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Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

peter303 multi-national corporations are mini-countries? (220 comments)

Large corporations have the revenues, population, and political strength of a small country. Countries may be starting to treat them like other countries, e.g. make treaties, or go to war with them. Examples North Korea versus Sony; Europe versus Google.

There have been movies about this, such as Blad Runner and Roller Ball where the world is ruled by corporations and nations are shadows.

about a week ago
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Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

peter303 I am still grieving Byte Magazine (1998) (156 comments)

Most of the current magazines are very machine-specific: Apple or PC. I liked the general software nature of Byte and Dr. Dobbs.

about a week ago
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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

peter303 mining companies salivating at Greenland (189 comments)

It has lots of gold, rare-earth-elements and other kinds of minerals you find in ancient geologic cratons. As the ice melts, more is exposes every year.

about two weeks ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

peter303 1960 "Black Like Me" experiment (448 comments)

Journalist took this drug than made your skin dark and wrote a best-seller (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Like_Me) of his experiences. I remember the book influencing the civil rights debate.

about two weeks ago
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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

peter303 80 years it was German (150 comments)

80 years from now it could be something else.

about two weeks ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

peter303 sheltering people n school wont help in real world (307 comments)

It doesnt eliminate the business pressures the pressures that promote whitw & Asian males in the tech business.

about two weeks ago
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"Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

peter303 may mess up other parts of body (153 comments)

Metabolism and lipid storage is such a fundamental part of cells and boday that it may be hard to change it without unintended side effects. For example that amino acid combo that destroyed heart valves a few years ago.

about two weeks ago
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In Iowa, a Phone App Could Serve As Driver's License

peter303 like our state's seatbelt law (207 comments)

Unlocked cant be the primary reason for pulling someone over in my state. But the cop can add it to a ticket for something else. So they could check if you been texting in the previous five minutes while driving then.

about two weeks ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

peter303 MIT both undereacts and overeacts (416 comments)

As a MIT grad it mystifies me sometimes. A cyncial point of view might say "follow the money" and perhaps there is a 7-figure lawsuit in the background. MIT ignored a cluster of alcohol-related deaths and suicides, then paid a $6M settlement to one family. They should have reacted stronger to when the DA threw the book at Aaron Schwartz with an order-of-magnitude larger threatened penalty than average hacker case.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Founder Presents Vision For The New Republic, Many Resign In Protest

peter303 Bezos handling the Washington Post better (346 comments)

I heard a talk from the Washington Post managing editor at Denver University last month. Like the New Republic, Bezos is pushing hard for an "all media" platform. But the WP workers sounded happier, probably becuase Jeff is also pouring money into it and hiring instead of firing.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Founder Presents Vision For The New Republic, Many Resign In Protest

peter303 Hughes has limited management experience (346 comments)

None at FB, but some as Obamas 2008 social media manager. This abrupt change of company direction probably could have happened better.

about two weeks ago
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Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

peter303 some drones are heavier (325 comments)

The "toys" are only a pound or two. But drones being conssidered for farm or foresting work are more substantial. they carry fuel and payloads.

about two weeks ago
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Armies of Helper Robots Keep Amazon's Warehouses Running Smoothly

peter303 warehouse retrevial jobs were dificult, low paying (110 comments)

Running across concrete all day in minimally air conditioned buildings and under the uncaring eye of the computer clock for not much more than minimum wage. I read several exposee articles in the past few years about this. Unons and liberal governments were about to crack down on difficult considitons. And now they may not need to. Some things are better left to machines.

about three weeks ago
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Coal Plants Get New Lease On Life With Natural Gas

peter303 dont forget metals pollution angle (143 comments)

There are now much stricture environmental limits on metals emission like toxic mercury. Not having to add expensive scrubbers is as much of motive for converting to natural gas as cost. 40% less CO2 emissions per megawatt is not a primary motive but a beneficial side effect.

about a month ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

peter303 solar cell rotator largest failure so far? (236 comments)

If the solar cells dont optimize the solar incidence angle, the power could be cut in third. Power is kind of tight on ISS now, In the mid-2000s a shuttle mission replaced a broken bearing wheel on half of the solar cells. It would be much slower to replace such now without the shuttle.

about a month ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

peter303 multiple stations might be safer (236 comments)

People could move between them in times of danger. Must develop a "standard docking port". Most of the world uses ISS ports. And likely the Chinese xeroxed when they stole the specs.

about a month ago
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Billionaire Donors Lavish Millions On Code.org Crowdfunding Project

peter303 Do Goole/Facebook hire code.org certificates? (84 comments)

I did supect in smaller percentages than name engineering schools. A couple months of web coding does not make a software engineer.

about a month ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

peter303 Re:The other Colorado high school shooting (698 comments)

Everyone here would love to know that, but the school lawyers have sealed the evidence in both situations.

about a month and a half ago

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data mining suggested serious flu 18 days early

peter303 peter303 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

peter303 (12292) writes "A Washington state biosurveillance firm raised the first warning about a possible outbreak of swine flu in Mexico more than two weeks before the World Health Organization offered its initial alert. I've heard of similar claims to monitor increases in certain search engine requests for looming medical and other disasters."
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Ant-trust action against Google?

peter303 peter303 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

peter303 (12292) writes "The Wall Street Journal suggests the Justice Department has begun an anti-trust investigation of Google's large lead in online advertising profits as being monopolistic. I wonder who may have complained to the Justice Department :-) Google joins a long list of super-successful IT predecessors- AT&T, IBM, and MicroSoft- who have undergone this scrutiny. Perhaps this story has contributed to large recent drops in the GOOG stock price."
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new book "The Dumbest Generation"

peter303 peter303 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

peter303 (12292) writes "In the latest round of generation bashing, Mark Bauerlein wrote The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don't Trust Anyone Under 30). Mark's thesis is that new digital devices instead of enhancing student intelligence and education, they degrade them. He reviews a large number of studies that young people are anti-intellectual, rarely read, and rarely attend fine arts events. He blames this on young spending an average of six hours a day on "screen devices"- cellphones, video games, internet, television, etc.- in entertainment and gossip and not intellectual pursuit.

I thought it was an interesting thesis, but not a new phase of American culture. Americans have always been accused of anti-intellectualism. GenY's boomer parents were derided for spending too much time in front of television. What this book does is modernize this complaint to the current generation, and cite a mind-numbing number of studies supporting it."
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peter303 peter303 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

peter303 (12292) writes "The recently activated Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped a photo of the the Mars Opportunity Rover with enough detail to see its platform and and camera tower. In the previous best picture from the Mars Global Surveyor (from the same manufacturer Malin Space Science) could only resolve the rovers as a four pixel splotch. This give hope of solving the mystery of the failed Beagle landing which has only been guessed at in the Surveyer low resolution photo."

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