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NASA 'Emails' a Socket Wrench To the ISS

Todd Palin My sockets are made of high quality steel (141 comments)

I really wouldn't want to use a plastic socket on much of anything. But, why on earth was there not a decent socket set on the ISS in the first place? (pun intended)

yesterday
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Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

Todd Palin Re:Core business? (222 comments)

As "Irate Engineer" hinted, providing throwaway email accounts just might be their core business. Everybody has one, right? And you don't want to have your throwaway be a Gmail account, so you choose Yahoo. Hotmail doesn't still exist, does it?

3 days ago
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How One Man Changed the Ecology of the Great Lakes With Salmon

Todd Palin Great story of unintended consequences (118 comments)

What a great illustration of ecosystem complexity and unintended consequences that involves salmon, alewives, lamprey, zebra mussels, quagga mussels, and round gobies, all of which are non-native to the great lakes. After half a century of unpredicted swings of boom and bust the fishery managers are gradually moving toward restoration of something that resembles, at least faintly, the original lake trout and perch ecosystem. I'm sure more unintended consequences will be revealed as this plays out, but the ride certainly reveals the pitfalls of messing with mother nature.

about two weeks ago
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Preferred Type of Game?

Todd Palin exactly (171 comments)

Yes, deception is the key, like all good games.

about two weeks ago
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Preferred Type of Game?

Todd Palin Poker (171 comments)

A true game of skill.

about two weeks ago
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Trains May Soon Come Equipped With Debris-Zapping Lasers

Todd Palin Re:They're leaves. (194 comments)

And high powered lasers aren't?

about two weeks ago
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Kiva Systems Co-Founder: Drone Delivery Could Be As Low As 20 Cents Per Package

Todd Palin Re:Can't imagine anything going wrong (92 comments)

No need to buy your own drone anymore. Maybe they can send me a drone soon. I like drones.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Offers Funding For 50,000 Police Body Cameras

Todd Palin Re:Wrong... (262 comments)

True, but most states have a law similar to FOIA. Oregon has Oregon Open Records Act, which is similar to FOIA. The Oregon Open Records Act applies to the State of Oregon, all municipalities, and all county governments, so pretty much all cops are covered in Oregon.

about three weeks ago
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Survey: Only 50% Of Scientists Blame Humans For Climate Change

Todd Palin bullshit (3 comments)

Keith Seitter, the executive director of the AMS and paper co-author, felt so strongly that the email misrepresented the actual paper results that he issued a statement calling it âoedisturbingâ

Read the actual paper. It simply doesn't say that.

about three weeks ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

Todd Palin Re:We've been doing it for a long time (367 comments)

Say what? Who uses a single variable to model/explain climate change? Maybe Fox News does, but really, nobody else does. The models are enormously complex, and they get more complex all the time. They include a full array of climate/meteorological data, plus ocean temperatures, ocean circulation, ocean pH, solar radiation, earth's albedo, vegetation patterns, and much more. Maybe you are the one that is naive.

about 1 month ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

Todd Palin Re:We've been doing it for a long time (367 comments)

Our unintentional geoengineering has made it clear that the climate is a very complicated thing with vast opportunities for unintended consequences. Diving into a dynamical system that we don't understand all that well anyway is a sure recipe for disaster. We might just be better off adapting to the changes that are coming. There will be some winners and lots of losers, but at least it will be caused by all of us together rather than an adventuresome nation trying to cover its own losses.

On a side note, can you imagine the United Nations agreeing to a planetary geoengineering plan? I can't.

about 1 month ago
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Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy

Todd Palin Re:Link to PNAS article (114 comments)

Great point. Unfortunately I currently have no mod points. I am as curious as you are. The lay press often ignores the real meat of the issue and only offers the headline. So, "why" is a good question. Laziness comes to mind, but I expect it is more complicated than that.

about a month ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

Todd Palin Re:Panic! It's worse than you think (323 comments)

Don't forget Ebola. The Ivory Coast grows a huge amount of the world's cocoa. It is right next door to Liberia. Most of the labor to harvest the cocoa crop is migrant labor from Liberia. Ivory Coast has closed its border with Liberia in response to the Ebola. So, the cocoa crop there is not going to be harvested unless the growers figure out another source of cheap labor. Stock up on chocolate now.

