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California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

kheldan The very HEIGHT of irresponsibility! (209 comments)

The U.S. economy is still in recovery and unemployment is still high. It's bad enough that we're importing workers for any reason, but to actually fire employees so you can import cheaper workers? What the actual FUCK!? It's pitchfork/scythe/burning torch time, I think; it's time for a little insurrection. U.S. companies need to be hiring U.S. citizens, damnit!

yesterday
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GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

kheldan The real reason there's a homeless problem: (318 comments)

Because the richest people and the most powerful people want them to remain homeless and down, as a warning to the rest of us to "keep in line", otherwise we'll be made to live like them.

The solution to homelessness needs to come from the top, down. However the 'top' isn't terribly interested in really doing anything about it, otherwise we wouldn't have a homeless problem anymore. Instead those of us not at the top are expected to shoulder the burden in addition to our own responsibilities. This of course is utter bullshit and won't work. The homelessness problem all over the world will cease to exist when the people at the Top are forced to invest their resources in solving it, once and for all. And by 'once and for all' I don't mean 'round them up and make them disappear', either. There are homeless who are only such because they couldn't find a job, and since they're now homeless nobody will GIVE them a job; fix that problem! There are homeless who are mentally ill or stuck in a cycle of drug abuse; get them the help they need! I think we'd find there is a surprisingly small number of homeless people who want to be homeless and be leeches on society. Identify them and 'deal' with them appropriately, because that's something we just can't have anymore. I'm a firm believer in 'pulling your own weight', and the people that think they can be exempt from that need to be taught otherwise. But as I say I think those are a small percentage. Everyone else who is in the 'homeless' category should be allowed the help they need to not be homeless anymore -- and it needs to come from the TOP, not the BOTTOM.

2 days ago
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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

kheldan Who ever said we were made to stand all day? (310 comments)

Who the heck ever said that our bodies were designed to stand around all day either? I've read some of the comments here, and add my own experience: Having to stand in one place for hours on end? Excruciating. Worse than sitting by far.

Don't accuse me of being fat and out-of-shape, either: I have ~10% bodyfat, and am literally atheltic, I race bikes for fun and are training for it in one way or another 6 days a week. At least one other person here has said they're fine if they're on their feet and moving around all day long, but standing in one place is pure torture and more damaging than sitting. I think what we have here is more junk science, grasping at straws for a solution for people getting fatter and more diseased, and they're wildly swinging the needle all the way in the other direction instead of finding a sane middle-ground. What people need to do is get up and move around more during the day, and their employers need to encourage them to do it, and furthermore when people leave work for the day, they need to engage in more physical activity instead of plopping down on a couch in front of the television and consume alcohol and shitty food, or whatever version of that may apply to them specifically.

2 days ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

kheldan Danegeld (324 comments)

Sums it up nicely.

4 days ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

kheldan Re:If you make this a proof of God... (595 comments)

I'd have to say, in my opinion, that the "some" you speak of is still the majority of the population. Even college-educated people with well above-average IQ's and an inherently questioning nature still indulge in religion, and you can readily find people who staunchly believe that not only is there a God, Satan, heaven, and hell, but that all science is the work of Satan intent on 'misleading the faithful'.

about a week ago
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Obama Says He May Or May Not Let the NSA Exploit the Next Heartbleed

kheldan POLITICS will cause the next dark age (134 comments)

For a long time now I've thought that religion will cause the next Dark Age of Man, through promoting willful ignorance, superstition, and blind "faith", instead of promoting knowledge, understanding, and the search for actual truth. Apparently I was wrong, or at least not completely correct: Politicians and politics will bring about the next Dark Age, by driving people away from the Internet through mass surveillance, and runaway corporate interests destroying Net Neutrality. Once the Internet is no longer a viable source of sharing information for the common citizen, it won't be much farther to go to drive people, en masse, back into the welcoming arms of organized religion and it's rejection of critical thought.

I'm embarassed to have voted for this party-line politician we elected as President, but frankly the other choice would have been at least as bad. Why don't you just declare the Constitution invalid and the U.S. officially a Police State already and get it over with?

about a week ago
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The Comcast/TWC Merger Is About Controlling Information

kheldan Re:Just because they dont overlap (107 comments)

No. They should not, and despite anything they may try to convince Capital Hill and the U.S. populace of, that's exactly what they're trying to do, and that's precisely what will happen. It not only should be blocked from happening, Comcast should be required to break up into smaller companies, just like the phone company was required to in previous decades, but in this case the reasons to do so are even more dire than just them having a mere monopoly on a market.

about a week ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

kheldan Re:If you make this a proof of God... (595 comments)

Are you saying we've already evolved past this point, or that we're past the point where we can evolve past it and are going to self-destruct? Please clarify.

about a week ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

kheldan Re:where is the controversy? (640 comments)

Wait a minute here.. how is my stance 'wrong' in any sense of the word?
How is seeking actual knowledge and challenging things like 'doctine' and 'dogma' wrong? How is discouraging blind faith wrong?

about a week ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

kheldan Re:If you make this a proof of God... (595 comments)

You're modded as (5, Funny), but it's not funny: That's exactly what the religious types will say: "See? God did it!" because we can't determine with any reasonable degree of certainty what's outside our Universe, we only have theories.

