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Massive Volcanic Eruptions Accompanied Dinosaur Extinction

killkillkill Re:Does this mean (78 comments)

No, if it was an antipodal eruption, we have to worry more.

about a week ago
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Massive Volcanic Eruptions Accompanied Dinosaur Extinction

killkillkill Re:Antipodal eruptions (78 comments)

Now, where is the crater that formed the Siberian traps. And, did it end the Permian period?

Well, looking at a couple maps on Google of the continent positions during the Permian Period, It would seem someplace in or around Antarctica was Siberia's anitpode. So, the crater would be under a lot of cold water or a lot of ice.

about a week ago
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SpaceX To Attempt Falcon 9 Landing On Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

killkillkill Re:Hmm (81 comments)

But railroads, power grids, aviation, oil infrastructure that supports global trade and 2-day deliveries of almost anything you could want, software and hardware that revolutionized society with personal computing... All these are boring commonplace things. Billionaires are just penny-pinchers that are screwing us out of our money for nothing in return.

about two weeks ago
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Tracking the Mole Inside Silk Road 2.0

killkillkill Re:Lucky grab (81 comments)

Oh, anal rape -- that's the connecting thought that brings it all together... Thank you for the clarity.

about two weeks ago
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Ubuntu Gets Container-Friendly "Snappy" Core

killkillkill Re:20 years? (149 comments)

That short hand also refers to BSD variants. I don't think its a literal regular expression.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

killkillkill Re:Are they really that scared? (461 comments)

A solar array and grid tie inverter are expensive enough at the moment that a good portion of the developed world only has enough sunlight to get a ROI in 7-10yrs. That's a lot of electric bills to pay up front. Even with a dramatically reduced rate on batteries it will still at another good chunk to the investment and you need to upgrade to a more expensive inverter or as TFS suggests (by referencing an unregulated product) you could go without connecting to the grid, in which case you only get a return on the electricity you use. The rest of the potential energy production is wasted.

The economics make going fully solar a reasonable sacrifice for those who want to lower their environmental impact but it's not going to attract anyone who isn't willing to put their money where their mouth is. I hope that changes, and cheaper batteries will help, but I think we're several years out before solar is a good investment and several years past that before it's an investment most will be willing to afford.

When the economics of solar do swing that direction, the smart utility companies will be the first to jump on board and their advantage of scale will still give them an advantage. They are not shaking in their boots.

about three weeks ago
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Breath Test For Pot Being Developed At WSU

killkillkill Re:is it really bad in the first place? (342 comments)

They do. My sister and her husband are functional alcoholics. They have a specific alcoholic beverage they make in the morning if they are going on a long trip after a night of drinking, to take the edge off.

about a month ago
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Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber

killkillkill The lesson (329 comments)

Don't invest in and artificially scarce commodity.

about a month ago
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Scientists Develop "Paint" To Help Cool the Planet

killkillkill Re:Yes... (145 comments)

And can I take it off in the winter while the sun is (slightly) offsetting my CO2 emissions from heating house?

about a month ago
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Machine Learning Used To Predict Military Suicides

killkillkill It used to? (74 comments)

Why doesn't machine learning predict suicides any longer?

about a month and a half ago
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Identity As the Great Enabler

killkillkill It's been a long day (58 comments)

NSTIC points out that this is a great opportunity to leverage the technology to enable a wide array of new citizen-facing...

And this week I've probably watched to many movies about our dystopian future. My brain was really expecting that to end with the name of some type of weapon.
After reading everything again I am still left with a feeling that, while much smaller, it is still a step in that direction.

about 2 months ago
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AIDS Origin Traced To 1920s Kinshasa

killkillkill Re:Doctor Mary's Monkey (162 comments)

So, then you know that Occam's Razor is not about finding truth, but rather making timely decisions on limited information to statistically come out ahead in the long run. If you don't need to make those decisions and have plenty of time to collect more information and discuss further Occam's Razor DOES NOT APPLY.

If you are not deciding how to act in a geopolitical event or deciding major financial positions to take, you're probably only using Occam's Razor to shut down and censor other ideas.

In the case of the nutjob that linked AIDS, the polio vaccine, and Occam's Razor-- He should be shut down and censored, but just laugh at him and call him a twit.

about 3 months ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

killkillkill Re:They are doing it wrong ... (224 comments)

If heroism was completely selfless it would be even more rare. The dopamine rush from the thoughts of being lauded as a hero probably tips the scale to acting as a whistle blower.

about 3 months ago
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New Data Center Protects Against Solar Storm and Nuclear EMPs

killkillkill Re:Um. (59 comments)

Sure they know, but the suckers they sell hosting to at a premium won't.

about 3 months ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

killkillkill Re:No. (368 comments)

And suddenly the pieces begin to come together.

about 4 months ago
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New DNA Analysis On Old Blood Pegs Aaron Kosminski As Jack the Ripper

killkillkill Re:forensic 'science' (135 comments)

The trouble we get in this case is the chain of custody of the evidence. The fact that it past through the hands of a man long obsessed with the case who probably a favorite suspect and theory he would like to be proven correct about. Also, with the new book he stands to profit quite a bit from this evidence being discovered. Good chance it would be thrown out in a court of law, doubt it will stand up to the other "armchair detectives" (who else really cares that much anyway) who believe it to be one of the other suspects.

about 4 months ago
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Twitpic Shutting Down Over Trademark Dispute

killkillkill Re:Wait, what? (81 comments)

They certainly could have, it's a pretty clear infringement. Whether it is genuine goodwill or goodwill for PR sake, they didn't. They even said they could continue using the name. They just couldn't risk giving Twitpic legal leverage with the name.

about 4 months ago
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Twitpic Shutting Down Over Trademark Dispute

killkillkill Re:Wait, what? (81 comments)

FTFA

“We encourage developers to build on top of the Twitter service, as Twitpic has done for years, and we made it clear that they could operate using the Twitpic name. Of course, we also have to protect our brand, and that includes trademarks tied to the brand.”

about 4 months ago
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Twitpic Shutting Down Over Trademark Dispute

killkillkill Re:Wait, what? (81 comments)

It seems Twitter only wanted them to drop the application and not the name entirely.

Why do I feel like the entire business model of Twitpic was to sell out after receiving the valuable trademark? He didn't claim to get a cease and desist, barring him from using the clearly derived name for the derived service. Twitter seemed to be happy until Twitpic tried to get a legal stake in their name and asked for oppositional comment. Twitter drew a fairly generous line in the sand for a service that leaches off of theirs.

Protip: Don't become a legal threat to the only real value a company has (such as brand-it's not like the ability to post 140 characters at a time is an amazing feat) especially if your business is entirely dependent on them letting you play on their lawn.

about 4 months ago

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