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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

jphamlore As someone who is hoping for nuclear power ... (389 comments)

Fifteen years for a dramatic ramp-up of nuclear power anywhere outside of China?! Not possible. I believe the United States long ago lost the ability to manufacture key components to even make a nuclear reactor and its containment vessel.

about two weeks ago
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Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

jphamlore Re:Traffic laundering will soon become a crime (255 comments)

The ruling was in Austria. Besides, in the US the transition to IPv6 might take the path of Carrier-grade Nat in which case customers would be lucky to get an IP address at all ...

about three weeks ago
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Research Project Pays People To Download, Run Executables

jphamlore Anything with gambling would do equally well (76 comments)

From what I have seen from some of my relatives, any download related to gambling can inspire similar throwing caution to the wind.

about a month ago
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Dinosaurs May Have Been Neither Warm-blooded Nor Cold-Blooded

jphamlore Relation of birds to dinosaurs (54 comments)

So did the dinosaurs become birds or were they parallel evolved species after some earlier branching point?

about a month ago
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Red Dwarfs Could Sterilize Alien Worlds of Life

jphamlore When will the documentary be made? (76 comments)

When will the Hollywood or Toho documentary "Godzilla Planet" be made about these amazing discoveries?

about 1 month ago
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The Sudden Policy Change In Truecrypt Explained

jphamlore Their code, their rules (475 comments)

For those complaining that the TrueCrypt developers did not release the code under some other license such as the GPL: Their code, their rules. Given that some want to fork the code, obviously there is some expertise that was poured into the code that is not easily replicable. If they don't want to give away their expertise for free, it's their right.

about 2 months ago
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ISS Studies Show Bacteria From Earth Could Colonize Mars

jphamlore Documentary on life discovered on Mars (103 comments)

I thought life had already been discovered on Mars, and a high production value documentary had been released to educate the public about the findings way back in 1998?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can We Create a Culture of Secure Behavior?

jphamlore Problem solved by shifting from PCs to smartphones (169 comments)

How many times has one's smartphone been infected by malware? How many people do you know whose smartphone was infected by malware? What about tablets? The problem has already been solved by shifting to a different type of computer than a PC.

about 3 months ago
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Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

jphamlore Was there controversy over PCs being in public? (167 comments)

Ironically wasn't one of Compaq's first PC computers a portable? I wonder if there was any reaction at all to a person carrying around an approximately $3000 USD computer in public. Also, did anyone try to just rip one off?

about 3 months ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

jphamlore Don't use climate change denial to stigmatize (433 comments)

One of the problems is that the "wrong stance" on climate change is just a reason to stigmatize people as being morally unworthy. We have reinvented the Pharisees versus everyone else. The Pharisees were actually reasonably moral people, virtuous and giving donations to charity. In fact the deniers of climate change are not doing a thing to prevent any major renewable energy project from proceeding in the world. There has been a massive build-out in solar panel and wind turbine manufacturing capacity, and there are multiple giant installations being constructed in solar concentration and in offshore wind farms. The technologically super-advanced Germany, regardless of political party, is firmly committed to its Energiewende that will increase that country's usage of renewables to 60% by 2050. Whatever obstacles there are to renewables, the climate change deniers are for practical purposes unimportant. Failure is not because of others, it lies in ourselves. Stop blaming, start fixing.

about 3 months ago
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NSA Allegedly Exploited Heartbleed

jphamlore Not the last we'll hear about OpenSSL? (149 comments)

And what are the odds there aren't at least a half dozen other bugs as serious still to be found in the OpenSSL source code ...

about 3 months ago
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The Billionaires Privatizing American Science

jphamlore Blame the left and the Mansfield Amendment (279 comments)

Go to for example the mathematics stack of any decent university library and thumb through the beginning of books written around the era of the beginning of the Vietnam War. Do not be surprised to see many acknowledging support from the Office of Naval Research for topics such as algebraic topology. Post World War II the military was the best support basic science ever had in the United States. It was the left who deliberately tried to destroy this amazingly fruitful collaboration between the military and basic science with the Mansfield Amendment(s), deliberately taking away basic science's best patron and shunting off funding to a politically impotent National Science Foundation. Here for example is an actual bombing and killing of a scientist who wasn't even involved in the targeted research. If the right did such a thing today Hollywood would instantly make a major movie and the event would be seared into public consciousness by the media for decades. Instead we'll never hear a peep from the media about this senseless atrocity today. It's not growing hatred of science. It's the echo of the left's hatred of science dating back from the Vietnam War era.

