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Can Open Source Hardware Feed the World?

asukasoryu Re:Stabilize governments first (231 comments)

Worry about stabilizing the regional governments first and then worry about upgrading them to first world farming techniques.

Why not do both in parallel so that when the former is accomplished, the latter is ready to deploy?

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Knows When You'll Get Dumped

asukasoryu Re:The corollary is,,, (474 comments)

The Kleenex are good for the second case if you skip the condoms. Double win!

more than 3 years ago
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Icelandic Company Designs Human Pylons

asukasoryu Re:In 3000 years.. (142 comments)

Maybe we need to reassess our thoughts on the dinosaurs...

Dinosaur shaped pylons? Add it to the list!

about 4 years ago
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China To Close 2,000 Factories In Energy Crackdown

asukasoryu Re:Nah, can't be (242 comments)

Did you account for the lead and cadmium present in all Chinese products?

about 4 years ago
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Rubik's Cube Now Solvable in 20 Moves

asukasoryu Re:Enough! (309 comments)

Step 1: have lots of money.
The bras remove themselves after that.

about 4 years ago
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High-Frequency Programmers Revolt Over Pay

asukasoryu Re:it depends on where the value is (1018 comments)

I'm certain if you had the software, you would not make money. The software is a tool. Someone has to make the resources available so that the programmer can develop the tool (these guys don't just come up with this stuff out of thin air). Someone has to have the infrastructure to deploy the tool. Someone has to employ the tool properly based on the state of the market at any given time. If the software was so great, the programmer wouldn't need a boss, he would be the boss.

Time to send your attitude back asshat. Just trying to have a discussion here.

about 4 years ago
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What's Wrong With the American University System

asukasoryu Re:In defense of football (828 comments)

I disagree. Like TFA says, there may be 8 or so profit generating athletic programs out there, but most are just for show. Most athletic programs may make money, but they don't make more than they cost. Otherwise I wouldn't see that cost show up in my tuition. If the athletic programs really MAKE money as you say, my tuition should be cheaper.

about 4 years ago
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High-Frequency Programmers Revolt Over Pay

asukasoryu Re:Yet...he agreed to it right? (1018 comments)

I half-agree. You have to make the best informed decision you can upfront. It's sometimes hard to tell what a job will entail until you've done it (early in your career). After you've been at it for a while, you may realize there's more to it than you anticipated, at which point you might want to renegotiate.

about 4 years ago
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High-Frequency Programmers Revolt Over Pay

asukasoryu Re:it depends on where the value is (1018 comments)

I agree here. Does the algorithm do everything on its own and the programmer's bosses have no input? I'll bet the software is a very small piece of the money-making picture. Was the programmer provided with any resources to write that algorithm? Could the programmer write the algorithm on his own, freelance style, and sell it to the company? I doubt it. Maybe these programmers deserve a raise, and the bosses probably get paid too much, but this is a one-sided story.

about 4 years ago
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FTC Wants Browsers To Block Online Tracking

asukasoryu Re:why Opt-out? (205 comments)

No one's asking how targeted advertising works - we all get it. The issue is whether we all want a push or pull system. If I really want info on a product, I should have to pull the info from somewhere. I do not want advertisers constantly pushing the information down my throat. It's annoying and intrusive. Plus, I don't want advertisers gathering detailed info about me to do it. Why do advertisers think they have the right to throw garbage at us?

about 4 years ago
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LCD 'Engine' For Spacecraft Attitude Control

asukasoryu Re:Useful for stationkeeping? (95 comments)

Magnetic torquers are already in use and would have the same benefits/limitations as these LCD thingies.

Magnetorquers are lightweight, reliable, and energy-efficient. Unlike thrusters, they do not require expendable propellant either, so they could in theory work indefinitely as long as a sufficient power source is available to match the resistive load of the coils.

about 4 years ago
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FTC Wants Browsers To Block Online Tracking

asukasoryu Re:Why????? (205 comments)

Then turn fucking cookies off, like you've been able to for a decade.

My cookies are off. I still don't want advertisers stalking me. I shouldn't have to be on the defensive.

How could they do one without the other?

You can sell a product without collecting any information about the purchaser. Every company knows how many units they're moving. Why do they need purchaser details? They can continue to use surveys to get details that people voluntarily offer. Advertising is a tool, not a right.

you're simply assuming that because you don't like it, nobody else does either.

You're assuming what I assume. I just stated I don't like it. I could care less what everyone else thinks.

about 4 years ago
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Suspected Mariposa Botnet Creator Arrested

asukasoryu Re:Jail time (95 comments)

I think he was talking about mouth love - Mel Gibson style.

about 4 years ago
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Suspected Mariposa Botnet Creator Arrested

asukasoryu Re:Two years? (95 comments)

It's hard enough to find 1 out of 6 billion people in the real world. Harder still to track them in the virtual world through their botnet and relate that back to a physical location where they can be apprehended without causing them to flee. I say kudos and good luck on future captures.

about 4 years ago
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FTC Wants Browsers To Block Online Tracking

asukasoryu Re:Why????? (205 comments)

Is there *any* evidence that the data collected has ever been misused in any way?

I don't particularly care if the data is misused because I don't agree with the method of data collection to begin with. I don't need people tracking my actions to see how to advertise to me. Advertisements are annoying. Advertisers should be tracking products or sales, not individuals.

Before the government starts regulating an industry, shouldn't there be evidence that the industry is in fact in need of regulating?

I support the FTC being proactive and considering preventative action. Should we wait for a crime to be committed before we make it illegal?

