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Alaska To Export Billions of Gallons of Water

Ace905 This is a very bad thing (290 comments)

Everybody is talking about this like it's boring news and not really a big deal. I'm surprised the normally 'environmentally conscious' quasi-nerd-activist slashdot community isn't talking about the ramifications of this project.

Private ownership of water by large companies is going to be the cause of global wars, and already is in many water-deficient countries. When you give a private company the right to treat water as a commodity and own it, you create a monster. This is the basis for a very disturbing documentary titled, "Water Wars" which chronicles the abuse of citizens all over the world via. control of water supply. It is also the basis for a james bond movie, which I guess makes it seem like even less of a real threat.

It doesn't seem like a big deal for a country 'wealthy' in water as a natural resource to give it away to a 'needy' country -- but it's not being given away. Maybe we should focus on that. It is being commodified and sold, stolen for free from a country of people that don't realize they're giving away their future. If you don't think water shortages are an impending global catastrophe, read some of the comments about problems with desalination technology.

Fresh water is a resource we should be fighting to keep out of corporate hands, not laughing at.

more than 3 years ago

Giving CubeSats Electric Propulsion

Ace905 As the technology increases (74 comments)

You know what's funny about this, is we're going to end up with a situation where increases in the propulsion systems end up sending newer satellites past ones launched earlier before they complete their missions. We'll end up with a cloud of ever decreasing technological junk arriving at distant civilizations....

more than 4 years ago

Man in Court Over Simpsons Porn

Ace905 A fine line has been drawn (673 comments)

This guy is obviously a pedophile, the article points out he has a prior conviction of posession of actual child pornography. His defense that the images were just funny is a total lie -- and other people have pointed this out.

The problem I have with this case is that the guy is disgusting, his motives were obvious and so it is very easy to support his conviction. But with Cartoons, it could be argued that there is _no victim_ at all. And as much as I hate pedophiles, and I do - I don't believe that the images, real or cartoon, actually encourage pedophile tendencies.

Images of children being exploited sexually have been banned all over the world because the children have to be protected from those images remaining in circulation for their entire lifetime; images of children being exploited sexually encourage other pedophiles to exploit more children on camera for the purpose of trading images, etc. BUT with the case of a cartoon -- none of these reasons hold true, and more importantly, at best - they encourage pedophiles to draw cartoons of children being sexually exploited which, as i said, doesn't create any victims. Distributing actual child porn may encourage the creation of child porn, but it doesn't turn otherwise normal hetereosexual people into pedophiles. You have to be a pedophile to begin with to even want it.

Now that this guy has been charged, and this is obviously a precedent setting case - it will be easier to charge and dole out harsh sentences for people found posessing cartoon porn even if it is their first offense and they really aren't pedophiles. I mean, cartoons are sometimes funny and in the case of Simpsons porn - I know I've seen a few cartoons featuring Bart and Lisa that were funny and.... at least to me, not sexually exciting at all. I mean christ, they're cartoons.

It seems to me that they've gone after an easy person to hate, with a history of child porn collecting - to blindside people to the over zealous and really very useless law they've just created.

more than 4 years ago

Of the following online annoyances, I most despise ...

Ace905 Re:Content Mills (507 comments)


"The human body constantly feels the need in water"
"Most people believed that the dehydration is not their problem. They believe, that with dehydration can faced travelers in the desert, when his water is finished."
"Especially from dehydration affects the immune system cells, the breach of which raises the so-called immune disease. These are all chronic diseases: bronchitis, asthma, infertility, lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer disease, cancer. This is a complex disease, involving all the connective structure, where there are violations of all the biological processes of energy and lack of water."

so lack of water causes multiple sclerosis, cancer and infertility? I don't f&3in think so.

"Dehydration leads to violations of all food functions, its synthesis and delivery of substances, in accordance with the specific functions of the authority for waste disposal"

Better call the city to get the waste disposal authority.... wtf.

more than 4 years ago

Of the following online annoyances, I most despise ...

Ace905 Content Mills (507 comments)

I can't stand content mills. Companies that pay horrible writers pennies to create articles on 'under represented search terms". They are completely destroying your ability to do internet research. Case in point:

more than 4 years ago

I keep track of my passwords ...

Ace905 correction (414 comments)

My voice is my "passport".... baby.

more than 4 years ago

As 2010 approaches, I expect the next year ...

Ace905 oh god, the new year (444 comments)

You know what's really annoying? Going to the gym immediately after January 1st. It's disturbing how many losers sit around between christmas and new years going, "Yeah, this year I'm finally going to get in shape. Maybe I'll get a gym membership. I've never tried to before, I could right now but I won't -- I'm gonna do it in the new year. Make a new me!"

then for 3 months or so you can't even get on equipment because it's covered in sheeple livin' the dream, and then, like clockwork - they all quit.


more than 4 years ago

My resting pulse, as of today, is ...

