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Declassified Papers Hint US Uranium May Have Ended Up In Israeli Arms

gestalt_n_pepper I'm shocked. Shocked! (149 comments)

To discover that one of the USA's middle eastern client states might have been provided with the materials for nuclear weapons just in case the USA had to throw a bomb or two at a particularly stubborn oil producing country without making the USA itself an immediate target for nuclear retaliation.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

gestalt_n_pepper Vegetarianism and dinner at Uncle Harry's (360 comments)

When I was a student, I discovered that if you restricted your diet to grains, vegetables, eggs and cheap cheese, you could get through a week very cheaply. Crock pots were your friends.

When I was in school, the Hare Krishnas were still a thing. Free vegetarian dinner every Sunday (We called it "Sunday dinner at Uncle Harry's"). Hilarious mockery thrown in as an extra added bonus. They may be loonies, but the food was awesome.

yesterday
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Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

gestalt_n_pepper Clearly an overestimate (149 comments)

Every time I look at Yahoo's home page, I know in my heart that it is not only worth less than nothing, but is actively, positively evil. It makes People magazine look intellectual.

2 days ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

gestalt_n_pepper Thanks, Captain Obvious! (805 comments)

Beyond the local school board, is there anyone out there who actually thinks their vote counts for anything? Anyone?

Vote in anybody you want. Vote in your fucking dog. Money IS political power - the only kind that matters. If you think anything else, I'm pretty sure I've got a bridge to sell you.

4 days ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

gestalt_n_pepper Hasn't changed since the 70s (793 comments)

If the same behavior occurred between two adults, the perps would be going to jail. It might be time to start adding that little life lesson to high schools.

When I went to high school. The spineless swine who get to be school administrators *always* punish the victims of bullying, not the perpetrators (usually, the popular kids or athletes). The victim is just one kid, usually powerless, who will be out of their life in a few years. The families of the perps are many, and they're often as dangerously aggressive as their spawn.

4 days ago
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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

gestalt_n_pepper Stupid is as stupid does.... (313 comments)

Going to the moon is expensive AND pointless. You have to do everything you do in Earth orbit, but it has to happen farther away from safety and at the bottom of a gravity well. There's absolutely nothing of value on the moon that couldn't be gotten cheaper by snagging bits off of a water bearing comet, or bringing that same water or up from Earth, for that matter, or mining a few local asteroids in-situ.

Look, gravity is *bad* and expensive. You don't go looking for it. You simulate it a bit with centrifugal force when necessary, but that's all.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

gestalt_n_pepper The magical scenario is "gradual social decay." (733 comments)

In either a sudden collapse, or gradual decay, much will be lost. Let me remind you that when the Roman civilization decayed, technologies as simple as the making of cement were lost.

Cement.

Not exactly what we'd consider "high tech." It demonstrates just how fragile our scientific advancements are. They can be wiped out by a few generations of relative illiteracy for the great mass of survivors. In three generations, electric lights are a distant legend and those ubiquitous round copper disks find their most frequent use as quick, easily made arrowheads.

about a week ago
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Rover Curiosity Discovers Australia-Shaped Rock On Mars

gestalt_n_pepper This neither proves nor disproves the existence of (99 comments)

Watch your epistemology, now. It only proves that Australia can be conceived of. Still, a major discovery, since many of us weren't even convinced of that.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

gestalt_n_pepper Internet is the new liberal arts degree (1037 comments)

Originally, a liberal arts degree was supposed to teach a person how to think independently. History, political science, anthropology, psychology, sociology and so on, forced you to see different world views and solutions. It actively worked against the kind of drone-like social programming instituted by public schools and trade-school-only mentality of universities. Naturally, "liberal arts" was slowly propagandized into a dirty word. Politicians *hate* citizens who think, and won't toe the line. The internet, which no politician was bright enough to predict or evaluate, has blown that out of the water. Kids today are more likely to read news on rt.com or reddit.com than NBC, NPR, Fox, MSNBC or any other USA-centric propaganda outlet.

Mayhem may well ensue. :)

about two weeks ago
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In the Unverified Digital World, Are Journalists and Bloggers Equal?

gestalt_n_pepper Bloggers beat journalists, because mainstream "jou (156 comments)

It's not that bloggers are great, but what passes for journalism in the USA is little more than a bad joke. Fact checking? Broad knowledge of the world? Deep thought? When was the last time you saw any of that from a "professional" mainstream media journalist? Even the Economist has become hopelessly myopic and superficial.

That's not the only reason. Intellectually, most of the journalism majors I met in college were fighting it out with education majors for last place. Try and explain something as complex as resource depletion or peak oil, and their heads looked like they'd explode.

Consequently I find that I read bloggers with great enthusiasm (e.g. nakedcapitalism.com), while simply rolling my eyes at the "news" on MSNBC, Fox or NPR.

about a month ago
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IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

gestalt_n_pepper On the sort of good side (703 comments)

We probably won't be able to economically sustain the production and use of hydrocarbons at an industrial scale much beyond the next 30 years (We run out of money first, then net energy, rapidly followed by supply chain breakage all the while enjoying price feedback spikes). That takes about 300 exajoules of heat energy off the table each year, plus many fewer particulates and much less CO2. While that may not be enough to stop the methane releases that spiral global warming out of control, we at least slow it down.

Oh, and about 6 billion of us die from starvation.

Cheers!

about a month ago
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L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

gestalt_n_pepper In USSA, you are guilty until proven innocent. (405 comments)

That's the new reality. The laws just haven't been changed yet. Yet. And yes, the terrorists have won, by making the government and law enforcement do the terrorism for them.

about a month ago
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Back To the Moon — In Four Years

gestalt_n_pepper Re:Lets divert some military funds (292 comments)

1% of military funds diverted to the development of scalable, human-like artificial intelligence would probably render war obsolete as all resource issues were solved as a side effect, not to mention giving us affordable interstellar travel.

Assuming either is possible. An AI can only help in the domain of solvable problems. Some won't be. It's the inherent limitation of AI>

about a month ago
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Back To the Moon — In Four Years

gestalt_n_pepper Re:Yeah, too bad there's no real reason to do so.. (292 comments)

So, I'm sure that you'll have no problem coming up with a single concrete example where it's cheaper and easier to do this on, or from the moon, rather than Earth....

One. Just one real example.

about a month ago
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Back To the Moon — In Four Years

gestalt_n_pepper Yeah, too bad there's no real reason to do so.... (292 comments)

The moon is a symbol, but there's no *practical* reason to go there, establish a base, a colony, or a really good restaurant. Near earth orbital stations, in contrast, might be developed profitably for power stations, zero G manufacturing of exotic materials, ubiquitous satellite-based internet, and so on.

The focus on the moon and Mars is just cold war era, retro silliness. We have limited resources to throw at space. This is the time to throw them at something that will give us some return.

about a month ago
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The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage

gestalt_n_pepper CEOs vs actual capitalism (392 comments)

As companies grow, it's more profitable to buy legislation then compete. The move to expand the H1-B visa program is a perfect example. The best employee is a slave. The closest we get to that in the USA is an H1-B serf. CEOs across the board will try and purchase legislation that reduces their labor costs by insuring a supply of imported serfs, since remote serfs often prove to be less useful.

That's the reality. Anything coming out of the mouth of a CEO or a media company(s) where that CEO sits on the board, is simply self-serving noise.

about a month ago
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Ex-Microsoft Employee Arrested For Leaking Windows 8

gestalt_n_pepper Nothing this guy did.... (197 comments)

could possibly be as bad as what Microsoft's own management is doing to Microsoft every day.

about 1 month ago

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