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Big Talk About Small Samples

rcamans Re:My Eyeballs are BLEEDING! (246 comments)

His eyes are bleeding? Oh, god, he has Ebola.! Someone call the TSA! DHS! HHS! CDC! FBI!

about a month ago
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Magnetic Field In Meteorite Provides Clues About Formation of Solar System

rcamans Does not show cause, only shows involvement (26 comments)

RTFA does not use the word cause, but it does say "magnetic fields were large enough to be important in the accretion process". Wrong. The chondrules cooled in a strong magnetic field, but that does not mean that they were formed in space. There are just too many assumptions made, and leaps of faith, in the article to believe the scientists involved had impartiality. Bias showing in the cooling state of scientific hypothesizing. What it shows is that the chondrules cooled in a strong magnetic field. End of story. It does show that the chondrules had an interesting life, something the scientists were energized about, since maybe the scientists did not have an interesting life themselves.

about a month ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

rcamans Re:Another 15 minutes (716 comments)

Murder rates go up and down. Like the climate. London, Europe, Asia all got "fixed" by the plague. Later the "Spanish" flu again reduced the world population density. Now we have screamed past 7 billion, and I figure we are going to get another plague or something to adjust the population densities again. (Notice the "Spanish" flu was a result of the war shipping soldiers all over)
In the mean time, all of North Africa is popping off. And then there is the Crimea / Ukraine. I am expecting another world war.
Honduras and Jamaica are not racist, they are the edge of the drug wars, with dealers and high crime rates. Because drugs come from down south a lot, where they are grown (cocaine, pot).
Drugs come from Afghanistan and the surrounding area (opium), and the jihadists in that area are big time into the drug trade.
Yes, I am saying that a great deal of violence is tied to drugs. This is true in the US as well as everywhere else.
London had a high murder rate, and a high population density of poor people (slums).
I personally recently was driving around a huge Central American city (Guadalajara, 8 mill), and poor people in the slums were walking around the streets with hammers looking for cars driving thru to rob (hammers are far cheaper than guns, legal, and easier to get). Scary.
England has for a very long time ad a much higher crime rate, and many say that it is because gun laws mean people cannot protect themselves (only criminals have guns). Now that terrorists use big knives, it is getting crazy.
Poor people have far more crime in their areas, at least partially because law enforcement does not want to go into dangerous areas, and partially because law enforcement does not give a shit about poor people. Maybe also there is some racial prejudice in law enforcement. For sure there are a lot of poor people without jobs looking to make a buck.
But in the US, the vast majority of criminals are drunks and druggies (at least according to the criminals). Messed up people.
I am very familiar with the poor, We were dirt poor when I was a kid. We lived in someone's one-car garage.
I am very familiar with druggies and alcoholics - I have 29 years clean and sober.
I am very familiar with cops gone bad - I was in witness protection against killer cops.
I am just not that familiar with racism - I am a white male.

about a month and a half ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

rcamans Re:Another 15 minutes (716 comments)

Hey. You actually did a good job on that. But the murder rate in the US is not the murder rate in the world. War is rising. Racial, religious, and genocidal rates are up? in the world. Putin is bringing back Stalin. Kim is crazy in Korea. The whole muslim jihad is out of control.
So while abolishing leaded gas and increasing gun ownership may have decreased US murder rates, the world is going to hell in a hand basket.
And the murder rate in the US is not the local murder rate. While suburban / etc murder rates are down, big city murder rates are up in the US. You know, where the high density populations are? Washington, DC, Chicago, New Orleans, LA, Detroit, etc.
And the news is keeping some of the murder rate stuff secret. The major drug gangs are increasing their violence. And they are moving northward from the border, making many cities far more dangerous.
By the way, life sucks.

about a month and a half ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

rcamans Re:Another 15 minutes (716 comments)

Unfortunately, you are very mistaken. There are real murderers on Facebook, craigslist, ...
So real death threats are out there on the internet.
The last time I got threatened (phone call), I knew the people doing the threatening had killed three times already.
(By the way, they got away with it, they were cops)
Just Google Facebook 6 murder and read on for the latest on that.

