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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

Swampash Recent claims by whom? (218 comments)

What a load of PC "humans are the only baddies in the world" bollocks.

Chimpanzees have a well documented history of intra-group hierarchical violence, violence against females and extra-group murdering raids. This is nothing new. Anthropologists have known this stuff for decades.

4 days ago

BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

Swampash Because fuck you BBC (363 comments)

Think I'll be downloading my Doctor Who fix from now on.

about two weeks ago

The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

Swampash Re:Ban when you are done testing? (322 comments)

A better description of the Millennium Challenge comes from War Nerd's doppleganger War Tard:

In 2002, the Pentagon tried to suppress the findings of a huge US war game called "Millennium Challenge" where the US Navy (Blue Force) was pitted against a "hypothetical rogue state" (Red Force) in the Persian Gulf region. Red Force was led by Lt. Gen. Paul Van Riper, a total bad ass, whose job was basically to play the role of the butt raped lesser nation at the hands of the mighty technology of the all powerful US Navy. Instead of following the script, this Van Riper guy went off reservation and went all asymmetrical on Blue Force's ass, an ass which consisted of a full US Navy carrier group.

      Though the rules stated both commanders could use any rule in the book, the brass didn't expect the shit Van Riper pulled. Once the war game was up and running Van Riper's force disappeared off radar. He relied on couriers instead of radio to stay in touch with his field officers. The US navy cryptographers were rendered useless in a single blow. He employed novel tactics such as coded signals broadcast from the minarets of mosques during the Muslim call to prayer, a tactic weirdly reminiscent of Paul Revere and the shot heard round the world. He even used carrier pigeons to deliver messages to some of his commanders. God I love this guy! He then launched a daring attack against the US Blue Force carrier group by hundreds of kamikaze speedboats some of which were armed with Chinese Silkworm anti ship missiles. I shit you not. The result was a carrier and two helo carriers sunk along with 13 other assorted ships, the worst defeat of the US Navy since Pearl. The Pentagon had a shit fit and scrubbed the whole exercise, dismissed Van Riper and replayed the whole thing this time making Blue Force 'win'. Basically, the navy brass pretended it never happened. Lunatics in speedboats apparently don't count and are considered 'cheats'.

You put a 5-billion-dollar aircraft carrier up against, say, five hundred incoming rockets, drones, torpedoes, remote-controlled boats, and tiny speedboats - only one of which has to be carrying explosives, the others can all be decoys there just to fuck with your radar operators - and what you have is a 5-billion-dollar submarine. Total cost of the attack, let's be extravagant and say one thousand dollars.

about three weeks ago

The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

Swampash Re:Ban when you are done testing? (322 comments)

The Chinese can already knock out American carriers with impunity. Anyone can. That's the lesson of just about every wargame in the past fifteen years.

Except the ones that were rigged to to guarantee American victory I mean:

Aircraft carriers are obsolete. They're not about force projection, they're about marketing, because they look impressive on camera and they have a ready-built stage for "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" banners.

about three weeks ago

Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

Swampash Re:So what? (273 comments)

The fuck? Take a desert, add heat, and you get... arable land?

about a month ago

Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Swampash Re:13 years after PRK (550 comments)

Yep, PRK fanboy here. Best thing ever.

about 2 months ago

Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

Swampash Re:Fuck them! (291 comments)

I can't put how I feel in words on any other site, so here goes:


Fuck them and the lying cunts who bribe them!

Fuck them and the fucktards who voted for them!

Fuck them and the stupid shitheads who bleat about "warmists" on the internet (even here on Slashdot)!

And finally, FUCK EVERYONE who voted to repeal the tiny bit of sensible legislation passed in the last fucking decade. You are beneath contempt.

Thank you Slashdot, for having no profanity filter (apart from all you caring moderators, of course, all of whom I personally love and respect).

Quoted because this AC post deserves to be above the filter.

Fuck them all.

about 2 months ago

Want To Ensure Your Personal Android Data Is Truly Wiped? Turn On Encryption

Swampash Clueless (91 comments)

You're using an operating system built by an advertising company and you expect privacy?

about 2 months ago

Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden Would Not Get a Fair Trial – and Kerry Is Wrong

Swampash Re:I'll wait for testimony under oath (519 comments)

Let's hear the testimony under oath, subject to cross examination.

