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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

PvtVoid Compelling reasons for an all-woman crew (392 comments)

Kate Greene, who wrote the linked article, took part in the first HI-SEAS experiment in Martian-style living, and has some compelling reasons for an all-women crew, energy efficiency chief among them:

Week in and week out, the three female crew members expended less than half the calories of the three male crew members.

Also, they stopped an asked for directions when they got lost.

2 days ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

PvtVoid Re:Ebola threat (478 comments)

in some places they have customs like washing the body of the deceased, then having the wife drink the water to prove she didn't try to kill him.

OK. My bullshit detector is on 10. This one needs a reference of some sort.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

PvtVoid So? (774 comments)

As long as I can still run vi in it, I'm good.

about two weeks ago
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Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

PvtVoid Re:Close the supply taps (283 comments)

Historically university posts were open to people with a BA (e.g. John Wesley and John Newman at Oxford in the 18th and 19th century) That it now takes a PhD and post doctoral work to get the same post means that we are training too many. Therefore the only solution is to row back on the PhDs being generated; given that governments are looking for money saving measures, this would seem an obvious starting point.

That's a really wonderful idea, except that the universities who train those PhDs have a huge financial incentive to crank them out in the highest volume possible. Try saying, "Fromunda Science has too many PhDs and not enough jobs, so we should accept fewer grad students into our PhD program" to a Dean or a Provost. They don't want to hear it.

about two weeks ago
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Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

PvtVoid Re:Don't pay them and they'll go away (283 comments)

If they had to pay their own way, the number of PhD students would drop tremendously and all the postdocs would leave to get jobs in the real world. Problem solved!

... aaaand, watch all the basic science they do dry up and blow away.

It's really easy to type on the internet on your transistor-based computational thing with the flashing blue LEDs and pass judgement on lazy academics who are of no use to society, isn't it?

about two weeks ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

PvtVoid Re:Critics should take positive action (993 comments)

losing Debian too was a hard blow, and it's understandable that systemd opponents are feeling a sense of desperation.

Really? You get "a sense of desperation" about a piece of software being different than you would like it to be? And you think this is a normal emotional reaction for a well-adjusted person?

about two weeks ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

PvtVoid Re:can relate (724 comments)

I'm sick and tired of getting feminism shoved down my throat absolutely everywhere.

You mean just like women are sick and tired of old white men telling them when and how they can access birth control, abortion, child care, and job opportunities? I'm sure they feel really sorry for you.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

PvtVoid Dear Intel (724 comments)

Read this article five times, and then promptly fire the brain-dead fuckwit who decided to pull your ads because of complaints from a mob of psychos.

"These obtuse shitslingers, these wailing hyper-consumers, these childish internet-arguers -- they are not my audience. They don’t have to be yours. There is no ‘side’ to be on, there is no ‘debate’ to be had. "

about three weeks ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

PvtVoid Re:That's one way to summarize it... (724 comments)

Another would be that video game players(intel's customer) are kind of sick of feminist extremists posting articles about about how all gamers are a bunch of basement dwelling woman haters.

Way to conform to the stereotype there, bro.

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

PvtVoid Re:Time to... (475 comments)

Also, somebody on this thread ignored the word from. Banning flights from infected countries still allows personnel to get there.

You're going to end up with a fuck of a lot of doctors and airliners in Liberia then.

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

PvtVoid Re:Time to... (475 comments)

You stop the unsecured flights from coming out.
You allow secured flights going into and coming out of secured areas.
You then transfer supplies to the workers securing and treating other areas.


You forgot a step: you budget and pay the many tens of billions of dollars that this will cost. Good luck.

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

PvtVoid Re:Time to... (475 comments)

No, but definitely the time to enact common sense, and if anybody says, "but that's offensive to..." give them a good punch in the mouth. Good common sense, like not allowing people to fly from those countries.

Except that if you cancel all the flights, medical personnel and drugs and equipment have no way to get there. Which means that the disease can't be contained. Which means that it spread to places that there are still flights allowed, before you are aware of it, or have countermeasures. What do you do then? Cut off all flights to that country, rinse and repeat?

The people who actually do disease control are warning, based on science, that the douchebag reactionary approach to this is going to kill hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of people, and put even First World countries at risk. Sorry, America isn't going to shoot its way out of this one.

about three weeks ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

PvtVoid And the problem is? (488 comments)

Studies suggest that if solar adoption continues growing at its current rate, incumbents will be forced to raise their prices, which will only persuade more people to switch to solar.

Which means the subsidies are effective and successful, and we should have more of them.

