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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

schneidafunk Re:they will defeat themselves (907 comments)

I respectfully disagree. The obvious counter-example is Nazi Germany & Imperial Japan. Ignoring them or peace protests would have been pointless, the solution was regime change through violence. And now Germany and Japan are allies with the countries that destroyed them.

As for Israel? The peace treaties that exist have been created through violence, such as Egypt & Jordan. And the current 'peace' in Gaza is because Israel utterly devastated Hamas (and the civilian population) after they continuously launched rockets into Israel (from civilian areas), every single day for months until Israel finally responded.

Do you honestly think a hunger strike or peace protest would dissolve ISIS?

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The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

schneidafunk Money (131 comments)

There are large corporations such as google & netflix that spent money lobbying as well. Does anyone know the amount of lobbying money spent for both sides of the argument?

3 days ago
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New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

schneidafunk Re:Headlines (185 comments)

Good luck to you and thank you for sharing your story. I sincerely hope your wife stays cancer free and with the least amount of pain & side effects.

about a month ago
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New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

schneidafunk Headlines (185 comments)

This seems like an overly dramatized article based on one sentence. Obviously there's been progress in cancer treatments and some cures for specific cancers.

FTA: One strategy might be to against these cells. Yervoy, a drug that does just that, eliminated melanoma in — and counting. An infusion of Yervoy and a similar drug, nivolumab, has kept some lung cancer patients disease-free for about six years so far. "Their cancer hasn't come back yet. It might never come back," Ben Creelan, an oncologist at Moffitt Cancer Center. "I think it's the most exciting thing in decades."

about a month ago
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California City Considers Restarting Desalination Plant To Fight Drought

schneidafunk Re:Science is hard (420 comments)

Yes, consider the fact that most energy produced is from steam power. Coal burning plants & nuclear power plants are just complex steam creators. It seems like they could be combined into both electric & water production plants.

about 4 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

schneidafunk Re:Time to move into the Century of the fruit bat. (1198 comments)

First, I am very sorry to hear about your mother. I hope you and your family are healing from that terrible tragedy. However, I feel that the justice system is meant to be impartial and I'm not sure if victims relatives should have any weight on the punishment of the crime. Imagine the reverse, where a victim is pushing for the death penalty and there are factors which would make an impartial jury give something less... for example a drunk driving accident.

about 5 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

schneidafunk Re:Time to move into the Century of the fruit bat. (1198 comments)

Your definition of revenge is my definition of justice in this case, because society at large is OK with it and not just the victim's relatives.

"Justice—as logically, legally, and ethically defined—isn’t really about “getting even” or experiencing a spiteful joy in retaliation. Instead, it’s about righting a wrong that most members of society (as opposed to simply the alleged victim) would agree is morally culpable. And the presumably unbiased (i.e., unemotional) moral rightness of such justice is based on cultural or community standards of fairness and equity. Whereas revenge has a certain selfish quality to it"

about 5 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

schneidafunk Re:Time to move into the Century of the fruit bat. (1198 comments)

'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness' does not mean you get to rape & kill without punishment. That is what this guy did and his punishment was justified in my opinion.

about 5 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

schneidafunk Re:Time to move into the Century of the fruit bat. (1198 comments)

Because some crimes deserve the ultimate penalty. Read what this guy did and then tell me he doesn't deserve to die.

about 5 months ago
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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

schneidafunk DUI checkpoints (461 comments)

Just to play devil's advocate, how is this more invasive than DUI checkpoints?

about 5 months ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

schneidafunk five words (1633 comments)

You can change any amendment with only five words and completely change its meaning.
For example, try tacking this onto any of them - for only white land owners.

about 5 months ago
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The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight

schneidafunk Re:Stop calling it 'blood moon'! (146 comments)

Indeed it does originate from a long time ago. There's this quote from the bible, Joel 2:31 (Common English Bible):
" The sun will be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood before the great and dreadful day of the LORD comes.".

Or it could also be a reference to the folklore name 'red moon'. Every full moon has a 'cutsie, abstract, or dramatic name' which predates modern astronomy.
http://earthsky.org/astronomy-...

about 5 months ago
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Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

schneidafunk meh (313 comments)

I really don't care, this is a private company and they can hire who they want to. That being said, I assumed dropbox already was infiltrated by the NSA.

about 5 months ago
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Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

schneidafunk Re:San Fran = the new Detroit (371 comments)

Wow, it's like the exact opposite of what happened in Detroit. Prices are going up because business are moving in... Detroit declared bankruptcy and rent is dirt cheap there... so what part are you talking about - the vandalism?

about 5 months ago
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Evidence Aside, FBI Says Russians Out To Steal Ideas From US Tech Firms

schneidafunk Re:so encourage domestic investors (132 comments)

Exactly! Think how many hard working people come to America from other countries to invest in their own education and then put that talent to work for the U.S. immediately afterwards.

about 5 months ago
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Book Review: Mobile HTML5

schneidafunk Re:Timely... (37 comments)

The last app I built was in PhoneGap and it was so much nicer than objective-C. Plus we had a website ready to go at the same time to match the app, minus a couple of phone specific features.

about 5 months ago
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Interview: John McAfee Answers Your Questions

schneidafunk Thank you (124 comments)

Thank you for putting in the time to answer our questions in depth.

about 5 months ago

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Russia has given Ukrainian forces a deadline of 3am before launching an assault

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about 6 months ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA: Russia has reportedly given Ukrainian forces in Crimea a deadline of 3am on Tuesday to surrender or face military action after troops seized key strategic sites in the peninsula.

