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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

sycodon Re:So what? (339 comments)

Because delays in the case have delayed the start of Discovery. Interestingly, Mann has asked the court to exempt him from discovery. He thinks that only he should be able to ask questions and not anyone else.

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

sycodon Re:Militia, then vs now (1583 comments)

All the guns in the world will do you no good if you can't motivate the people using them.

People are motivated, by and large, through the use of words.

4 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

sycodon Re:Militia, then vs now (1583 comments)

Crazed men write books, publish propaganda, give speeches that convince millions to murder others with guns, gas, whatever.

4 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

sycodon Re:Militia, then vs now (1583 comments)

No time to repeat it for you, toad. Just see the response to Thruen

4 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

sycodon Re:Militia, then vs now (1583 comments)

I guess the millions killed with Zyklon B would disagree.

I also guess you have never heard of the term, "inciting a riot".

You say that it would take guns to achieve this. Well, these guns were in the hands of the State, precisely the ones you insist should only have access to guns. And you cannot deny that it was the writings and rhetoric that fueled the Nazi's rise to power and that is was the propaganda and incitement that enabled the murder of millions. Joseph Goebbels would have been hanged for his use of words.

So the words of a man had a much deadlier affect than any one loon with a gun at an elementary school.

4 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

sycodon Re:Militia, then vs now (1583 comments)

Looking at History, Words are responsible for far more deaths than are guns: Mein Kampf, Mao's little red book, etc.

A crazed man with a gun can kill tens of people. Crazed men with a books have killed millions.

4 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

sycodon Re:Militia, then vs now (1583 comments)

Yeah! Burning them all to death sure did show them!

4 days ago
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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

sycodon Re:whine (225 comments)

So keeping things running, making shit work, keeping the company functioning is a bad thing?

prima donna
noun \pri-m-dä-n, pr-\

: a person who thinks she or he is better than everyone else and who does not work well as part of a team or group

4 days ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

sycodon Re:I Pay (325 comments)

Yeah...I'm not buying that. not questioning you, but I don't buy the cost of bandwidth.

Most of the developed world gets more for less.

5 days ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

sycodon Re:I Pay (325 comments)

I would expect that if Netflix can deliver the content to Comcast's network at X speed, regardless of how many carriers it goes through once it leaves Netflix's servers, then Comcast has an obligation to deliver that content to me at the speed that I pay for.

If Comcast can't handle legions of its customers using the bandwidth they pay for, then they have an infrastructure problem. It seems they are like the airlines, over booking and hoping people don't show up.

5 days ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

sycodon I Pay (325 comments)

1. I Pay Comcast for internet access at X speed.
2. I Pay Netflix to send me movies via that line that I pay for.
3. Comcast holds my content hostage, wanting an extortion payment from NetFlix.

I see.

5 days ago
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GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

sycodon More Impressed (236 comments)

I'll be more impressed when they suspend/fire the managers/executives that did not pass along the information or made the decision it would cost less to pay off victims than fix it.

about two weeks ago
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93 Harvard Faculty Members Call On the University To Divest From Fossil Fuels

sycodon Re:I need electricity. I need it for my dreams. (214 comments)

"So it does not require one to be a full blown Marxist"

So just a mostly Marxist?

Wealth redistribution, blaming the West, and are you advocating that skeptics not be able to voice an opinion?

about two weeks ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

sycodon Coders in the Mines (578 comments)

I'm pretty sure that your average coder would quickly meet their end if they were to find themselves in a working coal mine.

about two weeks ago
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93 Harvard Faculty Members Call On the University To Divest From Fossil Fuels

sycodon Re:I need electricity. I need it for my dreams. (214 comments)

Simply compare the policy initiates advocated by the AGW camp with those advocated by the radical environmentalists and other "Green" parties.

You will see they are mostly aligned.

about two weeks ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

sycodon HSA plus catastrophic (722 comments)

Is the way it should be. No one should have to pay for your runny nose or whatever. Set aside the money like any normal and prudent person would do and use it for that. If the SHTF, the catastrophic insurance has you covered.

