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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

ScentCone Re:'Regardless of... income and education level' ? (403 comments)

My bullshit meter always starts kicking into life when the hyperbole starts flowing, like the reading comprehension or random amount of payment received having a causative effect on the function of an organic process.

For me, it's my Political Correctness Meter. You know how it works.

Headline: "Huge Comet To Smash Into Earth, Instantly Ending All Life On The Planet! Activists Say Women and Minorites Unfairly Impacted."

yesterday
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

ScentCone Re:For those who said "No need to panic" (419 comments)

We had 0.
Then Mr Duncan arrived. We had 1.
Then Mr Duncan died. We had 0.
Then the nurse tested positive. We have 1.

You're an idiot. If you have to play those kinds of semantic games in order to avoid counting above 1, please just avoid participating.

about a week ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

ScentCone Re:For those who said "No need to panic" (419 comments)

Let's see: total number of Ebola Patients in the U.S. is ... 1. Mssr. Duncan is dead and cremated and no longer spreading the disease. So, the answer is "no".

You didn't bother reading the summary or the article, did you? Not just 1, Mr. Duncan. The next victim is the trained, well-equipped health care professional who - despite having far better protection and awareness than the vast majority of people in the world - just tested positive for having caught the virus from him.

What's your point in ignoring that glaring little dose of reality?

about a week ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

ScentCone Re:The Conservative Option (480 comments)

In the US, more poeple have died of gunshot wounds in the last month than have died from Ebola since it was discovered. Let's not talk about rational, effective responses from conservatives.

Yes, and far more people die every in the US from being beaten to death by killers using fists and blunt instruments than have died by killers using rifles of any kind, let alone the small number that involved scary looking rifles with black plastic parts on them. So what? Someone deciding to kill someone else - with a knife, a pipe, a gun, or their bare hands - isn't nearly as common as stupid kids killing themselves and others in cars, but mostly: it's an active decision. There's no comparing that to an outbreak of an ugly infectious disease, especially one with a high mortality rate that can kill you weeks after pick it up from someone's spit on a doorknob.

You want rational responses to both topics? OK, don't let violent criminals out of jail. Don't tolerate the existence of violent gangs like MS13 in our cities, and stop making it so politically incorrect to lock up crazy people who are plainly dangerous. And of couse, find ways to reduce one of the largest sources of death-by-gun stats, which is suicide - like, make Oregon's option more widely available. And in the meantime, work globally to stop travel out of West Africa until their outbreak problem is under control.

about two weeks ago
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How To Find the Right Open Source Project To Get Involved With

ScentCone SlashGrammarBot (57 comments)

I recommend a project that auto-edits slashdot headlines to avoid trailing prepositions.

Poor headline grammar is something up with which we should not put.

about three weeks ago
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FAA Clears Movie and TV Drones For Takeoff

ScentCone Re:iT'S FINE UNTIL.... (50 comments)

Typical RC planes can only be flown within a short distance of the field

People have been playing with long-range RC for many years.

And there have been various autopilots, orientation tools, and FPV-style links for a long time. Greatly predating the kids-with-multirotors era.

about three weeks ago
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FAA Clears Movie and TV Drones For Takeoff

ScentCone Re:iT'S FINE UNTIL.... (50 comments)

All this drone stuff will be fine until one manages to crash into an airliner, bringing it down. Then the FAA will be swamped with people demanding to know why the drones were allowed in the first place.

Which is also true of traditional RC aircraft, which have been flown for decades - with plenty of opportunities to get up into the path of full-scale aircraft. The carnage has been incredible, one plane after the next falling out of the sky.

The problem isn't going to be people shooting crop health, checking their gutters, doing an aerial during a TV shoot, or getting real estate photos. The problem is going to be malicious users. Just like wrong-headed people who choose to be malicious with lead pipes, shotguns, or kitchen knives.

A bunch of laws telling law abiding people not to fly their camera robot over 400' will mean exactly nothing to someone who doesn't care about laws.

about three weeks ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

ScentCone Re:This has nothing to do with wasting food (385 comments)

The question was why this is interesting to the slashdot audience. The answer is that this demographic is interested in how the government looks into and acts upon things that most people think of as not-really-public-stuff.

about a month ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

ScentCone Re:This has nothing to do with wasting food (385 comments)

And what does it have to do with technology?

