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Scientists Build Graphene From Scratch, Atom By Atom

maddogsparky Re:Alchemy? (185 comments)

And homosexual behavior has been observed in a multitude of species so it seems to be "natural"...

Stating that it is found in nature among other species is not the best of arguments for justifying homosexuality. Rape, war, kidnapping, and cannibalism are also found in nature (well-document cases of rape among mallard ducks, territorial fights among wolf packs, and kidnapping / killing / consuming of young chimpanzees by a mother/daughter pair in the same group are examples that come to mind).

I don't think we should look to "nature" as the final authority on what constitutes moral/ethical behavior.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Patent Monetizes Your TV Remote

maddogsparky how about justifying constitutionality in patents (234 comments)

The US constitution gives Congress the power to grant patents to "promote science and the useful arts". How do patents like this promote either? Note that "business" is not an art-that falls under interstate commerce regulation (clearly not mentioned in the section describing justification for patents).

I, for one, would love to see the courts start throwing out abuses of the law happening all over the place that don't meet a plain reading of the constitution as it was understood by the rgular voters who ratified it in the first place.

more than 2 years ago
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Russia Talks Moon Base With NASA, ESA

maddogsparky lunar unique processing and replication (197 comments)

We need the lunar version of a self-replicating machine shop that can reproduce >95% of its parts from materials that are proxucible on the moon. It will likely be a while before things like microchips or things requiring exotic materials wil be easier to make there, but other things may be produced from raw materials or grown (feasibility depends on what feedstocks can be found vs what needs to be shipped in). We need to look for the advantages that would allow new basic approaches to create processed goods at low cost. use of solar furnaces mirrors in a vaccum environment may make it easy to refine titanium from the regolith. If you can do that, that is a huge step towards self sustainment or even a viable export commodity.

more than 2 years ago
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Censored Religious Debate Video Released After Public Outrage

maddogsparky Re: cases of superanatural (717 comments)

"Now if there was ANY case of a successful supernatural explanation of anything in the natural world perhaps you might have an argument as to the existence of God. But there isn't."

Any religion with a true believer satisfies your premise. If you are looking for supernatural things that have been subjected to modern scientific scrutiny, read up on:
-the Miracle of Lanciano (I've seen this first hand-no apparent change last year since the earliest pictures)
-the Shroud of Turin

Note that the Shroud has not been proven to be a medieval forgery as often cited; read up on the follow-up study by the original dating team which found the original carbon dating to be invalid because it incorporated fibers from a medieval repair effort. Don't limit yourself to reading the summaries; the case for an invalid dating is rock solid as stated by the man who led the initial dating effort (the original dated samples contained a mixture of linen fibers from the original fabric and died wool from the repair which resulted in a date weighted significantly in the direction of the repair date due to exponential decay).

Also, there are many examples of "miraculous" occurrences in modern settings that are well documented, but ignored or unknown by nonbelievers. If you don't think any of them are credible, take it upon yourself to talk to a number of medical doctors (especially ER) and ask how many have seen things that they contradict everything they know about medicine; the likelihood of finding something that has yet to be explained by science is pretty high in any population of doctors or emergency workers.

more than 3 years ago
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Quad-Core Mobile Chips Wasted On Mobiles?

maddogsparky Re:Compilers drive usage (336 comments)

We've already seen micro projectors built into devices this small for video output and projecting virtual keyboards on a flat surface. Using Kinnect-style algorithms, one could use the phones camera for tracking fingers moving over a keyboard printed on a sheet of paper

As far as near-future devices are concerned, I'm sure there is a large market out their for sunglasses that incorporate displays (private viewing, 3D graphics, augmented reality, etc.) or input devices possible with current technology or that currently have a small specialized market (e.g. ring for tracking finger motion, eyeball trackers, implanted neural interfaces, etc).

more than 3 years ago
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Inventor Slims Down Exoskeletal Body Armor

maddogsparky field expedient aquisition (416 comments)

Many of the tools in the soldier's arsenals are from things the grunts started doing in the field (moreso in war zones) that caught the eye of the higher-ups.

My dad became the first* certified "chainsaw carpenter" in the army when an officer saw him using a chainsaw to cut timers for building constructed by his engineering battalion. Prior to that, all they were issued were hand saws (not even electric). Within a short time (a couple years), the chainsaw was standard equipment for field construction. (*others probably used chainsaws as well, but he was the one that was seen and asked to create an official class for certifying others in use of a chainsaw during building construction).

In the news more recently, soldiers have been using silly string to detect trip wires when entering buildings. I suspect that solicitations for development of a military version of silly string (i.e. more expensive and in a camo-colored container) has already begun.

I can easily see some maverick unit trying this stuff out after a few too many of their buddies get hurt. What is $15k out of pocket to an attorney, business owner, etc. who is a member of a National Guard unit that got activated? As it is, the guys in Iraq are paying out of their own pocket to "up-armor" their standard-issue Hummers.

On second thought, those Haliburton truckers on convoy duty in Iraq might beat them to the punch.

more than 7 years ago

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maddogsparky maddogsparky writes  |  about 8 years ago

maddogsparky (202296) writes "Ever wanted to see what the /. effect would do to a blog with a similar user base? Fark.com (http://forums.fark.com/cgi/fark/comments.pl?IDLin k=2472861) and Digg (http://www.digg.com/tech_news/Ever_wanted_to_see_ what_the_Digg_effect_does_to_Fark) are performing that experiment on each other right now. I wonder what the /. effect would add to it?"
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maddogsparky maddogsparky writes  |  about 8 years ago

maddogsparky writes "Starting in June 2007, the French parlement is switching to open source "http://news.com.com/2100-7344_3-6138372.html?part =rss&tag=2547-1_3-0-20&subj=news". The article states they will be using Linux, Firefox, Open Office and an unnamed email client on 1,154 workstations instead of switching to Vista."

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