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IBM Distances Itself From the NSA and Its Spy Activities

blackbeak Re:Even with the best of the intentions (61 comments)

The only possible way for IBM to untie from the NSA and spying activities would be to go out of business. Even then, some IBM executives would retain deep ties.

about a month ago
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Snowden A Hero? Gates Says No, Woz Says Yes

blackbeak Re:not a hero, not a villain (335 comments)

...This illustrates that you can find good in even the most heinous people.

Say what you want about Hitler, he sure was good at making collectibles!

about a month ago
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Snowden A Hero? Gates Says No, Woz Says Yes

blackbeak Re:not a hero, not a villain (335 comments)

Gates is a sociopath in the same way lex luthor is a sociopath, he is someone who does do many good things but is still evil.

I'd say in the same way that oligarchs generally are; the result of all his philanthropy will not change the way society is ruled by sociopathic oligarchs and their ilk, rather it will be more firmly established, and the common folk less upwardly mobile than ever. For the most part, our rulers believe they are entitled to the bulk of the world's good things because they are a better race of human. A modest and decent person will never come to possess $76 billion.

about a month ago
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Snowden A Hero? Gates Says No, Woz Says Yes

blackbeak Re:not a hero, not a villain (335 comments)

Please see Slashdot comment #45746307 (Attached to: Bill Gates Plays Secret Santa To Reddit User). It pretty much explains Gates. Spoiler: He's better than you!

about a month ago
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Target Rich Environment: Mobile Malware in China

blackbeak Welcome to the New World! (11 comments)

What consumers around the world need to fully understand (and don't really seem to yet) is that ALL modern data-driven devices represent a new era of consumer product in that each device operates like a two-way mirror. No longer is the product simply yours to use or not. The retail side consumer, no matter what he/she believes they are doing with "their device", are merely entering data points into a vast cyber-machine -- data which numerous others will be collecting, collating, extrapolating, buying, selling, and much, much more. Every "terminal" is equally operable from the other side of the device, most often invisibly to the consumer. This new generation of products actually provides more value to the "other" owner/users (businesses, hackers and government agencies) operating behind the "mirror". Most of these devices could be handed out for free, and yet still provide gigantic profits - sort of like the paper magazine business model. When you have a connected refrigerator other entities will have it too - they just won't be using it to store food. Yet arguably that fridge will be worth more to them than to you!

about a month and a half ago
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Pro-Vaccination Efforts May Be Scaring Wary Parents From Shots

blackbeak Re:Education (482 comments)

In other words, people are fucking morons.

“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.” --- Dr. Marcia Angell (Harvard Medical School)

Apparently those untrusting "fucking morons" are in very good company.

about a month and a half ago
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Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

blackbeak Re:More also want a job as a vegetarion (625 comments)

A non-vegetarian veterinarian is a job where you can still eat when your customers don't pay you.

A non-vegetarian veterinarian is a job where you can eat your customers when they don't pay you. (FTFY!)

about 2 months ago
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Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

blackbeak Re:And in other news... (625 comments)

And a majority of Americans voted, twice, for W

... who is also as dumb as a box of rocks!

Btw, the beta version is not an improvement.

about 2 months ago
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Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

blackbeak Re:And in other news... (625 comments)

Hey Anonymous, you forgot to correct the extra space after "someone"! (Ha, NOW, who's....?)

about 2 months ago
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Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

blackbeak Re:And in other news... (625 comments)

Oh, for a mod point to give.... (sigh). Follow the link, read the free ebook (thanks Charlotte!), and then check out http://www.invisibleserfscolla... to understand Common Core Curriculum.

about 2 months ago
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Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

blackbeak Re:And in other news... (625 comments)

Wish I had some mod points for you....

about 2 months ago
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Is the World Ready For Facial Recognition On Google Glass?

blackbeak Re:are google glass users ready for... (469 comments)

you can't make facial recognition technology disappear by punching people in the face.

Well, actually you can if people are getting punched so much that all faces become unrecognizable (and with a different appearance each time they get scanned). That would effectively render the technology useless.

I'm not advocating this.

about 4 months ago
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Sun Not a Significant Driver of Climate Change

blackbeak Apparently Climate Scientists... (552 comments)

Do not look directly at the sun!

Or, to put it another way - - "Do not pay any attention to the Sun behind the curtain."

about 4 months ago
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Privacy Advocate Jacob Appelbaum Reports Break-In Of Berlin Apartment

blackbeak Re:Iraq war. (194 comments)

The French didn't drink cool aid.

