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SETI Founder Outlines Ambitious Future Plans

seriv Re:Lasers, Xrays, etc. (281 comments)

On of the central assumptions in SETI is that another civilization is broadcasting strong radio waves at the Earth continuously, something we don't do for anywhere. The assumption is that this other civilization will starting using radio mostly for this purpose of being found.

more than 4 years ago
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Nobel Prize Winning Physicist As Energy Secretary

seriv Re:Terrible Idea (498 comments)

I would guess that anyone who heads a national laboratory should probably be thought of as more of an administrator than scientist, regardless of background in science. He isn't just an administrator, he is a high ranking administrator for a DOE run lab. He will know who and what he is dealing with far better than some random politician. Bush appointed a NASA insider as an administrator (so a background in science), and most anyone in NASA will say he is far better than any of their previous bosses. This story has proven, if nothing else, how few details people need to know to make bold, outlandish statements.

more than 5 years ago
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Sun Unveils RAID-Less Storage Appliance

seriv Re:Sun replace RAID with RAID (249 comments)

I could easily be wildly off here, but I am pretty sure I spotted a raid controller in the picture of 7110. It was in the position of the raid controller on other sun 2U boxes, and it looked like a raid controller, so.....

more than 5 years ago
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How To Cut In Line and Not Get Caught

seriv Re:Umm.. No shit? (256 comments)

Because it was conducted by researchers in a field where the name is prefixed by "social." Basically, if the name of something starts with social, then it will be bullshit, overinflated bunch of hype over something obvious. Look at social networking. Social Science/Psychology is no different, if not worse. Whenever I see anything from that general area of study, I am always amazed that so many people can make a living doing such basic work so badly.

more than 5 years ago
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Fictional Town "Eureka" To Become Real?

seriv Re:We already have one... (337 comments)

From the nuclear weapons perspective, the knowledge is distributed, but only slightly; a great deal of the infrastructure for the production and maintenance of nuclear weapons lies in a few towns with DOE-funded national laboratories. There isn't a single point of failure exactly, but a great deal of arcane and classified knowledge rests in each spot on specific subjects, such as the design knowledge in Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore. A great deal of the needed nuclear materials are in just a few spots too, such as Oak Ridge (Y-12 describes itself as the "'Fort Knox' for highly enriched uranium"). Obviously, each of these spots have intense security, but if a few of these spots were really hit hard, the US's nuclear program would be crippled for a long period.

about 6 years ago

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seriv seriv writes  |  more than 8 years ago

seriv writes "The Register reports that google plans to use PC microphones to collect statistics on what users are watching on TV. Peter Norvig, who directs research at google, told Technology Review that this software would start to show up in google software rather soon. The software collects short sound clips and removes background noise. Google then targets its ads based on the statistics collected. With the current level of online privacy, this new level of invasion would seem to have frieghtning possibilities."

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