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SpaceX Set To Create 300 New US Jobs and Expand Facilities

SpankiMonki Re:nonsense, only the gov't can create jobs. (43 comments)

$34M is puny even by Texas standards. Here in N.Y. that can't even buy an election.

I've got news for you, sonny...*New York* is puny by our standards. Yee Haw!!! [gunshots]

5 days ago
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Ebola Nose Spray Vaccine Protects Monkeys

SpankiMonki Re:I like monkeys (198 comments)

I beg to disagree. Those monkeys have been getting a little too cheeky lately..

about a month and a half ago
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Physicists Identify Possible New Particle Behind Dark Matter

SpankiMonki New Particle Behind Dark Matter? (103 comments)

So if the dark matter would just get out of the way, we could see this new particle ALOT better, right?

(the above question pretty much sums up my knowledge on this subject)

about a month and a half ago
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Largest Sunspot In a Quarter Century Spews Flares

SpankiMonki Re:Good to see it (46 comments)

I'm glad we didn't enter into a maunder minimum like folks were nervous about.

I, for one, was hoping for a *extended* Maunder Minimum. Because global warming and stuff.

about 2 months ago
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OneDrive Delivers Unlimited Cloud Storage To Office 365 Subscribers

SpankiMonki Re:Enough with the Hype... (145 comments)

Give us the real details that matter, like Terms of Service.

Sorry, downloading a document that size will put you over your data cap.

about 2 months ago
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20 More Cities Want To Join the Fight Against Big Telecom's Broadband Monopolies

SpankiMonki Re:Meaningful Competition? (97 comments)

I don't see how a government takeover will enhance competition.

Can you point me to where in any of the linked articles this coalition is talking about takeovers? I've assumed that their goal was to offer a competing service to the telcos, not to takeover any existing telco service(s).

about 2 months ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

SpankiMonki Re:Monkey see, monkey do (424 comments)

The sins of Obama's IRS? Meh. Obama himself had a direct hand in a bunch of shit far worse than any of the IRS crap he's pulled. I'll deal with the IRS thing if time allows.

about 2 months ago
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When Snowden Speaks, Future Lawyers (and Judges) Listen

SpankiMonki Re: Snowden (221 comments)

Right. So the US didn't care enough to Assange to even watch him and inform the Swedes when he left the country, nor to inform the UK police (or simply stop him) when he jumped bail and fled to the Ecuadorian embassy... but despite not even taking the time to watch him... [snip].

LOL, nobody needed to watch or keep track of Assange - that media whore announced his friggn' location everywhere he went. Anyways, I was just responding to the assertion that charges even matter when it comes to this sort of thing. If the US wants a non US citizen residing almost anywhere - especially western Europe - the US will have them. If you believe otherwise, well...OK then.

about 2 months ago
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When Snowden Speaks, Future Lawyers (and Judges) Listen

SpankiMonki Re: Snowden (221 comments)

The surveillance programs were backed by Congress, the President, and some were even subject to the courts.

What courts have ruled on the legality of any NSA surveillance program? I wasn't aware that there have been any such rulings, at least pre-Snowden.

about 2 months ago
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When Snowden Speaks, Future Lawyers (and Judges) Listen

SpankiMonki Re: Snowden (221 comments)

There are no charges. The GP is correct.

mmm...since when has the US needed charges to pluck a non-US citizen off the streets of a foreign country? After all, there's "lacunae in the relevant legal frameworks" that allows our agents to "arrest" wanted individuals anywhere else in the world without nary a charge being filed.

about 2 months ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

SpankiMonki Monkey see, monkey do (424 comments)

I guess the IRS saw the 2.5B dollar haul local cops have brought in since 9-11, and said "oooo look! I bet we can do that too...thanks 9-11! thanks Patriot Act!! thanks terrorists!!!"

about 2 months ago
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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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago
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Where Intel Processors Fail At Math (Again)

SpankiMonki Re:Inaccurate headline (239 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 2 months 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 2 months ago

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

SpankiMonki SpankiMonki writes  |  about 8 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 a year 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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