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Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed

jpvlsmv Re:!Big Bang (170 comments)

I guess that disproves the Big Bang Theory! Now what show am I going to watch?

Maybe try something with a little less scientific rigor... How about COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey

about two weeks ago
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When Scientists Give Up

jpvlsmv Re:Tax patents/royalties to fund basic research (348 comments)

No, the tax is on engineering results. It would laundered through the NIH for funding the basic research that NIH would fund now if congress would give it the money it has in the past.

about two weeks ago
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When Scientists Give Up

jpvlsmv Tax patents/royalties to fund basic research (348 comments)

I heard this piece on NPR yesterday, and the thing that kept running through my mind is how the pharmaceutical industry is extorting huge profits based on fundamental research-- with much of that happening under NIH grants. Why not set a tax rate on drug patent royalties and use that to fund the NIH?

You have a multi-billion-dollar-sales patented drug? Chip in 0.5% of the revenue to fund NIH grants. Or make your own equivalent grants to truly independant researchers.

Enter into a licensing deal on a drug patent? Chip in 0.5% of the revenue to fund grants.

about two weeks ago
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In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart

jpvlsmv Re:WIFI-Enabled Vital Organs?!?! (183 comments)

If the implanted device is running an IPv6-only stack, nobody will be able to talk to it for years and years. I don't expect to see broad rollout of pure IPv6 in my lifetime.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

jpvlsmv Re:The important thing (167 comments)

Isolate out the caffiene genes, and start adding it to other plants. There are times I'm eating breakfast, and I'm thinking "Why am I only getting caffiene from the coffee? Buzz up them hashbrowns! Perk up that toast! If we can introduce it into animals, think about caffinated eggs, or butter, or cheese. We can finally jitter up the world.

To heck with that, splice that gene into a retrovirus, and let me caffeinate every cell in my body!

about two weeks ago
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Selectable Ethics For Robotic Cars and the Possibility of a Robot Car Bomb

jpvlsmv Re:Blue Screen of Death... (239 comments)

You're right, officer, Clippy should not have been driving.

Now, what to do when my Explorer crashes...

Click on the Start button, go to "All Programs", then go to "Brakes", right-click on the "Apply Brakes" button, and choose "Run as Administrator". After the 15-second splash screen (now with Ads by Bing), choose "Decelerate Safely".

about a month ago
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US Defense Contractors Still Waiting For Breach Notification Rules

jpvlsmv Re:The rules are already out (19 comments)

Please report to level D-10 for reassignment as reactor shielding. The computer is your friend.

about a month ago
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Hints of Life's Start Found In a Giant Virus

jpvlsmv Re:Well (158 comments)

I, for one, welcome our new virii overl...oh forget it, this meme is no longer funny.

Virii? Nitpicking, I know, but that particular abuse of the language makes me cringe, it really does, because it is so bizarrely and emphatically wrong on far too many levels.

[...]

just like 'one bus, several buses' ('bus' from 'omnibus', but let's not go there). Apart from that, you would use a a nominative singular here: '... our virus overlords ...'

Buses? Nitpicking, I know, but that particular abuse of the language makes me cringe, it really does, because it is so bizarrely and emphatically wrong on far too many levels.

The correct plural of bus is bi. (Unless you're talking about the London double-decker variety, in which case it's bii.)

about 2 months ago
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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

jpvlsmv Re:"Don't be ridiculous." --Balki (311 comments)

Was "revenge porn" non-existant before Tor?

It was mostly limited to scratching "For a Good Time Call Jenny 867-5309" on the bathroom stall of every local truck stop/gas station.

And no more defamatory then, either.

about 2 months ago
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How Japan Lost Track of 640kg of Plutonium

jpvlsmv Re:Come now. (104 comments)

Hint: a cleric sitting in his office somewhere filing lots of reports

Thank goodness we have the separation of church and state in the US. It's only our Patriotic Paladins who get to fill out reports over here.

about 2 months ago
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Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

jpvlsmv Re:Faith in God (299 comments)

The reasons for the quotation marks would make for a very long rant about ionizing vs. non-ionizing radiation and their complete ignorance of what is actually going on.

