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What's the Carbon Footprint of Bicycling?

AoT You've got that backwards (542 comments)

When autos drive slower they consume less fuel, which means that not only are those cyclists reducing their own carbon footprint, they are reducing the footprint of the drivers as well.

more than 3 years ago
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Egypt Shuts Off All Internet Access

AoT Re:HAM (840 comments)

Well, then conveniently enough, the government doesn't have access to it. Double edge sword and all.

I've heard news/rumors that ham operators actually are getting info around and out of the country;

more than 3 years ago
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Egypt Shuts Off All Internet Access

AoT Re:If you were there... (840 comments)

Seriously, which official thought this was a good idea?

Yes, the protesters used the internet to organize, but it isn't as if people don't know there's going to be a protest tomorrow, or today at this point in Egypt. All this does is piss people off even more.

Alternately, it makes a lot of sense if the governments plan is to kill a bunch of people and they don't want the rest of the world to see it.

As for the original question, the current news/rumor is that ham radio operators are sending out reports internationally currently. It might not be the internet, but it's better than nothing.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Says Hardware, Not Hackers, Caused Outage

AoT Re:I don't know (128 comments)

This is exactly what I was thinking. It's only a matter of time before more IT employees start realizing this.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Says Hardware, Not Hackers, Caused Outage

AoT Re:Anonymous themselves said they weren't going to (128 comments)

Given that they haven't shied from calling for DDoSes against other targets, which is just as illegal, it seems silly they'd somehow beat arount the bush in this case.

more than 3 years ago
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FCC Backs Net Neutrality, Chairman's Full Speech Posted

AoT Regulating Insterstate Comerce, Obviously (270 comments)

Those wires, which were largely built with federal funding by the way, cross state lines and distribute content across said state lines, that makes it an issue of regulating interstate commerce, one of the powers granted to the federal government in the constitution.

Basic civics folks.

about 5 years ago
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Obama Wants Broadband, Computers Part of Stimulus

AoT Re:Don't confuse the issue. (901 comments)

he United States is not some podunk little nation like Korea, but a continent-spanning nation that takes 3 days to drive across,

Which is exactly why it makes sense to have the government work on a broadband project. A similar thing happened with electricity and phones. It wasn't viable for businesses to install the lines so the government took over and installed them out to the remote countryside.

I hope the power grid gets reworked in all of the stimulus, we need that a lot. But having higher broadband penetration will be a good thing too.

more than 5 years ago
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Give One Get One Redux, OLPC XO-1 Now On Amazon

AoT Re:Give one? (168 comments)

I agree, but it isn't an either/or situation most of the time. There are plenty of kids out there that have enough to eat but don't have a way to get a education.

You switch from "will it help" to "best way to help" in mid-point.

I certainly did.

more than 5 years ago
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Give One Get One Redux, OLPC XO-1 Now On Amazon

AoT Re:Give one? (168 comments)

Well, there's also Newton's Principia and all of Shakespeare.

That shit never goes out of style.

more than 5 years ago
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Give One Get One Redux, OLPC XO-1 Now On Amazon

AoT Re:Give one? (168 comments)

Darn it, I had this long and awesomely combative response to your response(to my response to your response, etc.) that totally would have garnered some good karma(I totally dropped some awesomely pertinent stats about Nigeria and cell phones as well). But after thinking about it, it was probably not the best response.

Here's the thing, yes we in the US have problems with the textbook publishing industry, and yes there are problems with the implementation of computer networks, but the question is not whether or not the OLPC project can solve the educational problems of the world but whether it can be useful in certain situations. I think the answer is yes. There are areas that need resources devoted to food and to sanitation and to other important thing in that vein, but there are also communities that have a minimal standard of living which could be increased by the introduction of the OLPC. That's my point, not that this is some utopian cure-all, but that it will be useful for some communities and that this is the best way to help those communities.

Are there communities out there that would be helped more by books than these laptops, sure there are. And some of those communities will get these laptops anyway, but shit happens.

more than 5 years ago
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Give One Get One Redux, OLPC XO-1 Now On Amazon

AoT one more thing (168 comments)

If you are politically correct and environmentally conscious, you are probably now wiping your ass with the toilet paper made from these perfectly usable books.

I doubt it, glossy paper doesn't recycle like that.

more than 5 years ago
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Give One Get One Redux, OLPC XO-1 Now On Amazon

AoT Re:Give one? (168 comments)

Wow, are you in any way involved with pedagogical theory? Do you actually know anything about how children learn? Are you doing anything other than assuming that elementary school learning in other countries is somehow just a poorly funded version of the U.S.?

Printing a whole ton of elementary school primers in Swahili, or Maya(yes people still speak it), or any other language that has a limited amount of speakers compared to English is a resource consuming endeavor. To be able to simply write it and have it show up on their computers allows them to have much more content available than if they were stuck hauling books into every school.

As for the wireless network, that's been built into the computer as a mesh network, which means that one child, or a teacher, can connect to someone who has the latest version of a textbook, or even a text that was not available to them prior.

And while you may want to pretend that civil war tears through every "third-world nation" on a regular basis, that simply isn't the case; and certainly not on a level that causes massive infrastructure damage.

