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GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

PsychoSlashDot Re:GoPro makes dubious claim... (131 comments)

No, no, you missed it... a homeless guy makes a dubious claim. Seriously, a guy who has been homeless for six years is the basis for this thing, with him concluding that technology is desensitizing non-homeless.

It's an even bigger chunk of turd than you thought. This guy isn't a long-time homeless person who might plausibly be able to compare today to the golden yesteryear of homelessness. He doesn't provide anything even resembling evidence, just "you know, e-mail makes people lose their empathy".

I call bullshit. Being homeless makes you notice that people are today - and always have been - insensitive to the plight of the homeless, on average. This dude just never noticed how homeless are treated six years ago when he had a mother, a wife, a house, and a rip-roaring drug habit.

3 hours ago

Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

PsychoSlashDot Re:Appeal to authority is not good enough (582 comments)

Yes, when amalgam fillings are first placed you are exposed to some mercury vapor.

Yes, but when you die, some of the mercury is always missing. Where did it go? Did it just vanish into the aether? Or was it released from your tooth with hot beverages? I love a hot cup of coffee with extra mercury in the morning, every morning, for the rest of my life. With my 11 silver fillings.

Amalgam is a very durable

It's not. It always loses mercury.

Just because that's an interesting assertion, I'd be interested in the required citation.

2 days ago

Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

PsychoSlashDot Re:I think this is bullshit (1744 comments)

This is all about political correctness. It's lynching someone because his beliefs don't match those of the hive mind. What is the point of having the right to free speech if you are condemned for exercising it?

Nobody lynched him. He spoke, he was told that what he said was shitty, he quit his job because he recognized saying shitty things was going to hurt his employer. Free speech happened.

about two weeks ago

Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

PsychoSlashDot Re:I think this is bullshit (1744 comments)

I assume you support banning infertile hetero couples from marrying as well

Sure why not. They can still live together.

Because there are serious legal situations that surround marital status.

Because when my wife isn't entitled to my health care benefits because we don't have a kid, it's your fault. Because when my wife isn't permitted the same power-of-attorney benefits when I am ill, infirm, and/or dead, it's your fault. Because when my wife isn't allowed to visit me in a hospital situation that permits "only family", it's your fault.

Don't you get it that impinging on these sort of "benefits" makes you a bad person?

This world is not wanting for more human beings. By not adding to the human burden on the planet we are actually being responsible. But you'll happily treat us as lesser people because we don't have the same biological imperative that you do. Did I mention bad person? Personally I can't see how a hetero couple that doesn't/can't have kids is somehow lesser than someone who knocks up his wife so she can birth a kid they can raise as yet another bigot.

I don't have a horse in the gay/straight race, being hetero, but I sure as heck can tell right from wrong.

about two weeks ago

Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

PsychoSlashDot Re:I think this is bullshit (1744 comments)

If the purpose of all life is to self-perpetuate how are you going to accomplish that with same sex unions? We are humans not amoeba.


What a huge prideful assumption. That life has purpose at all is a huge assumption. Life has behavioral traits... that's it. We are no more Von Neumann sludge than we are amoeba. I'm sure you've disregarded sterile human beings as non-life all along, yes? And you've disregarded humans who simply choose to not have children as non-life, yes? I'm sure you're busy lobbying for laws that make it mandatory for every human female to be pregnant as often as is possible to guarantee healthy offspring for her entire fertile life, then be euthanized, yes? And every male needs to prove that he's impregnated a female every nine months or be persecuted and eventually terminated, yes?

Purpose. There is no purpose. Life - on average - breeds. That doesn't mean every instance of every living species must do so or even should do so. It doesn't even imply it.

about two weeks ago

Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

PsychoSlashDot Re:I think this is bullshit (1744 comments)

Free Speech took a shot to the head. Political Correctness bullshit seems to trump it, every damn time.

Frankly NOW I'm thinking of totally dumping Firefox.

Bullshit. Political correctness is referring to a gay man as "a person of alternate sexual proclivities". Political correctness is passing policies that mandate one fourth of your female workforce must be lesbians because one in four women have had a girl-girl experience.

This is a man who took a high-profile job and was outed as a bigot. A man who thinks that it's worth paying money to impose his opinions one where someone else sticks their dick. A man who doesn't believe that gay people are people. That's not rhetoric, that's the way it is. Being against gay marriage is almost always on the grounds that "marriage is a sacred bond between man and woman", directly indicating that any other coupling is wrong and bad, and that those who engage in such practices should be penalized by being denied the same rights hetero-married enjoy.

