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Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

penguinoid Re:How much? (142 comments)

And ad blocking. Don't even get me started. So many ad blockers are so proud of what they do, like it's some badge of honor to block.

Of course we're proud. What do you think we are, stupid? Who wants to sacrifice bandwidth so as to have a gaping security hole that occasionally installs malware directly via exploits, frequently contains deceptive warnings which actually link to malware, and at best are noisy or flashy distractions from the page itself? And then the pop-ups, pop-unders, redirects, phishing scams, etc. Things have gotten so nasty that Adblock Plus more effective for securing your computer than the so called "security software", and as a bonus it doesn't even eat all your processor and blocks ads besides.

And the worst is that the advent of ad-supported web pages has slowly pushed people away from producing quality content as a contribution to the world, and towards producing SEO or clickbait content (or perhaps the latter hides the former).

2 days ago
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States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

penguinoid Re:Congressional Pharmaceutical Complex (207 comments)

You mean the War on Drugs was a complete waste of time and money and ruined millions of peoples' lives for no reason, while funneling billions of dollars a year to ruthless criminal warlords in South America?

No, it was complete waste of time and money and ruined millions of peoples' lives for the purpose or reducing freedom and privacy, while funneling billions of dollars a year to black ops funding, police department funding, and ruthless criminals everywhere.

2 days ago
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Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

penguinoid Time Delay (107 comments)

A sufficient time delay before the information becomes public would solve most or all of the problem with compromising investigations. What's the real reason?

2 days ago
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Coffee Naps Better For Alertness Than Coffee Or Naps Alone

penguinoid Re:Employers don't want employees who LOOK lazy. (130 comments)

There's also the question of whose dime this caffeine nap is on: the employee, or the employer.

Each has an opinion and it's probably not the same opinion.

If an employer allows proper rest breaks, they do it on their own dime. If the employer doesn't allow proper rest breaks, it's still on their dime only in a way beancounters have more trouble counting.

In this case, there's also the question of where to nap -- not too many employers would like to replace office/factory space with a bed. I suspect only "live at the office" tech companies will do this, both as they already have so many perks and because they will benefit more from better employee concentration.

3 days ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

penguinoid So what was the plan? (825 comments)

This is something we saw coming, at least since the incident with Crimea. What plans were made for this? Or are they all pretending to be surprised?

4 days ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

penguinoid Re:Unintended consequences? (367 comments)

What happens when an officer feels that he can't let people off the hook because he's constantly being watched? It might spell the end of "I'm just going to let you off with a warning this time".

If it is routinely inappropriate to enforce the law, they ought to change the law, not make exceptions for whoever they like.

4 days ago
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Fish Raised On Land Give Clues To How Early Animals Left the Seas

penguinoid Something smells fishy... (62 comments)

These creatures take to land like a fish takes to water.

4 days ago
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New NRC Rule Supports Indefinite Storage of Nuclear Waste

penguinoid Better idea. (173 comments)

How about a rule that after n years, they must either hand it over to the proper storage facility, or grind it up and airdrop it over the idiots who keep preventing anyone from building a proper storage facility.

4 days ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

penguinoid Re:This is good! (522 comments)

I bet everyone ignores the fact that the best-supported Intelligent Design theory is the one where the Intelligent Designer is the laws of nature. None of the other versions make any predictions, only offer explanations (because they can never say that this is how the designer must have done things.)

My pet peeve is people who think science is about "truth" or "explanation", when it really is about prediction. Something that gives the best "explanations" is the worst scientifically since things with the most explanatory power have the least predictive power.

5 days ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

penguinoid Re:What's so American (525 comments)

Extreme libertarianism is currently the law of the land in Darfur and Afghanistan. It's not working out well for those places.

Kind of hard to claim its libertarian if you can be put to death for rejecting Islam.

Extreme Capitalism was the law of the land in America before early in the 20th century. It didn't work well for America.

Were they buying and selling laws on the open market? If not, then it wasn't extreme capitalism.

Extreme Socialism would be, what, communism? We tried communism in a few places and yeah, it didn't work very well, but better than maybe I would have predicted.

Communism would be one form of extreme socialism, however it was never tried. (Not to be confused with people claiming it was tried)

5 days ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

penguinoid Re:Backward-thinking by the DMV (505 comments)

No, what I'm saying is where is the log of which times the Google cars were driving autonomously and which times the professional drivers took control? If the drivers took control every 5 minutes, then it would be pretty much irrelevant how many total miles the cars logged autonomously.

5 days ago
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Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

penguinoid Re:Mod parent to infinity (140 comments)

What this means is even if we find some means of restoration that is 100 times as potent at cooling the planet as CO2 is in warming it, the task is incomprehensibly huge.

No. No it isn't. There's a few individuals who could personally afford to send us back into an ice age. Just to give a couple examples,

According to estimates by the Council on Foreign Relations, "one kilogram of well placed sulfur in the stratosphere would roughly offset the warming effect of several hundred thousand kilograms of carbon dioxide."

Recent research has expanded this constant to "106 C: 16 N: 1 P: .001 Fe" signifying that in iron deficient conditions each atom of iron can fix 106,000 atoms of carbon,[34] or on a mass basis, each kilogram of iron can fix 83,000 kg of carbon dioxide.

But they have side effects. And perhaps they have side effects that won't become apparent until we try them on a large scale.

5 days ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

penguinoid Re:Backward-thinking by the DMV (505 comments)

It's even more extreme than that. Google's cars have driven a combined 700,000 miles with only two incidents. One involved a crash while under human control, and the other was the Google car being rear-ended while stopped at a light. That's a phenomenal record. Source

It would be a phenomenal record if it was 700,000 straight, uninterrupted miles. How phenomenal a record is it when there's two professional drivers babysitting it at all times? I've yet to see the logs of timestamps when the divers took control, so until then I see no reason for treating this as anything other than two professional drivers driving 700,000 miles.

about a week ago
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Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

penguinoid Re:Mod parent to infinity (140 comments)

Well bad news, we've been fucking with it heavily for a couple hundred years with no plan whatsoever, and we're still mostly acting like it's no big deal.

