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Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

Rolgar Re:11% fuel efficiency improvement (138 comments)

How easy will it be to clean when the dimples fill with bug guts compared to a smooth surface? Get enough of the dimples filled with crap, and not only will the car look awful, but it'll probably have worse aerodynamics than the smooth car.

about 3 months ago
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With New Horizons Spacecraft a Year Away, What We Know About Pluto

Rolgar Re:Anyone have Cliff Notes? (128 comments)

Not snowballed, mothballed, egads.

about 4 months ago
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With New Horizons Spacecraft a Year Away, What We Know About Pluto

Rolgar Re:Anyone have Cliff Notes? (128 comments)

I think this was a more time sensitive mission, because Pluto is moving farther from the sun and scientists warned (rightly or wrongly) that it was about to freeze, and they had a window to use a gravity assist from Jupiter to get the probe there much sooner, and there was also an earlier mission snowballed.

On the other hand, Io and Europa aren't going to be any different in 5 years than they would have been a few years ago when the probe would have reached those destinations, so those missions were not as high priority than the potential impact of Pluto's orbit that they weren't sure of when they green-lighted this mission 13 years ago.

about 4 months ago
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To Save the Internet We Need To Own the Means of Distribution

Rolgar Use a coop (338 comments)

I posted on this in Sept 2012. Best to use a coop to keep the ownership of the pipes out of the hands of the government (prevent censorship and conflicts of interest). You could even bundle up the electrical lines to keep overhead low, reduce conflicts over who owns & controls polls, line positioning, etc, and even bundle the two bills together to make everybody's life a little easier.

about 6 months ago
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SpaceX Successfully Delivers Supplies To ISS

Rolgar Re:yayy!!! Cheer our corporate fascist state! (87 comments)

Look, if there was no profit, he wouldn't do it.

Think of it like this:

Possible outcomes assuming no profit: Elon looks at the deal, and the possible outcomes are: #1SpaceX is wildly successful, and breaks even. SpaceX is wildly successful and loses money because of unforeseen costs. SpaceX fails, and Elon loses most of his wealth. SpaceX succeeds but doesn't run a surplus/profit, can't set anything aside, and years down the road, a launch fails and there is no reserve funds to get them through the hard times and failure happens eventually. Elon loses interest, never starts SpaceX, because he doesn't foresee the profit to launch his own rockets to jump start space colonies because governments don't want to do it themselves, and the US space industry continues to rot.

about 6 months ago
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Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable In $44.2 Billion All-Stock Deal

Rolgar Re:ogahdno (303 comments)

If they sell to the network, it will go to the highest bidder (through loans for decades into the future) , who will then HAVE to raise prices to buy the network.

A much better solution is to give them to the people as a customer owned network, much like rural electric co-ops.

about 9 months ago
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

Rolgar Re:Biology workbook (770 comments)

The Catholic Church doesn't have an official position on the age of the universe. If so, you should be able to find it in the Catechism of the Church. John Paul II and Benedict XVI both made comments friendly to non-atheistic environmentalism. A quote is often attributed to St. Augustine that the bible "tells us how to go to heaven, not how the heavens go." A bishop was the plaintif in a lawsuit against Arkansas that, in the 1960s, removed the Creationism curriculum from the public schools.

about 9 months ago
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How Good Are Charter Schools For the Public School System?

Rolgar Re:Turning away student (715 comments)

The public schools probably don't want to turn students away. They get additional money for every student enrolled.

about 10 months ago
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New Treatment Kills Metastatic Cancer Cells

Rolgar Re:How long do metastatic cancer cells remain in t (55 comments)

I've read that eating enough green plant matter (leaves) will remove waste from the blood. I've read in several places that people have used vegan diets to control cancer (although I think it's more about eating more leaves, and not about rejecting protein).

I've heard/read that people that live a more primative lifestyle without our grain based diets don't have cancer, presumably because they eat more leaves.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

Rolgar My website (796 comments)

I've created a website about the books I plan on making available to my children. It's called Fanatics4Classics. The book covers are affiliate links to Amazon 1) because hopefully it will support the site and 2) I like to read Amazon reviews for books, and hopefully others will find them useful as well 3) Amazon has covers for most books, and using their bandwidth is free.

