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US Issues 30-Year Eagle-Killing Permits To Wind Industry

tkjtkj Have we .... (466 comments)

Have we lost all humanity ??? In many ways we extend care to creatures .. protect the innocent .. those unable to cope with our new world .. and now we've descended to the pits of depravity .. murdering our national symbol and more .. for what??? So Big Biz wont have to install screening around turbines???? This is disgusting news .. repulsive, vomitous ...

about 9 months ago
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Wikimedia Launches Beta Program To Test Upcoming Features

tkjtkj Re:TFS couldn't even mention ONE example? (25 comments)

It *could* have been ' a baited breath ..' .. which then would beg the question: 'baited with what? .. a dead fish'?? ' Why oh why do these errors endure! Gentlemen and gentlewomen.. the accurate phrase is " abated breath ' .. "abate : to decrease; diminution; to lessen ; abate one's breath .. to hold it .. usually in anticipation ; " to wait with abated breath .." 'An ' can precede , as in " each person waited with an abated breath" (tho this is cumbersome construction).

about 10 months ago
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Can the iPhone Popularize Fingerprint Readers?

tkjtkj The real concern .. the real fear .. (356 comments)

Many here seem to miss the point regarding consumer rejection of this technology. Giving your fingerprint to a company which, according to the latest news, could very well be cooperating with the NSA's privacy invading tactics would seem foolish, to say the least! If the print is in the phone, what is to stop Apple from cooperating or being ordered by a Court to send that data to the government? Open thine eyes, people .. Don't just read the news .. learn by it!

1 year,6 days
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Easily-Captured Asteroids Identified

tkjtkj Now, just *what POSSIBLY* could go wrong ....??? (160 comments)

This is insane. Let them first develop 100.00000000000%-reliable-accurate-faultless technology before putting the entire planet .. every lifing thing on or above earth .. at serious risk of vaporization. These people ought to be institutionalized ...

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is There a Good Device Holster?

tkjtkj Compromise .. Yes it's easy .. (296 comments)

Get yourself a Aamsung Galaxy Note 2 holstered by the OtterBox model-specific holster.
Then Mod the holserer by drilling camera hole.
Theis holster accepts the cam facing out or reverse, is rock solid, ande (seemingly unkonwn o to it's mfgr, will function as a 'landscape-mode cellphone 'desk stand' ..

Pricey but worth it..
Forgie misspellings: im forced to type with 'white on white' ..cant read this myself..

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Important Is Advanced Math In a CS Degree?

tkjtkj the only integration i ever performed in my career (656 comments)

yeah.. the only integration in my career in comp sci and the biological sciences was to assure that non-whites had equal room at the table ... but i would not trade my calc history for aNYthing ... it nearly did influence me to change to a mathematics major .. The logic, the approaches to analytic thinking that a math background provids are not duplicated in any other area.. and isnt comp sci 'practical logic'??

about a year ago
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Space Diving: Iron Man Meets Star Trek Suit In Development

tkjtkj I dont understand ... (133 comments)

riight.. I can't grasp the 62 mi. altitude limit ... Surely the enironment at that altitude is essentially the same as at 300 miles, no? I mean, if ya wanna thriLLL GO for it! Oxygen, etc, should not be a problem .. nor can i think of any other safety issue more far-fetched than the project itself (other than the stupid 'boot thruster' idea!)

about a year ago
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How Power Failures Corrupt Flash SSD Data

tkjtkj Science?, of the 'but the 3rd mouse got away' var. (204 comments)

Reading the original PDF, I noted the following: "Our testing framework detects unserializable writes with HDD#1, too. This indicates that some low-end hard drives may also ignore the flush requests sent from the kernel. On the other hand, HDD#2 incurred no failures due to power faults. This suggests that this high-end hard drive is more reliable in terms of power fault protection." Now, for ref, the above involved testing TWO spin-type HDD's .. HDD#2 was the 2nd drive of the pair, and it reportedly did not fail. While I was doing bio research I recall this joke: "33% of the test subjects improved with the treatment, 33% had no improvement, and the 3rd mouse got away" WHY oh why even *mention* such a meaningless 'result' in a paper that otherwise seems to adhere to proper scientific methods?? Oh , and yes, of course, how come it's ONLY the researchers who learned which drive brands did well?? Was this gov-funded? This is important, for if we were to learn that the SSD's that did well are no longer available on the market, it would save us a LOT of time, not even considering that any of the 'surviving' SSD's might be known to have other serious flaws in design .. (i.e.: in performance ) !!

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Typing Advice For a Guinness World Record Attempt?

tkjtkj Re:Hepl offreed (307 comments)

that was a RIOT!!! tnx!

