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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

dinfinity Re:Money (612 comments)

Someone who doesn't cheat for $6 might cheat for $10k, but someone who will cheat for $6 will almost certainly cheat for any larger value.


Someone who will cheat for $6 can rationalize it by saying "everybody does this; it's only $6". In fact, the lower the amount, the less anyone would feel like they did something amoral. Which is exactly the opposite of what you implied.

The 'everybody does this' part is probably a huge factor in this research.

about a week ago

Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

dinfinity Re:How fitting (333 comments)

Exactly. It's not about 'not wanting to be alone with your thoughts', but about curiosity and obedience.

I thoroughly enjoy my thinking sessions, but:
1. I do so when I feel like it, instead of when being told to.
2. If there's a button in the room, I'm damn well going to press it. There's an obligatory xkcd somewhere below this comment that says it all.

about three weeks ago

Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

dinfinity Re:This just illustrates (365 comments)

1. Most people in Germany do not have their own house, but live in rented apartments. They have no possibility to install any kind of power generator, renewable or not.

That is not really true. One of the things that is becoming more common is for the housing corporations to create projects where the renters pay an additional fee for using power from solar panels the corporations install. There are variants when it comes to the type of payment and ownership, but the general construction is quite viable. Basically, renters get to bet that their fees for the solar panels will be lower than what they would pay in electricity costs, feel good about supporting solar and have to do nothing otherwise. The housing corporations can (technically) provide better panels and prices due to the scale advantages.

It's obviously not a panacea, considering that housing corporations could really mess up their choices or try to become rich off of the projects, but in a way it is a much faster way to increase the number of installed solar panels than waiting for home owners to take the plunge.

about 1 month ago

YouTube Introduces 60fps Video Support

dinfinity Re:60 fps? (157 comments)

AFAIK, GoT wasn't filmed at 60fps. Even if the broadcast format is 1080x60/30, it is just displaying (~)24fps using pulldown techniques.

Having said that, the rest of your comment is accurate. There is plenty of true 50/60fps material out there.

about 1 month ago

Meet Carla Shroder's New Favorite GUI-Textmode Hybrid Shell, Xiki

dinfinity Re:Welcome to Macintosh Programmers Workshop, 1985 (176 comments)

Or, or: CTRL+R and keyup.

If you take away the mouse in this newfangled interface, I bet CTRL+R and keyup require fewer keystrokes on average than moving the cursor to the command you want to re-run. Granted, CTRL+R and keyup could be slightly less destructive in certain cases, but other than that they're pretty much perfect.

about 1 month ago

New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

dinfinity Re:Why not just burn the ammonia (380 comments)

Please, Slashdot, don't encourage this old, useless, overused and unfunny Doge crap.

about a month ago

Emotional Contagion Spread Through Facebook

dinfinity Re:No surprise to teachers of Grades 6-12 (127 comments)

Give them a way to express themselves in original work and you'd be stunned by the diversity of thought.

Have you seen 'vlogs'?

about a month ago

"Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa

dinfinity Re:Replying AC to avoid undoing mods (396 comments)

You're assuming that said people know how to cook, and have the equipment to cook. A LOT of poor people weren't even taught basic cooking skills by their parents or guardians.

Are you kidding me?
Water, oil/fat, 1 pan and a heat source is all you need in the equipment area, and unless poverty in the US has actually become what most Europeans think it has become, those things should be easily available to everybody.

And 'knowing how to cook'? Jesus Christ, it's not fucking rocket science.
1. Put water in pan, add X to water, boil until it is edible. Add some salt.
2. Put oil in pan, add Y to pan, fry until it is edible. Add some salt. Maybe some sugar.

rice cookers or slow cookers

Or, or, or: just use a normal fucking pan. Those things aren't magical devices using spooky technology, you know?

I'm not disputing that eating right when impoverished isn't hard, just that "I don't know how to cook" or "I don't have any cooking equipment" are terrible, terrible excuses.

about a month and a half ago

The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

dinfinity Re:Uh-oh (186 comments)

No, I'm the load your mother swallows eight times every weekend.

Come on, we can let what was a at some point witty thread devolve even further. Give me your best shot (I'm throwing this one into your lap here).

about a month and a half ago

The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

dinfinity Re:Uh-oh (186 comments)

Well, that's what they get for not using a condom.

about a month and a half ago

Mayday Anti-PAC On Its Second Round of Funding

dinfinity Re:"Fundamental Reform" (247 comments)

So I take it that you have no problem with big government on a state level?
Or do we need to go even smaller? Municipal level?

Your idea of how 'homogeneous' countries with 'big government' are is wrong and a cop out. It has nothing to do with managing and deciding things on a larger scale, which is extremely effective for a lot of things in life. Your fundamental thinking error is that because an implementation of an influential government is broken in the US, that the concept of an influential government is broken.
It isn't. You just suck at it.

Don't get me wrong. It's not easy. Humans are generally greedy, selfish, violent, short-sighted animals. We need to keep ourselves in check and prevent ourselves from making mistakes. One only need to look as far as the tragedy of the commons to understand why government is the way to do that.

about a month and a half ago

The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

dinfinity Re:Uh-oh (186 comments)

The times of your PC speaker blasting Yankee Doodle at 17:00 are long gone.

