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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

divide overflow Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

No, the point is that atheism isn't a faith. There are no atheist doctrines. There is no atheist holy book. Faith means believing in something. Not believing something (like existence of a God) doesn't constitute a faith. Lack of faith is not a faith.

Anyone can be a zealot about anything...jogging, vegetarianism...you name it. Not relevant to the discussion.

about 4 months ago
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Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

divide overflow Re:falling behind (223 comments)

No, all the NATO countries count as being "aligned" with the US and are therefore first-world too. Even a whole bunch of former-Warsaw Pact countries that joined in 1999/2004/2009 are now "first-world" instead of "second-world."

Anyone who goes around saying that Albania and Bulgaria are first-world countries will get a good laugh.

about 4 months ago
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Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

divide overflow Re:Regulate last mile (223 comments)

Really? And what of cable television? What revolutionary new technology has come out since the industry started that forced the retirement of the expensive bits of their infrastructure? The answer, of course, is "none".

Looks like someone didn't notice the transition from analog to digital cable television.

about 4 months ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

divide overflow Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

False. Every "faith" will eventually have it's zealots. Even if that "faith" is athiesm.

So what is the holy book of atheism?

about 4 months ago
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3-D Printed Skull Successfully Implanted In Woman

divide overflow Plastic Skull? (132 comments)

Hope they didn't use that nasty Chinese plastic thats full of phthalates....

about 4 months ago
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eBay Dips Toes Into 3-D Printing Market With iOS App

divide overflow Re:Only 20? (26 comments)

What part of "customizable" didn't you get?

1 year,13 days
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Linux 3.11 Features Fall Into Place With Merge Window

divide overflow Re:Holding out for... (70 comments)

I'll probably prefer the coming Linux 3.14 ...

I suggest we call it "Pinux".... :)

1 year,13 days
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Ask Slashdot: Is Postgres On Par With Oracle?

divide overflow Re:what keeps us from switching ? (372 comments)

I'd call SQL a special purpose language designed for managing relational databases.

1 year,13 days
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US Spies Have "Security Agreements" With Foreign Telecoms

divide overflow Re:Yep (181 comments)

This is why Jefferson stated "Those willing to trade liberty for temporary security deserve neither liberty or security." You should know better, but you are brain washed into believing that it can't happen to you.

Either that, or you are paid to spread propaganda like you just did.

And you should know better than to attribute a quote by Benjamin Franklin to Thomas Jefferson. You should also note that there is some question about the meaning and context of Franklin's actual words...see this article about the quotation.

1 year,18 days
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Windows 8 Release Preview Now Available To Download

divide overflow Re:Linux on the desktop, now? (363 comments)

I have W7 on my notebook and I'd love to be able to boot without PW like I do in Linux.

1. Google "Boot windows 7 without a password"
2. Find "http://www.computingunleashed.com/turn-off-windows-7-password-protection.html"
3. Follow directions
4. Profit?

more than 2 years ago
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Canadian Copyright Board To Charge For Music At Weddings, Parades

divide overflow Re:Wedding, parade, club DJs will pay the bill (349 comments)

The organization that collects fees for songwriters (sorry, I can't remember the evil organization's name) from bars who hire cover bands and use jukeboxes refused to pay their extortion fees, and the cost of defennding his rights in court bankrupted him. His bar is no longer in business.

That evil organization was probably either ASCAP or BMI.

more than 2 years ago
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Return of the Vacuum Tube

divide overflow Re:Gives a whole new meaning... (313 comments)

FETs are different from plain NPN or PNP transistors, yes.

So what? The same argument applies. PNP, NPN and MOSFET transistors are ALL analog devices that can be employed as digital switches or analog amplifiers, just as tubes once were used in both capacities. My point is that your "tubes are analog amplifiers while transistors are high speed switches" ignores that both function in similar ways, that transistors and tubes are both analog devices that can be employed as digital switches. One important point of the article was that the new tube-like devices can actually switch *faster* than existing transistors, making them superior components in certain digital switching applications. This is a turnaround from the historic transition from tubes to transistors due to improvements in power efficiency, switching speed and size reduction leading to integrated circuit chips and modern computing.

more than 2 years ago
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Return of the Vacuum Tube

divide overflow Re:Gives a whole new meaning... (313 comments)

Tubes are analog amplifiers, transistors are ultra high speed switches that need additional components to become amplifiers.

