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Robot Makes People Feel Like a Ghost Is Nearby

flaming error Re:In spite of this and other similar phenomena... (140 comments)

"I do not have enough time... to actually verify what scientist have told me, ... So I therefor am going on faith"

I guess you can call that faith, but it's entirely different than religious faith because you *could* verify (or falsify) what the scientists are saying. And even if you don't do it yourself, others will, and will build on this work.

Neither your mother nor you nor anyone else could do that for religious beliefs. Religion is set up and religious faith is defined to make that impossible.

So your "faith" in math and science has little to do with your mother's "faith" in her religion.

about 3 months ago

Fiber Optics In Antarctica Will Monitor Ice Sheet Melting

flaming error Re:WTF, the antarctic gets FO before me? (92 comments)

This is +4 informative? Seriously?

For those who can't be bothered to read the summary, this is not about FO communications. Some guys are using the properties of fiber optics and light to figure out the temperature along a length of cable they dropped down a bore shaft to the ocean.

about 3 months ago

'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

flaming error Re:Not a very exciting name (150 comments)

For some of us die-hard old bigots, "Ebola" actually conjures an image that positively rivals "Microsoft".

about 3 months ago

Catch Oil Polluters With Open Source Tools Using the Homebrew Oil Testing Kit

flaming error Re: not really (52 comments)

Each one costs a quarter million dollars to raise, so they're great for the economy. You know, like broken windows.

Plus some of them breastfeed.

about 4 months ago

Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

flaming error Re:Black holes are real, we observe them all the t (356 comments)

"I still find unending amusement in the fact that we "know" so much based on observing distance objects"

I know, huh? Things were better back in the old days when we "knew" the cosmos without all this painstaking observation and maths and stuff.

about 4 months ago

Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

flaming error Re:Lots of problems with it (198 comments)

"The best case is something solidly attached to the sea floor"
Then you should mount it to the dock, not the boat.

about 4 months ago

Bill Gates To Stanford Grads: Don't (Only) Focus On Profit

flaming error Re:Water is wet (284 comments)

"If your salary is paid from the taxes of those of us who do work for money, maybe don't bite the hand that feeds you?"

He didn't bite you. He wasn't rude. He didn't call you stupid.

If his post stung, or caused you to feel stupid, perhaps deep down you feel there's another way of life that might suit you better. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to re-assess priorities and perhaps try another path. Seriously.

about 7 months ago

Bill Gates To Stanford Grads: Don't (Only) Focus On Profit

flaming error Re:[need YMMV] (284 comments)

Do explain. Other than making you a novelty at parties, I don't see how your ride would significantly impact your life.

about 7 months ago

Bill Gates To Stanford Grads: Don't (Only) Focus On Profit

flaming error Re:So says the richest man in the world... (284 comments)

Or maybe he started out with a ruthless bloodlust for destroying all competitors and slowly grew up. And retired and tried to do something useful.

And figured out that his MSFT business approach was counter-productive as far as bettering the world goes.

Hey, it could happen. Maybe.

about 7 months ago

Bill Gates To Stanford Grads: Don't (Only) Focus On Profit

flaming error Re:Water is wet (284 comments)

[citation needed]

about 7 months ago

Was Turing Test Legitimately Beaten, Or Just Cleverly Tricked?

flaming error Re:but that's the problem with the turing test... (309 comments)

They got 30% of the people to think they were texting with a child with limited language skills. I don't think that's what Alan Turing had in mind.

about 7 months ago

Rising Sea Level Could Put East Coast Nuclear Plants At Risk

flaming error Re:"NOAA's *worst case scenario*" (323 comments)

"This is like the military drawing up plans for kaiju attacks and zombiepocalypses.":

No, those are tongue-in-cheek thought experiments.

What we have here is scientists using empirical data to project a range of future possible outcomes. No mythical creatures involved.

about 8 months ago

Milwaukee City Council Proposal Would Pave Way For Uber, Lyft

flaming error Re:Dear Timothy (76 comments)

"You're job is not to inject your opinion into slashdot posts."

