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What Caused a 1300-Year Deep Freeze?

x181 Not really much here (258 comments)

Old Argument (Younger Dryas): We found iridium (rare on earth but abundant in meteorites), nanodiamonds and magnetic particles covering ancient tools and mammoth remains at sites which we believe are around 12,000 years old. Therefore, we believe a cosmic collision caused the 1,300 year deep-freeze.

New Argument: We performed radiocarbon dating on tools found at the 29 sites described in the Old Argument and found that only 3 of the 29 sites were around 12,000 years old. The tools at other sites were much older or younger. Therefore, the deep-freeze was probably not caused by a cosmic collision.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will Older Programmers Always Have a Harder Time Getting a Job?

x181 Re:As a 40 something programmer recently interview (379 comments)

As a 30 year old engineer architecting and developing 3d graphics engines, I also find these kinds of interview questions worthless and stupid.

about 4 months ago
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Failed Software Upgrade Halts Transit Service

x181 Re:Strange times (125 comments)

so they can purposely botch it and justify the need to have human operators. in case you don't know, BART is currently going through a tense union battle resulting in a few worker strikes and contract disputes.

about 8 months ago
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Nokia Shareholders Approve Sale To Microsoft

x181 Re: Microsoft just wants the patents (182 comments)

Nokia has been effectively castrated. It's only a matter of time now for the rest of the company to devalue even more. That means purchasing patents for even cheaper in the future.

about 8 months ago
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Nokia Shareholders Approve Sale To Microsoft

x181 Quite simple (182 comments)

Steven Elop works for microsoft. Steven Elop goes to Nokia. Steven Elop restructures and retools Nokia to be a Microsoft shop. Steven Elop cuts Nokia's market cap in half. Microsoft buys Nokia. Steven Elop becomes CEO of Microsoft in a few years (after Ballmer's successor resigns after 2 years). You guys connect the dots yet? I'm sure Nokia has a lot of patents Microsoft wants.

about 8 months ago
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Clam That Was Killed Determining Its Age Was Over 100 Years Older Than Estimated

x181 Re: Shame on them (366 comments)

this is a triumph; huge success. (rip clam)

about 8 months ago
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Legislation Would Prohibit ISPs From Throttling Online Video Services

x181 Re:Why just video? (222 comments)

Additionally, any violations of these laws will result in life imprisonment for the board of directors and all executives.

about 8 months ago
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Indiana Man Gets 8 Months For Teaching How To Beat Polygraph Tests

x181 From the summary (356 comments)

"Dixon crossed the line between free speech protected under the First Amendment and criminal conduct when he told some clients to conceal what he taught them while undergoing government polygraphs."
Assuming the summary is accurate, he crossed the line when he instructed them to lie. There is a big difference between teaching people how to circumvent a polygraph test and overtly instructing them to lie.

about a year ago
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Qcloud Puts Quantum Chip In the Cloud For Coders To Experiment

x181 Re: The problem... (73 comments)

quacker.

about a year ago
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EU Proposes To Fit Cars With Speed Limiters

x181 Re: No need for cameras. (732 comments)

a direction vector and a rolling average should fix the problem you mentioned about passing over a slower zone.

about a year ago
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Salesforce.com To Cut 200 Jobs Despite Its Expectations To Make More Money

x181 easy solution (156 comments)

just throw more big data at it.

about a year ago
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Salesforce.com To Cut 200 Jobs Despite Its Expectations To Make More Money

x181 Re: Synergy is a start (156 comments)

I understand that the word may be abused, but even I have used the word 'synergy' to describe what I'd hope for when joining a new team of engineers - I'd want a well organized, cooperative team of people to work with. I guess it's all about the context.

about a year ago
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Scientists Create 'Fastest Man-Made Spinning Object'

x181 Re: Thanks for the units, comparison man! (159 comments)

Distance in meters displaced per second by a point on the sphere perpendicular to the axis of rotation = (600,000,000 * PI * 0.000004) / 60 = 125.6m Library of Congress shelf space = 850km. Therefore, 0.000147839654287 Library of Congresses per second

about a year ago
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Elon Musk's 'Hyperloop': More Details Revealed

x181 Re:Better for freight carrier replacement (533 comments)

I'm envisioning an exponential drop-off for the vacuum required to sustain individual freight transportation.

about a year ago
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Elon Musk's 'Hyperloop': More Details Revealed

x181 Re:Better for freight carrier replacement (533 comments)

Any freight carrier going (at a proposed) 4000mph (forgive me if I misread the theoretical estimates -- which are innately theoretical) will benefit any shipping carrier like Amazon. At these speeds, I don't think perishable cargo would be a limiting factor.

about a year ago
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Elon Musk's 'Hyperloop': More Details Revealed

x181 Better for freight carrier replacement (533 comments)

I think it would be a much better replacement for freight trains and trucks. I'm guessing that may be their goal but they don't want to upset the train and trucker unions just yet. I'd say Amazon should get it on this as well to speed up their shipping times and hit their same-day delivery dream.

about a year ago
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Government Study Finds TSA Misconduct Up 26% In 3 Years

x181 Re:Misguided punishments? (196 comments)

these all should be grounds for immediate termination and prison time.

about a year ago
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Sad Day In FarmVille: Facebook's New Game Developer Program

x181 Re:Troub? (52 comments)

It's clearly supposed to be Troubadour.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Kills Xbox One Phone-Home DRM

x181 Fixed title (547 comments)

Microsoft Kills Xbox One. Phone-Home DRM!

about a year ago

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