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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

SpankiMonki Re:Fact Check Please!!! (367 comments)

heh, I didn't see your post before posting myself - or I simply would've replied to you. The only places on the net using the quote attributed to Newkirk are Scripps outlets, and they're all running the same story by the same author. Check out this.

about two weeks ago
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Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

SpankiMonki Re:Claim is BS. (155 comments)

You are absolutely correct. And I should have read your original post more closely.

Cheers!

about two weeks ago
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Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

SpankiMonki Re:Claim is BS. (155 comments)

There's plenty of analog meters being made every year. Just look at any automobile dashboard.

Your dashboard is receiving a digital signal from the PCM, which in turn tells your *digital* meter where to point the needle.

about two weeks ago
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Where Intel Processors Fail At Math (Again)

SpankiMonki Re:Inaccurate headline (238 comments)

For anyone who would actually care about perfect accuracy in these kinds of operations, there are any number of different solutions to achieve the desired, more accurate result.

...like using an AMD K5?

;-)

about two weeks ago
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Indonesian Cave Art May Be World's Oldest

SpankiMonki Re:Wait, which is it? (77 comments)

You're right. I was wrong there.

You obviously have no business posting on /.

about two weeks ago
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Indonesian Cave Art May Be World's Oldest

SpankiMonki Re:Not really the oldest!!!! (77 comments)

That sounds like a tie, so we'll have to look at the art's content to determine the winner. Which one depicts Jesus riding to work on a dinosaur? There's your winner.

about two weeks ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

SpankiMonki 30 years...100 years...it doesn't really matter (425 comments)

The US has been at war for the last decade+, and what have US citizens faced? Rationing? Higher taxes? A draft? Anyone? Bueller?

about two weeks ago
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Bill Gates: Bitcoin Is 'Better Than Currency'

SpankiMonki Since no one reads the friggn article (130 comments)

Here's what Gates actually said:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyAufA2lWn0

I read his comment as: "the [pseudo] anonymity of virtual currency technology is what's holding it back". And since there's little context provided in the FA or the vid, I'm going to go ahead and assume Gates' comments referred to virtual currencies in general - not just bitcoin.

about three weeks ago
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GlaxoSmithKline Released 45 Liters of Live Polio Virus

SpankiMonki Re:These viral samples need to come with their own (209 comments)

Actually my idea would have stopped this release as well as... all of the improper releases of plague samples over the last few decades.

So why haven't you patented the ide...oh, never mind.

Explain how my concept doesn't solve the problem please.

because dogecoin. (you're welcome)

about three weeks ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

SpankiMonki Re:I am completely done with the GOP (283 comments)

You obviously never listened to anything Reagan talked about.

I voted for Reagan.

He'd be the candidate instantly.

Amnesty.

All your media is homogeneous and collaborative with those in power.

???

Feels good to know it's your team doing that, eh?

Remind me...who's my team again? Is it the "Guys who Voted for Reagan" team?

about three weeks ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

SpankiMonki Re:I am completely done with the GOP (283 comments)

Remember Reagan broke up ma bell.

Yeah, and these days Reagan wouldn't make it past a Republican primary. It's a pretty sad state of affairs.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

SpankiMonki Re:gtfo (724 comments)

Prominent Female Game Journalists? They can't be worse than Eminent Bisexual On Line Activists, can they?

about three weeks ago
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Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

SpankiMonki Re:How important is that at this point? (197 comments)

Layer effects is actually a specific category of non-destructive editing.

So what? They are features that are listed separately on the GIMP road map, which I cut/pasted into my post.

But hey.... if you want to continue to shell out hundreds of dollars every few years for an upgraded version of photoshop indefinitly, who am I to argue that you should keep your money?

I am more than happy to shell out hundreds of dollars every couple of years for a product that saves me scores of hours of work compared to a free alternative, and I'm just a hobbyist. If you're a pro, it's really a no-brainer.

about three weeks ago
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Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

SpankiMonki Re:How important is that at this point? (197 comments)

...nobody's named more than two features that Photoshop has which GIMP does not currently...

Dude, you've named more than two features yourself. Jesus.

Nobody's saying that GIMP isn't a capable program, but for certain things that are quite common & useful for pros (like adjustment layers) the GIMP ain't there yet. The lack of adjustment layer functionality BY ITSELF pretty much excludes GIMP from being used in pro workflows. And as you yourself point out, GIMP will not be able to implement many features until fully ported to GEGL - which is not a small task.

Further, features such as Filter layers, Layer effects, Non-destructive editing, and "Smart objects" aren't slated until after version 3.0 - IOW, not for years. Photoshop has those things NOW.

about three weeks ago
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

SpankiMonki OK (268 comments)

Bring this to Texas please. Do it now. Thanks in advance.

about a month ago
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First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

SpankiMonki Re:disingenious (199 comments)

Ruling against the government in this matter is a career ending move for anybody involved in the decision unless they are have reached the peak of the promotion ladder and are unfireable like the supreme court judges are.

The judges in this matter are in fact appointed for life.

about a month and a half ago

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Children can swipe a screen but can't use toy building blocks

SpankiMonki SpankiMonki writes  |  about 6 months ago

SpankiMonki (3493987) writes "Children are arriving at nursery school able to "swipe a screen" but lack the manipulative skills to play with building blocks, teachers have warned.