Ace905 high pulse rate (329 comments)

I had my left phrenic nerve removed along with a large, gross tumour.

my pulse rate is now really high. coincidence? Nobody seems to know.

more than 4 years ago

Navy Scientists Develop Laser for Underwater Communication

Ace905 Sounds like a good weapon, no? (83 comments)

This sounds like it would be useful as a directed energy weapon, especially with the ability to compress waves over a distance.

about 5 years ago

New Zealand Tree Stuck In Evolutionary Time Warp

Ace905 Anthropomorphism anyone (337 comments)

This story is ridiculous. All life has evolved as a result of 'pressure' from the environment surrounding it. It's not a conscious decision on the part of the plant, it's a permanent adaptation. It's not going to just say, "Oh ok, now I don't need to do this anymore".

If we were able to obliterate all insect life on earth, would we be studying the Venus Fly Trap and the Pitcher Plant and saying, "Oh wow! These plants are still trying to capture insects we obliterated years ago!". I feel stupider having read that article.

more than 5 years ago

Don't Like EULAs? Get Your Cat To Agree To Them

Ace905 What about putting white out on the key (874 comments)

This is kind of cute, but not really...

The person shows the elaborate process they go through to get the key pressed. I mean, if you were a paraplegic typing with a pencil stuck up your nose - you're still hitting the key. Or is the pen hitting the key? What if you white out just the key you need to hit so you can claim you knowingly hit it, but it wasn't marked.

I mean, cummon. This isn't worthy of slashdot. This is really lame.

more than 5 years ago

RIM Accuses Motorola of Blocking Job Offers

Ace905 Second Rate? (353 comments)

"would make the US second-rate in education and basic research."

-- Wait a minute, somehow the U.S. is going to improve as a result of this beating out the 5 or 6 other countries that kick the 5#17 out of them for education and basic research? Awesome!

more than 5 years ago

Spider Missing After Trip To Space Station

Ace905 they weren't.... (507 comments)

they weren't black widows were they?

more than 4 years ago



Japanese Scientists want to launch Paper Airplane

Ace905 Ace905 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Ace905 writes "Japanese Scientists have unveiled a plan to launch paper airplanes into space. The airplanes will be released in space (not flown there), and their successful trip back down to earth it is hoped — will revolutionize the design of re-entry vehicles. In early February a prototype just over 7.1 centimetres long and five centimetres wide survived Mach 7 speeds and broiling temperatures up to 230 degrees Celcius in a hypersonic wind tunnel.

One problem the project faces, is "there is no way to track the paper craft or predict when or where they may land." Critics claim this alone makes the entire project completely pointless. I disagree, this reminds me of the research recently into 'micro satellites' — maybe micro satellites of the future will be circuits printed on paper and formed into maple-keys for landing on planets or asteroids. Exciting stuff."

Bell Canada Disrupting Internet Use

Ace905 Ace905 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Ace905 writes "Bell Canada and Rogers, two of Canada's largest Internet Providers have begun load-balancing and traffic re-routing across their networks this past week. Disruptions to regular Internet use have caused many Internet Users and even other providers to complain. Apparently, Bell didn't feel the need to tell wholesalers that their bandwidth would now be throttled. Coincidentally, Bell has also admitted this week to purposely throttling Peer to Peer traffic solely to disrupt filesharing. To add to the outcry, a National Labour Union has joined the fight and is urging the Canadian Radio & Television Commission to curb interference by these two mega-ISPs.

I know from my own experience this past week — just loading common web sites like facebook can be extremely frustrating. A traceroute shows multiple, slow hops across Bell Canada servers, giving me response times of 1 to 2 seconds just to load a web page.

The repercussions to Bell and Rogers (if any at all) will determine the future of Internet Service across all of Canada. This could be the end of real high-speed Internet as we know it. eh (included for authenticity)."

Squid Beaks May Revolutionize Engineering

Ace905 Ace905 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Ace905 writes "For years the razor sharp beak Squid use to eat their prey have posed a puzzle to scientists. Squid are incredibly soft and fragile, but have a beak as dense as rock and sharp enough to break through hard shells. Scientists have long wondered why the beak doesn't hurt the Squid itself as they use it. New research has just been published in the Friday Edition of "Journal Science" that appears to explain the phenomenon. A detailed article is available online at the CBC web site.

One of the teams researchers described the squid beak as, "like placing an X-Acto blade in a block of fairly firm Jell-O and then trying to use it to chop celery." — illustrating just how bizarre this appendage appears to be. Careful examination shows the beak itself is actually formed in a gradient of density, becoming harder out towards the tip of the beak.

