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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

kilfarsnar Re:Deliberate (485 comments)

Get all the experts into the same room and lock the door..

That's not how free, democratic societies make policy.

Ah, so we should put all the people with the most money in a room, lock the door, and let them do whatever is in their best interest. Isn't that how free, democratic societies make policy these days? ;-)

7 hours ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

kilfarsnar Re:Economic system (485 comments)

I feel like the United States of America should be renamed Ferenginar. It would be more accurate.

8 hours ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

kilfarsnar Re:No the solution is population control (485 comments)

A huge number of environmental problems could be solved if we could just get couples to have only 1 child. One side effect of this would be an aging population and reduction in labor force. But health care improvements and automation could cushion that.

A reduced labor force wouldn't be an issue. Judging from the current unemployment rate, and the myriad crap the economy pumps out that no one needs, it seems we don't need nearly as large a labor force as we have now.

9 hours ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

kilfarsnar Economic system (485 comments)

The article keeps talking about cost. The energy has to be lower cost, companies won't switch if it costs them profit, coal is still lower cost, etc. The problem seems to be our economic system, not our technology level. We'd love to save the planet, but it will cut into profits, so we can't.

How crazy is this? The future of our civilization is at risk, but our economic system won't let us address the issue. It's as if Capitalism is more important than the civilization it supposedly serves. It is not even questioned that saving the planet has to make a profit. Oh, it will cost money? Well then, sorry, can't do it because everything done in America has to be profitable. It's like Capitalism is a suicide cult or something.

Since 2008 the Federal Reserve has tripled the money supply to save the oligarchs, I mean the economy. Would they print that much to save the planet? I mean, if it's really just a matter of money, the US can create all the money it needs. They pulled $700 billion out of their ass to bail out the banksters, I mean the economy. Why not bail out the planet? The fact is, neither technology nor markets will save us. They may be the tools we use, but what we need is a new attitude and perspective; one that's not a slave to money and profit. We could do all kinds of things if we weren't hamstrung by needing to make a profit. But it seems instead we'll just go over the cliff with our favorite ideology intact. Amazing.

9 hours ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

kilfarsnar Re:Is Nuclear going to be acknowledged? (485 comments)

It would require a huge amount of social engineering. Which is much harder than anything technical.

Social engineering is going on all the time. A majority supported the Iraq war, after all. It's just a matter of what you're engineering.

We all know how this works; you tell the people they are under threat and identify your solution as the only way to save mankind. As someone told us a while back, the people can always be brought to do the bidding of the leaders. If the government put the word out, the media would get behind it. That's their job these days, after all. If the right person made a call to Roger Ailes, you could even get the Fox News ditto heads to support it.

9 hours ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

kilfarsnar Re:Wrong (988 comments)

They often say that a grand jury could be made to indict a ham sandwich. It means that they don't have enough evidence to even try him, which is basically like saying there's no real evidence, just a lot of hearsay, which isn't allowed as evidence in court.

What evidence could there be against a ham sandwich? I don't think you understand the meaning of that phrase. It means the prosecutor can get an indictment for just about anything. If they want someone indicted, they get them indicted. It implies that the prosecutor did not want an indictment in this case.

11 hours ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

kilfarsnar Re:Flip Argument (988 comments)

I have heard it said that a prosecutor can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich. As you point out, the grand jury hears what the prosecutor presents. That's part of the reason I don't take this lack of an indictment to mean that the officer acted appropriately.

11 hours ago
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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

kilfarsnar Re:Let's do the math (287 comments)

lol. "Interesting".

Slashdot was never mighty but, God, how low it's fallen.

Yeah, wondering at what might be possible. Pssh! Who needs that? This is a serious site, after all!

yesterday
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

kilfarsnar Re:Re-educate about crime (465 comments)

The simplest solution would be to teach brown and black cultures that crime is not acceptable. Instead of celebrating, encouraging, and enabling crime, these cultures should stigmatize it. Teach children that it is a life-ruining mistake. Expose the "snitches get stitches" mentality for what it really is -- passive, silent support for crime in your community. Let children know that criminals are the bad guys.

Black and brown cultures have integrated crime to the point where it is seen as a legitimate way to support yourself or your family, while completely failing to observe that crime is hard to keep up as you get older, has severe ramifications for your employment once you stop being a criminal, and is not a stable, reliable way to generate income. It isn't even an option; engaging in crime is the point at which your strategy towards life has failed.

As long as these cultures handle crime as a rite of passage and as an acceptable alternative to legal employment, their youths will continue to be hounded by the police. And when you look at how such an overwhelmingly large amount of crime is caused by these groups, you can see why law enforcement seeks them out. When 99% of young black men are murdered by young black men, the police will stop and frisk young black men. It's that simple.

There's a reason we don't hear about Chinese people being targeted by the stop-and-frisk policy, and that's because their culture rejects crime. This issue isn't about the police, or current laws, it's about culture. Cultures that embrace and support crime will always be at odds with law enforcement.

Can we talk about the culture of crime that exists among rich white men in the financial industry? It seems that some of them have integrated crime to the point where it is seen as a legitimate way to support yourself or your family. Perhaps some of these brown and black people should call up the prosecutor working on their cases to tell him to stop the investigation. You know, like Jamie Dimon did. Maybe then they wouldn't be stopped and frisked like rich white criminals are not stopped and frisked. They just need more money, connections and better lawyers.

Like so much in America these days, it's as much about class as race. Bankers don't go to jail because of their wealth and status (and because they've successfully convinced everyone that prosecuting them would end civilization). They have done more damage to more people than some punk on the street will ever do. But we tut-tut to the brown and black people and scold them about their culture of criminality, while the biggest criminals wear three-piece suits and have lunch with the Commerce Committee chairman. Why is that?

yesterday
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

kilfarsnar Education (465 comments)

It's unlikely that a high school student would come away with any other conclusion than the police are a fearful group to be avoided at all costs

Well, at least they're learning something valuable.

yesterday
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

kilfarsnar Re: Ask the credit card for a refund (306 comments)

You seem to live under the illusion that it's possible to live your life unaffected by the choices of others.

