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We Can Avoid a Surveillance State Dystopia

Stolzy Not as bad as...a book? (267 comments)

So let me get this straight. You're saying that because the current surveillance which is happening isn't as bad as a book, a work of fiction, it's really not that bad?

Maybe you should stop posting fiction to Slashdot, slashdot.

/Stolzy

about 8 months ago
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Internet Censorship Back On Australian Agenda

Stolzy Creationalist (109 comments)

What have we done! We've created a monster (aka Tony Abbott). I voted the Pirate Party, myself. /Stolzy

about 8 months ago
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Online, You're Being Watched At All Times; Act Accordingly.

Stolzy It's why we have a "Law" (299 comments)

I don't usually mould my internet activities around the knowledge that my online activities are being watched by some data collection software somewhere in the world. My position is, so long as I am breaking no laws, I shouldn't have to care. That's why we have the Law, after all.

/Stolzy

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Do If You're Given a Broken Project?

Stolzy Communicate (308 comments)

In one word. Your boss needs to know what's going on.

about 9 months ago
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HealthCare.gov Can't Handle Appeals of Errors

Stolzy Coders (208 comments)

Maybe they should have hired actual coders to do the job.

about 9 months ago
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The Human Body May Not Be Cut Out For Space

Stolzy Cannabis (267 comments)

Give them Weed! Srsly, it stimulates appetite, and can help with sleep. Plus it also helps the body in other ways, such as protecting and even enhancing the neural pathway transmitters, helps cells release the correct stimulation to kill off cancer cells, and a whole bunch of other ailments. I wouldn't recommend baking brownies in space, though, all those crumbs!

about 9 months ago
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Bitcoin Exchange CEO Charlie Shrem Arrested On Money Laundering Charge

Stolzy Re:It's money, then? (330 comments)

In the legal world, having a "precedent" is always helpful when a judge is being asked to make a decision on a case. Here, a precedent has now been set that allows us to call BitCoins "Money", in which case there may be other legal wrangles where calling BitCoins "Money" is going to be a necessity. I'm sorry, but this really has nothing to do with toy cars, cars, or licencing them. /Stolzy

about 9 months ago
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Bitcoin Exchange CEO Charlie Shrem Arrested On Money Laundering Charge

Stolzy It's money, then? (330 comments)

If they're being charged with Money Laundering, doesn't that mean the BitCoin is now considered "Money" by the Feds?

about 9 months ago
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'Approximate Computing' Saves Energy

Stolzy Hemp powered Mobo's (154 comments)

I'm still waiting for the day we start making motherboards from hemp plastics.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Digital Music Replace Most Instrumental Musicians?

Stolzy The biggest source of incoming for /any/ musician (328 comments)

The biggest source of income for any working musician is still live shows. Be they small 100 crowd venues or large 50,000 crowd venues. There is something special about watching a group of musicians perform together in a live show. Something that can't be replicated by a guy pressing a button (to play pre-recorded tracks). Live DJ shows often involve lots of pyrotechnics and other visual devices in order to engage the crowd. However, any live band, be they rock, hiphop, classical, baroque, deviant, or otherwise, has an instantaneous advantage of an unending "fascination" effect from people who can't play instruments themselves.

about 10 months ago
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EV Owner Arrested Over 5 Cents Worth of Electricity From School's Outlet

Stolzy Cops money racket (1010 comments)

It wasn't until recently that I realised why this goes on in America. A friend pointed out the sheer stupidity of some of the arrests happening in USA is an extension of a money making racket the cops have (and given that most prisons over there are privately owned, I'm sure some of those arrests also come with "perks").

So, the cops arrest someone for stealing some electricity, and if they get a fine, they get more funding. I'm pretty sure there's a lot of truth in that statement.

/Stolzy

about 10 months ago
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Was Julian Assange Involved With Wiretapping Iceland's Parliament?

Stolzy Seeding the leaks? (167 comments)

Is it possible that the USA could start seeding whistle-blower's leaks with information that would put them at further risk of legal prosecution? /Stolzy

about 10 months ago
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Computer Model Reveals Escape Plan From Poverty's Vicious Circle

Stolzy Bill Gates isn't all that bad, ya know? (356 comments)

I used to hate Bill Gates. Then one day I realised Gates had "grown up". He's still a businessman, but he's using his business "prowess" to increase his ability to help people in Africa with his vaccination programme. Which is why he set up his charity with family, and uses investment in businesses like Monsanto to offset his expenditures (and who's not to say to direct the firm away from GM crops?)

Whether my "naive" optimist side is coming out or not remains to be seen. Either way, what Gates is doing for Africa fits this model perfectly, you'd have to say.

