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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

wcrowe Sounds like a good idea (474 comments)

The police ARE a fearful group to be avoided at all costs. We live in a police state. Or, at least, we live in a country where the police have been militarized to the point that they are dangerous to be around. These days, when they're sending in SWAT teams to collect overdue library books, even a middle-aged, law-abiding, white guy like me needs to be wary of the police.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

wcrowe Re:Instrumentation (194 comments)

That's kind of what I was thinking. The most "hackable" car I ever owned was a 1980 Jeep CJ7. It was super easy to work on. Lots of room in the engine compartment to put extra stuff. If you wanted something aftermarket in the interior or on the dashboard, you just drilled a hole or two and bolted it on. You could go with a hardtop, softtop, doors on, doors off, bikini top, or no top at all. And you could drive your hacked vehicle virtually anywhere. I wish I still had one.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

wcrowe Obstacles (140 comments)

Since it can't climb obstacles, I wonder if you could simply corral one with a few well-placed bricks or concrete blocks.

about a week ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

wcrowe Re:Bullshit Stats. (495 comments)

That's right, and I wish I had mod points today. Unless the author can show that female techs in Seattle are making less than male techs in Seattle, this is not a story.

about a week ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

wcrowe The logo change wasn't enough? (397 comments)

But Yahoo just changed their logo recently. I thought that fixed all their problems.

about a week ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

wcrowe Re:Capitalism does not reward morality (197 comments)

I think you're equating capitalism with avarice. It is possible to run a business while maintaining a sense of morality. Lots of people do and make a living that way. However, if all you want to do is make money, and continue making more and more of it, for no reason other than to keep making more of it, then yes, morality must, at some point, be tossed out.

about a week ago
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How Baidu Tracked the Largest Seasonal Migration of People On Earth

wcrowe 3.6 billion passenger trips. (48 comments)

This article says it's 3.6 billion passenger trips. Over a 40-day period, that's a little more believable, but I wonder what is counted as a "passenger trip". Let's say I live in NYC, and I want to travel to Lincoln, Nebraska for the holiday. So, subway ride to the airport, that's a passenger trip. Flight to hub in Chicago, another passenger trip. Flight from Chicago to Omaha, another passenger trip. Then whatever means I use to get from Omaha to Lincoln, another passenger trip. Coming home, I do the same thing all in reverse. That's eight passenger trips for one person for the holiday.

So, you take the 3.6 billion passenger trips, and divide it by 4 or 6 or 8 or whatever you think is the average passenger trip per person. Then divide that over a 40 day period, and account for the difference in population, and maybe you get something like a multiple of the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S.

I dunno, I'm just throwing it out there as a possibility.

about two weeks ago
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Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

wcrowe MySpace 2.0 (206 comments)

It will mostly be video. Yeah. Just like MySpace. And we all know how successful that was.

about three weeks ago
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Human Clinical Trials To Begin On Drug That Reverses Diabetes In Animal Models

wcrowe Re:Type 1 vs Type 2 (140 comments)

One of the greatest disservices that has been done to people with diabetes is the notion that being overweight causes the disease. It can certainly contribute to it, but the bottom line is that it is a genetic disorder. I personally know three type 2 diabetics who have fine BMIs and get regular exercise. Myself, I was diagnosed as a type 2. I began exercising and lost 110 pounds. And yet I kept getting worse. It turns out that I was mis-diagnosed, and that I am a type 1. It just hit me later in life than it usually does.

Unfortunately, there is now this popular misconception that everyone who is diabetic is a fat couch potato. There was an SNL skit a couple of years ago where a Chinese character in a skit says, "What does America manufacture? Hmmmm. Diabetes?" Big laughs. Oh, har, har, har! Now we read that the largest number of diabetics in the world are in China.

about three weeks ago
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Human Clinical Trials To Begin On Drug That Reverses Diabetes In Animal Models

wcrowe Re:Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes? (140 comments)

It's type 1 (which I have). It it not necessarily impossible to fix a pancreas that is not producing insulin, because very often, even a type 1 diabetic will have at least a few beta cells. If something can be done to prevent beta cells from being destroyed, the body can produce more, and then a healthy level of insulin can be maintained.

about three weeks ago
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New Website Offers Provably Fair Solutions To Everyday Problems

wcrowe It doesn't work (167 comments)

I keep telling my dogs that the way that Spliddit divvies up the expenses is PROVABLY FAIR, but all they do is look at me blankly, cocking their heads to one side. Damn dogs. I never see a dime out of either of them.

about three weeks ago
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Japan's Annual Nuclear Drill Highlights Problems

wcrowe Re:Nuclear powered drill (43 comments)

I thought the same thing. It should say "Nuclear Disaster Drill", or something like that.

about three weeks ago
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US Army May Relax Physical Requirements To Recruit Cyber Warriors

wcrowe Not everyone needs to be an athelete (308 comments)

I was in the Navy from the early 80's until the early 90's. When I joined, there seemed to be an understanding that most sailors were, basically, technicians, so once they passed a basic level of fitness, they merely were expected to do their jobs. Then, beginning about 1983 or so, there started to be this concept that everyone needed to get in better shape. Pretty understandable. But by the 90's, that had changed into, "everyone needs to be an athelete". Ridiculous. We need to recognize that the vast majority of the jobs in the military are support or tech roles that do not require excessive stamina or fitness. You cannot on the one hand say that everyone needs to be an athelete, and at the same time say, we're friendly to pregnant females.

