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FTC Awards $50k In Prizes To Cut Off Exasperating Robocalls

paleo2002 Call From Newton, KS (216 comments)

Hello! How would you like to have your business appear on the front page of Google search listings AND be automatically whitelisted on millions of residential phones? Press 1 now to speak to a representative and help your business succeed . . .

about a year ago

Current favorite still-image camera type:

paleo2002 Technological Bias! (316 comments)

I've trained a bird to carve images into a stone tablet, you insensitive clods!

about a year and a half ago

As Music Streaming Grows, Royalties Slow To a Trickle

paleo2002 Exposure (665 comments)

Isn't the point of getting your music played on the "radio" exposure? How much money did/do artists make per play on normal radio stations? For less-well-known or niche artists, it might be difficult to have your music played on a local or regional radio station, let alone nationally. Pandora, Spotify, etc. provide a variety of artists with national exposure. I'd be interested to see if the artist in question has noticed a correlation between plays on streaming services and her album sales. Or, how about her social network presence. More listeners means more fans, followers, Likes. I've heard of performers using social networking to essentially pre-sell a venue for a live show. There are ways to make money, just have to be creative and innovative - defining traits for most artists.

about a year and a half ago

When Was the Last Time You Used a Landline Phone?

paleo2002 Once they figure out wireless (329 comments)

I have digital phone through the cable company, but its still plugged into the wall so I'd say that counts. I'll consider dumping it just as soon as the telcomms get the whole "cellular phone service" thing figured out. Because dead zones, dropped called, and fluctuating coverage are not signs of a mature technology.

There are two corners in my house where cell phones work, meaning when I'm home I have to leave my phone in that spot and walk across the house to pick it up when it rings. And that superior level of service was only achieved by (grudgingly) switching over to Verizon. Previous carriers I used literally did not get service within a block of my home. This is mostly because my neighborhood is a notorious dead zone. On the bus home I've heard people cut phone calls short, telling the person on the other line "We're about to drive through [blank] and I'm going to get cut off . . ."

Cell phones are not new. My dad had one in the early 90's. You'd think after 20 years they'd have the basics figured out. ESPECIALLY at $40/month minimum.

about a year and a half ago

Team Aims To Build Robot Toddler In Nine Months

paleo2002 Sounds Simple (114 comments)

This sounds like a reasonable goal. If my upstairs neighbors' kid is any indication, all this toddler-bot needs to be able to do is stomp around, slam into walls, and scream at random intervals.

about a year and a half ago

Catfish Strands Itself To Kill Pigeons

paleo2002 Not Really "News" (115 comments)

This isn't really news. I'm pretty sure marine animals have learned to come up on land in search of food at least once or twice before in the past.

about a year and a half ago

Real-World Cyber City Used To Train Cyber Warriors

paleo2002 Re:Why is this shit connected to the internet? (59 comments)

I wouldn't be surprised if the mayor and council or DPW chief of some small town arranged to have their water tower wired by some lowest-bid contractor just to show off to other local small towns. "Your town installed halogen street lamps in the commercial district? Well mine just put our water supply on the 'information superhighway'! Check it out, the password is '1-2-3-4' . . ."

about a year and a half ago

Artificial Wombs In the Near Future?

paleo2002 Brave New World (367 comments)

Should we use these to decant Alphas or Epsilon semi-morons?

about 2 years ago

NASA Fires Up Experimental Space Internet For Robot Control

paleo2002 Neuromancer (42 comments)

Did NASA's space network immediately encounter an existing alien network and go mad?

about 2 years ago

Constant Technology Use May Hamper Kids' Ability To Learn

paleo2002 It worse than that . . . (163 comments)

Math students don't memorize their sine and cosine tables anymore, law students can barely speak Latin, and these young hot-shot doctors barely know a leech from a hole in the ground! But the real trouble started when they put one of those fancy schmancy crank-operated pencil sharpeners in every classroom. When I was in school we sharpened our pencils with a small knife and it worked just fine. Guess these kids are too lazy to do a little whittling.

about 2 years ago

When the Hiring Boss Is an Algorithm

paleo2002 Player Piano (245 comments)

My younger brother has been looking for work for nearly 5 years. These "personality tests" and automated application systems are incredibly frustrating. Business managers won't talk to you, they just send you to their the web site to apply for a posted job. After half an hour of vague, logically inconsistent questions you've "applied" for the job. Nobody calls, nobody emails, and if you follow-up with the store they just shrug. And that's if you're lucky enough to be allowed to apply. Some web sites pre-screen you based on a few questions and actually prevent you from applying for the job at all.

Its frustrating for my brother and frustrating to watch. He's caught in the no experience/no job feedback loop and now its being run by machines. Does it really cost a business $5000 in losses for a supervisor to spend a day showing a new hire how to work a register, push a broom, and sign in and out for the day?

about 2 years ago

Valve Reveals Gaming Headset, Teases Big Picture

paleo2002 Quaintly Ignorant (151 comments)

Interesting article, cool that Valve went right to the mainstream traditional media with their announcement. But, it was kinda cute reading the author's descriptions of Portal and TF2. I guess the Times simply doesn't have anyone under 40 working for them. Apparently Team Fortress is a game about an evil company that sells its customers faulty products.

