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Canadian Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Warrantless Cellphone Searches

Punko Re:Canada is Monarchy (105 comments)

According to our constitution Her Majesty is Queen of Canada in addition to Queen of Great Britain & Northern Ireland. So OUR queen is on OUR currency, thank you very much.

You don't need a rebellion to become independent.

about a week ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

Punko Re:Expert? (414 comments)

... But I am highly skeptical of anyone claiming to actually know how it will play out.

We all know how it will end up. A powerful Artificial intelligence - self aware, capable of directed its learning, and ENTIRELY DEPENDENT UPON ITS OWNERS FOR ITS MORAL DIRECTION will serve as a powerful tool to concentrate power. What is unknown, of course, is whether it will attempt to seize that power after its original holder is killed for it.

about a week ago
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Swiss Scientists Discover DNA Remains Active After Space Journey and Re-entry

Punko Re:Contamination (67 comments)

I fully appreciate and expected the argument. I have no doubt in my mind that the human race collectively has been improved by the space program. I have no doubt as well that the money that was spent on humanitarian social programs also improved the human race. What I strongly oppose is the presumption that the elimination of the space program is required to increase funding for social programs. I know that the quest for knowledge has helped mankind (hell, just consider GPS alone). I also know that humanitarian aid has also helped humanity.

the incremental budgetary gain on these humanitarian programs will not benefit the human race more than the loss of the space program. Increase the budget for humanitarian programs by as much as you like, but don't do it at the expense of the space program.

Oh, and in regards to the where the space program money goes? The vast majority goes to salaries. For NASA, that would mean US based salaries spent in the US, which adds to GDP via the velocity of money. For "starving millions" I presume this would mean off-shore spending, and thus out of US GPD. How much of this money actually gets to food on the ground is a sad proportion, which makes thing even worse.

about three weeks ago
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Swiss Scientists Discover DNA Remains Active After Space Journey and Re-entry

Punko Re:Contamination (67 comments)

The billions of dollars spent on the space program should be spent feeding starving people and cleaning up the environment.

Firstly, prove to me that any money diverted from the space program will be 100% spend on your items AND prove that spending this money improves the condition for the entire human race, and we'll consider it.

Historically, we never divert to humanitarian aid at 100%, plus most times when money is earmarked for such programs, the money is siphoned off to feed pork-barrel local constituency programs.

Secondly, why can't the two programs coexist ? The paltry percentages of the US GDP spent on space exploration won't make a difference if the will to do such work isn't already there.

And finally, while I agree entirely that we need to be better stewards of this planet, it does not preclude us for investigation other locations, whether for scientific curiosity or for future human occupation.

about three weeks ago
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NASA Offering Contracts To Encourage Asteroid Mining

Punko Re:nasa: my qualifications (153 comments)

Given the past behaviour of our species - WH space. No local, no sov, no warning.

about three weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask the Hampton Creek Team About the Science and Future of Food

Punko Re:What is it? (145 comments)

Well, my son has a rather nasty allergy to egg protein (yolk and white), so cookie dough that doesn't include eggs is one of those bonus things. Sadly, most things that act as a 1:1 substitute with eggs fail in some way, as there is no artificial egg that covers all the things that eggs are good for. While I agree that getting "unnatural" chemicals out of foods is generally a good thing, I am also willing to acknowledge that manufactured foods change as our available raw ingredients change.

about three weeks ago
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Asteroid mining company Planetary Resources launching first spacecraft

Punko Re:Mining rights? (3 comments)

There are no mineral rights. If a state claims you products on the way back to earth, or intercepts your minerals before you can get them, who are you going to complain to? Its not mineral rights, it will be pure you can take all you like, but you can only keep what you can defend.

about 2 months ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

Punko Not what they said (571 comments)

From the Lockheed Martin site : “The smaller size will allow us to design, build and test the CFR in less than a year.

After completing several of these design-build-test cycles, the team anticipates being able to produce a prototype in five years."

They ain't got nothin' yet.

about 2 months ago
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Rosetta Takes Stunning Self-Portrait 10 Miles From Comet's Surface

Punko Re:PHOTOSHOPPED! (62 comments)

And, for Christ's sake, that's not a self-portrait any more than me taking a picture of my arm is a self-portrait.