I have an index (linked) of the best 800 fiction, philosophy & books about government and a huge history selection from Gutenberg (and torrents to download all of those books in either epub or mobi (for Kindle)).

The Amazon links include all of the Gutenberg books except the history (for those who like printed books or want to view the reviews) as well as another thousand books from the 20th century that are still under copyright. All of them are organized by reading level and genre.

The site is not completed yet. I'm planning on linking to the best works of Science and other areas of study, a much more extensive list of more modern history (because the our ability to research history is much better now), and links to other sites my wife finds useful in homeschooling our kids.

I'm doing this because my wife and I like the Thomas Jefferson Education model which promotes reading classics as a key component of education, and while they have a good selection of books on their site, I felt it was incomplete. Anyway, browse around, find something interesting, and read a book.

about 10 months ago
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Brain Function "Boosted For Days After Reading a Novel"

Rolgar Re:The next task is to find a good book. (110 comments)

I've created a websiteabout the books I plan on making available to my children. It's called Fanatics4Classics. The book covers are affiliate links to Amazon 1) because hopefully it will support the site and 2) I like to read Amazon reviews for books, and hopefully others will find them useful as well 3) Amazon has covers for most books, and using their bandwidth is free.

I have an index (linked) of the best 800 fiction books and a huge history selection from Gutenberg (and torrents to download all of those books in either epub or mobi (for Kindle)).

The Amazon links include all of the Gutenberg fiction (for those who like printed books or want to view the reviews) as well as another thousand books from the 20th century that are still under copyright. All of them are organized by reading level and genre.

The site is not completed yet. I'm planning on linking to the best works of Science and other areas of study, a much more extensive list of history,and links to other sites my wife finds useful in homeschooling our kids.

I'm doing this because my wife and I like the Thomas Jefferson Education model, and while they have a good selection of books on their site, I felt it was incomplete. Anyway, browse around, find something interesting, and read a book.

about 10 months ago
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Snowden Says His Mission Is Accomplished

Rolgar Re:Right On (312 comments)

Not to mention Clinton was elected twice with less that 50% of the vote.

about 10 months ago
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Computer Model Reveals Escape Plan From Poverty's Vicious Circle

Rolgar Re:Healthcare (356 comments)

FYI, I'm a father of 4, and I make just over $50,000 a year. After filing, I've gotten a check of about $3000 each of the last 4 years after having nothing withheld for the entire year. I have a co-worker who is in a similar situation, and he actually lets our employer withhold money, so he gets an even bigger check.

about a year ago
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Healthcare.gov and the Gulf Between Planning and Reality

Rolgar Re:Where was the Press? (494 comments)

Do you remember all of the Y2K stories for YEARS before the year 2000? Had people all worked into a frenzy that power plants and other equipment wouldn't work on 1/1/00. I've read that the White House is pretty hostile to any publication/reporter that prints a critical story. Pair that with the love certain media individuals have with Obama, and you get a whole lot of brushing stuff under the rug that 6 years ago was extremely hostile to a president that was pretty similar on policy and competence.

about a year ago
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Blockbuster To Close Remaining US Locations

Rolgar Re:Wait, what? (419 comments)

You might look at your local library. We do all library as we already pay for it in our taxes.

Understand, there's a bit of waiting involved. Usually from when a disk is released, the library doesn't have it available for another two weeks, and then you have to wait through the hold queue to before you get a copy. I've found at our library (Topeka KS), that if you make a recommendation to buy a disk before the item is in the catalog, they will put you on the list before it's officially started. So, if you want to watch something, you could ask for them to buy the next big movie before it's at the theater, and you will get a copy the first week the library has them available.

about a year ago
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Is New York City Ready For Digital Voting?

