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Comment: Close, but it goes deeper. (Score 1) 769

by tinrobot (#33604018) Attached to: Why Are Terrorists Often Engineers?

True, Intellectuals tend to be depressed because they spend most of their time in their heads, absorbed in thought. Thinking is a great thing, but it's only a simulation created by your brain. You simulate some other place, some other time, some other reality, etc. These simulations can be valuable, but they also take you out of present-day reality.

Using your example : You think you'll be screwed at some point in the future. There's a possibility that simulation could actually happen, but it's not happening right now. Sadly, if you believe these thoughts, then your body reacts to the the simulation as if you really are screwed right now. From that reaction springs things like fear, anxiety and depression.

The key is to learn to step back a bit and not get so absorbed your thoughts, because they really are just simulations.

(former depressed intellectual who learned to meditate)

Comment: Re:Very misleading (Score 1) 293

by tinrobot (#29548531) Attached to: $529M Gov't Loan To Develop $89,000 Hybrid Sports Car

Why does Rupert Murdoch hate Al Gore so much?

Here's a link to a description of the $39,000 sports car they're developing, which will also be made in the USA, and deserves the DOE loan as much as any other company building electric/hybrid cars domestically

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/09/fisker-39k-plug-in-hybrid-electric-car-2012-ray-lane.php

Comment: Re:Professional Trolls (Score 0, Flamebait) 293

by tinrobot (#29548507) Attached to: $529M Gov't Loan To Develop $89,000 Hybrid Sports Car

Exactly. Fox will distory any news story it can find just to slam Al Gore in an attempt to dilute his credibility.

The Fisker sports car is actually a sports sedan. It has already been developed and will ship early next year. The loan in question is for Fisker to develop a family car that will be less than half the price of the sedan.

Here's a link:
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/09/fisker-doe-loan-528-million-karma-plug-in-electric-car.php

Comment: I remember being inside a Sage (Score 3, Interesting) 238

by tinrobot (#29227935) Attached to: Big, Beautiful Boxes From Computer History

When I was in high school, my computer class did a field trip to one of the sites. It was a two story building, with each floor the size of a department store and filled with aisles and aisle of racks filled with vacuum tube processing modules. The had disk had a drum the size of a small trash can. Even at the time (late 70's) the guy giving the tour said the computer could be replaced by one the size of a phone booth. These days, a few hundred of them could fit into something the size of a phone.

Comment: Not this author... (Score 4, Interesting) 271

by tinrobot (#27055455) Attached to: "Authors Guild" Skims Half of Google Book-Rights Settlement

I've been a published author of computer books for almost 15 years, writing 12 books for several major publishers. All of my books have been scanned and put online by Google without my consent.

The first I heard of the Author's Guild was when Google sent me a notice about this matter and offered me practically nothing for the 'right' to steal my books. I do not have a contract with the Authors Guild and did not give the Author's Guild any right to speak for me. I'd imagine most authors didn't authorize them, either.

Sci-Fi

+ - Building will repair itself during an earthquake

Submitted by Kate Seamer
Kate Seamer (666) writes "A US$18.6 million "self-healing" house will be able to resist earthquakes by sealing cracks in its walls and monitoring seismic vibrations. The walls of the house contain nano-polymer particles designed to convert into liquid when under pressure, flow into cracks, and solidify. This would theoretically stabilize the structure after severe seismic trauma. Funded by the European Union, and using technology from Leed University's NanoManufacturing Institute, the house is to be constructed in Greece by 2010."

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