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Barometers In iPhones Mean More Crowdsourcing In Weather Forecasts

seven of five Labs and other pressurized spaces? (79 comments)

Our lab rooms have negative internal pressure with respect to the halls on account of fume hoods, etc. Wonder if a phone barometer gets confused by that?

about two weeks ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

seven of five Re:But if we make all future births "geniuses"... (366 comments)

there won't be anyone to run supermarkets, farmers or truck drivers to deliver food to anyone.

By the time the baby genius thing is figured out, those jobs will have gone to automation anyway,

about two weeks ago
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Z Machine Makes Progress Toward Nuclear Fusion

seven of five Stop reporting this nonsense (151 comments)

Get real. These multibillion dollar projects like ITER, Livermore (discontinued), etc are boondogles. They give grad students and postdocs experience and papers to write, and they're fodder for breathless popsci reporting but they'll never put a single fucking watt on the grid.

about three weeks ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

seven of five Net Power & Efficiency (315 comments)

Note that for fusion reactions, "net power" isn't quite good enough; if you're driving a steam-cycle turbine or some such, you're throwing away half your energy to heat loss, so you'd better have at least 3x input power before the design can begin to make economic sense.

about three weeks ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

seven of five Oblig Dr Strangelove (549 comments)

Turgidson: Doctor, you mentioned the ratio of ten women to each man. Now, wouldn't that necessitate the abandonment of the so-called monogamous sexual relationship, I mean, as far as men were concerned?
Strangelove: Regrettably, yes. But it is, you know, a sacrifice required for the future of the human race. I hasten to add that since each man will be required to do prodigious...service along these lines, the women will have to be selected for their sexual characteristics which will have to be of a highly stimulating nature.
Russian Ambassador: I must confess, you have an astonishingly good idea there, Doctor.

about a month ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

seven of five Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (602 comments)

And CF are dangerous. (If one breaks, you need to open the windows and leave the room for 1/2 hr.)

I know mercury vapor hysteria is totally in vogue, but really? Just put the pieces in a ziplock bag and take it to the local hardware store.

about a month ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

seven of five Re:No credit, no NEW car. (907 comments)

Here's the thing though. It may be profitable for the bank to do the loan; they get some of the money, then they get the car back, then they sell the car to someone else. The "Rent-to-Own" outfits count on repos for this reason. The automatic vehicle shutoff is just a new way to enforce the repo part.

about a month ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

seven of five Re:I'll just let my sig do the talking (478 comments)

Ironically, the Sunnis and Shia in the region were better kept in check under Saddam's former regime, than they ever will be in a post-invasion government.

"Kept in check" via the same bloodthirsty violence we're seeing now, just under different management. Brilliant.

about a month ago
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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

seven of five Re:hahaha (155 comments)

new car salesmen are bigger scum than new car salesmen are.

pschoooooommmm... my head just asploded.

about a month and a half ago
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Medical Milestone: Scientists Reset Human Stem Cells

seven of five Re:hoooray (75 comments)

This is true; however, 1%ers have a particularly strong need for exclusivity. The desire for power and the politics of scarcity are permanent features of the human condition, so you can bet there will be a "bio barrier" in the future as there is a "digital divide" today.

about a month and a half ago
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Medical Milestone: Scientists Reset Human Stem Cells

seven of five Re:Love this stuff (75 comments)

If you're gladly willing to pay $10k, the price will be $75K.

about a month and a half ago
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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

seven of five Leakage? (296 comments)

Helium, being not only a small atom but a monatomic gas, leaks through the tiniest holes. What happens when the helium gets out?

about 2 months ago
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GM To Introduce Hands-Free Driving In Cadillac Model

seven of five Uh oh... (185 comments)

My 2025 Toyota with V2V V 4.0 can't talk to your 2018 Cadillac with V2V 1.0 on account of the notorious "engine braking bug."
Hillarity ensues...

about 2 months ago
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FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

seven of five Does the reg cover rental? (222 comments)

What if I want to operate Rent-a-Drone? I'd be making money off them but not operating them in any way. I'd even make the renters sign an agreement saying they will use them at the local open field for entertainment and not in any commercial way.

about 2 months ago

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Edward Snowden Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

seven of five seven of five writes  |  about three weeks ago

seven of five (578993) writes "Two Norwegian lawmakers have jointly nominated National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize, they said Wednesday on their party website.

Snowden has "revealed the nature and technological prowess of modern surveillance," and by doing so has contributed to peace, said a joint statement by Bard Vegar Solhjell and Snorre Valen of the Socialist Left Party.

Nominations for this year's Nobel Peace Prize — whose previous winners include such figures as the late South African President Nelson Mandela, Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President Barack Obama — close on Saturday, with the winner announced in October."

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FAA Computer Glitch Causes Widespread Delays

seven of five seven of five writes  |  more than 4 years ago

seven of five (578993) writes "From the AP, A problem with the FAA system that collects airlines' flight plans caused widespread flight cancellations and delays nationwide Thursday. It was the second time in 15 months that a glitch in the flight plan system caused delays.A problem with the FAA system that collects airlines' flight plans caused widespread flight cancellations and delays nationwide Thursday. It was the second time in 15 months that a glitch in the flight plan system caused delays."

Anyone out there caught up in this?"

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