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Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

Mr.CRC Re: (218 comments)

In what country?

In my country, that bastion of freedom known as the USA, they simply take your fucking money and your property whenever they want, just by saying you got it from drugs. It doesn't matter if it's illegal, or contrary to the 5th amendment, because that's just a stupid old piece of paper. And besides, they get to decide what words mean.

11 hours ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Mr.CRC Re:they will defeat themselves (949 comments)

This is key. People have to understand that this is a pre-industrial economy. But worst than that, an ignorance society as well. They pose no threat to us, in terms of reasonably being able to attack or invade the continental USA.

That is of course, unless we are profoundly stupid. Basically, at this point, letting any non Us citizens from the countries infested with this religious extremist cancer enter the USA from an international flight, unless they have a damn good basis for coming here, is stupid.

Likewise for Ebola epidemic countries.

Next, we need to just abandon the f*cking middle east, Isreal included.

Humpty Dumpty is broken, and we are never, ever going to put it back together again. It's a FOREIGN CULTURE, nothing like our own.

It's very revealing, just how far "democracy" has progressed to a quasi-religion of its own, that we stupidly assume that if we just force those people to vote for their leaders, then suddenly they will become a liberal democracy, and everyone will be running around becoming social activists for liberal causes.

No No No No a million times no.

We have no idea what we are even doing in our own countries, which are on the brink of near catastrophic lurches downward into an abyss of totalitarianism and economic stagnation for reasons which are far too complex for any politically ideologically identified people to even begin to comprehend.

But if we keep spending our seed corn by attempting to police the world of people that are just not compatible with us, we stand a good chance of precipitating a similarly horrible outcome here, since there are plenty of people here who would be just as happy to implement their little version of hell. And I'm not referring to just one side of the political spectrum.

That is really the problem. How many people understand that if they were subject to certain societal conditions, that they too could act like ISIS, or the secret police of East Germany, or Kim Jong Un's inner cult, or yes, the Nazis? It's in ALL OF US to be like this. No one is enlightened. We just delude ourselves that we are, which is easy, because hardly any of us have ever experienced real stress of the kind that can crack you up, or the absolute need to conform in order to survive, lest you be tortured or have your head rolling down a hill.

2 days ago
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Private Police Intelligence Network Shares Data and Targets Cash

Mr.CRC Re:Holy cow ... (142 comments)

Well what do you think is the likelyhood that anyone who defends themselves against one of these thugs is going to avoid being convicted of murder?

5 days ago
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Private Police Intelligence Network Shares Data and Targets Cash

Mr.CRC Re:Property-seizures MUST STOP (142 comments)

There wasn't much implied by my comment. About all I can say is that the authorities are certainly stupid enough to try something like outlawing Bitcoin, but more likely they will create layer upon layer of new regulations that no one understands. The end result will be further ambiguity, which is perfect for the .gov because the objective these days seems to be to have so many laws with so many interpretations that you can basically bust anyone for anything if don't happen to like them.

I personally think there should be free and competing money systems, and governments should use other means for generating income, that don't require totalitarianism to enforce, as is the case with the current tax system(s).

I don't think it's as simple as wealth controlling the power structure. Certainly there are a lot of wealthy people with a lot of power, whether directly or behind the scenes, but there are also many wealthy who are just as much at risk of being victimized by the situation as you or I.

5 days ago
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Drone-Based Businesses: Growing In Canada, Grounded In the US

Mr.CRC Re:The US Way (94 comments)

Making profits is evil! We should get free infinite bandwidth and healthcare. The government should make it that way. And by the way, don't mess with my personal liberties.

As long as most people are stupid enough to exist in such states of cognitive dissonance, then the situation is simply hopeless.

about a week ago
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Drone-Based Businesses: Growing In Canada, Grounded In the US

Mr.CRC Re:Homeland Security FTW! (94 comments)

Well, you didn't beat it. But you're one of the few to be in the position of having a moral right to criticize it.

about a week ago
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Drone-Based Businesses: Growing In Canada, Grounded In the US

Mr.CRC Re:Homeland Security FTW! (94 comments)

There is a logic to it. By voting for one or the other, we legitimize them.

about a week ago
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Drone-Based Businesses: Growing In Canada, Grounded In the US

Mr.CRC Re:Do We Want Our Gov't to regulate the drones? (94 comments)

But you win too if you can actually grasp the implications of this truth. Not that there is any obvious practical solution. But if you get this then you can clearly understand why our current governing structures are such a threat to free society (free society != society without rules). And you will see how narrowly constrained is the thinking of political "progressives," "conservatives," and ironically, even libertarians.

