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High-Tech Walkers Could Help Japan's Elderly Stay Independent

pubwvj Re:KISS (34 comments)

Luddite, huh? So all you can contribute is name calling rather than actual understanding of things. Interesting.

2 days ago
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Kickstarter Cancels Anonabox Funding Campaign

pubwvj Use the Filter... (75 comments)

You still have a filter in your brain that lets you not buy stuff. Use it, lukite.

3 days ago
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High-Tech Walkers Could Help Japan's Elderly Stay Independent

pubwvj KISS (34 comments)

Love how they take something simple and make it complex, failure prone and expensive all in one fell swoop! Blah.

3 days ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

pubwvj Re:Swift must be a good programming language... (300 comments)

Don't worry, they aren't looking for _you_. They're looking for the development team members who really do have five years experience with Swift. This requirement is a filter so you won't get caught up in the hiring.

3 days ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

pubwvj Re:Windows 8 (300 comments)

"I'm a Windows Phone user"

WOW! Finally, I've 'met' one. According to the sales states there was someone who bought a Windows Phone but I didn't expect to actually make contact with you. Hey, how's it working out?

3 days ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

pubwvj Re:First taste of Mac OS X (300 comments)

Your funny. Wish I had points to give you for humor. You claim to be a power user but everything you want to do in life is quite easy, hit the Terminal, or even the settings alone, and customize things a bit. Complaining about your wallpaper colors not matching is not very power userish.

3 days ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

pubwvj Re:Need to integrate with pasture based farming. (236 comments)

There's plenty of sunlight. I'm a farmer so I have lots of experience growing pasture and grazing livestock. I've seen many of these solar array fields. A lot of light is getting to the ground. The grasses are growing very nicely down there. I'm your reality check. Try quitting Farmville and taking up the real thing so you learn this before posting comments about things you don't understand (solar arrays, plant growth, livestock, etc...)

4 days ago
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An Air Traffic Control System For Drones

pubwvj More Government - Not What We Need (77 comments)

This is just more government and not something we need. People who think the skies would be packed with drones have no concept of 3D space. Drones are tiny. Skies are huge. Value of drones is low. Air Traffic Control for drones is totally unnecessary. This is just a distraction from the much more important issue of privacy.

4 days ago
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Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important

pubwvj So where do the scientists fit in? (154 comments)

"There has long been a clear hierarchy of intelligence in the psychology lab, with monkeys are at the top, then rats, and finally mice at the bottom, "cute and fluffy but not all that bright."

So where do the scientists fit in? Somewhere in the middle? Just above rats? Hmm...

4 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

pubwvj Different Starting Points (832 comments)

The problem with this is that Bill Gates started out very rich and became extremely rich. It is a lot easier to get richer when you start out already very rich since little of your income is consumed by necessities and your time is freed up from survival thinking to thinking about how to get further ahead. Bill Gates is a bad example of success. All he had to do was jump of the cliff of his Daddy's money.

4 days ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

pubwvj Need to integrate with pasture based farming. (236 comments)

They need to integrate the 'solar farms' with pasture based farming. You can graze sheep, chickens, ducks, geese, cattle and goats under these solar arrays. It ends up like a savannah with filtered moving patches of sunlight and shadow. Very effective for pasture. Plenty of light gets to the forages for growth and the animals trim the forages so brush doesn't grow up in the fields. This avoids the need for mowing - a user of fossil fuels or at the very least electricity and time. Unfortunately, too few of these solar farms are through through that far. I know of only one.

about a week ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

pubwvj Such high hopes... (445 comments)

Eloped, no spending on wedding, no wedding guests, no church and several other 'problems' but 25+ years and going strong.

He does have some things right and it is always interesting to read things like this but important to understand the difference between correlations and causation as well as how variable reality is.

What is most important is we share values and goals. We have a shared dream and both work hard to walk that path, together.

about a week ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

pubwvj Re:dolphin? (367 comments)

What do you have against dolphins?!? They want jobs too so they can earn money to buy shiny trinkets, fish and sponges. By the way, dolphins have a word for PETA but I can't print it here because it's not polite.

about a week ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

pubwvj Re:Not BASIC (546 comments)

I'm so sorry to hear you're humor impaired. Don't worry, Bill Gates is working on a cure.

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

pubwvj Not BASIC (546 comments)

In the end we'll all get Back-to-Basics with BASIC so it may be the last programming language standing, much to the chagrin of so many snobs. :)

about two weeks ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

pubwvj Re:Dogs do too... (152 comments)

What is interesting is that you think "us" has to mean an individual - a very limited view of language.

about two weeks ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

pubwvj Combination of history, loggyists and geography. (346 comments)

Even without the historic spaghetti of regulations and the lobbyists for the big players there is a fundamental difference that makes Sweden much easier to layout: geography. Many of the USA homes are simply further away from nodes and the USA is a far bigger country.

There are many places in the USA, even in backwoods Vermont, where they have 100Mbps. But those places are more localized because there are large areas between them without good connectivity. The result is that because many people live further from those high speed notes we just don't have the more urbanish resources. That's life.

There are also plenty of spots in Sweden that don't have cheap, fast competitive internet service. This doesn't tend to get mentioned. It is not universal.

It is to be noted how comparisons like this are made to selectively targeted countries who have good connections. In other words, this is spin, not science.

about two weeks ago
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Co-Founder of PayPal Peter Thiel: Society Is Hostile To Science and Technology

pubwvj Paypal - the best way to get laid... (238 comments)

I always misread their slogan, just for an instant.

Theil may be right that society as a whole is hostile to science but he is fundamentally missing the point: society is more interested, accepting and pro-science than it has ever been in the past. Sure, there are lots of nays but they are fewer than there were before. That's what is important. Look at the positive and move forward.

about two weeks ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

pubwvj Dogs do too... (152 comments)

I have dogs that speak pig words and human words. We have a large pack of livestock working dogs that do guarding and herding on our pastured pig farm. The dogs have learned some of the sounds the pigs make to drive the pigs when herding. This makes them more effective at doing their job. They also know and use some human words both with us and with each other. We also use whistles, clicks and hand signs to communicate. There is a lot more interspecies communications going on than scientists realize in their limited ivory tower view of the world. It is mildly amusing when they "discover" reality. Those of us out working in the real world have known many of these things for millennia.

about two weeks ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

pubwvj Lots of Tool Users - No Need Not to Eat (481 comments)

There are a _lot_ of animals that are tool users. Many of the tool uses are instinctual, some are learned, some are a combination. This is not a good criteria to use to determine who to eat and who not to eat.

A much better criteria is economics. This doesn't have to do with capitalism but rather what are the costs of production. How long does it take to get the food? How fast does it grow? What resources does it take? From this perspective there are some plants that are poor candidates because they grow so slowly and there are some animals (like pigs and octopuses) who are excellent candidates for eating. Humans aren't a very good candidate because the reproduce and grow so slowly. It is actually more economically efficient to raise mice than humans. Pigs are far, far better as are chickens, cattle and sheep, all of which can be raised on pastures that won't easily grow other human foods.

about two weeks ago

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

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  about 5 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 7 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 a year and a half 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  |  more than 4 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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