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NASA Chief Tells the Critics of Exploration Plan: "Get Over It"

Thanshin Re:Radiation... (196 comments)

Someone must find out how to cheaply put lead in orbit.

I propose catapults.

Or Hitachi elevators.

yesterday
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Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

Thanshin Naivete (270 comments)

That's what we give away in foreign aid to Pakistan every year.

...Is he implying America is giving that aid from the kindness of their heart?

3 days ago
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Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

Thanshin Re:Not far enough. (140 comments)

I assume you live somewhere where the police can get to the scene the usual several minutes later and find "a random guy who sprayed my toy".

What's even more amazing is that the police in the place where you must live, actually care.

about a week ago
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Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

Thanshin Re:Wut? (158 comments)

Care to explain how a revenue neutral shift in tax base changes who gets government assistance?

Of course:

1 - Tax Chinese items. -> Chinese items go up in price.
2 - Lower general tax with the benefits generated by (1) -> everyone has more money.

[However one must take into account that the money distributed by (2) is the same as the one generated by (1). Therefore]

3 - If an individual buys Chinese items for an exact value such as the tax (1) of those items equals the increase (2) of that individual's money, he ends just as rich as before both (1) and (2).

[However]

4 - If an individual buys more than those exact balance Chinese items, he'll be poorer, and if he buys less, he'll be richer. (as they'll pay for, respectively, a greater/smaller share of the the tax production while getting the same reduction)

[Also]

5 - Chinese items are cheaper than local items, otherwise the problem wouldn't exist in the first place.
6 - Poorer people will have a tendency to buy cheaper (both in price and quality) items because they are poor.

[In conclusion]

Poorer people will have a tendency to buy more Chinese items (6) and will thus become even poorer because of (4).
Richer people will have no need to buy Chinese items (6) and will thus become even richer because of (4).

Of course they'd both be only microscopically richer or poorer, but it's the accumulation of microscopic differences that create the gigantic gap.

about a week ago
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Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

Thanshin Re:Polution tax (158 comments)

Simple; tax all goods on the amount of pollution used in their manufacture.

So that every american has either:
- less things.
- a higher salary.

Oh, but the money goes to the government, so you can lower general taxes! which gets:
  - A little less money for those who must buy cheap Chinese products.
  - A little more things for those who buy more expensive products.

Great result.

Taxes are a funny toy.

about a week ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

Thanshin Re:Rewarding the bullies... (797 comments)

I'm not sure. Even a few hospitalizations and the panic of having to run from a poisonous gas might be sufficient if accompanied with an anonymous message of "if bullying doesn't stop, the next attack will kill every single one of you."

about a week ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

Thanshin Re:Rewarding the bullies... (797 comments)

So, the classic win-win-win-lose a kidney situation.

*: the third win is either for the happy recipient of a healthy kidney or the considerably less happy customer who tastes the new "meat doughnut".

about a week ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

Thanshin Re:Rewarding the bullies... (797 comments)

That's two out of three, you'll have to be more specific.

about a week ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

Thanshin Re:Rewarding the bullies... (797 comments)

Or we finally start get our heads out of our asses and accept that we have to do something against it.

...before the kids learn that bombs or poison are safer than guns.

What truly scares me is the progression. Soon we'll have a Columbine-like event but with chlorine, or an infected water supply, or a home made explosive device, or some other horror.

about a week ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

Thanshin Re:Rewarding the bullies... (797 comments)

He'll either:
  - Go Columbine.
  - Learn to cope.
  - Pay an illegal immigrant $100 to stab the bully in the kidney.

The third option is the safest one as long as he's smart enough to find a way to not leave a trace about the contract.

I'm not sure which option produces a better society as a result.

about a week ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Thanshin Re:Are you kidding (817 comments)

It starts before that. You must first suppress the knowledge of history by underfunding teaching institutions and manipulating curricula.

Only when the people are ignorant of their past can you pull such ridiculous capitalist dictatorships without opposition.

