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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

bricko Re:Fine! (365 comments)

Great news....will help push the new take on immigration Im hearing from congress folks. Stop ALL immigration for of any type 10 years.

about 3 months ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

bricko Why a .357 magnum is useful (385 comments)

These are the things that make spending money on my .357 more palatable. Good use for anyone that is involved in this.

about 3 months ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

bricko Re:Dissolution of the middle class! (261 comments)

Recently saw zuckerberg home address posted on net with invite for all illegals to congregate and live there....big yard etc.

about 3 months ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

bricko Re:It's getting hotter still! (635 comments)

This cant be true.....remember, the science is settled....move on

about 3 months ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

bricko Its a lie (635 comments)

Remember, the science is settled.......move the fuck on.

about 3 months ago
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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

bricko Another option (465 comments)

Or, it could just be that AGW is utter BS....

about 4 months ago
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Do Dark Matter and Dark Energy Cast Doubt On the Big Bang?

bricko Re:Oh good lord. (225 comments)

Absolutely NOT....remember all "settled science" is not a topic for continued investigation. Are you going to become a "Bang Denier", you will be ostracized and Slashdot will not publish any questioning ideas. Just like "Climate Change" , it is "settled" and no further investigation is to be done.

about 4 months ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

bricko Re:WUWT (441 comments)

Great news... Germany returning to massive building of COAL plants. Renewables are pretty much shite and they are afraid of nukes.....so here you have it http://www.bloomberg.com/news/...

about 6 months ago
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HR Chief: Google Sexual, Racial Diversity "Not Where We Want to Be"

bricko Re:Who gives a shit? (593 comments)

Are they also concerned with the racial disparity in the NBA?

about 7 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

bricko Re:Yeah, but.... (1198 comments)

Wow.....lots of dumbfuckery in this little tid bit.....

about 7 months ago
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Let's Call It 'Climate Disruption,' White House Science Adviser Suggests (Again)

bricko Re:Shut Up (568 comments)

Can we just call it what it is....Bull Shit

about 7 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

bricko Re:What's the problem? (1198 comments)

it wasnt "botched"...the guy is dead....wasnt that the purpose of the entire exercise. If they wanted a quicker outcome.....give me call. Have several custom built AR's that could be helpful and much more sure of action.

about 8 months ago
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Amazon Embodies the Gender Gap in Tech

bricko Who gives a shit (302 comments)

enough said

about 8 months ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

bricko Death Row (588 comments)

She is a liar. Should be on death row for all the children she had killed.

about 8 months ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

bricko Re:The new Hitlers (564 comments)

So what do "the Mozilla community" of 2014 and the Salem community of 1692-93 have in common?

about 8 months ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

bricko OK Cupid founders also gave to anti gay marriage (564 comments)

The hypocrisy of two of OkCupid’s co-founders, Sam Yagan and Christian Rudder. We searched the federal campaign-contribution database and found that Yagan gave to two candidates who opposed same-sex marriage: $500 to then-Rep. Chris Cannon of Utah, a Republican, in 2004; and $500 to then-Sen. Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign who also opposed gay marriage at the time. According to Wikipedia, 7,001,084 people voted for Prop 8. Why do any of those people still have jobs? Shouldn’t they all be forced to resign? And why should they have the privilege of living in California at all? I say round them up and move them someplace where they won’t do any harm.” One reason why rich white guys like Eich are being targeted so viciously is that the many black churches who supported Proposition 8 — and, indeed, put it over the top — are out-of-bounds for criticism. Uh oh: 60% of Intel employees who donated in Prop 8 debate supported banning gay marriage. “Exit question: When do we get a list of Silicon Valley donors to Obama’s campaign circa 2008, when he was still formally against traditional marriage? True, he didn’t support Prop 8 or other attempts to legally ban SSM (a strong signal at the time that his stated view was a lie), but the whole point of the equal protection argument against traditional marriage laws is that you can’t reserve ‘marriage’ for straights without implicitly slapping a second-class-citizen stigma on gays. Obama was willing to do that, at least rhetorically. Let’s have the names.” Purge them all!!!!!!

