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For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

tomhath Re:Illigal or not? (111 comments)

Soon they will be called Undocumented Owners. Then they get immunity. Problem solved.

5 hours ago
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MIT' Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati

tomhath Re:costly concentration (88 comments)

This process still requires some mirrors; it starts to work at about 10x maximum solar light. But that's still a couple of orders of magnitude better than any other system using mirrors.

5 hours ago
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Rupert Murdoch's Quest To Buy Time Warner: Not Done Yet

tomhath Re:We need competition, not mergers (60 comments)

What's wrong with AP and Reuters? Most news outlets (including Fox) get most of their news stories from the wire services.

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Activist Group Sues US Border Agency Over New, Vast Intelligence System

tomhath Re:No Decent Solution (77 comments)

In 2013 almost a million people immigrated to the US legally.

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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

tomhath Sacremento? (165 comments)

Sacremento is out in the California Delta. There's already a severe water shortage, plus that crop land is among the best in the world. Bad place to build a huge factory that will draw thousands of people into the area.

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High School Students Not Waiting For Schools To Go Online

tomhath Trust, but verify (81 comments)

Did they bother to check if any of the students had really taken a course? Most likely the students were just picking the check box that made them look good. I would bet that the actual % who took a course is far lower.

2 days ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

tomhath East is East, West is West... (658 comments)

Those of us in the West can't understand why Russia doesn't just admit that it was a mistake.

Meanwhile those in the East understand that Russia will never admit it screwed up.

2 days ago
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Exhibit On Real Johnny Appleseed To Hit the Road

tomhath Re:bringing booze to a thirsty frontier (71 comments)

Whiskey was also a convenient way to market corn. Ferment it, distill the alcohol, and sent it down the river to St. Louis or New Orleans. Then feed the leftovers to the pigs.

2 days ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

tomhath Re:Local testing works? (766 comments)

You can't put the blame on Republicans for US drug policy. Both parties have been pushing it hard since the 1930's under Roosevelt.

2 days ago
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Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

tomhath Re:And today (202 comments)

The space program is languishing because Democrats cut budgets everywhere they could to fund Obamacare. You can't blame Republicans for this one.

2 days ago
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"Intelligent" Avatars Poised To Manage Airline Check-In

tomhath Recent experience (102 comments)

A few minutes waiting for a kiosk to be available, couple of more minutes tapping the screen. Had the boarding pass and baggage claim ticket in hand. Then waited at least 15 minutes for a person to wander by and take the bag I had checked (for a $25 surcharge). Maybe the avatar will recognize the annoyance building and ping someone to come over.

2 days ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

tomhath Re:Was there really an increase? (766 comments)

True, they are different. But growth is (usually) followed by inflation. My point was that the increase in minimum wage came about because of inflation, which was (probably) the result of growth.

2 days ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

tomhath Was there really an increase? (766 comments)

Nine of the 13 states increased their minimum wages automatically in line with inflation

In other words, in most states there was no increase. The minimum wage wage boost followed the economic growth.

2 days ago
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NASA: Lunar Pits and Caves Could House Astronauts

tomhath Re:What caves? (154 comments)

FTFA:

Most pits were found either in large craters with impact melt ponds – areas of lava that formed from the heat of the impact and later solidified, or in the lunar maria – dark areas on the moon that are extensive solidified lava flows hundreds of miles across.

3 days ago
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Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

tomhath Re:Carbon impact is misleading (153 comments)

It's a shame they don't have a few nuclear power plants to generate cheap and clean electricity.

3 days ago
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$10 Million Lawsuit Against Wikipedia Editors "Stragetically" Withdrawn

tomhath Re:Tough call (51 comments)

Yea, same as O.J. Oh wait.

3 days ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

tomhath Re: Drug use versus crime (467 comments)

Do you really think the only crime in the US is selling and using illegal drugs? Things like robbery, extortion, prostitution, gambling, etc. don't exist in your world?

3 days ago

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CEO out for blood patents idea, starts billion dollar company

tomhath tomhath writes  |  about two weeks 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 2 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 5 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 7 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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