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Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

Scottingham Re:Cheap grid storage (430 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.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

Scottingham The larger problem.. (274 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 a week 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 two 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 two weeks ago
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Why Bhutan Might Get Drone Delivery Copters Before Seattle Does

Scottingham Re:People steal WIRE (102 comments)

Fully automated on the top of a hospital building I think is what they are referring to. A drone that can automatically recharge itself and await a package or pickup location demand is huge.

America should at the forefront of this level of innovation. Instead the FAA sticks its head in the sand while the rest of the world goes forward at an incredible pace.

about two weeks ago
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Ecuador To Forge Ahead With State-Backed Digital Currency

Scottingham Re:A Great Experiment! (85 comments)

You are likely correct. I suppose this is just one of the best opportunities for it to work.

Maybe Iceland would be a good place to start.

about two weeks ago
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Ecuador To Forge Ahead With State-Backed Digital Currency

Scottingham A Great Experiment! (85 comments)

This is a great experiment that I hope the whole world is watching closely.

I hope the coins are produced somehow coupled to productive capacity. Something along the lines of open and observable ammeters on their main power plants could suffice. Of course, it'd have to be a bit more complicated than that, but it's the general idea I'm talking about.

It would really suck if they started pouring their already strained resources into bitcoin-esque server-farms lapping up megawatts guessing large numbers. Fucking waste.

about two weeks ago
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Ushahidi Helps Track Everything From Election Violence to Oil Spills (Video)

Scottingham BRCK (18 comments)

The BRCK seems to be the real story here.

At $200 a pop it is fairly expensive, though considering what it is capable of it's still pretty impressive.

Considering how many connections this could handle it seems like a village could pool resources to buy one or two, connect it to a regional cell tower, and provide reasonable connectivity to all.

about two weeks ago
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Japan To Launch a Military Space Force In 2019

Scottingham Space Junk Chain Reaction (150 comments)

Yes, what a great idea! Lets blow shit up in space making *anything* in orbit impossible.

Who needs weather satellites, GPS, and communication equipment anyway?

about two weeks ago
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San Francisco Airport Testing Beacon System For Blind Travelers

Scottingham Sounds Rudimentary (61 comments)

From what they say, it seems like it is going to be a pretty rough implementation at first. How would the system deal with multiple beacons?

There is an Israeli research group doing research into using synthesizer timbres for navigation. I hope they collaborate.

about two weeks ago
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Inside BitFury's 20 Megawatt Bitcoin Mine

Scottingham Re:Waste of power (195 comments)

I would think a transparent and open process would go a long way to stop people from gaming the system. Of course it'd be an ongoing battle though. If the power were delivered in discrete chunks, say in large battery units or something, it'd be easier to keep track of and harder to hack.

This idea is a work in progress, but I haven't heard any serious show-stopping critiques yet.

about three weeks ago
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Inside BitFury's 20 Megawatt Bitcoin Mine

Scottingham Re:Waste of power (195 comments)

Good points. The details are obviously scarce as I'm not sure of the best way to go about doing this. Something like the ammeters like you suggest is what I was envisioning.

As for not just selling the power...Ideally this scheme would be used to provide a basic income for those who do not have any money to start with. Sure, selling some of the power might help to provide a measure of viability. I'm thinking this would be a basis for a basic income that isn't completely detatched from reality. 'Based on the real world' means that the coins couldn't be created out of thin air like dollars.

Pie in the sky? Sure. I'm just a dude with visions of a world without slums made viable through abundant nuclear energy. Sigh...

about three weeks ago
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Inside BitFury's 20 Megawatt Bitcoin Mine

Scottingham Waste of power (195 comments)

What a colossal waste of power. Personally, I'd like to see a cryptocurrency where the production of the coins is directly related to the amount of energy produced by a particular source.

For example, a 3MW solar farm could produce N number of coins every day. But a 3GW nuclear plant could produce 3000N coins every day. This way the power can be still use productively but the currency is directly tied to the energy produced. So essentially it'd be a non-fiat currency based on the real world.

about three weeks ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

Scottingham Ebola Cross with Rabies (409 comments)

Just for fun, the folks at the CDC should combine Ebola with the rabies virus. This zombie apocalypse isn't going to start itself!

about three weeks ago
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The Oculus Rift DK2: In-Depth Review (and Comparison To DK1)

Scottingham Re:pentile-matrix OLED panel (54 comments)

Considering our eyes can tell many many more shades of green than any other color I'd say this isn't as bad as you'd think. But I haven't seen it so I'm just guessing.

about three weeks ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

Scottingham Re:The only good thing (511 comments)

Exactly. I think Evil Atheist's message basically boils down to: 'You made a mistake, now fuck off and die. Scum.'

Believe it or not, some people choose to see addicts as people who have made a mistake (at least one!) but are still human and deserve respect.

These sort of arguments along the lines of 'don't get addicted in the first place derp!' sound just like the anti-abortion wackos who say 'don't get pregnant in the first place derrp!' Those arguments fall on their face when you have a baby in your hands, or an addict in the ally. Or you know...fuck em. Right?

about three weeks ago
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Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

Scottingham Re:Data will be anonymous? (125 comments)

Given the revelations from Snowden I see no reason to trust Google or any other large company. -Fixed that for you.

about three weeks ago
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One Trillion Bq Released By Nuclear Debris Removal At Fukushima So Far

Scottingham Re:One trillion becquerels (190 comments)

Is one curie the amount of radiation it took to kill Marie Curie?

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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