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Astronomers Find Brightest Pulsar Ever Observed

TheCarp Re:Who cares (68 comments)

Yah I know, I just knew that would raise the hares on the back of somebodies neck :)

2 days ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

TheCarp Re:On the other hand... (689 comments)

Well.... a minor amount of temporary bad publicity.

Its not exactly nothing but, it sure is close.

3 days ago
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The Great Robocoin Rip-off

TheCarp Re:Rational ain't the same as factual. (117 comments)

Because in this case we are essentially talking about values. Values are, actually, just opinions.

You are starting from a premise that the only thing that matters in a financial transaction is doing it the most cheaply. I reject the premise, which is, entirely based on values. Which....again....are opionions.

3 days ago
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Astronomers Find Brightest Pulsar Ever Observed

TheCarp Re:Who cares (68 comments)

Perhaps because the people who find them interesting are smart enough not to comment? I mean, you come out and talk about politics and frankly, the people who do it professionally are hardly experts compared to the common man the way astronomers and astrophysicists are.

I mean, I have only read a couple of articles and bullshit on here about red light cameras. I suspect the average professional politicians know only a scant amount more about them than I do, if anything the main "gap" in my knwoledge is the names and faces of the people who peddle them.

The gap between the average idiot and the politician is a hares breath compared to that between even an above average idiot and an astrophysicist on the subject of astrophysics.

Even now, shit, I eat stuff like this up. This is a cool finding.....but....fuck if I don't have anything to add, so I comment on the comment about comments, because that....I am much closer to an expert on :)

3 days ago
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First Evidence of Extrasolar Planets Discovered In 1917

TheCarp Re:Sirius B! (58 comments)

actually I do but, it requires some investment funds in order to get enough negative matter to work. I would be happy to give you the once in a lifetime opportunity however to get in on the ground floor in this world changing investment.

3 days ago
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Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

TheCarp Re:I'm still waiting... (161 comments)

and yet, without it nothing at all matters.

3 days ago
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Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

TheCarp Re:I'm still waiting... (161 comments)

but....why?

They are just cells. I just took my fingernails, scraped some from my body, and tossed them on the floor to dessicate and die. Human cells! So what?

The only thing special about am embryo is what it is capable of doing under very specific conditions, it is only really special after it has done those things and created a living being capable of participation in a society. Until it does that, its really no different from an apple seed.

Why does it matter either way?

That is the thing... if there is any reason for moral outrage here, then that reason necessarily extends to taking the cells in the first place. If destroying an embryo has any moral outrage attached to it at all, then it can ONLY be permissible when there is a reason for it that negates the outrage.... the old "for the life of the mother" argument.

However, I see no reason for such an outrage, so whether they are destroyed or used, sold or given away, created or harvested opportunistcally....these are ALL morally exactly the same.

4 days ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

TheCarp Re:Government Dictionary (239 comments)

Ok man, I am handing it over, but if I had one more swamp to tap you would be in a world of hurt.

4 days ago
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Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

TheCarp Re:Obligatory /. comment (161 comments)

Plus come on.... N=1 is anecdote not data! :)

4 days ago
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Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

TheCarp Re:I'm still waiting... (161 comments)

I dunno, I still think the ignorant asses are the people arguing that a clump of cells without so much as a functioning brain stem can somehow be so special as to deserve special consideration.

4 days ago
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Australian Physicists Build Reversible Tractor Beam

TheCarp Re:Pusher beam, not reversible tractor beam (70 comments)

Hmmm I don't understand why the distinction matters or why "tractor beam" needs to mean something so specific. At a very high level the overall effect is "I turn on the beam, and this object is moved towards me"

As long as the manipulated object is manipulated by the beam and is passive in its interaction (that is it is not appreciably changed and contributes no energy of its own that was not imparted by the beam), then "tractor beam" seems just fine to me.

whether it is some sort of attractive force or slightly heating the object asymmetrically to produce a force due to air is just implementation details and doesn't change the overall function.

4 days ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

TheCarp Budgeting....always a problem (397 comments)

I really do think Budgeting is one of the places that one has to be the most careful about creating perverse incentives.

Frankly, cities should not be using fines in budgeting, but rather, should have a designated fund for ALL fines and fees to go into, which should simply be added to next years base tax income or, used to offset an entirely unrelated portion of the budget to the fine.

In this way, while there may be a sort of general incentive to increase general revenue, but the one thing you don't want, is the budget of any department with any control over either enforcement or policy making seeing any direct effect on his budget from the making or enforcing of the policy.

4 days ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

TheCarp Re:Government Dictionary (239 comments)

Of course, perhaps the fact that so many people throw around the term entrapment is indicitive of a general feeling of unfairness at these actions and that they should be illegal actions for the police.

It reminds me of an incident a couple of years back where a man was found not guilty on a technicality after taking some upskirt shots with his phone. Everyone thought it was illegal, even the police and prosecutor, in the end, the law was flawed and the state legislature lept into action and had it fixed within a couple of days.

Thing is, this seems to be more a general public thought this was covered under the law, and feel its wrong but, nobody in power has any impetus at all to fix it or correct people's perceptions, not at all.

4 days ago
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Chemists Grow Soil Fungus On Cheerios, Discover New Antifungal Compounds

TheCarp Re:Best part (77 comments)

> the odd historical trend of certain folks employed in mortuary roles adding embalming fluid to recreational
> substances in the 90s (is that still a "thing?"),

I don't believe this was ever "a thing" as much as an old wives tale. Now, its not exactly unheard of for something to start as a rumor and then for some idiot to try it. Hell, once, long ago, I spent a good hour laughing my ass off at some guy who came into a chat room exclaiming that he was, right that moment, engaged in the process of making "Bananadine". We egged him on for a while before he realized what an idiot he was.