Modern, enlightened society caught up with this guy when he took a job with visibility. Sorry, but him and his cro-magnan-thinker buddies just aren't right for this kind of a job because they taint the brand they represent.

about two weeks ago

$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

PsychoSlashDot Re:Did Fluke request this? (653 comments)

Bullshit. It can be easily argued that in the modern era, ignorance of the law MUST be allowed as a valid defense. There are too many laws for any one person to know, ergo ignorance of the law is a viable defense.

You don't understand... it is not expected, required, or desired that you know the law. It is expected, required, and desired that you pay a lawyer to do so for you. Yes, for everything you do.

Mine says it's okay for me to hit Submit so here goes...

about a month ago

Transhumanist Children's Book Argues, "Death Is Wrong"

PsychoSlashDot Re:Irresponsible or what? (334 comments)

You know that birth rates are highest in areas where mortality rates are highest, right? It's not the stable, healthy, wealthy nations that are producing huge numbers of humans. It's the struggling, starving and poor nations that are breeding in excess. Part of longevity assumes appropriate availability of heath and nourishment resources. There's a strong reason to suspect that if we were effectively immortal, our birth rates would drop to sustainable rates, or less.

about 1 month ago

Mozilla Scraps Firefox For Windows 8, Citing Low Adoption of Metro

PsychoSlashDot Re:Windows 8.x is un-usable without Start8 (200 comments)

It's questionable whether typing stuff, even just a few letters, should always be considered faster and/or more productive than using a mouse.

And then there's the simple fact that it frequently DOESN'T WORK. I frequently - as an administrator - use command prompts. So I press the Start button and type "cmd". Maybe three times out of ten on various systems owned by my customers, if I do this too quickly, Win7 simply gives up. It displays nothing. It looks like it's maybe thinking about it, but meanwhile I'm waiting. And waiting. And it doesn't work. So I hit backspace to go back to "cm". That usually doesn't help. So I add the "d" again and usually I get the search to find CMD.


about a month ago

The Rescue Plan That Could Have Saved Space Shuttle Columbia

PsychoSlashDot Re:However.. (247 comments)

GP was lazy for not reading the article carefully. However, it seems strange that no one has ever suggested that the Progress supply vehicle or Soyuz life boat on the ISS could are additional variables in the scenario and have been used as a ferry to meet the shuttle half way. Is anyone knowledgeable enough to work out the feasibility?

Just a guess, but if Columbia itself had less than 4% of the delta-V required to match orbits, I'd think another ship with about 4% of the delta-V required nets you nowhere anywhere even remotely near "meet half way". Worse, once you've met half way, what's your next move? You've burned at least ten times as much fuel as you actually have just to get there. You've got (up to) twice the crew chewing up consumables in an orbit that's nowhere near anything else.

about 2 months ago

Finnish Police Board Wants Justification For Wikipedia's Fundraising Campaign

PsychoSlashDot Re:Tyranny (252 comments)

If that is even half true, that's just tyrannical. Think about it. That means even a church in Finland doing disaster relief cannot call together a congregational meeting and ask for funds without getting a "by your leave, sire" from a bunch of police bureaucrats.

I don't think so. Regulated fund-raising might not be such a bad thing. Certainly it'd reduce fraud if folks had to demonstrate a legitimate need accountability structure.

On an unrelated note, since I don't live in Finland I was wondering if you'd like to donate to my cause? It's called:

Prevent Children From Getting Sick, Ever BBMAH*
Insert a bunch of statistics here about how kids get sick all the time, from all sorts of preventable causes. Seriously, a big wall of text going on and on about the needless suffering of children throughout the world. Add a bunch of pictures of kids with sores on them, maybe flies crawling around. Basically National Geographic meets Apocalypse Now.
*By Buying Me A House

about 2 months ago

Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up

PsychoSlashDot Nobody asked for new and improved Tide. (237 comments)

Now if the new improvement was that you only needed half of the detergent to get your whites whiter and therefore you'd spend half as much per load, sure, there'd be an argument.

This isn't that. This is the digital equivalent of "the box now has toxic printing on it, and the detergent inside has each granule conveniently packaged in concrete. But we provide you a small hammer."

