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Will Living On Mars Drive Us Crazy?

zerosomething Re:Why not? Living on Earth does (150 comments)

slashdot is stupid, I can't upvote because you're an AC....

umm... yes you can. I got mod points I'm not wasting you either of you. Sorry.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Solve the Mystery of Why Zebras Have Stripes

zerosomething Re:Terrible summary (190 comments)

Biting flies can't evolve

Like most science this brings up more questions. Additionally why didn't Zebras evolve longer hair if the flies can't get through that as well, apparently other animals did evolve long hair and not stripes. Maybe for different reasons, maybe none of the explanations are any good. Isn't science fun!

about three weeks ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

zerosomething Re:Small market, won't matter (518 comments)

Yea, self driving won't really be on high end autos. That service will likely just replace Taxies and Busses. If I can call a car and have it take me where I want when I want who needs any other public transportation. At that point who really needs a car anyway. $avings!

about three weeks ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

zerosomething Self driving car (518 comments)

So about 2 years after this is required most high end autos will be equipped with self driving systems making the rule almost irrelevant. It won't be long before technology will be outpacing this kind of safety law. We really should be putting energy into liability issues around the self driving car.

about three weeks ago
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Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

zerosomething Re:Bitcoin (455 comments)

These local merchants (gas station and minimarts) providing a cash discount are one breaking the law and most likely are cooking the books,....

When did cash discounts become illegal? In almost any business you can offer cash over credit and get a discount. There is no law that says you have to actually pay the advertised price or that the merchant must collect the advertised price.

about a month ago
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Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

zerosomething Bitcoin (455 comments)

That would fix it.

about a month ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

zerosomething Try net neutrality at home (466 comments)

So setup your home router to not give any priority to the data coming in and going out. Assume you have 6Mbps download service. Start up a Netflix HD movie for the kids, then setup that Windows Remote Desktop connection to the office so yo can work on that Access db. Then try to make a Skype phone call. Lets say you have training material you need to also look at from iTunes or YouTube. Hope you done also have VOIP and someone picks up the phone to call the mother-in-law.

about a month ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

zerosomething Re:It's not arrogant, it's correct. (466 comments)

If we had true net neutrality Netflix might be the only content you could get at a reasonable speed, it would be cached all over the net. Content form Vimeo would play second fiddle to the Netflix congestion. I might not even get the content because my 18 neighbors are all watching 18 different shows on Netflix. Net neutrality doesn't solve this nor does providers paying for access.

about a month ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

zerosomething Celebrity Death Match (878 comments)

In this corner Bill O'Reilly for the U.S of A and in the other corner Dmitry Kiselyov for the Russian Federation. In a match to see who can talk their own country into radioactive ash first!

READY, FIGHT!!!

about a month ago
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Transhumanist Children's Book Argues, "Death Is Wrong"

zerosomething Fear of what you don't understand (334 comments)

It's really sad to see the comments about life extension being bad or we are going to overpopulate the planet etc. They truly show the lack of imagination and understanding of much of the /. readership. There are some truly closed minds here among people calling them selves Liberals, Libertarians and Progressives. The reactions are very much like those of a society and system of thinking that thinks a cat can steal the breath of a baby, a society where superstition is given more weight than science.

The population models of Thomas Malthus were wrong. Paul Ehrlich's reuse of those models was wrong and reusing those same tired models will continue to be wrong. You are placing your hopes in Armageddon and self distraction instead of the creativity and ingenuity of humanity to make more from what we have than the last generation thought possible.

Stop being small minded lovers of doom!

about a month ago
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Transhumanist Children's Book Argues, "Death Is Wrong"

zerosomething Re:Irresponsible or what? (334 comments)

There's already far too many humans on the planet. If we stop dying there'll be nothing to eat and nowhere to stand.

That's a very narrow and conservative point of view that doesn't allow for any kind of technological achievement that we don't yet understand. What makes you think we will only ever live on this planet, do you really think we can't, ever, utilize the vast resources out side this planet?

about a month ago
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Stanford Researchers Spot Medical Conditions, Guns, and More In Phone Metadata

zerosomething Re:Let The Light shine In (193 comments)

... Although I as well as almost everyone else sort of hate being spied upon there really is a vast upside to knowing what people are up to. ...

You seem to be implying that the loss of some privacy is worth the perceived safety society might get from it? Really! Then why not give up all privacy because it would benefit society so much!. That people don't understand the "right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects" is a fundamental right. Not violating that right is worth any perceived, or even real, danger to society.

