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China's Government Unveils 'China Operating System' To Great Skepticism

Randym COS? (223 comments)

Gives a whole new meaning to COSplay....

about 10 months ago
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Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay

Randym Re:Great Satan (510 comments)

' "New terrorists are emerging, new groups, actually, a new level of viciousness," Feinstein said.'

Ah, yes -- that small vicious group that call themselves "The Congress". Vile bastards, those... Claiming to 'represent the people', yet imposing insult after insult upon the very people they claim to represent.

about 10 months ago
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Telegraph Contributor Says Coding Is For Exceptionally Dull Weirdos

Randym Gammas Rule! (453 comments)

For the dull and weird in all of us....

1 year,27 days
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Books With "Questionable Content" Being Deleted From ebookstores In Sweeping Ban

Randym Sign the anti-censorship petition at change.org (548 comments)

Sign the anti-censorship petition at change.org. Currently it is accumulating signatures at the rate of 1 signature every four seconds. Today, Fifty Shades of Grey (virgin enslaved by a billionaire); tomorrow, Ender's Game (children enslaved by the military).

about a year ago
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Books With "Questionable Content" Being Deleted From ebookstores In Sweeping Ban

Randym Re:Facts please. (548 comments)

You are incorrect. That particular smutpocolypse already happened in 2010. What they are going after now is things which are perfectly legal which seem "bad" -- and it's all being driven by some right-wing rag in Great Britain (you know, land of the page 3 girls...). If you are getting your news from the BBC, you are already a little late to the story.

about a year ago
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Intraterrestrials: Mars Life May Hide Deep Below

Randym Unlikely metabolism... (79 comments)

'This organism has had to figure out everything on its own,' says Amend, 'it splits water into hydrogen and oxygen for metabolism.'

It's hard to believe that geochemist Dr. Amend said that about Desulforudis Audaxviator, since D. Audaxviator is completely intolerant of oxygen, and its sulfate reduction mechanism is right there in its name!

If anyone had bothered to follow the links in that discovery.com article, they would have found this useful article that quotes the original discoverers of Desulforudis Audaxviator: "Tullis Onstott classified the microbe under the genus Desulforudis for its ability to get energy from sulfate and its rod shape... Living deep underground for such a long time has also stripped D. audaxviator of the ability to use oxygen as an electron acceptor in its metabolic pathways, thus making it a strict anaerobe. Instead of oxygen, sulfate is used as an electron acceptor...These [2157] genes allow the microbe to live in almost all conditions except in the presence of oxygen." (my emphasis)

about a year and a half ago
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Intraterrestrials: Mars Life May Hide Deep Below

Randym Life IN Mars (yet again) (79 comments)

Here is my second comment entitled "Life IN Mars"; my original comment on this was so long ago that it has vanished. Let me merely add that eventually we will find life inside almost every extra-terrestrial planet-sized-or-larger object (assuming we get there), with the probable exemption of solar objects.

about a year and a half ago
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Fake Academic Journals Are a Very Real Problem

Randym Hubs and authorities (248 comments)

So again, scientists know this is a problem. They just don't know how to stop it.

Hey, I have this really cool idea. I call it Hubs and Authorities ; the idea is that there is peer review and the best-reviewed journals are considered the best journals to send your paper to! Whaddya think?

about a year and a half ago
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Teachers Know If You've Been E-Reading

Randym There's a better way... (348 comments)

'"It's Big Brother, sort of, but with a good intent,"

...it's called grading the students on what they have learned. And I can't believe such an inane comment came from a dean. Of course, it is Texas, land of the dumbed-down and incorrect textbooks, so maybe we shouldn't be that surprised....

about a year and a half ago
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Speeding Ticket Robots — Laws As Algorithms

Randym There are consequences... (400 comments)

An automated system, however, could maintain a continuous flow of samples based on driving behavior and thus issue tickets accordingly.

An unanticipated consequence of an "always-on" mass surveillance system. "Big Brother is always watching."

about a year and a half ago
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The Human Brain Project Receives Up To $1.34 Billion

Randym Re:Unlikely to work (181 comments)

Yep. Think even deeper -- see my .sig.

about 2 years ago
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Scientist Seeks 'Adventurous Human Woman' For Neanderthal Baby

Randym Re: Aptronym (697 comments)

Nice link, thx. There is a Republican in Michigan -- who has run for several offices -- named Rob Steele.

about 2 years ago
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Republican Staffer Khanna Axed Over Copyright Memo

Randym Re:The real problem (506 comments)

Groen Links (Green Left) was decimated in Holland when it became clear the party had lost all touch with reality in supporting several right wing measures, forgettin they were supposed to be a LEFT wing party.

Not according to German Green Party founder Petra Kelly, who famously said "Not Left or Right, but straight ahead!" ("Nicht links oder recht, aber gerade aus!")

about 2 years ago
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Legislators Call On Twitter To Ban Hamas

Randym Re:Do people never learn? (486 comments)

The Christians lost the Crusades. Those who do not remember history are condemned to repeat it.

about 2 years ago
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Legislators Call On Twitter To Ban Hamas

Randym Re: deceleration of war (486 comments)

A declaration of war is an acceleration.

