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Scientists Discover a Virus That Changes the Brain To "Make Humans More Stupid"

Radtastic The Atlantis Gene? (275 comments)

A.G. Riddle wrote a pretty good story based on a similar premise - gene-affecting viruses that modify our intellectual capabilities.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Atla...

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

Radtastic Citation Provided (383 comments)

Most CEO's and Executive Level types are sociopaths.

Perhaps not "Most CEO's", but the position tends to attract them: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ke...

about 4 months ago
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Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

Radtastic Re:Thanks for pointing out the "briefly" part. (461 comments)

Finally, something that can be measured in Libraries of Congress! (284, assuming 540 miles of 12" shelving. (http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/wash/dc79.htm) )

about 5 months ago
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Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test

Radtastic Not Filet Mignon. Meat Slurry (466 comments)

Artificial meat is going to happen at some point, well before it can surpass the filet mignon or prime rib. Right now, it just needs to be better and cheaper than Meat Slurry , then, market forces will accelerate the quality.

Trust me on this, the bar is set pretty low for it to succeed.

about 7 months ago
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Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test

Radtastic Farm Subsidies (466 comments)

How much do you think that chicken and beef would cost if it weren't raised on corn-subsidized feed?

Supermarket price is not the true indicator of net cost of all products.

about 7 months ago
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Sulfur Polymers Could Enable Long-Lasting, High-Capacity Batteries

Radtastic Not for Cars, uh uh! (131 comments)

Sulphur Batteries?!!!? The exhaust is gonna smell like rotten eggs!

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will You Start Your Kids On Classic Games Or Newer Games?

Radtastic It depends on game complexity (285 comments)

First and foremost, I want my kids to learn from playing games in addition to being entertained. And there's something to be said about the visual simplicity of older (classic) games encouraging imagination, just like books stimulate the brain more than TV and Movies. You could probably make an argument that the eye candy in today's game is distracting from the puzzle-solving aspects. Then again, newer games potentially have better puzzles... I don't recall much of a physics engine in my Atari 2600.

Fortunately, we don't have to make an either/or choice. But if I did, I would probably start with classic games.

Oh yeah. Obligatory to add "Get off my lawn". :)

about a year ago
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Amazon Reveals "Prime Air", Their Plans For 30-minute Deliveries By Drone

Radtastic Re:Hmmmm (397 comments)

Solar might not achieve infinite continuous operation, but might allow for infinite distance with stops for recharging.

Said RC device might fly for whatever distance the charge allows, then set down on a rooftop or unobtrusive location and start recharging for the next leg.

Energy weight / density / rechargability may not be favorable today, but will certainly improve in the future.

about a year ago
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Smithsonian Releases 3D Models of Artifacts

Radtastic Re:HA! YOU FOOLS! (47 comments)

You jest, but there's probably a deeper conversation about property rights.... No one is up in arms about the wonton copying and reproduction of someone else's work since the original owners are long since dead.

But wait 100 years and see what happens when someone wants to recreate a 2013 -era Nike shoe.

1 year,12 days
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Dark Wallet Will Make Bitcoin Accessible For All — Except the Feds

Radtastic Karma (206 comments)

Watching a mattress full of cash go up in flames may seems like karma for not disposing of it properly. Burning it (and probably leaving the coils and remnants behind?) Not cool.

1 year,26 days
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File-Sharing Site Was Actually an Anti-Piracy Honeypot

Radtastic Re:No name fake site that has no rep is a honeypot (225 comments)

Now find out that TPB was a BSA sting operation.... THAT is real news.

So the Boy Scouts of America is really a shell organization for the government!? Holy Double Deception Batman!

about a year ago
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Without Plutonium, Deep-Space Probe Missions May Sputter Out

Radtastic Irresponsible (268 comments)

It seems irresponsible to me to send a craft into space emitting unsafe radiation. U-238 has a half life of 4.5 billion years, U-235 700 million. (Sorry, I'm not an engineer and I'm too lazy to go look up which would be used in said spacefaring fission reactor.)

We'd be mighty pissed if some ancient alien probe showed up on doorstep spewing poison. (Although for all we know, said radiation might be sugary fuel to them.)

about a year ago
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Can Internet Pseudonymity Be Saved?

Radtastic One word: Moderation (491 comments)

The problem of abuse on forums and online can be solved with good moderation. Unfortunately, most online sites don't bother to have someone ban users or delete posts based on users abusive behavior.

A properly moderated site enforces civil behavior - psuedonym or not.

about a year ago
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Keeping Your Data Private From the NSA (And Everyone Else)

Radtastic Checks and Balances (622 comments)

Personally, I can accept that with technology advancements, the speed of which crime / terrorism / evil can adapt and execute has gotten equally faster. Countermeasure that do not keep pace have been or will soon be rendered obsolete. Therefore, losing some privacy may be a necessary evil.

The problem is the lack of any checks and balances to prevent abuse. If the NSA has to access my phone records because they have credible evidence that doing so may prevent a crime, no problem. By the time they apply for and receive a warrant or wiretap, it may be too late.

But the NSA employee who happens to disagree with my political beliefs, or is screwing my wife, or merely wants to discredit or inconvenience me (or worse) because he thinks I cut him off in traffic... those are the missing protections that need to be put in place along with the access of my data.

about a year and a half ago
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No, the Tesla Model S Doesn't Pollute More Than an SUV

Radtastic Juxtaposition! (559 comments)

Mod Parent +1 for use of a computer analogy in a discussion about cars!

about a year and a half ago
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How Did You Learn How To Program?

Radtastic Re:Compute! Magazine (623 comments)

The Ti-994a was also my first, and really was a great machine for game programming, considering the era.

It supported sprites and collision detection. I remember writing a (poor) clone of centipede, and an original, adolescently-influenced game I called "Gasman", where said hero of the game was chased by baddies. You would vanquish said baddies by letting them get close on your tail and then... well, you can figure out the weapon system. I was 13 or 14. :)

From there came the C64, which will always have a fond place in my heart. Tasting the next realm beyond basic with "Peeks" and "Pokes", and eventually assembly language.

Great times, indeed.

about a year ago
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Tesla Motors Repays $465M Government Loan 9 Years Early

Radtastic Texas, North Carolina Fighting Tesla's Dist Model (446 comments)

Texas also has pushed back on the manufacturer-direct model

http://money.cnn.com/2013/05/20/autos/telsa-car-dealers/index.html

I especially take offense with this argument:

"When manufacturers discontinue a brand -- such as Pontiac, Mercury, Oldsmobile or Saturn -- auto dealers still remain to help the customer,"

In reality, if Tesla were to go out of business, individual mechanics would open shop assuming there was a business demand. If there wasn't any demand, then it wouldn't matter if the sale originally involved a dealer or not. (Unless said former-dealer was unclear on the concept of business.)

about a year and a half ago
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Fed. Appeals Court Says Police Need Warrant to Search Phone

Radtastic Re:Easy Fix. (69 comments)

That's very insightful. +5 for you,kudos. Except the example posted where the op supported a warrantless search wasn't arbitrary.. it had a defined circumstance (timeliness of knowing the data might save a life.)

about a year and a half ago

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