about 4 months ago
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Measles Outbreak In NYC

jphamlore Feeling superiority to creationists causes this (747 comments)

Inevitably for topics such as this where seemingly smart people choose to collectively do something dumb, someone will drag in creationists in a disparaging manner. It's this feeling of superiority over creationists that's causing this particular problem. The thought process of these people who live in affluent progressive areas such as New York City or the Bay Area is that because they feel they are not blinded by the religion of the masses, they are superior in their ability to analyze information to the masses and all those who pander to the masses. After all, if they know better than religious leaders, they might also know better than government leaders who also have to persuade the masses, or business leaders. As long as these people can keep telling themselves that what they are doing is not based on their own religion, they will never be persuaded to accept vaccination. Because going against religion to them is the ultimate good.

about 4 months ago
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US Issues 30-Year Eagle-Killing Permits To Wind Industry

jphamlore The real problem: NIMBYs (466 comments)

The encouragement of NIMBYism to block projects such as nuclear power has only created blowback that basically blocks everything, including projects vital to wind power. Let's take the example of Europe and powerlines:

Many projects can't make any headway because numerous citizens' initiatives are blocking things like high-voltage transmission lines ... "It took over 30 years before a power line between France and Spain could be built," recalls an expert on the EU Commission ... In Germany there are also protests against virtually every major project of the Energiewende

The article offers a ray of hope that Europe might establish a process where permits are granted in three and a half years with only one court about to stop the process:

The EU has also taken a brash course on this front: The proposal would make it possible for the 200 top projects in Europe to receive a construction permit within three and a half years -- with only one court that would hear the objections of project opponents.

Of course imagine the outrage if this short-circuiting of the right of protest and judicial review were granted for other types of energy projects ...

about 8 months ago
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Indian Mars Probe Successfully Enters Sun-Centric Orbit

jphamlore The Sun and the science of Moonraker? (132 comments)

When I think of the Sun and science, I can't help but think of the James Bond movie Moonraker where the opposing teams of astronauts / space marines are killing each other in Earth orbit with space lasers, one guy gets hit, and he starts to fall into the Sun.

about 8 months ago
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Sailfish Can Officially Be Installed To Android Devices

jphamlore So Sailfish / Jolla supports all baseband chips? (118 comments)

So Sailfish / Jolla supports all baseband chips that can be found on all Android devices in China? In addition to ST-Ericsson, Qualcomm, Huawei, Samsung, MediaTek, etc.?

about 8 months ago
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The Smog To Fog Challenge: Settling the High-Speed Rail vs. Hyperloop Debate

jphamlore Re:300 MPH flesh sacks of water (333 comments)

Major portions of the Caltrain track from San Francisco to San Jose are simply IMPOSSIBLE to "upgrade." The track is rolling right through rich small cities with not much room on either side. What is the upgrade, putting everything on massive concrete and steel supports or burying it? The first option would never be allowed because it would a horrendous eyesore and stupendously expensive, the second option would simply be impossibly expensive.

BART was the only chance, and when it wasn't extended many decades ago to encircle the Bay, the situation became irreparable.

about a year ago
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Four Month Mars Food Study Wraps Up

jphamlore Parts of the US tried that. (142 comments)

Parts of the United States tried similar ideas to reduce the future numbers of poor people. These attempts are now considered to be an atrocity.

about a year ago
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BlackBerry Officially Open To Sale

jphamlore Grow up and invest in hardware (139 comments)

It's surprising to me that geeks have missed the golden opportunity to drive home one consistent message: Western tech companies need to grow up and invest in hardware and stop saying it's too hard and expensive. Qualcomm's CEO earned a Ph.D. in EECS from Cal-Berkeley, and Qualcomm has bought ATI's Mobile Graphics division and developed its own ARM SoC. Apple bought Palo Alto Semiconductor and developed their own ARM SoC. Samsung spends billions on up-to-date fabs, has their own ARM SoC, and their own LTE baseband chipset. Apple and Samsung are basically stuck with each other partnering on financing next-generation fabs to stay even with Intel. Meanwhile all the struggling companies have in common they don't do hard hardware but have to buy it from someone else.

about a year ago

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