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Can the Multiverse Be Tested Scientifically?

7-Vodka Re:String theory is not science (147 comments)

Your logic sounds flawed.
All science are models, all maths are models, therefore all maths are science?


about a month ago

Sand-Based Anode Triples Lithium-Ion Battery Performance

7-Vodka Re:That said... (60 comments)

Do you think lead acid chemistry results automatically apply to the types of batteries in the leaf?

about 1 month ago

Sand-Based Anode Triples Lithium-Ion Battery Performance

7-Vodka Re:That said... (60 comments)

I'm sorry but the evidence just does not bear out your views at all. There is no compelling evidence that warm temperatures are bad for battery chemistry, in fact under laboratory tests the batteries last longer with fast charging and warm temperatures.

Go look at Those guys actually do the experiments.

The myth that nissan leafs have problems with warm temperatures is still not backed up by anything except for whining.

about a month ago

Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

7-Vodka Re:Yay big government! (310 comments)

Almost right.

It's not about taxes, it's about spending.

Because when they spend, they'll come up with the money one way or another, indebt future generations, print money, sell government power.

But then again, take away the power to spend and you have a solution.

Or even better, just take away their power.

about a month ago

Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

7-Vodka Re:So, what's the correction? (347 comments)

Actually, the length of a meter is based on the distance between the pole and the equator of the earth. It has nothing to do with the speed of light.

about 2 months ago

Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

7-Vodka Re:Awesome! (276 comments)

The last time this came up in a big way, no one here could point to anything suggesting that flight is a necessary part of modern life, to the point that it is a constitutional right.

In fact, most people pointed to cases where travel was NOT a constitutional right.

So what will change is everyone here will now have a case to point to suggesting that the no-fly list is actually unconstitutional. Actually unconstitutional as opposed to obviously unconstitutional.

So the difference on slashdot is that people will have a case to point to, but still won't.

What the fuck?

Have you ever read the constitution?

First of all you have it all backwards my retarded son.

The constitution allows the federal government to be granted certain rights by the people to do some very specific things. The federal government is PROHIBITED from doing anything not specifically listed.

I quoteth:

Tenth Amendment
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Please for the love of the spaghetti monster, where in the constitution is the federal government given the power to restrict people's travel liberties without due process? Oh that's right, it ain't there so they don't have it.

Fifth Amendment
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Oh and the constitution does not have to list every right that belongs to the people. They belong to the people, listed on a piece of paper or not and are not granted by the government. The government is granted it's rights by the people, not the other way around.

Ninth Amendment
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

So to the parent post and those who modded it up: SuuuUUUuuuck IiiiiiiiT.

about 2 months ago

Four Weeks Without Soap Or Shampoo

7-Vodka so? (250 comments)

When you are a rich bastard you can afford to have dozens of pairs of expensive jeans, washing them is the least of your worries.

People think this is funny because it's disgusting, no it's funny because it's like mitt romney saying he'll bet $10k in cash on a whim.

about 3 months ago

Cable TV Prices Rising At Four Times the Inflation Rate

7-Vodka Re:Which inflation rate? (286 comments)

And that's being generous as hell, because I remember a 1995 big mac and it puts today's cheap piece of crap to shame.

about 3 months ago

Cable TV Prices Rising At Four Times the Inflation Rate

7-Vodka Re:Which inflation rate? (286 comments)

Ok you don't like gold, let's try something simlar to your items.

  • 1995 big mac price: $2.32
  • 2014 big mac price: $4.62
  • Price inflation in this period: 200%

In other words the dollar has lost 50% of it's purchasing power.

about 3 months ago

Cable TV Prices Rising At Four Times the Inflation Rate

7-Vodka Re:Which inflation rate? (286 comments)

Are your numbers in percentages, or are they in ratios if starting price vs ending price?

about 3 months ago

Cable TV Prices Rising At Four Times the Inflation Rate

7-Vodka Re:Which inflation rate? (286 comments)


I find it hard to believe considering oil and precious metals have risen so much:

Gold for example has moved from $400/oz in 2004 to $1300/oz in 2014

I'd question your government sourced numbers given that they have the same bias to provide you with lower inflation in these data as in the original data in question.

about 3 months ago

Cable TV Prices Rising At Four Times the Inflation Rate

7-Vodka Which inflation rate? (286 comments)

Anytime you talk about inflation, you have to be cognoscente of the fact that every government on the planet lies about it.
Their deficit spending, fiat currency, crony capitalism for the elite depends on it.