If you have a science/engineering mindset, you may begin to realize that there is something seriously amiss with the situation:

We are trying to control society by using blunt force, when we haven't even the crudest working predictive model for human behavior, much less collective behavior.

It takes a great deal of arrogance, ignorance, and cognitive dissonance to persist at advocating the "state." It becomes virtually impossible if you get this. It's kind of like an "awakening." Once you see it, you can never unsee it.

Don't get confused by people who tell you that if you don't have a way to fix it, then there's no use pointing out how wrong the status quo is.

When something is inherently wrong, it is absolutely correct to cease doing it. Regardless of whether you know what to do instead. Why must you do anything at all?

about a week ago
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Private Police Intelligence Network Shares Data and Targets Cash

Mr.CRC Re:Holy cow ... (142 comments)

No. Nearly every state has made it a crime to defend yourself against a police officer, even if that officer is threatening your life while violating your constitutionally guaranteed rights.

At nearly every turn, you are just plain fucked.

about two weeks ago
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Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

Mr.CRC Re:The largest battery in the world (245 comments)

If my arithmetic is right, this thing can run for 14 hrs? Ie, about 52GWh of stored energy. This is awesome! We'd need about 150 of these to solve the "storage problem" wholesale for the entire US.

about three weeks ago
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Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

Mr.CRC Re:A more efficient grid would do wonders... (245 comments)

No, HVDC is good enough. You don't need 99% efficiency at 10x the cost of 90% efficiency. It's just not worth it. Besides, I doubt the efficiency of superconductors with their associated refrigeration would be competitive with HVDC anyway, or why else is it that HVDC is the market leader for long haul transmission right now?

Simpler tech. wins. HVDC is simple, in the sense that the failure modes are rather localized and not terribly difficult to repair and/or design in some redundancy to mitigate so as to achieve very high reliability. All you need is some spare power electronic converter channels at both ends, and if you loose one you can switch to another in a few seconds, while the remaining channels handle the short term surge load.

Blow one seal on a superconducting line, and the whole thing is down for a long time before it's fixed and cooled back down, assuming that the loss of cooling didn't result in vaporizing a part of the line that you now have to go searching for and dig up.

about three weeks ago
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Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

Mr.CRC Re:Batteries not inclu--- err needed (245 comments)

A common misconception: "Scientific facts have been over turned time and time again."

No scientific facts have ever been overturned, because there are no scientific facts. You are only partially correct about theories.

There are scientific laws, theories, and hypotheses. Scientific laws, which were once theories, have been supported by so many years of consistent observational data that the confidence bounds on their correctness are so tight that it is essentially impossible that they will ever be falsified.

As such, NO scientific laws have ever been overturned. Rather, for ex. Newton's laws of motion, were REFINED by quantum mechanics and relativity so that the laws continue to work correctly at extremes of observability that weren't available to Newton. But over the domain in which Newton's laws were formulated, they are still valid to within any desired tolerance. So they are just as correct today as when Newton expressed them, and they have been that way since the beginning of time and will remain so until the universe is over. The same is true of Maxwell's equations, the gas laws, the laws of thermodynamics, and every other law that I can't recall.

Evolution is a theory, which means that it doesn't have the confidence levels of a law, but is supported by a huge wealth of consistent observations and basically no falsifying ones. That means that even if inconsistencies are observed, they will be subtle and change only our understanding of the mechanisms of evolution, but not the overall basic thesis. It is remotely possible that some evidence will be found that will completely overturn evolution, but it is so remote that you are more likely to die by getting struck by lightning twice on the day a cure for cancer is announced, and after you just won the lottery.

Also importantly, there are basically no competing theories to evolution that are supported by even a shred of *reproducible,* non-circularly speculative, evidence. No, the writings in some book are not evidence, because there is no basis to establish that your favorite novel which states "the contents of this novel are the truth" is any more truthful than any other supposedly self-proving novel written by anybody at all.

