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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

TheSync Re:Just Require an IQ Test (641 comments)

Considering recent studies show that cancer is more likely to be caused by genetics than smoking

Can you link to these "recent studies"?

And if so, why did lung cancer rates fall by 12% in the last 30 years in the US, does that mean we are evolving immunity?

Or perhaps it lines up with reflect changes in the nation's smoking habits - smoking less, especially by men.

2 days ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

TheSync Re:Yeah! (506 comments)

what the U.S. does won't matter to China and India because their domestic markets will be larger than the United States. Currently they have even worse social inequity than we do

Actually the US Gini index is HIGHER than that of China or India.

3 days ago
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Google Plans Major Play In Wireless Partnering With Sprint and T-Mobile

TheSync Xiaomi/Kindle model (101 comments)

Perhaps Google wants to go after the Xiamoi/Kindle model where most money is made on selling apps and value-add services, rather than phones or typical telephony.

4 days ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

TheSync Re:I don't get it (322 comments)

Start mass producing some sort of cheapie glass-like thing under a different name out of China.

I saw one at CES 2015!

4 days ago
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SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

TheSync Re:Bull pucky (200 comments)

This is a direct recipe for increasing income inequality, and you have to be a dishonest psychopath to think that's a good ida.

You will have to show the evidence that higher tax rates on individuals with higher incomes are effective at changing income shares.

In case you didn't notice, EU countries also have rising Gini coefficients as well as the US, despite different tax policies (though the US doesn't have the same level of unemployment).

Higher returns to people with more skills is a function of increasing technology and global economic growth, and will continue regardless of the tax rates.

4 days ago
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SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

TheSync Re:HUH? (200 comments)

Certainly, a lot better than investing in more tax cuts for billionaires.

Alternatively, billionaires could be using their money left over after tax to invest in new technologies, and actually do it intelligently as they are trying to make money instead of political points.

4 days ago
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SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

TheSync Re:Is nursing high-paying? (200 comments)

It looks like US BSN are higher paid than their UK counterparts.

US doctors and nurses are paid about 50% higher than OECD equivalents even after adjusting for cost of living.

When governments are more involved in the medical field, they have the power to reduce salaries.

4 days ago
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SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

TheSync Re:better then theory loaded schools with teachers (200 comments)

Although it may also be simply a selection bias.

I'd argue college is 50% or more credentialing inborn capability. The value of a college degree is that 1) you proved yourself capable enough to be accepted by that college and 2) you made it through four years without dropping out.

Evidence for (2) is that there is a huge salary difference between someone who completes 99% of college without getting a degree and someone who gets the degree for completing 100%.

4 days ago
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SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

TheSync Re:Bull pucky (200 comments)

Why should guys like Mitt Romney only get to pay 13% on his annual income in tax

You should be aware that for tax year 2014, the maximum capital gains tax rate is now 23.8%. Romney was only paying 13% effective tax rate when the capital gains tax maxed out at 15%.

Of course Romeny paid millions in taxes, which is more than you ever will.

4 days ago
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The Current State of Linux Video Editing

TheSync Re:Not to mention Audio Editing (222 comments)

Back in the late 1990's, we edited Geeks in Space Slashdot Radio with Cool Edit. It was great for normalizing & compressing the recording levels from Slashdot HQ, we could do noise gates, speed up/slow down audio, etc.

5 days ago
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Study: Belief That Some Fields Require "Brilliance" May Keep Women Out

TheSync Re:What a bunch of fucking bullshit this is... (218 comments)

No, Hedy Lamarr invented a particular mechanical way to achieve frequency hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) using paper player piano rolls.

FHSS was actually invented by Tesla, who patented the idea in 1903, and there were various implementations of it by WWI.

Moreover, direct sequence spread spectrum (DSSS) was actually only made practical through the "noise wheel" work of Mortimer Rogoff around 1950. His work was kept secret for over 30 years, which is part of the reason why few people know of him.

Hedy Lamarr was clearly a very intelligent person, and her work with George Antheil was apparently used to control some torpedoes in the 1960's using FHSS.

But it is misleading to say that she invented spread spectrum, or even invented frequency hopping.

It should also be noted that only the lowest bandwidth early 802.11 protocols used FHSS. There was a transition to DSSS, and now most modern 802.11 protocols use OFDM.

about two weeks ago
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Elon Musk Plans To Build Hyperloop Test Track

TheSync Re:He didn't say that (165 comments)

I wonder why California didn't pop to mind, especially since he lives there.

Looking at CA solar plant permitting processes, it generally takes about 2 years to get a permit now - unless you get turned down.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla To Produce 'a Few Million' Electric Cars a Year By 2025

TheSync Re:Tell me it ain't so, Elon! (181 comments)

My father used to own a Texaco gas station. He often competed with stations that were owned by Texaco itself. There were times when those company-owned stations would sell gas for cheaper than they would sell it to him wholesale. Corporate mentality doesn't care about anything but profit.

