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EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power

gewalker Re:headed in the wrong direction (223 comments)

According to scientist, the common view is that the linear no-threshold model is actually the flawed viewpoint. See this article for a pro-radiation view that is not commonly reported. Although most people will scoff, there is actual evidence that a little ionizing radiation is good for you.

Yes, I would participate in the study that installs a radioactive source in your house (at reasonably low levels) because I believe the data that I have been able to find in the past.

3 days ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

gewalker Re:Burn in Hell (401 comments)

Under the proposed terms of the merger, the combined Comcast / Time Warner will divest themselves of some of their users due to anti trust concerns. I am in that group to be divested.

about a week ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

gewalker Re:Burn in Hell (401 comments)

But if the merger goes through, I get divested out of ComCast.

On the one hand, expletive of choice Comcast

On the other hand, expletive of choice, no more Comcast, woot!

Clearly my loyalties are divided on this issue.

about a week ago
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Asteroid Mining Bill Introduced In Congress To Protect Private Property Rights

gewalker Re:Sure there is (181 comments)

Go ahead a look up what kind of telescope you need for this, your choice for wavelength. Poster was saying, mass drivers were useless in space war because you could dodge. Painting it black was a joke because it does not matter at all.

A 10 kg sphere of DU is conveniently almost exactly 5 cm in diameter. Let me save you some trouble, the Hubble has a resolution of about 0.1 arcseconds, which means a football stadium on the moon (about 384,000 km) is needed to resolve as a single pixel on the Hubble CCD's (radar has worse resolution, higher frequency gives better resolution). So for convenience, lets assume our slug is exactly 20000 times smaller in diameter, which means it would have to be 20000 times closer (19.2 km) to be imaged by the Hubble -- giving you a grand total of 0.001 seconds to dodge the incoming round. A additional problem, you have to be pointing your telescope directly at the slug in order to see it. High mag. scopes have a limited field of field. Also, due to orbital mechanics and a long time of flight you could easily lob thousands of slugs on different trajectories all designed to arrive at the time time.

K/E weapons are truly difficult to defend against. Now, a 10 kg slug at 20 kps exceeds the capabilities for any existing railgun I know of, it won't for long though, maybe a few decades. It will still be a heavy piece of equipment for some time to come. But given sufficient motivation they will eventually end up is space unless we find something better first.

about two weeks ago
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Arecibo Radio Telescope Confirms Extra-galactic Fast Radio Pulses

gewalker Re:First contact? (95 comments)

It is a very narrow beam, but they don't point it in our direction. Imagine a then wedge of laser/maser, etc. light being broadcast outward radially on a continuous basis. As the planet rotates, the wedge sweeps pretty much every angle. As you see the wedge only when it points directly at you, it appears to blink very rapidly

about two weeks ago
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Asteroid Mining Bill Introduced In Congress To Protect Private Property Rights

gewalker Re:Sure there is (181 comments)

Not if you paint it black. Forget that, what kind of magic telescope do you have to see a 10 kilo slug of depleted uranium fired at 20 kps to give you any chance to see it it time?

about two weeks ago
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William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

gewalker Re:No one cares, so why does it matter? (278 comments)

Your point is well taken. Here is one suggested action. Try to wake up the sheep, enough to actually make a difference. Post the article to facebook. Here is how I posted it to my account.

I'm not much of a conspiracy guy, but our gov. is getting really out of control and scary. This is in my mind a pretty credible source. http://www.theguardian.com/com... -- that does not guarantee that is in fact true, but I believe that it is.

Clearly there are other ways. Write / call the appropriate politicians, etc. You know more possibilities, no need for me to rant here.

about two weeks ago
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William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

gewalker Re:Speech to Text (278 comments)

What makes you think they don't monetize this already. How else do you get funds needs for black projects.

about two weeks ago
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William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

gewalker Re:Spock: 'member (278 comments)

Remembering it is not enough. Lots of people "remember" Johnny Carson and Rachael Welch (or Gabor or someone else) petty their cat while visiting Johnny and when asked,"Would you like to pet my pussy?" Replied yes if you get that cat out of the way.

Supposedly censors allowed this to pass because the potentially offending word was actually ok because it can and did refer to a cat.

Never happened. If you think about censorship as it was have been in the 70's they would never have allowed this. Though her supposed comment was not offensive and could have theoretically passed (still highly doubleful), there is not way that Johnny's response would have been allowed.

Yet, many people "remember" this event just fine. They were watching Johnny. They add details, they were watching with Mom or Dad who refused "to explain" it. Yet it never happened.

Truth is becoming harder and harder to prove with modern technology. People watched the planes running into the 2nd tower on live television. Yet, the technology exists to edit realtime video to make this possible as a cover story. Eyewitness accounts are unrealiable. Deja vu is something that happens because of a glitch in the matrix.

about two weeks ago
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Hints of Life's Start Found In a Giant Virus

gewalker Re:What is life? What is a virus? (158 comments)

I don't know why you would say this, ring species look like a perfect example of micro evolution to me. No novel features, just minor variations in kind.

