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NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin of Life

RoccamOccam Re:Entropy can Increase or Decrease Locally (115 comments)

This is very well done. I am always fascinated by the mini-evolution simulations and this a particularly appealing one.

4 days ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

RoccamOccam Re:Wake me up when any flavor of OO has outline mo (285 comments)

Sure. You can collapse sections and then move them (and all of the contained text and subsections) to anywhere in the document. In addition, you can easily promote and demote sections and the indentation and numbering get adjusted automatically. Paragraph styles are used (e.g., heading 1, heading 2) and those are updated to reflect the changes.

5 days ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

RoccamOccam Re:I wonder how much damage... (285 comments)

You might want to give impress!ve a try. Certainly not for everyone, but it is seriously cool. It displays PDFs and it does it very elegantly.

5 days ago
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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

RoccamOccam Re:Yeah, probably a VGA screen (267 comments)

The Surface Pro tablets (and others) feature high-resolution pressure-sensitive stylus capabilities. Great for drawing and taking notes. Of course, you get to keep the multi-touch capacitive features. I'm surprised this doesn't get more press, because it is a great feature.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

RoccamOccam Re:Militia, then vs now (1608 comments)

Drawing any strong conclusions between the US and Australia, which have vastly different demographics and cultures, is not an easy task.

Agreed. However, the misrepresentation of statistics from a Snopes article about the mischaracterization of statistics does seem poignant.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

RoccamOccam Re:Militia, then vs now (1608 comments)

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Or, as in the draft version:
The exceptions here or elsewhere in the constitution, made in favor of particular rights, shall not be so construed as to diminish the just importance of other rights retained by the people; or as to enlarge the powers delegated by the constitution; but either as actual limitations of such powers, or as inserted merely for greater caution.

In other words, removing a fundamental right from the Constitution, doesn't mean that it is not really a fundamental right.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

RoccamOccam Re:Militia, then vs now (1608 comments)

Yes and the second Australia did, violent crime statistics went up.

Not to any significant degree, and the overall trend since then is down - http://www.snopes.com/crime/st...

Pardon my reading comprehension problems, but I don't see that in the referenced article. I see a reference to the "proportion of armed robberies involving firearms has declined", but not that violent crimes has an overall trend down. Those are two very different claims, so perhaps you are referring to something else. The article does however show that their was a marked increase (12.8%) in a "Number of victims of assault aged 65 and over", between 1996 and 1997 and that the increases continued for the next two years (all that are listed).

It appears that the whole Snopes article is missing the point of the argument that gun rights advocates make. Snopes tries to make the argument that reduction of crimes committed with guns is the goal, while the gun rights advocates are arguing that violent crimes in general are increasing and that the rate of the increase jumped when new restrictions were imposed on personal ownership of firearms.

about a week ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

RoccamOccam Re:What would a real nerd do? (307 comments)

I prefer 355 / 113. Accurate to 3.141592. Handy mnemonic: it is the inverse of 113 / 355 (11 33 55).

about a week ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

RoccamOccam Re:If you make this a proof of God... (610 comments)

And lo, God moveth his cursor to a desolate and uninhabited region and createth a glider. And all the people praised his name.

about two weeks ago
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Cheaper Fuel From Self-Destructing Trees

RoccamOccam With a plastic bag for a helmet (112 comments)

They hoped that by introducing paired building blocks throughout the lignin, they could later “unzip” the lignin’s structure during pretreatment.