Of course through the effects of corporate self-interest, consumers got cheaper gas than they could from your father's rip-off gas station...

about two weeks ago
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South Africa Begins Ambitious Tablets In Schools Pilot Project

TheSync Re:everytime this is tired (66 comments)

The LA Unified School District is spending over $1 billion to give all students (650,000) iPads.

Note that Beverly Hills School District is independent, and not part of LAUSD...

about two weeks ago
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Education Debate: Which Is More Important - Grit, Or Intelligence?

TheSync Re:3rd place vs 1st place. (249 comments)

How do you teach grit, anyway?

My wife taught me grit. We fell in love despite my inability to even keep a clean room, and then she started slowly with things like "clean up your mess" then "here is a list of things to get done" then "maybe you should make your own lists of things you need to get done" etc...

Both positive and negative rewards were given to me!

Anyway, she helped me pick up a reasonable amount of grit to go with my intelligence. Now I need to stop reading Slashdot for the day!

about two weeks ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

TheSync Re: Thanks, assholes (573 comments)

murder isn't the only way people are killed by guns.

True, but the mortality rates are different. For gunshot wounds, mortality rate is 22%, while that for stab wounds was 4% (source, though from 1994 and I wonder with more cell phones whether faster trauma admission speeds may enhance differential mortalities due to differential bleed rates between the two modalities).

about three weeks ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

TheSync Re:Thanks, assholes (573 comments)

Detroit is the US city with the highest murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate of 45 per 100,000 people.

DC is not even in the top ten US cities.

about three weeks ago
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Dish Introduces $20-a-Month Streaming-TV Service

TheSync Re:Lawsuits already in progress (196 comments)

You can, as a Dish subscriber, view any channel right now over the Internet.

As a "Dish subscriber" you can stream on authenticated devices, but not as a "Sling TV subscriber". That would require another contract between Dish and content providers.

about three weeks ago

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.SCOT TLD "Priority Registration" Deadline Approaching

TheSync TheSync writes  |  about 4 months ago

TheSync (5291) writes "Calico.UK, the registrar for the .SCOT top level domain, is advertising "priority registration" ahead of general availability of the TLD just in time for the Scottish independence vote. Scotland of course has no ISO 3166-1 two-letter country code at this time, and even if it wanted one after independence, many natural choices like "SC" are already taken, but then again UK domains tend to use .UK instead of the ISO 3166-1 code "GB"."
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Australia's Failed Government-Owned Broadband

TheSync TheSync writes  |  about 10 months ago

TheSync (5291) writes "Sold as AUS$43 billion gigabit fiber to the home (FTTH) solution, Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) project is now the project is now years behind schedule and $30 billion over budget. The NBN has only 78,000 fiber subscribers, with a price of $93,000 per subscriber. Also most of those subscribers chose 25Mbps/5Mbps service rather than 100Mbps/40 Mbps speeds. It is unclear if NBN will be killed or changed into a fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) system."
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California seeks to shut down coding bootcamps

TheSync TheSync writes  |  about a year ago

TheSync (5291) writes "VentureBeat reports that the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) sent cease and desist letters to Hackbright Academy, Hack Reactor, App Academy, Zipfian Academy, and others. These bootcamps have not yet been approved by the BPPE and are therefore being classified as unlicensed postsecondary educational institutions that must seek compliance or be forcibly shut down. Unless they comply, these organizations face imminent closure and a hefty $50,000 fine."
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Dark Matter Found in Cold Gas Clouds

TheSync TheSync writes  |  1 year,12 days

TheSync (5291) writes "Astrophysicist Jessica Werk of the University of California, Santa Cruz studied light from 38 quasars using the Hubble Space Telescope. By looking at the spectral fingerprints in this light, she found that galactic halos harbor at least 10 times, and possibly up to 100 times, as much cold gas as researchers had estimated. If her estimate is correct, it would account for the two-thirds of galaxies’ baryonic matter that astronomers have been looking for. This could go a long way to explaining where all the "dark matter" is."
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"Cosmos" remake coming to FOX in 2014

TheSync TheSync writes  |  about a year and a half ago

TheSync (5291) writes "The long-awaited remake of Carl Sagan's amazing "Cosmos" series, "Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey", will be coming to FOX television next year. It will star astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Surprisingly, Seth MacFarlane of "Family Guy" fame is an executive producer. MacFarlane was introduced to Carl Sagan's widow Ann Druyan by deGrasse Tyson, and MacFarlane helped them pitch the show to FOX executives."
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NY AG Subpoena's Craigslist for Post-Sandy Price Gougers

TheSync TheSync writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TheSync (5291) writes "In the wake of Hurrican Sandy, the New York State Attorney General has subpoenaed Craigslist, demanding that the site identify more than 100 sellers whose prices on post-Sandy gas, generators and other supplies were of an “unconscionably excessive price” during an emergency. AG Eric Schneiderman said: “Our office has zero tolerance for price gouging [and] will do everything we can to stop unscrupulous individuals from taking advantage of New Yorkers trying to rebuild their lives.""
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Dyle Mobile TV launching on MetroPCS in 2012