Look at Venezuela for example

Or the US of A.

I'd be willing to bet that if you price cable services in terms of real assets like oil, gold, silver, food, energy or even a subway ticket in NYC it would be a different picture, averaged out over the long term.

If you're taking the government's figures on inflation I've got prime ocean front real estate to sell you in beautiful New Mexico.

How do you tell if the government is lying?

Their lips are moving (or they've typed something out).

about 3 months ago

How Free-To-Play Is Constricting Mobile Games

7-Vodka Re:How is 'free to play' constricting? (115 comments)

I only have one rule.

Anything that goes in or around your dick is not something you want to cheap out on.

about 3 months ago

How the FCC Plans To Save the Internet By Destroying It

7-Vodka You are all fools (217 comments)

I've said it from the start and I'll repeat it now:

The FCC's interest in "net neutrality"(1) was never about what you wanted, it was *always* about gaining control of the internet. When you have the power of regulation over something, you have all the power in the world at the barrel of a gun.
By trying to support their efforts, every single one of you was dooming the internet.

The USG frequently tries to fear monger online, always accusing others of militarizing the internet, when in fact they are the ones doing it. They started monitoring your phone calls in the early nineties, but of course it must have been because of 911. Go back to sleep you retarded fucks.

It's my fucking tragedy to live on a planet, in this meat suit that is all about tribes and sharing experiences with other meat suits, with a bunch of asshole Elois like you all. Worst of it, probably if you are capable of comprehending what I've just said you are the best of the best here. I live in an impressionist's landscape utopia, surrounded and crowded by the people of walmart.

Maybe some day I'll live in a community where people care about Freedom, Liberty, truth and exploring the universe (with science). We could have been traveling the stars, meeting others and re-inventing ourselves by now. Instead we squander and hold ourselves back with our archaic infighting to protect the power and privileged few.

1. Net neutrality has never been a problem. The internet is about freedom, this includes the freedom to make contracts with other parties that benefits both sides and the freedom to not make contracts that don't benefit you. The only problem is that it's not easy to dump comcast when it's your only option in some shit town. Fix that instead. Get the USG out of the internet regulation business. You're all victims of problem, reaction, solution.

The USG needs to be cut to about 1/1000th of it's current size. I believe something happen soon because the monetary system is unsustainable.

about 4 months ago

The Witcher 3 and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand

7-Vodka Re:What kind? (115 comments)

There is no requirement for DRM on Steam. It's a distribution platform first and formaost, and there are DRM-free games on Steam. Steam also has DRM that publishers can use (and which really isn't that bad or intrusive). Steam also distributes games with all the worst DRM: horrible, horrible stuff.

Contrast this with Good Old Games, owned by the very same CD Projekt Red. There you get a promise of "no DRM of any kind ever". They distribute many games which originally had DRM in some cracked (but licensed) form, so stuff like "look up this word in the manual" is bypassed. They're just as good as Steam at patch management.

Steam is tolerable. It's good points outweigh its problems. But GOG is great. It's made of win and awesome. It's like the best pirate BBS from back in the day, where every game worked better thanks to the cracks, except it's all legal and licensed, and reasonably priced. Naturally, they're having a hard time attracting publishers, but the financial success of the Witcher titles might get some notice.

GoG: No linux :(

about 4 months ago

Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

7-Vodka Re:Actually... (642 comments)

SO by your own logic: which answer is further from the truth? That the sun revolves around the earth (ie. barycenter is near the earth) or that the earth revolves around the sun?

about 4 months ago

Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

7-Vodka Re:Linus is being Linus. (641 comments)

I don't see any evidence of him being a dick.

I see him saying this is not a bug and asking people to move the discussion elsewhere.

about 4 months ago



Ask Slashdot: How can I convince my boss of the benefits of division of labour?

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  about 7 months ago

7-Vodka (195504) writes "I work as an engineer for a multinational company. For two years my group was divided in half to focus on separate products. My group exploited division of labour by subdividing into smaller functional teams. This greatly improved our quality of work, output and morale. Meanwhile the other group flattened out, making everyone jack-of-all-trades and interchangeable. Now the other group is going to swallow us whole and intend to dismember our functional teams. How can I best analyze the situation to explain why having formal specialization was so beneficial to us?
Obviously, there's a limited time window to make my case. Do I need a crash course in economics and management?"

Revealed: how Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  about a year ago

7-Vodka (195504) writes "You can thank Glenn Greenwald for the astounding information below:

Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.

