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27 posts • joined 27 Oct 2011

Antarctic ice shelf melt 'lowest EVER recorded, global warming is NOT eroding it'

brainbone

Re: Point 3

"As for nuclear power plants, if they are so safe why can't we all have one in our homes?"

Nice logical fallacy you have there. Travel by commercial airline is statistically safer than automobile, yet we all don't have a commercial airliner in our garage. Does the fact that I can't maintain service for a Boeing 747 in my garage somehow make them less safe?

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World's OLDEST human DNA found in leg bone – but that's not the only boning going on...

brainbone

In science, "theory" doesn't mean what you think it means. Perhaps you're thinking of "hypothesis"?

For evolution to have made it to "theory" means that it a very solid science indeed.

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White House promises glitch fix for Obamacare website

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Re: Can we get serious for a second? Take a Number

This is what comes from Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) source selection used by our government. Just like when you choose the lowest bid for work done on your home, more often than not you end up with crap results.

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Five SECRET products Apple won't show today

brainbone

Re: @AC 09:48 (Java security on Android)

Please tell point me to these "loads of security issues" in Android's Dalvik JVM. Android has security issues, but I haven't seen Dalvik pointed out as the attack vector for these issues.

And read up on exactly what Oracle's suit was about, and why they effectively lost. A nine-line rangeCheck function, and the "structure, sequence and organization of the Java Application Programming Interface (API)" does not make a JVM, nor does it equal "loads" of code.

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Facepalm

Re: @AC 09:48 (Java security on Android)

AC says "In order to make Java secure it needs a complete rewrite from the ground up (not constant patching that currently happens)."

You do know that Android doesn't use Oracle's JVM, right? It uses Dalvik JVM -- Dalvik doesn't have the same security issues that Oracle's JVM has -- and it doesn't run in a browser on Android -- the main attack vector when using Oracle's JVM.

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Give us a break: Next Android version to be called 'KitKat'

brainbone

Wouldn't be so bad if it were a UK KitKat.

The KitKats here in the states have a waxy yet gritty texture, seem needlessly sweeter, have less cookie/wafer, and just taste poor in comparison.

So, does this naming mean that the UK version of Android will be better?

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US court: Dell can't hound debtor with robocalls to her mobile

brainbone
FAIL

Re: PAY UP!!!

Offering credit services includes risk. Mitigating those risks through illegal means IS NOT acceptable. That is what this case is about. Dell is free to attempt recovery, but must do it legally.

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Oh noes! New 'CRISIS DISASTER' at Fukushima! Oh wait, it's nothing. Again

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Pint

Sanity from Lewis Page

While I disagree with Page's habitually unscientific pandering to climate change deniers, he is absolutely correct when it comes to pointing out the mass hysteria that surrounds anything "radioactive" or nuclear.

Compared to all other sources of energy we have today, nuclear is by far the safest -- especially when you factor in pollution (including CO2) from other energy sources. Now, if we could only see meaningful investment in generation 4 reactors, like MSR.

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Google to snub Samsung, hand Nexus 10 to Asus – report

brainbone

Re: Ugh

I don't say "Christmas", because I don't celebrate Christmas. I go to the beach to avoid Christmas, but maybe I'll buy a Nexus 10 this holiday season before heading to the beach no not celebrate Christmas.

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Tax dodging? It's harder to do - and rarer - than you think

brainbone

Re: Fiduciary duty

"The only thing is that Eric Schmidt and co pay many millions in lobbying to make sure that the elected legislators will not change the law"

Yes, but politicians *should* have no "Fiduciary duty" to these lobbyists. A politician's duty *should* be to their constituents, the vast majority of them not being part of any particular lobby. Unfortunately too many of us are distracted by shiny advertisements when it comes time to vote. Should we blame the billions dumped into campaign contributions, or our own complacency?

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Texas teen jailed for four months over sarcastic Facebook comment

brainbone

Re: Do a search

No, it just makes the "joke" all that more poignant.

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The fast-growing energy source set to replace oil: Yes, it's COAL

brainbone

Re: Renewable Energy

>Strangely enough building a nuclear plant ain't cheap and how much do you need for decommissioning and waste management?

Look at my post above. Nuclear doesn't not need to be expensive and waste generating. If half the amount invested in solar and wind was invested in developing MSRs or any of the other "new" nuclear technologies, we would be in a much better place right now.

Just because our current LWRs are wasteful and expensive, doesn't mean all nuclear is. Nuclear is a very large field.

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brainbone

Re: Renewable Energy

* Ahem *

Why, so often, do us "greens" avoid talking about modern nuclear technologies, or if we do, immediately start demonizing them without understanding the technology?

Please take a look at the Waste-Annihilating Molten Salt Reactor (WAMSR) as just one example of an energy source that us greens should be embracing, without delay:

http://transatomicpower.com/company.php

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First video inside thinking fish's brain captured by boffins

brainbone
Big Brother

"prosecute their possible intent"

The problem with calculating probable outcomes is there's always a chance that the outcome will not happen as predicted.