Look, this is unpleasant to look at in at least four ways. The horizontal layout wastes a massive amount of screen space. The vertical layout wastes a massive amount of screen space. The background colour together with the default font reduce readability. And despite all of this, less information is shown at any given time.

Would you like us to disable UAC, DEP, and our antivirus software in order to use this too? Do we need root/administrator rights to view your site? Perhaps we need the latest beta of .NET or JRE?

My point is that this is a huge step backwards in usability. The point behind Chrome, Firefox, and IE reducing the amount of UX is to make it possible to display more content. Don't take the increased screen space created by making the status bar, menu bar, URL bar, title bar, tabs, buttons, and in fact UI of the browser and then show me reduced content.

You. Are. Doing. It. Wrong.

I. WILL. Leave.

Am I in some way unclear here? I'm not threatening. I'm calmly explaining. The content value of this site is not so high that I will tolerate this reduction in functionality. I know, I know. You've got some assclown marketing guy who tells you that we'll all just... give it one try, because we can't go without our fix. And we'll get used to it.

I'm informing you that I won't. On principle. Because if you're willing to say "fuck you" this loudly to me, I'm willing to say the same right back.

about 2 months ago

Adobe's New Ebook DRM Will Leave Existing Users Out In the Cold Come July

PsychoSlashDot Re:Non-Drm'd? (304 comments)

Never, ever pirate anything. It spurs their belief that people really want their product, but just aren't willing to pay for it. Instead, avoid the product altogether and encourage others to avoid it.

You're missing that people do want their product. Avoiding the product altogether sends a false message that the product isn't wanted. What we don't want is the packaging.

The closest equivalent to buying a physical product and throwing its packaging away is buying a DRM product and pirating the content. Once I've paid for the content, it's mine morally, ethically, and logically. It's just the law that needs work.

Throw away the packaging and tell the manufacturer why.

about 2 months ago

Confessions Of an Ex-TSA Agent: Secrets Of the I.O. Room

PsychoSlashDot Re:well i'm reassured! (393 comments)

well it comforting to know that the same government that managed this program is now moving on to something as *truly* important as our and our childrens healthcare.


Two things:
1} Healthcare is truly important while this TSA nonsense isn't. So yeah, that'd be good.
2} Just because one project authorized by a group is done improperly doesn't mean that all - or even any - other project will be done improperly.

about 2 months ago

EA Caves: SimCity Offline Mode Coming

PsychoSlashDot Re:Maybe next time (198 comments)

Not a chance. I predict there will be relatively few sales because of the "too little, too late" status, and EA will simply conclude that they were right all along... offline mode doesn't matter.

about 3 months ago

Extinct Species of Early Human Survived On Grass Bulbs, Not Meat

PsychoSlashDot Re:Tiger nuts? Not meat? (318 comments)

Indeed. Humans are the best long distance runners on the planet, and we evolved that way so that we could chase our prey until they died of exhaustion.

I thought we evolved that way so that Reebok could sell us new shoes. Huh.

about 3 months ago

CES: Laser Headlights Edge Closer To Real-World Highways

PsychoSlashDot Re:Movie (295 comments)

"One: modern lights are HID, not LED. Totally different technology."

Try again. Many newer cars are LED by OEM. I design LED lighting, so I'd be in the perfect position to know this.

We're not talking about the accent lighting. We're talking about primary lighting, where LED is very, very rare as it's only the last 24 months or so that LED clusters with high enough output have started to come to market. Incidentally, I am your boss, so I'm in a super-perfect position to know this.

"Two: what are you driving? I've got a... car. With the cut-offs in my HID projectors, 100% of my light emission is at or below the bumper level of a car in front of me."

Totally against DOT regulations, you're using illegal headlamps, idiot.

Personal? You want to get personal? I wouldn't do that. Because that'd be the bit where I drop the simple fact that I'm running a 100% OEM factory install from one of the Big Three. My totally-against DOT regulations lights? Standard for a vehicle chassis that is pumped out in quantities of 100k a year. Of course, the HID option has only been available for the last seven model years, but the point remains. Your alleged expertise in the matter has just been made questionable to the point of oblivion.

"What, what? Making stuff up are we? HIDs are available at a very, very wide color temperature range. Mine for instance are a nice 4300K; a nice crisp white light."

4300K has more blue than STANDARD 3,000K. Try again.

