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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

sycodon Re:Ahhhh.... (317 comments)

"absolution"

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

10 hours ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

sycodon Re: a quick search (235 comments)

But...Bolt Action??

Why the preference for bolt action? Is there some unique requirement that rules out Automatics?

yesterday
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

sycodon Ha! (401 comments)

A place to keep everyone infected with Ebola. :-)

2 days ago
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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

sycodon Re: Power Source (348 comments)

Funny you mention Subs. I was thinking about that this morning.

Subs are built for very hostile environments, and that's without people shooting at them. Take the principals of sub building and modify them appropriately...aluminum instead of steel, structures to hold air in instead of water out, etc. and you have a pretty good game plan for building an actual space ship instead of a soda can with windows.

2 days ago
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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

sycodon Power Source (348 comments)

Nothing will happen until you can build and loft a real power source that can generate hundreds of megawatts of energy to drive the ships and once there, power the outposts.

Solar can be part of that but putting up a solar farm to generate enough power to provide for an actual colony would take hundreds of tons of material as compared to a compact nuke or a fusion device like recently discussed by Lockheed. Think Nuke Sub reactors.

3 days ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

sycodon Can We Get This for Kids? (304 comments)

Kids have cell phones at younger and younger ages. You can argue if this is good or not but if they do have them, then it would be a nice feature and provide some peace of mind if you could call up their location (OK, the location of the phone) via a web app.

Are they late getting home and not answering their phone? If the locations service says they are at a friends house, then fine. If it says they are on I-35 traveling north at 80 MPH....not so fine.

Lojack for your kids.

4 days ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

sycodon Re:NO (463 comments)

What sick and twisted reasoning are people using to claims that restricting travel in the face of epidemic won't work? Sure, it won't help 100% of the time, but it will , the author's own admission, reduce risks for the U.S. by 50% for a while. That is better than nothing.

I suspect it has some kind of political correctness thing involved or some geopolitical maneuvering.

4 days ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

sycodon Re:NO (463 comments)

Blocking direct commercial traffic would go a long way towards preventing cases from flying in. Forcing people to tak connecting flights from some other country would not only lengthen their trip and therefore increase the chance they start showing symptoms, but they would also go through multiple screenings.

There is no good reason to allow direct flights from infected countries.

4 days ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

sycodon Re:NO (463 comments)

Just because a there is no 100% solution is no excuse for not making the effort. I'd rather prevent 80% of potentially infected people be blocked than 0%. Restrictions on commercial flights is a common sense solution until the outbreak in those countries is dealt with.

4 days ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

sycodon Re:NO (463 comments)

He should not have been able to get here in the first place.

4 days ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

sycodon Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

Not to mention that just about everyone who is up to speed on Ebola is in West Africa or shining some seat in Washington D.C. with their ass.

When you have the President and the CDC claiming on National Television that it is highly unlikely that Ebola will come to the U.S., how can you fault hospitals for not spending the time and money to train large numbers of people and purchasing expensive equipment, reconfiguring valuable floor space, upgrade airs systems, etc?

4 days ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

sycodon NO (463 comments)

It's called an irresponsible Administration allowing people from countries with active Ebola outbreaks to waltz on into the U.S. as if they were going to Disney World. Basic flight restrictions should have been in place since the beginning of the outbreaks.

Hospitals in the U.S. have had little training in such virulent diseases and very few have the high level isolation units and gear required to prevent further infections.

4 days ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

sycodon Only A Decade Away (561 comments)

So now Fusion Power will only be a decade away...for the next 60 years.

4 days ago
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How English Beat German As the Language of Science

sycodon It Will Change (323 comments)

Language usage rises and falls with the dominate civilizations. French, German, Latin, Greek, Arabic (of some kind) all had a go at it in the past.

English will probably give way to Chinese at some point.

5 days ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

sycodon Re:Too bad... (607 comments)

They list all the things they don't like and arbitrarily assign some value to it and claim it as a cost.

If you have to make shit up in order to justify your cost benefit, there must be no real benefit.

about a week ago
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Smart Battery Tells You When It's About To Explode

sycodon Re:It alerts the user (97 comments)

Just like the Terminator's nuclear battery.

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

sycodon Re:Hoax (972 comments)

Who the fuck is "they"? You mean the "six (reputable) researchers from Italy and Sweden"? Like I said, who the fuck are they?

