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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

phrostie Re:What bullshit (190 comments)

This is the difference between Canadian Sci-Fi and US Sci-Fi.

Canadian Sci-Fi has always been about hope. plain and simple.

US Sci-Fi comes from Hollywood and they don't understand the difference between Sci-Fi and horror.

3 days ago

Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

phrostie Re:Hahahaha (405 comments)

you get 10-20 telescopes together and let people look at what they've been missing.

about a week ago

Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

phrostie Re:Hahahaha (405 comments)

DSLR controller is a good example of that, but most people don't even notice the gui.
once they discover that they can zoom and pan that's all they think about.

about a week ago

Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

phrostie Re:Hahahaha (405 comments)

the other amateur astronomers are all really sharp, but we're there to help expose the average joe/jane to science and astronomy. most people just don't really care about operating systems. it's no big thing.

about a week ago

Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

phrostie Re:Hahahaha (405 comments)

there is an adapter called an OTG cable. it's like a USB with a couple of wires/pins flipped.
you can make one out of a USB, but they are so cheap it's not worth it.
there are a number of Apps, I like DSLR Controller the best.
you'll need a canon or nikon dslr with live view. a T2i or newer is recomended.


about a week ago

Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

phrostie Re:Hahahaha (405 comments)

I use an android tablet to control and display timed exposures(or digitally zoom planetary objects) with my telescope/camera at star parties.
everyone always assumes it's an ipad.
ipad has become a generic term for a tablet.

the NFL thing is funny, but not surprising.

about a week ago

Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

phrostie Re:should be an interesting history of computers (362 comments)

and the digital text books will have banner adds that you'll need to click on before being able to read the "History".

about two weeks ago

Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

phrostie Re:Could have fooled me (221 comments)

well, for what it's worth, you have the best SciFi.

about three weeks ago

California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

phrostie Re:The worrisome part (233 comments)

I have to wonder how this will affect projects like Cyanogen mod.

about three weeks ago

Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

phrostie Re:Dobsonian (187 comments)

some of these guys have a remote setup like what you describe and would be better able to help you.

My setup is like I described. I have a converted 10" Dob on an Equatorial mount that I use for astrophotography.
It's not high end, but it does wonders on a budget.

about three weeks ago

Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

phrostie Re:Dobsonian (187 comments)

Dobs in the 5" - 10" range are perfect.
I recommend 8-10.

when they out grow the Dob mount you can buy some rings and put them on an equatorial mount.
it gives you an upgrade path.

some good links:
great for comparing prices

AWB offers a great little scope for the price.

It's hard to beat a lot of their prices.

about a month ago

Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

phrostie Re:The suck, it burns .... (179 comments)

maybe they should try letting people pick a level of code that they want to update to.

you could have the really overly tested stuff that doesn't break. we'll call this Stable.

then you could have the stuff that fixes the last problem, but might break something new. we'll call this Testing.

then you could have the bleeding edge stuff that you run just because you want the bragging rights of running some truly unstable shit. we'll call this Siri, Sydney or maybe Sid for short.

i'll bet M$ could even patent it.

about a month ago

FAA Pressures Coldwell, Other Realtors To Stop Using Drone Footage

phrostie Re:Dear Fed (199 comments)

i mixed opinions on this.

does the same rule apply to SpaceX when they film one of their tests?

about 2 months ago

Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

phrostie Re:Sounds about right... (441 comments)

a little rivalry is a good thing.

I'm a fan of both and still believe that putting all your eggs in one basket will just lead to other problems.

about 3 months ago

In 2012, Facebook Altered Content To Tweak Readers' Emotions

phrostie Re:consent (130 comments)

Just think of it as the new Facebook beta.

about 3 months ago

Google Building a Domain Registration Service

phrostie Re:Getting popcorn (69 comments)

more of a disillusioned former Google supporter. many feel burned and bitter by their big brother crap.

it's not spin, just preparing for the worst, because that is the trend they've been showing us.
absolute control/power corrupts absolutely.

Google grabbing more power?
not surprised. surprised would be if they "did no evil".

about 3 months ago

Facebook Lets Users Opt Out of Targeted Ads

phrostie Re:Will they hide the "X" icons again? (97 comments)

to opt out at facebook add the following line to your hosts file:

about 3 months ago

New Permission System Could Make Android Much Less Secure

phrostie Re:How is this a good idea? (249 comments)

does anyone know what CyangenMod will be doing?

about 3 months ago

Pixar To Give Away 3D RenderMan Software

phrostie Re:there is some evil in this (147 comments)

look up the history of BMRT

I'd be happy if they gave that back.

about 3 months ago

Solar Roadways Project Beats $1M Goal, Should Enter Production

phrostie Re:Deja vu (311 comments)

I was a bit skeptical when I'd first heard about this.

What I hope happens is that they start off focusing on commercial applications like parking lots and drive ways.
That will give the technology time mature and the price to come down.

otherwise yeah, I suspect we'll be rebuilding a lot of roads as they work the real world bugs out.

about 4 months ago



CosmoQuest is having a Google+ Telethon for STEM education

phrostie phrostie writes  |  about a year ago

phrostie (121428) writes "Shamelessly stolen from Universe Today "On June 15-16, Pamela Gay and Nicole Gugliucci are hosting a 32-hour Google Hangout on Air – a Hangout-a-thon – to raise money to support public engagement in science. It starts at Noon EDT, 16:00 UTC on June 15, 2013 and will feature guests like Phil Plait (the Bad Astronomer), NASA scientists and educators, the cast of Beyond the Wall, Mat Kaplan from Planetary Radio, and our very own Fraser Cain. Yours truly might make an appearance as well, beaming in from the middle of nowhere in Minnesota. A complete schedule of guests and events can be found here. Facebook Event Page""
Link to Original Source

Earthquake Swarm Off Oregon Coast

phrostie phrostie writes  |  more than 6 years ago

phrostie (121428) writes "Scientists at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center have recorded more than 600 earthquakes in the last 10 days off the central Oregon coast in an area not typically known for a high degree of seismic activity.

This earthquake "swarm" is unique, according to OSU marine geologist Robert Dziak, because it is occurring within the middle of the Juan de Fuca plate — away from the major, regional tectonic boundaries. "In the 17 years we've been monitoring the ocean through hydrophone recordings, we've never seen a swarm of earthquakes in an area such as this," Dziak said. "We're not certain what it means. But we hope to have a ship divert to the site and take some water samples that may help us learn more." The water samples may indicate whether the process causing the earthquakes is tectonic or hydrothermal, he added."


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