about 8 months ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

bricko Re:And yet they supported Obama (564 comments)

The hypocrisy of two of OkCupid’s co-founders, Sam Yagan and Christian Rudder. We searched the federal campaign-contribution database and found that Yagan gave to two candidates who opposed same-sex marriage: $500 to then-Rep. Chris Cannon of Utah, a Republican, in 2004; and $500 to then-Sen. Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign who also opposed gay marriage at the time. According to Wikipedia, 7,001,084 people voted for Prop 8. Why do any of those people still have jobs? Shouldn’t they all be forced to resign? And why should they have the privilege of living in California at all? I say round them up and move them someplace where they won’t do any harm.” One reason why rich white guys like Eich are being targeted so viciously is that the many black churches who supported Proposition 8 — and, indeed, put it over the top — are out-of-bounds for criticism. Uh oh: 60% of Intel employees who donated in Prop 8 debate supported banning gay marriage. “Exit question: When do we get a list of Silicon Valley donors to Obama’s campaign circa 2008, when he was still formally against traditional marriage? True, he didn’t support Prop 8 or other attempts to legally ban SSM (a strong signal at the time that his stated view was a lie), but the whole point of the equal protection argument against traditional marriage laws is that you can’t reserve ‘marriage’ for straights without implicitly slapping a second-class-citizen stigma on gays. Obama was willing to do that, at least rhetorically. Let’s have the names.”

about 8 months ago
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WHO: Air Pollution 'Killed 7 Million People' In 2012

bricko Nonsense (97 comments)

Utter bullshit......

about 9 months ago

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e-cigarettes can potentially infect a computer if plugged in to charge

bricko bricko writes  |  about a month ago

bricko (1052210) writes "Now e-cigarettes can give you malware

[spam URL stripped]...

Better for your lungs, worse for your hard drives, e-cigarettes can potentially infect a computer if plugged in to charge

“The made in China e-cigarette had malware hardcoded into the charger, and when plugged into a computer’s USB port the malware phoned home and infected the system.”"

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MORE FOREIGN WORKERS LEGALIZED THAN JOBS CREATED

bricko bricko writes  |  about a month ago

bricko (1052210) writes "MORE FOREIGN WORKERS LEGALIZED THAN JOBS CREATED

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11...

President Barack Obama’s unilateral amnesty will quickly add as many foreign workers to the nation’s legal labor force as the total number of new jobs created by his economy since 2009.

The plans, expected to be announced late Nov. 20, will distribute five million work permits to illegal immigrants, and also create a new inflow of foreign college graduates for prestigious salaried jobs, according to press reports.

Obama has already provided or promised almost one million extra work permits to foreigners, while his economy has only added six million jobs since 2009.

http://dailycaller.com/2014/11..."

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SAVE act removes Sec. 230 protection from sites

bricko bricko writes  |  about a month ago

bricko (1052210) writes "SAVE act removes Sec. 230 protection from sites

Human Rights Groups Ask Senate To Reject Proposed Sex Trafficking Law That Strips Long-Held Protections For Website Owners

https://www.techdirt.com/artic...

Stop S 2536

Now, the Senate is considering the "SAVE Act" (Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation Act)[pdf link], which was passed out of the House by a 392-19 vote earlier this year. The bill expands the definition of "trafficking" to include "advertising," amending the definition of this federal crime.

Worse, it strips away protections website owners who host third-party content have enjoyed for years. The summary provided by Congress.gov highlights proposed changes that will do damage to many more entities than its intended targets.

Shields from liability under such prohibition an Internet access service provider, browser provider, common carrier, telecommunications carrier, or other generic search or utility provider solely based on providing generic search or utility services.

Notably, website owners are excluded from these liability protections, basically eliminating Section 230 immunity for anything the government considers to be an "adult advertisement."

Requires anyone selling, commercially promoting, or placing an adult advertisement to: (1) verify the identity of each person purchasing advertisement space for, and each person depicted in, such advertisement; (2) verify that each person whose goods or services are advertised is not under age 18; (3) create and maintain individually identifiable records pertaining to each such person for at least seven years; and (4) affix to each adult advertisement a statement describing where such records may be located.

