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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

ThePackager Don't jack my rates, please (353 comments)

How about raising home insurance rates if you publicly declare that you are a climate change denier, those of who do get it shouldn't have to pony up as much as those who ' don't believe the risk is real'.

about 3 months ago
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Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

ThePackager Re:Not hacking this term is thrown so loosely (378 comments)

So we need a new term that refers to the, non-malicious sensible demonstration of system vulnerabilities. Hacking is a violent term and dredges up connotations of evil, or at least intense coughing. How about 'Slacking' - 'Door Pointing' - or 'Hewlett-Turoning' (give the kids some fame!)

about 4 months ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

ThePackager Kiselyov this (878 comments)

Dmitry Kiselyov can kiselyov my A$$

about 6 months ago
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Why Earth Hour Is a Waste of Time and Energy

ThePackager Don't accept bogus data, the temperature is rising (466 comments)

Take your politically colored blinders off, Rose produced nothing but propaganda for the anti-science movement. His "official" graph is a fabrication, (see http://www.windows2universe.org/earth/climate/climate_today.html and http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/graphs_v3/ and Rose cites no authorities. Referring back to the main thread - the hour of 'lights out' would be much better spent if everyone sought out ways and actually acted on them consistently to reduce their energy demand. Like cleaning out and turning off that 2nd refrigerator - turning the heat down, unplugging your device charges when you aren't using them, just use less energy, or we're all screwed. Especially future generations.

about a year and a half ago
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Nuclear Arms Cuts, Supported By 56% of Americans, Would Make the World Safer

ThePackager We live in a radioactively contaminated world (615 comments)

The United States conducted around 1,054 nuclear tests The Soviet Union conducted 715 nuclear tests The United Kingdom has conducted 45 tests France conducted 210 nuclear tests The People's Republic of China conducted 45 tests The official number of Indian nuclear tests is 6 Pakistan conducted 6 official tests, and around 24 nuclear cold tests There may have been several other alleged tests. The increase in background radiation due to these tests peaked in 1963 at about 0.15 mSv per year worldwide, or about 7% of average background dose from all sources.

about a year and a half ago
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US Wants Apple, Google, and Microsoft To Get a Grip On Mobile Privacy

ThePackager You sillies, why get a smart phone? (103 comments)

I didn't. a) I don't think it's worth it. b) I have enough computers. c) Someone always has one nearly everywhere I am. d) Their position can be tracked. e) Everything belongs to the hive-mind anyway. f) I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords.

about a year and a half ago
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Airlines Face Acute Pilot Shortage

ThePackager High Speed Rail! (421 comments)

Let's invest in a US transportation infrastructure that * Uses less fuel ( air travel has become more efficient - but so could rail if we made lighter trains * Get's you closer to your destination with less traffic - train stations are usually downtown - airports aren't * No 'pilot problem' * No air traffic controller mayhem * Lots more room to move around on board * Makes lots of JOBS!

about 2 years ago
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EFF And Others Push For Open Wifi APs Everywhere

ThePackager Re:Yeah, right. (253 comments)

I see that the fear reflex is a barrier - but think it through! Ease of access puts fewer roadblocks in terms of nodal connections and the potential exists to even eventually apply a truly different concept to what we understand to be the 'structure' of the Internet. The carriers were given huge regulatory breaks in 1996 to implement high bandwidth but found they could make more money with a choke hold on throughput. The 1996 Act was supposed to foster competition, but instead mergers occurred. the largest four Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers owned less than half of all the lines in the country while five years later the largest four local telephone companies own about 85% of all the lines in the country. In addition instead of market driven entrepreneurship, the effect on the market seen was a reduction in the number of major media companies from around 50 in 1983 to 10 in 1996] and 6 in 2005. The essence of that law's goal is possible with Open WiFi. It may require an redress of the 1996 Act. People like the /. community need to become involved with education of the public on this issue.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Books Have Had a Significant Impact On Your Life?

ThePackager Anything by R. Buckminster Fuller (700 comments)

G.R.U.N.C.H. of Giants, Critical Path and Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth are my faves

about 2 years ago
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World Emissions of Carbon Dioxide Outpace Worst-Case Scenario

ThePackager Re:Models are always right! (760 comments)

Fear the data, denier: * every year since 1992 has been warmer than 1992; * the ten hottest years on record occurred in the last 15; * every year since 1976 has been warmer than 1976; * the 20 hottest years on record occurred in the last 25; * every year since 1956 has been warmer than 1956; and * every year since 1917 has been warmer than 1917. The two most reputable globally and seasonally averaged temperature trend analyses are the NASA GISS direct surface temperature analysis and the CRU direct surface temperature analysis. Both trends are definitely and significantly up.

more than 2 years ago
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Russian Supply Vehicle To ISS Burns

ThePackager Space Elevator? Railgun? (184 comments)

