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Nate Silver's New Site Stirs Climate Controversy

Kwelstr I hope Nate doesn't become another hack (335 comments)

Most media sites are internet hacks now, posting stories for clicks, that's all they care about (alla Newsweek) and guess what, reddit is their big secret! Nate Silver was one of the very few that stuck to the data, and was trustworthy. But that was then, this is now. He has to prove his new venture is going to be accurate and truthful and not just another HuffPost type bullcrap.

about 5 months ago

Satoshi Nakamoto Found? Not So Fast

Kwelstr Newsweek is the new National Enquirer (182 comments)

Seriously, this was once a very respected mag that will never publish such trash and make it pass for true journalism just to get page views. Newsweek may be happy with all the attention, but the reporting was amateurish. That's what happens when you cut cost by firing all the carreer pros and get sub par people to do the vetting. I hope they go the way of Time mag sooner rather than later. The poor guy that has only a name to share with the true creator of bitcoin probably will get a lawyer and a big cash settlement. The bitcoin community sees this as a lot of fun after a few weeks of distressing news. Bitcoin as a whole is benefiting from all the publicity. All in all, bad journalism and not a bad week for bitcoin.

about 6 months ago

To Boldly Go Nowhere, For Now

Kwelstr I think the article makes a good point (308 comments)

Robots can do all the work we need to do and do it for many many years, like the space probes we've sent and are still working after so long. We do the exploration by proxy then, what's wrong with that? Eventually humanity may even be followed by a cybernetic civilization, if we can manage the tech before we go extinct.

1 year,4 hours

North Korea Declares a State of War

Kwelstr They should call their bluff already (628 comments)

North Korea is trying to blackmail the west once again. It worked in the 90's with Clinton and it worked in the 2000's with Bush, they make a big fuss and they get money to calm down. And the US media loves it too, they get to scare people and talk endlessly about it during a slow news cycle. Ratings up, win-win.

about a year and a half ago

Obayashi To Build Space Elevator By 2050

Kwelstr Re:Is that so? (488 comments)

I think the concept of a space elevator is more to bring payloads into orbit cheaply. It costs a lot of money per ton to shuttle something into orbit now. People could still be shuttled up and payloads use the elevator, that way the price per ton in orbit would go down dramatically.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You View the Wall Street Protests?

Kwelstr Re:The 1% are insulated (1799 comments)

You don't understand how votes work. When you vote your age group gains and when you do not vote your age group loses influence. That is why seniors have a lot of influence, because they vote. If you don't like the presidential choices, you can still vote for your representatives in Congress and your local representatives. Evidently if you do not vote, it is your own fault, because that is how the system works.

more than 2 years ago

Slate Reprints Blue-Box Article That Inspired Jobs

Kwelstr Re:If the captain himself if reading this. . . (121 comments)

If you read the Wikipedia entry on John Draper, that is not true at all. He seems to be doing alright for himself.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Cookies Track Users Even After Logging Out

Kwelstr Ok, this is my fix, for what it's worth. (352 comments)

I have done this ever since I joined FB due to friends and family over-bugging me to join: I installed the Opera browser, I got a new email that I use for FB; I've used Opera only to log into FB and into the email I use for FB. I use Chrome or Firefox for everything else. I just checked my Firefox, no FB cookies!

more than 2 years ago

First Look At Chrome 10

Kwelstr Re:Chrome and Linux don't jive (206 comments)

Well, I really didn't know they have the chromium-browser package! I've installed it and it seems to be working fine. I'll play with it some more. Thank you.

more than 3 years ago

First Look At Chrome 10

Kwelstr Re:Chrome and Linux don't jive (206 comments)

Always the same console message, as far as I can tell, it is a chrome bug. It just hangs. $ chrome /usr/bin/chrome: /opt/google/chrome/ no version information available (required by /usr/bin/chrome) /opt/google/chrome/chrome: /opt/google/chrome/ no version information available (required by /opt/google/chrome/chrome)

more than 3 years ago

First Look At Chrome 10

Kwelstr Chrome and Linux don't jive (206 comments)

At least for me, I've been trying to make it work for more than a year, with the latest version but it is buggy as hell. I'll give it a try when they come with a new version for Linux.

more than 3 years ago

When the Internet Nearly Fractured

Kwelstr Re:So then, (119 comments)

"and we network old-timers have never forgiven you AOL'ers for ruining our network." Amen!

more than 3 years ago

Flight of the Desktops

Kwelstr Re:bleak? (430 comments)

All those reasons work for me, plus: I've been using the same computer case for the last 10 years and just keep upgrading the parts. You cannot do that with a laptop, at most you can add memory.

more than 4 years ago

The LHC, the Higgs Boson, and Fate

Kwelstr It is called backward causation (691 comments)

From Wikipedia: Retrocausality (also called retro-causation, backward causation and similar terms) is any of several hypothetical phenomena or processes that reverse causality, allowing an effect to occur before its cause.

more than 4 years ago

Schooling, Homeschooling, and Now, "Unschooling"

Kwelstr Re:So it's a fnacy nmae (1345 comments)

Hurry, someone tell the Baltimore Sun that The Onion stories are satire!.

about 5 years ago

Murdoch Demands Kindle Users' Info

Kwelstr Re:So what? (433 comments)

--If people were subscribing to the dead-tree edition of the Journal, he would have not just their names but their home addresses and probably phone numbers as well. Now subscribers want to pay for the same publication--the Wall Street Journal--and the publisher expects to have the same information they would if they were sending the physical newspaper.--

Ok, consider this: I stopped subscribing to ANY publication several years ago due to the constant and relentless offers I was getting. In my view, they were abusing my personal info, so I stopped them. It took a good couple of years for the offers to stop. It would make a big difference to me personally if I could subscribe and remain anonymous. But that's just me, heh.

more than 5 years ago

Murdoch Demands Kindle Users' Info

Kwelstr Re:He can have my user info... (433 comments)

-Grrr. I'm really starting to hate amazon.-

Welcome to the club.

more than 5 years ago
top Attempts To Suppress HD-DVD Revolt

Kwelstr Re:I'd like to say... (1142 comments)

mmmmmm I haven't got any mod points in at least 2 years... then again, I don't really post much anymore, just browse the stories for interesting articles. heh.

more than 7 years ago


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