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Flying Snake Mysteries Revealed

osgeek Misleading title (78 comments)

These aerodynamic characteristics help to explain how the snake can glide at steep angles and over a wide range of angles of attack, but more complex models that account for 3D effects and the dynamic movements of aerial undulation are required to fully understand the gliding performance of flying snakes

Without that information, I doubt we've revealed the real mysteries.

about 6 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

osgeek Re:Pffft (723 comments)

The problem wasn't so much the amount of snow. It was that the roads started freezing up quickly and the government authorities that are supposed to take action on closing schools and forcing trucks to use chains or divert around the city failed massively.

Once cars and trucks lost traction (we don't really buy winter tires here), stuck vehicles created enormous gridlock.

I have several friends who either spent 9+ hours getting home or just had to sleep at their offices rather than drive 20 miles.

about 6 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

osgeek Re:Pffft (723 comments)

Not sure which forecast they're using as an excuse. I think that line is just typical CYA.

Tuesday morning, I looked at the forecast, I saw a big line of snow heading right for all of Atlanta. I was really surprised that based upon that forecast, the main county still hadn't canceled school.

When the snow started accumulating, I stopped waiting for the county to get its collective head out of its butt and I picked up my kids. Managed to get them home before the real circus started.

It's just a reminder of how you really have to be careful about putting your trust in certain systems. Each person has to take some level of personal responsibility because when big systems fail, they tend to fail in a big way.

about 6 months ago
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SCOTUS Says DNA Collection Permissible After Arrest

osgeek Re:I didn't expect that of Scalia (643 comments)

Well, by "conservative hack", JDG1980 means that Scalia decides issues based upon the agreed-upon principles and rules laid out in the Constitution rather than fabricating new legislation willy nilly to meet the demands of progressivism like Sotamayor, Ginsburg, and Kagan.

about a year ago
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SCOTUS Says DNA Collection Permissible After Arrest

osgeek Re:Should be noted (643 comments)

Yeah, but that's like me and my religious mother-in-law agreeing that Super Bowl Sunday is a great day to not spend any time working.

Sure, we'd agree on the day of the week - but not at all for the same reasons.

about a year ago
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Todd Park Appointed Second U.S. CTO

osgeek Re:Corporate conversion... (78 comments)

You owe everything to the society that provided you with a starting point.

Obviously you think this line of reasoning is hyperbole and bullshit or doesn't apply to you since you're spending time debating politics on Slashdot and probably surfing the internet rather than working to provide food, shelter, and clothing to others in need.

So let's try again. What do you mean by stating that I owe everything to society? What is this society you speak of? I owe everything to all of it? Throughout all time? To which structures of this society should all the fruits of my labor go? The parts that make war? The parts that feed hungry people? The parts that make the economy work? The parts that create life-saving medical products and techniques? If I owe everything, why don't you owe everything? You seem to make your own choices about how you spend your time, why can't I?

So basically, what you're saying is that because I was born into a society to which I owe everything, I should be thankful for anything that society lets met do. Welcome to abject tyranny. What a shitty philosophy you espouse.

more than 2 years ago
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Todd Park Appointed Second U.S. CTO

osgeek Re:Corporate conversion... (78 comments)

Yes, because you purposely choose to ignore that only a small part of "the fruits of your labour" can enterily be attributed to your individual efforts.

So, 100% of the money you don't need to minimally feed, clothe, and house yourself, you send to various federal, state, and local governments? Obviously not, since you're here on Slashdot, arguing this subject. Obviously, you're selfish for spending time surfing the internet when you could be helping to build someone a house with Habitat for Humanity. You're selfish for having a personal computer and an internet connection. Maybe you have cable television, own your own car, or have taken a vacation by airplane. Those are all extremely selfish.

It is not tyranny when you understand, accept and respect the weight of your sourrounding society on what you want to call your "individual liberty".

Oh, so I owe something? Exactly to whom do I owe something? How much do I owe? By whose authority and under what logic do I owe?

But I suppouse you are in fact free to migrate to Haiti or Somalia any day you want: they certainly are more respectful of the "individual liberty" than any first world country (I'm not kidding: I really mean it).

That's a straw man. Those societies are not respectful of individual liberty for everyone. They believe in liberty for those with the most power. There is nothing in their societal framework that tries to maximize liberty for all. When I talk about Liberty, I mean as a fundamental and primary right for everyone. I mean it in the sense of the Declaration of Independence as (ostensibly) protected by the US Constitution.

more than 2 years ago
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Todd Park Appointed Second U.S. CTO

osgeek Re:Corporate conversion... (78 comments)

Because, as Warren Buffet said, you grew up in a society which was the creation of others before you, and if you didn't have that society you and your parents wouldn't have had your own food, shelter and clothing.

