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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

peter303 I dont know a single one! (515 comments)

Not something relatives or acquaintances brag about I suppose.

What are the odds of this happening if I know 400 people and zero out of 35%? Must be at least 6-sigma!


Ask Slashdot: Preparing an Android Tablet For Resale?

peter303 low end Android tablets now $59 (112 comments)

I was perusing the back-to-school sales in the Sunday papers and saw some new Android tablets listed for $59. I think they were the early 7" models 8GB and Android 4.2. I see such models even cheaper online.

2 days ago

Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

peter303 banksters not techies (505 comments)

The investors who gamble huge sums on huge risks are ones thrilled by drugs. They are attracted to SVs risk culture.

2 days ago

VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

peter303 Obamas insurance against impeachment :-) (224 comments)

A few radical republicans fantasize about impeachment. But when they realize who'd replace Barak, they'll come to their senses.

about a week ago

New Map Fingers Future Hot Spots For U.S. Earthquakes

peter303 not new (49 comments)

1) Very similar to previous USGS hazard maps.
2) Nearly every high risk zone has an associated large historic earthquake and continuing microseismicity. Seattle's 1700 M9 is just outside of historic memory. Eastern Tennesse has not had a quake.

3) Few seismic building laws in Eastern US, despite sizeable risk.

about two weeks ago

New Map Fingers Future Hot Spots For U.S. Earthquakes

peter303 eastern Tennessee a mystery (49 comments)

No historic large quake there, but lots of microseismicity.
Western Tennesee is in the New Madrid tectonic zone with a large 1811 quake. But that is a dfferent tectonic zone.

about two weeks ago

New Map Fingers Future Hot Spots For U.S. Earthquakes

peter303 NE is high seismic risk (49 comments)

M7 off Cape Ann in 1755 caused damage to young Boston.
Several alrge faults in NYC area.
The Saint Lawrence Seaway is a large fault and has quakes periodically.

about two weeks ago

New Map Fingers Future Hot Spots For U.S. Earthquakes

peter303 new Colorado quakes due to injection (49 comments)

1) near Rifle due to injecting irrigation waste water (too salty for river)
2) near Trinadad, mine waters
3) near Greeley, oil drilling waste.

about two weeks ago

With New Horizons Spacecraft a Year Away, What We Know About Pluto

peter303 "double the mission" (128 comments)

Right now they are frantically searching for a second Kuiper Belt target within the range of the nuclear generator lifetime (+5 years?). But they have not found one yet. They would hope to set the course shortly after leaving Pluto.

about two weeks ago

How Deep Does the Multiverse Go?

peter303 Brian Green;'s multiverse book (202 comments)

Some of the the mind blowing chapters consider an infinite universe in space and time. Our local area could exactly repeat on the average of 10^150 light years, Brian calculates. And there could many more variants than exact repeats.

Imagine an infinite number of exct copies of yourself, each sparated by immense distances. Image even more variants of yourslef, living slightly to greatly different lives.

about two weeks ago

A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

peter303 Iron Dome answers half-full half-empty debate? (379 comments)

I remmeber US Star Wars detractors said the system would be considered a failure if it allowed a single nuclear missile to strike the US. On the other hand supporters said it would be a success if it created uncertainty in the attacker and was partially succesful. Well, seeing Iron Dome in action after a couple couple battles now, it seems to be pyschologically beneficial to the Israeli population. This is whether you belive it has been 25% or 90% successful in knocking out rockets. Then I would say the "hal-full" side has won the debate.

about two weeks ago

A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

peter303 deconstruct Postols motives (379 comments)

As a long term opponent of US Star Wars expensive & mediocre results, Postol may fear the succes of Iron Dome could revitalize US efforts. Star Wars is still a multi-billion dollar annual project a quarter century after its inception. I do have to compliment Postol for poking holes in the over optimistic propaganda of both systems, even if I think he is too skeptical.

