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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

dmatos Re:Why (521 comments)

Terrorism: n

the use of violence and intimidation, intended to cause fear, in the pursuit of political aims. Note the lack of any definition of targets.

Not terrorism: n

Just about every fucking thing that's reported as such by the US media.

The word is misused as much as "literally" these days. So much so that I can't even.

2 days ago
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Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail

dmatos Re:Can _I_ decouple? (139 comments)

Thanks! Done and done.

Now I can change my gmail "display name" to be something other than my stupid, mandated Google+ name!

about 1 month ago
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Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail

dmatos Can _I_ decouple? (139 comments)

The real question, here, is whether or not I'll be able to decouple my gmail from the unused google+ profile that I had to create. I hate that I cannot have my real name on my email without having it spread all over the internet simultaneously.

about 1 month ago
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UK Ballistics Scientists: 3D-Printed Guns Are 'of No Use To Anyone'

dmatos Re:But... (490 comments)

Jesus Christ, American! You've got guns, and it's not stopping your government from oppressing you.

Pick up some of your goddamn arsenal and do what you keep telling us you're going to do! Put up or shut up!

about 5 months ago
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Should We Eat Invasive Species?

dmatos Re:blackberries in seattle? I'm Shocked. Shocked (290 comments)

Probably not. The native habitat for lionfish is the Indo-Pacific oceans. They are not threatened in those locations. They are invasive in the Caribbean especially.

In the Caribbean, they have no natural predators. Additionally, they are voracious eaters, and scarf up hundreds of immature reef fish each day. The quantity of native reef fish has dropped precipitously in the Caribbean due to invasive lionfish. Being able to _actually_ eliminate them from the Caribbean would be a fantastic coup, and allow the reefs to regenerate back to something of their former glory.

As a side note, though, how many people actually pay attention to what the extremists in Greenpeace tell them to do? Have you stopped driving your car? Eating beef? Shut down your nuclear power plants?

about 5 months ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

dmatos I use the internets! (983 comments)

20TB of music and movies? How many of those could be downloaded again tomorrow? My guess is "most." The only thing that's really "mine" on my computers, and not backed up, is my own pictures. I upload those to image sharing sites on the internet. Most docs are done on Google Docs for portability reasons, and other things I've created are already on Dropbox.

I experienced a catastrophic hard drive failure a year or so ago. After replacing the hard drive, and about one day of downloading and installing the programs I needed, I was up and running again. It took 24 hours to download enough of the series that I was watching to pick up where I left off again. And if I ever get a hankering for watching something I've seen before, well, I can get it from the internet again in a matter of hours or days.

about 7 months ago
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Why Your Phone Gets OTA Updates But Your Car Doesn't

dmatos Re:Updates always come at the wrong moment (305 comments)

"Your car requires a mandatory update. This update will take 1h 16m, and must be installed within 7 days. Please click "OK" to install this update now. Click "DELAY" to defer the update to a later time. Note that after 7 days, the update will install automatically, with no further opportunities for you to delay it."

about 8 months ago
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Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

dmatos Can something be "scientific" even if it's wrong? (625 comments)

Would you guys contest that "light is transmitted by fluctuations in the ether" is a scientific theory? It was believed by many scientists, and for a long time. The answer to the question posed in the survey depends not just on the definition of "astrology," but also on the definition of "scientific."

One of the things that I keep parroting to the creationist crowd is that a scientific theory must explain past events, and predict future events in a way that is testable. Nothing in here says that it has to be true. In fact, many theories that we now use are expressly not true at certain limits. Nope - explanation of past events, and prediction of future events in a testable manner. Those are the qualifications.

So let's apply this to astrology. Does it explain past events? Well, it certainly tries to. Does it predict future events? Check. Does it predict future events in a manner that is testable and falsifiable? I think that a controlled experiment would certainly do so. The controlled experiment would fail, and that would prove the theory of astrology false, but that doesn't make it "not a scientific theory."

Given that logic, I'd have to answer "sort of scientific" to this question. But if I were asked "do you believe that the position of stars and planets govern our day to day lives," that would get a resounding "no."

about 8 months ago
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Will Electric Cars and Solar Power Make Gasoline and Utilities Obsolete?

dmatos Re:Energy density. (734 comments)

I don't understand this kind of argument. What would have happened when automobiles were first invented if someone said:

Show me a car that can reproduce by itself, and only needs to be fuelled with grass that I grow on my own fields for free, and then maybe we'll talk.

An electric car does not need to match all of the performance specifications of a gasoline-powered car. All it has to do is meet the needs of the consumers. And if you sat down and thought about it, you probably don't _need_ the things you listed. Those are specifications derived from your actual requirements, under the assumption that a car is gasoline-powered.

about 9 months ago
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Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

dmatos Re:Windows keys? (459 comments)

For two things only:

-E opens up the file browser (aka windows explorer)
-R opens up the "run" dialog box, so I can launch calc, or cmd, or mspaint (useful when snapping and cropping screenshots) without navigating through six layers of menus

about 9 months ago
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

dmatos Re:Humans are ignorant. Critical thinking IS king! (770 comments)

Abiogenesis is the proper term for the beginnings of life. The scientific theory of evolution does not apply there at all. Abiogenesis is a completely different field of study than evolution.

As far a species to species evolution (what I would call "speciation", rather than "macro-evolution") _has_ been observed in laboratory conditions and in the field. And even more than that, the scientific theory of evolution predicts that it would happen.

What's that, you say? A scientific theory made a prediction, and that prediction was found to be true? Damn.

And not only does the theory of evolution make predictions about future speciation events, it makes predictions about those that happened in the past as well. There has not been a single case of transitional fossils found that contradicts the theory of evolution.