Actually, part of the job of editors is to editorialize.

about 8 months ago

Talking To the Public: the Biggest Enemy To Reducing Greenhouse Emissions

flaming error Re:Apples, Oranges and Herrings (324 comments)

" let the next generation take care of it."
If there's one thing I love about America, it's our eternal self-assurance that there's no mess we can make that our kids won't clean up.

about 9 months ago

Maintaining Internet Freedom Isn't Easy (Video)

flaming error Re:Really? (55 comments)

You see AC's commentary on the value of secrecy.

about 9 months ago

Texas Family Awarded $2.9 Million In Fracking Lawsuit

flaming error Re:mystery ailments (146 comments)

"I have 20 toxic chemicals in my body, and all I did today was take my medication, eat at Mcdonald's and smoke a cigarette.

Nosebleeds? Vomitting white foam? Blood pressure issues? Yea, I've got all of those too!"

Your support of truth, justice, and fossil fuel, fast food, tobacco, and pharmaceutical industries is noble, but I don't grok the long drawn-out suicide by torture thing.

Please consider making a healthy diet, breathing fresh air, and exercising a higher priority than trolling slashdot.

about 9 months ago

Panel Says U.S. Not Ready For Inevitable Arctic Oil Spill

flaming error Re:Same old cause (95 comments)

> .just give incentives
You nailed it. But our priorities are exactly the opposite. And by listing how the priorities should be, I'll upset people.

But here are a few ways we could encourage lower birth rates.

Birth control should be subsidized. Abortions, The Pill, hysterectomies, and vasectomies should be free.

There should be an annual tax on the biological father and biological mother for each child they bring into the world. Child Tax Credits only apply to adopted/foster kids.

Conceiving and bearing a child while on welfare should disqualify the familty from welfare.

about 9 months ago

I expect to retire ...

flaming error Re:Frist pots (341 comments)

> what the fuck has it all been for?
Look at the actual distribution of wealth, and you'll see exactly what they (and we) have been working for.

about 9 months ago

Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

flaming error Re:Militia, then vs now (1633 comments)

> Please go read the Federal Papers

"Federal Papers"?

Do you mean the 85 chaper "The Federalist"? Or its contemporary Anti-Federalist papers (the ones that argued for a Bill of Rights)?

Either way that's a lot of reading. Could you narrow it down a bit? Like point us to the chapter which explains "the original intent of the 2nd Amendment"?

about 9 months ago



Which Star Trek vs Star Wars fight would you pay most to see?

flaming error flaming error writes  |  about 2 years ago

flaming error (1041742) writes "Which Star Trek vs Star Wars fight would you pay most to see?

Jean-Luc vs Obi-Wan
Worf vs Chewie
Kirk vs Solo
Tasha Yar vs Princess Leia
Spock vs Skywalker
Data vs C3PO"

Could software engineers fix America?

flaming error flaming error writes  |  more than 3 years ago

flaming error (1041742) writes "Could software engineers fix America's federal government?

Software engineers are strong in skills that others may lack. They know, for example, that design choices are imperfect trade-offs, that a cost/benefit analysis must analyze both the costs *and* the benefits. They know that the best design is generally the simplest design that meets the requirements, that lines of code *deleted* are more helpful than lines of code added.

What if legislators were all software engineers? I would like to think they would go back to the original spec, the Preamble, and the original design, the Constitution — and delete nearly everything since. Every legislative bill ever written that strayed from the legislature's enumerated powers would be deleted, every extra-constitutional federal bureaucracy shuttered.

The federal government would no longer be an ATM machine. Programs we loathe would be scrapped, programs we love would be scrapped, programs we've invested in or have come to depend on would all be scrapped, if they are outside the scope of the core design (which can evolve, but only under properly approved Engineering Change Orders).

America would no longer police the world. We would sustain no military presence within other countries' borders. Any war would require causus belli and be initiated and terminated by Congress, not by the military or its commander-in-chief.

