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Is Google Polluting the Internet?

kandela Re:True but... (378 comments)

I share your dream.

What is especially annoying me at the moment, are the adds in the middle of news stories. Right in the middle of two paragraphs of text! And on the websites of newspapers that have a physical presence. They wouldn't do that on paper, they know it would annoy the reader. Why do they think it's ok on the web?!

more than 3 years ago
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Is Google Polluting the Internet?

kandela Re:No we don't. (378 comments)

c. Haven't you ever heard 'knowledge is an end to itself'?

more than 3 years ago
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Torrent-Only Movie Denied IMDb Listing

kandela Re:Your definition of movie may vary... (207 comments)

Actually I am an Australian, Denton hasn't really done much film. And anyway, the operative word there was 'company.'

about 4 years ago
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Torrent-Only Movie Denied IMDb Listing

kandela Re:Your definition of movie may vary... (207 comments)

So a company with no history in the industry is annoyed because IMDB won't list their pre-production film. How is their problem different from any other production company without a history of releases behind them?

about 4 years ago
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Torrent-Only Movie Denied IMDb Listing

kandela Re:Your definition of movie may vary... (207 comments)

Yes, and if you read their rules in detail, you will see that acceptance at a film festival with any sort of selection criteria is also sufficient to get a listing in IMDB. So, I don't understand why the makers don't simply submit the film to a festival!?

about 4 years ago
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Compared to a year ago, social networks now ...

kandela Re:..are as superfluous as ever. (270 comments)

You had 12 friends? How did you get to be so popular? Please tell me your secret.

more than 4 years ago
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New Calculations May Lead To a Test For String Theory

kandela Re:Not a test (284 comments)

Are you comparing apples with oranges?

more than 4 years ago
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Global Warming 'Undeniable,' Report Says

kandela Re:the problem is not culpability nor blame (1657 comments)

Ok, except that if increased CO2 in the atmosphere is causing warming, then the obvious solution is to reduce CO2. But if we take your approach and just say warming is bad, and we are seeing warming, people will ask, why is cutting CO2 going to work? Unfortunately for your philosophy our understanding of how to solve the problem is tied up in our understanding of what is causing the problem.

more than 4 years ago
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Global Warming 'Undeniable,' Report Says

kandela Re:More Info & Dashboard (1657 comments)

As someone who has written papers on both solar influences on Terrestrial weather and the technology for alternative (green) energy sources, I have to say that I believe global warming is occurring, we are causing it, and we aren't acting fast enough to avoid a catastrophe.

If you don't trust the people proffering a solution in the US, then look elsewhere and see what groups in other parts of the world are saying.

more than 4 years ago
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Global Warming 'Undeniable,' Report Says

kandela Re:This research is FALSE! (1657 comments)

Unfortunately it's the morons and the jebus freaks who are the majority of voters.

more than 4 years ago
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Possible Room Temperature Superconductor Achieved

kandela Re: move along now (264 comments)

Oh I see. The problem was that the GP you refer to was below my threshold, and it looked like you were replying to that post's parent.

more than 4 years ago
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Possible Room Temperature Superconductor Achieved

kandela Re: move along now (264 comments)

And in fact is is *STILL* the convention to use "I" for a single author in the Proceedings of the Royal Society. (http://rsta.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/366/1882/3883) I hope you've learned something today.

more than 4 years ago
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Possible Room Temperature Superconductor Achieved

kandela Re: move along now (264 comments)

That's a convention now, but it wasn't always the case, and there's no reason why it should be necessary. If you really don't think anything written in the first person is credible then you will have to take issue with thousands of articles in the Proceedings of the Royal Society. For instance: http://rstl.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/12/133-142/821).

more than 4 years ago
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Saturn's Moon Prometheus Spawning Moonlets

kandela Re:That's no moonlet. (47 comments)

The IAU has spoken: we have to call it a dwarf moonlet because it hasn't cleared its orbit of debris.

more than 4 years ago
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Australia Gets Its First Female Prime Minister

kandela Re:hope (419 comments)

Please vote Green, but preference Labor ahead of the Coalition. Abbott is on record as saying he doesn't believe in climate change. I could give you many other reasons not to vote for the Liberals, but I suspect that will be enough for you.

more than 3 years ago
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Australia Gets Its First Female Prime Minister

kandela Re:Bloodless? (419 comments)

On the first of January 1901, Australia was formed by an agreement not a war... We are pretty good at doing bloodless.

more than 3 years ago
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Australia Gets Its First Female Prime Minister

kandela Re:"BUT SHe'S UNELLECTED!! BLAAAAHH!!11!!!!!!" (419 comments)

You forgot to mention that at least 2/3 of people seem not to know how the instant run off system of voting works. We have a voting system that beautifully avoids sticking us with a this or that two party system. Yet we have a two party system because most people won't take the 5 minutes needed to learn how it works, and how you can NEVER waste your vote by voting for one on the other parties so long as you place your preferences down to those two majors.

more than 3 years ago
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Australia Gets Its First Female Prime Minister

kandela Re:I only wish our politicians were as gutsy (419 comments)

Which news network are you watching? Or which people are you tweeting with? Because mykos' version seems to be closer to what I'm hearing form people.

more than 3 years ago
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Australia Gets Its First Female Prime Minister

kandela Re:Strewth (419 comments)

I'm sorry to point this out, but you have punctuated your response incorrectly. You see, the full stop should come inside the second set of quotation marks. Also, you should have added a comma at the end of the first quotation, but before the closing quotation mark.

