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Comment Seems Not (Score 4, Interesting) 161 161

from the The Register

An Intel spokesperson categorically denied that it was a phase-change memory process or a memristor technology. Spin-transfer torque was also dismissed. Whatever it is, Intel and Micron have been developing it for about ten years.

Comment So Sure Are You? Howabout this source? (Score 1) 208 208

Fast radio bursts: the observational case for a Galactic


Further, we re-analyze the probability that two FRBs recently discovered 3 years apart within the same radio be am are unrelated. Contrary to other claims, we conclude with 99% confidence that the
two events are from the same repeating source.

Comment Hope they fund Fast Radio Burst searches as well (Score 4, Interesting) 208 208

We currently have a list of 11 FRBs (Fast Radio Bursts), two of them are almost certainly from the same source, FRB 110220 and FRB 140514, as can be seen from their detected locations.

I posted in my journal we should be on the look out for a repeat on August 6, 2017 (if from an intelligent source), however it could be any integer fraction of 1179 days and 15 hours added to May 14, 2014 if we missed some pulses.

I also find it odd we haven’t nabbed any new pulses since 2014, when we are searching more closely for them.

User Journal

Journal Journal: First Contact, FRB 170806, Mark Your Calendar

August 6, 2017 could be a momentous day - this could be the day we have definitive proof of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe.

We currently have a list of 11 FRBs (Fast Radio Bursts), two of them are almost certainly from the same source, FRB 110220 and FRB 1401514, as can be seen from their detected locations.

FRB 110220 2011/02/20 01:55:48.957 22h34' -12deg 24'

Comment Time for a Rant (Score 1) 297 297

I once tried to back up my windows 7 laptop to a external hard-drive. It continuously failed with no good explanation as to why. Turns out The external-drive which was 2 TB had a different sector size than the laptop’s 200 MB. WTF Microsoft?!? You can’t bother to be more explicit that you need to have the right sector size before a huge backup that several hours later fails??? And even then doesn’t tell you why it failed?

I lost several hours trying to find the cause of the problem, and never did do the backup because I lacked a small or properly formatted drive. Yes this could overcome I’m sure with some re-partitioning – but why should an operation that Microsoft so shrilly reminds you to do, be so hard to do?

Comment And Yet... (Score 2) 80 80

While not "Officially" Codified as a Capital Crime, it is often sanctioned and applied by the state.

Apostasy in the Islamic Republic of Iran

From Wikipedia on Apostasy "Iran – illegal (death penalty)"

The catch here is it is often applied under the broad umbrella "blasphemy."

What else makes my journal entry a rant? Who is being more intellectually dishonest here?

Do you stand corrected that the death penalty is often given in Iran for apostasy, or do you have some evidence to the contrary proving that the hundreds of links from sources like, et al are Western propaganda?

Rant implies it is not a well justified set of accusations and denouncements. As stated in the letter I have no truck with followers of Islam who allow those around them to believe and live as they want.

Comment Eventually this will be the Norm (Score 1) 125 125

Surgery is a scary thing. Having robots or remote surgeons makes us nervous because it amplifies the unknowns. We are already very good at imagining bad what-if scenarios in these situations.

Likely if lag times become too great the machines will go into a safe mode until a better connection is restored, and yes there may be unlikely/unlucky scenarios where the patent dies from not being able to receive timely treatment/intervention because no qualified surgeon is close by. Of course thousands if not hundreds of thousands (millions?) already die from less than ideal surgeries at the hands of all too fallible doctors. All doctors are fallible, it is a spectrum of very competent (and yet still human) to incompetent.

Likely autonomous robotic surgery and remote surgery (and various hybrids of the two) are the wave of the future. A future many don’t want, but largely for naked fear of the unknown. Ideally quality of care will go up, access to care will go up, cost will go down (though not initially while we work out the kinks) .

Ideally automated (and largely infallible) robots will conduct the majority of surgeries and an elite squad of human surgeons will be on stand by to take over if the robot gets into trouble (though this will still be done remotely). Longer term the elite surgeons will be needed less and less until unneeded completely.

ER facilities will morph into prep-banks to stabilize patents just long enough for them to be worked on by the remotely guided or autonomous robots they keep nearby. Stabilization my include emergency cooling the body (induced hypothermia) so the patent can live long enough to receive remote care.

Patients with deadly communicable decreases will be able to receive surgery without major risks to hospital staff.

It will all be quite unnerving to witness, but what surgical intervention isn’t? If statistically lives are saved, then this is the way to go. Doing the right thing in medicine often involves overcoming a yuck factor.

Comment Truth is almost certainly more complicated (Score 2) 361 361

I didn’t RTFA, but I suspect the truth is more complicated than the summary. I was a child in the 60’s and didn’t pay attention to music back then. Somewhere in my 40’s I was like Whoa! Why wasn’t I paying attention to Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin when it was on the radio??? I liked disco and still do. I liked New Age in the 80’s but now I’m like WTF was I thinking. Current music seems pretty good to me especially groups like Maroon 5 and OK Go. I even find my foot tapping to Katy Perry.

Different genres seem to have different peeks in different years to me. Funk was at its best in the 70s and 80s., Rap the late 80’s early 90’s. Blues and Jazz seems good in all eras. Hard Rock 60s and 70’s. Heavy Metal 80’s and 90’s. Techno from 90’s through today.

  My dad on the other hand only liked Jazz and thought Rock was fad even in the 80’s and 90’s and opined several times that he thought its age was almost over (seems Rock has out lived my dad).

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