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Dennis vs. Pelosi and the TSA

dusanv LOL (3 comments)

I have options. LOL. I hope he unseats that hag...

about 2 years ago

The Euro was Created to CAUSE State Economic Collapses

dusanv Re:Yep (7 comments)

You are oversimplifying. If you are loaded with debt, you want inflation to wipe all that debt away. If you aren't loaded with debt, you don't want inflation eating your salary and the few assets you may have. Inflation hits poor people more than rich. Poor are less likely to be deep in debt (no income to back it up or assets to act as collateral) and more likely to be spending a significant part of their paycheck on basic commodities that would get a lot more expensive due to inflation. All the rich guys I know are neck deep in debt and are praying for more stimulus and other money printing. Gas going from $1 to $2 doesn't really affect them in the slightest.

Best definition of inflation from the perspective of the poor I have seen: everything you want is more expensive (energy, food, rent), everything you have is cheaper (labour manily).

more than 2 years ago

Proof of Astroturf Modding and I am Targeted.

dusanv Freaky (10 comments)

Didn't expect to see that on /. This is exactly why I metamod. I have some mod points right now (your comment is insightful) but the discussion is too old so it won't let me use one (and rightly so, this is two weeks + 1 day old). It's also interesting that they modded it just before it got archived.

As to PR firms having people on /., there have been some really weird comments lately. It's possible.

more than 2 years ago

Apple News From WWDC and iPhone 5 Rumors

dusanv Re:mac pro only got a small bump (683 comments)

He's talking about the red-headed step child of the Mac line: the Mac Pro. Mac Pro is still stuck in USB2 land. I think it's outrageous they're marketing it as "new". It's 3+ year old technology at $2500 base price for 4 cores.

more than 2 years ago


dusanv Common (6 comments)

I was just having a slice of watermelon. They're describing the properties of it. Thanks a lot.

more than 2 years ago

'Gaia' Scientist Admits Mispredicting Rate of Climate Change

dusanv Re:Er, Your Statement and His Don't Quite Mix (744 comments)

Solar power... in Ontario??? I'm glad to know you have messed up pricing there (or rather, you said, "used to," which implies you don't any more), but in most places the power company pays you a lot less for solar power than what you pay them.

Tell me about it. Totally nuts. I heard they reduced pricing last fall (when they found themselves in a couple of billion dollar hole) so I double checked. Well, now it's $0.549/kWh. And they cranked up the pricing when you buy from them in the mean time (no real surprises there). Colour me skeptical, but do you have an example where residential feed-in is paid less than they sell for? As per this page, the minimum paid is in Hawaii at $0.224. That's still well above what anyone pays for power.

He also is something of a crackpot. He also isn't a climate researcher.

OK, I'm just looking over the awards and accolades he received in his Wikipedia page. Fellow of the Royal Society, CBE, Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for the Environment, RGS Discovery Lifetime award, Wollaston Medal, ... I'm counting some 10 books published. Some crackpot.

more than 2 years ago

'Gaia' Scientist Admits Mispredicting Rate of Climate Change

dusanv Re:Er, Your Statement and His Don't Quite Mix (744 comments)

#2 Solar panels work great. I have em, and they cut my bill in half.

You cut your bill in half by dipping into your neighbours' pockets. Over here in Ontario, the provincial power company used to pay you $0.80/kWh for any power produced by your solar panels that you feed into the grid. At the same time they charged you only $0.06/kWh for the power from the grid. Guess how they make up the difference. Solar panels, unfortunately, can't stand on their own right now. When they do, it'll be great.

Seriously, I'd love to hear a good argument about a) why AGW isn't real, and b) why we shouldn't worry.

You didn't bother much reading the article. Here are a couple of quotes from a staunch AGW proponent, Mr. Lovelock, from the summary:

There's nothing much really happening yet. We were supposed to be halfway toward a frying world now, The world has not warmed up very much since the millennium. Twelve years is a reasonable time it (the temperature) has stayed almost constant, whereas it should have been rising — carbon dioxide is rising, no question about that...

more than 2 years ago

Samsung Lawyer Fails To Differentiate iPad and Galaxy Tab In Court

dusanv So what? (495 comments)

I can't tell apart my toaster from my neighbour's at any distance. I don't think the fact that Samsung blatantly copied the look of the iPad package is illegal. It speaks of a total lack of imagination and flattery but is it really illegal? A look isn't patentable, AFAIK. The Galaxy doesn't say "iPad" and "Designed by Apple in California" on the back. That would be a trademark violation.

Maybe if we have a lawyer or two here, they can chime in on this?

more than 2 years ago

Fixing /. Troll Moderation Problem

dusanv Simpler solution (8 comments)

Don't allow down moderation. Start everyone at 0 (maybe 1 for good karma) and then let them be moderated up. Normal users would browse at +2 or +3 (to avoid real trolls), moderators at 0. That way you'd see all manner of points of view.

more than 2 years ago


dusanv Re:It couldn't be... (23 comments)

are guilty of a variety of logical and rhetorical fallacies

Hear that Roman? The Inquisition had found you guilty of logical *and* rhetorical fallacies. Pretty damning stuff.

