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Flying Robots Flip, Swarm and Move In Formation At UPenn

pburghdoom Re:Freakin awesome (122 comments)

It is a Viconsystem. They are pretty standard in robotics research labs. They are used from motion capture and localization. I imagine at this point it is needed for them to function properly but could later be replaced with any method of localization, gps or the likes.

more than 2 years ago
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MPAA-Dodd Investigation Petition Reaches Goal

pburghdoom I wish... (270 comments)

this actually meant something.

more than 2 years ago
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Oracle and the Java Ecosystem

pburghdoom Re:Oracle matters less thank you'd think (157 comments)

This was my thought exactly, instead of the boolean why not call a method. The method name can and should be highly descriptive so you know what is going on (both for readability and maintainability) and it also allows for code reuse which was one of the arguments earlier for goto. The OP's claim that it had to be done with the extra boolean was unsettling.

more than 2 years ago
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Customers Gleefully Mock Best Buy's $1,095.99 HDMI

pburghdoom Re:Misplaced decimal? (369 comments)

Don't forget the five year warranty...

more than 2 years ago
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Coders Develop Ways To Defeat SOPA Censorship

pburghdoom Re:Congress vs the world's 10-million geek army... (449 comments)

I think your average p2p client would have been a fairly obscure piece of technology for most just a few years ago, but now because of the ubiquity of them we have SOPA. People have grown accustom to getting what they want when they want it. If hackers come up with a way to circumvent SOPA restrictions that is mildly user friendly people will use it.

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Congress's Techno-Ignorance No Longer Funny

pburghdoom Re:They don't want to (477 comments)

It is up to the experts in those fields to make the laws reality.

The problem is they are not willing to listen to the experts and are trying to push the bill through regardless of what the experts are saying.

more than 2 years ago
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Christopher Hitchens Dies At 62

pburghdoom Re:Not all religions are bad (910 comments)

Seems pretty random to just ignore the part you don't agree with. Either they are the words of god or they are not. I don't think you get to pick and choose. I think that is what gets me the most about religions is the hypocrisy.

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Should Social Media Affect Your Creditworthiness?

pburghdoom Re:No, obviously (344 comments)

Couldn't hurt

more than 2 years ago
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Many Early Adopters of the Amazon Fire Are Unhappy

pburghdoom I am so sick of this story.... (463 comments)

it has been on every frigin tech news site. Sicker yet of all the frigin people complaining about a $200 dollar device because they think it should be as polished and as feature rich as a $500+ device. The Fire is awesome at what it was designed for, consuming media at a budget. I think it was all the hype about the "iPad killer" and everyone was expecting so much more.

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Rats Feel Each Other's Pain

pburghdoom Re:"Empathy Tests" (200 comments)

I think there is a world of difference between watching stupidity that results in harm versus physically causing it to another. I can watch (from a desensitizing distance of my own living room) some dumb ass hurt themselves and find amusement in it, but that same thing in real life not the same.

Also have you ever watched early televised slap stick comedy? I mean think of the Three Stooges, that at times was just brutal but thought the height of comedy. Take it further back to things like Punch and Judy shows, maybe puppets but that could get pretty violent as well. I think you are just looking through biased eyes.

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Feds Return Mistakenly Seized Domain

pburghdoom Re:What happened to innocent until proven guilty? (243 comments)

Because Americans are conditioned to believe that if they vote for any 3rd party then it will just help the opposing R or D party. Meaning if you vote for a more left leaning 3rd party then those votes do not go to the Democrats and therefore the Republicans will win. Because of this we are stuck with the a - holes we have.

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Does Outsourcing Programming Really Save Money?

pburghdoom Sort of works... (653 comments)

At the firm I work at we outsourced a few smaller items that needed to be done but we didn't have enough programmers to fit it into our development cycle. Those projects went reasonably well, after that we decided to hand the firm a much bigger project and it all went to hell. I am still years from then facing the ramifications of it and curse them vehemently. It sort of killed outsourcing for us, probably a good thing for my job security. I guess the take away is not to expect to much.

