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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

countach44 Longer yellows could be a solution (579 comments)

In some cities, the combination of red-light cameras and shorter yellow lights encourage looking at the timers. I know I'm extremely guilty of this, but feel like I wouldn't have enough time to stop if I didn't. Many drivers are more concerned with getting tickets than driving safely - not a good incentive if you ask me.

about a month ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

countach44 Re:If you make this a proof of God... (612 comments)

But, if it is the whole 'torturing forever' thing, first thing I'm doing when I get to heaven is I'm tugging on God's cape and saying, "hey, can we get those people out of there?" I have no idea how I'm supposed to party forever in heaven with Jesus if there's even one soul suffering in hell.

I think what a theologian would argue is that God would respond "No, because they don't want to leave." Free will and all that, ya know?

about 4 months ago
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First Evidence That Google's Quantum Computer May Not Be Quantum After All

countach44 Does it matter? (224 comments)

I realize the desire to tout the fact that you use a quantum computer and that if D-wave is selling a "quantum computer," they should deliver something that performs quantum computations. However, if it does what it's supposed better than other classical computers, then the money is not a waste. Unless the spending was just for show, then too bad.

about 6 months ago
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An Iowa ISP's Metered Pricing: What Will the Market Bear?

countach44 Make it roll over (479 comments)

If I pay for 100GB of data, but only use 5GB, then I should retain my remaining 95GB for the future. I did pay for it. Otherwise, move to a true utility model.

about 6 months ago
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Scientific Data Disappears At Alarming Rate, 80% Lost In Two Decades

countach44 It's a matter of organization (189 comments)

For one example, for one project let's say I have roughly 300GB of simulation data. Of out that data, how much will be used to generate a figures for publication? Maybe 1%? The rest of it is from testing, fine tuning, and exploring the parameter space. The real problem isn't where to save it all, but that there is exteremely little incetive to to go through the trouble of sifting through and archiving the important stuff. 80% is proably a lower bound, IMHO. Futhermore, let's say you save that im portant precious data. Good luck future scientist in figuring out what is in those files and how to analyze it.
I realize that not all science is like this, but I think I'm speaking about the majority, not the minority.

about 7 months ago
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The Desktop Is Dead, Long Live the Desktop!

countach44 good at what they do (453 comments)

"They are amazingly good at what they do."
True story, I don't think anyone forsees desktops vanishing, but they are moving more towards becoming something you replace when it runs out (e.g. toilet paper), than something you keep constantly up to date by buying the latest and greateast.

about 8 months ago
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Dial 00000000 To Blow Up the World

countach44 Upgrade (306 comments)

I trust they've now upgraded to the far more secure 12345678?

about 7 months ago
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How Blockbuster Could Have Owned Netflix

countach44 It's business (385 comments)

"Your age probably determines whether you think of Blockbuster Video as a fond memory or a dinosaur predestined for extinction."

How about neither? When they came into town, the locally owned ma & pop video rental that had been around since the dawn of home video rentals closed almost immediately.

about 9 months ago
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F-Secure's Hypponen: The Internet Is a 'US Colony'

countach44 Re:if it wasn't americans, it would be someone els (263 comments)

I think the assumption is that if those governments had as much power, then the damage they could inflict would be proportional. If the US couldn't do anything with the knowledge, then no one would care.

about 9 months ago
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Company To Balloon Tourists To the Edge of Space For $75,000

countach44 wwwooooossssh (104 comments)

Just hope you don't get hit by one of those rockets on its way up, then you'll wish you had the extra $175k

about 9 months ago
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Charge Your Mobile Device With Fire

countach44 Re:Or just a battery. (126 comments)

Except you can't actually call anybody from the world's tallest mountains...they don't have a cell tower on Everest, do they?

