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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

cmdr_tofu Re:Better late than never, Slashdot (353 comments)

And stop subsidizing meat and letting people graze cows on federal lands. Also make factory farms pay the true cost of their waste instead of externalizing to the public. It's a tragedy of commons!

9 hours ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

cmdr_tofu Re:Better late than never, Slashdot (353 comments)

You would be hard pressed to find a thirstier crop than meat. Almost half of our water goes to animal agriculture. http://www.onegreenplanet.org/...

It makes sense to switch to a plant-based diet rather than continue to deplete (and contaminate with manure) our precious water resources.

yesterday
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A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting

cmdr_tofu Privacy Badger (194 comments)

I guess this is probably the best place to plug privacy badger https://www.eff.org/privacybad... (although I'm not sure if it would defeat this... noscript + privacy badger?)

I just learned about privacy badger 2 days ago at HOPE.

3 days ago
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'Hidden From Google' Remembers the Sites Google Is Forced To Forget

cmdr_tofu Re:Awesome! (163 comments)

Are you searching from Europe or the US?

about two weeks ago
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'Hidden From Google' Remembers the Sites Google Is Forced To Forget

cmdr_tofu Re:Awesome! (163 comments)

Actually cowardly employers aware of hist history would give HIM and interview, because he clearly will report abuse.

His name is a relevant "factoid" because he was denied and interview when he used his "muslim sounding" name, but granted an interview (and offered a job) when he sent the same resume with an "english sounding" name.

I don't think he asked to remove the story. I think Cathay Pacific did because the story (rightfully) makes them look like they have a bigoted hiring practice.

about two weeks ago
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'Hidden From Google' Remembers the Sites Google Is Forced To Forget

cmdr_tofu Re:Awesome! (163 comments)

Well let's see we have a story of discrimination and injustice:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new...

underworked employees:
http://www.theguardian.com/art...

These aren't all people who screw up and want a second chance, it's factual information about companies actual business practices in some cases.

about two weeks ago
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Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

cmdr_tofu Re:What we need... (235 comments)

yeah but imagine if half the city started biking! It would stimulate local industries, people would get healthier (lowering healthcare cost and increasing lifespan of productive people) and it would reduce wear and tear more expensive thoroughfares (not to mention parking problems). I'd argue it's smart money, but maybe not for a city. This should be done at a national level!

about two weeks ago
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Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

cmdr_tofu Re:load of rubbish (265 comments)

Seriously, I know UAE is a desert, but there are animals in the desert and a big smegging dome will have a real impact on insects, birds, lizards and other animals (and plants). The worst part (to me) is that they will be putting English style gardens with non-native plants under glass (similar to what is done in parts of California). It's such a misuse of resources compared to allowing the natural wonder that already exists there (beautiful cacti, palm trees, etc) to flourish.

Of course suburbia leads to sprawl, traffic problems, fuel overconsumption, and it's not exactly possible where population density is high, so possibly some kind of halfway point in between suburban sprawl and dense-domed cities is the best compromise. A city planned for to create livability alongside population density, but also sustainable and with access to nature, community gardens and/or solar panels rooftops, pedestrian and bicycle friendly. If only I could get a wealthy shiekh to build one within 5 miles of my workplace ....

about two weeks ago
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Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

cmdr_tofu Re:Life on Mars? (265 comments)

Sorry, but life on mars would be hard, not easy, not very attractive to those who seek luxury.

about two weeks ago
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Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

cmdr_tofu Re:What we need... (235 comments)

I read this (I think on slashdot) about tube bikeways over toronto. Will it ever happen? http://www.treehugger.com/cars...

I guess we can dream and until then maybe radar and goretex will help ;-)

about three weeks ago
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Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

cmdr_tofu Re:Useless (235 comments)

hahah I guess all the driver's think I'm retarded because I wear an orange reflective vest and 1-2 LED blinkies (and a helmet which I think I'm going to paint with glow in the dark paint)

Driver's still pass me too closely. I don't usually mind, but when there is broken glass/broken pavement or other obstacles on the side of the road and I can't get to the left, it starts to feel pretty dangerous.

about three weeks ago
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Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

cmdr_tofu Re:Useless (235 comments)

I wear an orange reflective vest. (the $4 kind from the hardware store). Clipped to the reflective vest is an LED blinker which is super bright and flashy. Clipped to the back of my bike rack should be an additional LED blinker, but it broke off and I haven't had time to install the 2nd blinky yet.

about three weeks ago
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Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

cmdr_tofu Re:Useless (235 comments)

I'm a little deaf in my left ear from bicycle-touring on busy roads. I'm not sure range/quality of this radar, but if it detects things that you cannot possibly detect, it could be at least a tiny bit useful. For instance you are riding into headwind down a windy one lane dirt road at night. If I car is trying to pass you at the 20 mph speed limit that's fine, but if some joyriding kids are "offroading" on road at 30-50 mph, they aren't going to be able to stop.

