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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

mark_reh Unfortunately this new knowledge won't help most (403 comments)

people. As a dentist I often treat people who drink soda even though their teeth are turning black with decay. If people are able to ignore such an obvious sign of a problem, "shorter telomeres" isn't going to mean anything to them.

The battle against ignorance has to be fought with 2x4s, not more information.

yesterday
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

mark_reh Say what? (407 comments)

says Natasha Frost. "People don't care so much about crime, and it's less of a political focus."

People still care about crime. I think what has changed is the definition of crime and the idea that punishment should match the crime. People have figured out that it costs a lot more to keep people locked up than to prevent the crime or "rehabilitate" the criminal.

What's next, universal health care?

I'll be surprised if the "conservatives" don't start using the "criminals are being let out of the prisons" argument to try to scare people for the upcoming elections in November and 2016. OTOH, maybe the gun nutz among them will claim crime has dropped because more people are walking around with guns.

The "free market solves all problems" capitalists will have to figure out a use for all that empty jail space- I know, they can convert it to "affordable housing" for illegal immigrants and solve two problems at once!

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

mark_reh A general question about GB internet via fiber... (279 comments)

Do any of the servers you connect to actually provide 1 Gbps if you try to DL a file?

I have 15Mbps via TWC and rarely max it out unless the server I am DLing from is geographically close to me.

about two weeks ago
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Why the FCC Will Probably Ignore the Public On Network Neutrality

mark_reh Re:I have two things to say about this. (336 comments)

In addition to a couple popular-among-single-issue-voters hot isses like gay marriage and medical weed, they also have a terrible property tax system that screws the public schools and a legislature that controls only about 15% of the budget because the easily manipulated voters have commited the other 85% of tax revenues to specific projects by voting for things they no almost nothing about.

Representative government is better than mob rule, but with decisions like "citizens united" essentially selling all our elections to the highest bidder, it's only just a little better.

about two weeks ago
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Why the FCC Will Probably Ignore the Public On Network Neutrality

mark_reh I have two things to say about this. (336 comments)

1) Thank God they don't pay attention to most public comments. Can you imagine the magnitude of the disaster that would result from a California style of mob-rule in Washington? We definitely DON'T need THAT.

2) They pay far too much attention to their corporate sponsors instead of doing what they are paid to do- use their brains and think about how to give us the best possible services. It's no surprise that the Republicans have a major hand in screwing us all, after all, their platform includes denial of science.

about two weeks ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

mark_reh Re:Its not about intelligence (481 comments)

More specifically, we eat things that aren't main characters in Disney movies.

about two weeks ago
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After Dallas Ebola Diagnosis, CDC Raises Estimate of Patient's Possible Contacts

mark_reh Ebola as a weapon for terrorists? (258 comments)

If I were an Al Queda or ISIS big shot and wanted to do some damage that would scare the crap out of people I would send 20 or 30 suicidal jihaddists to Liberia to get themselves exposed to ebola, then put them on planes to whatever western countries I didn't like. You have a couple weeks after exposure before you get sick- plenty of time to travel. Some would get stopped at the borders, but some would get through and be able to deliberately infect as many people as possible before becoming too sick to function. Maybe they don't even have to travel to the target countries- If they infect people in airports they can spread the virus all over the world very quickly.

I am surprised I haven't heard any speculation about a scenario like this on the news- especially Fox "News".

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

mark_reh Re:There are two kinds of countries (942 comments)

Do you realize that was almost 50 years ago?
Do you also remember the Challenger explosion? That was done by the same country.

The country that sent a spacecraft to orbit mars for $74M was India.

So what does metric/English units have to do with any of that?

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

mark_reh So is it true all over the world? (942 comments)

Is the "conservative" party the party of "stupid"?

about three weeks ago
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Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

mark_reh Re:Australia voted... for a kick in the nuts. (212 comments)

It may mean different things, but in the US they ALL vote republican. Republicans have targeted every stupid single-issue voter in the US and done a great job of it.

"If privacy is a voter's primary concern in the US, it's probably best to vote based on the individual candidate's position than on the candidate's party."
Stupid stupid stupid advice. First, suggesting that there's a best way to vote for stupid single-issue voters is the reason we have the quality of candidates that we do. Second, assuming that there's any difference between the parties on the issue of privacy is nonsense. Third, what a candidate says is his position and what he does once elected are usually far apart.

