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Lunar Mission One Proposes To Take Core Sample, Plant Time Capsule On the Moon

tomhath Re:Why the skepticism? (69 comments)

Pffft. Just keep the 3D printer here on Earth and print the core sample.

2 days ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

tomhath Re: So basically (415 comments)

Mostly correct. Republicans voted it down because this is a lame duck Congress and everyone knows the bill was just a PR stunt. Next session the Republicans will agree on a bill that will pass both the House and the Senate (unlike this one which was DOA).

2 days ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

tomhath Re:With or without subsidies? (489 comments)

His prediction that there will be a big increase in solar installations is based on what will be happening to subsidies in the next few years (he expects a rush to install as much as possible before the programs expire). In other words, the actual cost of solar won't really reach price parity - what he's really saying is that manufacturers of small scale solar power generators might see a short lived boom in the near term.

2 days ago
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Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

tomhath Re:Uber is a Pump-n-Dump scheme (297 comments)

Ahh yes, the New Economy. I'd almost forgotten about that.

2 days ago
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Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

tomhath Re:Nixon? (297 comments)

Nixon was on both sides of dirty tricks. Kennedy and Johnson taught him lessons that he used later.

2 days ago
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Group Tries To Open Source Seeds

tomhath Re:More power to you (99 comments)

The problem in countries you mention isn't buying modern seeds. The problem is that the market for agricultural products is controlled by a few well connected cartels who keep farm prices artificially low; if those farmers could sell at a fair price they would be doing fine with the larger crops.

3 days ago
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Facebook Planning Office Version To Rival LinkedIn, Google

tomhath LinkedIn competitor? (91 comments)

Facebook may be coming out with an office version to take on LinkedIn

If they keep it at that level it might have a chance - generic communication related to your professional life, separate from your personal life.

That said, I don't know how any enterprise besides recruiting firms could embrace LinkedIn. It's just a big resume posting site for headhunters to mine.

3 days ago
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State Department Joins NOAA, USPS In Club of Hacked Federal Agencies

tomhath Re:FISMA Security huh (54 comments)

Same could be said about many other things, e.g. healthcare, education, broadband...

3 days ago
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A Worm's Mind In a Lego Body

tomhath No programming? (200 comments)

The key point is that there was no programming or learning involved to create the behaviors.

Yes, there was. The behaviors didn't just "emerge", they're coded into the robot.

4 days ago
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After Four Days, Philae Team Gets to Rest

tomhath Re:RTG (87 comments)

The design of Philae was fine, it would have had enough power if the landing had gone as planned. The main thing they need to look at is why the attachment mechanism didn't work; fix that and there's no need for an RTG.

4 days ago
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For Some Would-Be Google Glass Buyers and Devs, Delays May Mean Giving Up

tomhath Early adopters (153 comments)

Google needs to change something quickly before they lose all their potential customers.

They might not be losing potential customers. Perhaps the market is just already saturated.

4 days ago
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US DOE Sets Sights On 300 Petaflop Supercomputer

tomhath Re:Hmmm (127 comments)

Probably because they're not sure the technology they have will get there. This sounds like an upgrade of the existing Blue Gene computer.

These systems will use IBM Power CPUs and Nvidia's Volta GPU, the name of a chip still in development.

4 days ago
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How To Anesthetize an Octopus

tomhath Re:How?? (105 comments)

Medicine isn't related to science? Who knew.

4 days ago
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Machine Learning Used To Predict Military Suicides

tomhath Machine Learning (74 comments)

I don't think the state of AI will be anywhere near human thought for a long time. But dealing with huge sets of data containing many, many variables is a reasonable application for "Machine Learning". Although I kind of wonder why a conventional statistical analysis wouldn't have revealed the major factors. Anyone who has served in the military would know that an older, more intelligent enlistee probably has other issues (else why are they where they are?).

Some of the factors associated with higher risk were expected, like previous suicide attempts, a history of using weapons and symptoms of severe traumatic brain injury, such as hearing loss. Others were less so, like a higher I.Q., and being older than 26 at enlistment.

4 days ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

tomhath Re:The Highway Trust Fund (554 comments)

Rename it ...

I hope that was sarcasm. Unfortunately that bait and switch is all too common; create a source of revenue for a purpose that most people support (e.g. Highway Trust Fund) then switch what it's used for on the assumption that "the American people are too stupid to understand the difference" (tm - Jonathan Gruber) .

5 days ago
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Philae's Batteries Have Drained; Comet Lander Sleeps

tomhath Re:HUGE Fiasco sold as a triumph (335 comments)

Second out of how many? There are thousands of successful space projects that use solar.

5 days ago

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Executive order will require antimicrobial stewardship

tomhath tomhath writes  |  about a month and a half ago

tomhath (637240) writes "An Executive Order signed recently will require most health care providers in the US to have antimicrobial stewardship programs.

