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USAF Almost Nuked North Carolina In 1961 – Declassified Document

cyachallenge Re:A little drastic but... (586 comments)

mcrgrew I thought your post at kuro5hin was very well written and interesting.

about 7 months ago
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Could Bitcoin Go Legit?

cyachallenge Re:Offshore (300 comments)

Your post made a lot of sense. I loved it.

about a year ago
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Rice Professor Predicts Humans Out of Work In 30 Years

cyachallenge Re:Hmm... (808 comments)

Perhaps this change will mark the true information age. Instead of physically working we will work through computer languages etc.
Programming and other IT/computer related tasks will be the new labor base. Not to mention installation and maintenance of hardware.

about a year ago
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Scientists Clone Human Embryos To Make Stem Cells

cyachallenge Coffee Cloning (92 comments)

Starbucks is now offering the Frappeblast(tocyst) (c).

about a year ago
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Congress Wants To Resurrect Laser-Wielding 747

cyachallenge Re:Freakin Lazer beams! (302 comments)

I added the Z for extra emphasis? Ah, shit.

about 2 years ago
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Congress Wants To Resurrect Laser-Wielding 747

cyachallenge Freakin Lazer beams! (302 comments)

It may not be economical, but dammit lazers are cool! Congress won't give us a space program anymore, but they love weapons. Why not compromise with boeing 747s with huge freaken lazers?!

about 2 years ago
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Organics Can't Match Conventional Farm Yields

cyachallenge Re:Ummm. (452 comments)

Not to mention the money spent to resolve countless crowding issues esp. in beef and pork. The problems caused by antibiotic overuse and buildup of pesticides. Then there's research that has to be done to change pesticide formulas. We just recently had an article that explained insects are gaining an adaption to the chemicals through symbiosis of bacteria who can metabolize the pesticides. All of this needs to be factored in.

Overfarming land for the sake of higher yield requires a great many natural resources in order to accomplish said yields. Water for example, instead of using sustainable methods can lead to shortages that have to be resolved. Then there's run-off waste by the pig farms which is dumped into rivers, where organic farms can simply use it as fertilizer because they aren't nearly as packed together.

Simple agriculture and meat "yields" need to take into account all of these repercussions of industrialized crowding and intensive farming which are not a factor in organic goods.

about 2 years ago
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Organics Can't Match Conventional Farm Yields

cyachallenge Re:Ummm. (452 comments)

You know what's absurd? It's common place to call industrialised farming "conventional". Spraying crops with tons of pesticides that produce "edible" goods. Instead of producing a product that actually helps the environment, they use Government money (subsidizing) to lower the price of the "conventional" and industrialized methods. Calling them cheaper, rather than realizing the total cost includes the money given to the corporations by the government itself. Even if the company is not given money directly, it uses cheap foodstock (corn) which itself is given money.

It's been shown time and time again that these pesticides produce health issues in animals and people. For example Round-up, the scientific research finds that the pesticide "additives" primarily cause the issue rather than the pesticide itself.

Because the pesticide in-itself doesn't cause issues, they simply formulate a new chemicle makeup to circumvent the regulations. Which in turn often comes up as toxic. So Monsanto can simply sidestep an environmental issue by changing the formula without producing positive evidence that the new product is safe. Monsanto makes billions while environmental concerns are simply thrown away.

about 2 years ago
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Insects Develop Pesticide Resistance Through Symbiosis With Gut Flora

cyachallenge Re:Simple Solution (144 comments)

You joke, but this will likely be the market's solution.

about 2 years ago
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FBI Seizes Server Providing Anonymous Remailer Service

cyachallenge Re:What does this help? (355 comments)

If you remember in some of the pirate bay litigation they actually seized the computer RAM. :) The RAM contained case relevant material (at least when it had voltage going through it. Law and technical computer topics rarely mix well.

about 2 years ago
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Power-Saving Web Pages: Real Or Myth?

cyachallenge Re:CRTs? (424 comments)

My main frustration with CRTs are the lack of current manufacturers. If you want a CRT that has good refresh rate, good resolution, and good contrast you're somewhat out of luck. You're talking about a peice of hardware that's now reserved for a niche economy where demand is low and prices are high.

about 2 years ago
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Power-Saving Web Pages: Real Or Myth?

cyachallenge Re:No shit... (424 comments)

Measurable is certainly a better term that could have been used. "Not insignificant" itself should be reserved for unmeasurable topics. Pain is a good topic for the discussion of "not insignificant" because pain can be ambiguous and related contextually in the "of the moment" kind of way. We can talk about how a pain can be intrusive, however in degree of displeasure it is minor. An intrusive pain would be not insignificant when the pain is reoccuring, much like the papercut reference. In the case of something that can be measured in mathematically relevant terms we should say "marginal" or talk about the average battery savings across the board.

