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BBC: Amazon Workers Face "Increased Risk of Mental Illness"

sugapablo Bukowski's "Post Office"? (321 comments)

Sounds like the novel by Charles Bukowski, "Post Office". But it also sounds like the author/complainer is a bit of a pussy. Sorry. There will always be crappy jobs. Many much worse than this.

about 10 months ago
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Anti-GMO Activist Recants

sugapablo GMO might hold promise, but... (758 comments)

...too often it's USED for profit at the expense of mankind and the environment and not for the betterment of mankind or the environment. This is a huge problem. Science is science and is great for advancement. Problem is, businessmen don't care about consequences or advancement. They simply think "how can we profit from this knowledge" and too often "environment/health/people be damned". GMO is not the problem. It's how it is USED that will/will not be the problem.

about 2 years ago
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Scientists Build Graphene From Scratch, Atom By Atom

sugapablo Re:Alchemy? (185 comments)

That's kind of what I was thinking.

more than 2 years ago
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Police Investigate Offensive Wi-Fi Network Name

sugapablo The only way I can see this being a "crime"... (890 comments)

...is if there was a target. Like if the WiFi signal was near a Jewish family's home, and let's say the family was named "Cohen". If the WiFi signal overlapped their home and was broadcasting an idea with a threat such as "CohensRKikes" or "DieJewScum" or similar, I can see a crime being involved. But just something like "JewsSuck" or whatever? I'm Jewish. Everyone hates us. It's just part of life. :)

more than 2 years ago
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Archaeologist May Have Found the First Protractor

sugapablo But... (78 comments)

...how does this help solve the mystery of the Pittsburgh protractors? :)

more than 3 years ago
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HBGary Federal Hacked By Anonymous

sugapablo First rule of Anonymous... (377 comments)

...is we don't talk about Anonymous. Second rule of Anonymous is we don't talk about Anonymous. Third rule of Anonymous is ..... ? Profit!

more than 3 years ago
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Egypt Cuts the Net, Net Fights Back

sugapablo 56K (232 comments)

Luckily, Twitter doesn't take much bandwidth. YouTube won't be a good weapon at that rate, but 56K should be plenty for effective Twitter usage.

more than 3 years ago
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Should Younger Developers Be Paid More?

sugapablo Fair? (785 comments)

Fair? What is this? (In the monotone of Deep Space 9's wormhole aliens...yeah, I'm that geeky.)

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Fights Apple Trademark On 'App Store'

sugapablo Re:Windows (425 comments)

"App" is short for "Apple"....duh! ;)

more than 3 years ago
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Frank Zappa's Influence On Linux and FOSS Development

sugapablo From the man himself: (195 comments)

"Imaginary guitar notes and imaginary vocals exist only in the imagination of the imaginer...and... ultimately, who gives a fuck anyway?" - The Central Scrutinizer.

more than 4 years ago
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Frank Zappa's Influence On Linux and FOSS Development

sugapablo Re:I don't think so. (195 comments)

+1

more than 4 years ago
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Acupuncture May Trigger a Natural Painkiller

sugapablo Why is the placebo effect a bad thing? (215 comments)

I'd much rather have a positive effect from a placebo than from a drug that usually has nasty side-effects.

more than 4 years ago
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Senators Tell Facebook To Quit Sharing Users' Info

sugapablo IIRC (256 comments)

Everyone who signs up for Facebook agrees to their Terms which are clearly spelled out and say they could pull stuff like this. If you don't like the terms, don't sign up. This isn't a situation like a local utility where you don't have a choice to switch to something else.

more than 4 years ago
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School Putting Autistic Children in Fenced Enclosure

sugapablo Re:Coloured writing (56 comments)

Actually, every public elementary school I can think of here in Pittsburgh has a fenced in place where the children play. All the children. Big fences too. Keeps the balls the kids are playing with from going into the street...oh and yeah, keeping those non-autistic kids from running away.

more than 4 years ago
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Will Your Super Bowl Party Anger the Copyright Gods?

sugapablo NBC did something in Pittsburgh last year.... (560 comments)