I have a better suggestion for all the single-issue voters out there: stay home. We don't need more stupid people voting. We need more intelligent people who consider more than one issue.

about three weeks ago
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Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

mark_reh Re:When I lived in Japan and rode trains every day (179 comments)

some of them are set to do that for people who have "shy" kidneys. I don't know why, but for many people hearing the sound of running water is an inducement to urinate. I've even seen people spitting into the urinal to get their flow going. Others sensors maybe were just never adjusted. Others may be broken. And you may make the argument that such things break down so the train would be less safe if it depended on sensors, but I would counter that with the fact that urinals flushing is not the same importance as keeping humans safe so the electronics is going to be much simpler, specifically without the redundancy that would be used in a system to keep people safe.

Finally, I question whether the Japanese people or train companies care that much about safety. Physically pushing people (and allowing yourself to be pushed) into train cars to the point of bursting can't be safe. I used to live along one of those lines and after riding like that a couple times I decided I was not going to do it any more. Just wait about 5 mintes for the next two trains to pass and suddenly the third one will be almost empty.

about a month ago
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The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

mark_reh Why do they take the risk? (144 comments)

Are they making $ off this or just doing it for the lulz?

about a month ago
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Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

mark_reh Re:When I lived in Japan and rode trains every day (179 comments)

Are you suggesting they can't detect when someone is preventing a door from closing completely by any means other than a person looking?

Interterminal trains in airports all over the world operate without human operators.

Did you know that automatically flushing urinals use sensors that detect the presence of someone standing in front of them and then flush when that person has moved away? No, it isn't a camera with someone on the other end paid to watch you pee and then flush for you when you're done- (well, OK, maybe in North Korea it is...).

about a month ago
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Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

mark_reh When I lived in Japan and rode trains every day (179 comments)

I always wondered why they had drivers. How hard is it to start and stop a train? I asked one of my Japanese coworkers why he thinks they have drivers, what with all the technology in Japan and all, and his reply was very insightful: "they have drivers so they can blame/fire someone if something goes wrong".

THAT is why trains have drivers.

about a month ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

mark_reh You gotta love rappers. (610 comments)

"Other reactions include rapper, Tyler, The Creator, saying that having the new U2 album automatically downloaded on his iPhone was like waking up with a STD."

They're so straight-to-the-point, and really put things in terms that all of us can relate to.

about a month ago
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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

mark_reh Jesus H Christ! (120 comments)

We're all going to have to start wearing Burkas if we want any privacy at all.

about a month ago
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Hidden Archeology of Stonehenge Revealed In New Geophysical Map

mark_reh It turns out Stonehenge is actually the (28 comments)

penthouse floor of a 100+ meter tall tower that was used to direct ancient spacecraft as they created crop circles.

about a month ago
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The Five Nigerian Gangs Behind Most Craigslist Buyer Scams

mark_reh Re:One way to avoid (160 comments)

If you fall for this scam you're nothing but a dope and you deserve to lose your money.

It isn't about understanding how checks work. It's about understanding how buying and selling work. If you accept a check for any item you sell, you're taking a risk that the check is bad- either fake or insufficient funds in the account to pay the check. If someone wants to write you a check for more than your selling price and then wants you to send them money, you're an idiot if you do it. Period. You're giving them money and whatever you're selling to accept the risk of a bad check from them. That's nuts! No, it's stupid!

The people they recruit to pack and ship the stuff are idiots, too. They get "paid" the same way. They get a check for $1000 or whatever and are told to deposit it, then go get , pack, and ship the "purchased" items, then send excess funds back to the buyer. These people are equally stupid and deserve to lose their money.

about a month and a half ago

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Linux replacement for Playon Media server

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  about 2 years ago

mark_reh (2015546) writes "I am tired of dealing with Windows and want to go 100% linux. There is one app that I have yet to find a linux replacement for- Playon media server. Is there a roughly equivalent Linux program that makes streaming web content as easily accessible from the TV?

PS3 media server is nice for streaming from my HDD but doesn't have the easy web content accessibility that Playon has."

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Ask Slashdot: moving out but need to keep up with

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mark_reh writes "I am forced to move to another state where I can work. My wife and son will be staying put. I need to go over my son's homework with him every night. Is there a decent tool that allows collaborative screen sharing accompanied by voice/video? His computer will be running Win 7 and mine will be on whatever is required, preferably linux."
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How are photos controlled on the internet?

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mark_reh (2015546) writes "When you search for images via Google Images you see a bunch of pictures, but how is the availability of images controlled? For example, where are all the swimsuit pics of Sarah Palin when she was in beauty contests? How does the Palin organization or any other celebrity, or anyone else for that matter, manage to control availability of images on the web? If such control is possible, how do sex videos of celebrities manage to fall outside that control, or do they?"

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For the love of God, will someone tell me why

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

men who drive pickup trucks insist on backing them into parking spaces? What is the point?
The bigger the pickup, the more likely it will be backed into a parking space.
If it has a trailer hitch, it will be backed up so the hitch hangs over a sidewalk, just waiting to knee-cap someone walking by.

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