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Sears To Convert Old Auto Centers Into National Chain of Data Centers

aztektum Re:Dying Company Grasping at Straws (167 comments)

shut down the malls. turn the land into new neighborhoods, with apartments, coffee shops, gyms, parks, gardens, etc.. move the malls into automated warehouses outside the city were autonomous vehicles pick up packages for delivery to the neighborhoods homes and biz

we may not be able to create flying cars, but we can still create some awesome shit. it's a shame we're held back by outdated ideas of what it means to be a valuable person (wage slave) in the servitude of the wealthy.

about 10 months ago
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A Ray of Hope For Americans and Scientific Literacy?

aztektum Re:progressives (668 comments)

Ron Paul isn't mystical at all. He's very easy to understand if you look at his policies, effectively to sell everything tax payers have built to the highest bidder, including national parks, other lands, infrastructure... He's a corporation friendly capitalist. He talks big when it comes to free markets and non-coercion, but if you really consider what would unfold should his policies be put into place, sell everything to the rich, he's a just a crazy white old Texan that doesn't give a toss about people that don't have a lot of wealth.

about a year ago
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How Human Psychology Holds Back Climate Change Action

aztektum Re:Here's what holds ME back. (530 comments)

So what you're saying is, because it's too late to actually prevent any problems, let's just throw up our hands and take no action to mitigate their impact.

about a year ago
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How Human Psychology Holds Back Climate Change Action

aztektum Re:A Better Reason (530 comments)

People like you

Because you know me so well...

Thanks for showing us all how pathetic your religion really is.

You have no idea what I think about climate change.

The point behind my comment was that an anonymous person insisting it's all bad science without offering proof, is not someone anybody should take seriously.

I'm sorry if my humor was too low brow for you. I humbly ask, oh wise one, that you forgive this ignorant pleb for offending you.

about a year ago
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How Human Psychology Holds Back Climate Change Action

aztektum Re:Phelps? (530 comments)

No, dumbass. I was referring to the nickname of the person I replied to.

about a year ago
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How Human Psychology Holds Back Climate Change Action

aztektum Re:Missing the forest for the trees (530 comments)

Wrong questions:

A.) What is the societal cost of cataclysmic climate shifts?

B.) If we can stop 50 people from being killed in Chicago, how do we know 50 aren't being killed in a remote desert area?

The answer to A is likely much worse than an answer to 1.

The answer to B and 2 is, just because it may still happen somewhere else where we have no influence doesn't make it a bad idea to take it upon ourselves to act.

about a year ago
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How Human Psychology Holds Back Climate Change Action

aztektum Re:A Better Reason (530 comments)

Hey, everybody! EverlastingPhelps said it's all just bad science! No need to panic. Things are gonna be just fine. Wow, I'm so glad I still check /. now and then.

Thanks, EverlastingPhelps. You've saved us all.

about a year ago
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How Human Psychology Holds Back Climate Change Action

aztektum Re:Here's what holds ME back. (530 comments)

Oh damn, how dare we who are creating the mess actually take on the burden of mitigating it. How fucking horrible would it be should we have to drive less! THE HUMANITY! THAT AINT FREEDOM!!

No, best we just push the entire screw up onto the next generations. Let them deal with the fallout of our material greed. Yeah, that's the ticket!

The psychology can be summed up pretty easily: I'm too in love with my way of life, I'll be dead by the time things are serious. So fuck it, why bother.

about a year ago
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How Human Psychology Holds Back Climate Change Action

aztektum Re:Here's what holds ME back. (530 comments)

Let's sit here and bitch about how our luxury goods are going to cost us while ignoring how much it will cost our kids and grandkids to deal with the fucking mess we created.

about a year ago
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MIT Research: Encryption Less Secure Than We Thought

aztektum So what are you saying.... (157 comments)

'Itâ(TM)s still exponentially hard, but itâ(TM)s exponentially easier than we thought,' Duffy says.

So, what, rather than a computer taking until the heat death of the universe to crack my 4096 bit key it will only take until our Sun goes super nova?

brb, generating 8192 bit keys.

about a year ago
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HeLa Cell Line Genome Data To Be Published

aztektum Re:What right do they have? (88 comments)

You seem to have missed the part in your own citation where it says "At the time, permission was neither required nor customarily sought."

Regardless, you've done nothing in this thread but cherrypick details that fit your personal views.

She consented to medical treatment. That is unless you can show someone was holding a gun to her head, since I doubt you were there. In 1951 that was all that was required. Whether you agree with it or not is irrelevant.

about a year ago
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Google Pressure Cookers and Backpacks: Get a Visit From the Feds

aztektum Re:Bush (923 comments)

Actually, the Founding Fathers did foresee the issues you mention. Jefferson wrote of fears of aristocracy and corporate power getting in the way of democracy. Maybe not on the scale we see now, but it was definitely a concern.

