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How To Find the Right Open Source Project To Get Involved With

ScentCone SlashGrammarBot (56 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.

yesterday
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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.

3 days 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.

4 days ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

ScentCone Re:This has nothing to do with wasting food (383 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.

5 days ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

ScentCone Re:This has nothing to do with wasting food (383 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.

5 days ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

ScentCone Re:Another terrible article courtesy of samzenpus (383 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!

5 days ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

ScentCone Re:That's Funny. (206 comments)

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

about a week ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

ScentCone Re:Aggression in practice, right? (474 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 week ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

ScentCone Re:Most rational people never believe in AGW (206 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 week ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

ScentCone Re:That's Funny. (206 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 week ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

ScentCone Re:Please describe exactly (391 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 week ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

ScentCone Re:Aggression in practice, right? (474 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 week ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

ScentCone Re:Aggression in practice, right? (474 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 week ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

ScentCone Re:Points of interest. (474 comments)

Hilarious copypasta from comedy web site.

I also like their satire about chem trails.

about a week ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

ScentCone Re:Aggression in practice, right? (474 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 week ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

ScentCone Re:Aggression in practice, right? (474 comments)

Hundreds of millions, eh? From a single bank

Says the governor. Intelligence people on our side apparently think it's anywhere from at least "millions" to close to what the local Nineveh officials estimated. Regardless, whatever they've been extracting from the central banks they've taken apparently pales compared to the revenue they get from kidnapping, extortion, and good old fashioned robbery. And, again, millions a day in oil proceeds. I know, you're still hoping you can just have their checking account locked, right?

about a week ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

ScentCone Re:Aggression in practice, right? (474 comments)

So, you don't think cutting off funding to them is better than going to war?

You're right. We'll use a time machine to undo the hundreds of millions in cash they stole when they knocked over a bank (you have been paying attention, right?), and then we'll take steps to make oil no longer a commodity that places like Russia and China buy, so that we can dry up the millions a week that they're earning on the black market. Then we'll force Europeans and others to stop sending them millions of dollars in ransom money for the hostages they keep taking.

Let me guess, you were thinking about calling their bank and putting a hold on their Visa card, right? Yeah.

about a week ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

ScentCone Re:Aggression in practice, right? (474 comments)

I'm really not sure why you mischaracterize neo-nazis as a non-violent group; ignorance is hard to believe

Who said anything about non-violent? They're violent. Just like local street thugs are violent. It's a law enforcement, not a military issue. They're not on the move with tanks and missiles. They're not taking over dams, or now running oil fields. If they were, that would rise to the level of a military issue. Do you really think that if some neo-Nazi movement in the US rose to the level of them occupying large portions of US states in the north, bordering Canada, and started killing off people with French heritage by the thousands, and the US government couldn't or wouldn't do anything to stop them as they spilled across borders, that Canada wouldn't take steps to prevent that cancer from spreading? Your example of such a huge militarized operation involving tens of thousands of neo-Nazis filling mass graves in the while the US military runs away from them leaving them to expand their territory as they promise they're coming next for other countries and territories ... is a total fantasy. Because that's not happening and won't. They'd never make it past the skirmish-at-the-compound (a la Waco, TX) level, let alone occupy whole swaths of the upper midwest, slaughtering thousands of people.

On the other hand, that's exactly what IS happening with ISIS. One you can deal with as a law enforcement problem. The other is a military problem.

about a week ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

ScentCone Re:My only question... (474 comments)

told Saddam what he had to do to keep us from coming back and left with the approval of the international community

Which Saddam never did. You get that, right? He kept building/importing long range missiles. Kept shooting at the aircraft patrolling the no-fly zones that were set up to keep him from continuing his ethnic slaughter in the north and south, kept starving people as he skimmed aid money to rebuild his guard and more palaces, continued to play cat and mouse with UN inspectors, never disclosed what he did with all of the VX that the UN inspectors originally saw, and so on.

He never did any of what he agreed to do when he was pushed back out of Kuwait - that conflict in effect never ended, because Saddam chose not to actually live up to the agreement that kept him alive and in limited power. Intelligence agencies from multiple countries had strong reasons to think that he was still in possession of at least some of his huge pile of chemical weapons (he was), making missiles (he was), shooting at aircraft (he was), killing rivals (he was) ... and every attempt to find and catalog his chemical weapons was rebuffed by his people on the scene. It's quite possible that he himself was being lied to about how much he still had, by people who didn't want to lose their lives (and those of their families) by telling him the truth about how much had been trucked to Syria or otherwise abandoned. Doesn't matter: complete lack of his cooperation, ongoing targeting of allied aircraft, and the continuing deaths of Kurds and other minorities at his hands were line-by-line violations of the agreement that kept the Gulf 1 invasion from rolling the rest of the way into Baghdad. Eventually that operation did happen, because he (Saddam) effectively insisted on it by never changing his Kuwait invasion period posture.

about a week ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

ScentCone Re:Aggression in practice, right? (474 comments)

The answer you're looking for is best stated as an old signature line.

"Bombing for Peace is like Fucking for Virginity."

What a stupid, empty, non-sequitor of a hippy aphorism. If someone has a camp full of heavy weapons, out of which they are launching daily slaughter and earnest attempts at genocide (a la the Yazidis, just as an example ISIS victim group), and you use an airstrike to stop that slaughter ... the resulting end of the campaign to kill that group of people isn't good, from where you sit? You'd rather, instead of "bombing" to stop them, that we line up a huge logistical support operation and send in ground troops to get in protracted firefights to the same? And take weeks or months to set it up, by which time of course all of the Yazidis would be very thoroughly dead at the hands of ISIS?

If you really think your quoted platitude makes sense, then you'd also be against anyone using force to stop a rape in progress, right? Because that would like "Violence For Safety," right? Right?

about a week ago

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ELF Knocks Down AM Towers To Save Earth, Intercoms

ScentCone ScentCone writes  |  about 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  |  more than 7 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  |  more than 7 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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