This whole 'religion' thing is going to plague us for at least a few thousand years more (if we're lucky) until we've evolved past the need for it. Assuming the human race is still around in a few thousand years, that is.

about a week ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

kheldan Re:where is the controversy? (640 comments)

Honestly, you sound like someone who doesn't take a stand on something unless someone's got a gun (figuratively, or literally) to your head. I really don't think fence-sitting is an option anymore; if you're not part of the solution, then you're part of the problem. But whatever.

about a week ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

kheldan Re:where is the controversy? (640 comments)

You're just full of irony, aren't you, calling me a zealot?
How can we 'concede' any points at all to people who aren't being rational in the first place? Really, it makes no sense.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

kheldan Re:where is the controversy? (640 comments)

Here's the problem I have with what you're saying: Interpretation of what you said in your comment, which is very much ironic. The willfully-ignorant religious nutjobs will stop reading after "The bible does not disagree wtih reality".
In this day and age where we do very much so have willfully ignorant people running around spreading their ignorance, superstition, and religious nonsense to anyone gullible enough, unintelligent enough, or under-educated enough to listen, we need to keep pressing the point that things like science, education, independent thought, and the search for knowledge and actual truth are important, real, and right, and that sticking your head in the sand is wrong. We've still got more than enough ability, as a race, to destroy ourselves utterly, as a race, and my money says that the willfully ignorant pseudo-religious nonsense that we see more and more of lately may be what triggers it. We've got people out there who not only believe in the Apocalypse, but are waiting for it with baited breath because they think that The End will fix everything that's wrong with the world, and they'll be "taken home" by their God.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

kheldan Re:Ready the Lawyers (640 comments)

Yes, please, in this case.
I'm getting sick and bloody well tired of this tendency in recent times towards more ignorance, superstition, and pseudo-religious/spiritual nonsense, and away from knowledge, learning, and reason. Sue the living crap out of them.

about two weeks ago
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European Court of Justice Strikes Down Data Retention Law

kheldan Almost makes me want to live there (77 comments)

Is it just me, or is the EU government showing more respect for people's privacy than here in the U.S.?

about two weeks ago
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Nanodot-Based Smartphone Battery Recharges In 30 Seconds

kheldan Re:Forget fast charging via USB (227 comments)

We just finally got pretty much everyone who matters to use a USB connector, now you want to go back to the Walled Garden of proprietary connectors, or even worse, try to get everyone to agree on a new standard?

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

kheldan Re:Mismanagement (163 comments)

I'm surprised I haven't made it obvious enough.
I'm not talking about individuals, except maybe individuals who also happen to be in control of large companies/corporations, I'm talking about large companies/corporations that are doing things that affect large percentages of the population, especially in the areas of essential services like energy, and it probably is something that governments should be regulating, unfortunately, because left to their own devices large companies/corporations have proven time and time again that they'll prioritize based on profits and not on what's best for the people depending on them. Again, I cannot stress enough that I'm not talking about government regulation of all business, just essentials like energy, that if screwed up in the name of profit, the environment gets severely damaged, people get seriously ill or die, etc. We're well past the point where things like electricity and fuel can be considered "non-essentials", and therefore it's time to start prioritizing safety and people first and profit second. If, for instance, nuclear power plants had been managed properly in the first place, placing safety and the serving the public interest first, then we likely wouldn't have had incidents like Three Mile Island that scared so many people that nuclear power is now considered anathema.

about two weeks ago
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Nanodot-Based Smartphone Battery Recharges In 30 Seconds

kheldan Re:Charge time is one thing... (227 comments)

Actually, it doesn't omit that at all, it states their prototype is 2000mAh. For discharge time, you'd have to know what the power requirements are for the phone they used to demonstrate it, and probably what the discharge curve for the battery looks like.

about two weeks ago
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Nanodot-Based Smartphone Battery Recharges In 30 Seconds

kheldan Forget fast charging via USB (227 comments)

At 2.5W, you won't be charging this battery in mere seconds with a standard USB connection. Anyone else notice the rather large connector the demonstrator plugged in to charge it? You'd have to have a charger capable of supplying several amps to charge it that fast. Assuming it's a 3.6V nominal battery at 2000mAh, that's 7.2WH. For a typical 2.5W USB connection, you'd still take 2.88 hours to charge your phone (longer if you take inefficiencies into account). Also, can a mini- or micro-USB connector's power pins handle several amps without getting burned? Don't get me wrong, I'm not discounting the possibilities of this development, but I am saying the demonstration was a bit misleading, and that there are problems that would have to be worked out before it'd be practical for a phone battery.

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

kheldan Re:Mismanagement (163 comments)

I'm not really sure who you are talking to, or to what you're referring? Please, clarify.

about two weeks ago

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Moderation FAIL

kheldan kheldan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Apparently some asshole on /. thinks it's his mission in life to moderate every single post I make down by one; I see what you're doing, knock it the hell off, jerk.

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