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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

interkin3tic Re:Not news (247 comments)

A man goes to a doctor. The doctor says "You need to stop smoking." Man says "SNORE! Old news, you told me that last time, tell me something I don't know!" and lights up. The man dies shortly thereafter *.

It is news because it is still happening and most people don't know it, or like to pretend we're not in for rough times. If a story is a duplicate on slashdot, then that's one thing. If it's so obvious that everyone already knows it, then that's also fair to object.

12 hours ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

interkin3tic Re:Vote (175 comments)

Maybe start by asking why they are all spouting the same nonsense. Then conclude that it's because we have stupid voters who tolerate it. Then move.

13 hours ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

interkin3tic Re:Damn I used to like southwest (787 comments)

I get the impression that you have about equal chances of getting a rude gate agent no matter what airlines you fly with. Which is to say they're almost all reasonable people, but sometimes have bad days, other times it depends more on how you ask. The guy here seems to have an entitlement. He's a frequent flyer, his kids aren't, he was asking if they could get on with him in the early boarding. He could have paid the early check-in fee for them and gotten on before most people anyway. I think it's $15 on southwest. Point is, he had other options. It's fine to ask for favors, but if you're fuming about someone NOT granting you a favor, you're probably the asshole in that situation.

Moreover, personally, I'm willing to pay for more polite staff. Specifically, I'm willing to pay maybe five dollars. Southwest is still cheaper usually. Who cares about rude gate agents?

On service (as in flights on time) I have gotten the impression that they're slipping. Their fleet isn't as young as it used to be. Mechanical issues seem to be causing more delays. That said, they're still newer planes than Delta. I suspect southwest's reputation is working against them here: If Delta is delayed 2 hours you think "Fucking Delta, always pulling this shit, good thing I brought a book to read just in case this happened." If Southwest is delayed you think "WHAT THE FUCK!!! SOUTHWEST ISN'T SUPPOSED TO DO THIS SHIT!!! AAAAA!!!!"

I may be biased though because Delta woke me up in very the middle of a trans-pacific flight to fucking sell me duty free shit, and I didn't get back to sleep the remaining 6 or so hours, then on the ground I learned they had smashed both of my checked articles, and then told me with a straight face that I took that risk when I checked it. Southwest doesn't do international flights, so doesn't have a chance to wake me up trying to sell me something, and I don't check bags anymore.

13 hours ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

interkin3tic Re:Let's just hope... (167 comments)

While terrorists have and will claim victory over causing economic damage, that's not their goal, and it never was. Their cult doesn't promise them forty grapes/virgins if they total a million dollars in lost GDP or anything like that.

yesterday
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

interkin3tic Re:Think of it as evolution in action (167 comments)

Being ignorant of modern medicine is not a genetically-encoded trait. So, despite your best attempts to rationalize it, no, there's nothing good about people dying in this way.

Moreover, you sound like you consider yourself somehow superior to the people who are dying of the disease, though you are undoubtedly too cowardly to actually come out and say it even as AC. You're protected by geography and the fact that the virus doesn't appear to have gotten into a major international airport. At the moment. If it did, you would yourself likely be bread out of the gene pool. You are in no way superior to the people who are dying. In fact, I think a corpse has you beaten on personality.

yesterday
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Method Rapidly Reconstructs Animal's Development Cell By Cell

interkin3tic Re:Singularity (39 comments)

Not really. The embryo here is a fruit fly. They're small enough to see the entire thing with a microscope. Vertebrates tend to get too big to image completely with current microscopes really early on in development. A human brain is way too big to image completely with a microscope without slicing it thinner than lunch meat.

4 days ago
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Method Rapidly Reconstructs Animal's Development Cell By Cell

interkin3tic Re:Wow (39 comments)

As a cell biologist I have to say, we already can:

Option 1. Die
Option 2. Cancer

4 days ago
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"Intelligent" Avatars Poised To Manage Airline Check-In

interkin3tic Re:There's something touching about that comment (102 comments)

Another thing not considered: that the person who provided that comment was a complete idiot.

"Hi sir, you just checked into your flight, which is totally fun, would you like to continue the thrill by standing around for a few minutes longer and taking a survey about your experience? Yes? GREAT! If you could stop drooling for a minute, tell us how we can improve your experience? You like to look at human faces? Oh, you said 'feces'? I'll just write down faces, how about that?"

4 days ago
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"Intelligent" Avatars Poised To Manage Airline Check-In

interkin3tic Re:nice job (102 comments)

You might not, and I'd wager that most people would SAY they wouldn't care about a face, but I could also believe that it could actually improve customer relations.

Kind of like advertising that seems silly. I see an ad for coke and I think "That's stupid, I'm not going to order a coke simply because I saw a pretty woman on a billboard drinking a coke." Yet I'm told it does actually have an effect without you realizing it. People aren't completely rational.

Of course, I'm not confident this guy or the airlines have actually studied whether this will actually reduce people's stresses with check-in, I'm guessing they just made a hypothesis and liked it because it promised a quick, cheap fix to their problems rather than, I dunno, stop hiring idiots at the checkout counters and to hire more of them.

4 days ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

interkin3tic Re:You dorks (391 comments)

Also, you don't have to go to the CNN site if you don't like their ads. No one actually forced you to read CNN. It is their media property, they can do what they wish.