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Feds Seize Korean Movie Download Portals

pburghdoom Whatever (215 comments)

Just commenting to remove accidental mod.

more than 2 years ago
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SOPA Hearings Stacked In Favor of Pro-SOPA Lobby

pburghdoom Re:Congress, our representatives? (302 comments)

The problem is no matter who we vote in, its the same story. Look at the options right now in the republican primaries, for example... All dbags. Then in the Presidential election it will be one of said dbags versus Obama, how is this the voters fault. They really do not get to pick the candidates, thats all done by the various national committees. We are stuck with whoever they give us. Then it is simply picking the lessor of two evils. What a system.

more than 2 years ago
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Did Fracking Cause Recent Oklahoma Earthquakes?

pburghdoom Re:Stupid Media. (288 comments)

It appears mostly cleaner than other forms of energy retrieval- certainly much cleaner than coal and less environmental damage than moving mountain tops around.

Certainly better than moving mountain tops and possibly better than coal, but as I understand it most of the chemicals used are considered proprietary and protected as a trade secret and therefore are not very well know (at least to the general public or regulators) if at all. The unknown chemicals could very well be some seriously nasty stuff. It is one of the general concerns with fracking.

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What is Your position on Climate Change?

pburghdoom Re:My beliefs (695 comments)

...the majority of the old growth forrests that no longer exist are due to Environmentalists preventing forrestry services from clearing the underbrush that the highly destructive, yet naturally occurring, forrest fires use to spread quickly.

Those are quite lofty claims with no presented data to back it up, in other words citations needed. Most Environmental Scientist I know, understand the need for controlled burns and are advocates for it. Controlled burns in ecological areas with known fire regimes is not new science. I find in most cases it is usually local/national policy makers and land owners that have a general fear of fire that prevent the burns.

more than 2 years ago
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Startup Testing Mobile Farmbots

pburghdoom Re:This would solve... (243 comments)

Something has to monitor the plants for bugs or disease, which I honestly haven't figured out.

I work at a company that produces data loggers and sensors, some of our lines are made for soil temperature/moisture and ambient temperature. We can set real time alarms for various parameters and you would be surprised how many disease/pest vectors can be determined by soil conditions and ambient temperatures only. Set real time alarms for conditions that are statistically linked to the vectors and when the alarms are triggered the farm bots can take action in accordance (pesticides, fungicides, etc...)

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What is Your position on Climate Change?

pburghdoom Re:My beliefs (695 comments)

2) This means that the amount of water melting in spring does not increase (and should actually DECREASE if you believe global warming, since more warming means less snow during winter, right?)

No way dude. Localized changes in weather is not the argument but global changes. Though its not entirely obvious at first, during global warming events some areas can get colder and some can get warmer. For example Global warming could cause changes in the thermohaline circulation due to glacial runoff, such a change would lead to other changes in the global ocean currents and cause significant cooling to areas in Europe (e.g. Netherlands). Those areas rely on warm ocean currents to maintain there higher than average temperatures (as compared to similar latitudes elsewhere).

more than 2 years ago

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State Bill Outlaws Use Of Fetuses In Food Industry

pburghdoom pburghdoom writes  |  more than 2 years ago

pburghdoom writes "I stumbled across this crazy story on NPR about a new bill introduced in the Oklahoma Legislature where they are hoping to prohibit "the manufacture or sale of food or products which use aborted human fetuses." The bill has been introduced by State Senator Ralph Shortly.

I dont know about you but I will not give up my aborted fetus poofs."

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Light Higgs Discovered And About To Destroy The Un

pburghdoom pburghdoom writes  |  more than 2 years ago

pburghdoom (1892490) writes "With todays press release from CERN I felt this quirky little article on what it would mean to have a light Higgs would be apropos.

... the Higgs particle is below a certain threshold of mass, our best theories of our own universe will imply that the vacuum is unstable! It means that the universe decays much like a radioactive particle. Its average life expectancy depends on the Higgs mass.

Looks like the end of the world is coming!"
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Erasing Signs of Aging in Human Cells Now a Realit

pburghdoom pburghdoom writes  |  more than 2 years ago

pburghdoom (1892490) writes "

Scientists have recently succeeded in rejuvenating cells from elderly donors (aged over 100). These old cells were reprogrammed in vitro to induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) and to rejuvenated and human embryonic stem cells (hESC): cells of all types can again be differentiated after this genuine "rejuvenation" therapy. The results represent significant progress for research into iPSC cells and a further step forwards for regenerative medicine.

Buy stocks in Pfizer now. Soon with people living well into their hundreds, Viagra sales will sky rocket."
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