top Fields Medal Winner Manjul Bhargava On the Pythagorean Theorem Controversy
The formula is fact, it's part to math/reality not the ancient who's best remembered for it.
top Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science
I'm glad to see that Mr. Mann did not use the pejorative term "denier" even though the
/. summary does.
top How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?
Maybe before they do the ethics thing they might want to get some major agreement on just what is the ideal temperature. At least when there is nobody/everybody at the helm it's hard to get too mad, but just start targeting the climate with techno arrogance and you'll have billions bitching that you screwed them and killed their babies and you should die a horrible death. Unfortunately, they might be right some of the time even if your tech is proper and correct.
top Connected Gun Lets Anyone Watch What Or Who You Are Shooting
Have you ever shot a rifle at long range? There is this this thing called atmosphere that actually slows down a bullet such that it slows and drops far out of proportion to the gravitational effects or even the Coriolis effects. Those damn lasers are hardly effected by the atmosphere. I'd even wager that the laser, traveling at the speed of light, reaches it's target so fast that drop is irrelevant where line-of-sight is a limiting factor.
Now, when there is mirage, all bets are off. The target doesn't appear where it really is so laser or regular optics are going to be frustrated. So remember to start a big ass fire between you and the snipers or plan to be in the area only when bright sun is heating the air between you and the sniper.
top Scientist Says Potential Signs of Ancient Life in Mars Rover Photos
The electorate is largely religious, Christian mostly, but that doesn't mean they can't accept life on Mars. I've never heard any mainstream Christian religion say that life on Mars would be blasphemous. However, I have seen some odd statements from Muslims.
top Ancient Planes and Other Claims Spark Controversy at Indian Science Congress
I not sure, but I think my relatives from 7,000 years ago wouldn't be invited to dinner (if they could somehow be alive), just what would we have in common? If you're going to brag about your ancestors you should probably at least have met them.
top If the Programmer Won't Go To Silicon Valley, Should SV Go To the Programmer?
Having people working remotely by themselves is not (currently) a great model. Software is produced by teams not individuals and teams really need to collaborate to be effective and the easier it is to collaborate the better the results. I'm sure you all read the recent report about open space offices? Until that trend ends you can expect that remote/cubed workers are not going to be in vogue.
I do think that robotic avatars will eventually solve this problem, so if I was the Indian, Russian or whatever government I'd get cracking on this.
top 2014: Hottest Year On Record
Everyone? Really? It's climate change not climate fucking. It might actually be better not worse, at least in the long run. When Canada, Russia and Alaska are the premier places to live how can you complain?
I say getting humans more comfortable with migration (again) is a good thing. It will spur technology/development and investment and give us a chance to finally let loose of some of those nationalistic bindings. The entire wold population could easily live in a warmer Alaska-Canada or Russia.
top 65% of Cancers Caused by Bad Luck, Not Genetics or Environment
And people who have kids do so by choice so why should they get all those tax breaks!
top Scientists Say the Future Looks Bleak For Our Bones
The conclusion that bone density seemed to change about the time that the last ice age ended and humans became more adept at agriculture doesn't necessarily mean that there is a correlation and one caused the other. There could be many reasons or no reason at all. Not all changes are the result of environmental pressures, some are just random and if the change doesn't result in significant weakening of the ability to survive and reproduce then it might become widespread while not being an adaptive trait.
top Startup Magic Leap Hires Sci-Fi Writer Neal Stephenson As Chief Futurist
It's probably BS, but what isn't?
about a month and a half ago
top Facebook Offers Solution To End Drunken Posts
So now all the 13 year olds will be faking a drunk selfy to see if Facebook gives them the knock-knock. I suspect this will actually encourage them to drink. I can hear it now: "Dude Facebook thinks I'm drunk, how cool is that!"
about a month and a half ago
top Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?
Wow! You go from quoting studies to pure hyperbole and expect us to accept them both without hesitation. When you argue with "might", "maybe" and "may well be" you're just making it up.
about a month and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?
So you've realized that your skills are not in demand, so you turn to certs to boost what you don't have. Hmmm, maybe you should develop some new skills and advertise them. It's a classic capitalistic action but quite effective. I'm constantly looking for people who have good programming skills and I have a hard time finding them. A cert or two won't impress me, quite the opposite actually.
top Scientists Have Finally Sampled the Most Abundant Material On Earth
I'm guessing that this is not settled science (whatever that is) and that at most they have a model to justify their model.
top Top NSA Official Raised Alarm About Metadata Program In 2009
As usual, the Democrats and the President are NOT part of the Washington establishment (that is to blame for this) and so this can't be blamed on them. They have campaigned against this (even last week). You should probably look to the Republicans to blame.
top Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech
I can't think of too many qualified black candidates that I interviewed and then didn't hire. I'd have to say that percentage wise, people from Ohio (no idea) and India have the lowest success rate with me.
top Florida-Based Magic Leap Builds Its Team With Bay Area Hires
I was one of those who thought Florida was all wrong until I moved down and figured it out for myself. Obviously, it's a big place with a lot of everything but altitude and snow. We've got enough people and enough "money" so if you don't want to come we don't care.
top Study: Past Climate Change Was Caused by Ocean, Not Just the Atmosphere
That means things will just keep getting warmer and humans are doing a poor job of slowing things down.
top Fiber Optics In Antarctica Will Monitor Ice Sheet Melting
TFA by Carolyn Gramling is a real piece of work. It makes scary claims and then links to articles that make no such claims. I guess that is what staff editors do for us.
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