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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

popo Women prefer male bosses (302 comments)

No really. Before you mod this flamebait, check the studies. It's 100% true. Statistically speaking (well, at least according to several large surveys), most women actually do prefer male authority in the work-place.

http://www.businessweek.com/ar...

And there are thousands of nightmare tales about all female workplaces...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/fem...

Of course such statistics and stories will forever be dismissed by social justice warriors... And there are many here on Slashdot.

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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

popo Sounds like a planned PR stunt to me. (622 comments)

Oh please. I say this is a massive publicity stunt. How many celebs leaked "sex tapes" back in the day, expressing outrage right up until the months of careful planning and PR were revealed.

Secondly, "sex crime"? Good lord. Women today want everything to be classified as a sex crime. Give me a break.

about a week ago
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Crowdsourced Remake "The Empire Strikes Back Uncut" Now Complete

popo Re: Who wants it? (55 comments)

I especially liked the introduction / explanation by Yoda.

about a week ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

popo Fusion isn't "expensive", it's lossy (315 comments)

The problem isn't just "expense" as the summary pretends. It's that the energy output is less than the energy inputs.

Scaling the reactor is like the old joke about "losing money on every sale, but making up for it on volume."

about two weeks ago
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Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers

popo Will they also ban passengers? (208 comments)

Because I'm pretty sure that talking to one's significant other is equally distracting.

about two weeks ago
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The Executive Order That Redefines Data Collection

popo No collection happens until examination (126 comments)

So if I download lots of copyrighted music and films, but never listen to them -- then I'm apparently okay right?

about three weeks ago
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Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

popo Re:isnt ice less dense? (232 comments)

But help me out here. the water is still in the oceans of the Earth. So what causes the net gravitational change? The change in density from less-dense ice to more-dense water?

I would guess that results in a gravitational increase. Where is the net loss coming from?

about three weeks ago
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Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

popo Re:Largest Climate march in history (200 comments)

"Big enviro"? You mean the total sum of all non-carbon based energy industries, technology companies and carbon credits markets?

Show me your math.

about a month ago
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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

popo What about Pro-Biotics, though? (294 comments)

The issue here seems to be an alteration of the gut-flora caused by artificial sweeteners (assumably by reducing sugars in the gut).

But might not this problem be addressed with pro-biotics? Gut flora seems an easy enough issue to address, no?

about a month ago
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Alibaba's US IPO Could Top $20 Billion

popo The end of TWO bubbles (97 comments)

The Internet bubble is already bursting, with mass layoffs all over the valley. On top of that, the "China growth" story is also cold and dead, with bad debts soaring across Asia.

This has the makings of a massive flop, but the news media is ecstatic about this IPO despite widespread reporting on both bubbles having burst already.

Short this piggy.

about a month and a half ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

popo DropBox is hopelessly overpriced (275 comments)

It's one thing to blame Amazon and Google for a price war. But DropBox's pricing scheme was always overpriced. (And the same goes for Evernote -- even though theirs is a slightly different offering). What should cost a couple bucks a month is priced multiples higher.

Besides, DropBox has entertained MULTIPLE exit opportunities and rejected them all.

If they disappear now, they will have only themselves to blame for not choosing any one of the multiple exits that were on the table.

The landscape changed rapidly around the early leaders. And yet, those leaders did not change their models rapidly to match the changing landscape. Knowing when to quit, and how best to exit are essential parts of management. While we may applaud unbounded grit and unshakeable tenacity -- those qualities in a CEO are more frequently disastrous than beneficial.

about 2 months ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

popo Or don't be... (561 comments)

What's the percentage of white male computer-science and technical graduates?

To do anything but hire according to that percentage would be an act of sexism or racism.

about 2 months ago
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Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8

popo Here's another idea (203 comments)

The reality is that you can build a decent set top box for casual gaming for under $50.

Do that AND open it up to developers with an App Store and Nintendo will create a whole new category.

about 3 months ago
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The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released

popo Re:That has to be the most garbled summary.... (156 comments)

It wasn't the "uber geeks" that ruined this trilogy. Jackson built up an incredible amount of "cred" with LOTR. The speed and decisiveness with which he obliterated his cred with The Hobbit is rivaled only by George Lucas and the disaster of Episodes 1 & 2.