But you are right. 'Allowing foreign terrorist organizations like Hamas to operate on Twitter is enabling the enemy,' said Poe. Someone needs to tell this twit to STFU. We don't care to stumble into yet another war started by a Texan Republican with a big mouth.

about 2 years ago
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Study Finds Similar Structures In the Universe, Internet, and Brain

Randym Re:the number e (171 comments)

Aargh. I just pointed out above that it is actually 1/e. Well, we are both on the same page.

about 2 years ago
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Study Finds Similar Structures In the Universe, Internet, and Brain

Randym Re:And the answer is 42 (171 comments)

No, it isn't. It is 1/e. The inverse power function runs through everything.

about 2 years ago
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How Do We Program Moral Machines?

Randym Re:Jumping the Gun (604 comments)

Asimov’s laws effectively treat robots like slaves. Perhaps that is acceptable for now, but it could become morally questionable (and more difficult to enforce) as machines become smarter and possibly more self-aware.

I will start worrying about the slavery problem when my machines start complaining about it.

about 2 years ago
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US Congressman Wants To Ban New Internet Laws

Randym Re:Watch the other hand... (205 comments)

via redditor Sheepwn:

The goal is to put off internet regulation for 2 years because that'd be 2015 after elections. Democrats won the election and the party the won usually loses favor during the mid term election. Basically they're stalling until they get a Republican Senate to do the legislation instead of the split Senate/House (which I would prefer over all Democrat or Republican)

about 2 years ago

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What has Curiosity found that is "earth-shaking"?

Randym Randym writes  |  about 2 years ago

Randym (25779) writes "NASA scientists have some exciting new results from one of the rover's instruments. On the one hand, they'd like to tell everybody what they found, but on the other, they have to wait because they want to make sure their results are not just some fluke or error in their instrument.

The exciting results are coming from an instrument in the rover called SAM. "We're getting data from SAM as we sit here and speak, and the data looks really interesting," says John Grotzinger. He's the principal investigator for the rover mission. SAM (Sample Analysis at Mars) is a suite of instruments onboard NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity.

Grotzinger says they recently put a soil sample in SAM, and the analysis shows something Earth-shaking. "This data is gonna be one for the history books. It's looking really good," he says."

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Was 10^9 B LY hole caused by quant hurricane?

Randym Randym writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Randym (25779) writes "Was the billion-light-year-across "hole" in the Universe --> http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/08/24/046252 caused by a "topological defect" generated by a 'quantum hurricane'? --> http://www.physorg.com/news143309265.html Scientists have discovered that super-cooling gases past 5E10-6 degrees K gives rise to a phase transition between 'classical' molecules and a Bose-Einstein condensate [BEC]. "'In our experiments, we found that when we cool an already very cold gas through the BEC phase transition, the BEC can spontaneously begin to rotate, creating something like a microscopic quantum mechanical hurricane where atoms rotate as a fluid around a vortex core where there is no fluid,' [Brian P.] Anderson said. .... Their work lends additional support to the idea that spontaneous "topological defect" formation in phase transitions is a widespread phenomenon, even at temperatures near absolute zero. "Defect" in this sense means that a discontinuity has appeared in the background superfluid of the BEC." Is it possible that such a 'defect' — a hole swept out by a *macroscopic* 'quantum mechanical hurricane' — could have created this giant billion-light-year-across void? "The UA and University of Queensland science results agree with an important theoretical model called the "Kibble-Zurek mechanism" that concerns how defects can form in a phase transition. The model says that the faster a system undergoes a phase transition, the more defects — in this case, the vortices — naturally and spontaneously form. Conversely, the slower the system is cooled, the smoother the phase transition into a new state will be and the fewer defects will appear." Was the Big Bang itself — an extremely high-speed phase transition — responsible? Might such a macroscopic QM hurricane have 'pushed' intergalactic gases into the Great Wall or the Sloan Great Wall — structures whose size is comparable to the BLY void? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sloan_Great_Wall"
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Carbonates found on Mars -- from past life there?

Randym Randym writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Randym (25779) writes "Carbonates have finally showed up on Mars! Although these can be deposited by natural processes, they can also appear as a side effect of life: "Carbonates are commonly deposited in marine settings when the shells of dead planktonic life settle and accumulate on the sea floor." --> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mineral --> 'Carbonate class' . Carbonates (like coral) dissolve easily in acidic waters; this now shows that there were places on Mars where these hypothesized "salt-rich, acidic" waters did not, in the past, reach. Martian coral skeletons may still exist. "The carbonate minerals were detected in a mid-latitude region called the Nili Fossae, on the western edge of the Isidis impact basin." --> http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7791060.stm --> 'Life hunt' . "[Bethany] Ehlmann [from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island] and colleagues have been detailing the discovery here at the American Geophysical Union's (AGU) Fall Meeting 2008. A paper explaining their findings is also being published in the journal Science.""
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Randym Randym writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Randym (25779) writes "Without notifying the public, federal agents for the past four years have assigned millions of international travelers, including Americans, computer-generated scores rating the risk they pose of being terrorists or criminals. (Feds rate travelers for terrorism) Along with the recent announcement that, early next year, the US government will be the final arbitrar of who is allowed to come *and go* from the United States, [We're All Prisoners, Now: US Citizens to be Required ''Clearance'' to Leave USA], this makes the bland Nazi query, "Your papers, please." seem downright pleasant — not to mention obsolete, as DHS data-mining techniques now apparently reach into state motor registration bureaus as well. (When you go to get on a plane, they now have "...[your] travel records, including where [you] are from, how [you] paid for tickets, [your] motor vehicle records, past one-way travel, seating preference and what kind of meal [you] ordered.") 'Creepy' doesn't even *begin* to describe it."

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