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Comment: Only under the right circumstances (Score 1) 192

by SkOink (#46204705) Attached to: Cops With Google Glass: Horrible Idea, Or Good One?

I would completely support Google Glass on police if (and only if) there are penalties to the participating police departments for 'accidentally' losing the footage or having a 'malfunction'. These two things both sem to happen at a shocking rate whenever a policeman is accused of misconduct.

Comment: Jefferson (Score 3, Interesting) 489

by SkOink (#45754761) Attached to: Goodbye, California? Tim Draper Proposes a 6-Way Split

No comment on whether or not the state of Jefferson would ever be able to support itself without the rest of California, but Tim Draper didn't pull that particular state out of the ether. I have some parents that used to live up in North State, and the hill folk there love the idea of Jefferson.

They even have a website:

Comment: Water (Score 2) 92

by SkOink (#45598909) Attached to: NASA Will Send Seeds to the Moon In 2015

The moon is pretty dry. If if this is supposed to be some proof-of-concept for growing food in a lunar base/colony, don't they need to address the larger issue of where such a garden would get its water?

If we have to transport the water to the moon as well as all of the raw materials (dirt, plant nutrients), what possible savings could there be against just stocking a base with MREs?

Comment: re: I'm ready to replace Make (Score 1) 179

by SkOink (#45085519) Attached to: GNU Make 4.0 Released

I'm not sure what to use to replace Make though. I'm a Python guy so I would probably want Scons or something like that, but Ruby fans probably want Rake, Java fans probably want Ant, and in general I don't think there is any consensus on what might be the best replacement for Make

I went back and forth on different Pythonic build tools for awhile. Scons is pretty great if you're doing 'standard' sorts of builds, but I found it a little heavy for my tastes and really hard to customize to my tool flow (in FPGA land, there are all kinds of nonstandard vendor tools that all need to play together).

I've been using doit more and more over the past few months, and I'm continually impressed by the tool (aside from the goofy name). It works amazingly well for automating tricky/exotic build processes.

Check it out!

Comment: Only some of the story (Score 1) 91

by SkOink (#43855111) Attached to: Nasdaq Fined $10M Over Facebook IPO Failures

Why is it that whenever people talk about how this-or-that stock market action has "cost investors millions"? It's not like the money was lit on fire. It either never existed in the first place, or somebody won big off of somebody else's poor decisions. Isn't stock trading a zero-sum game by definition?


+ - Energy efficiency gains failing to keep pace with Internet's growth->

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terrancem (1928624) writes "Energy efficiency gains are failing to keep pace with the Internet's rapid rate of expansion, says a new paper published in the journal Science. Noting that the world's data centers already consume 270 terawatt hours and Internet traffic volume is doubling every three years, Diego Reforgiato Recupero of the University of Catania argues for prioritizing energy efficiency in the design of devices, networks, data centers, and software development. Recupero highlights two approaches for improving efficiency: smart standby and dynamic frequency scaling or CPU throttling."
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+ - GNOME 3.8 released now with extra special GNOME Classic session->

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Sri Ramkrishna
Sri Ramkrishna writes "it's that time again and GNOME project has put out the next release of the GNOME 3 series. Highlights include tighter integration with owncloud, new core apps, and for those who wanted the old GNOME 2 experience back, we have GNOME Classic which contains the familiar 2 bar configuration. New controls for privacy and search.and some improvements in shell performance. You can read all about it here"
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+ - Texas judge tosses out patent claim against Linux->

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netbuzz writes "A federal judge in Texas, presiding over a district notorious for favoring patent trolls, has summarily dismissed all claims relating to a case brought by Uniloc USA against Rackspace for allegedly infringing upon Linux patents. Red Hat defended Rackspace in the matter and issued a press release saying: “In dismissing the case, Chief Judge Leonard Davis found that Uniloc’s claim was unpatentable under Supreme Court case law that prohibits the patenting of mathematical algorithms. This is the first reported instance in which the Eastern District of Texas has granted an early motion to dismiss finding a patent invalid because it claimed unpatentable subject matter.”"
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Comment: Re:People should pay for their choices (Score 1) 842

by SkOink (#40338325) Attached to: California City May Tax Sugary Drinks Like Cigarettes

There are definitely biological factors in weight loss, but it's absolutely 100% true that weight loss is controlled by the food that you eat.

Consider it this way:
1) Moving and thinking require calories.
2) Calories are obtained from food and drink.
3) If you consume less calories than you use, you will lose weight.

If there are any biological differences at work at all, the only one would be "you're better at digesting food than other people". It's funny how we consider a "worse" metabolism to be the one that is better at extracting chemical energy from food.

Calories on a label are not the same thing as calories digested and used/stored. So keep in mind you might be extracting more chemical energy than somebody else from the same 150-calorie soda.

With all that said, however, it's still true that lowering your food intake to a point where you burn more calories than you absorb is the only way you'll ever lose weight. It takes several hours of jogging to burn off the calories of a single extra-"value" meal. When you put it into the context of three hours of daily jogging to make up for one bad meal per day, you can appreciate that diet matters much, much more than exercise.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 1359

by SkOink (#40338083) Attached to: In America, 46% of People Hold a Creationist View of Human Origins

It's bad enough that these businesses in the US exist to collect donations which go to pay for their land, buildings and the ridiculously high salaries of priests, preachers, pastors or whatever they want to me called and do it all tax-free because it's "religion." But they go on to insult the whole educational process in every way possible by asserting things without evidence or experiment or verification of any kind. Some people even get real PhD's in this crap.

Although I'm philosophically inclined to agree with you, you're misrepresenting some facts.

1) Most of the ministers and pastors I've ever met are paid about on-par with school teachers in the same area, which is to say "not much". There's the occasional mega-pastor of a mega-church who rakes in the dollars, but that's nowhere near the reality of most clergy members.

2) It's true that some clergy get a masters or even a PhD in theology, divinity, biblical studies, or something similar. However, I don't know that it's any more or less valuable than getting a PhD in something like History, English, Art, or any other kind of humanity. Even if you consider bible scholars to be a studying a fictional book, it doesn't make them any different than any other PhD that studies something fictional or mythological.

3) There are lots of Protestant ministers out there who don't believe in creationism. Many intellectuals in the religious community treat the bible as a collection of books written by people, some of which are more truthful than others. I've never met a well-educated pastor that believed every word in the bible came directly from God.

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