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MIT Envisions DIY Solar Cells Made From Grass Clippings

Ozlanthos Re:Adds new import to the phrase "keep off the gra (126 comments)

Don't get too excited, I'm sure once the oil and coal lobbyists get done with it, they will have determined that O2 is a "green-house gas" and have all lawns taxed by the square inch for their "Oxygen-footprint"...

-Oz

more than 2 years ago
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Moglen: Facebook Is a Man-In-The-Middle Attack

Ozlanthos Re:they just figured this out? this is a revelatio (376 comments)

Right on! However I am of the opinion that such market models are short-lived for a reason. They don't create anything of REAL value. If Facebook and Google are monitoring my use of other sites while I am signed into their site, it just means that they have more information about my web-life. If I never spend any money on Facebook, then they won't earn any money from me. They might know a web-site that I did buy something from, they might even know what I bought, and how I paid for it, but if they didn't refer me to the site, they havn't even provided the site with any real service. When you boil it all down, all you have left is what advantages the web has always provided, access to people, resources, products, and information that you would never encounter in your localized physical world. It's things like that make me wish people would get serious about the web and quit trying to use it EXCLUSIVELY as a means to rip people off in one way or another. Unfortunately it will take the full collapse of the fossil-fueled components of our economy for us to utilize this wonder of human thought to it's "TRUE", and "REAL" potential!

-Oz

more than 2 years ago
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America's Turn From Science, a Danger For Democracy

Ozlanthos Re:U.S. is established on religion, so (900 comments)

Not entirely accurate. The right-wing christian theocrats always assert that same bull. The fact is that our founders were mostly secular deists, and as such did not found this nation on "christian" values. Note the distinct lack of the words "Jesus", "God", "Lord", "Savior", and "Bible" or any reference to them in our founding documents? As a matter of fact, the only such "religious", or "spiritual" reference is to a "creator". Any serious Constitutional scholar can tell you that it's a reference to the Secular Deist concept of god, and not the "christian" ideal so commonly misassociated with that word.

I mean really, we'd just liberated ourselves from one of the most oppressive theocratic empires the world has ever known. With that in mind, what makes you or anyone else think that the first thing we did afterward was seek to establish a theocracy here?

-Oz

more than 2 years ago
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White House Proposes "Wealthy Tax"

Ozlanthos Re:Ryan is ignorant of economic history (2115 comments)

Yes and No. If you still allow a business to deduct operational and upgrade costs, you'll stimulate investment, and spending in general. However, we also have a regulatory system that seeks to extort every last red cent from businesses before they can even open their doors. There are many other countries run by people who don't really care about the environment, or the health and well-being of their citizens, so we hike taxes here, companies move ops there....plain and simple.

-Oz

more than 3 years ago
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White House Proposes "Wealthy Tax"

Ozlanthos Re:Honest Question (2115 comments)

IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII like it! However, I'm more a fan of flat taxes. I figure up to 10% total between state, fed, and SS.... ZERO EXEMPTIONS!!!! You make money and are a US citizen? 10% of your accrued wealth for the year goes to tax.No class warfare, no candling, no penalizing success, or other politics....You are an American, you pay 10%! Before you know it, unemployment would sink faster than a whale turd, and we would be well on our way to technological and social superiority once more! With this action though, we would also need to cut some of our permitting and licensing fees. If CDL's were free we'd never have a need for skilled truck drivers.

-Oz

more than 3 years ago
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IT Night Shift Workers: Fat and Undersexed

Ozlanthos Re:How much of this is correlated to... (203 comments)

These problems have nothing to do with night shifts or the people that work them. Having worked a couple of 12 hour night shifts in my work history. I found that there are a couple of easy answers to these dilemmas. Prioritize your health! Don't drink soda. If you need a boost, those stupid 5 hour energies work just fine on a consistent basis. EAT FEWER CALORIES! A nice grilled chicken breast, and a piece of fruit for your first break,the same with something with a few carbs in it during your lunch, and a grilled chicken breast (season as you will) w/ a piece of a different fruit. during your last break. Drink lots of water...iced if possible.

