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#101 George Rowell

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 07:10 PM

 Practical Girl, on 12 July 2019 - 09:40 AM, said:

No surge for me. I only drink a cup at home, in the AM. While the beans are a rich roast, we don't over-stuff. In that way, we control the brew. Like LFC, I need food with mine, so I have it with breakfast. Helps me get pills down, too.
Wen and I (mostly) work at home and that's where we drink coffee. We don't over-stuff either. we worship the flavor and smell. Overall I am not sure if the surge helps creativity or not. It seems to at the time but it rarely pans out.
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Posted 12 July 2019 - 07:22 PM

 Rich T Bikkies, on 12 July 2019 - 03:53 AM, said:

Does Wen use an English given name, or is that a purely Hong Kong thing? Wendy would be the obvious choice.
Wen is a common Chinese name as in Wen Jiao Bao, the former prime minister - and multi-billionaire. But your assumption is correct, her English name is indeed Wendy. She is not from HK. We met in Shanghai and we still spend half our time there. We sort of oscillate between the Perth and Shanghai and dither the journeys both ways on occasions.
A doctor knows a little about a lot. A specialist knows a lot about a little. In time the doctor knows less and less about more and more and the specialist knows more and more about less and less until ultimately the doctor knows nothing about everything and the specialist knows everything about nothing.

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 08:41 AM

Coffee: my friends and family know I can’t “adult” without coffee. Later in the day, there is alcohol.

As an adult, i have discovered you don’t need fun to have alcohol.
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If you've got public schools paid for by taxpayers, you're in a socialist nation. If you have public roads paid for by taxpayers, socialist nation. If you've got public defense (police, fire, military, coast guard) paid for by tax dollars, socialist nation. If you're in a nation that has nationalized or localized delivery of services that are not paid for by users alone, you're in a socialist nation- the only question is how socialist. As I see it, we pay the military pay to protect the shipping lanes for our fuel needs which makes us very socialist. In a capitalist nation, the people supplying the oil would pay for their own defense force.


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Posted 17 July 2019 - 11:11 AM

That's one big-assed jellyfish.
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Posted 17 July 2019 - 01:29 PM

They're starting to use AI to assimilate scientific papers to try to come up with connections that have been missed so far.

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The team's main focus was on thermoelectric materials, an area studied for decades by materials scientists. Thermoelectric materials can convert heat into electricity so they are quite important. However, to be successful, they also need to be efficient, safe, common, and easy to produce.

Based on the literature it analyzed, the AI was able to determine which material has the best thermoelectric properties. But it did something even more extraordinary. When fed abstracts published up to the year 2008, Word2vec was able to predict materials that appear in later studies.

“I honestly didn’t expect the algorithm to be so predictive of future results,” added Anubhav Jain, the team leader who works in Berkeley Lab’s Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division. “I had thought maybe the algorithm could be descriptive of what people had done before but not come up with these different connections. I was pretty surprised when I saw not only the predictions but also the reasoning behind the predictions. This study shows that if this algorithm were in place earlier, some materials could have conceivably been discovered years in advance.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 01:36 PM

Scientists share their favorite research paper titles. Leading off in the article...

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" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 03:38 PM

 LFC, on 17 July 2019 - 01:36 PM, said:


I love it when they talk about bi er... dimorphic stuff
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If you've got public schools paid for by taxpayers, you're in a socialist nation. If you have public roads paid for by taxpayers, socialist nation. If you've got public defense (police, fire, military, coast guard) paid for by tax dollars, socialist nation. If you're in a nation that has nationalized or localized delivery of services that are not paid for by users alone, you're in a socialist nation- the only question is how socialist. As I see it, we pay the military pay to protect the shipping lanes for our fuel needs which makes us very socialist. In a capitalist nation, the people supplying the oil would pay for their own defense force.


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Posted 17 July 2019 - 05:01 PM

Methed out alligators?

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A police department in Loretto, Tennessee, is asking residents to refrain from flushing drugs, such as methamphetamine, down the toilet to prevent "meth-gators."

In the Facebook post, the Loretto Police Department wrote that on Saturday, officers executed a search warrant on a home and discovered the occupant trying to flush meth and drug paraphernalia down his toilet.

Although the suspect was unsuccessful, the officers used the incident to remind residents of the harm drugs can cause to the environment.

"Folks … please don’t flush your drugs m’kay ... our sewer guys take great pride in releasing water that is cleaner than what is in the creek, but they are not really prepared for meth," the post read. "Ducks, Geese, and other fowl frequent our treatment ponds and we shudder to think what one all hyped up on meth would do."

The post warns that meth could make its way into Shoal Creek, down the Tennessee River in North Alabama and into the bodies of alligators.

"Furthermore, if it made it far enough we could create meth-gators in Shoal Creek and the Tennessee River down in North Alabama," police wrote. "They’ve had enough methed up animals the past few weeks without our help. So, if you need to dispose of your drugs just give us a call and we will make sure they are disposed of in the proper way."

But Kent Vliet, an alligator biologist and the coordinator of laboratories in the department of biology at the University of Florida, said he has never once heard of an alligator on meth.

"I've worked with alligators for 40 years, and I generally can answer any question someone gives me about them. This one's throwing me for a loop," Vliet told NBC News.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 05:03 PM

Elon Musk wants to rewire your brain.

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ELON MUSK DOESN’T think his newest endeavor, revealed Tuesday night after two years of relative secrecy, will end all human suffering. Just a lot of it. Eventually.

At a presentation at the California Academy of Sciences, hastily announced via Twitter and beginning a half hour late, Musk presented the first product from his company Neuralink. It’s a tiny computer chip attached to ultrafine, electrode-studded wires, stitched into living brains by a clever robot. And depending on which part of the two-hour presentation you caught, it’s either a state-of-the-art tool for understanding the brain, a clinical advance for people with neurological disorders, or the next step in human evolution.

