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Cuba Says the Internet Now a Priority

tloh Re:Satellite not needed (108 comments)

Thank You for an interesting point. I am not as informed about the particular situation in Cuba, but it seems people are ignoring some important realities about the nature of access. In any location lacking infrastructure to support the wide spread deployment of the Internet, the lack of legacy hardware is an advantage. Forget DSL and other ancient technology based on our grandfather's telephone-based communication needs. The technical problems here are best addressed using modern hardware. Freedom and human rights may ultimately be a problem vis-à-vis the continuing issues faced by Chinese citizens. But if Cuba plays its cards right, the power of a central authority to make decisions and act swiftly to build from scratch what is needed from the ground up to solve the "last mile" solution may ultimately see the island country becoming the envy of all network geeks and bandwidth junkies around these parts.

yesterday
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Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

tloh Re:Yet Another Fake Picture (340 comments)

I guess these folks are the Russian version of FOX news?

about a month ago
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Philae's Batteries Have Drained; Comet Lander Sleeps

tloh Re:ShirtStorm (337 comments)

You're not wrong. But Please! Get over it people! Your teachers lied. Santa Claus isn't real. Your parents had sex. Your children will have sex. Let's just get our heads out of our asses and be grown ups about this. Space exploration and science literacy has nothing to do with dubious fashion sense. Why don't I see outrage over the fact that Kim Kardashian doesn't know her amino acids from her Armani hand bags or whatever.

about a month ago
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Oldest Human Genome Reveals When Our Ancestors Mixed With Neanderthals

tloh Question for sequencing expert. (128 comments)

How accurate is it for the media to say a "complete" genome was sequenced? I know a little molecular biology and have been lead to believe that certain types of DNA, (centromeres, telomeres, other such regions with lots of repetitive sequences or "fragile sites") are very hard to sequence reliably. Are these "swept under the rug" in a "complete" sequence? Perhaps a related question, how are non-coding regulatory portions of chromosomes handled in whole genome analysis?

about 2 months ago
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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

tloh Re:so...... (352 comments)

I won't speculate on the intentions of OC. But bringing up oil does raise a very legitimate item of concern. For much of the 20th century, petroleum has been the critical resource that drove or enabled much of our civilization and technical infrastructure. If we are going to look skyward, we have *GOT* to start thinking differently about the resource(s) that we are going to use. Unless big oil is willing to shell out the cash for researching the exploration and mining of hydrocarbons in the Jovian system, our government has got to step up and look at what we need to power space travel on an industrial scale.

about 2 months ago
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Device Allows Paralyzed Rats To Walk, Human Trials Scheduled Next Summer

tloh Re:How much longer (85 comments)

Too late.
Death eaters already routinely cast the Imperius Curse on unsuspecting muggles world leaders to further their agenda for an anti-Christian world empire.

about 3 months ago
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Funding Tech For Government, Instead of Tech For Industry

tloh Re:Tricky proposition (64 comments)

I don't think we're talking about the same things. Post-9/11, plenty of cool things have been done by talented IT professionals for the government in the name of national security. If it was desired badly enough, it was made to happen. I don't think cultural differences was much of an impediment that got us to the point we are today.

about 3 months ago
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Funding Tech For Government, Instead of Tech For Industry

tloh Tricky proposition (64 comments)

Having skimmed through the article, it seems to me the elephant in the room is being ignored. A much more compelling case can be made for the fact that too *much* information technology already at the disposal of the government is making it way too easy to abuse the American public. It isn't a question of funding, it is a question of priorities.

about 3 months ago
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Feynman Lectures Released Free Online

tloh Re:misleading (70 comments)

I stand corrected. I remembered most vividly reading that Paul Dirac was somewhat of a mentor figure for the young Feynman at Cornell. But I'd somehow forgotten he was no longer a student at that point.

about 4 months ago
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Feynman Lectures Released Free Online

tloh misleading (70 comments)

The videos of Feynman speaking at Cornell that Gates acquired and released are NOT the more popularly known "Feynman Lectures on Physics". It was part of the Messanger Lectures series where Feynman was a guest at his alma mater. Entitled "The Character of Physical Law", they are lesser known, but more accessible to someone who isn't intent upon a complete college lecture course.

