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Maps Suggest Marco Polo May Have "Discovered" America

jphamlore So where were the chili peppers? (276 comments)

If the Chinese did explore the Americas well before Columbus, they would have done better to have brought back some chili peppers?

about two weeks ago

Mystery Signal Could Be Dark Matter Hint In ISS Detector

jphamlore Dark matter or supersymmetry verification (55 comments)

Which would be the biggest news for physics: A discovered candidate for dark mattery or discovery of a particle predicted by supersymmetry? I thought evidence from the LHC was casting doubt on many supersymmetry theories? Also Samuel Ting is fairly old which is a shame because it might be unlikely he could live long enough to be one of those rare scientists who are awarded multiple Nobel Prizes.

about a month ago

Nokia Buys a Chunk of Panasonic

jphamlore Nokia missed being Ericsson by 7 years (54 comments)

Nokia is 7 years too late trying to be the company Ericsson remade itself into in the 2000. The key blunder was Nokia's backing WiMAX, a technology that was horribly marketed as potentially cutting out the major telecoms, whereas Ericsson helped create LTE with Verizon by providing a solution for Verizon to upgrade from CDMA. It's surprising to me that the tech sites have not trumpeted perhaps history's greatest example of a company paying the price for failing to invest in the next generation of technology. Instead of building on its baseband expertise, Nokia tried to outsource it ignoring LTE. This destroyed its relationship with its fab partner TI who then pulled out of the mobile phone market leaving Nokia with no supplier for its then line of phones. Nokia was then left having to turn to Qualcomm ... only it had been involved in a massive legal battle with Qualcomm over IP which Nokia then had to settle for an immediate payment of the equivalent of billions of dollars.

One must remember in 2008 the tech press was reporting that it was Qualcomm that was on the ropes due to its IP steadily decreasing in value. But Qualcomm, whose CEO was a Ph.D. in EECS from Cal Berkeley, invested in developing their own ARM SoC as well as LTE baseband chips and bought AMD mobile graphics division for a complete smartphone solution. Meanwhile Nokia invested in neither a modern ARM SoC, unlike Apple and Qualcomm and Samsung, nor in LTE baseband chipsets, nor in foundry relationships unlike again Apple, Qualcomm, and Samsung.

Nokia the phone company was a dead man walking in 2008 long before Elop got there.

about 3 months ago

Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

jphamlore To summarize (227 comments)

There's a Vaz difference in the region between the Schwarzschild radius and the radius of the star's observed dust ball?

about 3 months ago

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 3 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 5 months ago

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 5 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 7 months ago

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 7 months ago

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 10 months ago


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