Not only will website owners now be held accountable for third-party content, they'll also be expected to police it to ensure nothing runs afoul of this broadly-worded law. Failure to do so could result in a five-year prison sentence."

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Calls to use Kelo Emnent Doman decision to seize all cable and fiber for public

bricko bricko writes  |  about a month ago

bricko (1052210) writes "Calls from conservative Weekly Standard magazine to use Eminent Domain to seize all fibers, cables etc for use as public utility for net. Turn over to neutral party company to be solely a cable, fiber management company and let anyone have access to all for any service that can be foreseen or invented.

From 2006 article....but just now becoming pertinent via posting on Drudge to get attention from conservatives."

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Brazil Is Keeping Its Promise to Avoid the U.S. Internet - US to lose 35 Billion

bricko bricko writes  |  about a month and a half ago

bricko (1052210) writes "Brazil Is Keeping Its Promise to Avoid the U.S. Internet

http://gizmodo.com/brazils-kee...

Brazil was not bluffing last year, when it said that it wanted to disconnect from the United States-controlled internet due to the NSA's obscenely invasive surveillance tactics. The country is about to stretch a cable from the northern city of Fortaleza all the way to Portugal, and they've vowed not to use a single U.S. vendor to do it.

Brazil made a bunch of bold promises, ranging in severity from forcing companies like Facebook and Google to move their servers inside Brazilian borders, to building a new all-Brazilian email system—which they've already done. But the first actionable opportunity the country was presented with is this transatlantic cable, which had been in the works since 2012 but is only just now seeing construction begin. And with news that the cable plan will not include American vendors, it looks like Brazil is serious; it's investing $185 million on the cable project alone. And not a penny of that sum will go to an American company.

The implications of Brazil distancing itself from the US internet are huge. It's not necessarily a big deal politically, but the economic consequences could be tremendously destructive. Brazil has the seventh largest economy in the world, and it continues to grow. So when Brazil finally does divorce Uncle Sam—assuming things continue at this rate—a huge number of contracts between American companies and Brazil will simply disappear.

On the whole, researchers estimate that the United States could lose about $35 billion due to security fears. That's a lot of money."

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Organized campaign to destroy Amazons phone because Amazons cloud powered by oil

bricko bricko writes  |  about 1 month ago

bricko (1052210) writes "Organized campaign by Greenpeace to destroy Amazons phone because Amazons cloud powered by coal, oil, gas etc. Has nothing to do with good or bad phone."
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255Tbps: World's fastest network could carry all of the internet's traffic

bricko bricko writes  |  about 2 months ago

bricko (1052210) writes "255Tbps: World’s fastest network could carry all of the internet’s traffic on a single fiber

A joint group of researchers from the Netherlands and the US have smashed the world speed record for a fiber network, pushing 255 terabits per second down a single strand of glass fiber. This is equivalent to around 32 terabytes per second — enough to transfer a 1GB movie in 31.25 microseconds (0.03 milliseconds), or alternatively, the entire contents of your 1TB hard drive in about 31 milliseconds.

To put 255Tbps into perspective, the fastest single-fiber links in commercial operation top out at 100Gbps, or 2,550 times slower. 255Tbps is mindbogglingly quick; it’s greater, by far, than the total capacity of every cable — hundreds of glass fibers — currently spanning the Atlantic Ocean. In fact, 255 terabits per second is similar to — or maybe even more than — the total sum of all traffic flowing across the internet at peak time.

How — How did the researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and University of Central Florida (CREOL) do it? Multi-core fiber, of course! As it stands, the entire internet backbone consists of single-mode glass and plastic fiber. These fibers can only carry one mode of light — which, in essence, means they can only carry the light from a single laser. (It’s a bit more complex than that, but it’s beyond the scope of this story to explain it any further.) You can still use wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) to push insane amounts of data down a single fiber (a few terabits), but we will eventually run up against the laws of physics."

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Should Twitter Suspend LGBT Engineer Accused Of Raping Her Wife?

bricko bricko writes  |  about 2 months ago

bricko (1052210) writes "Should Twitter Suspend LGBT Engineer Accused Of Raping Her Wife?

http://www.thedailybeast.com/a...

