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WaveNET – the Floating, Flexible Wave Energy Generator

fahrbot-bot Re:Unsolved problems (67 comments)

Add one to that count. I tried building a fusion generator last night when I was drunk. Just like all the other attempts mine didn't work either.

Perhaps you just suck at building fusion generators, like the Apollo 13 astronauts sucked at stirring.

4 hours ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

fahrbot-bot Re:Um, what? (356 comments)

a choice between an incompetent Republican and an ultra-competent one.

You'd regret having an "ultra-competent" person as POTUS? Your political beliefs that rigid? Having a competent people in office is more important than ideology, especially with regard to the entire country as a whole. Extreme partisanship and narrow-minded thinking is what's most troubling us now.

6 hours ago
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Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

fahrbot-bot Spaghetti prosecution. (154 comments)

Throw a bunch of stuff on the wall and hope something sticks. Prosecutors don't really care what that is as long as it's something and they "win".

7 hours ago
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Firefox Will Soon Offer One-Click Buttons For Your Search Engines

fahrbot-bot Re:So what? (95 comments)

or patches by people who just want an old feature back and think Mozilla should listen to them because... just because.

Just because newer doesn't always mean better - that's why. Too bad Mozilla doesn't understand this.

("Awesome" Bar my ass, but I digress.)

yesterday
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"Advanced Life Support" Ambulances May Lead To More Deaths

fahrbot-bot Re:Training? (110 comments)

I live in a rural area. Rural areas were specifically excluded from the study. ... I have personally gone on a cardiac call, where the person was asystole when we arrived on scene...

I was on Ariel, which was also excluded from the study, and we applied the cortical electrodes but were unable to get a neural reaction from either patient.

yesterday
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Lunar Mission One Proposes To Take Core Sample, Plant Time Capsule On the Moon

fahrbot-bot Re:LOL ... (69 comments)

Hmmm ... what movie are you talking about? 'Cuz I wasn't referencing one.

I know; I threw in a reference to a line/scene in Interstellar - as it annoyed me. I understand Nolan's (possible) motivation, but having anyone deny the Moon landings is simply dumb. The Moon landings can be demonstrated by (a) the reflectors astronauts placed for Laser ranging the Earth-Moon distance and (b) telescopes can see (barely) the lower lander sections left behind.

about a week ago
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Lunar Mission One Proposes To Take Core Sample, Plant Time Capsule On the Moon

fahrbot-bot Re:LOL ... (69 comments)

Of course, all of the Luddites will just spend the next 50 years saying it's a hoax.

And all the high-school text books updated to match, once all the crops start to fail... (Sigh. That movie was better than I thought it would be, but not as good as I hoped it would be.)

about a week ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

fahrbot-bot Re:Insensitive clod (306 comments)

Dude, seriously, stop smoking - it's bad for you.

about a week ago
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Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

fahrbot-bot Sure but... (210 comments)

...do we really need to encrypt the entire web? (It's like TV stations boasting that they broadcast the News in high-def. Seriously, it's the News.) Do I (should we) care if the traffic to/from many (most?) sites is encrypted? No.

What I'd rather have is sites not requiring a fuck-ton of Javascript, usually from other sites, to display anything or to work / navigate in even the simplest fashion. Content sites that use Javascript to display article text is particularly annoying.

Just my $.02.

about a week ago
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Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy

fahrbot-bot On the other hand. (114 comments)

You'd think that we'd have found all the parts of the human body by now ...

This is /. so I'm sure many of us have yet undiscovered parts of the human body...

about a week ago
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Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

fahrbot-bot Re:There's not a lot to say, this is scummy (299 comments)

And what I'm saying is that it IS a bad company. And the press pointing that out doesn't make them bad.

Sure, but it's probably cheaper/easier for a company to try and discredit and/or dox a reporter critical of them than to actually address any issues/problems reported.

And, remember, that in the US of A, corporations aren't just people too, they're better people, with more rights, but less responsibilities than us ordinary people. Who are we to criticize them?

about a week ago
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Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

fahrbot-bot Re:Better go kick WSUS into a sync... (178 comments)

I still would not want to be the guy who followed policy and got his internal network completely infested.

Ya, but you've already got Windows systems on your network ... :-)

about a week ago
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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop Update Performance Explored

fahrbot-bot Seriously? (57 comments)

SHIELD needs their own tablet?

about a week ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

fahrbot-bot Re:Given how most spend their time in college... (226 comments)

I don't think I could honestly trust in the abilities of any programmer who hasn't had a serious discrete math class, without that being matched by years of actively failing at good design and learning the more fundamental pitfalls and ways around them the hard way.