It may be a few idiots did this, but I always suspected "Embalming fluid" was street slang for PCP.

Anyway yes, laminar flow cabinets are easy enough to make, but, remember this activity goes back many decades before internet access was a thing and so, is it really any surprise there are MANY techniques? In fact, its very similar to any sort of gardening....ask people about something as mundane as tomatoes and you will find several different methods people use and claim are the best.

5 days ago
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The Great Robocoin Rip-off

TheCarp Re:The old refuge of those without facts or logic. (117 comments)

You can call me all the names you want, it wont change the fact that you are the one who is pretending that a rational person can't have different values or come to different rational conclusions than you.

5 days ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

TheCarp Re:Overly broad? (422 comments)

The real problem is not the deamonization of Fructose but that the "processed" vs "natural" red herring is being used to ignore that sucrose is processed by the body into fructose and glucose. Meaning the body turns sugar into the exact same sort of mixture as HFCS. So in reality, as bad as HFCS is, sucrose is JUST AS BAD.

That said, I can't speak to this current study of telomeres but there is plenty of mechanism of action known for fructose. Fructose (unlike glucose) is processed exclusively in the liver, through many of the same pathways as alcohol.

Whether bound into a sucrose molecule or free floating in an HFCS mixture, 90% of fructose is processed int he liver (the rest is just excreted). The liver makes a number of things out of it, including hormones that suppress feelings of fullness (causing you to eat measurably more), but it also makes some of the worst kinds of cholesterol, VLDLs.

But you are right, the natural vs processed comparison is kind of bunk, especially when its "processed natural" anyway. The only natural vs processed argument that makes any sense is this: In nature sugar is found with fiber. Just try eating anywhere NEAR the sugar in a soda by eating apples or sugar cane....and then try doing it with a full meal. Good luck.

Pressing apples into juice....is processing. If you think of processing as primarily "Removing fiber from food" then it makes a lot more sense. In the end that is mainly what a lot of processing does. It removes the main constituent of food that limits how much and how fast we can eat.

Then to top it all off, with the "low fat" kick, they then remove the fat as well, which makes the food taste reminicent of cardboard, so to fix that, they add sugar. Its like an assault from all sides.... remove both fat and fiber, both things that moderate apetite and fullness, and replace with sugar, which suppresses fullness and gets turned into the worst kinds of cholesterol.

5 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

TheCarp Re:Remove It (520 comments)

> Disclaimer: I work in computer forensics. Most hacks are done by people who haven't even thought of covering
> their tracks and you'll have nice local log entries that tally up with those on the remote server that scream out
> "Look, here's me hacking teh gibson!". Advanced hacks are almost impossible to spot without a) a good IDS b)
> examining the discs offline.

I have only had the "pleasure" of dealing with a few actual incidents. A couple of times on personal systems (apparently "Spykidz 0wn3d" me) a couple of times at work. I think the most memorable for me was when we found someone had installed an IRC bouncer on a production mail server using a password they likely sniffed as some professor insisted on using telnet (we did, eventually, get to close that down).

I got the job of spending a day figuring out what they were up to, so I setup a sniffer (two actually because it was a braindead system and I needed one for each direction) and I spied on the...well.... kids.

The most memorable part of the whole exchange between them was about how "I might be offline for a while because my dad is talking about cancelling comcast"

about a week ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

TheCarp Re:Hope! (520 comments)

utmp.

I agree its bad, and its something the unix community has moved away from and avoided, but its not so much "anti-unix" as "What unix did when it was a teenager and would rather we didn't talk about in public, especially not in front of its kids"

And...that is where binary logging should stay, until it can be eliminated entirely.

binary logging is bad mm'kay.

about a week ago
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Chemists Grow Soil Fungus On Cheerios, Discover New Antifungal Compounds

TheCarp Best part (77 comments)

The idea to put the Cheerios in a bag instead of a flask came in 2011, when Cichewicz stumbled upon a how-to blog for growing psychedelic mushrooms. Those growers use big, breathable plastic bags called mushroom bags. One 50-cent bag, Cichewicz calculated, would provide the same growing surface area as 18 Erlenmeyer flasks.

Sometimes having all the money to buy the best equipment doesn't lead to the best solutions. Turns out some necessity can drive invention. Might even be called its...mother.

I looked into magic mushrooms when I was in my 20s (its getting harder and harder to commit to that kind of experience these days....oh boy...6 hours eh?....yah.....) and its really amazing what people came up with.

One of my favorites, was to use an oven rack as a virtual contamination hood. Preheat the oven, then pull out the rack and use it as a work surface. The flames trying to keep the oven hot give you a nice stream of warm decently sterile air, which keeps mold spores and bacteria off your work.... believe it or not, it actually works quite well.

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

TheCarp Re:What I found most interesting (838 comments)

I am really curious....is there some slashdot cacheing issue because the link was posted and I acknowledged it around 3 hours ago, and this is the second response with the same info since then so....I wonder if some people see old pages?

about two weeks ago

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TheCarp TheCarp writes  |  more than 7 years ago

TheCarp writes "I was on my way home from work today using the good ole MBTA. I saw my bus come, and the line form, and then I saw something quite shocking; a sign declaring "This Bus is equipped with a security system". Sure enough there was a camera on the top outside of the door, one pointing down the length of the bus, two at right angles crossing by the back door, and another in the back. There was virtually nowhere to go and not be video taped. Of course, with all the upgrades recently, I don't remember any mention of this decision. Apparently its not enough that we listen to ineffectual "please to report unattented bags and suspicous activity" announcements; Now the week after they nearly doubled the fares, there are cameras on the busses! I don't know if this bothers anyone else, but with all the stories of England and their cameras, it worries me that we have more than started down the path to a police state. I just filed a complaint through their comments page"

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