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9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

canadiannomad Re:Valid release (158 comments)

I think they were referring (correctly) to Moral Rights.
Which unfortunately

have had a less robust tradition in the United States.

4 days ago
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Swiss Scientists Discover DNA Remains Active After Space Journey and Re-entry

canadiannomad Hominid Aliens? (67 comments)

One day we'll find the answer...

about three weeks ago
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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

canadiannomad Re:How is that startling? (413 comments)

Sorry, my math is way off.. should be more like 18 times more representatives... What would your government look like if each district was divided by 18 and there were 7830 seats in congress?
Certainly would change the dynamic....

about three weeks ago
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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

canadiannomad Re:How is that startling? (413 comments)

One of the biggest reasons why it matters is that the ratio of population per representative is getting worse. By now there should be at least 5 times more representatives then there are. Every election your vote gets less of a representative, and fewer representatives have to fight for your vote per capita.

about three weeks ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

canadiannomad Wait, 122L !? (293 comments)

A standard gasoline-powered car with a 122L capacity at 30mpg would be capable of traveling 960 miles.

What kind of "standard gasoline-powered car" that runs at 30mpg (forget about the odd units) has a 122L gas tank!?
My car only has 42L... I know larger cars would have bigger tanks, but likely don't get 30mpg.

So if we compare more realistic sizes with their weird mix of L and miles... A 42L tank might get 330 miles... Maybe better to compare with that. But then that wouldn't be highway driving... which I know I can do better then 30mpg.

about three weeks ago
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Critical XSS Flaws Patched In WordPress and Popular Plug-In

canadiannomad To quote QDB... (41 comments)

WordPress is an unauthenticated remote shell that, as a useful side feature, also contains a blog.

about a month ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

canadiannomad Water Vapourware (167 comments)

One way or another, this will be vapourware.....

a) It is "a gadget created by Kristof Retezár, an industrial design student at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna."
b) It takes water vapour, or humidity out of the air.

about 1 month ago
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Comet Probe Philae Unanchored But Stable — And Sending Back Images

canadiannomad Re:Black and White? (132 comments)

I realize that, but then what colour is the ice? What colour is the dirt? This isn't for science, it is for general interest.
I realize that using the filters they have they can create enhanced colour images, and I think that might be exactly what they should do...
Do you really know it is grey? Ice can have some pretty amazing light distortion properties(go visit Alaska)... And not all rocks are grey.

about a month ago
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Comet Probe Philae Unanchored But Stable — And Sending Back Images

canadiannomad Black and White? (132 comments)

I have a question... Does anyone know why are the photos in black and white? Is that for higher resolution, because of low/high light situations?

Ok nvm, found my answer here: Why are images from space probes always in black and white?

Still think they should take photos with RGB filters too so we can see what it would actually look like, you know, for PR photos...

about a month ago
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Mozilla Launches Browser Built For Developers

canadiannomad I like the idea.. (74 comments)

I just kinda wish it was Chrome that came out with it.. In general I just prefer the layout of their development tools. I'll definitely give this a try though.

about a month ago
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Researchers Develop Remote-Controlled Cyber-Roaches

canadiannomad Re:Just what we need... (35 comments)

That said, if I'm trapped under a building, and not knowing they had microphones and transponders.. I'm not sure how comforted I'd be to hear an army of cockroaches approaching. Talk about creepy sounds in the dark.

about a month ago
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Researchers Develop Remote-Controlled Cyber-Roaches

canadiannomad Just what we need... (35 comments)

I have enough problems with those damned creatures as is! /jk

about a month ago
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Major Performance Improvement Discovered For Intel's GPU Linux Driver

canadiannomad Re:The Turbo Button (96 comments)

and some it didn't even work.

Probably because people like me wouldn't bother connecting the button on computers we built, and would instead just put a jumper.

about a month and a half ago
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French Health Watchdog: 3D Viewing May Damage Eyesight In Children

canadiannomad Re:I'm not a scientist... (99 comments)

Thing is, they are missing the research and citations...
For all we know, it could actually put kids who use both early at an advantage. They might not get dizzy in any situations. They might have better abilities to judge distances both real and virtual. They may have better hand eye coordination from "touching" things that aren't actually there. It might take a while to develop those skills just as a bilingual child takes longer developing language skills, but ultimately can get both languages to a near mastery level.
I'm not saying this is the case, but that there is no proof one way or the other.

about a month and a half ago
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Physicists Resurrect an Old, Strange Dark Matter Theory

canadiannomad Re:"Baseball-sized" (138 comments)

Ape #1: Dear me. What are these things coming out of her nose?
Dark Helmet: Hey, hey, hey. Watch my Helmet.
Ape #2: Spaceballs.
Ape #1: Oh, shit. There goes the planet.

about a month and a half ago
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Ferguson No-Fly Zone Revealed As Anti-Media Tactic

canadiannomad Re:Political science (265 comments)

Lets institute laws that apply to EVERYONE equally, it doesn't matter if you are a citizen, the rich, the poor, a police officer, a government official, or a corporate executive. If you are found guilty, the punishments actually apply (including prison time, I'm tired of listening to the excuses of judges who refuse to punish police who are caught red-handed committing perjury).

Ding ding ding, I think we have a winner here!

about a month and a half ago
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Can Ello Legally Promise To Remain Ad-Free?

canadiannomad Re:Congratulations, Bennett (153 comments)

My question is why he can't get his own account to post from? Then maybe it would be easier for them to allow us to exclude him? Or maybe "exclude by tag" and then tag it with his name... No luck in /. land.

about 2 months ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

canadiannomad Re:Why at a place of learning? (1007 comments)

I think you're looking for a Gnostic Atheist... Those would be the ones that claim they can never be convinced.
And Agnostic Atheist is explicitly telling you they can be convinced.

Fact is, probably both could be convinced. All it would take is for this magic sky man to actually prove it to them instead of disguising all his miracles as indistinguishable from random chance, hiding fossils in the earth, forcing everything to behave exactly in line with physics, and only communicating via an inconsistent, 2000+ year old fictional book written by people with agendas.

about 2 months ago

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This Is The Best Takedown Of The 'Speed Kills' Myth You'll Ever See

canadiannomad canadiannomad writes  |  about a year ago

canadiannomad (1745008) writes "

One refrain you hear frequently from insurance companies, police, and the media is that 'speed kills.' It doesn't, and this is the best debunking of that myth that we've ever seen.
I already thought that speed limits were low, and that was without any facts. This video will make you go nuts with anger about speed limits. Seriously. You'll go all Hulk on the next limit sign you see after watching this.

"

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Ask Slashdot: Could government be run like bitcoin?

canadiannomad canadiannomad writes  |  about a year and a half ago

canadiannomad (1745008) writes "Could government as it stands now be replaced by a computer program?
Could government be replaced by a verifiable distributed system(ala bitcoin)?
How would one go about it?

What parts of the bureaucracy could not be crowd-sourced, distributed, or otherwise reduced to an algorithm?
How could we protect such a system from hacking, tampering, or changing for nefarious goals.

It seems to me that there is a lot of waste in government, and a lot of processes that could be streamlined to a single line of code. What would be your favourite example of a government job that could be replaced by a single line of code?"
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Space Jam, Barenaked Ladies sing with the ISS

canadiannomad canadiannomad writes  |  about 2 years ago

canadiannomad writes "Watch the video as astronaut Chris Hadfield, from aboard the International Space Station, performs "I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing)" with Ed Robertson, the rest of the Barenaked Ladies and the Wexford Gleeks from Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts, who were all at the CBC studios in Toronto."
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