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Comment: Re:This isn't diamond the way you're thinking (Score 2) 204

by Benjamin Shniper (#37217356) Attached to: Massive Diamond Found Orbiting Pulsar

Teleportation is a good point. How could we possibly get a spaceship that close to a pulsar? Maybe our spaceship is made out of diamonds to begin with?

Hmm... It would be an ideal place for a planetary computer. You have a diamond, or maybe "metalic carbon" substrate for a planet the size of jupiter.
Then you have a pulsar clock, and powersource.

Perhaps that's really what we are looking at?

-Ben

Comment: Re:Thought experiment (Score 1) 841

by Benjamin Shniper (#34052656) Attached to: Researchers Find a 'Liberal Gene'

I think the conservatives would, but just barely. It would be a phyrric victory. We need one another to balance out our respective weaknesses, which is why both strains evolved together in the first place.

We wouldn't have more than one election if the person with the most extreme views won every time.

Comment: Re:the study is bogus (Score 1) 336

by Benjamin Shniper (#33576832) Attached to: Why Broadband Prices Haven't Decreased

The author of the study is comparing apples and oranges. It isn't comparable between 4 of 6 Gb per second to the 28.8 baud modems that used to cost $20 a month (about the same as $40 -$50 a month today given inflation!)

Don't tell me that capitalism has failed, when the author has failed to make a point at all. This is Marxist B.S., meant to encourage government ownership of broadband connections so they can spy on us and charge us through the roof.

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New I/O Standard Bids To Replace Mini PCI Express 31

Posted by kdawson
from the lame-name dept.
DeviceGuru writes "LinuxDevices reports that a group of companies today unveiled — and demonstrated products based on — a tiny new PCI Express expansion standard. Although it's somewhat larger than the PCI Express Mini Card, the tiny new 43mm x 65mm FeaturePak card's high density 230-pin edgecard connector provides twice the number of PCI Express and USB 2.0 channels to the host computer, plus 100 lines dedicated to general purpose I/O, of which 34 signal pairs are implemented with enhanced isolation for use in applications such as gigabit Ethernet or high-precision analog I/O. While FeaturePaks will certainly be used in all sorts of embedded devices (medical instruments, test equipment, etc.), the tiny cards could also be used for developing configurable consumer devices, for example to add an embedded firewall/router or security processor to laptop or notebook computers, or for modular functionality in TV set-top-boxes and Internet edge devices." The president of Diamond Systems, which invented the new card, said "Following the FeaturePak initiative's initial launch, we intend to turn the FeaturePak specification, trademark, and logo over to a suitable standards organization so it can become an industry-wide, open-architecture, embedded standard" (but to use the logo you have to join the organization).
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NHS Should Stop Funding Homeopathy, Says Parliamentary Committee 507

Posted by samzenpus
from the how-am-I-going-to-align-my-chakras-now dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Homeopathic remedies work no better than placebos, and so should no longer be paid for by the UK National Health Service, a committee of British members of parliament has concluded. In preparing its report, the committee, which scrutinizes the evidence behind government policies, took evidence from scientists and homeopaths, and reviewed numerous reports and scientific investigations into homeopathy. It found no evidence that such treatments work beyond providing a placebo effect." Updated 201025 19:40 GMT by timothy: This recommendation has some people up in arms.

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