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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

qtp Re:I play Go online or team cooperative games (669 comments)

Go is still the best game online. I play at KGS and IGS. (KGS has better tools, IGS is easier to find an (apropriate) opponent on short notice.)

about 8 months ago
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Cyanide-Producing GM Grass Linked To Texas Cattle Deaths

qtp 2,4-D, Most Forage Grasses, and Drought Conditions (305 comments)

Most forage grasses (such as Tifton 85) produce prussic acid (HCN) in the young plants and new shoots.

The level of prussic acid reduces as the plants mature, but the reducion of prussic acid levels is much less during drought conditions.

When establishing a forage plot, it is comon practice to apply the selective broadleaf killing herbicide 2,4-D. A side effect of 2,4-D application is an increase in prussic acid levels 3 hours and 6 hours after application.

The combination of drought conditions and 2,4-D application, as well as early grazing on this plot are likely to be the culprit here.

In terms that the slashdot crowd can understand: Operator Error and Not Reading the Documentation are likely to be the cause.

And yes, I am an Agricultural Worker.

(Also, I know how to google for facts before I post.)

more than 2 years ago
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Are Rich People Less Moral?

qtp Re:Not really (1040 comments)

That would be more communistic.

Democracy is a method for selecting members of a government while Communism is a method for managing an economy. One does not preclude the other.

more than 2 years ago
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Crowdsourced List of SOPA Supporters

qtp Evidence? (180 comments)

While I think that this list is a worthwhile effort, there should be some evidentiary requirement for an entity to be listed.

Public commentary, news releases, statements in interviews, response to inquiry, etc. are verifiable and not difficult to find or obtain.

It is possible that some have been listed erroneously, by either good or ill intentioned persons.

Without some method of including evidence the usefulness and value of this list is questionable.

more than 2 years ago

Submissions

qtp hasn't submitted any stories.

Journals

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Dan Bernstein's crypto pages.

qtp qtp writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Even though the Justice Department dropped it's case against Dan Bernstein, he has not reposted the cryptography resources he once made available on his site.

If anyone happens to know if those pages were ever mirrored and are still available, I'd greatly appreciate a link.

EDIT: I would prefer to find them on a non-US site.

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Abu Grahib Torture is typical of DOD and CIA policy...

qtp qtp writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Although I wish that this were not true. according to documents received by the National Security Archive, the types of abuse and torture that have been recently been revealed in the news are described in training manuals produced by the DOD and the CIA. Included in the release is the near legendary KUBARK manual and the CIA's "Human Resource Exploitation Training Manual", along with other materials that demonstrate that our Presidential administrations have been aware of these materials for some time now.

It's sort of embarassing to see the military and government scrambling around this issue while the evidence has already been pried from their overly secretive claws. Perhaps if the mainstream press would consider making use of the Archive rather than simply accepting the crapflood that is fed them, the citizens of my country would have some reliable information when deciding for whom to vote.

The documents were released under FOIA, the Freedom of Information Act. (The provided link may or may not work, I have been unable to access the DOJ website for about two months now.) More information about FOIA is available from the ACLU and the National Security Archive.

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National Security Archive

qtp qtp writes  |  more than 10 years ago

The National Security Archive is one of the truest examples of how the internet has the potential to change American society and the nature of the citizens involvement in government. Unlike many other conspiracy sites, the National Security archive consists mainly of documents that originated with the guilty parties themselves.

Some nice examples of what kind of collections that are housed there are:

Iran-Contra, where you can read the truth about what Rummsfeld, Cheney, Poindexter, and the rest of the G. W. Bush administration are all about. US relations with Iran are very important to understanding the history of the events in Iraq.

Breifing Book Two, where you can learn how the same Republican administrators who now work for GWB funded terrorist operations through the importing of cocaine to the US, and laundered the money through the sale of arms to the Contras in Central America.

The 1973 coup in Chile, which was planned by and controlled by the CIA, and also led to

the harrassment and murder of thousands of Cilean and US citizens by an "asset" of the CIA, the director of Chile's secret police.

the September 11th Sourcebook, which details the US relationship with terrorism, as well as our policies regarding Afghanistan during and after the Soviet occupation.
and

Documents pertaining to the Reagan Administration's relationship with Saddam Hussein and Iraq.

After learning of the UK's release of classified information to thier National Archives in today's story, I began wondering how many similar collections of material are available on the internet.

Do you know of any collections of FOIA documents, or any documents pertaining to the activities of the US, Soviet, UK, or NATO intelligence agencies?

What are the best and most easily navigated collections?

Has anyone here made a FOIA request? What about and what were the results?

I have found numerous collections of articles and online books pertaining to these subjects, but they are mostly poorly documented (no footnotes, no bibliographies, no possible verification).

Could you help me find more verifiable information than the "traditional" conspiracy site seems willing to provide.

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