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How Long Until We Commonly Use Flying Cars?

pha7boy Re:Never (606 comments)

you would not pilot a flying car. the computer would be running it for you. The problem of computers driving/flying cars is not that far from being solved. It would probably be easier to make them fly then to get them to drive cars, anyway. the problem is figuring out the energy requirements to make flying cars possible. I say between 100 and 200 years and we might have something going.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple vs. Google TVs

pha7boy MS - get you're game on (403 comments)

If Microsoft would put a TV tuner in a revamped XBox360, that would be a killer gadget. Bing to search. wireless keyboard for hotmail and surfing. videochat via MS's chat client. XBox Live integration. Come on guys... get it together.

more than 4 years ago
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NASA's Top 10 Space Junk Missions

pha7boy recycling (103 comments)

If we could monetize recycling in space, we'd clear that area up in quick order. maybe once private space flight and delivery takes off, someone will find a way to gather, break down, and recycle all the (otherwise very expensive) stuff up there.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Offers Free Cases To Solve iPhone 4 Antenna Problems

pha7boy Re:'Bout time (917 comments)

you sir have no clue what you are talking about, do you? iPhone4 drops calls at a rate of (iphone3GS+1)/100 iPhone 3GS is also an Apple product Apple and ATT are, now, offering a 30 days full refund. If you bought it somewhere else (say... Best Buy) - good luck with that. Every phone does lose signal... to some extend. The iPhone4 is "Defective by Design" - meaning it makes the problem that much larger by placing the antena on the outside. so... I take it you're one of those "i don't care" people, huh? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL7yD-0pqZg&feature=player_embedded

more than 4 years ago
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First Direct Photo of Exoplanet Confirmed

pha7boy Re:As Wil Wheaton often says (189 comments)

even if we all live 1000 years, getting to that planet will be incredibly long and boring.

more than 4 years ago
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The Economist Calls For "Open Source" Biology

pha7boy Re:They've confused open source with public domain (80 comments)

probably. but the point of the article in the economist is not open source vs public domain. It's whether a government should legislate the morality of synth-bio. And their point is that even if it should attempt to, any limitations on research should be minimal. The open source analogy is a little weak, but the idea is certainly commendable.

more than 4 years ago
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Bruce Bueno de Mesquita Uses Games To See the Future

pha7boy Re:Bruce Bueno de Mesquita predicted this first po (134 comments)

he also predicted, in one of his early articles, that "countries go to war if they think they can win." Score 1 for predictive theories.

more than 4 years ago
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China's Human Flesh Search Engine

pha7boy Re:Why can't we all get along? (248 comments)

maybe. or maybe it's a rehash of the 1960s Red Guards. either way, just as bad.

more than 4 years ago
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Heavy Internet Use Linked To Depression

pha7boy Re:The next line states... (360 comments)

What the writer meant to say is that people who suffer from depression are more likely to spend a lot of time on the internet. The idea that it is unclear if people suffering from depression are drawn to the internet is a cop-out on their part (i.e. oh, we need more money to study this). There have been lots of studies to show that people suffering from depression are more likely to turn inward, and seek to escape their reality via different means (alcohol abuse in the past - internet addiction now).

more than 4 years ago
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MSI Will Launch iPad Alternative

pha7boy multitouch? (756 comments)

Hope they can get it to have multi-touch, at least in the "euro" version we could all purchase via the internet. And I would not mind one running WinMo7 if that think ever comes out (maybe they're waiting for Duke Nukem Forever).

more than 4 years ago
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iPad Is a "Huge Step Backward"

pha7boy Re:Dear FSF (1634 comments)

they have, jailbreak your phone install what apps you want from wher you want.

classic example of PEBKAC.

more than 4 years ago
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Mark Cuban's Plan To Kill Google

pha7boy Re:Bribery (773 comments)

I'll take $100.000. /end "cheap whore" statement.

more than 5 years ago
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uTorrent To Build In Transfer-Throttling Ability

pha7boy reason 1 down. reason 2 in que. (187 comments)

I'm sure ISPs such as Comcast will find another reason to suggest they need in interfere with network management. just give them a little bit of time to put their heads together with the guys at RIAA.

more than 5 years ago
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Wait For Windows 7 SP1, Support Firm Warns Users

pha7boy Re:Say what? (433 comments)

What's the matter, a little too highbrow for Windows fanbois?

now, now... no need to insult windows fanboys. maybe that was a fun of the play who did not appreciate it being used in association with the aforementioned OS

more than 5 years ago
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Wait For Windows 7 SP1, Support Firm Warns Users

pha7boy Re:Say what? (433 comments)

a +1 for funny good sir. a +1 for funny.

more than 5 years ago
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Wait For Windows 7 SP1, Support Firm Warns Users

pha7boy Re:Say what? (433 comments)

yeah... that freaking line is so old - just wait for SP1. businesses might, or at least some businesses might. I know the place I work at has no intention of going to Win7 anytime soon. But to say that you run the risk of loosing your data when you upgrade? back your data the fuck up. and plus, who does an in place upgrade anyway?! that's begging problems.