Ignorance is the one and only true enemy. Trying to convince the ignorant is a losing strategy, teaching the next generation is the only correct first step.

about two weeks ago
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NASA To Send SpaceX Resupply Capsule To ISS Despite Technical Problems

Thanshin Kerbal Space X (71 comments)

despite technical problems

Well... there are "technical problems." and there are "TECHNICAL PROBLEMS!!!! RUN! RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!"

about two weeks ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

Thanshin Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

So if you are a white straight male, or in some cases a male period, you are not a "protected class"

Think of the male periods!

about two weeks ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

Thanshin Re:Should be punished (322 comments)

Actually no, as you'd know if you had studied the subject, the law does not apply to the police.

As a mnemonic rule, imagine they were oddly dressed politicians, or very humble rich people.

about two weeks ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Thanshin Re:diminished placebo effect (408 comments)

I...

Seriously?

Dear gawds have we gone down the drainer for something like that to be even imagined as a serious answer. Medics protecting humanity by keeping the secret that everything is a placebo? ffs... It's far fetched even for SyFy.

about two weeks ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Thanshin Re:diminished placebo effect (408 comments)

Unless researchers are in on the conspiracy. They all know there's no such thing as "medicine", only placebos. But they have to protect humanity from such knowledge.

about two weeks ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Thanshin Re:s/homeopathy/creationism/g (408 comments)

Replace homeopathy with creationism.

One wonders what the response would be then.

"What they have looked at is systematic trials for named conditions when that is not how creationism works," he'd say. "Creationism worked on the principle of improving a person's overall health and wellness, and research such as a seven-year study conducted in Switzerland was a better measure of its usefulness," he'd add.

about two weeks ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Thanshin Re:If this were the US.... (408 comments)

So you're meta-complaining?

about two weeks ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Thanshin Re:diminished placebo effect (408 comments)

Unless "conventional medicine" is also a placebo, there is no real medicine and all these shenanigans about homeopathy are just to strengthen the paradigm.

But don't think too much about it, or you'll lose your only defense against the plague.

about two weeks ago

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Using imperfect chips to improve power and cost.

Thanshin Thanshin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Thanshin (1188877) writes "To ensure correct operation, chips are purposefully running at higher power than needed. Depending on how many errors a designer is prepared to tolerate, power consumption could be cut by up to 30%. With only 1% error rates, power could be cut by 23%.

Rakesh Kumar, Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois, and colleagues, are putting these ideas into practice by designing chips that are not flawless, and then managing the number and type of errors. The "robustification" of software, as he calls it, involves re-writing it so an error simply causes the execution of instructions to take longer."

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France reintroduces the "Three strikes law"

Thanshin Thanshin writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Thanshin (1188877) writes "France's lower house of parliament formally passed a revised 'Three strikes' bill that will allow authorities to disconnect illegal file-sharers from the Internet.

The new bill now allows a judge to make the 'third strike decision of either disconnecting an Internet user, fine of up to 300,000 euros ($415,000USD),or a two-year jail sentence.

The measure was passed on a vote of 285-225.

The first strike will be notified by mail, the second by certified postal mail and the third will cause the disconnection. The user will have to continue paying the connection fee during the disconnection time."

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How dangerous is to bring a laptop to the USA?

Thanshin Thanshin writes  |  about 6 years ago

Thanshin (1188877) writes "Very soon I'll go to the United States for my honeymoon. The trip implies flights to cross the Atlantic and between NY, Washington, Chicago, Vegas, LA and SF.

I usually travel with a laptop. It allows me to forget about camera disk space limitations, to check maps and itineraries, to make reservations, etc.

However, I don't think I'll like fighting with the security people at every airport. From the news that reach me here in Europe, stepping into an airport in the states with a laptop about as much a hassle as carrying a bomb strapped to your nipple rings and a shirt describing the fact, with diagrams.

