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In Mississippi, Gov't Text Messages Are Officially Public Records

baKanale Re:Awesome win for the Democrats... (28 comments)

Like that bastard Andrew Cuomo, the Governor of New York! He avoids email entirely in favor of phone conversations or Blackberry pin-to-pin messages, so there's no record of anything that goes on. Wait, no, he's a Democrat. Thank God, then, it must be perfectly OK.

3 hours ago

Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

baKanale Re: Ridiculous. (914 comments)

Reminds me of Diogenes of Sinope:

When asked how he wished to be buried, he left instructions to be thrown outside the city wall so wild animals could feast on his body. When asked if he minded this, he said, "Not at all, as long as you provide me with a stick to chase the creatures away!" When asked how he could use the stick since he would lack awareness, he replied "If I lack awareness, then why should I care what happens to me when I am dead?"

about a month ago

Scientists Demonstrate Virus That Spreads Across Wi-Fi Access Points

baKanale Re:Back in 1990.. (68 comments)

Very carefully.

about 2 months ago

Silicon Brains That Think As Fast As a Fly Can Smell

baKanale Re:Great. Low-quality evolutionary "solutions" (84 comments)

What's more, there are some apparently void elements in the circuit, but still the circuit stops working when these elements are removed.

Sounds like the textbook definition of the GP's, "[...] this bio-inspired stuff cannot easily be improved incrementally from seeing how it performs in practice.". I think that being able to improve things in that way is important, too, since these kinds of evolutionary processes are like rolling a ball down a hill to find the lowest point; it's good at finding the local minimum, but you don't know if you've found the best solution globally.

about 3 months ago

Thieves Who Stole Cobalt-60 Will Soon Be Dead

baKanale Getting the news... (923 comments)

It sucks enough hearing your doctor say you're going to die, but to hear it on the worldwide news? Damn.

I'll also bet that all the truck thieves in Mexico is getting a call from their mothers today, worried sick, wanting to know if they're OK.

about 4 months ago

Hotel Tycoon Seeks Property Rights On the Moon

baKanale Re:Too. Fucking. Early. (248 comments)

The Moon is rather big, and therefore would take an enormous amount of energy to de-orbit or destroy it. If we ever get to the point, technologically, where we could do something like that then you'd have to be equally worried about that same catastrophe happening on Earth and ruining everything down here.

about 5 months ago

Demo of Prototype Virtual Retinal Head Mounted Display

baKanale Re:Retina burn (93 comments)

Well, you could always blink, or just close your eyes.

about 5 months ago

UN Mounts Asteroid Defense Plan Following Chelyabinsk Meteor

baKanale Re:Priorities? (163 comments)

What's the point of not being killed by hunger, when you get killed by an asteroid?

about 6 months ago

How Data Analytics In Education Could Create a New Class of Haves and Have-nots

baKanale Re:Conformity (268 comments)

Obligatory Kurt Vonnegut story: Harrison Bergeron

about 6 months ago

Promising Vaccine Candidate Could Lead To a Definitive Cure For HIV

baKanale Re:Not gonna happen (185 comments)

So are you saying you don't understand that drugs cost huge amounts of money to research, develop, test, and approve?

You should go to Wiki and look up the Fallacy of Sunk Costs.

You should go to the Wiki and look up "Why the fuck would they bother investing money in all that to begin with if they plan to exsanguinate themselves by operating at a loss from the start". The sunk cost fallacy means "Don't throw good money after bad", not "Throw your money in the garbage plan because you'll never make anything out of it anyway".

about 7 months ago

It's Official: Voyager 1 Is an Interstellar Probe

baKanale Re:Is it strange that this is sort of a tear jerke (218 comments)

Yeah, but Pioneer 11 doesn't really count towards the whole "this is how the universe will remember us" thing, since the Klingons are going to use it for target practice at the beginning of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.

about 7 months ago

Could a Grace Hopper Get Hired In Today's Silicon Valley?

baKanale Re:If you really care about this issue... (608 comments)

Do we really have to get an exact 50/50 gender split in every discipline before people will stop banging on about it?

No, only the ones where men outnumber women. Nobody seems to be interested in getting boys into nursing, for example.

about 8 months ago

Dentist Wants To Clone John Lennon Using DNA Extracted From Lennon's Tooth

baKanale Re:It's a slippery slope (224 comments)

First they clone Lennon. Then they clone Stallon.

Clone Sylvester Stallone? We can keep making new Rocky and Rambo movies forever!

about 8 months ago

Larry Ellison Believes Apple Is Doomed

baKanale Re:Not like Thomas Edison (692 comments)

I think it's an apt comparison. They were both jerks, they both got more credit than they deserved for things they didn't actually create, and they were both obsessed with destroying a competing product in a far-too-personal manner.

about 8 months ago

How Much Should You Worry About an Arctic Methane Bomb?

baKanale Re:Seems like a resource, not a threat (416 comments)

From what I understand methane is a more efficient greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, so if one believes that the methane is going to enter the atmosphere anyway then it would make sense to convert as much of it it to carbon dioxide first, with the obvious benefit of energy extraction.

about 8 months ago

Duke Energy Scraps Plans For Florida Nuclear Plant, Forced To Delay Others

baKanale Duke [Nukem] Energy Corp. (233 comments)

I'm here to build nuclear power plants and chew bubblegum... and I'm all out of patience for the plant construction licensing process.

about 8 months ago

Draft NASA Funding Bill Cancels Asteroid Mission For Return To the Moon

baKanale Re:The House Science Committee (237 comments)

What about fluoridation of water, the most monstrously conceived and dangerous communist plot we've ever had to face?

about 10 months ago

Majority of Americans Say NSA Phone Tracking Is OK To Fight Terrorism

baKanale Re:Majority don't understand the extent & issu (584 comments)

That article can't seem to make up its mind. First the caption for the first image says, "In the U.S. citizenship test, only 38 per cent of Americans passed [...]", and then below that it says "Although the majority passed, more than a third - 38 per cent - failed [...]". Which one is it? Did 38% fail, or did 38% pass? If Americans don't understand their government then apparently the Brits don't understand numbers, or at least are willing to ignore their meaning if it means a juicier headline.

about 10 months ago


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