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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

tomhath Re:Dear Canada.... (476 comments)

They'll attack where ever and when ever they can.

yesterday
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Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

tomhath preventable software error (110 comments)

the FCC found that an entirely preventable software error was responsible for causing 911 service to drop

As opposed to what? An entirely unpreventable software error? Sounds more like a configuration issue than a software error anyway.

yesterday
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The Future of Stamps

tomhath Re:Complete waste (124 comments)

Yea, it's much more convenient to carry a shark with a laser on its head.

yesterday
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The Future of Stamps

tomhath Re:Pitney Bowes (124 comments)

Why "stamp it with a device that uses a laser to etch it with your name and a unique identifying pattern". All it's doing is creating a mailing label, you can do that already.

The idea of auto-forwarding to the address in the post office's database is kind of different; but I'm not sure what that adds to filling out a change of address form and sending it to your post office.

yesterday
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The Future of Stamps

tomhath Pitney Bowes (124 comments)

What does this provide that a postage meter doesn't? He also seems to think the USPS should spend billions retooling how they sort mail.

2 days ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

tomhath Oversimplification by NPR (724 comments)

There were many other things going on during the '80s. The country was in the middle of a deep and prolonged recession. Women were given hiring preference in most technical fields. Comp Sci programs became more competitive. Maybe 0.1% of coeds ended up in other fields for various reasons.

2 days ago
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Mars Orbiter Beams Back Images of Comet's Surprisingly Tiny Nucleus

tomhath Re:I don't get it (47 comments)

Siding Spring Observatory near Coonabarabran, New South Wales, Australia... is situated 1,165 metres (3,822 ft) above sea level in the Warrumbungle National Park on Mount Woorat

Those Aussies do like to give their stuff cool sounding names.

2 days ago
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Safercar.gov Overwhelmed By Recall For Deadly Airbags

tomhath Re:We need to do it lke Europe. (119 comments)

make the car company responsible for every single repair of every single recalled vehicle

Car manufacturers in the US are responsible for repairs.

2 days ago
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Mars Orbiter Beams Back Images of Comet's Surprisingly Tiny Nucleus

tomhath Re:I don't get it (47 comments)

Comets are named after whoever spots it first. Siding Spring is an observatory in Australia.

2 days ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

tomhath I've seen it happen (329 comments)

I've been to events where they take an order for a hamburger, take your money, cook that hamburger, serve it, and then take the next order. It's painful to watch.

But from what I've read about Burning Man it wouldn't surprise me that this kind of thing goes on there.

2 days ago
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IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division

tomhath Solution in search of a problem (84 comments)

"pay off big" means they'll need to sell it to someone. So far they've just given impressively staged marketing demos.

2 days ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

tomhath Re:Ship pollution due to fuel type (272 comments)

I doubt this ship uses the same fuel as the ones emitting all that sulfur. This appears to be diesel powered rather than steam with bunker crude.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

tomhath Re:I can already see it (171 comments)

regular version of Windows into a 2" display with a tiny cursor controlled by a Kinect camera you wear on your head

Imaging a Beowulf cluster of those.

2 days ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

tomhath Re: a quick search (318 comments)

RTFA. Rangers aren't there to fight another army. They use the rifle for protection from large animals like bears and moose, plus meat hunting.

3 days ago
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The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

tomhath Re:Python (205 comments)

Yes. That's one of the beauties of high level languages, libraries are available that do what you want so you don't need to write it yourself. Do you consider that a problem?

4 days ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

tomhath Bad idea (250 comments)

I've been expecting a touch-screen Apple laptop for a few years now, and keep being wrong.

That's because a touch-screen laptop is a terrible idea. Today's phones are powerful enough with a docking station that includes a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

4 days ago
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Researchers Scrambling To Build Ebola-Fighting Robots

tomhath Vaccine + survivors (87 comments)

Ebola is a virus, if a person survives the disease they are apparently immune to at least the same strain. Training those people to provide care seems like a more viable option.

4 days ago
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Cisco Exec: Turnover In Engineering No Problem

tomhath Re:The essence of enterprise (148 comments)

competition inherently means there must be losers, lots and lots of losers

Competition rewards hard work and innovation. The "losers" learn from the "winners" and everyone ends up better off. In your idealized model of "cooperation" there is no way to know what works best and what is worst: you have nothing to compare against and no motivation to become better.

4 days ago
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India Successfully Launches Region-Specific Navigation Satellite

tomhath Re:India Successfully Launches (85 comments)

Dang. Didn't take them long to liquidate that guy...

4 days ago

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Executive order will require antimicrobial stewardship

tomhath tomhath writes  |  about three weeks 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 3 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 5 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 8 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 10 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 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  |  about 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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