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Cosmic Ray Intensity Reaches Highest Levels In 50 years

elthicko Re:global cooling (263 comments)

Maybe it's those bastards doing warp 10 around the sun causing all the problems. If only we could reverse the polarity on the main deflector to radiate a tachyon pulse directly into the sun. That oughta solve any problem we come across.

more than 4 years ago

Students Settle With TurnItIn In Copyright Case

elthicko Re:But is this REALLY copyright infringement? (208 comments)

That's just lazy

Agreed, there is no question it is lazy. And please don't get me wrong, I don't condone the practice. I am just pointing out there are times in which this 'opportunity' presents itself and it's not really the fault of the professor.

... misses the whole point of getting a proper education

From experience I know that many can receive top marks on resubmitted work. You are either already at a very high standard, and thus it is arguable if the effort of writing another extremely similar paper (which could be spent elsewhere) would be worth the educational benefit, or standards are not high enough.

at least a bit...

Problem is, you probably need a substantially different paper to avoid plagiarism of your own work, not just a bit different.

more than 5 years ago

Students Settle With TurnItIn In Copyright Case

elthicko Re:But is this REALLY copyright infringement? (208 comments)

While I agree that courses can sometimes be frustratingly similar, there are legitimate times where the situation of one paper being valid for another course will come up. For example, in earlier years in University, one will typically take courses on general topics (e.g. 16th Century Literature). In that class you may decide to write a paper on Shakespeare. Then a year or two later you may find yourself in a course focusing just on Shakespeare. Depending on how you wrote your first paper, you may be able to hand in the same paper again at some point during this course.

more than 5 years ago

Craigslist Kills Erotic Services Ads, Will Launch Adult Section

elthicko Re:Not like it's going to make a difference (390 comments)

One major problem with this however is kids selling sex over craigslist. I don't know whether they would be doing it with or without craigslist, but it certainly makes it easier for them to advertise and easier for predators to find.

more than 5 years ago

Improving the Abilities of Bionic Arm Patients

elthicko Re:Not impressed with any mechanical arms (46 comments)

We may not fully understand the complex calculations going on in the brain, but we do know that for motor control basically an electrical signal propagates down an axon which connects to a muscle. Once the electrical signal reaches the end there is a chemical reaction which triggers the muscle contraction. There are usually multiple axons connecting to a muscle (the amount active controlling the amount of contraction). So if you take the ends of these axons connecting to residual muscle from the amputated limb and measure the electrical signal you can determine whether the brain is trying to activate that muscle or not. Then you have an algorithm controlling your prosthesis to turn on a motor instead of a muscle.

more than 5 years ago

Narcissistic College Graduates In the Workplace?

elthicko Re:Oh they'll crash all right (1316 comments)

As a recent engineering grad, I can attest that I wasn't exactly impressed by the typical duties of most of the positions I was interviewing for. I always pictured myself doing more R&D and design with my engineering degree, but that wasn't really what I was seeing out there. I've since decided to change my career path a bit go to grad school. After I finish I expect I will try to work as a technology entrepreneur or a professor at a university.

more than 5 years ago

Human Exoskeletons Getting Closer

elthicko Re:Energy density (198 comments)

Muscle is actually relatively inefficient compared to modern engineering. I think muscle only converts energy into work at an efficiency of about 0.3 after millions of years of evolution, while motors can be around 95% efficient. The difference is that the body can store and generate a lot more energy than a battery can.

more than 5 years ago

Major Cache of Fossils Unearthed In Los Angeles

elthicko Re:Multiple redundancy (215 comments)

That should be fried mammoth finger.

more than 5 years ago

Map As Metaphor In a Location-Aware Mobile World

elthicko Re:Hold on now (178 comments)

I suppose that is possible. If you're a scene girl.

Now that would be a sight to see. A scene girl concerned with privacy.

more than 5 years ago

Extinct Pyrenean Ibex Cloned

elthicko Re:HUMANS: - (249 comments)

However, if you were to commercially raise rare animals, it would inevitably lead to devaluation of the animal/product. Many people hunt and desire these animals simply because they are rare, not because of something that they necessarily need from it (as is the case with domestic cows which we need for dietary reasons).

So.. you domesticate some rare animal, no one wants it anymore, you stop domesticating, it becomes rare again, people hunt it.

more than 5 years ago

Injectable Artificial Bone Developed

elthicko Re:Bone cement works poorly (105 comments)

What about applying a current to induce bone growth? Osteocytes can be drawn to the place of injury and make new bone.

more than 5 years ago

Paul McCartney Releases Album As DRM-Free Download

elthicko Re:just for fun (292 comments)

Were you asking for lossless when they offered a 320 kps mp3 because of space considerations? I'll assume you were being sarcastic.

I think the idea is it's a lot easier to compress your audio to whatever you need it to be than to go the other way. This way by offering high quality downloads, you have the choice of keeping the larger, higher quality file, or downgrading it yourself to a smaller file.

more than 5 years ago

Cold Sore Virus May Be Alzheimer's Smoking Gun

elthicko So... (285 comments)

Let me get this straight. If I always wear a condom I won't get Alzheimer's? :p

more than 5 years ago

Online Reporters Now the Journalists Most Often Jailed

elthicko I wonder if in Russia... (147 comments)

they send internet journalists to jail or do they just assassinate them like the other journalists.

more than 5 years ago

Against Unknown Viruses, Avira AntiVir the Winner For Now

elthicko Re:mine is better (170 comments)

Wireless? Or maybe connected to another PC through the parallel port?

more than 5 years ago

Prescription Handguns For the Elderly and Disabled

elthicko Re:You just defined it (1093 comments)

Having a full suit of body armor can also prevent injury, however, it is not considered a medical device.

more than 5 years ago

Prescription Handguns For the Elderly and Disabled

elthicko Re:Hypocritic Oath? (1093 comments)

1) Prescribe guns to elderly
2) Wait for inevitable accidental shootings and resultant injuries
3) ???
4) Profit

more than 5 years ago


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