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How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

wiredlogic Re:Problem? (185 comments)

It's also worth pointing out that those fertile fields growing our crops used to be covered with wild vegetation doing the exact same thing.

4 days ago
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Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

wiredlogic Re: Didn't Corning make the Hubble mirror? (202 comments)

It was Perkin-Elmers fault. The backup mirror made by Kodak was flawless. That couldn't have happened if the spec was wrong.

5 days ago
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Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

wiredlogic Re:Police legal authority (164 comments)

except when they see a crime being committed

Citizens already have the same powers as police when they see a crime being committed. That is to say that police officers have nothing special other than a presumed reliability when testifying in court.

5 days ago
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Profanity-Laced Academic Paper Exposes Scam Journal

wiredlogic Blown their impact factor (134 comments)

Now they're going to put this esteemed journal out of business and their paper will never receive the sort of impact factor needed for tenure.

about a week ago
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Some Early Nexus 6 Units Returned Over Startup Bug

wiredlogic Re:People still buying Motorola phones? (39 comments)

Motorola changed its act after Google sunk its claws into them. The current lineup is stripped of most bloatware and many of the power optimization strategies for lollipop have already been implemented in them. This is an issue with ATT's crappy customization job. The unlocked phones with pristine firmware work fine.

about a week ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

wiredlogic Sure thing (332 comments)

Let me know when the EU get's around to slapping Apple for browser bundling and not providing an install screen to select alternatives.

about a week ago
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Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

wiredlogic Re:I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stree (186 comments)

Congress has abdicated its responsibility to serve the public interest by openly declaring that it will oppose any initiative by the President just for spite. It's no wonder that he's forced to seek alternative solutions to get anything done.

about a week ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

wiredlogic Re:Why such a short lifetime ? (235 comments)

It's not possible. The electronics on board have a limited lifespan due to their exposure to ionizing radiation. You can't make densely integrated electronics last indefinitely. Going back to the more robust low density electronics used on the long lived space probes would be impractical on a complex manned spacecraft.

about a week ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

wiredlogic Re:What's it good for? (235 comments)

Its a massive pork project to fund the domestic space industry that didn't have a mission to work on and to keep starving Russian engineers from working for the axis of evil.

about a week ago
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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

wiredlogic Re:CPM rates, etc (309 comments)

Adblockers are still used by a small minority. With the shift to more mobile browsing it is even less of a threat to advertisers since there is no ad blocking solution that works without rooting your device.

about a week ago
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Does Being First Still Matter In America?

wiredlogic Re:Booyah! (246 comments)

First post doesn't mean much on /. these days. A few weeks ago I got FP twice in one day without even trying. i.e. not slavishly refreshing the page or running scripts to watch for new articles.

about a week ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

wiredlogic Re:I know this! (555 comments)

It is also worth pointing out that the role of the boy and girl were reversed in the movie. In Crichton's book the boy was the Unix nerd and the girl was just a tomboy with no leet skillz.

about a week ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

wiredlogic Re:neither can humans (333 comments)

We have a way of dealing with that in the real world: "when in doubt, avoid killing people" and "do the best you can".

Unfortunately the US solves this with "use a bigger bomb and classify all the dead innocent bystanders as combatants".

about two weeks ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

wiredlogic Re:Cognitive dissonance (333 comments)

It contains a finite amount of matter that can assume only a finite number of states. The states aren't enumerable but they can't be infinite.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

wiredlogic Re:huh? (187 comments)

But I can see that some people especially the crazy fundies would get upset.

A proper Jesus freak doesn't believe that animals have souls so there should be no ethical dilemma for them to get enraged over.

about two weeks ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

wiredlogic Why only video games (641 comments)

I'm sure other Swedish media like TV and movies have a lack of female characters portrayed as the primary agents of action in their storylines. I would also bet that there is far more female nudity on display in these media than male. To be fair these forms of sexism should also be stamped out.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Non-USB Flash Direct From China Safe?

wiredlogic Re:Not a security risk, but a fake risk (178 comments)

Mod parent up.

The posters flash is almost certainly a fake if it's a mass market brand. Even if it's a generic Chinese brand, it most likely uses the same low-grade flash used in the fakes. I would not risk my data on these devices as the durability over the course of normal use is a big unknown since they aren't backed by a company doing extensive characterization.

about two weeks ago
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Window Washing a Skyscraper Is Beyond a Robot's Reach

wiredlogic They said the same about LCDs (203 comments)

It wasn't that long ago that all LCDs were produced with a manual process of wiping and buffing the liquid crystal onto the glass substrate. No machine could be made to perform the task. This limited the size of panels that could be made and reduced yield with flaws from mistakes and contaminants. They finally automated the process to achieve the panels we have today. The same will be true of window washing robots.

about two weeks ago

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