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Military Laser/Radio Tech Proposed As Alternative To Laying Costly Fiber Cable

duckintheface Rain attenuates the radio signal (150 comments)

The OP says that "The radio component has * low attenuation* in rainy conditions with large refracting raindrops". I think they mean "high attentuation". TFA says that radio is disrupted by rain.

about a week ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

duckintheface Re:Desparate Microsoft pulls a "Sun Microsystems" (525 comments)

Balmer once called Linux a cancer that was eating the world's software. Sounds like M$ now has a terminal case. That's what it sounds like, but I'm sure they are lying.

about two weeks ago
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Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

duckintheface Re:Oooh ... formally promised ... (167 comments)

The IP is nothing special. It's the user base that has value. They can't get the users without the restricitons.

about a month ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

duckintheface Re:Color Me Surprised (335 comments)

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated." Some parts of the Constitution refer to the rights of Citizens... presumably US Citizens. The 4th Amendment makes not such distinction. People are people and have rights regardless of where they live.

about a month and a half ago
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FCC Puts Comcast and Time Warner Merger On Hold

duckintheface Re:Abolish the FCC. (132 comments)

Should air be private owned? The airwaves belong to everyone.

about a month and a half ago
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FCC Puts Comcast and Time Warner Merger On Hold

duckintheface Re:Abolish the FCC. (132 comments)

I can't imagine any rationale for private ownership of a ubiquitous asset with no physical form. This does not conform to existing property law and would not enure to the advantage of the public.... but rather only to the benefit of a few wealthy corporate bosses. Exactly whose side are you on?

about a month and a half ago
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It's Not Just How Smart You Are: Curiosity Is Key To Learning

duckintheface Pay attention to where you are and what you are... (83 comments)

doing. From the description above: " Ranganath and his colleagues discovered that greater interest in a question would predict not only better memory for the answer but also for the unrelated face that had preceded it." But the following sentence (and the experimental protocol) state that the face followed (not preceded) the question. So someone was not paying attention. Is it any wonder that non-scientists are confused and bored by rubbish such as this? In the words of Yoda.....

about 1 month ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

duckintheface More Efficient (549 comments)

Hauling 1M bodies to Mars is not an efficient way to populate the planet. Unless and until we have a reliable and cost effective artificial womb, the limiting factor is the ability to have babies. So we should start with, say, 100 very intelligent and skilled, and physically capable women. Each of them should be inpregnated on Mars with frozen, fertilized ova from a stock representing the genetic diversity of Earth. Did I mention that the ova should all be females? So assuming that each woman can bear 7 children in her lifetime (a reasonable average based on good medical care and historic norms) and that the generation time is 20 years, it would take about 125 years to reach a population of 1 million. During that 125 year period the women would be busy building a modern civilization while also devoting a major portion of their time ot childcare. Constant resupply of food and manufactured products would have to be provided from Earth. Oh, and I guess they could have a few males around... you know... for entertainment.

about 2 months ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

duckintheface A little class with your trash. (385 comments)

I was in Seattle recently. The guys who pick up the compostable garbage were driving around listening to classical music.... turned up loud so you could hear it over the sound of the truck engine. Not your typical garbage collectors.

Yes, the headline is a pathetic attempt to ring the bell for the conservative Pavlovian dogs to make them salivate all over slashdot. The implication of the headline is that it is about people wasting edible food by throwing it in the trash. Actually it is about compostables (food or otherwise) being placed in the trash steam headed to the landfill rather than the composting station.

about 2 months ago
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Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

duckintheface Re:Intelligence isn't always advantageous (157 comments)

The usual explanation is that large, active brains use lots of energy, which in some environments is better spent gathering bananas.

about 4 months ago
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Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

duckintheface The hightest correlation... (157 comments)

... is to the A112 virus. But you knew that.

about 4 months ago
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Percentage of Elderly In Japan Continues to Grow as Number of Children Drops

duckintheface natural balance (283 comments)

The first question that anyone interested in economics, enviornment... anything really.... should ask is, "What is the optimal populaiton for the country or the planet?" To accomplish anything of value, you at least have to know if the optimal population is higher or lower than the current population.

If our goal is the best life for human beings, the optimal number is clearly less than "standing room only" for population density. Based on resource depletion, current pollution, and the massive extinction event we are currently experiencing for other species, I would think the optimum is considerably less than the current population.

