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Jon Oxer Talks About the ArduSats That are On the Way to ISS (Video)

stormboy Re:70 second advertisement???? (17 comments)

As for advertising, the only thing promoting his company, Freetronics, is the small logo on his shirt and a quick question from the interviewer about the availability of hardware to which Jon said "yes". The rest is about the tech and advancing open-source hardware and software in the satellite space. You are judging without watching? Unless you regard every story about a project as "advertising".

about a year ago
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Facebook's Android App Can Now Retrieve Data About What Apps You Use

stormboy Re:I doubt most people will flinch but... (176 comments)

I refuse to install the latest update to Facebook's Android app because it wants to know what apps are running and wants to be able to make phone calls without my input. Both are completely unnecessary to me. I am getting very close to uninstalling the app from all my devices. First, I'll give the app a bad rating, wait a few weeks and then uninstall. This way I can pretend that I have some say in the way the app works.

about a year and a half ago
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UK Authorities Threaten To Storm Ecuadorian Embassy To Arrest Julian Assange

stormboy Re:Sexual assault, huh? (1065 comments)

The Swedish prosecutors *are* able to question Assange on UK soil. Look under "Marianne Ny’s misleading statements about legality of questioning abroad" on http://justice4assange.com/Prosecution.html . Her statements about the suposed illegality of questioning abroad have been redacted.

more than 2 years ago
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Aluminum-Celmet Could Increase EV Range By 300%

stormboy Misleading use of percentages (182 comments)

Looking at the stated figures for battery volume, the increase in range is "by up to 200%" NOT "by 300%" as the title states. The correct use of the 300% figure would be "increase range to 300% of current range". An increase of range by 300% would mean the range would be 400% of the original range. It may seem like a little difference between the words "by" and "to", but misuse of words and percentages occurs far too much to exaggerate things that do not need exaggerating.

more than 3 years ago
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Australian ISPs To Start Filtering the Internet

stormboy The same ISPs that made a deal for the NBN (151 comments)

Is this coincidence that the same 2 ISPs just made significant deals with government to further the NBN? Sounds like a condition of the deal to me, and the government gets to keep their hands clean.

more than 3 years ago
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First Superbugs, Now Superweeds

stormboy Re:Hallelujah! (435 comments)

Sorry, but backbreaking work in the fields is not seen as progress by any developing or developed country. If farming with modern techniques is an evil, it's still preferable to mankind having to do more work for less benefit. Much of my family right now is dealing with unemployment, but there are certain jobs they will not stoop to because it contradicts everything that was promised about life in today's high-tech world getting steadily more leisurely.

This is fundamental to the problems of "developed" nations. Food is essential to our lives, and people who grow and harvest food should be regarded as champions, and held in high regard for looking after (working with) the land that we rely upon. We who live in cities (most of the "civilised" population) are disconnected with the earth we depend on; we are surrounded by a man-made world that disrespects the mother that nurtures us, and promotes concepts that feed racketeers with money. Most people in these cities break their backs or psyche doing "work" that is in no way directly relevant to fostering quality life.

We should be living a lot closer to our food growing areas. Look at Cuba and its inspirational urban gardening structure.

more than 4 years ago
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50% Efficiency Boost From New Fuel Injection System

stormboy Re:I'm sceptical (379 comments)

These measurements may also highlight a cultural difference between people who use distance/fuel (MPG) and fuel/distance (l/100km), besides the use of imperial versus metric systems.

"I have access to fuel. How far can I go?" versus "I need to travel somewhere. How much fuel do I need?"

In other words: "use what we have" versus "use what we need".

more than 4 years ago
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Australian Judge Rules Facts Cannot Be Copyrighted

stormboy Re:Of course Financial Data cannot be published (234 comments)

The suggestion in summary about financial data is, as Australian's might say, a "Furphy".

Sensitive data like your bank transactions are not protected through copyright, but trust arrangements/contract between parties, and privacy laws.

Financial data information, such as public company profit and loss statements would surely be reproducible without copyright constraints. Then again accountants have been known to be creative

more than 4 years ago
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Texas Textbooks Battle Is Actually an American War

stormboy Re:Down with Texas (up with commerce) (1252 comments)

Texas is a huge purchaser of textbooks and the standards they set influence what the publishers are willing to print. They publish books in order to placate Texas and the rest of the country are stuck with them.

Supply and demand at its best. "Free market" capitalism is providing your truth.

more than 4 years ago
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When Will AI Surpass Human Intelligence?

stormboy Re:No way. (979 comments)

Oh come on. I don't even have a computer that can pick up stuff in my room and organize it without prior input, and nobody does, and that would not be close to a general AI when it happens.

How many Nobel Laureates do you know pick up stuff in their room?

more than 4 years ago
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If Everyone Had To Pass A Particular 101 Course, It Should Be About...

stormboy Re:Economics (1142 comments)

I agree on the comment that Economics is based on faith. It is a belief system. Having faith in an economic theory and acting accordingly affects economic outcomes. Most 101 classes in economics will build a shaky case on top of a bunch of unreasonable assumptions. For an interesting book that undermines the assumption that we all make rational, optimal economic decisions check out: http://www.predictablyirrational.com/

more than 4 years ago

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