top Officials Say NSA Probed Fewer Than 300 Numbers - Broke Plots In 20 Nations
"He who would trade liberty for security deserves neither" Benjamin Franklin
top Genetic Switches Behind 'Love' Identified In Prairie Voles
What are Voles? And why should we pattern human behavior after them?
According to rules of natural selection, I would think they are soon to be an endangered species.
top CRTC Unveils New Wireless Code To Protect Canadian Customers
I hope the U.S. follows.
top Bill Gates Regains the Position of World's Richest Person
That is a common misunderstanding amongst liberal socialists.
I never can understand a person that thinks there is only so much wealth to go around and some have an unfair share. Wealth is created, and in ever increasing amounts, at least in a growing economy. If I buy something wholesale, and sell it at retail and make some wealth in the process, how does that take away wealth from anyone else?
top Opportunity Breaks NASA's 40-Year Roving Record
Is there like, a trophy or something that goes to the winner? Maybe they should get a contract to manufacture electric powered vehicles to reward their expertise.
top Bill Gates Regains the Position of World's Richest Person
The problem is not that we have the extraordinarily wealthy among us, it is that there are not more of them. Increase incentives and benefits of accumulating wealth and you might find more more people become wealthy. Relief given to the poor often as not helps perpetuate the lifestyle.
This is the opposite of communism, where everyone is poor equally. Let there be the rich, and let them keep their riches. More of us will want to become wealthy.
top US Senate Passes Internet Tax Bill 69 To 27
--My personal belief is that in a perfect world Communism is the best form of government, in an imperfect world, a combination of governmental --philosophies are the best.
Taxing sales of online goods will not change our form of government to any degree, it will simply suppress online sales.
Having lived through the cold war, I believe that the communists are really the winners. Capitalist countries continue the march towards socialism, while in Russia they are learning to be capitalists.
Has anyone read Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged, or the Fountain head et al?. I believe the best forms of government must take advantage of human ambition and desire to do better. That is not to reward mediocrity as we are doing more and more in the US.
The real issue is an additional revenue source to perpetuate government.
top USAF Hypersonic Scramjet Successfully Scrams
I agree precision weapons have made quite an impact on the nature of warfare. But it brings to mind an episode of Star Trek, where two planets had been warring for years. Computers would decide where the bomb would have gone off and calculate the casualties. The 'casualties' would then report to extermination stations. If they did not real war would be declared.
The cleaner and more precise the weapons, the more incentive there is to use them. There are reasons to avoid war, human and material. Are we reducing those reasons by less collateral damage? Or will we use it more often since we can?
top Why We'll Never Meet Aliens
To serve man!
top Obama Administration Threatens CISPA Veto, EFF Urges Action
"I do not believe the administration knows how to work with a legislative body," Rep. Rogers said. "We have come a long way on some of their points."
No he cant work with legislative bodies.
A good case for when compromise is not always the best course. Yet another way for government to get private information from private companies, never mind private companies sharing amongst themselves.
Someday soon the time will come when what you buy is recorded, say you buy viagra. Not only will you start getting offers from condom companies, but your quote for medical insurance will be higher. Who know, maybe that points you out as a risk taker and car insurance will go up.
top US Postal Service Discontinuing Saturday Mail Delivery
It would help if junk mail (usually 3rd class) was not subsidized by first class mail. If the rates were comparable you would have a lot less junk mail, lowered increases in first class mail, and maybe a postal service that can sustain itself.
about a year and a half ago
top Worldwide IPv6 Adoption: Where Do We Stand Today?
One of the biggest hold ups to IPV6 implementation is those IP (tier 1 and above) companies that own IPV4 addresses. Now a salable commodity the IPV4 addresses are becoming more valuable as scarcity increases. The volume of IPv4 traffic makes it a more lucrative revenue stream. Implementing V6 will make those V4 addresses worthless, and so where is the incentive to change?
Politics and people
about a year and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: Should Scientists Build a New Particle Collider In Japan?
Good point! But it will fit nicely with the nuclear reactors.
about a year and a half ago
top New Theory About the Source of Pioneer Space Probe Deceleration
Accelerating masses from the big bang expand the universe, but for some unknown reason instead of decelerating they are accelerating outward. I wonder how this affects the Pioneer spacecraft somehow.
The discovery that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate contradicts past popular opinion that the universe will decelerate, with the all-powerful force of gravity winning yet again. However, with the discovery of a possible anti-gravity force, new fields of study will open up in order to explain this quandary. This discovery could also challenge current thinking on the history of space and time. The discovery of our accelerating universe is such a new discovery that the future prospects are still in the air. However, as the acceleration of the universe continues, within billions of years, many of the stars we can see today will be gone from view. Robert Kirshner, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, stated that "The universe will become a very different place to look at."