Regardless of your take on how the editor wrote the headline, the concept here (the government empowering trash collectors to police your behavior after looking through what you throw out) is right there in keeping with the government doing all sorts of other things that involve prying into your behavior with an eye towards controlling it. Technology is the most common or at least a highly visible venue for that sort of intrusion these days, so other blatant examples of government micromanagement (like looking through your trash) serve nicely to remind technologists of the larger underlying issues, and that there ARE such issues.

about a month ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

ScentCone Re:Another terrible article courtesy of samzenpus (385 comments)

to excite slashdot's conservative majority

OK, you got me. For a moment there I thought you were taking yourself seriously, and having a rant, however misguided. It's a shame there's no satire/sarcasm tag to reward you for your sense of humor. That was a good one!

about a month ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

ScentCone Re:That's Funny. (207 comments)

Maryland's rain tax is a fine monument to, and classic symptom of its lefty/progressive entrenched government monoculture.

about a month ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

ScentCone Re:Aggression in practice, right? (478 comments)

And there is no way to convince me that the state can't defeat them with its little finger

Which state are you talking about? If a state doesn't have a coherent, functional military with the resolve to fight against these guys, then there's nothing else up their sleeves to use. Iraq wasn't ready for this. ISIS just kidnapped another 68 Iraqi soldiers to use as extortion leverage, and has killed a bunch more using suicide bombers. Recent recruits there have no stomach for fighting people like that with only what Iraq has that passes as its own air power for support. Their "little finger" isn't nearly enough to protect and hold the dam in Mosul, for example, let alone stamp this group out of existence.

about a month ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

ScentCone Re:Most rational people never believe in AGW (207 comments)

I see you wrote words after "Warmist religion" but, really, what's the point of reading them after that?

Because "warmist religion" is indeed a convenient shorthand way to refer to the thought process of legions of people who opine on this topic.

about a month ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

ScentCone Re:That's Funny. (207 comments)

Well here in our state, we've now got a rain tax. So all they have to do is tweak the law that makes guesses about how much grass you have (and this how much you should be charged each year when it rains X amount), and instead make guesses about how much wind-interfering surface area your house has, and how that might be disturbing, through turbulence, the mating habits of a special sub-species of gnats.

about a month ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

ScentCone Re:Please describe exactly (392 comments)

Not that you'd like to make a useful point by actually speaking of substance or anything. No, it's just "you're wrong, and I know secret things that you don't." Which is always a sure sign that you don't, actually. My perspective is shaped by daily reality: higher premiums, wildly higher deductibles, millions of people still not covered, millions of people now covered by charging other people for their consumption, more national debt, and a coming tsunami of yet more rate increases for millions of people. Yay, it's "Affordable!"

about a month ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

ScentCone Re:Aggression in practice, right? (478 comments)

All that paper is useless

Other than the fact that they can use it to pay off more muscle, to make up for not always being able to attract enough true believer goons. Also works for buying supplies, getting people on airplanes, and other things that you can't get with ammo left in the dirt by the fleeing Iraqi army.

about a month ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

ScentCone Re:Aggression in practice, right? (478 comments)

If kidnapping, extortion, and good old fashioned robbery were so profitable, the everybody would be doing it.

In places without the rule of law, everybody (with the muscle) IS doing it. That's why it's a major industry in certain parts of Africa, Central America, and the Middle East. Which of course you know, but would rather ignore.

If you think they can do all this damage without continued aid from the US/Europe (Saudi, especially them. You are so barking up the wrong tree), Russia, China, whoever is competing for the territory, then I'll have to assume you own several bridges and the Haney Farm...

This sentence is impossible to parse.

But I'll take a guess. You think that 30,000 guys armed with millions of dollars, fanatical recruits, and huge numbers of weapons abandoned by fleeing Iraqi forces, are unable to walk into village and towns and kill people? How complicated do you think this actually is? Your need for a fantasy narrative is making you invent something far to complicated, and you're now confusing yourself and writing incoherently.

about a month ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

ScentCone Re:Points of interest. (478 comments)

Hilarious copypasta from comedy web site.