Settle down, they're talking about creating "Web Developers" not programmers. :-)

about two weeks ago
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Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

fahrbot-bot Re:How do I refill it? (194 comments)

You won't be able to generate or store hydrogen at your house.

Says who? I've got a couple of test tubes, water and electricity... :-)

about two weeks ago
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A Worm's Mind In a Lego Body

fahrbot-bot Important question. (200 comments)

The important question is does it scale?

No. The important question is does it run Linux? It's a given that it runs NetBSD - sure, my toaster does.

about two weeks ago
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Open Source Self-Healing Software For Virtual Machines

fahrbot-bot Re:Wrong approach (50 comments)

I just don't think you'll find many in the younger crowd of coders to be humble enough to think that 1) their code could be buggy, or 2) that something/someone else could fix it. The only people I run into that talk about hard and true reliable coding as a standard are over 45 years old. All the young bucks think its impossible.

I think it's a matter of experience and maturity. I'm 51 and have been a (mostly) Unix system programmer and admin since while in college. I've worked on all sorts of systems from Linux/Windows PCs to a Cray 2 and YMP and I'm used to having to account for the unexpected. I try to teach the young padawans on my team to think about what could possibly go wrong, and discuss this more with others as the importance of something rises, and to expect the unexpected. An example I offer is an error message I once got from Tcsh way back - "Assertion botch: This can't happen!" Obviously this is balanced against how critical the code/usage is and the famous "cheap, fast, good - pick two" triangle along with the practical aspects of customer/contract needs and requirements. I also stress trying to understand *why* something works, or needs to work, the way it does, not just *how*.

The most important thing seems to be curiosity and a desire to (really) learn and understand how to solve problems, not just solving them. Find the right youngster, give them support and the right environment and some time to learn. Of course, the really hard part is finding the right person.

Give a man a compiler and he'll generate code; teach him to write a compiler and he'll get hooked on caffeine, go crazy, quit and spend his remaining days curled up in a ball sobbing and muttering about Yacc and Lex - or something like that...

about two weeks ago
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US DOE Sets Sights On 300 Petaflop Supercomputer

fahrbot-bot Re:Ehhh Meh (127 comments)

...also there is the inertia of so many scientists and engineers...

Sounds like words of a youngster who doesn't know that newer isn't always better.

about two weeks ago
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US DOE Sets Sights On 300 Petaflop Supercomputer

fahrbot-bot Re:Ehhh Meh (127 comments)

The number of floating point operations (FLOPS) performed by a next-generation game console outranks early days supercomputers like the Cray.

Sure, but do they have the system capability / bandwidth to actually do anything with those numbers and is their raw speed offset by not being vector processors like the Cray 2 (process an entire array of data in 1 instruction)? I'm not a hardware geek, but was an administrator for the Cray 2 at the NASA Langley Research Center back in the mid 1980s and, among other things, wrote a proof-of-concept program in C to perform Fast Fourier transforms on wind tunnel data in near real time - probably would have been faster had I been a FORTRAN geek - and the system could pump through quite a bit of data - at least for the 80s.

And the Cray 2 was way prettier than a PS3/4 or Xbox, though the Fluorinert immersion used for cooling is a bit cumbersome and expensive :-)

about two weeks ago

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Sound Waves as Effective as Brain Surgery at Treating Essential Tremor

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  about a year ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "Scalpel-free surgery using focused sound waves appears to be as effective in treating essential tremor as traditional surgery that requires drilling into the skull, a groundbreaking clinical trial at the University of Virginia Health System has found.

All 15 participants in U.Va.'s trial saw a substantial reduction in their involuntary shaking after undergoing the experimental focused ultrasound procedure. The rate of side effects was similar to that of traditional brain surgery. The patients were able to leave the hospital the next day."

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Saudi Royal Backs Imam and Fox News

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "In an awkward moment on Fox News this week, a pundit suggested that a member of the Saudi royal family who has supported the bridge-building work of the imam behind a planned Muslim community center and mosque in Lower Manhattan “funds radical madrasas all over the world.” The awkwardness came from the fact — unmentioned by anyone on the Fox set — that the same Saudi, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, also happens to be the second-largest shareholder in News Corp., the parent company of the Fox News Channel."
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Computer Engineer Barbie coming soon...