What is surprising is that the alleged rapist is a well-regarded feminist and LGBT advocate, Dana McCallum, a transgender woman who was named by Business Insider as the fifth-most important LGBT person in the tech world. She is a senior engineer for Twitter, which stated "We don't comment on employees’ personal matters” when McCallum was charged with five felonies earlier this years: three counts of spousal rape, one count of false imprisonment and one count of domestic violence.

McCallum ultimately pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two misdemeanors: one count of domestic violence with corporal injury to the spouse and one count of false imprisonment. The District Attorney's office insisted on a guilty plea when she attempted to enter no contest. From a legal standpoint, the case is resolved, but the aftershocks in the way we think about rape and assault will reverberate for a long time.

Or at least they should. Unfortunately, the relative silence around McCallum’s trial, let alone the issue of woman-on-woman rape and sexual assault, is deafening and disturbing. In researching for this article, I posted queries in multiple forums for female journalists for resources or recommended experts for female-on-female rape. I received only one response. I've seen only a handful of articles reporting on the McCallum case and they are generally absent of any criticism."

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The Ebola Patient Was Sent Home Because of Bad Software

bricko bricko writes  |  about 2 months ago

bricko (1052210) writes "The Dallas hospital's debacle highlights the atrociousness of many electronic health records.

        Protocols were followed by both the physician and the nurses. However, we have identified a flaw in the way the physician and nursing portions of our electronic health records (EHR) interacted in this specific case.

The hospital's electronic health record contains separate workflows for doctors and nurses. The information about the patient's travel history was on the nurses' side, but "it would not automatically appear in the physician’s standard workflow." Which means the doctor wouldn't know about Duncan's recent trip to Liberia. Which means she'd have no reason to suspect Duncan had Ebola.

The incident underscores how important it is for doctors and hospitals to find EHRs that work well. The federal government has greatly incentivized the use of digital records, as opposed to paper charts, and nearly half of physicians now use them. Increasingly, EHRs aren't just a convenient way to track appointments and vital signs, they're critical communication links that can make all the difference.

There are technical problems beyond the software, too: Ebola isn't even considered its own disease under the current medical classification system for diseases, called ICD. Under ICD-9, the current version, Ebola shares a code with "multiple viral diseases." (The virus will have its own code under ICD-10, which rolls out next year.)

For its part, the Dallas hospital said it plans to make changes to its health record in order to prevent future such slip-ups:

        As result of this discovery, Texas Health Dallas has relocated the travel history documentation to a portion of the EHR that is part of both workflows. It also has been modified to specifically reference Ebola-endemic regions in Africa. We have made this change to increase the visibility and documentation of the travel question in order to alert all providers. We feel that this change will improve the early identification of patients who may be at risk for communicable diseases, including Ebola."

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Extent of Antarctic sea ice reaches record levels, scientists say

bricko bricko writes  |  about 3 months ago

bricko (1052210) writes "Extent of Antarctic sea ice reaches record levels, scientists say

Scientists say the extent of Antarctic sea ice cover is at its highest level since records began

Satellite imagery reveals an area of about 20 million square kilometres covered by sea ice around the Antarctic continent.

Jan Lieser from the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) said the discovery was made two days ago.

"This is an area covered by sea ice which we've never seen from space before," he said.

"Thirty-five years ago the first satellites went up which were reliably telling us what area, two dimensional area, of sea ice was covered and we've never seen that before, that much area.

"That is roughly double the size of the Antarctic continent and about three times the size of Australia.""

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Experts: Global cooling Leads To Changing Leaves In August

bricko bricko writes  |  about 4 months ago

bricko (1052210) writes "One of the coldest summers in history, and it’s having an effect on the trees.

Friday morning temperatures fell into the 40s in Western Pennsylvania.

Meteorologists say these cold temperatures are leading to trees changing colors in the middle of August."

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Coolest Summer On Record In The US. Graph data from US HCN stations

bricko bricko writes  |  about 5 months ago

bricko (1052210) writes "Graph data From ALL US HCN stations
Coolest Summer On Record In The US

The frequency of 90 degree days in the US has been plummeting for 80 years, and 2014 has had the lowest frequency of 90 degree days through July 23 on record.

