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Comment Science for all mankind vs. stone age beliefs (Score 4, Insightful) 251

While I'm agreeing that we should weigh the need for human scientific advancement against other cultural needs, we should be very careful before deciding to subjugate science infrastructure projects to stone age cultural beliefs. Just as we do not allow native Hawaiians anymore to club somebody to death just because they stepped on the shadow of their ruler, we shouldn't allow arbitrary cultural designations to decide on where science can be done. I hope we can all agree that we have now more enlightened ways of rulemaking.

Comment Science & Engineering (Score 1) 509

Science & engineering are both good fields. By science I mean disciplines like physics, chemistry, biology and the like. By engineering I mean mechanical & electrical/electronics engineering and similar fields. These fields have a higher than average likelihood of leading to a fun job with reasonable pay and lower than average unemployment.

Taking care of old people will also be in increasing demand, but I'm not sure that those jobs ever will pay well.

Comment camera detection exists for movie theaters (Score 1) 478

Digital camera detection (based on the reflective properties of sensors) has been solved for movie theaters. One possible solution for your problem might be to install a generalized version of those systems (say, light sources in four corners of the room/bus, and reflection detectors distributed all around), coupled with steerable light beams (e.g. lasers) that get pointed at the detected locations.

Comment Re:five models (Score 1) 317

...because it makes it easier for Apple to continue to support them with iOS updates...

One would think though, but they don't. Apple doesn't support even relatively recent 'old' hardware: they abandoned the $500 (no subsidies back then) 2008 iPhone in June 2010 when iOS 4 came out, after merely two years! No security fixes, nothing. And since most app developers don't bother with iOS backwards compatibility, most newer apps (and app updates) don't run on that phone either.


Submission + - Google Glass: Do You See What I See? (

An anonymous reader writes: Google Glass was demonstrated at yesterday's Google I/O Conference. Who here is excited by it? Do you think competitors like Apple and Microsoft will inevitably work on similar products to compete in a newly formed Augmented Reality market? Take a look at this article for images, video and more!

Submission + - Exxon CEO: Warming Happening, Society Will Adapt, But Public Too Dumb

Freshly Exhumed writes: In a speech Wednesday, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson acknowledged that burning of fossil fuels is warming the planet, but said society will be able to adapt. The risks of oil and gas drilling are well understood and can be mitigated, he said. And dependence on other nations for oil is not a concern as long as access to supply is certain, he said. Tillerson blamed a public that is "illiterate" in science and math, a "lazy" press, and advocacy groups that "manufacture fear" for energy misconceptions in a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Comment CFL = abysmal light quality (Score 1) 1049

Compact fluorescents have truly horrible light quality compared to incandescent lighting. Unfortunately CRI (color rendering index) is not required information on light bulb packaging. As I found out the hard way CFLs are also unsuitable for most types of enclosed fixtures, due to the temperature sensitivity of the electronics. And they smell really bad when they fail.

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