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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

pubwvj Switch (435 comments)

Stop doing Windows.

2 days ago
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Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

pubwvj Re:First Volunteer's Reaction... (161 comments)

Precisely.

Before and after impressions are so enlightening...

2 days ago
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Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

pubwvj Re:Can I try it first? (161 comments)

I'll interview you, before and after.

2 days ago
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Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

pubwvj First Volunteer's Reaction... (161 comments)

I would like to interview the first volunteer and find out just how they felt about this destructive teleportation process... Oh, my.

2 days ago
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Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

pubwvj Widen the Moat (289 comments)

The solution is to widen your moat, breed more moat monsters and get dogs. Ninja pigs help too.

4 days ago
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Scientists Discover Compound In Baby Diapers Can Enlarge Brain Cells

pubwvj Wrong End Hats (75 comments)

Let me explain how it works, shit-for-brains...

Ooo... Bad.

5 days ago
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The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

pubwvj Re:No Cheap Power (172 comments)

Of course it isn't completely flat but not worth doing peak vs off-peak. They are able to vary the output of the generators. They have their own generators for most of the power we use in our local utility. It comes off of solar, wind and largely methane from landfills which would otherwise be burned off or gas off to the atmosphere.

I'm just wary of the over complications. When devices become more complicated they use more power and break down more often having shorter lifespans. That's a big cost both in the budget and the environment.

Simple solutions are best.

about a week ago
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The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

pubwvj Re:No Cheap Power (172 comments)

Small coop utility.
Northern climate so no high summer or day demand from air conditioners.
Day and night demand for them is about equal.
He, the guy at the utility, is their expert on this topic and has been there for decades. Very knowledgeable.
I'm more incline to believe him than a random person on the net who doesn't know the local scene.

In any case, I'm still wary of adding one more 'smart feature' to appliances that is going to increase their energy consumption a little for that, increase their failure rate due to increased complexity and increase their price. We don't need more trash.

about a week ago
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Belgian Raid Kills 2, Said To Avert "Major Terrorist Attacks"

pubwvj Re:Genetic Selection at Work... (257 comments)

Yes. Generally such restrictions come into the culture slowly. I'm assuming, with some knowledge of these cultures, that these restrictions were likely pre-startup. Many of the aspects that are adopted by a religion actually originated long before it, sometimes thousands of years before it, as adaptation to local conditions. While you and I don't see a reason for that in this case there may have been some other intertribal strife that had caused that. And besides, 1,400 years is close enough.

The bigger point, which you're missing with the arguing over generational counting, is that such a change could cause different cultures to fail to understand each other on a very fundamental level. Lets not quibble over a few generations but rather try and think about why and how something occurs so we can better understand it and solve the problems of cross cultural misunderstanding.

about a week ago
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The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

pubwvj Re:No Cheap Power (172 comments)

Sorry but you missed the point. There is no peak power and no off power benefit. I've discussed this with our utility energy efficiency guy. He said they just don't see that around here. However adding this circuitry to the equipment is going to cause it to consume just a little more power. Multiply that little more times millions of devices and pretty soon that is a lot more power being consumed. The result is that the savings won't be as great as they think.

about a week ago
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The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

pubwvj No Cheap Power (172 comments)

A fundamental problem with this is that there is no "Off-Peak" cheap power in a lot of places. We just have one utility rate, which is higher than anywhere else in the country based on what I hear from other people. Many people don't have an off-peak rate so this becomes just one more costly gadgeting of the appliances that makes them more expensive and use just a little bit more power to run, multiplied by millions.

about a week ago
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'Be My Eyes' App Crowdsources Help For the Blind

pubwvj Far Sighted! (66 comments)

This is an excellent idea and by rating volunteers the system can weed out the trouble makers who would steer you wrong.

about a week ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

pubwvj Sad. (314 comments)

Radio Shack stores used to be really cool places to find all sorts of great stuff. Long ago before most people here were born. They had parts. But alas, this was back before the Internet. Now we can find anything easily and Radio Shack seems to mostly carry phones and toys. It's a tough market.

about two weeks ago
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Belgian Raid Kills 2, Said To Avert "Major Terrorist Attacks"

pubwvj Genetic Selection at Work... (257 comments)

It occurs to me that if you took a population and forbid explicit graphic representations depiction certain forms of art hundreds of generations you could actually cause a change of genetics, a fundamental alteration of the brains of the core members of that group which would result in the loss appreciation and sense of humor related to these types of illustrations. Individuals within this group might have a great deal of difficulty understanding that other cultures highly value cartoons. Selective breeding is a very interesting tool whether in the hands of man or Mother Nature. Evolution works, intentionally and sometimes not so intentionally. Be very careful what you inadvertently select for while aiming for your goals. World wars have been caused by lesser things.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

pubwvj Re:Need competition out in the sticks too (417 comments)

Somewhat of a physical reality but also a problem of fiber being too sexy that they fail to use wireless methods which would be better for sparser populated steeper terrain areas.

We're not getting your tax money. We paid for all of our connection.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

pubwvj Need competition out in the sticks too (417 comments)

"The state laws laws restrict competition and give the major ISPs no incentive to invest and innovate."

