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13-Year-Old Finds Fungus Deadly To AIDS Patients Growing On Trees

mmell It's a right-wing government conspiracy! (134 comments)

1) Create a disease which targets gays, blacks and IV drug users. Check.

2) Disseminate a fungus which grows on trees so we can target those left-wing tree-huggers. Check.

3) ???

4) Profit!!!

Damnit - I forgot the part where we nuke the whales. Oh, well - nothing's perfect.

5 days ago
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The Star That Exploded At the Dawn of Time

mmell Re:Block Holes? (55 comments)

No, a lot of them just end up on the talk show circuit.

about a week ago
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The Star That Exploded At the Dawn of Time

mmell Re:I got you one better, Mr. Fancy Pants Ancient S (55 comments)

Not quite. If yon atom is heavier than lithium, it's a fair bet it wasn't created until well after the big bang.

Now, the quarks making up those newfangled heavy atoms - those have been around since the beginning.

about a week ago
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The Star That Exploded At the Dawn of Time

mmell Re:Why can't hydrogen cool? (55 comments)

Technically - the local temperature drops, the Universe has as much "heat" now as it had in the instant after the big bang. A lot of that energy is presumably tied up in the quantum foam, but none of that heat has left the Universe - unless the Universe has sprung a leak.

about a week ago
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The Star That Exploded At the Dawn of Time

mmell Re:Why can't hydrogen cool? (55 comments)

Congratulations on demonstrating an understanding of the first law of thermodynamics.

about a week ago
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The Star That Exploded At the Dawn of Time

mmell Re:Why can't hydrogen cool? (55 comments)

I know that hyperexpansion is the most widely accepted theory these days to account for our observations of the Universe's size, density and composition, but it is not universally accepted and (for obvious reasons) not proven - at least not yet.

I personally have doubts. After all, we can't observe the "edge" of the Universe now, only where the "edge" was some fourteen billion years ago. That "light cone" problem also sorta puts a damper on how detailed an observation we can make. Not saying it's a bad theory, just that I'm having a hard time seeing how it's falsifiable. Besides, everyone knows it's turtles all the way down . . .

about a week ago
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The Star That Exploded At the Dawn of Time

mmell Re:Why can't hydrogen cool? (55 comments)

It can - now. Back then, where would the heat go . . . out of the Universe?

about a week ago
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Not Just For ThinkPads Anymore: Lenovo Gets OK To Buy IBM Server Line

mmell Re:So? (93 comments)

Server: IMHO, a data processing system responsible for providing a service.

Enterprise grade hardware: IMHO, got nothing to do with "Server" above. But if you're business relies upon the "Server", you should run it on "Enterprise grade hardware".

You want to run your own web server in your cubicle, or or living room? Hey, consumerized commodity hardware is fine. You want me to bet my paycheck as well as my co-workers'? I insist on Enterprise grade hardware. Actually, I insist on more - but this is the part that's pertinent to this thread.

about two weeks ago
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Not Just For ThinkPads Anymore: Lenovo Gets OK To Buy IBM Server Line

mmell Re:"Less profitable" (93 comments)

Yup. They've got their head in the clouds. Their management personnel keep their heads somewhere else.

about two weeks ago
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The Man Responsible For Pop-Up Ads On Building a Better Web

mmell Re:Facebook (135 comments)

Yeah - me too!

about two weeks ago
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The Man Responsible For Pop-Up Ads On Building a Better Web

mmell Re:Facebook (135 comments)

You're thinking of Mark. Ethan went on to be an agent working for the IMF.

about two weeks ago
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Why Bhutan Might Get Drone Delivery Copters Before Seattle Does

mmell Re:"...the weather can be brutal..." (102 comments)

What percentage of storms/weather-related phenomena there are sufficient to ground a drone fleet but not severe enough to completely eradicate roads?

Just a thought.

about three weeks ago
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Why Bhutan Might Get Drone Delivery Copters Before Seattle Does

mmell "...the weather can be brutal..." (102 comments)

If the weather is severe enough to delay ground traffic, what are the odds that a drone will be capable of flight/navigation? A full-sized, manned aircraft has fairly specific limitations (crosswind, turbulence, etc.) within which safe operation is possible. While there's at least one less life at risk (the pilot's), I can only imagine that current drones are even more tightly limited - not so much by legislation as by simple physics. If your aircraft has a maximum airspeed of 20kts, any wind exceeding that automatically grounds your drone fleet (unless you're into one-way missions). I've always nursed a pet suspicion that this is what caused John Denver's death - he was flying an ultralight; if the offshore winds ("Santa Anna", I think?) exceeded the maximum airspeed of his ultralight, he probably spent the last few moments of his life watching the shore get further and further away - with no way to rescue himself or radio for help (I don't believe ultralights carry an aviation comms stack).

about three weeks ago
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Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

mmell Those who cannot remember the past... (144 comments)

Those who will not learn from history are doomed to repeat it - usually in summer school.

about a month ago
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A Fictional Compression Metric Moves Into the Real World

mmell Sounds like the Drake equation all over again. (133 comments)

IIRC, the Drake equation was also a 'spitball' solution whipped off the cuff to address an inconvenient interviewer question. Subsequent tweaks have made it as accurate and reliable as when it was first spat out upon the world - and about as useless.

about a month ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

mmell What's holding me back? (550 comments)

I'm fifty-five years old and my vision is still 20-20.

about a month ago
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Scientists Measure Magnetic Interaction Between Two Bound Electrons

mmell Re:soo close.. (26 comments)

42.

about 2 months ago

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RIP: ISP's driving the final stake into the internet.

mmell mmell writes  |  about 4 months ago

mmell (832646) writes "I'm sure a lot of Slashdot readers have strong opinions regarding Net Neutrality. I'm also sure that a percentage of Slashdot readers are also aware of DemandProgress.net, an organization which purports to act as a watchdog over certain government actions. Today, their pitch appears to be BREAKING: The End of Net Neutrality.

The website appears to be down. While we've been enjoying VisageTome, AgriVillage, Confection Smash Epic and various other pap streams, it would appear that the vague and undefined "Powers That Be" have quietly retaken their control over the Internetwork of computers we've come to know and love. How widespread is the damage, and is there any chance of repairing it before it's too late?"
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Is Slashdot staying relevant to Nerds that Matter with stuff that's news?

mmell mmell writes  |  about 7 months ago

mmell (832646) writes "Recently, Slashdot unveiled a new look and not unlike virtually every update the people running /. attempt, this proposed, beta change has caused widespread panic and hysteria such as not been seen since the broadcast of H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds. At what point do users of a free service gain a right to destroy that service (evidence of which is clearly visible throughout the site and requires no citation)? Has the average /. user devolved to the level of all the non-slashdotters we used to make fun of?"

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