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New "Crescent Bay" VR Headset Revealed and Demo'd At Oculus Connect

Scottingham Re:Slashdot Hate Machine (63 comments)

Thanks for the tip about the Mill CPU!! People have been bitching about how Slashdot has gone down the shitter since I was in High School (~2002). There has always been a variable signal to noise ratio, but the signal has consistently proven to be worthwhile enough to come back. Case in point: this.

http://millcomputing.com/docs/belt/

yesterday
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Scottingham Re:they will defeat themselves (950 comments)

It has? We must be getting our news from two vastly different sources.

2 days ago
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Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

Scottingham Re:Worse than it seems. (221 comments)

I also didn't say "millions" because I desperately hope it not to be true, but based on where this is happening it isn't impossible.

4 days ago
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Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

Scottingham Re:Worse than it seems. (221 comments)

The fact that these cities contain millions of people in deplorable conditions before Ebola even touched it.

The symptoms include severe diarrhea and vomiting. There is little to no sewage system in these cities. Where do you think it's all going?

4 days ago
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Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

Scottingham Worse than it seems. (221 comments)

This pandemic is almost certainly worse than it seems. For every reported case there are now likely a dozen unreported.

I have a feeling that all this effort from the US and others is to make the folks back home feel safer in that we are 'doing something'. In all likelihood the only thing that'll stop the spread at this point is stricter quarantine around the infected countries(!). Refugees would need to go into quarantine to make sure they are not carrying the disease.

This disease, and the corresponding collapse of infrastructure, will likely kill hundreds of thousands of people before its over.

I hope I'm wrong.

4 days ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Scottingham Re:More importantly (389 comments)

Scrapping the entire car? No way! The chassis, interior, and motors will still likely be in great shape. Electric motors have a WAY longer lifespan than reciprocating engines. If anything, replacing the battery every 5-10 years or so should be seen as a good thing. The tech will have improved, so your range for the same car will improve accordingly. While the battery may no longer be good for electric car demands, they can still live a long life for grid smoothing or surplus renewable power storage.

4 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Scottingham Re:they will defeat themselves (950 comments)

Calling Palestine Israel's neighbor is like calling the inmates in the prison down the road my neighbors. Palestinians are in a walled-in open-air jail. Israel certainly can and do make sure they are the more powerful of the two.

4 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Scottingham Re:they will defeat themselves (950 comments)

You never kill only terrorists. For every innocent person/woman/child that gets killed....(see above)

4 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Scottingham Re:they will defeat themselves (950 comments)

For every one you kill two will take their place. Your philosophy breeds terrorism instead of extinguishing it.

How has that approach been working out for Israel? Thought so.

4 days ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

Scottingham Re:Fukushima too (444 comments)

Compare computers in 1979 to now. You don't think that safety mechanisms *might* have improved just a bit in that timespan?

about two weeks ago
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The Grassroots Future of Biohacking

Scottingham Re:Freeman Dyson (68 comments)

Yes yes, but what about our bacteriome? Surely that is waay easier to genetically modify and have those modifications spread quickly throughout your body...

And if anything goes wrong, some antibiotics should help to clear up your mistake...hopefully.

about two weeks ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

Scottingham Re:Maybe (264 comments)

You typically don't swing a gun right up to the moment of firing. Guns would be: Swing, Steady (aim), FIRE. Hammers would be: Swing, FIRE.

about two weeks ago
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China's Island Factory

Scottingham Re:By Country (199 comments)

Mod anon up!

Also don't forget the fact that these floating cities are *nuclear*. They only need to be refueled once every 20 years. Running full speed ahead for weeks on end does not shorten this span. Its speed is limited by the other diesel ships in the carrier group though.

There have been some recent advances in catalytic fuels research that can take sea water and create jet fuel. With the nuke onboard all spare energy that would normally be unused could go towards creating fuel. Nothing is close to 'prime time' yet, at least not publicly.

about two weeks ago
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Denver Latest City Hit By Viral Respiratory Infection That Targets Kids

Scottingham Re:No deaths? (174 comments)

I'm with you on everything up until " I'm pointing back to first principles of SMALLER government and PERSONAL responsibility. "

That's all well and good, and should definitely be a goal for all. However...what do you think we should do with those who will fail the 'personal responsibility test'? This is where conservatives start mumbling. Most seem to be of the opinion 'Fuck off and die'.

That's where I differ. I'm all for personal liberty and all that, but I also realize that there will be people who will fail that test and end up destitute, homeless, a danger to themselves and others. Instead of letting stay homeless I think we should have a decent social safety net including housing, rehab centers, etc. I'm even for the creation of boarding schools for kids who live in horrible situations where it's clear the 'parent' is their largest impediment to a successful life.

Where would we get the money for this? How about the plutocracy (the .01%)?

about two weeks ago
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Willow Garage Founder Scott Hassan Aims To Build a Startup Village

Scottingham Maaybe (62 comments)

I wouldn't mind access to a small room if I stayed really late one night or wanted to bang something out over a weekend or few days.

But live there full time? I don't think so. Seems like it would be the LAN party that never ended.

about two weeks ago
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Moto 360 Reviews Arrive

Scottingham Re:What's next after the smart watch? (87 comments)

I hope so!

An authenticator NFC ring would totally rule if it could work reliably. Bonus points for looking badass.

about two weeks ago
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Hitachi Developing Reactor That Burns Nuclear Waste

Scottingham Re:By far not the only design that does this. (200 comments)

Another huge problem is that they have no idea what to actually use to contain the coolant loop.

Lead and Lead/Bismuth coolants are VERY corrosive and require active purification in order to keep oxygen levels down to incredibly low levels. Otherwise it'll corrode steel in a matter of weeks.

There are several proposed alloys or coatings but as far as I can tell none of them have made it past initial research phases and all have their own downsides. Like, one may have good thermal characteristics but has a large neutron cross-section or another may have a small neutron cross-section but get very brittle with temperature differentials.

Couple this with the fact that the accelerator is pounding protons (H+) into a spallation source (lead typically) and you have a whole other host of problems. Hydrogenation of the metals can lead to really bad effects with some alloys.

As far as I can tell this is the primary thing that is holding back the Lead/Lead Bismuth fast reactors. Sodium cooled reactors have more research behind them but also contain their own host of problems (like exploding when in contact with air/water, nbd).

about two weeks ago
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New NRC Rule Supports Indefinite Storage of Nuclear Waste

Scottingham Re:central storage or n^x security guard costs / s (191 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.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Scottingham Re:Send in the drones! (848 comments)

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

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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