No, it was "que oo lait".

about 4 months ago
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Japanese SCHAFT Takes the Gold at DARPA Robot Challenge

blackbeak Re:RESCUE ROBOTS! (51 comments)

Hey, these robots are already totally ready for work with road crews -- I mostly saw a lot of just standing around!

about 4 months ago
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DoD Public Domain Archive To Be Privatized, Locked Up For 10 Years

blackbeak Re:Legality vs Enforceability (183 comments)

Sadly, it took a European to tell us that "We the People of the United States" are the ones to hold our government accountable. Duh, hello! It's "We the People" that granted the United States any powers it may have. Any powers we did not specifically grant the government are powers it does not legitimately possess. And I am certain our European friend is also correct in that the rest of the world would be quite grateful were we to reign in our "monster".

As a side note, perhaps now would be a good time to listen carefully to Steppenwolf's "Monster"(youtube link) -- especially those of you who are unfamiliar with the song.

about 3 months ago
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Reuters: RSA Weakened Encryption For $10M From NSA

blackbeak Re:Not a surprise, but still... (464 comments)

...there is only one solution to this problem: we urgently need to get big money out of politics...

Problem misidentified. We need to clear the blue-blood elitist upper class out of all the processes which ultimately determine the fates of everyone they feel are beneath them. If you got the "big money" out of the (visible) picture, what makes you think the establishment's "good ol' boy network" will also be gone?

about 4 months ago
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Reuters: RSA Weakened Encryption For $10M From NSA

blackbeak Re:Not a surprise, but still... (464 comments)

...What the NSA is doing is attempting to shore up the government...

Slight correction: What the NSA is doing is attempting to shore up the ruling class. As far as U.S. citizens are concerned, the NSA is merely a "peacekeeping" tool in this regard.

about 4 months ago
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Bill Gates Plays Secret Santa To Reddit User

blackbeak Re:Bill Gates = Common Core, inBloom, NSA Kinect 2 (118 comments)

You're right, he was, and he deserves our respect. Job's accomplishments with personal computers outshine Gate's by the same factor that the Gate's fortune outshines Job's. You'll note that Jobs' estate is a tenth the size of Gate's fortune, that it wasn't built on elite "insider" connections, he wasn't simply handed a massive chunk of IBM's future earning potential as a schoolboy with a mere promise to produce an OS. Were Jobs interested in helping the poor, he would surely attend to practical projects with positive results, like potable water systems, and would certainly not not focus on vaccinating to sterilize or developing Orwellian systems to control the underclass.

about 4 months ago

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Common Core, By Any Other Name Would Smell...

blackbeak blackbeak writes  |  about 4 months ago

blackbeak (1227080) writes "Urie Bronfenbrenner's statement, "...science needs public policy even more than public policy needs basic science" (Bronfenbrenner, 1979, p. 8, italics in original), is the concept driving his Ecological Systems Theory, which itself underlays the Common Core Curriculum currently being rolled out across the land. Are all you scientists jiggy with that?

Robin Eubanks's erudite blog Invisibleserfscollar.com uses foundational documents and a lawyer's ability to cut through obfuscations of language to shred Common Core to pieces.

Invisibleserfscollar's fascinating exposé builds from post to post, so starting with the earliest post is recommended. (Spoiler alert: For those who think "public" policy should drive science, there is not, and never was, a "public" behind this massive change in education policy!"
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Common (Rotten to the?) Core Curriculum

blackbeak blackbeak writes  |  about 6 months ago

blackbeak (1227080) writes "As Common Core Curriculum unfolds across the land, how informed are we as to how it is destined to change society? And just who's interests lay behind this change? Robin S. Eubanks has spend an inordinate amount of time unraveling the threads of the deceptive rope with which we are about to hang ourselves. Robin's book is currently #5 in Education at Amazon. And, I hope, moving up fast.

I'm reminded of the proverbial rejoinder in the original "Prisoner" TV series.... "In formation... we want in formation"."
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How We're Kept Safely Immune from Informed Consent

blackbeak blackbeak writes  |  about 10 months ago

blackbeak (1227080) writes "Vaccination has been argued before here at /., and we've certainly a strong pro contingent, but maybe the University of British Colombia’s (UBC) Dr Chris Shaw and Dr. Lucija Tomljenovic (Department of Ophthalmology, Visual Sciences, Experimental Medicine and Neuroscience) can motivate some folks to reconsider their position.

http://www.ecomed.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/3-tomljenovic.pdf"
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Guns Don't Kill People SSRIs Do

blackbeak blackbeak writes  |  about a year ago

blackbeak (1227080) writes "I'm certainly aware that the recent school shooting is being discussed at length, but the direct correlation of increased prescription of SSRI medication to the increase in horrific incidents is so staggering and so pertinent that this "elephant in the room" deserves it's own discussion. Unlike guns, which can only be held in the hand, SSRIs are held in the mind controlling the hand. You'll see a huge upsurge in news stories again about how guns need to be curtailed, but (again) few stories, if any, about the medications pulling the trigger. Yet SSRIs are obviously behind these killings. SSRIs mess with brain chemistry in ways we cannot fully understand or control, way too often resulting in horrifyingly confused, disordered and psychotic manifestations. How about discussing how these meds are insufficiently tested, driven through the FDA (a "captured" regulatory agency), released into the wild and then prescribed to children on (and off!) label."
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CDC Fraud Weakens Thimerosal/Autism Link Rebuttal

blackbeak blackbeak writes  |  about 3 years ago

blackbeak (1227080) writes "While it might be possible there's no vaccine/autism link, there is a CDC/fraud link!