People will pay $60 to get their hair done once a month but think paying $60 for an office visit is robbery. Crazy. Have your hair dresser prescribe the antibiotics then.

about two weeks ago
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Under the Chassis: A Look At Tesla's Battery Shield

sycodon Complete Cover (152 comments)

I don't know why they don't have the entire bottom covered. Better aerodynamics and protection against road debris in one.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

sycodon Chrome (1112 comments)

Has anyone noticed how much faster Slashdot is when view with Chrome?

about two weeks ago
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SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

sycodon Re:Also Oakland (319 comments)

Funny how you abandon the topic of renting a single family home and move straight to a straw man argument of abandoning all consumer protection laws. Must have figured you lost the argument before you even got started.

about two weeks ago

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Fuel and other products from CO2

sycodon sycodon writes  |  1 year,24 days

sycodon (149926) writes "Researchers at the University of Georgia have found a way to transform the carbon dioxide trapped in the atmosphere into useful industrial products. Their discovery may soon lead to the creation of biofuels made directly from the carbon dioxide in the air that is responsible for trapping the sun's rays and raising global temperatures.

Discuss."

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Clean Coal Efforts Starting to Pay Off

sycodon sycodon writes  |  about a year ago

sycodon (149926) writes "Scientists at Ohio State University have announced the discovery of a new process that takes the energy from coal without burning it – "and removes virtually all of the pollution."

The technology, known as Coal-Direct Chemical Looping (CCDL) , captures more than 99 percent of coal's carbon dioxide emissions based on laboratory research. The team of scientists led by Liang-Shih Fan, professor of chemical engineering and director of the Clean Coal Research Laboratory at Ohio State University, has been working on this and other clean coal technologies for 15 years with funding by the Department of Energy.

This new technology virtually eliminates pollutants and "could reduce the cost of carbon dioxide capture by more than half if implemented on a commercial scale," according to the OSU research team."

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Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) Ges Legit?

sycodon sycodon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

sycodon (149926) writes "From TFA

A growing cadre of scientists now suspect that Pons and Fleischmann’s observations were the result not of fusion but of more plausible physical processes. Some are even cautiously optimistic that those processes could be exploited to generate abundant amounts of clean energy. “There’s enough evidence that says we need to look at this,” says Joseph Zawodny, a physicist at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia.

"...if LENRs could be proved and tamed—a very big if—the effect could be transformative. Dennis Bushnell, chief scientist at NASA Langley, wrote in an online article that LENRs could potentially satisfy the world’s energy needs at a quarter the cost of coal. ""

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ACLU: Warrantless Electronic Surveillance Surges Under Obama

sycodon sycodon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

sycodon (149926) writes "The ACLU has released documents that show that in the last two years the US Department of Justice has conducted more warrantless electronic surveillance, involving spying on telephones, email and Facebook accounts, than in the preceding decade.

Chris Soghoian, principal technologist at the ACLU's Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, commented: "We're seeing a massive increase in requests for what as a technologist I would call metadata, so it's not the what you say, but the who you say it to.""

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Innocence of Muslims Film maker Arrested, Jailed.

sycodon sycodon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

sycodon (149926) writes "Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man behind the film Innocence of Muslims,has been arrested and jailed in Los Angeles for probation violations. The situation is a win-win for the Obama administration who can now appear to be punishing the man who's film caused millions of Muslims around the world to go apeshit, but at the same time to be simply enforcing the law as all evidence indeed suggests Nakoula violated the terms of his probation."
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A stellar revision of the story of life

sycodon sycodon writes  |  about 2 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "Today the Royal Astronomical Society in London publishes (online) Henrik Svensmark’s latest paper entitled “Evidence of nearby supernovae affecting life on Earth”. After years of effort Svensmark shows how the variable frequency of stellar explosions not far from our planet has ruled over the changing fortunes of living things throughout the past half billion years.

It has profound implications on all manner of flagship theories, including AGW.

The paper is available here."

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Terminator COntact Lenses

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "From TFA: "Live data that streams directly before your eyes à la The Terminator sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but researchers are this close to making it a reality. In a study published in the December 2011 issue of the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, University of Washington researchers demonstrated the safety of such a device by testing it in the eye of a rabbit. Although the prototype contained only a pixel of information, which appears as a tiny dot of light, scientists say it’s a proof of concept that could lead to superimposed emails and other messages in your line of sight. Talk about hands-free communication."

