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4 Prominent Scientists Say Renewables Aren't Enough, Urge Support For Nuclear

cheesecake23 A cobbler should stick to his last (776 comments)

IAAESS (I am an energy system scientist).

These are four of the most prominent *climate* scientists in the world. But not one of them has published a single paper on energy systems (as far as I can see in their online lists of publications). There is a whole field of science concerning integration of intermittent renewables, and these guys have never demonstrated any expertise in this area.

I'm sure all four of them get extremely annoyed when scientists in fields completely unrelated to climate change spout climate skeptic nonsense all over the media (I do too). Now they are guilty of the exact same sin.

about 9 months ago
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Paul Otellini: Intel Lost the iPhone Battle, But It Could Win the Mobile War

cheesecake23 Re:The girl you should've asked to prom... (117 comments)

The day Steve Jobs stood in front of a room and introduced the Iphone EVERYONE knew this was a game changer. "Today we're going to introduce a new iPod, a phone, and world class web device" As he repeated that line the graphics on the screen merged and the room realized the leaks about three new products were instead one new device. It was a hell of a mis-direction. It wasn't "the mother of all demos" but it was a close second.

The day Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone EVERYONE already knew that he was going to announce it. There was no misdirection involved.

But granted, three new devices all-in-one-package was a clever spin.

about a year ago
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Brain Scans Predict Which Criminals Are More Likely To Re-offend

cheesecake23 Minority Report (187 comments)

Everything from Minority Report seems to be coming true: first we get the idiotic vertical touch UI, now apparently pre-crime detection is here. Does this mean I'm FINALLY going to get my flying car?

about a year ago
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The Pirate Bay's Oldest Torrent Is Revolution OS

cheesecake23 Re:Tautology Club (130 comments)

The first rule of Tautology Club is the first rule of Tautology Club!

about a year ago
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Project Orca: How an IT Disaster Destroyed Republicans' Get-Out-The-Vote Effort

cheesecake23 Quote (578 comments)

I forgot to add this great tweet by the author of the final story linked in TFS when I submitted this to Slashdot:

Long story short: Don't beta-test an election.

about a year and a half ago
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Project Orca: How an IT disaster destroyed Republicans get-out-the-vote effort

cheesecake23 Re:Quote (4 comments)

Also, the summary should probably say "... with 37000 election-day volunteers in swing states". No more edits now, I promise.

about a year and a half ago
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Project Orca: How an IT disaster destroyed Republicans get-out-the-vote effort

cheesecake23 Quote (4 comments)

Forgot to add this great tweet by the author to the final story: "Long story short: Don't beta-test an election."

about a year and a half ago
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Einstein Letter Critical of Religion To Be Auctioned On EBay

cheesecake23 Re:Church and Einstein (414 comments)

Einstein was wrong about this one, if it is in fact an authentic Einstein quote. Can someone please verify for me?

Here is an apparently honest attempt at verification by a math professor who put a lot of effort into sourcing the quote in 2006. He concludes that it is probably not authentic.

HOWEVER, in 2008, a woman brought a series of letters to an episode of Antiques Roadshow. Apparently her father had also attempted to source the quote. Her father finally received a letter from Einstein himself:

"It's true that I made a statement which corresponds approximately with the text you quoted. I made this statement during the first years of the Nazi regime-- much earlier than 1940-- and my expressions were a little more moderate."

about 2 years ago
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Proposed Posting of Clients List In Prostitution Case Raises Privacy Concerns

cheesecake23 Re:this whole story is just sad... (533 comments)

just make prostitution legal (and regulated) like most of Europe.

To qualify that statement: prostitution is legal in most of Europe, but it is only regulated in a few countries. See this map.

In my opinion, the most interesting system is in Sweden, Norway and Iceland. In these countries, buying sex is illegal, but selling sex is not. The idea is to not criminalize the prostitutes who are already in a vulnerable position and may have ended up where they are by unfortunate social circumstances, but still provide a strong deterrent for the buyers.

about 2 years ago
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The Great Meteor Grab

cheesecake23 Re:Words have meanings (152 comments)

There is also the fact that US law does not extend to the Asteroid Belt.

For now, yes. But who knows where Assange will seek asylum next?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Books Have Had a Significant Impact On Your Life?

cheesecake23 Re:Atlas Shrugged (700 comments)

Atlas Shrugged
fantastic book
Atlas Shrugged part 2 is in theaters today as luck would have it

Yes, "as luck would have it" that misanthropic bile is in theaters today, and the timing with the ongoing US elections is purely coincidental.

