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Philips Ethernet-Powered Lighting Transmits Data To Mobile Devices Via Light

doconnor Re:How about no? (104 comments)

How is an air conditioner supposed to know what temperature you want it to be without an Internet connection?

about a month ago
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Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

doconnor Re:Rejecing evolution is the point (772 comments)

It will make the world a better place if your political opinions are based on evidence and logic.

about 2 months ago
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Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

doconnor Rejecing evolution is the point (772 comments)

If you can't use science to overturn part of your cultural identity, then you are missing the most critical requirement of an enlightened democracy and you don't actually comprehend science. Science is applicable to all beliefs and every decision you make everyday.

about 2 months ago
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Climate Journal Publishes Referees' Report In Response To "Witch-Hunt" Claims

doconnor Re:Witch-Hunt. Right. (330 comments)

My previous comment from another article happen defends nuclear power.

However it will take more the eliminating coal to reduce our emission by 80%-90% in the next 35 years.

about 2 months ago
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Climate Journal Publishes Referees' Report In Response To "Witch-Hunt" Claims

doconnor Re:Witch-Hunt. Right. (330 comments)

If there was wide acceptance of AGW we could get on with deciding what to do about it, which can generate a whole lot of genuine controversy and legitimate disagreement.

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: Stewart Brand Answers Your Questions

doconnor Re:Nuclear, GMO (22 comments)

The only practical alternative to nuclear in many places is fossil fuel power generation which even when working perfectly is not safe for the environment.

Its a lot easier to predict when you know what gene you are transferring then old fashion selective breeding which we have practiced for 10s of thousands to years and managed to change this into this.

about 3 months ago
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California City Considers Restarting Desalination Plant To Fight Drought

doconnor Re:It's because I moved from California. (420 comments)

They are using the same idea this time. Spending millions of dollars on a desalination plant will cause droughts to end.

about 3 months ago
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Lessig Launches a Super PAC To End All Super PACs

doconnor Re:What is the point? (465 comments)

In Canada, federally, third party advertising on political issues during elections is allowed, but regulated with reporting requirements and spending limits.

Also corporate and union donations to political parties are banned and individual donation are limited to about $1,200 dollars per year.

Like the US we have constitutionally protected freedom of expression, but there is also section one which says, "The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society."

So freedom of expression can be limited in the name of democracy.

about 3 months ago
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Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

doconnor Re:Not sure how I feel about this one (342 comments)

I Canada OTA broadcasters don't get money from cable companies, but they manage to survive. (Non-OTA channels do get some money from cable companies)

Of course, in recent years the cable companies now own all the OTA broadcasters.

about 3 months ago
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Asteroid Impacts Bigger Risk Than Thought

doconnor Re:Am I reading this right (172 comments)

Once difference is that the energy is spread out over kilometers rather then all at one point near the surface.

This Quirks and Quarks story on the The Chelyabinsk Meteor talks about this and how the data suggests impacts are more common then we thought.

about 3 months ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

doconnor Re:Get rid of income Tax (423 comments)

His stimulus during the Great Depression was good, but didn't go far enough. The New Deal was very controversial at the time, so perhaps he would have gone further if he could.

about 3 months ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

doconnor Re:Get rid of income Tax (423 comments)

"If you take productive money and piss it away on boondoggle projects instead of useful purposes then it's a complete loss for the economy."

What about the most massive boondoggle project in history: World War II?

Massive increase in government spending, massing increase in government debt and massive increase in taxes all to build highly specialized equipment, ship it over seas and where it gets blown up.

The result: decades of economic growth and prosperity ending only with the rise of neo-Liberalism.

about 4 months ago
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VLC Finally Launches App For Windows 8

doconnor Re:Apps (170 comments)

No tiles, yet, but the Mac App Store was introduced a few years ago.

about 5 months ago
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Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

doconnor Re:Prior data may suggest what is going on (625 comments)

You raise a good point. Maybe people are moving left socially, but right economically.

about 6 months ago
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Journal of Cosmology Contributor Sues NASA To Investigate Mars "Donut"

doconnor Secrative (140 comments)

If the thing was life, NASA would be highly secretive about it until everything has been checked and reviewed and the President make the announcement.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

doconnor Re:Raspberry PI (420 comments)

The Raspberry PI is both very small and very cheap while maintaining the flexibility of a desktop computer makes it an exceptionally versatile device.

about 7 months ago
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Geeks For Monarchy: The Rise of the Neoreactionaries

doconnor Re:hrm (730 comments)

She has the power to resolve conflicts between the executive and the legislative branches of government, usually replacing the executive with someone that the legislature can support or by forcing an election. Recent experience has shown that is something that could be useful in the United States

about 8 months ago
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South African Education Department Bans Free and Open Source Software

doconnor FOSS (185 comments)

Aren't there a couple FOSS compilers that support Delphi to a greater or less degree?

about 10 months ago
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When Does the Universe Compute?

doconnor Definitions (182 comments)

Sounds like they are arbitrarily defining computing as a simulation of the universe, therefore the actual universe cannot compute. I think this unnecessarily limiting people's imagination.

Besides, from the inside of a simulation its all real to you.

about 10 months ago
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Silk Road Shut Down, Founder Arrested, $3.6 Million Worth of Bitcoin Seized

doconnor Re:Long Overdue (620 comments)

Using the word "evildoers" in a context other then a Saturday morning cartoon means that he is brainwashed.

about 10 months ago

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How often do you put pen to paper?

doconnor doconnor writes  |  more than 2 years ago

doconnor writes "Throughout the day
Once a day
Once a week
Once a month
Once a year
Pen? I haven't used a stylus since the iPhone came out."
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When to round

doconnor doconnor writes  |  more than 4 years ago

doconnor (134648) writes "We do a rather complex financial calculation involving a fair number of steps, like multiplying and dividing by various factors, choosing one value or another based on criteria. The issue has been raised about what steps along the way we should round to the nearest cent. These steps are showing in various reports with various levels of details. Should only the major input and output values be rounded, should rounding be done after each step that is shown in the reports or is it worth rounding at all?"
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Canadian investigators hack unsecured wireless net

doconnor doconnor writes  |  more than 6 years ago

doconnor writes "Canadian human-rights investigators used a women's unsecured wireless network to post on white supremacist websites as part of an investigation. It was discovered when the source of the source of the messages was subpoenaed from Bell. The office of Privacy Commissioner is investigating. The article goes on to warn of the dangers of unsecured wireless networks."
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Ulysses spacecraft on its last legs

doconnor doconnor writes  |  more than 6 years ago

doconnor writes "JPL announced that Ulysses' mission will be ending after 17 years. The power generated by the decay of a radioactive isotope has been slowly decreasing. To conserve power its main transmitter was shut off. Unfortunately due to a fault in its power supply it cannot be turned back on. The team plans to continue operating the spacecraft in its reduced capacity, using the alternate S-band transmitter, for as long as they can over the next few weeks."
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doconnor doconnor writes  |  more than 7 years ago

doconnor writes "The Canadian version of TV Guide (which is completely separate from the US version) will stop publishing Nov 20 and go online instead now that so many people get their TV listings online or through settop boxes. It has been publishing since 1976."

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