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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Thanshin Money (507 comments)

How much money did the people in each group have, on average, during their youth?

Otherwise they might be just testing whether richer people give a lesser value to a small amount of money than poorer people.

I'm pretty sure the average 20yo european would cheat less to get 8$ than the average south american and more than the average japanese.

yesterday
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Heinz Zemanek Passes At 94

Thanshin Re:Heinz der man! (52 comments)

Not sure if if whoosh or troll.

4 days ago
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Fossils of Cambrian Predator Preserved With Brain Impressions

Thanshin The far future of procedurally generated worlds (45 comments)

One day we'll know enough to build a machine that from star dust starting conditions can predict critters swimming in the sea. That's the point where we'll be able to rightfully call ourselves gods.

5 days ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

Thanshin Re:Makes sense. (526 comments)

No bears? Then, whose arms have you the right to?

about a week ago
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Harvesting Energy From Humidity

Thanshin Re:uhh yeah they do... (89 comments)

Unless you're inside a cave; both humid and dark.

This might be less-useless to maintain a small underground device, like a sensor to detect floods in a sewer system.

about a week ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

Thanshin Re:Xerox called (243 comments)

Here, here!

about a week ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

Thanshin Re:Alternative strategy: (243 comments)

Yes. Just add more magicians.

And, as an extra bonus, for a sufficient amount of network traffic, you'd have both the analysis and the complete works of Shakespeare.

about a week ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

Thanshin ib4 voodoo key sound decription (243 comments)

A phone or nearby computer will be hacked and the secrets will be extracted by recording with the mic the relative sounds of the typewriter keys.

about a week ago
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Dwarf Fortress Gets Biggest Update In Years

Thanshin Re:Ahh Dwarf Fortress... (138 comments)

Where else can you build a fake submarine cave filled with cages to trap mermaids and merfolks and eventually partially drain the cave to allow your dwarves to go pick up the baby mermaids to be sold as meat and baby-mermaid-bone trinkets.

about two weeks ago
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London Regulator Says Uber Is Operating Legally

Thanshin Re:say what you will... (105 comments)

There's quite a margin between "worthwhile" and "A victory for common sense, technology, innovation - and above all, London.".

Disliking the hysteria and sensationalization of day to day legal decisions is not bitterness but maturity.

about three weeks ago
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London Regulator Says Uber Is Operating Legally

Thanshin Re:say what you will... (105 comments)

That kind of attitude will be the cause of our demise. Motivating statements are the fabric on which reposes the well being of London, and, by extension the Earth.

We were at the edge of the precipice, but this is a big step forward. A three sixty degree turn that will allow us to set foot where no one has gone before.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Create Walking, Muscle-Powered Biobots

Thanshin Re:Another materials article (33 comments)

The hard part is always inventing the building blocks. Once you have those, there's a billions brains eager to build with whatever blocks you give them.

Actually, I may have gone too conservative there. The hard part is the prototype of the building blocks. Once the prototype works, you can release the knowledge in the human mind soup and it will reproduce and evolve on its own.

I wouldn't dare say it all rests on an idea, because I believe the ratio prototype:result to be close to 1:1 while idea:result falls way short.

about three weeks ago
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Solar-Powered Electrochemical Cell Used To Produce Formic Acid From CO2

Thanshin Re:Amazing technology (133 comments)

Indeed! Because before patents nothing useful was ever invented.

The order is as follows:
1 - Fire making. (useless)
2 - Patents.
3 - The wheel.

about three weeks ago
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Solar-Powered Electrochemical Cell Used To Produce Formic Acid From CO2

Thanshin Re:Given that methane synthesis ... (133 comments)

The two dreams are:
- A 3D printer that takes its ink from the atmospheric carbon.
- A solar panel that produces lipids, sugars and proteins.

So... a tree.

about three weeks ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

Thanshin Economy (579 comments)

The solution is to create a system that makes it profitable to generate a system with 0 deaths and the shortest travel times from random points A to B.

What the article speaks about is not the problem, it's the symptom. Just as giving the fines money to local governments shortens yellow lights, a system must be found that gives money to the best solution. Which should be easy, as we know how to identify the better solution among the existing ones.

So:
1 - Define rules of best solution.
2 - Give money in direct relation to proximity to best solution
3 - Wait.

about three weeks ago
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Alleged 'Bigfoot' DNA Samples Sequenced, Turn Out To Be Horses, Dogs, and Bears

Thanshin Re:Myths are socially hilarious (198 comments)

UFOs, Bigfoot, Ghosts!

You would think the modern age of cameras in everyone's phones would produce evidence-a-plenty of these kinds of things.

But reality is far less interesting than we want it to be ...

No magic, no supernatural stuff --- and sadly no bigfoots or aliens that bother to come here and snatch cows.

Can I add divinities to your list? Or being invisible protects them from being proven just as fake.

about three weeks ago
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Court Allowed NSA To Spy On All But 4 Countries

Thanshin Courts vs NSA (242 comments)

In other news, a court disallows crime and corruption. The US becomes a crime free country.

about three weeks ago
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Court Allowed NSA To Spy On All But 4 Countries

Thanshin Re:Uh... Yeah? (242 comments)

Sorry, but I'm not going to get my pants in a bind about what a court "allows" the NSA to do. Taking into account that the law hasn't applied to the NSA in the past and I I know of no reason why it would start now.

about three weeks ago
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Court Allowed NSA To Spy On All But 4 Countries

Thanshin Re:It's a scandal! (242 comments)

It's a scandal that there are countries the NSA isn't allowed to spy on. What if the terrorists are hiding there?

"What if"! That's exactly what a terrorist would say! Terrorists are OBVIOUSLY hiding there:

A - Terrorists are hiding everywhere.
B - Countries are a place.
Ergo, by A and B, terrorists are hiding there!

This is so obvious that the only explanation that makes any sense is that the terrorists that are hiding inside the Court have make a terrorist modification of the sentence to allow this terrorist plot to go on.

about three weeks ago

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Using imperfect chips to improve power and cost.

Thanshin Thanshin writes  |  more than 4 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  |  more than 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 5 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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