See... that was what we like to call "an example." As in just one of many things which prove the point. CNN is not the only website doing it. It's an arms race for eyeballs. When everyone starts doing it, then the internet as a whole is harmed.

about a week ago
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White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

interkin3tic Re:Lol (272 comments)

Hey man, didn't you read "could generate thousands of jobs?" Let me say that again. COULD. MAKE. THOUSANDS. JOBS.

End of discussion. We all know the only things worse than aborting potential jobs are terrorism and taxes.

about a week ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

interkin3tic Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (253 comments)

From a public health perspective: who cares? T2 Diabetes rates are still going up, yet we've known that for a long time. We need to keep telling obese people with T2 diabetes to lose it, obviously diabetes isn't the only problem associated with obesity, and that drives up costs for the public at large, but telling the public to diet isn't working.

You individually, great, pat yourself on the back, but you're not most people. We know empirically that most overweight people will stay overweight, and diabetes on top of that is going to cost the public a lot of money through health insurance. A preventative measure that is not "lose weight" is a very good thing.

about a week ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

interkin3tic Re:it is the wrong way... (291 comments)

You're just presenting a false dichotomy: solar with brownouts or coal being profitable. That's utter nonsense.

about a week ago
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Taking Great Ideas From the Lab To the Fab

interkin3tic Re:Could have picked a better field (19 comments)

But research funds are still low. There's been a big push to spend money on what the summary is talking about for about a decade. I'm wondering if the government spending money on moving stuff from the lab to the doctors office has simply convinced private industry they don't need to spend their own money to do that. I mean, people frustrated with "death valley" aside, I don't think we were previously ignoring valuable, profitable science go to waste anyway.

about a week ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

interkin3tic Re: Sexual Harassment Is Common In ... Everything (362 comments)

Lets not fall into a trap of thinking it's a black and white issue. Inappropriate comments can definitely be a real issue. Take sex out of it a minute and look at non-sexual assault and battery.

If your boss cracks your skull with a crowbar, that's obviously serious battery that is going to create a hostile work environment, and he should be jailed. If he jokingly punches you on the arm, that's not battery, that's not creating a hostile work environment.

If your boss rolls his eyes when you give him bad news and says "I should just kill you" with a sigh, that's probably not a "real issue." If he looks you dead in the eyes and says he's going to stab you in the back one day, and you believe him, that's obviously a real issue, that would definitely create a hostile work environment.

Why would words become trivial if instead of saying "stab" he says "fuck"?

about a week ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

interkin3tic Re:Such harassment (362 comments)

What does the "The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey" have to do with harassment on scientific fieldwork? Is this just a general "male victims get ignored" or is this actually relevant to the discussion here?

about a week ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

interkin3tic Re:Some people are jerks (362 comments)

Get it through your head: sexual harassment and sexual assault are not predominantly the responsibility of the male.

Fine, but the summary specifically states "The study reveals that the primary targets were young women who were harassed, assaulted, and even raped by men who were usually senior to them in rank."

The article goes further " Women were 3.5 times more likely to report sexual harassment than men and significantly more likely to have experienced sexual assault."

Again, these are specific to scientific field work. If you have data which suggests that on scientific field work, men are harassed much more often, then that's totally relevant. If not, then that's a different discussion.

One should keep in mind that both genders can be sexually harassed or assaulted, but that shouldn't be confused with "both genders are EQUALLY harassed or assaulted" because that's just not true. Moreover, the articles point out that a lot of that was male supervisors on their female students. Given that most professors are male, male students being harassed on these trips may be a different situation entirely, probably requiring different approaches. If male students are primarily being harassed by female students, then dealing with the harassers is much simpler: you tell them they'll be fired if they harass people. Tenured professors, that doesn't work for.

I really don't see what your objection here is. GP was only explaining why telling people not to sexually harass was justified without warning people not to commit murder. Do we seriously need to affirm in every single post on this subject that yes, men can be victims too?

about a week ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

interkin3tic Re:Youtube Comments (238 comments)

One wonders why google cared about cleaning up youtube comments in the first place. It may have had the level of discourse one would find in a crackhouse, but unlike a crackhouse, people aren't going to stumble out onto nearby sites like gmail and stab someone in the face for a quarter.

about two weeks ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

interkin3tic Re:Too Little, Too Late (238 comments)

I'd be surprised if the vast majority of people on facebook, who google was attempting to court, cared what Eric called it. I'm guessing Zuckerberg has called his users more insulting terms, and no one really cared. Even if he did, so what? Facebook and google are the same products.

I mean, google + didn't become the next facebook simply because it didn't become the next facebook to enough people. Lets not complicate it, people simply didn't switch. It wasn't some bullshit about real names, or youtube integration, or features facebook didn't have. Facebook just kept critical mass.

about two weeks ago

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terrorist group hosted on dutch server

interkin3tic interkin3tic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

interkin3tic (1469267) writes "'Columbia Reports' reports that a Spanish non-profit organization is hosting the website of Colombia's second largest guerrilla group, National Liberation Army (ELN), on a server in the Netherlands. ELN is on a terrorist blacklist, hosting a website for a group on the blacklist is punishable depending on the content.

The article goes on to state that the ELN website is political in nature, criticizing president Alvaro Uribe and the US military. The website is in Spanish, there is a link to it in the article, if you don't read Spanish, resist the temptation to click on it so we don't Slashdot it and contribute to the censorship."

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