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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

Stardner Re:1st post (141 comments)

Any recommendations for dousing for rational solutions?

5 hours ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

Stardner Re:Let me try... (237 comments)

It doesn't seem to be working... maybe if we can get the universe to throw an exception...

2 days ago
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New Watson-Style AI Called Viv Seeks To Be the First 'Global Brain'

Stardner Re:I will be impressed (161 comments)

What is humor but pleasure derived from the unexpected? Equipped with knowledge of literary technique and cultural background, an AI could be made quite humorous with that in mind. :) The Singularity draws ever closer, but humor would be little more than icing on the top.

about two weeks ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Stardner Captain Jean-Luc Picard (701 comments)

The poll results were determined before the polling even begun...

about a month ago
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US Marshals Accidentally Reveal Potential Bidders For Gov't-Seized Bitcoin

Stardner Re:Auctioning money? (101 comments)

And yet people are so quick to offload their BTC for it. These coins are being auctioned because because nobody is going to pay "market value" for the entirety of it. In other words, nobody who actually has money values Bitcoin as an equal. Any perceived value is in the potential to sell it to someone else for even more real money. This is the problem with currency that has not gone through a stage of backing with something of value—it is a currency backed by currency.

about 2 months ago
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Amazon Launches Subscription-Based Billing And Payments Service

Stardner Re:On the heels of the recent eBay data breach... (76 comments)

I've had the money in my Paypal account frozen before. They had six months to build interest off $400 of my money before they finally released it to me. This was after having to fax personal information to them, which wasn't sufficient, because they wanted me to fax even more. The worst part was that I couldn't pay my Ebay fees in time because all my money was tied up in Paypal. A company penalized me for not paying them because they were keeping my own money from me. A+++++++++++

about 3 months ago
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Whom Must You Trust?

Stardner Re:Whom you trust ... ? (120 comments)

More specifically, it's used when one needs "who" to be in the oblique, also known as objective, case. "Who" is always subject to a verb, while "whom" is always an object in the sentence, whether it's an indirect object (dative), direct object (accusative), or part of a prepositional phrase (ablative).

At its worst, the use of whom becomes a form of one-upmanship some employ to appear sophisticated.

One could also argue that mastery of language is a prerequisite for developing such a refined character!

about 3 months ago
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Whom Must You Trust?

Stardner Re:Uplink was visionary (120 comments)

Trust is a weakness when gigaquads of data are at stake!

about 3 months ago
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Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

Stardner Re:So when will the taxi drivers start protesting? (583 comments)

Probably huge, but cabs are too expensive these days for anyone to care. Cutting labor costs will bring down the fare by a fair bit. Self-service gas stations used to be extremely rare too, but screw tipping some guy for something mundane like pumping gas or driving a car.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Is Paying Brazilian Users In Skype Credit To Switch to Bing

Stardner Re:Oh sweet sweet revenge! (90 comments)

You had me until #3. ;)

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Is Paying Brazilian Users In Skype Credit To Switch to Bing

Stardner Bing may suck (90 comments)

But Google's overwhelming market share may mean a degradation of service over the years. If only there were good alternatives that one didn't have to pay people to use!

about 3 months ago
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Who Helped Kill Patent Troll Reform In the Senate

Stardner Re-design Patents (157 comments)

Perhaps if patents held up to a profit threshold (derived from development costs) rather than a fixed duration, patents would be able to provide protection to innovators without feeding troll scum.

about 3 months ago
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Rising Sea Level Could Put East Coast Nuclear Plants At Risk

Stardner Re:Non-issue (323 comments)

Do these smaller reactors found on nuclear subs not require significantly higher fuel enrichment than the average power plant? Is this cost-effective, or even safe, to use on a large scale?

about 3 months ago
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Rising Sea Level Could Put East Coast Nuclear Plants At Risk

Stardner Re:Non-issue (323 comments)

I don't know how much energy a nuclear sub could provide, but there must be a good reason why we don't normally wire them into the power grid? I was referring to the floating nuclear plants that have been getting more attention lately. Using the ocean as a heat sink certainly won't help with rising sea levels, though!

about 3 months ago
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Curiosity Rover May Have Brought Dozens of Microbes To Mars

Stardner Re:Experiment proposal (97 comments)

Mars Terraforming Project - Stage 1: Culture vast quantities of methanogens to warm the red planet with an organic haze. :)

about 3 months ago
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Rising Sea Level Could Put East Coast Nuclear Plants At Risk

Stardner Non-issue (323 comments)

Floating nuclear power plant technology will resolve this issue long before it even becomes a problem; there are already prototypes in production. There are far more pressing issues brought about by rising sea levels... All the more reason to join the Seasteading movement and be among the first to migrate to a floating city!

about 3 months ago

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