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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 two weeks 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 a month 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 5 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 7 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 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

Punko Re:It is payday (669 comments)

Get evil genius from GOG. It loses steam in the mid-play , but the start and the end are fantastic. don't bother with the surface buildings (hotel casino, etc.) Pros don't bother with traps, either.

about 7 months ago
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Massive New Cambrian-Era Fossil Bed Found

Punko Re:It's the devil (108 comments)

Not a Christian stereotype, a fundamentalist one. I refuse to stereotype as Christian those that use the Christian moniker for such restrictive viewpoints.

I completely agree that most Christians believe in evolution and the use of science to understand the existing universe, regardless of the source of the Universe.

I don't know personally anyone who believe in the literal truth of the various holy books lying around.

As someone placed in the Christian faith not by my choice, it bugs me when folks use "Christian" as a descriptor to mean "I do what I want, how I want, in the name of Christianity". Folks like that have no issue treating certain other folks badly, all in the name of some misguided (my opinion) understanding of certain phrases.

about 7 months ago
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Massive New Cambrian-Era Fossil Bed Found

Punko Re:It's the devil (108 comments)

I always though the Fundamentalist position was that fossils were put there by God, so as to test the faith of hapless followers.

Colour me surprised.

Thank goodness neither position has anything to do with the real world.

about 7 months ago
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Man Jailed For Refusing To Reveal USB Password

Punko Re:freedom... (374 comments)

It has been obvious for a long time, that when it comes to privacy of the person and their rights when in conflict with the demands of the state and defending these rights in court, that the subject of the court case will be a scumball.

Just because he is scum doesn't mean he doesn't have rights. Someone's grandmother up on similar charges, we could all support defending their rights, unfortunately, they are not the ones likely to end up with those charges in the first place.

about 7 months ago
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The Second Operating System Hiding In Every Mobile Phone

Punko Re:Excessive Peer Review is Anti-Capitalist (352 comments)

I can see how my comments addressed items not in your original post. I will say that I agree that those agencies providing review of trustworthiness of a product, must themselves, be open to inspection. If I need to trust person B to review device X to inform me as to whether I should trust that device, I need satisfaction that B can be trusted. From this position, both aspects of trust are the same. However, I will maintain that no enough is done in our marketplace (primarily due to governments not wanting to limit their own reach) to ensure the security of our private communications. The telecom and data industries are only limiting themselves to what is required by law. There is no advantage to them to provide better security, and I have no doubt, that there is considerable pressure not to. Here, the market does not provide the device, service, or product I desire; either limited by legislation or by actions from state agencies.

about 10 months ago
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The Second Operating System Hiding In Every Mobile Phone

Punko Re:Excessive Peer Review is Anti-Capitalist (352 comments)

I cannot agree on this. There is no double standard here, only different standards applied to different concepts. When I produce a product for public consumption where that device facilitates a protected right, the device should be tested for its ability to be trusted. i.e. source code public and/or peer reviewed. My personal communication is protected. The software for my device to facilitate that communication should be trusted, and the only way to ensure that trust is to have its functionality peer reviewed.

There are different standards here, because there are different rights at stake, and they have different values.

about 10 months ago
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The Second Operating System Hiding In Every Mobile Phone

Punko Re:Excessive Peer Review is Anti-Capitalist (352 comments)

Sorry Sunshine, you're mixing apples and oranges. He's advocating peer-review for technologies to be widely used and trusted by people. He's advocating privacy and anonymity for people. You are trying to say that asking that the tools we use to privately communicate should be trusted, because the corporate bodies that make them deserve to be trusted. People have the right for private communication, with the exception of pre-authorized, court sponsored, evidence gathering. People are allowed to be anonymous. We do not have to carry papers when we travel locally/internally. We are free to associate. I do not have to trust that the software you have installed on a device that that I own. I certainly do not have to give up my rights to grant rights where they do not belong

about 10 months ago
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Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

Punko Re:DST ... Match it up? (462 comments)

Change the clocks before Hallowe'en, that way its dark when the kids go out. Changing it afterwards is stupid. Somehow trick or treating when its not dark is just wrong. Lighting effects and such don't have much impact when its not dark.

about 10 months ago
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Artificial Blood Made In Romania

Punko Re:this project (232 comments)

With only 1/4 the oxygen pickup, this protein would likely not be a substitute for your own blood, but it could be something to tide you over until you could get a proper top up.

about 10 months ago
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Saturn In All Its Glory

Punko Re:Rainbow?! (75 comments)

If memory serves, artifacts like this are caused generally from the timing difference from the 3 colour images that were superimposed on each other to get the composite colour image.

Other Saturn images are similar artifacts. The astronomy site talks about them on another Saturn picture page.

about a year ago
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Personal Genomics Firm 23andMe Patents Designer Baby System

Punko Re:Genomics? (171 comments)

I once used Genomics as the name of a boardgame I developed, where the basis of the game was earning money by breeding gnomes.

I think, however, I spelled it Gegnomics.

about a year ago
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Aeroscraft Begins Flight Testing Following FAA Certification

Punko Re:Nice... (158 comments)

So, you've discounted the fact that we won't be using a flammable substance for the ship's skin, and we won't be using a flammable gas for lift ? Helium doesn't burn/explode, and neither does the intended skin.

Those that dies in the Hindenburg were burned by diesel fuel spilled when the skin and lifting gas ignited. So on the whole, I'd say we have learned from History in this case. Of course, we still drive to work knowing that this is the least safe commuting option.

1 year,6 days

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

Punko Punko writes  |  about 9 months 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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