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

sycodon Why? (972 comments)

Why is it so fucking hard to get a team of reputable people, using a well designed experiment, test this thing? MIT? Cal Tech? Who the fuck are these "six (reputable) researchers from Italy and Sweden"?

All we have is secrecy and vagueness from one side and snark and arrogance from the other.

about a week ago

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West Coast warming linked to naturally occurring changes

sycodon sycodon writes  |  about a month ago

sycodon (149926) writes "Naturally occurring changes in winds, not human-caused climate change, are responsible for most of the warming on land and in the sea along the West Coast of North America over the last century, a study has found.

Changes in ocean circulation as a result of weaker winds were the main cause of about 1 degree Fahrenheit of warming in the northeast Pacific Ocean and nearby coastal land between 1900 and 2012, according to the analysis of ocean and air temperatures over that time.

The study, conducted by researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Washington, was published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."

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Fuel and other products from CO2

sycodon sycodon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

sycodon (149926) writes "Researchers at the University of Georgia have found a way to transform the carbon dioxide trapped in the atmosphere into useful industrial products. Their discovery may soon lead to the creation of biofuels made directly from the carbon dioxide in the air that is responsible for trapping the sun's rays and raising global temperatures.

Discuss."

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Clean Coal Efforts Starting to Pay Off

sycodon sycodon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

sycodon (149926) writes "Scientists at Ohio State University have announced the discovery of a new process that takes the energy from coal without burning it – "and removes virtually all of the pollution."

The technology, known as Coal-Direct Chemical Looping (CCDL) , captures more than 99 percent of coal's carbon dioxide emissions based on laboratory research. The team of scientists led by Liang-Shih Fan, professor of chemical engineering and director of the Clean Coal Research Laboratory at Ohio State University, has been working on this and other clean coal technologies for 15 years with funding by the Department of Energy.

This new technology virtually eliminates pollutants and "could reduce the cost of carbon dioxide capture by more than half if implemented on a commercial scale," according to the OSU research team."

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Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) Ges Legit?

sycodon sycodon writes  |  about 2 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "From TFA

A growing cadre of scientists now suspect that Pons and Fleischmann’s observations were the result not of fusion but of more plausible physical processes. Some are even cautiously optimistic that those processes could be exploited to generate abundant amounts of clean energy. “There’s enough evidence that says we need to look at this,” says Joseph Zawodny, a physicist at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia.

"...if LENRs could be proved and tamed—a very big if—the effect could be transformative. Dennis Bushnell, chief scientist at NASA Langley, wrote in an online article that LENRs could potentially satisfy the world’s energy needs at a quarter the cost of coal. ""

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ACLU: Warrantless Electronic Surveillance Surges Under Obama

sycodon sycodon writes  |  about 2 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "The ACLU has released documents that show that in the last two years the US Department of Justice has conducted more warrantless electronic surveillance, involving spying on telephones, email and Facebook accounts, than in the preceding decade.

Chris Soghoian, principal technologist at the ACLU's Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, commented: "We're seeing a massive increase in requests for what as a technologist I would call metadata, so it's not the what you say, but the who you say it to.""

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Innocence of Muslims Film maker Arrested, Jailed.

sycodon sycodon writes  |  about 2 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man behind the film Innocence of Muslims,has been arrested and jailed in Los Angeles for probation violations. The situation is a win-win for the Obama administration who can now appear to be punishing the man who's film caused millions of Muslims around the world to go apeshit, but at the same time to be simply enforcing the law as all evidence indeed suggests Nakoula violated the terms of his probation."
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A stellar revision of the story of life

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "Today the Royal Astronomical Society in London publishes (online) Henrik Svensmark’s latest paper entitled “Evidence of nearby supernovae affecting life on Earth”. After years of effort Svensmark shows how the variable frequency of stellar explosions not far from our planet has ruled over the changing fortunes of living things throughout the past half billion years.

It has profound implications on all manner of flagship theories, including AGW.

The paper is available here."

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Terminator COntact Lenses

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "From TFA: "Live data that streams directly before your eyes à la The Terminator sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but researchers are this close to making it a reality. In a study published in the December 2011 issue of the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, University of Washington researchers demonstrated the safety of such a device by testing it in the eye of a rabbit. Although the prototype contained only a pixel of information, which appears as a tiny dot of light, scientists say it’s a proof of concept that could lead to superimposed emails and other messages in your line of sight. Talk about hands-free communication."

