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Nature Publisher Requires Authors To Waive "Moral Rights" To Works

Ranger What is a moral right? (82 comments)

It's been months since I've read commented on a /. post. I picked a bad day to come back to look at /. I don't know what's real or fake any more. I have no idea (nor do I really care) what a 'moral right' is. Should I be outraged for being fooled by an April Fool's joke or outraged at Nature?

about 6 months ago

In Canada, a 3D-Printed Rifle Breaks On First Firing

Ranger laser sintering (204 comments)

Oh, just wait for 3D laser sintering printers and then there'll be people printing metal gun parts. I do NOT look forward to that day.

about a year ago

Nuclear Power Prevents More Deaths Than It Causes

Ranger Re:Troll? (599 comments)

I must have struck a nerve. Well, I suppose it could have been the KFTRC remark. I will have to use it more often. Regardless, I'm not against nuclear power, but I'm not blind to its hazards and the very very long term consequences our descendants tens of thousands of years from now will be dealing with for what we have done with nuclear power and weapons over the past hundred. We must be very conservative in how we use and deploy it.

about a year and a half ago

Nuclear Power Prevents More Deaths Than It Causes

Ranger This is not an argument for nuclear power (599 comments)

The airline industry has a much better safety record than the nuclear power industry.They can tout the millions of people they don't kill each year because they intentionally work on safety. The nuclear industry argument is much the same argument that NASA used to launch Challenger. Just because it hasn't blown up yet means it's safe. We still haven't come up with a solution to deal with the tens of thousands of tons of spent fuel sitting in cooling pools at nuclear power plants all over the US. Sure can pretend that clean up of Fukushima and Chernobyl won't take decades if not centuries and will be off limits to human habitation for the same amount of time. But are you aware of all the nuclear accidents, military and civilian? Not to mention the worst nuclear contamination in US and Mexican history involving the recall of thousands of tons of contaminated steel. But you guys keep fucking that radioactive chicken.

about a year and a half ago

Making Robots Mimic the Human Hand

Ranger Because all you needed was the hand (43 comments)

Howard: CAN YOU PLEASE, just, help me?!

Althea: Alright, alright, hang on, stay calm. I need an orderly with a wheelchair, I got a robot hand grasping a man's penis out here.

Howard: You think you could be a little more discrete?!

Althea: I'm sorry, we don't have a code for a robot hand grasping a man's penis.

about a year and a half ago

Will Donglegate Affect Your Decision To Attend PyCon?

Ranger Hell No. The incident is way overblown (759 comments)

It was one minor incident in a conference full of win. I didn't even hear about it until the conference was over. 20% of the 2500 attendees were women. There were people from 41 countries. There were quite a few young programmers in attendance as well because of the education track. PyCon and the Python community has made great strides in outreach. In attendance, there were for organizations for women in tech: Pyladies, LadyCoders, Women Who Code, and CodeChix.

Here's the best take I've read on what happened and what should have happened:

Adria Richards, PyCon, and How We All Lost

Everyone involved could have handled the situation better. I'm annoyed that this one incident, important for those directly involved, got blown way out of proportion and has shit on all the great things that PyCon achieved this year. Adria Richards does not deserve the abuse she's received even if she handled the situation wrong.

about a year and a half ago

Petition For Metric In US Halfway To Requiring Response From the White House

Ranger Re:I want to switch to base 12 (1387 comments)

I could go for base 60 but base 64? Need a system that is also easily divisible by 3. And speaking of pi we should switch to using tau (2*pi) instead of pi.

about a year and a half ago

McAfee Is Doing a Live Broadcast Tonight

Ranger Rectal Insertion (201 comments)

And this is from a guy on "super perv powder" who "recommended that the most effective way to take a dose is via rectal insertion, a procedure known as "plugging," writing: "Measure your dose, apply a small amount of saliva to just the tip of your middle finger, press it against the dose, insert. Doesn't really hurt as much as it sounds." Yeah, McAfee is so credible.

about 2 years ago

Strong Climate Change Opinions Are Self-Reinforcing

Ranger And that's why on a cold day (655 comments)

denialists (like Jim Inhofe) will build a snowman and say, "What climate change? Nyuck, nyunk." People are conflating climate with weather. Climate is an average of what has happened over a period of years, decades or even centuries.

Scientists can't definitively say that Hurricane Sandy was caused by global warming any more than doctors say that one particular home run by Barry Bonds was as a result of steroid use. What both can say is that the likelihood of either is much increased by their respective underlying conditions.

I see little difference between Creationists who think the Earth is 6,000 years old and global warming deniers who think that humans aren't responsible for changing the climate by burning millions of years worth of sequestered carbon in less than three centuries. I'd really like to know how releasing gigatons of carbon into the atmosphere in the geologic blink of an eye doesn't have an effect. On a separate note, humans have altered the nitrogen cycle through the Haber-Bosch process by removing nitrogen from the atmosphere and put it into the biosphere. That amount of nitrogen in the biosphere hadn't changed in over a hundred million years.

about 2 years ago

The White Noise of Smell

Ranger Re:Brown Noise (82 comments)

Yes. The "brown noise" was the subject of a South Park episode. Here's a relevant clip.

about 2 years ago

The White Noise of Smell

Ranger Brown Noise (82 comments)

Well, we all know what the brown noise of smell is.

about 2 years ago

In the 2012 U.S. presidential election:

Ranger Don't blame me (707 comments)

I voted for Kolob.

about 2 years ago

Best Trek Captain?

Ranger Age Discrimination (618 comments)

Clearly most of the Trek fans here were introduced to ST:TNG and not the original Trek. I think this says more about the age of the poll takers than which captain is actually best. Since I'm likely older than many /.ers I prefer Kirk because that's how I was introduced to the Trek franchise.

about 2 years ago

Craig Venter Wants To Rebuild Martian Life In Earth Lab

Ranger Send it to Enceladus instead (142 comments)

We've been exploring Mars for 40+ years now and so far we've not found evidence of life. We are much closer answering the question if it did or does, and I won't be surprised if we find microfossils and even life, but the parameters are very narrow. Now if we send a DNA sequencer to a icy moon of Jupiter or Saturn that has an ocean under it's ice, the odds of finding life go up dramatically. Europa would have been my first choice but we have to get through that thick crust. Enceladus would be even better. It's spewing liquid water into space. So we know where the crust is thinnest. And it does have the ingredients for life.

about 2 years ago

Lawsuit Challenges New York Sugary Drink Ban

Ranger It's not a ban (642 comments)

It's a restriction on portion size. You can still buy more than one. The human body wasn't designed to handle that much liquid sugar all at once. Those mega-drinks do make obesity more likely. Consumers do not have perfect knowledge. Human's evolved under feast and famine conditions. We live in a society of plenty and it's difficult to overcome human biology even with perfect knowledge. Our physiology works against us. It's very easy to regain the weight lost. I know. I lost nearly 60 pounds but have gained it back. That's over a period of 10 years. I'm in the process of losing it again, but it's going to take longer because I'm older.

There are several questions that need to be answered: Are we our brother's keeper? Do we need a nanny state? Should we pay for the health costs associated with obesity of our neighbors?

Taking personal responsibility is great and all, but it can only do so much. I think a better solution would be a sweetener tax than a portion limit. Congress uses the tax code for social engineering. A sugar sales tax would also be social engineering. By making one of the ingredients more expensive the cost would be passed on to the consumer. The revenue could be used for education or healthcare costs.

about 2 years ago


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