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Healthcare.gov Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites

lonecrow Re:Who expected differently? (204 comments)

should have went single payer and avoided this hybrid wierdness

about a week ago
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US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

lonecrow Re:That would be (208 comments)

Easy for the US....Just turn off the civilian GPS and change the password for the military one.

about a week ago
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The Paradoxes That Threaten To Tear Modern Cosmology Apart

lonecrow Re:Seems... facile (231 comments)

Perhaps the energy is being diluted as it expands. But since the measuring stick being used to measure it is part of the system that is expanding/diluting, it appears constant.

about a week ago
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Moot Retires From 4chan

lonecrow Re:Probably sold out to CIA a long ago (184 comments)

Neat story, but I wonder if it was simply a case of your mind recovery from ad blindness. Perhaps those ads were there all along and you just didn't see them until yours broke and you had keyboards on the mind.

Sort of like when you learn a new word and then hear it 4 times that day.

about a week ago
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Canadian Government Steps In To Stop Misleading Infringement Notices

lonecrow Re:That was quick ... (103 comments)

Quick and productive. Like how quickly and productively they passed policy forbidding government scientists from speaking to any press lest "facts" that disagree with government ideology leak out. Or how quickly and productively they shut down the environmental round table. The Environmental Round Table was specifically set up to provide spin free info to parliamentarians so at least they could have the facts. When asked why they de-funded it, they said flat out " We de-funded it because it continued to put out reports that disagreed with government policy".

Ideology 1, Evidence 0
Game set and match

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: High-Performance Laptop That Doesn't Overheat?

lonecrow CPU? (325 comments)

Since when does writing code and performing DB tests require a super fast CPU? I would think that the DB tests could generate the most load, most of which would be more dependent on IO then CPU. I use my desktop and I think the games I play put way more load on the CPU then my work ever does.

about three weeks ago
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Cuba Says the Internet Now a Priority

lonecrow Re:Interesting (115 comments)

Leaving out for a minute that all western nations are socialist to varying degrees. We all collectivize portions of our societies. In most western nations primary and secondary education is free, post secondary is private in most, but free or near free in others. (France has some free university, Cuba all university is free) Ditto for health care and a variety of other sectors. In Cuba you can buy a house privately if you want to, but they have what you might call a subsidized housing program on steroids. Not different in kind from the social housing we have in Canada, just a larger program so that everyone has a home. In Cuba (and China) you vote for your representatives. Each district has candidates but their ability to advertise is limited (no money in politics). Its just that all candidates are from the same party. Not saying that their system is perfect at all, just that all western nations are on a spectrum and Cuba is not so far down that spectrum as many would think.

about a month ago
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Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

lonecrow Re:Not seeing the issue here (209 comments)

It is not illegal for me to lie either is it? Its only the reason I lie that can make it illegal. I tell my wife I was at the dentist when I was really in the pub, not illegal. Sell someone a diamond ring when i know for a fact that it is not really a diamond, illegal. Lie to catch a crook? Not illegal

about a month ago
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

lonecrow artificial? (391 comments)

I think maybe these philosophers have not done enough LSD. What does artificial really mean in this context? Are clams artificial because enzymes make their shells from minerals found in the environment? A collection of "Lower" intelligent entities making larger more complex creatures with "higher" intelligence has been going on since the slime molds right? Here on earth robots will just be the enzymes within the larger connected organism of our planet. Differentiating between mostly carbon, and mostly...polymer, steel, copper, etc makes little sense.

Life on earth has been about one part of the earth turning other parts of the earth into more of itself. This boundary of Natural vs. Artificial sounds like something people are supposed to get over by at least grade 9 isn't it?

about a month ago
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Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin?

lonecrow Re:Why virtual currencies are ineffective (144 comments)

