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Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

matbury An excuse for... (474 comments)

...Euro-smugness! Yep, socialism trumps free market neliberal capitalism once more. Only problem is that since the European Central Bank was established, it's even more free market neliberal capitalist than the US Fed, as witnessed by our current insane austerity response to the recession, when rational economics would recommend Keynesian economic policy. Don't worry USA, we'll catch up with you soon! Maybe Greece and its new government can show us the way back to decent, humane socialist economic policy?

2 days ago
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Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

matbury Re:Warning Slashdot Contains (351 comments)

Do you think congress should vote on it?

about a week ago
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Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

matbury Re:Open protocols (307 comments)

Yep, why can't IM clients and services just be compatible and interoperable? You know, like email, mobile phones, SMS, etc.? It'd solve so many problems and encourage developers and service providers to compete to give us better apps and services, instead of buying out "walled garden" startup after startup in order to gain market share (i.e. new pre-locked in customers).

about two weeks ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

matbury From the outside... (666 comments)

... you know the rest of us, in the sane world, look upon this and think your gubbermint is batshit crazy, don't you? We'd laugh if they didn't have more guns, bombs, tanks, boats, and war planes than the rest of the world combined. They're going to sit back and do nothing as they watch millions of people get displaced and die of extreme weather events and starvation.

about two weeks ago
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Lawrence Krauss On Scientists As Celebrities: Good For Science?

matbury Please, please, please! (227 comments)

Scientists who become recognizable have a chance and perhaps even a responsibility, which they have often exploited, to promote science literacy, combat scientific nonsense, motivate young people, and steer public policy discussions toward sound decision making wherever they can.

Oh please 'Murica, please listen to these people!

about two weeks ago
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Google Fund To Pay For 1 Million Copies of Charlie Hebdo

matbury Re:Availability (311 comments)

Some people don't think that singling out one race or religion for intensive criticism, mischaracterisation, villification, etc. is prejudiced and they'll argue till the end of the world for their right to incite racial and/or religious hatred.

That said, Charlie Hebdo did sack an employee for being antisemitic once. I guess they're OK with racist Arab stereotypes and Islamaphobia though.

about three weeks ago
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Nuclear Waste Accident Costs Los Alamos Contractor $57 Million

matbury Re:Why the overreaction? (166 comments)

Yep, for the lowest bidder, cutting corners just means more profit. The executives don't have to pay back the money they've made and they don't face any real accountability. The worst that can happen is that the subcontractor company goes bankrupt and the executives make up a new company and move on to the next disaster waiting to happen. "Heads I win, tails you lose."

about three weeks ago
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FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

matbury Stop and frisk? (303 comments)

Does this sound like stop and frisk to anyone? But more like going to a place and stopping and frisking everyone there and without probable cause and searching not just your pockets but your conversations with people who aren't there and without them knowing that it's happened? Looks like we need more secure phone systems. How about requiring that cell towers have signed encryption keys? How easy would it be for the cops to force telecoms to hand over the keys?

about three weeks ago
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Beware Headlines Saying Chocolate Is Good For You

matbury Re:Speak for yourself (224 comments)

Does Mars Inc. sell any candy bars with a high total cocoa content?

about a month ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

matbury Consumerism... (840 comments)

...was supposed to be the US' economic saviour after WWII. It worked for a while but then grew into what we have now. Some people even believe we can save our environment through consumerism. To sum up some of the comments so far:

Consumer items are not built to last longer than their warranty so that consumers continue to buy more, more frequently.

Consumer items have become more delicate and more complicated over time and so easier to break and harder to fix.

Teaching and/or encouraging people to "make do and mend" is in direct contradiction to consumerism and is unlikely to be tolerated.

If too many people stop buying things, the economy will suffer.

The world, its chemistry, its physical nature, is changing dramatically because we measure and value our success according to how quickly we can dig stuff out of the ground and turn it into pollution.

about a month ago
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Pope Francis To Issue Encyclical On Global Warming

matbury Hang on a minute... (341 comments)

...I thought the Catholic church were supposed to be waiting in eager anticipation of armageddon. Are they trying to delay it now? What's going on in theocracy land?

about a month ago
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GCHQ Warns It Is Losing Track of Serious Criminals

matbury What they really mean is... (229 comments)

The Telegraph reports, "GCHQ has lost track of some of the most prolific investigative journalists and has had to abort surveillance on others after Edward Snowden revealed their tactics ... The spy agency has suffered "significant" damage in its ability to investigative journalists following the exposes by the former CIA contractor. Intelligence officers are now blind to more than a quarter of the activities of the UK's most prolific investigative journalists after they changed their communications methods in the wake of the Snowden leaks. One major publication has been able to continue flooding the UK with Class A news unimpeded for the last year after changing their operations. More intense tracking of others has either been abandoned or not started because of fears the tactics are now too easy to spot and will force the journalists to "go dark" and be lost sight of completely."

Are perhaps you could think of more entertaining and creative substitutes for "serious criminals" in this non-story?

about a month ago
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Study: Light-Emitting Screens Before Bedtime Disrupt Sleep

matbury Re:At a guess . . . (179 comments)

An alternative interpretation of the data: Reading for four hours and taking blood samples every hour disrupted the subjects' sleep but after a few days, they got used to it (while they were reading paper-based text). This study doesn't control for other variables and establish and correlation, let alone a cause-effect relationship. And a sample size of n12, seriously? I'll wait for a decently designed study to come out. Anyone know of any?

about a month ago
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Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

matbury Re:Skin deep, but that's where the money is ! (175 comments)

NSF budget = ~$7Bn, Cosmetics industry buget = ~$170Bn

I'll put my money and sense of humour on preventing hair loss, prolonging erections, and "leaving your skin feeling visibly younger." :P

about a month ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

matbury Re:GO GO POWER RANGERS! (388 comments)

The argument is that we have fewer civil liberties because the MPAA exists.

about a month ago
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The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch

matbury Re: How soon? (153 comments)

Or was he just shrewd enough to cultivate that impression so that people would feel that he wouldn't just compose for the love of it and not pay him for his work? Nobody gets that good without a real love of the medium and huge amounts of time, effort, dilligence, and tenacity.

about a month and a half ago
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New Effort To Grant Legal Rights To Chimpanzees Fails

matbury Re:good (341 comments)

Then why don't they build jet airplanes or nuclear power plants?

Because they lack the ability to cooperate and coordinate between themselves to the same degree that humans can. Think of them as like American congressmen.

about a month and a half ago

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Google Moves Right By Funding ALEC & Heritage Action

matbury matbury writes  |  about a year ago

matbury (3458347) writes "According to Jessica Devereux at The Real News Network...

"Corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, or what it is more commonly known as, ALEC, is holding a conference celebrating its 40th anniversary through December 6. But the guest list may be running a little thin this year, as ALEC is losing some corporate friends. But it's also gaining some new ones, like Google. Google has been funding right-wing groups like Heritage Action and ALEC, which is known for drafting some draconian laws in education and right-to-work policies which undermine collective bargaining."

Whatever happened to "Don't be evil?""

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