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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

aquabat Re:Get the popcorn (374 comments)

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

5 days 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 a month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 a month 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 7 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 ago
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Florida Teen Expelled and Arrested For Science Experiment

aquabat Re:America has become pussy nation (1078 comments)

Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson: As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."

about a year ago
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FBI Releases Boston Bombing Suspect Images/Videos

aquabat Re:Unfortunately terrorists are often engineers (416 comments)

That's different. You're talking about command structure; I'm talking about footsoldiers. Sure, the commanders are sharp. They have their agenda, and they give orders to achieve that agenda. (They're still heartless, but maybe they know it and have come to terms with it). However, I have trouble believing that the kids they send out to bomb random targets have thought very deeply about their own motivations for doing so. The tribe is a powerful thing.

about a year ago
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FBI Releases Boston Bombing Suspect Images/Videos

aquabat Re:9/11 terrorists were all college educated (416 comments)

Ideally, I'd say choose from a variety of different cultures. One of the points of a university used to be to have a place where people could get together and discuss their ideas and opinions without getting punched in the face. The critical thinking part is the real meat of the matter for me. I'm not scared of reading the wrong books, because I know I can unpack whatever is in them and evaluate the contents in a more or less objective manner. Just pick something at random and have at it.

about a year ago
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FBI Releases Boston Bombing Suspect Images/Videos

aquabat Re:9/11 terrorists were all college educated (416 comments)

Just in case you don't know it yet ...

The terrorists who hijacked the planes and then slammed them into the World Trade Center (and the Pentagon and the one which crashed in Pennsylvania) were ALL college educated

Respectfully, I think they had the wrong type of education.

I don't care how awesome an engineer you are, if you have never taken and understood a philosophy course or an ethics course, you have probably never seriously and critically examined the things you were brought up to believe, or tried to follow the reasoning of someone else's beliefs.

Hell, even a proper, proof based, mathematics course will have you identifying logical inconsistencies in various lines of reasoning by the time you take your mid-term. Other good choices are history, psychology and anthropology. Oh and definitely, absolutely, a first year literature course, where you have to learn to think critically about what you see, hear and read, then form a supported opinion, and then express it coherently, to other smart people.

Not to say that there aren't people out there that can instinctively and naturally think in both a rigorous and a compassionate manner (and I am definitely not trying to imply anything personal, Sir), but if you've ever read English papers written by first year engineers, you can probably see where I'm coming from. Most people need to be taught these kinds of things, if only to jump start their own awareness of just how diverse and wonderful the wider world really is. It's called "The Big Picture" for good reason.

about a year ago
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Hackers Could Abuse Electric Car Chargers To Cripple the Grid, Researchers Say

aquabat Wrong venue (126 comments)

I think you have accidentally posted this piece to the wrong site, sir. There are too many people here who have a clue for your tactic to work. I suggest you try "SeekingAlpha" or "Forbes", if you want to manipulate a market more effectively.

about a year ago
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Google Asks Federal Judge To Challenge National Security Letters

aquabat People like Google (57 comments)

'the people who are in the best position to challenge the practice are people like Google.

Google isn't a person.

about a year ago
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North Korea Declares a State of War

aquabat Re:Nothing New (628 comments)

Oh my God. I just had a huge metaphorical insight into the whole Star Wars story, with Han as the Chinese, and Greedo as the Americans. I have to go think about this now...

about a year ago
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North Korea Threatens US With Preemptive Nuclear Strike

aquabat Re:Why is it always the little guys? (727 comments)

But, looking at a satellite photo of the Korean peninsula at night, I'm not sure that would amount to much of a threat.

There must be some truly incredible skies there for stargazing. I would think looking up and seeing that every night for your entire life would instill a sense of humility and scale or something.

about a year 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 6 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 10 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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