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Rumor: Lenovo In Talks To Buy BlackBerry

geoskd selling their handset division (70 comments)

Blackberry is rumoured to consider selling their handset division

So, Blackberry, after changing their name to Blackberry would no longer be making or selling... Blackberrys.

yesterday
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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

geoskd Re:Why Cold Fusion (or something like it) Is Real (345 comments)

If he finds someone that is willing to invest in his project, let it happen, and when the cold fusion device turns out to be a scam, let them report it to the police and trow him back in jail where he belongs. The best way to deal with a bluff is to call it, not argue about it.

The problem is that people like this undermine the public trust in science. That is a huge problem because it opens the door to allow an entire other set of charlatans into the picture. These other people gain traction only because the name of science has been tarnished as the provider of truth. Once this other group of people have the public ear, they start pushing all kinds of counter productive BS like creationism and other idiot dogma

Our governments need to assign science and all its keywords as trademarks to a standards body and give them full right to enforce. This will help to put an end to all of those deceitful commercials that begin with "scientifically proven to xxx". Joe Sixpack doesn't even understand how they're being lied to, or even that they are, and that failure to understand is in no small part due to the behavior of people like Rossi and his associates.

4 days ago
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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

geoskd Re:Cold fusion - a hot mess (345 comments)

Pressure is equivalent to temperature, one begets the other. Since all cases of observable fusion requires high pressure, explain to me how you are going to get the pressure without the temperature? Are you going to crazy glue the atoms together?

PV=nRT only means anything in regards to thermodynamics. Thermodynamics is a statistical description of the behavior of large quantities of matter. All fusion physics is about the individual behavior of the elementary particles involved. Pressure and temperature are ways to achieve the desired proximity of the nuclei, but they are not the only ways.

4 days ago
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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

geoskd Re:Why Cold Fusion (or something like it) Is Real (345 comments)

Only after you've isolated all the contributing factors involved so you can replicate them. So long as there are unknown factors influencing the outcome positive results will appear to happen at random. So long as verifiable transmutation is occasionally occurring *something* is clearly happening, the challenge is to figure out what is different between the experiments that work and the ones that don't. And from what I've heard it seems that certain sub-microscopic imperfections in the host material are likely at least one of the necessary preconditions. And those are damnably hard to replicate intentionally.

The most likely answer is that Rossi is cheating by feeding power into the machine in such a way as to feed more power in than is being reported by the instruments. If you follow some of the links in the attached article, you'll find a wonderful description of how to fool power metering equipment. The researchers could have easily ruled this out using a little subterfuge of their own. Had they built their own custom outlet with a hidden set of power meters placed on the upstream side of the plug, they could have guaranteed an accurate reading, and would have been able to compare that with the "official" reading. A significant mismatch would have proven willful deception on Rossi's part (thus proving the entire thing to be fraud). A match in readings would have verified experimentally that they were not being swindled in this particular respect. It would have been a simple way to gain further insight into Rossis device while allowing him the latitude to believe he is strictly controlling the experiment. (Give him every opportunity to cheat and think he will get away with it, while secretly checking up on his actions).

Sadly, The most likely answer to this riddle is that all of the so called researchers are complicit. They seem to get together regularly and try to figure out ways to make the "experiments" seem more valid while still allowing them to be gamed.

4 days ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

geoskd Re:He tried patenting it... (975 comments)

The reason he didn't describe how it works is almost certainly because IT DOESN'T WORK.

Funny but FTFA:

The researchers observed a small E-Cat over 32 days, where it produced net energy of 1.5 megawatt-hours, or âoefar more than can be obtained from any known chemical sources in the small reactor volume.â

That pretty much puts an end to the "doesnt work" crap. As they stated, if it is a hoax, the guy has developed a device that can store and regurgitate energy with a far greater energy density than gasoline. If all it is, is a battery, then by itself it would be worth almost as much as cold fusion, as it can store and produce 600+ horsepower for an hour (1.5MW hours). Thats enough to move a typical passenger vehicle 300+ miles on a power supply the size of a stick of dynamite. If the guy had created a device, of any kind, that can do this, then he has no reason to try to swindle investors in a cold fusion scam, he going to be Elon Musks new best friend for life.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Develops Analog Keyboard For Wearables, Solves Small Display Dilemma

geoskd bing dat (100 comments)

I especially love the part in the MS research video where they use Google to perform a search...

