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Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

tomhath Good enough for making beer, not good for feed? (317 comments)

I'm having trouble understanding how grain that is fit for human consumption isn't good enough to feed cattle, many of which spend most of their days out in the fields eating grass off the ground.

yesterday
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Google's New Camera App Simulates Shallow Depth of Field

tomhath Re:Call me a rock wielding barbarian (96 comments)

Depth of Field isn't an all or nothing thing. Thegoal is being able to control it so you can create the image you want. Love a picture that's sharp corner to corner? Great! Want a picture that emphasizes the subject and blurs the background or vignettes the corners? That's great too!

yesterday
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Google's New Camera App Simulates Shallow Depth of Field

tomhath Re:I'll stick with my F 1.4 lenses, thanks (96 comments)

Wow. You're so awesome. You own a big-boy camera and know all the fancy photography words!*

This being slashdot, I think it's appropriate to discuss the technical aspects of photographic lenses. You might even learn something by reading it with an open mind.

yesterday
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Microsoft Plans $1 Billion Server Farm In Iowa

tomhath Re:The Corn! (83 comments)

More like:

(defun pronounce ("Des Moines") "Death Moans")

yesterday
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Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

tomhath Re:THROUGH North Korea?! (182 comments)

They wouldn't want to offend Russia, because Russia would stop the flow of gas they're siphoning off.

yesterday
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Microsoft Plans $1 Billion Server Farm In Iowa

tomhath Re:Yawn. (83 comments)

The incentives are in the form of tax breaks. A big data center like this will still generate some tax dollars and add to the local economy - enough to cover the additional expenses. The rest is just funny money, tax revenues they wouldn't have collected without the project, so no loss.

yesterday
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Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out

tomhath Re:tldr (232 comments)

To paraphrase:

IF you can easily find a serious security hole AND IF there are a very large number of other serious security holes AND IF there are also a very large number of less serious security holes, THEN there's no point in offering a bounty because the number of less serious security holes plus the number of more serious security holes is so large you'll never fix them all.

Yes that's true. But it doesn't take a page long monolog to say it.

However, IF your bounty turns up a security hole like Heartbleed THEN the bounty was money well spent.

2 days ago
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Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

tomhath Re:Shame this happened (136 comments)

Actually it's a guerrilla marketing/propaganda campaign to make people accept GMO crops.

2 days ago
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Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

tomhath Re:Shame this happened (136 comments)

It wasn't clear that the seeds escaped. As I recall he had purchased roundup ready seeds in previous years, then suddenly "discovered" that the seed he saved carried the gene. That's how all the cases I've seen have turned out (initial claim that it was wind blown from a neighbor, then admission of guilt), although this might be referring to a special case.

2 days ago
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Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

tomhath Remember Palm Pilot IPO (149 comments)

When it was spun off, the value of Palm was something like $16B more than the value of the parent company before the split. Of course we all know how well that worked out.

2 days ago
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The Internet of Things and Humans

tomhath Re:In Montreal (54 comments)

In Philadelphia the have "roving pothole repair crews". A GPS tracking device on the potholes would seem appropriate there as well.

2 days ago
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Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out

tomhath Security is all or nothing? (232 comments)

Every bug fixed raises the bar slightly. Although I suppose if you're pretty sure there are infinitely many security holes in your code that are all roughly equally easy to find then you shouldn't bother fixing them - you should get another job.

2 days ago
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RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit

tomhath Re:Story important for pacifying headlines (103 comments)

You mean like this one from Fox? I guess they don't fit your fantasy of "amerika".

Police say Canadian man used Heartbleed virus to steal personal info

Police in Ontario, Canada have accused a 19-year-old man with exploiting the Heartbleed computer virus to steal personal data of over 900 taxpayers...

2 days ago
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Paper Microscope Magnifies Objects 2100 Times and Costs Less Than $1

tomhath Re:Why lie about it being made of paper? (89 comments)

The Economist is a Conservative publication??? You have an interesting perspective on the world.

4 days ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

tomhath Re:that was quick! (324 comments)

Probably because that would have cost more than the deal they got from Comcast. There's no free lunch.

4 days ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

tomhath use a piece of string (307 comments)

Measure the diameter and circumference then divide with a slide rule. And get off my lawn.

5 days ago
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Mr. Schmidt Goes To Washington: A Look Inside Google's Lobbying Behemoth

tomhath Google needs lobbyists? (120 comments)

Eric Schmidt is a regular visitor to the White House thanks to his generous campaign contributions.

I suppose Google also needs to influence Congress though, since Obama isn't taking the lead in much of anything these days.

about a week ago
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Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

tomhath Re:Net Income is only 3.3% of revenue? (266 comments)

she said of efforts to get Apple's support for ApacheCon in 2004, a year in which the company reported net income of $276 million on revenue of $8.28 billion

Read that more carefully.

about a week ago
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CSIRO Scientists' Aquaculture Holy Grail: Fish-Free Prawn Food

tomhath Re:One thing that jumps out at me (116 comments)

Yea, they don't go into details, but this part makes me doubt they're harvesting wild plankton:

The CSIRO team's first breakthrough was working out how to feed and then farm them.

"They are harvested when they are 40 days old.

about a week ago
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Can Web-Based Protests Be a Force for Change?

tomhath Re:I don't think so... (76 comments)

Occupy Wall Street was a George Soros funded dirty trick to besmirch Mitt Romney. As soon as the election was over Soros stopped funding OWS and it went away. One could argue that it had the planned impact though - generating ill feelings toward a certain successful investor.

about a week ago

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

tomhath tomhath writes  |  about 2 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 4 months 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  |  about a year and a half 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  |  about a year and a half 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  |  about a year and a half 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  |  about 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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