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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

tomhath Re:Now sharing music is illegal? (152 comments)

Only copyrighted music. Or copyrighted anything else to which you don't have distribution rights.

yesterday
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eBay To Spin Off PayPal

tomhath Re:lol capitalism. (72 comments)

A functioning organization/infrastructure that provides a useful service is something of value. You fail at economics.

yesterday
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eBay To Spin Off PayPal

tomhath Re:I am an economics nub (72 comments)

PayPal can't go after other auction/retail business because it's part of eBay, eBay can't use other payment systems because it owns PayPal. By splitting them apart there's more room for both of them to grow. Kind of a reverse gestalt.

yesterday
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

tomhath Re:choose 4 hours by direction (454 comments)

He's not saying that. Put the power in a battery or use it at peak generation time - pick one, you can't have both. But the battery won't hold more than a couple hour's worth of power either way and the total cost will be several times as much as power from the utility company.

yesterday
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Lenovo Set To Close $2.1 Billion Server Deal With IBM

tomhath Re:IBM is dying (48 comments)

FTFA:

IBM, however, will still hold on to its System z mainframes, Power Systems, Storage Systems, Power-based Flex servers, PureApplication and PureData appliances.

Are they holding on because they still make a profit on those lines? Or because they can't unload them? I suspect the latter.

2 days ago
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Japan's Mt. Ontake Erupts, Stranding Hundreds of Hikers

tomhath They needed a few slashdotters (41 comments)

Toss in a few virgins to placate the volcano gods and this wouldn't have happened.

3 days ago
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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

tomhath He tried to make it worse (221 comments)

The paramedic then saw Howard’s feet sticking out from under a table, and saw Howard under the table, shirtless and in the act of cutting his own throat, according to the complaint.

Turns out it's very difficult to behead yourself.

4 days ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

tomhath Headline and summary completely wrong (491 comments)

A study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory predicts that distributed rooftop solar panel installations will grow from 0.2% market penetration today to 10% by 2022

That is not what the study shows at all. They did an analysis of what the revenue impact on utility companies would be at various hypothetical levels of PV installation between 0.2% and 10%. It ignored total costs of PV (including installation and maintenance).

Most importantly, the study does not predict that PV installations will grow to 10% or any other level. It is just a "what if" analysis.

4 days ago
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Breakthrough In LED Construction Increases Efficiency By 57 Percent

tomhath Re:The 57% in the title is misleading. (182 comments)

The 57% improvement was on top of existing improvements like adding a reflector. This brought it up from something like 38% to 60%.

4 days ago
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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

tomhath Re:Castle Doctrine (269 comments)

Video is different. You can assume someone is watching you from a distance, even if they can't hear you.

4 days ago
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BT and Coke To Offer Free Rural Wi-Fi In South Africa Through Vending Machines

tomhath Re:inb4 "evil corporate plot" allegations (71 comments)

I'm just surprised they didn't do a system where there's a code on the side of the can good for something like an hour's access.

Problem is the potential customers don't have a credit card to activate their can.

5 days ago
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China Eager To Send Its Own Mission To Mars In the Wake of Mangalyaan

tomhath Conversion issues (84 comments)

One of the hold ups for a Chinese interplanetary exploration program is the delays surrounding the development of the Long March 5 rocket, which will be roughly the equivalent of the America Delta IV in its capabilities

They're not used to working from blueprints that use feet, inches, and pounds.

5 days ago
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Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

tomhath Re:Bah (208 comments)

I assume they do the same thing almost everywhere. The only difference is how the pictures are used. Enforcing building codes, checking for illegal crops, whatever. The fact that this locality used drones is not especially interesting, a guy in a small plane could probably have covered the same area faster and cheaper.

5 days ago
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Solar System's Water Is Older Than the Sun

tomhath Re:Age of Preceding Supernova (173 comments)

This is why terrorists do not possess nuclear weapons.

If it was easy to make weapon grade uranium from ore we would control access to the ore. As it is, we control access to the enriching technology and final product.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?

tomhath Re:Reports should only exist to solve problems (179 comments)

Reports should only exist to solve problems.

Wrong. Submitter was talking about monitoring, not debugging. The subjects of his reports are operations; the idea is to look for opportunities to improve things, get an early heads-up that something isn't running as well as it used to, is getting close to capacity, etc. In other words - avoid problems, don't solve them.

5 days ago
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Rosetta Code Study Weighs In On the Programming Language Debate

tomhath Re:Compiled Strongly-typed Languages -vs- Scripts (165 comments)

But look at the results:

C C# F# Go Haskell Java Python Ruby
# ran solutions 391 246 215 389 376 297 676 516
% no error 87% 93% 89% 98% 93% 85% 79% 86%

Java was one of the poorest at actually running successfully.

about a week ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

tomhath Re:Aggression in practice, right? (475 comments)

Can someone convince me that in the absence of a specific invitation by the legitimate Syrian government, which is the case this time, this [US] action cannot be defined as aggression?

How do you know there was not an invitation?

Syria will not publicly invite the US; nor will the US publicly agree to help the Syrian government. But behind closed doors they work things out. Same as the drone strikes in Pakistan, protested by the government but they continue.

about a week ago
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SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

tomhath Re:Some details about the 3D printer (129 comments)

Here's a serious question. What is the point of launching a few people off into deep space if the Earth has been destroyed? It won't help the people left behind., and the Universe will get along just fine without humans.

about two weeks ago

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Executive order will require antimicrobial stewardship

tomhath tomhath writes  |  1 hour 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 two weeks 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 4 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 9 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  |  about 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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