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Scientists Determine New Way To Untangle Proteins By Unboiling an Egg

smoothnorman Second link has little to do with the posted topic (154 comments)

Yes it deals with Hen Egg-White protein, but it's about overcoming electrostatic barriers to crystallization. The first article involves a urea compound, the second a more esoteric complexed metal compound (Tellurium(VI)-Centred Polyoxotungstate). It's not a direct reference to the first link.

2 days ago
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Military Laser/Radio Tech Proposed As Alternative To Laying Costly Fiber Cable

smoothnorman (Vorsicht vor den Vögel!) damn birds (150 comments)

A few university set-ups in Germany tried this, (e.g. Hamburg), albeit probably with far simpler specifications as it was some years ago. They had surprisingly frequent problems with birds; birds perching on the towers, birds flying between the source/sink, uzw. Packet loss got enough at one point to contact a local falconer to see if his bird of prey could scare them away. It turned out that the local bakery was too much of a draw. There was whimsical talk of adding a TCP/IP error for bakery janitorial events. I believe they eventually just went with fiber pulled through the sewers ..ja-da

about 2 months ago
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Multi-Process Comes To Firefox Nightly, 64-bit Firefox For Windows 'Soon'

smoothnorman e10s printing is not implemented yet. Bug 927188. (181 comments)

...plus "e10" still doesn't play well with copy/paste nor gmail compose window editing. ah well, i admire their dogged efforts.

about 3 months ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

smoothnorman Re:He believes in God? (764 comments)

Not to get into any way off-topic bible matter here, but even that passage (Romans 1:26:28) is subject to translation discussion. some say the Septuagint didn't know all the 'special' Hebrew/Aramaic words. And then the King James translators from the Latin/Greek applied their own ideas of sexual perversions. that is, it's worth going to a website that has many translations and seeing just how many of them include passages like "burned in lust one toward another" and those which somehow don't find that in the original

for example: God handed them over to degrading passions. Their females exchanged natural relations for unnatural ...so what exactly "unnatural"? many folks think the know what that means, but there's a lot of years in between.

about 3 months ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

smoothnorman Re:He believes in God? (764 comments)

..and it's not even clear to what Paul (the Apostle) is referring to in/around Galatians 5:19-25. He's just telling them to knock it off all that sexual immorality and alcohol consumption. now... knowing the Galatians as well as we do [wink], you can infer some of what was going on, but it's certainly fodder for *endless* biblical debate (as if anymore was needed)

Getting back to Tim Cook's "letter to..." someones and the quote therein: "I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me". ok, probably unfortunate to drag a deity in this; but does this imply that being gifted with non-gayness isn't a gift? i'll leave the sophistry to others.

about 3 months ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

smoothnorman soooo..?.. (622 comments)

...don't blame the victim (which is generally a good policy) because their benefit/risk estimation wasn't erroneous? I don't want to blame Jennifer Lawrence (as she seems to want to blame all those cursed with natural interests) but that she would've normally seen a benefit to her actions doesn't seem to directly address blame in any sense. Perhaps this ethical argument requires a simpler "ipso facto" tacked on the end for us stupid folks which are missing the connection between benefit and blame.

about 3 months ago
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New DNA Analysis On Old Blood Pegs Aaron Kosminski As Jack the Ripper

smoothnorman Re:tldr; why is blood the perpetrator's? (135 comments)

So yer say'n the ripper perferred prostitutes who were formerly choir castrati ...i like the way you think! (that's much more cunning that your theory, Watson, that the pimp got in the way of the ripper's blade)

about 5 months ago
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New DNA Analysis On Old Blood Pegs Aaron Kosminski As Jack the Ripper

smoothnorman Re:tldr; why is blood the perpetrator's? (135 comments)

And, of course, it's inconceiveable that there were cross-dressing prostitutes during that period..?

about 5 months ago
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New DNA Analysis On Old Blood Pegs Aaron Kosminski As Jack the Ripper

smoothnorman tldr; why is blood the perpetrator's? (135 comments)

it's probably after the link somewhere, but one useful explanation in this summary would be why DNA analysis of the blood:

employed DNA analysis on the blood-soaked shawl of one of the Ripper's victims, and has declared it in a new book an unambiguous match with

wouldn't just reveal the identity of the victim. ("y'see, it was a man's- blood!" "y'see the ripper had cut 'imself shav'n that morning" "y'see the worker girl she had 'er own knife a'course")

about 5 months ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

smoothnorman achtung! fertig.. los! (701 comments)

hey, anything with "achtung" in it is pretty attention getting

about 6 months ago
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Telcos Move Net Neutrality Fight To Congress

smoothnorman article summary didn't really summarize... (52 comments)

let's imagine that a majority of Slashdot readers is in favor of net neutrality -and- typically doesn't want to click to grind through to get the gist.

