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First Evidence That Some Insects May Rely On Photosynthesis

TimmyDee Re:What food crisis? (107 comments)

I made that infographic you posted above (the one where you said there'd be plenty of room), and your claim isn't exactly true. You obviously didn't see my follow up infographic, showing that we'd all have to live lifestyles somewhat less resource intensive than the average Chinese person.

Simply having enough space to cram people isn't everything.

about 2 years ago

Stopping the Horror of 'Reply All'

TimmyDee Re:Leave Reply All along (256 comments)

OTOH, I've forgotten how many lulz there are to be had trolling in such a mailstorm, if you can get away with it.

Perhaps you mean "mailstrom"? *ducks*

more than 3 years ago

NASA Confirms Discovery of Organism With Phosphorus-Free DNA

TimmyDee Re:Gizmodo was not right (380 comments)

Somehow I'm not surprised. As a gadget blogger, he got in waaaay over his head by speculating about a microbiology discovery.

In other words, typical Gizmodo/Gawker.

more than 3 years ago

'Back To the Mac' Media Event On October 20th

TimmyDee Re:Thanks for Plagiarizing MacRumors without credi (349 comments)

You must be new here. This is standard Slashdot M.O. Just put quotes around what someone else wrote (without citing them), and somehow they think that's OK. It's shockingly prevalent here.

more than 3 years ago

New Estimate Suggests 5.5M Species On Earth, Not 30-100M

TimmyDee Source journal may give clue to veracity (256 comments)

I'm not saying the researchers didn't do their homework, but for something of this gravity, I would have expected Science or Nature to pick it up, not American Naturalist. Not that American Naturalist is a bad journal, but its certainly easier to get a paper in there than other journals (even Ecology, if I'm not mistaken). In light of that, I'm a bit skeptical of their claims.

more than 4 years ago

Open Source Utilities For Facebook Privacy

TimmyDee Re:Other websites knowing your facebook account (154 comments)

I wish it were that easy. I have the "Instant Personalization Pilot Program" disabled on my account, but FB Connect popped up on CNN Money this morning.

What did I do? I specifically blocked any URL containing "fbconnect". Problem solved. OmniWeb let me do this using RegEx, but I'm sure the same can be done with AdBlock.

more than 4 years ago

Virginia AG Probing Michael Mann For Fraud

TimmyDee Fraud? It's looking him in the mirror (617 comments)

Maybe someone should sue Cuccinelli for fraud. After all, this sounds like a waste of taxpayer money if I've ever heard of one.

more than 4 years ago

Virginia AG Probing Michael Mann For Fraud

TimmyDee Ken Cuccinelli (617 comments)

What an asshole...going after academics for political reasons. What's next?

more than 4 years ago

Digitizing and Geocoding Old Maps?

TimmyDee Lots of work required...believe me, I know (235 comments)

I spent a summer doing this in grad school for the Vegetation Type Mapper project at UC Berkeley. I'm not going to lie to you--it was a ton of work. But the results were cool. The site has all the old maps georeferenced, plus ways to download them.

Needless to say, the library was involved in the project, as was a giant scanner. We relied on ERDAS Imagine software to georeference the old maps to current USGS base maps. There was also a lot of accuracy assessment involved to make sure we minimized error in the georeferencing process. Probably one of the trickiest parts was making sure the old landmark you were using as a control point had not substantially changed in the intervening decades.

My professor and her colleagues published a paper detailing the project.

more than 4 years ago

Slashdot Launches User Achievements

TimmyDee Another achievement? (1582 comments)

Can't pass this up. 'Nuff said.

more than 5 years ago

New Ice Structure Could Help Seed Clouds, Cause Rain

TimmyDee Science Daily...reporting? (100 comments)

I think to say that Science Daily does any reporting is stretching the definition of reporting a bit much. I think "rewritten from a press release" is more like it.

If you want a real news piece, with real reporting, check out the article on the same paper over at New Scientist. They actually talked with the scientist involved in the study (and one that wasn't).

more than 5 years ago

Hacking With Synthetic Biology

TimmyDee More than smells (135 comments)

I was just at the AAAS conference in Chicago, and there was an entire session on synthetic biology and programming with DNA and RNA. Quite fascinating. Perhaps most intriguing (and promising) is the ability to add logic to RNA sequences, giving clinicians control over cell therapies. I wrote a summary of the session over at Ars if anyone is interested.

more than 5 years ago

Behind the Scenes In Apple Vs. the Record Labels

TimmyDee Re:iMusic industry news (146 comments)

It would be an iOpener for the RIAA.