Unfortunately the rest of the Founding Fathers were the wealthy aristocracy of the day. John Adam's wrote about the role of government being to protect the property of the ownership class (paraphrasing).

It's never mentioned in our public school, where we're primarily fed propaganda about how the Founders were these wise and altruistic creatures that were concerned about freedom for all. While enshrining the right to vote solely in the hands of wealthy, white land owners (ie., them).

about a year ago
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Early Surface Sales Pitiful

aztektum Re:fix this! (251 comments)

Quiet, man. You don't want to give them any ideas. Let them die. That's what consumers want.

about a year ago
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Monogamy May Have Evolved To Prevent Infanticide

aztektum Re:Oh Please (256 comments)

Oh, anonymous person on the Internet is such a big tough man. Catch a whiff of that musky manliness. But only a whiff! For should you inhale too deeply, the raw might of their being may overwhelm your soul!

Listen, everyone! You should accept how this person chooses to address YOU. The Cat has obviously shown his superior intellect and grasp of reality. Do not let the display of raw emotion intimidate you. Instead, be in awe of such power unleashed.

This stunning specimen of human perfection deserves... NAY, DEMANDS ... your respect and attention. And you will give it to them. For they are... The Cat.

about a year ago
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Wine 1.6 Released With 10,000 Changes

aztektum 10,000 changes (116 comments)

Without more context that is the most useless metric I've ever seen.

Did they find/replace 10,000 typos?

about a year ago
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Microsoft Unveils Xbox One

aztektum Re:Is it too much (782 comments)

It's called a PC. It has all the same capabilities as this thing, and you can play games going back decades. Enjoy.

about a year ago
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Tesla's Elon Musk Talks With Google About Self-Driving Cars

aztektum Re:Major problem here (199 comments)

I think it's more we're conditioned to feel that way about our cars, thanks to decades of advertising designed to do so.

The reality is that we have very little control over our driving. Collectively we're spending billions of hours each year stuck in traffic. We burn billions of gallons of gas going nowhere.

Replace that with a largely automated system that can route around traffic issues, reduces the number of cars needed on the road, and you actually return control to folks.

Plus cars are old technology. The younger crowd doesn't really care any more (more and more teens are waiting on getting a license until absolutely necessary). Start advertising automated cars that do the work while you fuck around on your iPad and I think your problem becomes moot.

about a year ago
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Belief In God Correlates With Better Mental Health Treatment Outcomes

aztektum Re:Not religion, but purpose (931 comments)

Typically, "God" is packaged along with afterlife, another chance, eternal existence, etc. Would belief in God then create an implied belief in those other things?

The biggest religions are the ones that offer these things only so long as you follow the rules of their God. If people are told to believe in God without a reason, would this study come to the same conclusion?

about a year and a half ago

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Wii fit? Too much work! Pill offers up bitchin bod

aztektum aztektum writes  |  more than 6 years ago

aztektum (170569) writes "Nerds and couch potatoes feel free to *remain* seated. Thanks to the marvels of modern science, soon you may need simply pop a pill (or 2) to tone and shape what would naturally be a flabby, unsightly butt. FTFA: In a series of startling experiments in mice, the drugs improved the ability of cells to burn fat and retain muscle mass, and they substantially prolonged endurance during exercise. "Juicing" in pro-sports and encouraging a life of general laziness aside, one of the first useful applications that came to my mind: Could this help astronauts overcome the loss of muscle mass while in space?"
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Physics Programming on Linux?

aztektum aztektum writes  |  more than 6 years ago

aztektum (170569) writes "I've never been a very solid programmer, somehow I've worked on/off in IT (a lot of it Linux admin centric) for ~4 years now with only a basic ability to write Bash scripts. Somewhere between Chapter 1 and Chapter 3 of most "Learn To" books I lose interest. However I am a big physics nerd and wondered if I could combine the two. I've done some requisite Googling for software that would let me create physics simulations (mostly on Linux), but nothing is really sticking out. What I guess I'm looking for is a "physics kit in a box" (like those old chemistry sets) for Linux or Windows. Like a Mathematica/Sage tailored towards physics. Anyone know of a complete package or have suggestions on setting up an environment to play with?"
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Is Bioware really churning out a KOTOR MMO?

aztektum aztektum writes  |  more than 6 years ago

aztektum (170569) writes "A new rumor that Bioware's Austin studio, known to be working on a sci fi MMO title, is developing Knights of the Old Republic "Online" have surfaced. Citing "A source close to Bioware...", little known game site Primotechnology.com is the latest to claim it's for real. Gamespot throws down their 2 cents. According to that article, whatever game they ARE developing is said to be in a playable state already. With no confirmation, nor an outright denial, from Bioware or Lucasarts thus far, are they keeping mum in order to build suspense or is this simply wishful thinking?"

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