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No Charges For Child-Whipping Judge Caught On YouTube

gbutler69 Re:hard to watch (948 comments)

Getting your ass whipped with a belt is not abuse unless it is routine and not for correction. People need to grow up.

more than 2 years ago

AMD Layoffs Maul Marketing, PR Departments

gbutler69 Re:Marketing of tech is almost free. (136 comments)

because there's no marketing and they often aren't carried by the stores.

So, just WTF were the 1,400 marketers doing then? Apparently not their job. Maybe that's why they were purged.

more than 2 years ago

Fedora Aims To Simplify Linux Filesystem

gbutler69 Re:RANT: Don't break my file system (803 comments)

No they don't. Not in any way. You have the complete option of installing an application and all its dependencies in a private folder. I do it all the time.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Tried To Buy Netscape: Suppose They Had?

gbutler69 Re:Fallacy (246 comments)

That's a pretty slippery slope

I don't think that means what you think it means.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Radiation Detection For Tokyo Resident?

gbutler69 Re:Measurement (371 comments)

Just to clarify, when you say "Alpha Particles" and "Beta Particle" are not dangerous unless ingested, what you really mean is, "Alpha Particle EMITTERS" and "Beta Particle EMITTERS" are not too dangerous unless ingested. Once the Alpha Particle or Beta Particle is emitted by decay, it flys off with a given energy until it rams into somethinng (like your DNA). Now, if the emitter is outside your body, your skin will pretty much stop it and unless the source is particularly strong, you're in little danger. But, if you ingest the emitter, then as the Alpha and Beta Particles (Alpha is two protons and two neutrons, if memory serves correctly, basically equivalent to a fast moving helium nuclei with an extra neutron, Beta particles are fast moving, free electrons and positrons). NOTE: I'm 100% sure you know all of the above and isn't meant to correct you, but, to help clarify for others who might not know. I felt that the way you said, "unless alpha and beta particles are ingested" could be misunderstood by someone who hasn't read about this subject much.

about 2 years ago

Today's Lighter TVs Mean Much Less E-Waste

gbutler69 Re:Tit for tat (197 comments)

Do LED backed LCDs use a phosphor coating?

No. (This is Slashdot I'm on right now isn't it?)

more than 3 years ago

NAND Flash Better Than DRAM For PC Performance

gbutler69 Re:One Problem (205 comments)

No, that really wouldn't work. Every "sleep" system I'm aware of doesn't work like that and can't. Before "sleeping", the system must put various devices into particular states and then, before waking, bring them back into the appropriate state. Think network connections, wireless, etc, etc.

more than 3 years ago

Netflix Deflects Rage Over Price Increase

gbutler69 Re:Latte Defense (722 comments)

Justified or not people^H^H^H^H^H^HSNOBS buy lattes.

There fixed that for ya'. People buy COFFEE!
Thank you, I'm here all week!

more than 3 years ago

Google+ Already At 10 Million Users

gbutler69 Re:Sure, send me an invite! (1223 comments)

gerald.edward.butler @ "the google mail" - woulde like an invite

more than 3 years ago

LulzSec Posts First Secret Document Dump

gbutler69 Re:You're a criminal. (835 comments)

Before you blame another for the speck in his eye, first deal with the plank in your own.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Exploits Firefox 4 Uproar, Beats IE Drum

gbutler69 Yeah, that would be impossible. (315 comments)

There's no way I can tell what kind of changes are in a release without the version number telling the whole story. Too bad they don't have some kind of document like "Release Notes" or a "Changelog" or something. Then we could know exactly what was changing and be sure to do some appropriate testing before rolling out.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Exploits Firefox 4 Uproar, Beats IE Drum

gbutler69 You have my sympathies... (315 comments)

. For example, our company uses Remedy,

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Exploits Firefox 4 Uproar, Beats IE Drum

gbutler69 I wouldn't be so quick to make that assumption. (315 comments)

I am the IT Manager of a mid-sized Health Care company of about 150 employees. I am currently preparing to switch all our users from using IE to FF (with IE Tab Extension for IE-Only sites/applications). Why? The feature-set of FF is far more standard and is MUCH MUCH faster for just about everything we need to do with our custom-built in-house and web-based business partner applications. For all our internal stuf, we will continue to test with IE to make sure it is as least marginally usable, but, we're not going to worry about the worthless performance of IE any longer. Trust me, it is not even a competition. FF and Chrome both are orders of magnitude faster in every way (actual use). You don't need a stopwatch to see it either. You just need to use it. The difference is DRAMATIC. Testing and deploying new version of FF every 3 months will be absolutely zero problem. Anyone who finds that challenging, should probably be in another profession.

more than 3 years ago

LulzSec Posts First Secret Document Dump

gbutler69 You are incredibly naive (835 comments)

The fine for the employer is a simple cost of doing business. Save $100,000.00 per month on wages, pay an $10,000.00 fine now and then. Getting sent back to their "Home Country" is life-devastating for the "Criminal Brown People". Not the same thing at all.

more than 3 years ago

LulzSec Posts First Secret Document Dump

gbutler69 You're a criminal. (835 comments)

