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The Internet of Things and Humans

rubycodez Re:Internet of things (55 comments)

why, what identifiable disease has been caused by this? the only identifiable cause of rising cancer rates is longer lifespan in world's population.

2 days ago
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Heartbleed Pricetag To Top $500 Million?

rubycodez Re:1 Trillion (79 comments)

Point out to your brother in law that weak closed source software has killed people, destroyed hundreds of millions of dollars worth of spacecraft, caused blackouts, loss of continental long distance service, etc. etc.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

rubycodez Re:Model M Keyboard FTW (690 comments)

mine is the 122 key model (24 function keys, 2x12). weighs over 8 lbs. The coiled cable is thicker than what the old analog phone receivers used to have

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

rubycodez Re:Commodore Amiga 3000T (690 comments)

My Radio Shack Micronta 22-203A 30,000 ohm/volt analog multimeter I received at age 12. It ss still working fine and is accurate. If component ever has problem it has schematic and troubleshooting instructions. I'm over half a century old.

4 days ago
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The Internet of Things and Humans

rubycodez Re:Internet of things (55 comments)

Even without the surveillance it is a turnoff because of the unnecessary liberal use of digital electronics in lieu of simple time-proven mechanisms rendering previously robust products more fragile and shorter-lived.

4 days ago
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The Internet of Things and Humans

rubycodez Re:#lot? (55 comments)

some kind of twitter twat babble? Sad because the author's picture shows he should be much too old and mature to bother with such rubbish

4 days ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

rubycodez Re:more pseudo science (862 comments)

no fabrication, I say something does not exist. I say that which does not exist is used as basis for junk science such as this paper. The non-sequiturs are between your ears, logic fails you.

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

rubycodez Re:more pseudo science (862 comments)

you are confused, "nothing to back it up". the complete lack of records with precision of tenth of a degree C are the proof, the fabricated charts of such from even 120 years ago are the proof

about a week ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

rubycodez Re:Nuclear? (432 comments)

pure bullshit

his 300 employees (at the time) were in 40 field offices

the reality is he pushes scams to increase the value of his "green" portfolio, while living hedonist lifestyle in that mansion that takes power of 20+ families, all the whle telling us to decrease our standard of living and energy consumption. hypocrite of the vilest sort.

about a week ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

rubycodez Re:Nuclear? (432 comments)

I don't recall the Koch brothers saying I had to reduce my energy usage and carbon footprint, while sitting in a house that drew the power of 20+ families

about a week ago
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Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

rubycodez Re:For something that's actually happening.. (157 comments)

no, the trade off is that a copter with one or two main rotors can actually lift something and stay aloft for more than mere minutes. The product is a scam to lure investors with no engineering knowledge.

when is the last time you heard of the big rotor (and/or its "Jesus nut") failing?

about a week ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

rubycodez Re:I wonder how much damage... (285 comments)

you are funny, the miniscule percentage of government spending that goes to Microsoft is a budget rounding error

And if Microsoft fell, those people would do other things for a living, maybe even get a few good companies while losing one giant crappy one

about a week ago
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Vintage 1960s Era Film Shows IRS Defending Its Use of Computers

rubycodez Re:"Feel Like a Number" (146 comments)

now we're treated like terrorists and crimminals, so much better

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

rubycodez Re:It's crap (1608 comments)

You bring up an often-argued completely silly scenario.

Neither the government nor the U.S. armed forces would survive the use of such weapons on the populace. The military would fall apart.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

rubycodez Re:But what is a militia? (1608 comments)

news for you, most state constitutions already state that. Mine does.

about a week ago
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Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

rubycodez Re:For something that's actually happening.. (157 comments)

forget it, one big-ass rotor is far more efficient and generates far more lift than a bunch of small ones. that thing has 20 minute flight time, and needs by their words a "range extender" for more than that, a combustion engine. there is a reason basics of helicopter design has not changed in decades, nothing else makes sense.

about a week ago
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Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

rubycodez Re:Not getting funded. (157 comments)

you're not an engineer, are you. Maybe you should think of the weight of the fuel it would take to power eight (one adult one ultralight frame) engines for even 20 minutes at max thrust. Answer, 120 liters, 96 kilos of kerosene. Oops, guess we need another engine to lift that....

about a week ago
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Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

rubycodez Re:I came up with a great idea (157 comments)

I'm not sure your traffic control people should be in the air, maybe they could be in a kind of tower high enough to at least see both ends of the asphalt strips. One problem is that the drivers of these flying cars might anthropomorphize the tower and start addressing it as "tower" when talking over a radio to the traffic control people in the tower. Another would be the difficulty in seeing the license plates on the flying cars, maybe bigger numbers could be painted on the sides of the vehicle toward the tail end.

about a week ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

rubycodez Re:Nuclear? (432 comments)

I thought the green way was everyone getting a house like Al Gore's that takes the energy of 20+ normal family houses.

about two weeks ago

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Follow-Up Story: Petition to White House to Eliminate DST