Anyway, we're getting off topic the article states "although the difference is just 17.7W and 3.8W for CRT and LCD respectively" and we can see that's a significant amount of power. Particularly for the CRT monitor, 17.7W we're talking about quite a few watts. CRT monitors are almost certainly reserved for desktop environment rather than laptop, however power savings come in the form of money alone, rather than battery life. I would be interested in laptop measurements as the article is only related to desktop monitors. I imagine the 3.8W is much closer measurement towards what a laptop would give us. Laptops can run on 60W without much trouble and I could see 3.8W being important.

about 2 years ago
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Nanoscientists find long-sought Majorana particle

cyachallenge Re:Really? (5 comments)

I saw that the first glance over also. :)

about 2 years ago
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AOL Patent Deal Means Microsoft Now Holds Vestiges of Netscape

cyachallenge Re:business as usual (129 comments)

Romney technology MormonSue. We don't just sue you, we liquidate your companies and force them to wear magic underwear.

about 2 years ago
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Pi Day Is Coming — But Tau Day Is Better

cyachallenge Re:Agreed (241 comments)

As a novice in Loci, I could probably do tau to 100 in an hour and thirty. I agree this isn't something worth bothering by itself. Primarily it's just a short benchmark. I plan to use Loci to memorize important books in rote memorization then go back over them mentally for deeper learning. At the moment I'm in the process of creating an imagined memory palace. The places in my apartment are fairly boring as individual locus. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Method_of_loci

more than 2 years ago
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Pi Day Is Coming — But Tau Day Is Better

cyachallenge Re:Agreed (241 comments)

Actually it was interesting I had no problem with 50 digits. It feels like a brief stroll rather than a rigorous rote memorization. At some point I'll try a benchmark to find the upper limit if there is one. For now I don't really see the practical use of remembering Pi to that extent.

more than 2 years ago
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Pi Day Is Coming — But Tau Day Is Better

cyachallenge Re:Agreed (241 comments)

The Mnemonic Method of Loci does wonders for remembering digits. I just started with it and on the second day I have Pi at 50 without much effort. From memory: 3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751

more than 2 years ago

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Scientists Clone Human Embryos To Make Stem Cells

cyachallenge cyachallenge writes  |  about a year ago

cyachallenge (2521604) writes "Scientists say they have, for the first time, cloned human embryos capable of producing embryonic stem cells.

"We had to find the perfect combination," Mitalipov says. As it turned out, that perfect combination included something surprising: caffeine."

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Hairy men catch more bedbugs

cyachallenge cyachallenge writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cyachallenge (2521604) writes "When it creeps into your bed at night and crawls across your skin, the bedbug has to navigate a forest of body hair before plunging its proboscis into your flesh for a meal. One wrong step, and it could get smushed. Tickled by the question of how people detect such microscopic pests, researchers recruited 19 volunteers with various amounts of body hair and shaved one of each of their arms. They then asked the subjects to look away while they dropped bedbugs onto their arms. The volunteers hit a button as soon as they felt something crawling on them. Participants, especially men, with more hair follicles per square inch and whose body hairs were longer, tended to be several seconds quicker than less hirsute individuals to notice the bugs on their unshaven arms, the researchers report online today in Biology Letters. And everyone took a long time to notice the bedbugs on the shaved arm. That might explain why humans still have hair on their bodies, the researchers conclude, since we no longer need it for keeping warm."
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Retina implant seeks FDA approval

cyachallenge cyachallenge writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cyachallenge (2521604) writes "Electric Eye: Retina Implant Research Expands in Europe, Seeks FDA Approval in U.S.
Several technologies to restore sight to retina-damaged eyes are making headway--one seeks to begin human trials in the U.S. and another has already hit the market in Europe.
There is no effective treatment for the condition, but researchers are making great strides to remedy this through implants that stimulate still-active nerves in the retina, the layer of tissue at the back of the inner eye. In mid-November Retina Implant, AG, got approval to extend the yearlong phase II human clinical trial of its retinal implant outside its native Tubingen, Germany, to five new sites — Oxford, London and Budapest, along with two additional locations in Germany."

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Biggest telescope starts observations

cyachallenge cyachallenge writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cyachallenge (2521604) writes "New Radio telescope boasts 10,000 times resolution of Hubble Telescope

RadioAstron, effectively the largest radio telescope ever built, is up and running. The telescope's main component, a 10-metre radio dish aboard the spacecraft Spectr-R, launched in July to an oblong orbit that extends between 10,000 and more than 300,000 kilometres from Earth. By coordinating observations with radio telescopes on Earth in a technique called interferometry, the telescope can make observations as sharp as a single dish spanning the entire distance between the two farthest dishes. When Spectr-R is at its farthest from Earth, the system acts like one enormous telescope about 30 times as wide as our planet, boasting about 10,000 times the resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope.

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