The federal government would no longer regulate the citizens, nor track them, nor even necessarily know who they are. Births, deaths, marriages, crime, and taxes would be managed by the several states, who would each be obliged to respect the decisions of the others. Federal taxes would be paid exclusively by the states, and assessed proportional to their representation in Congress.

It would hurt us all. But it could result in a coherent product that really works.

At least it would compile."

How old is the oldest computer you use regularly?

flaming error flaming error writes  |  more than 4 years ago

flaming error (1041742) writes "How old is the oldest computer you use regularly?
a) 0-1 year
b) 1-3 years
c) 3-6 years
d) 6-10 years
e) older than 10 years
f) Which component, you insensitive clod"

George Orwell Blogs from the Grave

flaming error flaming error writes  |  more than 6 years ago

flaming error writes "The Orwell Prize organization will, every day, starting tomorrow, post the entry George Orwell made in his personal Diary for the same day 70 years prior.

'When one reads any strongly individual piece of writing, one has the impression of seeing a face somewhere behind the page', wrote George Orwell, in his 1939 essay on Charles Dickens.

From 9th August 2008, you will be able to gather your own impression of Orwell's face from reading his most strongly individual piece of writing: his diaries. The Orwell Prize is delighted to announce that, to mark the 70th anniversary of the diaries, each diary entry will be published on this blog exactly seventy years after it was written, allowing you to follow Orwell's recuperation in Morocco, his return to the UK, and his opinions on the descent of Europe into war in real time. The diaries end in 1942, three years into the conflict.

I'm not sure what "real time" means here, but it looks to be a wonderful way to revisit some interesting times."


flaming error flaming error writes  |  more than 7 years ago

flaming error (1041742) writes " According to the AP, a substitute teacher with apparently little knowledge of computers claims she used a classroom PC to send an email to her husband, went to the restroom, and returned to find a couple girls browsing a hairstyle site on the web. She sent them away, and later, during class, pornographic images started popping up on the PC. The school administration admits the PC was completely open, unpatched, and unprotected. But the prosecution didn't buy the idea of porn popping up all by itself, nor apparently, did the jury. She is now a convict, and facing jail time."



Aquaduct Mobile Filtration Vehicle wins Innovate or Die

flaming error flaming error writes  |  about 7 years ago Ideo, the originator of the mouse pointing device, has developed a pedal-powered trike to simultaneously transport and filter water. News article here. This idea could potentially benefit third-world areas with unclean water supplies (and bike paths to the river).


Christian biologist fired for beliefs, suit says

flaming error flaming error writes  |  more than 7 years ago Reuters Article here.

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Christian biologist is suing the prestigious Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, claiming he was fired for refusing to accept evolution, lawyers involved in the case said on Friday.

Nathaniel Abraham, an Indian national who describes himself as a "Bible-believing Christian," said in the suit filed on Monday in U.S. District Court in Boston that he was fired in 2004 because he would not accept evolution as scientific fact.

I know how this guy feels. I belong to the Church of Divine Tech, which believes that software is really just ones and zeros that the Great Compiler in the Sky decrees. I want to submit all my software in machine code, which will be dictated to me by my Holy Coin of Flipping. But nobody hires me.

I need to sue somebody.


"Scientists prepare to move Doomsday Clock forward"

flaming error flaming error writes  |  about 8 years ago Reuters reports that the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists says conditions are closer to doomsday than the used to be:

When it was created by the magazine's staff in 1947, it was initially set at seven minutes to midnight and has moved 17 times since then.

It was as close as two minutes to midnight in 1953 following U.S. and Soviet hydrogen bomb tests, and as far away as 17 minutes to midnight in 1991 after the superpowers reached agreement on a nuclear arms reductions.

Since this back-and-forth indicator doesn't seem to behave much like a clock, I'm not sure these guys are using the right model. I think I'd have chosen a thermometer.

Or maybe a 5 level color-coded indicator that's always yellow unless we're in a nuclear war.

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