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Why Did New Zealand's Moas Go Extinct?

bunbuntheminilop Re:Uh what? (180 comments)

That's an interesting narrative you have there. The settlements were/are about the Treaty and nothing else. The cultural stuff is important, and it's possible for a culture to appreciate the importance of the environment around them, and also over succeeding generations, make a total mess of it.

It doesn't sound like you've read 'The Penguin History of New Zealand'. It should be required reading in schools. You should do yourself a favour and find a copy, if only the read the first two/three chapters.

about 4 months ago
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Autonomous Dump Trucks Are Coming To Canada's Oil Sands

bunbuntheminilop Re:Obsolete Humans (165 comments)

Replaced by jobs in the low paying service sector. So while labour force participation has increased somewhat, real US household incomes have remained almost stationary for the bottom 80% of US workers.

about 9 months ago
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Atlanta Man Shatters Coast-to-Coast Driving Record, Averaging 98MPH

bunbuntheminilop Re:When will he be arrested? (666 comments)

The Solomon curve seems to show that the safest speed to travel is just slightly below the average speed. This doesn't make any sense. X isn't variation from average. shouldn't it be speed in mph, with 0 being the speed limit?

And, in the 50's, when the data was collated, how did Solomon accurately predict the speed the cars involved in these collisions were going at? We cant do that reliably now.

about 9 months ago
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Sizing Up the Viral Threat

bunbuntheminilop You can't just throw money at it. (78 comments)

Taxonomy isn't a field that all scientists wish they could work in.

Good luck trying to get high school science students interested in the concept of biological classification.

about a year ago
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New Zealand Court Orders Facebook Disclosure To Employer

bunbuntheminilop Re:Guilty Until Proven Innocent. (243 comments)

Maybe you should hire better PM's so you don't have a 'crunch'.

about a year ago
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Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

bunbuntheminilop Re:Linus management technique works (1501 comments)

Most managers are accountable to someone, and tend to balance the needs of various stakeholders, i.e. workers, internal/external customers, owners, suppliers etc.

Who is Linus accountable to? When he swears at the other devs, which stakeholders' interest is he trying to protect? The users?

1 year,13 days
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Larry Ellison Rejuvenating Hawaii's Sixth-Largest Island (Which He Owns)

bunbuntheminilop Re:impossible (297 comments)

There are no individual rights that aren't granted by the collective.

about a year ago
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In France, a Showcase of What Can Go Wrong With Online Voting

bunbuntheminilop Re:What's wrong with "normal" voting? (177 comments)

A recount of a paper ballot will generally give a different result.

If you have an electoral system where each vote is counted towards the composition of the government, then this is a problem.

about a year ago
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Surgeries On Friday Are More Frequently Fatal

bunbuntheminilop Re:Statistics can be misleading (152 comments)

I haven't run into a specialist yet that does any meaningful work past Wednesday. It's mostly golf the rest of the week.

Maybe the 'who ever is left' category of people who are left at the end of the week aren't so good at surgeries.

about a year ago
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Tesla To Blanket US With Superchargers In Two Years

bunbuntheminilop Re:Put them at restaurants (311 comments)

Why not just swap the battery out with a fully charged one? I guess they would be pretty heavy (the leaf battery is around 300 kg), but if you get the system in place, then you can just set up a robot arm to do the changing, and setup a car wash style conveyor belt thing?

Then, we could use the batteries that are being stored as an energy store connected to the grid (so we can make better use of some renewable connected to the grid like wind and solar), with the added benefit of only having the charge the batteries at night when power is supposedly cheaper.

I swap my propane gas bottle in this fashion. The stations around don't bother having the large tanks to refill the bottles, they just keep a dozen or full so people can swap them. You just have to build in the depreciation of the tanks into the price of the swap.

about a year ago
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Early Brain Response To Words Predictive For Autism

bunbuntheminilop Re:Good News / Bad News (182 comments)

++

mod parent up please!

about a year ago
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UN Debates Rules Surrounding Killer Robots

bunbuntheminilop Re:robots can't kill people (215 comments)

You make it sound like the UNHRC has a majority and can do what it likes. Currently, the UNHRC has 15 members from the OIC out of a total 47 members who sit on the council. This works out to about 30%. The OIC has 57 member states from a total of around 193 total UN member states, which works out to around 30%, so OIC member states are not over-represented on the UNHRC.

