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Health Advisor: Ebola Still Spreading, Worst Outbreak We've Ever Seen

h4x0t Re:Is it still October 9? (244 comments)

MY GOODNESS! According to this chart, it would seem that just around Halloween there we -27.4 deaths from ebola.

about three weeks ago
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The Software Big Oil's PR Firm Uses To "Convert Average Citizens"

h4x0t Re:Heh... (110 comments)

Yuck. Looks like I wrote the cosmic rays theory exactly backwards. Cosmic rays increase cloud cover(seed clouds). Increased activity from the sun decreases the cosmic ray exposure of the planet, thereby decreasing cloud cover.

Apologies.

-h4x0t

about three weeks ago
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The Software Big Oil's PR Firm Uses To "Convert Average Citizens"

h4x0t Re:Heh... (110 comments)

Concerning divergent hypotheses on climate change cause:
The article on scientific opinion on climate change (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_opinion_on_climate_change) is twice as long as the one for climate change itself. This is mainly because it is a very dear topic that is constantly, erroneously (but effectively) 'discredited' by 'news outlets'. It is very important that the world know, beyond a doubt, that there is a scientific CONSENSUS that climate change is caused by human activity -- specifically the release of CO2 into the atmosphere through combustion of fossil fuels.

Yes the models need to be adjusted, they will be, repeatedly. But it doesn't change the fact that the problem is somewhere between bad and hellish.

Cosmic rays, as the previous comment suggests is an example of a differing hypothesis that may explain the same observations, is the theory that decreased activity from the Sun (sunspots and related activity) decreases the protection provided from solar wind and increases the effect of cosmic rays on the planet (reducing cloud formation/cover). This hypothesis has been calculated to contribute, at maximum, 10% of the change we have observed, and, since this is a cyclic process(the ebb and flow of solar activity) on the order of 11 years, historic data can show the effect during previous cycles*.

*'Cosmic rays, solar activity and the climate',T Sloan and A W Wolfendale, 2013, Environ. Res. Lett., 8, 045022
Also Check http://www.skepticalscience.co... for this topic.

-h4x0t

about three weeks ago
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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

h4x0t Re:That's Life... (307 comments)

Imagine the wicked stuff that's evolved to survive gamma ray bursts. Terrifying...

about three weeks ago
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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

h4x0t Re:sooo.... (307 comments)

I would've been a bit nicer about it, but yeah. Mod up.

about three weeks ago
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DHS Set To Destroy "Einstein" Surveillance Records

h4x0t Re:A clear pattern (71 comments)

The system is broken.

It has been for a long time.

I've used to dream of leaving and not looking back and I have the means, but where would that leave this place?
Down one educated individual.
Down one tax payer.

I have no idea what to do.

I could fight it. I could spend my whole life fighting it. To what end?
I do not want power. I just want the power that exists to not be abused.

Could some scientist/engineer out there run on that platform? You'd have my vote.

Send out mailers to your constituents with randomized logins to your polling web-site. Do what they say. Post the results. Keep public records. Be accountable. Only for 1 or max 2 terms, and then go back to your day job. Please.

about three weeks ago
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Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

h4x0t Re:the NERVE of them swedes! (243 comments)

Convicted? Gotta catch him first.

about a month ago
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The Software Big Oil's PR Firm Uses To "Convert Average Citizens"

h4x0t Re:Heh... (110 comments)

There is a scientific consensus on the topic, so one could see why it may appear like a 'pushed' agenda. Scientists are not easily swayed by adverts on TV, radio, disagreeable slashdotters, etc.. They come to conclusions by looking at data (try it, there's a fuck ton on climate science), examining their methods, examining the conclusions drawn from the data sets, verifying that other experiments of a similar nature present data that agrees or disagrees.

And you know what? They keep looking for more data. They may even set up their own experiments. They are smart mother fuckers that love to know how the world works, their effect on it, and their place in it. They also enjoy finding out new things. So if they run a test and the results disagree with the current body of data, they present it all over the place, and they have their methods examined, their testing redone, and they are either shown to be right or wrong.... eventually. Hell, if they are right about something major, we give them a million bucks and a medal!

Currently, there is a 97% consensus among climate scientists that not only is the climate changing dramatically, but humans are the likely cause via the burning of fossil fuels.
-h4x0t

When you start your research, it would be prudent to start at NOAA before BP, as sometimes conflicts of interest exist -- even in science. Something something money.

about a month ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

h4x0t Re:Philae will wake again (523 comments)

True. You get to run the next one. No more of this intolerable nonsense. 100% perfect every time from here on out. Hurray for hoan.

about a month ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

h4x0t Re:I bet Slashdot knows better than any engineer.. (523 comments)

Even were someone a certified expert, they probably haven't worked on the project, and even if they had, they probably don't know the whole of it (budgets, constraints, etc) and even if they did, they probably wouldn't be sitting on slashdot second guessing multi-billion euro projects. Think.

about a month ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

h4x0t Re:huh? (187 comments)

The unethical bit is that they will likely fuck it up a few times and make abominations that are in constant pain until they put them down.

Have you never read science fiction?

about a month ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

h4x0t Garbage (350 comments)

You don't know what you are doing, genius. Stick to your field of expertise, which is apparently automated censorship. Also, your editor forgot to correct two instances of the world "girl" from your article. That's generally an offensive term for any adult female, regardless of skin tone.

about a month ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

h4x0t Laugh Track (226 comments)

Do you have the influence enough to get the laugh track removed. It, among other things, makes the show unwatchable to me.

about 3 months ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

h4x0t Re:Left or Right? (475 comments)

Way more concerned about construction zones.

about 3 months ago
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Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

h4x0t Start at the source (255 comments)

Hardware manufacturers are clearly to blame for enabling this man to commit crimes. Transmission line owners are at fault for supplying him with power to commit crimes. ISPs gave him direct access to the internet, allowing him to perform these acts. I say lock them all up.

about 5 months ago
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Emotional Contagion Spread Through Facebook

h4x0t Reporting in (127 comments)

26 year old here. No facebook for 3 years.

Though, I'll admit that I am not the average consumer.

about 6 months ago
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Cable Companies Use Astroturfing To Fight Net Neutrality

h4x0t News? (142 comments)

Is this news? This has and always will happen until it is made an illegal practice.

about 6 months ago
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Watch the FCC Vote On Net Neutrality Live At 10:30am Eastern

h4x0t Transcript (90 comments)

Does anyone have a transcript, or is it posted somewhere, of the speech the chairman is giving (gave) after the meeting? He makes it sound as though the internet is more "open", now, free from the "rules" of net neutrality imposed on it. It's absolutely riot inducing.

about 7 months ago
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Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out

h4x0t Seek help (235 comments)

Bennett,
I know life can seem like an endless rat race sometimes. It is difficult to refute that logic to a rational mind, but we are not simply rational minds. We love and lose and fix endless bugs, and we shouldn't just give up.
You should consider seeking help. I know... it will be from some git psych major, but it's possible they will put your mind at ease.

about 8 months ago
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Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

h4x0t Car analogy (218 comments)

This just in! Economist reports that kill switches on cars that allow for remote disabling, rendering the car worthless, would save consumers millions, mostly in insurance premiums. (Just give us more power already! -govt.[largecorp, inc])

about 9 months ago

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