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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

l0n3s0m3phr34k CURSE THEM! (595 comments)

I had a whole box of CFL's go rouge on me! One blew up, sending burning mercury everywhere...another called up my boss at work and got me fired and the last one raped my mother.

4 days ago
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Fukushima Radiation Still Poisoning Insects

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:BS (115 comments)

Seems the plants are more resistant to radiation damage, and have been absorbing it inside their structure. Much of the local air-born particles that are radioactive have been "buried" by the trees and plants themselves, but it's still there. Thus the second article; hopefully it will recover before there is a massive forest fire that could release the radiation into the atmosphere.

about a week ago
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Fukushima Radiation Still Poisoning Insects

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:BS (115 comments)

The second article refutes you. There is a die-off of soil bacteria, so the fallen trees, leaves, etc are not rotting properly. This is currently on-going, and we just don't know if the radiation poisoning will work it's way up the food chain either. Mineral content in the soil will start to drop, trees might start dieing and basically starving. Russia might need to bring in fresh, non-radiated dirt and hope it's microbes colonize the now-dead zones, if it's not still too irradiated for them. Small microbes, thin cell walls, doesn't take much radiation to really damage and kill them. The animals have already had mutant offspring a few years afterwards but healthy animals have moved back in. Hopefully the soil microbes will either move back in too or have a radiation-resistant mutation that allows them to grow there again.

The oceans around Hawaii will probably be damaged too, and a huge swatch of Asia / Europe could be irradiated if the forests around Chernobyl burns all it's accumulating debris. I have no idea how much study has been done on plant growth rates in Japan after we nuked them; I doubt anyone there had the time or knew about soil die-off with all the other damage from the war.

Sadly Chernobyl was due to human stupidity and lack of communication. The equipment only failed because the head engineer purposely pushed the reactor and didn't even bother telling his engineers working in said reactor. Japan plant was also plagued with low-quality construction in addition to being built in a bad location geographically. Safety measures that should have worked failed, the valve that is still leaking is in a very tight space under several feet of highly radiated water, so radiated their submersible drones keep dying.

about a week ago
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Fukushima Radiation Still Poisoning Insects

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:SO, (115 comments)

Silent Hill? I had no idea there was a burning coal seam because an actual portal to hell...lol

about a week ago
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Fukushima Radiation Still Poisoning Insects

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:Relevent (115 comments)

Sometimes I wonder if some of the squids and / or deep sea octopi have there own "version" of intelligence, they just exist in a "too far away" and exotic world for us to really study. Dolphins too. Unfortunately, underwater creatures can't exactly discover fire like we did.

about a week ago
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Fukushima Radiation Still Poisoning Insects

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:Relevent (115 comments)

Evolution has no apex. Humans are no more evolved than any other creature. Evolution is a process, it has no "goal" other then it's an expression we smart apes use to describe semi-random chemical connections that "work" better in their environment than others. Sometimes the "evolutionary" changes are a "positive", yet even our intelligence comes at a huge metabolic cost in comparison to the bulk of lifeforms (ie enough electricity to light a light bulb). When the planetary environment changes rapidly, even on a local scale from volcanoes, certain members of species inside the extinction area might have some quirk that makes it run a bit faster to escape so it reproduces. That's it, there is no "upward" driving force in evolution. We could evolve to be more stupid like Idiocracy if it meant life spread further.

about a week ago
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Sci-fi Predictions, True and False (Video 1)

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:Faulty premise (139 comments)

Really? A true scifi fan that's never read Niven? He's one of the most influential authors in scifi! I might understand if you said you've never read any Philip K Dick, but Niven is up there with Asimov, Heinlein, and other famous authors. You should read the Ringworld series...his ideas about human evolution's "third life stage", superconductors, pleasure wires junkies, are quite interesting. In his works, the pleasure wire modification is the one I see actually happening soon. We've already identified exactly where to put the wire, the medical brain implant tech just hasn't quite gotten there yet.

about a week ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:You sound awfully concerned about (340 comments)

their powerful weapons, but not THAT powerful. We might be able to extinguish almost all life on the planet, yet the planet itself will still be here. We have yet to develop real "planet busters", and hopefully never will.

about a week ago
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SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:Some details about the 3D printer (129 comments)

only if "God" is an excellent NEO detection system coupled with enough ships to evacuate humanity lol.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:oh wow (129 comments)

