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Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

OakDragon Now that I've heard that... (210 comments)

...it just makes me want to sue them on principle.


Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

OakDragon Re:No. (1558 comments)

In any case, changing the Constitution is straightforward, if not "easy" : amend it per the steps provided. Good luck with that.

2 days ago

Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

OakDragon Re:Hulk hogan could code too (578 comments)

I expect that unemployed coal miners could find success in opening "boutique" coal shops in revitalized downtown areas. This hand-picked coal is lovingly taken from small mines that have a limited impact on the environment.

about a week ago

93 Harvard Faculty Members Call On the University To Divest From Fossil Fuels

OakDragon Re:Were the typos intentional (214 comments)

Hey, at least they got some punctuation in there.

And : the, more; the... better!

about a week ago

Five-Year-Old Uncovers Xbox One Login Flaw

OakDragon Re:Who? How? (196 comments)

Which makes me appreciate all the thought that Slashdot put into its security. For example, did you know if you accidentally type your own password into a comment, it stars it out for you? Example:


Neat, huh?

about two weeks ago

Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

OakDragon The Gay Mafia... (1746 comments)

...bags another head.

about two weeks ago

UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

OakDragon Re:Projections (987 comments)

Ouch! You said "Koch" and "big oil", and both my knees went out of joint. Spread that shit around a little.

about three weeks ago

UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

OakDragon Re:Projections (987 comments)

How often do they put out a "We're all going do die" report like this?

As often as it takes until people like you listen?


I fucking love science!

There, does that help?

about three weeks ago

The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage

OakDragon Re:anonymous coward (392 comments)

Thanks Obama!!!

Partisan moron is a moron.

This meme is used so often it's hard to separate first order sarcasm from the second order sarcasm.

about a month ago

China Using Drones To Spot Polluters

OakDragon Re:How hard is it? (35 comments)

Particulates jam the drone's intake... Drone stalls and dies... Pollution found!

about a month ago

First Mathematical Model of 13th Century 'Big Bang' Cosmology

OakDragon Re:900 years ago (60 comments)

It took a few hundred more years before they discovered the Higgs Bison.

about a month ago

Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

OakDragon Re:This is more than a little bit naive. (712 comments)

For two, the cost of shutting that industry down does not cover the cost of starting new energy industries to replace it. Or were we just going to go without 37% of our electricity?

I picture vast fields of hipsters pedaling bolted-down fixies with generators attached.

about a month ago

Senator Accuses CIA of Snooping On Intelligence Committee Computers

OakDragon Re:Schadenfreude (242 comments)

You'd think it sucks to be spied on or something.

about a month ago

Stanford Bioengineer Develops a 50-cent Paper Microscope

OakDragon Re:Summary of Thread (83 comments)

This is really the only Slashdot post I'll ever need again.

about a month ago

Ice Age Fossils Found During Los Angeles Subway Exploration

OakDragon Re:ice (64 comments)


about a month ago

All Else Being Equal: Disputing Claims of a Gender Pay Gap In Tech

OakDragon Re:Yeah, but women want it all (427 comments)

The way you put things, yeah that might be interpreted as sexist...

Honestly (and this is just my opinion), I don't think women want to look at it as "effort/time put in = money". They see the position, it is basically the same "tier" for a man and a woman, and the woman makes less. Never mind that particular man may have worked X more years and puts in Y extra hours.

about a month and a half ago

All Else Being Equal: Disputing Claims of a Gender Pay Gap In Tech

OakDragon Re:Because men don't quit to have children (427 comments)

I know, troll. But I'm serious. It's a factor in manpower planning, especially in smaller teams.

Right. It ain't called "womanpower" planning. Amirite fellas?!

about a month and a half ago



Sinkhole Swallows 8 Vehicles inside Bowling Green KY Corvette Museum

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  about 2 months ago

OakDragon (885217) writes "A sinkhole about 40 feet wide — and 30 feet deep — opened up inside the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY early Thursday morning, swallowing eight vehicles that were sitting inside. At least one of these cars is one of a kind, and due to its location the fire department allowed its removal. The sinkhole is remarkable in that it has left the surrounding ground which supports the circular structure intact, although that assessment may change up on investigation. Security footage from inside the museum shows the collapse as it happened."