more than 3 years ago

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Australian IT Policy Debate Scheduled

kandela kandela writes  |  more than 4 years ago

kandela (835710) writes " The Australian reports that Communications Minister Stephen Conroy will debate Coalition and Greens shadows Tony Smith and Scott Ludlam at the National Press Club next Tuesday. Amongst topics covered in the debate will be the national broadband network and internet filter policy. The event is being put on by the Australian Computer Society and which will be shown on Sky News and hosted by the station's political editor David Speers."
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US Judge Rules Human Genes Can't be Patented

kandela kandela writes  |  more than 4 years ago

kandela (835710) writes "A feministing blogger has comprehensive coverage of the decision by U.S. federal district court Judge Robert Sweet that human genes cannot be patented. "The judge declared that all 15 patent claims that [were] challenged are invalid, based on the fact that they cover products of nature and abstract ideas. He wrote in his decision: 'The resolution of these motions is based upon long recognized principles of molecular biology and genetics: DNA represents the physical embodiment of biological information, distinct in its essential characteristics from any other chemical found in nature. It is concluded that DNA's existence in an "isolated" form alters neither this fundamental quality of DNA as it exists in the body nor the information it encodes. Therefore, the patents at issue directed to "isolated DNA" containing sequences found in nature are unsustainable as a matter of law and are deemed unpatentable subject matter under 35 U.S.C. 101.'" The blogger goes on to declare the result a victory for scientific freedom and women's health."
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New Mark to make /sarcasm obsolete /sarcasm

kandela kandela writes  |  more than 4 years ago

kandela (835710) writes "The Telegraph is reporting that for a mere $1.99 you can download a new punctuation mark that will revolutionise communication online. The SarcMark, described as "a dot inside a single spiral line," is to be used just like a question mark or exclamation mark to indicate sarcasm. And for those worried that this company's unique invention may be shamelessly copied by eager and unscrupulous grammarians – grammarians being the type to quickly adopt new ideas without heed to proper procedure – fear not, the Michigan based company has applied for a patent to protect their invention."
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New Cloud Type Needed - Cloud Appreciation Society

kandela kandela writes  |  more than 5 years ago

kandela (835710) writes "The BBC has a short slide show of a type of cloud that the Cloud Appreciation Society (CAS) wants classified as 'asperatus.' These types of clouds are currently called 'undulators,' but the term is also used to describe "those regular, gentle ripples you often see in the cloud layers of a calm sky." The CAS argues that "violent, chaotic undulations deserve their own term." So, what do slashdotters think? Is a new cloud type required to prevent discussions being clouded in ambiguity, or do those at the CAS have their heads in the clouds?"
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Hamilton drives F1 car with Blackberry

kandela kandela writes  |  more than 5 years ago

kandela writes "Over at F1-live they are reporting that "Armed with the latest mobile phone technology, [F1 World Champion, Lewis] Hamilton drove the full-scale working McLaren Mercedes out of the pit garage and then whist standing on the sidelines, runs [sic] the car around a small circuit." There is a link to some footage of the car being controlled by the blackberry (near the end of the video).

Is there an Apple App in the App store that can do that?"
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Synchrotron gets sci-fi writer in residence

kandela kandela writes  |  more than 5 years ago

kandela writes "CBC News is reporting that Nebula and Hugo award winning author Robert J. Sawyer is to become the first ever writer in residence at the Canadian Light Source synchrotron facility (see also their media release).

Sayer will spend two months at the facility, where he is hoping to be inspired by the everyday grind of scientists, "I spent a lot of time visiting science labs over the years, but it's always the VIP tour," he said in an interview Wednesday. "You are in and you are out in a couple of hours, and everyone has shown you all the things they want you to see but none of the day-to-day grind of the work as well. I want to get the flavour of that."

As a scientist who has worked at synchrotron facilities (and occasional sci-fi writer myself (page 4)), I'm excited to see what a professional can do with that environment for inspiration."

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IT worker set to play Test Cricket for Australia

kandela kandela writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kandela writes "It's not too late you could still play international sport for your country!

The Courier Mail is one of a slew of sources reporting that a 36 year old former IT worker, Bryce McGain, is about to get a call up to play Test Cricket for Australia. Until last year McGain had a successful job working in IT for the ANZ bank, before taking a significant pay cut to pursue the possibility of playing international cricket.

Previously McGain has indicated that his long IT career has left him in the ideal physical condition to play at the international level, "I'm feeling really fresh, physically," he said. "Most first-class cricketers at 35 have had the workload of ten years of cricket and I haven't. Hopefully I've got a lot of years to come.""
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kandela kandela writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kandela writes "Science Daily and the Universtiy of Calgary report that Calgary academic Dr. Piers Steel has published a paper titled "The Nature of Procrastination: A Meta-Analytic and Theoretical Review of Quintessential Self-Regulatory Failure." in The American Psychological Association's Psychological Bulletin. In it he reveals that most people's New Year's resolutions are doomed to failure, most self-help books have it completely wrong when they say perfectionism is at the root of procrastination, and procrastination can be explained by a single mathematical equation.

From the article "Essentially, procrastinators have less confidence in themselves, less expectancy that they can actually complete a task," Steel says. "Perfectionism is not the culprit. In fact, perfectionists actually procrastinate less, but they worry about it more."

The research is apparently the culmination of 10 years work, however no indication was given of how much time was spent putting it off before it was begun."

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