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Typing Advice For a Guinness World Record Attempt?

tkjtkj Stella Pajunas in 2005 was fastest, at 216 wpm .. (307 comments)

""The fastest typing speed ever, 216 words in one minute, was achieved by Stella Pajunas in 1946 on an IBM electric.[6][7][8][9] As of 2005, writer Barbara Blackburn was the fastest English language typist in the world, according to The Guinness Book of World Records. Using the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard, she has maintained 150 wpm for 50 minutes, and 170 wpm for shorter periods. She has been clocked at a peak speed of 212 wpm. Blackburn, who failed her QWERTY typing class in high school, first encountered the Dvorak keyboard in 1938, quickly learned to achieve very high speeds, and occasionally toured giving speed-typing demonstrations during her secretarial career. She appeared on The David Letterman Show and felt that Letterman made a spectacle of her.[10]" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Words_per_minute

about a year and a half ago
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Go Daddy Reverses Course On SOPA

tkjtkj Re:Obligatory (330 comments)

so, are you really t h a t stup id ???
(forgive the spaces: /. is censoring my real words).

He did NOT say it was his wife! He used that as an EXAMPLE!

more than 2 years ago
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Muslim Medical Students Boycott Darwin Lectures

tkjtkj Re:The lack of faith is astonishing... (1319 comments)

Is this the 'new face' of ignorance? .. your projecting that randomness (i.e., NO plan) can be your 'god' , the one who you must feel does have a plan? Is this the new 'nut-speech' concept? And do you feel that your 'planning god' established the perception of 'randomness' as a delusion the experience of which we may endure? Does this, in your mind, mean that all atheists are actually acting out your 'god's plan? Double-speak in any form is still double-speak. Your probable belief that your 'god's creating this world (was it 10,000 yrs ago?) as a shooting gallery where countless asteroid-missiles bombard us (and even wipe out most life-forms every 23 million years) is just another manifestation of his (never 'her') love and benevolence! "Faith" ????? Is there any other item that has wrecked more havoc , destroyed more lives, impeded more progress in our human condition? I think not.

more than 2 years ago
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The Sports Footage You Won't See Today On TV

tkjtkj Prevents 'spying' except for the spies ... (277 comments)

So, they believe that 'Joe Pizza' and his buddies might make use of this 'wide-field vision' information: info that is totally cam'd by each and every teams staff sitting in the bleachers, etc ???? Where are their brains??? It's sorta like 'copyrighting the image of the moon!' , no?

more than 2 years ago
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Video Shows Why Recharging Kills Batteries

tkjtkj Re:It's an engineering trade-off (111 comments)

" If you want a small light battery that stores a large amount of energy, something has to give. In this case battery life suffers. You can make batteries that last a lot longer, they will just be big. " I could not disagree with you more. In fact, your view about 'required trade-off's in engineering are counter-productive to the field. Sometimes its true, but applying your views as the 'general case' just makes no sense. For example, just what were the 'trade-off's when a new electric switching device design was realized? I speak of the transistor: was the trade off losing enormous weight ? losing big size? losing the ability to be unable to switch micro-circuits? It is not true that significant trade-offs are a required constituent of improved designs. Battery technology is even now in the 'morning' of drastic improvements: call it an 'ultra capacitor' or call it an enormously-faster charging battery : it's hard to find where that design's 'trade offs ' are!

more than 3 years ago
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Doubling of CO2 Not So Tragic After All?

tkjtkj CO2 could become irrelevent, tragicly ! (747 comments)

I consider it irresponsible for scientists to single-mindlessly point fingers at CO2 as the culprit most worrisome. Recent news articles on the matter of methane now spewing-forth from the melting tundra and ocean depths should at least be mentioned! Methane's 'heat-trapping' effects have been published to be 23 *times* that of CO2 .. !!! Yes, CO2 could give warming a nudge .. but once started, warming becomes an unstable, perhaps unstoppable cascade where entirely different entities cause much more massive effects!

more than 3 years ago
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Making Airport Scanners Less Objectionable

tkjtkj Flying safety hogwash .. (681 comments)

Again, i'm presented with a meaningless statement concerning the relative risks of car travel vrs flying. Please note: We do NOT choose travel methods based on mileage!!!! To say that air travel is markedly safer than by automobile is to ignore a simple fact: we choose the mode based on *time* to get there, NOT the distance! I might choose a vacay travel time that is reasonable based on total available vacation time. A month in Australia from Boston is worth spending many hours in flight. Death rates MUST be stated in 'deaths per hour in the conveyance' , not in fatalities per mile! When i do see such figures, then i'll pay attention... but i assure you that the numbers will not be such as to make flying seen to be so enormously safe.

more than 3 years ago
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How Cornell Plans To Purge Campus Computers of Personal Data

tkjtkj Re:Ohio State University (164 comments)

The PGP folks did this?? a patently illegal act under the 1986 federal law?? Which 'PGP' org are you talking about? Were they charged with the crime? How was it discovered that such a dastardly act was in progress??? This is very serious stuff ... and 'inquiring minds' (read: 'troublemakers') need to know!

more than 3 years ago
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Proving 0.999... Is Equal To 1

tkjtkj As i see the error .... (1260 comments)

The problem i see is that in presentation of the problem we are shown an endless series: ie: 0.999... Notice the elipsis .. Then, suddenly, the 'endless series' disappears, and is presented as: 0.999 Those quantities are not identical. And therein lies the fault.

more than 3 years ago

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Gravity Waves (Gravitons) convincingly observed!

tkjtkj tkjtkj writes  |  about 6 months ago

tkjtkj (577219) writes ""Detection of Waves in Space Buttresses Landmark Theory of Big Bang" From NY Times (do register!) !