/Stolzy

about a year ago
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Why Bitcoin Is Doomed To Fail, In One Economist's Eyes

Stolzy Re:WD et al. (537 comments)

Bitcoin mining may take a new turn eh? Bitcoin Haxor^H^H^H^H^H^H Recovery?

about a year ago
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Why Bitcoin Is Doomed To Fail, In One Economist's Eyes

Stolzy Money Issued By Governments? Where? (537 comments)

Can anyone tell me where, in today's world, there is a government that issues its own money? I guess Valenzuela is one country that doesn't have a Central Bank. I can't think of any others. America sure doesn't issue its own money, it loans it (from the Federal Reserve). Just to be fancy I'll throw in a fancy word - Fiat. There you go! Which Bitcoins are also. /Stolzy

about a year ago
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Gunman Opens Fire At LAX

Stolzy Mythbusters (520 comments)

Apparently, Mythbusters' presenters Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci were inside LAX when this happened. From the Mythbusters FB page: "Grant and Tory were present in Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport at the time of today's shooting incident. Both were en route to Delaware for the filming of 'Punkin Chunkin'. Grant and Tory are safe and being rerouted." /Stolzy

about a year ago
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Most Sensitive Detector Yet Fails To Find Any Signs of Dark Matter

Stolzy Temperatures in Space? (293 comments)

Does temperature affect gravity? What about light, does heat or cold affect the speed or strength of light beams? /Stolzy

about a year ago
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Google Updates ReCAPTCHA With Easier CAPTCHAs For Humans

Stolzy Thank-you Google (81 comments)

I've been whining about this for years.

about a year ago
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I wish my car could...

Stolzy Flying cars, Jet fans (443 comments)

It's funny, I had a dream about flying cars, they were being manufactured in a secret factory that no one could locate, and at first they started out only being able to fly at around 2,000 feet, but then they kept getting higher and higher up as time went by, until they were flying above cloud level. It was an awesome dream. I've since thought of a way of making cars fly. Similar concept to the 4 bladed radio controlled helicopter, except with ducted jet fans. It would be controlled by joystick, and I personally would add a 5th jet fan for added manoeuvrability. I'd also position the first 4 on each corner of the vehicle and the 5th I would have sitting inside a sculpted area similarly shaped to a satellite dish, so that it can suck or blow to change the pressures coming into the sculpted area. If only I had a functioning brain, I could actually go to school and learn how to make these. /Stolzy

1 year,3 days
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Aussie Company Planning To Use Drones For Textbook Delivery

Stolzy Postie! (178 comments)

Drone Posties, nice idea (since letterboxes rarely move).

1 year,10 days

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Fake Snow? Nope, it's Sublimation.

Stolzy Stolzy writes  |  about 9 months ago

Stolzy (2656399) writes "In a number of recent YouTube submissions, some residents within the continental USA have been perplexed by the snow "that does not melt". A number of these videos show residents holding a lighter of some description up to the snow to indicate the said affects.

Unfortunately, the posters have it all wrong. In super cold temperatures, such as the USA is seeing at the moment, water that has been frozen into ice particles can undergo a transformation that's known as "Sublimation". That's a process where the ice evaporates into steam before it melts into water, skipping the usual solid to liquid phase.

You can see an explanation of the event here:
http://www.allvoices.com/contr..."
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World's First 1MW Wave Energy Power Plant

Stolzy Stolzy writes  |  about a year ago

Stolzy (2656399) writes "According to this article by Inhabitat, the world's first ever 1MW wave energy power plant has been launched off the coast of South Australia. According to the article, "The wave energy converter was developed with support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), and it will undergo tests over the next 12 months to determine how well it feeds into the national power grid." The project's full cost came to around $8 million AUD (around US$7.6 million, or €5.55 million).

If all goes well they are planning on releasing a full 10MW device in the future.

Their design incorporates using high pressure air to flow through turbines which then generates the electricity. I personally wonder what the cost of energy to produce the device is compared to the cost of energy to be produced by this design."

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Is it up to us cure cancer?

Stolzy Stolzy writes  |  about a year ago

Stolzy (2656399) writes "I've learned a lot from the Open Source and Creative Commons movements. I also approve of the message of the Libertarian movement teaching self reliance (do no harm to others, take care of yourself and those around you).

For those of us who believe in freedom of information, should we be asking ourselves if we are really the ones responsible for our own welfare?

There's evidence which shows that the drugs Cannabidiol (CBD) and Dichloroacetic Acid (DCA) "can" reduce some cancerous growths. And given that big pharma won't support either of these drugs due to issues with low profit, then isn't it up to us to take the next step?

Yesterday I learned that one of my friends has terminal cancer. It frustrated me no end that I couldn't tell her about CBD or DCA because of the fear of raising false hope. She's on Chemotherapy but only to prolong her life, and has no hope of being cured.

If tumorous growths can be controlled and consequently stopped from spreading by cheap drugs such as CBD or DCA, then should we be moving on to "anecdotally evidenced trials" for anyone who has terminal cancer and is willing to give these drugs a go? Patients could keep a diary, written, audial, or visual, and provide the rest of us with evidence of their results.

I'm not suggesting anyone ignore the advice of their Doctor(s), in any way. Either of these drugs can be taken in conjunction with any other treatment(s) being given. But if we continue to ignore the evidence being given to us by our scientific community, then who's the real loser in all of this?

Us, of course. .:DCA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftnNU70dSPs .:CBD: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQc4iJedmfc"

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