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Lawrence Krauss: Congress Is Trying To Defund Scientists At Energy Department

statemachine Re:Let's get one thing straight: (296 comments)

You're incorrect on calling me incorrect.

"The Speaker is responsible for ensuring that the House passes legislation supported by the majority party. In pursuing this goal, the Speaker may use his or her power to determine when each bill reaches the floor."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

Please, people. Learn your civics.

about a week ago
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Lawrence Krauss: Congress Is Trying To Defund Scientists At Energy Department

statemachine Re:Let's get one thing straight: (296 comments)

Your link says:

218 Republicans voted for, 159 Democrats voted against.

So a few Democrats and Republicans breaking ranks does not make this bipartisan. Clearly this is a deeply partisan issue.

You also forget to mention that not one single bill can be voted on unless the Speaker of the House, Republican John Boehner, says it can be voted on.

So, how is this bipartisan again? It was a Republican bill, passed with a Republican majority. Welcome to politics.

about a week ago
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Lawrence Krauss: Congress Is Trying To Defund Scientists At Energy Department

statemachine Let's get one thing straight: (296 comments)

The Republicans, who currently hold a majority in the US House, are the ones who voted to strip the science funding.

Saying "Congress" makes it sound bipartisan. It's only the Republicans.

about a week ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

statemachine Re: Sounds like the modem debate from 20 years ago (223 comments)

ACs can be quite funny sometimes.

An iPad's value isn't in its hardware specs. It's in the way that it works both with hardware and software and ecosystem.

Yeah, man... puff puff pass, k?

about a week ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

statemachine Re:What do I think? (223 comments)

There is nothing that providing a laptop per child affords that can't be accomplished through classroom media presentation devices (computer & projector) and a good school computer lab.

Homework. Many poorer kids do not have a computer at home, and a smartphone is terrible for writing papers and research. The laptop/tablet is also locked down so distractions are kept to a minimum.

These devices will only be a distraction and huge expense for families and schools as millions of them are broken every year.

Hyperbole. Citation needed. Yesterday's article about iPads in Coachella said district-wide there were less than 10 lost or stolen. How does that scale up to millions?

about a week ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

statemachine Re:Good (223 comments)

Not only that, jailbreaking the device and installing anything else besides school-approved software would likely get the child disciplined. This is true of both iPad and Chromebook.

about a week ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

statemachine Sounds like the modem debate from 20 years ago (223 comments)

USRobotics kept walking around and saying their modems were the #1 selling modem. This is analogous of what Apple is doing today.

However, while USR was the #1 brand, most modems sold overall had the Rockwell chipset, with most brands simply adding a plastic box and different color LEDs.

More recently, Apple claims that the iPhone is the #1 selling phone. However, phones that use Android sell the most, period.

I shouldn't be, but I'm always surprised how religious people get when their favorite electronics company is shown to be extremely misleading. I know a guy that I'd known for years who threatened to "unfriend" simply because I refuted his claim that the iPhone was the #1 phone.

So this iPad/Chromebook issue is just another chapter of misleading sales tactics. But if you look at what Apple actually says officially, they're very specific in the literature. Unfortunately, people will be blind to anything that might change their worldview... and any company would be nuts not to take advantage of that.

about a week ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

statemachine Turned down on religious grounds? (285 comments)

"The only students at the school sans iPad, Dr. Adams says, are a very small number who turned it down on religious grounds."

Who would turn down a free iPad?

about two weeks ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

statemachine Blame Motorola (236 comments)

Motorola couldn't manufacture enough of the 68K CPUs, so Apple set up an alliance with IBM and Motorola (AIM). The first generation of the PowerPC was fast and easily manufactured.

Motorola sold Apple on AltiVec, the 128bit vector unit, and it was added to the PowerPC.

Once again, problems with the design and just sheer Motorola incompetence caused CPU production to fall behind. IBM, seeing the writing on the wall, bailed.

Apple, finally tired of Motorola's crap, ported everything to Intel, and left without looking back. Too bad it took them 20 years to realize this.

Motorola became synonymous with crap hardware and crap cellphones that would break. However, Motorola was great at the con game. They suckered Google into buying them, and then Google unloaded the Motorola unit at an $8 billion loss to Lenovo, probably for parts.