Poul Thorsen, the principal coordinator of multiple studies funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and used to deny a vaccine/autism link was indicted on April 13th on 13 counts of fraud and 9 counts of money-laundering.

Thimersosal lovers may claim the fraud is only on the accounting side, but can we really be sure of the research results?"

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Salivating Over Glyphosate-Based Herbicides

blackbeak blackbeak writes  |  about 3 years ago

blackbeak (1227080) writes "COL (Ret.) Don M. Huber, Emeritus Professor, Purdue University, APS Coordinator, USDA National Plant Disease Recovery System (NPDRS) seems to strongly agree with the Argentines that "Glyphosate-Based Herbicides Produce Teratogenic Effects on Vertebrates by Impairing Retinoic Acid Signaling", though apparently that's not the whole problem.

I'm curious to see how many Slashdotters will be siding with the 100 thugs who beat members of the community (at the behest of wealthy interests, natch!) in order to suppress opposition to this "marvel of modern agriculture".

Any idea of the extent to which Monsanto-tied individuals currently hold important US Government policy making, regulatory and oversight positions? Here's a few from Wikipedia."

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Avoiding GM Foods? You're Overly Fussy - Monsanto

blackbeak blackbeak writes  |  more than 3 years ago

blackbeak (1227080) writes "The BBC today characterized those who avoid GM foods as overly fussy, the very same day that the Wall Street Journal announced picky eating may be recognized in the 2013 DSM as a psychiatric disorder. The DSM item refers to something completely different, though I'm sure many will confuse the two. Of course, this was not done without subterfuge; the author, Professor Jonathan Jones in no way indicates his close ties to Monsanto. Point by point Jones regurgitates the same pro-GM arguments debunked numerous times all over the net for years, while serving up some stale half facts too."
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Lead Gardasil/Cervarix Researcher Speaks Out

blackbeak blackbeak writes  |  more than 4 years ago

blackbeak (1227080) writes "Dr. Diane Harper, "to be able to sleep with myself when I go to bed at night", brings out the facts behind the efficacy of Gardasil and Cervarix. Dr. Harper was the lead researcher in the development of both vaccines. Postpeakpublishing, always a big fan of whistle-blowers, provides some additional relevant details/links/comment. Previously on /.: Merck To Halt Lobbying For Vaccine. Funny, the timing on that — right after Rick Perry's executive order mandating vaccination!"
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Is an Unassailable Agenda Feasable?

blackbeak blackbeak writes  |  more than 4 years ago

blackbeak writes "Postpeakpublishing proposes we develop an "Unassailable Agenda", ie; a humanist agenda so self-evident that it would receive near unanimous support, as a step toward unifying the masses and ultimately forcing the hand of government to "do the right things" instead of merely supplicating huge vested interests. Some possible ideas for planks in this agenda are presented, though not quite fleshed out. What do Slashdotters think? Is the concept of a UA feasible? What would you put in it?"
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Guns or Meds at the root of school shootings?

blackbeak blackbeak writes  |  more than 6 years ago

blackbeak (1227080) writes "It would seem obvious that the alarming increase in school shooting sprees is directly related to the increase in psychopharmaceuticals per capita. And what do you know, "Authorities in DeKalb confirmed Friday that Kazmierczak had recently stopped taking medication." Further, "Thomas said Kazmierczak had confided in him that he had served in the military and received a discharge for psychological reasons." I bet it wasn't aspirin he stopped taking. Quotes from Chicago Tribune story: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-steve-kazmierczak-gunman_webfeb16,0,6907068,full.story

Naturally, the media and politicians' focus will continue to be all over the guns, and of course, the need for their further control. Meanwhile, few speak of stemming the ever increasing flood of profitable psychopharmaceuticals.

It's doubtful evolution is playing a nasty trick on our species, resulting in weaker and weaker brains. We should look instead at the (increasingly unhealthy and probably unnecessary) burdens placed on our brains by modern western life, and realize we're living under terribly depressing circumstances. If we had a sensible economy, a government not run by the self interested elite, and restraints on corporate predation, both guns and drugs would begin to gather dust."

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