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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

Winkkin Re:Baby steps (352 comments)

I'm with you till step 4. We should never crawl back down another gravity well in an effort to create a sustainable living environment in this solar system.

about two weeks ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

Winkkin Too Short-sighted!! (610 comments)

They should do the smart thing! Take the 50-year plan and get out of the business producing power business and transition into a pure distribution mode. The power companies should be encouraging us all to go the solar route where-ever economically and technologically feasible. Let the market dictate the rate, end the subsidies for solar installation, and encourage the sell back electricity. All with the understanding that 50 years from now most coal and gas fired plants will close their doors and we'll get all the "free" power we can collect. The idea of owning a mini-solar farm on 5 acres of cheap scrub land and driving an electric car doesn't sound so bad! The 50-year plan will work when resolving many issues. Poverty, unemployment, hand-gun proliferation, drug abuse, urban crime, ineffectual government. It only takes a well reasoned plan and the resolve to see it through.

about two weeks ago
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Nevada Construction Project Could Be Tesla/Panasonic Gigafactory

Winkkin Re:Theme Park (81 comments)

Ehh! They scoff at the prophet, until it starts raining electric automobiles!

about 3 months ago
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White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

Winkkin Brain Dead (272 comments)

What we really need is a mechanism to churn that frozen carbon dioxide at the bottom of the ocean! We're going to find a way to kill ourselves off yet. The shame of it is, we just cant stop ourselves.

about 3 months ago
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Mysterious X-ray Signal Hints At Dark Matter

Winkkin Dark Matter (100 comments)

Basically the dark matter may be nothing more than another type of neutrino, and we finally found its calling card.

about 4 months ago
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The Bursting Social Media Advertising Bubble

Winkkin Ads (254 comments)

You can bet your bottom dollar if you force a flash movie on me and I have to pause it, your product just made my "never buy" list.

about 4 months ago
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Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

Winkkin Re:I just want to know (538 comments)

I think the point that everyone should be incensed about is the fact that other 106 university athletic program spent close to a billion dollars of university money and still had the audacity to claim they didn't break even. Lets go back to the Plato argument from earlier and agree that the motivators that drive our social systems problems are so much a part of our collective psyche that there may be no way to fix the problem short of scrapping the whole thing and starting with a truly clean slate. Acting in the best interests of ourselves and our family is human nature. All it takes is the willingness to justify wanting "a little more". Greed.

about 4 months ago
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Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

Winkkin Re:Administrators (538 comments)

I'm not sure what country you're from, but I have two children who recently spent 10 years at a state university and trust me there's plenty of booze, partying, sex regardless of what kind of school it is.

about 4 months ago
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Supermassive Black Hole At the Centre of Galaxy May Be Wormhole In Disguise

Winkkin Really...A Black Hole?? (293 comments)

What if we've been looking at it all wrong. We tend to view this gravity well as the repository of a mass. What if instead it was these super massive black holes are really remnants of the universe's primordial gravitational field immediately prior to/at the time of inflation. Think about it topographically. We live on an inflation driven membrane of space-time, driven outward by inflation yet pinned to the universe through the gravitational field at our galaxy's center. Nothing fell in, we fell out.

about 5 months ago
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Valve Announces Family Sharing On Steam, Can Include Friends

Winkkin A Bold Move! (263 comments)

Maybe if one brave soul lights a candle, we'll be able to see that the sky will not fall if we share a piece of copyrighted material with a friend. Hopefully other interests will follow suit.

about a year ago
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Fear of Thinking War Machines May Push U.S. To Exascale

Winkkin Mor of the same (192 comments)

We've been wallowing in distraction, divisiveness, and self-pity for the last 20 years. The only thing we've accomplished is slipping into 2nd place against many of our competitors. If we don't get it together, SOON, we're lost.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Magazines Do You Still Read?

Winkkin Re:Still reading it (363 comments)

They still send you a 25 page full color merchandise brochure 3 times a year.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Magazines Do You Still Read?