The problem with University books, and it is a problem, I know, I've been there, I'm bitter about it too, has nothing to do with this project. This is about providing a different sort of education.

Ultimately this has a broader goal as well, providing the tools for people who have as yet not had them to develop a level of computer literacy that will allow them to have a level of knowledge on par, if not better than, the modern information powers. There is no good way to get an education on how to use computers than by using them, especially at a young age. I imagine that is how most people here on slashdot learned to use the things.

more than 5 years ago
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Give One Get One Redux, OLPC XO-1 Now On Amazon

AoT Re:Give one? (168 comments)

And how many pads of paper, pencils and books does it take to download up to date information from the internet?

This way the children in question aren't stuck with crappy out-of-date textbooks three, four, however many years down the line.

more than 5 years ago
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The State of Electronic Voting In the 2008 US Elections

AoT Re:Help America Vote? (223 comments)

Oh, sorry, I thought you were reasonable. I didn't realize you were a libertarian.

more than 5 years ago
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The State of Electronic Voting In the 2008 US Elections

AoT Re:Help America Vote? (223 comments)

Obama is not a socialist, not even close. I should know, I am one.

more than 5 years ago
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The State of Electronic Voting In the 2008 US Elections

AoT Re:Help America Vote? (223 comments)

I'm sorry, but it isn't to get them not to vote. It does has the effect of marginally less people voting, and I think it sucks, but the point is to get people to vote Democrat, not to abstain from voting.

And sorry, but Nader isn't a Green any more, he is doing as much damage to third parties as is the Democratic Party, more, probably.

more than 5 years ago
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The State of Electronic Voting In the 2008 US Elections

AoT Re:Help America Vote? (223 comments)

Let's make perfectly clear that Nader is not Green any more. He abuses the system as much as the Dems do to get on the ballot. If he was trying to get a third party on the ballot then he wouldn't have fucked the Greens like he did in 2004 and 2008 by running as a green until he lost the national nomination the running as an independent.

more than 5 years ago
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The State of Electronic Voting In the 2008 US Elections

AoT Re:Help America Vote? (223 comments)

I'm certainly not going to defend the Democrats election tactics against the Greens. I've been in plenty of campaigns that were targeted by them. I don't know how many states they sued Nader in, I can't seem to find it for this election, it was 20 in the last one.

Democrats outright prevent people from running for office so they can present themselves as the "lesser of two evils" to unconvinced moderates for the purpose of getting votes. Both are forms of voter suppression and both very actively deploy the tactics in every election.

No they aren't both forms of voter suppression. One is voter suppression, the other is legal wrangling. The whole idea of getting Nader off the ballot is to get those people to vote Dem, not to get them not to vote. Again, I'm not saying that the Dems should be doing this, just that it isn't the same as voter suppression. Republican voter suppression hits Green supporters as well.

more than 5 years ago
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The State of Electronic Voting In the 2008 US Elections

AoT Re:Living in Texas, I cannot be sure (223 comments)

If you have x votes for candidate one and y votes for candidate two, and candidate one is winning by x-y votes, the last (x-y)-1 votes you count will be irrelevant to the outcome.

That is only true if the size of the popular vote win doesn't matter, but it does matter. Obama won by a fair amount of both the popular vote and the electoral vote, but he could have won by the same amount of the electoral vote and a far greater amount of the popular vote. A large popular vote has significant effect in political capital after inauguration. Had the pop vote been closer Obama would have had a harder time once he took office, were it greater he would have had a much easier time.

So, yes, those votes do in fact count, though not directly towards the election.

more than 5 years ago

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retardist manifesto

AoT AoT writes  |  about 10 years ago

i regret that i have but one mind to loose for my ART. I feel it now begin to absorb me, to become me. this expansion of ego does not scare me. NO, in fact it drives me HARDER. in the beginning was THE LIE, and the lie shall set us loose. it shall free us from reality and BANALITY and the mundane, drudgingly pathetic thing we call BEAUTY. irony and the birth of the age of the ABSURD will release us, free us, tie us in the knots of FUN, childishness, and novel, retarded happiness. like monkeys at the zoo we will throw our now useless FECES at our captors. we will humiliate and denigrate those who force feed us FALSE CULTURE in the guise of all-knowing intelectuals, artists, ROCKSTARS, and movie moguls. submodern sado-intellectual artistic subvertion will rule the new collective unconsious. only things that NO ONE considers art, most of all the artist, will be art. logic and reason will be decimated by the hordes of astrologists, phrenologists, palmists, SEERS, mystics, yogis, cartoonists, comedians, demagogues and charlatans. symbols will ascend to metaphores and similies will descend to INANITIES.

    BLAH BLAH BLAH will be our war cry, LA LA LA our funeral song.

RETARDED MONKEY MOTHER FUCKERS UNITE

you havenothing to loose but your mind

BLAH! BLAH! BLAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SCO & DefCon

AoT AoT writes  |  more than 10 years ago Since this got rejected I'll just put it here in my nice little journal I never use. SCO is holding a forum in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand for their 25th aniversary. It'll be august 1-3. Conveniently enough this coincides nicely with this years DefCon. Should be interesting.

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