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BMW Created the Most Efficient Electric Car In the US

oblivionboy Re: Efficiency doesn't matter... (258 comments)

That article is highly suspect as it lacks citiations for many important sections, and the talk page discussing it is a mile long. Try again!

about 3 months ago
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Does Crime Leave a Genetic Trace?

oblivionboy Re:Lamarck Vindicated? (160 comments)

Well, it could have been decidedly neutral too.

about 5 months ago
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Confessions Of an Ex-TSA Agent: Secrets Of the I.O. Room

oblivionboy Re:well i'm reassured! (393 comments)

Wow, and we can see why the US is so fucked up. Having medical coverage should have no relationship to if you have a job or not. In fact if you're jobless and poor, and have no coverage, but need something simple like an annual checkup -- preventative medicine being the basis of keeping ANY medical system costs down -- you might be deeply discouraged from this, because the alternative is not eating.

Really stupid thinking.

about 6 months ago
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Finnish Hacker Isolates Helicopter GPS Coordinates From YouTube Video Sounds

oblivionboy Re:It's just 1200baud 7O1 Bell 202 (163 comments)

She still deserves the sandwich, though.

about 6 months ago
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EU To Vote On Proposal That Could Ban All Online Pornography

oblivionboy Its Intellectual Fascism (853 comments)

I think the real problem with this kind of divisive feminism, is that really it not only suppresses things like free speech, but also eliminates -- very clearly -- the freedom of the individual. Which REDUCES women's rights, because last time I checked individuals were women too.

If you're a woman who is IN porn, or a woman who LIKES porn, or a woman who SHARES porn with their partner or any thing along those lines, how is this even remotely an expansion or protection of women's rights and freedoms?

Its not. Its a kind of intellectual fascism that eliminates the individual, hijacking their loss of freedom for a political party line. And this is not what a progressive society is about.

about a year ago
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Backyard Brains Can Help Satisfy Your Inner Frankenstein (Video)

oblivionboy Re:That's not funny (199 comments)

Two words: prove it.

You are merely making assumptions about these things, but really have no actual idea. If you state outright that these are truths, I would like you to prove it.

more than 2 years ago
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China Building Gigantic Structures In the Desert

oblivionboy Re:Fun stuff in the China Desert (412 comments)

Call me strange, but out of the entire list its the town that sort of freaks me out. Its far away from the other cluster of humanity to the east, and given how lush and green it is, it must be very resource intensive to keep going. If you zoom in, you'll see it actually looks quite pretty and pleasant, and scrolling around you see some nice official looking buildings. Surely if it was just a farming community it would have been built a bit more spartan and or functional....

more than 2 years ago
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Evidence Points To Huge Underground River Beneath Amazon

oblivionboy Re:Naming breaks ethical rules (116 comments)

Don't appologize! New Yorkers deserve it -- they're so condescending to everyone else, yet get upset when someone makes a mild joke about them.

more than 2 years ago
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3D Nausea Solved By Eye-Tracking

oblivionboy Re:Keep it to yourself (116 comments)

Wow, taking the social out of social media since whenever you joined /. Nice.

about 3 years ago
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Wikileaks and Democracy In Zimbabwe

oblivionboy Re:Ellsberg actually redacted diplomatic cables (669 comments)

You are mistaken I'm sure. Whatever you value them as, Assange seems to have very specific ideas and motives behind him as illustrated here:

http://www.mara-stream.org/think-tank/julian-assange-conspiracy-as-governance/

In addition to this, and as has been pointed out elsewhere on Slashdot, unlike the Ellsberg leak, Assange has no actual interest in the US. Rather what he has is an interest in letting the rest of the world understand its influence upon different citizen's countries and how their governments may have interacted or even been pressured into doing deals with the US to further its own interest, often at the cost of democratic values.

The only people I see complaining now are those that are in the US. Well too bad. You made your bed (Cambodia, South and Central America, Africa, the list goes on and on), so deal with it. Its quite possible that the US are not "the good guys" that Americans would like to think and that this rallying against Wikileaks is not against the leaks, but rather a very deeply rooted cultural self esteem which is now threatened. The US is coming out as not very nice at all -- and if it was Russia no one would care, because you'd expect that from Russia, right? But the US? Bad?

Don't believe me? Its very interesting that the nature of the discussion is all about whether Wikileaks should leak, rather than the contents of the leaks themselves. Information is just information after, no? But suddenly everyone is defending Hillary Clinton and who ever else on needing this kind of secrecy to broker "important deals" and keep "security" whatever that means. This is not democratic freedom.

People in the US are probably very good people or bad people within the usual statistical distribution of a Western population. I see alot of people from the US complain endlessly about their "one party" system, and how everyone is in bed with the lobbyists and the corporations and that something should change, but then Wikileaks comes along to challenge this, and everyone complains. Its mysterious. Its important to separate yourself as a citizen from your government which Wikileaks is working against. Stand back objectively and make up your own mind.

Here's an exercise, try and place yourself in the position of any of a number of countries that have been muscled by the US in the last 50 years, and see if you can see the other side. Then understand that its not you, but your government which is responsible for this.

more than 3 years ago
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USB 'Dead Drops'

oblivionboy Re:So this is what passes for clever these days (322 comments)

And exactly who would suffer maliciousness here? Every single person in this post has cited Windows as the obvious target. I honestly find it amusing that everyone bemoans Windows on Slashdot, until this example comes up (ie: Art), and then suddenly its all Windows to support their point of view that its dangerous. But really, you plug in a Linux box what happens? OS X, what happens? Really!? Any answers? No?

