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US Navy Authorizes Use of Laser In Combat

rewarp Just what the world needs (225 comments)

Americans with laser mounted warships.

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

rewarp Re:Incoming international flights (702 comments)

Or rather, all those shootings by white people are not classified as terrorism, but simply because they have mental issues.

about 5 months ago
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Lessig's Mayday PAC Scrambling To Cross Crowd Funding Finish Line

rewarp Re:From Canada (117 comments)

Considering how the US government screws non-US countries, I would have donated too. Hope it all works out.

about 6 months ago
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Mozilla To Sell '$25' Firefox OS Smartphones In India

rewarp Re:For the Fi-curious (82 comments)

I own an Open C. But at $25. Even I would want to get another phone just to have more stuff to fool around with. For example, trying to get Ubuntu or Sailfish running.

about 6 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

rewarp Re:I'm assuming. (1198 comments)

I like how virtually every post that's modded up supports the original submission as well.

about 7 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Will You Replace Google Reader?

rewarp Re:OwnCloud News (335 comments)

Same setup here. Couldn't be easier on ownCloud on a Debian 7 server. I have been using it for about a month and am happy with it.

about a year and a half ago
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To Prevent Deforestation, Brazilian Supermarkets Ban Amazon Meat

rewarp Re:Answer isn't less cattle, but more. (94 comments)

It's the "deserts are evil" mentality that is at fault here with the Savory talk - and with much of the support behind it. Deserts have their own unique ecosystem supporting their own unique niche of animal life. "Repairing" an ecosystem that doesn't need repairing is one of the most destructive practices I have ever come across because of a misunderstanding that somehow desert ecosystems are a waste of land unless you can get cattle to graze on it, and remove much of the niches to substitute them for those more beneficial to ranching.

about a year and a half ago
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To Prevent Deforestation, Brazilian Supermarkets Ban Amazon Meat

rewarp Re:Answer isn't less cattle, but more. (94 comments)

Pseudoscience alert! From KCET's Chris Clarke
http://www.kcet.org/updaily/socal_focus/commentary/east-ca/learn-how-to-hate-the-desert-with-ted.html

Savory's talk is full of red flags, and to document and rebut each one would take more time than is really wise to spend on the talk. But three stand out as especially egregious.

The notion that bare, unvegetated soil in the American desert is an evil to be avoided flies in the face of everything we know about desert soil science. Bare soil in the desert includes desert pavement, a self-regulating system that controls air pollution. It includes alkaline crusts and dry lake beds, both homes to unique assemblages of organisms. Seemingly bare soil may hold seed banks of diverse assemblages of annual plants, some of which are limited enough in extent that covering the soil with grassland -- even if you could do so -- would push them toward extinction. And sparsely vegetated soil is crucial for the survival of many animal species, including desert tortoises, fringe-toed and horned lizards, and other animals that actually belong in the desert far more than do cattle.

The idea that grasses must be eaten by livestock to perform a valuable ecological function is similarly absurd. Grasses provide food, shelter, and even construction material for hundreds of desert animals ranging from jackrabbits to tiny insects, each of which is eaten in turn by other animals. Send in a wave of cattle to crop those grasses and we've diverted that ecological productivity to our own ends, depriving the local wildlife of food and habitat. Bunchgrasses can live for centuries if untrampled, providing year after year of ecological benefit to hundreds of generations of wildlife. Savory, like many grazing advocates, seems to regard such ancient bunchgrasses as decadent: In Lynn Jacobs' 1991 book "Waste of The West," Jacobs says "Savory claims like most ranchers that old growth range plants are 'useless' and 'decadent.'" But, adds Jacobs, "like tree snags in forests, standing dead range plant material is itself an important, natural environmental component."

Lastly, Savory's contention that the "algal crust" he shows developing on arid land soil is "the cancer of desertification" is unscientific in the extreme. He makes the statement at 4:00 into the TED video, but it's one he's made for years. Lynn Jacobs wrote in 1991 that students of (what was then being called) HRM learned from Savory that "Cryptogams are a prime indicator of a deteriorating environment." (To underscore his postulation, commonly Savory scuffs apart the cryptogamic layer while walking on Rangeland.)

This is, of course, completely false. Cryptobiotic soil crusts are a crucial underpinning of old-growth desert habitats across North America, and indeed throughout much of the world.

