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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

tomhath Re:Not a problem... (233 comments)

Why populate those areas? If you don't want population control you will need to warehouse people as efficiently as possible.

Manufacturing can be done in highly concentrated locations (China is showing us how). Agriculture doesn't require very many people anymore, same with mining and forestry. Cities are the only way to deal with hoards of people.

Plus you're still just kicking the can down the road a few decades. Eleven billion? What happens when that doubles in another few decades, then doubles again? It can't go on forever.

7 hours ago
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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

tomhath Re:Does HFCS count? (251 comments)

Your own personal definition of beer is that it can only contain those ingredients. Other people have other definitions. Hops are a relatively recent addition to the recipe

11 hours ago
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Alice Is Killing Trolls But Patent Lawyers Will Strike Back

tomhath Word the claim? (85 comments)

If they have to word the claim to actually claim something innovative instead of just a way of implementing a solution to a requirement that anyone can come up with they're in trouble.

11 hours ago
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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

tomhath Re:Does HFCS count? (251 comments)

It's sugar, just absorbed faster because it's already fructose and glucose. Table sugar (sucrose) has to be digested to break it down into fructose and glucose.

yesterday
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Airbnb To Start Collecting Hotel Tax On Rentals In San Francisco

tomhath Re:14%? What a f***ing ripoff (71 comments)

Same with car rental rates. You will usually see a huge "entertainment tax" as part of the price in cities.

yesterday
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

tomhath Re:well, duh? (281 comments)

Urban USA has similar speeds. We're talking about service in rural areas.

yesterday
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Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

tomhath Re:Lots of problems with it (189 comments)

It would work intermittently, like wind and solar, so you still need a full size backup generator. Then you have to wonder if the double cost is worth it.

yesterday
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Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

tomhath MRSA is everywhere (120 comments)

75% of the subjects had S. aureus in their sinuses, 51% had non-livestock associated penicillin resistant SA (MRSA), 46% had livestock associated MRSA. But the sample size is so small (22 people) the study doesn't prove much beyond the fact that once colonized by S. aureus you tend to stay colonized.

2 days ago
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Developing the First Law of Robotics

tomhath Fiction is fiction (162 comments)

Asimov's "Law" is just a story by a fiction writer. In the real world we already have robots that counter threats (electronic countermeasures, anti-missile defenses, etc). There's no ethics involved, just a working algorithm.

2 days ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

tomhath Does this mean (317 comments)

Stuff that's made in China and sold at Walmart would be taxed differently? I'll believe it when I see Chinese manufacturers paying the US 35% tax rate.

2 days ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

tomhath Re:'Pass it on to the consumer' (317 comments)

You don't buy anything from companies that advertise on Google?

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

tomhath Yes, but not in Tech (391 comments)

There are any number of non-technical jobs for non-technical people. Market research, sales, maybe project management, etc. But in general you hire accountants to do accounting, lawyers for legal services, and techs for technical work.

Bottom line though, is that people who write columns for places like Fast Company and Dice have to write something, so they make stuff up.

2 days ago
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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

tomhath Re:Government Acquisition Experience (196 comments)

The RFP has to state what the contract award will be based on. It can't say "We require this, but if you toss in other stuff we didn't think of we'll give you extra points".

They can reject a bid when they think the bidder didn't understand what they were proposing ("A rocket to the Moon? Sure we can have that to you next week").

They'll also assume the incumbent is lower risk, especially if the other bidder is a newcomer with no track record ("Better with the Devil you know than the Devil you don't know").

2 days ago
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Funding Tech For Government, Instead of Tech For Industry

tomhath Re:Why the government? (64 comments)

FTFA:

investors had been scared away by the idea that working with government might be a tortuous slog, but Bouganim says that he saw that behind that red tape lay a market that could be worth in the neighborhood of $500 billion a year...he's motivated in part by the desire to help make sure that that governments in his adopted country are using the best, most appropriate technologies they can as they go about serving their citizens. "And what better way to have an impact," he says, "than capitalism?"

In other words, he wants to invest in companies that sell technology to the government. Seems reasonable, but certainly not revolutionary.

2 days ago
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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

tomhath It's all fiction until it's science (190 comments)

Science fiction writers make up all kinds of stuff and expect their readers to suspend reality, that's the way the game is played. But to make real progress in science or engineering your ideas and decisions have to be based on reality.

2 days ago
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Chinese City Sets Up "No Cell Phone" Pedestrian Lanes

tomhath Re:ChongQing (46 comments)

Yea. All is costs is money.

Cha Ching!

3 days ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

tomhath Not Free (608 comments)

It's not a FREE ALBUM. Apple rolled the cost into every phone it sells; you paid for the album whether you wanted it or not.

3 days ago
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Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

tomhath Re:Renewable (81 comments)

Yup. Back in the 1970's the Shah of Iran said something along the lines of: "Oil is too valuable to burn".

4 days ago
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Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

tomhath Re:Where is the misuse of military equipment charg (286 comments)

It's not clear that what he was doing was against the law. He had no authority to provide evidence against a civilian to local authorities, so it couldn't be used against the defendant; but if the defendant had been in the military there wouldn't be any issue.

4 days ago

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CEO out for blood patents idea, starts billion dollar company

tomhath tomhath writes  |  about 2 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 7 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  |  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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