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The Amoeba That Eats Human Intestines, Cell By Cell

gregor-e Re:treatment (70 comments)

We should develop a drug that gives them a liking for the taste of their own kind while disliking the taste of humans. Maybe call it ouroborosin?

about a week ago
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Could Earth's Infrared Emissions Be a New Renewable Energy Source?

gregor-e Power density? (78 comments)

Just how many watts per square meter are capturable this way? Enough to power a small LED?

about a month ago
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More Troubles For Authors of Controversial Acid-Bath Stem Cell Articles

gregor-e Re:Fraud? Try Idiot. (99 comments)

So it must be time to crank up the conspiracy theories.
Which is more (un)likely:

  1. Someone would attempt to perpetrate such a huge and obvious falsehood
  2. Vested powers, on hearing their castle is about to crumble, vigorously attempt to discredit the new theory
  3. Big money who is outside the potential profit sphere of this discovery is attempting to delay it long enough to get a slight variation patented

about a month ago
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Flash Is Dead; Long Live OpenFL!

gregor-e Re:Sooooo..... (166 comments)

Sounds like you have to talk your users into running native code on their machine. What could possibly go wrong?

about a month ago
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Sons of Anarchy Creator On Google Copyright Anarchy

gregor-e Re:Sour grapes (381 comments)

Heck, even just having a nominal annual renewal fee would revert the majority of content over to the public within a few years. Say, $50/year. If the exclusive right to sell a work isn't worth $50 to the rights-holder, having those rights obviously can't be all that motivating. It should revert to the public so anyone is free to have a go at getting whatever value they can out of it.

about a month ago
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Sons of Anarchy Creator On Google Copyright Anarchy

gregor-e Re:Sour grapes (381 comments)

Theft is depriving someone of access to or enjoyment of something they otherwise would have had. In the example you constructed, your boss would otherwise have paid you a salary. By not doing so, your boss commits theft. Similarly, pirated content is contingent theft - if the downloader would otherwise have paid for the content being downloaded, then it is theft. That is the difference.

about a month ago
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Amazon Hikes Prime Membership Fee

gregor-e Re:Amazon just wants to see how much they can sque (276 comments)

I just checked my account. 85 orders in 2013. Comes to $.92 shipping per order for me. Heck, even at $99/year, I'd have paid $1.13 shipping per order. The free videos are a cherry on top of that sweet savings sundae. If you are a prime member who didn't wring that savings sponge dry, then I thank you for participating in this little wealth-shifting scheme.

about a month ago
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Seafloor Carpet Mimics Muddy Seabed To Harness Wave Power

gregor-e Re:Tired of "Green" bullshit (20 comments)

TFA says: "The researchers are considering whether the ever-growing number of nearshore “dead zones” – low-oxygen regions in the ocean with little marine life – would be strong candidates for pilot testing their system."

about 2 months ago
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Ray Kurzweil Talks Google's Big Plans For Artificial Intelligence

gregor-e Re:Moron talks bullshit.... (254 comments)

We don't have to produce intelligence artificially. We can just copy an existing one. If sub-synaptic connectome mapping and neural emulation can be made precise enough to accurately emulate the functioning of an entire human brain on a substrate that operates at several million times the speed of our natural biological wetware, we can quickly instantiate a population of human intelligence replicas that can each experience a lifetime of human cognition in an afternoon. I bet they would have the time and gumption to figure out how intelligence works. Given their ability to reconfigure their substrate, such intelligence would most likely transcend anything we're capable of understanding in a very short time. Those of us marooned in meat-time would then hope to become the treasured bonsai of these recursive, exponentially expanding intelligences. All it takes is full-brain MRI resolution down to, oh, 100 nm and the ability to accurately emulate the function of interconnected cortical neurons.

about 2 months ago
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The Neuroscience of Computer Programming

gregor-e Re: Reading vs writing (161 comments)

I find that music interferes with reading either English or code, but it helps me focus when I'm writing code. To me this suggests language input processing shares some of the parts of my mind used for listening to music, but crafting new code does not.

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access

gregor-e Re:If Comcast were Exxon (520 comments)

I pay Comcast for 17 mbps of downstream internet. There is nothing in my contract that constrains where I request this data from. The fact that so many of Comcast's customers all choose to fill their paid-for internet pipes with bits from Netflix means that Comcast has agreed to provide adequate infrastructure to satisfy the bandwidth requirements its customers have paid for. If Comcast is unable to provide the bandwidth they have sold to their customers, they are guilty of selling something they don't actually possess. I believe there is a word for this.

about 2 months ago
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The Death Cap Mushroom Is Spreading Across the US

gregor-e Re:Why the hype? (274 comments)

It isn't necessarily about frugality. There are many easily identified mushrooms that can grow in your yard that are quite delicious. Shaggy manes, oyster mushrooms, various boletes, morels, and chanterelles are all delicious mushrooms I've found in yards and eaten. If you're so inclined, you can easily grow your own.

about 2 months ago
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30 Minutes Inside Valve's Prototype Virtual Reality Headset

gregor-e Re:Buy stock in anti nausea drugs (59 comments)

It should be easy enough to fix. They just need to do what Doom did: add a constant frame around the variable content. Start with just a keyhole of 3D content in the center, then let the user gradually erode away the frame until the user is eventually viewing 100% variable content.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?

