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  1. Gary Kato says:

    You could use all that GPU power running Folding@Home.

  2. Alex Dillard says:

    I haven’t found myself in the Person DB (I can’t say that I am surprised) but I did find my dad (also not surprised):
    http://nuclear.carboncapturereport.org/cgi-bin//profiler?key=james_dillard&pt=2

    Also, here is something mostly unrelated (the telescope reminded me):
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dark_orange/sets/72157603226919391/

  3. Erbo says:

    Regarding your story idea, I have five words: “Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra.” ;-)

  4. Person DB… well, oddly enough, I’m there, with a listing for coal. I thought that odd, sine I didn’t think I had ever (publically, anyhow), even mentioned coal. Come to find out I had made this blog link to a “coal powered flying boat” – obviously a bit of fantasy, but the headline was enough to warrant a listing.

    http://www.craftacraft.com/blog/2011/07/29/coal-powered-flying-boat/

    Bruce

    1. In other words, the damned thing has no mechanism for telling the difference between a meaningful mention of something and a side-mention, or even something in a different context that has no meaning at all. Useless. And still creepy.

  5. Jim Tubman says:

    I found my name in that database, and it seems to be because you mentioned my name in your blog (which I do not mind). That part is way down the page, in the “Blog Posts” section.

  6. Trevor Tompkins says:

    The more I look at this DB, the more I can see how ‘early-stage’ this is. As it stands now, the collection process contains no intelligence, and is thus essentially useless. However, like Google, Amazon, NSA, MS, etc. the collection process is the first step. These sites (you can be sure there will be more) will be able to get financial support from clubs like ‘Sierra Club’ and other activist groups.

    As long as you know where these sites are, you could conceivably keep yourself neutral by monitoring what your levels are and do web page generation. Although page-rank algorithms could make that process complex rather quickly.

  7. Rich Rostrom says:

    “what these creeps are up to”: I’m there. Mostly for “Rich Rostrom and the Rogue Weapons Inspectors”, a LiveJournal posting Bill Higgins wrote about me and the remaindered IAEA shirts I gave away at Berserker a few years ago.

    But also one of my comments at the Weasel Times. These people seem to have scraped a lot of the Web for anything that seems to have CAGW or energy-related content, and then constructed this enormous database of things mentioned on the same web page as other things. Which gets really stupid, when either or both of the things appear in sidebars.

  8. Rich Rostrom says:

    Floss, don’t infarct!

    Somewhere I saw “Floss for fertility!” I.e. gum disease may interfere with conception. (Didn’t read the article, but I definitely saw the headline.)

  9. Rich Rostrom says:

    The Marines are about to begin hunting Somali pirates.

    Uh, no, the Marines are being deployed to the coast of West Africa – Nigeria to Senegal.

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