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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

timeOday Re:'Pass it on to the consumer' (154 comments)

Which is the entire point of a "global plan."

about an hour ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

timeOday Re:'Pass it on to the consumer' (154 comments)

they'll just pass the extra cost on to their customers

If that is true, then the taxes won't cut into profits, so the businesses won't raise any objections to the taxes. Is that what you're predicting?

2 hours ago
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Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

timeOday Re:Urban Fetch (138 comments)

The "ride-sharing" services believe that smart phones are the enabling technology that explain why Things are Different Now and taxi laws should no longer apply. I would guess the rationale for this is the same. Of course a lot of people already had cell phones way back in the dark ages of Kozmo.com (2000 or thereabouts), but I'll grant relatively few people had GPS, especially linked to their phone, which would be very useful for automated dispatch optimization. Combining trips would be the key for making this viable.

yesterday
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Artificial Spleen Removes Ebola, HIV Viruses and Toxins From Blood Using Magnets

timeOday Re:As a layman... (103 comments)

Because your immune system is likely to kill you when it kicks into hyperdrive to clear the pathogens from your system:

The presence of microbial pathogens in the bloodstream triggers systemic inflammation and can lead to sepsis, which often overcomes the most powerful antibiotic therapies and causes multiorgan systems failure, septic shock and death. Sepsis afflicts 18 million people worldwide every year, with a 30-50% mortality rate even in state-of-the-art hospital intensive care units, and its incidence is increasing because of the emergence of antibiotic-resistant microorganisms.

The use of magnets here is not magical, just a way to pull out the nanobeads. They are coated with a human-derived factor that does all the hard work of pathogen selectivity:

These capture agents are composed of magnetic nanobeads coated with a genetically engineered version of human MBL that binds to a wide variety of pathogens and is easily manufactured but lacks key functional domains that could complicate therapy.

yesterday
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Congress Can't Make Asteroid Mining Legal (But It's Trying, Anyway)

timeOday Re:Huh (211 comments)

That's like saying you can take a car so long as you own the slim jim you use to get in it. You didn't make the asteroid, or oil deposit, or whatever it is. You have no inherent right to it.

3 days ago
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China Targets 2022 For Space Station Completion

timeOday Re:Gravity Predition Come True (100 comments)

Perhaps the space stations (in the universe of the movie) were orbited that way to facilitate resupply of all 3 with one launch.

5 days ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

timeOday Re:Who would have thought (193 comments)

Removing the human from the loop in aircraft automation has been a source of unending problems

Commercial aviation is now safer than it ever was in the past.

Fully autonomous driving is doable IF it is only along routes that have been verified and to some extent instrumented. I predict we'll see a few Approved Routes initially, such as stretches of Interstate. Fairly soon, the approved routes will account for the majority of vehicle miles driven. Then there will be a long tail of routes and conditions that won't be automated anytime soon. Basically, just like cellphone coverage.

5 days ago
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First Intel 14nm Broadwell Core M Benchmarks Unveiled

timeOday Re:At $281, a bit expensive for a tablet CPU (51 comments)

Intel doesn't have enough 14 nm production to flood the world market for no-name Chinese tablets anyways. This is the latest and greatest, not the bargain basement.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

timeOday Re:The war that no one wanted (471 comments)

because heart rate and GPS as apps aren't that convincing IMHO.

That's Garmin's entire wearables business, and they've been in it for years. And they aren't $100 bucks, they're more like $450.

about a week ago
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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

timeOday Re:containment (296 comments)

Perhaps the drive can still run on air, albeit with more power consumption. In googling it, the advertised benefit is reduced turbulence and drag.

Anyways, the hard drive is rigid (unlike a balloon) so for helium to escape, something must leak in or pressure will drop. I can't imagine all the helium would leak out creating a total vacuum.

about a week ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

timeOday Re:Any removable storage yet? (729 comments)

Better answer: just buy a phone with an SD slot. I do. Lots of people do.