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  about a year ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "Sign the petition to the White House to move the clocks ahead one last time, then abolish the energy and money wasting nonsense known as Daylight Saving Time forever. This is long overdue in this modern computerized era. Let's use the power of slashdot's huge readership to get common sense applied to the keeping of time."
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Third Nuclear Test by North Korea

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  about a year ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "Seismic activity has been detected in North Korea, with the signature of a man-made underground nuclear explosion at a depth of one kilometer. South Korea estimate the yield at six to seven kilotons TNT equivalent."
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Anti-Gun Newspaper that Published Owner Lists Hires Armed Citizens

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  about a year ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "The Journal New had published a map showing gun owner's names and addresses, but now in ironic move has hired armed citizens (private security) for protection after receiving much negative mail. As with anti-gun politicians, it seems guns are ok as long as they are used to protect them."
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NASA Press Release Hysteria: Truth Is Greenland Has 150 Year Major Melt Cycle

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  about a year and a half ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "Despite the hoopla and hysteria over NASA's press release of "unprecedented" Greenland ice sheet melting, the truth is that the melt is right on schedule and happens every 150 years. It has nothing whatever to do with AGW. NASA should have made a press release saying in the last 40 years of satellite observation, such a melt hasn't been observed."
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No Tachyons for You! Retest of Neutrino Speed Reconfirms Special Relativety

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "The ICARUS experiment between CERN and Gran Sasso shows that neutrinos move no faster than light. I sense a disturbance in the Force, as if millions of sci-fi space opera lovers cried out in anguish, and then were still."
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The Fate of the Twinkie

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "The fate of the stereotypical geek food Twinkie, with its shelf life on the order of geological if not cosmological timescales (source: Ghost Busters), may be decided soon. With the company Hostess Brand entering its second bankruptcy since 2005, it may liquidate itself this time rather than reorganize as before, with 19,000 jobs gone , The Twinkie brand name (and Ding Dongs and that near tasteless foamy mass known as Wonder Bread) might be up for sale. in our IP minded civilisation, a brand name can outlive a product, be sold like property, and become bound to something else."
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H5N1 Bird Influenza - not a credible threat

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rubycodez writes "A 39 year old bus driver has died of H5N1 in Shenzhen, a city next to Hong Kong. But none of the 120 people he had close contact with show any signs of infection with the virus. Usually only those with close contact with dead animals get H5N1, and there are no cases of person to person transmission. In the last seven years, less than 350 people have died from H5N1. Meanwhile, they more common flus that children bring home from school every year will kill tens of thousands. It is time to stop worrying about a rare disease that has killed hardly anyone, and put to rest the hype."
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California to Fight Against the 3,000 Mile Oil Cha

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "The quick-oil-change business chains of today repeatedly drill into customer's heads the notion that oil changes must be every 3,000 miles for all cars. This is despite that today's engines have even tighter tolerances, temperature regulation, and superior alloys on rubbing surfaces. Officials of the State of California's Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery are fighting the wasteful beliefs. Their Check Your Number campaign website encourages people to check the manufacturer's specified interval for vehicles, often it is in the 5,000 to 10,000 mile range for late models."
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The 147 Corporations that Rule Most of the Global

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "Researchers at the Swiss Federal Technology Institute in Zurich have identified a "Capitalist Network" of well-connected companies that control most of the global economy. They further identified the 147 (one percent) "super-connected" companies that control forty percent or more of the global financial network. If one believes the mega-corporations have most governments of the west in their pockets, does this mean we have a global oligarchy?"
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Possible Habitable Planet 36 Lightyears Away

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "HD85512b, a planet found by the European Southern Observatory's High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS) in Chile, is at the right distance and of the right mass (3.6 times Earth) to possibly harbor life. It is only the second planet found with the right distance and mass parameters to be a viable candidate for further study for life signs."
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Excellent Opportunity: Default the National Debt

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "The mega-corporations and mega-banks have been controlling the lawmakers in most western countries. The deadline for extending the payments on the U.S. National Debt affords an excellent opportunity to bring down an evil system of oligarchs, and an unconstitutional system of producing fiat money. A proper "controlled demolition" (in a purely metaphorical sense) of the Federal Reserve System can liberate the U.S. from mega-corporate control.

The gist of the process is simple, savings and currency of U.S. citizens are transitioned to a New Dollar based on federal metal (silver/gold) and/or federal assets such as land. Domestic production is ramped up, mines and factories are re-opened, our dependence in the short term for petroleum will be met with domestic supplies of oil and coal processed into clean liquid hydrocarbon fuel (we do have such sufficient reserves, look it up). The National Debt, owned to private bankers, is defaulted upon and those holders of U.S. securities (e.g. arab nations, China, etc.) are screwed over, flipped the veritable bird, forcing the U.S. to be self-sufficient for a time as the dollar becomes useless for world trade.

