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Astronomers Record Mystery Radio Signals From 5.5 Billion Light Years Away

techno-vampire Re:This has been know for a while... (121 comments)

I've never been modded down before though.

"What, never?"
"Well, hardly ever!"

about a week ago
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President Obama Will Kibbitz With YouTube Stars

techno-vampire Re:Thank you, President Obama! (105 comments)

He's well behind Clinton (400+ by his own admission)...

That works out to just under once a week. I've never been a fan of either Clinton or Obama, but that's not unreasonable at all when you break it down that way. And, if they don't use a golf cart, it's good exercise.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tablet and Software For a Partially Sighted Person?

techno-vampire Kindle or Nook (63 comments)

I have a friend who's been legally blind all of her life. She has a Kindle and finds it very easy to use and read because she knows how to adjust the text size to what she needs. I have a high-end Nook that I'm very fond of. I've let my friend experiment with it and she told me that if she didn't have a Kindle, she could get along just fine with my Nook. Depending on just what you need, either one may be the right answer for you.

about two weeks ago
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NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record

techno-vampire Re:Someone teach me something here... (359 comments)

Why not measure all the way back to the Medieval Warming period?

The reason they don't take it that far back is that then they'd have to use data from the Little Ice Age, and explain why that happened. This way, they can ignore those inconvenient truths.

about two weeks ago
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Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

techno-vampire Re:So, he is admitting that the attacks are true (786 comments)

If all that hatred came from moral indignation, why is it that almost all of the protesters were college students who were worried about keeping their student deferments. Somehow the 4-F's were drastically under-represented, possibly because they didn't have to worry about the draft.

about two weeks ago
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Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

techno-vampire Re:So, he is admitting that the attacks are true (786 comments)

Incidentally, since you're judging others from such a high horse, when did you serve and what battle ribbons did you earn? Or perhaps you didn't serve at all.

I spent over 7 months in Tonkin Gulf in '72, most of it on the Gun Line doing shore bombardment, and I have the service-connected hearing loss as a souvenir. My ship was one of the 38 that helped throw back the NVA during the Easter Offensive by taking advantage of the fact that their plans had completely ignored the fact that the USN completely controlled the eastern flank of the battlefield.

And, as far as how we were treated by the anti-war movement, I must congratulate you on your selective memory.

about two weeks ago
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Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

techno-vampire Re:So, he is admitting that the attacks are true (786 comments)

Why does opposition to war automatically mean you're anti-military and vilifying soldiers?

Nobody ever said that it does, and there are many people today who oppose our nation's current overseas adventures but support the troops. However, back during 'Nam, that wasn't true, and those who opposed the war (mostly because they didn't want to be drafted) constantly showed their hatred of anybody in the US Armed Forces.

about two weeks ago
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Extra Leap Second To Be Added To Clocks On June 30

techno-vampire Re:Better way? (289 comments)

Only once every 40 years or so. Not so wrong in reality, for most applications anyway.

No, Leap Seconds are added at irregular intervals to adjust for the slowing down of the Earth's rotation. The last one was added on June 30, 2012, only three years before this one. The 40 years you're referring to is how long the system has been in place. Do try to keep up.

about three weeks ago
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Beware Headlines Saying Chocolate Is Good For You

techno-vampire Re:Cocoa is also disgusting without sugar (224 comments)

I never claimed that I was rebutting the statement that "cocoa without sugar is nasty." My intent was to point out an exception to the claim, which I did.

about three weeks ago
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Beware Headlines Saying Chocolate Is Good For You

techno-vampire Re:Cocoa is also disgusting without sugar (224 comments)

If you use enough cocoa that you can actually taste it as such, you've put at least three times as much on as is needed. One generous pinch per side is ample.

about three weeks ago
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Beware Headlines Saying Chocolate Is Good For You

techno-vampire Re:Cocoa is also disgusting without sugar (224 comments)

You get that even without the cocoa powder. What I'm talking about is the effect the dark brown cocoa has on the surface color and the way the cocoa's flavor enhances that of the meat. To see for yourself, grill two burger patties, but sprinkle a little cocoa on both sides of one of them before cooking. Then taste them and see the difference. If you can taste the bitterness of the unsweetened cocoa, you've probably put too much on.

about three weeks ago
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Beware Headlines Saying Chocolate Is Good For You

techno-vampire Re:Cocoa is also disgusting without sugar (224 comments)

Not always. If you want to give a grilled steak a beautiful dark-brown color, rub a little bit of unsweetened coco powder on it before you cook it. It also adds depth to the flavor. It also goes well in chili in small quantities.

about three weeks ago
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Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

techno-vampire Re: Nosedive (598 comments)

If all that you write is true, there's only one question left to ask: why do you continue to use it?

about three weeks ago
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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

techno-vampire Re:The Government is NOT here to help you... (463 comments)

I've not seen the film, but as it happens, I've read the non-fiction book it was based on. If you want to know more about the battle, you might consider doing the same. It's a gripping read largely because it doesn't demonize either side but shows their humanity.

about three weeks ago
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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

techno-vampire Re:The Government is NOT here to help you... (463 comments)

How many Russian troops would storm Stalingrad if not for the _Russian_ machine guns aimed at their backs?

