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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

alzoron It's done on purpose (368 comments)

A lot of sci-fi has its roots in an earlier era where it was risky to question the way things were. Authors of the time got around this by setting everything in an alien setting to disguise what it really was. Most sci-fi to this day continues the tradition of being more about social commentary than getting things accurate.

about two weeks ago
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What Canada Can Teach the US About Net Neutrality

alzoron Re:What is it? (80 comments)

This is a very good point. There's a very active campaign going on to confuse people about net neutrality. I've gotten into enough arguments with people that actually agreed with me but had been misled by some of these campaigns that I have to ask people what they think it is before we talk about it.

about two weeks ago
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Creative Commons To Pass One Billion Licensed Works In 2015

alzoron Too bad so much Creative Commons is poisoned. (39 comments)

When creative commons licensing first started gaining a lot of popularity I was excited. What a great way to share creative talent with on another and help to create even better works. Then I started looking on a bunch of music sites that host creative commons licensed material and was shocked by what I found. Song after song and sample after sample contained blatant sampling of other copyrighted works. I personally can't trust anything licensed under creative commons as I can't verify that what I'm using is safe to use without fear of a lawsuit. Unfortunately, the well has been poisoned.

about three weeks ago
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Hotel Charges Guests $500 For Bad Online Reviews

alzoron Give us a good review, or else. (183 comments)

So if you don't leave a positive review they keep your money. That's extortion, and very very illegal.

about 4 months ago
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Newly Discovered Virus Widespread in Human Gut

alzoron Re:crAss (100 comments)

Actually regular viruses can act as vaccines as well, for instance contracting cowpox can result in an immunity to smallpox.

about 5 months ago
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Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines

alzoron Why not use Gbps? (149 comments)

Other than just wanting to sound super awesome is there any reason why they aren't using Gbps instead of Mbps? It's sort of like saying a new car has a top speed of a bazillion picometers per second.

about 5 months ago
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Tibetans Inherited High-Altitude Gene From Ancient Human

alzoron Helpful Genes (133 comments)

This is the first time a version of a gene acquired from interbreeding with another type of human has been shown to help modern humans adapt to their environment.

I'd have to say the genes for red hair were pretty damn helpful in making some of our women really attractive.

about 6 months ago
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FCC Looking Into Paid Peering Deals

alzoron Yeah (37 comments)

They keep saying that additional regulation will degrade service, raise prices and reduce healthy competition, yet the United States has some of the worst prices, service and competition with the little regulation that already exists. I don't see how adding additional regulation at this point is going to make things any worse unless modems and routers will start spontaneously catching on fire or service technicians are going to start shooting people's dogs.

about 6 months ago
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Teachers Union: Computers Can Negatively Impact Children's Ability To Learn

alzoron Used as a Crutch (310 comments)

Computers aren't the problem. The problem is buying a bunch of computers and thinking your job is done. Before computers we didn't just throw a bunch of kids in a room with text books and lab equipment and expect them to emerge 6 months later with a deep understanding of Biology. Why do we essentially do that with computers and expect any meaningful result?

about 7 months ago
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Pine Forest Vapor Particles Can Limit Climate Change

alzoron Re:Freebreeze to the rescue (124 comments)

Actually, it's not aerosols that were bad for the ozone layer but rather the chlorofluorocarbons used as a propellant to aerosolize the contents most spray cans up until the late 1970s. The most well known of these was freon, created by DuPont.

about 10 months ago
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Scientists Detect Two Dozen Computers Trying To Sabotage Tor Privacy Network

alzoron Re:scientists? (94 comments)

Every time you see a headline in the form of "Scientists discover new foo" you can pretty much stop reading right there. The author is most likely the sort of person that confuses science with wizardry and isn't very likely to produce an article of any real substance. You could actually just replace every instance of scientist with wizard and impart the same level of information.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

alzoron Re:Stop infecting me.. (731 comments)

This is my biggest my biggest issue with most of the ads on the internet. When it comes to sites that are proactive and actually have an approval process for ads and wrap them up in their own delivery system to avoid spreading malware to their customers, I let the ads through. Sites that take a reactive stance towards possible malware (or no action at all) and basically just spew whatever crap the third party advertiser gave them unfiltered get blocked.

The way I see it is if you don't care whether or not you're spreading malware you don't deserve ad revenue. Hell, you don't deserve any business from me at all.

about a year ago
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Newly Discovered Greenhouse Gas Is 7,000 Times More Powerful Than CO2

alzoron Re:QUeue the PFTBA TAX! in 3..2..1.. (216 comments)

Yeah, there's a mistake with your numbers. With those figures you're either trying to say that the US only has about 326 people in it or that website costs more money than the entire world has produced in the last 10 years.

1 year,7 days
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Need Directions? Might Not Want To Ask a Transit Rider

alzoron Riding the bus is cognitively passive? (97 comments)

Shit, they make it sound like you just walk out your front door and after a short nap the driver wakes you up directly at your destination. I must be doing something wrong when I have to transfer to 3 different buses so I can pick up dinner on my way home. I may not be in the norm but after extensive travel on the bus system here over the years I've found that I have a better idea of where things than people that just drive straight to work/school and the grocery store day after day.

1 year,12 days
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The last time I used a dial-up modem was...

alzoron What counts as using it? (410 comments)

Should I vote for right this minute if I'm currently using a dialup modem to prop up an older monitor? It doesn't specifically say I have to be using it for its intended purpose and I am technically "using" it.

about a year ago
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New York Paper Uses Public Records To Publish Gun-Owner Map

alzoron Re:So Proud of Gun Ownership (1232 comments)

I don't understand what the problem is. Is someone worried that all the people against guns are going to stalk the gun-wielding people and ask glare at them menacingly?

about 2 years ago
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Magic: the Gathering Is Turing Complete

alzoron Re:Such vitriol for M:TG in these early comments (135 comments)

The last two years have actually seen a resurgence of poison counters. Starting with the 2010 Fall Block of Scars of Mirrodin and the follow up expansion New Phyrexia in 2011 they combined the Poison and Wither mechanics together to create the Infect mechanic. Anyone that was discouraged by poison before would probably not be to happy with it more recently.

more than 2 years ago
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No Bomb Powerful Enough To Destroy an On-Rushing Asteroid, Sorry Bruce Willis

alzoron Doesn't matter (352 comments)

Blowing up asteroids is oldschool. All the cool kids these days just open a hyperspace window and fly them safely through the planet and then conveniently forget that we have a massive object rich with valuable minerals in orbit around Earth for the rest of the series.

more than 2 years ago
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Mad Cow Disease Confirmed In California

alzoron Re:All your BSE (274 comments)

Stop all the downloadin'

more than 2 years ago

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