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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

Whorhay Re:RE:RE:RE: the thing someone said (365 comments)

There's a great idea, plant more forests. I think a great place to start would be to subsidize the planting of forests instead of Corn. Instead of forested land being taxed you get a check from the government for every acre of forest. Make the payouts scale in some way relative to the amount of carbon that the land is likely sequestering. Factor in how well it is maintained, conducting regular burns to get rid of excess dead underbrush that is a forest fire risk.

5 days ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

Whorhay Re:Saw a movie about this involving a train (365 comments)

I watched it just last night and I have to disagree, it is a pretty decent movie. Like every movie it has some parts that don't make a lot of sense, but over all I liked it quite a bit.

5 days ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

Whorhay Re:Could be solved be VISA, etc. immediately (306 comments)

I actually had a bank refund me the dollar amount of a teller's check once. I had mailed it to another party as payment for something and they never bothered to cash/deposit it. My bank eventually sent me a letter saying that it had been 18 months or something and since it hadn't been cashed they were voiding it and refunding the money to me.

about a week ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

Whorhay Re:Most people don't object to public breast feedi (350 comments)

No, feeding a child is not part of reproduction. Once the child is born, congratulations, you have reproduced. Rearing the child will involve feeding it, which is best accomplished through breastfeeding but also suitably done through bottle feeding, or any of the other artificial methods historically used. Is a baby bottle now a sexual item that should only be sold at adult novelty stores? At what age do we consider the child old enough that whatever they use to eat is no longer a sexual object 2, 5, 8, 12, how about 18? Hell as a mature adult, rearing further offspring, maintaining my life is obviously part of reproducing right? So can I count all my eating utensils, dinner ware, and cooking implements as sexual objects?

Honestly trying to say that breasts are the only purely sexual organ because they are used to feed children is an enormous stretch. Besides what about the Ovaries, Uterus, and vagina? Exactly what besides sex are those organs for? I suppose the argument could be made that they produce hormones, but the major point of those hormones seems to be sex drive and femininity.

I'm not sure that a narrow waist is actually an indication of a good birthing physiology. I believe it is actually wide hips which people think indicates a lower risk of mortality in child birth. However by constricting the waist artificially it makes whatever hips are present seem wider.

about two weeks ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

Whorhay Re:Puritans go home! (350 comments)

I have a sister in law that is both a huge puritan and who has a medical condition that prevents her from producing nutritionally sufficient milk. The medical condition was not a commonly known fact in our extended family. So, when her six year old son observed my wife breastfeeding our infant daughter and asked some basic questions, all hell broke loose when my wife answered them in an age appropriate manner. Some people you just can't reach...

about two weeks ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

Whorhay Re:Most people don't object to public breast feedi (350 comments)

Oh I'm not trying to deny that I find breasts attractive and an effective turn on. I also find the femine shape(s) in general to be attractive. My wife also has one of the most seductive smiles I've ever seen. And she's got a wicked sense of humor. All of those things can be selective traits of various strengths, but they aren't actually required in the fundamentals of sex. Just because there are foot fetishists out there we don't have laws requiring everyone to wear close toed shoes in public.

And I'll be the first to admit that I find it a little awkward to be around a breast feeding woman in public. Why you may ask, because I feel the need to exercise greater self restraint and refrain from staring like an asshole. But I know that it is my hangup and my problem, not the mother's.

about two weeks ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

Whorhay Re:Most people don't object to public breast feedi (350 comments)

Simple because breasts are commonly associated with sexual attractiveness does not make them sexual organs. Other things that have been commonly associated with sexual attractiveness in relatively recent history:
Narrow waists
Pale complexions
Hair, in all it's infinite varieties
Ankles
Knees
Feet, bare, deliberaly misshapen or both
Necks, some people even deliberately elongate them
Stretched ear lobes

And that is just the female traits I can think of off the top of my head. Simply because something is a selective trait does not make it a sexual body part. Your example of a penis doesn't work because one of it's functions actually is a part of intercourse. Breasts do not serve any such purpose, they can of course be a part of foreplay but so can a back/foot/neck/scalp rub, or really pretty much anything else. You would be amazed at the warmup type effects that can be had from doing the dishes, folding laundry, sweeping the floors, or taking the kids out for a walk. Practically speaking almost anything can be involved or related to sexual activity, but it doesn't make those things sexual objects or activities.

