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The Myth of Renewable Energy

tnmc Re:Renewable or infinite? (835 comments)

Industrial scale biomass farming is destroying the eroding the soil. The grassland in the Midwest prairie had uninterrupted millennia to grow and create the soil that grows so much corn and soy today. Iowa has lost 10 inches of topsoil in the last 100 years due to soil erosion caused by industrial farming. Good luck powering your iPad off the corn grown in Iowa when the 8 inches left is gone in the next hundred years and the place literally turns to dust.

more than 2 years ago
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80-Year-Old Edison Recording Resurrected

tnmc Aliens & Voyager spacecraft (133 comments)

This bodes well for the prospect of any aliens in future being able to decode the Voyager recordings :)

more than 3 years ago
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In Ukraine, IT Freelancing Under Threat

tnmc Re:"Professor killing Ukraine (359 comments)

What you don't understand is that Putin and most Russians cannot contemplate an independent Ukraine. It destroys the founding myth of Russia and Russian nationalism.

When Putin says this like this please tell me there is nothing to be afraid of from this man and this country.

Looks like another nationalistic rant?

Try Patriotic plea.

more than 2 years ago
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In Ukraine, IT Freelancing Under Threat

tnmc Re:"Professor killing Ukraine (359 comments)

That might be insightful if by 'pro-Western faction' you actually meant anything. It was not 'pro-Western' policies or governing that cost Yushchenko a second term, it was pathetically weak leadership. And Yanukovich won with a bare majority in a run-off.

Let's not lose sight of the fact that, in US parlance, Yanukovich is a two-time felony loser, twice convicted of aggravated assault and robbery.

His government has moved swiftly and surely to censor journalist, blunt criticism with intimidation of Universities and just yesterday, assaulting a journalist.

This is not about introducing a forward looking tax law, it's about putting in a law that will be used to bankrupt and criminialise the opposition.

Just like they do in Russia

more than 2 years ago
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In Ukraine, IT Freelancing Under Threat

tnmc "Professor killing Ukraine (359 comments)

The man is killing the country so he can kiss Putin's ass. Kills me. :(

more than 2 years ago
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BP Says "Top Kill" Operation Has Failed

tnmc Turns out this happened 30 years ago too... (768 comments)

Here's what happened then: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHmhxpQEGPo

Everything going on now is essentially theatre.

more than 3 years ago
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Arrr ye a pirate, matey?

tnmc Pirate talk (572 comments)

I live in Gloucestershire, which is where the "pirate accent" comes from, it's the nominal default accent of the locals

more than 3 years ago
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China's Human Flesh Search Engine

tnmc Coming soon... (248 comments)

"She's a witch!!"

more than 4 years ago
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Are All Bugs Shallow? Questioning Linus's Law

tnmc Re:Bugs are an error in the... (596 comments)

Debugging is not fun work and the eyes go where the fun is.

more than 3 years ago
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Document Management For Research With Annotation?

tnmc Re:An unmet need in the biotech community (122 comments)

PageCenterX can store and organise your PDFs including full-text search, indexing and page-level annotation which can be kept private or shared at a user or group level. Advanced import allows rule-based decollation and routing of documents if required.

http://www.lrs.com/eom/PDF/fly-Product-Flyers/fly-PageCenterX-english.pdf

Full Disclosure: I am employed by LRS

more than 4 years ago
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The Rise of Machine-Written Journalism

tnmc Press Releases are news? (134 comments)

So now they finally admit they've not been doing Journalism for a long time now, just turning press releases into articles and marketing them.

What a surprise.

more than 4 years ago
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US Government Using PS3s To Break Encryption

tnmc Sony is protecting consumers!! (570 comments)

This must be why the 3rd party OS option was removed from the Playstation Slim! SONY *loves* them some customers! {cough}

more than 4 years ago
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Disease May Prevent Manned Journey To Mars

tnmc Re:We'll have to invent sanitation droids... (177 comments)

But we need bacteria to live and digest food...sterility will kill us as surely as more vigorous bacteria. The real question this story raises is how to adapt spacecraft and spaceflight to create more human friendly environments.

more than 4 years ago
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When Libertarians Attack Free Software

tnmc Re:Explained by a Simple Formula (944 comments)

"Big, bloated, inefficient government leads to big, bloated, inefficient corps, with no real innovation or market competition. "

Rarely have I read a more egregious pile of nonsense.

