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Astronomers Find What May Be the Closest Exoplanet So Far

pitchpipe Re:OK Another one (86 comments)

If the surface gravity were about the same as the Earth's, wouldn't that mean that its atmospheric pressure at the surface would be about the same also. After all, it's gravity holding the gas down, and technically the atmospheric pressure is the weight of the gas above that point. Assuming the gas is trapped to the planet by the gravity, then you might have about the same amount of gas trapped above a point by a similar amount of gravity.

I'm just speculating though.

yesterday
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What's After Big Data?

pitchpipe What's After Big Data? (87 comments)

What's After Big Data?

Big Brother, and after he finds out what you are guilty of: the Big House. Then comes Big Love with Big Bubba and his Big Little Bubba. Next is Big Money for Big Medical to fix up your Big Rectum.

about a week ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

pitchpipe Chicken (519 comments)

The concentrated solar energy chars and incinerates the feathers of passing birds. BrightSource estimates about a thousand bird die this way every year...

Probably doesn't taste like chicken though as chickens can't fly.

about two weeks ago
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No, a Huge Asteroid Is Not "Set To Wipe Out Life On Earth In 2880"

pitchpipe Re:Actually... (123 comments)

At least the asteroid exists, your "Singularity" does not

Thanks, man from the future. We were very worried until your insightful and illuminating post reassured us.

about two weeks ago
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60,000 Oculus Rift DK2 Orders, 20,000+ Units Shipped, New Orders Ship In October

pitchpipe Sweet! (67 comments)

60,000 Oculus Rift DK2 Orders, 20,000+ Units Shipped, New Orders Ship In October!

Sweet! Keep this up and they'll never have to hit alpha.

about two weeks ago
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Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

pitchpipe Re: The problem with the all robotic workforce ide (304 comments)

Get the power-hungry, comand-and-control collectivists out of office, elect free market proponents and the economy will sprint forward with increased job ops and increased income for just about everyone.

As usual, government (basic income, planned economy, etc.) is not the solution to the current crisis. Government is the problem.

I can't tell if this is satire or not. It sounds like a parody of a Foxnews host.

about two weeks ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

pitchpipe Re:Gettin All Up In Yo Biznis (419 comments)

Would you do it if they were reading comic books about war? Watching movies? Watching 50s movies with John Wayne about war? Reading novels about war? Playing war in the yard? If they started playing cops and robbers in the back yard with the neighbor kids, is it time to haul them off to a Scared Straight session at a prison, to impress upon them the harsh realities of a life of crime?

I think that every American should have to take a trip to the war zone to see what our tax dollars go to supporting.

This whole story is a tale of over-reaction that only seemed to have occurred, because "oh my god, video games!".

Or maybe it's just a father trying to raise his children to be good humans. Nah!

Wanting to expose your children to realities beyond those as depicted by popular media is a thoughtful thing to do. Not so much when it's a swift over-reaction to "OMG VIDEO GAMES!".

How do you know it was an over reaction? Were you there when they were discussing it? Maybe they're just a really thoughtful family. Also, what about the children who are already in the middle of the war zone? I don't see anyone wanting to try to mitigate that.

And, really, the truth seems more to be "freelance journalist does a freelance journalist thing and uses his kids as fodder for more freelance journalism". What do you figure the odds are he'd be doing this and documenting it if, say, he were a flight mechanic or a plumber and there weren't some other benefit besides that to his children?

A plumber or flight mechanic going there with their kids? Maybe. Documenting it? Doubtful, as they generally tend to not make documentaries.

I like how you stated it as "uses his kids as fodder." I'd put it more as "Family man sees opportunities to teach his children to become good stewards of the planet, and documents it to try to help others do the same."

I guess it all depends on your perspective.

about two weeks ago
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New Watson-Style AI Called Viv Seeks To Be the First 'Global Brain'

pitchpipe Re:Unbiased advice by a corporate-owned AI? (161 comments)

Honestly, I am so tired of humanity confusing movies with realityl.

Me too! Just the other day I was watching The Truman Show and thinking, "How can he not know the whole thing is a movie?!"

about two weeks ago
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New Watson-Style AI Called Viv Seeks To Be the First 'Global Brain'

pitchpipe Re:What?! (161 comments)

SiriÃ(TM)s Inventors Are Building a Radical New AI That Does Anything You Ask...

Oh and Viv, format this shit so Slashdot will display it correctly.

Nah, never mind. Too difficult.

about two weeks ago
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New Watson-Style AI Called Viv Seeks To Be the First 'Global Brain'

pitchpipe What?! (161 comments)

Siriâ(TM)s Inventors Are Building a Radical New AI That Does Anything You Ask

Jesus fucking hyperbolic headlines batman.

Viv, get me a blowjob!

about two weeks ago
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About Half of Kids' Learning Ability Is In Their DNA

pitchpipe Re:False. (227 comments)

Well, you've already decided that "racists will go to great lengths to try to rationalize their bigotry". You probably decided that a long time ago, probably before even examining the facts involved. But you want to call me prejudiced?

