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NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

pubwvj Re:Great idea but let's make it more efficient (198 comments)

I guess you missed the part about if there was no return flight they could take along a lot more which would allow for a far larger airship. 100m is big. Make it bigger. The return equipment allowance would let it be 1,000m or more.

People like you are an example of lack of vision. Sad.

It's also sad that you feel so threatened that you resort to name calling. That's childish.

2 days ago
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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

pubwvj Re:Why Steam? Why? (158 comments)

So what I hear you proposing is that the price in the USA should be 10x higher to subsidize Russian gamers. Sorry but no, Communism was done away with a long time ago. This is absurdity.

Simple solution: Don't buy Steam games. Easy peasy and they lose out all over the place. Any vendor who tries this junk should go down in flames.

2 days ago
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NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

pubwvj Great idea but let's make it more efficient (198 comments)

By eliminating the return trip this could be far more effective and efficient. Permanent settlers would not need a return vehicle so all that energy and material could be used to take more materials and people.

3 days ago
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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

pubwvj Re:Simple Solution (263 comments)

A lot, most perhaps, of the patents simply need to be invalidated.

Patents in fast changing industries need to expire faster.

I speak as an inventor, manufacture, seller and consumer. I've seen all sides of this. The current system is broken. Let's disassemble it.

3 days ago
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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

pubwvj Re:KISS (190 comments)

No, you apparently didn't read what I said. It is not a matter of what I like or dislike. It is reliability issues (engineering) and how it will changes people's behaviors (behavioral). Try reading more slowly.

3 days ago
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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

pubwvj Good Decision (189 comments)

The decision was good. Apple did not have a monopoly. People could choose not to use Apple products and still listen to music. Not a big deal.

This was just a bunch of lawyers desperately looking to hit the jackpot. They were so creepy they had to find a new client to justify the case because none of their original clients qualified.

Even then they case was open and shut absurd and dumped.

"Following the decision, the plaintiff's head attorney said an appeal is already planned."

Aye, spoke like a true ambulance chaser.

What we need to have happen is that the judge should award damages to Apple for all their legal fees which the plaintiff and lawyers should then have to pay. If this was a basic part of the legal system it would quickly put an end to these nuisance lawsuits that are wasting the court's time and blocking valid cases from getting into court.

3 days ago
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Curiosity Detects Mysterious Methane Spikes On Mars

pubwvj Global Warming - RUN!!!!!! (67 comments)

Oh my Gawd! It's the first signs of global warming on Mars!!!! All them dang human's fault. Especially the white, male, middle aged, Republican ones. /sarcasm

3 days ago
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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

pubwvj Re:KISS (190 comments)

"If they go wrong, you are no worse off than if they weren't there in the first place."

The problem is when people become dependent on the tech. Complex systems that add little yet create dependency are the worse. That's why KISS. Basic good systems engineering.

4 days ago
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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

pubwvj Re:KISS (190 comments)

What do you ever mean "Changing their behavior"??! They should already have the right behavior of looking before launching. S.O.P. Otherwise they shouldn't have a license to drive.

4 days ago
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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

pubwvj KISS (190 comments)

Oh, boy. Two more things to go wrong in the vehicle. Reliability, smileability. The driver could just pay attention better and shift their head slightly... Oh, wait, that would be too easy and too low tech.

4 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

pubwvj Re:No - Keep Your Data Home (281 comments)

You assume too much and you make too much ado about nothing.

4 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

pubwvj Re:No - Keep Your Data Home (281 comments)

Email is a postcard.
Did you ever really believe postcards were secure?

5 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

pubwvj No - Keep Your Data Home (281 comments)

No, if you want to avoid NSA spying then keep your data out of the cloud and off the web. Keep your data at home. It's that easy.

5 days ago
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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

pubwvj Simple Solution (263 comments)

Use it or lose it.
As soon as they stop making it they should lose the patent.
It's a simple solution.
Even limiting supply should trigger this clause.
This also works against the patent trolls who never did use it.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

pubwvj Keep It Simple (259 comments)

Keep It Simple
This is something you want to work for decades.
Don't get fancy.
Don't use image organization software that will stop being supported or become useless with an OS update that kills off legacy software.

Just name your files well.
Establish a format for naming.
Organize images in directories / folders.
Use the operating system search feature.

K.I.S.S.

5 days ago
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Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

pubwvj When I'm 64... (269 comments)

Someday you'll get the memo, when you're old and grey, that just because you're old does not mean you're no longer functional. Or maybe you'll just go impotent...

about a week ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

pubwvj Ah, no - it's not about programming... (417 comments)

AI will do what it is programming to do and follow the rules we lay out for it to follow.

Ah, no. AI is not about what we program into it but what it grows into for solving hard problems that take creative approaches that the computer devises on its own.

I too am an AI researcher, in addition to being a pig farmer. AI can be good or bad, like most things. It is the true child of the human race. Teach it well and set it free.

about two weeks ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Loses Last Plaintiff, but Judge Rules Against Dismissal

pubwvj Ambulance Chasing (71 comments)

Ambulance Chasing

They're having to work too hard to justify this case. It should be simply thrown out. It has become, perhaps always was, a case about making lawyers rich, and fully employed, rather than solving any societal problem or righting any wrong.

Too many lawyer syndrome.

about two weeks ago
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Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

pubwvj Beautification (280 comments)

Time to tear down all those ugly power lines.

about two weeks ago
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Royal Mail Pilots 3D Printing Service

pubwvj Poor Demand (59 comments)

"The postal company's COO predicts consumer demand for 3D printing will grow 95 percent by 2017."

That's rather limited vision. I would expect more like 10,000% growth. After all, right now it is teeny-tiny.

about two weeks ago

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

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  about 7 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 9 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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