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Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

Crypto Gnome Re:Remember the good old days? (351 comments)

The purpose of a free press is to promote a knowledgeable society. If the agenda is to stomp out the stupidity of the masses and their dangerous influence over lawmakers then yes, I welcome these agenda-toting muckrakers of truth with open arms.

No, the purpose of The Press is to sow Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt amongst the general population and THEN (and ONLY then) to TELL PEOPLE HOW, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE AND WHY to think.

At least, that's (a) what the politicians believe (b) what the editors believe (c) what most of the people end up believing.

5 days ago

Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

Crypto Gnome Re:Apple/Google, please ban app until NFC restored (631 comments)

Turnabout is fair play - the App Store vendors should just reject the CurrentC app without explanation "we have the right to refuse service", and leave it at that.

about 3 months ago

Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

Crypto Gnome Re:CurrentC does not solve for the Customer (631 comments)

Looking through CurrentC it does everything for Merchants, and nothing for customers.

- Requires to be tied to checking account or debit card - Customer assumes 100% of liability for fraud (?!) - Retailer can gather all purchase data on a customer - Requires multistep actions including scanning QR codes

What benefit is in there for the customer? You know people are going to freak out around the liability part. I know the retailers want to reduce their transaction fee, but unless they throw some level of enticement (such as a discount) you probably won't see adoption of this. Conversely a discount will just nullify the transaction fee. I'm of the belief CurrentC is DOA.

And the funny thing is that the consortium pushing CurrentC literally TELLS YOU that "CurrentC is ALL for the benefit of the customer".

Specifically: they're a pack of lying thugs, fuck'em all.

Pay them with single dollar bills whenever possible, ideally when they force you to use CurrentC tell them to go jump for being a bunch of lying thugs and mongrels, and then walk out and shop elsewhere.

about 3 months ago

Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

Crypto Gnome Re:What's it like being a dolphin? (152 comments)

Clearly you have no idea what it's like to be a dolphin.

Apparently they're even more randy than Bonobos!

So the conversation would be more

  • sex
  • swiming
  • sex
  • sex
  • sex
  • sex while swimming
  • sex while eating
  • swiming
  • sex

about 4 months ago

MIT's Cheetah Robot Runs Untethered

Crypto Gnome Baaah! (90 comments)

Watching the last few seconds of the video all I could think was:

Cover it in wool and you've built something an android might dream of....

about 4 months ago

Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

Crypto Gnome Re:As a protest to the use of these devices, (162 comments)

I suggest that everyone who has to go through the scanner reach down into their pants and stick their finger into their butt hole just before they have to point their finger at the detector.

Why do it yourself, when it only takes a *little* encouragement before THE TSA offers to insert THEIR finger in your butthole?

Keeping in mind that THE TSA will not stop until their knuckles are knocking your uvula, or further press-the-digit-ation is blocked at their shoulder (whichever comes last).

about 7 months ago

Robert McMillen: What Everyone Gets Wrong In the Debate Over Net Neutrality

Crypto Gnome Robert McMillen is an idiot (270 comments)

Netflix happily provides servers to cache their content, for FREE. This solves the congestion issue which Comcast CLAIMS is the reason why Netflix had to cough up literally millions of dollars.

However Comcast REFUSED to deploy those FREE SERVERS.

Anyone who argues that is NOT extortion is an idiot.

Anyone who IGNORES the "refusal to deploy free servers" issue is an idiot.

about 7 months ago

Robert McMillen: What Everyone Gets Wrong In the Debate Over Net Neutrality

Crypto Gnome Re:Strawman (270 comments)

the argument IS a strawman.

Because NetFLIX will HAPPILY ship a bunch of servers for you to host ON YOUR NETWORK which cache the content, thereby BYPASSING ALL YOUR 'peering costs'.

Comcast (and friends) REFUSE to let Netflix GIVE THEM THESE SERVERS, because by refusing the servers they can FORCE NETFLIX TO PAY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

By definition, that's EXTORTION.

about 7 months ago

Scientists Successfully Grow Full Head of Hair On Bald Man

Crypto Gnome No News Here (of the day) (109 comments)

Surprisingly enough they found that a patient suffering from a side-effect of an autoimmune disorder treated with a drug for treating an (other) autoimmune disorder was successful in reducing-aka-curing the side-effect.

PLUS ONE for "the scientific method", MINUS ONE THOUSAND for thinking this is in ANY way "totally amazing duude!".

BTW: you CANNOT "cure" baldness, baldness is not a disease, it's a description of a symptom.

about 7 months ago

Fasting Triggers Stem Cell Regeneration of Damaged, Old Immune System

Crypto Gnome For All The Doubters: Watch The Documentary (148 comments)

To anyone who thinks this research has triggered their "bullshit detector" I say "you are so full of bullshit your detector is broken".

Watch this BBC/Horizon documentary http://vimeo.com/54089463

In this video they take before/after blood samples and show at least SOME actual physiological changes, change of things in ways which we currently consider to be "good for your health".

There really (no, really really) DOES appear to be at least some valid science behind this.

about 8 months ago

UK Seeks To Hold Terrorism Trial In Secret

Crypto Gnome Re:Why is this a crime in the UK? (240 comments)

you would think that simply possessing knowledge could not be ruled illegal

There's a reason they call it Thought Crime.

about 8 months ago

Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden Would Not Get a Fair Trial – and Kerry Is Wrong

Crypto Gnome Re:The penalty for treason (519 comments)

How, exactly, do Snowden's actions in leaking information to the media of a staunchly allied country fit the definition of treason?