Priceless

about two weeks ago
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One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

geoskd Re:Yes yes yes (405 comments)

just pick something with steady demand and limited supply.

every advance in technology raises the bar such that a larger percentage of the population is simply incapable of being trained to perform *any* needed labor function. Right now, the bar excludes a very small # (maybe 1% of the population). What happens when trucks drive themselves? Thats 3 million people who will go from earning ~40k / year to earning less than 20k per year. What happens when planes can fly themselves? What happens when being able to program a computer is a "base" skillset, that you cant be employed if you cant at least do that? I know a large number of people who will never be intelligent enough to handle tasks that require the same level of abilities as programming. What do we do with them? Darwin them off?

about two weeks ago
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One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

geoskd Re:Yes yes yes (405 comments)

Sure, eventually we might not need plumbers, or welders, or A/C repairmen, or someone t give a sponge bath, but by then we'll have the luxury to carry 20%, likely 80%, of the population with need of their labor to provide for us all - work will be a matter of psychological health, not productivity eventually. But I won't live to see it; that's not this generation's problem to solve.

We already carry close to 20% of the population, when you count forced early retirement, underemployed and chronic unemployment. The tea party plays on this very "welfare state" concept to draw in working class Americans. How will that play out as the unemployment numbers increase? Capitalism will not / can not tolerate unemployment in large amounts. It causes the value of labor to asymptotically approach zero due to the law of supply and demand.

about two weeks ago
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One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

geoskd Re:Yes yes yes (405 comments)

The end of mindless menial labor is a good thing.

Only if our economic systems are capable of handling that set of circumstances. What should the roughly 20% of people who are below 85 IQ do to survive? They simply will never be able to handle jobs requiring more than simple manual labor, so when those jobs are gone, how do they earn a living? Welfare? Charity? They starve to death?

I could almost even live with any of those options as long as it was on the table for general public discussion and debate. As it stands now, the politicians treat it like social security: a third rail of politics...

about two weeks ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

geoskd Re:Clearly not... (481 comments)

Would you initaite interspecies contact with a species that wonders whether you go with white wine or red? Would you invade a world where the inhabitants are as likely to reach for a jar of brown sauce as a weapon?

It'll be pretty obvious when any other species on this planet becomes advanced enough to be accepted as intelligent enough to warrant the same protections as society affords to humans. That species will be making their own tools. I can teach a cat to open a door. Beyond it being cute, it really doesn't require that much intelligence...

about two weeks ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

geoskd Re:People (481 comments)

The latter is what provides the ethical argument for treating anything that we can consider "near" human as human for various purposes such as whether to eat them. If we're so considerate of ourselves that cannibalism is usually considered a grievous crime, then maybe we should be a bit more considerate of animals that approach us in intellect.

We don't eat people because of the implied threat from society. Society places value on human life, and works to prevent cannibalism as such. If the animals organized such that there was a threat of meaningful consequences of eating animals, then we would stop eating animals. As long as the animals are not smart enough to organize their own defense, then I'll be damned if I'm going to stop eating them, much less defend them from others.

about two weeks ago
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Object Oriented Linux Kernel With C++ Driver Support

geoskd Re:Why do people still care about C++ for kernel d (365 comments)

If you spent half the time perusing the spec than you spent duplicating the STL, you would not find the behaviour "unexpected", you'd save time and other people would find it easier to follow your code.

This.

I had been away from C++ for a little over a decade (got suckered into web design among other things). When I came back to it two years ago, I was pleasantly surprised at the improvements in the language. Specifically, the STL improvements, and the Boost libraries made light work of projects that used to take forever to code and debug. Even the string class I found to be indispensable, even if its interactions with non-c++ code is less than optimal, it still beats C-style string manipulation by leaps and bounds.

