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Swiss Scientists Discover DNA Remains Active After Space Journey and Re-entry

Steve1952 Our astronauts will be relieved! (67 comments)

Finally, after 50+ years of sending astronauts into space, proof that when they return, they will still have their DNA. Send the news to John Glen!

about 2 months ago

Astrophysicists Use Apollo Seismic Array To Hunt For Gravitational Waves

Steve1952 Re:Gravity Waves of Unusual Size? (25 comments)

You mean the G. W. O. U. S's? You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

about 4 months ago

US Supreme Court Invalidates Patent For Being Software Patent

Steve1952 What is an "abstract idea" (220 comments)

The Supreme Court has held that "abstract ideas" can't be patented, but then has deliberately refrained from defining what an "abstract idea" is!

In the latest Alice decision, they write: "In any event, we need not labor to delimit the precisecontours of the “abstract ideas” category in this case. It is enough to recognize that there is no meaningful distinction between the concept of risk hedging in Bilski and the concept of intermediated settlement at issue here. Both are squarely within the realm of “abstract ideas” as we have used that term."

So you can't have "X", where "X" is undefined.

about 7 months ago

EU Court of Justice Paves Way For "Right To Be Forgotten" Online

Steve1952 Just another type of take down request (199 comments)

It seems to me as if Google and other search companies can simply treat this right of privacy as simply being another type of take down request. An alternative way of looking at this is that an individual has a sort of "copyright" privilege over certain aspects of their private history.

about 8 months ago

Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

Steve1952 First infiltrate with masked astronauts (313 comments)

Is plan: 1: First infiltrate with masked astronauts without insignia. 2: Build government offices, and seize them. 3: Have popular vote 4: Profit!

about 9 months ago

South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

Steve1952 And the round earth theory... (665 comments)

There are other theories that should be taught as well, such as the round earth theory, the theory that we exist outside of "the matrix", and indeed the theory that god did not create us a tenth of a second ago.

about a year ago

NASA Visualizes Asteroid Grab Mission

Steve1952 Or use a robotic arm... (73 comments)

Mounting a robotic arm and small reentry capsule on the asteroid transfer vehicle could do the same mission. I like space travel, but the main thing this video showed me is that the politics are making NASA propose dumb ideas. NASA is burdened with the politically mandated "Senate Launch System" and the apparently unkillable Orion capsule, but insufficient funds for anything else. So here we are. Personally I would kill the SLS and Orion, subcontract manned work to SpaceX, and use the funds for advanced space-related R&D.

about a year ago

Xerox Confirms To David Kriesel Number Mangling Occuring On Factory Settings

Steve1952 Say goodby to Xerox (163 comments)

At the federal level, our entire legal system is based on the concept that a machine copy of a document is as good as the original. In addition to all the other problems pointed out by other readers -- engineering errors, medical errors, financial errors, this type of error also greatly harms our legal system as well. A problem since the legal system is essentially the operating system for our society. I don't see how Xerox is going to survive the wave of lawsuits that is going to follow. They need to immediately warn everyone to stop using their systems, and then recall all affected units. Going forward, I suspect that the name "Xerox" will now mean: "to mangle or randomly distort".

about a year and a half ago

Labor Dept. Wanted $1M For E-mail Addresses of Political Appointees

Steve1952 Make them eat Spam! (154 comments)

I'm shocked that top government officials are using secret government email addresses. We should insist that they turn over every email address so that they all have to waste hours each day deleting spam and irrelevant stuff like the rest of us!

about a year and a half ago

Writer Jack Vance Dead At 96

Steve1952 Just read his autobiography (83 comments)

I have been reading Jack Vance since I was about 11, many years ago. I knew that he was in his mid 90's and blind, and I never expected him to write anything again. However when I was looking at his works on Amazon a few weeks back, I saw that last year, at the age of 95, he was still in good enough shape to have written (or at least dictated) a biography called "This Is Me, Jack Vance! Or More Properly, This Is I".