Man Indicted for Attempting to Blackmail Mitt Romney for $1 Million in Bitcoins

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  about 10 months ago

OakDragon (885217) writes "A Franklin, Tennessee man has been indicted for his attempt to blackmail Mitt Romney. Michael Mancil Brown allegedly claimed his intent to release some of Romney's pre-2010 tax documents unless one million dollars was converted to Bitcoins and deposited into an account which he specified. Demand letters were sent to Republican and Democrat Party offices in Tennessee, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers (whom he claimed to have stolen the documents from). Pricewaterhouse Coopers denies that he ever obtained such documents. Brown was also attempting to "sell" the documents to others (presumably the Democrats or other interested parties) for the same amount. And yes, he was apparently well aware of the Dr. Evil reference."
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Spider that Builds It's Own Spider Decoys Discovered

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  about a year ago

OakDragon writes "A newly discovered species of spider — apparently of the genus Cyclosa — has been discovered in the Peruvian Amazon. The spider builds an elaborate decoy out of web, twigs, and other scraps, that appears to be a much larger spider. The spider will even cause the decoy to move, marionette-style, by shaking the web."
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Kickstarter Introduces New Hardware and Product Design Project Guidelines

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

OakDragon writes "Kickstarter has introduced some more stringent guidelines and requirements specifically for the Hardware and Product Design categories. These new requirements are laid out in a blog post called "Kickstarter Is Not a Store." Simulations will now be prohibited. Video cannot show a proposed product, action, etc. — only a real product and what it does at the time. Product renderings and other simulated illustrations also will not be sufficient — the project creator will have to have photographs of a real prototype."
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Neutrino message sent through ground

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

OakDragon writes "For the first time, scientists have used neutrinos – the exotic fundamental particles that routinely pass right through Earth – to send a message through the ground.

Because neutrinos so rarely interact with other particles, they are extremely difficult to detect. The detector, called Minerva, contains layers of different materials, including carbon, lead and iron. As the neutrinos pass through it, occasionally a neutrino will collide head-on with the nucleus of one of these atoms, creating other particles that are visible to the detector."

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Fox to "paywall" shows for 8 days

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

OakDragon (885217) writes "For those who are used to watching Family Guy, Glee, or The Simpsons online the day after the shows appear on TV, get ready to be mad. Fox and Hulu will be putting new shows behind a paywall for 8 days, starting August 15th. However, Hulu Plus subscribers won't have to pay — and neither will those who prove they are cable or dish subscribers. The latter authenticate DISH Network customers at first, but "other cable and satellite providers will be 'coming soon.'""
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Mark Helprin Thinks Copryright Law Too Weak

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  more than 4 years ago

OakDragon writes "In 2007, Mark Helprin wrote what he thought was a mildly controversial opinion on an esoteric in the New York Times: he was in favor of strengthening copyright laws in order for authors to better protect their work. Within a week, there were hundreds of thousands of blog posts and comments criticizing his stance. A recent Wall Street Journal quotes his opinion: 'manifestation of the collective versus the individual, of central direction versus local decision, of concentrated powers versus dispersed powers, of the large corporation versus the sole proprietor, of the combine versus the artists, of the industrialist versus the smallholder.'"
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"Scaled-Down" Solar System Found

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

OakDragon (885217) writes "Using gravitational microlensing, astronomers have discovered a planetary system that is roughly analogous to our own Solar system's relationship between the Sun, Jupiter, and Saturn. The star, OGLE-2006-BLG-109L, is about half the mass of our Sun, but the planets found are closer to it, hence the "scaled-down" description. Gravitational microlensing has turned up a handful of planets previously, but this is the first time conditions were just right to show the existence of smaller planets."
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The 10 Most Ridiculous Inventions Ever Patented

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

OakDragon writes "Move over Amazon.com and Microsoft: Cracked.com (remember "Cracked?" It's back, in web form) presents their picks for the ten most ridiculous patents, including an "animal toy" that we might call "a stick.""

Botnet stumping for Ron Paul?

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

OakDragon (885217) writes "Ron Paul's main support springs from the Internet. I suspect many Slashdot regulars support him (at least among those the support Republicans). But could some of his supporters be, let's say, less than human? Some researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham say that a flurry of emails supporting Paul is the work of botnets. The Wired story says:

Some participants in the online political world have long suspected Paul's technically sophisticated fan base of manipulating online tools and polls to boost the appearance of a wide base of support.

Don't everybody speak up at once, now..."

Cassette Tapes Linger in a Post-CD World

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

OakDragon writes "Twenty years after its obituary was written, the cassette tape is stubbornly clinging to life. Even though their production has plummeted from the early 90s, the last cassette maker in North America — Lenco-PMC — claims their factory will produce 22 million cassettes per year for the next several years. The market for cassettes now? Audio books for the blind (where Braille labels on CDs intefere with the slot-fed players), court recordings, and religious recordings."

