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Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption

Scottingham Health Insurance (238 comments)

Please do health insurance Google! Blue Cross sucks! They need the rug pulled out from under them.

If that means I submit my health info to the Big Datas...so be it. So long as it helps to drive healthcare costs down.

about a week ago
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SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released

Scottingham Re:You have been challenged statist! (248 comments)

Explain your alternative ideology, please.

What about corporations as large/powerful as states? Are they good or bad?

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about two weeks ago
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How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?

Scottingham Re:Ocean Seeding (319 comments)

"Our world has survived through periods of extreme levels of CO"

No shit sherlock...will WE survive through that period is the real question.

Your last line though is pretty reasonable.

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Remember, when feeding the trolls remember to hold your hand flat.

about three weeks ago
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New Implant Lets Paralyzed Rats Walk Again

Scottingham Motorcycles! (35 comments)

Yet more encouraging news for those of use who ride the donor cycles!

I also do full gear all the time though...so I'm not exactly dumb (relatively) about it.

In a slightly morbid way I kinda look forward to becoming eligible for the front lines of this cyborg future.

about three weeks ago
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How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?

Scottingham Re:Ocean Seeding (319 comments)

I thought it was algae that did that when the bloom died the bacteria population explodes and consumes all the oxygen.

about three weeks ago
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How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?

Scottingham Ocean Seeding (319 comments)

I've always liked the idea of seeding the ocean to create enormous blooms of plankton (both the animal and plant kind). If we widened the base of that enormous food chain a lot of carbon could be both sequestered in their dead tiny bodies at the bottom of the sea OR in a new wave of fish. Considering how much we fish globally if we artifically increased the supply (instead of wank-ass fish farming) we could be solving a few problems with one concerted effort. Let's start by trying to make the ocean's deadzones...undead.

I mean, what could possibly go wrong?

about three weeks ago
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SpaceX One Step Closer To Launching Astronaut

Scottingham Re:7 seats on the Dragon (70 comments)

The dragon will be in service much longer than the ISS. SpaceX is playing the long game.

I'm also excited to see a future where returning astronauts no longer have to be plucked out of the ocean (old school capsules) or have a really hard landing in a cornfield (soyuz). The super-draco engines on the dragon v2 are designed to be used as retro-rockets so the capsule could land anywhere (softly!) with pinpoint accuracy. Of course, it still can drop into the ocean safely if the engines aren't nominal.

about three weeks ago
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Mercedes-Benz's Self-Driving Concept Car Is Here

Scottingham Re:"while not intended for production" (167 comments)

Man will you be surprised in 3-5 years.

Just look at voice recognition's progress within the last two years alone. It had reached a plateau of about 80% accuracy, even when speaking slowly, clearly, and without regional accent. Now? I can mutter drunkenly and it'll get it more often than not. I can say very local business words like Phydeaux (upscale pet store) and get the spelling right!

It's called machine learning. The more experience/scenarios etc these self driving cars get, the better they'll be.

I'd say I'm as confident as you (but in the opposite direction) that within 10 years computers will out-drive humans in all scenarios. It won't even be close. 360 degree sub-millisecond informational input versus our meatbag eyes and reflexes??

about three weeks ago
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Why We're Not Going To See Sub-orbital Airliners

Scottingham Re:Moving the Goalposts (300 comments)

I'm with you!

The cost of fuel is also a large part of his equation. Which could decrease exponentially with fusion/fission derived hydrocarbons on a SF level mass scale. Once the energy is there plentiful and cheap, a lot of economic arguments start getting changed.

What's happened now (fingers crossed for spacex), is that the rocket tech has suddenly become more reusable and puts it closer to on-par with the hardware of airplanes. I could see at the beginning getting a ballistic flight from NY to Sidney in like 2 hours. The dragon capsule lands with retro-rockets on a concrete tarmac.

That would be one hell of a ride!

about three weeks ago
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North Korean Internet Is Down

Scottingham Re:Like little children (360 comments)

All the more reason to let robots/A.I. handle government.

about a month ago
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Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline

Scottingham Re:Brainwashing (323 comments)

Look to advertising to be on the cutting edge of what you're describing. They are the best financed and have the most to gain from such deep manipulative techniques.

about a month ago
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

Scottingham Re:What Bullshit (391 comments)

"We won't really be immortal, as humans will still die from accidents "

I call that 'Golden Sonic' immortality.

about a month ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Scottingham Re:Denying Catastrophism, not Science (719 comments)

I'm not disagreeing with your premise at all. Not even with the original shaky evidence of the models. To some degree the more dramatic statements were more from the media reporting than the research itself. Or a university press release.

For every new bit of information we get the models get better. To assume they're perfect to start is silly. To assume that if it slightly wrong it must be completely thrown out is also silly. Incremental improvements!

I offer no evidence to my claims. I don't even claim them as claims, just idle speculation. Personally, I don't care who or what did it or why it's going to happen, but that it will eventually happen.

about a month ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Scottingham Re:Denying Catastrophism, not Science (719 comments)

Could it be possible that the lack of increases in droughts, hurricanes, etc are due to an unforseen buffering effect (or underestimated buffering capacity)? Once the buffer is overwhelmed a whole cascade of 'bad things' could happen in relatively quick succession.

about a month ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

Scottingham Re:not lossless (433 comments)

Exactly! I was going to say something along these lines. I truly think it's less about sound quality and more about the experience and tangibility of the records. In this digital age tangible products have a much higher value. You can have 30k mp3s and not really feel a huge attachment to them (and they can all disappear in the blink of an eye). The album art is also actually visible (compared to CD cases). The social experience of dropping the needle and hanging out with friends is also a lot of fun. A stack of records to go through on a Friday evening is great.

Record stores are also a great place to find new music as many have listening stations where you can listen to the actual record you intend to buy. None of that kiosk 30 sec sample of the middle of the song garbage.

about a month and a half ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

Scottingham Re: Have Both (567 comments)

I have a windows 7 three monitor setup with one of them in portrait mode and the other two in landscape. Maybe it's a graphics card issue?

about a month and a half ago
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Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

Scottingham both .ee and .cr are known fakes (251 comments)

I mistakenly posted in a previous /. story that .ee worked. It does not.

I hope TPB does come back though. It's inability to stay down for long gives me hope wrt the freedom of the internet.

about a month and a half ago
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Swedish Police Raid the Pirate Bay Again

Scottingham Re:http://thepiratebay.ee/ (184 comments)

I take that back...looks sketch...

about a month and a half 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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