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NASA Names Best & Worst Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

smoondog 2010 (610 comments)

I largely agree with their list. contact is, imo, the best and gattaca is second. i think, however, that they missed 2010. its way different than the original, but as a realistic sci-fi movie it stands on its own and has aged well

about 4 years ago

Google TV Suffers Setback

smoondog ps3, 360, etc (202 comments)

the internet has made it to my tv, i get it through my ps3. why would i want another device that basically does the same thing but less of it?

more than 4 years ago

Righthaven Sues For Control of Drudge Report Domain

smoondog i understand but ... (161 comments)

I've always been confused about how meta news isn't news itself and therefore constitutionally protected. If the denver post (or the AP) posts a picture, and someone republishes that picture as 'news' because they reported it, how is that not journalism in itself. Is all copyrighted material off limits as 'news'? (headline, 'the denver post published this picture today claiming that ... '

My gut would tell me, although I'm not a lawyer, that since reproduction for educational purposes is 'fair use' (which isn't constitutionally protected), shouldn't journalism be similarly protected as fair use?

more than 4 years ago

Collaborative Academic Writing Software?

smoondog Laboratree (328 comments)

You might try Laboratree (http://laboratree.org/). We have built a social networking platform off of OpenSocial and created a document and data set management tool that has Subversion like editing. It is used by a couple of hundred groups currently.

more than 5 years ago

"Tabletop" Fusion Researcher Committed Scientific Misconduct

smoondog looking back (161 comments)

When I was in graduate school/postdoc, I wrote for the Stanford Daily a couple of times for fun as way to practice my writing skills. One of the articles I wrote was on this research. Interestingly, I interviewed Nobel winner Douglas Osheroff and he shared his thoughts with me on this research. If memory serves me, he thought it was interesting, but prematurely published.

Interesting to look back on this in light of this finding.

more than 6 years ago


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