Understanding this gradient relationship may revolutionize Engineering, anywhere "interfaces between soft and hard materials [are required]." One of the first applications researchers imagine would be in Prosthetic Limbs."

Google Raises Awareness of "Earth Hour"

Ace905 Ace905 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Ace905 writes "If you're a regular Google Search Engine user, you may notice the site appears drastically different today. Google has changed their home page background to black and now displays the notice, "We've turned the lights out. Now it's your turn". Google is trying to raise awareness of Earth Hour — an annual event where citizens all over the globe turn out their lights for one hour to raise awareness of environmental change.

Google is careful to explain that by darkening their web site, they're not actually saving any electricity — which is an interesting answer to a question I never considered. When I saw the page all dark and black, I thought some sort of cataclysmic event had just occured and this was Googles version of a flag at half-mast. Maybe in a way that's exactly what this is. A better explanation can be found at Google and on the site they ultimately link to."

Ace905 Ace905 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Ace905 writes "The infamous goat-see web site turns 10 years old today (Tuesday May 22, 2007). While links to the 'notorious shock site' have been the bane of slashdot's existence — it none the less has become an iconic folk-hero of the web in the last 10 years its been online. Its history is long and diverse, with numerous hidden references and tributes in games and G-rated copycats paying tribute to the site the world over. So while we can censor a link to the actual site, let us toast its success in shocking us repeatedly for the past 10 years."

Ace905 Ace905 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Ace905 writes "Jakob Lodwick of Vimeo responds to a private bloggers article on the flaws of Vimeo for sharing video clips. The article is very critical of Vimeo's ability to stand out from the competition, and points out that their most popular producers have chosen Vimeo only because they work for them, or are being promoted by the company. The article is available by clicking here."

Ace905 Ace905 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Ace905 writes "A small time blog has recently scrutinized Vimeo's entire structure and future as a video-sharing site. While this wouldn't normally be newsworthy, Vimeo's own Jakob Lodwick responds — admitting that Vimeo has been understaffed and falls short of established sites like YouTube and The article criticizes that Vimeo's best spokespeople are attracted to the site solely due to Vimeo's aggressive promotion of their clips, not because it has anything better to offer the general members."

Ace905 Ace905 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Ace905 writes "The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases announced Thursday that they had discovered a very promising, "weak spot" in the HIV Virus. The HIV virus, a progenitor to full blown "Auto-Immune Deficiency Syndrome" or AIDS has eluded all attempts at a vaccine since it was discovered sometime in the 1970's. The major problem with developing a vaccine initially was isolating the virus. Conventional viruses are often defeated with existing drugs, or after being tested against new compounds. HIV has been unique, and staggering in it's ability to resist all attempts at treatment by mutating its' own genetic code. HIV is able to resist, with great effectiveness, any drug or combination drug-therapy that is used against it.

So far, our best efforts have been slowing down progression of the disease — but the number of people infected every year is rising and victims are estimated at 1.4 Million in North American alone, last year. Discovering a chain of vulnerable DNA on the HIV virus gives researchers a very exact target that can not resist damage."

Ace905 Ace905 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Ace905 writes "I have a question that seems pretty simple, but time and again I've had looong discussions with other web developers relating to this topic. Nobody really seems to have a good answer.

How do you make your web site identify a browser's country? I'm doing a custom shopping cart application for a company and google doesn't give me any very good results. It would be best to _not rely_ on a pay service that does origin ID's based on IP — because this isn't worth a recurring subscription to my client. If an organization made this information publicly available I could code my own lookup database, even if it took 10 hours to complete.

The problem isn't the cost, it's that my client can't justify a recurring-cost for what this provides to them ; and I don't want to be called back in six months or a year to change _my code_ because the proprietary software or web-based protocol for doing these lookups has changed on the providers end.

Any ideas on how to do this yourself? Is there a publicly available database of IP assignments to various ISPs by country?"

Ace905 Ace905 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Ace905 writes "Looking through some archives, I came across a recent article on 'How to Square With A Magic Triangle'. Although the topic sounds a little dry at first, I can't count the number of times I've had a very real and practical need to square-something in my house, or the office. From The Article itself, " There are thousands of reasons why you would have to square-something, [...] ex: You're buying a new house, and you want to check how straight the walls are ". I've found this _so useful_ with furniture, hanging pictures — it even inspired an algorithm I needed to create for a java based game. So I'm presenting the article here for all you slashdotter's to peruse. I find a little how-to once in a while is a nice break from the news blurbs on product releases, and *yawn* Vista."


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