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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

cyberchondriac Re:Known for a long time (203 comments)

You can probably add wolves to the list. If anyone has watched that classic one man documentary "Alone in the Wilderness", the story of Dick Proenneke who built a cabin in Alaska and lived by himself for most of his adult life, he ran across a pack of wolves that killed a young moose, but didn't eat much of it; they seemed to enjoy terrorizing and bullying the animal for some time too. He said he could never look at wolves the same again.

Of course, there's an apologist for everything: http://www.wolfsongnews.org/ne...
Personally I think wolves are magnificent creatures but this dude sounds a bit too much like a tree hugger.

8 hours ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

cyberchondriac Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (947 comments)

If the original Native American tribes gathered up strength and started launching attacks on the US government, would you condemn them ? The mere fact that you bring them up suggests you justify the resentment and anger of a people overtaken.

yesterday
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

cyberchondriac Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (947 comments)

Sorry, I can't buy the bit about the olive branch. The difference is, the Franks at that point were mostly a united set of tribes, under one religion, native to their lands (Gaul). The Moors were invaders. The Franks had converted to Christianity willfully when Clovis converted, and the Romans didn't force him at sword point, it was a political decision. The Goths were nomadic, but within context, native to Europe too, at least. Though brutal, yes.
The one famous case I know of where Christianity was brutally spread was when Charlemagene launched his massacre of pagans at Verden. That was equivalent to what ISIS is doing now with everybody: shia, sunni, christian, yazidi, etc... One thing the pagans always had over monotheist religions, they rarely tried to convert a defeated foe to their own gods; they might mock them, but freedom of religion seems far more prevalent under polytheism.

In any case, I disagree that Cordoba was some kind of utopian melting pot. Non-muslims, if not slain in battle (because they'd surrendered) were deemed "dhimmi" and had to pay the jizya, a tax. They were essentially made into second class citizens, in once was they're own land. Same as in Jerusalem.

yesterday
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

cyberchondriac Re:they will defeat themselves (947 comments)

Isolationism just isn't a realistic option. The world is too small. Global economies, trade, energy, technology, transportation.. all that.
I would love nothing more to be able to live on a separate planet from them, but we can never return to those days.. short of an armageddon type scenario.

yesterday
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

cyberchondriac Re:they will defeat themselves (947 comments)

That will not be anywhere nearly enough. Not even. There's not enough logic in that region for that to happen. It won't stop conspiracy theories, lies, and blame. Propaganda needs little evidence when you can just shout Allah Ackbar and blame the infidel. Not to mention, Israel. The mere fact we support them is enough for most.

yesterday
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

cyberchondriac Re:they will defeat themselves (947 comments)

Our equipment we left for the IRAQIs, that ISIS *stole*. The US didn't GIVE that shit to ISIS. If someone steals your sister's car while you've borrowed it and parked it outside to go into a store, did you "give" her car to the thieves? Put a bow on it maybe? No.

yesterday
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

cyberchondriac Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (947 comments)

Exactly. Does what is now Spain and part of France not count as "Southern Europe", which is what I said? That's the path the warring Moors were taking before stopped by Charles Martel.

yesterday
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

cyberchondriac Re:terrorist math (947 comments)

You still have 3 Jihadis worth, only now you have to count them using fractions.

2 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

cyberchondriac Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (947 comments)

Finally, somebody gets it. I'm so sick and tired of hearing people bring up the Crusades as though the Muslims/Moors that swept through the mideast and southern Europe did it with an olive branch, and were poor, peaceful victims. Funny how the history there always seems to begin at the year 1095, and ignores the previous 400 years of islamic conquest.

2 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

cyberchondriac Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (947 comments)

... sounds like the GOP in the US. Yeah, I know that slashdot's overwhelming conservative majority will mod this comment down into oblivion in retaliation, but that doesn't make it untrue.

You really are out of touch with reality if you think slashdot has an overwhelming conservative majority. Plus, you can't label the whole GOP for the actions of a few dipshits anymore than you would label all muslims as terrorists.

2 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

cyberchondriac Re:they will defeat themselves (947 comments)

In a way, I agreed with this. It seems like for the first time, the whole world was appalled, and finally getting fed up with these Islamophages. But now, yeah, attention will turn back to the West.
However, I also believe that if we do nothing, they will only get more powerful, and it could take decades or centuries for their folly to slow them down. In that time, a whole lot of people could die and suffer.