By definition yes, 4300K has more blue than 3000K, which is very yellow. In any practical measurement, it isn't until you exceed 5000K that blue creeps into the visible spectrum. Headlights between 4300K and 4500K are considered white. 3000K isn't normal for this application. But given you're a lighting engineer for God or something, I'm guessing that you can't handle every color temperature chart and sample on the planet disagreeing with you.

"Again, your mirrors are evidently below typical bumper level. Weird. You might want to fix that."

Ignorant of how physics, light, and mirrors work, I see.

Yeah, I've always had trouble with the idea that things above lines where light is not permitted to travel somehow reflect blinding light at someone. It's a failing, to be sure. Dude, we're not talking about passive reflected scatter photons bouncing off pavement. We're talking about shooting people in the face with headlights. Do yourself a favor and Google a few dozen images of "HID cut off" and take a gander at how the only area where anything is thrown more than about 2ft above the ground is the extreme right edge, if even there. It may save your job.

"It's not an issue with OEM installs."

Which is why Ford and Toyota are asking me (and several other companies) about LED designs and fixtures and remedies for the problems they're having.

Please shut your mouth. I design this equipment.

If you do have a job in automotive lighting, you shouldn't.

about 3 months ago

CES: Laser Headlights Edge Closer To Real-World Highways

PsychoSlashDot Re:Movie (295 comments)


Yea? You tell that to the idiots with new LED OEM headlights in their cars, and vehicles that are taller than mine.

One: modern lights are HID, not LED. Totally different technology.
Two: what are you driving? I've got a... car. With the cut-offs in my HID projectors, 100% of my light emission is at or below the bumper level of a car in front of me. Even were I in an SUV, I'd be getting your trunk deck. Excluding anyone driving a monster truck, proper HID projectors aren't causing your problem. Unless you're driving a skateboard. Laying down.

Oh, you want to know why your HID kit isn't available in the USA? It FAILS DOT SAFETY REGULATIONS BECAUSE OF THE SEVERE AMOUNT OF BLUE LIGHT EMITTED. Blue light destroys night vision AND causes/irritates macular degeneration.

What, what? Making stuff up are we? HIDs are available at a very, very wide color temperature range. Mine for instance are a nice 4300K; a nice crisp white light. Not as yellow as typical but no blue tinting like an 8000K bulb or purple like a 12000K kit. OEMs actually use bulbs in the vicinity of 4500K for that precise reason.

Oh, and your shutters don't help when you're riding my ass (like most any moron on the road,) your light gets in my vehicle and mirrors just fine.

Again, your mirrors are evidently below typical bumper level. Weird. You might want to fix that.

As has been stated - repeatedly - the problem you have is with people who are not using proper projectors. It's not an issue with OEM installs.

about 3 months ago

CES: Laser Headlights Edge Closer To Real-World Highways

PsychoSlashDot Re:Bullshit (295 comments)

BULLSHIT. This is a lie you tell yourself to justify what you did to your car.

Stock Audi's, BMW's and more are all blinding other car drivers. In an urban environment the HID lights are somewhat balanced by the ambient lighting and several-per-block streetlights; in a suburban or highway environment the reduced frequency of streetlights makes their giant light contrast more dangerous because the eye spends more time adjusting and readjusting between dark and blindingly bright.

It's much worse for car drivers when these are on SUVs or trucks. Even in the rare cases when the lights are adjusted for those vehicle's increased heights, that's no help when the assholes pull up behind you at a light.

Bullshit indeed, Captain Clueless AC.

HID-equipped cars don't use traditional aiming lenses. They use a projector ball in front of the bulb which shapes the light emitted. Additionally, between the bulb and the projector there's a metal cut-off plate that prevents light from being thrown upwards. While HIDs typically emit about three times as many lumens, virtually none of it is permitted to aim towards oncoming traffic.

The point Lumpy was making is that proper projector housings cost serious money while a set of HID bulbs and inverters cost in the realm of $50. Yes, many, many ricer idiots retrofit HIDs into their cars unsafely by keeping their lens-based housings. Which means... three times as much light in oncoming traffic.

Now you know, which should help you to stop being uneducated. Or you WOULD know if you'd not posted AC and got a nice notification someone replied to you.

about 3 months ago

Senator Bernie Sanders Asks NSA If Agency Is Spying On Congress

PsychoSlashDot Proof he's not qualified to ask the question. (363 comments)

At the very least, blanket metadata capture means the answer is absolutely, positively, unrepentantly YES.

about 3 months ago


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