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Survey Finds Nearly 50% In US Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

h00manist paranoid, delusional, nuts. and with lots of guns. (395 comments)

50% of the population suffer from some level of paranoia and delusion, we have a public health issue.
With the amount of marketing, PR and publicity (aka lies and false stories) everyone is bombarded with, it's hard for the average person not to go nuts. added to that, quite a few true stories are just so twisted it becomes hard to believe in.
Yes, we have a public health issue with too many people losing their mind. plus, many of them have lots of guns.
A large section of the population has mental issues and guns. Yep, that could be bad.

about 8 months ago
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Michael Mann Defamation Suit Against National Review Writer to Proceed

h00manist Forget the research, think of your own power (393 comments)

Would it make sense to be energy-independent, produce your own power? Of course - it's an expense, a supply headache, and a risk factor.

How can you generate your own power? Oil-dependent generators are not cost efficient. Coal is large investment. Extract your own oil and refine it? Insanely complex and costly. Nuclear is impossible, politically tough.

The reason we are dependent on oil and coal is because corporations profit from it, they can monopolize it.

If you're a nation or corporation, you can think of safe nuclear, like thorium-based nuclear power.

Otherwise, to generate power yourself, you're likely to end up looking at the wind, hydro, sun, waves, or something else you can get yourself for zero cost, simply because you can do it.

about 10 months ago
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Michael Mann Defamation Suit Against National Review Writer to Proceed

h00manist Identify the deniers (393 comments)

Welcome to Slashdot, haruchai, where posting simple truths brings out the deniers, to silence you.

There is so much research, investment and interest in getting rid of oil and coal, its inevitable that oil and coal will not last that much longer. There are more alternatives every day.

But oil companies have some money to lobby with. It would make sense that they would spend on some PR agents to propagate their ideals and objectives into the public conscience.

Follow the money. Who stands to gain by climate-denialists crazy arguments? Oil and coal. Auto companies perhaps, but not so much. They already power cars from many other sources, even if it costs more. But oil and coal companies stand to simply die if too many people switch to other power sources.

Who is funding the climate-deniers? Oil and coal. Where are the climate deniers concentrated? Oil and coal states. Who are the politicians that go along with climate-denier positions? Politicians from oil and coal states.

And this crazy argument that there is some "lobby" who "finances" and "creates false science" to "profit from global warming"? Who, the scientists lobby? We wish scientists had political power. Everything they say basically falls on deaf ears. What, the battery makers lobby? The electric car lobby?

There is no large green corporation, or group of companies, there is no central profit center. Power can be generated in an infinity of ways, and many, many of them are more efficient, cost less, and are (gasp!) cleaner than oil and coal, in many ways. They haven't quite gotten enough traction yet to completely replace oil, coal, and gas, largely due to lobby, PR scams, and protectionism of the oil lobby. Still, it seems inevitable.

If anyone really likes oil power so much, tell them to buy a generator, and power the house with oil. See the absurd noise, maintenance and costs. Quickly come to the - quite common sense - conclusion that oil power is not so great.

Which is likely to be the interest of the population in non-oil-and-coal-power - common sense. Not some imaginary "green lobby", a fictitious invention of the oil corporate lobby.

Oil and coal is not only affecting weather. It's making air unbreathable in many cities. Its not infinite. Many nations don't have enough and are vulnerable by depending on imports too much, like China and US. Europe is also dependent on Russian gas imports.

Militaries around the world don't like being vulnerable on supply lines for energy and gas, any group generating their own power is far more autonomous. The same argument goes for industry, commerce, transportation, cities, remote locations, and pretty much anyone.

Car and truck transportation are being questioned for many reasons - global warming, air pollution, noise pollution, traffic, safety, costs, raw inefficiency, and urban planning. Each of these arguments have their own, huge, groups of supporters.

If there is an environmental lobby, it appears to be most of the population, pretty much.

The surprising part is how much the world politicians have bent over for oil, gas and coal monopolies.

about 10 months ago
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Khosla, Romm Fire Back At '60 Minutes' Cleantech Exposé

h00manist Global warming denial campaign (117 comments)

Paid "news", funded by the oil+coal guys.

