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Australia Moves Toward New Restrictions On Technology Export and Publication

fractoid Re:Innovative sheepdips (90 comments)

The Australian radio-astronomer John O'Sullivan developed a key patent used in Wi-Fi as a by-product in a CSIRO research project, "a failed experiment to detect exploding mini black holes the size of an atomic particle".

So a researcher at CSIRO developed some patentable technology during a research project, patented it, and then enforced their own patent?

That's how patents are meant to work.

2 days ago
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Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

fractoid Re:Accident report (174 comments)

Skin-care professionals do hate them. Learn their one simple trick!

4 days ago
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Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

fractoid Re:Anti-Aging is a Fraud Magnet (174 comments)

My mixture of natural herbs recommended by a Madagascan witch-shaman will not only reverse aging completely but it lets me use ad-hominem as a legitimate logical argument.

Beat THAT.

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

fractoid Re:Bricklayer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls (584 comments)

Hairdresser Aubrey Spetsnatz is dismayed that, at a critical developmental age, her 4-year-old son wants to be an astronaut, not a stylist or makeup artist...

about two weeks ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

fractoid Re:She's _4_ (584 comments)

Exactly. My little girl can be anything she wants to be. If she wants to be an engineer or an astronaut, I will encourage her to work towards it. If she wants to be a princess then she can be a goddamn princess.

about two weeks ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

fractoid Re:Maybe.....but maybe not (293 comments)

True that. Fuel cells can't compete realistically with batteries as a vehicle power source, but damn if I don't want Mr Fusion in my car.

about a month ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

fractoid Re:Maybe.....but maybe not (293 comments)

It's not inconceivable that fuel cell cars will be a success, but fundamental physics dictates that if this happens it will be due to human stupidity rather than technical superiority.

Hydrogen is a terrible energy storage medium compared to modern battery technology. The only possible advantages it has are (a) you can generate it from fossil fuels, and (b) it lends itself far more in today's rooftop-solar-filled world to central control and taxation.

about a month ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

fractoid Re:It's not your phone (610 comments)

Seems to me that the problem is people wanting to complain over nothing. So what if an album (and it's not like it's something offensive) gets added to your iTunes account as a 'purchased' product?

Maybe Apple could have added a new category with a separate list of "Free Media" or something, but seriously? I'm no fan of Apple but this is a storm in a molehill.

about 3 months ago
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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

fractoid Re:HAL 9000 (120 comments)

In addition to the other suggestions made here, one use case for machine lip reading is tracking multiple simultaneous conversations in a crowd. You could theoretically have searchable index of anything anyone said in view of a particular camera (whereas once more than 2-3 people are talking at once, it becomes almost impossible to separate out their individual speech.)

about 3 months ago
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Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

fractoid Re:I truly hope not (182 comments)

Fundamental concepts, like books, that have been around since the dawn of civilisation are generally not patentable. Prior art or something.

So things like rounded corners, for example?

about 3 months ago
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Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

fractoid Re:An Unbiased Opinion, Eh? (182 comments)

Leader of a large corporation says that corporation's product is essential to the future of the human race.

about 3 months ago
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3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive

fractoid Re:And it looks abysmal too (132 comments)

Exactly. I hate seeing 3D printing touted as a mass production technique when in fact it's terrible for that. Traditional mass production methods like injection molding, vacuum forming, milling, etc. are intrinsically better in most cases and will remain so for the foreseeable future.

3D printing is great for prototyping and very short production runs, not for mass production.

about 3 months ago
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Learning About Enea's Real Time Linux Embedded OS (Video)

fractoid Re: Commercial alternatives (27 comments)

How about benefits to people who actually create innovative solutions to real commercial problems instead of Yet Another Ripoff Of Software I Don't Want To Pay For?

about 3 months ago
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Laid Off From Job, Man Builds Tweeting Toilet

fractoid Re: Job security and your title (115 comments)

Exactly. Who the hell pays an "evangelist" unless it's for their own product? Generally the hard part is getting them to shut up...

about 3 months ago
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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

fractoid So it's like Google Wallet? (187 comments)

Any idea whether it'll work internationally? Android 4.4 has NFC transaction support but it's only actually supported in the U.S.

about 4 months ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

fractoid Re:What's so American (531 comments)

They think "reds under the bed" worked for decades during the cold war, and it's been just long enough that it might work again.

about 4 months ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

fractoid Re:Now what could go wrong? (376 comments)

and that's what should require a strong burden of proof on the part of the copyright holder.

Not any more! That's kind of the point of these pushes to alter the way copyrights are enforced online: They want to shift the burden of proof from the copyright holder to the alleged infringer.

about 4 months ago
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Experimental Drug Compound Found To Reverse Effects of Alzheimer's In Mice

fractoid Re:We live in an extraordinary era in medicine! (105 comments)

Actually involuntary euthanasia = murder. That's kind of the reason that euthanasia isn't legal. It's potentially very hard to prove (especially when the patient has some cognitive disability) whether or not it was in fact voluntary or not.

about 4 months ago
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Experimental Drug Compound Found To Reverse Effects of Alzheimer's In Mice

fractoid Re:That's more than reversing the effect (105 comments)

Well, if a substance is affecting your brain then it's gonna be either covalent or ionic. There's not really a lot of other options.

about 4 months ago

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