There, fixed that for you.

more than 5 years ago

Can Apple + AT&T Shut Down iPhone Unlockers?

TimmyDee Push comes to shove. . . (318 comments)

If the group that has the real iPhone unlocking software does get hit with a legit lawsuit and has to cease and desist, here's to hoping they release it for free along with the source. What's to say they can't? At that point, they aren't selling something. Maybe they could take donations? IANAL, but I think such a move would be feasible.

more than 6 years ago



US incomes less equal than imperial Rome's

TimmyDee TimmyDee writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TimmyDee (713324) writes "Over the last 30 years, wealth in the United States has been steadily concentrating in the upper economic echelons. Whereas the top 1 percent used to control a little over 30 percent of the wealth, they now control 40 percent. It's a trend that was for decades brushed under the rug but is now on the tops of minds and at the tips of tongues. Since too much inequality can foment revolt and instability, the CIA regularly updates statistics on income distribution for countries around the world, including the U.S. Between 1997 and 2007, inequality in the U.S. grew by almost 10 percent, making it more unequal than Russia, infamous for its powerful oligarchs. The U.S. is not faring well historically, either. Even the Roman Empire, a society built on conquest and slave labor, had a more equitable income distribution."
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7 billion people in one city

TimmyDee TimmyDee writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TimmyDee writes "The world crossed a milestone today--7 billion people. Getting a handle on the magnitude of that number is tricky, but this infographic helps a bit. It answers a simple question: If the world's population lived in one city, how large would that city be if people lived as dense as Paris, New York, Singapore, San Francisco, London, or Houston?"
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Speech Analysis Shows All Politics Is Cultural

TimmyDee TimmyDee writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TimmyDee (713324) writes "The rhetoric in Washington, D.C., of late has been rather monotonic. The political landscape seems dominated by the economy, from stimulus bills and consumer protection agencies to tea parties and anti-tax rallies. Yet despite Capitol Hill's singular focus, a new study of congressional speeches suggests the left and the right are separated by a cultural divide rather than different views on the economy. Previous analyses of congressional speeches relied on manually classifying the content, a time-consuming and laborious process. The approach used in the new paper supplants man-hours with processor time, using intelligent computer programs to distill hundreds of hours of transcribed speeches into clarified political ideologies."
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One in five vertebrates threatened by extinction

TimmyDee TimmyDee writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TimmyDee (713324) writes "Twenty years ago, nearly all the world's nations agreed to significantly reduce the loss of biodiversity by 2010. (The United States signed the accord but, like other treaties, the Senate has not ratified it.) Well, it's 2010 and we are nowhere near that goal. While the Convention on Biological Diversity is currently meeting to update its targets for 2020, a new study released by Science says one-fifth of the world's vertebrate species are threatened with extinction. But the good news is things would be a whole lot worse if we had done nothing at all. "What our results show is that conservation efforts are not wasted. They are making a noticeable difference," said Ana Rodrigues, a researcher at the Center for Evolutionary and Functional Ecology in Montpelier, France, and one of the authors of the study. The researchers compiled the status of over 25,000 vertebrate species as rated by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List. "The rates of decline in the Red List index would have been 18 percent steeper" in the absence of conservation programs."
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Of bouncers and snap decisions on social status

TimmyDee TimmyDee writes  |  more than 4 years ago

TimmyDee (713324) writes "Sociologist Lauren Rivera knows what it takes to get behind the velvet rope. She recommends, 'Know someone. Or know someone who knows someone. If you're a guy, bring attractive women—ideally younger women in designer clothes. Don't go with other dudes. And doormen are well versed in trendiness, so wear Coach, Prada, Gucci—but don't show up in a nice suit with DSW shoes.' No, Rivera doesn't write an advice column for the rich and the restless. But the Kellogg School of Management professor did go undercover to expose how people evaluate status in a glimpse. Specifically, she wanted to know how the meaty doormen positioned outside exclusive clubs—bouncers in nightlife language—determine who enters."
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/. humor

TimmyDee TimmyDee writes  |  more than 9 years ago

The humor on Slashdot boggles my mind. Every time I think I have a post that will be modded funny, it isn't (save one or two). Sometimes they get modded down (to be expected), but other times they are modded informative or insightful. That just kills me!

That said, posts that are modded funny can be absolutely hilarious. It's one of the many reasons I keep coming back.

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