Rolgar Re:Undo Gerrymandering? (93 comments)

My preferred method: Get rid of districts, and give the power to the voters. Set a window for 6-3 months before the election, and everybody registers their party preference. So, for a Federal election May to July, voters select the party they want to represent them. Maybe you end up with half Republicans and Democrats, and other parties finally get some real representation, collecting the other half. You use the registrations to determine which parties will get how many candidates. (Say 120 for Republicans & 120 for Democrats, 50 Libertarians, 45 Greens, 5 Communists, 3 Anarchists, 25 NAACP, 25 Latino Party, 1 KKK, 25 Christian Conservatives, 10 AARP, 15 Peace Party, etc.) Then once each party knows how many spots, they have their own party elections to determine which candidates they want to represent their constituents.

You have added benefits where everybody has a better selection than current. If you decide you don't like your current party (corruption, anti-science or education or other divergences) try to build a following to pull the party in a new direction, start a new party, select from dozens of other options.

You get rid of having half of a district feeling like their representative works for somebody else.

You get rid of the alignment between the Senate and the House, where they are chosen by the same electorate, just with fewer seats. Actually, we should throw out the Senate and have the State Houses approve the bills passed by the Federal House, before sending it to the President. Given today's technology level at the time of the negotiation of the House of Representatives, we probably would have had this instead of Senators, who were supposed to represent a break on the Federal government over running the powers of the states. All responsibilities of the Senate to approve Treaties, Presidential appointments, and impeachment duties are turned over to the House.

Then, since the electoral college is supposed to be somewhat representative of the House and Senate, replace it with the newly elected House plus the governor and his lieutenant governor, and throw out the presidential election altogether. This will reduce the cult of personality that gave us both Bush and Obama. Since the parties will be more fractured, the elected representatives will hopefully compromise on a competent candidate that doesn't upset anybody too much.

about a year ago
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CO2 Levels Reach 400ppm at Mauna Loa For First Time On Record

Rolgar Re:Stop breathing (497 comments)

Reading a book called 'The Fourth Turning'. It mentions that during the post WWII era, educated women stayed home and had higher birth rates than the less educated. The late 2020s to early 2040s may see a return to higher fertilities due to an improved social mood after our current malaise.

about a year and a half ago
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Even the Ad Industry Doesn't Know Who's Tracking You

Rolgar Re:Oh, yeah (98 comments)

I have a Chase account, and I have ru4.com disabled in NetScript, and I can login just fine.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What If We Don't Run Out of Oil?

Rolgar Re:Atlantic article a thinly veiled propaganda pie (663 comments)

It seems to me that it's a two sided coin.

Peak oil stories would drive up the cost of oil because of the perceived shortage, and more buyers and speculators would buy futures that would increase the price, making more profit in the short term for the 'evil' oil companies, and probably get more money in the form of exploration funds. Of course, this will encourage investments in wind, solar, and maybe even nuclear.

On the other hand, downplaying Peak Oil concerns will keep prices somewhat lower. But if they are right, they are looking at huge decline in energy revenues due to declining commodity costs, which probably won't be great for the bottom line and stock prices.

about a year and a half ago

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Counter Attack on Peter Gleick's claims against Heartland Institute

Rolgar Rolgar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Rolgar (556636) writes "On Tuesday, we read that Peter Gleick admitted had leaked insider documents from the Heartland Institute, including one particularly damning document that the Heartland Institute claims is a fake. Today, admitted skeptic Robert Tracinski is claiming that IT forensics prove Gleick is the liar, and this was an attempt by Gleick to recreate a mirror of the email leak from last year back at the other side.

Because of Gleick's position at the Pacific Institute, Tracinski calls into question the credibility of the entire Global Warming movement, saying he was not a lone wolf acting alone, but he is a leader of the movement who previously was considered very creditable, but now he has sacrificed that credibility to try to score points playing politics instead of maintaining credibility.

In related news (linked to by Tracinski, links to related articles within), scientists who had recently claimed in the Wall Street Journal that climate change is not settled, have responded to a single response to their initial column claiming further evidence that carbon dioxide's effect is overestimated in every model, and that over the past two decades, the IPC has released three predictions, each one lower than the last, and none doing a very good job of predicting where temperatures were headed, if carbon dioxide is the dominate cause of temperature that is claimed.