Savory has been around for a very long time preaching the same fallacious grazing gospel, and his name raises curled lips among land management scientists the way Velikovsky's name raises the ire of astronomers. He's merely the latest practitioner of a tradition a couple centuries long of land management mythologies based on wishful thinking that don't turn out to work. A century ago land speculation boosters in the American West claimed that "rain follows the plow"; Savory has merely updated that to "grass follows the cow."

about a year and a half ago
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J.J. Abrams To Direct Star Wars VII

rewarp Re:No more time travel! (735 comments)

FWIW, I consider the episode Time in SGU to be the best episode related to time travel I have ever watched.

about 2 years ago
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Dean Kamen Invents Stomach Pump For Dieters

rewarp Re:My Reaction (483 comments)

Actually makes bullimia appealing.

about 2 years ago
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KDE Software Compilation 4.10 RC1 Released

rewarp Re:Stable? (59 comments)

I am running KDE 4.9 off the backports PPA on Ubuntu 12.04. I had my reservations, but after two weeks of fiddling with the settings (Praise the Goddess Madoka for the blinding array of options) I have finally attained the desktop interface of my dreams. After the disaster of installing the supposedly stable kubuntu-desktop a year ago, I figured why not go for the latest package instead, and it was in hindsight a much better choice.

about 2 years ago
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Meet the Lawyer Suing Anyone Who Uses SSL

rewarp Re:So (347 comments)

I am willing to donate to this cause, despite being umemployed.

more than 2 years ago
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Eating Meat Helped Early Humans Reproduce

rewarp Re:Vegan mums today. (487 comments)

You will need to cite the "not ecologically sound part". I have on hand a few journals that do scientifically quantify the ecological impact of an animal-based diet versus a non-animal-based diet for humans. I am a vegan by virtue of the scientific arguments, and the ecological argument is bar far the most soundly proven. http://www.ajcn.org/content/89/5/1699S.full.pdf http://www.ajcn.org/content/78/3/660S.full.pdf http://www.ajcn.org/content/78/3/664S.full That said, I do wish to point out that at no point in my post did I mention caging an animal for the entirety of its life - but simply to correct a view I find misleading that somehow a scientifically established balanced diet from non-animal sources is inferior to that of animal-based feed (and as a volunteer for the SPCA, I can confidently say some of the well-known products can cause kidney failure if you were to only feed your cat with those products, and they are neutered males). Your arguments that seeks to disparage vegan products as "industrial mush" and "chemical additives" smacks of hypocricy when you consider the animal-based stuff you do put into your cat's face, or whenever you visit the vet.

more than 2 years ago
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Eating Meat Helped Early Humans Reproduce

rewarp Re:Nutrition is imporant (487 comments)

I read the scientific guidelines for a vegetarian and a vegan diet and followed them. Not hard to follow instructions as long as one knows how to read.

about 2 years ago
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Eating Meat Helped Early Humans Reproduce

rewarp Re:All feminist psychos will nuts (487 comments)

Why is this modded -1? This is a rational scientific response to the assertions of the parent post?

about 2 years ago
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Eating Meat Helped Early Humans Reproduce

rewarp Re:Vegan mums today. (487 comments)

Right, but why would you abuse an animal by giving it un-natural chemical crap like that?

All food items consumed can be broken down to their constituent chemicals. Simply because a configuration comes from a non-animal source doesn't automatically make it inferior to one derived from animals. In fact, denying any possibility of a balanced diet to be constructed based on scientific principles through an assertion of the use of chemistry and biology is rather dishonest.

about 2 years ago
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Pirate Bay Promotion Attracts Over 5000 Artists

rewarp Re:Evolve or die (124 comments)

I knew it was pretty bad, but reading this just put me off buying any works of art unless I know every single penny I am spending goes directly to the artist or is under the artist's control.

more than 2 years ago
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Submitting "Nuking the Fridge" To Scientific Peer Review

rewarp Re:Refrigerator is just a disguise (284 comments)

Doctor Who reference to chameleon circuits! If only I had mod points.

more than 2 years ago
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Malaysian Government Offers Free E-mail To All Citizens

rewarp Re:The Real Concerns Here (189 comments)

Another additional concern is the compulsory purchase of a biometric USB device which apparently allows securer access to the email service.

Those signing up for the controversial 1 Malaysia email service will have to buy a USB biometric device sold by Tricubes Bhd or go to any National Registration Department (NRD) office to get their account activated, the company said today. Tricubes chief executive Khairun Zainal Mokhtar said the USB device would also allow myemail.my users opt for the more secure end-to-end data encryption for an additional fee, which he described as "a fraction of the cost".

And if this previous description of the CEO by a disgruntled executive is any indication, I would rather trust Google rather than my government to handle my email.

more than 3 years ago

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The Legalities of Deconverting from Islam in Malaysia

rewarp rewarp writes  |  about 2 years ago

rewarp writes "I work with a group of activists in Malaysia who are pushing for secularism in this more or less Islamic state. We had the good fortune of getting some free advice from a lawyer of the Malaysian Bar to explain the legalites of deconverting from Islam in Malaysia through a brief description of the outcome of various legal cases, and the possible difficulties to be faced by Malaysians should they ever find themselves wanting to convert out of Islam."

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