Coal+oil companies are on a disinformation campaign about traffic, pollution, accidents, global warming, economic costs, and a host of crazy, irrational arguments. Their common conclusion "pollution and waste is the better alternative"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExxonMobil#Funding_of_global_warming_disinformation_and_denial
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Motors_streetcar_conspiracy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_activities_of_the_Koch_brothers#Fossil_fuel_and_chemical_industry_lobbying

about 10 months ago
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Target Confirms Point-of-Sale Malware Was Used In Attack

h00manist use bitcoin (250 comments)

they should have used bitcoin in the stores.

about 10 months ago
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Book Review: The Digital Crown

h00manist Many cant even read it (69 comments)

If there was good content in a flash website, anyone using android or ios wouldn't see any of this content.

about 10 months ago
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Book Review: The Digital Crown

h00manist Flash and content are not related (69 comments)

Flash is just one web technology out of dozens. It has no relationship to creating good content or websites. It's just one technology. An obsolete one, too.

about 10 months ago
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Chefs Preview Surface Tension-Based Cocktail Garnishes

h00manist There is a paywall ? (33 comments)

Makes formulating rather difficult, while driving or not.

about 10 months ago
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Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

h00manist Are you a Microsoft shill. (1009 comments)

Anyone who says they love windows 8 and posts as AC is suspect of being a Microsoft shill.

about 10 months ago
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Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

h00manist Only if it is open source sauce. (1009 comments)

You can have anything you want in it, as long it comes with open source sauce.

about 10 months ago
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Government Lab Uses Smartphones To Measure Gamma Ray Exposure

h00manist Medical marihuana is legal (105 comments)

Smoking stuff in many instances is now legal. So lots of people are smoking stuff, including while reading /.

about 10 months ago
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Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

h00manist Call it "This is it" (1009 comments)

They should call it the "this is it" version. Make a grand video of the rehearse of its pre-release beta version. Hire a tech doctor to put it to sleep with anethesia. Have a great big media trial and debate. Then admit it's dead.

about 10 months ago
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Government Lab Uses Smartphones To Measure Gamma Ray Exposure

h00manist SciFi movie swishing doors = no sex? (105 comments)

I am not sure the lack of a connection between swooshing doors and sexual attraction is clear. Can you elaborate.

about 10 months ago
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Government Lab Uses Smartphones To Measure Gamma Ray Exposure

h00manist convert smartphones to gamma ray guns (105 comments)

Maybe someone *should* convert smartphones to gamma ray guns. In order to study the effects, of course.

about 10 months ago
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Bennett Haselton: Google+ To Gmail Controversy Missing the Point

h00manist Abolish privacy? (244 comments)

Sure, abolish privacy for everyone who holds a government position. They are working for the public anyway - aren't they.

about 10 months ago
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Government Lab Uses Smartphones To Measure Gamma Ray Exposure

h00manist It's not a nuclear power plant (105 comments)

Read again. It doesn't generate radiation. It's not a nuclear power plant.

Though if someone writes an app to turn the phone into a safe nuclear power plant it might be popular.

about 10 months ago
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British Spies To Be Allowed To Break Speed Limit

h00manist Give bicycles to the MI6 (278 comments)

The traffic doesn't care what speed your car or special privileges allow you to drive. You go the same speed as everyone else.

about 10 months ago

Submissions

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Ohio legislators will ask US to license Thorium nuclear for private industry.

h00manist h00manist writes  |  about 10 months ago

h00manist (800926) writes "Two Ohio state legislators plan to introduce a resolution to promote research and development of energy from thorium reactors, and ask the U.S. Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission to license liquid fluoride thorium reactors to be built and operated by private industry."
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Celullose power discovered. Centuries old. In India.

h00manist h00manist writes  |  about a year ago

h00manist (800926) writes "While everyone is looking for ways to convert cellulose to energy, this company in India, better known for its hybrid solar+wind power solutions, is quietly also researching and selling other types of backup power turbines which can generate power on-demand whenever there is no wind or sun. The turbines powered by cellulose. While each one only produces approximately 500W, they can start up ten of them, on demand, to get 5KW."
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Google Brazil executive "detained" for refusing Youtube takedown order

h00manist h00manist writes  |  more than 2 years ago

h00manist (800926) writes "The police executed an order to detain Google's top executive in Brazil, Fábio José Silva Coelho. Google refused an order to remove a youtube video which accused a mayoral candidate of several crimes. Police say he will be released today; Brazilian law for the case allows for a one-year max sentence. Streisand Effect, anyone?"
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Super-privacy-protecting ISP in the planning

h00manist h00manist writes  |  more than 2 years ago

h00manist (800926) writes "Nicholas Merrill ran a New York based ISP and got tired of federal "information requests". He is planning another ISP, which would be built from the ground up for privacy. Everything encrypted, maximum technical and legal resistance to information requests. Merrill has formed an advisory board with members including Sascha Meinrath from the New America Foundation; former NSA technical director Brian Snow; and Jacob Appelbaum from the Tor Project. Kickstarter-like IndieGoGo has a project page."
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Cloud Gaming accelerator for your LAN?

