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Academics Should Not Remain Silent On Government Hacking

lyapunov Re:They're living on the government teat. (135 comments)

I don't agree with the ad hominem attacks or his logic, however he does have a point. The costs of education have greatly outstripped inflation, even at state institutions. When this happens, I guarantee that some people are bilking the system.

The bad part is that it is really going to damage the US in the long run. In our post industrial economy, intellectual ability will be the best export, and that future is being marginalized as the investment is growing out of the average person's reach.

about 4 months ago
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Multivitamin Researchers Say 'Case Is Closed' As Studies Find No Health Benefits

lyapunov childhood diseases, procedure biased the sample (554 comments)

I am of two minds on this...

Even though the US diet isn't that great many of the diseases that were fairly common during the depression era are no longer that common. My dad knew of many kids that had rickets, and I have never known, or even heard of, a modern case.

I think, however, that many of the people that are taking vitamins, or even think that they are taking them (e.g. the placebo vs vitamin study) may become a little more health conscience and make it a point to eat their veggies.

about 4 months ago
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Interview: Ask Forrest Mims About Rockets, Electronics, and Engineering

lyapunov inspiration - others (120 comments)

What do you feel provides the most inspiration in others, in particular kids, to learn and do hands on tasks?

about 4 months ago
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Interview: Ask Forrest Mims About Rockets, Electronics, and Engineering

lyapunov inspiration - personal (120 comments)

You are the quintessential tinkerer with a non-standard education. What was the key inspiration that started you on this path?

about 4 months ago
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Munich Open Source Switch 'Completed Successfully'

lyapunov good for them! (275 comments)

This is a pleasant surprise.

Hopefully the near 12 million pound savings can be expanded upon and cause others to follow suit.

about 4 months ago
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Firefox 26 Arrives With Click-To-Play For Java Plugins

lyapunov Re:great... (208 comments)

No. I will check it out. Thanks!

about 4 months ago
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Firefox 26 Arrives With Click-To-Play For Java Plugins

lyapunov Re:great... (208 comments)

No. It is called "what features are really important to me."

about 4 months ago
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Firefox 26 Arrives With Click-To-Play For Java Plugins

lyapunov great... (208 comments)

In the mean time they have made it substantially more difficult to configure the rejection of cookies.

Jesus... I'm actually thinking IE is better at this point.

about 4 months ago
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AllSeen Alliance Wants To Open-Source the 'Internet of Things'

lyapunov call me a luddite, but I do not want this (86 comments)

Quite frankly, why would anyone? There are places where automation and real time data feeds make sense, like an ICU for example. I have to honestly ask myself, what would this bring me? Happiness? Peace of Mind? Not really. I'm already connected enough. I don't want my appliances, car, whatever... jacked in. I see no real benefit, but a lot of risk.

When I upgraded my phone the decision not to get a smart phone was easy. What is the payoff? I give easier access to corporations and/or government easier ways to keeps tabs on me. What would the benefit be? More access to email? Woohoo! That is exactly what I'm striving for. I've long accepted the fact that I'm really not that important and perpetual access is not something that I really need or want. I have a gps in my car. It gets me in the ballpark without being a transmitter. I'm not scanning UPCs to see what a better deal I can find at the spot. If it's that important, I will do the research and make a decision. Plus, I also like brick and mortar stores. I knowingly pay extra in the hopes that I can help keep them around. In particular, I fear the demise of bookstores. I've found some real gems going into a local book store and perusing.

That is not to say that the internet doesn't have its place either. This last weekend I was able to replace the stepper motors in the instrument cluster of my truck thanks to youtube and finding the parts on the internet.

about 4 months ago
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Neural Prosthetic Acts Like "Bridge" Over Damaged Brain Areas

lyapunov Simon and Garfunkel neuroscience (54 comments)

The took a page from their book and made a bridge over troubled waters.

Awesome!

about 4 months ago
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U.S. Measles Cases Triple In 2013

lyapunov Re:Thanks, Jenny McCarthy (462 comments)

Not just her and her ilk, but the unintended consequences of govt programs...

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=how-cia-fake-vaccination-campaign-endangers-us-all&WT.mc_id=SA_CAT_HLTH_20130507

I think we will see a much larger spike in developing countries.

The histories of vaccination programs are both wonderful and sad. I'm amazed that they were able to eradicate small pox, but the stories of how close they have come to eradicating polio only to have it fail is a testament to the challenges that we face and how important a role of sane health and foreign policy and education play in all of our lives.

about 4 months ago
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Australian Spy Agency Offered To Share Data About Ordinary Citizens

lyapunov revelation fatigue (78 comments)

This is something that I truly worry about it. We are constantly bombarded with new outrages and many people are like "meh, it sucks. but what you gunna do?"

Is there an antidote?

about 4 months ago
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Connecticut Group Wants Your Violent Videogames — To Destroy Them

lyapunov good book dealing wth some of the subject (449 comments)

I would recommend reading "On Killing" by Lt. Colonel Grossmen. I think there is a disconnect between the violence we see and the reality of actual violence.

In the beginning of the book he makes on interesting point. I would ask how many of you have ever really killed an animal for food? We did some on the farm, but mostly I witnessed the result of coyote attacks on our sheep. Later, between my eight and ninth grade year, I worked putting in a large scale freezer unit for a rural meat packing plant. The reality and the gravity of being around actual slaughter brings about a sense of revulsion and guilt. It is not something done lightly. I threw up the first time I shot a bird when I was a kid and that put me off hunting for a long while.

I haven't finished the book yet, and there are parts that I am unsure about, but regardless, it's worth the effort to read.

about a year ago
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Red Hat Will Pay Microsoft To Get Past UEFI Restrictions

lyapunov Obvious, but serious question (809 comments)

Could somebody, who is hopefully familiar with corporate law, explain how this could possible hold up in court against an antitrust complaint?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Option For Printing Digital Photos?

lyapunov MPix (350 comments)

Go to Mpix, or a similar vendor. I use MPix for a variety of reasons. They are fairly cheap, the paper is Kodak archival quality and the color's are far superior to any home "lab" printer you can purchase.

about 2 years ago
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Ellison Doesn't Know If Java Is Free

lyapunov Re:Good answer (393 comments)

Questions of this nature are logical fallacies because there is an implicit assumption of guilt in them.

about 2 years ago

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how to give your kids a resume stain for life...

lyapunov lyapunov writes  |  more than 5 years ago

lyapunov (241045) writes "I have stumbled across some funny, strange, and sad things in my days, but this takes the cake. Never once did it cross my mind to name a child "Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii". This was a little gem that I stumbled across this morning on CNN this morning. There were some references to other names changes that were accepted and rejected here in the US.

I am sure the slashdot community will have some interesting anecdotes of real names that they have come across during their days. Nothing like a little levity to start the day."

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