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Probe of Einstein's Brain Reveals Clues To His Genius

VocationalZero Re:Yet Another Einstein Article (195 comments)

Electron velocity is a standard component of the Bohr Model.

about a year ago
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China Arrests Anti-Corruption Blogger

VocationalZero Re:News For Nerds (113 comments)

Is that why they bothered posting corruption allegation on a blog with the aim of informing the public? Why risk being arrested if everyone can work it out for themselves?

about a year ago
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China Arrests Anti-Corruption Blogger

VocationalZero Re:News For Nerds (113 comments)

So does this mean you potentially get offended when people bash "stupid Americans", or does the label apply only when convenient?

about a year ago
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Probe of Einstein's Brain Reveals Clues To His Genius

VocationalZero Re:Yet Another Einstein Article (195 comments)

2. Perpetual motion is idiotic; There has never been a case of it being observed.

Said the electron to the nucleus.

about a year ago
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How Gen Y Should Talk To Old People At Work

VocationalZero Re:as loudly (459 comments)

I used to make badly written programs as a kid, so does this mean I have to quit my job?

My boss said he would give me a glowing referral for any one of our competitors. He's a pretty cool guy.

-Gen Y v86 signing off

about a year ago
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Will Your Video Game Collection Appreciate Over Time?

VocationalZero Re:No, ROMs and emulators (127 comments)

Everything becomes rare over time, you just have to wait long enough. Of course, if cryo-freezing yourself doesn't work out, maybe that ET cart will net your grand-kids at least $5. Or whatever the steel bottle-cap equivalent is.

about a year and a half ago
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PETA Wants To Sue Anonymous HuffPo Commenters

VocationalZero Re:Lets try logic (590 comments)

Cancer is a part of nature, but that doesn't mean we need to accept it as incurable.

about a year and a half ago
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PETA Wants To Sue Anonymous HuffPo Commenters

VocationalZero Lets try logic (590 comments)

If PETA suddenly started getting more share of the pet adoption market, the net survival rate of non-PETA shelters would drop accordingly. Pet adoption demand has been easily met every year, so your point is pretty much moot. PETA itself claims it does not see euthanasia as a means of population control, but as a last resort for animals suffering painful, terminal conditions (supposedly).

I would be more comfortable with the shelters spaying / neutering wild pets in a catch and release type of program, but this method is more expensive than putting them to sleep, and the net suffering (due to the typically brutal lives that wild pets usually endure fighting disease and competing for territory and food) would actually decrease slower per dollar invested, in theory. I'd love to see some data on this, but I've been unable to find any studies that try to approach this from a purely pragmatic angle.

On the topic of euthanasia as a means of population control, is there a point at which killing one animal so another animal will suffer less worth it if the net suffering relieved is great enough, or is allowing both animals to suffer always the better choice? Is a live of misery still worth living? I still have no idea

about a year and a half ago
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Russia Captures Alleged American CIA Agent In Moscow

VocationalZero Re:Torch (195 comments)

Don't joke about that, that's how lp0 died.

about a year and a half ago
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If You're a Foreigner Using GPS In China, You Could Be a Spy

VocationalZero Re:Get out (219 comments)

From what I've heard in the industry, it is. This BBC article is a little dated but is a good outline of some of the key points. Popular Mechanics did a good piece on the issue a few years back, if you're up for a longer read.

about a year and a half ago
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If You're a Foreigner Using GPS In China, You Could Be a Spy

VocationalZero Re:Get out (219 comments)

go home to your damn USA and fix your problems

And yet, one of the USA's biggest problems is China spying on US corporations. Though, unlike China's propaganda division, I admit that the Tu Quoque fallacy is not a defense for USA's (or China's) actions.

about a year and a half ago
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If You're a Foreigner Using GPS In China, You Could Be a Spy

VocationalZero Misleading title! (219 comments)

I entered this story under the pretense that I too could become a spy.

Posted from China, Texas.

about a year and a half ago
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Death of Printed Books May Have Been Exaggerated

VocationalZero Re:An e-book is not a book. (465 comments)

It's fantastic to have so much space reclaimed that other homes have stuffed with shelf upon shelf of books, video games, movies, and albums

I still find it strange that people would not like to have shelf upon shelf of books, games, movies and albums.

about 2 years ago
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Al Jazeera Gets a US Voice

VocationalZero Re:Let Me Understand This (444 comments)

It's just a politician's hypocrisy as usual. Whenever a politician accuses you of something you can be 99% sure it is what they themselves are guilty of.

Ftfy

I stopped caring about being popular a long time ago.

