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

aquabat Re:One word: (348 comments)

If someone would pay for it, and build it right, I would let them build it in my house.

4 days ago
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Sharp Developing LCD Screens In Almost Any Shape

aquabat Hardware Shape extension (60 comments)

This is like the X Window Shape extension for hardware. When can I order a hardware copy of xeyes that creepily watch me as I move around my bedroom?

about two weeks ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

aquabat phase change (294 comments)

Lots of Ice melting. Could be that all the energy is going into phase change right now.

about two weeks ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

aquabat Re:I wish we didn't need something like this (595 comments)

Ok, fair enough. Definitely a social issue. I think part of the problem is that we overestimate the extent of what we think of as our community. I've lived in small towns, where everyone knew everyone else, and there was always a sense of trust and connection within the community. You could go to a bar and have a beer with your friends without ever thinking that someone would do (in your group, or to your group) something nefarious. At the very least, everyone knew who the bad apples were. In big cities, people can be more isolated (often, people don't even talk to their neighbours), but we still behave like we're in a connected community. When we go out to a club, we extend that same trust to those around us, even though they are an unknown in the social equation.

The social issue I see here is that there's no consensus that we're all the same tribe, and therefore should have each other's back. There are people who see others as competition at best, and prey at worst. For them, a club is not an opportunity to make social connections and strengthen the tribe; it's a feeding ground. I guess one could also turn it around and see it from the other angle. There are people who see a predator in everyone, even when it's not the case. Either way, we're losing something valuable by inhibiting the development of these kinds of social bonds.

about 2 months ago
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Modular Hive Homes Win Mars Base Design Competition

aquabat Re:good ideas (61 comments)

Ah yes, the golf war. We barely made it out of the bunker alive!

It was a trap!

about 2 months ago
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Modular Hive Homes Win Mars Base Design Competition

aquabat Re:Sillier and sillier (61 comments)

Man can't even manage planet Earth. Let alone Mars. It has no business there until it shapes up over here. Meanwhile, robots can do anything there, and elsewhere, and do it more effectively.

With respect to not having any business there, I respectfully disagree. I think something like this is just what we need to get our shit together. We've been getting away with lots of unsustainable practices here on Earth, because our ecosystem is big enough to absorb the damage so far. The problem with this is that the consequences are too far away in time or place for us to care. Boiling the frog, and all that.

Mars, on the other hand, is a pretty unforgiving place. If we can't be self sustaining in a small closed environment such as a habitat for a few dozen people, we'll know pretty quickly. A successful setup on Mars should breed a conservationist mentality in Martians that can be applied back on Earth.

about 2 months ago
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Modular Hive Homes Win Mars Base Design Competition

aquabat good ideas (61 comments)

I would lose the Uranium shielding, and just bury the thing instead. We need to use as much local material for construction as possible. As someone else mentioned above, nobody wants to pay to keep a colony going, so once we're there, it's probably a good idea to live as though we're on our own for good. If we want to sustain and expand our colony past the initial setup, we need to do it without Earth sending us stuff regularly. So, houses we can make out of Mars. That being said, I would make a couple of exceptions. First, I would ship some kind of self contained power source, like maybe a modular Thorium reactor, or something like that. Doing big construction projects is power intensive, and solar might not cut it. The second thing I would take would be fabrication tools for any supplies that can't be 3D printed, I guess. I mean, eventually, stuff is going to wear out, and Mars doesn't seem to have much in the way of tradable resources, so we're going to have to make our own stuff. By "stuff we'll have to make ourselves", I'm thinking space suits and mining/refining equipment.

about 2 months ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

aquabat Re:Get the popcorn (377 comments)

Popcorn may not be the best snacking choice for a water shortage.

about 3 months ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

aquabat Re:Ewww... (242 comments)

The first thing I thought of when he said "water memory" was this.

about 3 months ago
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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

aquabat Re:Concealed carry laws (415 comments)

Just curious; if your sword is hanging off your hip, it isn't concealed, so do you still need a "concealed carry" permit to carry it? How does the Second Amendment work, if you need permission from the government to have a weapon?

about 3 months ago
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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

aquabat Re:Any Memory?? what judge will go on just that? (415 comments)

Bullshit. Swordfighting hasn't been common in thefts for centuries. I don't even think you can legally walk around with a real sword any more.

about 3 months ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

aquabat Re: WUWT (441 comments)