2 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

cyberchondriac Re: they will defeat themselves (947 comments)

You're a moron if you think "whitey" wrote that book. You don't know history, period. That stuff is the legacy of the cradle of civilization, from Egypt to Assyria, Babylon, Persia, etc... Mankind has been doing all that since he was able to wield a club, and probably sooner than that.

2 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

cyberchondriac Re:they will defeat themselves (947 comments)

That said, what would really make it tough for them is a lack of opposition. Their tactics tend to be very self defeating when the larger powers don't overreact and get drawn into conflict with them.

Not from any evidence I've ever seen. No larger power had given them any attention for the past year, and their numbers, financial resources, and power swelled unchecked; they only become a greater threat with time. You cannot ignore them and make them go away, it doesn't work like that. One defector stated their long term goals include taking over the mideast, followed by Europe, and eventually, the entire globe. That obviously can't happen because they've ignorantly shunned the sciences, but it could take a whole 'nother generation or two before that lack of knowledge really takes its toll (if they're left unchecked in the meantime).
Granted, however, that this war will be lose-lose, because no matter what the western powers do, they will be decried in every form imaginable. But there is no choice. There is no logic where such a fanatical religion has taken root.

2 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

cyberchondriac Re:Touchscreens don't belong on real computers. (535 comments)

Because fuck common sense, that's why! Seems to be the way of things. I'm not sure if it's the engineers, or their pointy-haired bosses, or some degree of both. But it never ceases to amaze me how mfgs can manage to make such complicated, intricate things, and then ruin it by screwing up the most basic, common sense elements. It's not seeing the forest for the trees. Or maybe they found the glossy screens a lot cheaper than matte at wholesale, but it's still a bad decision.

2 days ago
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

cyberchondriac Re:Not good enough (319 comments)

I have no idea what they sound like now, but I got tired of them in the late eighties, everything just started sounding so whiny.. almost emo. "Still can't find what I'm looking for", yadda..
That said, I think highly of Bono, he seems a good dude, and doesn't let biases determine who he'll talk to or work with, and has done a tremendous amount of good.

3 days ago
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New Data Center Protects Against Solar Storm and Nuclear EMPs

cyberchondriac Re:Poor comparison... (59 comments)

in the US the range is 535-1605 khz ... of course any one who isn't from the US could tell you that 1000 khz is equal to 1 mhz.... w

Is that an anti-american dig? Just because we don't use metric for everything doesn't mean we're clueless about it. Most people I know would know that 1000k=1M, and millions of us work or study in IT or other scientific fields where kilo, mega, giga, micro, pico, tera, etc..prefixes are common knowledge, despite our continued use of the Imperial system. Anyone who's graduated from a decent high school should know that.

3 days ago
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

cyberchondriac Re:The Minecraft OS (327 comments)

And you'd have endermen and creepers instead of the BSOD.

4 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

cyberchondriac Re: Great one more fail (588 comments)

What I will say is I don't understand why folks are against the development of these sorts of things. As long as it's not government mandated as the only way to get a usable tool then let it compete in the market. If it is reliable and functional enough it will succeed if it isn't it won't depending on what people want.

Well, that's exactly the whole question; how reliable and solid can such a thing be with current tech, especially without raising the price out of reach? It's just another thing under control of a cheap consumer grade microprocessor. If it actually works flawlessly and as intended, great.. if not, the false sense of security could cause even more accidents or fail to allow someone to defend themselves.

5 days ago
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Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

cyberchondriac Re:No pun intended, but (291 comments)

That reminds me of the saccharin studies in the '70s. Anyway, I could've been more clear before, the study I consider most flawed was the acne one.

about a week ago

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Verizon Internet to drop the alt. newsgroup

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cyberchondriac (456626) writes "From http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Verizon-Clarifies-Newsgroup-Changes-95333
As part of last week's anti-child-porn agreement with New York's Attorney General, Time Warner Cable and Verizon agreed to take aim at newsgroups. While Time Warner Cable confirmed to me they've eliminated newsgroup access entirely, Verizon says they're simply limiting the newsgroups offered. According to the company's policy blog, starting June 24, the telco will "only offer groups in the Big 8 newsgroups hierarchies." While over 1,000 hierarchies exist, Verizon will only offer access to comp, humanities, misc, news, rec, sci, soc, talk, and of course the Verizon support groups. Verizon Business customers meanwhile will no longer have the ability to view newsgroup images.