The files provided by Edward Snowden illustrate the scale of co-operation between Silicon Valley and the intelligence agencies over the last three years. They also shed new light on the workings of the top-secret Prism program, which was disclosed by the Guardian and the Washington Post last month.

The documents show that:

  Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption to address concerns that the agency would be unable to intercept web chats on the new portal;

  The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on, including Hotmail;

  The company worked with the FBI this year to allow the NSA easier access via Prism to its cloud storage service SkyDrive, which now has more than 250 million users worldwide;

  Microsoft also worked with the FBI's Data Intercept Unit to "understand" potential issues with a feature in that allows users to create email aliases;

  In July last year, nine months after Microsoft bought Skype, the NSA boasted that a new capability had tripled the amount of Skype video calls being collected through Prism;

  Material collected through Prism is routinely shared with the FBI and CIA, with one NSA document describing the program as a "team sport"."

Link to Original Source

Balmer threatens Android and Linux with patents

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  more than 4 years ago

7-Vodka (195504) writes "In an interview with Fortune, Balmer first admits that vista was badly done then when asked about Google giving away Android for free versus Microsoft, which charges smart phone carriers, Ballmer took issue with that assessment, stating, "And there's nothing free about Android. I mean at the end of the day as we certainly have asserted in a number of cases you know there's an intellectual property royalty due on that. Whether they happen to charge for their software or not is their business decision."

Read the rest of the interview Here"

Link to Original Source

The EFF Launches Panopticlick

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  more than 4 years ago

7-Vodka (195504) writes "I read via that the Electronic Frontier Foundation is conducting a new experiment called Panopticlick.
Panopticlick tests your browser to see how unique it is based on the information it will share with sites it visits. Follow the link to and you will be given a uniqueness score, letting you see how easily identifiable you might be as you surf the web.
As for myself, I suppose it's a bad thing that the message I receive is "Your browser fingerprint appears to be unique among the 633,402 tested so far." However I'll check back when the database grows."

Link to Original Source

Time publishes list of top 50 inventions of 2009

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  more than 4 years ago

7-Vodka (195504) writes "Time has posted a top 50 inventions of 2009 list. There are plenty of pictures and a few videos covering recent innovations which made the cut and also a few entries for worst inventions of 2009."
Link to Original Source

Electric Company Wants Monthly Fee For Solar Users

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  about 5 years ago

7-Vodka (195504) writes "Xcel Energy customers who have their own solar panels are worried about a new fee being proposed by the company. The monthly fee to pay for transmission and distribution of energy would be charged to customers who have solar panels irrespective of their energy use for the month.

An Xcel Energy spokesman said that the fee is to ensure that regular customers don't subsidize the "connectivity fees" for the solar panel customers who don't pay their fees when they use no electricity. Unfortunately, when pressed the spokesman admitted that nobody actually pays a "connectivity fee" yet however they wanted to prevent the mooching from occurring in the future (presumably when they hit everyone with such a fee) and also called the absence of a connectivity fee for solar customers a "double subsidy" because many solar customers receive rebates to install the panels."

Boston Tea Party Internet Money Bomb

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  more than 6 years ago

7-Vodka (195504) writes "Most political campaigns are run from the top down. Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul's campaign is a self-organizing distributed movement with virtually no central control that uses the Internet as it's infrastructure. This campaign was receiving very little attention until last month when an independent supporter, Trevor Lyman, helped to organize a fundraiser that raised $4.3M on November 5th. Because the November 5th fundraiser had a Guy Fawkes theme and the political shock waves were massive, it was nicknamed the 'Money Bomb'.

Today December 16th Trevor has organized another Money Bomb fundraiser, this time to celebrate the Boston Tea Party. The big news is that the total number of donations and funds raised are already shattering all previous records. Please take this as an opportunity to get to know Dr. Ron Paul, a 10 term congressman from Texas and where he stands on issues. If like all of us who are breaking records today, you feel Dr. Paul has more to offer than any other candidate out there you will know what to do."



Slashdot suggestions

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  more than 4 years ago

There really need to be two new buttons on the story's title bars. One to allow bookmarking for later reading and one to allow bookmarking for later reference; creating two lists. Later, one can read stories they pre-selected when they didn't have the time to fully explore and one can also pull up stories as references easily.


On the topic of self deception

7-Vodka 7-Vodka writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Yes, of course.
Who has time?
Who has time?
But then if we never *take* time, how can we have time?

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