GO TO THE GYM AFTER YOU GET OUT OF WORK! You don't have to be there long, or do it all in one visit. At least 45 minutes of cardio ( I break it up into 3 15 minute cardio sessions on 3 different machines) , 3 sets minimum of 20 reps for abs (any exercise, as long as it is like a partial or full sit-up) and maybe 2 or 3 muscle groups (shoulders, lats, pecs, bis, tris, quads, hamstrings, calves) a day. Do this 4 days (or more) a week and in 4 months you will look awesome! Also for guys....gyms in the early AM are filled with cougars and other single women...lots of opportunity, just remember that you are really only at the gym for yourself. Ladies, the better you look the more we want to look at you...admit it it is just the same the other way around. Also for men and women, there tends to be a strong differential between the attractiveness of someone who takes really good care of their body, and someone who does not....Case Closed.

Oh, and one last thing. Don't try to live like people who are not on the same schedule as you. Nothing causes more stress than bouncing back and forth from normal hours to night shift hours.

-Oz

more than 3 years ago
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Capcom Announces Unreplayable Game

Ozlanthos Newsflash..Capcom just wasted millions of dollars. (535 comments)

Developing what may eventually be their own demise. Just when you thought software companies couldn't be run any less intelligently, or that developments couldn't become more cost-prohibitive, they do something like this! I swear it's like an invitation! May as well hand someone a BFG-9000 and say "shoot me".

-Oz

more than 3 years ago
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Aussie Climate Scientists Receiving Death Threats

Ozlanthos hrmmmmm (638 comments)

I guess that is what happens when you are setting the standards which will eventually be used to tax people out of the ability to earn a living. I am an eco-freak, but honestly if as much effort had been put into developing space travel, or cold-fusion as has been put into extorting people out of burning fossil-fuels...we'd have already cleaned up the detritus from the ills of the industrial revolution, entered the post-nuclear age, achieved super-luminal speeds, and be well on our way to starting another Earth somewhere by now.....

-Oz

more than 3 years ago
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Could the US Phase Out Nuclear Power?

Ozlanthos Greece will lead the way! (657 comments)

Although they aren't even up and running yet, Greece has been investing a ton of money into cold fusion as a means of powering their country. Although to some this may seem far-fetched, despite the lack of interest and funding from other governments, there has been a great deal of private venture capital being thrown at commercial cold fusion power solutions for the last decade. Oddly enough, I think the revelation of it's eminence and true potential, are now being realized by the powers that be, hence the recent talks by the likes of Germany about the abandonment of nuclear....

-Oz

more than 3 years ago
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Copyright Law Is Killing Science

Ozlanthos Re:This article is bullshit. (323 comments)

As a non-scientist, I tend to view things more along the lines of IP that translates almost directly into consumer goods, and or services. However, your description of the peer review/publication process lends no weight to TFA's assertion that copy-right kills science. None the less, I found your response enlightening, and found no grounds to consider this "troll-fodder". As to my answer to your question....Cost-prohibitive market control? Also a publicly-recognized attribution of the IP's originator. If nothing more, it could provide a legitimate (industry recognized) reference should you ever have to sue anyone for using it without your permission, or due compensation.

-Oz

more than 3 years ago
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Copyright Law Is Killing Science

Ozlanthos This article is bullshit. (323 comments)

The only people who copyright and patents are really issues for, are those who want to utilize the IP of someone else (who went through the time and effort of conceiving, beta-testing, and proving a concept) without bothering with licensing the right to use it....and without any intention of compensating it's originators. I can't stand these bitchy leaches who can't be bothered with thinking for themselves and would rather just steal the fruit of your efforts and tell you to screw yourself when you ask them to pay for it.

As a matter of fact, I would go so far as to suggest that it is these fucking leeches that inhibit science more than anything. I mean really, why go through the investment of time, effort, and even money to create original IP if some asshole is just going to walk up and snatch your ability to make money off of it for yourself?

