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California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

sycodon Re:Here's the bill: public notice key (83 comments)

Seems to me that these drones would fit right into language covering law enforcement helicopters. There is no real difference other than expense.

5 hours ago
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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

sycodon Offensive (177 comments)

There is something offensive about saying these kinds of activities are perfectly fine for representatives of the State, yet illegal for the citizens of the State.

yesterday
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

sycodon Catch 22 (425 comments)

The problem with your position is that you put the reporters in a position of deciding what is true or not.

The question is, even if they all had enough eduction to make a competent guess, do you really want anyone deciding what you need to read about?

yesterday
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China Eager To Send Its Own Mission To Mars In the Wake of Mangalyaan

sycodon Re:Step one (84 comments)

When the arrive, they'll plant a flag and claim the entire planet for the Worker's Party.

4 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

sycodon Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (591 comments)

You know all those movies about some future Dystopia where everything is dimly lit, grey and depressing?

Those worlds used these fancy new light bulbs.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?

sycodon Reports have their uses (179 comments)

Many things are impractical to do with a dashboard.

Reports also represent data at a specific point in time. Monthly, quarterly, yearly finance reports are mandated by Accounting Standards I believe. Your taxes statements are essentially reports.

Sometimes you need to be able to fix data a specific point in time in order to consider it and take action on it.

5 days ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

sycodon Re:Oh good (903 comments)

In the same way that Free Will allows scumbags to kill and maim, steal, etc. So too does the Free Market allow some companies to exploit and profit from people in unfortunate circumstances.

Many of these companies still charge 29% interest rate, which seems to me to be usury.

5 days ago
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Rosetta Code Study Weighs In On the Programming Language Debate

sycodon Re:Who cares about succinctness .... (165 comments)

So that's a great big Nuh Uh! from you then?

Perhaps in small business applications you may be right. But the Big Guys...National Banks, large aerospace, etc. COBOL runs the core systems.

And I'd choose COBOL for reliability and maintainability anytime.

about a week ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

sycodon Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

This was discussed on a local talk show in Austin and several HR folks from major tech companies here called in.

They claimed that for graduate level positions, they receive hardly any applications from women and very few from American born men. Mostly foreign born applications here on work visas or in the naturalization process.

about a week ago
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Rosetta Code Study Weighs In On the Programming Language Debate

sycodon Re:Who cares about succinctness .... (165 comments)

You jest, but the majority of large, mission critical systems...payroll, point of sale, etc. are in COBOL...

When it's got to work, work all the time, handle million and millions of records, and can be maintained by college graduates, COBOL is the way to go.

about a week ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

sycodon Re:The simple fact that we can't talk about this.. (206 comments)

... two four year olds poking each other, pulling each others hair, and calling each other names.

Sounds like the majority of Slashdot discussions to me.

about a week ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

sycodon Re:The simple fact that we can't talk about this.. (206 comments)

Seems to me that a single study, experimental result, etc. can overturn a whole field of knowledge. It's just that the majority of that field will take a while to understand that it's happened.

about a week ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

sycodon Re:Solution (405 comments)

Mortgage payment do come with the purchase of a House, which does have a sales tax.

As are cars, boats, planes, etc.

Curious, how would you view/tax people that have gazillions, but live modestly?

  Hell, Sam Walton drove a fricken 20 year old truck until his family convinced him to get a new one...he got an F-150.

about a week ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

sycodon Re:Black pest 2.0 (275 comments)

Send in Brad Pitt!

about a week ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

sycodon Re:Solution (405 comments)

If you make $24k a year, you don't pay income tax and most likely get a nice wad a cash courtesy of the U.S. Tax payers.

about a week ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

sycodon Re:Pretty Much Sums it Up (794 comments)

Clearly, the adoption of Common Core, and indeed most modern eduction "theory", lends credibility to your assertion that 2+2=5.

about a week ago
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Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

sycodon Re:No one's neutral (132 comments)

I think it's pretty neutral to say that I should get what I pay for and not have some toady at Time Warner deciding what's worthy of being passed along at advertised rate.

about a week ago
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Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

sycodon Re:Largest Climate march in history (200 comments)

They filled NY with garbage. and I'm not talking about themselves. Note that a bunch of A-listers flew in on private jets too.

I bet that only 1 in 4 knew why they were actually marching. The rest were there for the party.

about a week ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

sycodon Re:This is supposed to be the *WAY* they do their (391 comments)

They have repaved the road in front of my subdivision 3 fucking times in the last ten years.

The water Department has torn up the street in front of my house twice trying to fix a water leak.

Every time there is a thunderstorm the power goes out.

Where is Augustus when you need him?

about two weeks ago

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West Coast warming linked to naturally occurring changes

sycodon sycodon writes  |  about a week ago

sycodon (149926) writes "Naturally occurring changes in winds, not human-caused climate change, are responsible for most of the warming on land and in the sea along the West Coast of North America over the last century, a study has found.

Changes in ocean circulation as a result of weaker winds were the main cause of about 1 degree Fahrenheit of warming in the northeast Pacific Ocean and nearby coastal land between 1900 and 2012, according to the analysis of ocean and air temperatures over that time.

The study, conducted by researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Washington, was published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."

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Fuel and other products from CO2

sycodon sycodon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

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 and a half 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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  |  more than 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 6 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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