Having used Java, PHP and Perl in the mean time, I found C++11 to have incorporated many of the best features of these other languages without loosing much of the performance that was the reason I had gone back to C/C++ for this project.

about two weeks ago
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Senators Threaten To Rescind NFL Antitrust Exemption

geoskd Re:You underestimate football's popularity (242 comments)

The same could be said about pretty much everything. The things you like are incredibly boring and stupid to a lot of people.

Yes, but I'm sure that no one spends huge amounts of their tax dollars supporting his boring recreational activities...

about three weeks ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

geoskd Re:Rent a Tesla for $1 (335 comments)

You forget that this is a democracy. If the laws are wrong, petulance isn't really the answer.

We don't live in a democracy, and never have. Until and unless we have a real democracy, "By the people, for the people and of the people" is just a pretty fiction designed to keep the sheeple in line. The only way this will ever change is through aggressive "petulance"

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

geoskd Re:Obj-C (316 comments)

Plus it's not like C++/ObjC have no runtime. For example, if you don't have the right VC++ redistributable installed, you'll get nowhere trying to run C++ application compiled in VC++. Their runtime just doesn't include a JIT compilation stage (for better or worse)

If your only experience with C / C++ is MS VSxxxx, its no wonder you hate the thing so much. The MS tool chains have never been standards compliant, and they have absolutely zero qualms about breaking their customers legacy code just for random changes. When are developers going to learn their lesson and stop relying on MS for anything they don't have to. You end up locked to MS and they can do whatever they want to you (including large scale cash withdrawal).

That having been said, c++11 is actually a rather more modernized language, but you can bet MS will never fully or properly support it. They prefer to add their own idiot solutions that lock people to MS. A good example of this is the TerminateThread function in VC++. On the surface, this function seems very useful if you have no idea how multithreaded system should work. There is no equivalent in C++11, and in fact, POSIX has no real support for the concept at all. The reason is that the functionality that this provides is a monumentally bad idea, and there are absolutely zero situations where using this would be a better / easier/ faster solution than the traditional multi threading algorithms. In fact, this function is extremely difficult to use in a way that doesn't cause all kind of program stability problems, and if a programmer is even slightly tempted to use it, odds are they simply don't understand the implications, and should seek outside help understanding multi threading.

Microsoft VC++ has thousands of little land mines like that, making it a horrible platform to use as a basis for any project. Never minding vendor lock in, the development environment itself is badly flawed.

about three weeks ago
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Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

geoskd Re:Nobody home (221 comments)

wasn't there something a while ago about someone getting hammered for firing a .22 at the white house (think two inch thick laminated glass) while the president was abroad, yet he still got it for attempted assassination?

It was the motivation and intended outcome that mattered in that case. He shot at the White House with every reason to believe that the president was there, and no reason to believe that his bullet wouldn't penetrate the building and hit someone. He was guilty of attempted assassination. Just because he was ignorant doesn't mean he wasn't malicious.

about a month ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

geoskd Re:A solution in search of a problem... (326 comments)

Traffic lights and crosswalks are certainly not mainly for the convenience of drivers, but are still very much necessary to save the lives of the few people that may have to walk into traffic

The same argument was made in favor of the reduction in speed limits. You might be right, you might not be...Show me the numbers...

about a month ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

geoskd Re:A solution in search of a problem... (326 comments)

many studies have shown that when a car hits a pedestrian at 40mph the fatality rate is ten times greater than 30MPH. and in a school zone, there are a lot of kids around... we should be more vigilant about revoking drivers licenses.

How often do kids end up in a street around a school? Even during student arrivals and departures?

The reality is that it just isn't that often.

The hidden cost of speed limits is monumental: There are more than 100 million people driving to work in the US alone. The average commute is 25 minutes. If we slowed the speed limits by 10 MPH, that would increase the commute by a little less than 20%, so about 4 minutes per driver per day. That works out about 6.6 Million hours per day, or just over 1.4 billion hours per year. At an average US wage of over $20 / hour, The lost productivity is around 28 billion dollars per year.

Back in the 70's, the conservationists claimed we would get 5% or better improvement in fuel economy by switching to 55 MPH instead of 65. Turned out to be less than 1% improvement. That amounts to a saving of about 1.5 Billion Gallons of gas, or $6 Billion USD. So we spent 28 Billion to save 6 Billion.

