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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

dywolf Re:Chipped Squirrels? No; Squirrel Chips instead. (58 comments)

after i wrote "chipped squirrels" i was actually reminded of chipped beef or other foods prepared that way.
sadly squirrels are too likely to be sick around here. wouldn't want to eat one.

16 minutes ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

dywolf Chipped Squirrels.... (58 comments)

I never thought about that before... ...but suddenly I want to.

11 hours ago
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

dywolf Re:I'm shocked! (164 comments)

and the magical IHOTFM will fix it?
Yeah...no.

It's not "government" that is the problem.
It's "bad government".
Government that looks to the lobbyists first instead of its citizens.
Ie, corrupt public officials.

Because some officials are bad doesn't mean the solution is automatically "no government"...that solves nothing. Proper government is run in the interest of its constituents.

Proper government would have some simple and sane regulations to promote competition (no non-compete agreements, even force competition via EU style no exclusive access to the "last mile" rules), or work with companies that would increase access and reduce cost Like has happened in cities Google's gone.
Or even the government itself would create its own utility for internet access, like Chattanooga did, becoming one of the best wired cities in the country.

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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

dywolf Re:I'm shocked! (164 comments)

Because this, just like healthcare, gun control, and the environment, is an absolutely unheard of problem that no one else in the world has ever had to confront and solve ever before.

I mean just look at Europe and Australia and Canada and the rest of the developed world... ....shootings all the time cause they still havent solved gun crime yet either. ...And the internet....why they're just as bad off from monopolization sticking them with shoddy customer service, low speeds, high prices, and no consumer choice. ...And let's not forget healthcare...no one anywhere in the developed world can afford to even have children cause they cost an arm and a leg, everywhere.

Yep.
We can't just look to other countries cause there are TOTALLY brand new unheard of problems that no one has ever faced or solved before, ever.

yesterday
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

dywolf Re:I'm shocked! (164 comments)

Right on cue.

yesterday
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Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

dywolf Re: The problem with the all robotic workforce ide (304 comments)

you didnt watch the video.
this isnt about the replacement of physical labor.
its about the replacement of mental labor as well.

you're right that stuff SHOULD become more available....but if people cant work, with what will they buy it in an economy still based on scarcity and the trade of labor for resources? that's the point: we're approaching the point of development where there WONT be adequate new labor created. Even the last time around not all lost jobs were replaced with new ones, but only a fraction of them. Every time industry goes through an iterative cycle of this it happens, but people still say "its ok, they'll all just get new jobs tending the machines". But we're approaching the point where the machines wont need minders, where they will mind themselves, and each other.

  if you watch the video he's talking about 45% of the entire workforce jobless, TODAY, with just the tech that already exists today, between the driverless cars, automated checkouts, etc. That's an absolutely HUGE market disruption. I dont think you comprehend just how dramatic that is. there is a limit to how much saturation your peer-peer economy, just like a creative economy, can tolerate. its very small.

5 days ago
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Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

dywolf Re: The problem with the all robotic workforce ide (304 comments)

And that's the problem.

We stand on the cusp of the post-scarcity world.
But the transition is not going to be seamless or quick.
And between then and now there is going to be much strife as people are pushed out of the economy.
If there aren't strong solutions, which will have to be in the form of social safety nets, this will lead to conflicts for as long as the economy is based on scarcity and the trade of labor for resources.

This is after all one of the most popular/common themes and sources of widespread conflict in scifi, the transition from a society of 7 billion+ people who have to work to eat, to one where work is largely optional (and realistically, even the utility workers will be marginalized as the machines learn to repair, or more likely replace, each other).

5 days ago
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Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

dywolf Re: The problem with the all robotic workforce ide (304 comments)

Uh, you do realize that those liberals you want to remove are the reasons we havent had a major crash since the 30s?
That the cause of the crash was irresponsible behaviour by the big corporations, behaviour only made possible by deregulation?
it has nothing to do with anything you said.
in short: fuck off troll.

5 days ago
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Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

dywolf Re: The problem with the all robotic workforce ide (304 comments)

actually it did. we still live with it today. and it was strengthened by LBJ.
the only things standing in the way of it were republicans who sabotaged, and then screamed "see? it doesnt work". Just like they do with government in general (excepting of course the military, police, CIA, homeland security, etc)

the results have been a dramatic decrease in the overall rates of poverty, especially among the elderly who used to comprise the majority of those in poverty and experienced a nearly 50% rate of poverty as a group. Now only about 10% of them live in poverty, and they make up less than 10% of those in poverty.