I have tolerance for all but the intolerant. Why is that so hard for bigots to understand? It's not a paradox. It doesn't involve any twisted logic. It's really fucking simple.

about three weeks ago
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About Half of Kids' Learning Ability Is In Their DNA

pitchpipe Re:And what they did not publish (227 comments)

And what they did not publish[...]

strangers with equivalent academic abilities shared genetic similarities

and these are unequally distributed in different races

[Citation badly needed to justify your racism]

WTF slashdot?! A blatantly racist claim with no backing gets modded to +4 Insightful with NOTHING backing it up? Not even a Wikipedia article? Not even a link to a white supremacist blog?

You moderators suck shit.

about three weeks ago
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Judge Rejects $324.5 Million Settlement For Tech Workers, Argues For More

pitchpipe Re:WTF? Jailtime! Boycott violates Anti-Trust (268 comments)

That this has not gone to a Federal Grand Jury appears more like corruption than anything else.

You're just noticing that there is corruption that goes on in favor of big business with impunity in the US? What are you, a fucking Republican?

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft To Drop Support For Older Versions of Internet Explorer

pitchpipe Support??? (138 comments)

Microsoft supports Internet Explorer?! I wouldn't admit to it if I was them.

about three weeks ago
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US Intelligence Wants Tools To Tell: Who's the Smartest of Them All?

pitchpipe Re:First Post. (162 comments)

I wouldn't mind being a test subject if they if they did have a tool.

They don't take stutterers.

JK. One of the smartest persons I know stuttered.

about three weeks ago
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Transatomic Power Receives Seed Funding From Founders Fund Science

pitchpipe Re:A Joke (143 comments)

$2 million? What a joke; that'll buy what, some office space?

It'll buy some seeds, after all it was *cough* "seed funding."

about three weeks ago
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Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

pitchpipe Because we care (316 comments)

"...our practice is a measured and fair step to ensure that this small group of customers do not disadvantage all others."

Because if anyone is going to be putting someone at a disadvantage, that's going to be us.

Sincerely,

Verizon

P.S. Fuck You

about three weeks ago
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CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

pitchpipe Jail (266 comments)

Can we start fucking putting these traitors in jail now?!

about a month ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

pitchpipe Re: The only good thing (511 comments)

I'll bet you're a blast at parties....

Oh no, I'm very introverted, and I decided I liked that from a very young age. I consider it a good thing that I grew up not thinking that being a blast in parties was the only worthy goal in life.

I bet you're great at picking up on sarcasm...

about a month ago

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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

pitchpipe pitchpipe writes  |  about 5 months ago

pitchpipe (708843) writes "

Using the Internet can destroy your faith. That’s the conclusion of a study showing that the dramatic drop in religious affiliation in the U.S. since 1990 is closely mirrored by the increase in Internet use.

I attribute my becoming an atheist to the internet, so what the study is saying supports my anecdote. If I hadn't been exposed to all of the different arguments about religion, etc., via the internet I would probably just be another person who identifies as religious but doesn't attend services. What does Slashdot think? Have you become more religious, less religious, or about the same since being on the internet? What if you've always had it?"
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Company Deleting Facebook Page; 80% of Ad Clicks from Bots

pitchpipe pitchpipe writes  |  more than 2 years ago

pitchpipe (708843) writes "Hey everyone, we're going to be deleting our Facebook page in the next couple of weeks, but we wanted to explain why before we do ... We built our own analytic software. Here's what we found: on about 80% of the clicks Facebook was charging us for, JavaScript wasn't on ... The 80% of clicks we were paying for were from bots. That's correct. Bots were loading pages and driving up our advertising costs."
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Antarctica Experiment Discovers Puzzling Space Ray

pitchpipe pitchpipe writes  |  more than 3 years ago

pitchpipe (708843) writes "A puzzling pattern in the cosmic rays bombarding Earth from space has been discovered by an experiment buried deep under the ice of Antarctica.

[...]it turns out these particles are not arriving uniformly from all directions. The new study detected an overabundance of cosmic rays coming from one part of the sky, and a lack of cosmic rays coming from another."

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Book says White House ordered forgery

pitchpipe pitchpipe writes  |  about 6 years ago

pitchpipe (708843) writes "Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, Ron Suskind, claims that the White House ordered the CIA to forge a back-dated, handwritten letter from the head of Iraqi intelligence to Saddam Hussein. Suskind writes in "The Way of the World," to be published Tuesday, that the alleged forgery was designed to portray a false link between Hussein's regime and al Qaeda as a justification for the Iraq war.

Remember the news then, that "Mohammad Atta had actually trained for his mission in Iraq.""

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Parents Pick Prayer Over Docs; Girl Dies

pitchpipe pitchpipe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pitchpipe (708843) writes "From the article

WESTON, Wis. (AP) — Police are investigating an 11-year-old girl's death from an undiagnosed, treatable form of diabetes after her parents chose to pray for her rather than take her to a doctor.
Sometimes I think we are regressing."

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