As a mild skeptic, I could understand last year's claims that scientists didn't have time to respond to every open records claim by denialists, when a 20 minute request would take weeks or even months to respond to, preventing the scientists from doing real work. This however looks like a very stupid or desperate move, and makes me think that barring an amazingly accurate run of predictions by the scientists and their models, this debate is going to be decided for the denialists because the models, and therefore, causes of the last century's warming aren't correct."

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More errors in competitive research fields

Rolgar Rolgar writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Rolgar (556636) writes "Looking specifically at biology research, two researchers have found that more competitive fields have more errors in data reporting. One important difference between the competitive and non-competitive fields would be that in competitive fields, the scientist is under pressure to to be first, and therefore has an incentive to make the data fit the conclusion, where the non-competitive scientist has more time to complete the research properly. The researchers of this study claim 'Interactions of highly popular proteins tend to be confirmed by high-throughput experiments at much lower frequency than interactions of un-popular proteins.' Surely, competitors would have incentive to replicate and disprove a competitor's experiment, in case the the work was done incorrectly or reported fraudulently. Instead, one foreseeable result could yeild that this leads to a culture of fudging the results of the current study to match those of a previous studies, building a consensus based on series of bad experiments, as some claim is the case with climate studies. This again points to the need for openness in science, but also should call for more diligence about independent confirmation of research results."
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Windows 7's XP mode requires Processor Support

Rolgar Rolgar writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Rolgar (556636) writes "Tom's Hardware reports that the recently announced Windows 7 mode, that will support software written for Windows XP, will 'require virtualization technologies in recent processors such as Intel VT and AMD-V.' The article continues by explaining that many current Intel processors don't have VT support, and detailing which ones do and don't. Considering the Vista capable class action lawsuit, if this causes confusion or disgust for users of Windows 7 this fall, will the fallout hit Microsoft, Intel, or Dell, HP and other vendors if this isn't accurately communicated to buyers before acquiring a new machine?"
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Microsoft moves final XP sales date

Rolgar Rolgar writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Rolgar (556636) writes "Microsoft has decided to push back the date they will stop sales of new copies of Windows XP, both OEM and retail, from January 30th to June 30th. This will give customers the option of choosing Windows XP after they've had a chance to see what Vista SP1 brings."
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Rolgar Rolgar writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Rolgar (556636) writes "Cringely says that IBM has begun massive layoffs in a quiet manner, starting with 1300 employees, but by the end of the year, the total will rise to at least 100,000 and probably closer to 150,000 employees, nearly 40% of their U.S. workforce. Some people will be temporarily retained as contractors at a fraction of their salary, and eventually, IBM will also dump many of the unprofitable customer contracts worked on by Global Services or outsource the work to Asia. If these people are looking for work, that could seriously drop wages for technical workers in the US since they will have to compete with these people for available jobs."
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Rolgar Rolgar writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Rolgar (556636) writes "This week, Bob Cringely states that since the Apple TV will be an always on device (unless you unplug it) with a 40GB hard drive, Apple will distribute content to Apple TVs for every ISP, and then use centrally controlled P2P sharing on those Apple TVs to distribute the content to the rest of the owners of the Apple TV, cutting their own bandwidth costs and providing video faster to the consumers. The ISPs will incur higher (essentially free) bandwidth locally, possibly lose some subscribers to cable TV, but have fewer costs through the Tier II Internet backbone providers, which I suspect would possibly undercut the Apple and Google's need to worry about net neutrality for video. Bob also expects that Google will be involved with their fiber network and advertising expertise, and I suspect that they'll bundle in YouTube content as well and maybe Google has worked out a way to distribute YouTube video to PCs through this network. Bob suspects that they won't get around to announcing the full details of this plan until they hit a half million units or more, and that this Apple and Google pairing will become the equivalent of a cable TV provider with almost none of the infrastructure costs, and that eventually the real HD revolution will come from Apple and Google."
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Rolgar Rolgar writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Rolgar (556636) writes "At launch, you could easily acquire a Wii, at least when compared to the other console launches in the past year. Now, at least in some locations, its near impossible to get your hands on one, as one blogger reports it. So, when will you be able to walk in and buy one at the counter. February? July? Next Christmas? 2008?"

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