The only problem I have with copyright and/or patents is these fucking companies that patent and copyright their works then shelve them, and hold the patent and/or copyright just to keep other people from being able to utilize them. LICENSE THAT SHIT, AND SELL THE RIGHTS TO PRODUCE IT TO OTHERS!!!

-Oz

more than 3 years ago
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Steve Jobs: 'We Don't Track Anyone'

Ozlanthos Uh...yeah (373 comments)

Just in case no one has already done it....I'm calling "bullshit" on this one!

-Oz

more than 3 years ago
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CS Prof Decries America's 'Internal Brain Drain'

Ozlanthos Re:Total misread of available data (791 comments)

Try that at U of O....I am certain my estimate would most likely prove conservative compared to the reality.

-Oz

more than 3 years ago
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CS Prof Decries America's 'Internal Brain Drain'

Ozlanthos Total misread of available data (791 comments)

What this brainiac doesn't get is that the "reason" we aren't pursuing "STEM" career-paths in college, has nothing to do with "potentially" better applicants being shipped in. Instead it has everything to do with the fact that APPLICANTS ARE BEING SHIPPED IN, WHILE JOBS ARE BEING SHIPPED OUT!!!

More and more it seems that you cannot go to college without taking out student loans. If I am going to borrow up to $50,000.00 a year to go to college, I want to know two things: 1) Is this really the field I want to spend the next 20 years in (because it is likely that I will be paying those financial aid loans off for that long)?, and 2) Will there be employment in that field that will allow me a decent living (while paying my financial aid loans off) when I get out of school in 4 to 6 years?

With out-sourcing and inshoring moving up the corporate ladders, the likelyhood of finding such employment becomes more and more finite. With that knowledge in mind, unless you are a mathaholic, software whiz or total computer-freak, the option of borrowing up to 300k on training for a job-class that may soon be unavailable to you seems somewhat less than intelligent.

-Oz

more than 3 years ago
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Paramount Pictures To Release Film On Bittorrent

Ozlanthos Somebody please go check the temp in hell!!! (178 comments)

Because someone in the entertainment business finally gets it!!! I predict that if this film is worth the time wasted watching it + 5 minutes, it will become one of the most heavily viewed widely distributed films EVER!!!

-Oz

more than 3 years ago
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Cocaine Found At Kennedy Space Center

Ozlanthos Re:DUh! (276 comments)

The last time someone did it, no one came up dirty. And we are talking about cocaine here, so I assume that (just like (last time) whoever did it will have time to clean up before the UA. Besides, as we are talking about cocaine here, I am sure whoever brought it to work with them probably noticed that it was missing. When they remembered where they left it, they did a palm to forehead slap, called in sick the next day, and refrained from using any more knowing that the hammer would soon fall, and they would have to pee in a cup.

My point is that coke doesn't stay in your system long enough for a UA to be an effective means of detection for anything other than Cannabis use. As such users of harder drugs tend to slip by, even when they do something stupid...like leave their stash at work. If NASA were serious about rooting out all users of illicit drugs, they would do hair tests. But (as I am sure they are well-aware) if they did, they'd end up having to fire people who would be difficult if not impossible to replace.

-Oz

more than 3 years ago
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Cocaine Found At Kennedy Space Center

Ozlanthos DUh! (276 comments)

Someone who has it together enough to work at NASA doesn't have such a terribly bad habit that they are going to test dirty....Not going to happen. Although, if they'd found a bag of Cannabis, it would be a different story. The truth is that the only drug that you can detect more than 72 hours after total seccation of use via urine tests is Cannabis. THC can store in your fat for up to months after chronic use. Now, if they were really serious about busting the perp, they'd administer a hair test! Of course the cape would go dark for lack of employees shortly thereafter, but they'd have fired the idiot who left the stash....

