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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

MrKaos Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (789 comments)

This "mandated" engine noise concept is so infuriating to me. We finally have the technology to remove both the air and noise pollution at the same time, but you want to add noise to an otherwise silent engine just because people aren't used to silent cars?

Absolutely! Blind people use crossing and sighted people cross the road whenever and where ever they like usually without looking or with headphones in their ears. Having quiet cars is fantastic and mandating them to be noisy just because people are to insular to take responsibility for their own lives means a lot to people people who live in cities near noisy roads.

2 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

MrKaos Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (789 comments)

Matter of fact quiet is a feature on luxury cars.

So is power.

The difference is that power is also a safety feature. False engine noise creates a false sense of power availability and even though it is unlikely to ever be required I recall a few times when real power availability has prevented an accident because someone else has not been paying attention to the road.

From a petrol head's perspective though, I find quiet, powerful cars very desirable. I suspect this will be the real hidden feature of electric cars.

2 days ago
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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

MrKaos Re:It all comes down to payroll (261 comments)

Wait a minute... MBAs don't do math! They just shout slogans and business speak at each other... or they hire a consultant to do it.

MBAs leverage the synergies created by the exciting opportunities created in the emerging digital economy. They take a holistic, ubiquitous view of an organizations ability to.......BINGO!!!

3 days ago
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Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

MrKaos Re:Domestic war (148 comments)

So, are the regulators that monitor emissions going to fly in random drones unannounced? Presumably they would at least let the plant operators know they're coming...

No. What I mean is that they could be closing down the possibility that a civilian third party, unrelated to either the operators, the regulators or any other officially sanctioned government operator, could fly drones over a Nuclear power plant to gather data, of any kind, related to the emissions of operational French Nuclear reactors.

I don't think that is an unreasonable supposition.

3 days ago
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Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

MrKaos Re:Domestic war (148 comments)

Seems to me they just don't understand why people are flying drones over nuclear reactors and wanna be able to shoot down those drones, just in case it's a bunch of criminals.

They may also want to close down the possibility of people being able to monitor the radioactive emmissions by using drones to gather samples or carry detection equipment of some kind.

Drones may be annoying but they are also incredibly useful devices.

4 days ago
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The Current State of Linux Video Editing

MrKaos Cinelerra (221 comments)

I'd like to point out Cinelerra even though I don't use it, yet.

In a similar vein though, I am a big user of Ardour, Jack and jammin to produce music. The tools are appropriate for the task and, whilst not perfect, didn't cost me money and allows me to be able to focus on my projects. Since I don't pay for the application my only investment is the time to learn it, the same reason people stick within a certain commercial platform. The difference is the Ardour project allows any financial contribution I make to be in preference of features I'd like added, improving the efficiency of my workflow. Becoming productive in complex software is the biggest factor in using it and the only incentive to change is when one type of software can do things the others can't.

I think the emphasis of these questions does not apply appropriately. It should be 'What is the current State of the Art in Video production in linux" and the answer is it hasn't caught up to the state of the art in audio production under linux.

Now before the criticisms begin, I find Ardour architecturally superior to commercial audio tools because of the underlying jackd infrastructure, not because of its feature set. I have watched the developments in the audio production space over the last decade produce change radically as they became more stable. Nothing interesting is happening in the commercial audio production space, it's all happening in Linux. As infrastructure advancements similar to jackd becomes more common in video editing the application space their will undergo a similar change - just not yet.

Any investment in time to produce an A/V product requires yielding value on a previous time investment in a skillset. When I invest that skillset in proprietary software my knowledge investment can be rendered useless overnight quite easily however, open source tools provide me with a way to protect my knowledge investment because the software has it's own intrinsic rights.

Value on knowledge investment is the value proposition of open source. You may have to put up with some bugs however, tolerating them means not incurring static initialization costs from learning over and over and that results in a permanent knowledge base, the basis for radically inventive ideas.

4 days ago
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The Current State of Linux Video Editing

MrKaos Re:frist (221 comments)

frist psot!

looks like you frailed.

4 days ago
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

MrKaos No thanks (679 comments)

So we could deliver an update for a Heartbleed or Shellshock vulnerability, completely independently of the lawnmower control app that would come from the lawnmower company

Which mean you can break my application and cause me many problems.

4 days ago
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NSA Prepares For Future Techno-Battles By Plotting Network Takedowns

MrKaos Oversight (81 comments)

Until these agencies have properly mandated oversight at a level that allows them to dismiss or bring criminal charges against the offended then this situation will never improve. Realistically there has to be some sort of intelligence gathering operations for nation states and if governments are going to crack down on whistle blowers in these organizations then they have to balance it with proper legal oversight.

