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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

Capt James McCarthy So? (218 comments)

Doesn't that mean we are winning the race for species domination just as every other species on Earth attempts and has attempted to do until resources cause the decline?

The reality is Earth's clock is ticking. All resources need to be exhausted to find a way off of this rock or sustain life in the harsher confines of deep space. Otherwise, what are we really doing with our advantage over all the other species past and present? You want a long term goal for humanity? There it is. Survival of the species beyond the scope of the planet for wence it came.

7 hours ago

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Capt James McCarthy Re:I don't know how they pay (508 comments)

but being a plumber or AC repair can't be shipped overseas.

No, those jobs will not be shipped overseas, they will disappear. Look at the modular advancement of products. I do see a future where an HVAC system will be plug and play with parts sold at your local home depot. As for plumbing, why not use a "Lego" brand plumbing where "pipe A" connects to "pipe B" and snaps into place.

People can and will be replaced as technology advances. The goal is cheap and disposable with minimal impact on quality. Manufacturing jobs are dead and a thing of the past. We all have to get over that. The jobs will either be in services or distribution itself.

about two weeks ago

Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

Capt James McCarthy Re:Power? We dont need no stink'n power! (468 comments)

So what happens when the first plane has a power blip, or an engine failure? How can you land with no view?

Airline pilots have what is known as an Instrument Flight Rating for a reason. They don't depend on looking out the window to fly.

Well, this is just a quicker way to increase passenger space by letting the pilots fly your plane from the comfort of their ipad at home.

about three weeks ago

No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

Capt James McCarthy Re:it depends on what "skilled worker" means. (401 comments)

"The only reason to outsource is because of the massive shortage of tech workers." I call bullshit grande. I'm living through an outsource right now and it's ALL ABOUT COST. The existing help desk, first level support, and second level support were shown the door and replaced with 50% off bargain employees from Elbonia and elsewhere. Competence had zero to do with it. Uptime of our apps has tanked, ticket queues are ballooning, the new support folks can't find their ass with both hands and a map... but they sure are cheaper.

But wasn't ITIL the magic bullet to solve the inexperience issue that is always heard around help desk/tier support locations?

about three weeks ago

Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

Capt James McCarthy Re:Would be different (185 comments)

I bet you if he wrote about child pornography or terrorism it would be a different story.

Is it? If so, why?

Yes. Public (or press projected) perception, sensativity, and/or fear.

Although a terrorism writing may have more latitude since shows like 24 are all the rage.

Reading the article is seemed like it was pulled straight from an episode of Criminal Minds IMO.

about three weeks ago

Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

Capt James McCarthy Would be different (185 comments)

I bet you if he wrote about child pornography or terrorism it would be a different story.

However, I agree with the judgement. It's a very slippery slop once that line is crossed and you have to take the good with the bad when you want ANY freedom.

about three weeks ago

Interviews: Ask Lawrence Lessig About His Mayday PAC

Capt James McCarthy Not trying to be snarky... (308 comments)

When your goal is 12,000,000 and have the support of Mr. Wozniak and he believes in your PAC, why not just get the money from him?
(I mean, if I have billions and a topic I support, and 12 million wouldn't make me lose sleep. Just saying.)

Heck, he could start a PR firm that will handle all the ads and such for the PAC and be paid by the PAC. Or you can take a loan from the PAC to pay your bills. Isn't that the way PACs are run currently?

about a month ago

IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

Capt James McCarthy Re:Recycled Hard Drive?! (682 comments)

. Whatever happened to G.W. Bush's Exchange server backups and recovery? That was a priority with a budget if I recall correctly.

It truly baffles me to no end when people use the wrongs of the past to somehow justify the wrongs of today.

So I guess we just say F' it and let our elected officials get away with whatever they want. Justice was overrated anyways.

about a month ago

House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

Capt James McCarthy Re:Democrats voted (932 comments)

Thank you for the perspective.