TheSync TheSync writes  |  about 3 years ago

TheSync (5291) writes "Twice is reporting that Dyle Mobile TV, the consumer-facing brand launched by Mobile Content Venture, announced that they are partnering to enable MetroPCS customers to watch live, local broadcast television on their mobile phones later this year. This service uses the new ATSC A/153 Mobile DTV standard that allows existing television stations to provide mobile digital television service in addition to their existing HD signals."
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Venezuela's Chavez calls for Internet Regulation

TheSync TheSync writes  |  more than 4 years ago

TheSync (5291) writes "The AP reports that Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is calling for regulation of the Internet and cracking down on false Web stories. In a televised speech, Chavez said: "The Internet can't be something free where anything can be done and said. No, every country has to impose its rules and regulations.""
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Massive Rube Goldberg Machine Rules YouTube

TheSync TheSync writes  |  more than 4 years ago

TheSync (5291) writes "US indie band OK Go has filmed a music video with an awesome 4-minute long Rube Goldberg Machine done in a single shot. The machine is timed to the parts of the song, and actually "does things" to the band members. The video is #1 YouTube's most-watched video of the week, with over 3.5 million views. The video was produced with MIT’s Media Lab and Syyn Labs, and contains the MAKE Magazine car from the 24 Hours of LeMons."
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FTC to Regulate Blogs

TheSync TheSync writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TheSync writes "The Washington Post is reporting that the Federal Trade Commission is planning to regulate blogs. They are concerned about bloggers who receive compensation from the companies whose products they blog about. The regulation would clarify that rules against deceptive and unfair business practices apply to bloggers. So if Slashdot gets money or non-cash support from Linux vendors and they put up articles about how bad Microsoft is, watch out!"
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"Definitive evidence" for ancient lake on

TheSync TheSync writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TheSync writes "Eurekalert reports on "definitive evidence" for an ancient water lake on Mars. A UC Boulder research team has discovered evidence of a shoreline on Mars of a 3 billion year-old lake 80 square miles in area and 1,500 feet deep (roughly the equivalent of Lake Champlain). Images came from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Water carved a 30-mile-long canyon that opened up into a valley and forming a large delta during a time when Mars is generally believed to have been cold and dry. The lack of additional, lower shorelines, shows that the lake dried up very quickly."
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First Images of Memories Being Made

TheSync TheSync writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TheSync writes "Eurekalert reports that researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill and UCLA have captured the first image of protein translation that underlies long-term memory formation. A fluorescent protein showed the increased local protein synthesis during memory formation, which requires cooperation between the pre and post-synaptic compartments of the two neurons that meet at the synapse."
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Mortgage Securitization Software Author Mea Culpa

TheSync TheSync writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TheSync writes "New York Magazine has an article written by Michael Osinski, an author of early software to enable collateralized mortgage obligations (CMOs). He even created a language for mortgage-backed bonds called BondTalk. He says "I never would have thought, in my most extreme paranoid fantasies, that my software, and the others like it, would have enabled Wall Street to decimate the investments of everyone in my family. ""
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UK and Obmama to Rate Web like MPAA

TheSync TheSync writes  |  about 6 years ago

TheSync writes "The NYT reports that "A British cabinet minister says the government is considering a plan to work with President-elect Barack Obama on a new ratings system for Internet Web sites..to protect children from inappropriate material...similar to the one employed by the Motion Picture Association of America". Creepy!"
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Why does Slashdot hate/ignore Economics?

TheSync TheSync writes  |  more than 6 years ago

So on today's article Supplies of Rare Earth Elements Exhausted By 2017, we have these comments rated +4 or more:

The problem isn't economics, it's the idiots that try to invoke it in the way we see them doing here. The fact that the price of a commodity increases when it's in short supply doesn't cure the shortage or make it less of a problem; it merely allocates what supplies remain to those who are willing to pay the most. It's a manifestation of the shortage, not an explanation of it.

In a severe food shortage, yes, the price of food shoots up. People who can afford it continue to eat well (albeit at the expense of other things), but others starve. As far as your typical affluent conservative is concerned, the market has efficiently "solved" the problem.

Economics is the new God of the Gaps. You don't know the answer? Silly old physical laws getting in the way? No problem; Economics dictates that someone else will be motivated to come up with a solution. It's impossible? Why, that just makes it more valuable!

If you are a true economist, then fuck off and play with your stock markets and leave actual science to actual scientists.

I don't know why so many people who may otherwise be informed are so hateful of economics. It is a bit like the reaction from creationists.

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WiFi Cardboard Horn Antenna

TheSync TheSync writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I had my summer intern to build a cardboard horn antenna for testing long distance 802.11b connections. Here are three pictures of it: 1 / 2 / 3. It has about 10 dB gain over a PCMCIA card wireless NIC. The antenna is based on this design.

We tested it across the Memorial Bridge in Washington, DC. Not only were we able to get a signal, but from the DC shore near the Lincoln Memorial, we were able to pick up wireless access points in Rosslyn, VA.

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