If you put rats in a closed space with unlimited food, they will eat and procreate until the space is overflowing, and then go crazy because of the overcrowding and kill each other.
Just try and convince me humans have not already crossed the same threshold.

about a month and a half ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

rcamans Re:Getting trolled (716 comments)

The ability to "handle" slashdot "discussions" is not exactly a good criteria for anything or anyone.
Now if we had discussions and reasonable conversations on slashdot, that would be a whole different ballgame.

about a month and a half ago
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Ebola Nose Spray Vaccine Protects Monkeys

rcamans Monkey ebola is not human ebola (198 comments)

There are currently five known variants of Ebola. One affects monkeys, the other four affect humans. Humans do not catch the monkey variant (Ebola Reston).
Chimps and Gorillas (Great apes?) do catch Ebola, and get wiped out by it.
So making a vaccine against monkey Ebola may do humans no good at all.
Ebola-Zaire, Ebola-Sudan, Ebola-Côte d'Ivoire, Ebola-Reston, and Ebola-Bundibugyo are the variants currently known.
More bad news, Ebola mutates very quickly. All variants appear to have evolved from an original 70 years ago?
So we could run into the same difficulties we currently have with flu vaccine.

about a month and a half ago
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Ebola Nose Spray Vaccine Protects Monkeys

rcamans Re:Not to worry! (198 comments)

Obama took much of the vaccine development money and redirected it to useless bs years ago. This had nothing to do with the Repubs.

about a month and a half ago
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Ebola Nose Spray Vaccine Protects Monkeys

rcamans Re:This is safe? (198 comments)

We do not know what makes the ebola virus dangerous. Most of the genes in it are completely NOT understood.
Ebola is a very small virus, relatively speaking.
Ebola's methods are not understood.
Fortunately, you do not have to know or understand the virus to make a vaccine.

about a month and a half ago
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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

rcamans Re:Smart move moron (223 comments)

Apparently you did nod read the lead. He fired them.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

rcamans Re:Convenient? For whom? (294 comments)

I do not believe Sandy Bridge and later processors are supported by any BIOS other than UEFI, so if you want the latest, you have to do UEFI.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

rcamans Re:Intel (294 comments)

All new CPUs / chipsets REQUIRE the latest distros to work well.
An example is the driver for the Ivy Bridge EDAC is only in kernel 3.13 or so, and without it you can get a lot of spurious memory errors reported.
Also true of firmware and drivers.
And the distros do NOT include the latest drivers, so you have to work at it.

about 4 months ago
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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

rcamans Re:That wasn't the question (461 comments)

By rival drug gang, are you referring to the police, DEA, the Bloods, the Crips, or some other government agency like the big Mexican cartels?
The way this violates his rights is that he cannot confront his accuser in a court of law (as if we actually had courts of law, instead of kangaroo courts).
And it was probably his ex-girlfriend, who dumped him and wanted more satisfaction. Or a hooker he stiffed for the cost of the blow job.
Or a girl he honked at.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

rcamans Re:down to a "T" (737 comments)

Heh heh. He claimed to be a man. Heh heh. But he still lives in his mama's basement, is on the internet and playing games all his "conscious" hours, and doesn't have a job. And his chances of procreation are nil.

about 8 months ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

rcamans Real climate science versus McGill "science" (869 comments)