Sure if you hear them you will get off the road and try to take a picture of their license plate to send to the police, but what if the conditions (wind, EV, something else) are such that you can't hear them?

The device will tell you *when* and at what speed the vehicle is going to pass you, which are good bits to know in certain circumstances. I don't know about carrying the extra weight and charging the batteries for the thing. If it was small and I only had to charge it once a week though... I would put one on my bike.

As far as the LED blinker application... Good LED blinkers are highly visible and make you safer. I don't see any value in varying the frequency/intensity of light/type of blinking for different speed drivers. If you are riding at night or in the rain or other poor visibility conditions, you should have your LED blinkers on at the highest setting. You don't need radar control for it.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

cmdr_tofu Re: My stuff got hit by this. (495 comments)

I made quite a few "real domain" cnames to my dyndns.org and was doing web hosting from a dialup. My stuff still works for the moment :)

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

cmdr_tofu Re:In before (495 comments)

The grandfathered in existing customers. I paid them like $90 in the 90's and still use their free services (in addition to the services I paid for only once)

about three weeks ago
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CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking

cmdr_tofu Re:Reinstate the Prohibition (454 comments)

Do you have a citation for this study? I'm anti alcohol, but I think this is pretty low bar for alcoholism. When I think of alcoholism, I think of intermittent-to-regular out of control (like more than 4 drinks) drinking.

about a month ago
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CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking

cmdr_tofu Re:So....far more than guns (454 comments)

Actually if you look at the study, AAD (alcohol-attributable deaths - including car accidents) were the minority. The majority were YPLL (years potential life lost) mostly death due to liver damage. http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/...

This does not factor in the alcohol is a leading cause of cancer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A... and strokes http://www.webmd.com/stroke/ne...

We all know prohibition doesn't work, but more progressive measures like education and increasing taxes on cheap booze as well as promoting alternative stress reduction programs might help to reduce heavy drinking.

about a month ago
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Air Pollution Can Disrupt Pollinating Insects By Concealing the Scent of Flowers

cmdr_tofu Bad example (67 comments)

I'm pretty sure tobacco hornworms are a pest, not a farm-aid. At least if my memory serves me correctly they are BIG critters and demolish tomato plants. Luckily a tiny wasp (bracconid) likes to lay its eggs in the skin of the tobacco hornworm and the hatchlings devour that critter. Whenever I'd find them in my garden I'd toss them into the woods.

I guess in their moth stage they are pollinators. I did not know this.

about a month ago
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Scientists Race To Save Miami Coral Doomed By Dredging

cmdr_tofu Re:"Clues about climate change"? (99 comments)

If you don't view conditions that humans have recently created "natural" then it makes sense that the type of climate change we are seeing is "abnormal".

For instance if I dump my empty paint containers into the pond, the frogs which have adapted over millienia unsurprisingly die. We are doing this type of thing on a global scale with global impact. Species are going extinct not because they are unfit to survive in "natural" conditions, but because they are unfit to survive in artificially-induced conditions (pollution, etc) that probably aren't all that healthy for humans either.

Further, since almost all of the medicine we have created has keys in the natural world (from looking at some existing Earth plant of animal), it is in our interest to preserve biodiversity.

about a month and a half ago

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Secret anti-Linux message in FruitLoops commercial

cmdr_tofu cmdr_tofu writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cmdr_tofu (826352) writes "Apparently Tux has made his way into this very strange Fruit Loops commercial as well as the concept of "sharing" and "theft". Is Microsoft the abominable snowman and Tux the secret weapon of thieves? Watch the youtube link to see a very strange commercial..."
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Unison Unified Communcations- Exchange Killer?

cmdr_tofu cmdr_tofu writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cmdr_tofu writes "Seems interesting enough to be worthwhile maybe even to Microsoft shops:
"Unison combines e-mail, telephone, instant messaging, calendars and contacts into a single system. It includes a Linux-based server, Unison Server(TM), which powers all text and voice communications for an organization, and Unison Desktop(TM), a Windows or Linux-based desktop client that gives employees all communication inside one application, including e-mail, IM, voicemail, telephony and more..."
"The first Unison sponsors are Canonical, Inc., the London-based commercial sponsor of the Ubuntu operating system, and Intermedia, the New York-based hosted business applications provider. ""

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