gregor-e Re:It might be an unpopular opinion... (822 comments)

I'd throw in an executive order by the president dissolving the NSA, but requiring Snowden's co-signature.

about 3 months ago
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K-12 CS Education Funding: Taxes, H-1B Fees, Donations?

gregor-e Exchange Program (165 comments)

As the rising tide of automation displaces increasingly higher skill levels from the work force, soon the only people who are still employable will be the upper levels of creative/problem-solving types. Everyone else will just be dead weight that our increasingly redistributive economy will have to drag along. So it surprises me that we don't see a proposal for some sort of exchange program to get around the H1-B caps. It'd work like this: If you're an ambitious non-American with upper-level creative/problem-solving skills (employable) and you'd like to come to America to make profitable use of those skills, all you have to do is post sufficient bounty to induce a low-skills, dead-weight American to swap citizenship with you. They sign on the dotted line, you write them a check, both of your countries print the necessary citizenship papers and, voilà, everybody wins.

about 3 months ago
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Amazon: We Can Ship Items Before Customers Order

gregor-e It's a predictive supply chain (243 comments)

Amazon is merely pushing the tendrils of predictive modeling down a level in their supply-chain. No, they're not going to actually deliver something to you before you order it. But experience tells them, through predictive modeling, that someone in your immediate neighborhood is likely to order more boiled peanuts in the next day or so, so they simply box them up, put them on a truck and once that truck gets to your neighborhood, they lie in wait. Sure enough, Bubba Hatfield, your neighborhood transplant from the land of dixie, gets him a hankering for some more boiled peanuts which, for some reason, they never have on the shelves in the local grocery store. He'd really rather buy some off the shelf at a local store, on account of how bad his craving is, but knowing there's some boiled peanuts on the way will help salve his itch a little, so he fires up his browser and finds him some of that bliss in a can. Now, what to his wondering eyes does he see? Under delivery options, there's a new 'IMMEDIATE DELIVERY' option for just $5. What? Are they going to use a rocket to send a can of boiled peanuts all the way from wherever the hell Amazon is all the way out here? He skeptically reads the 'more information' link about this new delivery option. All it says is they guarantee delivery in 30 minutes or less, or his peanuts are free. What the hell? Yeah, an extra $5 for a can of peanuts is ridiculous, but the thought of being able to eat some of those heavenly morsels within just a few minutes is too much. He selects IMMEDIATE DELIVERY and punches the buy button. The friendly Amazon truck, which just happens to have boiled peanuts among its cargo, adds Bubba's address to its current route. In 27 minutes, 30 seconds, an incredulous Mr. Hatfield is gazing, teary-eyed, at a can of purest dixie delight right there in his hands.

about 3 months ago
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SCOTUS To Weigh Smartphone Searches By Police

gregor-e Re:Younger Generations (201 comments)

And let's not forget "duck and cover", the drill boomers all learned as impressionable little tykes. Boomers lived under a constant sense that fiery radioactive death was always a few minutes away, entirely dependent on the whims of inscrutable foreigners whose desire to see our nation in flames was held in check only by the certainty that we'd do the same to them. Talk about a recipe for wholesale stress disorder.

about 2 months ago

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Amazon testing drones for 30-minute delivery

gregor-e gregor-e writes  |  about 5 months ago

gregor-e (136142) writes "Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled a new plan by Amazon to deliver packages to customer’s homes within 30 minutes using drones. The company claims to be ready to launch in 2015, so long as the FAA’s rules allow for them to enable air delivery."
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'Eraser' law will let California kids scrub online past

gregor-e gregor-e writes  |  about 7 months ago

gregor-e (136142) writes "The first-of-its-kind "eraser button" law, signed Monday by Governor Jerry Brown, will force social media titans such as Facebook, Twitter and Google let minors scrub their personal online history in the hopes that it might help them avoid personal and work-related problems.
The law will take effect on January 1, 2015."

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Comcast to provide helpful copyright violation popups

gregor-e gregor-e writes  |  about 8 months ago

gregor-e (136142) writes "Comcast is said to be preparing to snoop on your internet browsing to detect when you attempt to download a copyright-protected item. On detection, Comcast will pop up a helpful window that contains information about where you can obtain a legal version of whatever you're downloading."
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Obesity cure?

gregor-e gregor-e writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gregor-e (136142) writes "On Friday, ITCES issued a press release detailing phase III trial results for the experimental combination drug AVT-12. They claim their study participants lost an average of 39.4% of their body weight in one year of use. The toxicity profile of AVT-12 is said to be so benign that they feel it could qualify as an OTC product. If true, this could be big."
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Magazine photos fool age-verification cameras

gregor-e gregor-e writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gregor-e writes "Japan has scheduled a full-scale rollout of visual age-verification on cigarette vending machines. Unfortunately for them, a Sankei Sports news reporter has determined that this system can be fooled by holding up a magazine photo of an adult."
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Photon-transistors exchange data between photons

gregor-e gregor-e writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gregor-e (136142) writes "Scientist from the Niels Bohr Institute at University of Copenhagen and from Harvard University have come up with a way for photons to exchange data. Normally, photons pass right by each other without interacting. What these guys have done is establish a means of transferring information from one photon to another by using a single atom intermediary. This provides a step toward practical quantum computation, by allowing the signals to be purely optical in nature."
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