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Robo Brain Project Wants To Turn the Internet Into a Robotic Hivemind

sycodon Re:Resistance is futile! (108 comments)

Is that Shakespeare's brother or something?

2 days ago
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Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

sycodon Re:I forced myself to watch it (299 comments)

Could it be the HUGE uptick in the amount of anti-semitism is the result of the immigration of a HUGE number Islamic radicals?

2 days ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

sycodon Re:Not exactly endearing you to the public (441 comments)

Yes, actually. For instance, Facebook is shit from a UI viewpoint. What moron designed that? It looks and feels like it was designed by some dorm room college student...oh, wait! It was! And they stuck with that!

5 days ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

sycodon Re:The US does not have an IT talent monopoly (441 comments)

Complete Fucking Bullshit.

Like it or not, we have system that DOES control who works here. They want an exception so they can hire cheaper people. Their arguments aren't based on technological superiority, but costs. They fire people and then whine that they have no one and need to import workers

If they want to hire people from outside the U.S, set up shop overseas. Don't bring the Third World here.

5 days ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

sycodon Re:Not exactly endearing you to the public (441 comments)

So this tool just shit on U.S. workers and claims that people who are essentially nothing but ITT Tech graduates from a third world country are superior.

They are cheaper, more subservient, less likely to push for raises, and are perfectly happy work 60-80 our weeks.

I'm sure he has illegals mowing his lawn too. I wonder if Google Car can be programed to run someone down.

5 days ago
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Modular Hive Homes Win Mars Base Design Competition

sycodon Re:Reactors and Magnetic Shielding (61 comments)

To Clarify...what size would be needed to drive a magnetic fields large/strong enough to provide protection for a small base?

about a week ago
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Modular Hive Homes Win Mars Base Design Competition

sycodon Reactors and Magnetic Shielding (61 comments)

Putting aside the logistics of getting a reactor to Mars (along with a myriad of other things that are currently "put aside") what size reactor/electrical powerplant/whatever would you need in order to provide the same protection from cosmic radiation as does the Earth's magnetic field and atmosphere?

about a week ago
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Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

sycodon Re: Expert?? (442 comments)

Read the title and summary again. We are talking about supposedly not needing storage.

about two weeks ago
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Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

sycodon Re:Expert?? (442 comments)

I would suspect many people don't understand what it takes to get power from the power plant to your house. It's not just a case of power lines. It is a delicate balancing act between all manner of components that require constant monitoring and adjustment to prevent imbalances that can result in grid failures.

Adding supplies that are unreliable/unpredictable would be quite some dance...like dancing on a 2x4...on edge, 100ft above the ground.

about two weeks ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

sycodon Re:serious confusion by the author (235 comments)

Facebook and Twitter and Instagram.

Time waster, narcissist's dream, enabler for the first two.

about two weeks ago
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The Quiet Before the Next IT Revolution

sycodon Re:Stupid (145 comments)

Nice mortgage business you have there. It'd be a shame if you were to be labeled as some racist organization or something.

about two weeks ago
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The Quiet Before the Next IT Revolution

sycodon Re:Stupid (145 comments)

Banks were implicitly threaten with audits if their loan profiles didn't meet certain expectations. It's the same with Operation Choke Point today where they are told they will probably be audited if they don't conform their client list to excluded businesses that match certain profiles.

Don't confuse explicit demands with implicit threats, which can be just as effective in controlling behavior.

about two weeks ago
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The Quiet Before the Next IT Revolution

sycodon Stupid (145 comments)

No one argues for unregulated markets.

Reasonable regulation, built on experience, is all that people ask for and all that is needed.

Forcing companies to provide mortgages to people who are patently unqualified is an example of unreasonable regulations that resulted in untold devastation to the economy.

Now, the Feds are going around telling banks that these businesses are "bad" and that if they provide service to them, they'll be audited from top to bottom. It is a defacto suppression of Free Enterprise based on a political viewpoint.

And for those of you that would say this is a good thing, what would you say when at some point, abortion providers suddenly become "bad" businesses?

People like Waxman and others would love for us to have a Command Economy, if not literally, at least virtually. Since that is fundamentally immoral and 100% incompatible with our Constitution and the laws which flow from it, they are trying an end run around the issue with targeted regulations designed not to protect the consumers, but to encourage/discourage businesses to achieve the same results.

about two weeks ago
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Sniffing Out Billions In US Currency Smuggled Across the Border To Mexico

sycodon Grandma (158 comments)

The can sniff out $41,000 in grandma's bra but they can't find pallets of cash going across the border.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

sycodon Re:Steve Jobs set the standard... (262 comments)

Was this before he was kicked out of Apple for running it into the ground, or after he spent years in the wilderness learning how to actually manage a company?

about two weeks ago
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Connected Collar Lets Your Cat Do the War-Driving

sycodon Why? (110 comments)

The goal here is obvious: Discover all of the unsecured, or at least poorly-secured, wireless access points around the neighborhood.

Here's what has to be asked...why? Any particular reason for wanting to know this?

Isn't that pretty much like going to all the front doors and checking to see if they are locked?

about two weeks ago
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Why the "NASA Tested Space Drive" Is Bad Science

sycodon Re:BLINDED BY ARROGANCE (315 comments)

"I know it is appeal to authority..."

or

"I know its (possessive) appeal to authority..."

The first has a missing word, but is still more accurate than the second since "I know" cannot possess anything.

about three weeks ago
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Why the "NASA Tested Space Drive" Is Bad Science

sycodon Re:BLINDED BY ARROGANCE (315 comments)

Science is a process.

  If you execute the process badly, that's "Bad Science".

If you execute the process correctly, or at least as best you can given the known parameters, etc. then you can't call it "Bad Science", even though the results are unexpected and controversial. I would expect that even the most cynical observer would be curious as to what is happening here.

Since his article contained several factual errors related to how the experiment was conducted, it is obvious that he did not even read the full report but just the POS Abstract or even worse, various news accounts.

So actually, HE is the one engaging in Bad Science Reporting.

about three weeks ago

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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  |  about 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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