Correct. As described its a "pump and dump" scam. BitCoin behaves a lot like baseball cards. Or maybe scans of baseball cards to make them digital and make them easy to trade online. The trust chain protocols are neat, but they don't make it a currency. It will be interesting to see what happens when all coins have been mined. In our fiat currency system the money supply is manipulated by the central banks to keep prices stable. We increase the money supply in step with the increases in the size of the economy. If the size of the money supply remained static while the economy grew by 5% a year. Then the value of money of each unit of money would grow by 5% a year. Or to put it another way prices would fall by 5% (deflation). We actually aim to increase the money supply ahead of the growth of the economy by exactly 2% when we can. This bit of inflation helps introduce flexibility into wages. So what happens when the size of the bitcoin money supply is static? If the number of people accepting bitcoins increases than prices would have to continually fall. Its fine to say that a bitcoin is infinitely divisible so something can cost 1bt then 0.5bt then 0.0000005bt. If I advertised my billable rate as 10bt/hour then every hour that went by my rate would be more and more expensive for people. I would have to write some algo that constantly monitored the growth in the size of the bitcoin economy and adjust my rate downward in lock-step. That is kinda crazy. The way it is now, I post my rate and leave it to the central bank to monitor and adjust the money supply so that my rate can remain constant. Also, in a growing bitcoin economy a bitcoin saved, even at 0 percent interest would appreciate in value. The faster the economy grows the more incentive I have to sit on my money (not necessarily a problem since we do the same thing now slowing growth by raising interest rates.) Well anyway, none of these crypto currencies have me worried about the imminent demise of fiat currency and central banks. They just seem like baseball cards and toys for scammers.

about a month ago
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Passwords: Too Much and Not Enough

lonecrow 2FA (223 comments)

2FA

about 3 months ago
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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

lonecrow Re:When you are inside the box ... (289 comments)

Correct. One needs only to read General Smedley's 1935 book "War is a Racket" to know this is true. At the time General Smedley was the most decorated soldier in American history and was better placed to anyone to know the purpose of American foreign policy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W...

about 3 months ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

lonecrow Re:Islam = Religion of Terrorism (529 comments)

He is right. It is the same as Christianity was before we put their ideological zealots in their place.

about 3 months ago
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BBC Takes a Stand For the Public's Right To Remember Redacted Links

lonecrow Re:As expected from google (113 comments)

I wonder if the recording industry rights holders in Europe can or have already used this to have links to pirated material removed from Google.

about 3 months ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

lonecrow Re:as the birds go (610 comments)

We just need ultraviolet only grid designs on the first 3 or 4 floors of glassy reflective buildings. People wouldn't notice any difference and birds would stop flying into them. The question is can something similar be done to get birds to avoid windmills. With the answer you might get a yummy patent as a reward.

about 3 months ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

lonecrow Re:Lets not forget (635 comments)

However, You have to read the fine print of the cap and trade program. In Canada our version of the republican party tried to peddle a cap and trade program that included something called "intensity targets". The idea was that the "Cap" was not an absolute cap on an industry segment but a cap on "per unit" emissions. So you could reduce you emissions per unit by 20% but double your output leading to a ~180% increase in absolute emissions. It was smoke and mirrors. So read carefully if it is proposed in your jurisdiction.

about 4 months ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

lonecrow Re:It's getting hotter still! (635 comments)

But it increased — a lot — instead of shrinking

Did you read the part of the summary that says " two dimensional area". The volume of ice is not increasing, not even a little. Below is a link with a pretty thorough explanation with lots of citations pertaining to how the data is gathered and measured. The last line clearly states "Antarctica is losing land ice as a whole, and these losses are accelerating quickly." http://www.skepticalscience.co...

about 4 months ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

lonecrow Re: It's getting hotter still! (635 comments)

Can you clarify that? Because from my understanding some predictions have been off on one side or the other. Some changes have been faster or more dramtic then expected, while others have been a bit slower or less dramatic but still heading in the same general direction. In fact hasn't the underlying trend has been confirmed over and over by observation? So if a prediction was for all sea ice to be gone but only half is, what would that be proof of to you?

about 4 months ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

lonecrow Re:It's getting hotter still! (635 comments)

The article states "two dimensional area". A couple of years ago satilite images showed more ice coverage then expected. What they found was that instead of the meters thick ice they found chucks of ice that had melted and then refroze, it was thin and brittle with notice loss of over volume of ice.

http://www.csmonitor.com/Envir...

The same decline can be seen in northern lakes
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activit...

Are you trying to suggest that the earths ice sheets are NOT diminishing?

about 4 months ago

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Artic Ice Satellite Data mis-interpeted

lonecrow lonecrow writes  |  more than 4 years ago

lonecrow (931585) writes "Canadian Scientist David Barber travels to the arctic to confirm satellite readings of multi-year sea ice. He finds that what looks like multi-year sea ice from the satellites is actually more like re-frozen slush. Their finding indicate that Arctic sea ice is disappearing faster than scientists expected and faster then it appears from the satellite data . "It's happening much faster than our most pessimistic projections".

There is also short radio interview on a CBC national science show."

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