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

OakDragon (885217) writes "An Associated Press story relates:

Wearing Superman pajamas and covered with his Batman blanket, comic book illustrator Dave Cockrum died Sunday.

The 63-year-old overhauled the X-Men comic and helped popularize the relatively obscure Marvel Comics in the 1970s. He helped turn the title into a publishing sensation and major film franchise.


Cockrum and Wein added their own heroes to the comic and published "Giant-Size X-Men No. 1" in 1975. Many signature characters Cockrum designed and co-created — such as Storm, Mystique, Nightcrawler and Colossus — went on to become part of the "X-Men" films starring Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry.

On a personal note, it was Cockrum's generation of X-Men that ultimately made me interested in the comics. Flashier artwork came later — John Byrne, et al — but Cockrum's steady hand guided the X-Men well. (And, yes, my choice of topic 'X' was intentional. :)"

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

OakDragon writes "The DNC sent a 'helpful' warning to the RNC regarding a security flaw found in a Republican National Committee recruiting website. By changing an ID number in a URL, a user's email can be uncovered. In a press relase, the DNC reproduced the letter they sent to the RNC, which said in part that "...nor were you 'hacked' — this flaw was found through normal usage of your website and any GOP.com user could do the same..." RNC spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt denied the suggestion: "Our Web site is completely secure.""

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

OakDragon writes "In this case, "ethical" means the company making the claim, Advanced Cell Technology, didn't destroy the original embryo. A study published in Nature promises a method of extracting stem cells from an embryo without destroying it. Could this render a very controversial subject a moot point? Of course, there's no pleasing some people. "Richard Doerflinger, deputy director of pro-life activities at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, says Lanza's methods are unacceptable for several reasons, including the fact that the experiments leading to his recent advance — although done to develop a technique that would preserve embryos — actually destroyed embryos in the process.""



More? Less? Hotter? Colder? Global warming's gotcha covered!

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  more than 6 years ago Noted and posted without comment:

Since the late 1960s, much of the North Atlantic Ocean has become less salty, in part due to increases in fresh water runoff induced by global warming, scientists say.

- Michael Schirber, LiveScience, 29 June 2005

The surface waters of the North Atlantic are getting saltier, suggests a new study of records spanning over 50 years. They found that during this time, the layer of water that makes up the top 400 metres has gradually become saltier. The seawater is probably becoming saltier due to global warming, Boyer says.

- Catherine Brahic, New Scientist, 23 August 2007


Scorching flames from the Boy Scouts' campfire

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I knew when I saw the subject "Boy Scouts Introduce Merit Badge For Not Pirating," things would get ugly very quickly. This is the Boy Scouts, after all, and we know their crimes include being religious and homophobic, among many others. Predictably, Republicans came up rather quickly (thanks to the recent Foley scandal), and a thread branched off discussing Bush, Gitmo, Iraq, and even former President Clinton. I did want to reply to some of the posts, but there were too many to get my point across. Also, I didn't feel like burning karma. So I am addressing a few points in my Slashdot journal. Those that stumble across it can take it for what it is, and post their own comments if they like.

I would like to say first that I was scandalized by Clinton's affair, but not in any Victorian "goodness-I-have-the-vapors" sense. I believe in the sancity of marriage, and I was mad because Bill Clinton had not only lied to the country (both on TV and under oath), but presumably had broken his oath to his wife as well. (I admit I am not familiar with the Clintons' particular wedding vows.) I was not offended as a Bible-thumping Christian "fundie." (I was raised Christian, but am now kind of a take it or leave it, non-churchgoing fellow - pretty average for my part of the country.)

From Clinton's lies we progress to Bush's pack of lies. Or so they say. Look, everyone lies. That's not in question, to my mind. Successful espionage programs and covert operations require leaders to engage in some kind of deception as a cost of operating.

The problem is that Bush's political opponents claim that he's told some really big lies that drew an innocent nation into a war. What actually happened was that Bush laid his case, which was our best knowledge to date, before Congress and the American people. People complain of "cherry picking" the information. Has it ever occurred to them that Bush calculated - and accepted - the worse-case scenario? But I am tired of this point, as I am tired of most Bush bashing. He does deserve criticism, and he doesn't care to take it. I have nothing more to gain by defending him.

