top The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse
What people seem to ignore here is that classical liberalism and fascism are significantly dissimilar; conservatism in the US is more along the classical liberal vein while fascism is more along the monarchist/statist vein.
top A Smart Electric Bike: Taking the Copenhagen Wheel Out For a Spin
Indeed weather is a
large problem. I think the GP here is being a bit disingenuous when considering the circumstances people need to consider when bicycling in tougher conditions.
about a month and a half ago
top Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment
It's basically a case of the US courts showing to the world that countries may not want to work within the US system to deal with bonds as it fair serious hindrance to sovereignty. The council on foreign relations stated it was probably one of the worst decisions in recent court history and could potentially move a great deal of finance from New York to other hubs.
top Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses
Which is why the post was actually a troll that flew under most peoples' radar. Well done!
top Even In Digital Photography Age, High Schoolers Still Flock To the Darkroom
Our limited education tax dollars have no business funding something so useless to modern society as darkroom photography.
Same with all this poetry and painting nonsense. Why should our kids learn about that kind of worthless trash?
top iOS 8 Strikes an Unexpected Blow Against Location Tracking
Seems you didn't see the one below where the last decade drop in violent crime was clearly correlated with the increase in private gun ownership.
top If Ridesharing Is Banned, What About Ride-Trading?
Wasn't this already shown to be an error? Most respondents confused astronomy with astrology (anecdotally, I've been asking others in their 20s and many don't even really know what astrology even is)
top Google Blurring Distinction Between Ads and Organic Search Results
there is nothing evil about getting free clicks out of people to dumb or lazy to read the entire link before they click it.
Just like there is nothing evil about throwing mountains of legalese inside a EULA before you are able to use a piece of software?
top Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down
Pump storage is a well-known answer for large-scale power storage but generally unpopular because of perceived negative environmental consequences (damming up regions to create reservoirs, impacting ecosystems).
top First Study of the Evolution of Memes On Facebook
It saddens me how Slashdot used to have a great more discussion on articles of this type, detailing studies, theories, hypothesizing experiments, and thought-provoking anecdotes.
Now it seems it's just a mire of bitcoin spam and pro/anti government flames.
top Jewish School Removes Evolution Questions From Exams
Actually, fun fact: the Haredi, the sect described in the article, are a growing proportion of the population of Israel simply because of their large fertility rate -- and an increasingly important demographic politically (hence a reason why there has been an uptick of conservatism in Israel). So it can be argued that they
are indeed winning evolutionarily.
top Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft
I assume it's so because it is a waste of economic value.
Instead of wasting precious cycles mining bitcoins one could have used them for protein folding or increasing social welfare rather than harvesting some arbitrary commodity for self-enrichment.
top Popularity On Facebook Makes People Think You're Attractive
FB is the new cigarettes, I'd say. It used to be cool, but now everyone who started when it was cool wishes they hadn't.
So, like cigarettes, people are starting to pick it up again for the image that it offers?
top The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"
The "Green Mountain" in their company names refers to the piles of green dollars that they are making with this crap.
Or it could be a reference to the
Green Mountains of Vermont near to where they were founded.
So much hate for really rather an insignificant and mundane product...
top WikiLeaks Cables Foreshadow Russian Instigation of Ukrainian Military Action
Trolls are out in force today! *clap*
top Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?
Except that it is not. There are currently about two million practicing engineers in the USA, and that number is growing by about 70,000 per year. So we are not "shedding" STEM jobs. The unemployment rate for computer professionals and engineers is about 3% compared to an overall rate of over 7%.
I apologize for interrupting this whine-fest with actual facts.
Actually for equivalently educated Americans (those who concluded accredited undergraduate degree programs) you're looking at around 4% unemployment versus a overall computer/math degree unemployment of 3.4% (as quoted in the
It isn't that large of a gulf as it may appear with the general populace.
top Ghostwriter Reveals the Secret Life of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange
do we want to teach the next generation that government responsibility and transparency are virtues, and that acting in service to the truth is good? that whistleblowing is something to be admired? or do we want to show them that it's a good way to serve attention-seeking narcissists?
This. It saddens me how much vitriol is offered in return to people who suggest as much; sort of bewildering.
top The Science of Social Participation
Couple that with the growing understanding of the brain, how it functions, and how to read it via various imaging techniques, and the growing understanding of the genetic links to behavior and you have the foundations for the future development of either major medical breakthroughs, or terrible tools of oppression. I wonder if we have the ethics to use these many new tools for good? Humanity has a tendency for technology to outpace wisdom.
Much of this rhetoric borders on needless alarmism; we've had technologies of destruction and oppression for decades and we've managed fairly well despite it. Don't forget that psychological/scientific analysis of human behavior has been influencing politics and those in power for over a century now.
top Time Warner Deal Is How Comcast Will Fight Cord Cutters
No. In California we live in a giant suburb that contains everything from 50 miles north of LA to the Mexican border and about 20-30 miles inland all that way. In that area, the only "cities" in a European sense are LA, maybe Irvine and San Diego. So, no, we don't live in cities. There is no empty space. There are endless blocks of residential neighborhoods for miles in any direction.
Most of the US doesn't consist of California. There are a great many areas in the US with urban density close to that of German towns/cities.
top With No Guidance From Google, Makers Creating Own Glass Accessories
The hell? Since when are hipsters into wearable computing including Google Glass?
Hipsters are generally quite the opposite in inclination, part of the rise of analog and things that explicitly rebel against the technological trend.
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