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Researchers Find Evidence of How Higgs Particle Imparts Mass

Ultracrepidarian Re:LHC (91 comments)

Then again, it might have gone the way of the F35 Joint Strike Fighter project.

about a week ago
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Home Depot Begins Retail Store Pilot Program To Sell MakerBot 3-D Printers

Ultracrepidarian Re:and what would i do with it? (126 comments)

It doesn't seem so long ago that people were asking me why anyone would want a home computer.

about two weeks ago
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Home Depot Begins Retail Store Pilot Program To Sell MakerBot 3-D Printers

Ultracrepidarian Re:and what would i do with it? (126 comments)

Radio Shack missed the boat on this one.

about two weeks ago
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DC Entertainment Won't Allow Superman Logo On Murdered Child's Memorial Statue

Ultracrepidarian Wondering (249 comments)

I've got a Wonder Woman figure beside my deceased wife's ashes. Am I in trouble?

about two weeks ago
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In Düsseldorf, A Robot Valet Will Park Your Car

Ultracrepidarian Re:This is not novel (120 comments)

Exactly right. I parked my Corvair in one of these in New York City in 1967.

about three weeks ago
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How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

Ultracrepidarian Re:Political/Moral (305 comments)

Economists come in two varieties. Those that cozy up to those with the cash, and those with some concern for society as a whole.

about three weeks ago
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How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

Ultracrepidarian Re:Political/Moral (305 comments)

Oh heck. Where are my mod points when I need them? This absolutely nails it.

about three weeks ago
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How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

Ultracrepidarian Re:Political/Moral (305 comments)

Greenspan was in a position to do something about it but kept mum. My Econ degree is from Podunk U. but I saw it coming. These guys know.

about three weeks ago
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How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

Ultracrepidarian Re:Political/Moral (305 comments)

I've got some tulip bulbs I'd like to sell to you.

about three weeks ago
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Appeals Court Finds Scanning To Be Fair Use

Ultracrepidarian Knowledge (34 comments)

"The field of knowledge is the common property of mankind."
--- Thomas Jefferson (Letter to Henry Dearborn, 1807)

about a month ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

Ultracrepidarian Re:$5k (875 comments)

I can't imagine mileage being much of a factor.

about a month and a half ago
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A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"

Ultracrepidarian Re:even more telling... (255 comments)

He is the manager.

about 2 months ago
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HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

Ultracrepidarian Re:Printer Ink (288 comments)

Over 40 years ago, one of my college professors was entertaining visitors from Singapore. He had just obtained a brand new HP programmable calculator, and unable to contain his glee, he had to show them his newest high-tech toy. Their response? "Yes, we make those".

about a month ago
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Earthquake Warning Issued For Central Oklahoma

Ultracrepidarian Re:Fracking!!! (127 comments)

Although I'm not a fan of fracking, it's entirely possible this is preventing more devastating quakes by relieving stress in these faults in smaller increments.

about 3 months ago
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Reason Suggests DoJ Closing Porn Stars' Bank Accounts

Ultracrepidarian Re:Right to a Bank Account (548 comments)

I couldn't find a right to breath in there either.

about 3 months ago
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Australian Exploration Company Believes It May Have Found MH370 Wreckage

Ultracrepidarian Re:Pseudoscience? (293 comments)

Decades ago, my uncle who spent his life chasing one get-rich-quick scheme or another was telling me of his latest investment opportunity.

He had invested with a man who had built a device that could be pointed at a hillside and provide a readout of the proportions of the various elements within. Considering the possibilities of magnetic resonance, I was ready to grant his story a bit of credence. When he then told me you could take a photograph of a hillside and the same device could make the same analysis, he lost me entirely.

On a side note, they never did locate the Lost Dutchman mine.

Now let's spice it up a bit with secret Soviet era technology and a little multi-spectral satellite imagery. Would you like to buy a few shares?

about 3 months ago
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Finding the Next Generation of Teachers With "Innovative Microsoft Ads"

Ultracrepidarian Re:whatever they're doing..isn't working (122 comments)

I think those first years are the most critical. A couple good teachers at the start can immunize your kids against several turkeys down the road.

about 3 months ago

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USPTO blocks web access to "Political/Activist Groups"

Ultracrepidarian Ultracrepidarian writes  |  about 2 years ago

Ultracrepidarian (576183) writes "Per Jamie Love, Director of Knowledge Ecology International:

Today I was visiting the USPTO, for a high level meeting on global negotiations on intellectual property and access to medicine. The meeting was held in the Stockholm Room, on the 2nd floor of the USPTO library, at the main USPTO building at 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA. The USPTO also uses these meeting rooms for its Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA). The USPTO offers free Wifi for the visitors. But when I tried to login to http://keionline.org/ I received this message:

        Access Denied (content_filter_denied)

        Your request was denied because this URL contains content that is categorized as: "Political/Activist Groups" which is blocked by USPTO policy. If you believe the categorization is inaccurate, please contact the USPTO Service Desk and request a manual review of the URL.

        For assistance, contact USPTO OCIO IT Service Desk. (io-proxy4)

We checked and found that the USPTO blocks access to a number of groups that have followed SOPA and the TPP intellectual property negotiations, particularly those critical of the USPTO positions on intellectual property issues. Among the NGOs that were blocked were aclu.org, cdt.org, citizen.org, eff.org, healthgap.org, keionline.org and publicknowledge.org. Among the sites NOT BLOCKED were the industry lobby groups BSA, MPPA, RIIA, and PhRMA."

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