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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

Scottingham Municipal Internet is Inevitable (hopefully) (135 comments)

Unless there's a coup-de-retardante the next couple of elections I see(hope) internet gets its rightful place as a regulated municipal service. Like water. Juicy data water.

12 hours ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Scottingham Dear Liza! (340 comments)

The end of that post was totally unnecessary. Did we really need our hands held to make that connection between amount of food required and the weight/cost of a launch?

yesterday
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Birth Control Pills Threaten Fish Stocks

Scottingham Re:Side effect (147 comments)

I counter your citation-less speculation with my own: Or not.

about a week ago
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Interviews: Ask Reuben Paul What Hackers Can Learn From an 8-Year-Old

Scottingham Robots (44 comments)

Do you think robots will take all of our jobs? If so, how do you think society should handle the masses of unemployed?

about two weeks ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Scottingham Shame-Maim (716 comments)

Or take out their knee caps. Don't go lethal when you can shame-maim. Maybe that's just the Italian in me.

about two weeks ago
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Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

Scottingham Saganesque Space Dub (263 comments)

I'm in a group that takes his philosophy of science...and marijauana...and spreads it via some pretty spaced out electronic music.

We're called the Sagan Youth Boys. Check us out on Soundcloud for a taste. https://soundcloud.com/sagan-y...

Our 2nd album is coming out in a few months that'll be a hard sci-fi concept album based on a manned mission to Enceladus.


/shameless plug

about two weeks ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

Scottingham Re:Automation is the future (236 comments)

I have little doubt that computers will be able to drive big-rig trucks not too far into the future. All of the examples you gave sounds like it would be better handled by a capable computer. Split second? How about sub-millisecond? Multiple events happening at once? Humans are notoriously bad at doing that. Hardware glitch? Like sleep deprivation?

Ever see that Volvo ad of two semi's going in reverse at 40+MPH and staying within 3 feet of each other? Do you think people could do that?

Of course, we aren't there yet. It will happen though, and highway safety will improve.

about two weeks ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

Scottingham Re:grow your own (236 comments)

As long as we combine that with a form of fusion, sure!

about two weeks ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

Scottingham Free the bastards! (152 comments)

All the more reason to free these suckers...god damn.

I get it though, they're no longer suited to living in the wild, etc etc. Can't we help them out with some head-mounted lasers or something?

about two weeks ago
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The flying car I'd like in my garage first:

Scottingham VeloCopter (151 comments)

I'd put the VeloCopter at the top of the list.

http://www.e-volo.com/

While not quite as efficient as a helicopter, it is orders of magnitude simpler to build, maintain, and is way safer (a few rotors could go out and you'd still be able to land okay). Right now it is fully electric (Quiet!) but they have plans to put in an in-series rotary generator to extend its range.

about two weeks ago
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Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

Scottingham Re:sounds like a job for (240 comments)

Oh wow! Thanks for the info! I'm not a Google fanboi by any stretch. I use them more as the most plausible stand-in for my idealized tech company. One that could realize my ultimate dream of a computationally socialist society. In other words, a computer mediated means of allocating resources and services (though not exclusively...a capitalist consumer-driven economy would still be necessary...think basic income vs government housing). We are soooo far away from anything like that today, but I still think it's a laudible goal to get corruptible, short sighted, and narrow minded humans out of the loop ASAP. Admittedly, it's all predicated on very cheap energy and exponentially improving computers/robotics.

about three weeks ago
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Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

Scottingham Re:sounds like a job for (240 comments)

You say that with snark (I think) but I have a feeling that GoogleHealth would be far superior to anything offered by today's private shit. Though you'd likely have to watch Ads while in traction, or in the waiting room etc...

Considering that it is the informational infrastructure of a hospital system that is the weak point, not the care itself, Google is clearly pretty damn good at that.

AppleMed on the other hand would suck. Have fun paying 3x for premium couture band-aids. They'd likely excel in plastic surgery.

about three weeks ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

Scottingham Re:Anarchy is all fun and games... (651 comments)

Yes but what if the state collapses and we're left to deal with roving bands of Palinistas? They'll sure as hell be armed.

about three weeks ago
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Analyzing Silk Road 2.0

Scottingham MDMA Demand (68 comments)

It seems that this is pretty good proof that there is a demand for reputable MDMA. Perhaps the club scene would be safer if there were less mystery powders claiming to be "Molly". If the dosage was known steps could be taken to provide the most fun for the least amount of harm (it sure as hell isn't harmless).

It's also purportedly good for therapy too. I plan to get some for my parents on their 50th anniversary.

about three weeks ago
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3D Bioprinter Creates "Living Bandage" Skin Grafts For Burn Victims

Scottingham Re:Sad this thread is 3/4 Trolls (26 comments)

Oh yes, I am full gear all the time! But most riders, like you said, don't have anything on but the legally required helmet (in some states not even that!).

about three weeks ago
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3D Bioprinter Creates "Living Bandage" Skin Grafts For Burn Victims

Scottingham Sad this thread is 3/4 Trolls (26 comments)

As a motorcycle rider, I welcome this awesome advancement in bio-3d printing. Wake Forest is also doing some incredible stuff with this technology. I'm hoping they can use the superior 3d printing capabilities of stereo-lithography to create a super-detailed biomesh that can later have cells grafted onto it. Currently we have to strip off the cells of a donor organ to get the structure then put the patient's cells in a slurry over that. While that is still amazing, creating the scaffolding is the next big ticket.

about three weeks ago

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New Drug Treatment Could Cure All Viral Infections

Scottingham Scottingham writes  |  more than 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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