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Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

geekoid Re:It would be cheaper for everyone.... (83 comments)

Ok, who is 'everyone',

All people, I would imagine.

  what does it mean to 'fix pollution'
continue reducing pollution in the air.

  and how much do 'heavy restrictions' cost to everyone?

Less then the medical cost, and loss of habitat costs.

Why should polluter be allowed to force their pollution on others for free?
China's pollution is ultimately everyone's pollution.

Ironically, China is moving to greener solutions faster the the US is.

37 minutes ago
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Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

geekoid Re: Very original (83 comments)

"Not with a fan that size. and I highly doubt that a HEPA filter and a fan works. you need significant air pressure behind the fan to get any real filtering volume."
That sentence makes no sense.
IT's literally nonsense.
Are you unfamiliar with fans? HEPA filters?
Did you spend 1000 dollar on an air filter and are now angry you were a fool to do so?
Have you ever taken apart an air purifier? those fans aren't exactly the most powerful thing on the planet.

46 minutes ago
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Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

geekoid Re:Very original (83 comments)

"That expensive consumer-targetted air filters don't do any better than the Wallyworld special. "

It's not the filter, it's the mechanism for pushing air through it that doesn't matter. Same rate of flow through the same filter produce nearly the same results.
A crap filter will still have crap results.
I don't shop and wally world, so I won't comment on their specific filter.

about an hour ago
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Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

geekoid Re:Very original (83 comments)

He's using the same rated filer and pushing air through it, so it would be expected to have the same count.
Also, the info is on his site.

about an hour ago
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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

geekoid Re:Why that particular island (106 comments)

Someone involved in the movie wanted to visit there, so why not have the movie pay for it? As a bonus, you get to stomp around on your own instead of having to do what those pesky guides tell you to do.

1 hour ago
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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

geekoid Re:Quote from the article (106 comments)

Film crews can be pretty destructive.

This is about people wanting what is happening on the island to be transparent, like it should be.

"Are you kidding me?"

No.
" Several weeks for an impact assessment?"
Yes.
" Does that strike anyone else as a bit over the top?"
Not really. OTOH, I know what is involved in an impact assessment, where you clearly do not.
I will note that I've never been to this island. So maybe there is some geological reason you are aware of when you where surveying the island...?

He is an expert in the species, and wants to be sure their disturbance is a minimal one.

ob. Star Wars joke:
Bleep, booop beedadbee blooeeeuuup.

That really cracked them up in the droid factory.

1 hour ago
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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

geekoid Re:Who owns the island? (106 comments)

Yes, becasue banks behave so well without regulation.

1 hour ago
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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

geekoid Re:Mensa incarnate? (167 comments)

No.
As a member of ACM, and former member of Mensa, I assure you the people at ACM are far more professional and nice.

3 hours ago
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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

geekoid Re:It Costs Money (167 comments)

I do.
Sorry, but if you aren't checking quotes, you are probably being mislead in most conversations.

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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

geekoid Re:It Costs Money (167 comments)

1) Looks good on a resume
2) They have actual course to learn something instead of groping around the internet looks for some code snippet to use
3) They have a ton of reading material
4) Good publication hat aren't on google.
5) Research done by professionals
6) Contacts
7) SIGs
8) Scotch? Wait let me guess..you have a beard, and you wear a trilby.

Not that you need to join just pointing out some advantages.

You can keep getting your snippets of VB code from the internet, and I'll keep reading latest research on AI and email the actual researcher with questions.

3 hours ago
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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

geekoid Re:where's the money?! (167 comments)

I'm not an academic, but I am a member of ACM. There is some great content there.
I get more then my money's worth.

3 hours ago
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Countries Don't Own Their Internet Domains, ICANN Says

geekoid Re:Whew. FFS... (75 comments)

It actually seems like it is bad thing.
IF it goes to the UN, it will the be parted to to different groups.

Going to the UN is a way to splinter the internet. So right now, the US does look like the best practical option. Unless you want different countries to dictate the rules for different parts of the internet.

4 hours ago
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The Problems With Drug Testing

geekoid Re:Huh (149 comments)

assuming you weren't the control!

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UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

geekoid Re:Two wheel concern (182 comments)

You're not the speciecal, got over ypur self.

You are a loud moving blob, they'll see you.

yesterday
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UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

geekoid Re:Have they solved liability? (182 comments)

"Are owner's responsible for every aspect of maintence now? "

Yes, and they have been for almost the entire history of the automobile.

" If I have a flat on a bald tire and someone gets hit, am I responsible now"
Yes.

"If I take it to a mechanic and they sigh off on it, are they responsible?"
If it is reasonable for you to believe them? then they will be a fault.

"
What if my driverless car runs over a nail? "
The the car will detect it's losing pressure, and pull over.

" Who's fault is it then?"
Then it's just an accident and no one is at fault. Unless the nail was left with calamitous intent

yesterday
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UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

geekoid Re:Have they solved liability? (182 comments)

IF it's due to improper maintenance? then it's your fault.
Manufacture defect? Manufacturers fault.