No, we've done very little to purposely change the environment (and nothing at the global scale). Our various industries all give us guaranteed benefits (though not necessarily net benefit), and the effects on the environment are a side-effect, and comparatively small. If we decide to intentionally target the global environment, the effects could be much bigger.

I'm not saying climate engineering is a bad idea, but keep in mind that people are arrogant and overconfident. Test everything, even if it means going slowly. We don't have a backup planet in case there's a mistake, and we really can afford to wait decades before implementing these measures.

about a week ago
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Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

penguinoid Just be careful (140 comments)

So long as they don't accidentally break some important system that they forgot to account for, I'm all for it.

about a week ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

penguinoid Re:What's so American (525 comments)

So you've discovered that extremist Libertarianism would be bad. Guess what? Extreme Capitalism and extreme Socialism are also bad. And none of the three have ever happened, because people just aren't that stupid.

about a week ago
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California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

penguinoid Re:Bets on first use (233 comments)

How many want to take up a bet when the next 'troublesome' protest gets targeted with the kill switch... in the name of public safety, of course....

No no no... it'll be an "accident". They just wanted to kill the phone of this one guy who was really a threat, and accidentally bricked and wiped the phones of all the protestors totally without meaning to.

about a week ago
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Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

penguinoid Re:If by "decreeses" you mean "increases", then ye (300 comments)

You're part of the problem. Again, I'll ask you -- How many billions of headlines per day do you hear about censorship in China? The Streisand Effect will not protect your rights after you give them up.

about a week ago

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10 evolutionary commandments

penguinoid penguinoid writes  |  more than 8 years ago

So, what are the 10 commandments as evolution would have them?
1) I am the gene your God, who brought you out of the land of non-existance
2) Thou shalt have no other gods besides me.
3) Thou shalt not swear falsely in my name. (root word for testify is testicle)
4) Remember that your genes run in many things, to keep them alive.
5) Honour thy father and thy mother (for they share half your genes) that thy days may be long upon the land which the gene thy God giveth thee.
6) Thou shalt not use birth control
7) Thou shalt not commit adultery, unless you can get away with it.
8) Thou shalt not steal, unless you can get away with it.
9) Thou shalt not not bear false witness, unless you are bribed or it is advantageous to do so
10) Thou shalt not covet thy neighbours stuff. See rules 7 and 8.

Anyone care to improve on this?

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Funny/Overrated murders karma

penguinoid penguinoid writes  |  more than 9 years ago

So I posted a joke to a story about estimating. Now it wasn't a particularly good joke, but evidentially quite a few people thought it was very funny, others didn't. Results:

* +11, Funny
* + 1, Insightful
* - 9, Overrated

* Karma:Exellent --> Karma:Good
* "Your IP has been temporarily blacklisted due to bad posting"

Now I have heard that +1, Funny and -1, Overrated will change karma by different amounts (specifically, funny will only add a little while overrated will take off a lot). If that is so, I really think that it should be changed in the following manner: Overrated should take off just as many points as the current positive attribute the post has. If the post is at or below the karma level it was posted at, remove a different amount of karma

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The scientific view of religion

penguinoid penguinoid writes  |  more than 9 years ago

It seems my sig,
The scientific view of religion is not atheism. The scientific view is agnosticism and simplicity.
seems to have generated quite a bit of commentary. So I will explain, and feel free to post your views.

I regard atheism as the religious, totally unfounded belief that the set of all gods is { } (the empty set). This is not to be confused with agnosticism with leanings toward atheism, which starts with no preconceptions but tends to believe in atheism because of some rational reason. This might be based on science (especially Occam's Razor), or on the belief that several million scientists are probably right (which is not such a bad argument).

Likewise, I regard the term agnosticism to mean simply "no preconceptions as to the set of gods" and thus not a religion. I wouldn't require an agnostic to justify his views, because there aren't any to justify. (As opposed to the stronger version of agnosticism, who believe that the question of whether there is a god or not can never be answered, who could be asked to justify that belief.)

And yes, I pulled these definitions out of my ass.
And yes, I would have written my sig clearer if it did not have a 120 char limit.

And finally, I will mention that I am annoyed by people who think atheism does not count as religion and is therefore an acceptable point of view for schools/government without any further justification. Don't say atheism is not a religion. Call it a religion, or if you prefer, anti-religion. It is not neutral. It has its set of gods.

As for my own views, I am a confused person who grew up with a Bible in one hand, and an encyclopedia in the other. I see the Bible as a valuable guide on how to be a good person and as a history book (not necessarily completely accurate, but you can verify lots of the important events). Likewise, I try to figure out how the world works through the scientific method. However, I find the moral advice given by the theory of evolution to be disturbing.

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Broken surge protector

penguinoid penguinoid writes  |  about 10 years ago

I left my computer rurring during a thunderstorm recently, and I think that my surge protector got blasted. Now, the surge protector shuts off randomly (about once a day). Is it normal for broken surge protectors to do that? Is it bad for the computer/OS to be shut off like that frequently (I have EXT3 and Debian 2.4.18)? Or should I just get off my arse and buy myself a new surge protector? Thanks!

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Karma == Excellent

penguinoid penguinoid writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I have achieved Excellent karma, on my 139th post. One of my posts was modded up +5, down to +3, now up to +4, changing my karma down to good and back to excellent.

PS: It's my first time using Slashdot. Also, I have not posted AC since I signed up.

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