The climate cycles on Earth are hundreds of thousands to millions of years long, with smaller variations separated by hundreds to thousands of years. Lesser and major ice ages are examples. So the Lovejoy McGill study is irrelevant in terms of climate science. Climate science is something very few climate "scientists" do. That said, cutting down forests and burning forests is removing a major source of carbon (dioxide) consumption (carbon sink). So CO2 variations (increases for now) are man-made. How CO2 influences the earth's temperature or climate is still not well understood. An example of that is the latest IPCC report, which says that CO2 is only a small driver of Earth's temperature. That is because (climate pseudo-scientists did not realize) CO2 reflects sunlight away from the Earth as well as trapping some of Earth's radiation inside the atmosphere. This is a mostly balancing effect.
If climate "scientists" were doing science, they would tell us that planting trees and forests could reverse the CO2 increase trend (trees eat CO2 and release oxygen). Banning long-term clear-cutting would reduce the CO2 increase trend. Banning slash-and-burn clearing would greatly reduce the CO2 increase trend. Forests regulate the climate in their region, not just under the forest canopy. Tree and forest planting is a simple, easy, low-tech, immediate solution to most if not all of the CO2 increase trend. That does not mean that climate change would stop. A large driver of climate change is the cycle of warm and cold water rivers in the ocean. Their paths appear to have two stable patterns. The paths may currently be flipping from the one stable setting to the other. There does not appear to be anything we can do to affect that.
Another problem is the "storage" of CO2 in the oceans. Oceanic CO2 is stored below the surface, until the below is full up. When the top of the storage level reaches the surface of the oceans, the stored CO2 is released very quickly. The level appears to be temperature driven, and has reached the surface in the Antarctic, with large regions bubbling furiously. This CO2 release could be a catastrophe to animal life on the surface. The saturation of the oceans with CO2 is already a major catastrophe to oceanic life, although there has not been significant study of how much CO2 acidity affects the population of various species. The only way we could fix the oceanic CO2 problem would be to reduce atmospheric CO2 (plant trees), plant forests of green plants in the shallows, and plant floating forests of green plants in the open seas. This would be a very long term project (centuries).
Another way to reduce the atmospheric and oceanic CO2 temporarily is to dump iron dust, iron oxide, and iron sulfate into the ocean. The resulting algae and plankton blooms eat CO2 and feed the oceanic food chain. But that CO2 quickly gets released. so it may not help in the long term.

about 8 months ago
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Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unix Admins

rcamans Re:Knowing your tools (136 comments)

Apparently you have not interacted with management much, or you would not have restricted your answer to marketing...

about 8 months ago
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Police Say No Foul Play In Death of Bitcoin Exchange CEO Autumn Radtke

rcamans Cops said may be Suicide (126 comments)

A Tulsa man was found with hands and feet tied, and was decapitated. The police called it suicide. So I do not know what these cops mean when they say suicide. Cops called Hillary Clinton's old lawyer boyfriend's death a suicide, when he died of a gunshot wound with no gun found.

about 9 months ago
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Make Way For "Mutant" Crops As GM Foods Face Opposition

rcamans You fools! (194 comments)

The seed mutations and GM modifications are not necessarily the big deal. The big deal is that the plants have been given improved resistance to herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides, as well as the ability to make their own. So the farmer uses more and nastier chemicals on ther plants, and you wind up eating more nasty chemicals. Then you mutate into brain-dead closed-minded idiots. Oh, wait, too late. Haven't you seen the studies of lab rats, etc who have been feed gmo corn? They look horrible.

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US, UK DOD is hacking prepaid burner phones

rcamans rcamans writes  |  1 year,9 days

rcamans (252182) writes "For all those conspiracy theorists wearing their tin hats, US and UK DOD is hacking prepaid burner phones, and it is easy to see it. In a video @ http://truththeory.com/2013/12/10/how-to-see-what-government-agency-is-spying-on-your-phone/, Alesx Heid (http://hackmiami.org http://twitter.com/AlexHeid http://federaljack.com/ http://alexasnderheid.com/ shows and explains how to see it. On droid phones, go to system settings, about phone, status, ip address. Do a whois on the ip and see that on his Boost mobile prepaid, it is owned by DINSA, ministry of defense.
T-Mobile prepaids whois to US DOD."
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Meteor hits Cuba

rcamans rcamans writes  |  about 2 years ago

rcamans (252182) writes "A meteor similar to the Russian impact last night hit in the province of Cienfuegos in central Cuba. Villigers describe a light growing and exploding, which sounds similar to the Russian videos. At least one crackpot site is claiming Nibiru (Planet X) Asteroids are falling everywhere."
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Chrome Incognito isn't

rcamans rcamans writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rcamans (252182) writes "Visit a bunch of sites in Chrome incognito, and then look at your history in IE 7. Oh My God! A few of the sites you did not want in history are in IE history? How did they get there? A nasty in Windows XP OS. Oh, man...
These sites do not show in Opera history, Safari history, Chrome history, or FIrefox history. So maybe it has to do with IE integration into the Windows OS. Do not trust Chrome incognito until this bug is fixed. If it can be fixed.