But whatever you feel about Apple, do not blame IBM. Motorola was the one holding back Apple.

about two weeks ago
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Mars (One) Needs Payloads

statemachine Tommy Ramone (77 comments)

Perfect opportunity. He would've loved the idea.

about three weeks ago
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The Security Industry Is Failing Miserably At Fixing Underlying Dangers

statemachine Can't fix the user (205 comments)

People will run malware for pennies.

The programmers, sysadmins, and netadmins can only do so much. If you completely lock them down, the users can't do their jobs effectively and/or whine and complain and not buy your software or use your service.

People do pay more for bulletproof software and systems, but most people aren't buying airliners.

about a month ago
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A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

statemachine Driverless cars prevent more deaths and cheaper (501 comments)

$160 million per mile, to prevent an average of 50-60 tornado deaths per year?

1) Build 1000 miles? Only $160 billion? Is that cost of labor alone? What about the cost of land?
2) Build just for cities? Which cities?
3) How does a city afford even 1 mile of wall?

We can drop nukes in tornadoes too for much less, not that I'm advocating that either.

Just last year, there were 32,850 vehicle fatalities in the good ol' USofA.

Driverless cars would've prevented 99% of the crashes. Let's concentrate on rolling those out first and soon.

about a month ago
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San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

statemachine Encourages Parasites (404 comments)

What this parking app (and there are a couple of others too) does is encourage people to drive into town and make money by parking in spots, auctioning it off, then driving to the next one and repeating the process.

Just guess how much chaos this will cause when a lot of people start doing this professionally.

I see every spot taken by a car with someone in the driver's seat. I see this escalating into organized groups doing this, and then those groups start fighting over territories.

"ParkModo, which appears poised to launch later this week, according to recent employment postings on Craigslist, will employ drivers at a rate of $13.00 per hour to occupy public parking spaces in the Mission District."

Uh huh. Assholes gaming a system. I see the next revenue source for tweakers.

about a month ago
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What Happens If You Have a Heart Attack In Space?

statemachine Ultrasound solved (83 comments)

"You can use [external] ultrasound, but the technician has to be there the whole time to hold it on the chest."

Use a strap.

Why wasn't that the follow-up question?

about a month ago
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3D-Printed Material Can Carry 160,000 Times Its Own Weight

statemachine Re:Really? Stiffness correlates with density? (60 comments)

You: Read it again: declines with density. DECLINES. Mercury is very dense, hence its stiffness has DECLINED to the point where it is very low.

Subby: "that's why when bone density decreases, fractures become more likely"

Someone's incorrect here.

about a month ago
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UK Man Sentenced To 16 Months For Exporting 'E-Waste' Despite 91% Reuse

statemachine Re:Rosewill (212 comments)

What's your idea of "crappy cheap notebook with the crappy cheap keyboards" that breaks all the time?

I buy cheap, and the keyboards don't break. Take a hammer to the keyboard, however.... Are you saying you type with a hammer?

That's not a euphemism...

about a month ago
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UK Man Sentenced To 16 Months For Exporting 'E-Waste' Despite 91% Reuse

statemachine Re:Rosewill (212 comments)

So you can buy a cheap keyboard that breaks in six months

I've never broken a keyboard through typing alone, and I type a lot. What are you doing to break your keyboards in 6 months?

about a month ago

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Admin Locks Out City Officials from S.F. Network

statemachine statemachine writes  |  about 6 years ago

statemachine (840641) writes ""A disgruntled city computer engineer has virtually commandeered San Francisco's new multimillion-dollar computer network, altering it to deny access to top administrators even as he sits in jail on $5 million bail. Prosecutors say [Terry] Childs, who works in the Department of Technology, tampered with the city's new FiberWAN, where records such as officials' e-mails, city payroll files, confidential law enforcement documents and jail inmates' bookings are stored.""
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Switchgrass Has 540% More Energy than Corn Ethanol

statemachine statemachine writes  |  more than 6 years ago

statemachine (840641) writes "The USDA and farmers took part in a 5 year study of switchgrass, a native grass to North America. "Switchgrass ethanol delivers 540 percent of the energy used to produce it, compared with just roughly 25 percent more energy returned by corn-based ethanol according to the most optimistic studies." The U.S. government is also partially funding six cellulosic ethanol refineries, the first of which will be built in Soperton, GA."
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Large Tech Companies Dumping Cubicles

statemachine statemachine writes  |  more than 6 years ago

statemachine (840641) writes "Intel and Cisco, among other companies, are experimenting with cubeless, open and unassigned seating.

