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Sci-Fi Great Frederik Pohl Passes Away At 93

ZonkerWilliam The Man was a Plus for certain! (57 comments)

I read his novels back in the 70's. He truly was one of the greats! He will be missed!

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Get Open Source Projects To Take Our Money?

ZonkerWilliam I'll take it... (301 comments)

Seriously though, a open source is a loose collection of people who have come together to work on a project/software, no real formal structure.

about a year ago
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International Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty On Warming

ZonkerWilliam Re:Wow. Zero self realisation here. (510 comments)

If there was alternatives then it could happen, why there isn't any change is because there is no real useful alternative to fossil fuels. And why with histrionics?

anyway people can carry on a conversation without getting emotional about it?!

about a year ago
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International Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty On Warming

ZonkerWilliam Re:Money and age (510 comments)

Increase taxes on fossil fuel, lower taxes on income,

It's been proven that increasing the cost of fossil fuels has no effect on consumption of fossil fuels, people still need to travel and need electricity to warm and power their homes and computers and business. What will happen is that it will take money away from other things, people will cut back on discretionary spending and other things to help pay for their fuel. This obviously keeps a damper on the economy and prevents growth and eventually prevents new innovations.

about a year ago
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"Slingatron" To Hurl Payloads Into Orbit

ZonkerWilliam Re:My oh my (438 comments)

All humor aside, This system would work well on the moon and asteroids. It could be a low cost method to launch refined metals and materials to earth enabling near earth colonization!

about a year ago
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U.S. House Wants 'Sustained Human Presence On the Moon and the Surface of Mars'

ZonkerWilliam Re:Unfunded mandate? (285 comments)

And yet you think Mr. Obama and his troop plans on paying for anything yet???

about a year ago
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Transfusions Reverse Aging Effects On Hearts In Mice

ZonkerWilliam That is if... (130 comments)

GDF-11 works the same way in humans as it does in mice.

about a year and a half ago
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Bosch Finds Solar Business Unprofitable, Exits

ZonkerWilliam Re:Subsidies? (477 comments)

Well I can't help think that some countries are tempted to go to war with the U.S just so they could have one of those free nation building promo's.

about a year and a half ago
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Do Big-Money Acquisitions Mean We're In a Tech Bubble?

ZonkerWilliam No not a tech bubble... (266 comments)

But a Federal Reserve bubble, money is cheap, so companies will spend it on somethings (but not as much as compared to a strong economy).

about a year and a half ago
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Bosch Finds Solar Business Unprofitable, Exits

ZonkerWilliam Re:Subsidies? (477 comments)

Destroy countries? The U.S is the only country in the world that when it wins a war then rebuilds the country they attacked!

about a year and a half ago
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President Obama Calls For New 'Space Race' Funding

ZonkerWilliam As others have said... (291 comments)

I personally want more research and development specially in the area of space research! But how to pay for it? we are already borrowing as much as taxes bring in to the Federal Government. That unsustainable.

about a year and a half ago
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California Cancels $208 Million IT Overhaul Halfway Through

ZonkerWilliam Well having been there... (185 comments)

For several large IT project at the State agency level, I can safely say that the bidding process for an RFP is to the lowest bidder, not the best bidder. Also they make it easier for certain companies to be on the bidding process ie. cronyism. So really the state ends up with what it asks for. Most large IT project fail because of these reasons.

about a year and a half ago
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Fox News: US Solar Energy Investment Less Than Germany Because US Has Less Sun

ZonkerWilliam Still better than MSNBC and Slate (644 comments)

Thank goodness for Fox News, considering watching the video Slate got it wrong, but hey it's not the first time!

about a year and a half ago
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US Near Bottom In Life Expectancy In Developed World

ZonkerWilliam Re:Well... (1063 comments)

Um Okay, think you got the wrong guy. But hey don't mind jumping to the wrong conclusion just for me.

about 2 years ago
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US Near Bottom In Life Expectancy In Developed World

ZonkerWilliam Re:Well... (1063 comments)

The country's owners is the Federal Government. The citizens are clueless sheep who will do what the Fed tell them to do on MSNBC,CNN, etc.

about 2 years ago
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Legislators: 'Spaceport America Could Become a Ghost Town'

ZonkerWilliam Re:Suspicous (143 comments)

The real question is - can we then jettison that portion of politicians which aren't (failed or otherwise) lawyers?