The US standard of living has, on average, not improved since the 1970s and has decreased in the last 5 years. Economic growth is not the goal. Per captta economic growth is the relevant value.

Eventually we have to come into a natural balance so that each child born is replacing a person who has died. The longer we wait to start moving to that balance, the more painful the process will be.

about 6 months ago
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The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling

duckintheface Re:Competition (258 comments)

Google doesn't necessarily care who provides the fast internet service to it's online customers. They aren't going to make their money from selling internet infrastructure. Google is just as happy if ATT builds the cables. However, that could change if net neutrality is knocked down.

about 6 months ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

duckintheface Re:Why do people listen to her? (588 comments)

All of the references cited in the OA are about other people characterizing McCarthy's position. I have not seen any direct quote from her that indicates an opposition to the principle of vaccines or the efficacy of all vaccines. She is misguided in insisting that vaccines cause autism, but that is not the same thing as being against vaccination in general.

about 7 months ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

duckintheface Re:Why do people listen to her? (588 comments)

I think she is wrong to connect vaccines to autism. But attacking her personally is not necessary or relevant. Her general position that she is not against vaccines in general but only against un-safe vaccines is a valid position. Why bother nit-picking nuances or perceived contradictions in wording. It's all irrelevant. The only issue is: Are existing vaccines safe and could they be made safer? All else is nonsense.

about 7 months ago
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Snowden Says No One Listened To 10 Attempts To Raise Concerns At NSA

duckintheface Re:The tighter you clench your fist, Lord Vader... (273 comments)

Leia directs this to Wilhuff Tarkin, not Lord Vader. Tarkin is a Grand Moff of the Galactic Empire and is in charge of the Death Star.

So the quote is:

        "The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers."
        Princess Leia

about 8 months ago
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Austin Has Highest Salaries For Tech Workers, After Factoring In Cost of Living

duckintheface Re:Denver? Atlanta? (285 comments)

Research Triangle Park (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) is a larger tech hub than Austin. And the cost of living is lower as well. Don't know about average salaries.

about 9 months ago

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End of the tenure process?

duckintheface duckintheface writes  |  more than 4 years ago

duckintheface (710137) writes "A professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville reportedly (http://mediaelites.com/?p=12975) killed three members of the Biology faculty when she was denied tenure. After serving for seven years as Assistant Professor at UAH, Harvard trained biologist Amy Bishop, PhD was denied tenure and then allegedly opened fire in a faculty meeting, killing three and wounding three other members of the faculty.

As tenure becomes more difficult or impossible for even very talented candidates to achieve, many will find themselves... at the age of 35-40.... tossed out on the street with nothing to show for spending their entire adult lives working at low wages. Should we be surprised if this becomes a more common end to the tenure process?"

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Open Source as a model in the Presidential race

duckintheface duckintheface writes  |  more than 6 years ago

duckintheface writes "Ed Cone at CIO Insight has just published a four-part series comparing the Presidential campaign to well known technological models. In Part 1 (http://blogs.cioinsight.com/knowitall/content001/the_ground_game_open_source_vs_closed.html) he looks at the grass-roots based Obama operation as "open source" while the McCain campaign is run like a closed source project. (The comparison is made by a Republican staffer who apparently doesn't think much of open source.)

"The differences in the two campaigns start with the candidates themselves — not just McCain's much-discussed lack of computer skills, but Obama's interest in organizing, which staffers credit with inspiring the people-powered feel of the operation. Krohn says the Republican approach is more controlled and carefully monitored. 'It's the difference between open and closed source,' he says."
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duckintheface duckintheface writes  |  more than 7 years ago

duckintheface (710137) writes "Super-blogger Amanda Marcotte (of Pandagon.net fame) resigned today from her position with the John Edwards for President campaign under pressure from right-wing groups who objected to her personal views. http://www.pandagon.net/ Marcotte submitted her resignation because she felt that "every time I coughed, I was risking the Edwards campaign". Marcotte is famous for her biting feminist wit and insight into the way the religious right slams free speech. The line that brought her down? In a discussion of Catholic teachings on birth control, she asked rhetorically, "What if Mary had taken Plan B after the Lord filled her with his hot, white, sticky Holy Spirit?""

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