Do you ever speed? J-Walk? Ever run a stop-sign? If you answer "Yes" to any of those questions (or similar questions) you are as much a "Criminal" as they are. If you claim to be able to answer "No" to all such questions, then you're a LIAR!

more than 3 years ago

Military Drone Attacks Are Not 'Hostile'

gbutler69 This doesn't seem right (892 comments)

I donated significant money to the Obama campaign. If this doesn't stop by Sunday, and congress hasn't approved this action, I'd think that congress should file articles of impeachment. Sorry, but the President cannot be above the law.

more than 3 years ago

Teen Builds Nuclear Bomb Detector

gbutler69 Re:Summary AND article misleading (210 comments)

is that the ICE and border guard hasn't managed to implement an automated neutron scanner yet, but a 17-years-old kid managed to

Well, here is another example proving that most of what people say on the internet is complete bullshit. Everytime there is something I actually KNOW FOR CERTAIN BECAUSE I WAS THERE I see tons of comments by people, including reporters and new organizations, that show they don't know WTF they are talking about yet they shoot off their mouths like they actually know something. In fact, ICE/CBP DOES have automated neutron detectors, and they don't rely on radiating. They are passive. They use Sodium-Iodide Crystals to detect Gamma Radiation and Helium 3 detectors for Neutrons. They are highly sensitive. I know, because I worked as a contractor developing software for the management and control of the systems. I also helped to deploy them in England, Amsterdam, and place in the US, and helped to test them at Nevada Test Site. It's comments like the parent that reminde how full of shit most people, including so-called professionals, actually are. The problem is people actually believe whoever shoots off their mouth the loudest, most frequently, in the most obnoxious manner. Most people have never produced anything of value in their entire life and yet go around shooting off their mouth at every opportunity.

more than 3 years ago

Cheap GPUs Rendering Strong Passwords Useless

gbutler69 Re:Faulty Assumtions (615 comments)

No, they wouldn't. They'd be represented as mult-byte characters. You'd still have a password consisting of some number of bits. How would you enter the Chinese character? Do you have keyboard with all the thousands of characters? No? Then you'd need to enter the unicode equivalent (e.g \u2023 or somesuch). Which would end up being between 2 and 6 bytes. Why not just type 2 to 6 other characters. It would be nearly equivalent.

more than 3 years ago



Open-Source Javascript Flash Player (HTML5/SVG)

gbutler69 gbutler69 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gbutler69 (910166) writes "Wow! Someone has gone and done it. Created a Flash Player written in Javascript targetting SVG/HTML5 capable browsers. It's not a complete implementation yet, but, it shows some real promise. Of course, there is the ever-famous vector "Hello World!" called Tiger. This really has promise. How long before HTML5/SVG next-generation browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Epiphany, and other Web-Kit based browsers completely supplant Flash and Silverlight/Moonlight?"
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How do we stop the decline and fall of humanity?

gbutler69 gbutler69 writes  |  about 7 years ago

gbutler69 writes "I've been a long-time lurker here on Slashdot. I've only occasionally posted in response to various subjects. One thing I've come to realize is that there are a lot of really intelligent and thoughtful people who read and respond to articles on Slashdot. It is with this in mind, that I come here to ask this very serious question.

Recently, I've become involved in a government project to install "Radiation Detectors" in ports entering the U.S. as well as ports in other countries leaving for the U.S. The system is designed to "scan" cargo containers for Radioactive Materials. Ostensibly, the "system" will prevent "terrorists" from smuggling dirty bombs and whatnot into the U.S. in order to disrupt "our" way of life.

In working on this project, I've met a number of people who work for the DOE (Department of Energy) and various government labs and contractor firms. All of them are intelligent and talented people who I sincerely believe have the best of interests of the nation (and even the world) at heart. They all seem to realize that "this" is not what is needed. They would all rather be working on solving the energy problems. None that I've spoken with seem to have any serious belief that there is really any seriously viable alternative to the worlds energy needs as the oil runs dry.

The more I read about the subject of "Peak Oil" and the more I speak with those who would be most likely to have a solution to the problem, the more it seems that there really isn't any viable solution.

It seems apparent to me, that if "we" do not find a solution for the energy needs of the world SOON, then humanity will inevitably fall into decline. The world cannot support the current population if energy continues to become more and more scarce.

People will not just go silently into the night as resources begin to dry up. Food will become ever more expensive and scarce. People will freeze to death in the winter. There will be massive dislocations of populations and extensive famines. Disease will run rampant.

Of course there will be isolated pockets of civilization that manage to corner certain "energy" production/harvesting methods (maybe some nuclear, some wind, some solar, etc, etc). But, for the most part, there will be a massive energy shortage and people will "Die"! Many will die at the hands of others at people panic and try to survive.

Population will decline. Civilizations will crumble. Humanity will die. We will never conquer the solar system, much less the Galaxy. We will be extinct!

My question is this:

        Does anyone have any reasonable evidence to show that this will not happen? What I mean is, what are the alternatives for energy that can stop this from happening?

Sorry, but saying, "They'll figure it out" is not going to cut it. Waving hands and saying "if this" and "if that" followed by "then if this works" and so on and so on is not an answer.

Seriously, what are the alternatives? What are the numbers? Where is the evidence that there is any serious alternative for when the oil runs dry?"


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