So NASA should get that Space Elevator gig going, right? Although geostationary orbits are WayTF (26.200 mi.) out there, huh? Or maybe launch supplies with the old 'Railgun' - perhaps a good project to build along the Equator in Africa - and build up some of those economies.

more than 3 years ago
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New NASA Data Casts Doubt On Global Warming Models

ThePackager Wait a minute! The author is a DENIER! (954 comments)

Look closely Slashdot readers - the author of that FORBES article: "James M. Taylor is senior fellow for environment policy at The Heartland Institute. All you have to do is wiki 'The Heartland Institute.' and you'll see what a sham of an organization they are! By no means should this posting on /. give any credence to the debate! In fact if this kind of posting continues, I'll have to conclude that our beloved /. has been overrun by the well-heeled unqualified purveyors of snake oil typically heard on conservative talk radio. Now we don't want that to happen....RIGHT?

more than 3 years ago
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GSM Association Slams Euro Call For Ban On Wireless In School

ThePackager Peer review and the literature - EMF heath effects (271 comments)

In the early 1990's I had the opportunity to work on a project developing calibrated, sensitive microwave thermocouple sensors to study the intensity of microwave radiation inside 'human head models generated by cellphones'. It is of possible interest that the work was funded by a major cellphone manufacturer, however, the source of the funding did not influence the integrity of the work. I also spent considerable time comprehending (at least, giving it a good try!) the mountain of literature of the epidemiological effects of electromagnetic fields. It is of particular relevance to the 'European committee's action that the following summary statement, from a review article by James Jauchem, published in the International Microwave Power Institute (Vol. 28, No. 3, 1993) is directed: "In fact, the absence of both a mechanism of interaction and a dose-response relation do not support classification of EMFs as a probable carcinogen" Also, citing Petersen (Bioeffects of microwaves, J. Occup. Med. (1983) and Foster (Health effects of low-level electromagnetic fields, Health Phys. 62:429-435 (1992) "effects" are not necessarily "hazards". Although moderate-intensity ELFs may be capable of producing biological effects, the distinction between these effects and health effects is important. Also it is important that in epidemiological studies, an association of a factor with a health outcome often does not reflect a causal relationship. Strong independent associations can arise solely as a result of the lack of control over confounding. Some authors even suggest that some over-hyped studies are really "scaremongering made respectable by the use of sophisticated statistical methods."

more than 3 years ago
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Rep. Bill Posey Introduces 'Back To the Moon' Bill

ThePackager Re:A better idea (562 comments)

Silly Human! Your puny bodies can only tolerate a narrow range of temperature, and your food and water sources are also only marginal. Your little planet doesn't need to be incinerated by your star for you to witness deep cuts in your population. Haven't you seen the power of tsunami, hurricane, tornado, flood, wildfire, drought and epidemic? And you don't really seem to be working on ways to protect yourselves. But you're really good at complaining, blaming and entertaining yourselves. And the powerful among you have only secured a future for themselves, or have they?

more than 3 years ago
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Hawking Picks Physics Over God For Big Bang

ThePackager Re:Moses (1328 comments)

Actually it was around 1200 BCE, Moses may actually be a composite of several people and it seems that it was Abraham that started the 'God is one' ball rolling. The practical reality of monotheism is useful more in how a people preserve the idea through the generations. Score the Jews pretty highly on that point, considering we are here today; not a dead civilization. When struggling between God and Physics - she wins. She just creates new physics. Game Over.

about 4 years ago
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Hawking Picks Physics Over God For Big Bang

ThePackager Re:My theory can beat-up your theory (1328 comments)

Not theory to say when struggling between God and Physics - she wins. She just creates new physics. Game Over.

about 4 years ago
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The Real Science Gap

ThePackager Re:Follow the Money (618 comments)

So why worry? You think those sons of bitches will feel the kind of joy when a successful project is completed? Follow the money? Look and see what it costs for graduate study in the sciences...they pay the students and their tuition is also paid! Does that happen for business majors? Lawyers? Doctors? Hell no Socrates, all those chumps have to take out the same loans from those bankers who, by the way might do it the way you say but that's illegal and many have gone to jail for it. Look it up.

more than 4 years ago
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The Real Science Gap

ThePackager Re:Science? What for? (618 comments)

Perhaps you should replace your "Religion" with "Christianity". Jews have always questioned - in fact, on translation of "Israel" is: "Those who talk back to God". We all have the ability to use our minds for both faith and science. One without the other echoes hollow through the ages.

more than 4 years ago
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China Warns Google To Obey Or Leave

ThePackager Re:I think Google should leave. (533 comments)

Yes, let's pull the plug on all their Internet access. If they want to assert their own rules - Let them make their own private little Chinet. See how long THAT lasts. The Chinese gov't won't back down on their control and collapse like the USSR did. We are in an information war and the more we give for free to China, the more it will come back to drain the resources of the free people of the world.

more than 4 years ago

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