You do understand, don't you, that for the first six months of the Battle of Stalingrad, the Germans were attacking the city and the Soviets were desperately hanging on while slowly being pushed back against the Volga? And, for most of the last three months, the surrounded Germans were being besieged and starved out. Yes, there have been times that Soviet security forces have forced the front line troops into combat, but this wasn't one of them.

about three weeks ago
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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

techno-vampire Re:Be paranoid and careful (463 comments)

Considering that the ransom-ware in question is Windows-specific, using a Mac (or a PC running Linux/BSD) is all it takes to keep you safe.

about three weeks ago
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What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

techno-vampire Re:Chinese that speak English (578 comments)

(But, to use the article's term, "broken".)

What makes you think that the term "broken English" was invented by whoever wrote that article? It's been around long enough that Shakespeare used it.

about three weeks ago
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2014: Hottest Year On Record

techno-vampire Re: noooo (560 comments)

The whole idea of having to store the spent fuel rods for 100,000 years is based on conflating the concepts of "long-term radioactive" and "highly radioactive." With the obvious exception of Uranium, the two concepts are inversely proportional: the longer the half-life, the lower the radiation and the more radioactive it is, the shorter the half-life. The isotopes that remain radioactive that long aren't very dangerous because they break down very slowly, and the ones that are the most radioactive don't last very long. And, of course, Uranium is an exception because it goes through several different reactions before becoming stable and non-radioactive so that even though it breaks down slowly, each breakdown results in a cascade of radiation.

about three weeks ago
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Designing the Best Board Game

techno-vampire Re:Advance to Go (155 comments)

The Free Parking jackpot is a common "house rule," that applies because all the players agree to it. The bit about four houses is written into the rules and if it's ignored, it's usually because nobody is aware of how it's written. Once you show them the written rule and have them read it, most people will agree that what you're doing is legal. Of course, they might make up a house rule for the future changing it, but that's their privilege.

about three weeks ago

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America's first police auto-gyro

techno-vampire techno-vampire writes  |  more than 3 years ago

techno-vampire writes "The auto-gyro isn't a new idea; the first successful flight for one was in January 1923. What is new is that police in Tomball, Texas are experimenting with them for aerial surveillance. With a price tag of only $75,000 and operational costs of $50/hour, they're considerably more cost-effective than helicopters."
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Another AGW alarmist rescued from Arctic

techno-vampire techno-vampire writes  |  more than 4 years ago

techno-vampire (666512) writes "The Herald Sun reports that TOM Smitheringale wanted to prove the world was warming. Now he's another alarmist with frostbite.

It goes on to say that this is actually now the fourth year running that warming alarmists have had to be rescued from expeditions to prove the Arctic is warmer than it actually is. It's a metaphor.

According to the article, AGW alarmists have repeatedly needed to be rescued during publicity stunts trying to raise awareness of the melting Arctic ice cap because of brutal sub-zero weather conditions on the currently thickening ice sheet."

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Charles Darwin's best-kept secret

techno-vampire techno-vampire writes  |  more than 4 years ago

techno-vampire (666512) writes "Two hundred years ago, Ascension Island was a barren volcanic edifice.

Today, its peaks are covered by lush tropical "cloud forest".

What happened in the interim is the amazing story of how the architect of evolution, Kew Gardens and the Royal Navy conspired to build a fully functioning, but totally artificial ecosystem.

By a bizarre twist, this great imperial experiment may hold the key to the future colonisation of Mars."

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Which Linux distro should I choose?

techno-vampire techno-vampire writes  |  more than 5 years ago

techno-vampire (666512) writes "Currently, I'm using Fedora Linux on my desktop, and Puppy Linux on my very old laptop. I do tech support for my sister, who uses Ubuntu Linux. Now, I have a chance to get a brand-new, modern laptop and it occurs to me that this is a chance to broaden my Linux knowledge. The new laptop will mostly be used for browsing, email and wordprocessing, with gaming a minor consideration. If you were me, which Linux distro would you install, and why?"
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Ocean Circulation Doesn't Work As Expected

techno-vampire techno-vampire writes  |  more than 5 years ago

techno-vampire (666512) writes "The familiar model of Atlantic ocean currents that shows a discrete "conveyor belt" of deep, cold water flowing southward from the Labrador Sea is probably all wet. New research led by Duke University and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution relied on an armada of sophisticated floats to show that much of this water, originating in the sea between Newfoundland and Greenland, is diverted generally eastward by the time it flows as far south as Massachusetts. From there it disburses to the depths in complex ways that are difficult to follow. A 50-year-old model of ocean currents had shown this southbound subsurface flow of cold water forming a continuous loop with the familiar northbound flow of warm water on the surface, called the Gulf Stream. "Everybody always thought this deep flow operated like a conveyor belt, but what we are saying is that concept doesn't hold anymore," said Duke oceanographer Susan Lozier. "So it's going to be more difficult to measure these climate change signals in the deep ocean.""
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Using DNA to identify soldiers MIA

techno-vampire techno-vampire writes  |  more than 6 years ago

techno-vampire writes "According to an article at Military.com, the Army is trying to get DNA samples from about 6,300 families of soldiers MIA from WWII, Korea and Vietnam. These will be put in a databank and used to (they hope) identify the remains of servicemen who would otherwise remain nameless. The article includes both a phone number and an email address for contact."
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New rootkit from Sony

techno-vampire techno-vampire writes  |  more than 7 years ago

techno-vampire (666512) writes "An article in The Register reports that a new USB fingerprint authentication device from Sony repeats the CD rootkit exploit of two years ago. The MicroVault USM-F fingerprint reader software bundled with the stick installs a hidden directory under Windows. Either they didn't learn from the PR nightmare last time, or they really thought they'd get away with it this time, but in either case, smooth move, Mr. ExLax!"
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