A whole new market for Pr0n."

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Obama goes full throttle on Outsourcing

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "In what I can only describe as a major WTF is going on here moment, a federal agency (Agency for International Development) run by a hand-picked Obama appointee (Rajiv Shah) has launched a $22 million program to train workers, including 3,000 specialists in IT and related functions, in South Asia. Following their training, the tech workers will be placed with outsourcing vendors in the region that provide offshore IT and business services to American companies looking to take advantage of the Asian subcontinent's low labor costs. Correct me if I'm wrong, but with today's economy, the last thing we need is the Federal Government helping foreign firms undercut the U.S. IT Labor force."
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Nuclear Battery Design To Be Revealed

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "At the highly anticipated Annual Winter Conference of the American Nuclear Society on November 18, Hyperion Power Generation Inc. will present the "launch" design for the Hyperion Power Module (HPM) to be deployed into the global market.

Read about it here

Discuss amongst yourselves."

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Rationing Healthcare

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "An Article, Principles for allocation of Scarce Medical Interventions, in The Lancet by Ezekiel Emmanuel MD, Rahm Emmanuel's brother, who is Barack Obama's "Special Advisor for Health Policy" discusses how to ration healthcare (Free registration required) Summary: Because none of the currently used systems satisfy all ethical requirements for just allocation, we propose an alternative: the complete lives system. This system incorporates five principles (table 2): youngest-first, prognosis, save the most lives, lottery, and instrumental value.5 As such, it priorities younger people who have not yet lived a complete life and will be unlikely to do so without aid. Many thinkers have accepted complete lives as the appropriate focus of distributive justice: "individual human lives, rather than individual experiences, [are] the units over which any distributive principle should operate."1, 75, 76 Although there are important differences between these thinkers, they share a core commitment to consider entire lives rather than events or episodes, which is also the defining feature of the complete lives system. Consideration of the importance of complete lives also supports modifying the youngest-first principle by prioritizing adolescents and young adults over infants (figure). Adolescents have received substantial education and parental care, investments that will be wasted without a complete life. Infants, by contrast, have not yet received these investments. Similarly, adolescence brings with it a developed personality capable of forming and valuing long-term plans whose fulfillment requires a complete life.77 As the legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin argues, "It is terrible when an infant dies, but worse, most people think, when a three-year-old child dies and worse still when an adolescent does";78 this argument is supported by empirical surveys.41, 79 Importantly, the prioritization of adolescents and young adults considers the social and personal investment that people are morally entitled to have received at a particular age, rather than accepting the results of an unjust status quo. Consequently, poor adolescents should be treated the same as wealthy ones, even though they may have received less investment owing to social injustice."
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Fuel Tax Could Be Replaced with by-the-mile tax

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "The technology to implement a by-the-mile tax on automobiles is being quietly (albeit not secretly) developed by several universities and states. While this may be old news, what is news is that the Federal National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission has concluded earlier this year that the road tax was the "best path forward" to keep revenues flowing to highway and transportation projects, and could be an important new tool to help manage traffic and relieve congestion.

Read more Here

Short version is that your vehicle's movements would be tracked via GPS and you would be billed for each mile. No need to describe the privacy implications."
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What Is TheFuture of BIRT?

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "I have an opportunity to do some significant BIRT report contracting at significant pay. The job lasts for 6 months. However, I have already wasted part of my career learning and using a tool that has only a niche market (4D) and I'm not anxious to do it again. What is the future of BIRT? Will become the Gold Standard of reporting tools? Or will it be just another bit of debris along the roadside in the endless parade of new and improved development tools?"
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sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) made an surprise appearance at the convention (National Conference for Media Reform)to announce that he would be heading up a new House subcommittee which will focus on issues surrounding the Federal Communications Commission......Also in consideration is the "Fairness Doctrine,". Kucinich said in his speech that "We know the media has become the servant of a very narrow corporate agenda" and added "we are now in a position to move a progressive agenda to where it is visible."

It is common knowledge that the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine was responsible for the explosive success of Talk Radio and enabled (for better or worse) hundreds of new media outlets to flourish.

Read the full scoop here http://www.fmqb.com/Article.asp?id=333927"

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