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Gates Donates $500M+ To Fight Malaria and Other Diseases

hawkfish Re:How long will it take slashdot to spin this? (106 comments)

I think there are serious questions about accountability, undue influence and private priorities that can be raised without touching how he made his money:

Research by Devi Sridhar at Oxford University warns that philanthropic interventions are ‘radically skewing public health programmes towards issues of the greatest concern to wealthy donors’. ‘Issues,’ she writes, ‘which are not necessarily top priority for people in the recipient country.’

about two weeks ago
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Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

hawkfish Re:left/right apocalypse (495 comments)

I guess I see your point, replying to a comment that we've never had economic disaster due to climate change. But aren't most of your examples irrelevant, given that they occurred prior to the industrial revolution, and therefore had nothing to do with man-made climate change? If anything, those examples point out that climate disasters are a regular occurrence, regardless of human activity. I'm not sure that's the point you were trying to make.

People get shot all the time, so I guess it doesn't matter if I take a M-16 down to my local mall and start shooting people?

about three weeks ago
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Canada Will Ship 800 Doses of Experimental Ebola Drug to WHO

hawkfish Re:Tax dollars at work. (102 comments)

Ummm -- that patent troll was a typo - is not natural - many here identify any non-practicing patent related entity as patent trolls.

Take your head out of your own arse and realize that your mistake is and was your's not mine. I can admit the twit of the week nomintation is now undeserved because of an honest error, can you admit that you did not correct your mistake until you were called out on it?

Sorry, you get twit of the week for not being able to figure the typo out from the original context...which was pretty bloody obvious.

about a month ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

hawkfish Re:That's nothing! (276 comments)

Not to mention they gave the same prize to Arafat, but not to Gandhi.

Well Kissinger got the nobel peace price. What a joke, the greatest mass murder in modern history right after Stalin.
Kissinger should be rotting in a prison alongside his prize.

"Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger got the Nobel Peace Prize."
    -- Tom Lehrer,

about a month and a half ago
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Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

hawkfish Re:What 20 years of research on pot has taught us (263 comments)

Awesome find! Thanks!

LOL, marijuana is just as "deadly" as potato chips. That will make it easy to remember. :-)

Really? Even with that short term memory loss?!

And we can't ignore the fact that pot leads to the munchies which leads to excessive consumption of... ...potato chips!

about a month and a half ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

hawkfish Re:Which bacteria? (308 comments)

It's helpful if you read the fucking article

Who let you in here?

about 2 months ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

hawkfish Re:This is huge (308 comments)

It rains a lot in the hot tropics. More heat, more evaporation, heat rises, cools, rain falls. Pretty simple, really.

Um, you do know that most of the world's deserts are on the Tropics of Capricorn and Cancer?

about 2 months ago
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Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

hawkfish Re:Well of course. (356 comments)

Why is this marked +1 informative? It should be +1 funny.

Learn about meta-humour, grasshopper...

about 2 months ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

hawkfish Re:Yes, and No True Scotsman also (247 comments)

I've been on Slashdot for many years now and I'm just starting to finally get tired of the general level of complete idiocy of most posters here. Am I getting old or is the internet population at large just getting dumber? Not sure.

Speaking as a fellow old fart, I think we are getting smarter - or at least more knowledgeable. Having to pass on this knowledge to ignorant young punks with more energy than us is what makes us grumpy old men.

about 3 months ago
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Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

hawkfish Re:Poor pluto (46 comments)

That would assume that editors read the summaries. With your user id, you HAVE to know that isn't the case.

Even worse, when have the editors ever been concerned about inadvertently triggering tasteless jokes?

about 4 months ago
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Enceladus's 101 Geysers Blast From Hidden Ocean

hawkfish Re:Astrobiology (39 comments)

I predict it will be DNA and/or RNA similar to that on Earth. And I'm a Jesus freaky Christian, so I'm asserting God put it there and Jesus is Lord.

Of course, if nothing's found there, ignore me. Otherwise, if it's truly alien DNA, I will be very shocked. Alien DNA would definitely screw with my Christian belief system. Especially if we didn't even have the same nutrients in common.

Why? It didn't bother C. S. Lewis.

about 4 months ago
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The debate over climate change is..

hawkfish Re:Why is there a debate at all? (278 comments)

That's not what he's arguing, he's arguing that having more efficient versions of things can save you money. Replacing lightbulbs with CFLs in my house paid for itself purely in terms of energy cost after a few months, and those bulbs lasted several years.