Ran out of modpoints before I reached your latest rant.

This is why Slashdot has been going down the tubes lately. Buddy, he's got a right to rant. That's why the comments are there. If you think he's ranting, reply and prove him wrong. Don't shut him up.

more than 2 years ago

dusanv So what's the solution? (1 comments)

They don't offer any. Going back to caves? Energy rationing? I'd *love* to be able to put up some solar panels on my roof and call it the day but that isn't there yet (being 30+ cents per KWh).

Fukushima was the result of incompetence of Tepco. It leaked even before tsunami hit. After it hit, instead of trying to restore pumping ASAP, they acted indecisively, tried to cover up and lied a lot.

more than 2 years ago


dusanv Re:Opression (23 comments)

Well, I'm only about 70% Libertarian. I don't think 100% Libertarianism would work. But that's besides the point. I think you should be able to say what you want without being shut up. The moderation system on /. is broken.

I've also been on /. for a while now (~12 years I think) and it's special to me too. Sad to see it turn ever more into an echo chamber.

more than 2 years ago


dusanv Opression (23 comments)

Someone said that Slashdot is a giant echo chamber. The majority shuts up the minority by down-modding. I believe the moderator guidelines say you shouldn't down-mod an opposing point of view (quote):

Concentrate more on promoting than on demoting. The real goal here is to find the juicy good stuff and let others read it. Do not promote personal agendas. Do not let your opinions factor in. Try to be impartial about this. Simply disagreeing with a comment is not a valid reason to mark it down. Likewise, agreeing with a comment is not a valid reason to mark it up. The goal here is to share ideas. To sift through the haystack and find needles. And to keep the children who like to spam Slashdot in check.

I guess the majority of moderators didn't read that. This moderator oppression is Slashdot's fault. Since they don't seem to be able to stop moderators down-modding posts they don't agree with, maybe they should disable down-modding altogether?

I get mod points every six months these days and when I do, I try prevent what's happening to you. I think I get killed on meta-modding because I try promote interesting views. I peeked through your down-modded comments and none of them were trolling or inflammatory. Comments like yours are why I read comments on Slashdot at all. Once they've shut you up, I'll stop reading comments.

more than 2 years ago

BioWare's Neverwinter Nights Forum Server Hacked

dusanv Re:Happened a while ago (111 comments)

I *never* click on links in email that imply they take me to a login or support page.

Excellent idea. I cut and paste the link and checked that it came from EA mail servers. But you're right, it's unprofessional of them.

more than 3 years ago

BioWare's Neverwinter Nights Forum Server Hacked

dusanv Happened a while ago (111 comments)

I generated a unique e-mail address for Bioware forums way back when NWN first came out. I started getting spam on that address in the last couple of weeks. So it's likely this didn't happen in the last couple of days.

I got the e-mail from Bioware about the breach only yesterday.

more than 3 years ago

"most comfortable with upper middle-class white and jewish"

dusanv Re:West fucked up (10 comments)

Maybe there's so little factual criticism because most of those leftists are neocons at heart. Try Glenn Greenwald. He's a leftist I genuinely respect. Plenty of criticism of actual policy and broken promises.

more than 3 years ago

Weasel Words or Wisdom?

dusanv Going too far (4 comments)

While it's true that big pharma is far from innocent when it comes to corrupting the system, this is a little out there:
Pharma companies make billions producing vaccines. Vaccines do nothing to reduce disease
Sure. And I'm Peter Pan.

more than 3 years ago

They Hate Us for Our Freedom to Do This Shit

dusanv Re:2nd Amendment Solutions (15 comments)

That's the whole point of rights. They're applied non-selectively, to "knuckleheads" and others. That idiot isn't hurting anyone and is within his rights rights to do what he's doing. Plus it's free entertainment. You'd don't see that kind of stuff every day.

more than 3 years ago



Solar Company Folds After $ 0.5 B in Subsidies

dusanv dusanv writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dusanv (256645) writes "Solyndra, a Silicon Valley solar energy firm subsidized to the tune of 500 million and held as a as a "gleaming example of green technology" announced bankruptcy yesterday. 1,100 employees fired."
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Politics and Wikipedia

dusanv dusanv writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dusanv (256645) writes "Lawrence Solomon has a very interesting article about ongoing efforts to downplay the warmth during the Medieval Warm Period on Wikipedia. Efforts seems to be lead by one of the member of, William Connolley, who is connected to the protagonists of the Climategate e-mails and is mentioned in a couple of them. He edited several thousand articles and removed hundreds of them so suit his point of view about climate science, banning lots of contributors in the process. Is Wikipedia at all a useful reference when it comes to politics and religion?"
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