The burger comment was meant to point out the absurdity of people getting all hot and bothered about the eating/feeding habits of a child and mother. Hundreds of millions, possibly billions, of people don't find the consumption of fast food burgers disgusting and banning, or discouraging others from the eating of such food in public obviously is ridiculous.

about two weeks ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

Whorhay Re:Most people don't object to public breast feedi (350 comments)

"Except that they play a fundamental role in sexual reproduction."

Care to elaborate on that? I've fathered 2 children so far through sexual reproduction. And at no point do I remember breasts playing a fundamental role in that process. If you are refering to how they can be used as a selective trait then you could just as easily argue that my steady job, calm demeanor, personal hygene habits, and social skills are all fundamental in sexual reproduction.

about two weeks ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

Whorhay Re:Most people don't object to public breast feedi (350 comments)

That is an intersting thought but I wouldn't bet on it holding true. Some dimorphic attributes could be attributed to social standing among the cultural group. For example being of lower standing could result in receiving less calories, leading to the disfavored gender selecting for being able to survive with less calories, being of smaller stature and such.

Yes, cultures can and do draw their own arbitrary lines all over the place, for example some muslim cultures consider a woman's hair to be sexual, which is why they require it to be covered in public. We aren't even talking full on hijab here, just requiring that the hair be covered by a wrap or scarf. Try floating that in a Western culture, where even though hair is acknowledged as being an important trait so far as attraction is concerned, the idea of having to cover it up or not flaunt it is viewed as ridiculous.

about two weeks ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

Whorhay Re:Most people don't object to public breast feedi (350 comments)

That is factually incorrect. Both men and women have breasts. In fact there are hormone therapies that have been used to allow a father to breast feed his child, without actually altering his sex, when the mother was not able or present to do so. The size and shape of breasts is a good example of sexual dimorphism but both sexes have them.

about two weeks ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

Whorhay Re:Most people don't object to public breast feedi (350 comments)

Breasts are most definitely not intrinsically sexual! They have been sexualized in much of our modern cultures but they are not intrinsically so.

One of the things that always amazes me about breastfeeding is how much more uptight our modern western culture is about it than our Victorian Era ancestors were. But today it's perfectly normal to see advertising that is overtly sexual, and almost pornographic in nature, plastered everywhere selling almost anything. Heaven forbid that a Mother feeds her child the highest quality food possible in a natural way, where someone else might see. How about we campaign for people eating disgusting things like fast food burgers and fries go do that in private somewhere?

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Goes After Oracle (Again) With New Aurora Database

Whorhay Re:What's the Difference? (102 comments)

The first thing that comes to mind with MySQL was the lack of automated account management. Yes, you can do it manually but that is inherently less secure than having an automated process that can be counted on to do things the same way every time.

The last time I had to evaluate a MySQL database was around a year ago and there was a whole lot of "MySQL doesn't natively support that" coming from the MySQL expert. It is possible that the expert didn't know what he was talking about but each of the features that I tried googling for came back with sales pitches for 3rd party software packages to get that functionality. And there is nothing wrong with that, if whoever is in charge is willing to pay for those products. The problem I kept running into though was the attitude they wanted a complete replacement for Oracle or MS SQL at zero financial cost, instead of just significantly less.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Goes After Oracle (Again) With New Aurora Database

Whorhay Re:What's the Difference? (102 comments)

That approach can work but as soon as you have any kind of compromise you've essentially handed out the keys to the kingdom. Defense in depth while a pain in the ass is effective in limiting the negative outcomes from security lapses. For instance would you be happy with a company that you did business with storing all your payment information in clear text because it was on a "secure" server? Defense in Depth says that regardless of how many security measures are in place between that data and the rest of the world critical information like that should be encrypted.