about a month ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

Todd Palin mailed my ballot a week ago (551 comments)

I live in Oregon where everybody votes because it is painless, since we vote by mail. So, I will not vote for any of the parties, because I already voted. All we have to do now is count the votes.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

Todd Palin Re:"I don't care" camp. (613 comments)

A numeric designation of time is purely arbitrary in the first place, so adding an arbitrary adjustment twice a year seems consistent with the arbitrary nature of it. The main problem is dealing with more than 24 different times. If we could all agree to make the switch, using a single arbitrary time would make sense in our connected world. I expect that to happen soon after the USA switches to the metric system, which is also somewhat arbitrary, but oh so much more sensible than the totally insane system we use now.

about 1 month ago
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Internet Broadband Through High-altitude Drones

Todd Palin Re:propeller driven? OK, I'm wrong (99 comments)

As it turns out, the unofficial propeller driven altitude record is 96,863 feet. So, I guess I'm completely wrong. Nevermind.

And, it was a solar powered plane to boot.

about 2 months ago
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Internet Broadband Through High-altitude Drones

Todd Palin propeller driven? (99 comments)

I could be wrong, but I don't think any propeller driven aircraft has flown to 65,000 feet, or even anywhere close. There is a problem with the low density air that makes props a really poor choice for high altitude. Since a solar jet has huge tech problems as well, I think the concept is stuck with problems that it can't easily solve.

about a month ago
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FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

Todd Palin Re:Pecions? (222 comments)

A pecion is a person with bulging pectoral muscles.

about 3 months ago
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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

Todd Palin Re:Define technology (231 comments)

We discovered a remarkable thing at the hobby shop. They used to make Jetex brand jet motors that used a solid fuel pellet inside a steel housing. They were ignited with a short length of Jetex fuse, which usually came with the pellets, but we bought the fuse separately in six foot lengths. A six foot fuse took three or four minutes to burn. This allowed our dry-cleaner bags to get to several hundred feet before igniting. We often would include a cherry-bomb in the payload just to make sure people would see it when the gas ignited. We tried to mix air in the gas mix to achieve an actual explosion, but never got it mixed right. It was always an almost silent fireball, but it was pretty good sized.

Somehow no one ever got burned and no houses burned down. The guys at the hobby shop never asked us what we were doing with all the fuse. Times have changed, I think.

about 4 months ago
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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

Todd Palin Re:Define technology (231 comments)

In the fifties we didn't have digital options so we relied on other technology. Natural gas is flammable AND buoyant which makes for great UFO reports. Nitrogentriiodide is always good for a laugh. Manganeseheptoxide is always fun. There were always cherry bombs and M-80s which have some surprising uses, especially when combined with simple string bombs. You would be amazed at the alternative uses of glo-fuel. You can even get into trouble with birthday candles and dry-cleaner bags if you are hard up. (more UFO reports) In the fifties and sixties there were numerous UFO reports in southern Michigan, not all of which were my work.

about 4 months ago

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Genetic mugshot recreates faces from nothing but DNA

Todd Palin Todd Palin writes  |  about 9 months ago

Todd Palin (1402501) writes "Researchers at Penn State university are trying to reconstruct images of faces based only on the DNA sample of the individual. As far out as this sounds, they did a pretty good job at matching the actual appearance of the faces. This is a pretty good start on a whole new use for DNA samples. Imagine a mug shot of a rapist based only on a DNA sample."
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Dubious patent approved for yoga class recording

Todd Palin Todd Palin writes  |  1 year,8 days

Todd Palin (1402501) writes "The Washington Post has an article describing another dubious patent:
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has approved a patent on a technique for videotaping yoga classes. The patent claims the concept of an "image capturing device" being set up in "a studio having a front area and a rear area" and containing an instructor and a "plurality of students." In other words, if you run a yoga class, and you film it using the parameters described in the patent, you may owe royalties to the patent's owner, a company called YogaGlo."

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