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Comment Negative Nancy (Score 1) 50

Quit being so damned negative!

Many people teach themselves all kinds of extraordinary talents these day. Have you looked around youtube recently? You don't have to be a geek to be interested in learning after college age.

Examples from just one subject:

I for one, assumed all of this data would be owned and sold by companies, making it scarce. Today's business runs on information, though.

Where is this free data? Any sources?


Submission + - Volunteers recover Lunar Orbiter 1 photographs

mikael writes: The LA Times is reporting on efforts of group of volunteers with funding from NASA to recover high resolution photographs of the Moon taken by Lunar Orbiter 1 in the 1960's. The collection of 2000 images is stored entirely on magnetic tape which can only be read by a $330,000 FR-900 Ampex magnetic tape reader. The team consisted of Nancy Evans, NASA's archivist who ensured that the 20-foot by 10-foot x 6-foot collection of magnetic tapes were never thrown out, Dennis Wingo, Keith Cowing of Nasa Watch and Ken Zim who had experience of repairing video equipment. Two weeks ago, the second image, of the Copernicus Crater was recovered.

Submission + - Chimpanzees exchange meat for sex (

the_therapist writes: "A team from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany, studied chimps in the Tai Forest reserve in Ivory Coast and discovered that chimpanzees enter into "deals" whereby they exchange meat for sex.

Among the findings are that "male chimps that are willing to share the proceeds of their hunting expeditions mate twice as often as their more selfish counterparts". They also found this to be "a long-term exchange, so males continue to share their catch with females when they are not fertile, copulating with them when they are"."


Submission + - Finally, Sadomasochism Gets Its Own Science Study (

TaeKwonDood writes: "You might think throwing out the occasional titillating article title is part of some grand media strategy. Discover is famous for whoring themselves out for page views with articles like Bizarre Aquatic Creatures Are Secretly Lesbian Necrophiliacs and Scientific American gets into the act with Rough Sex at 40,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which got them additionally ridiculed because that is about 30X greater than the radius of the Earth, but there are occasionally real articles that aren't all tramped up and just happen to deal with sex; some of it even kinky. All of it involving cortisol. The difficulty? Kinky people are okay with being monitored and they don't always realize what 'control' means in a scientific context, but they sure don't like to stick within the study parameters."

Comment Re:It's not a computer... (Score 1) 258

The inputs are the current things you know about the planetary system.

Things you know:
1. Phase of the moon. (It would be trivial even for the ancients to keep track of the phases of the moon since the equinox.)
2. Where the planets currently are, if they are out.

You turn your little knob until everything matches what you currently see. Then you can turn it into the future and predict what will happen.

Even by your definition, this is a computer.

Why are you so vehement about this?

You don't have to know how the computer works, just how to work the computer.