It is clear the issue of Quality Assurance and control within these organizations is something that is yet to be addressed because everyone is a citizen, even spies and politicians. Until that day comes all that is happening is there are a lot of gung-ho cowboys with access to a lot of very powerful tools and not a lot of respect for the people that it is their duty to protect.

Seeing these things gives me very little re-assurance that these organizations are actually performing their missions as opposed to being on some power trip. They don't create anything of value, they don't build things people can use, they subvert the work of professional IT people who are trying to protect their colleagues and customers businesses from cyber-fraud and then, they treat us with contempt because they have access to the superior resources that our tax dollars equipped them with in the first place.

Obviously they feel they are exempt from demonstrating the same form of ethics that IT professionals have to demonstrate everyday. I would have honestly expected them to act with more decorum however it seems obvious that the power trip is just too much and legally constructed oversight into these organizations is the only thing that will make them focus on the stewardship that they have been entrusted to perform.

about a week ago
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Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking

MrKaos Privacy vs Security (199 comments)

Whilst it's a little twist on Franklin's words it is appropriate. People who give up their vehicle data privacy for lower cost insurance premiums in time will for premiums up for people who choose not to use one of these dongles.

I'm glad the insurance companies are so lax with those peoples security as to make them a target for crackers. It shows they are subject to the same type of contempt the insurance companies demonstrated in the first place. People too insular to be concerned deserve to be subject to every exploit there is.

about a week ago
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Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking

MrKaos Re:Spoofing! (199 comments)

The whole thing about fraud against a corporate entity makes me a little bit angry. Who the fuck do those corporations think they are anyhow?

They're the entity you need to send the money you worked for to, because it's theirs. Now shut up and send more money.

about a week ago
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Spanish Judge Cites Use of Secure Email As a Potential Terrorist Indicator

MrKaos Or it could mean people trying to avoid fraud (174 comments)

Seems to be that cybercrimes defrauding people are a pretty significant threat to the everyday person and secure mail is a good way to protect yourself from that threat.

about a week ago
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Belgian Raid Kills 2, Said To Avert "Major Terrorist Attacks"

MrKaos False Flag (257 comments)

I jut have to point out that this happened in Australia. 16 men were picked up for exactly this same reason and then let go without charge. As it turns out the very day before wikileaks data revealed that NSW police were using spyware, an illegal technique as it is the same as domestic spying.

In the media frenzy that followed the politicians whipped the masses into a frenzy on one hand saying "we're all gonna die", then "everybody stay calm" and at the right moment introduced legislation that made the illegal techniques, legal.

I have to wonder if the same thing is happening here to the Belgian people. I am no fan of Islam and it's plethora of human rights violations however, any salient person can observe the governments using Islam to tighten their grip on ordinary people's freedoms.

Unfortunately since objective media doesn't exist anymore those who care can see the persistent slide to a police state world emerging with horror replete with the knowledge that dead men cannot be bought before a court of inquiry.

about two weeks ago
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Carnivorous Pitcher Plant "Out-Thinks" Insects

MrKaos Hi Trace (111 comments)

nerds don't hang out on twitter, twits do.

about two weeks ago
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Adobe Patches Nine Vulnerabilities In Flash

MrKaos Adobe hasn't been updated for 5 minutes. (95 comments)

This update will require a reboot and completely disrupt your current workflow until you do.

Reboot now or crash you browser?

about two weeks ago
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Chinese Spacecraft Enters Orbit Around the Moon

MrKaos A new space race? (152 comments)

I hope it's not more SyFy, it would be great to see humans progress beyond LEO.

about two weeks ago
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Nuclear Waste Accident Costs Los Alamos Contractor $57 Million

MrKaos Re:Don't confuse power production and nuclear weap (166 comments)

That turned out not to be the case, but hindsight is always so excellent.

The irony is that some percentage of their goal will be achieved no matter what they intended. It's a fools errand that leads them to believe that they have control over these materials for the geological timeframes that they will exist while they decay.

about two weeks ago
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For the First Time In 3 Years, Investments In Renewable Energy Increased

MrKaos Status Quo (134 comments)

One of the most intriguing things I find about oil is that it is such a useful compound and the best we can do with it is burn it!