So, from a real world standpoint:
- Is it really a problem to carry a laptop?
- Will they waterboard me if I encrypt the whole thing with TrueCrypt?
- Should I carry the cheap one in case they decide to submerge it in nitrogen in case it's a bomb? (Or in case they decide to simply steal it)
- Should I carry the originals of every mp3, movie, game, text, etc. in the HD? Or it's better to simply hard format the entire thing and bring a liveCD.
- Should I carry an encrypted disk and loan a laptop after every flight?
- Should I forget about the whole thing and practice my jock impression?"
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Bone marrow transplants without chemotherapy.

Thanshin Thanshin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Thanshin (1188877) writes "Researchers reported in the 23 November issue of Science that they can use a specific type of antibody to clear away old marrow stem cells in mice, allowing fresh ones to take their place. The discovery could allow patients to receive bone marrow without undergoing chemotherapy and other toxic procedures."
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How will Internet freedom be protected?

Thanshin Thanshin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Thanshin (1188877) writes "Every day there are news about some government trying to control the internet. Some times it's about media distribution and intellectual property. Other times it's just political or religious repression.

It's easy to find the response of the internet community in individual cases; hosting in foreign countries, browsing through encrypted networks, etc. However, I don't know about serious research regarding how to assure free, anonymous, encrypted communications for everyone.

We already know that blocking the population of an entire country from information coming from the outside doesn't work very well. However, imagine the governments of the entire northern hemisphere decided to concentrate their efforts in eliminating all internet privacy and controlling every movement of information. Is it possible?

If the infrastructure becomes hostile, we'd need an alternative way of transmitting the signal. If the government becomes hostile , we'd need that transmission to be undetectable or non distinguishable from the background.

How will the information flow if the Internet is closed? Radio? CD filled trucks? A laser web crossing from geek house to geek house?"
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Tiny projectors

Thanshin Thanshin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Thanshin (1188877) writes "Tiny mobile-integrated projectors are almost here.

Cameras had quite an impact. Video recording plus YouTube makes news every day. Do you imagine the effect of everybody having a mobile projector?

What will the MPAA (and it's thousand young) do when people start projecting unreleased movies anywhere?
Can you imagine someone watching a pr0n movie projected in a bus wall?
Will spammers walk around projecting viagra advertising?

http://technabob.com/blog/2007/03/26/ti-working-on-worlds-smallest-dlp-projectors/
http://www.microvision.com/
http://technabob.com/blog/2006/07/03/ultra-mini-projector-with-frickin-laser-beams/
http://www.engadgetmobile.com/tag/projector
http://www.engadget.com/2007/11/20/oculons-hikari-pro920-might-be-the-worlds-tiniest-projector/"

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The right to keep handguns at home

Thanshin Thanshin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Thanshin (1188877) writes "In the past, many judges have dismissed the 2nd Amendment as archaic and limited to protecting a state's authority to maintain "a well-regulated militia," a phrase from the opening clause of the amendment. The 2nd Amendment's full text is: "A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-na-scotus21nov21,1,4804010.story?coll=la-headlines-frontpage"

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Dollar slips to a record low vs. euro

Thanshin Thanshin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Thanshin (1188877) writes "The euro reached as high as $1.4819, according to Dow Jones' Interbank foreign-exchange rates, before settling back to $1.4815 late in New York, still significantly up from the $1.4667 it bought Monday.

However, the dollar crept up against the Canadian dollar to 98.32 Canadian cents yesterday from 98.31 cents.

In other news:
The dominant theme that emerged from the cacophonous OPEC summit that concluded in Riyadh on Nov. 18 was countries that have amassed huge piles of dollars from selling oil don't like seeing the value of their currency reserves eroded. While the host Saudis urged restraint lest the dollar fall even more, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad scorned the greenback as a "worthless piece of paper."

http://www.businessweek.com/globalbiz/content/nov2007/gb20071120_087338.htm
http://www.boston.com/business/globe/articles/2007/11/21/dollar_slips_to_a_record_low_vs_euro/"

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