more than 5 years ago
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Wait For Windows 7 SP1, Support Firm Warns Users

pha7boy Re:It will be different this time (433 comments)

CCleaner does a pretty good job. Spyboy S&D... eh, seems like a resource hog to me... but maybe I just don't like shit running in the background. But the point is valid - know what you delete! (on the other hand, unless you do a reg clear on a regular basis, you'll have dozens of entries to check in google.)

a decent antivirus (and paying attention to what you do) should protect you from crap

more than 5 years ago
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Xbox 360 Update Will Lock Out Unauthorized Storage

pha7boy oh Microsoft... (435 comments)

just when the hackers were getting ready to focus their efforts on the iPhone and Apple, there you go again, throwing down the gauntlet. Are you that much of an attention hog?

more than 5 years ago

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What if you could solve the deficit?

pha7boy pha7boy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

pha7boy (1242512) writes "As people are wondering if Congress will ever be able to solve the budget/deficit crisis, do they understand the complexities involved in the decision making process? Alternatively, do Tea-Party-ers in Congress understand the impact of cutting programs such as education, research, or healthcare?

The Wilson Center's Science and Technology Innovation program, together with American Public Media created Budget Hero, a web game allowing players to try and balance the budget and solve the deficit problem by making policy choices. While the game might not offer ready made policy solutions, it goes a long way toward explaining the trade-offs one has to make in the quest to reduce the deficit."

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Apple and the great Tea/Coffee battle

pha7boy pha7boy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

pha7boy (1242512) writes "I am interested in seeing if there is a connection between the technology people use and the side they chose in the coffee vs tea epic battle for the soul of mankind.

* Do you drink coffee and own an iphone/ipad
* Do you drink tea and own and iphone/ipad
* Do you drink coffee and own an android phone
* Do you drink tea and own an android phone
* I drink none and own an abacus"
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FCC Chairman Genachowski backs open internet rules

pha7boy pha7boy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

pha7boy (1242512) writes "The Wall Street Journal is running a story on FCC Chairman Genachowski's recent statements at the International Wireless Industry Convention in San Diego. Mr. Genachowski called the lack of airwaves available for so-called 4G wireless networks "a looming crisis" that threatened American productivity. He said the FCC would look at how to reallocate airwaves for wireless Internet services and speed up paperwork so new networks could be built faster. The Journal called the statement a carrot to the Wireless industry after the FCC said it would look into ensuring wireless carriers and cable ISPs are implementing "net neutral" traffic policies. So is the FCC ready to strike a deal with the carriers — more spectrum for open internet? And if that is the case, is that a good thing for consumers?"
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FBI Interogations of Saddam Hussein released

pha7boy pha7boy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

pha7boy (1242512) writes "The National Security Archive just released the FBI interviews of deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. FBI special agents carried out 20 formal interviews and at least 5 "casual conversations" with former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein after his capture by U.S. troops in December 2003. Saddam denied any connections to the "zealot" Osama bin Laden, cited North Korea as his most likely ally in a crunch, and shared President George W. Bush's hostility towards the "fanatic" Iranian mullahs, according to the documents released. Not included in these reports are issues such as the reported role of the CIA in facilitating the Ba'ath party's rise to power, the uneasy alliance forged between Iraq and the U.S. during the Iran-Iraq war, and the precise nature of U.S. views regarding Iraq's chemical weapons policy during that conflict. Interview 20 for example remains classified in its entirety on national security, even if it remains unclear what the FBI could have gleaned from the former Iraqi leader that would still require classification. All the interviews and conversations can be downloaded from the National Security Archive's website here"
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Stems cells found to cure Chron's Disease

pha7boy pha7boy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

pha7boy (1242512) writes "British press The Guardian reports that scientists claimed they found a cure for Chron's Disease. Crohn's is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that typically strikes teenagers and those in their 20s. A lifelong condition, it causes ulceration and inflammation of the digestive tract and is incurable. Existing treatments all involve drugs, which help sufferers control their symptoms but do not offer a cure. Prof Chris Hawkey, a gastroenterologist at Nottingham University, proposed "rebooting" the patient's immune system by first destroying the cells that have attacked the body's immune system to cause the Crohn's, and then replacing them via stem cell transplant. "I'm hopeful that half or more of the partients that undergo stem cell transplantation may either be cured or have a long-term remission," Hawkey said."
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KGB Material released by Cold War Project

pha7boy pha7boy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

pha7boy (1242512) writes "The Cold War International History Project just released the "Vassiliev Notebooks." The notebooks are an important new source of information on Soviet intelligence operations in the United States from 1930 to 1950. Though the KGB's archive remains closed, former KGB officer turned journalist Alexander Vassiliev was given the unique opportunity to spend two years poring over materials from the KGB archive taking detailed notes--including extended verbatim quotes--on some of the KGB's most sensitive files.

Though Vassiliev's access was not unfettered, the 1,115 pages of densely handwritten notes that he was able to take shed new and important light on such critical individuals and topics as Alger Hiss, the Rosenberg case, and "Enormous," the massive Soviet effort to gather intelligence on the Anglo-American atomic bomb project.

