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The debate over climate change is..

spune n/t (278 comments)

the *debate* is entirely political

about 5 months ago
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Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

spune Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (397 comments)

since brewing waste was added to pig feed a few years ago, an unprecedented problem has emerged at hog farms around the country -- explosive manure foam. several barns have exploded, in one instance killing hundreds of pigs. more commonly, the noxious foam seeps up from the shitheap underneath the barn, through the slats in the floor, and into the pens. this widespread, extant problem is being addressed by these new regulations.

about 8 months ago
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Western Digital 'MyCloud' Is Down 5 Days and Counting

spune apr 1 (127 comments)

Can't tell if they're trying to pull my leg.

about 9 months ago
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Water Filtration With a Tree Branch

spune Re: Take That, Capitalists! (205 comments)

Most people need clean water on a regular basis and cannot accommodate waiting for a tree to grow to quench their thirst.

about 10 months ago
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Water Filtration With a Tree Branch

spune Re: Most common pathogens (205 comments)

There already are low-cost, natural water filtration techniques being used across the world that produce clean water at a higher rate, like biosand filters. For water projects i have previously worked on, how quickly water is purified has been a significant practical concern for the folks who would benefit from the project. That was the reason that solar stills were dismissed, for example; they require more effort and materials to construct, but even then have a higher flow rate than the xylem filter. Also, how often the filter must be replaced is another big practicality issue.

about 10 months ago
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My favorite season:

spune Re:Favorite color (346 comments)

You must be speaking with a fairly stringent geographical restriction on your comment. "Whether your geographic location experiences significant changes in weather or not, seasons do in fact occur" -- yes, it might be autumn in America, but in Mali there are two seasons: wet and dry. Seasons only exist where the climate allows for them; they do not exist (at least how you conceive of them) in many regions across the world. Insisting that seasons exist where there are none of the environmental changes that define seasonality is pointless and wrong.

about a year ago
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Google Tackles Health

spune how about fighting poverty (115 comments)

1/5 children in America live in poverty. 2/5 lack adequate nutrition. But let's instead focus on improving the quality of life and longevity of the wealthy!

about a year ago
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Should the U.S. bomb Syria?

spune Re: should slashdot be asking if the U.S. should b (659 comments)

You're just repeating wartime propaganda and excuses grandpa uses to try to avoid his guilt. Japanese soldiers did not collect the bleached skulls of American soldiers as war trophies. Japanese troops often tried to surrender, only to be massacred.

about a year ago
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When is it ok to not give notice?

spune At-will employment? (1 comments)

At-will employment means at-will quitting. If boss wants two weeks notice, he ought to ditch the right to fire me on a whim.

about a year ago
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Malaria Vaccine Nearing Reality

spune Re:Do Away With This Disease? (209 comments)

The Gates' Foundation plan in full:

1. Open new clinics to operate on an unsustainable and inhumane for-profit basis without investigating medical history of personnel
2. Fail to pay to keep them open such that market forces and competition result in a net loss of clinics in target countries
3. Pay off a bunch of politicians to protect clinic policy, furthermore pay more politicians to expand privatization and austerity across the board
4. Get a vaccine from somewhere
5. Make lots of it for cheap
6. Sell it at transient new for-profit clinics and don't care if untrained business-owners botch its administration
7. Be hailed as the new jesus christ after PR 'news' articles fail to mention any shortcomings

about a year ago
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Speeding Ticket Robots — Laws As Algorithms

spune Re:not quite (400 comments)

Where I live, after three unpaid tickets (which are recorded in a city database that traffic police check before issuing parking tickets), your car either gets a boot or gets towed.

about a year and a half ago
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Bradley Manning Pleads Guilty To 10 Charges

spune Re:Even though (491 comments)

Manning set the bar even higher than you think -- a high moral bar that most US foreign policy can't hold a candle to. Manning did the right thing in becoming a whistleblower and showing the public what our 'representatives' are scheming. We have a right to know about US support for the coup in Honduras, etc.

What is hypocritical about this situation is that Manning is being tried for upholding his oath in a meaningful way, while the prosecutors and persecutors are using the letter of the law to contradict its spirit.

about 2 years ago
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The U.S. minimum wage should be

spune Re:Fixed (1106 comments)

True -- just read the 13th amendment. "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

As opposed to abolishing slavery, the 13th amendment specifically re-institutes slavery within the US. The old Jim Crow and the War on Drugs, the new Jim Crow, have guaranteed that slavery in America persists to the present.

about 2 years ago
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Napster: the Day the Music Was Set Free

spune Re:Napster on dial-up (243 comments)

On a machine with the same specs, I was able to play multiple videos simultaneously without delay or any other problem, running BeOS. Of course I had to download everything in windows, though...

about 2 years ago
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New York Paper Uses Public Records To Publish Gun-Owner Map

spune Re:So Proud of Gun Ownership (1232 comments)

And what is it about socialism that makes it such a powerful *individual* position?
Socialists recognize that an individual is completely powerless in terms of changing society. Only by banding together, through collective action, can individuals contribute to creating the changes we all want to see. What power do you have holed up with your family in a rural compound? Look at Ruby Ridge.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Android Apps For Kids Under 12 Months?

spune Re:6 months? (311 comments)

How about taking care of your kid by *yourself* some in order to give Your Wife a break? The tv/smartphone is your first consideration?!

about 2 years ago

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