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New Study Shows One-Third of Americans Don't Believe In Evolution

doginthewoods A couple of things: (1010 comments)

"it's self-evident. if you believe in unprovable things your brain is defective." not so long ago, radio was considered to be "magic". "Unprovable" things could also be worded as "things we haven't been able to prove / have not discovered / our senses do not detect, yet". We know that ultra violet light exists, but our eyes and brains do not detect it. Without technology, we would not know that UV existed, so, using your premise, our brains are defective. Uh, wrong... And This: "religion is the politics of spirituality". IOW, a smart person sees through the dogma of a religious sect, which is, after all, nothing more than a social group that functions the way all social groups do. They have rules of membership, and it is these rules that smart people see as being irrelevant to their spiritual values. For example, it is not true that you will go to hell if you are not baptized by complete immersion. Silly. Smart people see that there is no need to belong to a particular religion to have any spiritual values, and by and large, they are suspicious of the motivations of the religious leader, and skeptical of "worship"of some deity. Which is why some religions have a fit if you do not belong to a religious group. That makes you a threat to the foundation fo their social group, and they can't have that, so, whether you be atheist or an independent believer in some sort of cosmic order / cause and effect / karma, that makes you "the enemy". Religions do not liek people who ask too many questions and they insist that their dogma be taken on faith alone, and you are showing a lack of faith by asking too many questions. Which is why I got out of organized religion long ago. They do now want their followers to be too self aware, because self awareness leads to seeing through a social construct, and society in itself.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will You Start Your Kids On Classic Games Or Newer Games?

doginthewoods Indeed What? (285 comments)

I taught my kid how to use her imagination and create things like music, art, and prose, and to get out and do things and make things happen. And she did very well for herself. And she still thinks vid games are for couch potatoes.

about 4 months ago
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Object Lessons: Evan Booth's Post-Checkpoint Airport Weapons

doginthewoods and to add to this (208 comments)

Tell the president, if he gets a daily briefing (Aug 6, 2001) from the CIA entitled "Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US" about a very possible terrorist attack on the WTC (which would be attempt #3) the should do more than say "OK, you've covered your ass".

To think, all Bush had to do was to read the PDB, and warn the airlines to step up security and be alert for a possible cockpit takeover. Maybe even install a lock on the door - there was time to do that.

about 5 months ago
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Where Does America's Fear Come From?

doginthewoods two things: (926 comments)

TV and ignorance. Ignorance allows people to be easily manipulated, because they don't know or don't question, and TV / mass media is the manipulator that encourages ignorance and sells fear. Turn on the tube and count the instances of violence in 4 hours, on a major channel. Count the number of shootings, explosions, bullets fired. Count the number of violent "others". Informed people who are not subject to a daily barrage of scare tactics are not easily led, so best to keep them dumb and scared, and they will vote against their own interests every time.

about 5 months ago
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Can There Be Open Source Music?

doginthewoods Question: (183 comments)

So how is a musician going to make a living in music? Would you ask your doctor to be open source? Would you ask him to operate "for the door? Would you ask you mechanic to work on your car "for exposure"? Do you expect people to give money to musicians out of sheer appreciation? Let me tell you from experience - this does not happen. I have yet to compose and record a sound track that I was paid for out of the goodness of the client' hearts. My wife has several CDs out, performances done on camera, and she needs the royalties from singing, composing, publishing, recording, rights to the master, re- use, etc., to live off of. Let me ask this question, then - why are musicians held to a different standards than doctors, teachers, workers, etc., who expect to get paid for what they do? Would you guys code / IT for free? Of course not.

about 8 months ago
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Web of Tax Shelters Saved Apple Billions, Inquiry Finds

doginthewoods Make a careful note (716 comments)

that these exemptions have been used for years by GE, Exxon, etc., and they have never been called to Washington to defend themselves. Why Apple? Why now? And, most important, if Apple is held to an interpretation of the tax laws, Will Exxon, Halliburton, GE, Wal -Mart, the Koch Brother, etc., also be called in and held to the same standards? I think not. Congress knows very well that these companies are their funders and they will get a warning very soon to back off of Apple, lest they be dragged into the spotlight.

about a year ago
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Amazon, Google and Apple Won't Need To Pay Tax, Despite Goverment Threats

doginthewoods I think there is an issue being ignored (327 comments)

which is, most countries tax profits made within their borders. That is, if Google made money in France, then they must pay taxes in France. So, demanding that these companies pay taxes twice, on the same overseas profits, is not reasonable. Which, IIRC, was the point of why the tax exception was written that way.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Teach IT To Senior Management?

