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Comment Sterilization (Score 1) 311

It needs to be so cheap and easy that there is no good reason not to have it done.

Yes, yes. It could be abused. But so can machetties (sp?).

While I agree that fighting malaria and other diseases is a worthy cause, if all those saved babies and children grow up to have 3-5 babies, which will likely also need to be saved, then the population will continue to skyrocket.

I have done research on this. The overall birthrate is actually steady, until some new medical advance reduces child mortality. Then it takes a couple of generations for people to stop having as many babies as their forebears did and all those, now not dead, people increase the birth rate. So, paradoxically, population rise is almost directly caused by medical advances. Therefore, we need a cheap and easy way for people to choose to stop having babies sooner rather than later.

And yes, we need to reduce the planet's population down to about one-billion if we have any hope of surviving as a species.

Comment Re: It seems most do not (Score 1) 95

I thought the whole point of Dr. Who was that the writers get to just make stuff up, no matter how implausible, and the fans get to spend the whole week finding ways to rationalize it all away. Then, next week, something implausible, compared to the previous implausibilities, occurs and the fans get to work even harder, rationalizing all that away and trying to force it all into some semblance of a continuous discontiguous narrative.

This gets repeated over and over in an exponentially increasing swirl of cognitive dissonance and rationalization until either: A) Said fan's head explodes, or B) Said fan becomes delusional, believing themselves to be a genius because he/she, and only he/she TRULY understands the hidden meaning of the show.

You guessed it. Not a fan.

Comment Re: Search engines search. It's what they do. (Score 1) 179

It doesn't even have to be an ideological stance. It's a matter of processing costs. Let the "forgetees" pay a nominal processing cost, and I wouldn't have as much of a problem.

Believe me, I know Google has gone "Full Microsoft" but I still think the idea of forcing a search engine COMPANY to filter out undesireable results is the start of a very slippery slope.

Comment Search engines search. It's what they do. (Score 5, Insightful) 179

This is ridiculous. If the content is still out there, then Google, and all other search engines should index it. I can see asking them to not cache it, but to use stro,g-arm tactics to FORCE them to actively filter it out of results is, to my mind, a violation of their freedom of speech. Which SHOULD trump the freedom to F up and then hide it from the public.

Google and MS and all the other search engines should just threaten to pull out of the EU en mass rather than abide by this rediculous law.

Comment I posted this idea to microsoft.public.security in (Score 2) 253

So, I hope they aren't trying to patent too much of this idea. It's been prior art for 10 years. Here is a link to an archived version of my post: http://www.derkeiler.com/Newsg.... It is all I could find from my phone.

I don't mind them using the idea. I posted it publicly hoping someone would. But they can't claim to own the idea or prevent others from using it.

Submission + - An EPIC View of the Moon in Earth's Orbital Embrace->

astroengine writes: As a suitably impressive follow-up to the new “blue marble” image of our world released in July, today NASA shared a gorgeous animation created from pictures captured by NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) spacecraft positioned nearly a million miles (1.5 million km) away — over four times farther than the moon. In a series of images acquired between 3:50 and 8:45 p.m. EDT on July 16, 2015, the moon can be seen passing in front of a rotating Earth, the warm gray face of its far side framed by the swirling-cloud-covered blue water of the eastern Pacific Ocean. The north pole is at the 11 o’clock position, illustrating our planet’s 23.5-degree axial tilt.
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Submission + - MIT yolk and shell nanoparticle improve rechargeable batteries

jan_jes writes: A new "yolk-and-shell" nanoparticle by the researchers at MIT and Tsinghua University in China, could boost the capacity and power of lithium-ion batteries. The researchers have created an electrode made of nanoparticles with a solid shell, and a “yolk” inside that can change size again and again without affecting the shell. The new findings, which use aluminum as the key material for the lithium-ion battery’s negative electrode, or anode, are reported in the journal Nature Communications. The use of nanoparticles with an aluminum yolk and a titanium dioxide shell has proven to be “the high-rate champion among high-capacity anodes".

Submission + - Google, MIT Researchers Take Magic Eraser To Annoying Window Reflections In Phot->

MojoKid writes: One of the most frustrating elements of photography isn't rain or rough weather in general, but windows. No, not that Windows, but windows that do a better job of reflecting the scene behind you than let you see or capture a photo through it. If you can relate, you should be happy to know that there's a solution, one that was just discussed at the ongoing SIGGRAPH conference. Called "A Computational Approach for Obstruction-Free Photography", a team at MIT and Google managed to create an advanced algorithm that analyzes multiple images from a single scene and not only get rid of the reflection, but single out the reflection and show it in a separate image. The before and after photo results are impressive.
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