I also assume that you were just as "lucky" to get first post with this book recommendation, and that you have absolutely no connection with the person who submitted this to Ask Slashdot in the first place.

about 2 years ago
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Samsung Galaxy Nexus Ban Overturned

cheesecake23 Re:logical ruling on a patent case (140 comments)

1. SomePhone has "patented technology to play Angry Birds with live birds using geo-sensors and accelerometer tech in hunting season"

Seriously, you gotta pitch that at the Kickstarter crowd. Best app idea ever.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft's Hand-Gesture Sensor Bracelet

cheesecake23 Ridiculous, ha ha!!! (86 comments)

Who would EVER want to wear some kind of useful device on their WRIST? That's just crazy talk!

about 2 years ago
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Curiosity Spies Unidentified, Metallic Object On Mars

cheesecake23 Re:C'mon man... (396 comments)

Yes, it's a (piece of a) spaceship named Curiosity. Seriously, the robot finds a metallic piece of something close to where it landed... what are the odds that part is not from Curiosity itself? (answer ~0%)

So you're saying Curiosity found a piece of Occam's razor? :)

I mostly agree with you, but just to play devil's advocate: assuming there actually are interesting chunks of metal lying around on Mars, it isn't exactly a coincidence when they turn up close to Curiosity ...

about 2 years ago
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Accelerator Driven Treatment of Nuclear Waste

cheesecake23 Re:Thorium reactors? (226 comments)

Very good summary of the arguments against Thorium, but your first point can be put more succinctly:

1) They are more complex than Uranium reactors we use now. The fuel is cheaper but fuel is not a major contributor to the cost of running a nuclear power plant.

1) There is no economic advantage to Thorium reactors.

And make no mistake: the main factor holding back nuclear all over the developed world is not safety issues, public opinion, waste management or proliferation, but cost.

about 2 years ago
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Spectacular Fireball Lights Up UK Sky

cheesecake23 Re:Saw this (68 comments)

After a minute or 2 it started getting bigger and brighter still coming directly towards me.

You need to share this info. A few more people like you and we'll be able to triangulate the site of impact (if there is one). To quote the Bad Astronomer:

And if you did witness it, you should file a report with the IMO, so they can collect all the info - it may help lead to finding meteorites, pieces that have made it all the way down to the ground!

Or at least contact the BadAss himself, see links in TFS.

about 2 years ago
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Scientists Themselves Play Large Role In Bad Reporting

cheesecake23 Re:Attention whoring for funding (114 comments)

OK, it might take more energy to make a solar panel than we'll ever get back from it, but ...

Will you JUST FUCKING STOP spreading this lie? The energy payback time for photovoltaic modules according to most studies is between 1-4 years, depending on the material and manufacturing process used. Their technical lifetime is 25 years or more.

(I know I'm late to the party and hardly anyone will read this, but this is for the three of you who will.)

about 2 years ago

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Project Orca: How an IT disaster destroyed Republicans get-out-the-vote effort

cheesecake23 cheesecake23 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

cheesecake23 (1110663) writes "Many talking heads have attributed Obama's success to an unmatched "ground game". Now, inside reports from campaign volunteers suggest that Project Orca, a republican tech-based voter monitoring effort with 37000 volunteers in swing states, turned out to be an epic failure due to dismal IT. Problems ranged from state-wide incorrect PINs, to misleading and lately distributed information packets to volunteers, a server outage and missing redirection of secure URLs."
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Einstein letter calling Bible "pretty childish" to be auctioned on eBay

cheesecake23 cheesecake23 writes  |  about 2 years ago

cheesecake23 (1110663) writes "In an admirably concise piece in The Atlantic, Rebecca J. Rosen summarizes Einstein's subtle views on religion and profound respect for the inexplicable, along with the news that a letter handwritten by the legendary scientist that describes the Bible as a 'collection of honorable, but still primitive legends' and 'pretty childish' will be auctioned off on eBay over the next two weeks. Bidding will begin at $3 million."
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Seeking best ideas for P2P sharing of rare goods

cheesecake23 cheesecake23 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cheesecake23 (1110663) writes "How can we make obscure material easily available via P2P? By 'easily', I mean:
  • A search should return comprehensive results within a minute or so.
  • All (or nearly all) downloads complete eventually — even if it takes a week or more.
Bittorrent is unsurpassed for recently released or ever-popular films, music or whatnot, but torrents tend to die quickly. Other P2P networks have other problems, perhaps primarily search results depending on who happens to be online at the moment.

Of course no Slashdotter would ever participate in illegal filesharing, but we are always eager to discuss potential solutions to difficult problems. I'd like Slashdot input on this conundrum."
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cheesecake23 cheesecake23 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cheesecake23 (1110663) writes "How often have you read a hardware review and thought: "no way was that an honest opinion, the reviewer was bought"? Well, the Daily Tech has gone undercover to find out whether or not payola is accepted among the 35 largest online English-language hardware review sites. Questions asked and answered:
  • How many sites would take money (or sell ads) in exchange for a product review? [Answer: 20 percent]
  • How many sites would additionally consider selling an Editor's Choice award? [Answer: none]
  • Were any world regions more "corrupt" than others? [Answer: no, 20-25% almost everywhere]
  • Does it depend on the size or age of the site? [Answer: read TFA]
Although no "bad guys" were explicitly revealed, the article contains enough information to make a white list of quite a few good guys. Let's see what Slashdotters can come up with. Let the finger-pointing begin!"

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