android app to control any such set up. A simple Bluetooth trigger and you can remotely detonate either an internal or external explosive trigger.

So in no way do I see requiring proof that a device turns on as adding anything to our security. Rather, it merely means all those people laid over for 4 extra hours and now with a dead battery on their iPhones will have to hand over their phones to TSA. (Who will make a LOT of money selling used iPhones until they get sued for having sold devices with personal data - after which they will just destroy them.)

Luckily, many Android users will simply keep a spare TSA battery on hand. And smart vendors will set up stands that sell "pre-charged" USB battery packs for $150/each right outside the security lines.

about two weeks ago
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Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

PortHaven UPDATE: Project now transferred (284 comments)

Yes, expect this project to be transferred to military control. Who will devise a mechanism to broadcast this signal en masse. The government's wet dream, the ability to shut down instantly all humans at will.

No more combatants, no more riots, just turn them off...

about two weeks ago
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Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

PortHaven The Real Issue (347 comments)

Is that we have to redefine the definition of a vacuum. Clearly, most thing of a vacuum as an area containing no mass. However, we should implement a more exact definition of a vacuum as an area not influenced by mass. (gravity, being the long range influence of mass)

Remove the influence of mass (including gravity), and C remains constant. I wager physicists will much more readily accept redefining vacuum than C.

about a month ago
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NOAA: Earth Smashed A Record For Heat In May 2014, Effects To Worsen

PortHaven Re:GLobal warming scien is simple (547 comments)

Curious, how much CO2 is released to form an island?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

How much during earthquakes?

Truth is, all this talk of natural balance of CO2 is hogwash. Read up on the Cretaceous period. CO2 levels were much higher. Temperatures were up to 20 degrees higher.

about a month ago
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NOAA: Earth Smashed A Record For Heat In May 2014, Effects To Worsen

PortHaven Funny.... (547 comments)

Everyone I know has been complaining that this summer is unsually cool. I've heard several complaints throughout June that so many days have been barely warm enough to go swimming.

I joked the other day, not to worry, we'd still hear claims that it was one of the hottest years on record. And lo and behold, just a few days later and here be the claims.

Arr...

about a month ago
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Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

PortHaven Why Netflix caved.. (364 comments)

Because now that they have paid Comcast. Netflix has the potential to claim actual financial damages, allowing them to bring a case all the up to the Supreme Court.

about a month and a half ago
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Evidence of Protoplanet Found On Moon

PortHaven Is anyone else as confused as I am... (105 comments)

Okay, so these rocks are found on earth and the moon. So um...how do we know they're alien? And not native to the Earth/Lunar system?

about a month and a half ago
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Apple WWDC 2014: Tim Cook Unveils Yosemite

PortHaven Wait.... (411 comments)

Cranky is a compliment, right?

about 2 months ago
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Study Finds Porn Exposure Associated With Smaller Brain Region

PortHaven For this study to be accurate... (211 comments)

It would also need to denote how often said individuals had rewarding sex?

Perhaps these men looking at porn, are also having very little sex. And thus said region is smaler.

about 2 months ago
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Why Snowden Did Right

PortHaven Re:Snowden did the right thing ... (348 comments)

a) we do not know if he in fact did such.

The smartest thing is to leave data with a few individuals. Then head to a hostile nation.

b) America didn't leave him much choice. If we had some real whisper blower protections, maybe he'd be in America under house arrest. But instead, we throw such in solitary confinement.

c) China probably had most of it, and data about America spying on its own people is not all that relevant to Russia other than the public humilitation it brought.

about 2 months ago
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What Caused a 1300-Year Deep Freeze?

PortHaven Re:Eh? (258 comments)

My respect for Slashdot moderators has fallen even further....

about 2 months ago
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What Caused a 1300-Year Deep Freeze?

PortHaven Did that article actually make sense to anyone? (258 comments)

I've written worse, granted. But the whole article seemed to be dismissing the impact cause, and declaring other causes were not evaluated and seeming to postulate a new understanding. And then, in the end, it really seemed to simply be an article questioning the carbon dating, and pointing to sedimentary record as a preferred method of dating and demonstrating an impact wiped everything out.

Huh...what?

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

PortHaven In other words... (784 comments)

California should build MASSIVE quantities of desalanization plants along the coast. So that we can keep the oceans properly salined. While extract massive amounts of water to turn the entire southwest into a lush green sub-tropic region, and keep sea levels in check. Start now!!!

about 2 months ago
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US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

PortHaven Nope... (627 comments)

Because history shows such great fluctuations. This is all very very normal. In fact, what history "mostly" points out, is that the 1900's were in fact an unusually calm and stable period. (ie: abnormal).

In fact, one might in fact argue that all of the pollution, CO2, etc. Had not enacted climate change, rather something far more dangerous. "Climate Stabilization".

about 3 months ago
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US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

PortHaven No... (627 comments)

In fact, pretty much every one has been declared NOT to be caused by global warming. Nor in excess of prior events. Except by the media and propagandists.

about 3 months ago
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US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

PortHaven Why it's so hard to believe... (627 comments)

Today, the NY Times had a map of the U.S. And it compared 1910-1960 temperatures to 1991-2012. And exclaimed how much hotter the U.S. was.