Oil prices can only go up in the long term and the pretending that goes on with our politicians in relation to these industries really reveal the cracks and flaws in our democratic processes that stop structural issues like renewable energy deployment being addressed.

Hopefully, as it becomes obvious that the science on these matters is actually correct, the problem solvers will have more influence over the politics. I keep hearing that it will take a long time, however I think it was about 2006 when people started talking about it and here is solar and wind making great impacts on the energy markets already. Perhaps the day will come much sooner and oil prices will become less relevant.

Surely human beings can adapt to this.

about two weeks ago
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Inside North Korea's Naenara Browser

MrKaos Fully monitored (159 comments)

It's a censornet.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Says Drivers Must Not Have "Sex Disorders" To Get License

MrKaos Re:Disqualifies Putin (412 comments)

I've been trying to think of the word, I think it is Homosoviaphobic. In Russia it could be Phobahomosovic.

about two weeks ago

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IS Militia Holding Hostages in Sydney CBD Cafe

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  about a month ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "At the time of posting an unknown number of IS militia are holding hostages in a Sydney CBD cafe using shotguns (carrying firearms is illegal in Australia). The Martin Place cafe is in the center of the city and opposite the offices of the Reserve Bank of Australia and a major television news network.
The streets surrounding the area have been closed down for a block around the buildings, local businesses have been evacuated and rail services have been closed down. Airspace above the CBD is still open and operating, though carriers are avoiding it at this time.
The hostage situation is in progress and negotiators are attempting to ascertain the militia groups demands."

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Gore Vidal, 1925-2012

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Gore Vidal was a significant presence in the American political landscape and though he was often controversial his love of American history was undeniable. A great voice for democracy in it's truest form his often acerbic criticism of the country he undeniably loved stemmed from disappointment watching it's long decline.

This iconic American died yesterday aged 86."

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Google buys Motorola

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "In a move said to "Supercharge the Android ecosystem" Google has bought Motorola for 12.5 Billion. Final approvals are pending but with the patent attacks on Android it will be interesting to see how this pans out."
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Today is Binary

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  about 4 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Like last year, it's a year with binary dates. I missed the binary days in 2010 because I was too busy to pick up on something so insignificant that won't happen for another ninety years. Yesterday is binary and new years day was. I count six more "binary" days throughout the year. Of course there are a whole lot of interesting dates during the first 12 years of the 21st century that have made corny release dates for movies like 02/02/02 and the 03/04/05 but because of the the way months and days are positioned in dates around the world it's only the binary days that happen on the *same* day around the world even if they work out to be a different decimal value. I find it interesting just because of how they are arranged but maybe there are some maths geeks who can actually make it interesting.

If you plan on popping the question to a significant other you might want to do it on 11/11/11 which translates to the ascii character "?""
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Church of Scientology - 'rife with shocking crime'

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  about 5 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "An Australian Politician, Independent Senator Nick Xenophon, has used parliamentary privilege to launch a scathing attack on the Church of Scientology. Under parliamentary privilege the senator is protected from legal responses from Scientology and has called for and inquiry into the tax free status of 'a cult rife with shocking crime'. Fighting intense pain from recent back surgery the senator joked 'Nurses actually found a spine in a politician' and is also a strong opponent of Internet filtering and censorship. Despite partisan moves to block the inquiry he has called for a vote on the inquiry in February. The Times has a full transcript of the allegations of a Senator who appears to have spent some time exploring COS's activities."
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New Small Quiet Concorde plans

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Designed by Skunkworks and dubbed the QSST by Supersonic Aerospace International a new super sonic passenger liner appear to have made it past the design phase and into the development phase. It's certainly an attractive aircraft with an interesting design said to be 100 times quieter than Concorde and able to fly at speeds of around Mach 1.8 whilst producing less emissions.

If this smaller version can be flown for longer at supersonic speeds over populated areas it may be able to overcome the biggest problems Concorde had, the sonic booms it produced that restricted it's supersonic flight."
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What if Sergey Korolyov had lived?

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "The Space Race that culminated with the Apollo moon landings was driven by the vision of Wernher von Braun on the U.S side and Sergey Korolyov on the Soviet side. Despite both being in the center of a maelstrom of two immense political machines both men were absolutely dedicated to bringing the space age into reality.

Korolyov put Sputnik 1 into orbit and thus began the space race. The Soyuz rocket family and spacecraft, designed and built under his guidance put the first man into space and continues to serve carrying crew and equipment to the International Space Station. His existence was a state secret that was not revealed until his death from cancer in 1966. It was a tragic loss to both sides as he injected vitality into the space race that ultimately meant the U.S could cut-back space spending.