You unzipped me, it's all coming BACK!

about three weeks ago
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CISPA's Author Has Another Privacy-Killing Bill To Pass Before He Retires

RoccamOccam Republican (138 comments)

A Republican, you say? So we're back to posting party affiliations prominently in the summaries?

about three weeks ago
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43,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth Remains Offer Strong Chance of Cloning

RoccamOccam Treasure trove of information (187 comments)

Will we be able to ask it questions about life 40,000 years ago? This is very exciting.

about a month ago
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White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups

RoccamOccam Re:I went back to corporate America because Obamac (578 comments)

Traction? Democrats have been wanting to take over healthcare for years. They finally got their chance and they ramrodded it through. There was no traction.

about a month ago
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RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores

RoccamOccam Hobby Lobby (423 comments)

For years I've thought that a place like Hobby Lobby would be an ideal handler for the Arduino and Raspberry Pi projects. Carry some shields and the associated components and put in a small corner of the store. It could provide a better experience than Radio Shack and wouldn't be any more niche than their hobby rockets.

about a month and a half ago
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Rand Paul Files Suit Against Obama Over NSA's Collection of Metadata

RoccamOccam Re:Better Recent Examples of Unjust Surveillance (380 comments)

[but a more recent and more analogous example of Americans being unfairly targeted by their own government would be conservatives spying on liberal groups in the twentieth century - from suspected communists to civil rights leaders like MLK to anti-war groups.

I'm sure it just feels right to you to blame the MLK spying on conservatives, but Robert Kennedy (as Attorney General) started the wiretapping and Lyndon Johnson continued it during his Presidency.

about 2 months ago
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Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again

RoccamOccam Re:Pretty Much. (387 comments)

So, just to be clear -- in this case and in cases similar to this, we'd like the the Ohio State legislature to act more conservatively than they are currently acting. Excellent. I believe that you'd have agreement from most of the Republican voters across the country.

At least we have a hammer to use against the Republican politicians that are out of step with their constituency (unlike those poor folks that elect Democrat representatives).

about 2 months ago
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Ugly Trends Threaten Aviation Industry

RoccamOccam Reagan Deniers (473 comments)

The cognitive dissonance that you've created may cause some heads to explode.

about 2 months ago

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VA Supreme Court Issues Ruling in Global Warming FOIA Case

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  4 days ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "Unpublished data and records collected by university scientists is exempt from the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled, rejecting a request for former U-Va. professor Michael Mann's (of Hockey Stick fame) unpublished data.

Lawyers for U-Va. turned over about 1,000 documents , but withheld another 12,000 papers and e-mails, saying that work 'of a propriety nature' was exempt under the state’s FOIA law.

About the ruling, David Schnare, attorney for the plaintiff, said '[the Court] accepted U-Va.’s unsubstantiated fears that release of the e-mails would significantly chill intellectual debate and on that basis allowed U-Va. to continue to operate under a veil of secrecy that the citizens may not penetrate.'"
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Rand Paul files suit against Obama over NSA's collection of metadata

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about 2 months ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) is filing a class action lawsuit against President Obama and other members of his administration over the National Security Agency's collection of phone metadata, a practice he believes violates the Fourth Amendment. In a YouTube video released Tuesday, Paul compared the government surveillance to the warrantless searches practiced by the British military prior to American independence."
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Congressman Defends Right to Privacy with New Legislation

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about 2 months ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "Should the government be able to read your emails without a warrant? Representative Matt Salmon (R-AZ) tackled that question today at the Heritage Foundation’s first annual Conservative Policy Summit in Washington, DC.

'Privacy and transparency are the core of a republic. Today, that is reversed [...] “Mass spying did not protect us from the Boston bombing, the Times Square bombing, etc.'

Salmon is determined to stop the government’s secret snooping by leading the House version of the Electronics Communications Privacy Amendments Act, legislation that specifically targets a 1986 law declaring government had a right to search one’s emails without a warrant. Salmon’s legislation has been able to attract bipartisan support."

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Hunters Use Drones to Track Prey; PETA Uses Drones to Track Hunters

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about 3 months ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "The latest gadget in hunting equipment could make the stalking prey a little less challenging. Drone usage is already infiltrating farming, real estate marketing, sports photography, wildlife research and highway monitoring. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) also began selling the "Air Angel" drone to monitor hunters. So while hunters survey animals, PETA will be surveying the hunters."
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Britain's Costliest Mistake?