They fear that children are being given tablets to use "as a replacement for contact time with the parent" and say such habits are hindering progress at school.

Addressing the Association of Teachers and Lecturers conference in Manchester on Tuesday, Colin Kinney said excessive use of technology damages concentration and causes behavioural problems such as irritability and a lack of control.

Kinney, a teacher from Northern Ireland, also noted "I've spoken to a number of nursery teachers who have concerns over the increasing numbers of young pupils who can swipe a screen but have little or no manipulative skills to play with building blocks – or pupils who can't socialise with other pupils, but whose parents talk proudly of their ability to use a tablet or smartphone."
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According to research by U.K. telecoms regulator Ofcom, tablet usage among children is on the rise, with growing numbers of younger kids turning to tablets to watch videos, play games and access the Internet. Use of tablets has tripled among 5-15s since 2012, rising from 14% to 42% over that period, while 28% of infants aged 3-4 now use a tablet computer at home. "

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U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fall 10% Since 2005, but HFC's still a problem

SpankiMonki SpankiMonki writes  |  about 6 months ago

SpankiMonki (3493987) writes "U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012, more than halfway toward the U.S.'s 2020 target pledged at United Nations climate talks, according to the latest national emissions inventory.

Meanwhile, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) saw a dramatic rise of over 309 percent during the reporting period. Although the US and China recently agreed to reduce HFC production, the two countries accounted for the bulk of the increase in HFC emissions over the reporting period.

HFC use and emissions are rapidly increasing as a result of the phaseout of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and growing global demand for air conditioning. Although safe for the ozone layer, the continued emissions of HFCs – primarily as alternatives to ODS and also from the continued production of HCFC-22 – will have an immediate and significant effect on the Earth’s climate system. Without further controls, it is predicted that HFC emissions could negate the entire climate benefits achieved under the Montreal Protocol."

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Singapore to regulate virtual currency exchanges

SpankiMonki SpankiMonki writes  |  about 7 months ago

SpankiMonki (3493987) writes "Following on the heels of the Mt Gox, bankruptcy, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) plans to impose new regulations on currency exchanges dealing in bitcoin and other virtual currencies. Virtual currency exchanges would need to verify their customers' identities and report any suspicious transactions under the new rules.

The MAS said its regulation of virtual currency intermediaries — which include virtual currency exchanges and vending machines — was tailored specifically to the money-laundering and terrorism financing risks they posed. However, the new regulations would do nothing to ensure the solvency of virtual currency intermediaries or the safety of their client's funds."

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Physicist proposes a new type of computing at SXSW

SpankiMonki SpankiMonki writes  |  about 7 months ago

SpankiMonki (3493987) writes "Joshua Turner, a physicist at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, has proposed using the orbits of electrons around the nucleus of an atom as a new means to generate the binary states used in computing. Turner calls his idea orbital computing.

Turner points to recent discoveries (including a new material that allows rapid switching of it's electron states and new low-power terahertz laser technology) that could lead to the development of a computer with vastly improved performance over current technologies."

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CUPID: The 80,000 Volt Taser Drone

SpankiMonki SpankiMonki writes  |  about 7 months ago

SpankiMonki (3493987) writes "Austin-based design studio Chaotic Moon has created a drone armed with a Phazzer Dragon "Conductive Energy Weapon" as a tech demo. Chaotic Moon's CUPID (Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone) is based on a Tarot Hexacopter which typically carry digital SLRs for aerial video and photo shoots. CUPID could be quickly brought to production if security or law enforcement agencies express an interest in the system.

Chaotic Moon intern Jackson Sheehan was used as the system's first human target; Sheehan was clearly subdued by the drone, falling onto safety mats against his will."

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Patented new implant stimulates orgasms in women

SpankiMonki SpankiMonki writes  |  about 8 months ago

SpankiMonki (3493987) writes "A US patent has been granted for a new machine that stimulates orgasms for women at the push of a button. The device, which is a little smaller than a packet of cigarettes, is designed as a medical implant that uses electrodes to trigger an orgasm. The device could help some women who suffer from orgasmic dysfunction."
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A New Thermodynamics Theory of the Origins of Life

SpankiMonki SpankiMonki writes  |  about 9 months ago

SpankiMonki (3493987) writes "Natalie Wolchover at Quanta Magazine has written an article about how Jeremy England, a MIT professor, may have found a theory of the origin of life grounded in physics. In a paper published last August by The Journal of Chemical Physics, England describes his theory, the "Statistical physics of self-replication".

Wolchover writes:"England['s]...formula...indicates that when a group of atoms is driven by an external source of energy (like the sun or chemical fuel) and surrounded by a heat bath (like the ocean or atmosphere), it will often gradually restructure itself in order to dissipate increasingly more energy. This could mean that under certain conditions, matter inexorably acquires the key physical attribute associated with life."

England says his ideas pose no threat to Darwinian evolution: "On the contrary, I am just saying that from the perspective of the physics, you might call Darwinian evolution a special case of a more general phenomenon.”"

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