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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

Any Web Loco Frightening (184 comments)

15% of the earth's remaining oil, along with 30% of the planet's natural gas and 20% of its liquefied natural gas

I wonder how long this will last us. 50 years? 100?

2 days ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

Any Web Loco I'm cycle touring in Africa (167 comments)

I'm currently cycle touring in central Africa and while this sounds like a potentially useful addition to my water supply solution (Katadyn water filter), it would not be a replacement for it. The main reason is that at 0.5 litres an hour (max capacity) it just wouldn't produce enough water for me. Currently, in ~30C temperatures with 80%+ humidity, riding 80km+ a day, I'm getting though upwards of 6 litres each day. It's thirsty work!

about a month ago
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Revolutionary New View of Baby Planets Forming Around a Star

Any Web Loco Re:Ring Spacing Reason? (91 comments)

That begs the question

No it doesn't, it raises the question.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Threatened With $100M Lawsuit Over Nude Celebrity Photos

Any Web Loco How is this Interesting? (225 comments)

It's just sexist bullshit - it's an attempt to invalidate their position by making it about whether or not they're "hot" or not. If you're going to criticise their legal action, why not do it for legitimate reasons (the merits of their case?) Why resort to sexist bullying?

about 2 months ago
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Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

Any Web Loco Source? (482 comments)

What was this website called? Any evidence to support your claim that it failed "because women wouldn't initiate contact in almost any case" rather than some other reason?

about 2 months ago
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Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

Any Web Loco Depressing (482 comments)

Christ Slashdot is depressing these days. Any article at all that mentions how women have a shit time in the digital world and the overwhelming majority of comments disagree, and those marked Insightful or Funny are almost exclusively whines from men about how it's all the fault of women and the "SJW crowd". If you're lucky, there'll be one or two +5 Interesting comments expressing alternative view. And they're always Interesting, never Insightful - it's as if these alternative views are *news* to people. It's just depressing.

about 2 months ago
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FCC Website Hobbled By Comment Trolls Incited By Comedian John Oliver

Any Web Loco Reddit (144 comments)

Now it's called the Reddit Hug. A more powerful force, by far...

about 6 months ago
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Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

Any Web Loco You know what you need? (566 comments)

You need a little socialism. You need to value workers over the owners of capital. You need a social safety-net.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

Any Web Loco Here's a few I like (285 comments)

The London Review of Books
The New York Review of Books
Foreign Affairs
The Times Literary Supplement

about 8 months ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

Any Web Loco India & China (869 comments)

we'd have to get developing titans like India and China

This gets bandied around a lot as a "reason" not to do anything, or to do very little, about reducing human impact on the environment (Not saying that this is your point, just picking the words out). It's crap for two reasons: first, the impact of the US on the global environment far outweighs India or China's impact, now or in the foreseeable future. Secondly, and more importantly, the argument effectively says "can't fix everything so there's no use even trying." It may be that you can't fix everything, but we have to start somewhere, and doing something is better than doing nothing.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Any Web Loco Lawyer (737 comments)

The moment folk start arguing over who owns what, that's when there'll be lawyers. I don't imagine it'll take long.

about 8 months ago
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Land Rover Demos "Transparent Hood"

Any Web Loco "Obviously breathtaking" (172 comments)

Not so much. I get you're a fan but ease up on the hyperbole if you want to be taken seriously.

about 8 months ago
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Interview: Ask Theo de Raadt What You Will

Any Web Loco They will eventually post replies (290 comments)

But they'll only be available Beta. Or maybe /. TV.

I have wondered though - interviews with RMS, Theo De Raadt, Eric Raymond (lol) have all been promised. It's as if /.'s trying to win all the doubters back over.

about 9 months ago
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Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

Any Web Loco Re:No, not those who don't understand... (921 comments)

But you didn't have a valid insightful point. You characterized the people in the bar in a certain way, denigrated them because of it, when in fact the fine article actually points out what the other customers actually did. Nothing like what you describe.

about 10 months ago
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Ghostwriter Reveals the Secret Life of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

Any Web Loco The Telegraph (359 comments)

Late to the party so I suspect all y'all will miss this but it's important to realise that The Telegraph is a very right-of centre, capital "C" Conservative news organisation. In the UK it's often called the Torygraph for it's unquestioning and unalloyed support of all things associated with the Tory (Conservative) party. For a different spin, try the Guardian's coverage, here.

Even better would be to actually read the LRB article which actually is a detailed, nuanced piece which says both good things and bad about the guy.

about 10 months ago
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California Fights Drought With Data and Psychology, Yielding 5% Usage Reduction

Any Web Loco Re:Just. Wow. (362 comments)

What are you, 13? "Go look it up in Wikipedia". Please. Sam's (your) argument is that people suffer famine because they live in the desert and this would be solved if they just left the desert area. Because that's why famine happens. And because it's easy to leave. Seriously - how naive are you? Even the wikipedia entry on famine shows you up FFS,

about 10 months ago
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California Fights Drought With Data and Psychology, Yielding 5% Usage Reduction

Any Web Loco Just. Wow. (362 comments)

What a well thought through and nuanced position that is. As a rule, famine doesn't happen because people live in a desert. It happens because of crop failure. Or war. Or any combination of a number of social and geo-political factors. But because they live in a desert? Not so much. Further, the "great" Sam's position implies that people have a choice about where they live. Again, not so much.

about 10 months ago
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Google Tells Glass Users Not To Be 'Creepy Or Rude'

Any Web Loco Black Mirror - The Entire History of You (341 comments)

There is a great fun 1-hour TV show called Black Mirror - The Entire History of You which deals with what it would be like to be able to record every minute of your private life and review it at any stage. Didn't have entirely positive things to say. Worth a watch one evening - might temper your view?

about 10 months ago

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