h00manist h00manist writes  |  more than 2 years ago

h00manist (800926) writes "If http://www.onlive.com/ can stream a game to an old computer, there should be a way to do it on computers at your own LAN too. What is the software Onlive uses? Is there anyone developing a public-use version for it? Can we too get all our old computers to run modern games by getting some sort of "graphics accelerator for the LAN"?"
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802.11s wifi mesh approved by IEEE

h00manist h00manist writes  |  more than 3 years ago

h00manist (800926) writes "Mesh networking protocol 802.11s is getting ratified by the IEEE. LWN has news from the Linux Wireless Summit. — "802.11s Mesh Networking was ratified by IEEE for integration into 802.11. Javier Cardona has been leading its implementation and support on mac80211. In this session he reviews 802.11s with open and encrypted environments." — You can set it up on OpenWRT. It's been in the kernel since version 2.6.22. So it seems like it should be stable by now. Has anyone used it?"
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Client said "do what you want, but reduce costs".

h00manist h00manist writes  |  more than 3 years ago

h00manist (800926) writes "Several clients, facing a crisis, have asked us to reduce their costs. Thinking of open source, thin clients, and migration viability, and costs. It seems the best I've come up with is Userful for ultra-light terminals,, and IBM/Virtual Bridges VERDE for a terminal server. I know a bunch of apps will never become open source and will remain on Windows. Anyone know any similar proposals?"
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Best ways to stimulate open source development?

h00manist h00manist writes  |  more than 3 years ago

h00manist (800926) writes "What do you think are the best ways to encourage more open source development? How can enough programmers be motivated so that open source becomes the way most software is developed? Should Kickstarter projects be the way most of them are funded? Open source competitions? More Summer of Code style projects? Open source camp events? More development of standards and tools that help coordinate all coding, such as XML, html, API's, portability, etc?"
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Crowd-Sourced Libya Crisis, UN call volunteers

h00manist h00manist writes  |  more than 3 years ago

h00manist (800926) writes "The Standby Task Force, Online Volunteer Community for Live Mapping, which Slashdot wrote about before, is helping live-map conflict in Libya, calling volunteers with skills in mapping, media, analysis, English and Arabic. In the past they mapped situations in Afghanistan, Chile, Haiti. The open source platform Ushahidi has also been used in Wash DC."
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Libya SIGINT jamming satellites, towers

h00manist h00manist writes  |  more than 3 years ago

h00manist (800926) writes "Libya's Gaddafi apparently loves radio hacking. Confirmed to be using signal jamming to disable Thuraya satellite phones. Also satellite TV network provider Arabsat, affecting vast areas in the Middle East, Gulf, Africa and Europe. Perhaps cellphone and internet transmissions also too, which work intermittently. Soldiers confiscate electronics, too. This has gone on for days, allowing killing carried out largely hidden from the world view, quite different from what happened in Egypt. The locations of the jamming signals is known to company executives, around capital Tripoli, but nobody can do anything. Only POTS available, and monitored. Technically, could this happen everywhere? Alternatives?"
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#china revolution set to start 2pm Shanghai time

h00manist h00manist writes  |  more than 3 years ago

h00manist (800926) writes "Online pages call for protests in 13 cities in China, at 2:00 pm Shanghai time, 1:00 am EST, Twitter tag being used is #cn220. In spite of China censoring Middle East protests, now known as "Jasmin Revolutions", Chinese people are inspired. Instructions for participating are being censored, help re-posting is requested. They keep disappearing, and then popping up everywhere on the net, and being censored again. Yes, I used the google translated version to understand Chinese."
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Internet back on in Egypt

h00manist h00manist writes  |  more than 3 years ago

h00manist (800926) writes "Internet connectivity is returning in Egypt after a historic censorship, 100% total disconnection, country-wide, for several days. The attempt to quell the protests did not work. Google's voice-call-to-twitter SayNow, dialup, ham radio, Al-Jazeera all established communication via many other channels, mixing Internet and other paths. Everyone is waiting for the exit of the dictator."
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Egyptians protest, inspired by Tunisia, Wikileaks

h00manist h00manist writes  |  more than 3 years ago

h00manist (800926) writes "Egyptians young and old are on the streets protesting. They were inspired by Tunisia's protests-led revolution, it started even before the Tunisian president fled. Egypt receives about US$1.5 billion in US aid per year, even though Egyptian president Mubarak's dictatorship has lasted since 1981. All started by this Wikileaks document.. Got milk, I mean, document?"
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Chinese mob provides half of world's rare-earth

