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At Oxford, a Battery That's Lasted 175 Years -- So Far

elfprince13 Re:Interstellar missions... (209 comments)

Photons are "merely" localized changes in an electromagnetic field. Intuitively, "bumping" a charged particle will cause it to wiggle, causing just such changes to propagate. This is sort of a lie depending on your intuition for "bump", but it's close enough for a 3am /. post.

2 days ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

elfprince13 Re:Good news (418 comments)

or...Andrew Stanton. Or Brad Bird.

2 days ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

elfprince13 Re:Good news (418 comments)

I think this misses a little bit the problem with Lucas's film-making. The problem has never been the plot - he's fantastic at that. It's the dialogue and characterization. He does mythic, not interpersonal. I'd be all for a trilogy in which Lucas provided the plot structure and someone else handled the script-writing. This is basically what happened with the original trilogy, and it was amazing.

2 days ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

elfprince13 Re:She's _4_ (584 comments)

This true - but all of the activities I suggested also help self-select for a peer group that is less likely to be problematic.

about 2 months ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

elfprince13 Re:She's _4_ (584 comments)

Thankfully there are more options than "preppy preschool" and "melt brain on TV". Playing outside, reading, and construction toys are all pretty solid options.

about 2 months ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

elfprince13 Re:Pilot-wave theory! (429 comments)

Pilot-wave theory requires non-locality, which should make even less to you.

about 3 months ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

elfprince13 Re:Savage candidates who are regressive (485 comments)

Where were the pro-market, anti-monopoly Republicans

Not in national office, and furiously shaking their fists at the neo- and social- conservatives who hijacked the party.

about 3 months ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

elfprince13 Re:Savage candidates who are regressive (485 comments)

A non-trivial fraction of Republicans are pro-markets, rather than pro-business, which is more than can be said for any number of Democrats. And the pro-market faction tends to oppose government-sanctioned monopolies.

about 3 months ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

elfprince13 Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (786 comments)

As a 5 year old I took perverse joy in showing off my pink Birkenstocks to people who told me that pink was a "girly color".

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

elfprince13 Re:Don't get a liberal arts degree (392 comments)

As the GP said, there are some rigorous top tier liberal arts schools that only offer BAs "on principle", so you should check into your applicant's backgrounds to see what the story is. I went to one that made the BA/BS distinction, and took the BS route, so I can mostly sidestep that particular mess, but from what I've heard there's definitely still some discrimination on the engineering side of things.

about 4 months ago
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School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

elfprince13 Re:Great idea! (231 comments)

It already has been in places. My high school did this 7 or 8 years ago.

about 4 months ago
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Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

elfprince13 Re:...but there are already films (252 comments)

BSG is the only other series that comes close with the physically accurate dogfighting. The Vipers are still *designed* like jets, but they don't fly like them.

about 6 months ago
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How Facebook Sold You Krill Oil

elfprince13 Re:The short version (114 comments)

I hit both of your target demographics, and have family ties to the Christian music scene (my cousin in law has toured as the Gettys' bassist, and was next door neighbors with one of Anberlin's band members, my dad wrote Mark Heard's biography, frequently plays and/or speaks at SoulFest, and organizes the Vermont Conference on Christianity and the Arts), and, well....I didn't realize "Christian DJs" were a thing people hired, and now that I know, I still can't imagine hiring one for a wedding reception. Maybe a youth group event or a YoungLife overnight.

about 6 months ago
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Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

elfprince13 Re:Cinema-like (261 comments)

Only four times? What kind of discount cinemas are you going to and where can I find them? At the nearest theater, it's $6 for a slushy that is $0.79 at my local convenience store.

about 8 months ago
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DarkMarket, the Decentralized Answer To Silk Road, Is About More Than Just Drugs

elfprince13 Re:Eeeehhhhhh (251 comments)

The property that makes cash convenient in real life is the same one that make it anonymous: it's decentralized. Why should the situation be any different online (excepting technology lag and first-to-market effects)?

about 9 months ago
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ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses

elfprince13 Re:And yet Akamai deserves a /10 (306 comments)

They're a CDN that serves 30% of all Internet traffic. They get whatever they want, because if they don't, the internet starts sucking.

about 9 months ago

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Fan Community Launches "Ender's Game Fans for Equality"

elfprince13 elfprince13 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

elfprince13 (1521333) writes "With talk of a boycott of the upcoming film, some enterprising fans have taken matters into their own hands. Rather than engaging in a boycott, they are suggesting that fans participate in a "political offset" fundraising campaign to counter the lobbying that Orson Scott Card's share of the profits might contribute to. The campaign is intended to support a variety of equal-rights themed charities spanning the political spectrum."

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