doginthewoods my input (159 comments)

I recently took a position at a small industrial equipment manufacturer. We are looking to buy a new ERM software package and my boss, who is looking forward to buy the thing, knows nothing about computers or software. I will be providing basic IT training to the senior management and I am looking for your input on the scope and content of said training. I am thinking: basic components and architecture -> networking -> software -> proprietary vs open source. What do you think?" This has less to do with tech, than it does with salesmanship. What you are selling here is information - you have to teach them in a manner they will "buy" it. To start, in order to be successful, you should learn who you are "selling" to. Some SM's will want to know everything, some just want to know how much it will cost and how much trouble, other may want to know how it will improve the company. Know your audience is the first step to successful "sales". Save your tech jargon and KISS, and keep your pitch in terms a 7th grader can understand. PP is a good idea, but I think it would be good as a simple back drop, if you use PP, then PP should serve only to reinforce your points. Don't be the guy who puts up a PP slide, then reads off of it - you'll lose them quick that way. My suggestion is to build your presentation and allow for a Q and A, maybe as you go along, or maybe at the end, but I think it is a must that you allow them to ask questions and then answer in front of all of SMs. I suggest a step by step response, so you can make sure they understand it as you go along. One SM may not want to see it the way another does, or may not know how to ask the right questions, biut another does, so this will help you make your case without risking blowback, like "you never told us that in presentation."

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can a Blind Singer 'See' the Choirmaster's Baton?

doginthewoods simple ways (189 comments)

is to use a remote mike either on the conductor or on an ensemble member, to simply speak the precount or downbeat. or a footswitch, to be stepped on in time to to music, although this can be tricky with different count ins. The footswitch could be rigged to a relay, that would "thump" the underside of the piano bench or a chair. either could be used with a small amp and small monitor speaker, or maybe an open ear ITE monitor

1 year,11 days
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West Virginia Won't Release Broadband Report Because It Is 'Embarrassing'

doginthewoods Better to be called (183 comments)

West Virginia, then South Ohio...

1 year,30 days
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Federal Gun Control Requires IT Overhaul

doginthewoods No the missing piece (436 comments)

is Ammunition (and ammunition making equipment, like reloaders) control. Nowhere does any of these proposals address that. Simply put, a gun with no bullets is as deadly is a brick. And if it was as hard to buy bullets as it is to buy prescription narcotics, then we would not have nearly the number of gun related deaths we have now.

about a year ago
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Newspaper That Published Gun-Owners List Hires Armed Guards

doginthewoods you must be a mind reader (1435 comments)

"Should one aggregate and publish with intent to criminalize law-abiding citizens in the eyes of the public?" You tell us you can read the minds of the publisher? You tell us that you can divine the intent of someone you do not know? Get real. And you create a false equivalency. #1 - the paper published what is a matter of public record. for all we know, they could be doing this to let people know who to go to in case they happen to need the help of a person who owns a gun. Certainly, my interpretation of the paper's motive is just as valid as yours is, and is supported by the same facts, which is to say, none. But the truth here is that a gun owner has a huge responsibility that comes with owning a deadly weapon, and they are obligated to be "above" and to be wiser than than others, just as a black belt is obligated to avoid a fight until he or she is attacked. Gun owners should be harder to provoke, and more level headed, and more observant about other's actions and attitudes. And above all, they should never threaten someone with bodily harm, nor death, nor threaten property. They should never brandish a weapon, unless under real and present threat of attack. And certainly, the gun owners should not be trying to intimidate the press for printing public information which they do not like. And I say this, because I own a gun, and was taught from the day I could pick up a gun - always assume its loaded, do not handle it until you have visually checked it to make sure it is not loaded, do not point it at anyone, unless you are fully prepared to kill them, never put your finger on the trigger until you are prepared to shoot, and be practiced enough that you are certain that you can hit your target the first shot. Which is why I find the ranting for owning any type of rapid fire weapon, an admission that the person is too stupid and untrained to be able to hit the target on the first shot. You want to defend your home? Get a nice 16 gauge pump shotgun. Just aim in the general direction and you are gonna hit something with one shot. And if it happens to be a home invader, the sound of the thing is enough to scare them off. And you won't risk your .223 or .40 caliber ammo going through walls of your house and hitting somebody in the next room, either.

