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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

nicoleb_x Re:Can an "atheist company" refuse too? (1330 comments)

Atheists can't readily be classified beyond not believing in a god. That single thing doesn't categorically lead to much else. I'm an atheist and I think abortions are pretty much murder. But then, I'm not necessarily against murder, especially in this case.

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

nicoleb_x Re:Is that where the pre-Clovis culture came from? (40 comments)

I certainly don't agree with any claims to great land masses based upon some vague genetic connection. Now watery tarts throwing swords, I understand that!

about 2 months ago
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Chicago Robber Caught By Facial Recognition Sentenced To 22 Years

nicoleb_x TFA doesn't have his face... (143 comments)

So why the heck can't they show his face in a story about facial recognition? Why the picture of a train? That has nothing to do with facial recognition! For all we know he has some incredibly unique face or maybe a tattoo across his forehead.

about 2 months ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

nicoleb_x Saving Climate != limit a global rise in mean temp (433 comments)

Really bad headline, "Saving Climate" does not equate to "limit a global rise in mean temperatures". I'm all for manipulating the environment to give the best possible outcome for humans. If we could all agree on what climate is best I'd be really amazed.

about 4 months ago
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Bug In the GnuTLS Library Leaves Many OSs and Apps At Risk

nicoleb_x Waiting for Microsoft's "Goto Fail" (231 comments)

Just waiting for Microsoft's "Goto Fail" bug to surface. It may be too early to thank Snowden, but I'm starting to think I will have to at some point.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?

nicoleb_x Blame the gamers (631 comments)

Clearly Bitcoin's downfall was the cannibalization of gamer video cards for bitcoin mining and the related price increases of those cards. Gamer's know alternative currencies and bitcoin wasn't one they liked.

about 5 months ago
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Death By Metadata: The NSA's Secret Role In the US Drone Strike Program

nicoleb_x I'm embarrassed (202 comments)

"...Whether or not Obama is fully aware of the errors built into the program of targeted assassination, he and his top advisers have repeatedly made clear that the president himself directly oversees the drone operation and takes full responsibility for it." The press making up excuses for all that tee time? Fuck That!

about 6 months ago
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Britain's Eastern Coast Yields Oldest Human Footprints Outside Africa

nicoleb_x RE: the early explorers died out..calamities (120 comments)

"the early explorers died out in the ice ages or other calamities"

You human centric slob! The earth is what is important and an ice age or anything else (except human occupation) was NOT a calamity for the earth. The earth is OK with almost everything including asteroid hits, ice ages, super volcanoes and plate tectonics. But humanoids burning hydrocarbons? No way!

about 6 months ago
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What Killed the Great Beasts of North America?

nicoleb_x Why is this so complicated. (214 comments)

If you know the history of megafauna mammals then the end of them is obvious.

"Subsequent to the Cretaceous - Paleogene extinction event that eliminated the non-avian dinosaurs about 66 Ma ago, terrestrial mammals underwent a nearly exponential increase in body size as they diversified to occupy the ecological niches left vacant. Starting from just a few kg before the event, maximum size had reached ~50 kg a few million years later, and ~750 kg by the end of the Paleocene. This trend of increasing body mass appears to level off about 40 Ma ago (in the late Eocene), suggesting that physiological or ecological constraints had been reached, after an increase in body mass of over three orders of magnitude. However, when considered from the standpoint of rate of size increase per generation, the exponential increase is found to have continued until the appearance of Indricotherium 30 Ma ago."

So, they got bigger because there was a sudden niche to exploit. The niche ended and eventually they died off as the advantage was lost. Did humans effect the timescale of this, maybe. Did humans change the course of nature, almost certainly not, as if humans aren't part of nature.

BTW, when did the avian dinosaurs go extinct? I can't find that fact.

about 6 months ago
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Scientists Glue Sensors To 5,000 Bees In a Bid To Better Understand Them

nicoleb_x Re:In other news, colony collapse disorder... (85 comments)

I sure hope they run the test with different types of glue. Too many variables to trust the results.

about 7 months ago
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Federal Judge Rules Chicago's Ban On Licensed Gun Dealers Unconstitutional

nicoleb_x firearm owner's identification card? WTF! (934 comments)

Mommy, Mommy, Look what I got today! My very own Twitter Account Owner's Identification Card. Now I can tweet three times a week, whatever I want, as long as it doesn't offend anybody or disparage the police or incite violence or discontent or encourage people to queue up for things they don't really need. Isn't the First Amendment wonderful?

about 7 months ago
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Scientists Forced To Reexamine Theories In Light of Massive Gamma-Ray Burst

nicoleb_x Re:My crack-brained theory: (128 comments)

Yep, we may be looking at the results of a long ago war or terrible accident. Of course, maybe we don't know Jack.

about 8 months ago
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How Human Psychology Holds Back Climate Change Action

nicoleb_x What's next Cass? (530 comments)

Maybe Cass can use the same explanation to explain our $16 Trillion debt.

about a year ago
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Twitter-Based Study Figures Out Saddest Spots In New York City

nicoleb_x POS research (57 comments)

I really hope everyone stops reading and reporting arbitrary but easy statistics that don't prove Jack.

about a year ago
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NRA Launches Pro-Lead Website

nicoleb_x MO Lead (780 comments)

I lived in Missouri, MO, for a while and had noticed that the place is full of lead deposits. I think it's pretty common for the ground to contain large deposits of lead without harming the children. You need more than just lead in the ground to have a problem.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Will Have To Rename SkyDrive

nicoleb_x MIcrosoft Sky Drive (274 comments)

Just add Microsoft in front. That is the only way they got away with Windows.

1 year,1 day
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Psychopathic Criminals Have "Empathy Switch"

nicoleb_x A Clockwork Orange (347 comments)

Where have we seen this before...

1 year,7 days
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Anonymous Source Claims Feds Demand Private SSL Keys From Web Services

nicoleb_x Driver signing is more interesting (276 comments)

I would think that SSL certificates are much less interesting than the certificates used to sign drivers and programs.

1 year,8 days
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US Gained a Decade of Flynn-Effect IQ Points After Adding Iodine To Salt

nicoleb_x Salt? No lead! (270 comments)

Jeez, most everybody knows that it was lead from gasoline that lowered the quality of the IQ test and thus raised the IQ test results.

1 year,9 days

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