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Cost Skyrockets For United States' Share of ITER Fusion Project

backslashdot Re:20 years away... (172 comments)

Sign your name to the fact that we will never achieve controlled fusion. Publicly apologize when you are proved wrong.

about a week ago
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Cost Skyrockets For United States' Share of ITER Fusion Project

backslashdot Re:Stop Now (172 comments)

But we are closer today to controlled fusion than ever before .. we ARE making steady progress. Also, "uncontrolled" fusion has been acheived in the 1950s (ask the residents of Bikini Atoll about it).

about a week ago
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Cost Skyrockets For United States' Share of ITER Fusion Project

backslashdot Re:Stop Now (172 comments)

Huh? That is so wrong and your understanding of physics so little that I can't even begin to frame a rebuttal within your intelligence level. But maybe there is another way to tell you .. ever heard of the Hydrogen bomb? That's proof right there that fusion can release net energy. Up to 50 MEGATONS of proof courtesy of the Tsar Bomba.

We are making steady progress towards net energy in a controlled setting .. now if there was a stall .. maybe you have a point but we have made steady progress towards achieving controlled fusion. Progress may be 3 or 4 times slower than initially anticipated, but the fact is that we are progressing towards it.

about a week ago
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Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

backslashdot Re:Wiretapping? (313 comments)

Uh, her endorsement of torture. How about that, I won't do business with or respect anyone who supports torture.

about a week ago
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Princeton Students Develop Open Source Voice Control Platform For Any Device

backslashdot Seems annoying (34 comments)

After saying the trigger word, you have to pause .. that's a bit ridiculous and annoying .. I doubt this would catch on .. for it to catch on, it needs to allow you to say a continuous sentence without pausing. The latest chip from audience.com has this feature (called VoiceQ). Their chip is for phones, so it should be possible to implement the same technology in software on a desktop CPU.

about a week ago
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For the First Time, Organ Regenerated Inside a Living Animal

backslashdot Re:Scale this up (94 comments)

Did you not read the second link? Last time I checked humans are mammals.

about two weeks ago
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For the First Time, Organ Regenerated Inside a Living Animal

backslashdot Re:Scale this up (94 comments)

I call BS. The US govt. doesn't spend $26 billion (cost of Manhattan project in today's dollars) on any single research project. In fact the ENTIRE NIH budget is less than that.

about two weeks ago
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For the First Time, Organ Regenerated Inside a Living Animal

backslashdot Re:Scale this up (94 comments)

Back in 1986 they regrew the thymus in rats. And actually a guy named Greg Fahy already regrew his own thymus a few years ago .. I dont understand how people can't use Google.

1986 article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pm...

Regrowth of thymus in human: http://online.liebertpub.com/d...

They stopped regrowing the thymus in humans because they don't know if it may have a negative effect to have the thymus in an adult since the thymus normally is completely degraded (evolution may have programmed it to degrade for a reason).

about two weeks ago
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Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

backslashdot Re: not in use? (921 comments)

You are not very bright if you think a phone cannot be used to record someone inconspicuously. It's actually very easy. With glass you have to be looking in the general direction and mentally it's difficult to avoid having a zombie stare look in the general direction. With a phone you can just turn off the record screen (or not) and act like you're holding your phone in your hand doing something else like being on the phone or listening to music or even have it peek out of your shirt pocket. Granted there may be image stabilization issues or things getting recorded at funky angles .. But those can be fixed in post processing.

If you don't believe me, next time you're in a public place and it's legally fine to record .. Try it.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass?

backslashdot It's 1000x easier to record people with a phone! (421 comments)

You can record people 1000x easier and less conspicuously with a smartphone in your hand or pocket than with Google Glass. Yes SMARTPHONE IN YOUR HAND too. You can hold it in your hand and point it to people without being totally obvious about it. You can act like you are just holding your phone, or texting, or listening to music, or even being on the phone. You don't need to look at the thing you are recording. You may have some image stabilization issues if you have unsteady hands -- but for the most part you can get good video. Of course the easiest way is to have the phone in your shirt pocket peeping out.

