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Comment: Re: uh, no? (Score 4, Insightful) 340

by Dzimas (#48394667) Attached to: Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

It doesn't matter that it's obviously fake. These images were all over Russian media to cause a flurry of indignant response in favor of the Russian military and political position. Tomorrow's papers and newscasts won't bother to dissect the glaring errors -- all that matters is that millions of people saw "proof" that it was the evil Ukrainians all along. Sadly, many will believe the smear campaign.

After all, 10 or 20 million people honestly believe that your president was actually born in Kenya, simply because someone made up a preposterous tale that they desperately wanted to believe.

Comment: Re:Overly broad? (Score 4, Informative) 422

by Dzimas (#48182013) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

From the study abstract: "After adjustment for sociodemographic and health-related characteristics, sugar-sweetened soda consumption was associated with shorter telomeres (b=–0.010; 95% confidence interval [CI]=0.020, 0.001; P=.04). Consumption of 100% fruit juice was marginally associated with longer telomeres (b=0.016; 95% CI=0.000, 0.033; P=.05). No significant associations were observed between consumption of diet sodas or noncarbonated SSBs and telomere length."

More: http://ajph.aphapublications.o...

Comment: Re:May I suggest (Score 4, Informative) 334

by Dzimas (#48181385) Attached to: No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

You understand that there's a difference between the RCMP and the Canadian Forces, right?

The Canadian Rangers' mandate is to provide a military presence and sovereignty patrols in sparsely settled and extremely remote (Northern) regions of the country. The force is made up of reservists, and they're issued a unique uniform -- CADPAT pants, bright red Ranger sweatshirt and baseball cap. The whole idea is to take a group of Northerners and leverage their wilderness and arctic skills. It's a much smarter and more cost-effective approach than attempting to train and equip a group of 18 year-old city kids for the tundra.

Comment: Sensationalized risk. (Score 1) 421

by Dzimas (#48125099) Attached to: Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

In the USA, about 630 people die every week in motor vehicle accidents. An additional 2,250,000 are injured. Nonetheless, the 24 hour news channels are going batshit because a couple of people have contracted a horrible disease.

Perhaps the smart thing to do is turn off the TV and step away from news sites. Oh, and remember to wear your seatbelt.

Comment: Blue was essential to create white light. (Score 1) 276

by Dzimas (#48104249) Attached to: No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Seriously? The LED backlight in your computer screen is based on Nakamura's work. Same for your phone, TV and iPad. The blue GaN LED was essential for the creation of "white" LEDs, which are actually blue LEDs coated with phosphor to approximate white light. Same goes for the LED bulbs that are currently replacing billions of incandescent lights around the world in homes, street lights, and outdoor displays.

Comment: Blue LEDs were the key to white lighting. (Score 1) 276

by Dzimas (#48104159) Attached to: No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

People keep overlooking the fact that the development of high brightness GaN blue LEDs resulted in the technology becoming a practical replacement for white incandescent bulbs and enabled LED backlighting in billions of display panels. Coat a clear blue LED with yellow phosphor and, voila, a bright white light source that burns a fraction of the energy.

So, yeah, the red LED was a tremendously useful device, but it pales in comparison to the dramatic shift that is underway thanks to the development of affordable white LEDs.

Comment: Simple. (Score 5, Insightful) 204

If your company is large enough, have a quick chat with your legal department. A 3 year support contract that isn't providing you with any value is something that's worth addressing. A brief letter from your legal counsel ought to result in an interesting response (whether or not it results in action is another thing entirely).

Comment: Re:Manned space flight! (Score 2) 127

by Dzimas (#48011265) Attached to: Sierra Nevada Corp. Files Legal Challenge Against NASA Commercial Contracts

The Atlas V rocket that Boeing will use to launch the CST-100 has launched the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Mars Science Laboratory. It's not just about LEO and maintaining the ISS, although that is a short-term goal. SpaceX also has their sights set on more ambitious goals, but sadly they are restricted by NASA's budget and goals -- there simply are no commercially viable space missions beyond satellite launches right now.

Comment: OK, so set up a tiny company owned "dealership". (Score 2) 335

by Dzimas (#48010787) Attached to: State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

Car makers are prohibited from selling directly to the public because they could potentially undercut their own dealers. In Tesla's case, there are no dealers to undercut. That said, the solution would be to set up a small company owned showroom in Iowa that acts as the seller of record for all online and in-person sales within the state.

Comment: Re: Everything is an excuse for more security thea (Score 1) 221

by Dzimas (#47959169) Attached to: Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

"Paying down the deficit" doesn't mean what you think it means. A budget deficit = spending more revenue than you take in during the year. Its the equivalent of adding another $200 billion to your $17.6 trillion credit card balance every year. Of course, unlike the average consumer, the government has the power to raise their own credit limit and print money to pay the monthly interest payment.

Comment: Re: This is what the US has become (Score 1) 137

by Dzimas (#47842549) Attached to: Deadmau5 Accuses Disney of Pirating His Music

The trouble is that Disney will argue that the proposed Deadmau5 trademark is in their line of business - videos and the music industry. At the end of the day, you have to acknowledge that there is considerable similarity between the Mickey's silhouette and the Deadmau5 head. Whether the similarities are close enough to cause confusion in the marketplace is at the heart of this complaint. There is another factor at play, too. If it can be shown that then trade dress is genericized -- that is, consumers don't automatically relate the mouse silhouette to Mickey, it may be possible to invalidate Disney trademarks. The result would be a free-for-all that would allow companies to offer their own bigeared mouse characters in the US. (The DMCA takedown complaint is a different animal that's not directly related to the trademark challenge, unless Disney is planning to claim that they couldn't see the difference and believed that Mickey and the stage outfit of an EDM producer).

Comment: Re:There's always a possibility of mental illness. (Score 1) 441

by Dzimas (#47809701) Attached to: In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

Yes. That's why he was nominated to Teacher of the Year.

Mental illness isn't something that manifests itself consistently from birth to death. It is quite possible to live an utterly normal or remarkable life until the onset of disease. In the case of schizophrenia, it usually rears its ugly head some time between the ages of 16 and 30.

While it is quite possible that this is an instance of police overreaction, it might also be that there are a serious mental health issue that cannot be shared with the general public because of personal privacy laws.

The reason that every major university maintains a department of mathematics is that it's cheaper than institutionalizing all those people.