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "The Register is reporting, well, the title says it all... From the article and Mattel website:

To ensure the doll accurately reflects this occupation, Barbie® designers worked with the Society of Women Engineers and the National Academy of Engineering to ensure that accessories, clothing and packaging were realistic and representative of a real computer engineer. Looking geek chic, Computer Engineer Barbie® wears a t-shirt featuring binary code and computer/keyboard icon along with a pair of black knit skinny pants. Computer Engineer carries a Barbie® smart phone, fashionable laptop case, flat watch and Bluetooth earpiece. With stylish pink-frame glasses and a shiny laptop, she is ready to conquer the day’s tasks on the go or from her desk."

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Couple stranded 3 days after GPS leads them astray

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "A couple's SUV gets stranded in deep snow for three days on a remote Forest Service Road after they blindly followed the directions from their GPS-enabled cell — don't worry, they got rescued using the very same phone. Now, I don't have any GPS devices — I use printed maps (ask your parents) — and am curious about the circumstances. Have or would you blindly follow your GPS unit — anywhere?"
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Jet-fighter raygun soon, sharks next.

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  about 5 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "The Register reports: HELL-beam project now one step from jet-fighter raygun, DARPA fridge laser. Advantage: Shark. From TFA: The US military will shortly issue a brace of contracts for "refrigerator sized" laser blaster cannons. One of the deals will see a full-power ground prototype built which will be the final stage prior to America's first raygun-equipped jet fighter.

If it scales down far enough, this would seem to put handheld HELL-guns within an order of magnitude of the striking power offered by conventional small-arms. A 9mm pistol bullet has about 750 joules muzzle energy: a 5kg portable HELL-ray weapon would put out this much energy in a blast less than a second long.

A dolphin can carry a human being weighing up to 100kg along for a ride. A thoroughbred shark in good training can surely match this. Thus, we seem to be looking at practicable head-lazor output in the 20-kilowatt range..."

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Vatican Endorses Darwin, but not ID

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "The Times Online (and others) are reporting that:

The Vatican has admitted that Charles Darwin was on the right track when he claimed that Man descended from apes.

A leading official declared yesterday that Darwin's theory of evolution was compatible with Christian faith, and could even be traced to St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas. "In fact, what we mean by evolution is the world as created by God," said Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

The Vatican also dealt the final blow to speculation that Pope Benedict XVI might be prepared to endorse the theory of Intelligent Design, whose advocates credit a "higher power" for the complexities of life."

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Palin: Africa is a continent?

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  about 6 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "The Guardian, and others, are reporting the following Newsweek story: Palin Didn't Know Africa Is A Continent

Fox News, a channel that had been generally flattering in its coverage of the "Palin phenomenon", reported that aides were astonished when they learned she was unaware that Africa was not a country but a whole continent. She was also said to be unable to name the countries that belong to the North American Free Trade Agreement: the US, Mexico and Canada. ...

The most colourful new information concerned Palin's spending spree on the campaign trail. Newsweek reported that she ended up spending far more than the $150,000 (£93,000) that was already known about, with up to $40,000 being lavished on her husband, Todd.

A wealthy donor who had offered to pay was shocked, Newsweek said, when he got the bill from the high-end retailers Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. One McCain aide characterised the episode to the magazine as "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast".

Google +Palin +Africa +"Fox News" for many, many links..."
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Court: US can block mad cow testing

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "Apparently the USDA is keen on protecting the profit margins of the Beef Industry.

The Bush administration can prohibit meat packers from testing their animals for mad cow disease, a federal appeals court said Friday. ... Larger meat packers opposed such testing. If Creekstone Farms Premium Beef began advertising that its cows have all been tested, other companies fear they too will have to conduct the expensive tests.

(A slightly longer article can be found on Reuters: Court bars meatpacker tests for mad cow.)

While extra testing may be unnecessary, if Creekstone believes they can perform these extra tests, assume the increased liability for any testing failures and succeed in the market place, then why should the Government interfere? I thought the "Free Market" was suppose to sort these things out. In addition, perhaps the market pressures of increased testing will drive the development of less expensive and more reliable testing, and 100% testing may provide assurances to foreign markets wishing to import U.S. beef. Then again, perhaps the Government doesn't actually want to test more than the current 1% of all cows..."

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