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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

spirit_fingers Denial of the root cause (342 comments)

Human beings are incapable of sufficiently modifying their material expectations, and hence their behavior, to address this crisis. The underlying cause of our current global environmental emergency is overpopulation. There are simply far too many of us and we continue to multiply at an obscenely accelerating rate. We've been too successful as a species for our own good, but our increase in numbers has not been met with an increase in wisdom or political will to deal with our own trashing of the biosphere. We're screwed. We won't reduce our population and we're too lazy and cheap to deal with the problem. We're going down, but before we dissolve into a gigantic cesspool of our making we'll take most higher animal and plant species with us.

about two weeks ago
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Rover Curiosity Discovers Australia-Shaped Rock On Mars

spirit_fingers sheesh (99 comments)

And next week the big news will be they found a rock in the shape of Justin Bieber's ass. Can we please not devote precious pixels to such inanities? It's not like browser pages grow on trees.

about two weeks ago
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CryptoPhone Sales Jump To 100,000+, Even at $3500

spirit_fingers Re:From Germany. (68 comments)

At least it's not from a US company. There is another phone like this, and it's from a US based company. And I'm thinking... yeah right, NSA honey trap.

We need secure software. We cant trust hardware at all, unless it's for a single purpose, with a verifiable protocol. The Bitcoin community are coming up with some great solutions, which will help.

It's an obvious strategy for a Honey Trap. What's not so obvious is whose Honey Trap it might be. Maybe it's the NSA, but it could just as easily be Russia's SVR or Israel's Mossad or China's MSS.

about three weeks ago
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CryptoPhone Sales Jump To 100,000+, Even at $3500

spirit_fingers Nowhere to hide (68 comments)

It would be naïve to think that with all of the massive crytographic resources at their disposal, the NSA can't hack into this phone's communications at the push of a button.

about three weeks ago
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NHTSA Tells Tesla To Stop Exaggerating Model S Safety Rating

spirit_fingers neener neener neener (284 comments)

Liar liar car on fire!

about 5 months ago
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People Trust Tech Companies Over Automakers For Self-Driving Cars

spirit_fingers damn skippy (152 comments)

You're goddam right I'd sooner trust a tech company to build a sef-driving car. Because, as we all know, computers never crash.

about 6 months ago
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Promising Vaccine Candidate Could Lead To a Definitive Cure For HIV

spirit_fingers just wait (185 comments)

Just as there's mass hysteria and a lot of unfounded accusations around the rubella and other vaccinations, there will be with the HIV vaccine as well. Ignorant parents will insist it made their kid autistic or ADHD or a gangbanger or whatever.

about 7 months ago
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Satellite Images Suggest N. Korea Has Restarted Small Nuclear Reactor

spirit_fingers the cycle starts anew (121 comments)

And so it begins, once again. Just as North Korea begins to appear less belligerent and people like Dennis Rodman are talking up Kim as a "cool dude", North Korea turns on a dime and proves it's still Pariah #1 on the world stage. So what will it be this time, Chubs? Last time you threatened to unleash a nuclear holocaust on the You gonna invade Orlando and take Mickey and Goofey hostage? Crash the moon into the White House?

about 7 months ago
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Syrian Gov't Agrees To Russian Chem-Weapon Turnover Plan

spirit_fingers no brainer (362 comments)

When considering a response to the use of poison gas in Syria, the U.S. has several choices available to it.

1. Do nothing. This is the least desirable option for most Americans, whether or not they believe we should bomb. A majority prefer some kind of response.

2. Assuming that gas was used on Assad's orders, punish him by dropping bombs on something important to him, but being careful not to hurt him so badly that his regime fails and Al Qaeda-backed forces assume power.

3. Resolve the situation diplomatically. Use third parties to pressure Assad to turn over his chemical weapons arsenal to international control.

