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Space Food From Space Farms

deburg Re:Fertilizer... (168 comments)

This reminded me of an old SF story by Asimov. Humans stranded on hostile environment planet, struggling to terraform the environment. Dying one by one, their bodies finally providing the soil for the earth seedstock, but alas not in time for the last survivor. Sniff.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Founding_Father_(short_story)

about a year ago
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64-bit x86 Computing Reaches 10th Anniversary

deburg Re:"worked out" (332 comments)

So yeah, AMD is a hot mess

Exactly, back in 2006-2009 when manufacturers started coming out with low cost AMD Desktops and laptops, most fried or had to get their coolers replaced (sadly most people could only afford to do this for desktops) after a year. Heck, it was a lot worst in my country where the ambient temp is 35 degrees Celsius and 100 per cent humidity.

about a year and a half ago
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Cubans Evade Censorship By Exchanging Flash Drives

deburg Re:A Subversive Library at their Fingertips... (171 comments)

... the KJV Bible ... it used to take the scribes a year to make a single copy. It would also cost a centurion's annual salary.

Eh? Wasn't the KJV Bible published in 1611? There were still Roman Centurion's then? Or are ye refering to the Byzantine (East Roman Empire)?

about a year ago
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F-16 Engines Stolen From Israeli Air Base

deburg Re:Point of information: (346 comments)

Anyway, considering all the TLC that US has been treating Israel to, you'd think they (Israel) is from sort of protectorate (like Purta Rico) or favorite trading partner.

Hence all the conspiracy theories I'd keep hearing about. Seriously, Illuminati? US Senate are all Jews? What the heck have my country mates been drinking?

about 2 years ago
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7 Jailed In 'Kidney For iPad' Case In China

deburg Re:Always wondered... (100 comments)

there is no way on earth that a kidney is worth an iPad and an iPhone.

You saying the kidney is worth less than the iPad/iPhone? (GRIN)

Anyway, the case happened some time ago, so I bet the kid's crying now for the new model ipad/iphone.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen

deburg Re:Pilot V5 RT (712 comments)

Pilot V5 RT. It's the 0.5 mm Pilot V5 Rollerball in a clickable package. Ink looks great, dries much more quickly than gel ink.

Loved the V5 RT, but the metal clip keeps catching on my shirt pocket and damaging it. Nowadays I use the Pilot G2 housing with a V5 RT refill.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Over 500 Used DIMMs?

deburg Re:Probably just recycle, but check value first (291 comments)

Or, if you're looking for a laugh, ehow says you should consider making a sculpture.

Please don't. I live in a 3rd world country where lots of us are still using C2D as primary/sole machines. And those with motherboards that can accept DDR3 would go gaga for these RAM.

more than 2 years ago
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California Legalizes Self Driving Cars

deburg Don't let the Law keep ya down (508 comments)

Personally, I am pleased that a goverment is pro-actively taking account of new technologies and laying out a road-map.

Until recently, in my country, electric cars were not allowed to being driven on the roads (except on private land), because there was a law requiring each car to have paid road tax. That same law also stated that road tax were calculated based on engine displacement , which is not present on an electric car (duh). As such, until the law was ammended in 2010 (and set to take effect in 2011), the only ECars were golf carts and demo-cars that were ferried on trucks.

more than 2 years ago
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California To License Self-Driving Cars

deburg Re:Self navigating cargo ships (301 comments)

Open water piracy would take a dent as there would be no crew to kidnap, and there would be no incentive for ship owners to follow pirates' demands to reroute ships. After all, if you're going to lose a ship and its cargo either way, then might as well do it by not appeasing pirates.

Dude, methinks ye have not been reading enough sci-fic.

Piracy will still exist, as long the ship or cargo is valuable to someone. Maybe the pirates will involve the services of a hacker or insider. I can imagine boarding a ship to subvert the computer or sending false "storm avoidance orders" and ordering the ship to hangout at a certain port. Many ways to skin a cat, there is.

more than 2 years ago
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Your Favorite Technology That Didn't Come To Pass

deburg Re:"Robot Maid" has so many connotations (317 comments)

Most of the robot maid functions could also be covered by automated house.

Sir, I do not see myself plugging into the "wall socket"

about 2 years ago
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Your Favorite Technology That Didn't Come To Pass

deburg Re:Computer Teacher? (317 comments)

If you've read The Diamond Age, the Primer is a good example

Even in that vision of the distant future, human intervention was required to make it work completely.

True, in that certain copies had people involved, but I guess it was more an optional feature, to allow the parent to guide or influence certain decisions, Anyway the primers for the chinese orphans were described as AIs lacking human intervention.

about 2 years ago
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Air Force Claims To Have Solved Fatal F-22 Oxygen Riddle

deburg Re:Covering up for a crony? (172 comments)

The differences between an AK-47 and an M-16 is that an M-16 is a finicky beast, but its also a more accurate beast - you will achieve rates of fire and accuracy with an M-16 that you wouldn't with an AK-47, but it comes at the price of higher maintenance requirements.

True true. While both designers of the AK-47 and M-16 (AR-15) were WWII veterans, work on the rifles that eventually resulted in the AK-47 started during WWII itself (SKS, Mikhtim) was started due to the designer's (Mikhail Kalashnikov) complains with their Soviet rifles, hence reliability in the field was prioritized.

more than 2 years ago
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Would You Trust an 80-Year-Old Nuclear Reactor?

deburg Re:If only there were another solution... (429 comments)

Then you just copy the end result.

Yes, hence the original purpose of the patent system, to give the original researchers a chance to recover their investment and thus motivate research

Apple

I wonder how much they invested to get the rectangular box with curved edges design which they are currently using to sue their competitors out of the tablet market...

more than 2 years ago
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Biologists Debunk the "Rotting Y Chromosome" Theory

deburg Re:What were they thinking? (248 comments)

At this rate, IF WE TAKE ONE EVOLUTION PATH to the extreme, men are going to be reduced to a set of shaft and balls. Kept in male "libraries" until some female wants it and then ... er.. checked out as needed.

more than 2 years ago
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Biologists Debunk the "Rotting Y Chromosome" Theory

deburg Re:some feminists (248 comments)

A planet full of women? Maybe I've been reading too much manga, but that somehow sounds kinky.

I blame /u/ for this.

more than 2 years ago
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Biologists Debunk the "Rotting Y Chromosome" Theory

deburg Re:Seems like a non-issue either way (248 comments)

Sorry, but in my point of view, "Evolution" is just natural selection. It's not pro-human, it doesn't gurantee that humans will develop and implement an alternative in time.

In fact, evolution will see that if humans fall, something else will evolve to replace them. Unless something stops evolution, like killing all life off the planet.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Heads Up Display Coming By the End of the Year

deburg Re:IANAL (177 comments)

I can just imagine the Police investigating the accident playing back the video from the glasses with the crash trajectory information overlay-ed ... cool

more than 2 years ago

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