-Oz

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Privacy Paranoia

Ozlanthos .....Because it's none of your fucking business! (323 comments)

Gosh, where to begin. I guess I use whatever privacy measures I can for one simple reason...IT IS NONE OF YOUR FUCKING BUSINESS WHERE I GO, WHAT I DO, WHICH PAGES I SCAN, WHAT PRODUCTS I BUY, WHO I DATE, HOW MANY KIDS I HAVE, WHERE I LIVE, OR WHAT I THINK!!! If I chose to divulge such information, it is because I CHOOSE TO, not because I think you have a right to make money off of it. My biggest complaint with the internet is that people have chosen to mis-use it. I loved back in the day how I could go to a chat-room and it was not plagued by fucking chat-bots. I loved being able to type "wherez da warez", and someone would tell me where I could get a solid copy of Photoshop, or Lightwave...without fear of some schmuck at the NSA, DOJ, RIAA or MPAA, using the conversation to justify putting me in a cage. Not to say that I made a habit of doing such things, but the fact remains that the freedom to do them without fear of prosecution existed.

I always envisioned that the web would be used to liberate humans from the stupid 9 to 5 get up get in the car, take the bus, or train, sit at a desk getting fatter, surviving or merely enduring office-related bullshit/politics for 8 to 12 hours, and drag yourself home reality. But NOOOOOOO, instead the internet has become like a farm, where you are milked for personal data, and your every transaction is being monetized at no benefit to you. Deep down, I think this is the result of employers not utilizing the full potential of the web. That it really represented the end of locality, and has instead been perverted to become the end of privacy, and dignity.

-Oz

more than 3 years ago
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Huge Amounts of Oil Found On Gulf of Mexico Floor

Ozlanthos Re:Karma whoring much? (426 comments)

"BP has already paid $3.9bn to businesses and personal claims, and $1.2bn in government claims, and that the claims for it's escrow fund are being run by an independant company".

Oh yeah, I'm sure that is more than enough to pay for the A) loss of habitat, B) loss of tourist traffic to the Gulf, C) the massive fish kills this has caused, and those that will be caused by this event....Gimme a damn break! Do you live anywhere near an ocean? This amount wouldn't have been enough to cover the losses both environmental, and economic if the spill had polluted Lake Mead....much less the tidal heart-center of the Atlantic Ocean!

-Oz

more than 3 years ago
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US Gov't Mistakenly Shuts Down 84,000 Sites

Ozlanthos Wrong....the "mis-read" is YOURS!!! (296 comments)

I bet anything that the majority of the web-sites "mistakenly" taken down were in fact "conservative" news-aggregators, or otherwise "pro-American" in their content, slant, or ideology. America is doomed. and has only months left. Hope you've all enjoyed liberty and relative "justice". Soon you'll have to fight for such things on a very personal level....and Susan B. help you if you don't speak spanish.....The only place for you will be a street corner to beg from!

-Oz

more than 3 years ago

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Active Censorship???

Ozlanthos Ozlanthos writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Ozlanthos (1172125) writes "Whilst bouncing about the Drudge this morning, I came across an interesting looking link Homeland Security warns of 'right-wing radicals'; 9-page report sent to police.... While not being a "right-wing radical" I am an Independent, and as such, like to weigh the value of such troll-bait with a discerning eye before coming to any conclusions. However, for some strange this particular article was denied my viewing by several "page loading errors". At first I thought this might be due to an error on the part of someone at ol' Drudge, so I tried loading just "www.washingtontimes.com" before navigating away from Drudge...To no avail. Next I busted out my Google-fu, and looked up Washington Times. Yeehaw! Success! I was able to find and load the mother-page of WT! Next I found the story in question and attempted to load it, again success! I was able to read the whole first page (of three mind you) and some of the associated comments before the page auto-reloaded and I was immediately dumped back to a page load error! WHY?????? Is there some intervening group actively trying to dissuade people from reading this particular article? I tried several other story-links on the WT page to see if I could replicate the effect. Nope, it seems that someone in fact is attempting to block access from this particular article. Could it be WT is doing so as to give one the impression that they are being digitally-censored? Or is there an unrelated body blocking Americans from seeing it? I am only left to wonder......

ps. Funny thing really, it seems to load fine from this story...Could Drudge be the intervening third party?

-Oz"

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