A strong case can be made that options 1 and 2 are the least likely to achieve a desirable outcome. That leaves option 3, which as of last Monday has a real chance of happening. The most reasonable course of action appears to be laid out before us. The time is now for Obama to think out of the box, have the courage to reconsider his strategy and show the world that he really did deserve his Nobel Peace Prize.

about 7 months ago
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New Jersey Congressman Seeks To Bar NSA Backdoors In Encryption

spirit_fingers Re: the real problem (200 comments)

Religious psychos don't need an invasion to provoke them. They kill people simply for disagreeing with them.

about 8 months ago
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New Jersey Congressman Seeks To Bar NSA Backdoors In Encryption

spirit_fingers the real problem (200 comments)

When bad guys use encryption to conceal their activities, we need to be able to decrypt it. Crippling the NSA is not the answer. The real problem is oversight. FISA is little more than a rubber stamp for whatever the intelligence services want to do. We need stronger oversight to protect the privacy of law abiding citizens, not a weaker ability to catch bad guys.

about 8 months ago
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China Says Serious Polluters Will Get the Death Penalty

spirit_fingers wager (260 comments)

I'll bet a truckload of dead pigs that it won't result in any measurable improvement in China's environmental quality. China's environmental crisis has been brought about with the blessings of the Communist Party. Expecting them to now fix it by executing a few factory owners is very naïve indeed.

about 10 months ago
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Apple Leaves Journalists Jonesing

spirit_fingers Re:What's Apple Famous for Again? (277 comments)

What's Apple famous for again? Yup, they are famous for being famous.
Well that and popularizing the graphic user interface everyone uses in the first place.

Introduced 29 years ago, by Steve Jobs.

Introduced 13 years ago, by Steve Jobs.

Introduced 12 years ago, by Steve Jobs.

Introduced 5 years ago, by Steve Jobs.

Introduced over 2 years ago, by Steve Jobs.

See where I'm going with this? We all know Apple's history. The point is: what insanely great innovations have they unveiled since the death of Steve Jobs?
Answer: NONE.

about a year ago
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Blackstone Drops Dell Bid, Cites Declining PC Market

spirit_fingers the real story here (137 comments)

The aside about IBM exiting the x86 server business has me wondering. Perhaps the "International Business Machines" corporation needs to change its name to the "International Software as Services" corporation. Or how about the "American Software as Services" corporation? I prefer the acronym generated by that name.

1 year,3 days
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Anti-GMO Activist Recants

spirit_fingers Re:err on the side of safety (758 comments)

By "normal food" I assume you mean non-GMO food. Normal food has centuries of history behind it. GMO foods are being forced upon us by corporations seeking profits without benefit of our being certain that they are at least as safe as their non-GMO counterparts. The benefit of the kind of certainty garnered from generations of human consumption have been denied us by the short term greed of companies seeking to make a fast buck.

about a year ago
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Anti-GMO Activist Recants

spirit_fingers self contradictory (758 comments)

I find this interesting in Mr. Lynas's statement:

"As an environmentalist, and someone who believes that everyone in this world has a right to a healthy and nutritious diet of their choosing..."

I agree with his mission statement. In fact, it's best argument for the labeling of GMO foods there is. But until GMO foods are labeled as such, people won't know what diet they're choosing. Let GMOs be labeled and give people the real choices they have a right to.

about a year ago
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Anti-GMO Activist Recants

spirit_fingers err on the side of safety (758 comments)

Until genetically engineered foods are proven to be safe I will continue to oppose them in our food supply and our ecosystems. We should be erring on the side of safety with these Frankenfoods and not simply assuming they are safe until proven unsafe. They should be banned until proven safe.

about a year ago
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Does Coding Style Matter?

spirit_fingers style is everything (479 comments)

I like to wear a black Versace cocktail dress accessorized with fire engine red Prada fuck-me pumps when I code. It makes the occasion special.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Co-founder Dings Windows 8 As 'Puzzling, Confusing'

spirit_fingers More Metro on PCs than tablets (343 comments)