A few things to note:

1. The traditional south around the gulf was actually cooler.

2. 1901-1960 is a mere 60years. 1991-2012 approx. 20 years. That is an extremely small section of climate, and I would argue far too small to have ANY statistical relevance.

3. Why were the years selected? Why not 1901-1955, and 1960-2010. How does 2001-2012 compare?

4. Most of the temperature increases are 1 degree. A few spots 2 degrees. Obersvations:

> the northeast is a bit warmer, but the southern gulf area is cooler. So it appears there has been some shift in circulation.
> many of the areas that have seen the most warming highly populated areas: Southern California (LA/SD), Northeast corridor (NJ/NYC/CT/RI/Boston/Portland). Alberquerque, NM....lit up in red. Granted NOT all that is lit up red corresponds to population centers but a lot sure does. Oh, and that Montana, Minnesota, etc corridor that is red at the top. Well look at a population map of Canada and you will see that nearly 90% of Canada's population lives just north of the U.S. border. So I wager that represents Canada's population growth. Yes, there are some weird anomalies in Nevada, Utah and Colorado that do not correspond well to populations. But they in fact do...if you understand that entire region is the river basin that feeds the southwest. And that California's immense consumption of water has significantly reduced the water present in those regions.

If anything, this map represents to me a clear demonstration of the heat island affect of urban areas. Something most global warming alarmists glaringly deny, but which many others have put forth evidence to substantiate. (Oh, I should point to the fact that they only deny it when it regards the U.S., they're more than willing to accept said postulation when it relates to cutting down South American rainforests. Which should be stopped. We should be using bamboo, hemp and other fast growing weeds and grasses for consumables.)

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05...

about 3 months ago

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Adobe launches AIR, open-sources the Flex SDK

PortHaven PortHaven writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PortHaven writes "Today Adobe launched several products and initiatives:

- AIR, Adobe's integrated runtime environment which brings Flash to the desktop has gone live.
http://www.adobe.com/products/air/

- The release of Flex 3,and the Eclipse based Flex Builder 3, were launched! Along with the new release, Adobe's Flex SDK has also gone open-source. Adobe has launched a new website in support of the Flex SDK, BlazeDS & Tamarin.

Definitely an exciting day for many of us RIA developers."
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1-ton ROUS found...

PortHaven PortHaven writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PortHaven writes "The fossilized remains of a rodent measuring nearly 3 meters and weighing approx. 1 ton has been discovered.

The scientists believe the rodent, named Josephoartigasia monesi, roamed the earth about four million years ago...obviously readers of "The Princess Bride" know that these large rodents of unusual size continued to exist until the late 1800's in select regions of the world.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/01/16/super.rat/index.html"

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One million doses of vaccine recalled

PortHaven PortHaven writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PortHaven writes "Today on CNN.com a recall of one million doses of vaccines. The doses were not properly sterilized and could pose a risk of infection.

Recently, there was a post on Slashdot regarding YouTube videos containing misinformation on the dangers of vaccines.

While I agreed that most of the information put out is misinformed, outdated, or fear-mongering. I expressed concern that while the vaccines by design might be safe, there may be bad batches from the manufacturing process. Those seeming to suffer such ailments from vaccinations may have received a batch of subpar quality. A scientific study may show the vaccine to be safe when manufactured properly, while not taking into account the affect of poor quality batches.

However, even expressing such concerns on Slashdot easily gets one labeled as being anti-science. I am far from being an anti-vaccine advocate but I am also aware of modern day manufacturing processes and failure rates. Numerous studies have shown that manufacturing processes tend result in a portion being defective or of sub-par quality (be it chemical testing standards, Snickers bars, or Xboxes) — so how is it unscientific to point to this as a valid concern regarding vaccinations."

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PortHaven PortHaven writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PortHaven writes "Just received a notice from Comcast regarding future rate hikes. Essentially, Comcast is trying to force all it's broadband subscribers to use their TV service.

The rates were as follows:

$39.95 internet+TV
$49.95 internet only ($39.95+$10 additional fee)

The new rates for 2007 are as follows:

$42.95 internet+TV
$59.95 internet only

There is nearly a 40% cost difference if you decide not to subscribe to Comcast's TV. Yes, it is common to offer discounts for bundled services but Comcast has gone way beyond a mere bundle discount. The new pricing scheme is akin to McDonald's announcing that you can no longer buy a hamburger unless you also buy a coke and fries. Everyone understands the concept of the value meal. Buy a #1 and save 70 cents on your big mac, fries and coke. But what Comcast is doing is charging $7 for a #1 value meal. And if you just want to buy a big mac charging you the same $7.

Essentially, this pricing is designed to prevent customer from moving to alternatives. Now any difference in savings you'd gain by using satellite TV + cable internet is lost because there is now a $20 surchage. Presently, my household does not own a TV or subscribe to TV service instead we utilize Netflix and iTunes. The only real alternative to cable broadband is DSL. However, the telephone companies require you to have a landline (approx. $20). I, like many others in the younger generations have found no need for a landline (our cell phones do quite nicely) nor for TV service.

It appears I have no choice but to choose one or the other if I want broadband internet access. It's Monopoly! Do you choose to land on Boardwalk or Park Place?"

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