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60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

TwineLogic I like the new halogen bulbs (944 comments)

They are 28% more energy efficient than the "old" incandescents, and they help heat my house during the cold winter.

about a year ago
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AI Reality Check In Online Dating

TwineLogic Upvote service are the obvious result (192 comments)

This will obviously lead to "satisfied hot model" service where Debby the hot model accepts your invitation, waits a couple of days, then writes you about how great you were. All of this, for only around 60 cents per positive review, and you can enter the world of dating hot models.

1 year,18 days
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Psychologists Strike a Blow For Reproducibility

TwineLogic Not bad at all (138 comments)

So 2 or 3 out of 13 were not reproduced in these attempts. I imagine the standard was "P 0.05." If you then consider ANOVA, the collection of 13 studies did not perform poorly at all.

1 year,22 days
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Make Way For "Mutant" Crops As GM Foods Face Opposition

TwineLogic They are both GM, mutagenesis and transgenesis (194 comments)

The concerns, legitimate or otherwise, about genetically modified foods such as Monsanto's Round-up Ready soy-beans, may be causing unintended consequences

This is all wrong and mistaken.

The concerns are legitimate. Look into "gliadin" if you do not already know. That was a product of 1976 mutagenesis experiments. People who eat it consume an additional 400 calories every day. It's popular with the food industry and it is why many people are fat.

The unintended consequences are the result of lax anti-GM regulations. Mutagenesis is Genetic Modification (GM). The problem is not that the "backlash" against transgenic Cauliflower Mosaic Virus vectors has pushed people to these crude methods, the problems are multiple and are as follows:

#1. that mutagenesis has ever been legal and has already been used to produce GM food.

#2. that gliadin-enhanced food is legal

#3. that glyphosphate (Roundup) is legal

#4. that glyphosphate-resistant crops are made via Cauliflower Mosaic Virus transgenic infection is legal.

#5. that any person who speaks English would write one word in favor of the hubris of Man and the obscure mutation of nature.

Hail to the misinformed who think agricultural mutagenesis has benefited humanity. You need to re-learn.

1 year,24 days
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Why Not Fund SETI With a Lottery Bond?

TwineLogic You need to generate publicity (191 comments)

I recommend you post a faux question to slashdot, and reveal your plan to collect contributions in what will appear to be a casual aside.

about a year ago
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Where Does America's Fear Come From?

TwineLogic You assume "fear" and are mistaken. (926 comments)

The reason many US citizens follow orders is a belief or assumption that "The Natural Order is the Moral Order." That is the title of a view in which those who are already in power, and those who are physically strong, are perceived as having the moral authority over what is right and wrong. Those who believe this have a habit of thinking that person arrive in positions of power because they inherently deserved to arrive there. Subsequently, it is immoral to question their authority.

This mode of thinking is clearly explained in George Lakoff's book, Moral Politics, in which Lakoff clarifies the mistaken belief system of those who engage in it. His book is based upon, but does not cite, the theories from Scripts People Live and the related world-changing books on psychology.

In short, OP proposes that the average American citizen supports tyranny after making some conscious decision to assuage their own fear. This is mistaken. In fact, the average American supports tyranny after not realizing they alreay elected it last time, and otherwise without applying much thinking at all.

Finally, if there were an emotion I would attribute most of the lack of thinking to, that is not fear but hate. The same people who engage in the poor thinking described above are simply not fond of intelligent people, and would rather oppose them simply for the pleasure of thwarting any ideas thay are unable apprehend, which would be most new ideas.

about a year ago
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Why Amazon Fights State Sales Tax, But Supports It Nationally

TwineLogic Can we have a recall election (165 comments)

Who elected Jeff Bezos to the position "King of Each State's Tax Laws," anyway?

about a year ago
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Telegraph Contributor Says Coding Is For Exceptionally Dull Weirdos

TwineLogic About Willard Foxton (453 comments)

How do we cut this hostile bugger out of the loop? Can we modify the GPL so that he can't use that software anymore? Please, RMS?

about a year ago
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EU Parliament: Other Countries Spy, But Less Than the UK, US

TwineLogic It is almost like they know something (170 comments)

It is as if they were the two countries who defeated the Nazis in World War II. It's almost like every other western country collapsed, and only the countries with the best intelligence and geographic advantage to apply it (i.e., water) avoided being occupied by Nazis.

I don't know how many people here have read "Between Silk and Cyanide," but it is worth reading. This system we are learning about (Echelon) pre-dates 9/11 and stems from the lessons that U.S. grandparents received during World War II.

about a year ago
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Bennett Haselton's Response To That "Don't Talk to Cops" Video

TwineLogic Ban samzenpus posts. (871 comments)

What is this "article" doing on slashdot? The proposed idea is juvenile and not worth debating, but typical of the kind of nonsense that Libertarians think is worth their time to discuss.