The ultimatum came from Alexander Vitko, commander of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, which has a base in Crimea where Russian forces are now in control.

According to Russia's Interfax agency, it reads: "If they do not surrender before 5am (3am UK time) tomorrow, a real assault will be started against units and divisions of the armed forces across Crimea.""

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Decentralized encrypted online data storage to thwart spying

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about 7 months ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA: About a year ago, Lissounov joined a hackathon sponsored by his employer, BitTorrent Inc., a company that seeks to transform the peer-to-peer protocol into a legitimate means of file-sharing for both consumers and businesses, and in a matter of hours, he slapped together a new BitTorrent tool that let him quickly and easily send encrypted photos of his three children across dodgy Eastern European network lines to the rest of his family. The tool won first prize at the hackathon, and within a few more months, after Lissounov honed the tool alongside various other engineers, the company delivered BitTorrent Sync, a Dropbox-like service that lets you seamlessly synchronize files across computers and mobile devices."
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Federal review board says NSA phone data collection program is illegal

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about 8 months ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA: An independent board tasked with reviewing National Security Agency surveillance called Thursday for the government to end its mass data collection program and "purge" its files, declaring the program illegal in a major challenge to President Obama."
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NSA cannot legally snoop on telecommunications during flights

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about 9 months ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA:
Glenn Greenwald Says NSA, GCHQ Dismayed They Don't Have Access To In-Flight Internet Communication.

what's holding the agencies back is likely a lack of justification for patching up this hole in its collections. The metadata being generated may not be protected by the Fourth Amendment, but there's no simple way to collect and minimize this very mobile form of domestic communication. International flights would perhaps provide some leeway for collection...

Playing the "national security" card is a non-starter. To claim potential terrorists are using in-flight connections to communicate without fear of surveillance is to call into question the skills of those providing security on the ground, putting the DHS in the awkward position of explaining why its TSA agents are allowing suspected terrorists to board planes."

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Google patents an electronic throat tattoo

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about 10 months ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA: Google-owned Motorola Mobility has filed for a patent, published last week, for a system "that comprises an electronic skin tattoo capable of being applied to a throat region of a body."

The patent says the tattoo would communicate with smartphones, gaming devices, tablets and wearable tech like Google Glass via a Bluetooth-style connection and would include a microphone and power source."

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Onion sale in India causes Groupon website to crash

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  1 year,9 days

schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA:

Groupon, which offers deeply discounted deals on everything from restaurant meals to shoes and watches, offered onions at 9 rupees or about 15 cents a kilogram. Onions can now cost up to 100 rupees a kilogram in India, where much of the population uses the vegetable in almost every meal.

Food prices have spiked across India due to supply shortages, a depreciating rupee and increased inflation. As a result, the average price of a kilogram of onions has more than tripled in the past two months.

On Thursday, Groupon sold 3,000 kilograms of onions in 44 minutes, causing the website to crash. More than 8,000 kilograms were purchased when Groupon continued the sale on Friday before they sold out.

The website advertised the deal in a tongue-in-cheek manner, claiming, "people haven't experienced onions in a long, long time," and compared them to caviar and diamonds."

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Black boxes being installed in 96% of new cars

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about a year ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "With the increasing use of computer electronics in cars, it makes sense to record as much data as possible. However, it seems that the only people making use of this information are investigators, as an incident with lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, Timothy Murray, demonstrated when he was caught lying about a crash. This article shows that 96% of new cars are being installed with black boxes, without the consumers knowledge."
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Ex-microsoft manager plans to create first U.S. marijuana brand

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about a year ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "From the article: 'SEATTLE (Reuters) — A former Microsoft executive plans to create the first U.S. national marijuana brand, with cannabis he hopes to eventually import legally from Mexico, and said he was kicking off his business by acquiring medical pot dispensaries in three U.S. states.'

Jamen Shively, a former Microsoft corporate strategy manager, said he envisions his Seattle-based enterprise becoming the leader in both recreational and medical cannabis — much like Starbucks is the dominant name in coffee, he said."

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Ask Slashdot: What would make slashdot a better website?

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about a year and a half ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "A lot of people have been complaining today about the annoyance of ROT13. Also, there have been frequent spamming in the posts and it is dominating (or at least influencing) many conversations. What would you propose to make the slashdot website & community better?"
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Antimatter's Magnetic Charge Revealed

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about a year and a half ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "The most precise measurement of antimatter was published yesterday at the American Physical Society and a summary article written here.

From the article: Gabrielse and his team captured individual protons and antiprotons in a trap created by electromagnetic fields that keep these particles suspended in one spot for several minutes, ensuring the two don't annihilate each other before measurements are made. For some of their experiments, the team turned to the extensive tunnels of the Geneva-based CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) laboratory, where antiprotons can be created in high-energy collisions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)...

By looking at the oscillations of the protons and antiprotons created, the scientists measured the size of the magnetic charge of both types of particles more accurately than ever before, boosting the precision of the antiproton measurement by a factor of 680."

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Patent troll Virnetx loses court battle to Cisco over VPN patent

schneidafunk schneidafunk writes  |  about a year and a half ago

schneidafunk (795759) writes "VirnetX, a patent-licensing firm with 14 employees, has seen its stock price fall precipitously over the last 24 hours or so after it lost a major patent trial in Texas on Thursday. A jury there ruled that Cisco did not infringe VirnetX’s patents on virtual private networks (VPNs), and that the networking giant didn't have to pay $258 million in damages."
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