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Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

hort_wort Re:Censorship should not be tolerated. (86 comments)

Censorship should not be tolerated. Under any circumstances

If you went with your child into a rough neighborhood and that child started shouting racial slurs at everyone you passed, would you tell your kid to hush or would you just let him keep going on?

1 hour ago

Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

hort_wort Re: Patriotic to NOT watch it instead? (227 comments)

* Never been known for harming anyone outside of his own country.

Google the Cheonan. Your argument is 80% based on igonorance and 20% based on rank stupidity.

If you're referring to the Battle of Cheonan, Kim Jung-un was -33 years old at that time.

about a month ago

Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

hort_wort Patriotic to NOT watch it instead? (227 comments)

Kim Jung-un has:

* Inherited a position and country that was already hated.
* Behaved as expected of his culture.
* Never been known for harming anyone outside of his own country.
* Suffered insults in nearly every report about him for as long as he has lived.
* Had the majority of information about him relayed through South Korea, a hostile country.

My understanding of the North Korean culture is that the whole system works by deifying their leader. Propaganda is extremely important. With the world seemingly against their administration, it makes sense that things that trickled into their country would be highly censored. It would be stupid of them not to censor it since it could lead to unrest, civil war, doom, destruction, death, fire, lack of bacon.... and other bad things.

South Korea has already mentioned plans to take this film, put it on dvd, and float balloons across the border to incite rebellion in the population. By trying to prevent the movie from being distributed at all, North Korea is essentially trying to avoid anarchy caused by external propaganda.

Why are we so eager to overthrow their regime? Is democracy so sacred that we must ~force~ it on every country around the world? What business is it of the US (and Hollywood) to decide what is the best system? What they have there is what developed in that region. It is a system that won out over the infighting to unite their country. It might not fit our definition of "fair" for the population, but that's only our definition. It's our own view that we're extending upon them, a culture that has had to isolate itself just to keep together.

I for one will NOT be watching this film. I find the comedic insults of a leader and the trivialization of his death is in extremely poor taste, especially since he has done no wrong to me nor anyone I know. "Live and let live" is supposed to be a phrase that the citizens of the US are pushed to believe and follow, especially recently with anti-bullying and gay marriage. This film and the common national support for it spits in the face of that mantra.

about a month ago

Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

hort_wort Simplifying the scenario so far (580 comments)

Bully: "I've gathered up a bunch of people and we're all gonna make fun of you. And we're gonna get your friends to laugh at you and turn against you too."

Victim: "Why? I'm not bothering you at all."

Bully: "Because you're not like us."

Victim: "Well I like my friends. If you don't stop, then I'm gonna smack you."

Bully: "Oh! Oh... well, I don't wanna be smacked. Never mind."

Bully's supporters: "Hey hey hey, he's not the boss of you! Come on! We'll laugh at him with you! He won't hit you, he's bluffing!"

about a month ago

AMD Offers a Performance Boost, Over 20 New Features With Catalyst Omega Drivers

hort_wort Re:Omega (73 comments)

I'm wondering if it's a nod to a guy who used to make lots of custom drivers for graphics cards. It was the only way to upgrade my old Mobility card at the time, so I used them quite often. He still has a site up here:


about a month and a half ago

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop Update Performance Explored

hort_wort Re:irrelevant (57 comments)

PC gamers hate joysticks.

I'm not throwing hundreds of $$$ into Star Citizen just to fly around with a mouse....

about 2 months ago

MAVEN Spies Mars' Atmosphere Leaching Out Into Space

hort_wort How does it compare to expected? (63 comments)

I'd love to see how it compares to the expected values. Can you stick it into a model based on the known equations, turn the crank, and tell what the temperature used to be on Mars thousands of years ago? Hrmm, would be a fun thesis topic.


about 3 months ago

Oxytocin Regulates Sociosexual Behavior In Female Mice

hort_wort Re:This is why I only fuck other men. (216 comments)

"What is the difference between a man and a parasite? A man builds. A parasite asks "Where is my share?" A man creates. A parasite says, "What will the neighbors think?" A man invents. A parasite says, "Watch out, or you might tread on the toes of god..."

