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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 3 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 3 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 3 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 5 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 5 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 6 months ago
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The Rescue Plan That Could Have Saved Space Shuttle Columbia

tloh Re:However.. (247 comments)

I believe you. But if there was ever a sliver of a chance for a one way trip by either of the two vehicles.....

..... even if you do happen to make it... what then?

* Use the capacity of the Progress to transfer over whatever supplies might be available at the ISS to 1) try to fix the wing damage. 2) extend the survival of Columbia's crew in space until another shuttle/soyuz could be safely launched to rescue them.

* Use the soyuz to rescue three of the crew immediately by returning them to Earth. The remaining crew would hopefully consume less resources and be able to hold out a little longer for a shuttle or soyuz launch.

about 6 months ago
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The Rescue Plan That Could Have Saved Space Shuttle Columbia

tloh Re:However.. (247 comments)

A very good guess, and I suspected as much. However, I would counter for the sake of argument that at the very least, the actual capabilities of the proposed "ferries" be spelled out as being inadequate. Do we know for certain that the Progress or Soyuz are, without a doubt, unable to meet the shuttle 96% of the way? The Progress supply vehicle, in principle, is built to move a lot of cargo. I suppose at the state where it is already docked to the ISS, there should only be enough fuel for it to undock, deorbit, and burn up with whatever garbage needs to be disposed of. Likewise, the Soyuz shouldn't be carrying more fuel than needed to return astronauts safely back to Earth. But I remember reading somewhere that when the ISS needs to have its orbit boosted, either the Progress or the Soyuz would execute a rocket burn long and hard enough to push the entire space station to a higher orbit. If the proposed ferry is supposed to be able to do that, isn't it reasonable to hope the thing can fly by itself over to match orbits with the shuttle?

about 6 months ago
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The Rescue Plan That Could Have Saved Space Shuttle Columbia

tloh Re:However.. (247 comments)

GP was lazy for not reading the article carefully. However, it seems strange that no one has ever suggested that the Progress supply vehicle or Soyuz life boat on the ISS could are additional variables in the scenario and have been used as a ferry to meet the shuttle half way. Is anyone knowledgeable enough to work out the feasibility?

about 6 months ago
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Why a Cure For Cancer Is So Elusive

tloh Re:Mere flesh? (366 comments)

Unlike cells, nanites can be controlled by an intelligent operator.

You'd be surprised at how much progress we have made in synthetic biology. For several decades already, recombinant DNA techniques have been revolutionizing the way we do research and development in the life sciences. Cutting edge efforts as exemplified by things like iGEM aims to make hacking biology just like hacking hardware. Give it time. There won't be a difference to speak of.

about 8 months ago
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Study: Our 3D Universe Could Have Originated From a 4D Black Hole

tloh Re:Several errors. (337 comments)

fellow slashdotters and moderators: Despite the insightful nature of the comment, GP was relatively obscure when I chimed in. It is clear, to me at least, that despite having no mod points of my own, my effort drew the appropriate attention and contributed positively to GP being moded up. My admonition to mod up may not be necessary after the fact, but my karma didn't need to chopped down just because someone too lazy to use mod points productively was feeling smug and judgmental. Look around - there may be others trying to draw attention to worthy thoughts and ideas deserving of up mods.

about a year ago
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How Amateurs Destroyed the Professional Music Business

tloh Re:Deja Moo (617 comments)

I'm an atheist vegetarian you insensitive clod!

about a year ago
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Study: Our 3D Universe Could Have Originated From a 4D Black Hole

tloh Re:Several errors. (337 comments)

nicely done. mod parent up.

about a year ago
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Feynman Lectures on Physics Vol. 1 Released in HTML Format

tloh Re:What? (129 comments)

I'll get to the copyright in a minute. But there is actually a huge bit of inaccuracy in the post. The videos at Microsoft research in *NOT* the Feynman lectures on physics. Those are actually a part of the Messenger Lectures recorded at Cornell in 1964 called "The Character of Physical Law" and preceded the Cal Tech undergraduate physics lectures which we now know as the Feynman Lectures on Physics.

Bill Gates has long been a fan of the lesser known Messenger Lectures. As part of the drive to popularize Silverlight, he actually acquired the rights to "The Character of Physical Law" in order to be able to present them to the public using the Silverlight platform at Project Tuva. Not a bad move for like minded Feynman fans like me.

about a year ago
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New York Times Sells Boston Globe At 93% Loss

tloh Re:what makes this special? (178 comments)

In that case, a headline along something like "Technology continues to squeeze the survival of traditional news outlets" would have been a lot less misleading. Having now read the linked articles, however, that happens not to be the case. With headlines like "Red Sox owner in deal to purchase Globe" and prominent mentions of pension liabilities, I saw scant mentioning of technology's role in the constant march of progress. Your grandfather's story is cool and I'm glade this post provided an opportunity for you to share it. But Soulskill has been around a while and I wouldn't have expected such a veteran author to get sloppy and begin posting stories without any effort to make it relevant.

1 year,18 days
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New York Times Sells Boston Globe At 93% Loss

tloh Re:what makes this special? (178 comments)

Education. Quit a common topic actually. are you new here?

1 year,18 days
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New York Times Sells Boston Globe At 93% Loss

tloh what makes this special? (178 comments)

I have not RTFA because with slashdot summary as written, I'm wondering why this is "news for nerds". Is there something about the Boston Globe that is of inherent interest to science, technology, or other things that have been the usual fare here? I don't mind reading about stuff that belongs in the business/economy section of a news portal. But I didn't expect that Slashdot would be morphing into one.

1 year,18 days
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What's Stopping Us From Eating Insects?

tloh Re:Good Question (655 comments)

I find your interpretation rather racist. Plenty of delicious dark meat that are beloved among connoisseur. Some would argue those are the ones with actual meat. Just ask Sir Mix-a-Lot.

1 year,22 days

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In education, who watches the watchers?

tloh tloh writes  |  about a year 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 2 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 2 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  |  about 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  |  about 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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