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Comment: Why no correlated images? (Score 1) 180

by austinhook (#46021267) Attached to: More Details About Mars Mystery Rock

Surely it is easy for image specialists to correlate the two images and correct for tilt, rotation, distance, contrast, brightness and color, and crop both images to their common areas. It would be much easier to analyse, and one could make blink overlays to spot any other differences. Looking at it this way is almost a waste of time.

Comment: How about at seat assignment time,, (Score 1) 513

by austinhook (#45681913) Attached to: Senators Propose Bill Prohibiting Phone Calls On Planes

There is so much important stuff to do -- when can we get Congress to stop regulating things just to get PR? Leave it to the private sector, and let the airlines themselves react to the consequences. For example, airlines could allow a section for cell phone lovers and let the assignment occur at seat selection time.

The only legislation we need is to make all congress critters sit with them -- since they are so fervent in having the government listening in to everything..

+ - Scientists Grow Human Livers in Mice->

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sciencehabit (1205606) writes "A Japanese group has generated functional human livers by creating liver precursor cells in the laboratory and then transplanting them into mice to complete the developmental process. Their ultimate goal is to transplant the precursor cells into humans and let them develop into replacements for diseased or damaged organs. The achievement represents a new direction in the use of human pluripotent stem cells, which have the potential to develop into any of the tissues of the human body. So-called induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, which are derived from adult human tissue, have the added advantage of producing tissues and organs genetically matched to a recipient, avoiding the problem of immune system rejection. But creating fully mature human tissue in a petri dish has proved a daunting challenge, especially when it comes to producing 3D organs."
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Comment: Re:God it feels good to be an American!!!!!!! (Score 2, Insightful) 621

by austinhook (#44179295) Attached to: Bolivian President's Plane 'Rerouted Over Snowden Suspicions'

Wow! According to radiumsoup we only have to stay better than Stalin before we start to worry about our freedoms eroding. I have heard about setting an impossibly high bar to surmount. Only due to lack of imagination have I never dreamed that setting an almost impossibly low bar to crawl under could be just as difficult.

Comment: Amtrak (Score 2) 353

by austinhook (#43631175) Attached to: Paul's Call To Abolish the TSA, One Year Later

Sitting here in the Amtrak station, waiting for the Empire Builder to start it's journey from PDX to the my prairie home far east of here, I have to give a wry smile to the article. I finally stopped flying a few years ago, after the body and soul crushing lineups during a change of planes in DC coming in from Europe. I don't think I will take a plane again unless Rand Paul gets his way. 2 days travel to Sacramento, 2 days back again. But I just pretend that things are further away, like they used to be, and make travel decisions accordingly. There are wonderful moments of letting time slow down when traveling by train. Now, I am almost glad for the excuse. For overseas there are boats for that. I still have fond memories of booking a spare berth on a tramp freighter first time I crossed the Atlantic. Bye bye, TSA, rot in H....

Comment: St. Anselm (Score 1) 1142

by austinhook (#41696977) Attached to: Ask Richard Dawkins About Evolution, Religion, and Science Education

What is your answer to self-referential proofs of the existence of God? (The set of all positive attributes necessarily includes the attribute of "existence" [rather than non-existance], so therefore it exists, We call that set God.)

Do you have some dogma from the Theory of Types in your anti-God catechism to throw back at us deists?

Comment: DNA fingerprint the source of all criminals (Score 1) 260

Richard Aborn is such a wimp. The answer is staring him in the face and he just doesn't get it. Point is, there is one and only one source of all known criminals, and that's the only people that need to have their DNA collected. Duh! Get those samples right away and problem solved. The one and only source of all known criminals is all the non-criminals. Known criminals we can keep an eye on, but all those others, they are the ones who are scary, because you never know....

We can start with Aborn, with the only hiccup we probably face, as I read his character, is that he already is a criminal and so we better first check if he is already on file, so as not to waste taxpayer's money.

Comment: Stupid sick bullying and invasion of privacy (Score 1) 714

by austinhook (#39381507) Attached to: Rutgers Student Ravi Convicted of Bias Intimidation and Spying

What Ravi did was a mean prank. Sharing it as he did was even worse. But worse and sicker than anything he did is the kind of revenge that the US legal system is prepared to inflict However if the sentence is reasonable, given the circumstances, then the result will be justice done fair and square. We are a bit over hyped by focusing on the maximum possible sentence, before sentence is given. Patience everyone!

Comment: What really motivates these politician creeps? (Score 1) 583

I noticed over the years that in a number of cases in the US, the politicians
who were most publicly anti-gay, turned out to be gay themselves, but
because of other beliefs, felt so guilty about it they figured they could
deal with their own contradictions by pushing an anti-gay agenda in the
government. Each time the truth came out it was a mind blower.

Say Mr. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, is there anything bothering your conscience? Can we have a complete browsing history on you since the Internet began? I hope you get a clean bill on all your browsing habits, so we can at least consider your outrageous comments on their merits.

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve immortality through not dying. -- Woody Allen

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