5 days ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

dywolf Re:Gettin All Up In Yo Biznis (417 comments)

your comment is completely offtopic, offbase, insulting to pacifism, and blind to history.

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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

dywolf Re:Gettin All Up In Yo Biznis (417 comments)

WTF Dude? There is no correlation. that's the point.
Kids that age don't yet comprehend reality; they play a videogame, it's their only exposure to these concepts, and all they see is glory and badassery. He's showing them reality. That while games are fine, and fun, they have to be kept in perspective. That real life is not just some game without repercussions and lots of badassery. There's real suffering involved, and little glory, and he wants his kids to know that. It's a lesson a lot Americans, especially in DC, could stand to learn.

5 days ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

dywolf Re:If they disagree you're a troll (451 comments)

"their left leaning stupidity"

see? that right there invalidates everything you said.
the major news media trends centrist.
its only according to the far right wing / Fox News definition of bias that they can be considered "leftist"....ie, "they disagree with me, therefore they are liberal commie tyrants".

5 days ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

dywolf Re:My 0.02 (451 comments)

except on here they get mod points, and pursue vendettas to stifle anyone who disagrees with them, and points out the logical fallacies or logical consequences of their denial of science, history, or reality.

5 days ago
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NASA's Greenhouse Gas Observatory Captures 'First Light'

dywolf Re:fast forward 5 years.... (143 comments)

so you're pushing the old "rich scientists" myth?
You know its BS right?
As in false, made up, not true?
In fact, it's actually a projection, because the REAL money to be made in global warming is in DENYING it.

Well you should.
Come back to reality.
It's not just more rational, it's nicer over here too.
And we have cookies.

To sum up: climate research doesn't pay well, the amount of money dedicated to it has been shrinking, and if the researchers were successful in convincing the public that climate change was a serious threat, the response would be to give money to someone else. If you come across someone arguing that scientists are in it for the money, then you can probably assume they are willing to make arguments without getting their facts straight.

http://arstechnica.com/science...
http://www.scientificamerican....

5 days ago
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NASA's Greenhouse Gas Observatory Captures 'First Light'

dywolf Re:fast forward 5 years.... (143 comments)

they've infested slashdot.

they talk about the evils and conspiracys of science, proclaim trusting experts isnt valid, that non-experts have equally valid opinions...and when you point out the problems, or how they ignore reality and history, and how the gilded age wasnt a utopia, or talk about actual science and actual observations...they mod you as troll and flamebait.

5 days ago
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NASA's Greenhouse Gas Observatory Captures 'First Light'

dywolf Re:fast forward 5 years.... (143 comments)

dear god, you keep saying the exact opposite of reality. each and every time this topic comes up.
the models do in fact predict both previously observations, and as each new set of observations come in, they have continued to fall within the predictions.
the graphs go back far further than that, and no, 1970 was not some local minimum.
one would almost think that you're not simply a troll, but a professional troll.

5 days ago
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NASA's Greenhouse Gas Observatory Captures 'First Light'

dywolf Re: fast forward 5 years.... (143 comments)

you didnt debunk anything.

you just linked to another faulty denier site that has itself been proven wrong, and an article that trots out the same "warm period and "little ice age" misconceptions.
Roy Spencer is not a valid source.

Tree ring reliability: ( http://www.skepticalscience.co... ):

The divergence problem is a physical phenomenon - tree growth has slowed or declined in the last few decades, mostly in high northern latitudes. The divergence problem is unprecedented, unique to the last few decades, indicating its cause may be anthropogenic. The cause is likely to be a combination of local and global factors such as warming-induced drought and global dimming. Tree-ring proxy reconstructions are reliable before 1960, tracking closely with the instrumental record and other independent proxies.

Medieval Warm Period: ( http://www.skepticalscience.co... ) AND ( http://www.skepticalscience.co... ):

The Medieval Warm Period predominantly affected the North Atlantic and Europe, not the whole world. While the Medieval Warm Period saw unusually warm temperatures in some regions, globally the planet was cooler than current conditions.

The Little Ice Age: ( http://www.skepticalscience.co... ) AND ( http://www.skepticalscience.co... ):

The sceptical argument that current warming is a continuation of the same warming that ended the LIA is unlikely. There is a lack of evidence for a suitable forcing (e.g. the sun) and numerous correlations with known natural forcings that can account for the LIA itself, and the subsequent climate recovery. Taken in isolation, the LIA might cast doubt on the theory of climate change. Considered alongside the empirical evidence, model predictions and a century of scientific research into the climate, recovery from the LIA is not a plausible theory to explain the observed evidence and rate of global climate change.