Disclaimer: I work in an advertising company

I'm sorry. I'll pray for you.

about 4 years ago
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FTC Wants Browsers To Block Online Tracking

asukasoryu Re:why Opt-out? (205 comments)

What does tracking have to do with ad-supported websites? Advertisers should be able to develop advertisements based on the website content. No user tracking required.

about 4 years ago
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Nuclear Energy Now More Expensive Than Solar

asukasoryu Honest questions (635 comments)

How cold does a superconductor have to be to deliver a few hundred megawatts? How cold is it at the bottom of the ocean, say 10000ft (~3000m) down?

about 4 years ago
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Tennessee Town Releases Red Light Camera Stats

asukasoryu Whiners (567 comments)

Getting caught by a camera seems no different than getting caught by a cop. Does the cop presume you're innocent after he sees the crime being committed? Neither should the camera if sufficient evidence is recorded. Of course, everyone should get their chance in court to challenge in case there was a legitimate reason for the infraction. Sounds like that town needed those cameras.

about 4 years ago
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School District Drops 'D' Grades

asukasoryu Re:How about... (617 comments)

If you get a D or F, you are equally worthless. If you're not making a C, you need to work harder. B was the lower bound when I was growing up. If you're failing, do you really need to know how badly you're failing? Then call up the teacher and get your granularity.

about 4 years ago
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Intel's 50Gbps Light Peak Successor

asukasoryu Libraries of Congress (122 comments)

How many Libraries of Congress you ask?

Built on a technology known as silicon photonics, the link has the potential to scale to up to a terabit per second, enough to transfer the contents of a laptop in less than a second or the entire Library of Congress in less than two minutes, according to Justin Rattner, Intel's chief technical officer.

about 4 years ago

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Solar plane completes 24-hour flight

asukasoryu asukasoryu writes  |  more than 4 years ago

asukasoryu (1804858) writes "An experimental solar-powered plane landed safely Thursday after completing its first 24-hour test flight, proving that the aircraft can collect enough energy from the sun during the day to stay aloft all night. The record feat completes seven years of planning and brings the Swiss-led project one step closer to its goal of circling the globe using only energy from the sun. The team will now set its sights on an Atlantic crossing, before attempting a round-the-world flight in 2013."
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Scientists design delivery device for gene therapy

asukasoryu asukasoryu writes  |  more than 4 years ago

asukasoryu (1804858) writes "Scientists have designed a nanoparticle that appears to effectively deliver genetic material into cells with minimal toxic effects. In lab experiments, the researchers have found that this device, a vector, is able to deliver DNA deeply enough into a cell to allow genetic material to be activated — a critical step in gene therapy. This vector is between two and a half and 10 times more effective than other experimental materials, according to the research."
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Solar-powered plane making 24-hour flight

asukasoryu asukasoryu writes  |  more than 4 years ago

asukasoryu (1804858) writes "An experimental solar-powered plane took off from western Switzerland on Wednesday for a 24-hour test flight — a key step in a historic effort to one day circle the globe using only energy collected from the sun. The plane left Payerne airfield shortly before 7 a.m. after overcoming an equipment problem that delayed a previous attempt. Although the goal is to show that emissions-free air travel is possible, the team says it doesn't see solar technology replacing conventional jet propulsion any time soon. Instead, the project is designed to test and promote new energy-efficient technologies."
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Unpeeling Atoms and Molecules from the Inside out

asukasoryu asukasoryu writes  |  more than 4 years ago

asukasoryu (1804858) writes "In a report published in the July 1 issue of Nature, a team describes how they were able to tune LCLS pulses to selectively strip electrons, one by one, from atoms of neon gas. By varying the photon energies of the pulses, they could do it from the outside in or — a more difficult task — from the inside out, creating so-called "hollow atoms.""
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Ikaros unfurls solar sails

asukasoryu asukasoryu writes  |  more than 4 years ago

asukasoryu (1804858) writes "Follow up to this article on Ikaros. This week Japan added another success to its solar kite resume, as it unfurled the kite in orbit at last. The unfurling of the kite proceeded perfectly. Solar sailing holds one major advantage — it allows for constant acceleration over a long period with no fuel onboard. It is estimated that by clever manipulation of the sail tilt and launching the sail close to the sun to get maximum radiation, a solar sail craft could be traveling at 69.6 km/s by the time it reaches its maximum velocity, approximately 4 times as fast as the fastest probe for missions beyond the planetary range,"
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Methane Eaters at Lost Hammer

asukasoryu asukasoryu writes  |  more than 4 years ago

asukasoryu (1804858) writes "Researchers have discovered that methane-eating bacteria survive in a highly unique spring located on Axel Heiberg Island in Canada's extreme North. The subzero water is so salty that it doesn't freeze despite the cold, and it has no consumable oxygen in it. There are, however, big bubbles of methane that come to the surface. Lyle Whyte, McGill University microbiologist, explains that the Lost Hammer spring supports microbial life, that the spring is similar to possible past or present springs on Mars, and that therefore they too could support life.

This in the wake of Friday's article about possible methane-based life on Titan!"

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Part-Human, Part-Machine Transistor Devised

asukasoryu asukasoryu writes  |  more than 4 years ago

asukasoryu (1804858) writes "Man and machine can now be linked more intimately than ever, according to a new article in the journal ACS Nano Letters. Scientists have embedded a nano-sized transistor inside a cell-like membrane and powered it using the cell's own fuel.
To create the implanted circuit, the UC scientists combined a carbon nanotube transitor, lipid bilayer coating, ion pump and ATP. The ion pump changes the electrical charge inside the cell, which then changes the electrical charge going through the transistor, which the scientists could measure and monitor."

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