The chip is custom-built to receive and process the electrical action potentials—“spikes”—that signal activity in the interconnected neurons that make up the brain. The wires embed into brain tissue and receive those spikes. And the robotic sewing machine places those wires with enviable precision, a “neural lace” straight out of science fiction that dodges the delicate blood vessels spreading across the brain’s surface like ivy.

If Neuralink’s technologies work as Musk and his team intend, they’ll be able to pick up signals from across a person’s brain—first from the motor cortex that controls movement but eventually throughout your think-meat—and turn them into machine-readable code that a computer can understand. It might use them to control a computer or a prosthesis, to someday even feed information back to help the blind see, or to create entire virtual Matrixes inside your mind. “All this will occur I think quite slowly,” Musk said from the stage. “It’s not as if Neuralink will suddenly have this incredible neural lace and take over people’s brains. It will take a long time.” But after tests, and FDA approval, and more advances, this tech could be the thing that lets people commune with the ultrasmart artificial intelligences Musk is convinced are on the way. “Even in a benign AI scenario we will be left behind,” he said. “With a high-bandwidth brain-machine interface, we can actually go along for the ride. We can have the option of merging with AI.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 09:55 PM

Merging with AI, the stuff of dystopian novels.

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 10:05 PM

 golden_valley, on 17 July 2019 - 09:55 PM, said:

Merging with AI, the stuff of dystopian novels.

And the Borg.
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Posted 18 July 2019 - 06:45 AM

I don't want Elon Musk, even at one of two degrees of separation, mucking about with anything that will affect my life or anybody else's. Or any other billionaire doing likewise. I assume that it goes without saying that on this board I don't need to explain why.
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Posted 18 July 2019 - 09:40 AM

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I don't want Elon Musk, even at one of two degrees of separation, mucking about with anything that will affect my life or anybody else's.


That would have been hard to avoid in Phoenix, where half of the neighborhood had roofs by Solar CIty.
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Posted 19 July 2019 - 04:48 AM

 D. C. Sessions, on 18 July 2019 - 09:40 AM, said:

That would have been hard to avoid in Phoenix, where half of the neighborhood had roofs by Solar CIty.

Well, apparently I should steer clear of Phoenix, then? But I'd already been put off the place by certain other issues: for example, there must be something wrong with anywhere that could first spawn then cherish Sheriff Joe Arpaio..

To get back on-thread, I do detect on this board an occasional tendresse towards Elon Musk. George? I can't locate your post but do I vaguely remember something recent Musk has done that impressed you?

In general my beef against big business funding anything for us is that we don't just get the big business's money, we get the big businessman, and sooner or later we discover that it wasn't "for us" that he was funding it.

Go on, call me a socialist! I'll cope with it somehow.
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Posted 19 July 2019 - 06:17 AM

 Rich T Bikkies, on 19 July 2019 - 04:48 AM, said:

Well, apparently I should steer clear of Phoenix, then? But I'd already been put off the place by certain other issues: for example, there must be something wrong with anywhere that could first spawn then cherish Sheriff Joe Arpaio..

Well, in fairness he's originally from Springfield MA.

As for his support in Maricopa County, a lot of that was from Mesa and the suburbs like Gilbert, Chandler, and especially Sun CIty.
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Posted 29 July 2019 - 05:41 PM

What happens when investors in short-term rentals effectively take over a town?

http://www.usatoday....say/1846713001/

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...residents of the tourist hotspot grapple with the consequences of a two-year-old state law that restricts how cities and towns can regulate short-term home rentals advertised on websites such as Airbnb or VRBO.

On Wednesday, more than 150 people attended a city meeting. The Sedona residents grilled state Rep. Bob Thorpe, R-Flagstaff, about how the state plans to address the law's consequences.

Among them: investors moving into neighborhoods to buy up multiple homes, vacation renters driving up housing costs and the changing neighborhood dynamics

Although I don’t have a link handy, I know that the situation in a couple of South Florida communities has gotten so bad the city governments have attempted to step in.
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Posted 29 July 2019 - 06:30 PM

FWIW, Sedona is a town that's more or less 100% tourism (think Vail, with milder winters and more colorful geology.)

The AZ legislature, OTOH, makes most red States (including FL) look downright progressive. The pay for legislators is set by the voters and it's currently $24K per year, raised from $15K in 1998. Anyone in the legislature has to have other income (and thus a bias towards the right -- far right.) One of the most popular is real estate, so don't be surprised if they pass laws that are very favorable to the RE sector even if it reams out most of the people in the State -- like this one.

If the people of Sedona don't like it, they can either vote in different legislators, vote for more pay for legislators, or leave. None of those are likely since the residents are pretty well off themselves except for having to bus in workers from Phoenix (an hour and a half minimum one way.)
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Posted 29 July 2019 - 08:46 PM

View PostLFC, on 17 July 2019 - 05:03 PM, said:

I am trying to come up with the person I would least want to be in charge of something that is going to be placed in my brain.. oh yeah, right. That exact guy.
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Posted 30 July 2019 - 12:46 AM

View PostLFC, on 17 July 2019 - 05:03 PM, said:


I want to remove Elon Musk's naughty bits.

With extreme prejudice.
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Posted 30 July 2019 - 12:22 PM

I'll have to remove the specs from my avatar in a week or so. I've just had my cataracts done, and I'm very excited. I've been grossly myopic since the age of six and had to wear glasses all my waking hours for 63 years; now there's a good chance that I'll need no glasses at all for distance vision.

Whoopee!
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