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The Gap Between What The Public Thinks And What Scientists Know

Rashdot Re:Common sense (488 comments)

I can follow your argument and I actually agree.

But what I meant with scientists having tunnel vision is this: if scientists have been working on a brilliant solution for several years, there is a possibility that the desire to finally apply it in the wild, might cloud their judgement. I'm not saying that they purposely avoid thinking about negative results, but their mind is set on a positive outcome. That's perfectly understandable and very human behavior. If you've been working on a, in your mind, solution that's going to bring a lot of good to the world, you want the world to benefit as soon as possible and it's not unthinkable that you may overlook unwanted side effects.

2 days ago
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New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

Rashdot What about algae? (213 comments)

Biofuel from algae can be produced much more efficiently, should its development be ditched as well? I think there's a future for biofuel from algae.

2 days ago
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The Gap Between What The Public Thinks And What Scientists Know

Rashdot Common sense (488 comments)

The reason why people don't trust GMO food for instance, is that it's sometimes impossible to undo mistakes that are made. Scientists tend to have tunnel vision and have made mistakes with global impact in the past. So I don't find this gap surprising at all. People are wary because they think scientists want to mess with the planet.

2 days ago
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At Oxford, a Battery That's Lasted 175 Years -- So Far

Rashdot Re:Hold your horses (211 comments)

Or my calculations are still way off.

Or the battery in your calculator is failing.

about a week ago
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Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

Rashdot Yes, a key (163 comments)

You could teleport the key of his jail cell to an inmate, destroying the evidence that you stole it in the process.

about two weeks ago
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Silk Road Journal Found On Ulbricht's Laptop: "Everyone Knows Too Much"

Rashdot Re:Journal? (180 comments)

Dear Diary,

Today I learned that I'm not so bricht after all and changed my name accordingly.

your friend,

Ross Ul

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

Rashdot Re:No (570 comments)

So it means you get one year to decide if you want to upgrade for free. Any future upgrades for that device will be free.

From TFS I understood that Microsoft would be going the Google way and make us their product instead of customers, but that summary indeed seems to be wrong about that.

But I'm still not clear on their new business model. Are they going to charge for every new device, and/or for additional software?

I was wondering what company would be the first to come up with a device independent "personal assistant" because I think that's the successor of our current smartphones, tablets, televisions etc. It looks like Microsoft is first, so I guess the other giants will soon follow.

about two weeks ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

Rashdot Idea for stealth encryption (562 comments)

Imagine a type of encryption that changes text into other text by swapping words with words from an agreed dictionary (swap verbs with verbs etc). The resulting text wouldn't look like it's encrypted, it just isn't meaningful. A private and public encryption key can determine the seed for the swapping and the dictionary to be used.

Would such an encrypted text still be recognized as encrypted, or would it be able to stay under government radar?

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley's Quest To Extend Life 'Well Beyond 120'

Rashdot Re:The longer you live...Cancer could be your rewa (273 comments)

Someone will create expensive cancer detecting nanobots for that. These will roam your body and either eliminate any cancer and other threats before they get out of hand, and/or alert an also very expensive monitoring system. Constant monitoring is needed for detecting and replenishing failed nanobots.

Key word is 'expensive'.

about three weeks ago
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Education Debate: Which Is More Important - Grit, Or Intelligence?

Rashdot The Golden Rule (249 comments)

I'm amazed that the most basic universal human rights are still not effectively taught in schools. It would help the world a lot if people simply understood the most basic one. It's almost as old as humanity itself: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Rule/

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Rashdot Most kids don't know these anymore (790 comments)

A blacksmith at work.

A horse in the street.

A propeller plane.

Two stroke petrol engines.

Steam engines and whistles.

about three weeks ago
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3D Cameras Are About To Go Mainstream

Rashdot Only half of what's needed (141 comments)

Camera's are only half of what's needed to make them successful. You also need 3D screens without the need for special glasses.

about three weeks ago
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Inside Cryptowall 2.0 Ransomware

Rashdot Re:How to prevent it from ruining my backups (181 comments)

I believe that they leave executable files alone, so maybe it's as simple as adding ".exe" to all your backup files? And removing any double ".exe" strings when retrieving?

about three weeks ago
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Bill Gates Endorses Water From Human Waste

Rashdot Pollutants (245 comments)

640 pollutants ought to be enough for anybody.

about three weeks ago
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After Outage, Sony Makes Peace Offering To Users of PlayStation Network

Rashdot Re:hahaha (95 comments)

Hahaha indeed. My son couldn't even subscribe for 5 days, let alone use his new PS4. It started working after applying an "MTU 1473" fix I found somewhere. Subscribers only means that we don't get anything for our trouble.

about a month ago
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Finn Linked To Lizard Squad Christmas Attack

Rashdot Re:Profile of the perps: (51 comments)

They could also be Finnish Thin Lizzy fans.

about a month ago
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Why Lizard Squad Took Down PSN and Xbox Live On Christmas Day

Rashdot Re:They're assholes. (336 comments)

That's an insult to assholes. They're terrorists.

about a month ago
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Stars Traveling Close To Light Speed Could Spread Life Through the Universe

Rashdot Re:I don't understand this ... (184 comments)

TFA says, they can spread life "beyond the boundaries of their host galaxies"

about a month ago

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Pixar gives away RenderMan software for free

Rashdot Rashdot writes  |  about 8 months ago

Rashdot (845549) writes "As a further commitment to the advancement of open standards and practices, Pixar is announcing that,in conjunction with the upcoming release, free non-commercial licenses of RenderMan will be made available without any functional limitations, watermarking, or time restrictions. Non-commercial RenderMan will be freely available for students, institutions, researchers, developers, and for personal use. Those interested in exploring RenderMan’s new capabilities are invited to register in advance on the RenderMan website to access a free license for download upon release."
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