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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

rlp The pendulum swings (507 comments)

I expect deaf culture, blind culture, amputee culture, etc. will disappear and the re-appear as implants, prosthetics and other assistive technology gets better and better.

"What you mean you CAN'T see into the infrared and you don't have 100X zoom? You mundanes are so pathetic".

about a week ago
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Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

rlp "Free" Windows (387 comments)

It's a trap!!

Seriously why would you use something as bloated as Windows for a mobile or embedded device? Why would you use proprietary "free" software, which will become NOT free when the market gets large enough?

about two weeks ago
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Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

rlp Pro-tip (357 comments)

When the ship's computer wakes you early to report a strange distress signal from an previously uncharted star system - reset the navigation towards earth and go back to suspended animation.

about three weeks ago
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Recent news events re: Bitcoin ...

rlp Skeptical (192 comments)

Paper currency - it's valuable because governments say its valuable and millions of businesses accept it.
Gold - its valuable because its historically been valuable, quantities are limited, and it's exchangeable for paper currency.
Bitcoin - its valuable cause bitcoin miners say its valuable and some very dodgy businesses accept it.

Bitcoin - no, thanks

about a month ago
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SXSW: Edward Snowden Swipes At NSA

rlp Re:What exact laws were broken? (116 comments)

Bill of Rights - 4th Amendment to US Constitution:
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized".

about a month ago
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Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

rlp Re:Delta Smelt (545 comments)

Humans have been turning desert into agricultural land via irrigation since the time of the Mesopotamians. Most of California is too dry to maintain agriculture and cities without irrigation. Which was working well until the government decided to dump massive amounts of water to protect a bait fish.

about a month ago
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Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

rlp Delta Smelt (545 comments)

Or California could stop diverting water to protect the Delta Smelt.

about a month ago
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Wolfram Language Demo Impresses

rlp APL (216 comments)

Someone reminiscent of APL which critics called the first 'write-only' programming language.

about 1 month ago
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Ray Kurzweil Talks Google's Big Plans For Artificial Intelligence

rlp At an undisclosed location ... (254 comments)

Sarah Connor is unavailable for comment.

about 2 months ago
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I'd prefer military fiction books that are ...

rlp Hard to Choose (236 comments)

My favorite series are 1632 and Honor Harrington. Also, the Harry Dresden series - but that's not science fiction.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

rlp Easy (478 comments)

1) Retract interior cameras
2) Rapidly spray interior of vehicle with paint
3) Extend interior camera

Repeat at 10 second intervals

about a month ago
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Protesters Show Up At the Doorstep of Google Self-driving Car Engineer

rlp Move (692 comments)

If Google, Apple, and Facebook are not welcome in the San Francisco, I'm sure there are a lot of other places that would welcome them.

For instance, taxes and cost of living are much lower in Ohio. Plus we have all this lovely snow.

about 3 months ago
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How Good Are Charter Schools For the Public School System?

rlp Teacher's Unions (715 comments)

One thing is certain - teacher's unions and their allies on the left do not like competition and thus do not like charter schools.

about 3 months ago
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NZ Traveler's Electronics Taken At Airport; Interest in Snowden to Blame?

rlp Re:First (453 comments)

Looks like Saruman is now running The Shire.

about 4 months ago
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Geeks For Monarchy: The Rise of the Neoreactionaries

rlp Guy Fawkes (730 comments)

That explains all those people in the Guy Fawkes masks - no doubt trying to restore the monarchy.

about 5 months ago
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Apple Maps Flaw Sends Drivers Across Airport Runway

rlp Gibralter (311 comments)

Visited Gibralter a some years ago. I arrived by train from the Spanish side, went through customs and walked across the airport runway into Gibralter.

The airport is on the only flat section of land, and cars and pedestrians must cross the runway to enter Gibralter. On the way out, I heard an alarm going off and the gates far ahead of me were closing. Looked down the runway and there was a plane coming in. Needless to say I got off the runway as quickly as possible.

about 7 months ago
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US Killer Robot Policy: Full Speed Ahead

rlp No Problem! (202 comments)

Changing my name to 'Philip J. Fry'

about 7 months ago
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Spanish Chatbot Hunts For Pedophiles

rlp Spanish Police APB (186 comments)

Spanish police have an APB out for suspects named 'Eliza', 'Perry', and 'A.L.I.C.E.'

about 9 months ago
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Secret UK Network Hunts GPS Jammers

rlp Re:at the risk of sounding stupid.. (228 comments)

Yeah, saw a documentary about this on TV. You jam the GPS, put up a "Detour" sign, paint the side of a cliff to look like a tunnel, and put some bird seed on the road ... oh, wait ...

more than 2 years ago

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rlp rlp writes  |  about 7 years ago

rlp (11898) writes "Researchers at the Institute for Astronomy in Zurich are reporting that solar sunspot activity is at a 1000 year peak. Records of sunspots have been kept since 1610. The period between 1645 and 1715 (known as the Maunder Minimum) was a period of very few sunspots. Researchers extended the record by measuring isotopes of beryllium (created by cosmic rays) in Greenland ice cores. Based on observations and ice core records, we are now at a sunspot peak exceeding solar activity for any time in the past thousand years."

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