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Birds Fled Area Before Tornadoes Appeared

pitchpipe Re:Great observational skills (93 comments)

Guess what, humans are essentially the only ones who can't tell when bad weather is coming.

Conversely: humans are the only ones who can tell that not only is bad weather coming, but the probability of how much it will precipitate on a given area, and how long it will last and how high the winds will be, etc., etc., etc.

We just don't do it with some built in internal sensor ... yet.


11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

pitchpipe Re:Dont worry, they will just take it from somewhe (325 comments)

... and isn't helped by ignorant jackasses who insist that environmental concerns don't exist, that scientists are hucksters, and that God will provide everything we could ever want, forever.

You could have just said "republicans," and we would have understood.

4 days ago

Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

pitchpipe Re:Don't worry guys... (876 comments)

... but at this stage we don't know that it's not some nut-job who is trying to capitalise on the ISIS popularity.

There's a difference?

about a week ago

Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

pitchpipe Re:Fire all the officers? (515 comments)

We love to rag on cops, but they do a dangerous job...

I keep hearing this over and over, but you know what jobs are more dangerous?

  1. 1. Logging workers
  2. 2. Fishers and related fishing workers
  3. 3. Aircraft pilot and flight engineers
  4. 4. Roofers
  5. 5. Structural iron and steel workers
  6. 6. Refuse and recyclable material collectors
  7. 7. Electrical power-line installers and repairers
  8. 8. Drivers/sales workers and truck drivers
  9. 9. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers
  10. 10. Construction laborers

There may be more, that's just the top 10 in the US.


about two weeks ago

MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

pitchpipe Re:Just wondering... (416 comments)

Time to toss Richard Wagner's works seeing as how he was a racist.

Or ... we could toss the people who makes decisions like this out on their ass, which is a much better idea. These fucking people are out of control.

about two weeks ago

AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

pitchpipe Re:I guess Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking (417 comments)

And I am so happy that I finally got to use the term "pooh-pooh" in a /. post.

Most /. posters have poo-poo in their post, it's just embedded.

about two weeks ago

The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

pitchpipe Re: Sad? Saddest? (528 comments)

No fuck that. Fuck the higher ups and every step of the ladder that supports them. They are all responsible.

That's the kind of thinking that causes people to turn into terrorists with all of the associated be-headings of completely innocent people and other moronic actions. It's fucking stupid. Stop it.

You don't have perfect knowledge and you never will, so quit acting like you do.

about two weeks ago

How the Rollout of 5G Will Change Everything

pitchpipe Re:Rollout in 2030 (216 comments)

For what it's worth, in my opinion the true difference that warrants using a new generation number is the move to OFDMA.

OFDMA = "Oh Fuck, Da Masses are Angry, better roll out a new generation with a few more bps, a new 'Extra-Unlimited' data plan, and lower their caps."

about three weeks ago

How the Rollout of 5G Will Change Everything

pitchpipe Re:Who cares (216 comments)

Who cares when your artificially and ridiculously low data cap is exceeded in 5 minutes?

At 800 Gbps you would blow through AT&T's most expensive ($375/mo) shared data plan of 100GB of data in one second.

about three weeks ago

Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

pitchpipe Re: So basically (445 comments)

The Republicans voted against it because the Democrats were for it.

That is the single best argument for not voting Republican that I've heard. My two year old thinks more critically than this.

about a month ago

Carmakers Promise Not To Abuse Drivers' Privacy

pitchpipe Re:My promise to automakers... (98 comments)

Automaker's promise to Bugler412: Rest assured, your data is safe* with us.

We promise to record all data in your car's on-board computer. We will then have that data automatically downloaded to our servers when you get your car serviced. No need to remove or shield the antenna, besides that would just void the warranty.

* For values of safe as defined in your Tire Pressure Monitor EULA section 18, part t, paragraph 63.

about a month ago

Scientists Discover a Virus That Changes the Brain To "Make Humans More Stupid"

pitchpipe Re:Virus Name (275 comments)

Go hang a salami, I'm a lasagna hog.
To Ida Amin: I'm a idiot.
Dog, as a devil deified, lived as a god.
Solo gigolos

about a month and a half ago

Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

pitchpipe Re:Haleluja ... (669 comments)

If the Pope is (according to the Catholic Church) the infallible representative of God on this earth, then logically now, how can two popes say two different things?

If you want to argue about papal infallibility it's probably wise that you understand papal infallibility and ex cathedra before uttering idiotic statements like what I quoted.

To paraphrase: If you want to argue about jibberish, it is probably wise that you understand the jibberish whereof you speak, otherwise you may sound like you are speaking jibberish.

about 2 months ago

Verizon Launches Tech News Site That Bans Stories On US Spying

pitchpipe Re:Net Neutrality Case-In-Point (145 comments)

You gotta admire the chutzpah. Even as they are saying to the FCC that they can be trusted with the authority to be the gatekeepers of the Internet, they put on a public display of their intent to inhibit public policy debate on the very issue of Net Neutrality itself.

It's not chutzpah, this just shows you just how solidly they have the political system locked up. They have the politicians and regulators so firmly bought and paid for that they are not worried about those stooges one tiny bit, D or R. Good hell, they're even going after Attorneys General with lobbyists to stifle lawsuits.

about 2 months ago

Shooting At Canadian Parliament

pitchpipe Re:OMG, if only... (529 comments)

The radicalized Brits returning home would be free radicals, right? Aren't free radicals good for your health or something?

Actually, your description is apropos. Free Radicals cause cancer, and I can't think of a more fitting metaphor for radical Islam than it is a cancer with its adherents causing it to spread.

about a month ago

China Bans "Human Flesh Searching"

pitchpipe Google: (109 comments)

Google: Fresh Humans!

Brains, brains! BRAAAAAIIINNNNSSSS!!!!

They're just trying to stop the zombie apocalypse.

about 2 months ago

FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

pitchpipe Re:Polygraph (580 comments)

Right?! The FBI is essentially saying,"To determine if you are bullshitting us, we're going to send you to this bullshit artist who will then proceed to try to out-bullshit you."

Makes sense.

about 2 months ago

Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

pitchpipe Re:Fusion isn't "expensive", it's lossy (315 comments)

It's that the energy output is less than the energy inputs.

They could fix this if they used Monster Cables.

about 2 months ago

Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

pitchpipe Re:I won't even read this because ... (315 comments)

Until they overcome the realities that containment fields break down so fast that the costs outweigh any benefit.

This is just details. /s

Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

What does the headline mean "could be"? This concept is cheaper than a coal plant right now; it cost them almost nothing next to a real coal plant. Now constructing one ... that's a different story.

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.

about 2 months ago

Building a Honeypot To Observe Shellshock Attacks In the Real World

pitchpipe Names (41 comments)

It seems like viruses and exploits are getting names like rock bands.

I went to VirusPalooza!!! The headliners were ShellSHOCK and Heartbleed. They were great. Also saw a bunch of others: Viruses from yesteryear like Wabbit and Creeper System, awesome viruses from the '80s CyberAIDS, Festering Hate Apple ProDOS, and Ghostball, modern stars like Stuxnet and CryptoLocker, and who could forget Y2K?!?

about 3 months ago



How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

pitchpipe pitchpipe writes  |  about 8 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 4 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  |  more than 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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