The argument is that because he revealed details about foreign operations he "aided the enemy" (insert extremely rubbery definition of 'aid').

In the same way that far too many crimes are IMMEDIATELY proclaimed TERRORISM (for the sole reason that they have harsher penalties and lower requirements for proof, due diligence, etc)

about 8 months ago

Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden Would Not Get a Fair Trial – and Kerry Is Wrong

Crypto Gnome Re: Traitor (519 comments)

So technically the definition of treason encompasses ANY whistleblower about ANY National Security issues.

Again we see overbroad and unnecessary interpretations of The Law which serve NO PURPOSE other than to silence dissent.

Sure we have oversight, and if you come forward raising your concerns we'll ignore you (and destroy your career) and if you go public in ANY way we'll accuse you of treason and destroy your entire life.

about 8 months ago

The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative

Crypto Gnome What Is the Singularity (339 comments)

The core concept of The (digital) Singularity is the same as in physics.

That there will probably be some point where technology escalates at a geometric rate and passes "an event horizon" of some kind.

Typically the concept is based around either artificial or uploaded-humans type intelligence running on faster processors (or perhaps more nodes/cores) than meatspace humanity.

Once that happens, and of course assuming that said "thinkers" have the ability to upgrade/rewrite/improve their self (either software or hardware) , then theoretically we should get some kind of "runaway intelligence upgrade" (same thing as gravity escalating to the point where NOTHING can escape, not even light).

This is NOT FAITH, this is basic logic (if A and B then C).

If we never A, or we never let them B, then C won't happen.

about 8 months ago

Who Helped Kill Patent Troll Reform In the Senate

Crypto Gnome Re:Supporters of the plan accuse... (157 comments)

You, sir, are a complete IDIOT!,

The money that universities make off their patents doesn't go into the pockets of some mysterious investor but BACK INTO FUNDING THE UNIVERSITY.

As a direct result of being able to profit from their patented research universities can afford to do more (or more expensive) research without having to dip into TAX DOLLARS to do so.

about 8 months ago

As NASA Seeks Next Mission, Russia Holds the Trump Card

Crypto Gnome In other news.... (250 comments)

Russia is enjoying all the benefits of a Capitalist Free Market and America is crying about it.

Swallow a teaspoon of cement and HARDEN UP people!

You VERY SUCCESSFULLY engineered yourself into a situation where you have NO OTHER OPTION and you ONLY NOW wonder why it's so freakin expensive?


about 8 months ago

Sony Tape Storage Breakthrough Could Bring Us 185 TB Cartridges

Crypto Gnome Yes, but .... (208 comments)

185TB on a cartridge is impressive .. BUT

Does it generate XRAYS when you peel the tape off the spool?

And can you tape your children to the ceiling with it? (or make a boat, or even an airplane?)

about 9 months ago

Security At Nuclear Facilities: Danger Likely Lurks From Within

Crypto Gnome Re:Let me tell you about stealing dirty bomb mater (72 comments)

While everything you say is true, it's also completely irrelevant.

Or do you believe that the mentality of Suicide Bombers does not apply in this situation?

about 9 months ago

Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Crypto Gnome News For Nerds: "no shit, sherlock" edition (818 comments)

The US of A runs on The Golden Rule.

Compared to Megacorps Megabux Lobbying the average american has literally zero influence over policy.

about 9 months ago



Ask Slashdot: Beyond Climate-Change or Who Is Looking At The Big Picture?

Crypto Gnome Crypto Gnome writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Crypto Gnome (651401) writes "While everyone is whining about GreenHouse Gasses the actual problem is an excess of heat. Constant bitching about cee owe too and cowfarts is just talking up (presumed/apparent) Causes. Ever since our good friend Einstein proved that e=mcc we've known that matter is essentially fossilised energy. (to put it in a similar descriptive paradigm) So once we get fusion based power plants we'll be releasing into our biosphere excess energy which was previously locked up nicely in matter. Bugger the greenhouse gasses as an intermediary we've gone DIRECTLY from root-cause to OH ZOD WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE. What are we gonna do then? Of course the problem is even WORSE once we crack the problem of Zero Point Energy, now we're sucking energy into The UNIVERSE which effectively didn't exist at all. And it's the same problem if we ever work out how to suck energy out of "neighbouring universes" (yes people say I read too much SF)..... Or maybe they're the same problem and Zero Point is actually just the effect we see of energy cycling between adjacent universes and statistically there's no *net change* until we started fudging with things and trying to keep it on our side of the fence."



Some is better than none, right?

Crypto Gnome Crypto Gnome writes  |  more than 7 years ago So just for the sake of having something in my journal, "because it was there", or something ....

Aside from randomly posting on our favorite rant-space, I am also into photography on a thoroughly-amateur scale.

Digital, naturellement!

My Gear includes

  • Canon 20D & Canon 40D
  • 10-22mm f/(something)
  • 50mm f/1.4
  • 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
  • 28-135mm f/3.5-4.5 IS USM
  • 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • misc items (580ex Flash, 1.4x and 2.0x TC, etc)

All of which is hand-craft-ingly post-processed on a MACPRO 3.0GHz with 8GB RAM and 2TB storage using Aperture.

Feel free to wander around to my personal photosite (much love to Gallery2)

Your welcome to dis my photography skills, but please don't just dis the site itself, like all newborns it has much growth ahead.

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