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How Google Street View Keeps an Eye on Things Where There Are No Streets (Video)

a_hanso Re:Under water also (52 comments)

Next up: Google Drone.

about a year ago
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How Google Street View Keeps an Eye on Things Where There Are No Streets (Video)

a_hanso Re:No such thing as a stupid question, my ass (52 comments)

But, asks Slashdot's Tim Lord, what about new, small cameras?

You mean the ones that are only smaller on the outside?

about a year ago
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NASA TESS Observatory Will Hunt For Alien Life On "Super-Earth" Exoplanets

a_hanso Re:We need Terrestrial planet finder (112 comments)

I think this is the best we can get, given the budget situation. As I understand, it won't even be launched till 2017. On the plus side, unlike Kepler, it's an all-sky survey.

about a year ago
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Intel Rolls Out "Beacon Mountain" Android Dev Platform For Atom

a_hanso Re:Yum..... (126 comments)

Just came here to express solidarity with all those who misread this 'Bacon Mountain'. Not disappointed.

about a year and a half ago
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Russia Captures Alleged American CIA Agent In Moscow

a_hanso Re:Amateur (195 comments)

Also, he was caught with "written instructions for recruiting a Russian citizen"??

about a year and a half ago
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USAF Hypersonic Scramjet Successfully Scrams

a_hanso That's the last unit (201 comments)

That's the last of 4 test units built and there's no immediate successor to the program (TFA). Thank god it worked.

about a year and a half ago
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Localized (Visual) Programming Language For Kids?

a_hanso Re:Stop (185 comments)

I taught myself programming when I was about 10 years old and I'm not a native English speaker and my language is written in non-latin characters. I can tell you how I did it but many of you are not going to like it:

I started with BASIC in the pre-structured era. I wrote stuff like this:

10 PRINT "HELLO"
20 SOUND 512 5
(forgive if syntax is wrong)

I spent a lot of time drawing pictures and making music without knowing anything about conditionals or loops. Then I graduated to GOTO, which in retrospect was a lot easier to understand for a 10 year old than a structured conditional block or a loop.

When I finally started with structured programming languages, making the transition took only a little time. If I had started with it at age 10, it might have overwhelmed me. The explicit representation of sequence (the line labels), conditions and iteration (the GOTO) was easier for me to understand as a kid. Especially since my English was very limited back then.

Plus I never bothered with math (I hadn't learned to love it yet). As I said, I drew pictures and made music with the PC speaker (so I was using only a few functions built into the language). Maybe that's an approach to think about, for starters.

about a year and a half ago
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Secret Chat Between Julian Assange and Eric Schmidt Published By WikiLeaks

a_hanso Re:I wondered (212 comments)

When Lee Iacocca built Chrysler into a powerhouse, he said he didn't know anything about how to build a car.

I thought Walter Chrysler built Chrysler into a powerhouse.

about a year and a half ago
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Classic BBC Sci-fi Series Blake's 7 To Return On Syfy Channel

a_hanso Re:I'll miss the old school special effects (213 comments)

I'd love it if they keep:

1. The gritty, amoral feel and the 1984 style theme
2. The liberator, zen, orac and the liberator interior
3. Avon's witticisms (http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0026780/quotes) and Servalan
4. The theme music

Actually you know what? Just keep the original. Recently, I watched everything up to the point where the liberator was destroyed (I can't stand the Scorpio), and I see no reason to remake it.

about a year and a half ago
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Intraterrestrials: Mars Life May Hide Deep Below

a_hanso Re:"intraterrestrial" (79 comments)

Intraterrestrial? You mean like, life on uranus?

about a year and a half ago
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Beyond Kepler: Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite Set For 2017 Launch

a_hanso Re:imagine (43 comments)

I don't know about gains in applied sciences, but just imagine if we subject these planets to closer scrutiny and discover something like EM emissions that could only be from something artificial? Of all the things that have ever awed or shocked humans, I think nothing would compare with the discovery of intelligent life outside our planet.

We can't possibly imagine how people will react. But I imagine it will adjust the sense of proportion for a lot of people, politically and spiritually, as in "We're a lot less special than we think we are" and "We're not all that different from each other because there are things that are a LOT more different from us out there".

about a year and a half ago
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Beyond Kepler: Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite Set For 2017 Launch

a_hanso Re:imagine (43 comments)

over 5 million children in the United States will go to bed hungry tonight. $200 million would solve that problem for a month.

What about the next month? Should we sacrifice another long term program to temporarily alleviate a *symptom*? If people had listened this type of argument a hundred years ago, we might not have commercial aviation or satellites today. Those may not feed people directly, but they've contributed a great deal to flattening out the world, reducing conflicts and improving education.

World hunger is not a symptom of lack of food. If you keep throwing food at the problem, it'll never go away.

about a year and a half ago
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Digital Bolex Gives You a Classic Film Look in a Digital Package (Video)

a_hanso Re:Lensaflare (112 comments)

I call digital bollocks.

about a year and a half ago
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Creationist Bets $10k In Proposed Literal Interpretation of Genesis Debate

a_hanso Re:Oink! (1121 comments)

The reason no one takes this idiot up, is because the odds are in the houses favor, and he knows it.

  Never wrestle with a pig. You will end up covered in mud and the pig will enjoy it.

Unless you huff and puff and blow his house... oh wait.

about a year and a half ago
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Drone Swarm Creates Star Trek Logo In London Sky

a_hanso Re:In the future, when a permanent smog (118 comments)

obscures the skies,
these will be our constellations. ...
interrupted every five minutes or so when the drones re-form themselves into an ad for hemorrhoid cream.