OK, so we assume the rest is in lives saved. The NTSB has concluded that the reduced speed limits from 65 to 55 saved around 4000 lives annually, with reductions in speed limits from 45 to 35 saving less than 500 lives per year. Even all told, an across the board reduction in speed limits by 10 MPH would only save 5500 lives. That amounts to a cost to the economy of $4 Million USD per year per life saved. To put that in perspective, Mamograms are estimated to cost less than $50,000 per year per life saved.

So what about the school zones? how many Children are killed in these zones? The truth is that no one even keeps statistics that have any meaning because it happens so infrequently. Thats not to say that kids die from it infrequently, thats saying that kids are very rarely even hit in these zones. Its rare enough that we don't even really have a big enough sample size to be statistically useful.

The statistical truth at the end of the day is that our current speed limits cost our economy far more than they save. The Germans did what Germans do: They did the math. They concluded that on open highway speed limits would cost their economy more than they cared to pay, so they did away with them where they were not needed.

about a month ago
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Some Core I7 5960X + X99 Motherboards Mysteriously Burning Up

geoskd Re:HCF (102 comments)

Seriously don't execute the halt and catch fire instruction.

At least he didn't accidentally execute an LNM instruction. This looks like it might also have been an attempt at SRSD with an SSD...

about a month and a half ago
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NRC Analyst Calls To Close Diablo Canyon, CA's Last Remaining Nuclear Plant

geoskd Re:In other news... (216 comments)

People would lost their minds here if electricity prices tripled.

Thats the difference between the US and Germany. People in Germany have *chosen* to pay more for electricity and gas. They did so because they know that their money is buying better living conditions for everyone. Thats is why they have such high taxes. Funny but the typical standard of living in Germany is much better than the US in spite of the high taxes. In the US, its the exact opposite. Everyone wants theirs and Fuck everyone else. In the end everyone in the US suffers except the dwindling few who can hold on to upper middle class or better.

about 2 months ago

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Has anyone seen my rabbit?

geoskd geoskd writes  |  about a year ago

geoskd (321194) writes "Scientists at the university of Hawaii have created glow in the dark rabbits. Where can I get my hands on one of these critters? It would drive the cats nuts! These guys are missing a bet, they could sell these things for big bucks and use the money to further fund their research. This is the perfect gift for the geek who has "everything"."
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Olympic committee blocking all video of Luge death

geoskd geoskd writes  |  more than 4 years ago

geoskd (321194) writes "The International Olympic committee has issued take-down notices for all videos of the accident on the luge track yesterday, but it begs the question, why are all these sites accepting the take-down requests? The incident certainly qualifies as news, and unless I missed my guess, news is one of the accepted fair use exemptions."
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TinmeWarner looses New york state

geoskd geoskd writes  |  more than 5 years ago

geoskd writes "Time Warner lost service for all of upstate new york for five hours today. No one yet knows what caused the outage, but automated messages at the companies technical support service indicated that the problem included the entirety of upstate new york. What little information is available here. It begs the question: What single point of failure could take out such a large geographical area without taking down the whole service provider? It was a peculiar failure, as I still had network service, but no name service during the outage. I also could not get a DHCP renewal from Time Warner, so when I renewed my lease, I lost connectivity altogether."
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geoskd geoskd writes  |  more than 7 years ago

geoskd writes "I was in a Staples store for unrelated buying yesterday, and noticed that although the iPOD displays were still posted, and all the iPOD accessories were still for sale, the iPOD's were nowhere to be found. After asking one of the sales people where they went, they told me that the iPOD is not offered for sale by Staples. I checked http://staples.com/, and sure enough, under the mp3 players category, there was a heading for Apple, but no products were listed. I have noticed in a number of other stores that I have been in recently, including Best Buy, and Circuit City that the iPOD displays that used to take a fair amount of room, have been removed and replaced with Microsoft displays, featuring the Zune, and the other playsforsure devices, but the iPODs have been relegated to tiny/hidden shelf space. Is this just normal practice for a new product entering the marketplace, or is there something larger (read: more sinister) going on?"

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