about a year ago
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Newspaper That Published Gun-Owners List Hires Armed Guards

doginthewoods the 2nd amendment (1435 comments)

please, then, explain your interpretation of the first phrase of the 2nd amendment, which qualifies the second phrase. That is, are you part of a well regulated militia, and tell us how you are "well regulated"?

about a year ago
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Newspaper That Published Gun-Owners List Hires Armed Guards

doginthewoods backasswards, for sure (1435 comments)

the gun nuts say everyone should have guns to protect themselves, yet here is a business hiring guns to protect itself from gun nuts... Oh, forget it,they will never see the irony of it....

about a year ago
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Newspaper That Published Gun-Owners List Hires Armed Guards

doginthewoods and tell us (1435 comments)

how you are able to divine the intentions of people that you have never met and do not know?

about a year ago
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Newspaper That Published Gun-Owners List Hires Armed Guards

doginthewoods in this matter (1435 comments)

the gun owners demonstrate why they should not own guns. They lose their cool and react in hate and threats. People who are that uncontrolled can't be trusted to operate a firearm under stress or for the right reason. They should have their guns taken away until the grow up. The paper published what was on public record, so the gun owners try to intimidate the press - threaten death and violence- for publishing something they didn't like. but is readily available. W T F

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Interviewing Your Boss?

doginthewoods Blackmail (219 comments)

Pick someone you can blackmail...

about a year ago
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Black Boxes In Cars Raise Privacy Concerns

doginthewoods I got out of a ticket (297 comments)

I was stopped by a full of attitude cop, for what he claimed was "speeding". Even though he had no radar gun, he claimed I was doing 50 in a 35mph zone. A lie, I was doing 35. I asked him how he determined that and he said he "paced" me. He was nosing around trying to find something to charge me with, when I said, well, I won't disagree with you, but my car has a data logger, so I guess we''l have to sort it out in court. He wheeled around with a mad look on his face and asked me to explain. I told him that the car records all operational information with a time stamp, (I was fibbing, but, hey, I knew the cop was wrong about speeding), and the data can be downloaded. This made him madder, and he demanded I open my trunk (he was off his rocker- I have a wagon). Then he yelled at me about how I can't record cops. I said, sorry, it's all automatic and it does not record conversations, just data and location, via GPS. Like how long I have been stopped here at this location, how fast I was going, and speeds linked to location, turn signal use, brake use and rate of braking, acceleration etc. He realized that he was in trouble, should he give me a ticket, and I produced the data in court, so he yelled at me for being on the road late at night and drove off. These things can work both ways, you know.

about a year ago
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Apple Declutters, Speeds Up iTunes With Major Upgrade

doginthewoods Power search in iTunes store (295 comments)

The Power search tool, in the uTunes store is gone. For those who use this to find versions of a song, or research other tunes by artists, this is a valuable tool

about a year ago

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data recovery for katrina survivor

doginthewoods doginthewoods writes  |  more than 6 years ago

doginthewoods writes "I need some serious advice about data recovery for a friend who had two non RAID drives underwater in New Orleans' Katrina Flood. BTW, we can thanks Bush's government for the flood and for the long delay in getting our hands on the drives, but that is another rant.

Friend was in the mixdown stage of a CD when Katrina hit. All that escaped was a preliminary mix CD. The studio did not make off site back ups. F*($^&(!!!. Excuse me. And friend really wants to finish this project, not only for the music itself, but to close the door on Katrina. This is the last thing that is keeping the door open to that horror.

I have the drives (two 40 Gig), and examined them all over with a magnifying glass. The HD frame and circuit board are dirty, but not too. i can see gunk & corrosion on the PC board resistors. I carefully opened the lid to visually inspect the platter, and they platters are mirror clean. It looks like water didn't enter the platter housings at all. I am not sure how freely they spin,- I'm going to take a chance on a power-up.

The person I am helping is still putting a life back together and is pretty short of money. But is emotionally ready to finish work on the album.

I am asking the Community if there is anything that I can do before spending the money to send to drives out to a data recovery house. I am wondering about swapping the drive circuit board, maybe a bearing lubricant, if needed. I know electronics and drives well enough to be able to swap the circuit boards. But I don't want to risk losing the data, if my meddling may cause problems. But if I can save some money, and I hear data recovery can cost $1000 USD for both drives, and I understand the limits of safety, I would like to give it a try.

Thanks to any who reply, thank you for helping a gifted New Orleans singer, and I look forward to your help."

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