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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

tchdab1 Re:Allons-y! (700 comments)

Mod that up! Jean Luc's biggest contribution to nerd culture, after "there are four lights".

3 days ago
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Fixing Faulty Genes On the Cheap

tchdab1 How long before... (105 comments)

... you can go to a local independent chop shop and tell them "my phone says I have an extra guanine in my 14 chromosome and it's causing my food allergy to modified mangoes - can you get it out this afternoon?"

about a month ago
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Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

tchdab1 Re:Chicago Blackhawks too? (646 comments)

Tomahawk Vuvuzela. The answer, then, is to inflict a penalizing tradition on the offending team. A plastic tomahawk that you blow like a trumpet, or a stupid white guy in a suit and a briefcase, white shirt and tie, that is the redskin's new mascot, "Mr. Clueless, the Washington BIA Administrator" and whose mask looks like the owner.

about a month ago
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Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

tchdab1 Re:Chicago Blackhawks too? (646 comments)

...and the tomahawk chop is both insulting and insanely annoying.

about a month ago
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Man Behind Hacks of Bush Family and Other Celebs Indicted In the US

tchdab1 Re:The real news (65 comments)

Dan Rather knows what happens when you try to out Bush family secrets. I wonder if Lazar's trigger for prosecution in the US was the same.

about a month and a half ago
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Gecko Feet Inspire Hand-Held Spider-Man Paddles

tchdab1 On belay (64 comments)

Despite the purported difficulty with rock and this technology, I believe rock climbing will never be the same.

about a month and a half ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

tchdab1 Re:Progenitors? (686 comments)

Yes, one possibility is that there are lots of intelligent independently-evolved species out there communicating and interacting, but we haven't discovered the medium they're using. We've only considered contacting other civilizations for about a hundred years, which is a tiny amount of time. After we've been thinking about it for a few tens of thousands of years we may find out how they're doing it.

And we may be the first (already noted above). Somebody has to be the first, and seeing no others around argues for it.

Then there are the downer-hypotheses, arguing that nobody makes it. 50 years ago it was because of nuclear war. That's still possible, but we're focusing on climate change now instead.

about a month and a half ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

tchdab1 Re:Progenitors? (686 comments)

And our star has lots of heavy elements circling around it, much of which make up our own planet, and those heavy elements came from the life cycle of the stars that came before us. Is that process necessary to support the chemical complexity of intelligent life? We don't know yet.

about a month and a half ago
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Interviews: Ask Andrew "bunnie" Huang About Hardware and Hacking

tchdab1 Re:Chinese industry (58 comments)

And speaking of learning, where have you learned things that you could not easily or ever have figured out on your own? Which environment or learning experience do you look back on with gratitude?

about a month and a half ago
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Fuel Cells From Nanomaterials Made From Human Urine

tchdab1 Re:Time to piss is someone's gas tank (83 comments)

Next step: catheter and tube from driver - and passenger! - side straight into the fuel cell.
"Got to stop off at the bar first for a couple beers, I don't have enough fuel to make it home."

about a month and a half ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

tchdab1 Re:War of government against people? (875 comments)

That's often what happens in a war zone. That, along with lots of expensive and abandoned gear that turned out to be useless.

about a month and a half ago
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Cable TV Prices Rising At Four Times the Inflation Rate

tchdab1 Re:Wow, that matches (286 comments)

Since nearly every hospital bed has a TV with cable access, I think it's fair to blame the cable industry for a good percentage of rising medical costs.

about 2 months ago
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Understanding an AI's Timescale

tchdab1 Re:Incorrect Timescale (189 comments)

Agreed, and they failed to compare their analysis of various computer process times (cache, memory, hard disk, network, etc.) to various human component times, starting with a single neural pulse. On the order of milliseconds, and as you say we can see many of them, simultaneously and serially, when we speak. We don't know how long it will take a spontaneously-arising artificial intelligence to create a thought, retrieve its memories, consider them, observe surroundings, etc., but we can assume it's at least some collection of nanosecond cpu cycles, not a single one; some collection of data fetches, not just one.

about 2 months ago
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Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

tchdab1 Re:writers write, right (522 comments)

And speaking of Gibson, when I learned that William Gibson was told that his computer's storage consisted of a spinning hard-drive, an "antique victorian-style mechanism", as he put it more or less, and that he was told that after he wrote Neuromancer, then I learned that you can focus on writing or you can focus on tech, but choose one because both (or more) may mean each will suffer.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Stewart Brand About Protecting Resources and Reviving Extinct Species

tchdab1 The toxic thing (59 comments)

How can scientists, or even "spit kiddies" tinkering in the garage, be sure not to resurrect extinct proteins that do bad things in today's environment?

about 3 months ago
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SEC Chair On HFT: 'The Markets Are Not Rigged'

tchdab1 Re:Not a surprise (303 comments)

HFT works on every transaction and has zero risk for them. Tens of billions of dollars per year siphoned out of pension funds. OK with you? Not OK with me since it's know, can be fixed, but isn't.

about 3 months ago
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SEC Chair On HFT: 'The Markets Are Not Rigged'

tchdab1 Re:Not a surprise (303 comments)

HFT overcharges are fleecing the market to the tune of $50 million per day. Many billions per year. Adding no value, and tacking on % charges to each transaction. It's visible to those who trade, they can't fix it and the SEC won't touch it - justifies it, as this piece shows. That's how it's worse: we know it's going on and we're blessing it.

about 3 months ago
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Decommissioning Nuclear Plants Costing Far More Than Expected

tchdab1 Re:Nuclear power is too expensive (288 comments)

>>The problem is that large portions of the plant are radioactive...

Bingo, the fatal flaw of nuclear power. Those darn high-energy neutrons get randomly sprayed all over the place, and then large portions of everything around is radioactive. Haven't seen a design for a fission reactor that admits this, solves this, or even attempts to address it (hey, just "clean it up" when it's done - which means move all the radioactive stuff somewhere else and let it simmer in their back yard for 10's of thousands of years). Let's look then at renewables, shall we?

about 3 months ago
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US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks

tchdab1 Re:Security through Antiquity? (481 comments)

>>I don't think Joe Bloggs is the one trying to breach a US nuclear silo.

Profile fail.

about 3 months ago

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