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DNA Reveals History of Vanished "Paleo-Eskimos"

fadethepolice Re:Today's "Natives" eliminated the Clovis culture (57 comments)

Since 90 percent of native americans were wiped out by european diseases this basically says that 80 percent of the original population of the americas was not resistant to euroasiatic diseases. There is a marked non-scientific warpath to discredit the solutrean hypothesis. The extremes to which modern historians go to discredit the solutrean hypothesis actually reduce the entire discipline to a pseudoscience. Please realize that there was most likely a constant low level genetic drift between the continents for the past 40 thousand years. I am fairly confident that the bronze age atlantic civilization was in sporadic contact with the new world. The massive push for colonization of the new world / pursuit of new paths of commerce to asia brought about by the fall of constantinople and monopolization of the east west trade coupled with the resurgence of written history in europe in no way sheds doubt on the ability of ancient mariners to traverse the globe.

about a month ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

fadethepolice Quantum Fluctuation (612 comments)

Since the equations only express the properties of the universe, what exaclty did the quantum fluctuation occur in? This seems to be more of a confirmation of M-theory than that the universe came from nothing. What is the formula for the state directly before the fluctuation ocurred? It seems that state would be necessary to calculate what the fluctuation occurred IN. That would, to me, be more of a discovery.

about 6 months ago
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Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay That Way

fadethepolice Fuck 'Em we can wait it out (323 comments)

they are not selling food. the product is inherently of no value. I say make them sing for their supper. In the end all they are are fools for our entertainment. the idea that they dictate the terms of the price of a non essential good is in the long run just silly

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Distributed Online Storage For Families?

fadethepolice Cheapest way (168 comments)

the easiest cheapest way is just to get large usb drives, hook them to a computer with an operating system you already understand and mirror the drives. Since you all live in different areas the chance of all the drives failing simultaneously is pretty slim.

about 8 months ago
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Ouya Android Game Console Launches, Quickly Sells Out

fadethepolice Re:Xbox One (279 comments)

I also limit access to my house to other devices that have cameras / microphones on them, not just the kinect. I purchased a kinect 2 years or so ago and was disturbed the first time I got up to go pee and the movie automatically paused. My xbox knows when I pee.

about a year ago
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Records Labels Prepare Massive 'Pirate Site' Domain Blocking Blitz

fadethepolice Re:Run your own DNS server (110 comments)

Can't you just load the piratebay through TOR?

about a year ago
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California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated

fadethepolice Pointless (856 comments)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Improvised_firearm I couldn't find the link now, but don't all commercial printers print a tracking code on every print made in order to prevent and track counterfeit money? This is already done on regular printers so there is a very high likelihood this could get passed.

about a year ago
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CO2 Levels Reach 400ppm at Mauna Loa For First Time On Record

fadethepolice Re:queue the denialists! (497 comments)

You are not going to convert people to your side by labelling them as denialists.

about a year ago
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CO2 Levels Reach 400ppm at Mauna Loa For First Time On Record

fadethepolice Re:Stop breathing (497 comments)

but maybe if you'd get your heads out of the butts of Fox News and the like I wouldn't have to --This is not an effective way to change people's minds

about a year ago
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Observed Atmospheric CO2 Hits 400 Parts Per Million

fadethepolice Re: Yawn (367 comments)

Using a word like deniers to label people whose opinion you oppose is morally offensive. Climate changes this rapidly fairly commonly. http://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/abrupt-climate-change-during-the-last-ice-24288097 If you review the vostok data the Holocene is already much longer than any recent interglacials, from that data we can infer that a glaciation lasting approx. 10000 years is about to descend and ruin human civilization. I'm not saying greenhouse gases are not causing global warming. What I'm saying is that is a hell of a lot better then dealing with another ice age. . The theory for long term global warming seems to be based on this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIS_11 Hitting a window of 30000 years width 400000 years ago while simultaneously predicting the Milankovitch cycles at the time is a lot to bet the fate of humanity on. Picking MIS-11 out of the last five interglacials seems to me like cherry picking your data to support a populare opinion. Further, the guy who wrote the book picking MIS-11 wrote a book claiming the exact opposite in the seventies. New data on MIS-11 refutes it's pleasantly warm reputation. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2748712/ IF you look at all the scientific evidence other than the geologically insignificant data for the last 130 years it is abundantly obvious that a long-term ice age is much more likely than long-term global warming.

about a year ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Mt.Gox Suffers Serious Attack, Instawallet Offline

fadethepolice Re:Is it? (388 comments)

Well then, perhaps your expertise is exactly what the bitcoin community is looking for. MTGOX should not be the only exchange. You do seem to know what your are talking about. Most analysts I have heard on television do not stress this point. There is no doubt that real market factors contributed to the collapse of the US housing market, but some people were able to handily take advantage of the collapse. (As happens with most things). As a person who participated in both the dotcom and housing booms of the last 15 years or so, I can say that I was aware of the housing problem before it collapsed and was deftly able to shift gears to the Marcellus explosion that recently occurred, and now seems to be starting to taper off. If I knew as a corporate lemming what was occurring it seems rather far-fetched that the majority of analysts were unaware.

about a year and a half ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Mt.Gox Suffers Serious Attack, Instawallet Offline

fadethepolice Re:Is it? (388 comments)