Dr. John M.Kovac (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) confirms theory of 'inflation' first proposed in 1979 by Dr. Alan Guth (now at M.I.T) with '5 sigma' certainty .. "the gold standard in physics"... and consistent with Einstein's predictions.

This is a truly remarkable discovery well-worth noting .. Nobel ?? .. would seem most likely ..

Click the link below :"

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Large Hadron Collider: HD pics: damage and repair

tkjtkj tkjtkj writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tkjtkj (577219) writes "The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) says it expects to restart the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) by this weekend (note: it has started up) after more than a year of repairs. The 27 km (17 mi) particle accelerator was launched last year, but suffered a failure from a faulty electrical connection, damaging 53 of the smasher's 9,300 superconducting magnets. Repairs are now completed, and the plan is to begin injecting protons into the LHC this weekend, on the path to search for particles such as predicted-yet-unobserved Higgs Boson. Collected below are some photographs of the repairs, and of the LHC and some of its experiments in various stages of construction. (30 photos total)
[q] http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/11/large_hadron_collider_ready_to.html [-q]
 "
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iPhone Downloaded Apps can Make Other Apps Fail

tkjtkj tkjtkj writes  |  about 6 years ago

tkjtkj writes "Like many of you, I have downloaded via Apple's iTunes Store, many applications. Being a tightwad , only a few are 'Pay'; this leaves me with perhaps 25 app's installed on my original 8GB iPhone, now running version 2.0.2 software, recently updated. I suddenly noticed that many, if not all of these app's fail to run! Symptom: tapping any of the new (non-original apps that came with the phone) causes the app to begin to load. However, within seconds, the app exits back to the iphone's default screen. A phone call to Apple's Customer Service (800-MY-APPLE) revealed that Apple has 'pulled' an unknown number of app's that seem to cause this behaviour: not running and sometimes causing OTHER app's to fail in similar fashion! Suggested fix: "Remove all app's and try re-installing those that you need one at a time, testing for stability after each install of a desired application." Well, apart from that being a rather tedious job, it certainly does point to the possibility that Apple's SDK is not causing app's to run in any 'sandbox' or protected space .. at least in this circumstance! Tech Support said that to her knowledge, no list has been published of these 'misbehaving applications'. Have others found this problem? Perhaps an iPhone Application Developer here can shed some light! This is an important issue, for it might suggest the presence of an extreme vulnerability within the phone's operating system!"
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tkjtkj tkjtkj writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tkjtkj writes "I recently purchased a Gateway MT6821 laptop http://www.gateway.com/retail/mt6821.php from BestBuy http://www.bestbuy.com/, and , as seems most common, it was pre-loaded with Vista Home Premium. Before testing the unit's linux capabilities (if any!) i decided to play with Vista. It was an unfortunate experience .. yet that is not so important to me as the consequences i suffered in my attempts to get Best Buy to take the unit back: Reasons for returning? Well, Vista refuses to allow me to be the Administrator of my own machine. The os irritates and failed miserably: Formatting a DVD could only be done on the 2nd immediate attempt.. every disk, every time. Copying 2gigs of data to a formatted +RW disk resulted in a screen msg saying "Time Remaining: 3 DAYS and 12 HOURS" ... so , naturally , i waited 1 day .. at which time the msg had progressed to be: "2 DAYS 20 HOURS" !!! These failings, naturally, were unacceptable, and i returned to BestBuy where their 'Geek Squad' guy (oh yeah: lets not forget that it was the GeekGuys who were illegally using unpaid-for diagnostic programs in their work! http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,191593,00.html ) said he needed to 'make sure its intact and not damaged' .. fine with me! I explained the problem, I even brought with me a photograph of the intolerable screen msg. He stated 'ya vista has problems' and inserted a DVD, copied from it to the laptop ( !! ) and said: 'but the machine isnt broken, so there's a 15% restocking fee" .. that's $150 bucks! because the laptop was "working normally". I'm proceeding with actions against the company, yet remain curious if BestBuy's practices in such matters represent some industry-wide behaviour. Comments?? (Also notable is the law suite against BestBuy by the State of Ohio for failure to pay customer rebate claims recently described here http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/08/20/18 34232"

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