about two weeks ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

Whorhay Re:Ok, they got ONE right... (257 comments)

I always wonder how much of that income from tax enforcement though is actual taxes that were owed and crazy penalties. My Mother in law made some foolish tax mistakes when she got her divorce settlement, most of it was 401k money. It's one of those cases where she made an honest mistake and the penalties are pretty punitive. I'm all for collecting owed taxes and even assessing punitive fines when necessary but as it stands now intent doesn't seem to matter at all.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Goes After Oracle (Again) With New Aurora Database

Whorhay Re:What's the Difference? (102 comments)

As a security oriented guy the big difference for me is the complete lack of built in security features in pretty much anything that isn't Oracle or MS SQL. MySQL is especially bad in this regard in my experience. Some agency will decide to switch to it because it's free and they expect a lot of savings. Then they discover that lots of the security features that were givens with Oracle or MS SQL just aren't there in MySQL. Sure they can license packages and whatnot to provide for those security options in many cases but then it's not free anymore. They could write their own security packages, but again that will take a lot of time and money to develop, so not actually free. It could definitely end up cheaper in the long run but most program managers I've worked with don't seem to look at that as a viable sell to their customers.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

Whorhay Re:Energy in and energy out (297 comments)

Well typically what they mean is that they've tried everything except annorexia and bulemia. Both of those are far more harmful to long term health than being non-morbidly obese. Trying either of those disorders teaches your body to horde calories even more than it already does, which makes keeping the weight off even more difficult once you return to eating like a normal human being. The best and most consistent way to reduce weight and keep it off is to be more active, which is much harder to do when you are starving yourself. And of course when you are starving your body does not just consume fat, it also starts breaking down muscle tissue most critically the heart.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

Whorhay Re:How are microbes heritable? (297 comments)

Making formula better than breast milk is a very tall order. In the case of gut bacteria, how do we know what the "right" gut bacteria is for any given child? And there are tons of other factors to consider. I'm all for trying to make a better baby formula as there are definitely children that need it to survive, I have a sister in law who doesn't produce healthy milk. But I would be very surprised if we figured out a better than breastmilk formula within this century.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

Whorhay Re:Oh no (297 comments)

Well that could depend on how you classify ">>" Running would burn off the calories faster, provided you are fit enough. Depending on fitness level walking could be better as it would require less recovery time and so you could spend more time actually performing the exercise, walking in this case.

about two weeks ago
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New GCHQ Chief Says Social Media Aids Terrorists

Whorhay Re:A clever omission (228 comments)

Part of the process was broken, although giving LEO's more powers doesn't really address it. The big failure happened when individuals the CIA were watching and tracking entered the USA. Instead of bringing the FBI onboard and getting them to watch the terrorists, they kept it secret, hoping that the terrorists would leave the country where they could bust them for whatever it was they were planning. So now we get the department of homeland security which is supposed to handle all of it so that there aren't edge cases where one agency will keep another in the dark to hog all the glory of a bust. All we really needed though was a harch public smackdown of all of the management and glory hounds that caused the whole mess and some bit of law saying that agencies absolutely must hand off cases and intelligence to other agencies when it crosses jurisdictional boundaries.

about three weeks ago

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Ask Slashdot: VPN reviews and the new ISP six strikes Agreement

Whorhay Whorhay writes  |  about 2 years ago

Whorhay (1319089) writes "In view of the news that many of the major ISPs in the USA are enacting a six strike agreement this week, I have developed a keen interest in using a VPN for my home internet connection. My google foo skills though are apparently lacking as I was not able to find much in the way of reviews for VPN services that didn't appear to be marketing chaff. So I'm turning to Slashdot to ask: What VPN services do you recommend and why?"
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DoJ asks Supreme Court to take up GPS tracking

Whorhay Whorhay writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Whorhay (1319089) writes "The DOJ has been directed by the Obama Administration to push the Supreme Court to take up the legality of Warrantless GPS Tracking. This on the heels of the a federal appeals court in Washington overturning the conviction of a man citing warrantless GPS tracking as violating his fourth ammendmant rights."
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