Global warming, or whatever it's called these days, and many of the pronouncements of the medical science establishment, such as that you should eat lots of carbs and low fat in order to reduce the likelyhood of getting heart disease, obesity, and diabetes, are hypotheses that are to be seriously questioned. In the latter case, it's looking like the evidence is already becoming clear that it is just plain wrong, and killing people to boot. But because of entrenched interests, there will be resistance to admitting fault and correcting the errors for as long as possible.

These should serve as stern warnings to those who proclaim that the "science is established" for their favorite, political and social identity-reinforcing scientifico-ideologies, that while the *scientific method* is indeed infallible, and is no doubt (along with mathematics) one of the crown jewels of human intellectual accomplishment, the implementation of that method by humans is in no way perfect. Even peer-reviewed research is highly fallible.

Even in the case where the science may indeed be right, such as with global warming which I think is most likely being accelerated by humans and which will probably have undesirable consequences (of highly uncertain magnitude) unless we do something different, it is important not to confuse the scientific realities with the practical realities.

Just because you may be technically correct, it is still possible that there is no way to fix it because of factors which are not amenable to technological control and optimization. For ex., anyone with a brain can predict that the most likely outcome of any of the existing proposed political solutions to global warming are likely to both not solve the problem, and make matters generally worse for the human condition due to furthering the evolution of the global technocratic totalitarian governance model. If the only way to get your way is a large scale war and the use of force at every level of society, is that really a better world to live in than one in which we just keep burning the carbon until the coastal cities are innundated? I'm personally more terrified of political disasters than slow motion natural ones, even if initiated by man.

Likewise with nuclear fission power, the problems are not technical. It is perfectly possible within the capabilities of the engineering disciplines to implement nuclear fission power with closed/breeding fuel cycles so as to power our civilization relatively safely for the next few eons.

But it isn't practically possible to solve the human problems that will make such an engineering goal impossible to realize. When you factor this into the analysis (along with a brief view at any chart showing the capital costs of solar PV vs. coal power generation vs. time), you will reach the conclusion that the costs of "simple" technology (which nuclear fission with a closed fuel cycle is about as far away from as you can get, even farther perhaps than D-T fusion) are preferrable because their practicality is so much greater.

There is a far better chance of being able to succeed, as a society, at sustainably powering ourselves for ex. by covering most of our rooftops and 2000-3000 square kilometers of south western USA with solar PV, distributing the power with HVDC, and storing 1/3 of it overnight in distributed batteries, flywheels, waterbeds, and other thingamabobs, than through a similarly large in scale, but incredibly more complex (due to the safety and security issues involved) implementation of full-scale closed-cycle nuclear fission to completely replace our fossil energy sources.

about three weeks ago
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Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

Mr.CRC Re:flywheel (245 comments)

It's the fact that about half or more of the population is so scientifically illiterate that they actually believe stuff like this, that is leading me, at my age, to begin to just not care anymore. I'm just going to goof off for the few years I might have left on this world.

Look, if these f*cking self-powered generators are real, and are so f*cking simple to build that some guy can build one in his garage (which must be true, since there are literally 1000s of these videos out there) then why the f*ck aren't they making them and selling them? Or even disconnecting their own houses from the grid--without some hidden generator/fuel source going on behind the fraudulent scenes)?

WHAT is stopping these things from being sold at every hardware store and all over Amazon, with 5 star reviews saying "It powers my whole home, I cancelled my utility connection, and when there was a minor break down, the manufacturer sent the repair guy a few hours after I called and had me back up in no time! Love it! Would buy again."

Lemme guess, some "conspiracy" by "big oil" or some other claptrap, right?

The answer of course is that these self-powered generators are bullshit, and the people who believe they work idiots, and the people who believe they made one that works scarier still, with most of them knowing full well that it is bullshit, but they are just sociopathic criminals who hope to defraud others, knowing that most people are stupid enough to believe in these generators, along with other fairy tails, so perhaps there should even be a special exemption in the law that prevents charging them for defrauding people who seriously just plain deserve it.

about three weeks ago
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Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD

Mr.CRC Re:100 percent bullshit (200 comments)

WTF are you talking about, they work on completely different neurotransmitter systems and by different mechanisms (one an agonist, the other an antagonist). How can you even make meaningful comparisons of such apples and oranges?

