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Terrestrial Gamma Ray Bursts Very Common

hedgemage Re:Don't Make Storms Mad (70 comments)

The parent post is an Abomination. You should be a Leader and not Ravage this message board with your... uh... Doc Samson?

about a week ago
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UK MP Says ISPs Must Take Responsibility For Movie Leaks, Sony Eyes North Korea

hedgemage Re:Agreed! (216 comments)

You're not thinking this through, we're talking about computers here.
These crimes used computers, and these computer use software, the software companies are to blame for aiding and abetting these hackers and pirates!
And those computers also use power which is generated by utility companies who need to step up and accept their responsibility for this criminal behavior!
Heaven help the soft-drink company that makes whatever beverage these criminal masterminds used to quench their thirst during their reign of terror! Hopefully they will have the moral rectitude to admit that they must also shoulder the blame!

about three weeks ago
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Entrepreneur Injects Bitcoin Wallets Into Hands

hedgemage 2mm by 12mm (77 comments)

That's... not small considering your hands are pretty tightly packed full of muscles, ligaments, and bone with very little free space that doesn't need to flex. twist, or shift during use, and they're always knocking into things. Even if this is a good idea technologically, it sure sounds like its a bad idea for practical reasons, at least until the capsule can be made smaller.

about a month and a half ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

hedgemage Public Use of a Public Space (1007 comments)

So what? It is use of a publicly available space. No matter how bizarre their beliefs, these folks have a right to assemble and speak (assuming they paid the rental fees!).
If the conferences are open to the public, then the appropriate thing to do would be to attend and laugh. Treat it like the comedy club act that it is, and get a good chuckle. If question and answer is permitted, follow the rules of proper debating and ask reasoned questions. Bonus points if you are actually a believer and use biblical/theological sources to tear apart the spurious claims of these extremists.

about 2 months ago
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Haier Plans To Embed Area Wireless Chargers In Home Appliances

hedgemage Re:Sounds wasteful and stupid ... (61 comments)

I really want to hear some numbers to inform me how efficient this is. I am not a EE or physicist, so I'm having a hard time seeing how this could be efficient in any way.
Wouldn't wireless charging in this sense, even if it was initiated by the target device, result in a lot of wasted power? If a transmitter is beaming out power it wouldn't all be 'captured' by a device needing to be charged, would it?
Isn't this similar to filling a glass of water by setting it on your front lawn and turning on the sprinklers? Yes the glass will fill, but in the process, a lot of water has been broadcast to places where the glass wasn't there to receive it.

about 2 months ago
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Apple 1 Sells At Auction For $905,000

hedgemage Wrong Price! (81 comments)

What a bunch of frickin' casuals! If they truly knew their history, the price would have been $905,666.66.

about 2 months ago
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3-D Printed "Iron Man" Prosthetic Hands Now Available For Kids

hedgemage Re:Intellectual Property (64 comments)

This is Disney we're talking about, they won't sue... not yet... first comes the waves of C&D letters and thinly veiled threats.

about 2 months ago
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Florida Supreme Court: Police Can't Grab Cell Tower Data Without a Warrant

hedgemage Re:This should have been a no brainer (114 comments)

You'd be mistaken! The founders meant actual, physical paper (made from wood pulp, no vellum or papyrus!) when they said "papers" and "effects" to specifically mean snuff boxes. Law enforcement are merely constitutional purists.

about 2 months ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

hedgemage Magic Doesn't Help (478 comments)

People are the same the world over.
In many communities where Ebola is running rampant, superstition, and a belief in shamanistic or animistic magic are helping spread the disease and prevent proper care.
And here in the US, I've seen a well-shared Facebook link to a 'natural health' site that tells you how you can get Ebola from ATM keypads and doorknobs, but you can protect yourself via essential oils and the immune system boosting properties of silver! No need for autism creating vaccines!
I'm so glad I don't live in a place where people think magic potions and mystic talismans will ward off disease!

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft's "RoomAlive" Transforms Any Room Into a Giant Xbox Game

hedgemage Something I don't want to hear... (66 comments)

"The blood spray particle physics are AMAZING!"

about 3 months ago
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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 3 months 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 6 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 6 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 9 months ago

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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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