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Comment: Re:Packet radio (Score 1) 60

by dubsnipe (#47549153) Attached to: How the Internet of Things Could Aid Disaster Response

In principle it does. I checked this publication with a bit of awe because I'm currently developing a device system which can be pretty much described with this paper. You can use packet radio for sure, or other technology in order to send the signals. There are different things to take into account: how many of these will there be? Will they be deployed close to each other? Are you expecting 2 or 3 receivers to analyze 1000 signals of the same kind simultaneously? What kind of information will be send over the radio signal? In our case, we also came up with the p2p mesh network ( based on our idea of limited options for communications and the creation of a visualization platform to upload information to the cloud.

Comment: Yeah, so? (Score 1) 725

by dubsnipe (#47393649) Attached to: When Beliefs and Facts Collide

Wasn't Richard Lewontin who said:

"Our willingness to accept scientific claims that are against common sense is the key to an understanding of the real struggle between science and the supernatural. We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism. It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door."

Now, call it what you want, but the quid of the matter here is that the denial of statements that may contradict our worldview is based on faith in the set of facts that we already believe in. Theists do it, non theists do it.

Comment: Why is everyone talking about patents? (Score 1) 102

by dubsnipe (#38459388) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source License For Guitar?

This sounds more like an industrial design, and there is a specific type of IP design to protect a shape for a product. There is no need for an open source hardware project to be completely novel, so what he should just do is release the blueprints of his guitar under a GPL license. This is what most people are doing nowadays. Now, if you *really* wish to create something novel, you should then engage a community of luthiers and enthusiasts to develop your design even further.

Comment: Of course, the US started it all (Score 1) 944

by dubsnipe (#37730366) Attached to: Occupy Wall Street Protests Go Global

The title makes it sound as if the Occupy Wall Street was replicated around the world. The truth is, the US started after everyone had done something like that. We had our movement of "Indignados" in El Salvador about two months ago, so it's not as if the United States started with it, so it looks as if the editor didn't know about what was happening in the world by the time the movement started in the US.

With all the fancy scientists in the world, why can't they just once build a nuclear balm?