Oh, wait. I thought I lived in a sane country for a second there.

about three weeks ago
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Astrophysicists Use Apollo Seismic Array To Hunt For Gravitational Waves

PvtVoid Gratuitous LIGO Slam (25 comments)

The work shows that good science on gravitational waves can be done without spending the hundreds of millions of dollars for bespoke gravitational wave detectors, such as LIGO, which have yet to find any evidence of the waves either.

Do you mean aside from the cost of putting seismometers on the moon in the first place?

The experiment referenced is a fabulously clever re-use of existing data, but it has nothing whatsoever to say about the funding case for LIGO. LIGO, like many cutting-edge experiments, requires very long-term technology development before it can produce a positive result. Some science requires long-term thinking, not just until the next quarter or the next election cycle.

about three weeks ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

PvtVoid Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

.... rant rant ...

Wow. It took six minutes for the first angry, misogynistic douchebag to start venting bile.

Slashdot, you can do better. It should be no more than two minutes thirty.

about a month ago
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Anonymous Peer-review Comments May Spark Legal Battle

PvtVoid Re:Why did he lose tenure? (167 comments)

There are two possibilities: He lost his tenure because there was an anonymous, incorrect peer review negative towards him. His work was actually good. In that case he should sue the university to make decisions based on anonymous, incorrect peer reviews.

There's a third, more mundane possibility: he lost his tenure because he quit. When he lost his new job offer, he went back to Wayne State asking for his old job back, and they said no. The devil is in the details here. If he had a written employment and tenure agreement with Mississippi all signed and finalized, he would have a damn good case against Mississippi. TFA is not clear on this point, but I would hazard a guess that he got an informal notice that Mississippi intended to hire him, quit at Wayne State before the offer was official, and then Miss yanked the offer before they were legally committed. This kind of shit happens all the time. So sorry.

Moral: never, ever, quit your current job until the ink is dry on the legal papers for your new one.

about a month ago
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Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

PvtVoid Please... (253 comments)

... get over your fucking phone. It's a convenient electronic bauble, not the center of your fucking existence.

about a month ago
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"Big Bang Signal" Could All Be Dust

PvtVoid Re:Still some wiggle room (133 comments)

I'd like to bet somebody a dollar that we go to a steady-state universe in our lifetime.

As several other posters have pointed out, whether BICEP2 is seeing gravity waves or dust has very little to do with whether or not the Big Bang is right. Even if BICEP2 is entirely explained by dust, the Big Bang is still just fine as a theory. Sorry to disappoint you.

about a month ago
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"Big Bang Signal" Could All Be Dust

PvtVoid Re:Cue "All we are is dust in the wind" (133 comments)

The first is not specifically wrong. Thermodynamics implies that the big bang's energy had to some from somewhere.

No. This is specifically wrong. Thermodynamics implies no such thing.

The Big Bang does have thermodynamic issues, but the primary problem is entropy, not energy. And the problem is that the entropy of the early universe is too low, not too high. (Inflation, BTW, is one way to explain the initial low-entropy state of the universe, but even that is an incomplete explanation.)

about a month ago

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Chris Kluwe Posts Epic Takedown of #Gamergate

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  yesterday

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "Call it a troll submission if you wish. Fuck that. This is a must-read.

Thus, when I see an article titled “Gamers are dead,” referring to the death of the popular trope of a pasty young man in a dimly lit room, it fills me with joy, because it means WE FUCKING WON. So many people are playing games now that they are popular culture. They are not going away. All sorts of cool things, that I like, are now things that a whole bunch of other people like! There’s enough space now for people to make games that are strange and disturbing and maybe highlight a different perspective of the world, because gaming is no longer a niche activity, it’s something that everybody does. There is room for art in video games. That’s awesome!

You slopebrowed weaseldicks with zero reading comprehension and even less critical thinking skills who think an article claiming “Gamers are dead” is something bad? Fuck me sideways with a sandblaster.

Read on for more that ain't from Bennett."
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iPhone 6 rollout makes $23 billion in Apple market cap evaporate

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about a month ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "Apple's stock has now dropped below $100 per share, wiping out more than $23 billion dollars in market capitalization since the botched release of the iPhone 6.

'Despite the iOS 8 bugs and bent iPhones that have cost Apple approximately $23 billion, the company’s stocks are still up this year by over 20 percent, leading the race ahead of Standard & Poor’s 500’s general gain of seven percent. But a market slump just days after a crucial new product release is a major blow for any company. The iPhone, Apple’s most widely recognized and critical product, accounts for over half its stock value. With such serious problems hovering over its new release, this drastic change in stocks comes as little surprise.'