Here's what I'm seeing from the outside:

  • His district is 75% white, and less than 4% Hispanic. So his constituents know Hispanics mostly in the abstract

Judgmental. Determining the context of 'knowing' another race because you have a higher or lower percentage of population is really near sighted and conflictual.

FWIW, Hispanic does not reference race, just source location, be it Latin America or Spain.

about a month and a half ago

Interviews: Ask Former Director of JPL Edward Stone About Space Exploration

Capt James McCarthy Oblig.. (58 comments)

Did you ever wonder why scientists are always so fascinated with Uranus?

about 2 months ago

Administration Ordered To Divulge Legal Basis For Killing Americans With Drones

Capt James McCarthy Re:No answer will be given (310 comments)

Please tell me you are not using the wrongs of the past to justify the wrongs of today? Come on now.

I'm not sure anybody is saying give Obama a free pass; some of us are just wondering where the FUCK all you constitutional-waving administration critics were during the Bush years... suddenly crawling out of the woodwork after hibernating 8 year I gather.

Sure, maybe Obama hasn't done everything perfect, but I know one thing: throwing Obama under the bus for what clearly started under Bush/Cheney is 100% bullshit.
It gives the impression of really wanting to hide and/or distance one group of politicians from a lot of crap they don't want to own up to, prefer to ignore or forget.

You want to examine and investigate Obama? I say heck yes, I'd welcome that, as long as the previous administration is similarly cross-examined. Bush/Cheney housed goddamn war criminals by any reasonable measure, and no way in hell is there justice if that whole group walks free, after convincing legion of fucktards like yourself to shift the spotlight. This crap didn't appear out of thin air in Jan 2009.

Sorry, that is still not a justifiable defense. Every single elected official volunteers to repair or correct the errors of the past. Period.

Do no stop at just the last administration please. Break away from your favorite news channel and expand the history lesson please. You can easily trace the shift (and growth) of power to the Executive branch back to FDR and The New Deal (and the second New Deal soon after). Those deals created numerous agencies under the Execs control and many, many precedents that each successive administration expanded upon ever since.

about 3 months ago

Administration Ordered To Divulge Legal Basis For Killing Americans With Drones

Capt James McCarthy Re:No answer will be given (310 comments)

History dictates that Obama will declare "executive privilege" or some other nonsense

So he'll be like George Bush? After all, the previous administration used every trick in the book to prevent the public from knowing what the White House was doing such as claiming he needed "unbiased" information which is why he refused to turn over the visitor logs when meeting with oil executives on U.S. energy policy, or claimed that by not opening emails they weren't "read" and so the contents didn't have to be turned over to investigators, the public or even backed up for historical purposes.

And let's not forget Bush (and Vice-President Cheney) avoided every single Congressional request to testify on the failings of his administration to prevent the 9/11 attacks, including refusing to hand over every document requested by the 9/11 Commission except for one page, heavily redacted, which had the title, 'Bin Laden Determined to Attack the U.S.".

So if you're saying Obama will declare "executive privilege" or some other nonsense, we can safely assume he is following the example of his predecessor

Please tell me you are not using the wrongs of the past to justify the wrongs of today? Come on now.

about 3 months ago

I expect to retire ...

Capt James McCarthy Re:how many of these people don't want to retire? (341 comments)

When I see ages like 75 and never, I wonder if these are people who don't want to stop working, or people who financially can't stop working. My grandfather is 92 and still choice.

Agreed. Really there should be reworded to "When do I want to be financially independent." Personally I don't want to retire. I enjoy work and the sense of accomplishment that goes with it. Traveling is fun and I do it three or four times a year, but I enjoy my businesses. Why would I sell my businesses that I enjoy and make wonderful money at?

about 3 months ago

'weev' Conviction Vacated

Capt James McCarthy Interesting (148 comments)

I never understood this. If you break up a rape and beat the crap out of the perpetrator, you are hailed a hero. But expose flaws and you are a criminal. I suppose it's not the crime they are exposing, but the tactics to obtain the information then? So the question would be do the ends justify the means? That would apply to all things governmental/commercial I suppose.

about 3 months ago

Inside Boeing's New Self-Destructing Smartphone

Capt James McCarthy Re:ATM keypads (162 comments)

I would not buy this phone as it is over-priced, and I can do the same thing with a common android smartphone and a little software and hardware tweaking.