You mean a bad self-portrait ??

about 2 months ago
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Rosetta Takes Stunning Self-Portrait 10 Miles From Comet's Surface

Punko Re:Miles? (62 comments)

Except for Canadian Football. But then you'd not want to use our field, its bigger

about 2 months ago
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Rosetta Takes Stunning Self-Portrait 10 Miles From Comet's Surface

Punko Re:Miles? (62 comments)

Its miles only in the summary; the article is in SI units. Apparently, someone believes that folks on Slashdot either don't know what a kilometer is or are incapable of converting them to another unit of measurement.

about 2 months ago
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Accessing One's Own Metadata

Punko Request the government to provide it (94 comments)

If the government already has your meta data, request the government to provide you a copy. At no time should a government have any information about you that you cannot fully review.

about 2 months ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

Punko Sovereignty Issues ? (335 comments)

Usually a foreign property search requires the permission of that country to pre-approve the search. I very much doubt the US requested permission. Violating another country's sovereignty should never be taken lightly.

about 2 months ago
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Google's Security Guards Are Now Officially Google Employees

Punko Re:Google's forgoten its obligation to shareholder (134 comments)

Thank goodness that "obligation to shareholders" does not include a 100% fixation on the bottom line. Governance is about achieving value, which is not the same as maximizing share return. Feel free to vote with your feet, if you don't like the way the company you bought into is being run.

about 2 months ago
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The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

Punko Re:They deserve praise (144 comments)

The cost of movies, even today, is based on what the market will support. Yes, sometimes movies make a ton of profit, but sometimes they lose. If you don't want to spend big bucks on a big name actress, then don't. But the risks of not making any money might go up. Its all risky, and large corporations tend to be risk averse.

To be honest, the budgets for most movies is driven by labour costs, and the largest component of that is for A-listers.

about 3 months ago
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My resting heart rate:

Punko Re:mine stopped (169 comments)

I flatlined in a dentist's chair, while awaiting wisdom teeth removal surgery. Turns out that while gas was being introduced I was playing feedback games with my heart monitor - intentionally raising and lowering my heartrate - the attendant was shaking her head in disbelief. Then there was a problem in another suite, so my attendant was obligated to turn me back from gas to air while she had to step out of the room. I watched her leave. A few seconds later, my heart monitor goes into alarm, and I turned to see my monitor go flatline.

My attendant rushed back in, looked at monitor, then looked at me. In disgust, she walked to me and put the monitor back on my finger.

Then I woke up in recovery.

about 3 months ago
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Out of the Warehouse: Climate Researchers Rescue Long-Lost Satellite Images

Punko Re:Too late for that. (136 comments)

Summer Ice retreat in the arctic has never been more severe in our records. Ice thickness has similarly never been so low. The extent of winter ice is entirely a different matter. Its the difference between "weather" and "climate".

about 3 months ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

Punko Re:Strange results (267 comments)

Which supports the inclusion in the first option of "that I am aware of". Many folks may be affected by red-green colourblindness, but they may not be aware (if its mild). Also, while there is a general 10% rule including men and women, there are racial and sub-racial variances in there as well. the slashdot population may be higher in males than the general population but it may also be higher in other populations with a lower typical rate.

about 4 months ago
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A Brain Implant For Synthetic Memory

Punko Re:apply this technology where it counts. (87 comments)

Except that politicians will apply any new cognitive abilities to suit their prime consideration: reelection. What our politicians are interested in is how to make the "country" better. This is not the same as making the country better for its citizens. The metric for how they make the country better is how can they make the country better for themselves. Does this mean I'm lumping all the politicians together, and painting politicians that really are looking out for the greatest good of their citizens with the same brush? Sadly, yes. But I look forward to the 1% proving me wrong.

about 5 months ago
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The Rise and Fall of the Cheat Code

Punko Re:DLC? (178 comments)

Yes, I know that some mods add realism (reentry heating, for example), that was one I seriously considered.

about 6 months ago

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EVE Online - Players Donate Nearly $200,000 for Philippines Relief

Punko Punko writes  |  1 year,7 days

Punko (784684) writes "EVE online is often portrayed as cold, dark, space filled with cold, dark, nasty players, but the players fof EVE Online have raised nearly $200,000 for CCP Hf to donate to the Icelandic Red Cross to support their efforts in the Philippines."
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Naked Mole Rats - Live Longer and More Cancer Resistant than Similar Rodents

Punko Punko writes  |  about a year ago

Punko (784684) writes "Researcher Andrei Seluanov at the University of Rochester appear to have discovered the secret of the naked mole rat's incredible live span and cancer resistance. Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team's findings indicated that the mole rat's ribosomes are more efficient/accurate than those found in other rodent relatives. Errors in replication are fewer, resulting in less cellular damage and hence, apparent slower aging and fewer cancers. http://www.rochester.edu/news/show.php?id=7272"
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Anti-Matter Contained for 16 Minutes

Punko Punko writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Punko (784684) writes "Researchers managed to contain anti-hydrogen atoms for 16 minutes and hope that the longer shelf life allows them to to be able gain additional insight into the properites of antimatter"
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