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Top NSA Official Raised Alarm About Metadata Program In 2009

nicoleb_x But that is not Washington... (110 comments)

As usual, the Democrats and the President are NOT part of the Washington establishment (that is to blame for this) and so this can't be blamed on them. They have campaigned against this (even last week). You should probably look to the Republicans to blame.

about a week ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

nicoleb_x Same there (459 comments)

I can't think of too many qualified black candidates that I interviewed and then didn't hire. I'd have to say that percentage wise, people from Ohio (no idea) and India have the lowest success rate with me.

about two weeks ago
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Florida-Based Magic Leap Builds Its Team With Bay Area Hires

nicoleb_x FL is fine... (161 comments)

I was one of those who thought Florida was all wrong until I moved down and figured it out for myself. Obviously, it's a big place with a lot of everything but altitude and snow. We've got enough people and enough "money" so if you don't want to come we don't care.

about three weeks ago
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Study: Past Climate Change Was Caused by Ocean, Not Just the Atmosphere

nicoleb_x Re:In Related News (185 comments)

That means things will just keep getting warmer and humans are doing a poor job of slowing things down.

about a month ago
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Fiber Optics In Antarctica Will Monitor Ice Sheet Melting

nicoleb_x Gramling Says What? (92 comments)

TFA by Carolyn Gramling is a real piece of work. It makes scary claims and then links to articles that make no such claims. I guess that is what staff editors do for us.

about a month ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

nicoleb_x What isn't a limited resource? (652 comments)

What a crock. All resources are limited. Nothing special here...

about 2 months ago
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Downtown Project Suicides Shock High Tech Community

nicoleb_x Re:Suicide my ass! (185 comments)

There is no such thing as a coincident. Need to bring in some outsiders to investigate.

about 2 months ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

nicoleb_x Re:ash (517 comments)

Brooms, really? Cloud scoops maybe...

about 2 months ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

nicoleb_x ash (517 comments)

I wonder what will happen when some big volcanoes spew ash over most of the planet and solar energy production can't keep up with demand and the old, reliable energy production is gone? It's not like that has every happened, well 1816 sure, but it won't happen again.

about 2 months ago
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IT Job Hiring Slumps

nicoleb_x Self Serve IT (250 comments)

I was talking to a young, bright FBI agent last month and when I said that I was a software developer she said quite appropriately "aren't we all?"

I'm afraid that IT is becoming very much self serve and the few remaining Development/IT jobs are going to be very specialized and hardcore positions.

about 3 months ago
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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 5 months 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 9 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 9 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 10 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 10 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 10 months ago

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