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Scientists Discover Diamond Nanothreads

strack mass production (79 comments)

This is great and all, but the real question is does this new method allow them to produce it in large quantities while maintaining its strength?

about two weeks ago
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FCC Says Net Neutrality Decision Delay Is About Courts, Not Politics

strack Re:Nov 25 or 26?, or Dec 19, 22, or 23? (60 comments)

Theres not much democracy in this particular decision making process. Theres the public private revolving door and plenty of lobbyist cash. And while democracy can be a bad basis for decision making, rampant regulatory capture by a industry with a natural monopoly in order to squeeze as much money out of customers as possible, and enact regulations that allow you to funnel customers to the sites of your vertically integrated media production companies, is a worse basis for decision making. People dont support it because they like the word "neutral", they support it cause it dosent take much imagination to figure out how fucked the internet is if net neutrality is not in place.

about two weeks ago
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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

strack digital divide (291 comments)

there was never any digital divide. just people too lazy to learn how to use computers.

about a month ago
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How Curved Spacetime Can Be Created In a Quantum Optics Lab

strack Me too. (89 comments)

I can create inaccurate headlines that model what a exciting story would look like, in a lab. Its not a actual exciting story, but then neither is this.

about a month ago
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SpaceX Wins FAA Permission To Build a Spaceport In Texas

strack Re:Hope their hull is bulletproof. (80 comments)

Hey man, if you know of another place in the contiguous United States at the lowest possible latitude with only ocean in the direction you want to launch rockets, and no other launch sites to work your own launch schedule around, let us know.

about 5 months ago
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A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

strack Re:Driverless cars prevent more deaths and cheaper (501 comments)

Today I learned that for the cost of the Iraq war, we could have built a 1000ft high wall halfway around the earth. I say fuck it, make it 500 ft and circle it all the way round.

about 5 months ago
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4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon

strack Re:Seiki 4k for $500 (186 comments)

Think of it as 4 monitors with no bezels splitting them up.

about 5 months ago
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4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon

strack Re:Get a TV (186 comments)

I mean, seriously, Seiki needs to hurry up and release a 60hz 4k version of its 38.5 inch display, preferably with a displayport. A 38.5 inch 4k 60hz VA panel would blow the weak ass 28 inch 4k TN panels everyone seems to be pushing today out of the water, especially if they keep their current price point. Ditch the tv tuner and smart tv crap, put in displayport and adaptive sync, and watch it become the monitor for All The Computers In The World.

about 5 months ago
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Why NASA's Budget "Victory" Is Anything But

strack Closer Look (267 comments)

Dont count your cookies just yet. Senator Shelby has inserted a poison pill amendment into the spending bill to put onerous accounting requirements on spacex missions for NASA, in order to make them less competitive with the SLS, a lot of which is being developed in Alabama, Senator Shelbys state.

about 6 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

strack Re:I like how they conflate "minimum" and "living" (1040 comments)

Here in Australia, the minimum wage is 15 a hour, our parking lots look fine, and your full of shit. Maybe people will think twice before wasting another persons time doing trivial shit if they cost 15 a hour.

about 6 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

strack Re:Sweden (1040 comments)

Oh, it can pay a minimum wage. They just don't wanna.

about 6 months ago
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4K Displays Ready For Prime Time

strack Really. (207 comments)

4k displays have been ready for prime time since the middle of last year, when Seiki released their 39 inch 4k tv for around $600. Its just the monitor driving circuitry has been slacking, and HDMI sucks, and they really should have had displayport and 60hz 4k on these panels since the middle of last year.

about 6 months ago
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How Virtual Reality Became Reality

strack Re:Except It Isn't (104 comments)

Oh how Id love to be there when you try a Oculus rift on for the first time. I dont think I have ever seen someone gain 12 pounds in 5 seconds from the the amount of their own words that they eat.

about 6 months ago
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Al Franken Says FCC Proposed Rules Are "The Opposite of Net Neutrality"

strack Re:When Al Franken... (282 comments)

I see what you did there. That article was cleverly worded to imply that the convicted felons voted illegally, when in fact in the state of Minnesota, voting rights are restored to felons after they have served their probation.

about 6 months ago
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NASA, France Skeptical of SpaceX Reusable Rocket Project

strack Re:Space Shuttle Challenger (333 comments)

The Challenger exploded because there was political pressure to include a rocket type on it whos failure mode is a explosion, to appease some senator and the solid rocket missile industry in his district..

about 7 months ago
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Aerospace Merger: ATK Joins With Orbital Sciences Corp

strack Re:ATK (22 comments)

ATK needs to stick to missiles and stop fucking up human spaceflight with its dangerous and uncontrollable firecrackers.

about 7 months ago
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AT Black Knight Transformer Hits the Road and Takes a Hop

strack electric (33 comments)

Why would you not have just one bigger engine powering a generator, and electric engines for the rotors and wheels?

about 7 months ago
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NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

strack Re:"needs to end" (291 comments)

The current administration has bloody well succeeded by waiting for commercial manned spaceflight to fill the role. And trust me, the Shuttle needed to die. It was a politically compromised design which led to it being expensive and unsafe. And if the current administration didnt sit on their hands, any crew carrying rocket they made would probably squeeze the likes of spacex out of contention. Not on price or efficiency mind you, but on government mandated usage by NASA. Much like the shuttle did for 30 years.

about 8 months ago
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U.S. Court: Chinese Search Engine's Censorship Is 'Free Speech'

strack fair enough (284 comments)

Yeah. They to have the right to censor their search results if they want to, being a private entity in the U.S. Though, if they don't make clear that they are censoring search results, then I imagine they open themselves up to being sued for false advertising if they claim to be a 'internet search engine'.

about 8 months ago
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Anti-Game-Violence Legislator Arrested, Faces Gun Trafficking Charges

strack Re:What party was that again... (234 comments)

So thats a study that says that psychologists discriminate against colleagues with conservative views. I dont understand how that translates into "hatred against white Christian men". Seems they just dont like collegues with a political view that supports creationism over evolution in schools, ignorance of climate change research, and a general anti-science bent in their policies. Sounds like scientists being rational actors.

about 7 months ago

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