Winkkin Still reading it (363 comments)

Chess Life (and Review in an earlier version). Been reading them every month for 40 years. Still have most of them. Donation to some college chess club.

about a year and a half ago
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Poor Sleep Prevents Brain From Storing Memories

Winkkin Quality Sleep (180 comments)

I sleep about 3 hours a night and take 2-3 five-minute cat naps during the day. I've been sleeping like this for the better part of 40 years. When I lay down to sleep, I fall asleep almost instantaneously and don't wake up until my alarm goes off (Usually wake up just before). I'll usually have 1 night a week where I feel tired enough to get 4.5 hours in. I try to keep my sleep to multiples of 90-min (based in something I read on rem cycles). I'm 58 and have what I believe is respectable recall for someone my age. Don't know about the study subjects, but I think the quality of the sleep is more important than the amount.

about 2 years ago
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Sweet Times For Cows As Gummy Worms Replace Corn Feed

Winkkin Re:Cows eat Grass (432 comments)

Or fattened on genetically modified corn.

more than 2 years ago
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Warp Drive Might Be Less Impossible Than Previously Thought

Winkkin Re:But then, a slight solar wind... (867 comments)

How about the screens on our phones and tablets. Straight out of the show. I'm a believer in StarTrek and what mankind is capable of. After all its out dream

more than 2 years ago
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MS-DOS Not Stolen, New Forensic Analysis Concludes

Winkkin Re:Alternatively... (286 comments)

Neither the legality of the contract nor the morality of a shrewd businessman required that all parties have perfect knowledge. Most of us have bought a used bike, record, car from a person knowing that we could turn around and sell it to another person wants to buy it, while making a profit in the transaction. What's wrong with that! Imperfect information is a cornerstone of American capitalism. The most obvious example is the futures market. Would the original seller be responsible for losses incurred by the ultimate buyer, No! It's all legal. ethical. As for its morality, falls right in with $5.00 a gallon gas.

more than 2 years ago
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Planetary Resources Confirms Plan To Mine Asteroids

Winkkin Re:Best of Luck (500 comments)

Almost every sci-fi novel I've read in the last 20 years is a story about the exploits of some form/aspect of "private enterprise" (unless it's an "escape the end of the world story - like they could save us). While sci-fi isn't real life, tax dollars aren't going to get us out there. Three important points: 1.) There are bound to be spin-offs in materials/engineering/computing/ during the development 2.) Going to space requires money and these people some they're willing to risk. 3.) NASA is ripe for a hostile takeover. Good Luck to 'em!

more than 2 years ago
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For Normals, Jobs' "Retina Display" Claim May Be Fair After All

Winkkin Comments (386 comments)

Let me begin by saying "I'm a PC". Wouldn't buy a MAC, MAC Book, or iMAC on a bet. 15 months ago, my contract was up with ATT and I started looking for a new phone. I wanted to move to a competitor because of more reliable service. Heck, the company I work for even dropped ATT and moved to a competitor because of dropouts and deadspots. The other requirement I had was that I wanted a phone with a better internet browser than the scrap pile that ran on my RAZOR. But when I looked at the available phones, none had an interface that worked as well as the iPhone's. There wasn't even one remotely close. So I ponied up my $199, swallowed my reluctance to buy an Apple product, and bought an iPhone. Of course, that means I'm still stuck with lousy service, but I now have features like pinch and expand (priceless for an older person with somwhat aging sight). My employer bought HTCs for all of their supervisors and managers, thats several hundred people. They hate the interface (its not intuitive at all) and the need to use the stylus. Several have even turned in their HTC and gone out and purchased iPhones on their own. Well its 9 months from contract time again, and I've looked at all the smart phones on the market. The iPhone 4 is going to be my choice. There's 3 parts to the smart phone puzzle. Features, ease of use, and quality of phone service. The first two are the reasons most people choose a particular smartphone. I'm thinking that 4 years from now when I'm ready to replace my desktop PC (haven't bought a laptop because most of the things that I want to do on a computer when I'm away from home I can now do on my phone), I'll probably buy the iPhone6 because it'll have matured into the palmtop that does it all.

more than 4 years ago
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FAA Setting Up Commercial Spaceflight Center

Winkkin How much can you do with a million (113 comments)

Not sure, but that's probably enough to pay for business cards, a pallet of letterhead, and the salaries for the G-20 and the three G-14s that are gonna run the operation. In government that's enough.

more than 4 years ago

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Study of noninvasive retinal imaging device presented at Alzheimer's conference

Winkkin Winkkin writes  |  about 4 months ago

Winkkin (1258228) writes "Researchers are reporting that they've developed a retinal imaging technique that is 100% effective at detecting beta-amyloid plaque buildup in the eye that occurs 15-20 years before the development of Alzheimer's disease."
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