about 1 month ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

wcrowe AI + Bad Data = Nightmare (583 comments)

The problem with AI is an extension of the problem with information in general. Right now, we have a problem in that when a computer says something, the trend is to believe that is the truth -- even if it does not make any sense. In other words, there is no question about how the information got into the system or any question as to its validity. Everyone just assumes that what Mr. Computer says is correct. Identity theft and credit theft are two of the biggest examples. It gets worse when you add AI into the equation. Now the system is making decisions based on incorrect data. And no one questions any of it.

about 1 month ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

wcrowe Re:School is just fine. (553 comments)

I know. It's like they think no one had any critical thinking skills a century ago when the country started building railroads, suspension bridges, telephone systems, and hydroelectric dams all over the place.

about a month ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

wcrowe Yeah, right (553 comments)

Employers are concerned about critical thinking? Really? Because it seems to me that what they really want are employees who are willing to implement the latest stupid-assed plan a bunch of pointy-haired, mid-management, sociopathic dipshits have come up with, without question or comment.

about a month ago
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Proposed Penalty For UK Hackers Who "Damage National Security": Life

wcrowe Doubleplusgood (165 comments)

I see goodthink is progressing doubleplusgood on Airstrip One. Anyone who commits thoughtcrime should become an unperson.

about a month ago
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Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

wcrowe Next, the brain (161 comments)

This is great. Now if we could only get a cell transplant that would allow idiots to think.

about a month ago
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'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

wcrowe This is too easy. (150 comments)

"Microsoft Lemona". I already don't want one.

about a month ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

wcrowe Re:credibility of article is doubtful (571 comments)

Yep. The accompanying video to the Lockheed press release says "the size of a large truck", and shows a semi driving down the highway. So, more like 7'x10'x45'.

about a month and a half ago

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What Tech Journalists Were Writing About in 1876

wcrowe wcrowe writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wcrowe writes ""On this day in 1876, the U.S. Patent Office awarded Alexander Graham Bell a patent for his "improvement in telegraphy," or, as we now know it, the telephone (above). This anniversary seems like as good a day as any — well, perhaps even a bit better than the other 365 days this year (leap year!) — to dip into the media frenzy that surrounded its arrival, a 19th century tech event evocative of today's Apple circus. Just kidding. It was nothing like that at all — the telephone, and the reaction to it, rolled out over the course of years, not minutes.""
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USGS Updates Magnitude of Japan Earthquake to 9.0

wcrowe wcrowe writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wcrowe writes "The USGS has updated the magnitude of the March 11, 2011, Tohoku earthquake in northern Honshu, Japan, to 9.0 from the previous estimate of 8.9. Independently, Japanese seismologists have also updated their estimate of the earthquake’s magnitude to 9.0. This magnitude places the earthquake as the fourth largest in the world since 1900 and the largest in Japan since modern instrumental recordings began 130 years ago."
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Stanford Solar Breakthrough

wcrowe wcrowe writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wcrowe (94389) writes "Quantum dot solar cells are cheaper to produce than traditional silicon cells, but they haven't caught on due to their relative inefficiency. For Stacey Bent, a chemical engineering professor at Stanford, this represented something of a challenge. She knew that solar cells made of a single material have a maximum efficiency of about 31 percent, a limitation of the fixed energy level they can absorb, and that quantum dot solar cells didn't share this limitation. "Quantum dots can be tuned to absorb a certain wavelength of light just by changing their size," the Stanford report on her research says. "And they can be used to build more complex solar cells that have more than one size of quantum dot, allowing them to absorb multiple wavelengths of light.""
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Dell to power OKC campus with 100% wind energy

wcrowe wcrowe writes  |  more than 5 years ago

wcrowe (94389) writes "Dell announced plans today to power its 240,000 square-foot Oklahoma City campus with 100 percent wind energy. The move is expected to significantly reduce the facility's CO2 emissions. Dell is among the first large businesses in the area to be powered entirely with renewable energy."
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Iran in possession of new weapon: Photoshop

wcrowe wcrowe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

wcrowe (94389) writes "Iran now has the ability to wipe out Israel — with Photoshop. The Guardian reports:

'A photograph of four missiles being fired by Iran ratcheted up the tensions between the Islamic state and the US and Israel. But now it appears that Tehran may have enhanced the pictures.'

Here's a link to the story."

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"Uncontacted" Amazon Tribe story a hoax

wcrowe wcrowe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

wcrowe (94389) writes "The story about an "uncontacted" Amazon Tribe discuss last month appears to be a hoax. The Guardian reports, "They are the amazing pictures that were beamed around the globe: a handful of warriors from an 'undiscovered tribe' in the rainforest on the Brazilian-Peruvian border brandishing bows and arrows at the aircraft that photographed them. Or so the story was told and sold. But it has now emerged that, far from being unknown, the tribe's existence has been noted since 1910 and the mission to photograph them was undertaken in order to prove that 'uncontacted' tribes still existed in an area endangered by the menace of the logging industry.""

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