Sure, I owe Society something for providing a starting point. I don't advocate anarchy. But what is this "society" you speak of and for so authoritatively? Further, what is the actual fabric of that society that has benefitted me and that I owe? Yet further, what parts of society actually hindered me? Certainly you realize that our society, like any framework, has its good parts and bad parts. Have you thought about that? Have you followed that thought to its logical conclusion in that some people succeed despite obstacles put forth by the society they live in? Think about what a woman who taught herself how to read in Afghanistan circa 1999. What did she owe the goals of the Taliban? Ooh, the government != society? Now you're really thinking... I like that.

I claim that the society that I owe my starting point to is one that encourages personal responsibility by letting the successful keep the lion's share of their rewards. The society that I owe is one that establishes fundamental primary value in personal liberty, unleashing the individual to reach whatever heights of success he or she is able to. The society that I owe is one that encourages free and open markets to allow individuals to create products and services that others in the society will want to pay for, thus vindicating the value of such products and services.

In short: Yes, I owe society -- but not the collectivist/socialist society you would like me to pay into. I owe the society built upon the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. All the obstacles that some have put in my way through tyrannical subjugation of the Individual by the State are to be battled and destroyed, not funded.

As biologists and anthropologists have now proven with pretty good scientific rigor, communities that survive are the ones in which people are cooperative and altruistic. The ones that aren't cooperative and altruistic don't survive.

Oh, hell... so from the biological perspective, maybe if we were all just mindless hive members listening to the commands of our leaders, we'd be more successful as a society? No thanks.

From an anthropological perspective, citation? Are you going to argue against the explosive societal growth that was the American experiment in individual liberty? Are you going to claim that America was founded as a non-cooperative society because we didn't guarantee free food, shelter, and clothing in the Constitution? If so, you may want to go Google the constitution of the failed Soviet State. They guaranteed a huge list of freebies. It looked like an OWSer's dream document. We all know what happened to the Soviets.

I just went through this argument again with a self-described conservative[...]

Dude, I can't be bothered to formulate arguments to defend the positions of so-called "conservatives" with whom you've argued who may or may not exist, who may have actually cleaned your clock logic-wise -- but you may not have understood what they were saying well enough to relate it here.

more than 2 years ago
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Todd Park Appointed Second U.S. CTO

osgeek Re:Government Buffoonery (78 comments)

Your suggestion of where a Government CTO should start implies a misunderstanding of the motivation of the State and of this administration in particular.

There will be no concerted moves toward efficiency that might decrease a need for Government personnel and budget. No, this CTO will be suggesting new programs that require new expenditures. If anything, those new programs will degrade the performance of other parts of Government, requiring more budget dollars to correct.

The State is interested in its own growth. Low hanging fruit that gains efficiency, costs less, and gives more freedom to individuals will not be pursued.

more than 2 years ago
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Todd Park Appointed Second U.S. CTO

osgeek Re:Corporate conversion... (78 comments)

Why should I have to work to provide you a minimum level of food, shelter, and clothing? Are you my master? Am I your slave? How many hours of my labor do you require to take care of you and the results of your breeding activities? At what point during the day can I take care of my own needs and pursue my own desires?

Am I selfish for choosing how to spend the fruits of my labor? Or are you selfish for wanting to take the fruits of my labor by force through government?

Maybe if giving people people minimum levels of food, shelter, and clothing didn't do anything besides create a culture of dependence, I might agree that the good of the results is worth the price of tyranny against individual liberty... but it just isn't.

http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Latest-News-Wires/2012/0309/Lottery-winner.-Food-stamps.-In-Michigan.-Again

more than 2 years ago
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Todd Park Appointed Second U.S. CTO

osgeek Re:CTO? (78 comments)

All the CTO/CIO + tons of Czar appointments are an effort to legitimize more executive appointed bureaucrats, more staff to support them, more money, and more power for the government.

Over time, these appointments will get expanded into departments that will end up completely undermining the very thing they're supposed to be promoting - at the cost of billions to taxpayers. Take a look at the Department of Education and the Department of Energy. Horrible track records for accomplishing squat in their respective fields, yet they've bloated way beyond all usefulness and are tied into the political infrastructure like cancers that can never be removed.

more than 2 years ago
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Todd Park Appointed Second U.S. CTO

osgeek Re:AthenaHealth (78 comments)

What's wrong with the word "Obamacare". It's short and unambiguous. Is the guy supposed to say "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" instead?

It's like the "Bush Tax Cuts". We all know what someone is talking about when they bring it up. No need to site the HR and S bill numbers which no one knows anyway.

Sure, these terms tend to be used to in the pejorative sense; but that's the fault of the actual legislation, not the way their nicknames.

more than 2 years ago
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Todd Park Appointed Second U.S. CTO

osgeek Re:How come CTO of USA are minorities? (78 comments)

Since these are the appointments of one person - how is their race the sign of anything besides what that person believes?