You were doing fine until you got to that last sentence. Actually, a transistor, as used in a typical amplifier circuit, is just as much an analog amplifier as a vacuum tube. A MOSFET transistor works in a very similar way to a typical amplifier vacuum tube like a 6V6 except that as a semiconductor device it doesn't require the high working voltages and glowing filament of a vacuum tube. Both tubes and transistors require additional components to function...power supplies, output transformers, feedback circuits, noise filters, etc.

more than 2 years ago
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Return of the Vacuum Tube

divide overflow Re:Sweet (313 comments)

You laugh, but I would *love* to have an AM radio in my MP3 player. So far I have not found any..... now maybe with microtubes, it will be possible.

That's what the fillings in your teeth are for, dude...listening to AM radio and the voices of the aliens telling you what to do.

more than 2 years ago
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UK In Danger From Electromagnetic Bomb, Says Defense Secretary

divide overflow Really? (268 comments)

Would he really require having replacement parts for every functioning semiconductor device, or having to build a Faraday cage around every interconnected semiconductor device...or maybe just revert to the use of vacuum tubes and relays?

more than 2 years ago
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The Rise of Chemophobia In the News

divide overflow Re:CO2 -- the basis for most life on Earth (463 comments)

Focusing on CO2 levels, instead of radiation from nuclear power plant failures, use of depleted uranium for warfare, deadly chemicals in our air, soil, & water, and genetic franken-foods aren't the bigger threats is really, really short-sighted & misdirected.

Or perhaps arbitrarily choosing one of the above to avoid researching is really short-sighted and misdirected.

more than 2 years ago
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The Rise of Chemophobia In the News

divide overflow Re:Not all chemicals are dangerous, but these are. (463 comments)

Thanks for that link. As a guy who switched his major from chemistry to physics only after spending a year working in a chem lab and learning that most real world chem lab work is tedious or sleep inducing I can say this guy knows *way* more about chemistry than the average journalist.

more than 2 years ago
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The Rise of Chemophobia In the News

divide overflow There Are Multiple Problems At Work Here (463 comments)

Having worked in a couple of newsrooms I have some experience with this phenomenon. To wit:

o Reporters come out of college with a BA in journalism, communications, or literature and usually have little to no background in the physical sciences.
o Assignment editors running the news desk tend to have a rather low opinion of their viewers, based on viewership ratings and their own prejudices.
o Most newsroom managers handle the "big picture" decisions and leave the copy writing to the reporters and editors.
o Most copy editors, research staff and proofreaders simply check the facts within the story and the grammar, leaving the content to the writer.

The majority of writers are either predisposed to dumb down their reporting due to their lack of expertise in the subject or the pressures of 1) lack of time for researching, and/or 2) column space and time limitations describing the subject. Over time they also are conditioned to self-edit their works by their assignment editors or others who review their work and edit out the "technical parts" for brevity and to keep the readers/listeners/viewers from "tuning out."

more than 2 years ago
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$60 Light Bulb Debuts On Earth Day

divide overflow Re:Eh... (743 comments)

So far i've been totally unimpressed with LED lights. They just don't seem to last even as long as an old incandescent bulb at all. While costing a ton more money. Light color looks pretty good. But lifetime is really horrible. Near as i can figure i'm losing money as well on the bulb cost vs. the electricity used.

Maybe this one will be different... But not at $60 a pop. Or even $22. Get it down to $8 and we'll talk. And i might even put up with them burning out way too quick sometimes.

What brand and model of LED lights did you use? As many others have noted there is a vast difference in quality and performance depending on the make and model. It's useful for others if you can note which ones perform well and which aren't up to snuff.

I have 9 LED lights in my home. One is a FEIT brand PAR38-style light I use in a fixture above my bathroom shower and the other 8 are Ecosmart PAR30 lights (sold at Home Depot, made by LightingScience) in my office/music room. So far I'm quite pleased with the results. All are working fine with great brightness and color rendition.

I'm especially happy with the Ecosmart ECS 30 V2 WW FL lights: 950 lumens output, 3,000K color temperature, CRI rating of 83, slightly under the rated 17 watts power consumption (confirmed with my Kill A Watt unit). That's a net efficiency of 56 lumens/watt. Plus they are very nicely dimmable even with a cheap X10 lamp module. I can get a pleasant and very usable background lighting by dimming the bulbs until they draw only 5 watts each. No flicker, great color, low power consumption...and very little waste heat.

more than 2 years ago
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FCC Wants To Fine Google $25K For WiFi Investigation

divide overflow Re:Also known as (145 comments)

Well, you do need a few holes in the head for breathing and eating and such.

And who would know better than LandDolphin?

more than 2 years ago

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