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Wyoming Is First State To Reject Science Standards Over Climate Change

cookYourDog They don't agree with us! Burn them! (661 comments)

As someone who believes in climate change, I'm growing very uneasy with the language being used by both sides to describe dissenting opinions. It feels like the biggest threat we'll face in the future is not a changing environment, but one another.

about 9 months ago

What It's Like To Be the Scientific Consultant For The Big Bang Theory

cookYourDog Dear Television, (253 comments)

I don't generally like to think when I am trying to have someone entertain to me. Give me some poorly placed references to nerd culture with a cast of good looking folks living in wildly expensive apartments while working non-demanding dream jobs - that's what I want. Also, please include laugh tracks and facial-expression-close-ups so that I know when to have a sensible chuckle. Also, I am easily frustrated and dislike critical thinking - please pander to these characteristics.

Your Average Prime Time Television Viewer

about 9 months ago

White House Worried About Discrimination Through Analytics

cookYourDog America!!! (231 comments)

What a masterful politician.

Instead of a discussion on privacy, and liberty, we are moved the much more state-friendly discussion of skin color and class. After all, Americans are all racist, greedy, and hate-filled, and only the state can protect us from one another. I, for one, support the drones.

about 9 months ago

NYT: NSA Put 100,000 Radio Pathway "Backdoors" In PCs

cookYourDog Waste of time (324 comments)

This cat wasn't going to stay in the bag very long.

For all of the folks screaming on about this revelation being damaging to national security, I would recommend a 10 minute introductory read on RF. There really is no hiding RF transmissions, particularly when you're trying to transmit through buildings and over long distances. Even with FHSS, random burst, or other masking techniques, RF is easily detected with widely available equipment. Any foreign rival with a modicum of competence has already discovered this exploit.

1 year,13 days

Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs

cookYourDog Perpetuating an underclass (1043 comments)

1 in 7 on food stamps? How does this not resemble 3rd world dependency politics? From Oakland to Appalachia, we've placated generations of poor with tax schemes and handouts while simultaneously robbing them of economic opportunities. Killing rural jobs in coal, gas, and mining, while hustling throngs of dependent Americans into inner city 'poverty zones' seems to be the modis operandi of our ruling class.

Sometimes it seems to be about the moral self-esteem of our more liberal Americans than the efficacy of their programs or the plight of the poor. How can you advocate for the powerless while you stomp all over their only means to attain some modicum of power?

1 year,15 days

"War Room" Notes Describe IT Chaos At Healthcare.gov

cookYourDog Despite the failures of (346 comments)

Vietnam, Iraq, the postal service, the NSA Utah data center, the response to hurricane Katrina, prohibition, no child left behind, the war on drugs, the war on poverty, shuttle Columbia, the great society, Japanese internment camps, Guantanamo, the F35 program, the war on terror, Fannie Mae, Amtrak, Railhead, Teton dam, Fair Housing act, TIDE, Social Security, the Bay of Pigs, Olmsted dam, Mariner 1, Iran-Iraq war, Solyndra, and IRS modernization...

...they were bound to get healthcare.gov right.

about a year ago

Drone-Mounted Laser Weapons Are On the Way

cookYourDog Nope (116 comments)

Power source? I am immediately struck by the design obstacle of stashing enough power capacity onto a 140 hp propeller UAV. Even if designers manage to get enough power stored on board, it will most likely result in the drone being limited to a single blast (while seriously degrading operational range).

about a year ago

Ten Steps You Can Take Against Internet Surveillance

cookYourDog Run! (234 comments)

In instances like these, I find it best to do what my uncle taught me to do: roll up into a defense ball.

No one wants to eavesdrop on a naked, crying, obese man laying in the fetal position. No one.

about a year ago

Scientists Induce New Hair Growth In Balding Men

cookYourDog Elective Full Body Hair Renewal (232 comments)

...here I come. I want to finally be a man. With a full and shiny coat of body hair, I'll finally be taken seriously at the board meetings, on the court, and possibly in the bedroom.

Dear FDA: Please get this to trial and continue disregarding cancer and HIV treatments.

about a year ago

Mark Shuttleworth Complains About the 'Open Source Tea Party'

cookYourDog Re:Yikes (419 comments)

How did this receive a troll rating?

And we expect congress to find common ground?

about a year ago

Mark Shuttleworth Complains About the 'Open Source Tea Party'

cookYourDog Yikes (419 comments)

When you can turn a grass roots political party into a pejorative, you have succeeded. Well done American media and the powers that be.

I never thought that desire for fiscal responsibility, constitutional rule, and limited concentration of power would be masked over with such a contrived caricature. Then again, Americans who reveal widespread domestic spying by the government are called 'leakers' and 'traitors'. War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.

about a year ago

Hillary Clinton: "We Need To Talk Sensibly About Spying"

cookYourDog Re:it's too late for that (461 comments)

Re-ask that question to yourself. Crazy, right?

about a year ago

Patriot Act Author Introduces Bill To Limit Use of Patriot Act

cookYourDog Pandora's Box (189 comments)

has been opened. There will be attempts at legislation, but there's no removing the purchased influence, consolidated power, and vested interests that grew as a result of the Patriot act.

about a year ago

Sick of Your Local Police Force? Crowdfund Your Own

cookYourDog Pro Tip: (330 comments)

Leave Oakland.

I don't care how attached I may feel to a location, the safety of my family is my number one priority.

about a year ago

Shots Fired At US Capitol

cookYourDog And Suddenly! (608 comments)

Divisive American politics appears!

What do you want to do, [playerName] ?
[1] Ad-hominem attack against another American political party
[2] Retreat to echo chamber of own political affiliation
[3] Accuse other of racism or communism [2 Special skill points]
[*] Find common ground [Skillset not yet unlocked: need maturity level 5]

about a year ago

Health Exchange Sites Crushed By Demand; Shutdown Blanks Other Gov't Sites

cookYourDog Re:Here is the difference Mr. President (565 comments)

I think New York has a larger population than all of Canada.
ACA pamphlets have to be distributed in Chicago in 30 different languages.
America is far more diverse and populous than Canada.

about a year ago

U.S. Government: Sorry, We're Closed

cookYourDog It's Not Just Congress (1532 comments)

This is a systemic issue. Compromise cannot be found between Americans.

Blame congress all you want, but the heart of the issue is *us*. Their character reflects ours. Feinstein, Boehner, Cruz, Pelosi. They don't say and do things without the support of their constituents.

I can't count how many times I've heard Americans demonize one another over politics. They talk about each other as if they're enemies. 'Tea baggers', 'demo-rats', 'extremists'. How can you expect to find common ground in an environment like this? The divisive nature of discourse is pulling this country apart at the seams. The division is starting to become an existential risk to our livelihoods.

Divide and conquer.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Suitable Phone For a 4-Year Old?

cookYourDog Surgical Attach Him to Your Back (682 comments)

Eventually your capillaries will merge and you will form one all-knowing toddler-adult hybrid. I, for one, bow down to you, Todd-lor.

about a year ago


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