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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

gestalt_n_pepper How else to out-incompetent the last two? (417 comments)

We've had two racial flavors of dumb fucks in the last two presidents. Why not try changing the gender? That should keep 'em distracted for a while longer. And compared to Palin, Carly looks almost credible (assuming you don't look at her HP experience).

2 days ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

gestalt_n_pepper Sure it will! (628 comments)

1. Switch to renewables completely and suddenly.
2. Wait a year or two for 6 billion people to starve to death.
3. Invest heavily in casket industry.
4, Profit!

2 days ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

gestalt_n_pepper Re:Yes, let's do look, shall we? (297 comments)

The argument isn't about burning fat when you sleep, per se. It's about burning fat when you're going about your daily activities, without additional exercise (e.g. sitting around a computer reading slashdot).

You burn carbohydrates if you have them to burn. If your stomach happens to be empty, or you're on a low carb diet, you will eventually get to burning fat as described here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pm...

Google may be your friend, but PubMed an NIH make for a better noise to signal ratio.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

gestalt_n_pepper Re:Yes, let's do look, shall we? (297 comments)

Citation please, or it didn't happen.

And do also please, explain, in detail, with references, how the rest is "nonsense." I'll be quite impressed if you can do so.

about two weeks ago
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Report: Federal Workers, Contractors Behind Half of Government Cyber Breaches

gestalt_n_pepper Which is why corporate security is a joke. (61 comments)

All of it can be overcome by a janitor with a USB drive with penetration software.

Security culture is worse. Elaborate passwords. Two or three factor identification. Putting the security burden on the user in general. All you do is:

1) Inconvenience users and make productivity next to impossible.

2) Create an entire culture of employees who must, in order to get any work done, know how to hack their way into corporate systems from outside (I know of two ways. My IT guy knows about 6 entirely different ways), and frequently, inside.

The problem is that security guys get bonuses for reducing intrusions (as they count them). Everyone else gets bonuses for getting their work done and being productive, which frequently isn't something that ever gets on a spreadsheet.

And upper management, as usual, is too stupid, distracted with power politics and just plain pig-ignorant to understand this.

about two weeks ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

gestalt_n_pepper Don't worry. Your corporate/military/IP is safe. (438 comments)

I mean, with that culture, how could your chip design for the military satellite specification end up in the wrong hands?

Oh, sorry. My mistake. That was outsourced to China via three levels of third party vendors.

about two weeks ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

gestalt_n_pepper If everyone in government and industry cheats... (438 comments)

Don't be surprised if students ask for the same thing.

Oh, was this about India? Silly me. I thought the story was about the USA.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

gestalt_n_pepper Yes, let's do look, shall we? (297 comments)

Person A consumes 1000 calories.

Person B consumes 1000 calories.

Person A has a resting lipid metabolism that consumes 250 calories per hour.

Person B has a resting lipid metabolism that consumes 100 calories per hour.

Guess what? Person B is fatter. But wait, there's more! Person B has the same neurophysiological imperative to eat, feel hunger and feel pleasure when eating as person A.

Person B is, essentially, in for a lifetime of torture by hunger in order to maintain the same weight as person A.

To experience this charming state, eat only breakfast for a week. See how long you can maintain that.

Cheers, morally superior wankers!

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimizing Oil and Gas Dependency In a Central European City?

gestalt_n_pepper I guess I'll be the first to say it... (250 comments)

There is no good solution.

Solar panels and a battery bank will keep you in minimal electricity. You can run a tablet, a laptop and internet router plus perhaps charge your flashlights. A larger installation might run a 12-volt microwave or 12-volt freezer.

As for heat, I suggest many layers of clothing and lots of well insulated quilts. Hot water bottles were once popular and will be again.

Cooking? If you can get to the roof, then buy a few bags of coal for the winter and a heater than can handle coal (not a standard wood stove) and cook up there. Coal is fairly cheap, compact and generates a good amount of heat. With coal, you can boil water for the aforementioned hot water bottles.

Coal will also kill you with carbon monoxide if you try burning it inside the house. Try and avoid that.

about three weeks ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

gestalt_n_pepper I'm voting for... (551 comments)

...unelected wealthy people who pay unelected lobbyists to bribe unelected bureaucrats and newly elected congressmen to change laws to favor the wealthy, and do so year after year, regardless of which party is in power.

Why not? It's going to happen anyway until the extremely wealthy worldwide are reigned in or eliminated.

about three weeks ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

gestalt_n_pepper Re:Obviously. (695 comments)

As anonymous coward so eloquently states, numerous articles can be found on google. I also suggest the movie, "Collapse." The Vancouver paper has a nicely written summary of the movie here:

http://www.straight.com/articl...

about three weeks ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

gestalt_n_pepper First question for manmade climate change deniers (695 comments)

1) Are you a climate scientist?

If No, then, "Ding, Ding, Ding, ERROR." So sorry, but thanks for playing.

If Yes, then examine minority opinion carefully against data and wisdom of scientific crowds. Probable result will most likely resemble the "No" answer.

about three weeks ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

gestalt_n_pepper Re:Obviously. (695 comments)

I have no illusions about the oil industry's "benevolance" but here's the thing.

If we were to suddenly withdraw the 160 exajoules of energy from the world's energy budget provided by oil, you could pretty much guarantee the death of at least 6 billion people over the course of a year.

Our food industry, and interdependent supply chains are critically dependent on cheap, high energy density transportation fuel and the infrastructure that supports it.

*Some* of that be replaced, eventually. It'll be expensive, and quite frankly, is going to require that industrial civilization downsize. Population too, I expect. You're just not going to feed 7 billion plus folks without oil.

So be careful what you wish for. Should economic activity drop enough to no longer be able to sustain oil production worldwide, and that production infrastructure deteriorates enough, you'll see that scenario, played out over 30 years instead of one. Still not pretty.

about three weeks ago
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It's Time To Revive Hypercard

gestalt_n_pepper Re:No, context matters. (299 comments)

I don't want a self-taught developer writing flight control, banking systems, or medical embedded systems code. I'd rather have someone formally trained doing that work.

I designed and wrote an automated testing system API for a seismic analysis and visualization software package. 4 people script using my API every day, and another administers the 60 virtual machines that run on the VMWare server environment I designed. She controls and monitors it remotely, using custom remoting software that I wrote.

I have a degree in psychology.

about a month ago
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It's Time To Revive Hypercard

gestalt_n_pepper Re:No, it's not time to do that. (299 comments)

The cookie was metaphorical, but criminy, whatever works. Just get me someone I can hand a task to and walk away.

about a month ago
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It's Time To Revive Hypercard

gestalt_n_pepper Re:No, it's not time to do that. (299 comments)

Obviously, you've never had to hire CS graduates.

I can't tell you how many of these bozos who've learned in a "formal" setting can barely manage a coherent if/then statement, much less successfully complete even a small in-house application.

Granted, most of the self-taught crowd is weak on specialized algorithms and data structures. On the good side, self motivated autodidacts rarely have trouble picking this up, when necessary. CS grads seem to need a professor, hand-holding and a cookie in order to learn anything new.

about a month ago

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