Apparently, there is coverage

about 10 months ago
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How To Turn Your Pile of Code Into an Open Source Project

countach44 Re:Compiled Windows Binaries (176 comments)

That platform might not be so special, which is one of the main reasons to provide the binaries. (relative) Homogeneity is one of the strengths of that particular platform. Compiling software isn't a part of most Window's users workflow - if you truly are win-compatible (and know because someone has actually compiled it), providing the binaries will give your project visibility you wouldn't have otherwise. It is a sacrifice that you can make to really contribute your software to a large group of people.

about a year ago
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Google Announces Android Device Manager For Later This Month

countach44 Re:What about migrating phones? (80 comments)

That will save Google data, but AFAIK it doesn't do data specific to 3rd party apps (at least not when I upgraded last year). I have a very cursory knowledge of Android, but I feel that if apps operate in a sandbox, their state should be saved in a known location and therefore be migratible.

about a year ago
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Google Announces Android Device Manager For Later This Month

countach44 What about migrating phones? (80 comments)

Seems to fill the purpose of lot of other apps like Android lost, etc... What I would really like to see is a nice way to migrate from an old phone to a new one.

about a year ago
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Google's Science Fellows Challenge the Company's Fund-Raising For Senator Inhofe

countach44 Re:Wha if (140 comments)

What about unions? Look at the top ten contributors, almost all democrat and mostly unions: http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/list.php Sadly, I'm not sure they are much different than Corporations in the "unwarranted amount of political power into the hands of a tiny minority of people" area.

about a year ago
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US Promises Not To Kill Or Torture Snowden

countach44 Re:There are three remarkable points about this (616 comments)

Re: 3 - as much as I love that statement, I think it's more accurately viewed as Putin will talk any chance he can to stick it to the US.

s/talk/take/

1 year,4 days
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US Promises Not To Kill Or Torture Snowden

countach44 Re:There are three remarkable points about this (616 comments)

Re: 3 - as much as I love that statement, I think it's more accurately viewed as Putin will talk any chance he can to stick it to the US.

1 year,4 days
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Electric Vehicles Might Not Benefit the Environment After All

countach44 Re:Depends on the energy source duh! (775 comments)

It's important to remember that most wind turbines use neodymium (and lots of it - roughly 2 tons per large turbine), carrying the high environmental pricetag associated with rare earth mining. Whether or not that outweighs that environmental impact of where the energy would've been obtained from otherwise is debated.

1 year,29 days
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The PHP development team is proud to announce the immediate availability of PHP

countach44 Re:title should say (2 comments)

I'm sure the development team is proud of the generable availability of PHP as well :-)

about a year ago
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Mozilla Launches Initiative To Adapt Scientific Practice To the Open Web

countach44 Verification of results (28 comments)

One thing that would be great would be to fund studies that's sole purpose is to verify/reproduce someone else's work. Obviously, with the current state of funding, this really doesn't happen. Once something is published, we as the next researchers are forced to take results as fact - which may not be true due to error, low yield, or (hopefully not) fabrication of results (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_misconduct).

I really do believe that incentivizing verification of results and repeat studies (with reasonable limits, of course) would improve scientific research tremendously. However, it's even less likely to take hold than moving away from "publish or perish."

about a year ago

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Bose, founder of Bose Corporation has died at 83

countach44 countach44 writes  |  1 year,19 days

countach44 (790998) writes "“Dr. Bose founded Bose Corporation almost 50 years ago with a set of guiding principles centered on research and innovation. That focus has never changed, and never will,” said Bob Maresca, president of Bose Corporation. “Bose Corporation will remain privately held, and stay true to Dr. Bose’s ideals. We are as committed to this as he was to us. Today and every day going forward, our hearts are with Dr. Bose; and we will do everything we can to make him proud of the company he built.”"
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Unclean at Any Speed

countach44 countach44 writes  |  about a year ago

countach44 (790998) writes "From An article in IEEE's Spectrum magazine: 'Upon closer consideration, moving from petroleum-fueled vehicles to electric cars begins to look more and more like shifting from one brand of cigarettes to another. We wouldn’t expect doctors to endorse such a thing. Should environmentally minded people really revere electric cars?' The author discusses the controversy and social issues behind electric car research and demonstrates what many of us have been thinking: are electric cars really more envrionmentally friendly than those based on internal combustion engines?"

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