Whats that sound I'm hearing....?
 
...ah the sound of hypocrisy!

As for artist just throwing stuff out there to see what happens, experimentation is experimentation. Its not different than scientists doing their lab work to see whats going on with a certain theory. The basic principle is the same.

more than 3 years ago
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USB 'Dead Drops'

oblivionboy Re:So this is what passes for clever these days (322 comments)

Thats ok. And we hate you. :)

You ultimately don't have to connect to the USB stick if you don't want to. And as for your suggestion, you've obviously missed the point, because the concept behind it is NOT to share files with someone you know. But rather to create drop spots in an urban environment to see what happens. Think of it as creating a parallel (and sllightly subversive) infrastructure that people might use in new and original ways. I would expect that in the age of "oh nohs! all the guvernmsnts r trackingzz us!!!" you would applaud this in a small way. With a bit of encryption you might be able to do all sorts of stuff with it.

But as we say in Art: glad you don't like -- must mean its doing something right.

more than 3 years ago
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Hands-on With the iPad Alternatives On Display At IFA

oblivionboy Re:iPad is the gold standard? (156 comments)

I'm sure you're happy with Linux and all those fantastic apps that they have for it. Like...uh....gcc...and...abiword...and...gimp. Its good to be free...in the desert of your mind.

Good luck. :)

-=g

more than 3 years ago
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Hands-on With the iPad Alternatives On Display At IFA

oblivionboy Re:iPad is the gold standard? (156 comments)

Dude! Have you TRIED an iPad? Its really the thing.

Listen, I'm not an Apple fanboy by anymeans, however I'll tell you what I was a fanboy of for years: tablets. I bought lots from ebay, from the venerable IBM Thinkpad730T, various Fujitsu tablets, and even pretty much every MessagePad that came out. The MessagePads were the coolest, and there's alot from there that is missing from the iPad. That said though, all the "PC" style tablets were horrible, and they have become oddities in my closet. Why? The user experience.

The user experience was terrible, because they were tied to Windows. And Windows has never been a tablet OS, no matter what "Edition" you get it in. Its a desktop OS, at least in its consumer form, and so was "adapted" rather than designed from the beginning to work well with a tablet. Don't mention Linux, its got the same problem. Unless of course you redesigned Linux's interface from scratch for a tablet interface, you won't get anywhere with it. Oh wait, gee Google did that with Android. And I hear its pretty successful.

But Apple kick started the whole thing off with the iPhone, at least in the popular mind set, and its a pretty neat device as things go. But, looking at the iPad, you start to think that maybe this is where they wanted to go all along. In fact I can't actually imagine anyone designing the iOS interface for the small size of the iPhone. Im sure what happened was that they had this tablet program, and they realized that for reason x, y and z (processing power, memory, battery life, whatever), what they wanted to offer wasn't feasable, but was a few years off. So they scaled it down screen wise and put it on the iPhone. But make no mistake, as soon as you play with the iPad more than casually (ie: daily use, integrated into your life), the iPhone seems kind of like a toy by comparison. And the iPad has done what no other tablet has done that I'm aware of (except maybe the original MessagePads, and the new Android based ones coming up), which is start from the ground up with an OS designed for tablets, and create a great tablet experience.

So right now iPad competitor is a pretty good term. It might not be three years out, but today, everyone that has tried in the past has more or less failed. The recent announcement was that they sold 3.5 million iPads? I think Fujitsu would cream there pants to have that much success in their portable computing division.

Anyways try it before you judge. You might be surprised. I would give the same advice to the Android tablets, or any new kind of tablet OS that is designed properly for the format.

more than 3 years ago
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US Ability To Identify Source of Nuclear Weapons Decays

oblivionboy Re:What they're really saying with this story (139 comments)

And to answer the unasked question: If it had happened to two American cities, I would have been equally horrified. The indiscriminate destruction of civilians, is always horrific and unnecessary act, no matter how you decide to spin it.

more than 3 years ago
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US Ability To Identify Source of Nuclear Weapons Decays

oblivionboy Re:What they're really saying with this story (139 comments)

You know, it sounds like its time for you to travel a little and actually see what the rest of the world thinks of the US. Its really easy to *imagine* that you're so great -- even if you've done nothing to deserve it. Verbalizations about reality are not the reality itself -- ie: you can't just *say* you're totally awesome because you bombed two cities into oblivion along with their civilian population (women, children, etc), and then actually *be* awesome. Despite what goes on in your mind, its not like the rest of us are going to believe it just because you posted it on slashdot. I think this is what alot of you Americans don't realize.

And btw: while you claim you were "drawn" into it -- the fact of the matter is it was a fantastic war of opportunity for American industry, and you were more than happy to supply arms to the war participants in Europe. And we need not even cite companies like IBM, which were more than happy to help the 3rd Reich while it was profitable....

more than 3 years ago
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US Ability To Identify Source of Nuclear Weapons Decays

oblivionboy Re:What they're really saying with this story (139 comments)

Well they are soldiers. That's what they are there for. Many non Americans believe it was one the most horrific moves of the 1st half of the 20th century. No amount of US chest puffing can change that.

about 4 years ago
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Droid X Self-Destructs If You Try To Mod

oblivionboy After enduring all that vitrolic (757 comments)

...ribbing from all the Android users (I have an iPhone), about how "open" and "superior" it is all I can say is:

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(I know, I know -1 Troll for this - but damn its worth it!).

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about 4 years ago

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