about 4 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

tloh Re:Yeah, but.... (1198 comments)

The discussion is *absolutely* necessary. Because we should expect better from our lot. For the impatient "tl;dr", Chu ends with the words "He [Elliot] needed to grow up. We all do." Some of us need to talk it out in order reach that maturity. I, for one, feel that if we are intelligent enough to parse knowledge incomprehensible to that majority of non-technical human masses, we should be intelligent enough to understand that some things, like the way you think about and treat others, are just NOT FUCKING COOL!

about 7 months ago
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Momentous Big Bang Findings Questioned

tloh Re:Peer review (154 comments)

One side won, the other defeated. But it did not feel settled until someone admitted defeat. Someone has to go on record saying its dead, Jim.

This is utter B/S! What's with this black/white way of looking at things? By this line of reasoning, Copernicus was a hack for being too obsessed with the Sun. Galileo failed for not anticipating Newton. Newton failed for not anticipating Einstein. Einstein is a looser for being unable to handle QM. And we're all Dumbasses for not knowing the answer to every question ever asked. Seriously?

Whatever the case may be, BICEP should be acknowledged for taking a gutsy and ingenious shot at a daunting question. The approach is laudable and should be appreciated as modern, cutting-edge scientific research at its best: the meticulousness and dedication of working out of the South Pole, the engineering effort that went into such precise equipment design, the camaraderie and team spirit mustered among all the professional collaborators.

People who are eager to smear the project are doing a great disservice to science literacy by perpetuating low-brow stereotypical notion of what scientific research is about in this day and age. It is unsettling that the tendency toward sensationalism has somehow become a legitimate way of thinking and talking about these things. We're all becoming brain-dead National Inquirerers. This is shameful for a modern civilized society.

about 7 months ago
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Momentous Big Bang Findings Questioned

tloh Re:Peer review (154 comments)

Hold on there, Nellie. Aren't we being just a bit quick to point fingers? It is entirely appropriate to stand your ground if it is firmly rooted in solid evidence and good reason. Let the data be subjected to scrutiny and defend itself to the extent possible. More likely than not, it isn't as conclusive or accurate as some may hope, but it doesn't automatically make it bad science. Whatever short-coming is uncovered this time around is another stepping stone toward getting it right. No one is wrong simply because you or anyone else arbitrarily say so.

about 7 months ago
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Why US Gov't Retirement Involves a Hole in the Ground Near Pittsburgh

tloh This is a glitch in the Matrix...... (142 comments)

Of course! I know where I've seen this before.

"The X-Files" Season 3 Episode 2 "Paper Clip" /* insert witty comment about government secrecy and overreach */

about 9 months ago
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

tloh Fan way before I knew who you were.... (276 comments)

After I was turned onto Babylon 5, I looked you up and found out you were involved in TV shows I enjoyed as a kid. For example, "The Real Ghostbusters" often had compelling plots and dialogue that were noticeably different from your average cartoon. But my curiosity was really piqued when I read you played a large part in creating the short-lived live-action "Captain Powers" series. Assuming the rights could be secured, is there any interest on your part in either continuing/rebooting the story in some form or wrapping things up for those of us who are still dying to find out what happened after the good guys' home base was destroyed?

about 9 months ago
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The Rescue Plan That Could Have Saved Space Shuttle Columbia

tloh Re:However.. (247 comments)

Progress is fundamentally a different vehicle from the more massive, more complex, man-rated Columbia. Comparing propellant potential is meaningless if you don't talk about the associated load that propellant is used on. That is why most of this discussion refers to delta-V - the change in trajectory. Gains would still be achievable without a round trip. The article specifically discussed the most limiting resource on Columbia being the CO2 scrubbers. If either the Progress or Soyuz can make a one way delivery of replacement scrubbers (along with more oxygen/food/whatever), you've just bought your stranded crew some additional time with which to ready a proper, AND SAFE, rescue mission.

about 10 months ago

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In education, who watches the watchers?