XP Pro 2002 sp3 fully patched.
IE 7.0.5730.13 (latest)
Chrome 1.0.154.53 (latest)
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Yahoo provided Iran with names of 200,000

rcamans rcamans writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rcamans (252182) writes "October 8th, 2009
"ZDnet's Richard Koman accuses Yahoo of having collaborated with the Iranian regime during the recent post-election protests. Koman says the online giant provided names and emails for some 200,000 Iranian Yahoo users to authorities so that those same authorities would "unban" Yahoo on the state-controlled internet. The blog post does not include a response by Yahoo to the allegations, but promises "to provide further proof as the story unfolds." Snip:
This is according to a post on the Iranian Students Solidarity (Farsi) blog. My sources indicate the information comes from a group of resisters who have infiltrated the administration and are leaking out important information. These sources say that Yahoo representatives met with Iranian Internet authorities after Google and Yahoo were shut down during the protests and agreed to provide the names of Yahoo subscribers who also have blogs in exchange for the government lifting the blocks on Yahoo." This quote from ZDNET @ http://government.zdnet.com/?p=5547.
http://www.boingboing.net/2009/10/09/yahoo-accused-of-hav.html#more

Yahoo has not yet responded to these claims, and they are not substantiated. Can anyone out there help substantiate these?"
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Cellphones do affect your brain

rcamans rcamans writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rcamans writes "R. Douglas Fields writes on sciam dot com, "Electromagnetic signals from cell phones can change your brainwaves and behavior. But don't break out the aluminum foil head shield just yet."... "Two studies provide some revealing news. The first, led by Rodney Croft, of the Brain Science Institute, Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, tested whether cell phone transmissions could alter a person's brainwaves. The researchers monitored the brainwaves of 120 healthy men and women while a Nokia 6110 cell phone — one of the most popular cell phones in the world — was strapped to their head. A computer controlled the phone's transmissions in a double-blind experimental design, which meant that neither the test subject nor researchers knew whether the cell phone was transmitting or idle while EEG data were collected. The data showed that when the cell phone was transmitting, the power of a characteristic brain-wave pattern called alpha waves in the person's brain was boosted significantly. The increased alpha wave activity was greatest in brain tissue directly beneath to the cell phone, strengthening the case that the phone was responsible for the observed effect. Alpha Waves of Brain Alpha waves fluctuate at a rate of eight to 12 cycles per second (Hertz). These brainwaves reflect a person's state of arousal and attention. Alpha waves are generally regarded as an indicator of reduced mental effort, "cortical idling" or mind wandering. But this conventional view is perhaps an oversimplification. Croft, for example, argues that the alpha wave is really regulating the shift of attention between external and internal inputs. Alpha waves increase in power when a person shifts his or her consciousness of the external world to internal thoughts; they also are the key brainwave signatures of sleep. Cell Phone Insomnia If cell phone signals boost a person's alpha waves, does this nudge them subliminally into an altered state of consciousness or have any effect at all on the workings of their mind that can be observed in a person's behavior? In the second study, James Horne and colleagues at the Loughborough University Sleep Research Centre in England devised an experiment to test this question. The result was surprising. Not only could the cell phone signals alter a person's behavior during the call, the effects of the disrupted brain-wave patterns continued long after the phone was switched off." Story at http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=mind-control-by-cell, http://www.boingboing.net/"
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rcamans rcamans writes  |  more than 8 years ago

rcamans writes "Google videos from an RC airplane mounted camera. The camera moves, controlled by the goggle-wearer's head movements. http://video.google.fr/videoplay?docid=90915457352 15129742&hl=fr I can' believe this has not already been posted! You have to see it to believe it! Everything is explained in a series of posted videos. Basically you get to fly anywhere, anytime, for cheap, and totally under your control. Why wouldn't everyone do this? He uses i-glasses goggles with a gyrocontrol gyro (from rc-tech.ch) mounted on them to sense head movements and move the camera on a mount on the airplane. An airwaves 612 RF TX on the airplane and airwaves 623 RF RX (from active-robots.com) does the transceiving. A cavalry pocket camcorder does the video taping."

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