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Comment: Negative Nancy (Score 1) 50

by Sp1n3rGy (#32544112) Attached to: Open Data and a Critical Citizenry

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?

Comment: Re:No win for the consumer (Score 2, Insightful) 112

by Sp1n3rGy (#28524357) Attached to: High Court Allows Remote-Storage DVR System

Since when is capitalism so unpopular?

If I'm evil for trying to turn a buck, then the US is in a shameful state for sure.

I guess you are right. Let's move to China where... wait... umm, they like the Benjamins as well. Russia? Ohh wait, that was almost 20 years ago. How about the moon? Yeah!


+ - Volunteers recover Lunar Orbiter 1 photographs

Submitted by mikael
mikael (484) 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."

+ - Chimpanzees exchange meat for sex->

Submitted by
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"."

Link to Original Source

+ - Finally, Sadomasochism Gets Its Own Science Study->

Submitted by
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."
Link to Original Source

+ - Chimp found plotting against zoo guests 1

Submitted by rjshirts
rjshirts (567179) writes "In further proof that Planet of the Apes is coming to pass, researchers in Stockholm, Sweden have definitive proof that primates can plan ahead.
From the article: "Santino the chimpanzee's anti-social behavior stunned both visitors and keepers at the Furuvik Zoo but fascinated researchers because it was so carefully prepared.
According to a report in the journal Current Biology, the 31-year-old alpha male started building his weapons cache in the morning before the zoo opened, collecting rocks and knocking out disks from concrete boulders inside his enclosure. He waited until around midday before he unleashed a "hailstorm" of rocks against visitors, the study said."
I think this explains a lot of Cowboy Neal's behavior......."

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

by Sp1n3rGy (#26168975) Attached to: 2,100-Year-Old Antikythera Device Recreated In Working Form

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?


Atari Purchases Cryptic Studios For $26.7 Million 45

Posted by Soulskill
from the rare-positive-mmo-news dept.
Trevor DeRiza writes "Early this morning, Atari announced that they had purchased US MMO developer Cryptic Studios for an initial 26.7 million USD, along with a possible 20 million USD bonus for future performance. Cryptic has three games coming out in the next three years: Champions Online (2009), Star Trek Online (2010), and a secret project (2011). All three will now be released under the Atari logo." This is welcome news in light of all the recent troubles in the MMO market.

Comment: Re:Unconstitutional (Score 1) 1367

by Sp1n3rGy (#26028001) Attached to: Time To Discuss Drug Prohibition?

If alcohol prohibition required an amendment to the constitution then how was the gov't suddenly able to prohibit another substance w/o changing the constitution?

I'm not dead certain on the details but it went something like this...

They taxed narcotics. They set up a system where you could buy stamps that allowed you to posses them.

Then cleverly, they never sold the stamps. Therefore outlawing them all together.

% APL is a natural extension of assembler language programming; ...and is best for educational purposes. -- A. Perlis