I'd prefer if you used your vast financial knowledge to explain to everybody you talk to about how lack or regulation of credit default swaps allowed large investment entities to increase the leverage on US home mortgages to the point that the US government had to step in and pay the debts of private corporations.

about a year and a half ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Mt.Gox Suffers Serious Attack, Instawallet Offline

fadethepolice Re:Is it? (388 comments)

Man are you dumb. The fact that this was voted insightful truly forces me to again take note of the precipitous drop of overall IQ on slashdot over the last few years. Bitcoin != to an account. Bitcoin = dollar. Where you choose to store your bitcoins is entirely up to you. Depending on your situation your money may be more useful in dollars, bitcoins, euros, or yuan. If you want to access your money without approval of or notification by the US banking system then bitcoins is the way to go. If you want to store your money in a stable, mature currency that has little chance of volatility in value you use the dollar, or perhaps the yuan. If you want to take the chance of a national government unilaterally taking your money without notification you use the euro. The bottom line is that it depends on your needs. Some people may want to take a portion of their savings, buy bitcoins, place the bitcoins on a USB stick then hide the stick in their attic. This might be akin to investing in a smaller more volatile currency such as the rupee or rand. These types of investments have been in use by major investment firms for years, and make up a percentage of the investments in what they call 'high risk growth funds". The article is FUD, your comment is FUD. In fact I almost wonder if there is a connection between you and the people who are precipitating the DDOS attack on MTGOX. The greatest advantage of a bitcoin is that you don't have to ask a large corporations PERMISSION to access or transfer your money. It's entirely too easy for a government to unilaterally freeze all of your assets. I suggest you view a few episodes of Burn notice.

about a year and a half ago
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Open Spectrum Does Not Mean Free Internet

fadethepolice This could be useful but won't be (60 comments)

IF local businesses used it to advertise and sell directly to consurmers through it. This would basically allow the traditional (city net) we used to see in matrix style hacking videos / books in the eighties and early nineties. If there is a critical mass of businesses offering services over a local wireless mesh network then the 'internet' will want to access that market. Make a peering deal and you could enable internet access to / between these citywide wireless nodes. The main issue at this point is making sure everyone has access to personal ipv6 addresses. It is possible, but not likely, as the general public has no knowledge of the benefits of having a free access local mesh network.

about a year and a half ago
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Oil Detection Methods Miss Important Class of Chemicals

fadethepolice Re:Oxidized stuff (46 comments)

I work at a company that cleans oil spills and water. Sent this to a PHD project manager. His reply was "Interesting". So there is probably something to this method. Since the measurement of the amount not specified by the Gas Chromatography was dissolved en masse out of the sand there is some likelihood that some non-oil contamination was also dissolved out, and some likelihood that some was missed. Whatever the difference or perhaps deviation that is detected in the future form the results of this experiment, a 50% difference is just too large for it not to be a significant finding.

about a year and a half ago
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Free Wi-Fi: the Movement To Give Away Your Internet For the Good of Humanity

fadethepolice Interesting change of opinion (505 comments)

From my memory, ten years ago many of the replies to this type of post on slashdot would have been more positive. Remember "Lans across america?". It seems that either the corporate propaganda has been succesful, private wifi services have become more sensitive, or that the slashdot crowd has become more conservative. It is REALLY remarkable how much the general consensus of slashdot has changed.

about a year and a half ago
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30 Days Is Too Long: Animated Rant About Windows 8

fadethepolice Re:Not again... (1110 comments)

LOL. My kids were navigating vitual cities before they could talk.

about 2 years ago

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NASA posts map showing height of forests worldwide

fadethepolice fadethepolice writes  |  more than 4 years ago

fadethepolice (689344) writes "This map may be interesting to the slashdot crowd. I haven't had a chance to really study it yet, but the thinness of the amazon basin is rather striking when compared with the northwestern united states. The image was compiled from data from 3 satellites, NASA's ICESat, Terra, and Aqua."
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Bill Gates disturbs graphologist

fadethepolice fadethepolice writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fadethepolice (689344) writes "I don't have any time to write a story but thought you guys might want to. Here is the link below: "struggling to maintain control in a confusing world" and "is not rooted." Worse, Blair was apparently, "not a natural leader, but more of a spiritual person, like a vicar." Unfortunately it was not blair, but bill gates' doodle. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=101727048"
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Orbitting Carbon Observatory crashes

fadethepolice fadethepolice writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fadethepolice (689344) writes "Nasa's latest satellite launch has been a failure. The Orbiting Climate Observatory has crashed in the ocean near antarctica. What do slashdot reader's think this will have on the Obama Administration's move to combine the infrastructure of the Defense department with Nasa's rocket programs? Nasa needs to stop having high profile crashes while their competitor's on the world stage slowly improve their reputations. http://uk.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUKTRE51N2QL20090224"

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Thursday January 29 2004

fadethepolice fadethepolice writes  |  more than 10 years ago Today I walked to work in 18 degrees and 10 inches of snow. Talk about burning calories. I am trying to burn off the holiday fat still. Debating trying to tie a promiscuous packet sniffer java applet ( if I can find one or write one ) with a VRML GUI interface, and then adding ip port scanning bots. All with an ECMAScript/ xml / vrml web plugin like cortona or cosmoplayer

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