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NASA Offering Contracts To Encourage Asteroid Mining

Punko Re:nasa: my qualifications (152 comments)

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

yesterday
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Interviews: Ask the Hampton Creek Team About the Science and Future of Food

Punko Re:What is it? (140 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.

yesterday
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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 a month 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 a month 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 2 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 2 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 5 months ago
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The Rise and Fall of the Cheat Code

Punko Re:DLC? (178 comments)

I play stock only. I imagine it is harder, but then the purpose of the game isn't to win, its to achieve. When I assembled my 1050t, 900 part mothership in orbit (13 launches) around Kerbin then flew it to Jool to explore all the moons at the same time using dedicated explorer ships, was it hard and rather tedious to do it without using a single mod or manipulating craft files? Damn right it was, especially when the part count got higher and the framerate dropped. Manual orbital maneuvers and docking can be a bitch at times.

Only ever considered the cosmetic mods, but never downloaded them when I saw the performance hit they all impart.

I just don't see the benefit of adding mods to take away the hard work, when the whole point is the effort. And yes, I only play minecraft on hardcore.

about 5 months ago
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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

Punko Re:WOWZA! (240 comments)

I don't use a mobile device. My cell phone is just a phone. My computer at work is for work stuff, my computer at home is for entertainment. My time in between is the time I use to not look at screens. When a mobile app is called for (my wife has a tablet) default apps do the job.

about 8 months ago
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Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

Punko Re:secession (506 comments)

Thank goodness the St. Lawrence isn't a provincial resource, its a Federal one.

Check that. Our current current Prime Minister is far more likely to sell the river to the US for a few beads then Quebec would.

about 9 months ago
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Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

Punko Re:Facebook hosted in Quebec? (506 comments)

"...people living there in the past."

That's the problem in Quebec. Too many of the Pequists do live in the past. They are trying to hold Quebec back from evolving like the rest of the world. When the premier of Quebec states in public that saying "bonjour, hi" as a greeting in a store with a bilingual clientele is unacceptable (as the entire greeting must be in French, in her mind), she is clearly not functioning in the real world.

about 9 months ago

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

Punko Punko writes  |  about a year ago

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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