Last, a few things about Iraq. Some are making great hay about the 650,000 (supposedly) civilian deaths since the war began. I agree with those who say even the lower end figures are appalling. Not one civilian should have to die, and even the majority of Saddam's army do not deserve death. Our soldiers don't deserve to have their vibrant lives cut short.

I do have problems with that number, however. The originators of the study conducted interviews in a very small sampling. (These interviews can be extremely dangerous, after all.) Also, there is no attempt to explain who caused these deaths. (Indeed, by not talking about it, the press and the authors of the study seem to be attempting to accuse the US armed forces of mass murder.) The vast majority of slain innocent civilians are killed by insurgents, illegal militias, Al Queda, and other foreign combatants. Last, there is no attempt (and perhaps no way) of identify civilians who are actually unlawful combatants, those fighting without being part of a regular army.

If Iraq is a mistake - and although you may think otherwise, the history here is still too young to tell the whole tale - it is a mistake worth making. We may grow weary of this war, and withdraw away from the world. But the world will not leave us alone. We will be fighting Islam for many years to come. You may be shocked and appalled to hear me say that - it appalls me - but it is what I've come to believe. Islam was founded by a murdering warlord, and it shows no sign of moderating. It is a violent religion that punishes mercy and forgiveness. (That is not to say that it could not evolve into something else; there is no sign of that happening, however.) Americans can run from this war, but future terrorist attacks will take more and more blood, until the nation, reluctantly, unleashes more and more destruction against radical Muslims. It's sad and a shame, but that's just the way I see it. Am I wrong? I hope I am, on this.


Tagging beta - wtf,no,yes,maybe

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

By now, some slashdotters should be aware of the tag system that is in beta. (If you don't know, just look at any story; the tags appear under the story's description.) As of now, only subscribers (and a few users) can add tags to a story.

It may be my imagination, but the tagging already seems to be losing some steam. Tags appear less quickly, or not at all. And of the tags that are present, only about half would be actually useful. Let's look at some recent examples.

This is fair enough. (FUD stands for Fear, Uuncertainty, Doubt, and has a rich history among geeks and nerds in the IT world.) But it seems for every fud tag, a notfud is found. Useful?
This one just seems to long and unwieldy to be a good tag. It's more like an in-joke or something.
Here's a real beaut - if you're looking for articles concerning the internation space station, this tag helpfully says "not here!"
That may be, but you can do better. Useful tag for those that like looking out for lame news stories.

Then we have tags that directly respond to the article description, often to rhetorical questions with the write-up.

yes, no
Really, what good is yes or no as a tag? Like fud, you are likely to find both together, which makes it doubly useless.
Usually given in the "hanging's too good for 'em" spirit, it is pretty lame as a tag.
For those that like reading about stuff they already knew, and how!

So how about some useful tags?

  • microsoft, linux, ...
  • security
  • apple, ibm
  • biotech, space, ...
  • google
  • ...others?

And one last question: how do we use the tags presently? Or will that come after the beta period?

EDIT NOTE: When I wrote this, I was unware that only some Slashdot members could participate in tagging.


I'm a Mac, and I'm a PC

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

When I first saw the "I'm a Mac... and I'm a PC" ads (produced by Apple), they got under my skin a little. At the time, I figured that I was the only one, being a curmedgeon-in-training. So I was a little surprised to see so many negative blog entries about those commercials.

The ads aren't exactly back-firing on Apple. I have no idea what the internal data looks like, but there is no outrage among the critics. People just find the ads a little off target, and perhaps a little lame. I think the main reason is that the PC guy is so likeable. People who think of themselves as geeks and nerds actually identify more with him, even if they dress more like the Mac guy.

What could Apple have done better? This is just my opinion - and they probably market-tested the commercials several different ways - but I think they should have made the PC guy a little bit older, a little bit louder, and a little more full of himself. I think this would have reinforced the idea they were trying to convey: PCs are all business, and little else. A PC will tell you what to do, not the other way around.

What do you think?



OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  more than 8 years ago Hi. In case you're wondering, I am on a Karma-burning mission. I am racing to the bottom. This post was the straw that broke the camel's back. I tried to respond to what I considered a snide, false accusation regarding the President and his supposed "lies." I gave 4 references to support my position, instead of just saying "you looozer!!!" And what did I get for my efforts? -1 Troll.

Now, I could have seen "Flamebait," maybe. But Troll? So, I'm just burning my bridges, enjoying the ride, and trying to be banned from /.

Be sure and help me out, and mod me as Troll whenever you can!

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