Macro evolution is novel features such as a changing from a bellows lung into a flow-thru lung or developing placental birth instead of egg-laying. Lesser changes can still be novel, just citing exemplars.

Micro v Macro is a distinction usually made by creationists.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

gewalker Re:Murphy says no. (265 comments)

It's even more fun when the CEO stops by, in person, to see how long it is going to take to get things working again. Though not might fault either time I've been there actually fixing the problem, it certainly is attention getting. Neither CEO was being a jerk, he just really needed to know what was going on without any b/s filters by intermediate management. Try imaging that visit if you had just been running an automated script to apply the patch.

So yeah, if it is important, you need to be there, and if drive time is a potential issue, you need to physically be there, not just monitoring the change from home.

about two weeks ago
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Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

gewalker Re:I call bullshit (265 comments)

I have no doubt that there are IT positions where the people responsible for hiring are biased in terms of gender or race. You know its true because they are people and some people suck.

From my observations, It is more likely that they are biased against Chinese or Indian developers than they are against blacks or women though. However, this is not general racial bias as much as it is language / culture bias in that they find them difficult to understand or work with.

I am more than ready to just let life go on without the constant cry or "racist" or "sexist" coming from the nattering nabobs of negativism.

about a month ago
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Researchers Find "Achilles Heel" of Drug Resistant Bacteria

gewalker Re:Arms race (106 comments)

There are evolutionary limits on how much bacteria (or other disease agents) can change. By the time you knock out the "low-hanging fruit" for possible resistance mechanisms, it is entirely possible that humans win in the war long-term. Assuming of course we don't lose the war in the short-term.

about a month ago
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Researchers Find "Achilles Heel" of Drug Resistant Bacteria

gewalker Re:Easier (106 comments)

Actually, the real problem is not treating sick livestock. It is using antibiotic simply to make them fatten more quickly and this practice is very widespread.

about a month ago
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Researchers Find "Achilles Heel" of Drug Resistant Bacteria

gewalker Re:Easier (106 comments)

Yeah, but not since Noah. He was the last true 900 club member.

about a month ago
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US House of Representatives Votes To Cut Funding To NSA

gewalker Re:Calm down - it's not a real prohibition (164 comments)

First signing statement was by James Monroe. However, the blame for the torrent of signing statements really should fall upon Reagan as he started the frequent usage trend. I think Clinton had the most and Bush-43 was close behind.

about a month ago
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US House of Representatives Votes To Cut Funding To NSA

gewalker Re:Calm down - it's not a real prohibition (164 comments)

Congress uses the non-funding approach more than most people realize. The most famous may be the border fence, authorized, but not funded. Things are also chronically underfunded as a way to limit programs.

about a month ago
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Whom Must You Trust?

gewalker Re:Correct usage? (120 comments)

Use this simple test for 99% of the who/whom selection cases. Rephrase the sentence use Thee or Thou. If Thou is correct, use Who, When Thee is indicated, use whom -- The article title is the 1% case when you actually have to understand the grammar enough to distinguish subject vs. object usage.

The rules for selecting Thee vs. Thou are the same, Thou=subject, Thee=object.

For those of you not raised on Thee & Thou, can use the more modern Him and He. He=Who, Him=whom.

about a month and a half ago
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Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery

gewalker Re:Hm.... (363 comments)

Seems like a bad design simply because many people won't maintain properly.

If this was part a new car design I would add an external water tank for this to allow annual maintenance and include a sensor for low water in the tank.

This is one of the differences between engineering and inventing.

about a month and a half ago

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Major Data Brokers hacked by ID Theft Service

gewalker gewalker writes  |  about 10 months ago

gewalker (57809) writes "Have we reached the point where it is time to admit that the ID thieves are winning and will continue to win as long as their incentives are sufficient to make it lucrative for them? According to Krebs On Security a breach in 25 data brokers has been identified including the heavyweights Dun and Bradstreet and LexusNexus. The truly telling quote is

“We could well be witnessing the death of knowledge-based authentication, and it’s as it should be,” Litan said. “The problem is that right now there are no good alternatives that are as easy to implement. There isn’t a good software-based alternative. Everybody in the industry knows that KBA is nearing its end of usefulness, but it’s not like you can instantly roll out biometric identifiers to the entire US population. We’re just not there yet. It’s years away. If ever.”

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Microsoft restores transfer rights to Office 2013

gewalker gewalker writes  |  about a year ago

gewalker writes "Bowing to significant unfriendly customer feedback regarding its new "no transfer" license for Office 2013, Microsoft recants and allows Office 2013 licenses to be transferred between computers. Actual license language will not be reflected for a few months for shipped products, but Microsoft will allow transfer of license effective immediately. Calls to customer support will be necessary as the activation servers won't be updated for a few months."
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First evidence of gravity waves

gewalker gewalker writes  |  about 2 years ago

gewalker writes "This is supposed to be published soon in "The Astrophysical Journal Letters", but in short researchers claim they have detected gravity waves from the husks of 2 stars 3000 light years away. They are losing energy and circling each other faster over time as the gravity waves remove energy from the orbits of the pair. This energy loss agrees with the prediction of general relativity — not a direct observation of gravity waves."
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