Big government causes big corporations which leads to market inefficiencies? What?

First of all, the more powerful governments are, the more powerful regulation is which *limits* the power and size of corporate power. Let's not forget that Government *represents* the People. Zero marks for electing idiots though...as Americans you should be taking responsibility for making sure your elected representatives do what you want them to.

Secondly, the fact that massive corporations have "no real {incentive to} innovation" and distort "market competition" should be encouraging so-called "Libertarians" towards greater government regulation.

more than 4 years ago
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Placebos Are Getting More Effective

tnmc It's in the water? (349 comments)

Hmmm...maybe we already have so many of these pharmaceuticals in our water supply through excretion that the test doses aren't good enough any more...like all the supposed estrogen in the water supply through women taking the Pill?

more than 4 years ago
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Is Jupiter Earth's Cosmic Protector?

tnmc Logical fallacy (222 comments)

Exactly how does "which then threw it back out of the solar system" disprove the theory?

more than 4 years ago
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Japanese Creating "Super Tuna"

tnmc Unintended Consequences (280 comments)

In less than 50 years this "super" tuna will mate inter-species and the resultant "Godzilla" will come out from the sea and destroy Tokyo.

more than 4 years ago
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The "Hidden" Cost Of Privacy

tnmc Efficiency (217 comments)

"Because the efficient market solution won't work, we're left with inefficient regulatory solutions."

What a load of clap-trap...read this and ignored the rest of the article as it's obvious they don't understand economics.

more than 4 years ago
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Bell Canada Ordered To Justify Traffic-Shaping Practices

tnmc Re:Bell Canada is not the only one. (140 comments)

His response to the bill C-61 was pretty much word for word the same. "The free markets will decide if DRM gets used or not"

The problem with "free markets" as implemented IRL is that they are not pro-actively rational.


What we have now is market anarchy regulated (or not) through post-factum lawsuits or criminal investigation.

The fallout of all this for society is this is that we will have DRM whether the market wants it or not because market actors will collude to ensure there is no deviance.

Further, lawsuits and/or criminal investigation will be inhibited by lobbying and, regardless, DRM will be a fact on the ground by that point anyway.

more than 5 years ago

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Glenn Beck & Net Neutrality

tnmc tnmc writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tnmc (446963) writes "Glenn Beck: "OK. I want to start just real quick – Net neutrality, because it happens on Thursday. This is that everybody should have free Internet, right?" It gets better (or worse) from there. Fox News is the highest rated cable channel on the TV and Glenn Beck is the most popular show on the network...and he is telling people that Net Neutrality is about eliminating Free Speech. I think the Slashdot Nation might take a bit of umbrage at being described as communists by Beck."
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Star Trek backstory?

tnmc tnmc writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tnmc (446963) writes "Imagine you've never, ever watched Star Trek before, but you've caught the Sci-Fi bug and the buzz has got you...you need to see the new Star Trek movie! What episodes of TOS/TAS do you need to have seen to get any references to "historical documents"? :)"
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tnmc tnmc writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tnmc (446963) writes "Ok, it's The Sun (a Rupert Murdoch tabloid), but the article is unbelievable: http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2006560780,00 .html "TOP musicians this week joined forces in a bid to tighten copyright law. They want to extend the legal protection on songs they have recorded. This copyright is currently just 50 years and allows them to receive royalties whenever their song is played. Once it's out of copyright — as will soon happen to early songs by the likes of The Beatles and Rolling Stones — they get nothing. And crime gangs could then churn out low-quality copies of Cliff Richard recordings to fund other activities, such as drug-running.""

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