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Feynman Lectures Released Free Online

tomhath Re:misleading (69 comments)

Feynman taught at Cornell for a few years after WWII before moving to CalTech. His alma maters were MIT and Princeton.

yesterday
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States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

tomhath Re:Incorrect headline, summary (207 comments)

There wasn't a 25% difference in death rates. There was a 25% difference in the increase of the death rate due to drug overdose. It's also not clear if the deaths caused by opiate overdose were replaced by something else (suicide is pretty common among people in the final stages of a terribly painful disease like cancer).

2 days ago
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Coffee Naps Better For Alertness Than Coffee Or Naps Alone

tomhath Re:One huge peoblem with this. (131 comments)

Once your body is expecting a siesta you will drop right off at the designated time. It's an easy habit to get into and a very hard one to break. Back in the day we called it "meditating" rather than napping

3 days ago
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Software Error Caused Soyuz/Galileo Failure

tomhath Re:Not A SW error! (154 comments)

The satellites weren't trashed. They are in a perfectly good orbit, just the wrong orbit for their intended use.

3 days ago
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CenturyLink: Comcast Is Trying To Prevent Competition In Its Territories

tomhath CentruyLink did this to me (110 comments)

About ten years ago they replaced the copper phone lines along my street with fiber. It made the land line phone connection a lot more reliable (cell service here still sucks), but they said we were too far from town to get DSL. Then about 5 years ago they called and asked if I wanted DSL. Cable is still a few miles away but they'll never bother running it out here because everyone who wants it has a dish and DSL already. Not the fastest broadband, but plenty fast for us up here in Appalachia.

4 days ago
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Statistics Losing Ground To CS, Losing Image Among Students

tomhath Finding work in statistics (113 comments)

I work with a couple of very good statisticians. What they do is a mystery to me, but one thing I can say for sure - a good programmer or DBA will find work much more easily than a good statistician. In large part because PHBs have no clue why they need someone with more than two semesters of probability in almost every application.

Another problem with students going into statistics in the US is that virtually all of the instructors don't speak very good English. To this day I want to say things like "probabirity", "rotatation about the ashes", and the one that confused everyone in the class - "ashama" (eventually translated to axiom).

5 days ago
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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

tomhath Why dodecawhetever? (202 comments)

It seems to me that if they used a bigger log in the center the profile would have more sides, making it easier to roll. I still wouldn't want to be the guy who pushes it up the side of the pyramid though.

about a week ago
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The Evolution of Diet

tomhath Re:Average lifespan is misleading (281 comments)

We tend to make the assumption that an average lifespan of 30 means that nobody lives past 35 years old

We who? I doubt anyone thinks that.

Otherwise I generally agree with what you way - median life expectancy of those who reach adulthood would be a far more useful statistic here.

about a week ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

tomhath Re:Global Warming? (273 comments)

This is unrelated to arctic methane release, so it is still a question.

about a week ago
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Robo Brain Project Wants To Turn the Internet Into a Robotic Hivemind

tomhath this is your (Robo) brain on LOL cats (108 comments)

Robo Brain will treat everything like a kitten attacking a laser pointer.

about a week ago
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Sources Say Amazon Will Soon Be Targeting Ads, a la Google AdWords

tomhath Buy before you order (83 comments)

Pretty soon Amazon will able to just save me time by ordering the things I would have ordered based on ads that they themselves have placed.

Submitter might have thought that was a joke, but Amazon already has applied for a patent on that.

about a week ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

tomhath Re:What's the point? (508 comments)

There's zero chance that's going to be easier using a loosely typed language with porous ideas of module boundaries

Nonsense. The typical Java project is a big steaming mess of factory classes, wired beans, annotations, aspects, xml, and all the other workarounds that are needed to give the same functionality that's built into dynamically typed languages. And you still get logs overflowing with run time exceptions.

about a week ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

tomhath Re:Citizens United says... (316 comments)

Of course a US citizen must file with the IRS. I meant you can't collect taxes from citizens of other countries who are working in their own country.

about two weeks ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

tomhath Re:Okay... and? (316 comments)

You can deduct it from your income, just the same as if it were a business expense

It's a credit against tax due not a deduction from income. Big difference.

about two weeks ago
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Air Force Requests Info For Replacement Atlas 5 Engine

tomhath They should just ask schwit1 (107 comments)

Companies are being asked to respond by Sept. 19 to 35 questions. Among them: “What solution would you recommend to replace the capability currently provided by the RD-180 engine?”

Apparently submitter knows a lot more than the Air Force does when it comes to booster rockets.

about two weeks 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 3 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 8 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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