Imagine an article covering a sporting event written by someone similarly oblivious to what's going on:
"Members of the Yankees team run to and capture 'bases' as part of an elaborate reenactment focused on battlefield strategies deployed during the Civil War . . ."

about 2 years ago

How Long Is Your Morning Commute?

paleo2002 Highly Variable (353 comments)

NJ to Brooklyn by car: 45 minutes
NJ to Brooklyn by mass-trans: 2-2.5 hours

MTA and NJT actively hates its customers.

about 2 years ago

US Army To Train Rats To Save Soldiers' Lives

paleo2002 Inevitable (110 comments)

We all know that the mice will just get a bunch of cats to chase them and then lure them into the mine fields.

about 2 years ago

NASA "Mohawk Guy" To Host Radio Show

paleo2002 Re:Yes (93 comments)

Remember when you were in school and bored? You'd look around the room or out the window for anything remotely distracting because you didn't understand or didn't care about what was going on in the classroom.

Welcome to the current state of science journalism.

about 2 years ago

Tennessee Crater Inches Toward Recognition

paleo2002 Age of Crater (113 comments)

The crater is in Hamilton County which is along the southern border of the eastern part of the state. Looking at a geologic map of the region, the county is sitting on rocks from somewhere between Cambrian and Ordovician in age (about 540-440Ma). However, the region's geography is dominated by a thrust-and-fold mountain belt that formed during the Alleghenian orogeny about 325-260Ma. The crater is undeformed so it has to post-date the collisional event. Its definitely less than 260Ma. Considering how symmetrical the crater is, its probably a lot younger but I can't find any sedimentary maps for the area.

Or, you could ask a local Tennessee student and s/he will tell you the crater was formed when God smote Satan 10,000 years ago.

about 2 years ago

Bill "The Science Guy" Nye Says Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children

paleo2002 Re:So which field of engineering (1774 comments)


All the more reason to promote science, empiricism, and rationalism. This is what happens when science is portrayed in schools as a list of facts, vocabulary words, and diagrams to memorize. It becomes perceived as more dogma, another belief system. This allows people to portray the issue as a choice between one belief system and another. And which version of reality are people going to choose? The one that requires thinking and math or the one that tells you you're the center of the universe? The answer is: you don't get to choose the version of reality you like best.

about 2 years ago

Bill "The Science Guy" Nye Says Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children

paleo2002 Re:Evolution just isn't that relevant (1774 comments)

There is more to Nye's comments than "let your kids learn about evolution" and there is more to science than "will it run Perl scripts and what is its shear stress threshold?".

Evolutionary theory relies on a number of other systems and theories from a variety of fields outside the biosciences. Evolution relies on deep time, which is also fundamental to cosmology. The measurement of deep time is accomplished, among other methods, through radiometric dating. That only works if you understand nuclear physics and particle theory. And then there is mathematics that underly and support biology, physics, chemistry, etc. These are fundamental, unifying theories in their respective fields. The support columns of a single building. Knock out one and the rest are put under strain, susceptible to failure.

about 2 years ago

Bill "The Science Guy" Nye Says Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children

paleo2002 Re:So which field of engineering (1774 comments)

I wouldn't say "most Americans". There's just a very vocal minority out there that presents itself as representing the majority.

about 2 years ago

Solid State Quantum Computer Finds 15=3x5 — 48% of the Time

paleo2002 Re:Why isn't 48% good enough? (262 comments)

Don't know much about higher mathematics, but based on the post and the explanation of Shor's Algorithm from wikipedia, its not an issue of how easy it is to factor a small number or how practical. Its more of a benchmark for quantum computing. If the ideal success rate is 50%, then 48% is an indicator of how well the system is operating.

And besides, the quantum computer got a higher score on that math problem than the average American student. That's got to count for something.

about 2 years ago



WoW Pandemic Provides Model for Real World Disease

paleo2002 paleo2002 writes  |  about 7 years ago

paleo2002 (1079697) writes "A article summarizes a study in the medical journal Lancet Infectios Diseases which uses the "Corrupted Blood" outbreak in World of Warcraft a couple years back as a model for the study of epidemics. The study suggests that purely numeric simulations do not take human behavior and choices into account. Studying the spread of diseases in a virtual game environment allows researchers to observe human response to an epidemic in addition to transmission vectors, effectiveness of treatment or quarantine efforts, and so on.

I was in Ironforge during the outbreak. I remember priests and druids frantically trying to heal and raise people while others ran around trying to infect as many people as possible."

Link to Original Source

paleo2002 paleo2002 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

paleo2002 (1079697) writes "CVG is claiming to have a US source confirming that a Starcraft MMO will be announced in South Korea on May 19th. This is contrary to previous speculation on a Starcraft RTS being announced. Its all still rumors and hints, but the launch of a Starcraft MMO might just mark the end of industrialized society!"


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