At the time of his death Korolyov was working on a new project N1 moon rocket which was attempting to implement so advanced propulsion concepts. Given the man's drive, charisma and ability there is every chance he would have succeeded, even if the U.S ultimately got to the moon first.

Recent navel gazing in New Scientist about the Apollo program was interesting. But as an impetus, what if Soviet's were able to complete their moon plans and forced the U.S into spending more on space? What would our space programs look like now?"
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Star Trek

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "I just watched the new Star Trek movie and not only was it visually spectacular, the story was woven in a creative way. J.J. Abrams appears to have successfully 'rebooted' the story, leaving scope for new stories in a way Trek fans should appreciate. Abrams really has given viewers a sense of the sheer size of Federation Star Ships from within and blends the technology in a believable way. Characters are explored, where they came from and how they became who they are in a way that builds on the original stories instead of just throwing away story elements that other Star Trek movies have been known to do. There are a few hat tips to the original series, which people unfamiliar with Trek don't have to know to appreciate the movie. You can knitpick if you want to spoil it for yourself but, as someone who has watched Star Trek from when it first aired, I think Abrams has done a fine job. I'll be seeing it again. So get a ticket, leave your expectations at the door, have fun and enjoy Star Trek. Which is what Star Trek is about."
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Star Trek premier gets standing ovation

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Proving that Science Fiction can be great entertainment, J.J. Abrams appears to impressed Star Trek fans at the World premier of "Star Trek", who gave the film a five minute standing ovation at the Opera House in Sydney today. Meanwhile flummoxed fans at the Alamo Drafthouse theater in Austin, Texas, deceived into thinking they were seeing a special extended version of Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, were pleasantly surprised when a disguised Leonard Nimoy greeted them and announced they would be seeing the new film in it's entirety.

ILM's influence on the film is reported as visually stunning and lucky Australian fans are scheduled to see the movie first as it opens a day before the American release."
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2008, 10th Warmest year on record.

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Whilst cooler than recent years the World Meteorological Organization has listed 2008 the 10th Warmest year on record since records began and a UK Met Office press release titled Global temperature 2008: Another top-ten year. Just in case this horse hasn't been flogged enough looking back just one year the NOAA listed 2007 a Top Ten Warm Year for U.S. and Globe and Science daily citing (in 2007) Top 11 Warmest Years On Record Have All Been In Last 13 Years. Time to sell the beach side house yet?"
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Mining a wealth of your data

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "An interesting new scientist article about reviews a book 'The Numerati' about the extent and state of data mining and provides some interesting insights. From the article

Data is big business for the numerati. US firm Acxiom keeps shopping and lifestyle data on some 200 million Americans. They know how much we paid for our house, what magazines we subscribe to, which books we buy and what vacations we take. The company purchases just about every bit of data about us that can be bought, and then sells selections of it to anyone out to target us in, say, political campaigns.

How do you know who knows and if they need to know what they know? Now where is my tinfoil hat!"

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Lehman Brothers files for bankruptcy

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "150 year old American investment banking giant Lehman Brothers has filed for bankruptcy. The bank is so large that it's loss is causing gold prices to go up and several agencies are reporting on it's demise and the effect on financial markets around the world. Meanwhile Alan Greenspan describes the current banking crisis as 'possibly the worst in a century — including the 1929 Wall Street Crash.'

Not exactly news for nerds but pretty hard to ignore."
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Western Digital working on 20,000 rpm drive

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Western digital seems to be preparing itself for the onslaught of SSD drives affecting it's market by developing a 20,000 rpm hard drive. Similar to the Velociraptor line of drives, the new drives seem to be offering lower capacity as a trade off for higher seek and write times. Looks like the battle lines are drawn for a new series of development in the mass storage front."
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Open Source losing ground with charities

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Following recent discussions about Creative Capitalism, Open Source and Charities I found that Open source could do a lot better addressing the needs of charities who do not have the budget to afford the skills of I.T Professionals capable of implementing and maintaining the Open Source solutions that they really need. Is this a job for the various Linux User Groups out there, or is there a better way?

So come on slashdotters, they want our help, they need our help, how can we help?"

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DOJ to oversee Windows 7 Development

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Windows 7 already is being reviewed by U.S. government technical appointees, under the terms of Microsoft's November 2001 Justice Department settlement and final court judgment issued about a year later, a government-sanctioned "Technical Committee" has overseen Windows development. The TC is responsible for ensuring that Microsoft complies with the terms of the final judgment, investigating complaints about Microsoft abuses and regularly reporting on the company's compliance."
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Australia's Music mafIAA finds new targets.