Depends on if they actually have been useful in their position, with a qualifier that if they are a career politician that's an automatic jettison.

about 2 years ago
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Legislators: 'Spaceport America Could Become a Ghost Town'

ZonkerWilliam Re:Suspicous (143 comments)

As soon as they can fire the first rocket, they need to gather ALL the members of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association and load them up and shoot them into orbit...forever or until they burn up in the atmosphere.

I would make that for ALL lawyers.

about 2 years ago
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Senate Bill Rewrite Lets Feds Read Your E-mail Without Warrants

ZonkerWilliam Re:Yay! Democrats! (403 comments)

Stalin is the end result of socialism and which it decays too. Typically there are two scales one with Socialism where Communism and Fascism are at either end of the scale, for the free-market or better known as freedom scale there is anarchy and authoritarianism. If we put society over the individual, we will always slide into some form of despotism/dictatorship/oligarchy, the old saying goes, "absolute power corrupts absolutely". When you have the few controlling the majority that's bound to happen at least as history shown us. Maybe there should be a saying "all roads of socialism lead to Stalin"?!?

about 2 years ago

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USC Lab Creates 3-D Holographic Displays

ZonkerWilliam ZonkerWilliam writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ZonkerWilliam (953437) writes "USC has developed a novel 3D holographic display that not only does video but at a low cost as well.



The process is not simple but can be defined through a few key concepts: Spinning mirrors, high-speed DLP Projections, and very precise math that figures out the correct axial perspective needed for a 360-degree image (even taking into account a viewer's positioning.)


Make sure to see the video at the bottom of the page"

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New Hero Class for World of WarCraft

ZonkerWilliam ZonkerWilliam writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ZonkerWilliam (953437) writes "Blizzard releases their new hero class on Arpil 1st! Totally amazing Bard class, as excerpted from the article.

Armed with a trusty axe, killer riffs, and a ton of attitude, the guitar-wielding bard is the second hero class to be introduced in the upcoming Wrath of the Lich King expansion for World of Warcraft.
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Nerve-tapping neckband allows 'telepathic' chat

ZonkerWilliam ZonkerWilliam writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ZonkerWilliam (953437) writes "Newscientist has an interesting article on tapping the nerve impulses going from the brain to the vocal chords, allowing for 'Voiceless' phone calls, as seen in the video. As quoted,

With careful training a person can send nerve signals to their vocal cords without making a sound. These signals are picked up by the neckband and relayed wirelessly to a computer that converts them into words spoken by a computerised voice.
It's not quite telepathy, but it's pretty close."

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More Spacecraft Velocity Anomalies

ZonkerWilliam ZonkerWilliam writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ZonkerWilliam (953437) writes "The American Institute of Physics Bulletin has an excerpt of a study on recent spacecraft, such as NEAR, appear to have an anonymously acceleration much like Pioneer 10 had shown ten years ago. As quoted from the article,

A new look at the trajectories for various spacecraft as they fly past the Earth finds in each case a tiny amount of surplus velocity. For craft that pursue a path mostly symmetrical with respect to the equator, the effect is minimal. For craft that pursue a more unsymmetrical path, the effect is larger
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Navy BeginsTesting Railgun (Update)

ZonkerWilliam ZonkerWilliam writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ZonkerWilliam (953437) writes "Eetimes has an update on the testing and time-line for the deployment of their EM Railgun, as quoted from the article;

