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A Digital Direct Democracy For the Modern Age

Mr_Perl Re:Simple rewriting (308 comments)

The quote is mis-attributed, and probably invented by a newspaper columnist. It is similar to the spirit of some things Tytler would say though. A quick google will get you the facts.

more than 3 years ago

Columbus Blamed For Mini Ice Age

Mr_Perl Re:Summary is incorrect (420 comments)

As long as none of them are allowed to decompose or burn, yes. =)

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Open Product Review Website?

Mr_Perl Re:Amazon.com (55 comments)

I used to believe too, but lately I've discovered that their review process is highly biased in favor of the product manufacturer. For example if you sell a product that is fraudulent, and have your company's employees all buy one and leave a glowing review, you'll have a solid five stars. Should anyone post a review that contains an unusual abundance of critical wording (they seem to have an algorithm for this) you will find that it's automatically rejected.

For a current example of this, have a good look at the reviews (note that most positive reviewers also reviewed with five stars all the manufacturer's other products too) for a product called neumactil, which claims to be as effecitve as an asthma inhaler. It's actually a cream with inert ingredients, propped up by a "research paper" that is essentially unscientific gibberish. Hopefully nobody will actually believe it, but since so many trust Amazon's review system implicitly, some will be bound to suffer.

Should you agree that it's not a legit product, go ahead and try to leave a critical review. Odds are good that it will be auto-rejected until you load it up with positive hyperbole.

more than 3 years ago

EPA Bans CFC-Based Asthma Inhalers

Mr_Perl Re:Very Old News (394 comments)

Agreed that it's old news. I checked a few online retailers, like amazon, after reading this and primatene is selling out. Good marketing ploy at least by some clever person.

I buy non-cfc albuterol, and it's not 3x as expensive as the OTC stuff these guys are hawking. It's actually a little cheaper.

more than 3 years ago

Antenna-Clothing Outperforms Regular Antennas

Mr_Perl Re:How can it possibly perform well? (70 comments)

Actually salt water can provide a far better return path for rf energy than air, so depending on the frequency (I'm assuming super high) of the signal, it could be pretty good.

Not sure how I'd feel about my ugly bag of mostly water being a return path for high frequency radio though.

more than 3 years ago

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

Mr_Perl Thanks Taco (1521 comments)

Not much more to be said that hasn't already been said, so thanks, and hope you find a new and satisfying path.

more than 3 years ago

FDA Sued To Stop Antibiotic Abuse On Factory Farms

Mr_Perl Re:Factory farming should stop, really (298 comments)

You'd think people ate nothing but chicken, or possibly meat, by your argument.

I'll give you a utilitarian argument that does make sense, however:

It's a well accepted fact that you can feed far more people on grain than meat. Meat is a very wasteful way to get nutrition because of all the grain that it requires, which could be used as nutrition for many more people.

Assuming the price of chicken (one of the least inefficient meats) were to go up, demand will decline, and as a consequence of simple economics, since the price increase is caused by a situation not advantageous to the producer, production of chicken would decline. Obviously at that point the supply of grain available for human consumption would increase, with lowering in price being a primary consequence of that.

So the net effect would be the complete opposite: an increase in affordable alternative nutrition for the population. And incidentally, a decrease in the costs of treating diseases introduced into the food supply may also provide a utilitarian benefit.

more than 3 years ago

Google Accuses China of Interfering With Gmail

Mr_Perl Re:Behind the Red Door... (131 comments)

The fallacy in the former past is that he is equating all capitalism (economic concept) with freedom (humanist concept).

Apples / Oranges.

more than 3 years ago

Netgear CEO Says Jobs's Ego Will Bite Apple

Mr_Perl Re:Nothing like kicking a man when he's down! (500 comments)

It's a well established characteristic of egomaniacs to appoint incompetents to follow them in order to further "magnify" their greatness by comparison.

That's what has me selling shares.

more than 3 years ago

Australia Air Travelers' Laptops To Be Searched For Porn

Mr_Perl The WHAT Party?!?! (647 comments)

I just want to know where I can sign up for that Australian Sex Party mentioned in TFA...

I don't even live in Australia, but I'm going if the party is still on.

more than 4 years ago

State Senator Caught Looking At Porn On Senate Floor

Mr_Perl Re:Missing the Point (574 comments)

I think the fact that it was "pornographic" is missing the point. This guy is not paying attention, yet will be voting on bills that will affect our entire country.