The Federal Government will work domestically and internationally to detect, prevent, and control illness and death related to antibiotic-resistant infections by implementing measures that reduce the emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and help ensure the continued availability of effective therapeutics for the treatment of bacterial infections.

In addition, the order will restrict the use of antibiotics in livestock.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in HHS, in coordination with the Department of Agriculture (USDA), shall continue taking steps to eliminate the use of medically important classes of antibiotics for growth promotion purposes in food-producing animals.

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Psychologist's study finds the old adage "Happy Wife, Happy Life" is true

tomhath tomhath writes  |  about a month ago

tomhath (637240) writes ""When men felt willing to express their anger or frustration, women took that as a sign that their partners were investing in the relationship, the study found. For most women studied, this translated into a sense of security or happiness for the women.

Men, by contrast, commonly expressed more fulfillment after their female partners expressed to them that they were fulfilled and satisfied in their relationships.

While the study, published in the Journal of Family Psychology, ultimately found that happiness stems from a willingness to try and understand whatever emotion one’s partner is feeling, men tend to disengage when negatively aroused, while women tend to engage and want to discuss the problem.""

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CEO out for blood patents idea, starts billion dollar company

tomhath tomhath writes  |  about 4 months ago

tomhath (637240) writes ""Holmes had then just spent the summer working in a lab at the Genome Institute in Singapore, a post she had been able to fill thanks to having learned Mandarin in her spare hours as a Houston teenager. Upon returning to Palo Alto, she showed Robertson a patent application she had just written. As a freshman, Holmes had taken Robertson’s seminar on advanced drug-delivery devices–things like patches, pills, and even a contact-lens-like film that secreted glaucoma medication–but now she had invented one the likes of which Robertson had never conceived. ""
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Girls' Brains Really Are Different From Boys' Brains

tomhath tomhath writes  |  about 6 months ago

tomhath (637240) writes "Portions of the brain develop differently during puberty..

By the end of adolescence, females had significantly higher Cerebral Blood Flow than males, and this difference was most prominent in areas of the brain involved in social behaviors and emotion regulation, such as the orbitofrontal cortex. The findings give clues to sex-specific susceptibilities to certain psychiatric disorders, such as depression, anxiety and schizophrenia."

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Cold weather, common infections linked to stroke and brain function decline

tomhath tomhath writes  |  about 9 months ago

tomhath (637240) writes "Cold weather and some common infections are suspected of causing unexpected health problems such as stroke, heart disease, Alzheimer's, and decreased mental performance:

The results showed links between antibody levels caused by exposure to common infections and worsening cognitive performance in functions like memory, planning and reasoning ability, speed of mental processing and abstract thinking.

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Berkely Lab makes artificial muscle from Vanadium dioxide

tomhath tomhath writes  |  about a year ago

tomhath (637240) writes "Researchers find they can construct tiny muscles by using unique characteristics of vanadium dioxide as it changes phase. They also restrain themselves from making jokes about robots that look like nerds."
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Supreme Court to decide if Monsanto GMO patents are valid

tomhath tomhath writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tomhath (637240) writes "The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear an Indiana farmer's appeal that challenges the scope of Monsanto Co.'s patent rights on its Roundup Ready seeds.

Mr. Bowman bought and planted "commodity seeds" from a grain elevator. Those soybean seeds were a mix and included some that contained Monsanto's technology.

The Supreme Court agreed to hear the case over the objections of the Obama administration, which had urged the justices to leave the lower court rulings in place."

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New Official Worlds Hottest Temperature

tomhath tomhath writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tomhath (637240) writes "After an in-depth investigation by a team of meteorologists working for the World Meteorological Organization, the official hottest temperature ever recorded (134 F or 56.7 C) has been declared to have occurred in Death Valley...in 1913. The previous record (136.4 F or 58 C) that was recorded in Libya in 1922 was found to be erroneous."
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Recent warming of Antarctica "unusual but not unprecedented"

tomhath tomhath writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tomhath (637240) writes "Ice core study concludes that climate change and associated melting of ice in Antarctica is more the norm than the exception, including rapid warming cycles as we appear to be in today.

Study concludes: Although warming of the northeastern Antarctic Peninsula began around 600 years ago, the high rate of warming over the past century is unusual (but not unprecedented) in the context of natural climate variability over the past two millennia. The connection shown here between past temperature and ice-shelf stability suggests that warming for several centuries rendered ice shelves on the northeastern Antarctic Peninsula vulnerable to collapse."

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Quantum network achieved

tomhath tomhath writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tomhath (637240) writes "

Quantum connectivity between nodes is achieved in the conceptually most fundamental way—by the coherent exchange of a single photon. We demonstrate the faithful transfer of an atomic quantum state and the creation of entanglement between two identical nodes in separate laboratories.

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