If you really want to get the far right riled up about radiation, you could call something different than non-ionizing. Can you imagine if the public were exposed to unionizing radiation?

about 3 months ago
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Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

jpvlsmv Registry checklist: (493 comments)

I'm trying to keep track of what kind of registries are acceptable for each (US) political party

No Fly Registry: It's Our Patriotic Duty (D&R)
Gun Owner Registry: Acceptable for (D), Unacceptable for (R)
Legal-to-work-in-US Registry: Acceptable for (R), Unacceptable for (D)
National ID card: Acceptable for (D), Unacceptable for (R)
Vaccination Registry: Acceptable for (D), Unacceptable for (R)
Superhero Registry: It's Our Patriotic Duty
Mutant Registry: Ditto
Windows Registry: Can't run Windows without it, and what else would you run?

about 4 months ago
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Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

jpvlsmv Use confiscated drugs (483 comments)

I still don't understand why the lethal injection isn't just a bunch of heroin that's been confiscated in the latest raid. People OD on heroin without being horribly uncomfortable.

about 4 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

jpvlsmv Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

The 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees that each citizen has the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. There are only a very few obvious prohibitions, namely against convicted felons and those declared mentally incompetent or ill.

I have yet to see any constitutional argument that supports these "obvious prohibitions". Either the 2nd amendment allows each citizen to keep and bear arms (including convicted felons and the insane) or there are obvious limits on the scope of the rights enumerated there.

And once you accept that there are obvious limits on the scope of gun rights, then you can't just say "the 2nd amendment allows me to carry whatever firearm I want wherever I want to"

about 5 months ago
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Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unix Admins

jpvlsmv Delegate and Automate. (136 comments)

Find the people on your team who can be trusted to do the job well. Encourage them to do it. Work with them to build their skills as well as yours.

Find the people on your team who can not be trusted to do the job well, and replace them with shell scripts.

about 5 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

jpvlsmv Re:The Post-PC era (294 comments)

Yep, "Feature PCs" (like the Smartphone/Featurephone distinction)

about 5 months ago
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For the First Time, Organ Regenerated Inside a Living Animal

jpvlsmv It was so easy (94 comments)

Let me see if I understand the process they've found:

1. Genetically engineer a mouse to respond to a drug
2. Administer the drug
3. ???
4. Profit!^W Publish how you have discovered a cure for aging. (Non-GMO humans need not apply. Side effects may include premature death.)

about 5 months ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

jpvlsmv How about this one? (392 comments)

How many people does it take to colonize this star system? Apparently more than the 6 Billion we have on Earth, since we haven't even bothered to get off this damn rock.

Send people to Mars first, then worry about Alpha Centauri (which is a terrible place to send people to anyway. The only thing there is a backwaters galactic planning council office)

--Joe

about 6 months ago
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Data Mining the Web Reveals What Makes Puzzles Hard For Humans

jpvlsmv Re:Nurikabe (44 comments)

Don't worry, there's 2048 other games to consume your time.

about 6 months ago

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My New Word of the day

jpvlsmv jpvlsmv writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I've created a new word for today:

Home Cussprovement. It's when you take a simple home repair, start it and end up cussing the previous "handyman" for doing such a half-assed job at it the first time that it takes you 5x longer to unfix his crap and do it right.

For example:

Everything's perfect with the lightswitches in the room, except for the one that turns "up for off" (everything else is down for off) A simple turn of the switch body should fix that: a couple of screws, a twist, and everything's happy, right? Except that the previous bright spark of an electrician used six wire nut junctions feeding just-too-short bits of cable (in such an entertaining variety of colors) so that loosening any of the switches causes at least two wire ends to pop out of their former homes with such an amusing brownout* that ensues. That's a Home Cussprovement.

Or today's discovery that the bathroom vent fan is not exactly installed correctly. it was making noise when the fan was on, so i think "motor bearing or vibration in the shaft". These are fairly simple systems: hole in ceiling, wired to switch, vent to outside... I should be able to knock this problem out quickly. Guess which of the three components our previous handyman had gotten wrong? I'll give you a hint: All of them. The hole in the ceiling is 2" too long in one direction and 3/4" too short in the other. The wire from the light is not marked as switched (blue rather than black, but I can forgive that one) and is made of the wrong metal for the fixtures at both ends (both are Cu-only, the cable isn't). And the "outside" to which this great installation is vented simply means "above the ceiling drywall". Of course, none of these features were visible without removing the vent cover, which is what was really causing the noise in the first place (the motor shaft was hitting one of the cover fins), but now that I know about them, I have to do something about them.

--Joe

* Since this is such an "easy" job, I don't mind doing it live, but when half the house goes dark after the first screw comes out, I get worried and pull the main breaker. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. NEVER WORK ON MAINS VOLTAGE LIVE. KEEP ONE HAND IN YOUR POCKET. TAKE YOUR PHONE/PAGER OFF VIBRATE! THIS IS VERY DANGEROUS, IF NOT DEADLY. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. EVER. NEVER WORK ON MAINS VOLTAGE LIVE. Seriously.

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