Also, the UN makes laws, but they do not go over national laws. It's up to nation states to adopt treaties. States have sovereignty.

about a year ago
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White House: Use Metric If You Want, We Don't Care

bunbuntheminilop Re:Makes perfect sense to me (1145 comments)

It's metric. It's built to make the 'multiply by 100' really simple.

about a year ago
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Amazon, Google and Apple Won't Need To Pay Tax, Despite Goverment Threats

bunbuntheminilop Re:Remind me,,, (327 comments)

Class warfare exists because there is a 'class' of people that identify themselves as a 'class' because they had to 'fight' in some conflict.

The warfare between classes is something that actually creates identity in a class which leads to more class struggle.

So, as long as people identify as proletariat or bourgeoisie, there will be conflict and class warfare.

about a year ago
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Head-mounted displays / sensors like Google Glass are:

bunbuntheminilop Re:Snow Crash (321 comments)

Somewhat ironically, I remember listening to a podcast about some professor who developed a one-handed keyboard and then developed the skill to type as fast as people can talk. Then, with one hand in his pocket, was able to record in text every conversation he had during his work day.

I think he started doing this back in the late 70's, and at the time of the podcast, had arranged a wearable eye piece that would enable him to search through the conversations. This means that while you're talking to him, he can 'remember' what you were talking to him about the last 5 or so times you spoke to him.

The whole process, he said, had become automatic. I'd like to know what he's up to these days if anyone has any information or if this sounds familiar.

about a year ago
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Larry Page: You Worry Too Much About Medical Privacy

bunbuntheminilop Re:Not even close (486 comments)

Opening up all the statistical information contained in the medial records of the entire population could certainly be a massive benefit to the whole of humanity.

The usefulness of the information comes from the flexibility that comes from being able to look at the data is any number of ways.

Then again, companies can already get a limited view of your medical condition by looking at what you spend your money on. Aged between 20 and 40, are female and are buying baby clothes, cots, push chairs and lotion on your visa? You're probably pregnant. Allow me to market to you directly! Think about how much they could infer when you look at GP/hospital visits and what you've been buying over the counter at the pharmacy.

We can try and save our privacy, but in the end we'll realise we gave it all away, willingly. As long as good is done with it (for the individual as well as the community), then it wont really seem that we're being coerced.

about a year ago
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Defense Distributed Has 3D-Printed an Entire Gun

bunbuntheminilop The answer to the question (712 comments)

The NRA thinks more guns are the answer. Looks like we'll find out if that's true when when we can put a gun in the hands of everyone, rich or poor.

about a year ago
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Play Tetris To Fix Your Lazy Eye

bunbuntheminilop What passes for a study these days? (88 comments)

Two groups of 9 volunteers?

How difficult can it be to get people who are willing to play video games for an hour a day over 2 weeks?

about a year ago

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bunbuntheminilop bunbuntheminilop writes  |  more than 7 years ago

bunbuntheminilop writes "Gentoo Linux 2007.0, codenamed "Secret Sauce" has been announced and released onto LiveCD and LiveDVD. Even though most Gentoo users update without a CD, this release gives a rewritten installer, meaning it's now easier to install Gentoo. Stages for some unusual arcitectures are included, such as the SuperH. The LiveCD's also come with GNOME 2.16.2, KDE 3.5.5, Xfce 4.4, Mozilla Firefox 2.0.0.3, OpenOffice.org 2.1.0, and the 2.6.19 Linux kernel.

LiveCD's and LiveDVD's can be downloaded from the Gentoo Project website or as a torrent."
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bunbuntheminilop bunbuntheminilop writes  |  more than 7 years ago

bunbuntheminilop writes "
A New Zealand scientist has claimed to have developed a way to extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and will submit into Richard Branson's global warming competition. From the article:

Graeme Brown has invented a substance which can absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The substance, dubbed Planetite, is derived from the naturally occurring mineral crystal Zeolite. Brown says Planetite can absorb carbon dioxide and separate the molecule into carbon and oxygen which can be re-used.
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