"OMG he has kerosene and fertilizer in his garage he must be planning to use it for bomb making! We must investigate and watch him."

later

"OH the kerosene was for a heater but he was using the fertilizer to grow pot so that's why we did the raid and how his wife and dog got shot"

about a month and a half ago
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Major Wikipedia Donors Caught Editing Their Own Articles

zerosomething Re:Where is the big problem? (125 comments)

until its been posted on some blog somewhere first...

No, that would be ridiculous. It has to be posted on one blog and linked to from another blog.

Right!. That's how scientific research works too. Write a paper for a journal run my you and your friends then right a new paper sighting the published one and submit to a more prestigious journal, who's reviewers are also colleagues. Now it's all fine

about a month and a half ago
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Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

zerosomething Re:Message from a farm in Somerset, UK.... (545 comments)

So true, it's extremely difficult to move water from places that have too much to places that lack. It makes water a very regionally priced commodity. I thought the Saudis were learning how to move icebergs. What ever happened to that?

about a month and a half ago
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Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

zerosomething Re:Most alfalfa growers are welfare queens. (545 comments)

Most farmers who grow alfalfa are those who got water at throw away prices back in 1920s/1930s when the Hoover dam was being built, when they pumped the Colorado river over the Sierra Neveda to irrigate the water starved central valley. ...

Not that I'm completely disagreeing with you but you do realize you are arguing against government compensation for it's wrong doing. Additionally, by implication, you are right about the central valley using more water than it would have normally gotten and the subsidies are much to blame for that. Those subsidies also help produce a lot of vegetables that would not otherwise grow in that region.

Be consistent ;)

about a month and a half ago
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Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

zerosomething Re:Animals only borrow water. (545 comments)

That's all very interesting, except that all animals only borrow water - they give it back in the form of water vapor when they breathe, sweat (for some) and pee.

Exactly, water is a renewable resource and extremely recyclable. It's not like the water used to produce any food is all lost to that food. What the food item doesn't retain is passed on to something else.

about a month and a half ago
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Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

zerosomething Re:Alfalfa (545 comments)

Half wrong. Beef cattle are fed Alfalfa, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

Also wrong from TFA "exporting some 100 billion gallons of water a year" in Alfalfa. Alfalfa is typically dried/cured before use and it doesn't suck up every drop of water put on it. Just like there aren't 5 Gal of water in a head of broccoli. Most of that water goes back into the air and falls as show/rain in the rockies.

about a month and a half ago
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Daylight Saving Time ...

zerosomething Re:Are we not advanced enough to use UTC Time? (310 comments)

This is such a stupid Idea! Assume is't 12:00 UTC, you work in Moscow but need to contact someone in Chicago. Are the people in Chicago up and at work or should I wait a while? Now assume it's 4:00PM in Moscow, is anyone at work in Chicago? I guess I could be wrong but I think the mental calculation is easier.

about a month and a half ago

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supersonic ping pong gun

zerosomething zerosomething writes  |  about a year ago

zerosomething (1353609) writes ""If there’s one thing wrong with Ping Pong Guns, it’s that they can’t fire their ammunition at supersonic speeds. At least, that’s the feeling of Mark French, a mechanical engineer at Purdue University in Indiana, and his graduate students Craig Zehrung and Jim Stratton."

400 meters per second! That's going to leave a mark!"

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Singularity Summit Videos Now Available

zerosomething zerosomething writes  |  more than 4 years ago

zerosomething (1353609) writes "Videos from the October Singularity Summit 2009 have finally been posted for those of us unable to attend. Speakers include the usual suspects Peter Thiel and Ray Kurzweil plus other well know thinkers like Abubery de Grey and Stephen Wolfram and a host of other apparently intelligent people. What ever you may think of the truth or myth of smarter than man technology there are a number of big names working to pave the way."
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Indonesian Asteroid

zerosomething zerosomething writes  |  more than 4 years ago

zerosomething (1353609) writes "Space Weather is reporting that on Oct. 8th around 11 am local time in the coastal town of Bone, Indonesia the planet was hit by a 10 meter wide astroid. It exploded in the atmosphere "with a yield of about 50 kton of TNT". "The explosion triggered infrasound sensors of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) more than 10,000 km away,"

"The asteroid that caused the blast was not known before it hit and took astronomers completely by surprise.""

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Brain control for the Arduino - Hack a Day

zerosomething zerosomething writes  |  more than 4 years ago

zerosomething (1353609) writes "When we hear about a brain controlled Arduino project we immediately think about a coding nightmare." "It turns out they purchased Uncle Milton’s Force Trainer which uses a headset to measure brain waves and has a base unit that reacts to these measurements. Hacking into this device didn’t require reverse engineering of anything. They took the easy route, and tapped into the five LEDs on the base unit."
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