about two weeks ago

New Technology Uses Cellular Towers For Super-Accurate Weather Measurements

peter303 Ditto GPS (42 comments)

Mositure and temprature variations causes bending of GPS wavepaths and small delays. Geophysicists ave been studying the "noise" in large scale GPS data to measure atmospheric conditions. Right now this mostly from dedicated high frequency tectonics GPS stations like Earthscope. There could be a way to "crowdsource" smartphone users for more data.

about two weeks ago

Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

peter303 I attened Samsung Watch developers seminar Wed, (381 comments)

Its interesting how much technology they pack into a small device - 1 GHz CPU and 4GB flash, camera, gyro. The screen is 320 x 320 or about 6x20 characters. Google glass is same height, but twice the width. mini-Linux, Android and Java.

Overall I see good potential as a basic messaging receiving device. I am dubious about the camera, because it is hard to aim unlike a smartphone or glass.

The basic user interface follows smartphone conventions- touch activated and scrolling cardlets. The positive is that you can write a similar applet for both a phone and watch. I personally dont think the long term future of a smart watch is as a small smartphone. Other user interfaces such as voice and wrist guestures will be more efficient.

The first two generations tether with smartphone for internet access. Ditto google glass. Battery life is about 3 days if you dont use the camera or video.

Samsumgs million dollar smart watch app contest (top prize 100K) ends this week.

about two weeks ago

Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

peter303 90% my internet activity is reading short messages (381 comments)

You wouldnt create content on a smart watch. But most of the time I look on the computer to read mail/texts, news and weather. I dont need to sit a desk or pull a lump out of pocket to do this.

about two weeks ago

Hints of Life's Start Found In a Giant Virus

peter303 reproduction & metabolism evolved separately? (158 comments)

Then merged to become life as we know it. This is a hypothesis proposed by some science scientists like Robert Hazen.
Although we dont see pre-life metabolic fossils, some viruses could be pre-life reproductive fossils.

about three weeks ago

Buzz Aldrin Pressures Obama For New Space Exploration Initiative

peter303 save the space station first! (78 comments)

In Bush's original terminiation of the space shuttle program the US was supposed have a shuttle replacement by this year. Now the earliest is 2018 with some suspecting more like 2021 or so. The recession and tea party politics stretched out replacement spending programs. NASA has order Soyuz seats through 2017 at a very high price. Russian factories need a three year advance order to build new capsules and rockets.

The rated lifetime of the ISS somewhere between 2020 and 2030. Russia is not committing past 2020 due to neo-cold war politics. A catstophic failure like that of the solar panel position bearings a few years back could end the ISS because there isnt launch capacity for large replacements. The tea party faction in the US is blah toward the space program and ISS too.

about three weeks ago

TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

peter303 Most likely they read plans online about modified (702 comments)

TSA tends to react to threads rather than speculate on new ones. This doesn't mean the other side is posting speculative plans too that they may not build.

about three weeks ago

NASA Launching Satellite To Track Carbon

peter303 mystery where most anthropengic CO2 goes (190 comments)

Less than half what humans create in hydrocarbon buring and cement making stays in the atmosphere. The ocean is suspected as the major sink, as it turns into something like soda. A more active plant biopshere could be another sink.

Furthermore we dont know all the non-human sources. Is there a significant amount being released from melting permafrost marshes? Some onsite studies suggest the possibility. Volcanoes, melting sedimate methane hydrates too. This satellite could help constrain unkown sources and sinks.

The resuting data is likely to fuel both pro and anti AGW factions. A significant group prefers not to know whatis happening at all and blocked these kind of satellites in the 1990s and 2000s. I wish to know what is happening.

about 1 month ago



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."

Ant-trust action against Google?

peter303 peter303 writes  |  more than 5 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."

new book "The Dumbest Generation"

peter303 peter303 writes  |  about 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."

peter303 peter303 writes  |  more than 7 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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