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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Hartree Re:hahahahaha (631 comments)

Be careful what you ask for. If everyone in less well off conditions moves to New Zealand, it won't be stable, sane, or a first world country.

Then again, maybe you're really a Silicon Valley resident hoping that if someone there takes your advice, housing costs will drop.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Hartree I'll be fine: (736 comments)

I'm all set, then. Not only do I know how to brew beer, but I also used to work as a refrigeration technician.

(I've also worked building houses, but I can get someone else to do that for me if I've got cold beer and ice. :).

about two weeks ago
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Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

Hartree Welcome to 1894: (292 comments)

This hoohah even managed to drag me and my BS detector back from Soylent.

(I'm blatantly stealing this quote from one Robert A. Nelson, but it sums up my point quite well.)

In 1894, Albert A. Michelson remarked that in physics there were no more fundamental discoveries to be made. Quoting Lord Kelvin, he continued, âoeAn eminent physicist remarked that the future truths of physical science are to be looked for in the sixth place of decimals.â

A few short years later, physics was grappling with two tiny details called quantum mechanics and special relativity.

I just got back from a talk outlining the unbelievable complexity involved in the assembly of fleeting RNA and protein complexes that are crucial in translating DNA to protein in our cells. What they are doing and how they do it is not at all well understood, regardless that our lives and that of all cellular/multicellular life depend critically on it.

Three weeks ago BICEP2 gave fair evidence of beyond standard model physics (How else can you characterize amplified quantum fluctuations in the field of gravity?). This is something that only happens at many many orders of magnitude greater energy than we've ever observed before.

And you propose to tell me that science is mostly finished but for tidying up "minor details"?

That's spelled "horseshit" where I come from.

about two weeks ago
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Are You a Competent Cyborg?

Hartree Cyborg status due to technological enhancement? (101 comments)

Damn it, you're not a cyborg because you're standing on that step ladder.

Now come down off of it so I can beat you with my cane (which also doesn't make me a cyborg)!

about 2 months ago
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I'd prefer military fiction books that are ...

Hartree Re:Missing option: Counterfactual (236 comments)

I put ancient partly because of Turtledove's Videssos Cycle. Taking history and tweaking it a bit can be fascinating if done well.

about 2 months ago
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Should Nuclear and Renewable Energy Supporters Stop Fighting?

Hartree Short answer: Yes, but it's not possible: (551 comments)

Whether the technologies are compatible is irrelevant.

The people are not compatible.

Further, many of the people have little desire to be compatible. The "other" side is seen as evil and disingenuous rather than just disagreeing. Compromise is thus impossible in the same way as the current Washington political situation. Gridlock. Forever. No quarter given or expected.

So, no worries, Dice Holdings. This will continue to be a profitable generator of page and ad views for the foreseeable future.

about 3 months ago
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India To Build World's Largest Solar Plant

Hartree Paranoid Anxiety Neurosis: (253 comments)

So... Do you still lie awake at night hiding under the covers because of all the "Space Nutters" plotting against you?

Oh no! There may be one under your bed RIGHT NOW!

about 3 months ago
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UK Council To Send Obese People 'Motivational' Texts Telling Them To Use Stairs

Hartree Trolling Target: (225 comments)

You know that someone will try to break into the system running this and alter the messages.

This thing has a giant "Kick me!" sign pinned on it..

about 3 months ago
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First New Generic Top Level Domains Opening

Hartree Re:Politics: (198 comments)

"I think the NJ governor will be saving his money for legal fees"

Now, now. It ain't over until the fat lady sings about the fat man.

about 3 months ago
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First New Generic Top Level Domains Opening

Hartree Politics: (198 comments)

Oh joy. I can just hardly wait for the race to get .obama, .clinton, .christie, .huckabee, etc.

What a wonderful advance for the intarwebs...

(sarcasm warning for the insight impaired)

about 3 months ago
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US Geneticist Discusses North Korea Trip With Dennis Rodman

Hartree Re:Kind of delusional? (101 comments)

No, there are definitely things a population geneticist could study in North Korea. Some of them involve horrible things the regime has done to large numbers of people.

I have an idea the IRB (Institutional Review Board, basically the research ethics review body for each of the colleges he works with) would look very closely at any data he or arrangements gotten from there.

Some things would be ethical, but it would be awfully easy to go beyond the bounds of what's ethical in studies involving humans.

It's probably not the case, but there have been cases where researchers have gone far beyond the bounds.

about 3 months ago
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U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

Hartree Much more than 10 years ago: (635 comments)

I'm kind of bucking the trend, but it's due to now having a job that is 25 miles away from where I live. I repair machinery and instruments, so no chance for telecommuting. 10 years ago, I was combining part time and self employment and didn't have to commute.