Slashdot is not the correct place to post stupid Libertarian drivel. Or, if it is, may I delete my account?

about a year ago
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'Dangerously Naive' Aaron Swartz 'Destroyed Himself'

TwineLogic Re:Hal is correct that parents have a resonsibilit (362 comments)

Hardly. MIT operates a national laboratory (Lincoln Lab) and is essentially an off-shoot of the federal government. Yes, all schools take funding. Schools like Caltech, MIT, and others which operate national labs are extreme examples of federal entanglement.

about a year ago
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'Dangerously Naive' Aaron Swartz 'Destroyed Himself'

TwineLogic Re:Yiddish (362 comments)

I think that is blatantly apparent, but thanks for having the nerve to point it out.

about a year ago
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Scientists Create New "Lightsaber-Like" Form of Matter

TwineLogic Unfortunately, you need real molecules to do this (175 comments)

As the photons enter the cloud of cold atoms, Lukin said, its energy excites atoms along its path, causing the photon to slow dramatically. As the photon moves through the cloud, that energy is handed off from atom to atom, and eventually exits the cloud with the photon.

These are not photons in free space being described. These are photons which have excited electron orbitals in some material.

about a year ago
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Xbox One's HDMI Pass-Through Can Connect PS4, PCs and More

TwineLogic That's cool -- then M$ can show pop-ups over PS4!! (171 comments)

Or maybe I will just use the multiple HDMI inputs on my display and keep MS out of my loop. Oh, that's right: I don't own an XBOX. I don't own anything from Microsoft. Whew.

about a year ago
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How a Grandmother Pioneered a Home Shopping Revolution

TwineLogic Question: Did they have one-click ordering? (94 comments)

"Just curious." I mean: I hope they had prior art of every amazon patent, right down to the color orange.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is the Most Painless Intro To GPU Programming?

TwineLogic Mary Hall at The University of Utah (198 comments)

I wouldn't call her advanced coursework easy, but a resource that belongs on this thread: http://www.cs.utah.edu/~mhall/cs6963s09/

Mary Hall is a professor of Computer Science. Her recent work is related to compilers and parallel programming on GPUs. Her professional web page is something like an on-line open course, or the framework of one.

about a year ago
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Use Tor, Get Targeted By the NSA

TwineLogic Re:Completely Off the Rail at Section 5.2 (451 comments)

I came here to point this out and I am glad to see you have already done so. Yes, this paragraph makes it clear.

The NSA spies on anonymized communications. When it detects illegal activity, it investigates that as terrorism. When it determines that one of the parties was a U.S. Citizen in the U.S., it hands the investigation over to the FBI.

This provides zero surprise to those of us who have been following cryptome since before the Continuity of Government. Did you know that Kissinger has a position in the CoG?

about a year and a half ago
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State Photo-ID Databases Mined By Police

TwineLogic Seattle was one of two cities... coincidence? (205 comments)

Seattle, Washington and Washington, District of Columbia were the two cities with live tests of Trapwire.

Trapwire of course relies on facial recognition and other recognition. Seattle, Washington is in the same State of Washington that is mentioned in the posting title as being data-mined for faces from drivers' licenses and IDs.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Prove an IT Manager Is Incompetent?

TwineLogic Re:Manager skills are not the issue (331 comments)

Head of IT doesn't really need to know that much tech.

This is nonsense. Assigning ignorant managers to "supervise" technical people is a hallmark of business-school thinking. Any competent technical person will abhor that environment, leaving the company with a department full of low-IQ workers managed by a know-nothing.

about a year and a half ago

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Startup kick-starting a high-bandwidth Software Defined Radio (SDR) peripheral

TwineLogic TwineLogic writes  |  about 2 years ago

TwineLogic (1679802) writes "Many Slashdot readers have been enjoying the availability of $20 USB radios which can tune in the range of 50MHz-2GHz. These devices, while cheap, have limited bandwidth (about 2MHz) and minimal resolution (8-bit).

Nuand, a new start-up from Santa Clara, wants to improve on that. Their Kickstarter proposal for bladeRF, a Software Defined Radio transceiver, will support 20MHz bandwidth and 12-bit samples. The frequency range to be covered is planned as 300MHz-3.6Ghz. In addition to the extended spectrum coverage, higher bandwidth, and increased resolution, the bladeRF will have an on-board FPGA capable of performing signal processing and an Altera processor as well.

SDR hobbyists have been using the inexpensive receivers to decode airplane data transmission giving locations and mechanical condition, GPS signals, and many other digital signals travelling through the air around us. This new device would extend the range of inexpensive SDRs beyond the spectrum of 2.4GHz Wi-Fi. In addition, the peripheral includes a low-power transmitter which the experimenter can use without needing a "Ham" license."

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