I don't know about you, but I hate shopping. One of the cost savings I got from CFLs was fewer shopping trips to buy bulbs.

about 4 months ago
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Biofeedback Games and The Placebo Effect

hawkfish Double blindness (57 comments)

There was some survey done in the UK a few years back where the researcher went around and asked a bunch of people in various disciplines how often they used double-blind experimental designs. The results were kind of depressing. Physics was the worst at about 0.5% or something. Medical stuff was around one third. Oddly enough, the highest rate was for... ESP researchers.

So this sort of thing seems pretty widespread.

about 4 months ago
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With New Horizons Spacecraft a Year Away, What We Know About Pluto

hawkfish Re:Anyone have Cliff Notes? (128 comments)

What do they expect to find on such a distant clump of rock and why is it they thought it to be a good investment to go snap a few slefies around it rather then use that money to go where things really ought to be interesting like Io and Europa?

Please return your 4-digit ID.

Second the motion.

about 4 months ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

hawkfish Re:Not surprising. (725 comments)

All of science is based on the idea that something for which there is no evidence probably doesn't exist. Maybe gravity is actually based on the actions of invisible fairies, but unless and until you have *evidence* of the existence of such fairies the broader scientific community is going to say you're nuts. Similarly claiming the mind has it's roots in magic/soul/etc. Unless and until you have evidence that there is something outside normal physics involved, the default assumption is that there is not. Occam's Razor is not without it's flaws, but it is extremely efficient in trimming out the vast bulk of magical thinking from the scientific community.

Physical laws are - by their very definition - non-material. Ideas like the holographic universe suggest the primacy of information over matter. We should proceed cautiously, but pure materialism seems pretty obviously wrong to me. There are even suggestions (e.g. the small variations in the gravitational constant over time) that physical laws may be "habits". I have no idea what this implies, but it suggests we should look at non-material processes.

about 4 months ago
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Studies: Wildfires Worse Due To Global Warming

hawkfish Re:I thought weather was not climate... (379 comments)

So the fuel just built up everywhere and then when something happens to ignite it, be it lightening or a cigarette, the little fires have a greater probability of becoming bigger fires. Time means more fuel, greater risk. Tick tick tick. So then after awhile we get these huge fires. What do those smart intellectuals do? Do they review their suggestions of the past? Take into account the bureaucratic BS that contributed to these fires? No! First, they smoke a bowl and later .... they say "Let's help that farmer who lost his ranch. Let's help those people who lost there homes. Let's explain to them that it is all mankind's fault." They then go on to explain BS like carbon foot prints and how that is why fires are worse. It is also why flooding is worse or droughts or pretty much anything, and the only way to fix it is to accept global collectivism. Yup, only with global collectivism can we prevent forest fires.

Leaving aside your rabid ad hominem remarks about collectivism, your claim that increased fires are due to increased fire load has in fact been studied and discounted . In other words, those of us in the "reality-based community" (i.e. "libtards") are a lot more self-critical than you. Which is why we do science and you do politics.

about 6 months ago
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US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

hawkfish Re:it ultimately means a very drastic change. (627 comments)

While I agree with the history, I don't think the remedy needs to be anything like that drastic. We just need the willpower to go nuclear. If we have enough 4th generation nukes, we would produce very little waste (and that short lived) and we could synthesise carbon fuels from the carbon dissolved in sea water (the Navy is very interested in this and is funding it). So no changes to the car infrastructure, no changes in electricity consumption, cleaner air and less lethal power production (Nuclear has the lowest death / TWHr ratio of all power sources by about two orders of magnitude.)

about 6 months ago
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Mathematicians Push Back Against the NSA

hawkfish Re:Fight your own battles (233 comments)

While I strongly disagree with the suggestion that ethics stop at the workplace door, there is a point here I agree with:

Politically-capable voters are refusing to get off their asses and use their political power to reign in these government agencies, and are instead demanding that STEM workers sacrifice their jobs, potentially ruining their careers, in an completely ineffective effort to stop government evil.

USAians have this dangerous attitude born (or co-opted) from their individualism that is often phrased "Think globally, act locally." The danger with this attitude is that it usually convinces a lot of people that acting locally is all they have to do. If you want to fight global warming, then buy a Prius instead of taxing the Koch brothers into bankruptcy. Buying the Prius is a nice safe thing for a good little consumer to do (disclosure: I own one). Organising to kick the asses of the plutocracy is much harder and may well cost you your life, your fortune and your sacred honour. But it is the only thing that really works in the long run.

about 7 months ago
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Your StarCraft II Potential Peaked At Age 24

hawkfish Re:The older I get, the better I once was. (103 comments)

As I get older I am noticing that I have lost my twitch reaction speeds, so I can no longer play Quake, or Team Fortress very well. However, what I have lost in speed reaction, I have gained in cleverness.

Well, there is the old saw that "age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill." Does that count?

about 7 months ago

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