The problem with cocaine is that it's short lived, and the brain's dopamine circuit activity undershoots when it wears off, leaving one with an awful depressing crash.

Cocaine is nothing but a novelty, though one that sheds valuable light on the workings of the brain.

Someone figured out that something structurally similar could have similar effects and synthesized methylphenidate (in an time when you could do it in your basement, administer it to your wife, and have it all be legal)! Just imagine how much scientific progress in drug and neuro-scientific discovery has been inhibited by the war on drugs.

MPH is much slower to take effect, and slower to wear off, and so has more of the good effects of a moderate dose of cocaine, with much less of the bad effects. Hence, it is a useful drug for ADHD, whereas cocaine could never be.

about a month ago
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Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD

Mr.CRC Re:Fake diseases (200 comments)

And so WHY can't the kid do what isn't interesting and can do what is interesting?

about a month ago
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Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD

Mr.CRC Re:Fake diseases (200 comments)

The shortcomings of the medical establishment are not a valid counterpoint to the the scientific facts of ADHD. Yes the psychiatrists have fucked things up by probably over-diagnosing. But people try to claim that ADHD doesn't exist because the psychs. made it up and because "there's no diagnostic test for it." The psychs. should be taken to task by the neuro-scientists for screwing up public understanding terribly. But, there are also the religious and the psycho-cult (Scientologists) with their anti-psychiatry crusade.

about a month ago
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Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD

Mr.CRC Re:I would be very interested... (200 comments)

You realize, of course, that a large segment of the population don't even believe that their functioning is a result of the functioning of an electro-chemical computer in the first place. So they will never understand ADHD, or mental illness.

about a month ago
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Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD

Mr.CRC Re:inb4 (200 comments)

Isn't it funny how they accuse you of having a lack of motivation, but they don't understand that why they are motivated is because of computations performed by their neural circuitry, including the part that arises the thought "I'm doing this because I really want to succeed!"

about a month ago
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Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD

Mr.CRC Re:inb4 (200 comments)

Most people who don't have ADHD or who don't deeply understand the neurological research simply don't, will not, or cannot understand.

Hyperactive ADHD is at least directly observable as an abnormal condition. Inattentive ADHD, however, leads to children having their self esteem wrecked by ignorance adults telling them they "lack character" or some other treachery.

As a kid I was able to focus for 16 straight hours, daily, for weeks on end on building electronics projects. That was what my brain found rewarding, along with constant impulsive mischief. When I had to do my social studies homework, I simply could not make myself pay attention to it.

Nothing would have helped except possibly a proper diagnosis and treatment. But even then, the medications are far from perfect and not well tolerated by all, nor is the neurological understanding complete.

You could have tried beating me, sending me to military school, or endless hours of costly psychological therapy sessions. All would have been a failure (some were tried). The former may have been catastrophic, possibly rendering an ADHD kid suicidal, whereas the latter would simply have wasted a lot of money.

Because if your brain is configured to not be able to do what normal people do, which is to resolve themselves to do something they don't like but needs to be done, then you simply can't do it. No amount of effort can change this. Nor do I imply that this is a complete description of ADHD.

Having inattentive ADHD can be very painful. You can really honestly want to just do it. But as soon as you start, you find yourself either getting overcome with immobilizing dullness, or you simply can't help but to jump to some other "temporary" distraction like surfing the www, to get yourself perked up. Only to discover later that the whole day is shot and you've accomplished nothing.

In a society where the predominant world view is still that we have a "soul" (an independent actor that lives somewhere in the "spiritual" mind, that operates the body much as a construction worker operates a backhoe), there is little empathy for the condition of ADHD.

This is sad. People who can only reach the conclusion that "it doesn't exist" about an internal experience that someone else describes but which they do not themselves experience, are basically incapable of vicarious empathy.

Fortunately, we are at a time when neuroscience is finally entering the "steepening slope" phase of its learning curve about the brain, and ADHD is getting a solid science base behind it, despite the popular culture being horribly confused.

about a month ago

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