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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

lagomorpha2 Re:Colorado has California over a barrel (277 comments)

That said if you have a lawn and your shower/bath water doesn't provide the primary water to the landscaping, you are part of the problem too.

If you still believe in the concept of lawns you are part of the problem.

At what point did people start thinking that spending resources planting and maintaining a monoculture of sterile inedible grass was a good idea? Did golf players do this to us? The same area and resources could be used for everyone to have fresh vegetables growing around thier homes except:
1) homeowners associations and baby boomers would throw a fit
2) Americans don't eat vegetables anyway

yesterday
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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

lagomorpha2 Re:Quayle, Gore, Cheney, Biden (220 comments)

There is an old Republican tactic where you run someone that seems more moderate as President to capture the swing voters but then you run an attack dog as Vice President to appeal to the extremists in your party and keep them voting.

Politics is theatre remember.

2 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

lagomorpha2 Re:Pft (907 comments)

"I have a guy who’s writing fan fiction starring me and him. It’s a pornographic fanfic, and he's on chapter 6. He anonymously submits chapters through my website"

That's hardly unique to women. Richard Stallman once replied to someone who anonymously submitted a pornographic fanfic involving himself and Stallman. The reply was rather thorough in describing how unrealistic the fictional situation was. I'd look for the full text but I'm at work.

2 days ago
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Netflix Could Be Classified As a 'Cybersecurity Threat' Under New CISPA Rules

lagomorpha2 Re:I guess my ISP is a threat (125 comments)

Pretty sure Time Warner is great at making "information unavailable or less available".

You should throttle your connection to them.

Wait...

about three weeks ago
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NSF Researcher Suspended For Mining Bitcoin

lagomorpha2 Re:Throw the book... maybe literally at him. (220 comments)

well, most likely the computers werent being used for anything else at the time. he was probably only running it in spare time.

Using close to 100% of processing resources would definitely increase overall power consumption for the computers in question. This would result in increased overall cost of operation.

And yet still less wasteful of money and resources than the vast majority of university administrators.

about a month and a half ago
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DNA Study: First Farmers Were Also Sailors

lagomorpha2 Boats before agriculture? (40 comments)

Wouldn't a simpler idea be that human tribes generally developed boats before agriculture? I mean there are plenty of hunter gatherer societies that have boats but don't have agriculture. And I'm pretty sure it's easier to build a raft than it is to breed plants suitable to repeated cultivation.

about a month and a half ago
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$57,000 Payout For Woman Charged With Wiretapping After Filming Cops

lagomorpha2 Re:An interesting caveat (216 comments)

I've personally sat through a case where a bystander's filming was manipulated and only pieces of it brought to court. Without the full context, the film was a lie. That sent a good police officer to prison. The laws are far behind these double edged swords... whatever happened to "the full truth"?

I'm also skeptical of your story without a source. Cops shoot innocent people and at worst get administrative leave, it's rare that dirty cops get sent to prison much less a "good police officer".

about a month and a half ago
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$57,000 Payout For Woman Charged With Wiretapping After Filming Cops

lagomorpha2 Re:An interesting caveat (216 comments)

I've personally sat through a case where a bystander's filming was manipulated and only pieces of it brought to court. Without the full context, the film was a lie. That sent a good police officer to prison. The laws are far behind these double edged swords... whatever happened to "the full truth"?

If the bystander had the full tape then manipulating it is evidence tampering and laws already exist to deal with this.

Although I am not familiar with the particular case I'm skeptical that a 'good police officer' exists and if that officer had ever done the common police tactic of deleting inconvenient police car video recorder evidence then prison seems poetic justice.

about a month and a half ago
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Intel Confronts a Big Mobile Challenge: Native Compatibility

lagomorpha2 Re:Fsck x86 (230 comments)

I do (I am the person you are replying to), I have a 2 year old and another on the way. Yes I know my children may not find programming computers to be interesting.. but it is a geek father's hope isn't it?

I think deep down we all want our kids to end up being geeks.

about a month and a half ago
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Fixing the Humanities Ph.D.

lagomorpha2 Re:Because... (325 comments)

Thats because the other type of liberal arts students work in advertising.

I'm not sure which one I like less.

about a month and a half ago
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Lose Sleep, Fail To Form Memory

lagomorpha2 no surprise (85 comments)

How were the mice sleep deprived?

Stress has been linked to poor memory for decades. Was it that stress has caused poor sleep quality and poor memory, or is it that sleep deprivation stressed the mice which caused poor memory, or both?

about a month and a half ago
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Fixing the Humanities Ph.D.

lagomorpha2 Re:Because... (325 comments)

There's no way most CS PhD students could go on to be professors. Most professors advise many PhD students, so the number of CS professors would have to double every few decades if that were the case. Most CS PhD students move on to do research in industry: Microsoft, Google, and so on. I just got my masters degree in CS, and I actually do know where the PhDs go -- overwhelmingly to the west coast to work in industry.

I guess it's unfortunate for humanities students that there is not substantial industry that requires their abilities.

about a month and a half ago
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Snowden Rallies Privacy Advocates In New York City

lagomorpha2 Re:Snowden For President (72 comments)

It brings up a troubling question, in this day and age of our surveillance state intelligence angencies - who'd want to sign their name on that list, which would obviously be passed over to the "watchers" as "potential troublemakers".

I thought of that myself, 2 points:

1) Anyone who would sign it is probably already on some sort of list
and
2) If we're to the point where that is a legitimate concern then it's even more important to do so.

about a month and a half ago
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Intel Confronts a Big Mobile Challenge: Native Compatibility

lagomorpha2 Re:Fsck x86 (230 comments)

I, for one, plan to teach my children x86 ASM so they understand the basics.. then let them find MIPS or ARM or whatever-fad-arch-is-current so they too can appreciate the design of x86.

This is just a guess but you don't actually have children yet, do you?

about a month and a half ago
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The Ethics Cloud Over Ballmer's $2 Billion B-Ball Buy

lagomorpha2 Planned move (398 comments)

"Section 1033 of the tax code allows you to defer taxes when your property is taken involuntarily, like eminent domain. Mr. Sterling can argue the Clippers sale was forced on him by the NBA."

So who wants to bet Donald Tokowitz and his accountants planned this from the start?

about a month and a half ago
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US Marshals Seize Police Stingray Records To Keep Them From the ACLU

lagomorpha2 Re:Embarrassing info, or are the feds just idiots? (272 comments)

Either that or the records will indicate that although they exist, a certain percentage of the time the stingray wasn't actually used and was just used as a way to search a home without a warrant.

Sort of like how even untrained drug dogs work.

"Ok we're going to have the dog sniff around your car/home because that doesn't count as a search, then if it alerts we have probable cause and can search you. Oh look it's alerting!"
"No it's not, it's licking its balls"
"Who is a judge and jury going to believe? Time to violate your rights!"

about a month and a half ago
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Snowden Rallies Privacy Advocates In New York City

lagomorpha2 Re:Snowden For President (72 comments)

I wonder how far a White House petition to give Snowden a Presidential Medal of Freedom would get...

Not that he would actually get one, but to show how many people are pissed off about what the government's been doing.

about a month and a half ago
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Plastic Trash Forming Into "Plastiglomerate" Rocks

lagomorpha2 Re:UV (123 comments)

They were routinely adding antibacterial agents to nylon when I worked in a nylon spinning plant back in the 80's. I think the practice goes back to the 50's or 60's.

Was that to protect the nylon from bacteria or to prevent bacteria from hanging around on the nylon and infecting whoever wears it next?

about 1 month ago

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