Well, there goes some of the appeal of having Verizon for an ISP. Are they're throwing the baby out with the bathwater?"

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Mod points

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 5 years ago I like getting mod points as much as the next guy, but when I do, why do I always always always get them on a Friday? I don't do /. on weekends. Aarrggh!
By the time I come back to work on Monday, I only have half a day left to use them. It's cruel I tell you. Cruel.

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Another shoot down

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 8 years ago Again some loser modded me down as overrated, when the post was only at the default "1" to begin with ?
What the hell is that about ?
I mean, who even cares to surf at 1 and knock people down to zero ??
That's some sick kicks.
Okay, the post wasn't fantastic - how many posts at slashdot are ? So long as you don't flame, any post represents someone's opinion and is worthy of a damn lousy "1". I thought mine was kinda funny, actually.

So... I guess I have a watchful enemy out there.
A post assassin, who remains cloaked, unnamed, and has no accountability for his actions. One who is willing to attack random, innocent people.
Hmm.. reminds me of a terrorist !

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Karma boost - w00t

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 10 years ago I wonder when that happened -- I just noticed my karma is now rated as "good", rather than just "positive".
Did I really reach a new plateau, or, did /. just decide to change the scale or naming convention ?
I mean, gee, I feel so .. *sniff* .. so accepted by the brotherhood of geeks :-)

Okay, I know that just jinxed the whole thing now ..

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Who the hell is Colin Bayer ?

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 10 years ago He showed up in my freaks list a year ago, but hardly ever posts.
Well hey, if you gotta go so far as to mark me as a foe, for whatever reason, then f you, right back at you. I don't even know who the hell you are or why you've decided to hate me. I wonder if he's the phantom jerk that seems to follow me around to try get any positive mods I might happen to accrue get knocked down by "overrated"s and bogus "redundant"s.
Of course, the problem with this delusional hypothesis is that he would have to have moderator rights all the time, extremely unlikely since he posts pretty scarcely... unless, maybe that's just an alias for one of the editors at /. who aren't too fond of me for some of my anti-left-wing political views. Or maybe I'm just getting paranoid in my cyncial old age. Unfortunately,however, my cynicism gets more justifiable everyday.
Hey, can I get modded down for Journal entries ?

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Anonymous Coward overload !

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 10 years ago I'm beginning to wonder what point there is in moderating. The sheer amount of anonymous cowards now posting nothing but trash makes it worthless to mod somebody down, as they get a low score anyway, and the few good posts you run across and would like to mod up are usually already scored at 4 or above. I'd have to have no life whatsoever to spend the time looking for somebody with a low score who deserves a mod up. Somebody like me .. ;-)
Here's an example:
I just made a post defending, logically, not passionately or obnoxiously, Gate's Knighthood, based on what I felt MS had contributed to the world, the US economy, and the tech sector in general, by making computers a household item. I got modded down.
The last time I posted on something about MS, it involved security, and I had been humorously negative... and got modded down. You can't win. Zealots to the left, zealots to the right. Sometimes you can't get a break !

Seriously though, I think the /. editors should track the number of AC posts that each member makes: If they post as ACs above a certain number of times within a certain time period, their ability to post at all should be revoked for some period. They're more than likely trolling.
Also, new members should not be able to post as ACs until they've made a predefined number of normal posts. This might help to stem the flood just a little.

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A double standard at slashdot ?

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  about 11 years ago Something just occurred to me. Many, many weeks ago, I'd posted something that I thought would found as humerous, albeit something that took a pot-shot at Microsoft, as many slashdotters do. It even included the obligatory " :-) ", normally a sign to intelligent life that the post was to be taken lightly.
For whatever reason, a moderator knocked me down a point as flamebait, and went un-metamoderated. Okay, I can stand to lose a point, no big deal, even if tens or hundreds of other slashdotters often say worse and get modd'ed up as funny. I've decided I have too much of a life to live or die by what somebody forever unknown to me thinks of my point of view on a website.
But what I just realized, was the that the icon Slashdot.org uses for Microsoft stories is itself derisive and derogatory.
How then, can the slashdot editors allow someone to mod a fellow slashdot denizen down for the very thing slashdot itself does on a daily basis ?
Things that make you go , "hmmmnn.."

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