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Spanish Media Group Wants Gov't Help To Keep Google News In Spain

tomhath Re:They used the wrong attack angle (191 comments)

They should have negotiated some nominal fee

Why? They tried to squeeze money out of Google and failed; charging a nominal fee serves no purpose.

about a week ago
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Last Three Years the Quietest For Tornadoes Ever

tomhath Re:"No consistent reason"... (187 comments)

On the other hand, if the past three years had been the most active on record we would know exactly why.

about a week ago
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Google Earth API Will Be Retired On December 12, 2015

tomhath Only in Beta anyway (75 comments)

So no harm done.

about two weeks ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

tomhath Re:Knowledge is the solution (1051 comments)

I know someone has all these numbers and could easily put them in an easy to read chart?

Lawsuits.

A reasonable person understands that the vaccine isn't 100% effective or even 100% safe, just effective enough and safe enough to justify its use. But people like the anti-vaxxers aren't reasonable.

about two weeks ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

tomhath I use a laptop... (567 comments)

It's really hard to type with when it's standing on edge.

about two weeks ago
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Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

tomhath Re:Google needs to share (183 comments)

Because site advertising wasn't covering their running costs. The newspapers need a business model that delivers profits

That's a different issue. The publishers are trying to become profitable by selling their content rather than through advertising. They could have used Google to send them visitors who are willing to pay, but instead they tried to sell directly to Google. Google declined to make the purchase. Sounds like a poor decision by the publishers.

about two weeks ago
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Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

tomhath Re:Google needs to share (183 comments)

Google does share; it's not a file sharing site where you get a copy of the content. The Spanish news services are about to realize that traffic sent to their sites was worth more than the revenue they were trying to squeeze out of Google.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Gets 2% Boost To Science Budget

tomhath Re:How much is that in F-35s? (121 comments)

Incremental cost of an F-35 is far less that that. Plus the technology will be used on other aircraft for several decades

about two weeks ago
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Apple, IBM Partnership Yields First Results: 10 Mobile Apps

tomhath 10 mobile apps is news? (53 comments)

Who cares? Is Dice taking slashvertisement money from IBM now?

about two weeks ago
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Using Discarded Laptop Batteries To Power Lights

tomhath Re:How do they recharge the li-ion batteries? (143 comments)

Because this wasn't intended to be a practical solution to anything; it was a feel-good publicity stunt. As you say, a garden light with a built-in charger makes more sense.

about two weeks ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

tomhath Re:Aircraft Carriers are already Obsolete (388 comments)

On the other hand, look what happened to Japan's carriers at the Battle of Midway.

At 10:22, American SBD Dauntless dive bombers approaching from the southwest and northeast struck the carriers Kaga, Soryu, and Akagi. In less than six minutes they reduced the Japanese ships to burning wrecks.

about two weeks ago
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A Case Against Further Government Spectrum Auctions

tomhath Re:Spectrum auctions are anti-capitalism (66 comments)

(that's what zoning is for).

No, that is NOT what zoning is for. Zoning exists to ...

You and GP said the same thing. The government uses zoning to regulate how the land can be used. You might not agree with the government's decision to require or exclude certain uses, but that's a different topic.

about two weeks ago
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Using Discarded Laptop Batteries To Power Lights

tomhath Re:So are they remanufacturing them? (143 comments)

I suppose it is difficult to RTFA, but they:

tore open discarded laptop battery packaging and extracted individual storage units called cells, tested those individually to pick out the good ones, and recombined them to form refurbished battery packs...IBM is not considering this as a business but says the technology could be offered free to poor countries.

The reason nobody has done this before is because someone has to pay for it.

about two weeks ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

tomhath Re:Entrapment is lazy policing (388 comments)

That is true. However, as a wise man once said: "Trust, but verify."

about two weeks ago
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NSF Accused of Misuse of Funds In Giant Ecological Project

tomhath Re:Question is, were they spending NSF money? (116 comments)

When I worked for a defense contractor we all knew exactly what was billable and what wasn't. And we had to account for every minute of our time spent on projects; everything was audited.

about two weeks ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

tomhath Re:Entrapment is lazy policing (388 comments)

Recall that Snowden sought out a job which gave him access to an exceptional number of NSA secrets. They seemed to think this guy had reason to sell information on how to most effectively conduct a terrorist attack the on carrier.

about two weeks ago
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NSF Accused of Misuse of Funds In Giant Ecological Project

tomhath Agreed, this is not news (116 comments)

These are normal things a company would spend it's own money on. They shouldn't be charging it back to the government.

That said, I have to question why the /. editors think this is newsworthy. I suppose they want to keep stirring the Republican anti-science pot to generate page hits.

about two weeks ago
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Which Programming Language Pays the Best? Probably Python

tomhath Re:Why program in Python (277 comments)

If your only concern is cpu cycles you shouldn't use an interpreted language. As long as the program is fast enough you should be concerned about things like productivity, testability, and maintainability.

about three weeks ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

tomhath Re:Why tax profits, why not income? (602 comments)

If I exchange one hour of labor for $50.00

Nope. You produced an hour of labor and sold it for $50. That's a $50 profit (ignoring expenses related to producing that hour of labor such as the cost of an office).

about three weeks ago

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Executive order will require antimicrobial stewardship

tomhath tomhath writes  |  about 3 months 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 3 months 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 5 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 7 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 10 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 a year 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  |  more than 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  |  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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