Yeah, it's pretty cool. I used to be all fanatical about that stuff back in the 90s. The idea with the thermal mass is that the sun comes in through the windows and heats up the walls, and then, at night, the walls radiate the heat back into the house. It's like a thermal storage battery. If you want it cooler, you draw the curtains and open the roof vent. You have buried air pipes at floor level that go outside, so the hot air escaping from the roof vent draws in cool air via the floor vents, with the earth around the pipe also cooling the intake air. Works really well in desert environments, where the days are hot, and the nights are cold, but I've read about people building them in places like northern Ontario too, where the winters are -40C. The biggest issue with the winter climate ones actually seems to be too much solar gain, instead of not enough, and also controlling the humidity. If you're hard core about living off the grid, it's viable, and as a bonus, your house will look like something out of a '70s scifi flick.

about 4 months ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

aquabat Re: WUWT (441 comments)

You might want to check out "earthships". Basically, rammed earth construction utilizing the thermal mass of the ground to moderate the house temperature, lots of sun-facing windows for solar gain in winter, and chimney-style ventilation to draw in cool air from the ground-level and expel hot air at the top.

about 4 months ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

aquabat Re: WUWT (441 comments)

Actually, they tend to break wind.

about 4 months ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

aquabat Re: WUWT (441 comments)

Actually, they tend to brea

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

aquabat Re: Administrators (538 comments)

"Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite." John Kenneth Galbraith US (Canadian-born) administrator & economist (1908 - 2006)

about 4 months ago
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2013: an Ominous Year For Warnings and Predictions

aquabat Re:I was there! (94 comments)

I'm a little scared that I can't tell if you're joking or not, about not knowing if the lightning was a special effect, I mean.

about 10 months ago
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Rice Professor Predicts Humans Out of Work In 30 Years

aquabat Re:This thought crosses my mind a lot. (808 comments)

Hmm, fembots. I suppose the Apple model will be prettier, but much more expensive?

The real problem is that it will demand ecosystem monogamy.

As long as they come out with a new model every 12-18 months, that shouldn't be a problem.

"Fembots", Bah! They'll be hot for a couple of years, sure, but Androids are the future. Not only are they cheaper, they are much more versatile. Fembots are designed to be used in only certain specific ways, but you can do anything you want to an Android.

about a year and a half ago

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Chinese boy sells kidney for iPad2

aquabat aquabat writes  |  more than 3 years ago

aquabat (724032) writes "According to Shanghai Daily, the fanboy from the Anhui Province desperately wanted to buy Apple's flagship tablet but didn't have enough cash. Rather than waiting to save up the money for the Apple product when it invariably gets marked down, the lad decided to sell one of his kidneys for 22,000 yuan (roughly $3,400) so he could afford one. But, surprisingly, the scenario in which the organ was harvested wasn't in the best of conditions, and the boy isn't feeling very well."
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What happens to a GPL work when copyrights expire?

aquabat aquabat writes  |  more than 7 years ago

aquabat (724032) writes "Many software projects are composed of code written by several different authors. If the various authors hold the copyright to their respective parts of the code, then it seems to me that the copyright on those parts will expire at different times. If the code is licensed under the GPL, then how does this partial expiry of copyright protection affect the rights and responsibilities of project users, distributors and contributors?"

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aquabat aquabat writes  |  more than 9 years ago Yesterday's news, now and forever... (Score:5, Funny) by rice_burners_suck (243660) on Saturday May 22, @01:04AM (#9223194) (http://slashdot.org/ | Last Journal: Thursday December 04, @10:24PM) June 07, 2019 - For immediate release International Business Machines (NASDAQ: IBM) today announced a new court motion aimed at ending the lawsuit by One-Click Lawsuits - formerly SCO. The motion is aimed at ordering One-Click Lawsuits to release the details of IBM's alleged misappropriation of One-Click Lawsuits' alleged valuable intellectual property into Linux, IBM's legal..... (In other news, on the same day...) Microsoft today announced immediate availability of the Legacy Windows Compatibility Layer for the 4.8 kernel, with support for over 12 microprocessor architectures, others forthcoming. The LWCL allows enterprises completing their migration path towards Linux to retain their investment in custom code written for the legacy Windows operating systems. Microsoft's chairman and CEO, Linus Torvalds, said it feels good to have completed his purchase of 75% of what was arguably the world's most influential software company since the 1980's. He hinted at some of the more exciting changes occuring in the 4.9 development kernel, along with..... Time flies so fast, it's like picking seeds. [ Reply to This ]

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aquabat aquabat writes  |  more than 10 years ago Moving to my new place tomorrow. My room-mate Muhammad Ali found out we're ditching him. He's really laying on the guilt trip and sob story. Shoulda cleaned the bathroom more, huh?

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aquabat aquabat writes  |  more than 10 years ago I created a slashdot account today. There's a whole world in here I never knew existed. I think I'll go exploring...

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