State Senator. Unless you're one of the tea party secessionists you'd probably not call a state your entire country.

more than 4 years ago

Magicjack Loses Legal Attack Against Boing Boing

Mr_Perl Re:Why the black ops stuff? (148 comments)

I wasted three days trying to get one working after reading a multitude of either

a) paid astroturf
b) rabid fans who overlook its faults

that led me to think it would work. Particularly the first result that comes up in Google claiming someone got their credit card terminal to work through it. Ha, hilarious. This service is so oversold.

I wasn't able to get even one decent call on a 15Mb/s connection that got top scores on VoIP test.

In the end I switched to the more expensive, but standalone Ooma, which is pretty cool. Story here if you're interested:


more than 4 years ago

US To Build Nuclear Power Plants

Mr_Perl Re:What about Yucca Mountain? (622 comments)

Yucca Mountain is in Harry Reid's home state. Guess we now know why that was scrapped. Hopefully when he's kicked out of office shortly they'll go back to it.

more than 4 years ago

The FBI Wants To Know About Your IT Skills

Mr_Perl Re:Jesse Ventura (211 comments)

I've made both of those mistakes (taking a leatherman, and a full bottle) and was allowed to drop the leatherman off with the airline (and re-queue for another 20 minute wait) and just got the bottle taken away in the other case.

Of course, I have white skin and North European features, so that tends to see a different reaction than others might get.

about 5 years ago

Passengers Cheat Flu Scan With Fever Reducers

Mr_Perl Re:Wait... (299 comments)

The risk of illness of course, is a fact of life, but carelessness in spreading infections needs not be as acceptable as it is now. Taking reasonable efforts to prevent illness shouldn't be legislated, rather it should be taught through social stigma. The tendency of sick people in Asia to wear masks for example is a courtesy that we could all benefit from here, but it's more likely that you'll be stigmatized for wearing one than not in the USA. Social change can fix some of these dangerous and inconsiderate behaviors, and it starts with visible change by well-seen individuals.

more than 5 years ago

Cornell Grad Students Go Ballooning (Again)

Mr_Perl We're not HAMs (58 comments)

It's not HAM, it's ham. It's not an acronym.


more than 5 years ago

Use apt-p2p To Improve Ubuntu 9.04 Upgrade

Mr_Perl Re:Bandwidth usage (269 comments)

Can't help you with the paying for extra bandwidth, but the wondershaper has helped my limited speed home network remain responsive during downloads.

more than 5 years ago

Voting Machines and 'Calibration Drift'

Mr_Perl Re:Calibrate Per Use? (217 comments)

Unfortunately you'll get the same screen alignment problems with the cash machine approach. I've seen many cash machines where the screen text was not aligned with the buttons, creating an ambiguity about which one you touch. You can count from the bottom most of the time to figure it out, but some voters will inevitably miss that logical step.

Paper is still the best choice.

more than 5 years ago

Sunspot Activity Continues To Drop

Mr_Perl Great timing (435 comments)

I picked a good year to get licensed for ham radio. I sure get sick of hearing about how you can work Australia on a wet noodle during high Sunspot years. At least the low bands are reliable, but then again those bands require ginormous antennas. So as a consequence my house looks like some sort of martian communications test zone. I think my neighbors fear me enough not to seriously ask what's going on.

more than 5 years ago



Bruce Schneier Kicked Off TSA Hearing Witness List

Mr_Perl Mr_Perl writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Mr_Perl writes "From Bruce's blog: "I was supposed to testify today about the TSA in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. I was informally invited a couple of weeks ago, and formally invited last Tuesday. On Friday, at the request of the TSA, I was removed from the witness list. The excuse was that I am involved in a lawsuit against the TSA, trying to get them to suspend their full-body scanner program. But it's pretty clear that the TSA is afraid of public testimony on the topic, and especially of being challenged in front of Congress."
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Linux Journal Goes Surprise-Digital

Mr_Perl Mr_Perl writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Mr_Perl writes "Linux Journal sent out an email to subscribers today announcing that they are going 100% digital. Subscribers signed on for a paper version of the journal, and now have been switched to an electronic version, apparently at the exact same subscription rate. No news yet on why they did it, and no sign of any offers to reimburse unused subscriptions for subscribers who are disappointed."
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