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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

hedgemage I need definitions (499 comments)

First off, what is a "Domestic terrorist group" and who makes the decision. Second, what are 'ties'? She was a member of 2 organizations that had 'ties' to a 'domestic terrorist group'. Does this mean financial or material support or that Joe Blow was also a member of the groups involved and therefore he was a 'tie'. Lastly, what was her 'dishonest conduct'? If she outright lied, that's one thing. If during her interviews/form filling she was asked if she had 'ties' (there's that slippery word again!) to any terrorist group if she honestly didn't know group X was considered a 'domestic terrorst group' when she wasn't even a member of group X and was instead a member of group Y which was NOT a 'domestic terrorist group' is that justifiable grounds for dismissal?

about two weeks ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

hedgemage Wouldn't it be more appropriate to say... (681 comments)

Instead of saying "One of Microsoft's main goals with Windows 9, the next major version of Windows, is to win over Windows 7 hold outs." wouldn't it be more factual to say the main goal is to "overcome the design failures that prevented widespread adoption of Windows 8."

As much as they love to pat themselves on the back for having such a "revolutionary" design, there is no better evidence that it Win 8 was a groupthink circlejerk than how no one who had the choice would use it.

about 3 months ago
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Secret of the Banjo's Unique Sound Discovered By Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist

hedgemage The real secret (101 comments)

The drum membrane is made out of 'possum skin.

about 3 months ago
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Mobile Game Attempts To Diagnose Alzheimer's

hedgemage But... (21 comments)

I can't remember where I left my mobile device.

about 5 months ago
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Florida Judge Rules IP Address Can't Identify a BitTorrent Pirate

hedgemage Comparable to... (158 comments)

IANAL but isn't making the assumption that the registered user of an IP address is responsible for any and all illegal activity that involve that IP address the same kind of leap of logic that you'd make if you assumed that any crime committed with a gun directly implicates the registered owner of said firearm?

about 6 months ago
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Survey Finds Nearly 50% In US Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

hedgemage Re:Other 50% are uninformed (395 comments)

Cite sources please. Reputable journals only.

Problem is that the US has made it nearly impossible to research the effects of marijuana/THC so there is a real lack of good data. Facing this lack of evidence, too many people are stating outrageous claims that pot will do everything from cure the common cold to cancer and everything in between.

about 6 months ago
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Kepler's Alien World Count Skyrockets

hedgemage hostile ot all known life? (77 comments)

I'm not a xenobiologist, but wouldn't a high-pressure hydrogen-rich atmosphere conceivably be home to organisms similar to those that live around deep sea volcanic vents? Will we be going to war with/conquered by giant tubeworms?

about 7 months ago
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TSA: Confiscating Aluminum Foil and Watching Out For Solar Powered Bombs

hedgemage Re:Enough with the security theater! (289 comments)

Its time to privatize the TSA. If it were up to the airlines to contract with security firms, you'd have logical risk management made through the lens of monetary cost. Make the airlines assume the risk for liability if their security is crap, and they will find a good happy medium between the extremes. I'm not normally a small-government guy, but in this area, it simply makes sense.

about 7 months ago
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Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs

hedgemage As someone on food stamps... (1043 comments)

I currently get food stamps and they provide the entirety of my food budget. I am well educated and know my way around a kitchen so I can keep myself fit and healthy for well under the $187/month I get. But if I wanted, I could buy candy, coke, and chips and try and live off of that. If you are on food stamps you can NOT simply rely on prepackaged heat and serve meals - you'll either run out of money or not get the nutrition you need. You need to focus on the basics: beans, rice, lentils, fresh fruits and veggies, and only occasionally some raw chicken (forget your love affair with beef, its too expensive). In my view, the problem is with education rather than money. Teach people how to cook and what to cook and they'll be healthy. Barrage them with ads for canned raviolis and Doritos and you'll get people who think that cooking simply involves heating things up. The food stamp program needs to be revised so that you are prohibited from purchasing junk foods just like alcohol or cigarettes can't be bought. In addition to restricting crap foods, allow people to purchase things like vitamins, toothpaste, and toilet paper with their food stamps. Being on food stamps is not fun, but for many people it is not a choice (the elderly or disabled) so lets make the program actually work for the benefit of those who receive the money.

about 8 months ago
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Watch Out, Amazon: DHL Tests Drug-Delivery Drone

hedgemage Have the legal questions been tested? (134 comments)

If a drone crashes on my property due to malfunction/jammer/shotgun blast, does the package become my property? Its a fedral crime to tamper with found or misdelivered USPS mail, but Amazon, FedEx, DHL have no similar protections AFAIK. If through no (provable) actions of my own materials arrive on my property, can I salvage them?

about 9 months ago
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Microsoft's New Smart Bra Could Stop You From Over Eating

hedgemage Title Pedant (299 comments)

I'm really curious how a bra will stop me (a man) from over eating. Maybe the title (lol, tit) should be "Microsoft's New Smart Bra Could Stop Women From Overeating".

about 9 months ago
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Smithsonian Releases 3D Models of Artifacts

hedgemage HA! YOU FOOLS! (47 comments)

I'm going to use my 3D printer to print out my OWN artifacts and have my OWN Smithsonian and collect all that delicious entrance fee money...
What?
What do you mean its free to get in to their museums!?

about 10 months ago
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ATF Tests Show 3D Printed Guns Can Explode

hedgemage Entirely Appropriate (233 comments)

I think its entirely appropriate for government to determine safety standards and inform the citizenry when something doesn't comply. With the manufacturing of /everything/ by 3D printers, the vast majority of the populace has no way to determine which designs are safe and stable and which are junk because most of them are not engineers or materials scientists. I think that testing and rating designs for potentially dangerous items, not just firearms, that could cause grievous harm due to catastrophic failure is good role for government to act in the common good.

Keep the designs free for all, but provide a central database where I can reference a rating performed by experts. I wouldn't mind my tax dollars going for that.

about 10 months ago
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Google Leads Among Consumer Tech Companies Lobbying Congress

hedgemage Don't be Evil? (65 comments)

Remember when that was the Google mantra? Are they still trying or have they been worn down by the system? Is lobbying inherently evil as some posters state, or is there a good way to do it? If you think lobbying is without a high ground, then consider the case of one of the oldest continuously existing lobbying groups. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FCNL

about 10 months ago
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Your Brain Waves Are a Password: How Your Next Car Will Check You're Not a Thief

hedgemage I'm going to need 7 extra keys... (169 comments)

One for each of my multiple personalities.

1 year,9 days
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Unboxing Boston Dynamics' DARPA-Ready Atlas Robot

hedgemage But according to Star League Records... (42 comments)

Aleksandr Kerensky didn't commission the construction of the AS7 series of battlemechs until 2755! Did someone discover a lost data core that contradicts this?

(Only real geeks will understand this reference.)

1 year,14 days

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hedgemage hedgemage writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hedgemage (934558) writes "I work at a retirement home and we have trouble with the cell phones that our nursing and maintenance staff use. The problem is that our nursing home area is built into a lower level that was originally constructed as a fallout shelter in 1960. There's a lot of solid concrete in the walls and ceiling. We have paid out tens of thousands to try and get an on-site mobile to work using NEC Dterm PSII phones, but they have proven absolutely unreliable (not just in the bomb shelter but throughout the campus) and the only solution our telecom provider has is to install several thousand dollars more in transcievers. If we could use ordinary cell phones, it would be ideal for everyone. Is there an off-the-shelf solution that could boost regular cellular signals in our bomb shelter?"

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