Beginning this month, the chip maker (Intel) will set up three experimental work sites. Open areas, comfortable armchairs, extra conference rooms and tables where people can plop down with laptops will replace the ubiquitous cubes that have been standard issue for decades. Each morning, Intel employees will log onto the corporate network using wireless connections. Their phone numbers will follow them. White boards that employees use to sketch out business plans and project strategies will be outfitted with electronics so drawings and plans can be transferred to laptops and e-mailed to colleagues. "People feel much more comfortable coming up to me. It's more of a friendly atmosphere," Cisco senior manager Ted Baumuller said. "I hope I never have to go back to cubes."
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Wikipedia Moving to San Francisco

statemachine statemachine writes  |  more than 6 years ago

statemachine (840641) writes "Jimmy Wales and the Wikimedia Foundation are moving Wikipedia to San Francisco starting in January. Managers are already selecting a site and hiring more people, although some existing employees will be left behind in St. Petersburg, FL. Wales cites "the Internet culture, the great developers and potential partners" for the reasons behind the move. Just down the road from SF in San Mateo, Wales is already running another business, Wikia."
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statemachine statemachine writes  |  more than 7 years ago

statemachine (840641) writes "An aging weather satellite crucial to accurate predictions on the intensity and path of hurricanes could fail at any moment and plans to launch a replacement have been pushed back seven years to 2016. Last year, forecasts were off an average of 111 miles two days in advance, a figure that has been cut in half over the past 15 years. But experts said that could grow 10 percent to 122 miles if the satellite is lost, causing the "cone of error" well known to coastal residents to expand. QuikScat, launched in 1999 and designed to last two to three years, provides key data on wind speed and direction over the ocean. Weather aircraft and buoys can also obtain similar measurements near a storm, but they do not provide a constant flow of data as QuikScat does. Now the satellite is limping along on a backup transmitter and has other problems. A European satellite called ASCAT is available, but it does not give scientists as clear a picture as QuikScat because the distance between the readings it takes is larger. A NASA and Department of Defense satellite called WINDSAT also measures wind speed and direction, but it too is beyond its expected lifespan, and scientists have had trouble using it to observe tropical weather systems. Even if money were immediately available, a replacement satellite is estimated to take at least four years and cost approximately $400 million to build."
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statemachine statemachine writes  |  more than 7 years ago

statemachine (840641) writes "For almost a month now, "lifecaster" Justin Kan has been broadcasting his life via an Internet feed 24/7. Mostly, it's been mundane, as a lot of the time Justin's camera is looking at the same thing, but you do get to see him go outside, go on dates, and even go to the bathroom. It hasn't been all fun and games, since he's been pranked by viewers who have called 9-1-1 using his phone number causing the police to show up at his apartment with guns drawn. However, not everyone enjoys being on camera as he has been stood up for dates. The video quality is good for what it is, and the connection is a bit wonky because it's a wireless data card (sometimes video freezes for minutes at a time), but I still find it interesting enough for those random idle periods."
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statemachine statemachine writes  |  more than 7 years ago

statemachine (840641) writes "Hans Reiser, the author of ReiserFS, was arrested today by Oakland, CA police for suspicion of murdering his estranged wife. From the San Francisco Chronicle:
Hans Reiser, 42, was taken into custody at 11 a.m., hours after Oakland police and FBI technicians searched his home in the Oakland hills. His estranged wife, Nina Reiser, 31, has been missing since Sept. 3, when she dropped off the couple's son and daughter at his home on the 6900 block of Exeter Drive. ... Police made the arrest based on circumstantial evidence and have not found Nina Reiser's body, [Hans Reiser's attorney] Du Bois said. "I have no idea what the circumstantial evidence is," he said. "When I hear what the evidence is against him, I'll make a decision as to whether he'll talk to them."
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