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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Quantum gravity Re:Not the first time: Cabibbo (276 comments)

Yes, and while most prizes are for discoveries, like the Higgs boson, Alfred Nobel stated that the prize could also be given for an important invention in physics.

about a month and a half ago
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Mozilla Working On a New Website Comment System

Quantum gravity Re:Core competency (142 comments)

Tom's Hardware did a performance comparison of Chrome 25, Firefox 19, IE10 & 9 and some version of Opera. Firefox and Chrome were neck and neck, clearly ahead of the others.

about 5 months ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

Quantum gravity Re:hahaha! (932 comments)

there has been no increase in global temperatures during his entire lifetime.

Please read this Scientific America article, titled "Has Global Warming Paused?": http://www.scientificamerican....
Here is an extract:

'So as a measure of global warming, surface temperatures are not a good yardstick, because the atmosphere can only hold a small percentage of the heat that is trapped, he said.
Rather, the oceans should be the primary barometer of global climate change.
And they are certainly changing. Sea levels are going up "like gangbusters," Willis said'

about 5 months ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Quantum gravity Re:Duh (818 comments)

Swedish elections occur every four years and every five years there are elections for the European Parliament.

about 7 months ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Quantum gravity Re:Duh (818 comments)

According to the Democracy Index which attempts to measure the state of democracy in 167 countries, Norway comes up on top as the most democratic country in the world, followed by Sweden, Iceland and Denmark. Australia is in 6th place and the US comes in at 21. North Korea is (no surprise here) at the bottom and Russia was recently downgraded to an authoritarian regime.

about 7 months ago
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Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up

Quantum gravity Agree (237 comments)

I agree. The consequence of odd fonts and excessive padding is less information per page, and you end up scrolling a lot more than with the old design. Another con:
- I find gray text slightly harder to read. Why is text gray and not black? Probably to distinguish a comment from its title which is black.

about 10 months ago
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Ninth Anniversary of Firefox 1.0 Release

Quantum gravity Re:I wish they'd stop fucking with the layout (153 comments)

You do realize that you can close the find bar by pressing the Esc key, and that search next/previous is available as F3/shift-F3 or ctrl-G/shift-ctrl-G. It's a matter of taste, but I think the new search bar is an improvement. And that the find bar is now local for a single tab is more logical, IMHO.

1 year,13 days
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

Quantum gravity Just my 2 cents. (1191 comments)

There are some nice improvements but I prefer to be able to view all recent stories on the main page by scrolling a little bit, which works great with old design because it doesn't have a fixed width. Also I don't like the new fonts because the appear to take more space. And I miss the ability to filter the comments. Previously one could filter to only see, for instance, the insightful comments, or easily decide to view the -1 comments or not. Those controls are no longer available. Please remove the fixed width and bring back the old fonts. And consider making the images on the front page somewhat smaller.

about a year ago
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Campaign To Kill CAPTCHA Kicks Off

Quantum gravity Re:stupid (558 comments)

True, but that is likely to be the same for any widely adopted solution. The best protection is probably just to have a question that is fairly unique and yet has a well defined or known answer.

about a year ago
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Campaign To Kill CAPTCHA Kicks Off

Quantum gravity Re:stupid (558 comments)

Agreed. I've found asking a question like "What is five plus seventeen?" is much more effective at keeping spambots out than any standard CAPTCHA.

about a year ago
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The CIA Wants To Know How To Control the Climate

Quantum gravity Re:Obvious (238 comments)

Sherry piking? Sure, but I was replying to the parent's message "Western European Country with the lowest population density". And yes its hard to make simple comparisons. For instance I think that transportation is just responsible for about 30% of the total energy consumption in the EU, and then one should probably factor in differences in climate and so on.

about a year ago
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The CIA Wants To Know How To Control the Climate

Quantum gravity Re:Obvious (238 comments)

You have a point in that Europe has a higher population density than the US, but some European countries are less actually less dens.

Country Density Carbon efficiency
- - - - -
USA 35 pop/km2 1.77 CO2 emissions/$ GDP
Sweden 23 pop/km2 0.7 CO2 emissions/$ GDP
Norway 16 pop/km2 0.74 CO2 emissions/$ GDP

That said Sweden and Norway probably have an advantage in having plenty of waterpower.

about a year ago
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Iain M. Banks Gets Asteroid Named After Him

Quantum gravity Re:Minor corrections... (30 comments)

The Crow Road was also made into a fine short TV series by the BBC. And don't miss The Bridge, a somewhat odd, but excellent novel.

about a year ago
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Gene Wolfe To Be Honored At Nebula Awards

Quantum gravity Re:He's a great writer (34 comments)

I think critics' low opinion of some of those authors was deserved, because while those authors were masters of world-building, they were not masters of prose style.

Surely you can't fault the style in Lord Dunsany's The King of Elfland's Daughter.

about a year and a half ago
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The U.S. Careens Over the Fiscal Cliff, Reaching Only Half of a Deal

Quantum gravity Re:First Time (639 comments)

The problem is that is does not get paid back.

Sure it can be. The debt as a percentage of GDP decreased under both Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. I don't live in the US anymore, though I did, but in my country of residence the national dept was near 80% in 1995. At the end 2010 it had been reduced to about 35%.

I think Keynesian economics is a whole lots snake oil myself but I will concede we don't have a good test lab for it.

It is the dominant economic theory today. "We are all Keynesians now." -- Milton Friedman

The root of all inflation really is government debt.

Inflation can be caused by an overly large money supply, but is more commonly caused a larger demand than supply for goods and services.

about 2 years ago
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The U.S. Careens Over the Fiscal Cliff, Reaching Only Half of a Deal

Quantum gravity Re:First Time (639 comments)

In Keynesian economic theory it is acceptable with relatively high levels of public debt in meager times, in order to pay for public investments which when good times follow (hopefully) can be paid back.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen

Quantum gravity Re:Parker Jotter (712 comments)

I'll second that. I have several Parker Jotters and I think they are the best ballpoint pens I have ever had.

about 2 years ago
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Is There Still a Ray of Hope On Climate Change?

Quantum gravity Re:Now see, it's hyperbole like this (462 comments)

So it's hotter today that it was during the Mesozoic era

Detailed temperature information exists since 1850 so that must be the time range referred to.

more than 2 years ago

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