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about 4 months ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "Five years after UK passage of the 2008 Climate Change Act, the chief proponent of the act, Nick Stern, has responded to "A Review of the Stern Review". The "Stern Review" was a massive economic assessment that helped convince Parliament that climate mitigation measures would be worth the cost.

The result was quite possibly the most expensive legislation ever passed by Parliament. However, it appears that Stern’s analysis may have been deeply flawed."

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Security hole found in Obamacare website

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about 6 months ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "The Obamacare website has more than annoying bugs. A cybersecurity expert found a way to access users' accounts.

Until the Department of Health fixed the security hole last week, anyone could easily reset a user's Healthcare.gov password without their knowledge and potentially hijack the account.

The glitch was discovered last week by Ben Simo, a software tester in Arizona. Simo found that gaining access to people's accounts was frighteningly simple."

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Treasury says debt stuck at $16,699,396,000,000.00 - for 70 straight days!

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about 9 months ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "As reported by CNSNews.com, according to the Daily Treasury Statement for July 26, which the U.S. Treasury released this afternoon, the U.S. federal debt has been stuck at exactly $16,699,396,000,000.00 for 70 straight days.

That is approximately $25 million below the legal limit of $16,699,421,095,673.60 that Congress has imposed on the debt."
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Study finds fracking chemicals didn't pollute water

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about 9 months ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site.

After a year of monitoring, the researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas trapped deep below the surface stayed thousands of feet below the shallower areas that supply drinking water."
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Confirmed: CBS News Investigative Reporter Computer Compromised

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about 10 months ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "Shortly after the news broke that the Department of Justice had been secretly monitoring the phones and email accounts of Associated Press and Fox News reporters (and the parents of Fox News Correspondent James Rosen), CBS News' Sharyl Attkisson said her computer seemed like it had been compromised. Turns out, it was.

'A cyber security firm hired by CBS News has determined through forensic analysis that Sharyl Attkisson’s computer was accessed by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions late in 2012. Evidence suggests this party performed all access remotely using Attkisson’s accounts. While no malicious code was found, forensic analysis revealed an intruder had executed commands that appeared to involve search and exfiltration of data.'"

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Pew Study: MSNBC barely shows any news coverage

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about a year ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "MSNBC's opinionated programming far outweighs its “factual reporting,” according to a new Pew study. While Fox News, too, had more opinionated programming, the network had a much smaller discrepancy between opinion and straight reporting."
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Senate Democrats Sequester Replacement Bill Adds Billions to Deficit

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about a year ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "White House-backed legislation in the Senate to replace $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts would raise the deficit through the end of the budget year by tens of billions of dollars, officials said late Wednesday as the two parties maneuvered for public support on economic issues.

So, as pointed out on townhall.com, 'their "deficit reduction" plan entails defense cuts, new tax hikes, and adding to the deficit. No wonder these guys have avoided committing a budget to paper for the last four years.'"

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Illegal online registration by Obama campaign in NC

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about a year ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "North Carolina's Civitas Institute has revealed that the North Carolina State Board of Elections and the Obama campaign conspired to register at least 11,000 people via the internet in violation of state law.

The technology from Allpoint Voter Services uses remote-control pens to transmit “signatures” over the Internet, according to techpresident.com[iii]. After entering voter information in an online form, the citizen “signs” it with a stylus or a finger. The Allpoint technology records the signature and then transmits it to one of two autopens – one in California, the other in Nevada. One of the pens transcribes the signature on to a paper voter registration form. Allpoint then mails the documents to local election boards."

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XDev, XMOS-based Arduino competitor, addresses several issues

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about a year and a half ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "XDev is an XMOS-based competitor to the Arduino that addresses many of the frustrations of the "shield" style of hardware development.

The developer has an interesting solution that is based upon the powerful and flexible XMOS embedded processor. Although, I'm not associated in any way with the project, I'd like to see it funded, as I find the XMOS technology to be quite interesting."

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