Obviously, the President is from the political party that pushed the style over substance societal pressure that is "political correctness", so what would even lead you to search the space of "doing something right" while trying to understand the likely reason for a statistical aberration?

more than 2 years ago
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Todd Park Appointed Second U.S. CTO

osgeek Re:AthenaHealth (78 comments)

I'll never understand how criticism of Obama is somehow countered with criticism of George W.

That's politics, I guess, where which team you're on is always more important than the soundness of your logic or the value of your core principles.

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Say People Aren't Smart Enough For Democracy To Flourish

osgeek Well duh... (1276 comments)

This is the prime reason why I vote for smaller government. People are stupid. Our leaders are at best mediocre. Why should they have so much power to tell us what light bulbs to use, how many gallons we can flush, how we spend our healthcare dollars, etc. Most importantly, why should they be able to take such a large percentage of my labor through taxes to impose tyranny upon me?

The Constitution had more than enough power for these weasels that the dumb-ass masses keep electing.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Plans Private Police Force

osgeek Re:Fascism (252 comments)

In other words, your lower tax rates result in an increase in wealth and power for the organizations that sell you goods.

Your entire thesis is undone by a cursory googling of "historical federal spending vs GDP".

http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/spending_chart_1900_2016USp_XXs1li111mcn_H0f_US_Federal_Debt

The State has dramatically increased its spending for decades, gobbling up the advances in the private sector... and for what? Most of it has gone to waste feeding the political power structure, buying votes with destructive social welfare programs, crony capitalism corporate subsidies, and making war.

You obviously misunderstand the relationship between tax policy, economic growth, and tax revenues. You've bought the line that increased tax percentage means higher tax receivables. You don't understand that high taxes destroy economic growth, drive businesses overseas and end up lowering tax revenues.

more than 2 years ago
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SOPA Creator In TV/Film/Music Industry's Pocket

osgeek Re:Broke (345 comments)

You're confused is what you are. Establishment Republicans can be easily as bad as Democrats. You voted for Bush even once? And now you're lecturing to us about how Obama is "smart and honest"? Jeez, dude. Maybe you should sit politics out until you learn to think for yourself.

Maybe you should back up and try to find core principles worth supporting and concentrate on how to find support for those principles in politicians.

Step One: The "1%" rhetoric is jealous bullshit, especially in the context of the people spouting it. Stop using it.
Step Two: Learn about liberty. Learn about freedom and how it's being taken from you -- not by run-of-the-mill corporations and rich people, but by crony capitalism... by your government that you're trying to empower to solve all of your problems.

Go read Eric Raymond's post. He's exactly right.

Please stop voting. You helped to give George W. It sounds like you helped to give us Obama. Nice work.

more than 2 years ago

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Slashdot Moderation, Going Downhill?

osgeek osgeek writes  |  about 4 years ago

I've been reading Slashdot since the early days (ugh, wish I would have registered and gotten a lower user id :). The comments section has always been an interesting beast. It's interesting because within the unimaginable din of total idiots chiming in there are some really smart people capable of participating in great discussions. It's those smart, funny, informative people who keep me coming back and encourage me to try to be smart, funny, and informative when I post.

I'm not saying I succeed at the higher levels of quality consistently, but I'm polite and I try to add value to the discussions. Contrary to historical norms, I've been fairly astounded by the number of "troll", "flamebait" and other negative moderations on my posts lately. If anything, over the years I've mellowed and become more polite in my communications; but the negative moderations are pretty glaringly obvious in my admittedly-anecdotal case.

I tend to be skeptical compared to the norm, and my posts often express a contrarian point of view. In the not-too-distant past, that contrarian point of view would have merited a decent amount of "insightful" moderations. These days, however, many posts that are simply questioning or opposing the traditional Slashdot groupthink are moderated troll or flamebait. What the hell?

If I had to guess, I'd say that the removal of metamoderation from the moderating system has given moderators an unhealthy amount of freedom in being negative in moderation. It's brought out the worst in moderators. It's like chickens in the henhouse pecking the odd bird to death. If you don't toe the line, moderation will eliminate you from the discussion. Instead of having healthy debate on topics where thought provoking comments from all sides bubble up to the top of the moderated pile, you end up with a homogeneity of opinion that frankly gets a bit boring.

Yes, the RIAA is the anti-christ. They have no reason to fear piracy ever. Copyright in all forms should be abolished because it's the right thing to do, not because file downloaders don't want to pay the price being asked for by the content creators. The science and models proving that Global Warming is man made and going to wipe out all the coastal cities in the next 50 years is unassailable and should never be questioned. The CRU wasn't guilty of dodgy anti-peer, anti-Science behavior, and even questioning it or suggesting they keep to a higher standard means that you're a troll. Microsoft is evil, Apple has become evil, Google is evil... hell, all corporations are evil, management is evil, capitalism is evil... on and on and on.

Besides just wanting to vent, I'm interested in fielding opinions from others on /. Is this just my imagination, or is there a pattern here?

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