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The NSA Is Viewed Favorably By Most Young People

killkillkill I don't blame them (254 comments)

I understand a fear to speak negatively about them when you know they are listening.

yesterday
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George R. R. Martin's "The Winds of Winter" Wiill Not Be Published In 2015

killkillkill Re:Apologies for slight errors in the article (171 comments)

Don't feel too bad, I don't think those even count as errors by slashdot submission standards. At least it was intelligible english.

yesterday
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Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

killkillkill Re:Useless Art Project (163 comments)

Currently, it can only beam your PLA self a few inches to the left. By the looks of it, that vacuum system will likely prove inadequate-- leaving your PLA self standing in a pool of your original self that was slowing milled to death. Also, be sure that no matter how much it hurts, to stay perfectly still through the milling process.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

killkillkill Re:Useless Art Project (163 comments)

Yes, pointless art-- that's the problem with it. Had it been good art it would have met one of the qualifiers GP mentioned. Nobody attacked art, they only attacked this one idea that was poorly executed.

Now I'm sure we can have long discussion arguing about what qualifies as good art, but wherever the line is, clearly this is below it and Stravinsky is above it. Anyone who wants to argue against that is just being difficult or trying to prove to others (or themselves) that they are an idealist.

about two weeks ago
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Astronomers Record Mystery Radio Signals From 5.5 Billion Light Years Away

killkillkill Re:FTL drive spinup (121 comments)

Perhaps they just flew by us alive and well, thanks to special relativity.

about two weeks ago
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Shanghai Company 3D Prints 6-Story Apartment Building and Villa

killkillkill Re:For a sufficiently low value of "printed" (98 comments)

they are very, very far from truly 3D-printing an entire building

has anyone actually stated that as a goal, or are you getting hung up on semantics?

They did all the right moves without understanding what it really takes to do it.

I think you misunderstand more things than they do. Beside missing the intentions and goals, like above, you don't seem to understand that no matter how clean you can the printed structural wall, nobody will be satisfied with it and throw up sheetrock or paneling. The difference between doing that on a perfectly smooth wall and one with a finish like this is trivial if you have a package of shims. This tech enables a smaller factory to create a greater variety of precast structures and brings the setup cost to custom or low volume structural pieces down to the cost of design and eliminate much of the cost of equipment and setup of manufacturing such pieces.

It also lowers the entry level to producing premaufactured modular structures. Give me the print head and printing material and I, as well a quite a large number of hobbyists, can build the 3-axis CNC and get Open Source software to run it. Give me an architectural engineer, some laborers and a forklift or two and the plant is ready to roll with production.

3D printing in general has gone down a lot of wrong paths (like one of the main goals being able to print more printers) but when you treat it as part of the manufacturing process (rather than having the fantasy or ordering "Tea Earl Grey Hot") it's a step forward in our ability to produce as a society.

Sure, it need further development, but not only is it a step in the right direction, it is a step with the forethought and understanding of how this technology could effectively be used in the real world in the foreseeable future.

about two weeks ago
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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 month and a half 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 month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 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 4 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 4 months ago

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