Then why the angsty statement about not caring?

about 2 years ago
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Drawings of Weapons Led To New Jersey Student's Arrest

VocationalZero Re:No harm done (630 comments)

An armed guard is a good idea, but it may be cost prohibitive. The guards themselves would also be another potential point of failure.

Most shootings happen at close distances, so it would fallow that non-lethal weaponry such as tazers (with projectiles) could be effective in many scenarios. The issuance of non-lethal weaponry to staff with a breif, possibly one-time training session would have a real shot at lowering classroom shooting fatalities.

It may still seem to be cost prohibitive, but how would it compare to the proposed $200M gun buyback program? Another issue could be that like with guns, the weapon could be used against the employee. However, trading potential deaths for potential injuries sounds like a win to me.

about 2 years ago
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School Shooting Prompts Legislation To Study Violent Video Games

VocationalZero Re:Gingrich & Huckabee Weigh In (1168 comments)

I absolutely can elaborate on specifics, but specifically which specifics are you having trouble finding with Google? I guess I'll just do a quick run-down:

Sentence 2 part 1: See media footage from any major tragedy. I assume you must be a small child or live in a cave for this not to be completely obvious, but just in case, an example: Hurricane Katrina was publicly touted as "Gods wrath" by several Cristian organizations. And who can forget the September 11th attacks endless media coverage of religious responses.
part 2: This is inherent in almost all religious ideologies. If you don't believe me, just ask your pastor/priest/rabbi/etc

Sentence 3 part 1: Read any "holy" text from any religion that wasn't invented yesterday and compare it with their current accepted dogma. Even (most) Christians believe that killing people by throwing stones at them for simply being gay is simply barbaric.
part 2: Track accepted dogma over the centuries and notice how they always seem to lag behind society.

Sentence 4 part 1 is a conclusion based on facts stated in sentences 2 and 3 and the knowledge that almost all religions declare their view of morality to be "absolute".
part 2 is evident every time anybody questions any religion that considers itself above questioning. This is a general attitude that can be readily experienced yourself; just try it.

I've given you all the clues you need to easily find the truth, now all you need is the will (and Google).

about 2 years ago
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School Shooting Prompts Legislation To Study Violent Video Games

VocationalZero Re:Gingrich & Huckabee Weigh In (1168 comments)

Gotta love religious propaganda. They often use tragic and violent events such as these to push their ideologies, and then act as though human morality is derivative of their religion. This is also despite the fact that they must ignore large portions of their holy texts for their religion to be considered morally acceptable in modern society, and their dogma must constantly be updated throughout the ages to not fall behind society's definitions of morality. No other type of ideology can bill itself as containing an absolutist definition of morality and also change so dramatically over the course of the ages, but this is what happens when you allow any subject to become offensive to question.

The utter tragedy in all of this is that the more they distract from the actual causes of the incident, and the more it is exploited by the news media, political parties, and religious organizations for monetary, political, and ideological gain, the more our children are at risk from future incidents.

about 2 years ago
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School Shooting Prompts Legislation To Study Violent Video Games

VocationalZero Re:You kidding me? (1168 comments)

Is this sarcasm? Is there even any correlation between mass murderers and illicit drug use?

If anything, we should be seeking medical help for the mentally unhinged instead of having the "its the family's problem" attitude we've taken. And god help us if we try to tell you how to raise your kid.

Its time we stop treating mental illness as some sort of shameful failure and as the medical problem it is, just like drug addiction. But that doesn't sell on the airwaves, and there is no one left in the news media with even a shred of integrity, which means we are going to have to do it all ourselves.

about 2 years ago
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New Quantum Computing Record Set By Recycled Photons

VocationalZero Re:So.. what the hell IS Quantum computer anyway? (47 comments)

Once, a long time ago, Slashdot was known as "news for nerds". We've come a long way, but every once in a while one of these sciency articles will slip through.

Simply pay this article no heed, good netzien, and I'm sure we can get back to our endless Apple vs Microsoft vs Linux vs liberal vs conservative vs cut vs uncut vs AMD vs Intel vs Oprah retard flame wars in no time. Wretched hives from the chans to even the AOL forums will be green with envy.

more than 2 years ago

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H.R. 1981: ISP to log all customers web activites

VocationalZero VocationalZero writes  |  more than 3 years ago

VocationalZero (1306233) writes "Yesterday a bill was passed that is every privacy activist's worst nightmare: ISPs are now required to retain records of all customers' web activities for 12 months. "The Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011" reportedly requires ISPs to retain everything considered utterly private by most everyone: customers’ names, phone numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers and more."
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VocationalZero VocationalZero writes  |  more than 4 years ago

"Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear." - Thomas Jefferson

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