tloh tloh writes  |  about a year and a half ago

tloh (451585) writes "Last Wednesday, City College of San Francisco, the largest community college in the US, was sanctioned with the loss of accreditation within a year by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. The decision was made despite intensive efforts over several months to reform a number of issues raised during accreditation review the previous year. Most of those problems cited in the "Show Cause" status were administrative, organizational, or fiscal in nature. Interestingly, the value of this institution's quality of education and academic standards were never questioned. An enormous amount of discussion has been generated by both education insiders as well as community observers as this drama has unfolded regarding the legitimacy of the accreditation body involved. Bay Guardian journalist Tim Redmond distills some key concerns this affair has raised regarding the value of an education, the civil accountability of those who are supposed to rubber stamp it, and some ramifications for San Franciscans in a future without CCSF."
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How should Slashdot grow and mature?

tloh tloh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tloh (451585) writes "With the recent resignation of Rob "CmdrTaco" Malta from Slashdot, this community has reached a milestone of sorts. For those who've been paying attention, changes are indeed creeping through. For example, many more story submissions that make it to the front page are billed as by "first time submitters". Is what's to come and where we are headed going to be more cosmetic or more fundamental? Where do *you*, fellow Slashdoters want to go? This is your chance to tell those receiving the baton how to evolve this community to meet the needs of the future."
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slashdot participation (poll submission)

tloh tloh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tloh (451585) writes "I currently participate on slashdot by:

* Lurking
* Trolling
* submitting stories
* Posting discussion comments
* Moderating
* Meta-moderating"
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HP:the preq-What should Rowling learn from Lucas?

tloh tloh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tloh (451585) writes "With the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in theaters, many feel we have arrived at the end of a journey that J. K. Rowling started us on more than 16 years ago. Among those expressing their own farewells, Potter fan Mandy McAdoo has written an open letter to Rowling suggesting a prequel to flesh out the stories of the older supporting characters of the series. Might such an endeavor actually work, or would Rowling be demonized for the effort as Lucas found out by messing with a good thing?"
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Luxembourg's robotic begger

tloh tloh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tloh (451585) writes "A new exhibit at City Museum of Luxembourg is drawing attention to the reality of poverty with the help of a begging robot. Dutch artist Kaspar Koenig built the robot on the cheap, for less than $100 using scavenged computer parts and open source software. The design is based on a 2006 creation by Slovenian artist Sao Sedlaek. Elsewhere in the world, the wacky idea of a begging robot has also been executed in a form that is short on social awareness but long on cuteness."
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German TV confuses TREK fan art with SEAL emblem

tloh tloh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tloh (451585) writes "In a hilarious incident of lax fact checking among news professionals, a German news program passed off some fictional STAR TREK fan art as the real emblem of the elite SEAL team that took out Bin Laden."
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warning of Cali quake greatly exaggerated

tloh tloh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tloh (451585) writes "On the heels of a recent report warning that California may be next after the recent Japanese disaster, a number of practicing geologists are saying, not so fast. Echoing sentiments expressed here on slashdot:

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) earthquake geologist David Schwartz, who heads the San Francisco Bay Area Earthquake Hazards Project, concurred. "Simon Winchester is a popular science writer, not a scientist," Schwartz said. "I'm not saying we won't have an earthquake here in California at some point in the future, but there really is no physical connection between these earthquakes."

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Microsoft emulating Fed's CARS program?

tloh tloh writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tloh (451585) writes "Is this this for real or are our Mac-loving friends just having a laugh?

"Everyone knows about the federal Cash for Clunkers program that's done wonders for auto dealers, but we were taken by surprise to receive a press release from Microsoft about its Cash for Clunker Computers rebate program........In an effort to stimulate sales of new computers with more expensive versions of Windows, Microsoft has created a program slightly more complex than the Car Allowance Rebate System. There are minimum hardware requirements for the trade-in computer, which must also fail to meet the minimum requirements for Windows Vista Home Premium."

I haven't been able to find any other mention of this from major brands in advertising but that may not mean it won't be forthcoming."

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