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T Murphy writes "Neonicotinoid pesticides, designed to attack insects such as beetles and aphids, have been shown to harm bees' ability to navigate back to the hive. While initially assumed safe in low enough, non-fatal doses for bees, twopapers have shown that may not be the case. Although the studies don't directly study the Colony Collapse Disorder, the scientists believe these pesticides are likely a contributing factor." Link to Original Source top
T Murphy (1054674) writes "Although the measure is not expected to become law, a senate vote 73-27 in favor of repealing ethanol subsidies and tariffs means a lot for future legislation. The White House stands opposed to changes in the subsidies or tariffs, so they will likely go untouched before they expire at the end of the year. Even so, this is a strong indication that such government support for ethanol will be reduced if not eliminated. The response to the senate vote has been mixed, from corn prices falling, to the World Bank encouraging lower food prices, to concerns over reduced funding for alternative energy, to supporters of such budget cuts." Link to Original Source top
T Murphy (1054674) writes "The US supreme court has ruled 8-1 that police may enter a residence without a warrant if, upon knocking, they hear sounds suggesting evidence my be getting destroyed. The ruling was made over a case where police pursuing a drug suspect into an apartment building knocked on the wrong apartment when they smelled marijuana smoke. They heard people moving and assumed evidence was being destroyed, so they entered and arrested the defendant for drug trafficking upon finding cocaine. Justice Ginsburg, alone in dissent, raised a concerning question: “How ‘secure’ do our homes remain if police, armed with no warrant, can pound on doors at will and, on hearing sounds indicative of things moving, forcibly enter and search for evidence of unlawful activity?”." Link to Original Source top
US dialysis care more expensive and less effective
T Murphy (1054674) writes "A report describes US dialysis care — America's "trial run" of universal health care, as costly, ineffective, poorly run and overrun by profit-seekers. America's mortality rate of dialysis patients is around 1 in 5, while the report describes Italy's care with only 1 in 9 patients dying, despite Italy spending less per patient. It has become common practice at many dialysis centers not to have doctors on hand, and maybe one nurse, opting for minimally trained technicians handling more patients than safely recommended. The report describes various problems with clinics, from making medication errors to negligent sanitation practices leading to infections, coupled with poor response from Medicare to address these problems. Despite the poor conditions, the two largest chains combined have posted record profits of over $2 billion. The report puts much of the blame for all of this on Medicare for poor planning and oversight, especially their practices of offering a flat fee (letting clinics pocket the difference when cutting corners), and the way medications are reimbursed above cost, encouraging over-use of medication. Although Medicare is starting to push for improvement, the changes aren't the complete overhaul the US needs to catch up to dialysis care in other countries." Link to Original Source top
US Supreme Court Expected Political Ad Transparanc
T Murphy (1054674) writes "The Supreme Court, when ruling that corporate and union political donations were allowed under free speech, assumed the source of the donation would be disclosed immediately under current donation laws. Due to loopholes, this has not been the case, eliminating the hoped-for transparency the Supreme Court ruled to be vital to democracy. Justice Kennedy, who sided with the majority on the ruling, has been called naive for his expectation that there would be greater transparency. In the meantime, campaign spending for House candidates alone is expected to reach $1.5 billion." Link to Original Source top
T Murphy (1054674) writes "Michael Specter, who writes for the New Yorker, talks at TED about the recent growing fear and rejection of science. He touches on vaccines, genetically modified foods and alternative medicines and his experience from writing about them." Link to Original Source top
If everyone had to pass a 101 course it should be:
T Murphy (1054674) writes "A study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry links daily consumption of candy at the age of 10 to an increased chance of being convicted of a violent crime by age 34. The researchers theorize the correlation comes from the way candy is given rather than the candy itself. Candy frequently given as a short-term reward can encourage impulsive behavior, which can more likely lead to violence. An alternative explanation offered by the American Dietetic Association is that the candy indicates poor diet, which hinders brain development. The scientists stress they don't imply candy should be removed from a child's diet, although they do recommend moderation. The study controls for teachers' reports of aggression and impulsivity at age 10, the child's gender, and parenting style.
T Murphy writes "Wind farms can appear like storms or tornadoes on Doppler radar when placed too close to the radar. Tornado alley is a good area for wind farms, and good terrain for the turbines is also ideal for Doppler radar. With many new farms being constructed, the problem is growing. A false tornado warning was issued in Kansas by a computer, although canceled by a meteorologist aware of the problem- there are fears that false positives will grow. Worse would be a tornado ignored as a wind turbine. While meteorologists are trying to work with wind farm owners to shut off the turbines during bad weather, they have no control over the placement or operation of the turbines. Efforts are being made to improve detection technology to avoid further problems." Link to Original Source top
T Murphy (1054674) writes "The ACLU has filed a lawsuit, claiming patents on genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 are unconstitutional. The suit is against the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Utah-based Myriad Genetics and the University of Utah Research Foundation. Mutations in the genes are linked to breast and ovarian cancers. The ACLU goes on to say the patents limit the medical options for patients, as Myriad charges for tests and must grant permission for others to look at the genes. Myriad even claims the rights to future mutations of the BRCA2 gene. The ACLU hopes to use this case to invalidate all patents on genes." Link to Original Source top
Does TPB make money off of copyright infringement?
T Murphy (1054674) writes "I know the court decided they don't, but regardless of what laws say, do people consider TPB to be making money off of copyright infringement? To me they are, since the site is intentionally set up to help people illegally copy media and they have ads and merchandise. Arguments about what is legal are irrelevant, only your (logic-supported) opinion counts."
T Murphy writes | more than 4 years ago
1. Assume other slashdotters aren't idiots. People want to read what insight you have, not how you find yourself so much smarter than this other guy, and on the occasion you are wrong you don't look so bad.
2. Balance your post, concede to the other side a little. On occasion a succinct post won't have room for this, but anything more than 2 sentences has space for a little give and take (see what I did there?). At the very least, it helps people understand your position better, and helps them follow rule #1.
3. If you aren't sure about something, say so, and maybe ask a good question. Nothing moves conversation better than a good question, but too many people on slashdot are too concerned with showing off what they know to ask a question that shows how much they don't know. People will occasionally mod up good questions, especially when it prompts an insightful answer.
Most posts assuming the parent an idiot are just misunderstanding the parent. If people would read posts with the assumption the author is not an idiot, and that they are reading the post wrong (or the post is badly worded) we could avoid a lot of flaming. Of course, there are plenty of people out there who just want to be annoyed (or superior, or both), so as soon as they get an excuse, they go with it and start flaming. Yes, there is the occasional true idiot, but more often than not the person calling the parent an idiot looks worse.