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Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

X-Ray Artist Re:Whelp. (139 comments)

Imagine the size of the Beer Can to barbecue it!!

3 days ago

Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

X-Ray Artist Re:But what IS the point they're making? (310 comments)

Can't eat the plants either! Everything on this planet has an impact on everything else on the planet (and beyond). Extinctions happened prior to mankind's arrival and will continue long after we, ourselves, are extinct. I'm not saying we shouldn't try to be responsible in using resources, but we should live our lives.

3 days ago

Robot With Broken Leg Learns To Walk Again In Under 2 Minutes

X-Ray Artist Re:Just Testing Code (69 comments)

Kind of like us animals. After an injury we have limited options to choose from. Just seeing which "preset" works the best.

5 days ago

Harvesting Energy From Humidity

X-Ray Artist Yes (89 comments)

and you can create X-rays by rapidly unrolling scotch tape in a vaccuum. I don't see conventional X-Ray machines, let alone CT scanners, leaving the scene to make way for "Scotch Tape" X-Rays. I also don't see me getting rid of my USB charging cord to make way for dehumidifier chargers. It is interesting that people have found these things out though. It gives me hope that there is still enough inquisitive nature left for true innovation.

about two weeks ago

US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

X-Ray Artist Just what we need. (216 comments)

We are going to allow ourselves to be regulated into oblivion.

about a month and a half ago

US Pushing Local Police To Keep Quiet On Cell-Phone Surveillance Technology

X-Ray Artist I don't think most people care, but they should (253 comments)

Liberties have always been sacrificed to presumably enhance security. Every day we are bombarded with news about how vulnerable we are. Government takes advantage of this. They sell us on sacrificing (what seems to be) trivial liberties to make us safer. Look at how our children don't think twice about being behind a locked fence at school. That is supposed to make them safer. I think that environment will make them quite comfortable in prison camps. I think we need to take security seriously, but not rely on the government (at any level) to provide it. No matter what measures we take, bad things will happen and people will get hurt and killed.
I remember my dad telling me that locks only keep the honest people out. Come to think about it, maybe that is why the government is always able to get in...Even when measures are taken to keep them out.

about a month and a half ago

Xanadu Software Released After 54 Years In the Making

X-Ray Artist Re:It makes me wonder... (90 comments)

"...If seven maids with seven mops swept it for half a year, do you suppose..."

about 2 months ago

Whom Must You Trust?

X-Ray Artist Re:Whom you trust ... ? (120 comments)

I was reading this to find out how to determine whom to trust. I didn't learn much on that topic (Basically, trust no one.) I did, however, learn plenty about "who vs whom."

about 2 months ago

US Marshals Seize Police Stingray Records To Keep Them From the ACLU

X-Ray Artist Re:Get used to it. We are not unique (272 comments)

Government is a leaving, breathing thing. It subsists on liberties. The more liberties it consumes, the bigger it gets. The bigger it gets, the more liberties it needs. It has no sense of moderation and will consume liberties until there no more. Then it will die. Then, like the Phoenix, another will rise from the ashes and start the whole process again.

about 2 months ago

13th Century Multiverse Theory Unearthed

X-Ray Artist Here there be dragons (59 comments)

Here there be dragons. Lots of them.

about 3 months ago

FCC Proposes $48,000 Fine To Man Jamming Cellphones On Florida Interstate

X-Ray Artist Re:Why did he do it - and why didn't they ask? (427 comments)

There are those who know what is best for all of us. When they see mere mortals doing something that doesn't fit in with their world view, they decide to do something about it. I worked with a guy who thought no one should drive faster than 55mph. He got great satisfaction from not moving aside for anyone trying to pass him. This guy thought people shouldn't use their phones and drive. He probably got great satisfaction from depriving people of their signal. Remember, we are all control freaks to some extent.

about 2 months ago

Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

X-Ray Artist Re:The Skynet Hypothesis (608 comments)

I think we are capable of that without the assistance of artificial intelligence.

about 3 months ago

Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

X-Ray Artist Re:Mod parent up. (608 comments)

We haven't even got out of our own. Maybe... I guess Voyager I is close and some think it has left the Solar System.

about 3 months ago

Scientists Develop Solar Cell That Can Also Emit Light

X-Ray Artist Re:Infinite energy! (79 comments)

I wish I had points. I also had similar thoughts about some sort of feedback system

about 4 months ago

The Science of Solitary Confinement

X-Ray Artist The Bet (326 comments)

This story and comments remind me of a Short Story by Anton Chekov. The story was called "The Bet". It is worth reading if you are interested in this subject.

about 5 months ago

Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again

X-Ray Artist The Middle Man (387 comments)

The most powerful and least productive group today. You could produce the best product in the world, but if you cut off the "middle man" you won't be able to sell it.

about 6 months ago

EU Secretly Plans To Put a Back Door In Every Car By 2020

X-Ray Artist I thought I read where this was a secret (364 comments)

If that is true, than someone leaked it. They should be found and tried for treason. Isn't that what happens to people who let the public know how the government is ......

about 6 months ago

You Might Rent Features & Options On Cars In the Future

X-Ray Artist Do you really need to ask? (437 comments)

"...or are consumers going to just get screwed in the long run?"

I can see it now:

Me: It is cold and those heated seats would be nice now. Maybe I can just pay a monthly rate during the winter.

Car Company: I'm sorry but that option requires a 1 year contract.

about 6 months ago

How Astronauts Took the Most Important Photo In Space History

X-Ray Artist Genesis? (108 comments)

It certainly was a different time then. Today, there would be much ado about this. A government project with the main players reading a religious text? No way that would work today.

about 7 months ago

Scientists Boost the "Will To Persevere" With Current To the Brain

X-Ray Artist Where does one draw the line? (127 comments)

"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results." - widely attributed to Albert Einstein.

When does persistence become insanity?

about 8 months ago


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