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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

bigtrike Re:Standard cop tactic in the USA (414 comments)

In Chicago, the internal affairs division of the police is staffed mostly by ex-cops. The prosecutor may be a better bet if they're not obviously trying to do a bad job to protect their brothers.

3 days ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

bigtrike Re:Secret Ballot? (480 comments)

Yes, but that's still not proof that you submitted the paid vote. After snapping that picture you can go exchange your ballot for a blank one.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Options For Cheap Home Automation?

bigtrike Re:Insteon vs x10 (189 comments)

The worst part about Insteon devices is that they have x10 support which can't be disabled. It results in devices switching on and off randomly.

about two weeks ago
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An Open Source Flat Pack Robot Arm That's As Easy To Build As Ikea Furniture

bigtrike Re:low standards for kickstarter (39 comments)

If only it were that difficult...

about a month ago
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Kodak-Branded Smartphones On the Way

bigtrike Re:Vintage name phones (94 comments)

The one near me still has a decent enough part selection in organizer drawers. I purchased an IRF510 there last weekend.

about a month ago
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NASA Makes 3-D Printed Wrench Model Available

bigtrike Re: Let's Be Honest (99 comments)

You're supposed to be under the influence of benzedrine while reading.

about a month ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

bigtrike Re:Watson is a scientist (235 comments)

The evidence is still "on the fence," so it's hard to draw any conclusions from. Even some studies among identical twins have shown a correlation below 0.5.

I will agree that western designed tests show that westerners do well at western institutions. Nearly any time someone creates a metric of something as difficult to define as intelligence, they create it in such a way that they're the top scorers. I'm sure if those living in sub-saharan africa were to design their own intelligence tests, it would favor them instead.

about a month and a half ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

bigtrike Re:Watson is a scientist (235 comments)

Did you even see what he said? Watson's statements also went outside the bounds of science by making broad conclusions from his own anecdotal evidence. They were absolutely not scientific.

Regarding intelligence, if you're talking about IQ tests, they're poor measurements of intelligence because they tend to be culturally biased. A lot of studies have shown that race as we know it is more of a social construct than a genetic one and what we define as races is only loosely correlated to genetic variance. Until there are better ways of testing intelligence, all we can know for sure is that genetics may be a factor or they may not.

about a month and a half ago
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Trains May Soon Come Equipped With Debris-Zapping Lasers

bigtrike Re:Calibration (194 comments)

Leaves burn well below the annealing temperature of most steels.

about 1 month ago
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Chrome 39 Launches With 64-bit Version For Mac OS X and New Developer Features

bigtrike Re:So the only people that are hurt (67 comments)

What about those of us that are still running Mac OS 7?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Useful Are DMARC and DKIM?

bigtrike Yahoo is a part of the problem (139 comments)

Valid DKIM signed mail from Yahoo still has a very high likelihood of being spam. They don't seem to do nearly enough to prevent spam originating from their network.

about 3 months ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

bigtrike Re:I call bullshit (395 comments)

And the plutonium needed for it is now available in every corner drugstore.

about 3 months ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

bigtrike Re:Let's get our priorities straight here! (367 comments)

...assuming it's grass fed and not factory produced, which is also far less cruel to the animals and doesn't require high doses of antibiotics. Factory farming requires more plant input per calorie of output than if people simply ate the plants, resulting in more deaths from farming alone. Grazing requires quite a bit of land per calorie of output, and IIRC we'd have to cut down lots of rain forests to feed all 7 billion people that way.

about 3 months ago
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Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

bigtrike Re:Jamming unlinced spectrum is illegal? (278 comments)

It's not "UNREGULATED", it's unlicensed. Similar to CB radio, you don't need a license to operate a device transmitting on this band. There are explicit regulations Title 47 CFR Part 15. 15.5 part C specifically says that you're not allowed to cause harmful interference. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/C...

If it were unregulated, it would be perfectly legal for me to set up a 100MW transmitter adjacent to your university broadcasting noise on the wifi band.

about 4 months ago
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Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

bigtrike Re:Animal supplements (122 comments)

They get the money to buy off congress from their customers. This is as much the fault of the consumer as it is the fault of the factory farms.

about 4 months ago
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New Mayhem Malware Targets Linux and UNIX-Like Servers

bigtrike Re:Derp (168 comments)

Isn't this normally a bad idea as a non-root account can listen on those non-reserved ports should yourprimary daemon die or get restarted?

about 6 months ago
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New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

bigtrike they'll just make bigger profits (380 comments)

They'll sell ammonia for only slightly less than the equivalent amount of gasoline and increase their profits. The oil industry has been known in the past to fix prices through cabals.

about 6 months ago

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