Read the parent article. Ellsberg asserts, based on his own experience of an Espionage Act trial, that if Snowden is ever brought to trial he will not be allowed to testify.

about 4 months ago

Google Overtakes Apple As the World's Most Valuable Brand

Swampash translation (84 comments)

"We're a PR company and we'd really like to win Google's business, so we hereby announce that Google is the bestest brand in the world. According to our secret criterion. Which we can't tell you because then it wouldn't be secret."

about 4 months ago

Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

Swampash Frank Zappa (688 comments)

I don't think it's any accident that the educational system in America has been brought to its current state. Because only a totally uneducated mass of people will be baffled by balloons. And yellow ribbons and little flags and buzz words and guys saying "new world order" and shit like that, I mean, only a person who has been dissuaded from any kind of critical thinking and doesn't know geography, doesn't know the English language - I mean if you can't speak English, then this stuff works on you. One of the things that was taken out of the curriculum was civics. Civics was a class that used to be required before you could graduate from high school. You were taught what was in the U.S. Constitution. And after all the student rebellions in the '60s, civics was banished from the student curriculum and was replaced by something called social studies. Here we live in a country that has a fabulous constitution and all these guarantees, a contract between the citizens and the government - nobody knows what's in it. It's one of the best kept secrets. And so, if you don't know what your rights are, how can you stand up for them? And furthermore, if you don't know what is in that document, how can you care if someone is shredding it?

circa 1988

about 4 months ago

Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

Swampash Re:Professors poor in geography (688 comments)

I always thought of the americas as comprising three sections - america, north america (i.e. canada), and south america (i.e. mexico and below). the description in the summary seems fine to me.

What was it like going to school in the deep south of the United States?

about 4 months ago

Harvard Study Links Neonicotinoid Pesticide To Colony Collapse Disorder

Swampash Bayer says everything is OK (217 comments)

The company behind Zyklon B wouldn't lie!

about 4 months ago

Space Telescope Reveals Weird Star Cluster Conundrum

Swampash Checkmate Atheists (80 comments)

Turns out your beloved "science" doesn't have all the answers like you thought.

about 4 months ago

Astrophysicists Build Realistic Virtual Universe

Swampash Likelihood that we (129 comments)

are a feature of some other species' universe-simulation: high

about 4 months ago

Google Halts Gmail Scanning for Education Apps Users

Swampash F*ck Google Apps (67 comments)

Moved three domains already over to

about 5 months ago

Graphene Could Be Dangerous To Humans and the Environment

Swampash One word (135 comments)

Grey goo

about 5 months ago

The Fall and Rise of Larry Page

Swampash Re:What I'd like to read... (99 comments)

How the darkness spread through the heart of Google, infesting its ethos of "Don't be Evil" with its corruption and engendering a perverse desire to force Google Plus on all.

October 2000, launch of Google Adwords. Although they didn't realise it at the time - many still don't - as of that moment all those bright geeks were now working for an advertising company.

about 5 months ago

Experts Say Hitching a Ride In an Airliner's Wheel Well Is Not a Good Idea

Swampash units (239 comments)

At 20,000 feet the temperature experienced by a stowaway would be -13 F, at 30,000 it would be -45 in the wheel well — and at 40,000 feet, the mercury plunges to a deadly -85 F

Lol, feet and degrees Fahreheit, wtf is this, the 17th century?

Oh wait. America.

about 5 months ago



Terminated AdSense customer sues Google - and wins

Swampash Swampash writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Swampash (1131503) writes "Huffington Post contributor Alan Greenspan has posted an account of his successful small-claims battle against the faceless nameless phone-number-less monolith that is Google customer support over an AdSense account termination. "In the end, printed on a baby blue sheet of paper by the clerk's aging dot matrix printer, the judgment was actually entered for $761.00 total, due to the $40.00 court costs. I couldn't help but to smile in front of the judge. 'But it's not fair!' Google's paralegal protested. 'What if everyone whose account was canceled sued Google?'" What if indeed."
Link to Original Source

Inventor Colin Murdoch dies of cancer

Swampash Swampash writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Swampash (1131503) writes "New Zealand veterinarian and inventor Colin Murdoch died of cancer yesterday. Murdoch was responsible for (among other things) the disposible hypodermic syringe, the tranquilizer dart gun, the child-proof bottle cap, and the silent burglar alarm. His Wikipedia entry also mentions that "despite the relative ubiquity of his inventions, Murdoch did not become rich because of them. He deliberately chose not to sue companies that violated his patents, satisfied instead that they were being put to good use." You may not have heard of the man, but chances are your life has involved one of his inventions."
top accuses Lessig of communism, bigotry

Swampash Swampash writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Swampash (1131503) writes "This one comes in from Bizarro World. Republican blog has published an article decrying Lawrence Lessig as a "digital communist" who "believes there should be no such thing as intellectual property rights" and who spends his time "denigrating the Christian religion". The article concludes by rhetorically asking if, since Lessig is an Obama supporter, Obama really is the sort of person Christians can support."

Fun with Boeing airliner networking

Swampash Swampash writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Slurm (1131503) writes "Wired is reporting some ah... interesting networking issues with the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Interesting in the sense that passengers may theoretically be able to gain network access to the plane's control and navigation systems. 'Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner passenger jet may have a serious security vulnerability in its onboard computer networks that could allow passengers to access the plane's control systems, according to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. The computer network in the Dreamliner's passenger compartment, designed to give passengers in-flight internet access, is connected to the plane's control, navigation and communication systems, an FAA report reveals.'"


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