As for Roy Spencer himself:
-He believes in the "global scientific conspiracy" ...a conspiracy involving tens of thousands of scientists, and perfect secrecy...
-He believes that they lie to make money off research grants" myths....cause theres just so much money to be made that way...as opposed to being on the payroll of a big oil company, like him.
-Oh, and he also believes that GW cant be happening....because God.

So ya...that's a "wonderful" source you have there.

http://www.desmogblog.com/roy-...
http://www.desmogblog.com/2014...
http://thinkprogress.org/clima...
http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/R...
http://www.sourcewatch.org/ind...

5 days ago
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NASA's Greenhouse Gas Observatory Captures 'First Light'

dywolf Re:fast forward 5 years.... (143 comments)

I see. So debunking the most popular myths and misconceptions of the science, using actual science, from actual scientists...is propoganda?
Fraid not. You can't just cover your hears and "lalalalalalalalala" the science away.

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America's Internet is the Best, Europe's a failure, says Washington DC Expert

dywolf dywolf writes  |  about a year ago

dywolf (2673597) writes "Harry Alford, the CEO of the NBCC in Washington, D.C., has written that that America's Internet is the best in the world. "85% of Americans enjoy 100MBps internet, blowing away Europe where only 50 percent of households can access even one-third of that speed". And not only is our system the envy of the world, thanks to the deregulations of the Clinton Era telecommunications reforms and the free market, but Europe's internet access is a complete failure due to overregulation. "It's why America's Internet is faster than in leading Eurpean nations. The greatest Internet companies in the world — from Amazon to Facebook — are American companies. We should stick with the free-market system that's worked so well.""
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CEO of National Black Chamber of Congress says America's Internet is the Best

dywolf dywolf writes  |  about a year ago

dywolf (2673597) writes "Harry Alford, the CEO of the National Black Chamber of Congress in Washington, D.C., wrote into The Oklahoman newspaper to rebut a previous letter to the editor decrying the stat of America's Internet. He tells tell us not to fear, that America's Internet is the best in the world. Apparently "85% of Americans enjoy 100MBps internet, blowing away Europe where only 50 percent of households can access even one-third of that speed". And not only is our system the envy of the world, thanks to the deregulations of the Clinton Era telecommunications reforms, but Europe's internet access is a complete failure due to overregulation. The letter can be found here: http://newsok.com/free-market-system-worked-for-americas-internet/article/3879006"
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Writer extols crowd sourced crime solving...while ignoring it's failure

dywolf dywolf writes  |  about a year ago

dywolf (2673597) writes "Gary C. Kessler, a contributor to CNN Opinion, has written a piece in which he extols the virtues of crowdsourcing, and how it helped capture the Bostom bombers....except for that part where crowdsourcing failed to indentity the real suspects, and actually led to some false accusations. He then goes on to talk about the privacy issues involved in constant public surveillance. From the article: "The Boston Marathon bombing investigation made use of crowdsourcing to collect photos and video from cell phones and surveillance cameras at an unprecedented level. These pictures were made public a little more than 72 hours after the explosions and the second suspect was arrested 29 hours later.
[...]
The U.S. Constitution does not explicitly offer citizens a right of privacy, although many court decisions certainly support such an ideal. Indeed, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis is well known for his observation, 'The right to be left alone — the most comprehensive of rights, and the right most valued by a free people.'""

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Hostess, maker of Twinkies, to shutdown

dywolf dywolf writes  |  about 2 years ago

dywolf (2673597) writes "In a shocking and disturbing bit of news Hostess, unable to work out a new contract with its bakers who are striking, has filed for bankrupty and requested permission from the court to shutdown operations. The world's most perfect food in the upcoming apocalypse may disappear as the Twinkie supply dwindles."
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Electronic Arts pulls Bait and Switch with FIFA 13

dywolf dywolf writes  |  about 2 years ago

dywolf (2673597) writes "Electronic Arts has released FIFA 13. The problem? It's FIFA 12 with a new box. Same graphics, same modes, literally the same everything. Other than new socks for your players."
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Indian Superbug gene found in American cat

dywolf dywolf writes  |  about 2 years ago

dywolf (2673597) writes "The NDM-1 story has been long and contentious (my archive of posts is here), but from the first, two things have been clear. However the political battles fall out, medicine views the emergence of this gene as a catastrophe, because it edges organisms to the brink of being completely non-responsive to antibiotics, as untreatable as if the infections were contracted before the antibiotic era began. And because the gene resides in organisms that happily live in the gut without causing symptoms, NDM-1 has been a hidden catastrophe, crossing borders and entering hospitals without ever being detected."
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