Alexander Vassiliev has donated his original copies of the handwritten notebooks to the Library of Congress with no restriction on access. They are available to researchers in the Manuscript Division. Electronic copies of the original notebooks, transcribed Russian versions, and translated English versions are available for download free of charge from CWIHP"

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The Herschel Telescope close to blastoff

pha7boy pha7boy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

pha7boy (1242512) writes "The Herschel space observatory, the European Space Agency's answer to the Hubble Telescope, is about to be sent into orbit. With a mirror 1.5 times the size of the Hubble mirror, the Herschel will look at the universe in the infrared and sub-millimetre range. This "will permit Herschel to see past the dust that scatters Hubble's visible wavelengths, and to gaze at really cold places and objects in the Universe — from the birthing clouds of new stars to the icy comets that live far out in the Solar System." More on the BBC News site"
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Warhammer Online VS World of Warcraft

pha7boy pha7boy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pha7boy (1242512) writes "Massively.com has an interesting comparison between Warhammer Online (WAR) and World of Warcraft (WoW), including discussions on the difference classes available in WAR and how they compare to WoW, crafting in WAR, combat (PVE and PVP), etc. Interesting read if you're planing to make the jump to WAR, or just plan to give it a try. Given how successful WoW has been, it will be interesting to see how WAR improves on it. read the story here: massively.com"
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McCain pondering sending a man to Mars

pha7boy pha7boy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pha7boy (1242512) writes "Speaking at a townhall meeting in Florida, McCain revealed his support for sending a maned mission to Mars. Asked about the space shuttle program, McCain said he "would be willing to spend more taxpayers' dollars" to continue the program but argued that NASA must do a better job of inspiring the American public, as when it sent a man to the moon in 1969. McCain said one of his favorite books as a child had been Ray Bradbury's 1950 novel "The Martian Chronicles," about humans colonizing the Red Planet."
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What would be a good digital doc management system

pha7boy pha7boy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pha7boy (1242512) writes "I work for a non-profit that seeks to make archival information available to historians. The idea behind the project is to obtain historical documents from various archives throughout the world and make them freely available to anyone interested. The problem is managing a large amount of PDFs, in various languages. In order to have them accessible, we've developed several fields of metadata that we input — title, date, creator, description, etc, etc. basic Dublic Core fields.

right now we use a web-based content management system where each filed has to be inputed individually, having to refresh the page after each field in entered. Aside from making adding documents time consuming, it also makes it impossible to have batch processing.

we're looking to change the system and I'm wondering if any of you have any ideas of which way to go. We've looked at ContentDM and Dspace but I wonder if there are any other ideas out there. We have thousands of documents already up — so the ability to port it to a new system is important, and we have many thousands of docs that need to be uploaded and made available."
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CISCO working with Chinese on censorship

pha7boy pha7boy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

pha7boy (1242512) writes "From blog.wired.com: An internal Cisco document is the first evidence that the networking giant has marketed its routers to China specifically as a tool of repression. It reinforces the double-edged role that Americans' technological ingenuity plays in the rest of the world. Companies including Cisco, Yahoo, Microsoft and Google have faced criticism for cooperating to various degrees with the repressive Chinese regime, and the document leak on Monday came one day before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing into U.S. technology companies' participation in foreign government censorship programs. Document available here: http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/files/cisco_presentation.pdf"
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Move it or lose it... Earth swallowed in 7b years

pha7boy pha7boy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pha7boy (1242512) writes "The Earth will, apparently, be swallowed by the Sun in, give or take, 7.6 billion years. There was some disagreement about whether the Sun will lose enough mass to allow the planet to shift its orbit enough to escape being engulfed. Newer calculations, taking into account tidal forces, predict that this escape will not be possible. While 7.6 billion years seems like a lot, life on the planet has much less. After about 1 billion years, the planet will be too hot to support life. So, does this really matter? Maybe. But we're likely to all be dead by then."
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Personality tests and the presidential candidates

pha7boy pha7boy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pha7boy (1242512) writes "Emily Yoffe of Slate discusses the MBTI personality projections of the presidential candidates. She describes what the strenghts and weaknesses of each (based on the MBTI personality profile she assigns to each). "Such personality testing is often derided by academia," she recognizes, "but it's used widely by corporations, the military, and government to understand different leadership styles and the dynamics of working in groups." For those who are still undecided, the descriptions might provide another piece of information regarding the candidates. For those already decided, it will reinforce that choice you made. Either way, what really makes a good president? The one immersed in details, the one with a vision, or the one concerned with the present?"
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NASA awards space cargo grant.. Space FedEx soon

pha7boy pha7boy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pha7boy (1242512) writes "NASA has made a recent award of 171 million dollars to Orbital Sciences Corp. of Virginia in order to aid the company in developing a feasable space cargo delivery service.

The U.S. space agency intends to hold an open competition in the years ahead for actual space station cargo-delivery contracts, but Orbital of Dulles, Va., is one of two companies receiving financial help from NASA to develop their proposed systems. The other is Space Exploration Technologies of El Segundo, Calif.
since the space shuttle is slated to retire in 2010, and relations with the Russians are likely to sour further, developing a cheap, reliable method to deliver cargo and personel in space seems like a major imperative."

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