In 2009, ONR will decide whether to award contracts for deployment to BAE Systems PLC (Farnborough, U.K.) or General Atomics Technologies Inc. (San Diego) for the railgun. Boeing Co. (Chicago) and Charles Stark Draper Laboratory (Cambridge, Mass.) are vying for the projectile contract. If the Navy decides to deploy the railgun, it plans to have a final design in place for approval by 2012. Initial prototypes will probably shoot a single projectile, but plans for rapid-fire versions are already on the drawing board. The final design specification calls for a muzzle velocity of 5,760 mph for a weapon that is capable of launching a projectile in a parabolic ballistic path 94 miles high. It must strike targets within six minutes at 3,840 mph.
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Organism Lives 10 Times as Long After Genetic Tink

ZonkerWilliam ZonkerWilliam writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ZonkerWilliam (953437) writes "Scientists from the University of Southern California have been able to extend yeast lifetimes from 1 week to 10 weeks. It begs the question, How will the long lived yeast cells handle life when their loved ones have died long ago?"
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Stars cluster caught fleeing the Galaxies core

ZonkerWilliam ZonkerWilliam writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ZonkerWilliam (953437) writes "A fast cluster of stars has been seen speeding from the galaxies central core, http://space.newscientist.com/article/dn12974-star-clusters-extreme-speed-puzzles-astronomers.html Whats fascinating is the speed in which they are traveling, a brisk 200 km/sec, which in a region of space governed by the gravitational field of the massive black hole that lies at the core, is truly puzzling."
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ZonkerWilliam ZonkerWilliam writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ZonkerWilliam (953437) writes "Seems, at least theoretically, that there may be water planets, and that we may be close to detecting them. http://www.physorg.com/news89627725.html Excerpt from the article; "Imagine a world with no land at all, merely the impenetrable depths of a seething ocean. Models of planet formation predict the existence of such worlds, even though our own solar system has none. Indeed, their formation should actually be rather common — and new satellites may soon detect them around other stars.""
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ZonkerWilliam ZonkerWilliam writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ZonkerWilliam (953437) writes "I do believe this is the wisest thing that I've heard from a government head, quoted from article, "The bigger picture, however, is significantly more grand. As Griffin and others (including renowned British cosmologist Stephen Hawking) describe it, it is all about whether humans will incorporate the solar system "into mankind's sphere of influence."" http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/NASApp/cs/Content Server?pagename=hamilton/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Ar ticle&cid=1165531812150&call_pageid=1020420665036& col=1112101662670 I do believe this is the wisest thing that I've heard from a government head,"

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To many experts, not enough knowledge!

ZonkerWilliam ZonkerWilliam writes  |  more than 7 years ago It's amazing how many people who I run into who continuously act like they know better. I'm 42 year old professional, I have degree's in Electrical Engineering and Physics, yet I encounter young twenty somethings who just think they know beter. It's almost hilarious when I encounter a young fellow and challenge him when he tells me whats best. All I have to say is "why?" or "how?" and he hesitates and give's me a blank stare. Can't blame them, society is full of want-to-be experts and if they hear something or read something on the Internet, they think they know everything. Almost as if most of the young today have frail ego's. All anyone has to do is challenge what they believe and they crumple. Sad really. I mean, instead of really learning something, they try to pose as if they do.

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What has happened to creativity?

ZonkerWilliam ZonkerWilliam writes  |  about 8 years ago Working in IT for the past 20 some odd years, I've started to wonder what has happened to creativity. True technological toys have gotten smaller, cheaper, faster, etc. but very few new things have come out in the past twenty years. Speaking with Colleagues they believe that only true creativity occurs when there a paradigm shift in thinking. If so are we past due for a shift in thinking? Then theirs this article from ACM Queue, http://www.acmqueue.com/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=384, that makes a point that true innovation is hampered by risk and loss. I am hoping for the paradigm shift myself, it would be a sad world to know that people are to afraid of taking chances.

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