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All Video Games Cause Aggressive Behavior, Say Two US Congressmen

baudilus An important caveat is missing (483 comments)

Violent video games may cause aggressive behavior in a subset of individuals, likely already predisposed to said aggressive behavior.

The same argument was made about violent movies and the now more prevalent incidences of school shootings. I content that the movies didn't make the kids violent; they were already that way and probably should have had help beforehand.

more than 2 years ago
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Optimize Offshore Wind Farms Using Weather Modeling

baudilus Beauty in the Beholder's Eye (111 comments)

The visual appeal is subjective at best - I for one think that offshore wind farms are very cool looking and wouldn't mind seeing a line of turbines off in the distance when I walk out of my backyard and onto my pier.

This overwhelming sense of peace and contentment is probably because I have a mansion in Nantucket with a private pier.

more than 2 years ago
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Is It Time For the US Government To Back Fusion At NIF Over ITER?

baudilus Re:well, i dunno (308 comments)

Are you making the argument that the internet does not benefit society?

more than 2 years ago
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Is It Time For the US Government To Back Fusion At NIF Over ITER?

baudilus At the risk of sounding patriotic. (308 comments)

I think the DoE should reward homegrown projects first, and all things being equal, a domestic project should get priority on funding.

America didn't become a superpower by international collaboration; it did so out of invention and innovation, and a sense of patriotic duty.

On a very basic level, I'd like to know just how many jobs are going overseas because of our government's international investments as opposed to the good that funding can do right here on our soil.

How much international funding did Fermilab get when it was initially built?

more than 2 years ago
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Is It Time For the US Government To Back Fusion At NIF Over ITER?

baudilus Re:well, i dunno (308 comments)

The two are not mutually exclusive. Just think of the internet you're using to post your comments for an example.

more than 2 years ago
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Teacher Suspended For Reading Ender's Game To Students

baudilus It must be . . . (1054 comments)

. . .the shower fight scene - that's the only point in the book that could be construed as even remotely pornographic. The word itself means 'designed to arouse lust.' At any rate, I think the parents in this case should justify their complaint with the offending excerpt from the book and explain why they think it's worthy of jail time. I just can't imagine that the school board and / or police department wouldn't do their due diligence.

more than 2 years ago
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Detecting Chess Cheats Taxes Computers

baudilus It's finite. (159 comments)

Technically speaking, chess does have an enormous, yet finite amount of moves. Eventually computers will be able to calculate every possible outcome within a few seconds. Why not just give up on chess and play games that computer's can't play (or at least play like humans)?

more than 2 years ago
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Futuristic Biplane Design Eliminates Sonic Boom

baudilus Would would want . . . (140 comments)

. . . to fly in a plane that breaks the sound barrier without a sonic boom? That would be like taking the orgasm out of sex.

more than 2 years ago
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Free Apps Eat Your Smartphone Battery

baudilus All things considered (214 comments)

If you calculate the actual energy requirements of the ad serving functions on the average users phone over the lifespan of said phone, I'm reasonably, almost 53% sure that the cost of that energy probably doesn't add up to a single purchase of the I Am Rich app.

more than 2 years ago
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Free Apps Eat Your Smartphone Battery

baudilus Re:What?!? (214 comments)

Mathematically speaking, apps that download ads use infinitely more energy for that process than apps that don't. Either that or you divide by 0 and destroy the universe.

more than 2 years ago
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Free Apps Eat Your Smartphone Battery

baudilus Instead of buying ad-free versions . . . (214 comments)

You could just purchase ONE application that manages all of this for you. Besides, I don't generally make it a habit of using applications that request location services yet don't seem to have a reason to do so. Oh right, you use an iPhone and you can't see those permissions before you download. Sorry.

more than 2 years ago
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The Javabot Combines Engineering and Coffee

baudilus Slashdotters dream? (165 comments)

If you put computer terminals in there, and little tubes that drip coffee directly into your mouth, some slashdotters would never go home.

more than 6 years ago

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