In a society with advanced enough technology to calculate the probable intent of a human with anything over 50% accuracy, I would hope that there is also enough knowledge to see obvious issues with prosecuting individuals based on predictions of possible future actions or thoughts.

My guess is that, just as this article states, it would be used for more effective treatment of the mentally ill.

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Pope: Catholics, go forth and multiply... your Twitter followers

brainbone

Re: They'd be better off...

That depends on the type of non-believer you're talking about. Are they non-believers because they only think the existence of a supernatural God is simple unknowable, or is it because they fully understand the extremely low and ever shrinking probability of having a supernatural force governing our lives?

It's the defining difference between Agnostic Atheists and Atheists. An Agnostic Atheist could be conceivably flipped to an Agnostic Theist with a simple change of perspective, where an outright Atheist will generally not be converted without proof of the supernatural claim using scientific method.

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Siri, will Chrome's new speech features kill you?

brainbone

100% accuracy ....

100% accuracy? Hell, even a human stenographer isn't going to give you that.

No, it just needs to be "good enough".

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Wheee....CRUNCH: Google chucks Moto's set-top box biz out window

brainbone

Re: I am dissapoint

Or, "Arris to eat Googorol's box".

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Flash memory made immortal by fiery heat

brainbone

Re: How do you send a correction on something this bad?

I think it was meant to read something like:

"He's also said Macronix intends to commercialize the technology,"

Probably started out thinking something like, "He's also said the technique will be commercialized," but then suffered from a brain fart in the transition.

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Slideshow: A History of the Smartphone in 20 Handsets

brainbone

Missing, like most "smart phone histories", is the LG Prada before the iPhone in 2007

Is it that hard to remember?

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Protestors target Google over that video

brainbone

The blame ...

... sits squarely on anyone who encourages superstition by holding faith in it up as an admirable virtue and on those that refuse to speak up and call it what it is.

If you seek to coddle insanity, the result should come as no surprise. Christians, Muslims, Scientologists, Astrologists, Spiritualists, ..., ... all of them nutters.

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Russian Christians boosted by Pussy Riot law spank 'sinful' Apple logo

brainbone

RE: "idiots pretend to speak for my faith"

And you are surprised by this? Idiots flock to superstitious faith like flies to ....

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Stars spotted dancing superfast tango around black hole handbag

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Megaphone

Re: Yay!

"Can't we admire the wonder of the universe without using it as a chance to insult each other's beliefs?"

No. Every new scientific discovery should be openly paraded as more evidence against mindless superstition. How else will the virus of superstition ever be extinguished? By continuing to believe it some sort of virtue that deserves admiration and respect?

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AMD claims 'world's fastest GPU' title

brainbone

GPU to eventually replace CPU's SIMD/FPU

I would expect to see bulldozer successors to eliminate their native vector/SIMD/FPU abilities, to instead translate and offload the work to the GPU.

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Google bows before Europe for Motorola's hand in marriage

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G-Mobile

The thought of an ad-supported mobile operator is interesting, but I would guess that the second Google announced plans to acquire T-Mobile USA, other mobile operators would announce that they will no longer be selling Android based equipment.

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Insulin pump hack delivers fatal dosage over the air

brainbone
Facepalm

Stay calm...

While it's a serious issue, and needs to be fixed -- any type 1 that isn't in tune enough with their condition to know when they're dropping fast and need sugar is probably already at high risk of death, sans the exploitable pump.

Sure, you'll need a great amount of sugar, a glucagon injection, and are going to feel sick as hell in the end -- but you'll survive it, just like you always do.

Also, note that the pump can't exhaust the full reservoir all that quickly. You'll probably start feeling it before it completes, not just as hypoglycemia, but as pain in the infusion site from the prolonged injection. In addition, 150 to 300 units, depending on the reservoir you have, is the worst case. The exploit would have to take place immediately after your 3 day refill for you to have a chance of getting the full dose.

In short; Yes, it needs to be fixed quickly -- but lets not over react.

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brainbone

Not if you want to use a CGM...

"only accept incoming transmissions provided a button is physically held down on the device"

The pumps in question use wireless to communicate with Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM). While a link with the CGM should be much more secure than it currently is, having to hold a button down every 15 minutes to get a reading kinda defeats the purpose of the CGM and isn't the correct path to take for security.

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brainbone
Stop

For those wondering why the pump is wireless...

Its main reason is so the device can communicate wirelessly with its optional continuous blood glucose monitor (CGM) -- AKA "the cybernetic wood tick". Downloading pump history, etc., was secondary, since that could have been done over a wired port -- however, since the wireless ability was now there for CGM, why not just use it for everything?

Newer versions of the pump will eventually use this configuration to allow it to automatically decide the dosage to give you based on the predicted values from he CGM (from what I understand, human trials are underway) -- however, unless they also integrate a glucagon pump (in addition to their lack of insulin, type 1 diabetics also don't produce glucagon, hence their susceptibility to hypoglycemia), you won't catch this type 1 using one.

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