The Hobbit is a silly script, which was mutated into a slapstick adventure-comedy. The characters are 2 dimensional and the plot could only possibly interest a child.

Thank goodness we "uber geeks" have Game of Thrones to distract us while Jackson sh*ts out another Disney-esque turd for his corporate paymasters.

about 3 months ago
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Airbnb Partners With Cities For Disaster Preparedness

popo Third Amendment Violations, dead ahead (55 comments)

Since the first, second and fourth amendments have already been assaulted and cut-back in the USA, it's probably just a matter of time before the third amendment gets assaulted too.

Most of our already-lost rights seem to have been erased under the banner of "emergency planning", so this would seem like a logical place for the breach on our third amendment rights.

about 3 months ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

popo Or maybe you're not so good at math (512 comments)

The problem is that in terms of mathematical relativity, the fighting in Gaza is not a terribly important ongoing conflict.

There are an *exponentially* larger number of ongoing casualties in Syria. Where is the outrage?

There are more ongoing casualties in Sudan, Pakistan and other non-reported conflicts as well. Where are the street protests?

Selective outrage is inherently indicative of a motivation *other* than humanitarian concern.

Great stats here: http://notquant.com/the-israel...

We must care about civilian casualties. But we must not care more about some casualties over others.

about 3 months ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

popo Re:Money (619 comments)

Exactly right. My thoughts exactly.

If one were to conduct the same study but offer $10,000 instead if $6, I am quite sure the percentage of cheaters would rise to include a significant number of those born in the relatively rich West.

about 3 months ago
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Are Tethers the Answer To the Safety Issues of Follow-Me Drone Technology?

popo Isn't this MORE dangerous? (88 comments)

Sorry, but the logic here escapes me. Aren't the danger of crossed-tethers exponentially greater than the danger of colliding drones?

about 3 months ago
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Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

popo But WHY are they demolishing the room? (299 comments)

I would think the article would explain *why* the building is being demolished (which sounds like an extremely good way to cause radioactive particles to escape into the environment).

Are they building condos? What's the story?

about 4 months ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

popo But people forget what MENSA concluded (561 comments)

Folks, MENSA was a study intended to track the successes of those with high IQ's as they progressed through life.

Somewhat unsurprisingly, the study revealed NO CORRELATION.

Zippo. Nada. None. Zilch.

People with high-IQ's were no more successful in career terms than people with average IQ's. (I have a high IQ, and I wish the correlation had been tighter! :D )

So at the end of the day "success" is a combination of multiple factors and IQ alone is non-determinant. So who cares about IQ anyway?

about 4 months ago

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AIDS cured? Stem-cell treatment appears effective

popo popo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

popo (107611) writes "On the heels of World AIDS Day comes a stunning medical breakthrough: Doctors believe an HIV-positive man who underwent a stem cell transplant has been cured as a result of the procedure.

Timothy Ray Brown, also known as the "Berlin Patient," received the transplant in 2007 as part of a lengthy treatment course for leukemia. His doctors recently published a report in the journal Blood affirming that the results of extensive testing "strongly suggest that cure of HIV infection has been achieved.""

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popo popo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

popo writes "A mysterious hexagon has been spotted on Saturn's North Pole by NASA's Cassini orbiter. The bizarre geometric formation spans the size of two planet Earths and is stationary with clouds spinning around it. Kevin Baines of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said: "This is a very strange feature, lying in a precise geometric fashion with six nearly equally straight sides. ...We've never seen anything like this on any other planet.""
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popo popo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

popo writes "From the "We all knew it would eventually come to this" department, FOX has subpoenaed YouTube for the identity of a user who posted entire episodes of "24" and "The Simpson's". It is not yet known whether YouTube has complied with the request. The "24" episodes in question actually appeared on YouTube prior to their primetime January 14 premiere on the Fox broadcast network, which spread four hourlong episodes of the hit drama over two consecutive nights. Fox became aware the episodes were on YouTube on January 8, according to the subpoena."

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