So, thinking that this would be a good way to show my appreciation for all the fun his works had given me, I purchased it. Now I am glad that I did. Hope that some other fans also did the same! Not a bad way to go, hearing about your latest Amazon sales figures for work that you published at the age of 95.

about a year and a half ago

A Computer-based Smart Rifle With Incredible Accuracy, Now On Sale

Steve1952 Perfect for assisinations (551 comments)

This gun is a terrorist's dream! The problems here are so obvious that hopefully this will be banned quickly.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Sell an Algorithm To Venture Capitalists?

Steve1952 Patent pending (205 comments)

Your discussion should mention that it is patent pending. Otherwise they will probably not be interested.

about a year and a half ago

2012 Set Record For Most Expensive Gas In US

Steve1952 Seems to have gone down just after the election (430 comments)

Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that the price of gas is down by nearly $1.00 a gallon since the election. Duh...which party generally controls gas prices?

about 2 years ago

Should Inventions Be Automatically Owned By Your Employer?

Steve1952 Killing innovation (291 comments)

One of the reason why California has so many startups is that California State law clearly states that work done by an employee for the employee's own time and business interests belongs to the employee. It is very clear that the author of this article has no experience with startups.

If the default "inventions belong to the employer" rule was in effect everywhere, then the net effect would be to lock up employee ideas with little actual benefit to the employer. This is because most big companies are not very innovative, and thus fail to exploit most employee inventions. Most of the modern world as we know it would never have happened.

Dangerous and bad idea. I hope that the article remains forever ignored after this.

more than 2 years ago

World of Warcraft Character Becomes Campaign Issue

Steve1952 The Sword of a Thousand Truths (381 comments)

...But the sword was considered to be too powerful for anyone to possess, so it was removed from the game and stored on a one gig flash drive. But it was foretold that one day players who could wield the sword might reveal themselves...

more than 2 years ago

Why Apple Replaced iOS Maps

Steve1952 iOS maps should have started as an App (561 comments)

In retrospect, Apple should have kept Google maps in iOS for another year, and rolled out iOS maps first as an app. That way they would have had time to debug, and get a more graceful market introduction. I suspect that the problem is that Apple did not do enough iOS maps testing in advance, and was blindsided by all of the post-launch problems. Given that this is a safety issue, this is actually a pretty big fail.

more than 2 years ago

Polish Researcher: Oracle Knew For Months About Java Zero-Day

Steve1952 The US Patent Office may have known about this (367 comments)

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) requires Java in order for outside users (such as patent agents and attorneys) to access their files on the USPTO servers. They have been warning for months that their systems are not compatible with Java 7, and only work with earlier versions of Java.

This is a big pain, since it forces you to keep your entire system at Java 6.X. Earlier I thought that this delay was mere bureaucratic foot dragging. Now I'm thinking that perhaps they had a "heads up" warning.

more than 2 years ago

Why Mars Is Not the Limit For Human Space Flight

Steve1952 With the exception of Mercury and other stars... (256 comments)

Mercury, not impossible to land on in certain regions -- Venus unlikely due to extreme heat and pressure, Mars a given, Jupiter no solid surface, Saturn no solid surface, Uranus no solid surface, Neptune no solid surface, Pluto -- not a planet.

So technically, assuming that no one wants to go to Mercury for some reason (unlikely), then outside of Mars, there are no other "planets" nearby anyway. If we call planets around other stars by a different name, and again assuming that Mercury is just to uninteresting to visit, then he might be right. Of course this still leaves lots of other real estate out there to visit.

more than 2 years ago

Korean Artist's Intentionally Useless Satellite To Launch This December

Steve1952 Think Phobos Grunt (151 comments)

The Russians had this idea first!

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Storing Items In a Sealed Chest For 25 Years?

Steve1952 Apple II elephant disks (434 comments)

From personal experience, I can vouch that Apple II floppy disks hold up over 25 years!

more than 2 years ago


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