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Comment: The Revolution will not be Tweeted (Score 4, Interesting) 76

by braindrainbahrain (#46735115) Attached to: Can Web-Based Protests Be a Force for Change?

Answer: No. At least not for anything of consequence. Just look at how many successful petitions came out of change.org.
Anyone that thinks a web based protest would be effective should read "The Revolution will not be Tweeted" by by Malcolm Gladwell, published in New Yorker magazine, to understand why.

http://www.newyorker.com/repor...

Comment: Extension to games... (Score 3, Interesting) 44

by braindrainbahrain (#46640151) Attached to: Data Mining the Web Reveals What Makes Puzzles Hard For Humans

I have to wonder how/if this research translates into the games arena. Recently, there have been several attempts to make games playable by humans but which negate the computer's advantage of massive search. These games include Arimaa, Octi, and Havannah. One speculates whether it would be possible to design a game that is equally difficult, and a fair contest, between humans and computers.

+ - Back to the moon - in four years->

Submitted by braindrainbahrain
braindrainbahrain (874202) writes "Gene Rush, a former division chief at NASA Johnson, is running a five-part series on how the US can return to the Moon in four years. And not just land there, but actually build a base on the Moon.

How is this feasible? Hint: A public/private partnership between NASA and and a private space travel company."

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How Did Bill Nye Become the Science Guy? 220

Posted by samzenpus
from the origin-story dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Whether he's debating creationists, taking selfies with President Obama, or 'Dancing with the Stars,' Bill Nye the Science Guy is no stranger to the spotlight. But what about the man behind the public persona? How did Bill Nye become the Science Guy?(video) Bill Nye has made his debut on the PBS series, The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers, to reveal the story of how he rose from being a young comedian from Seattle to becoming a science icon. In his profile, Bill Nye talks about his early days impersonating Steve Martin, why bow-ties are important in the lab (and with the ladies), and how Carl Sagan's advice helped to shape his hit television show."

Comment: My experience (Score 1) 3

by braindrainbahrain (#46525057) Attached to: Looking for Galen's De Temperamentis in English (3)

I embarked on a small project to read a rather short untranslated medieval Latin text. I was not aware of Distributed Proofreaders, and they may not want to take on my test in any case. I've been able to glean a lot of meaning by using Google Translate, Blitz Latin, and William Whitaker's Words. I was able to use these because the text I was trying to read was fairly short, about 25 pages. Doing it yourself may not be an option for a much longer text, but think of it as a possibility should the need arise.

Best wishes on your continued endeavor!

Comment: Same effect without radiation... (Score 1) 167

by braindrainbahrain (#46497829) Attached to: Forests Around Chernobyl Aren't Decaying Properly

A similar observation was made at the Palmerton, PA superfund site. The nearby Blue Mountain was the recipient of toxic fumes spewed from a nearby tin processing plant for almost a century. The resultant depositions killed almost all the vegetation on the mountainside, which furthermore, did not decay because of the dearth of micro organism capable of living there.

"...concentrations of cadmium, lead, and zinc in the soil were so high as to prevent regeneration. In fact, metals levels stopped all microbial activity, creating a biological desert where trees that had been dead for 20 or more years could not decompose. "

http://www.mabiosolids.org/upl...

Comment: Talk Normal excerpt (Score 1) 533

by braindrainbahrain (#46123135) Attached to: The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer

While it has never been more important to be passionate, there's not so much to be passionate about.
From [a study on UK supermarkets] on 'The realities of leadership': 'Almost every aspect of work for every kind of employee,
from shopfloor worker to the general store manager, was set out, standardised and occasionally scripted by the experts at head office.' ...fewer of us have much influence over how to do our daily tasks than before...even though we're regularly told by our employers, our business magazines and our television software adverts that work is a place of exploration and fulfillment.

So, what is left for managers to manage? Primarily the answer is 'people management': motivating, beginning with 'getting the day started' meetings they concentrate on meeting targets by, as one manager put it, 'ensuring they (staff) are motivated, trained, they're quick to do the job, and hyped up, and they're going to go out there and deliver'.

Excerpted from the book "Talk Normal: Stop the Business Speak, Jargon and Waffle" by Tim Phillips

Comment: Not an original idea (Score 2) 170

by braindrainbahrain (#46032059) Attached to: Voynich Manuscript May Have Originated In the New World

I'm pretty sure that at least one plant was previously identified as American , and that would be the sunflower. These botanists have taken the idea a lot further though. Their paper is well researched, but I will leave it to the peer review process to ultimately determine its veracity. The identification of Nahuatl words in the script seems a bit of a stretch IMHO.

Nondeterminism means never having to say you are wrong.

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