True. And out in the rural areas this is far worse with far higher costs and far lower speeds. A lot of the existing infrastructure that could be used is hoarded by those who have control of it such as tower space and poll space. Vast amounts of money is spent on ultra high speed to urban areas while rural areas are left out creating more of a digital divide which in turns pushes more people to the cities which is a large problem in and of itself.

about two weeks ago
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Human Language May Have Evolved To Help Our Ancestors Make Tools

pubwvj Re:Wrong Headed (154 comments)

Actually, I've studied this extensively. I didn't say language was the equivelant of communication. Sadly you didn't actually read what I wrote but rather reacted without understanding. Just the problem.

I don't 'sit around and anthropomorphize farm animals' and you really should get out more. If you interacted with animals you would discover that there are other tool making and tool using animals that pass on cultural information. You fail to see it because you don't interact with animals in many generational large groups. I do. The result is I get to see a lot of things you're missing.

about two weeks ago
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Human Language May Have Evolved To Help Our Ancestors Make Tools

pubwvj Wrong Headed (154 comments)

"f there's one thing that distinguishes humans from other animals, it's our ability to use language."

Wrong. People who say things like that just aren't listening and clearly don't have enough contact with other species.

Reality: Other animals have extensive languages of their own and some of them even take the time to learn ours so as to communicate with us.

We raise livestock. We have a multigenerational working dog pack. They have an extensive language of their own plus they have a pidgin language they use with use plus they know the languages of the livestock and use them to control the other animals. Some city person sitting in their ivory tower misses out on this because the dogs don't talk to strangers, they watch them warily.

The livestock also use language although much more limited. Wild animals like the coyotes, crows, ravens, bears and others all have language. Some of this language is innate - some human language is innate and across cultures if you look carefully - but some of the languages I see in our livestock, dogs and wildlife is also learned.

Humans are not as different as they like to think.

As to the "study" they did, I suspect they had additional flaws beyond their basic assumptions.

about two weeks ago
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Intuit Charges More For Previously Offered TurboTax Features, Users Livid

pubwvj Forms are Free at IRS.gov - no need for TurboTax (450 comments)

The forms are Free at IRS.gov so no need for TurboTax. I've stopped using TurboTax. It is simpler to just do the paper forms. I download them from the IRS.gov web site for ___FREE___ and fill them out as PDF files (use your favorite program such as Preview on the Mac, Adobe Acrobat, etc) and then submit them. Easy peasy. No fees.

about two weeks ago

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Evolution is a million line computer program falling into place by accident.

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  about 8 months ago

pubwvj (1045960) writes ""Evolution is a million line computer program falling into place by accident."

Wrong. That demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding of how evolution works.
Change a bit.
Test code.
Does it run better?
If so then make many copies.
Loop back to beginning.

It's a little more complicated but that is why evolution works. It is not an accident. It is a test bed."
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FDA Bans Farms

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  about 10 months ago

pubwvj (1045960) writes "Following implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act which will band the feeding of pre-consumer food wastes to livestock and stop the practices of composting food wastes the FDA has taken the next step by eliminating farming and food production altogether. Once this operational change is implemented all food will be synthesized safely in the industrial settings. See FDA press release at attached link.

http://sugarmtnfarm.com/fda-ba..."

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Vermont Company Advances Porcine Organic GMOs

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  about 2 years ago

pubwvj writes "A small Vermont company has mad major advancements this year in the burgeoning field of Organic GMOs which play to the all natural food markets. The claim that crossing pigs and spiders they have been able to produce the worlds first eight foot hogs that offer longer loins and more hams and shoulder pier pig. (photo). Perhaps more importantly is that the longer body length of the engineered swine have resulted in a more efficient grazer that does not require the high grain feed inputs normally associated with pork production. Pasturing in turn means true green eggs and ham. Note that this is the same company that several years ago released the egg laying pigs although production levels were never found to be economical."
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BURGLARY TIED TO JOURNAL NEWS GUN MAPS

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  about 2 years ago

pubwvj writes "The Journal News in New York provided a shopping list map to burglars of where to find guns. Now at least one burglary has been tied to the Journal News map."
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Robots are Revolting - Tourist Killed

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  more than 2 years ago

pubwvj writes "In Denmark the robots are revolting, killing and maiming innocent bystanders. "Police in Denmark say an American tourist was killed and four people were slightly injured when hit by a runaway electric vehicle on a Copenhagen pedestrian street. ...the small garbage collecting vehicle started rolling by itself after the driver had stepped out to empty a trash basket... the tourist was hit by the vehicle and dragged for several yards. Four other people sustained minor injuries Wednesday.""
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Apple & EPEAT Mend Fences

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  more than 2 years ago

pubwvj writes "Apple Boycotted EPEAT because EPEAT standards were lagging and hampering creativity. EPEAT announced they'll work with Apple. Apple announces they'll return to the EPEAT friendship circle. In other words, Apple's boycot worked. EPEAT is now willing to change to meet Apple's needs for design improvement. All of this was to force EPEAT to update the standards and it worked."
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Bad Asteroid Art

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  about 5 years ago

pubwvj writes "This Reuter's Report: U.S. doing little about asteroids story on MSNBC has perhaps the worst artist rendition I have ever seen. The asteroid is said to represent the one of 65 million years ago. Yes, it was big, but it was not 300 miles high and the flames did not start while it was still in outer space. The artist should have done his research and should take full responsibility for such exaggeration. Things like this destroy science. Next the editors and fact checkers need chucking."
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