In my case it's to carry my music collection, not make long videos, but same principle. Apple, and everybody else who does not include one, is just being greedy.

about a week ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

timeOday Re:Lame (729 comments)

Actually it does matter. The Garmin watches (which also require daily charging) have page after page of complaints of problems charging, because the contact pins get dirty and corroded with sweat and grime. I have taken to keeping a piece of tape over the charging pins on mine, real classy. Apple's method sounds like a big upgrade to me.

about a week ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

timeOday Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (524 comments)

I took my son on a motorcycle trip through North Cascades National Park this summer and it was fantastic.

about a week ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

timeOday Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (524 comments)

Your .sig is less persuasive in the context of your post; it sounds like you are practically on tin cans connected by string up there!

My kids have practically no concept of TV, not because they're too good for it, but because it has been replaced by youtube.

about a week ago
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Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

timeOday Re:ironic (260 comments)

The point of pumping the water back uphill is so you can re-generate power from the same water over and over.

about a week ago
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Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

timeOday Re:ironic (260 comments)

The Hoover dam seems like an ideal candidate for pumped-storage hydro, turning it into the world's largest "battery" for renewable energy.

about a week ago
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Facebook Blamed For Driving Up Cellphone Bills, But It's Not Alone

timeOday Re:Stupid design, appalling (131 comments)

Huh, it appears the Firefox version does offer that, whereas the Chrome version does not. I am on Mac. The version number of FlashBlock is 1.5.17, vs. 0.9.34 on Chrome - even after I go into chrome under chrome://extensions/ then check "developer mode" and "update extensions now."

about two weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

timeOday Re:Like DRM? (448 comments)

The Shiite militias and ISIS both include plenty of Iraqis and fight to the death/suicide against superior forces (ourselves for example) all the time. I think they run from their government posts because they identify more along religious / ethnic lines rather than with the unified Iraqi state. We tried to institute secular government but now it is backsliding into Shiite (al-Maliki), Sunni (Isis etc), and Kurdish.

about two weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

timeOday Re:Like DRM? (448 comments)

I don't think "overrun" really covers the situation in this case. The basic problem is we are are fighting on both sides of the war. We're not just giving out weapons to our allies, we're handing them out to make allies. A few months ago the big push was to give weapons to anti-Syrian fighters. Some of those are more western-friendly (or act that way to our face), some are not, including ISIS. The reason parts of Iraq were so easily overrun was because the Iraqi soldiers in question had divided loyalties, at best.

about two weeks ago

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Bill Nye "The Science Guy": Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children

timeOday timeOday writes  |  about 2 years ago

timeOday (582209) writes "BigThink has released a video missive by Bill Nye "The Science Guy" in which he challenges the low level of acceptance of evolution, particularly in the United States. He does not mince words: 'I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, in your world that's completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that's fine, but don't make your kids do it because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need people that can — we need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems.'"
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Nintendo Favors Europe Due to Weak US Dollar

timeOday timeOday writes  |  more than 6 years ago

timeOday (582209) writes "The LA Times is reporting that the new Nintendo Wii Fit is hard to find on US shelves, due not only to strong demand but also the United State's declining status in the world economy: "[Nintendo] is also is shrewdly maximizing its profit by sending four times as many units to Europe, reaping the benefits of the strong euro," says Michael Pachter, an analyst with Wedbush Morgan Securities. "The shortage demonstrates one consequence of the weak dollar. We're seeing companies ignore their largest market simply because they can make a greater profit elsewhere.""
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timeOday timeOday writes  |  more than 7 years ago

timeOday (582209) writes "Looks like somebody just blew a chance to inaugurate the 200-mile-high club. Lisa Nowak, a mission specialist aboard the space shuttle Discovery in July, was arrested Monday on charges of battery and attempted kidnapping after allegedly trying to subdue a romantic rival with pepper spray and abduct her from a parking lot at Orlando International Airport. It seems both women were chasing astronaut Bill Oefelein, a Navy commander. Police have recommended Nowak be held without bond."
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timeOday timeOday writes  |  more than 7 years ago

timeOday (582209) writes "The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) asks, "Where has the Money Gone? Declining Industrial Support of Academic R&D." Since 1999, inflation-adjusted corporate support for U.S. academic research has plummeted by one third. Prominent members of industry and academia have indicated disagreements over the handling of intellectual property (IP) are partly to blame, driving U.S. corporations overseas in search of more favorable licensing terms. Will this lead to a scientific decline in the U.S., or is reduced industry influence over scientific research a good thing?"

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