Burma shave.

about a year and a half ago
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Intel's Pentium Chip Turns 20 Today

a_hanso Re:66MHz? Nice for you Rockefellers (197 comments)

I still have a P90... has a dual 3.5"/5.25" floppy drive and a 2X CD-ROM drive.

I too, love my P90. Although mine has a 5.7x28mm cartridge and a 900rpm fire rate. Beats the heck out of staffs and zats.

about a year and a half ago
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For Jane's, Gustav Weißkopf's 1901 Liftoff Displaces Wright Bros.

a_hanso Re:Picking nits (267 comments)

How "reconstructed" is that photograph, anyway? That fence in the foreground looks weird.

You have a good eye! That's the first thing that struck me as well. Look at the top left corner of the nearest fence post at about 150% magnification. That looks like poor cropping. And the illumination on it doesn't match ambient lighting. The "graining" on the fence doesn't match the rest of the image either. AND look at the bottom edge of the photo. Looks like the image continues below the black line, but the fence doesn't. Why the heck would somebody bother adding it? Not like it contributes anything to the image.

about a year and a half ago

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Meteorite hits central Russia, 400 hurt

a_hanso a_hanso writes  |  about a year and a half ago

a_hanso (1891616) writes "(Reuters) — About 400 people were injured when a meteorite shot across the sky in central Russia on Friday sending fireballs crashing to Earth, smashing windows and setting off car alarms."
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Google "Busted With Hand in Safari Cookie Jar"

a_hanso a_hanso writes  |  more than 2 years ago

a_hanso (1891616) writes "Wired and several other sources report: Google intentionally circumvented the default privacy settings of Apple’s Safari browser, using a backdoor to set cookies on browsers set to reject them, in the latest privacy debacle for the search and advertising giant. Google immediately disabled the practice after the Wall Street Journal disclosed the practice."
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NIH spooked by Planet of the Apes?

a_hanso a_hanso writes  |  more than 2 years ago

a_hanso (1891616) writes "A press release by the National Institute of Health heralds the end of most types of research that use chimpanzees. The announcement does not say why, except "oemost current use of chimpanzees for biomedical research is unnecessary.""
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Is the time finally right for hybrid hard drives?

a_hanso a_hanso writes  |  more than 2 years ago

a_hanso (1891616) writes "Hard drives that combine a traditional spinning platter for mass storage and solid state flash memory for frequently accessed data, have always made sense. They may be slower than SSDs, but they are a lot cheaper gigabyte-for-gigabyte. CNET's Harry McCracken speculates on how soon such drives may become mainstream."
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Climate less sensitive to CO2 than previously thou

a_hanso a_hanso writes  |  about 2 years ago

a_hanso (1891616) writes "A study by Oregon State University suggests that the effects of rising levels of carbon dioxide on temperature may be less than previously thought.

The new models predict that given a doubling in CO2 levels from pre-industrial levels, the Earth's surface temperatures will rise by 1.7 to 2.6 degrees C. That is a much tighter range than suggested by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)'s 2007 report, which suggested a rise of between 2 to 4.5 degrees C.

"

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Google-funded project confirms vast geothermal ene

a_hanso a_hanso writes  |  more than 2 years ago

a_hanso (1891616) writes "The Google.org-funded Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) research at the Southern Methodist University has produced a coast-to-coast geothermal potential map of the United States. Having invested over $10 million on geothermal energy, Google seems to believe that it is our best bet at kicking the oil habit (especially now that nuclear power has suddenly become disproportionately unpopular)."
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Begun, have the Drone Wars?

a_hanso a_hanso writes  |  more than 3 years ago

a_hanso (1891616) writes "With the upcoming appointment of General Petraeus as the head of the CIA and the former CIA head as the secretary of defense, is the US shifting its defense strategy further toward unconventional warfare? Drone strikes have already tripled under the Obama administration and surgical strikes based on intelligence are increasingly replacing brute force assaults, which are not preferred by either man. Begun, have the Drone Wars?"
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Is Sugar Toxic?

a_hanso a_hanso writes  |  more than 3 years ago

a_hanso (1891616) writes "From the NY Times: On May 26, 2009, Robert Lustig gave a lecture called “Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” which was posted on YouTube the following July. Since then, it has been viewed well over 800,000 times, gaining new viewers at a rate of about 50,000 per month, fairly remarkable numbers for a 90-minute discussion of the nuances of fructose biochemistry and human physiology."
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Delta IV Rocket Launched With Secret Payload

a_hanso a_hanso writes  |  more than 3 years ago

a_hanso (1891616) writes "The National Reconnaissance Office has announced the launch of what we may assume to be a rather large reconnaissance satellite. According to the NRO press release, it is the third of a series of six such payloads. We can only speculate as to what kind of monitoring capabilities these satellites will bring to the US defense/intelligence community once they are fully operational."
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Why NASA should scrap Moon/Mars missions

a_hanso a_hanso writes  |  more than 3 years ago

at least for the next decade and concentrate on Terrestrial Planet Finder and similar projects:

We've already found hundreds of extra-solar planets by indirect methods. Now imagine direct visual observation of an Earth-sized planet within a habitable distance from its star (even as a tiny disk). Imagine we get just enough spectroscopic data to confirm traces of oxygen in the atmosphere. Given the sheer number of planets being found, I'm sure this can be done within a few years, given a project like TPF.

That will do more to re-ignite the world's interest in space than anything else currently being planned, including any Moon/Mars missions. Not only is that the best way for NASA to secure its financial future, but it may also help world peace. Because it will be instantly recognized that humanity is now only one more step away from detecting other life in the Universe and only two steps away from detecting other intelligent life. Such a realization can change the way we look at each other (especially the way we look at each other's differences).

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