"House members plan to try and add an amendment to H.R. 5016 the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act to block funding of FCC network neutrality rules. so since the "FCC's (current proposed) network neutrality rules" suck, then we -want- this plan to add an amendment to succeed? or... since "Public Knowledge is asking citizens to tell Congress to stop meddling with net neutrality." we should instead want congress to leave the FCC alone (and its current commissioner, Tom Wheeler, fresh from the telecom industry)

please explain, in simple terms, on which side we "news for nerds" ought to feel about this news item!

about 6 months ago
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Uber Is Now Cheaper Than a New York City Taxi

smoothnorman Re:immigrant taxi owner? (139 comments)

They do in Seattle and SF and Chicago at least (often, but not always Sikhs). they started as drivers and now own a medallion. often they are paying off loans for it. and along comes Bezos backed Uber...

the cities demanded that they buy them to do business. now some of these cities are negotiating with Uber. how does your trusting immigrant business owner feel now?

about 7 months ago
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Uber Is Now Cheaper Than a New York City Taxi

smoothnorman Uber astroturfing marches on... (139 comments)

Where's the posting which shows that Uber, which is bank-rolled against the small time (typically immigrant) taxi owner, is now coupled with ALEC ("the notoriously evil American Legislative Exchange Council" aka Koch brothers)?: http://slog.thestranger.com/sl...

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hosting Services That Don't Overreact To DMCA Requests?

smoothnorman Fight fire with a camouflage conflagration (148 comments)

Establish a side-line where you manufacture credible 'DMOA' legalistic take-down threats to -all- users of a hosting service (for you know every "thief doth fear each bush an officer") and, of course, copy the host's office themselves. Hide ye in the vast underbrush of your own making; because, really that's all the DMCA is, is a bully for hire.

about 7 months ago
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Robert McMillen: What Everyone Gets Wrong In the Debate Over Net Neutrality

smoothnorman a fair price for a biased product... (270 comments)

...is not a worthy goal. Robert McMillen is essentially saying "the market is historically uncompetitive" (and thus broken) "but that's not the point" (i always love it when people tell me that their point is the point) "you should be able to receive [only] that broken product at a fair price". If he actually believes and understands what he's saying then he's promoting a system of government supported monopolistic and anti-capitalistic cronyism. (i'll leave it to Godwin to apply a label to that system)

about 7 months ago
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Book Review: Hacking Point of Sale

smoothnorman Re:i'm so *old* i recall when hacking meant... (56 comments)

man, where did that come from? cuz my horse could hardly be lower. (my offhand remark even included the notion that "Language Changes". which couldn't be more true)

about 8 months ago
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Book Review: Hacking Point of Sale

smoothnorman i'm so *old* i recall when hacking meant... (56 comments)

...making something functional with less than optimum resources (cf MacGyver, bodge-up, gerryrig, uzw). which preceded the notion of "one who gains unauthorized access to computers" by oh... perhaps a whole !@#n seven years.

here's another current worthy tome which supports that earlier notion, and thus causes undue confusion: Hacker's Delight, which gets down to the hardware bits with some amazing cycle optimizations

about 8 months ago
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Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

smoothnorman Re:yes really (634 comments)

yep. along with all the rest of the BLAS, EISPACK, CERNLAB, MINPACK, SOFA, ATLAS, EIGEN, ... and even the comparatively more recent Bioinformatics cores.. BLAST, BLAT, ...

I really don't understand the "scientific computing .. almost all new software is written in C++" comes from. It's all become Python (and Perl before that) calling old libraries at the scientific meetings i've attended. (but i suppose YMMV)

about 9 months ago

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