Given Microsoft's dismal history with mobile platforms, the prospects for Surface's success seem questionable. It's entirely possible that a year or two from now the only significant installed base of Microsoft's tablet interface will be found on PCs, not tablets.

about a year and a half ago
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If I had a time machine, I would first visit...

spirit_fingers the problem with time travel (658 comments)

The big problem with time travel isn't when you'll rematerialize, but where. The planet is orbiting the sun at 18.5 miles/sec. The solar system is also traveling at 43,000 MPH. And the Milky Way galaxy is moving at 600 km/s in the direction of the constellation Hydra. So, if you climb into your time machine and jump to the same location at some point in time in the past or future, the Earth will not be at that location when you arrive. It could be millions of miles away. You and your time machine will be floating in space, or worse, on the shore of a methane ocean on Uranus. In order for a time machine to be of any practical value, beyond simply being able to travel through time, it will also need to be able to calculate the precise location of the Earth at the specific point in time you intend to travel to and have the means to rematerialize exactly at that spot.

about a year and a half ago

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Software Piracy at Beijing Branch Office (resub'd)

spirit_fingers spirit_fingers writes  |  more than 5 years ago

spirit_fingers writes "I'm the IT manager for a west coast design company that has a small branch office in Beijing with 5 employees, a few workstations and a couple of servers. Recently, it came to my attention that the Beijing office has been routinely installing and using pirated software on their computers--MS Office and Adobe Creative Suite, mostly. Up until now, the powers that be here in the States have had a relatively laissez faire attitude about what goes on at the Beijing office and our accounting department never noticed that Beijing never submitted receipts for software, until I questioned them about it.

We're very buttoned up about being legal with our software here at the home office, and I consider it unprofessional and risky for our Beijing office to be engaging in this practice. When I called our Beijing office manager on this, he shrugged and replied, "well, every other shop here does it".

I have no doubt that this is true. Frankly, I could care less what those guys do with their personal computers, but when it comes to company-owned gear my attitude is to stay legal no matter what anyone else is doing. And it's not like they need to do it to save money. The Beijing branch turns a tidy profit, thank you very much. It just seems to be an attitude so firmly ingrained in the culture over there that no one gives it a second thought.

So I was wondering if there are any IT manager Slashdotters here in the the U.S. who may have experienced something similar with their colleagues in APAC and how they would handle a situation like this. My response (CC'd to our CFO) was to ask for copies of all receipts and serial numbers for the software they're using and see what happens (this came down today, so I'll give them a day or two to come up with something)."
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Software Piracy at Beijing Branch Office

spirit_fingers spirit_fingers writes  |  more than 5 years ago

spirit_fingers (777604) writes "I'm the IT manager for a west coast design company that has a small branch office in Beijing with 5 employees, a few workstations and a couple of servers. Recently, it came to my attention that the Beijing office has been routinely installing and using pirated software on their computers--MS Office and Adobe Creative Suite, mostly. Up until now, the powers that be here in the States have had a relatively laissez faire attitude about what goes on at the Beijing office and our accouting department never

We're very buttoned up about being legal with our software here at the home office, and I consider it unprofessional and risky for our Beijing office to be engaging in this practice. When I called our Beijing office manager on it he shrugged and replied, "well, every other shop here does it".

I have no doubt that this is true. Frankly, I could care less what those guys do with their personal computers, but when it comes to company-owned gear my attitude is to stay legal no matter what anyone else is doing. And it's not like they need to do it to save money. The Beijing branch turns a tidy profit, thank you very much. It just seems to be an attitude so firmly ingrained in the culture over there that no one gives it a second thought.

So I was wondering if there are any IT manager Slashdotters here in the the U.S. who may have experienced something similar with their colleagues in APAC and how they would handle a situation like this. My response (CC'd to our CFO) was to ask for copies of all receipts and serial numbers for the software they're using and see what happens (this came down today, so I'll give them a day or two to come up with something)."

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