The tech is here, but the practical engineering of anything off-planet has a long ways to go. We could easily build some "Mars-rated" habitat here on Earth, but building it on Mars is far more difficult.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:So we just gave all this money (129 comments)

yeah, that was Putin's idea, not Boeing's. But if they did use one, naming it the "Boeing Boing Launch System" would be great.

about two weeks ago
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NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:What? (185 comments)

and Family Court has a much different legal system too, it's not the same as Civil or Criminal and has much more leeway.

about two weeks ago
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NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re: What? (185 comments)

part of their probation terms!

about two weeks ago
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NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:What? (185 comments)

In the USA we have multiple mail carriers, each has various levels of delivery authentication. From just a tracking number all the way to "ID and signature required", depends on how much extra you spend. We also have various courier services (depending on your location) who can ensure a clear, unbroken "chain" of handling...especially in New York. But when you move and file no forwarding address as required since she was involved in a court case...and this is actually pretty common with child support cases.

about two weeks ago
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NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:But your honor... (185 comments)

And often child support is served by a "family" court that has a completely different set of laws than civil or criminal court. Judges in these courts have FAR more discretionary power than a normal court; primarily due to tactic's like his ex-wife and other shenanigans. So this probably has little legal bearing on other cases especially those outside this NY family court.

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (324 comments)

All US TV stations should just show marathons of Trailer Park Boys all night. It's one of the funniest shows EVER.

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (324 comments)

Too bad it won't work like they want. I love many shows from Canada...New Girl, Continuum, Trailer Park Boys (top 5 tv shows ever), ReGenesis, The Nature of Things, Doc Zone, etc. If CRTC actually showed a flow of money from regulations into various show productions and maybe make some marketing to show the public "Your $XYZ taxes help fund $A to Continuum, $B to Doc Zone" etc people might be far less upset.

about two weeks ago
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Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

l0n3s0m3phr34k Re: (241 comments)

and often when the police's case falls apart and ends in a non-conviction they keep your stuff anyway. "Civil forfeiture" should be considered unconstitutional...if we moved back in time to the Colonial days this is the EXACT same thing the British were doing that lead to the War of Independence. Illegal seizures, no viable recourse, stealing property without rule of law or real proof of wrong-doing...when a DA does "civil forfeiture" they are considering the "property" itself guilty, as if your house or car has a intelligent consciousness that knows the difference between right and wrong and could have chosen not to be involved somehow. It costs at least $10K to take it to court, so the cops know if they take less than that it's not worth it. And since your property is being charged (not you) then it's considered "guilty until proven innocent", you have to pay for the lawyer, and you have to meet a higher standard of proving absolutely no drugs were ever involved (even before you owned it)

PBS article

about two weeks ago
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Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

l0n3s0m3phr34k OH NOES! (241 comments)

But...how could we cope without all the botnet controllers, spam gateways, compromised .ru servers, and all the other wonderful users coming out of Russia? I agree that this could be very interesting if he did this; we could see the real impact of Russia's criminal internet community. The net might work better for awhile without .ru

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

l0n3s0m3phr34k My rack (286 comments)

42u rack on coasters, with 4 running boxes. Cisco r180 router, 2016swr managed switch, cisco AP for wifi.
File server, 4u, 10TB+ (4.5TB raid 10), 10GB ram, i5 2.8ghz, 4x intel 1000pt nics (bonded in 2012).
HyperV: hp6005 w/ Athlon X4 3ghz, 10GB ram (runs multiple hyper-v VMs), w a 128GB SSD for the VM's
Domain controler: HP 6005 X2 2ghz
Sharepoint: HP 6005 X2 2gz

All that's in a rack, along with customize cross-over patch panels, all cat6. Outside the "datacenter" are 3 other boxes, 2 laptops, 1 samsung q1 (with an SSD and 2gB ram), and an hp mini.

I love the hp 6005's, SFF's for a test / home lab. low power consumption, but still decently upgradeable and 3 can fit on a half shelf. I had to cut a hole in the ceiling and rig up many fans blowing up into a homemade poster board "hood", and a fan / tube over the AC vent blowing down to make it "cycle". Dropped the temps in there 10+ degrees. The floor is carpet, so there are two levels of 1/2 plywood with commercial bathroom 4mm 2x2ft lanolium to roll the rack around on.

I got lucky recently, my building has been undergoing renovations and they've been throwing out old equipment and a few rack pieces here and there. Found 3x slide rails, some half-shelves, etc.

about two weeks ago

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