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Favorite U.S. Political Party

mqduck Re:Useful poll (503 comments)

The slashdot crowd tends toward 'liberal' when it comes to social issues, which puts a heavier emphasis on either Democrat and Libertarian

or Green.

about a year and a half ago
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Favorite U.S. Political Party

mqduck Re:1st vote? (503 comments)

But are you surprised?

about a year and a half ago
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China Blocks NYT Over Critical Article

mqduck Re:Some Animals are More Equal (94 comments)

I feel like everybody gets that quote wrong. It's the animals who are *less* equal that are the elites. The *more* equal animals are the lowly rabble.

about a year and a half ago
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Candidate Gingrich Pushes a Moon Base, Other Space Initiatives

mqduck Re:Going to the moon, with what money?? (602 comments)

>Socialists and capitalists are not opposites. Stop it, stop being stupid.

Maybe you buy that a state sector combined with a welfare state constitutes some kind of "socialism". Fine, the word has meant many things in its long history. But it's always been defined by its opposition to capitalism. Socialism is nothing if not the opposite of capitalism.

more than 2 years ago
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Apocalypse Tourism: Where To Celebrate Doomsday?

mqduck Re:True believers? (233 comments)

A few people are trying to exploit it without really believing in it (the government of Mexico

I don't see any evidence of that. They're merely trying to capitalize on a big (meaningless) event in the calender of their pre-Columbian ancestors. Slashdot and its linked article seem to be just assuming that Mexico's ad campaign is trying to attract doomsday nuts -- but if doomsday nuts are attracted by it, so what?

The *only* bit of evidence the article has is this:

The tourism board acknowledges its promotional doomsday motives and says “Whatever your beliefs may be, come and be part off a very historic experience.”

which is, at most, open to interpretation.

more than 2 years ago
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ISO Updates C Standard

mqduck Re:First post!! (378 comments)

It's an open standard and will be needed by a lot of developers who want or must write standard compliant code. This is EXACTLY the thing RMS means when he is shouting his song.

Yeah, speaking of that... what criteria is it meeting to be called an "open standard"?

more than 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Store Will Allow Open Source Apps

mqduck Re:Microsoft and open source (333 comments)

>Now try to find high quality propriety products that are not backed by huge organizations.

So you're saying being backed by the Free Software Foundation makes something a bad example of open source software? (Terminology politics aside)

more than 2 years ago
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Japanese Supercomputer K Hits 10.51 Petaflops

mqduck #1 (125 comments)

The Japanese supercomputer ranked #1 on the Top 500 fastest supercomputers

Rumor has it that it's also #1 in the top 2,342 fastest supercomputers.

more than 2 years ago
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Re. medication requiring a prescription:

mqduck Re:Dope (550 comments)

I've been quite willing from the very beginning. There's no apparent problem with my environment. "Need" is a pretty strong word and I don't think I can answer that question for sure, but I have no desire to go off my medication.

more than 2 years ago
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Re. medication requiring a prescription:

mqduck Re:Dope (550 comments)

Primarily, I'm diagnosed with bipolar disorder and ADD. I also have sever insomnia that, as far as I know, is unaccounted for. Definitely don't have Aspergers or any other kind of autism.

more than 2 years ago
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Re. medication requiring a prescription:

mqduck Dope (550 comments)

Well, since you asked...

1. bupropion (Wellbutrin)
2. gabapentin
3. methylphenidate (Ritalin)
4. lamotrigine (Lamictal)
5. trazodone

Gabapentin and lamotrigine are classed as mood stabilizers (gabapentin is also great for anxiety, especially social anxiety), bupropion and trazodone are classed as antidepressants but I take trazodone (every night before bed) because it's also a sedative, and methylphenidate is a stimulant.

about 2 years ago
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The Simpsons Reviewed For Unsuitable Nuclear Jokes

mqduck Horrible (374 comments)

This is horrible! It's not like there are many other Simpsons reruns they could show instead.

about 3 years ago
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The Simpsons Reviewed For Unsuitable Nuclear Jokes

mqduck Re:Sad day when ... (374 comments)

What would it mean for people to "sensor bad taste and content, jokes or editorial by themselves" in this context? Not watch those episodes when they come on because it's "too soon"? Yeah, that could work. Or TV stations could just, you know, play other episodes for a while.

about 3 years ago
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Futurama Renewed For 7th Season

mqduck Re:I can hardly wait for it to come out on DVD (173 comments)

They didn't discover that time is circular, they discovered that every big band is identical. That's why they can kill "themselves" after a future big bang without creating a paradox.

about 3 years ago
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How has your opinion on the safety of nuclear power changed after the events in Japan?

mqduck Bias (1148 comments)

If you ever need proof of how mindlessly pro-nuclear the Slashdot crowd is, just look at the 26% who say they now think nuclear power is *safer* than they did before.

more than 3 years ago
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Iceland Eyes Liquid Magma As Energy Source

mqduck Re:Cakes! (215 comments)

Why in the world did that become a meme?

more than 3 years ago

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Laid-off tech worker slays his bosses

mqduck mqduck writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mqduck writes "A man named Jing Hua Wu, laid off from a Santa Clara tech company, came back with a handgun and fatally shot it's chief executive, vice president for operations and head of human resources. This is different from the mindless killings we've seen since Columbine: he had specific targets who he felt wronged him. I'm sure many sympathize with this man, though abhorring his actions, and a few probably consider him a hero. Will we see more of this if the economy continues on its current path?"
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Long-Eared Jerboa Caught On Film for the First Tim

mqduck mqduck writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MQDuck writes "Footage of the long-eared jerboa, rodents who call the deserts of China and Mongolia their homes, has been captured for the first time. TFA:
"These creatures hop just like a kangaroo; it is amazing to watch. Little hairs on their feet, almost like snow shoes, allow them to jump along the sand," [Dr Baillie] explained.
"And in terms of mammals, they have one of the biggest ear-to-body ratios out there.""

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mqduck mqduck writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mqduck writes "The British may have finally decided that their whole "democracy" experiment was a good idea and that now's the time to take it out of probation. No, they're not making the Queen get a job and pay rent, but they are going to turn the House of Lords into a fully elected body, getting rid of the seats guaranteed to the descendants of feudal lords. I hope that cake we've been saving for them since 1782 is still good!"
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mqduck mqduck writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mqduck writes "Bill Gates haters can breath a sigh of relief: the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is evil after all. According to the L.A. Times, "The Gates Foundation reaps vast profits every year from companies whose actions contradict its mission of improving society in the United States and around the world, particularly the lot of people afflicted by poverty and disease" such as using slave labor. "Critics," the L.A. Times says, "fault the Gates Foundation most for failing to use the power of its immense wealth to improve the behavior of the companies in which it invests.""

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