You don't understand that spending tax dollars is way different then spending your own dollars.

about 5 months ago

Detroit Wants Its Own High-Tech Visa

Capt James McCarthy Re:Colonialism??? (398 comments)

Doesn't using the phrase "an immigrant would be required to 'live and work' in Detroit for an undetermined length of time" sound a lot like an indentured labour program? It seems awfully familiar to what the Brits did to/in India during the 1800s (

Actually it's exactly like indentureed servitude and it's been done long before the 1800's.

I suppose it's legal since these folks will be volunteers.

In the United States, the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (VTVPA) of 2000 extended servitude to cover peonage as well as Involuntary Servitude.

about 6 months ago

Doomsday Clock Remains at Five Minutes to Midnight

Capt James McCarthy Re:Yes. (222 comments)

invent 'nuclear winter'

Awesome!! Totally forgot about that side affect. Humans can push this clock way back with one of those. Less population, less green house gases (fewer people, means fewer cars/heating/burning/etc..), and a cooler planet should Global Warming take off. Man, this could solve so many problems.

I'm trying to see a down side here.....oh yeah, distruction, loss of life, and reverting much of the world back to the 1800's. Dang. I thought we had a Global solution there.

about 6 months ago

Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

Capt James McCarthy Re:Cellphones during the movie was debated.... (1431 comments)

Well its america, and even worse, florida. The courts already said you can kill whomever you want, you just have to say "he's coming right for us".

If I was in america, and everyone around me was armed and with the above mentality, YOUR GOD DAMN RIGHT I WOULD BE ARMED!

If everyone around you is a violent psychopath (this did occur in america), I would want to be protected personally.

Don't believe the hype of the media. These random actions may appear frequent, but are just sensationalized to bring the world into every living room in America thinking that everyone is out to get them. Then the powers to be can more easily control/tax/litigate the populace.

about 6 months ago

Lawsuit: Oracle Called $50K 'Good Money For an Indian'

Capt James McCarthy Re:Shocking (409 comments)

If proven true in court, this justifies a boycott of Oracle products by all us techies until Oracle produce an open salary audit proving no racial differentials between staff at the same locations. The allegation if true is disgraceful

Hmmmm....Interesting concept. An open salary audit. Let me see. So what you are saying is that all employees for a given job description are equal. Is that correct?

Well, I guess that you would have to make sure that there are measureable metrics to ensure that employee A is doing the same and equal job of employees D, B, F, E, T, C.

Look, what was said, or practiced, is wrong on all fronts. As an employer and a one time employee, it sucks, but it happens all the time. I know for a fact that recruiters look to the mid-west to bring employees to the east/west coast because they have a lesser expectation for salary. Does that make them racist?

about 6 months ago

Swarms of Small Satellites Set To Deliver Close To Real-Time Imagery of Earth

Capt James McCarthy Always made me wonder... (112 comments)

Of who owns the airspace above the atmosphere. Understanding that each Country in the world has control over the airspace within it's borders, but what what elevation does that cease? Could you launch a vehicle from international waters taking your own satellites into orbit and beyond the control of anyone? I'm sure it would upset many folks. Resources not being an issue for such an undertaking.

about 7 months ago


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Capt James McCarthy Capt James McCarthy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Sitting in the woods getting ready to be captured with Lizard by those damn worms. We are sitting here looking at one another wondering when the hell something will happen to us. It sure is boring sitting here waiting for our story to be told. I mean, I wish I knew if Lizard lives or dies. I will be really pissed if she dies.


He's never going to finish the series. Keep counting those tribbles David.

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