15 years ago, I worked in the same small city I do now and so I was driving the same amount. I was doing sysadmin work that about half of it could have been done by telecommuting, but that wasn't as prevalent then.

about 3 months ago
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Extinct Species of Early Human Survived On Grass Bulbs, Not Meat

Hartree Heterotrophs Unite! (318 comments)

Why just steal calories from animals? Spread the suffering to those dratted plants as well! :)

about 3 months ago
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Extinct Species of Early Human Survived On Grass Bulbs, Not Meat

Hartree Historical Epidemiology: (318 comments)

"No more so than the far more desperate folks here on slashdot who are ferociously denying it."

I bow before your certainty that you are the smart clued in one and everyone else is the dimwitted fool who will pay the cost at their death. (Funny how that sounds so similar to fundy Christians)

I do wonder where those extremely long lived and far more healthy vegans throughout history are. They seem to have hidden themselves very well among the miserable sick and dying everyone else whose average lifespan has increased over the past century.

about 3 months ago
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Ford Exec: 'We Know Everyone Who Breaks the Law' Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car

Hartree Ford Motor Company says: (599 comments)

We're not gonna tell your Sunday prayer group that your car is parked in the porno shop parking lot every Friday evening. But we just wanted to let you know that we could.

Have a nice day.

about 3 months ago
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Senior Managers Are the Worst Information Security Offenders

Hartree Seen it on the job: (181 comments)

This is supposed to be some great revelation?

They're also the ones who can get security policy overridden so that something can be easy for them. Regardless of the problems.

about 3 months ago
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Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

Hartree Re:It's called WINTER (684 comments)

"That's -40 REAL degrees (trivia: -40F == -40C), or -80F with the "Wind Chill".... "

Dammit, I've told ya ten million times not to exaggerate!

(-40 is several degrees colder than the statewide all time records in either Illinois or Indiana, and neither of those were in the Chicago/Gary region).

about 4 months ago
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China: The Next Space Superpower

Hartree The Important thing: (250 comments)

The US can still beat them in Eve Online, can't we?

How many times did I hear from tech pundits that the New Virtual Economy made the brick and mortar world less important? Isn't this the same?

Oh wait. There was that little thing called the dot com crash. Guess the real world capabilities still matter.

No big deal. Guess I'll just get a beer and go back to playing Kerbal Space Program, then. It's what made America great. ;)

about 4 months ago
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Illinois Law Grounds PETA Drones Meant To Harass Hunters

Hartree "Just outside of Chicago, there's a place called:" (370 comments)

No, you're thinking of the great state of Chicago and its suburbs.

Illinois is this tiny little place south of I-80 that no one pays attention to. Just ask House Speaker Mike Madigan. It's rumored he's even been there once, but his limo was going near 90 on I-57, so no one is quite sure it really was him.

about 4 months ago

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This American Life Retracts Episode on Apple Factories in China

Hartree Hartree writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hartree (191324) writes "This American Life aired an episode in January about visiting Foxconn's factory in Shenzhen China that supplies Apple with iPhones and iPads. It was the most downloaded of all of its episodes.

That show helped prompt Apple to release, for the first time, a list of its suppliers and allow outside audits of working conditions at its suppliers. (Discussed here on a previous Slashdot story.)

This American Life has now retracted the episode after finding out that Mike Daisey, whose visit to the factory the show was based on, fabricated portions of the story. This included a number of minor items, but also major ones such as his saying that he personally met underage workers and those poisoned by hexane exposure.

To set the record straight, this weekend's episode of This American Life will present how they were mislead into airing a flawed story.

TAL's press release (pdf) is here."

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FBI names, arrests Anon who infiltrated its secret conference call

Hartree Hartree writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hartree (191324) writes "Ars Technica reports: The anonymous operative that recorded a conference call by the FBI and other international cybecrime units has been arrested in Ireland.

This is due to information apparently provided to the FBI by Sabu, the LulzSec head who was named and indicted earlier today along with several other members.

Interestingly, one of the topics discussed during the intercepted call was delaying UK court cases to avoid interfering with a major operation that the NY FBI was planning.

Ironically, that operation was the investigation leading to Sabu and LulzSec's arrest earlier today. That also lead to the arrest of the person recording that very call."

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FBI names, arrests Anon who infiltrated its secret conference call

Hartree Hartree writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hartree (191324) writes "Ars Technica reports: The anonymous operative that recorded a conference call by the FBI and other international cybecrime units has been arrested in Ireland.

This is due to information apparently provided to the FBI by Sabu, the LulzSec head who was named and indicted earlier today along with several other members.

Interestingly, one of the topics discussed during the intercepted call was delaying UK court cases to avoid interfering with a major operation that

Ironically, that operation was the investigation leading to Sabu and LulzSec's arrest earlier today. That also lead to the arrest of the person recording that very call."

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WHO: Cell Phones May Cause Cancer

Hartree Hartree writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hartree (191324) writes "A World Health Organization group of experts doing a review of previous studies concluded that they could not rule out the the possibility that cell phones increase brain cancer risk. The judge the possibility to be great enough to warrant measures to reduce exposure. Hands free operation or testing were mentioned."
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