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New NRC Rule Supports Indefinite Storage of Nuclear Waste

Scottingham Re:central storage or n^x security guard costs / s (173 comments)

Un-mined Uranium ore is still pretty toxic...but it's underground...This Uranium (not to mention all the other nasty shiz in coal ash) is put into the air and water table. I would consider that nuclear waste, yes. Considering the insane levels of regulation for even the tiniest levels of radiation surrounding nuclear plants, the fact that coal-ash gets a free pass to just store whatever in unlined pools next to lakes and rivers is pretty ludicrous.

5 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Scottingham Re:Send in the drones! (832 comments)

We shouldn't...just our drones :-p

5 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Scottingham Send in the drones! (832 comments)

With hastily spray-painted Ukrainian flags!

5 days ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Scottingham For Classrooms Too (622 comments)

I'd like to see a camera in every public school classroom as well.

It would end the 'he said/she said' arguments when a kid is being disruptive and the parent refuses to believe their snowflake is anything other than perfect.

It could also allow for a better means of evaluating a teacher's performance. Currently it is done with in person audits by an administrator...teachers behave quite differently under that situation.

about a week ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

Scottingham Re:Sigh (335 comments)

That's why I say we need to work as hard as we can to get all humans out of governmental functions as soon as possible!

Algorithmic government! Open source....GIT repo ;-P

about a week ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Scottingham Re:Of course (506 comments)

I thought of that scene too. I like out the wheel popped out from the dash. If it was unobtrusive for most of the time, I think it'd work out.

about a week ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Scottingham Re:Not surprising (506 comments)

f that noise. My self-driving car should treat me or whoever else inside as the 100% top safety priority. Sux for those kids, but maybe their bus driver shouldn't have fallen asleep at the wheel!

about a week ago
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New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

Scottingham Re:So what they need, then... (185 comments)

Looks similar, but definitely no sensory isolation. The richest interconnects possible should be achieved. Our brains kinda go nuts without sensory input.

about two weeks ago
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New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

Scottingham Re:So what they need, then... (185 comments)

Exactly. I was just talking about this scenario the other day. While portable brain cases may be a bit far fetched and hard to imagine, I don't see immobile support systems for brains totally unfeasible. Of course waaay more science is needed, but we do seem to be advancing at an exponential rate.

Once it does become possible there are a bunch of strange milestones. Like, who were the first sucessful clinical trials? Would they become 'the elders' eventually? What about when there are more brains in buildings than people alive? Can brains own property? Would they have human agents in the 'real world' to do their bidding? What would it mean for prison sentences? How good would they be at first person shooters? ;-)

about two weeks ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Scottingham Re:best and worst for wildlife are (521 comments)

:-O

Yep..my bad...hard to tell from the trolls sometimes here.

about two weeks ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Scottingham Re:best and worst for wildlife are (521 comments)

Psh, the radiation levels coming out of a nuke plant are 1/1000th of that coming from even coal ash ponds. Don't forget how freakin' easy it is to detect radiation.

This should be obvious if you don't use The Simpsons as a source.

about two weeks ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Scottingham Re:Huge bird and fish kills (521 comments)

Not quite. Equating an accident zone to the entire technology, hundreds of cores worldwide, is specious. Also, that link to the 'fish kills' is also not specific to nuclear power, nor actually describing a fish kill. A few fish getting caught in an intake is not a fish kill. For that you need them all to die at once.

Also, the warm water from the outlets could easily be argued to be a boon to fish and aquatic life. No winter!

But I do not have any illusions in trying to sway your disproportional fear of fission.

about two weeks ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Scottingham Re:best and worst for wildlife are (521 comments)

I dunno, some of the best fishing in the state of NC is by the nuke plant down at the southern end of Lake Norman right by the nuke plant. The warm water discharge creates a permanent summer so the fish grow huge!

about two weeks ago
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Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

Scottingham Re:Cheap grid storage (442 comments)

You had me until 'space catapult'. If anything it'd be a space gun. Good luck trying to get that to work. People have tried, look into what happened to them.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

Scottingham The larger problem.. (278 comments)

..seems to be online forms in general. Considering how disparate various forms and their submission mechanisms are I think the only course of action would have to be at the browser level. Perhaps some automatic usage of the LocalStorage api to store text typed into these fields. Though that might lead to some security concerns. Perhaps recalling that cached data requires some form of user authentication for the browser itself (which isn't a bad idea in general).

I dunno, just spitballin' here...

about three weeks ago
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WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emergency

Scottingham Re:First.... (183 comments)

Yep, pretty much. Still though, I'll keep my 357 on my hip while I help out my local neighborhood 'tribe' fend off the Palinistas from the countryside.

about three weeks ago
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IBM Creates Custom-Made Brain-Like Chip

Scottingham Human Brain is...complicated (105 comments)

Every time one of these damn 'neural computers' come out people tend to equate the number of neurons and synapses and think 'hey, if we can get to the number of human neurons... Presto!!!!1'

Brains are waay more complicated than just neurons and synapses. Just taking the neurotransmitters into account makes the whole charade crash down. Then there is the glial network that, surprise surprise, does an enormous amount of complex work. There's even recent research suggesting that the branching patterns of the neurons perform complex computations. There are chemical gradients in the brain that act as a sort of addressing system.



tl;dr Brain on a chip? Yeah fucking right.

about three weeks ago

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New Drug Treatment Could Cure All Viral Infections

Scottingham Scottingham writes  |  about 3 years ago

Scottingham (2036128) writes "TFA states that in a development that could transform how viral infections are treated, a team of researchers at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory has designed a drug that can identify cells that have been infected by any type of virus, then kill those cells to terminate the infection."
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Computer Use Leads To Poorer Reading Skills

Scottingham Scottingham writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Scottingham (2036128) writes "A study involving children in Sweden and the US has concluded that increase computer usage leads to decreased reading skills. "Our study shows that the entry of computers into the home has contributed to changing children's habits in such a manner that their reading does not develop to the same extent as previously. By comparing countries over time we can see a negative correlation between change in reading achievement and change in spare time computer habits which indicates that reading ability falls as leisure use of computers increases,". Is there any way around this? What about E-Readers? Cue the anecdotal evidence to the contrary!"
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'Giant' Neuron Modulates 50,000 Other Neurons

Scottingham Scottingham writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Scottingham (2036128) writes "PhsyOrg describes this discovery better than I could: A single "giant", non-spiking, GABAergic interneuron forms an all-to-all negative feedback loop with a population of about 50,000 Kenyon cells, principal neurons of the mushroom bodies, a structure involved in olfactory memory in the insect brain. This normalizing feedback loop serves to ensure relatively constant sparseness of mushroom body output across varying input strengths. Sparseness is an important feature of sensory representations in areas involved in memory formation."
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Brain-Computer Interface Works With Speech Centers

Scottingham Scottingham writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Scottingham (2036128) writes "Science Daily reports on new research that uses electrodes placed in the speech centers of the brain to move a cursor around the screen. While participants were instructed to utter different vowel sounds their neural activity was parsed and analyzed. Once analyzed and connected to a cursor-control program, participants quickly learned to use the different vowel sounds to move a cursor around a screen. The system can distinguish between actual speech and the cursor-controlling thought-sounds."
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