I don't know about the AC, but I'm under the illusion that people don't have the right to do something that will potentially cause harm to those around them. Since the 1964 Surgeon Generalâ(TM)s Report, 2.5 million adults who were nonsmokers died because they breathed secondhand smoke.

You are not forced to breathe anything. If a smoker is near you, you are free to move away.

Ah, so it's my responsibility to react to someone else's harmful action. If I start swinging my fists for personal enjoyment while standing next to you, you aren't forced to be punched. You are free to move away. Sucks for you if you lose your place in line, have mobility issues that make it difficult to move away, etc.

If you think something someone else is doing is harmful to you, and you have the ability, I think moving away is a valid choice. Your health is your responsibility. But at the same time, we are all interconnected. Our decisions and actions affect other people all the time; sometimes for good and sometimes for ill. If a chemical company is dumping in your back yard, you should get them to stop. But if someone is smoking next to you in line, it's really not hurting you.

5 days ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

kilfarsnar Re: Ask the credit card for a refund (306 comments)

Wow, it's 2014, the cold war ended decades ago, the 'red scare' was half a century ago and yet some slashdotter can't take a light joke about communism without modding it as flamebait!

Witness the power of propaganda.

about a week ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

kilfarsnar Re: Ask the credit card for a refund (306 comments)

restricting smoking is reasonable. your smoke can give me cancer, which means your actions potentially are affecting me negatively (very).

i really dont care if you smoke. go ahead, light em up.

just dont do it near me where im forced to breathe your carcinogens without choice or in a way that impeeds my ability to make that choice or carry on with my life.

You seem to live under the illusion that it's possible to live your life unaffected by the choices of others. You likely inhale, ingest or imbibe carcinogens every day. Yet you are concerned about standing next to a smoker and inhaling a minute amount of smoke, which will have no measurable affect on your health. You are not forced to breathe anything. If a smoker is near you, you are free to move away.

about a week ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

kilfarsnar Re:Insensitive clod (306 comments)

I'm a left wing smoker (both kinds)

You smoke cigars *and* cigarettes?

Country and Western!

about a week ago
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Facebook Planning Office Version To Rival LinkedIn, Google

kilfarsnar Re:Nope (91 comments)

Not just no, but fuck no.

Having internal company correspondence, communication between groups and corporate offices will have valuable company information in Facebook's hands. We've had people walked out, fired, for using Evernote in meetings.

Remember what Zuckerman said.

"They trust me — dumb fucks," says Zuckerberg in one of the instant messages, first published by former Valleywag Nicholas Carlson at Silicon Alley Insider, and now confirmed by Zuckerberg himself in Jose Antonio Vargas's New Yorker piece. Zuckerberg now tells Vargas, "I think I've grown and learned a lot" since those instant messages.

[John]

I thought the same thing when I read TFS. My company deals with secret stuff and wouldn't want their data flowing through Facebook's servers. We block cloud storage as it is.

about a week ago
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Department of Justice Harvests Cell Phone Data Using Planes

kilfarsnar Re:4th Amendment ... (202 comments)

I wonder how long before they no longer feel the need to give us the illusion of freedom?

They'll keep it up as long as they can. Maintaining control through propaganda is preferable to maintaining it by force. It's cheaper and more stable. Most people still buy what they hear on the news. Even though people are starting to chafe under the surveillance, most still think it's about terrorism (as opposed to maintaining the status quo). If the powers that be do have to resort to jackboots in the streets, the media will make sure to characterize it in the right way. Again, most people will buy it.

Like they say in the movie, most people are not ready to be unplugged from the matrix. It would take something supremely radical for them to start distrusting the news and make a real break from the world view that they have. Most will never do it. We all know how people will generally continue to believe what they have always believed, even in the face of contrary evidence. At this point the illusion is so pervasive people will maintain it themselves, without help, because they firmly believe the illusion is real.

about two weeks ago
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After Silk Road 2.0 Shutdown, Rival Dark Net Markets Grow Quickly

kilfarsnar Re:Whack a mole; it's govt. policy! (86 comments)

Yeah, well the government never let intellectual consistency get in the way of doing what they want to do.

about two weeks ago
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After Silk Road 2.0 Shutdown, Rival Dark Net Markets Grow Quickly

kilfarsnar Re:Hey, no worries! (86 comments)

At some point - probably soon - they'll shut down the last one of these and then there won't be any more. That's how the war on drugs was won!

If you want to truly win the war on drugs, then you need to go after the biggest drug dealers on the planet.

In case you were wondering, that would be the ones we allow to legally peddle their fucking addictions.

Don't forget the CIA and the banks that launder the money for them!

about two weeks ago
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After Silk Road 2.0 Shutdown, Rival Dark Net Markets Grow Quickly

kilfarsnar Re:Good luck... (86 comments)

This is like trying to stop people from breathing... The illicit markets will NEVER die.

Man wants what he cannot have... This will NEVER change.

Its our Nature. Fighting our own nature... Is costing us more than we care to admit.

More like Man wants what his government has decided he should not have. But you're right, it is costing us a lot.

about two weeks ago

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Web-based Visible Body Tool

kilfarsnar kilfarsnar writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kilfarsnar (561956) writes "There is a new web-based online tool for exploring the human body. It is at www.visiblebody.com. You can rotate and isolate various body systems and just generally explore the body! It's free to use, and I thought the Slashdot community might enjoy it."
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