h00manist h00manist writes  |  more than 3 years ago

h00manist (800926) writes "Reporters visit was greeted with a “We’re going to carve all of you up, slaughter all of you and burn your car!” — The gangs reap profits that can rival drug money, while leaving pollution and violence in their wake. [...] Rogue operations in southern China produce an estimated half of the world'(TM)s supply of heavy rare earths, which are the most valuable kinds of rare earth metals. Heavy rare earths are increasingly vital to the global manufacture of a range of high-technology products — including iPhones, BlackBerrys, flat-panel televisions, lasers, hybrid cars and wind-power turbines, as well as a lot of military hardware. China mines 99 percent of the global supply of heavy rare earths, with legal, state-owned mines mainly accounting for the rest of China’s output. That means the Chinese government’s only effective competitors in producing these valuable commodities are the crime rings within the country's borders."
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Google donates $5M Windowbuilder and Codepro to Ec

h00manist h00manist writes  |  more than 3 years ago

h00manist (800926) writes "Words have officially leaked out on the InterWebs, via The Inquirer, that

Google is donating Windowbuilder Pro and Codepro Profiler to the Eclipse project. Google acquired the software when it bought Instantiations, relaunching the Java graphical user interface building tool Windowbuilder Pro shortly after. Now the outfit has decided to donate both Windowbuilder Pro and the code analysis tool Codepro to the open source Eclipse project. Although Google has announced its intention to donate the software, it needs go through a rigorous filtering process to ensure that no intellectual property rights will be breached. Once those formalities are dealt with, it is likely that both Windowbuilder Pro and Codepro will tip up in the Indigo release of Eclipse sometime in June 2011.

Read more: http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1933248/google-donates-windowbuilder-codepro-eclipse"
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Open 'net debate on Internet laws in Brazil

h00manist h00manist writes  |  more than 4 years ago

h00manist (800926) writes "Brazil has opened public, free, internet debate on it's new internet law proposal. A hodgepodge of contradicting state laws, lawsuits, and rulings were blocking efforts to encourage more internet use, so a new federal law proposal is open to debate, including topics such as education, culture, freedom of expression, right-to-use, user and provider rights and responsibilities, anonymity, content removal and notices, crime and law enforcement, everything. Currently the site accepts comments on each paragraph of the law. Last October there was debate on the general principles to be included in the law. Brazilian Portuguese, but there is google translate and volunteers translating to English."
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Journals

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Why run Linux on a desktop?

h00manist h00manist writes  |  more than 4 years ago

People keep bringing me new computers with Linux preinstalled, and asking me to install Windows. It breaks my heart, but it's not my computer, and I know Linux is tough for a desktop user. Thinking of it, indeed, what could motivate a typical user to keep Linux on his desktop? Most desktop users want web browsing (ok apart from ActiveX), MSN messenger (sort of OK linux, but not all the features), games (terrible on linux), MP3 stuff (quite Ok)

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making linux more popular

h00manist h00manist writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ok, i admit it - linux use isn't growing much. what do you suggest? apps installed according to user profiles? games in all installs? catering more to the hordes of casual users, such as facebook-and-instant-messengers-and-games, who need only a couple of better apps really? creating linux-only software, with licenses that prevent running it on windows? there has to be a case, a reason, for running linux on a desktop, and there isn't one, not for the user. price just isn't cutting it - most people just don't pay for their software, making it effectively cost the same as linux - nothing.

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wonder about those hackintosh and osx-86 pc boxes

h00manist h00manist writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I've been reading the Hackintosh and osx-86 sites. Wonder if I could somehow use those in the cybercafe. It's not Windows, which is boring, and it's not Linux, which is hard. Some users would find it interesting. I would too. It would also make the time trackers more difficult to deal with, don't know if I could get clients for windows, mac, and linux for any manager...

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Japanese "streetcomputing" project

h00manist h00manist writes  |  more than 5 years ago http://streetcomputing.yuiseki.net/ Japanese street hacker bloggers decide there's not enough kids addicted enough to computers, like themselves, and decide to take to the streets with their computers to promote net addiction. Equipped with tents, sushi, netbooks, laptops, and cellphones, they camp out everywhere they can and just geek it on the streets. -- street computing NOW!!! ----- Hi, everyone. I'm yuiseki. Today, I will introduce you to "Streetcomputing" -- that is fusion of geek computer culture and urban street culture. emobile, laptop and netbook allows us to walk round at city with the Web. - http://streetcomputing.yuiseki.net/

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whole Equifax database leaks- what happens?

h00manist h00manist writes  |  about 8 years ago

Say Equifax, or some other place that has most everyone's name, SSN, phone, address, and some other stuff, gets their entire database leaked and mass-mailed.

What would happen?

Would the financial system crash? Or does everyone get a new SSN and life goes on?

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KaRmA improved

h00manist h00manist writes  |  more than 10 years ago

What a relief. My /. karma rating has improved today.

I feel like a true accepted netcitizen of the /. empire.

Now when are we having elections for the /. netsenate?

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