This is no different then if a hand brake fails and a car careened down and his some one.

yesterday
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UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

geekoid Re:UK vs US roads (182 comments)

Did you tell him you were surprised Australians need so much hand holding to get around? :)

yesterday

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Truck carrying Cobalt-60 found in Mexico

geekoid geekoid writes  |  about 8 months ago

geekoid (135745) writes "The Truck carrying Cobalt 69 that had been stolen has been found in Mexico. The thieves opened up the containers and where exposed to the radiation. It is presumed they will die form the exposure. Mexican Authorities are currently undergoing recovery operation."
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Windows 8.1 to boot to desktop

geekoid geekoid writes  |  about a year ago

geekoid (135745) writes "According to the Verge, Windows 8.1 will have an option to boot directly to the desktop. In light of recent reporting about the general distaste and design flaws of windows 8 user interface, will MS's updates be dynamic enough to stop the current MS Exodus?"
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Voyager 1 may have past through the Heliopause

geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 2 years ago

geekoid writes "Data beinr returned by the Voyager 1 indocates it ahs left the Heliopause, being the first machine ever to leave the protection of the Suns Solar winds.
Data: Energetic proton increase This is a monumental achievement for NASA, and a huge leap for all mankind. Showing once again that humans can do awe inspiring things."

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Congressmen want to remove propaganda ban

geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 2 years ago

geekoid writes "Rep. Mark Thornberry from Texas and Rep. Adam Smith from Washington State have created an admendment the would remove the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 and Foreign Relations Authorization Act in 1987. Those acts were created to protect the people from the government propaganda. Call you representative about this today. Find them here"
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Ada Lovelace day

geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 2 years ago

geekoid writes "Today is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada_lovelace> Ada Lovelace day. "The Right Honourable the Countess of Lovelace" was a mathematician, translator, and the first computer programmer. tragically she died from bloodletting. So, today is a good opportunity to remember women's accomplishments in technology."
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SEtI Allen Array shutdown

geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 3 years ago

geekoid writes "On April 15th, the Allen Telescope Array was shutdown. California's panic to 'save' money mean the the NSF funding for the operations of the Array has dried up. This is just one example of research and science getting slashed. Science is the very thing that gives us the tools we use, and drives the economy; but it's one of the first things to get cut. Why aren't we angered by this? Where is the 'Science, Research, and experimentation lobby?"
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Mandatory Health care fine by founding fathers

geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 3 years ago

geekoid writes "Most people against mandatory health care say "The Founding Fathers" would not want it, and that it's against the intent of the constitution. Not only is the 'founding fathers' claim a logical fallacy trying to gain some sense of false authority and appeal to emotion, it is also wrong. As it turns out the founding fathers actually created a mandatory health care act, and it was signed by John Adams. I suspect John Adams knew more about the constitution and it's intent then pretty much any Pseudo republican Tea Party member."
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Wikileaks shows the US is doing a pretty good job.

geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 3 years ago

geekoid writes "Wikileaks release of secret cables shows the Obama administration has a realistic view of world events, and is handling them very well.
From the article: "One thing that is helpful is that it shows that the U.S. government is basically trying to put in place good policies, that it has a good idea of what's happening in Afghanistan and Pakistan and has a pretty good analysis of the situation of Russia,"

IT also shows the US is viewed fairly well in the Arab world. My favorite quote:
The silver lining really is that the U.S. doesn’t come across as a gunslinger, at least in the Middle East.
- Fariborz Ghadar, foreign policy analyst.
As an American, I'm pretty happy with the way things are actually being handled in the mid-east."

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Sony halts Walkman.

geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 3 years ago

geekoid writes "After 30 years, Sony has pulled the plug on the Walkman. The Walkman was a portable cassette player. The first practical way to take the music you wan't where ever you go. Including shared tapes and copies of friends tapes. I had one and loved it. Even though they held less music then the Nomad, they weren't lame."
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A humorous view of the history of media piracy

geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 4 years ago

geekoid writes "Everyone on slashdot is familiar with the media's attempt to thwart people from copying their content. Over at cracked they have a humorous article looking at the media corporations history of piracy FUD."
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Video Games designed to be addictive?

geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 4 years ago

geekoid writes "Microsoft games researcher intentionally designs games to be addictive:
http://www.cracked.com/article_18461_5-creepy-ways-video-games-are-trying-to-get-you-addicted.html

The idea of game addiction has always been a solid foundation for a heated debate on Slashdot. When behavioral scientists are consulted to create the pattern of behaviors the game designers want, isn't that intentionally creating addictive behaviors? Should people be warned that a game has been designed to make them addicted?"
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Correlation and causation, and overview

geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 4 years ago

geekoid writes "So many people who post on Slashdot fall in to the causation is not correlation logical fallacy. I thought an article that discuss this logical fallacy, both it's use and abuse."
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geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 7 years ago

geekoid writes "Boing Boing has posted a story anout a person who was fired about talking about a gun, and then visited by the police for making a web comic about it: Boing Boing Link The police called it a borderline "terroristic" threat. The comic in question is here : Comic"
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geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 7 years ago

geekoid writes "Apple has announced there iPhone: http://www.apple.com/iphone/ I guess it's time to say I told you so... I told you so. It has a beautiful interface, but without buttuns I'm not sure how I will be able to dial without looking. Finally, the single device with all the functionality I want at a reasonable size. The price is a little steep, but that's what they said about the iPod."

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Cool

geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Even though I've been reading slashdot for quite some time, I jusr recently started poking around to see whats what.
Obviously, I found out about the Journal.

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