Those in the banking cartel and their minions (e.g. treasury secretary, board of governors of federal reserve, etc) are rounded up and tried for high treason for their actions in supporting anti-american governments, globalist draining of U.S. wealth, plotting against the people of the U.S., betrayal of trust, purposeless wars, terrorism, mass murder; and are given the traditional penalty for high treason. Those foreign heads of banking cartels that colluded with them in their evil activities are classified as enemies of the United States and dealt with accordingly.

Laws will be enacted, to forbid corporations from contributing to campaigns, from lobbying, and even from existing for longer than a set period of time, perhaps 50 years. Stocks must be held for a period of no less than one business quarter; the stock market will be a slow, low-key operation for the purpose of investing in the future of a company only.

Only money based on an asset will be allowed; Congress will control the coining of money as per the Constitution, there will be no central bank, no money based upon debt, no participation by any person, bank, or corporation in the IMF or World Bank or similar global bank will be permitted. Usury will not be permitted, maximum interest for any debt public or private will be capped at five percent.

This will obviously entail sacrifice in the short term, but the reward will liberation from an ever-oppressive oligarchy which has been draining our wealth, stealing our liberties, and causing world wide misery and death."
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WHO. Changes Tune: Cell Phones May Be Carcinogenic

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "The World Health Organization has changed its position on the link between cell phone use and cancer, from saying there is no link to instead saying there is possibility of link and that further study is warranted."
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Miguel De Icaza Forms New Mono Company: Xamarin

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "After being thrown out on the streets by Attachmate, the purchasers of Novell, Miguel De Icaza has formed a new company Xamarin to make .NET development tools for Android and iOS. The company will also provide commercial international Mono support. There are those who would say Mono poses a risk of drawing Microsoft patent or other IP litigation for its inclusion in some major Linux distributions, and that these recent events might be the beginning of the demise of widespread use of Mono and other .NETiness in open source software, a good thing."
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Dont Cut the Salt, It's Good For You

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "Dr. Jan Staessen of the University of Leuven in Belgium used data from two studies of 3700 Europeans, in which their salt intake was measured by urinalysis for an average of 8 years. Those subjects with lowest salt intake had the highest rate, 4%, of death by heart attack, while those with the highest salt intake had the lowest heart attack rate at one percent. Yet another urban legend of dietary advice bites the dust."
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U.S. DOE to Send Radiation Hardened Robot to Japan

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  about 3 years ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "Some slashdotters have been wondering why Japan, with its advanced robotics technology, hasn't been using robots and remote controlled cameras at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. Apparently, they do not have radiation hardened systems that would be suitable, but the U.S. Department of Energy has said it is shipping such cameras and a robot from its Idaho National Laboratory along with a team to train Japanese operators."
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China To Stop Importing Chips for Supercomputers

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rubycodez writes "The Tianhe-1A system will be the last Chinese supercomputer to use imported Intel and AMD processors. By years end, China's own 64 bit MIPS-compatible 65nm 8-core 1GHz version of the Godsen (Longsoon family) processors will be used, including 10,000 of them for the "Dawning 6000" supercomputer. Yes, the chips can and usually do run GNU/Linux, but also can run FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and NetBSD "
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Half of College Students Learn Nothing in 2 Years

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "A study of 2,400 students lead by Prof. Arum of NYU shows students gained no critical skills (critical thinking, complex reasoning, and writing) after two years of college, and 36% gained none after four years. The study used the Collegiate Learning Assessment score, transcripts and surveys."
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Betelgeuse To Blow Up "Soon"

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "A wave of 2012 related hoopla has hit the internet, about the star that makes the "right shoulder" of Orion the hunter, Betelgeuse. Astronomer Phil Plait once again puts rumors to rest. The star will indeed explode as a type II supernova, and when it does it will be brighter than Venus on Earth though not as bright as the full moon. It will be visible in the night sky for weeks, as well as possibly be visible in the day sky for a short time. But that event could happen today, or 100,000 years from now or as much as a million years from now. Since Betelgeuse is over 600 light years away, its violent death will not harm Earth in any way, but definitely will provide a huge bonanza of scientific information about supernova. As geeks, we can only hope the core of Betelgeuse undergoes catastrophic failure in our lifetime."
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Milky Way May Have Dark Matter Satellite Galaxies

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "Berkeley astronomer Sukanya Chakrabarti has detected perturbations in the gases surrounding our Milky Way and concludes there is a satellite "Galaxy X" 250,000 light years away that is mostly dark matter, but that may contain dwarf stars visible in infrared. She expects many more such dark matter satellites to the Milky Way to be discovered using her technique."
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Solaris No Longer Free As In Beer

rubycodez rubycodez writes  |  about 4 years ago

rubycodez (864176) writes "Oracle, having acquired Sun Microsystems including its Unix(tM), will no longer give away free Solaris licenses. Oracle also states that some features of its Oracle Solaris will not appear in OpenSolaris, which means OpenSolaris may start to die."
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