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Amir Taaki Answers Your Questions About Bitcoin

freefrag Gold? (262 comments)

Pretty much all of those advantages used to tout BTC are better achieved through a specie currency like gold.

more than 3 years ago

Skype Forcing Mac Users To Upgrade Client

freefrag Alternative chat rooms (250 comments)

I've been using a skype text conference as an invite-only chat room for some of my online friends. Why not IRC? Because skype keeps track of all history and logs so you don't have to idle in the room 24/7 to see what people said when you were away. I have found nothing as convenient and suitable to our purposes. Now, I'm starting to worry about the future. Does anyone have a suggestion for a different system?

more than 3 years ago

Japanese Scientist Creates Meat Substitute From Sewage

freefrag You got trolled (417 comments)

Googling the researcher's name and his institution only brings up this story. Looks like you someone successfully trolled slashdot.

more than 3 years ago

Signs of Ozone Layer Recovery Detected

freefrag Mt Erebus? (363 comments)

One thing that I never got was how an volcano in Antartica actively emitting hydrogen chlorine cannot contribute to stratospheric chlorine. Anywhere else, HCl would just stick to a water droplet and rain down, but we are talking about the most arid continent on earth, with very little precipitation.

more than 3 years ago

Why Published Research Findings Are Often False

freefrag Climate Change (453 comments)

Climate change?

about 4 years ago

Brain Scans May Help Guide Career Choice

freefrag Asimov's Profession (133 comments)

Sounds like the first step towards Asimov's future of being educated by tape, because some people's brain patterns are suited to different professions.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Cancels Bing Cashback Program

freefrag Bing (124 comments)

They had to pay people to use their search engine?

more than 4 years ago

SpaceX Successfully Launches Falcon 9 Rocket

freefrag Light gas space cannon? (190 comments)

Could someone tell me if there is anything wrong with using a light gas cannon as the first two stages of a rocket as John Hunter proposes? Is the amount of propellant needed to fire the gun more than would be required by a traditional kerosene/LOX motor? It sounds to me like a space cannon would be an inexpensive way to launch non-living cargo mass. Has nobody invested in this sort of project because the space gun people all went to work for Saddam Hussein?

more than 4 years ago

Quantum Mechanics Involved In Photosynthesis

freefrag Quantum Tunneling (137 comments)

It is not new at all that quantum tunneling is an important mechanism in the electron transport chain. The iron-sulfur centers are optimally positioned to optimize the tunneling rate of electrons between them. They knew about this several years ago, when I learned this in an undergrad biophysics class.

more than 5 years ago

FDA Testing Artificial Liver

freefrag Re:Hello, Eh, Can we have your Liver? (146 comments)

The FDA is an affront to medical freedom in the US. Like all regulatory agencies, it has formed a cartel with the businesses it was implemented to regulate. We are left with mainstream medical knowledge subject to lobbyists. The FDA pushes flawed studies as irrefutable science, dangerous drugs, and a diet not suited to humans.

Private, voluntary certification companies like Underwriters Laboratories have an incentive to be honest, because they will go out of business if discredited. Likewise, pharmaceutical companies need the certification of an outside party to gain and keep the trust of consumers. The FDA should not be that party. Unlike the UL, it is a government bureaucracy that does not need to maintain a good reputation to stay in power.

more than 5 years ago

Bill Gates Unleashes Swarm of Mosquitoes

freefrag Gates Foundation's approach to malaria is wrong (841 comments)

The Gates Foundation is trying to distribute antimalarial drugs to all the poor people in Africa. Too bad there is already a cure for malaria orders of magnitude cheaper: DDT. In epidemiology, you eradicate a disease by preventing its spread, not treating every infected individual. Malaria was already eliminated in places like Sicily by using DDT.

DDT does not thin eggshells of birds. It is not carcinogenic either. I can't tell whether Bill Gates is trying to accomplish anything or just spend lots of money on others out of penance. If the Gates Foundation wants to improve the world, they would have more money for useful charity if they just applied DDT in Africa.

more than 5 years ago

Man Robs Convenience Stores With Klingon "Batleth"

freefrag Re:Enact the assault sword ban! (579 comments)

The daggers the Sikhs carry is more of a challenge not to unsheath them unless Muslim tyrants (Mughals) return.

more than 5 years ago

The Phoenix Has Landed

freefrag Late Breaking News (369 comments)

Amidst of rumors of yet another invasion by the heinous creatures of the blue planet, the most Illustrious Council of Elders confirmed that another mechanical war machine recently landed successfully on the homeworld. K'breel, speaker for the Council, stressed that plans for defense were well underway:

Gentle Citizens, today my gelsacs frumple in anticipation of the successful counterattack on the two-eyed monsters of the blue planet. Our sources indicate that while their latest mechanical terror has an experimental weapon to bore into our colonies, it has landed far from our podhomes and will soon be destroyed by this zunok's unusually powerful dust storms. Victory against our enemies is near! Our scientists report that our climate disruptor probes are currently in full operation and will make the blue planet uninhabitable within the next 5 zon.
When dissenters questioned whether the warming of our enemy's planet was due to his own self-destructive habits or our weaponry, K'Breel ordered their gelsacs pierced on the spot.

more than 6 years ago


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