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Scientists Slow the Speed of Light

laing Re:Really Neat (139 comments)

All of the experiments you cite relate to slowing down light as it passes through some medium other than a vacuum (such as a bose-einstein condensate). AFAIK nobody (until now) has ever been able to slow down light as it travels through a vacuum.

5 days ago
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Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

laing Re:Heh (786 comments)

Excellent observation! However, it's likely that those who immediately recognize "swiftboating" as a bad thing are the same ones who will come to Mann's defence. It's even funnier that the Wikipedia page referenced above says that the political action committee (Swift Boat Vetrans for Truth) was "discredited", but it does not provide any details other than a reference to a Newsweek opinion piece. I sense a Wikipedia edit war coming soon...

about three weeks ago
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US Slaps Sanctions On North Korea After Sony Cyberattack

laing True reason for sanctions (231 comments)

The Sony cyber attack has not yet been definitively tied to North Korea. The sanctions are being imposed because Kim called Obama a monkey.

about a month ago
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Phoronix Lauds AMD's Open Source Radeon Driver Progress For 2014

laing Same source says AMD still not so good (44 comments)

This article from only a week ago indicates that the Linux AMD drivers are still quite terrible. I think maybe this current article is an attempt at some damage control.

about a month ago
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Introducing Slashdot Deals

laing Re:Too much javascript (37 comments)

I tried to purchase the 10' lightning cable, but I gave up. NoScript had about 10 scripts disabled and I temporarily enabled the least offensive ones, but it just wouldn't go. I think that Slashdot has too many "partners" on this venture...

about 2 months ago
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Android 5.0 Makes SD Cards Great Again

laing Re:Too little too late (214 comments)

Quickly press the home button and power button at the same time, and then e-mail the screenshot from your photoalbum. (I have both Andriod and IOS devices, and I prefer Andriod.)

about 3 months ago
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New Study Shows Three Abrupt Pulses of CO2 During Last Deglaciation

laing Correlation does not imply causation (132 comments)

How do we know the CO2 spikes caused the warming? Perhaps the CO2 resulted from increased biological activity occuring as a result of the warming.

This sort of confusion happens a lot in science.

about 3 months ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

laing Re:Tough Luck (284 comments)

I submitted before my final point. Sorry.

The LACK of encryption hurts public safety more than the PRESENSE of it because the unencrypted devices fall prey to criminal enterprises or foriegn governments. Thus the argument Comey makes is completely backward.

about 3 months ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

laing Tough Luck (284 comments)

These government employees have taken an oath to uphold the constitution. Many in government seem to have lost sight of who they serve. Citizens should not accept the argument that it is easier for them to do their job by collecting and analyzing the communications of US citizens without a warrant. Encryption protects US citizens against criminal activity by making it harder for the criminals to do THEIR job. The FBI can always get a warrant when they need one.

about 3 months ago
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Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

laing Re:Most Open & Transparent System? (111 comments)

Yes, this administration has prosecuted more "leakers" than any before. This administration has ignored more FOIA requests than any before. This administration has delayed or ignored more congressional subpoenas than ever before. It's obvious that the Obama administration is more "transparent" than prior adminisrations. What is not obvious is the definition of transparency being referred to. I am seeing right through them.

about 3 months ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

laing Will you have the same answer.... (478 comments)

...when you are 74 years old? Many people live healthy lives well into their 80's (and beyond). There is no single correct answer for everyone when it comes to how long you will live before you become a burden to someone, or lose the capacity to decide for yourself. Perspective is everything. Having recently crossed the half century mark, in my youth I figured I wouldn't make it to 30. I probably have fewer brain cells today than I did back then, but I also have more synaptic development and more "wisdom". Try it! You'll see that there is life after 75.

about 4 months ago
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SpaceX To Present Manned Dragon Capsule

laing How was it not private before? (128 comments)

NASA is helping SpaceX. Is Boeing a branch of the Federal Government? How is now different from before?

about 7 months ago
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"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

laing Wrongly Placed Blame (742 comments)

Instead of blaming capitalism, why not place the blame on the responsible individuals? Other economic systems have had exactly the same problems with people who have behaved exactly like Gates and Balmer.

Only time will tell if things will be any different under Nadella. Right now it's too early to say that Microsoft has changed it's ways.

about a year ago
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Customer: Dell Denies Speaker Repair Under Warranty, Blames VLC

laing You may be on to something (526 comments)

Dell went private with a lot of help from Microsoft ($2G). Perhaps this all comes down to an anti-OSS policy mandate.

about a year ago
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HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

laing At least they're being more honest about it now (385 comments)

HP is not the same company it was before the Compaq merger, but I see this as an improvement over some of their recent past underhanded tactics. One example that comes to mind is the time that I had to pay >$1k for a "refurbished" tape drive (rather than forking out over twice that for a new one) after a firmware "upgrade" caused the drive to self destruct by adding a useless and stressing servo limit test at power up.
HP isn't the best at anything anymore, but they certainly still rake in the profits (largely from ink jet refill cartridges).
Save yourself some money and a future headache by buying a Xerox printer, a Fujitsu scanner, or a Dell computer.

about a year ago
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Watch Steve Jobs Demo the Mac, In 1984

laing Try this (129 comments)

Link: here

1 year,2 days
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Watch Steve Jobs Demo the Mac, In 1984

laing My favorite quote (129 comments)

"We think Unix is a pretty lousy operating system to put inside a workstation. It's old technology and it's really big and you need a Winchester so you can never make the workstations cheap..."
I'm glad that Jobs was open minded enough to recognize the value of Unix, and to eventually migrate MacOS to BSD Unix.
(I watched the video and typed this post from a laptop running Linux.)

1 year,2 days
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Scientists Say Climate Change Is Damaging Iowa Agriculture

laing Climate Change is the new Witchcraft (444 comments)

As recently as a few hundred years ago, farmers turned to witchcraft while seeking blame for similar problems. People haven't changed very much. Science and education have improved over the past few hundred years. Science and big government now fulfil part of the role the church did in those days. Overall there isn't much difference between what happened then and what is happening now. When do the human sacrifices begin?

See: How a Bad Rye Crop Might Have Caused the Salem Witch Trials.

about a year ago

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