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Australia's version of the RIAA, the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia's (PPCA) has found a new target for revenue raising, Clubs and Pubs (Public bars) by increasing royalty rates by %1500. Zeropaid http://www.zeropaid.com/news/8904/Music+Royalties+ for+Aussie+Night+Clubs+and+Dance+Parties+Increases +by+1500%25! reports that new royalty models will be based on capacity and not actual attendance, effectively charging clubs for the people who aren't listening to the music. Could be a good thing if the clubs decide to enlist more live bands."

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MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 7 years ago Pumping carbon into the atmosphere may not be the cause of Global warming, but it's absolute insanity to beleive we can continue to pump millions of tons of carbon into our atmosphere without consequences. Even if you subscribe to the belief that cyclic changes in the sun, or the earths orbital plane, are the causes of global warming, it's irrelavant - because our, and future generations, will still have to deal with global warming. This can only be achieved by having a sustainable energy infrastructure policy. I note that most of the people in that documentary are old enough so that if they are wrong they won't have to deal with the consequences. Global warming is happening, no matter what the cause, dealing with carbon emmisions are the first step. People may try to ignore the science, but it doesn't change the fact that is is happening.

The carbon emissions of industry that generates energy for society illustrates the much larger issue of externalities. Externalities are the waste and by-products of corporations, and they are not legally obliged to factor these into the cost of production of their goods or services. The cost of these externalities are offset to the community, because in theory, the community should have the resources to deal with the externality. Of course this was before we had corporations with economies the size of countries. Externalities can be anything from the toxic chemicals dumped into a river, the destruction of ecosystems, human rights violations from the abuse of cheap labor in third world countries, nuclear waste and of course carbon emissions from coal fired power plants.

Not factoring these externalities into the cost of producing a good or service reduces the cost. This reduction in cost forces the board of a company to take the lowest cost route available because, by law, the corporation is legally obliged to maximise the financial returns to the shareholder. Even if a board of a corporation agrees that it's is an undesirable course of action, morally wrong or clearly unsustainable environmentally, this fatal flaw in the design of a corporations legal structure prevents even the most environmentally aware directors doing what is right by the earth and ultimatley the human race.

Carbon trading is an attempt to put a cost on the energy industries externality (carbon emissions) so that a cost can be factored into energy production that burns coal. This very focused approach allows the issue of changing the law to force corporations to deal with their externalities, to be avoided. I'm not saying not to apply carbon trading, but this is the very layering of regulation that business complains about. The real issue is how much longer can we continue to destroy the very ecosystem that allows the human race to exist all because we allow this glaringly obvious legal flaw to continue.

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MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 7 years ago I beleive technology is a gift. Thats why I was so interested in computers when I was a kid, and eventually made a living of it. So much to learn, which opens more doors and continues to develop me, I'm constantly amazed, the internet is like a western in cyberspace.

Which brings me to slashdot, innocently I came here thinking this is just a web site where nerdy people talk about nerdy things, but it's more, much more. Over the years I saw it building itself into an insidious massive network of connected human nodes who 'must read slashdot'.

I didn't notice at first, when I started reading in the late nineties, it made an interesting alternative to the newspaper or a magazine, at breakfast, or with a hot beverage. I didn't think it would affect me but soon, it became more noticable, like, you could get by without a coffee or a morning tea, but you would'nt be happy about it.

Then, it happened, the shift was so subtle, like trying to recognise a face you think you know,

'must read slashdot'

Oh, no "I'm addicted" I thought. I never realised how wrong I was, it was far worse than addiction. I start posting, and slowly I realised, "I'm inside a hive mind", but had it seen me? I couldn't look away - not because it was beautiful, more like, looking at a accident in slow motion. But the reality was it is more like some small animal looking at the headlights of a truck, and I'm the small animal. I'd stared too long. I thought "borg", but even the borgs assimilation process seemed quick and merciful compared to the slow roasting over flame I'd seen some nodes recieve on slashdot.

i pray to the great superconciousness it doesn't happen to me....wait.I.was.born.a.

religion not defined

.....

i should get a subscription...resist..arrrrggggghhhhh...

must read slashdot.......nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

we are the slashdot..we.are.the.slashdot

You will be assimilated.i.have.been.assimilated

must read slashdot

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