I also like their satire about chem trails.

about a month ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

ScentCone Re:Aggression in practice, right? (478 comments)

Who said anything about defending their honor? We already defended them by delivering food, water, and medicine, and by running off and/or killing the ISIS guys on the ground that were preventing them (the Yazidis) from escaping the spot in which they were being starved to death. You know, bombing for peace. If a Yazidi family had a peaceful breakfast this morning, it was because of US air power.

about a month ago

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ELF Knocks Down AM Towers To Save Earth, Intercoms

ScentCone ScentCone writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ScentCone (795499) writes "The ELF (Earth Liberation Front) has claimed responsibility for destroying the primary AM towers used by KRKO in Washington state. From their statement, 'AM radio waves cause adverse health effects including a higher rate of cancer, harm to wildlife, and that the signals have been interfering with home phone and intercom lines.' The poor intercom performance must have been the last straw."
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Three Indicted In Very Big Identity/Data Breach

ScentCone ScentCone writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ScentCone (795499) writes "Three New Jersey-ites have been indicted in a crack/breach caper that netted them 130 million credit/debit card records and other sensitive info. Astonishingly, this was chalked up to SQL injection attacks, with data stolen from Heartland (a large card processing operation), 7-Eleven, and a grocery chain. The man named in the indictment, Albert Gonzalez, is already waiting trial for his alleged involvement in similar attacks on other retailers and restaurant chains in 2008. DoJ says the new data theft is the largest on record. Anybody recently buy a Slurpee with a credit card?"
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Michael Crichton, 66, has died of cancer.

ScentCone ScentCone writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ScentCone (795499) writes "Author Michael Crichton has died of cancer . The guy behind the Adromeda Strain and Jurassic Park, and a deliberate irritant in the global warming debate ("If we put everything in the hands of experts and if we say that as intelligent outsiders, we are not qualified to look over the shoulder of anybody, then we're in some kind of really weird world.") was 66, and has one more novel waiting in the wings."
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China Says It Lacks Skills To Hack US Systems

ScentCone ScentCone writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ScentCone (795499) writes "A spokesman for China's foreign ministry says that — China being the "developing nation" that it is — he doubts that his country has the sophistication to hack foreign systems. This in response to statements by two congressmen regarding apparent probing by China-based crackers into congressional systems for information about communication between US officials and activists in China."
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Mankind damages universe by looking at it.

ScentCone ScentCone writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ScentCone (795499) writes "The Telegraph covers a New Scientist report (subscribers only) about two US comsologists who suggest that, a la Schrodinger's possibly unhappy cat, the act of obvserving certain facets of our universe may have shortened its life . FTA, 'Prof Krauss says that the measurement of the light from supernovae in 1998, which provided evidence of dark energy, may have reset the decay of the void to zero — back to a point when the likelihood of its surviving was falling rapidly.' Warning: if you've read this summary, you may have already changed the article."
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ScentCone ScentCone writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ScentCone (795499) writes "In hopes of disrupting small droplets of water before they are able to form into an approaching storm's fruit-damaging hail, some farmers are spending $50K+ each on sonic cannons. Like most, this New Zealand company's gear uses acetylene gas charges. The technique has a long history, but there is continued debate about its effectiveness. Nissan, though, has got their own version to protect lots full of shiny new cars."
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ScentCone ScentCone writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ScentCone (795499) writes "US District Judge James Roberston has directed the US Treasury to start working on a way for the blind to differentiate between printed denominations. He said that the government is violating the Rehabilitaion Act in discriminating against those with a disability. He cites other countries' use of varying currency sizes as evidence that there are solutions, but does not prescribe a particular approach. Possibilities include raised ink and punched holes. Newer bills already support infrared features for use with readers, but such technology gets some complaints. The vending machine industry, which has participated in previous redesign discussions, may have a lot of work to do."
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ScentCone ScentCone writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ScentCone (795499) writes "New Zealand's Qualification Authority (which sets testing standards for the public schools) is confident that those grading papers will understand the meaning of students' responses, even if they use phone/IM-style text-speak. FTA, "credit will be given if the answer 'clearly shows the required understanding,' even if it contains text-speak." Many teachers are not amused, and critics say that the move will devalue NZ's equivalent of a high school diploma."
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ScentCone ScentCone writes  |  about 8 years ago

ScentCone (795499) writes "A Florida woman made the (unopposed) case that she was defamed and suffered business damages because of what a Louisiana woman was posting about her online. She has no expectation of collecting the money, but says "People are using the Internet to destroy people they don't like, and you can't do that." Libel is libel, but a libeler now has more/easier reach than before, and things like the Google cache add a new dimension."
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ScentCone ScentCone writes  |  about 8 years ago

ScentCone (795499) writes "North Korea says that it has conducted its first nuclear weapons test and "brought happiness to its people."

Japan and China earlier issued an unusual joint statement saying that such a test would be "unacceptable."

As of 11:10PM EST, the USGS says that it has not detected any unusual seismic activity on the Korean peninsula in the last 48 hours. Is NK's declaring a successful test with no apparent seismic indicators suggesting that they have actually done so just a more over-the-top-than-usual bit of propoganda?"

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