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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

X-Ray Artist Re:Nobody took it far enough. (462 comments)

I wish more people had your attitude. Yes we have many problems that need to be worked on, but things could be much worse. I wish we COULD get more participation from the citizenry. The interest just isn't there. We seem to be too busy trying to keep things together (working to keep up on bills, trying to spend quality time with our families, trying to find some quality time for ourselves, etc.) to dedicate any significant time to something like public service. So we let those who want to spend that time do it and we wind up with many who are in it for all the wrong reasons (money, power, fame, etc.) running our cities, states, & country. To be fair, there are plenty of good people in our governments. There just aren't enough of them.

about a week ago

Magnetic Stimulation Boosts Memory In Humans

X-Ray Artist Re: "Carefully targetted" (74 comments)

Strong magnetic fields have also been linked to brain tumors. There is still some argument about that, though. I can't remember if there has been any definitive answers.

about three weeks ago

U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

X-Ray Artist This is not a good idea (643 comments)

I am really surprised by the number of people supporting this. I wonder how many would support having to wear one themselves.

You can rationalize it for nearly any occupation. Politicians should have to wear one 24 hours a day. I am sick of having to hear about off-duty antics and the subsequent investigations. With a camera, it would be simple to ascertain whether he/she slept with him/her. Someone already mentioned teachers. The list could go on and on.

At this rate, apparently we will not be safe until everyone is wearing a camera all the time.

If this is the price, I don't want to be safe.

about three weeks ago

Robo Brain Project Wants To Turn the Internet Into a Robotic Hivemind

X-Ray Artist Re:Resistance is futile! (108 comments)

"You will be simulated."

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Recliner For a Software Developer?

X-Ray Artist Re:First World Problems (154 comments)

First World, Third World...Why don't we ever hear anything about the Second World?

about a month ago

Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD

X-Ray Artist Re:I would be very interested... (200 comments)

This is more than "just being a kid." We all have to cope with boredom. Expecting things to be customized to our particular level of interest in unrealistic. I have been ADHD since childhood and it causes problems from time to time. Fortunately, I work at a job that has plenty of distractions as part of the job. Hopefully, I usually remember to get back to the tasks I have been distracted from. I tried the drug solution for awhile and it did make me more able to concentrate, but I didn't like the stifling of my creative side. ADHD/ADD are real but often overdiagnosed.

about a month ago

The Man Who Invented the 26th Dimension

X-Ray Artist After all (259 comments)

It's what makes "Ludicrous Speed" possible.

about a month and a half ago

Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

X-Ray Artist Re:Whelp. (139 comments)

Imagine the size of the Beer Can to barbecue it!!

about 2 months ago

Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

X-Ray Artist Re:But what IS the point they're making? (342 comments)

Can't eat the plants either! Everything on this planet has an impact on everything else on the planet (and beyond). Extinctions happened prior to mankind's arrival and will continue long after we, ourselves, are extinct. I'm not saying we shouldn't try to be responsible in using resources, but we should live our lives.

about 2 months ago

Robot With Broken Leg Learns To Walk Again In Under 2 Minutes

X-Ray Artist Re:Just Testing Code (69 comments)

Kind of like us animals. After an injury we have limited options to choose from. Just seeing which "preset" works the best.

about 2 months ago

Harvesting Energy From Humidity

X-Ray Artist Yes (89 comments)

and you can create X-rays by rapidly unrolling scotch tape in a vaccuum. I don't see conventional X-Ray machines, let alone CT scanners, leaving the scene to make way for "Scotch Tape" X-Rays. I also don't see me getting rid of my USB charging cord to make way for dehumidifier chargers. It is interesting that people have found these things out though. It gives me hope that there is still enough inquisitive nature left for true innovation.

about 2 months ago

US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

X-Ray Artist Just what we need. (216 comments)

We are going to allow ourselves to be regulated into oblivion.

about 3 months ago

US Pushing Local Police To Keep Quiet On Cell-Phone Surveillance Technology

X-Ray Artist I don't think most people care, but they should (253 comments)

Liberties have always been sacrificed to presumably enhance security. Every day we are bombarded with news about how vulnerable we are. Government takes advantage of this. They sell us on sacrificing (what seems to be) trivial liberties to make us safer. Look at how our children don't think twice about being behind a locked fence at school. That is supposed to make them safer. I think that environment will make them quite comfortable in prison camps. I think we need to take security seriously, but not rely on the government (at any level) to provide it. No matter what measures we take, bad things will happen and people will get hurt and killed.
I remember my dad telling me that locks only keep the honest people out. Come to think about it, maybe that is why the government is always able to get in...Even when measures are taken to keep them out.

about 3 months ago

Xanadu Software Released After 54 Years In the Making

X-Ray Artist Re:It makes me wonder... (90 comments)

"...If seven maids with seven mops swept it for half a year, do you suppose..."

about 3 months ago

Whom Must You Trust?

X-Ray Artist Re:Whom you trust ... ? (120 comments)

I was reading this to find out how to determine whom to trust. I didn't learn much on that topic (Basically, trust no one.) I did, however, learn plenty about "who vs whom."

about 3 months ago

US Marshals Seize Police Stingray Records To Keep Them From the ACLU

X-Ray Artist Re:Get used to it. We are not unique (272 comments)

Government is a leaving, breathing thing. It subsists on liberties. The more liberties it consumes, the bigger it gets. The bigger it gets, the more liberties it needs. It has no sense of moderation and will consume liberties until there no more. Then it will die. Then, like the Phoenix, another will rise from the ashes and start the whole process again.

about 3 months ago

13th Century Multiverse Theory Unearthed

X-Ray Artist Here there be dragons (59 comments)

Here there be dragons. Lots of them.

about 5 months ago

FCC Proposes $48,000 Fine To Man Jamming Cellphones On Florida Interstate

X-Ray Artist Re:Why did he do it - and why didn't they ask? (427 comments)

There are those who know what is best for all of us. When they see mere mortals doing something that doesn't fit in with their world view, they decide to do something about it. I worked with a guy who thought no one should drive faster than 55mph. He got great satisfaction from not moving aside for anyone trying to pass him. This guy thought people shouldn't use their phones and drive. He probably got great satisfaction from depriving people of their signal. Remember, we are all control freaks to some extent.

about 5 months ago

Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

X-Ray Artist Re:The Skynet Hypothesis (608 comments)

I think we are capable of that without the assistance of artificial intelligence.

about 5 months ago


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