Does it make sense that a messy software update and some bent cases should be responsible for that much value disappearing? Is there too much market cap tied to a single consumer product to begin with?"

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Washington Post covers #gamergate

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about a month ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "Rape threats. A hacking attempt on her Web site. The online publication of personal information, including her phone number and home address. Countless comments on her Tumblr calling her a “slut” and worse, including one that read: “Are you reading this? Of course you are. I will kill you.”

This is what indie video game developer Zoe Quinn has been dealing with for the past month, ever since an ex-boyfriend wrote a blog post implying that she had traded sex for positive reviews. The post sparked a virulent campaign against Quinn and an all-out online war about the future of the video-game industry."

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WSJ Reports Boeing to beat SpaceX for manned taxi to ISS

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about a month ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "The Wall Street Journal reports (paywalled) that NASA is poised to award a key contract for manned transport to the International Space Station to Boeing over rival SpaceX:

Recent signals from the Obama administration, according to the officials, indicate that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's leadership has concluded on a preliminary basis that Boeing's proposed capsule offers the least risky option, as well as the one most likely to be ready to transport U.S. crews to the international space station within three years. The officials cautioned that a last-minute shift by NASA chief Charles Bolden, who must vet the decision, could change the result of the closely watched competition.

Here is a non-paywalled link to an article at CNET"
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The National Review has had it with nerd chic.

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about 3 months ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "One part insecure hipsterism, one part unwarranted condescension, the two defining characteristics of self-professed nerds are (a) the belief that one can discover all of the secrets of human experience through differential equations and (b) the unlovely tendency to presume themselves to be smarter than everybody else in the world. Prominent examples include MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, Rachel Maddow, Steve Kornacki, and Chris Hayes; Vox’s Ezra Klein, Dylan Matthews, and Matt Yglesias; the sabermetrician Nate Silver; the economist Paul Krugman; the atheist Richard Dawkins; former vice president Al Gore; celebrity scientist Bill Nye; and, really, anybody who conforms to the Left’s social and moral precepts while wearing glasses and babbling about statistics.

The pose is, of course, little more than a ruse — our professional “nerds” being, like Mrs. Doubtfire, stereotypical facsimiles of the real thing. They have the patois but not the passion; the clothes but not the style; the posture but not the imprimatur. Theirs is the nerd-dom of Star Wars, not Star Trek; of Mario Kart and not World of Warcraft; of the latest X-Men movie rather than the comics themselves."

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Gofor: Uber for Drones

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about 3 months ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "Gofor claims to be developing an app that summons a drone on demand using your smartphone or tablet. From the web site: "Drones are summoned much like taxis in other popular service apps. Your desired task is either noted at the outset using presets, or customized using voice commands. Once the drone arrives, your phone's flashlight is used to pair your device with the drone. From there, it depends on the task, the object-based UI is very easy to understand. ""
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NSF Researcher Suspended for Mining Bitcoin

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about 4 months ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "In the semiannual report to Congress by the NSF Office of Inspector General, the organization said it received reports of a researcher who was using NSF-funded supercomputers at two universities to mine bitcoin. The computationally intensive mining took up about $150,000 worth of NSF-supported computer use at the two universities to generate bitcoins worth about $8,000 to $10,000, according to the report. It did not name the researcher or the universities."
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Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about 5 months ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "Jeopardy champion Arthur Chu pens a heartfelt takedown of misogyny in nerd culture:

What the fuck is wrong with us?

How much longer are we going to be in denial that there’s a thing called “rape culture” and we ought to do something about it?

[...]

To paraphrase the great John Oliver, listen up, fellow self-pitying nerd boys—we are not the victims here. We are not the underdogs. We are not the ones who have our ownership over our bodies and our emotions stepped on constantly by other people’s entitlement. We’re not the ones where one out of six of us will have someone violently attempt to take control of our bodies in our lifetimes.

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Julie Ann Horvath Quits GitHub, Citing Harrassment

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about 7 months ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "From TechCrunch: The exit of engineer Julie Ann Horvath from programming network GitHub has sparked yet another conversation concerning women in technology and startups. Her claims that she faced a sexist internal culture at GitHub came as a surprise to some, given her former defense of the startup and her internal work at the company to promote women in technology."
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Biologist fits sharks with lasers

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  more than 2 years ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "Marine biologist Luke Tipple mounts 50 milliwatt S3 Krypton lasers to lemon sharks to study shark movements in the water. "Tipple said that clipping the laser onto the dorsal fin and flipping on the laser was easy, although the shark didn’t like it when Tipple first attached the clamp. He said a few seconds later 'it returned to normal behavior.'""
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