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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

belg4mit Tested (115 comments)

Adam mentioned a shift in fromat in a Tested video a while back, this seems to fit along with that.

1 hour ago
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Wikipedia Medical Articles Found To Have High Error Rate

belg4mit Re: Let's get this out of the way... (200 comments)

Osteopathy itself is pretty wacky, but the trend is for schools to fall more in line with the practices of conventional medicine. It's also worth noting that osteopathic schools have a tendency to accept more non-traditional students e.g; late career change, or non-scientific undergraduate degrees.

about 3 months ago
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Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

belg4mit Re: Just Tack on a Fee (626 comments)

How the fuck is this insightful? Taxes serve many purposes, what makes you think they are all imposed because they can be?
Ideally they serve as a usage fee (fuel tax directed towards highway maintenance) or disincentive against social harm (emitting pollutants), etc.

about 3 months ago
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Lessig Launches a Super PAC To End All Super PACs

belg4mit Universal Representation (465 comments)

What we really need is universal representation. I just finished a brief booklet—"Reinventing Congress for the 21st Century" (1st ed., 2nd ed.)—that makes a compelling case, depsite some quaint notions about CDROMs and video cassettes.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Educating Kids About Older Technologies?

belg4mit James Burke (208 comments)

Connections, ConnectionsÂ, ConnectionsÂ, and The Day the Universe Changed.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Organization With Free Software?

belg4mit Hiveminder (133 comments)

Hiveminder.com is a freemium task tracking service with an IMAP interface available.
It's pretty nifty, and means many criteria, although I no longer use it because I found
myself spending too much time managing task relationships. That's more a manner
of how I was using it though, I think...

about 8 months ago
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Neglect Causes Massive Loss of 'Irreplaceable' Research Data

belg4mit Journals (108 comments)

Perhaps this is n opportunity for journals to update their business models?
Warehouse and convert data, as well as curate contact lists for papers.

about 8 months ago
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Scientists Discover Huge Freshwater Reserves Beneath the Ocean

belg4mit Re: Yo Dawg I Heard You Like Water (273 comments)

You might want to recheck your "facts." The prevailing theory is that excess fire surpression has lead to more dramatic wildfires, not a lack of "timbering." Indeed, selective harvesting of mature trees for more board-feet also leaves the forest more vulnerable to fires, since younger trees as are not as able to withstand them.

about 8 months ago
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How Microwave Transmission Is Linking Financial Centers At Near-Light Speed

belg4mit Nothing "near" about it (236 comments)

Light speed in glass is less than that in air, which is less than that in vacuum. But the light (infrared, microwave, your favorite color) is still travelling at light speed.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Science Books For Middle School Enrichment?

belg4mit Anything with hijinx (203 comments)

Some of my favorites as a kid: The Mad Scientists' Club, The Great Brain,
Homer Price, Henry Reed, Bruno & Boots.

about a year ago
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Politician Wants Sci-fi To Be Mandatory In School

belg4mit Re:HHG2TG (295 comments)

You're speaking of hard sci-fi, my own preference, but there is softer, less tecnologically speculative sci-fi.

about a year ago
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The Dark Side of Amazon's New Pilots

belg4mit Ubunut 10.0.4 worls (312 comments)

Amazon is being particularly uncool about this. When I submitted a ticket this weekend I got a message back a day later thanking me for my suggestion that they add support for Android, when the point was thay it had already been supported!

Fortunately(?) streaming is working on my desktop with FF17 under Lucid Lynx (the previous LTS).

about a year ago
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The ATF Not Concerned About 3D Printed Guns... Yet

belg4mit Re:Nothing to see here (344 comments)

Right, I said the ight to bear arms was granted to protect other rights as a matter of last resort.
That does not make it natural or intrinsic. By the logic that any potential means of self-defense
must be permitted, regardless of repurcussions and efforts to limit those, one has a right to
possess an M-28 Davy Crockett. That is of course ridiculous, and I acknowledge thay where one
draws the line with regards to what weaponry is reasonable to permit is a sticky one, but I
maintain that does not have a right to any and all forms of them simply by virtue of genus.

Thank you for the reasoned response though.

about a year ago
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The ATF Not Concerned About 3D Printed Guns... Yet

belg4mit Re:Nothing to see here (344 comments)

Natural rights are unabridgable, like life, liberty, pursuit of happiness*.
Your right to a handheld explosive-powered projectile launcher is not natural.
It is a right, but it does not come directly from being a human. However it is
granted to you in the recognition that it may be necessary to exercise it as a
last resto to defend other rights e.g; home invasion or tyrranical regime.
However guns are not the end all be all of anything.

* or liberty, equality, brotherhood; or whichever set of similar principles one cherishes.

about a year ago
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Auto-threading Compiler Could Restore Moore's Law Gains

belg4mit Re:Great white hope? (404 comments)

Indeed. silicon is sort of a shiny black color!

OP probably once read or heard the phrase,
misunderstood the context and thought it
would embiggen the post's language.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Make a DVD-Rental Store More Relevant?

belg4mit Re:Chrome for Android does not support this plug-i (547 comments)

One browser not having a particular plugin is different from
"Android tablets are not supported by service X."

You might want to try Dolphin, or Firefox.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Make a DVD-Rental Store More Relevant?

belg4mit Re:Netflix is on more tablets (547 comments)

What're you talking about? Prime streams in a flash-enabled browser.
Galaxy Tab 10.1 works well since release; unlike hulu which brilliantly
focused on supporting older android phones with tiny screens beforee
ventually releasing a huluplus only app.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Mathematical Fiction?

belg4mit Rudy Rucker (278 comments)

He has a modern version of Flatland, and his other novels vary from sci-fi w/ math, to too much math not enough sci-fi :-P

about 2 years ago

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