Please take your tired, ad-hominem rhetoric home.

about 9 months ago
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

dmatos Re:Humans are ignorant. Critical thinking IS king! (770 comments)

Scientific Theory: Something that describes the current state of the world in a way that makes testable predictions about the future. Useful in furthering our knowledge. Should be taught in science classes.

Colloquial "Theory": Any explanation that potentially describes the current state of the world. Not testable. Makes no predictions about the future. Potentially useful in exploring moral or ethical quandaries. Should be taught in philosophy classes.

Please learn the difference. Teach creationism if you want, I don't give a rat's ass. But don't teach it in a science classroom. It is not science. It never will be science.

about 9 months ago
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Why Standard Deviation Should Be Retired From Scientific Use

dmatos . . . in Social and Biological Sciences (312 comments)

That's what he concludes at the bottom of the article. He starts the article by saying that standard deviation should only be used by physicists, mathematicians, and mathematical statisticians. If I'm not mistaken, "physics" and "math" covers a whole lot of different fields, including most of the STEM fields that (largely) define the users of this site.

I know in my particular field (physics based), standard deviation is a hell of a lot more useful than mean average deviation. And easier to use.

Bah. I call poor summary.

about 9 months ago
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Ampere Could Be Redefined After Experiments Track Single Electrons Crossing Chip

dmatos Bah, I say (299 comments)

The Ampere was only chosen as an SI fundamental unit because it was easier to measure than a Coulomb. To me, an Ampere will always be 1 Coulomb per second.

And since the electric charge is 1.602E-19 Coulombs, we can just invert that number to find the number of electric charges (ie, electrons) in a Coulomb.

about 9 months ago
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Weapons Systems That Kill According To Algorithms Are Coming. What To Do?

dmatos Re:We could not make them (514 comments)

Trick question! Any country claiming to be superior by being humble is demonstrating their non-humbleness.

about 9 months ago
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How One Photographer Is Hacking the Concept of Time

dmatos Re:There's an app for that. (124 comments)

How tall are his prints, though? The only thing that the resolution of the camera contributes to is the height. The width of his prints is determined by the number of time-slices that he assembles together into a single image.

He could make a 16 foot wide print by recording for twice as long.

about 9 months ago
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How One Photographer Is Hacking the Concept of Time

dmatos Available on eBay (124 comments)

Really, this guy didn't need a "slit-scan" camera. Any linescan camera would work. They're not rare. They're used everywhere for industrial inspection. You can find them on eBay for under a hundred dollars. Yes, you'll need to put a lens on it as well, but most are compatible with normal camera lenses. You'll just need a mount adapter.

Heck, you could even do this in post-processing using a normal 2-D camera that's capturing a movie. Just snag a single column from successive frames and stack them into a single picture. Sure, your frame rate will be limited, but it's technically feasible, especially if the 2-D sensors allow for windowing to increase frame rate.

about 9 months ago
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CES: Laser Headlights Edge Closer To Real-World Highways

dmatos Re:Movie (295 comments)

With the cut-offs in my HID projectors, 100% of my light emission is at or below the bumper level of a car in front of me.

Wow. So tell me, how do you see roadsigns?

about 10 months ago
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No. of vehicle license types I hold:

dmatos Re:Which one is for TARDIS? (312 comments)

Psh. I stole the TARDIS. What makes you think I would bother having a license to fly it?

about 10 months ago
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Congressman Accepts BitCoin For His US Senate Run

dmatos Colour me confused (165 comments)

Bitcoin is an _alternative_ to fiat currencies? Citation needed, mostly because I can't believe anyone would be that delusional.

about 10 months ago

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Taking homemade electronics on airplanes

dmatos dmatos writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dmatos (232892) writes "Without giving away any secrets, I am flying to a conference in the United States, where I will be presenting a personal project that I have been working on. Part of this project is a small hardware board, nothing more than three op-amp chips and a few resistors. Very home-built looking, with painfully amateur soldering, and wires snaking all over it. I am (understandably) concerned about having this critical part of my project confiscated at airport security. If a lite-brite looks enough like a bomb to cause panic, I can only expect the same for my 1 inch by 2 inch piece of perf board. Have any other Slashdotters successfully traversed the TSA gauntlet with home-built electronics? Do you have any recommendations?"
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Bill C-61 to amend Canadian Copyright Act

dmatos dmatos writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dmatos (232892) writes "The Canadian Minister of Industry, Jim Prentice, has officially introduced his pet project. Bill C-61 aims to reform the Canadian Copyright Act to update it for the digital age. What Bill C-61 will actually do is mimic the worst parts of the US DMCA, criminalizing the circumvention of technological protection measures, as well as the sale, import, and rental of devices capable of doing so.

There are many other subtle changes in the proposed bill. The Industry Canada site has some candy coated summaries of what Bill C-61 is trying to do. What it actually does is cater to content providers, at the expense of Canadian citizens. Say goodbye to all your fair dealings rights should this bill pass."

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dmatos dmatos writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dmatos (232892) writes "Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell fans, rejoice! An intrepid troupe of writers, actors, and other theatre folk have turned your favourite trilogy into a musical. Currently playing at the Diesel Playhouse in Toronto, Ontario, Evil Dead: The Musical has received rave reviews from fans and critics alike. The writers of this musical know their audience, going out of their way to fill it with the campy, gory humour from the movies, complete with iconic one-liners. Not only that, the first three rows in the theatre are designated "splatter zone" seating, with optional ponchos. Wear a white shirt, and decline the poncho for a one-of-a-kind souvenir of the show. The website has some video links if you'd like to know just how they managed to translate a crazed man chopping off his possessed hand with a chainsaw into musical theatre."
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