Expansion of the universe about a year and a half ago
top Another Player In the World of Free, Open Online CS Courseware
TFA mentions this is a first MOOC online course for Australia. I find that hard to believe, does anyone know of others?
top NASA Prepares For Space Surgery and Zero Gravity Blood
It seems to me that any mission taking months of time, would use some kind of artificial gravity. Artificial gravity would be needed for the astronauts health and muscle tone as well as medical emergencies requiring surgery.
"help ward off the debilitating loss of muscle and bone due to weightlessness on long missions"
Here is the physics:
Simulated Gravity with Centripetal Force
Does anyone know of plans for the Mars mission (what kind of vehicle will be used)?
top Oatmeal Fundraiser a Success; Non-Profit Buys Land For Tesla Museum
First, this is first such geek driven museum I know. While museums are all about preserving knowledge, not everyone in geekdom is fan of history, especially history of science. Hopefully it will drive more new geeks to know and study about history - again, especially history of great discoveries. History and understanding people within it could make geeks not only gurus in technologies, but also humans too. Trust me, not all social sciences are worthless
Second, this is Tesla. No matter his personal demons (we all have them), he is underlooked in history of technology and science and needs popularity boost, especially after that "ubercapitalist" Edison pushed Tesla from spotlight - just because he got more money.
And we really need to celebrate more such people as Tesla, and less Jobs or Gates.
Well said, Nickolai Tesla deserves a much greater part in history.
top UK 'Virtual ID Card' Scheme Set For Launch
Ministers are anxious that the identity programme is not denounced as a “Big Brother” national ID card by the back door, which is why data will not be kept centrally by any government department.
How many of you believe that the government will keep no records? I think they will keep records or have access to them, in order to fulfill the function.
Once they have logged in correctly by computer or mobile phone, the site will send a message to the government agency authenticating that user’s identity.
Can you say
Target for keyloggers, viruses, etc. Imagine what you could do with that information. Even if the information is sent via a third party site like social networks or whatever the universe of possible login information is limited.
top Pakistan's PM Demands International Blasphemy Laws From UN
Silencing the critics of a religion (or anything for that matter) is open license to do whatever you want in that religion.
So many wars and tragedies throughout history have been because of, or in the name of religion. Given the possibilities of interpreting and misinterpreting the Bible, Koran or whatever guiding principles you have in order to justify your actions, is a recipe for disaster when there are no critics. Reason and moderation go out the window.
IMHO all religions need to tolerate criticism and other religions. There will always be other views and beliefs and they must be tolerated.
"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain"
top Scientists Speak Out Against Wasting Helium In Balloons
If each WD hard drive used less helium....How many balloons could be filled?
Helium filled Hard Drives
top Backpack carries books and stop bullets
Pyrotech7 (1825500) writes "Only $300, also offered is Tactical Vest.
In the wake of last week’s horrific shootings in Connecticut, we’re sure to be seeing a lot more products like this cropping up. Made by Salt Lake City-based body armor company Amendment II, it’s called the Ballistic Backpack, and it’s designed to protect its wearer from bullets.
Although the backpack could conceivably be used by anyone, it’s no doubt intended largely for use by school children – previous models even came with pictures of princesses and The Avengers on them. The idea is that it will protect the user (or part of them, at least) as they’re running away from an attack, or serve as a shield if held up between the user and an attacker.
Just when you think you have seen it all a Ballistic Backpack to make our schools safer." Link to Original Source
top AOL: Name the Tribble Contest
Pyrotech7 (1825500) writes "
The American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming is holding a "Name the Tribble" contest. The idea is to promote American Archives Month and show people that archives aren't just repositories of musty old documents – they can be home to cool stuff, too.
Instructions to enter your idea are given in
TFA" Link to Original Source
top One common ancester for blue eyed people
Pyrotech7 (1825500) writes " Live Science reports People with blue eyes have a single, common ancestor, according to new research.
A team of scientists has tracked down a genetic mutation that leads to blue eyes. The mutation occurred between 6,000 and 10,000 years ago. Before then, there were no blue eyes.
"Originally, we all had brown eyes," said Hans Eiberg from the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Copenhagen
"The question really is, 'Why did we go from having nobody on Earth with blue eyes 10,000 years ago to having 20 or 40 percent of Europeans having blue eyes now?" Hawks said. "This gene does something good for people. It makes them have more kids." " Link to Original Source
top NASA: Warp drive may be possible and warrants further investigation
Pyrotech7 (1825500) writes "Warp drives, like those on Star Trek, may be possible and even practical. Space.com reports a new methodology could make it possible to use less energy than previously thought. "Humble" laboratory experiments warrant further investigation" Link to Original Source
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