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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.

3 days 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.

3 days ago
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

Scottingham Re:What Bullshit (389 comments)

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

I call that 'Golden Sonic' immortality.

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

Scottingham Re:Denying Catastrophism, not Science (718 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 week ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Scottingham Re:Denying Catastrophism, not Science (718 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 week 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks ago
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British 'Porn Filter' Blocks Access To Chaos Computer Club

Scottingham Re:So? (135 comments)

aka Lovejoy's Law

about three weeks ago
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How High-Tech Temporary Tattoos Will Hack Your Skin

Scottingham Bioluminescence (57 comments)

I'm holding out for some GM firefly butts to be inserted into my arm and hooked into my nervous system. When I flex or get threatened it'll light up! Maybe electric eel glands in my hands too for some extra oomph?

I look forward to our genetic engineering future.

about three weeks ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

Scottingham Re:Can Iowa handle a circus that large? (433 comments)

haha, you think Clinton is extreme left wing? You need to recalibrate, she's moderate right wing if anything!

about a month ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

Scottingham Re:Is Nuclear going to be acknowledged? (652 comments)

As much as I love fission, it is FAR away from being an solved problem from an engineering standpoint.

There are some serious material science problems that still need to be addressed for any of the fast/thorium reactors to be ready for production. All the current coolant technologies have serious downsides. Sodium doesn't play nice with water or air, and liquid lead doesn't play nice with pretty much anything.

I think these problems could be solved if we approached the problem as a whole as another Manhattan project.

about 1 month ago
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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

Scottingham Relativistic Species (307 comments)

I always like to think that any suitably advanced civilization eventually develops space-drives that can reach appreciable percentages of the speed of light. The time dilation effects would make traversing the galaxy relatively(heh) reasonable. The only hitch is that relative to all other lifeforms not moving at a such a speed would blink in and out of existence in the time it would take them to burp. Our current sliver of space-time is sooo tiny if you think about it like this.

What if there was a whole...dare I say...confederation of relativistic societies? In order to join you have to catch up. Otherwise you'll be gone in a blink.

about a month ago
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Culberson As Chair of NASA Fundng Subcommittee Makes Europa Mission More Likely

Scottingham Found life (57 comments)

I'd be surprised if we didn't at least find some sort of microbial life...if we didn't though we better put some there! Hedge for DNA...humans, meh...we should do everything we can to allow DNA to survive forever. FOREVER.

about a month ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

Scottingham Re:holy crap (561 comments)

"Despite that book being completely true to life"

Sweeping generalizations like that and using the world Feminazis doesn't really undo your attempt at analysis of the book.

Slightly rephrased: "I'm not racist, but god damn I hate $racial_slur. That said, that Arizona sheriff sounds almost purposely racist."

about a month 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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