With Google Glass, you literally have to stare in the people's direction or general area like a stalker -- it becomes SUPER obvious.

about 2 months ago
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Finnish Team Makes Diabetes Vaccine Breakthrough

backslashdot Statistics seem to be off (202 comments)

If this is the sole and leading cause of diabetes, why is it that type I nearly always occurs in childhood or, rarely, in adults? If it's solely virus mediated we would see a more even distribution of type I diabetes.

I'm not ruling it out, but other things have to be at play here.

about 6 months ago
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Two-Laser Boron Fusion Lights the Way To Radiation-Free Energy

backslashdot Re:Hooray for fusion! (140 comments)

Industrial (current) uses of boron do not deplete our supply. It stays on earth, in the form of boron. Therefore it can be recycled. We won't run out of boron until we use it all up in the reactors. That will take a thousand years .. by which time we'd be mining other planets not for boron but other exotic fuels.

about 6 months ago
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New Threat To Seaside Nuclear Plants, Datacenters: Jellyfish

backslashdot Blender blades (123 comments)

Have a giant fan with blender blades in front of the intakes. It might be cruel though, so that may be a bad idea. Doesn't sound very humane or jellyfishane .. i am sure there are other ways to deter jellyfish.

about 7 months ago
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Promising Vaccine Candidate Could Lead To a Definitive Cure For HIV

backslashdot Re:Not gonna happen (185 comments)

What cash cow? There is a lot of competition from India and elsewhere and in fact the profit from HIV drugs has become very low now. It used to cost $1000 a day to treat HIV .. now it's about $10 and there are many different companies making the drugs. How did the cost drop? Why didn't they keep the cost at $1000 a day so they can make more money?

If it's such a profitable business to make HIV drugs why don't you make them? You can make them in India or South Africa where patents on medicines are not recognized. Also you can slightly modify the drug's molecular structure (without affecting its effectiveness much) and not have to worry about the patent.

about 7 months ago
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Meet the Guy Who Fact-Checks Stephen King On Stephen King

backslashdot Fact check fiction? (121 comments)

What do you mean fact check? It's all fiction. None of it is fact.

Fail.

about 7 months ago
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John Carmack Joins Oculus VR As CTO

backslashdot This is great (125 comments)

But I have my doubts on Oculus VR's ability to use Google. For example, there are 500ppi displays available in Japan, yet Oculus doesn't know how to find them (hint, google 500ppi).

Frankly they need a minimum of a 500ppi display for this thing to be screen-door effect tolerable .. even if they layered a diffusion sheet to break it up.

For it to be perfect I don't see how they can do it with under 700ppi .. which may make it prohibitively expensive. Still for it to be a success in the mainstream 500ppi is the minimum.

about 8 months ago
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Electrical Engineering Labor Pool Shrinking

backslashdot Re:This just in... (401 comments)

Uh, you are supposed to invent something and start your own company after you gain some seniority. Obviously you will get paid the same if all you are going to do 10 years after being hired is the same thing you were doing the day your were hired.

about 9 months ago
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Oculus Rift Raises Another $16 Million

backslashdot Re:Hope they will fix the motion sickness problem (104 comments)

Have you tried the Rift? The kickstarter dev version has low latency .. it's not a problem at all at least for me and a few others I know who tried it.

about 9 months ago
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Oculus Rift Raises Another $16 Million

backslashdot HD is not enough (104 comments)

1920 x 1080 is not enough (960 x 1080 per eye ..not counting the lost edges). The resolution on the kickstarter dev headsets looks horrible (granted its not 1920x1080) .. but I am 1000% sure that there's no way boosting up to merely 1920x1080 is going to fix it. In my opinion, they are going to need at least 4K .. possibly as high as 8K .. and that's assuming they use some sort of a diffusion sheet to get rid of the screen door grid effect.

about 9 months ago

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