A whole new market for Pr0n."

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Obama goes full throttle on Outsourcing

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "In what I can only describe as a major WTF is going on here moment, a federal agency (Agency for International Development) run by a hand-picked Obama appointee (Rajiv Shah) has launched a $22 million program to train workers, including 3,000 specialists in IT and related functions, in South Asia. Following their training, the tech workers will be placed with outsourcing vendors in the region that provide offshore IT and business services to American companies looking to take advantage of the Asian subcontinent's low labor costs. Correct me if I'm wrong, but with today's economy, the last thing we need is the Federal Government helping foreign firms undercut the U.S. IT Labor force."
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Nuclear Battery Design To Be Revealed

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "At the highly anticipated Annual Winter Conference of the American Nuclear Society on November 18, Hyperion Power Generation Inc. will present the "launch" design for the Hyperion Power Module (HPM) to be deployed into the global market.

Read about it here

Discuss amongst yourselves."

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Rationing Healthcare

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "An Article, Principles for allocation of Scarce Medical Interventions, in The Lancet by Ezekiel Emmanuel MD, Rahm Emmanuel's brother, who is Barack Obama's "Special Advisor for Health Policy" discusses how to ration healthcare (Free registration required) Summary: Because none of the currently used systems satisfy all ethical requirements for just allocation, we propose an alternative: the complete lives system. This system incorporates five principles (table 2): youngest-first, prognosis, save the most lives, lottery, and instrumental value.5 As such, it priorities younger people who have not yet lived a complete life and will be unlikely to do so without aid. Many thinkers have accepted complete lives as the appropriate focus of distributive justice: "individual human lives, rather than individual experiences, [are] the units over which any distributive principle should operate."1, 75, 76 Although there are important differences between these thinkers, they share a core commitment to consider entire lives rather than events or episodes, which is also the defining feature of the complete lives system. Consideration of the importance of complete lives also supports modifying the youngest-first principle by prioritizing adolescents and young adults over infants (figure). Adolescents have received substantial education and parental care, investments that will be wasted without a complete life. Infants, by contrast, have not yet received these investments. Similarly, adolescence brings with it a developed personality capable of forming and valuing long-term plans whose fulfillment requires a complete life.77 As the legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin argues, "It is terrible when an infant dies, but worse, most people think, when a three-year-old child dies and worse still when an adolescent does";78 this argument is supported by empirical surveys.41, 79 Importantly, the prioritization of adolescents and young adults considers the social and personal investment that people are morally entitled to have received at a particular age, rather than accepting the results of an unjust status quo. Consequently, poor adolescents should be treated the same as wealthy ones, even though they may have received less investment owing to social injustice."
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Fuel Tax Could Be Replaced with by-the-mile tax

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "The technology to implement a by-the-mile tax on automobiles is being quietly (albeit not secretly) developed by several universities and states. While this may be old news, what is news is that the Federal National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission has concluded earlier this year that the road tax was the "best path forward" to keep revenues flowing to highway and transportation projects, and could be an important new tool to help manage traffic and relieve congestion.

Read more Here

Short version is that your vehicle's movements would be tracked via GPS and you would be billed for each mile. No need to describe the privacy implications."
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What Is TheFuture of BIRT?

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "I have an opportunity to do some significant BIRT report contracting at significant pay. The job lasts for 6 months. However, I have already wasted part of my career learning and using a tool that has only a niche market (4D) and I'm not anxious to do it again. What is the future of BIRT? Will become the Gold Standard of reporting tools? Or will it be just another bit of debris along the roadside in the endless parade of new and improved development tools?"
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sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) made an surprise appearance at the convention (National Conference for Media Reform)to announce that he would be heading up a new House subcommittee which will focus on issues surrounding the Federal Communications Commission......Also in consideration is the "Fairness Doctrine,". Kucinich said in his speech that "We know the media has become the servant of a very narrow corporate agenda" and added "we are now in a position to move a progressive agenda to where it is visible."

It is common knowledge that the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine was responsible for the explosive success of Talk Radio and enabled (for better or worse) hundreds of new media outlets to flourish.

Read the full scoop here http://www.fmqb.com/Article.asp?id=333927"

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