The only other year which came close was 1992, and that was due to dust in the atmosphere from Mt Pinatubo.

http://stevengoddard.wordpress..."

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NOAA – 28,504 Low Max Temp Records Set in Last 365 Days

bricko bricko writes  |  about 5 months ago

bricko (1052210) writes "NOAA – 28,504 Low Max Records Set in Last 365 Days

28,504 Low Max Records were set in last 365 days according to the NOAA.
A “Low Max” means that the maximum temperatures for the day was the lowest it has ever been.

This indicates daytime cooling.

Only 13205 High Max records were set. That is over a 2:1 ratio."

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U.S. Power Plant Turns to Russia for Coal Shipment-coldest winter since 2002

bricko bricko writes  |  about 5 months ago

bricko (1052210) writes "U.S. Power Plant Turns to Russia for Coal Shipment

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/...

Coldest winter since March 2002 in the contiguous 48 U.S. states, according to the National Climatic Data center, boosting power demand. In spring, an increase in oil and ethanol transport clogged the railways and slowed efforts by power generators to rebuild supply.
Some utilities have as little as 20 days of reserves, Bill Davison, vice president of thermal coal sales at Alpha Natural Resources Inc. (ANR), said last month at a conference in New York.
Tennessee Valley Authority temporarily idled the Bull Run plant in May to rebuild supply, Vince Stroud, the company’s director of coal origination, said last month in an interview at the IHS McCloskey Coal USA conference in New York."

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Garth Brooks to bypass iTunes , release new album on his own site directly

bricko bricko writes  |  about 5 months ago

bricko (1052210) writes "The other big news is that Garth’s entire catalog will be available for downloading starting on Monday at his website, www.garthbrooks.com. Garth had previously been one of the few remaining holdouts, refusing to allow his songs on iTunes, amazon, or other services.

Now he’s going do it himself and cut out the middle man. I don’t know why more artists don’t do it this way."

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New released NOAA data now confirms decades long cooling

bricko bricko writes  |  about 5 months ago

bricko (1052210) writes "National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s most accurate, up-to-date temperature data confirm the United States has been cooling for at least the past decade.

Responding to widespread criticism that its temperature station readings were corrupted by poor citing issues and suspect adjustments, NOAA established a network of 114 pristinely sited temperature stations spread out fairly uniformly throughout the United States. Because the network, known as the U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN), is so uniformly and pristinely situated, the temperature data require no adjustments to provide an accurate nationwide temperature record. USCRN began compiling temperature data in January 2005. Now, nearly a decade later, NOAA has finally made the USCRN temperature readings available.

According to the USCRN temperature readings, U.S. temperatures are not rising at all – at least not since the network became operational 10 years ago. Instead, the United States has cooled by approximately 0.4 degrees Celsius, which is more than half of the claimed global warming of the twentieth century.

USCRN data debunk claims that rising U.S. temperatures caused wildfires, droughts, or other extreme weather events during the past year. The objective data show droughts, wildfires, and other extreme weather events have become less frequent and severe in recent decades as our planet modestly warms. But even ignoring such objective data, it is difficult to claim global warming is causing recent U.S. droughts and wildfires when U.S. temperatures are a full 0.4 degrees Celsius colder than they were in 2005."

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Fallout: Firefox Browser Loses 14% of its Users in Months After CEO Ouster

bricko bricko writes  |  about 6 months ago

bricko (1052210) writes "Fallout: Firefox Browser Loses 14% of its Users in Months After CEO Ouster

The Firefox browser has lost 14% of its users in the months since they pushed out their CEO for his having donated to California’s Proposition 8 in 2008.

In early April, Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich was pressured to resign from the company that makes the Firefox browser after it was discovered he’d donated money to a political campaign to ban gay marriage in California.

The Firefox support message boards experienced record numbers of complaints against the move, with protests running 95% against it. Most of those expressing concerns said they were dumping the Firefox browser. The product was frequently referred to as “Hitler’s Browser.”"

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