TFA is overlooking a very important part of how hacking and viruses work anno 2014 and that is that hackers and virus makers have gone from people just messing around to people making hard cash or disrupting very specific and powerful entities. If anything, the symptoms described would only be part of ransomware or some terrorist attack when directed at average Joes.

Like the devices targeted by most viruses today, these sorts of devices will mainly be infected to track and sell data, to be able to use them for ddossing or cryptomining, and as a vector to extract financial authorization data. I don't think the 'my house has a virus and now I'm hearing Skrillex every day' is going to be very prevalent.

Of course the threat is real and the results when being targeted specifically more dangerous (to the body) than in traditional hacking. In that sense, we do need to be extra concerned with safety when it comes to 'connected homes'.

about a month and a half ago

Mayday Anti-PAC On Its Second Round of Funding

dinfinity Re:"Fundamental Reform" (247 comments)

Are you OK with totalitarian dictatorships as long as they're not genocidal?

What's the dividing line between "big government" and "totalitarian" anyway?

Are you really equating 'big government' and 'totalitarian government'?
The world is not black and white, you know?

How do we keep a government with few limits from becoming a government with very few limits or no limits? Wishful thinking?

Functioning democracy.
The US doesn't have that. And that is your problem, not 'big government'.

The current government is already spying on us all and sending the IRS after political enemies. Farm policies, defense spending, tariffs and import restrictions, immigration policies, financial regulations, clean energy loan guarantees, and environmental regulations are already for sale for campaign cash or non-cash campaign support. This is big government. This is what happens.

Not where I live.


about a month and a half ago

Mayday Anti-PAC On Its Second Round of Funding

dinfinity Re:"Fundamental Reform" (247 comments)

And you're defending corruption and graft and repression.

Bullshit. Go ahead: quote me where I did that.

Plus you skipped the part of "history" where governments slaughtered 100s of millions of innocent people and enslaved tens of millions more.

What the fuck are you talking about, man? There's a difference between 'big government' and totalitarian genocidal dictatorships.
You should really try to get over your irrational, perpetual and unwavering disliking for the word 'government'. It's a sign of indoctrination.

about a month and a half ago

Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

dinfinity Re: Progenitors? (686 comments)

Any evidence that humans will achieve those feats?

I was trying to point out that bacteria will never be able to do so actively. I was never claiming that humans will (your /.siblings both seemed to have missed that point as well).

But if you must know, in fact I believe that humans will not. Even though I respect the fact that the human biological form has gotten us to where we are today, I don't believe it is very futureproof.

Our society may become powerful enough (for some definitions of humanity), but humans as a species most probably will not. Well, who cares about species anyway?

about a month and a half ago

Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

dinfinity Re: Progenitors? (686 comments)

One could also argue that is it in fact bacteria that are evolutionary most successful organisms on earth.

That is a misleading statement. Humans are a single species. 'Bacteria' is a ridiculously large set of species, with each of them being adapted to quite a specific environment.

In addition to that, they will never be able to actively prevent their own extinction on a solar or galactic level, nor will they be able to actively spread on those levels. They might by chance, but not actively.

about a month and a half ago

Mayday Anti-PAC On Its Second Round of Funding

dinfinity Re:"Fundamental Reform" (247 comments)

FUD? You mean history.

You're a spoiled brat and don't realize that at all.

about a month and a half ago

Mayday Anti-PAC On Its Second Round of Funding

dinfinity Re:"Fundamental Reform" (247 comments)

You didn't answer my questions.

When one tries to force, via seizing or forfeiture of assets, those assets are going to move away from the source of that force very quickly.
Taxation of assets is tolerable to a degree until the taxed feel that the services paid for by taxation no longer benefit their interests or exceeds that individual's tolerance level for taxation. Once the threshold has been passed, individuals move their assets to a more tolerable environment. This is why wealth flees heavily taxed states.

So you agree with taxation, but not more than what people feel benefits their interests? Protip: the only place feelings have in science is when they are the subject of investigation.

I'll tell you something else: the concept of 'stealing' does not exist in the animal world. It's simply about who is able to dominate who. As highly intelligent, social and cooperative species, we have created laws that have us all respect possession because it benefits society as a whole. Never forget that it's not about the money or the things, but about living in a society that functions well and promotes progress and prosperity. My point is: we need to make sure that our system of government, our monetary system and our laws in general work towards that, instead of mentally clinging to a manufactured absolute concept of "what's yours is yours".

about a month and a half ago



Solar power absorbing nanoparticle-based steam generation boasts 24% efficiency

dinfinity dinfinity writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dinfinity (2300094) writes "Rice University scientists have unveiled a new technology that uses nanoparticles to convert solar energy directly into steam. The new “solar steam” method from Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics is so effective it can even produce steam from icy cold water. Details of the solar steam method were published online today in ACS Nano. The technology’s inventors said they expect it will first be used in sanitation and water-purification applications in the developing world."
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