The Pittsburgh Penguins started showing away playoff games on a jumbo-tron outside Mellon Arena for fans to sit in the parklet and watch. They did it for a couple of years and neither the NHL, FSN (local sports channel) or Versus objected. It was a fun time for all. But as soon as the Pens made the Stanley Cup Finals on NBC, NBC shut it down. They gave some excuse about it diminishing their individual household Nielson ratings. And they call a shitty game too!

more than 4 years ago
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Anti-Technology Themes in James Cameron's Avatar

sugapablo Re:Who said it was anti-technology? (870 comments)

In no way did I see this movie's bland story as "anti-technology". Technology was a big hero in the film, allowing (minor spoiler alert) Jake to become Na'vi and "save the day". I saw anti-greed messages, anti-irresponsible-corporate messages, anti-lack-of-respect-for-nature/indigenous-peoples messages, anti-making-an-original-story-line-with-unique-plot-twists messages, etc, but not anti-technology. (P.S. Beyond awesome visually to watch, even if the story was just meh.)

more than 4 years ago

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Airports Checks of Your iPod for Pirated Music?

sugapablo sugapablo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sugapablo writes "Just when you thought lines at the airports couldn't get any more ridiculously long, news.com.au is reporting that, "Music fans might soon have their iPods searched by customs officers at airport checks and face jail if a large amount of pirated music is found on them". Apparently Australia's Foreign Minister Stephen Smith's office "has confirmed the [Australian] Government was a part of negotiations" to an international agreement that would do just that, search travelers' iPods and laptops for pirated music and suggests "criminal sanctions for infringements on a commercial scale". Question is, what's "commercial scale"?"
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sugapablo sugapablo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sugapablo writes "The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that "Pittsburgh will convert all of its 300-vehicle fleet to cleaner-burning, less-polluting biodiesel within the next three years, with fuel produced on the North Side using waste vegetable oil and grease from Heinz Field snack bars." Heinz Field is, of course, home to the Pittsburgh Steelers football team. "Home-grown diesel is cheaper than OPEC diesel," State Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen McGinty said. "This conversion will make the environment cleaner, the city treasury healthier and help big and small businesses prosper." So the world famous Primanti Brothers sandwich (served at Heinz Field and complete with fries) will now be a contributing factor to something other than heart disease. :)"
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sugapablo sugapablo writes  |  about 8 years ago

sugapablo writes "According to the Oregonian, "In addition to being a triple murderer and pedophile, Joseph Edward Duncan III is a computer expert who may have kept graphic evidence of his crimes on his laptop." Apparently, the FBI has been trying, unsuccessfully, for over a year to break Duncan's encryption. Since the FBI believes that the encrypted files on the laptop contain evidence of other crimes, possibly more murders and molestations, Duncan's lawyers believe he is now able to use the laptop as a bargaining chip in a plea bargain attempt.

"I am working on an encrypted journal that is hundreds of times more frank than this blog could ever be (that's why I keep it encrypted)," Duncan wrote on his web log three days before the May 16, 2005, murders near Coeur d'Alene. "I figure in 30 years or more we will have the technology to easily crack the encryption (currently very un-crackable, PGP) and then the world will know who I really was, and what I really did, and what I really thought.""
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sugapablo sugapablo writes  |  more than 8 years ago

sugapablo writes "From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The city of Pittsburgh now offers Wi-Fi service over its entire downtown area (and parts of adjacent neighborhoods) that "covers a large, 90-block area, provides two hours of free access daily and allows users to surf at speeds comparable to a DSL modem". "For more time, higher speeds and better security, subscribers can pay" provider US Wireless additional fees (that's what's in it for them). Talks are ongoing to expand the Wi-Fi services over the entire city. So what does this mean? Will all cities eventually offer this? Will people start paying for their internet access through taxes rather than to an ISP?"
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sugapablo sugapablo writes  |  more than 8 years ago

sugapablo writes "According to the Associated Press, "Japanese authorities reported Tuesday the first case in Japan of an Apple laptop catching fire and ordered the U.S. company to investigate the trouble involving the faulty Sony batteries and report back within a week."

"A laptop made by Apple Computer Inc. overheated and caught fire in April, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said. The user sustained minor burns after the computer caught fire, according to Apple spokeswoman Michiko Matsumoto, who confirmed the case."

Nowhere in the article did it mention what laptop model it was that fried. (As I type this story on my black MacBook.)"

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