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Comment: Re:membrane (Score 1) 69

by JumperCable (#49154887) Attached to: Methane-Based Life Possible On Titan

And it seems to me that the earliest replicators would benefit more from free interaction with the medium they're in, rather than being locked up in a sealed bubble.

What if the early replicators or proto-replicators benefited from the differences between the outside of the bubble, and the inside of the bubble?

Comment: Get an ADA Siezure Detection Dog (Score 1) 327

by JumperCable (#49035431) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Panic Button a Very Young Child Can Use

The dog will warn your wife when the symptoms of a seizure are about to come on. This will give her enough time to act to ensure her safety & even call for help. Yes, ADA dogs are pricey, but since you post here, I am going to guess you can afford one to keep your wife safe. Plus it will make a good playmate for your 2 year old.

Sometimes the old solution that just works, is the best solution.

Comment: Re:uhhh (Score 2, Informative) 138

by JumperCable (#48974743) Attached to: Deep-Sea Microorganism Hasn't Evolved For Over 2 Billion Years

I agree with your primary point. However the article does state he analyzed the chemistry too. I wonder how much the chemistry is really going to change if the microbes are pulled from the same environment. I would expect proteins to break down after a couple of billion years.

Schopf used several techniques to analyze the fossils, including Raman spectroscopy — which enables scientists to look inside rocks to determine their composition and chemistry


Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force" 693

Posted by Soulskill
from the life-free-of-swat-teams-and-unordered-pizzas dept.
AmiMoJo writes: On Friday, developer and doxing victim Zoe Quinn launched an online "anti-harassment task force" toolset, staffed by volunteers familiar with such attacks, to assist victims of a recent swell of "doxing" and "swatting" attacks. The Crash Override site, built by Quinn and game developer Alex Lifschitz, offers free services from "experts in information security, white hat hacking, PR, law enforcement, legal, threat monitoring, and counseling" for "victims of online mob harassment."

They have already managed to preemptively warn at least one victim of a swatting attempt in Enumclaw, Washington. As a result, the police department's head e-mailed the entire department to ask any police sent to the address in question to "knock with your hand, not your boot."

Comment: Re:Bitcoin isn't money but it's still a financial (Score 1) 135

Then why do they call Bitcoin an electronic currency? Heck, even the name contains the word "coin." You can't have it one way when facing a judge for a certain lawsuit, and then switch it to something else when a different lawsuit or legislation rears it's head.

Do you know what else is a "financial tool?" The dollar. It can be used to traffic/launder money & goods too.

Comment: Re:Ugg the diversity brigade strikes again (Score 1) 250

by JumperCable (#47078731) Attached to: Facebook Refuses To Share Employee Race and Gender Data

If google and facebook could find qualified black (or American employees in general) employees, wouldn't they do that rather than importing people from India/Pakistan/$wherever?

That depends. Are those Amercian employees willing to work for the same salary offer as those India/Pakitan/$whatever and be content? They are shooting for a cheap labor market.

Comment: Paper not finished nor peer reviewed (Score 1) 490

Link to study:

This paper is in active rewrite; Please contact the author for the latest version before review if at all possible

So the paper is not even finished and has not been peer reviewed...

You know what also might work? Actually ticketing cyclists breaking traffic laws. As a pedestrian, I nearly got run over by three cyclists pulling an "Idaho Stop" at a cross walk because they were not paying attention.

Also according to the Idaho law, this only applies when the cyclist is turning right, not blowing through an intersection.

Microfilm archives of police incident reports from 1966 to 1992 were consulted over a
period of days, and deemed too difficult to analyze;

Comment: Homeless for 6 year or 30 years (Score 1) 320

The article says he has been homeless for 6 years and recently feel on hard times due to a loss of his wife and mother turning to alcohalism.

However this video from the same project says that he has been on the streets for 30 years. (21 seconds in)

The story doesn't jive.

Comment: Re:FYI: that wooshing sound you hear... (Score 1) 151

by JumperCable (#42665587) Attached to: Microsoft May Invest $1B-$3B In Dell Buyout

Not necessarily a fair assessment. The linux boxes & no-OS boxes were priced higher than the same builds WITH Windows pre-installed. Why on earth would I pay more money when I can wipe Windows off of a machine in the blink of an eye.

The problem wasn't Linux. It was the pricing scheme.

The first rule of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts. -- Paul Erlich