Quoting a character based upon the writings of a woman is the perfect way to end... whatever that was. Well done.

about 3 months ago

Marines Put Microsoft Kinect To Work For 3D Mapping

hort_wort Re:online internet jobs (37 comments)

I swear, we could make Slashdot twice as intelligent by getting rid of the 7 digit ids.

It might be funny that this is posted as AC to bypass showing the id. I can't be sure though since mine has too many digits...

about 4 months ago

If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

hort_wort Re:Not just Reno (444 comments)

German consumers pay a lot of money to subsidize big corporations and manufacturers of solar and energy-intensive manufacturing is being outsourced from Germany. Is that what you want for the US?

As opposed to not paying attention and possibly screwing up the climate? Which may lead to billions of deaths as people scramble to readapt crops to new conditions? Yes. I think I can spend a few more $ a month for that.

about 5 months ago

Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts

hort_wort I wear glasses... (109 comments)

My wearing glasses is proof I was abducted by aliens, right?

about 5 months ago

Scientists Find Traces of Sea Plankton On ISS Surface

hort_wort Re:OMG SPACE PLANKTON!! (117 comments)

Star Whales coming soon to a galaxy near you!!

Woah!! Let's calm down here! We should start with engineering space jellyfish first and work up....

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

hort_wort Erotic Role-Play (209 comments)

This is what the acronym means for many people who play online games. I just wanted you guys to know so you'll understand the giggles coming from the back of the room at every meeting.

about 6 months ago

Study: Rats Regret Making the Wrong Decision

hort_wort Re:Not surprising (94 comments)

The unfortunate thing about pet rats is they just don't live that long.

*nodnod* I'm hoping the Gambian Pouched Rat will be domesticated more over the years. Their lifespans are ~8 years. APOPO seems to be doing okay with them so far.

Also, I would mod you up if I could just based on your username.

about 8 months ago

Astronomers Calculate How To Spot Life On an Alien Earth

hort_wort I just love scanning for lifeforms. (46 comments)

Lifeforms... *bleep blup bleep bleep* you tiny little lifeforms... *bleep blup bleep bleep* you precious little lifeforms... *snipsnapsnap clap* where are you? *dootootootootoo bleebleeblue*

about 9 months ago

Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

hort_wort Re:Water quality higher than most of the US (332 comments)

The Portland city water supply is continually tested, and those tests have repeatedly shown the water to be of higher quality (in terms of dissolved solids/minerals and contaminants) than most of the city/municipal water supplies in the United States -- despite the lack of treatment and open reservoirs.

Yep. Looking at kidney death rates on this map tends to agree with that:

about 9 months ago

Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

hort_wort The Day After (878 comments)

If you want to watch the scariest movie you'll ever see, then check out The Day After right now. It's a 30 year-old film about what would happen if the US and Russia nuked each other. The imagery and savagery are horrific -- not for the amazing visual effects, but that they are applied to innocent bystanders just living life at home.

It should be required viewing for everyone beating the war drums.

about 10 months ago

Water Filtration With a Tree Branch

hort_wort Time to watch Nausicaä again (205 comments)

"It's so beautiful. It's hard to believe these spores could kill me."

about 10 months ago



Al Gore Outlines Renewable Energy Plan for NYTimes

hort_wort hort_wort writes  |  more than 6 years ago

hort_wort writes "'THE inspiring and transformative choice by the American people to elect Barack Obama as our 44th president lays the foundation for another fateful choice that he — and we — must make this January to begin an emergency rescue of human civilization from the imminent and rapidly growing threat posed by the climate crisis.... Here is the good news: the bold steps that are needed to solve the climate crisis are exactly the same steps that ought to be taken in order to solve the economic crisis and the energy security crisis.' This is a restatement of the recent 'We Can Solve It' interview."
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