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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

sycodon Re:Land of the free (139 comments)

Maybe not.

The myth of gun battles in the street due to citizens legally carrying weapons is a product of ignorant, agenda pushing, wussies.

about an hour ago
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Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

sycodon Turf (53 comments)

People with Turf will try to protect it.

They will spread the money around, contribute, etc. as needed to protect it. Since at this point in time the majority of the States are run by Republicans, then they are the ones that are being lobbied by the Dealership lobbyist the most. Make no mistake, the Democrats are also being lobbied in states they run.

This all amounts to a big "Nanny Nanny Boo Boo" to the Republicans by the New York Times, which fighting to remain relevant.

1 hour ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

sycodon Re:Space has its own problems (263 comments)

When I was interviewed for the now defunct Hughes Aircraft, one of the questions was, "do you have a problem with the fact that what we do here is basically kill people".

Nope, not one bit.

2 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

sycodon Re:Tired of this shit (434 comments)

The only conceivable reason for letting someone "experience" racism is because you believe them to be racists, yet they are unaware of that fact. Otherwise, the exercise is pointless.

2 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

sycodon Re:Tired of this shit (434 comments)

All that shit you mentioned...

I don't do it.
I don't control anyone else that does these things.
I can't stop anyone else who does these things.

You need to focus your attention on the people that do. You need to STOP saying that all whites do it.

2 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

sycodon Re:Tired of this shit (434 comments)

How, exactly, is suggesting that someone is a racist, especially suggesting that they are racist and just too stupid to know it, considered treating anyone with respect?

If you call me a racist, expect to get a nice barrage of expletives back in your face, respectfully of course.

2 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

sycodon Tits (434 comments)

Admit it. You just want to look down and see tits.

2 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

sycodon Re:Tired of this shit (434 comments)

Or, people being accused of being racists every time they turn around.

Believe it or not, the vast majority of people are decent people. They'll help you when you are down and they'll cheer you when you succeed.

But I can understand the AC's point. They have been broad brushed as implicit racists simply because of the color of their skin. And while your first response is probably "welcome to the club", realize that you are being just as racist and bigoted as those you accuse.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

sycodon Re:pornview (258 comments)

Yep. Why make up all this crap about family and vacations and shit??

Everyone knows it's for a porn collection. Hell, I face the same dilemma. How do you automatically detect and delete duplicate images?

3 days ago
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Canada Waives Own Rules, Helps Microsoft Avoid US Visa Problems

sycodon Re:Fucking Hell, Harper needs to go! (122 comments)

When people get their panties in a twist about how much "wealth" the Walton family has it just shows they don't understand what wealth is.

Their "wealth" is paper. They could be worth X millions one day and X - a butt load of money the next. It has no impact on how much they can spend at lunch or whether they get the premium cable package or the standard. It's not cash. They'd have to sell or take out loans against their shares if they wanted to go buy a Private Jet or something like that.

So the fact they are worth a few billion in paper doesn't diminish your pay check at all.

4 days ago
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Computer Error Grounds Flights In the UK

sycodon Re:"Computer" failure? (68 comments)

Just remember to compile and compact those access files...twice a day.

5 days ago
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Computer Error Grounds Flights In the UK

sycodon Change Control (68 comments)

I'll just make this one little change here...it won't affect anything.

5 days ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

sycodon Or... (243 comments)

...could just be most singers are mumbling and the damned music is too loud.

Now, excuse me while I look for my fucking hearing aids.

about a week ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

sycodon Re:Really? (768 comments)

Clearly, you've never worked on a major software release.

about a week ago
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Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

sycodon Re:Not Likely (325 comments)

Not having been in a commercial airliner's cockpit, I could not comment.

I have been at the yolk of small planes and at 700 feet, you are pretty busy with the flaps, monitoring your speed and sink rate. At that point you are on final, have been cleared by the tower so watching for other traffic isn't necessarily at the top of your list of things to do. I can only imagine that things are much busier with two engines, probably three and an aircraft that has very specific flight profile you need to follow. So searching the sky for traffic is something left to ATC.

about two weeks ago
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Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

sycodon Not Likely (325 comments)

An airliner in the pattern is doing well over 100 MPH just to stay in the air. They are way too busy checking lists, communicating with ATC and flying the plane to spot some 48" Quadcopter off their wingtip. No consumer "drone" is going to be able to keep up with any passenger plane.

It may be tin foil hat, but I think someone is making up shit as a pretext to regulate or ban these all together.

about two weeks ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

sycodon Re:They can go bite a donkey (683 comments)

Spot On.

How many times have you tried to load a page only to have to wait for all the Ads to load or load a page only to have it start blasting sound while you are reading it?

I especially like the ads that cover the whole page or cause the page to scroll the text randomly up and down while you are trying read the content, which is actually the only reason I'm at the site to begin with.

about two weeks ago
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NSF Accused of Misuse of Funds In Giant Ecological Project

sycodon Re:Loss of context and common sense (116 comments)

And here we have the reason for our $17 trillion debt. "It's just $83k".

"It's Just..." is a ticket to financial ruin whether it's a $25k a year janitor or the fucking U.S.A.

 

about two weeks ago
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NSF Accused of Misuse of Funds In Giant Ecological Project

sycodon Re:I'd like funding to research fairies... (116 comments)

are utilizing it faster than it is being discovered/ created.

I just paid $2.38 this afternoon. Seems we have a bit of a glut.

about two weeks ago

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Facebook Can't Cite Evidence to Support Claims of U.S. Tech Worker Shortage

sycodon sycodon writes  |  about three weeks ago

sycodon (149926) writes "Facebook, which has spent millions trying to get massive amnesty legislation that would include huge increases in the number of guest-worker permits that would lower the wages of tech workers, cannot cite any definitive evidence pointing to a shortage of American high-tech workers.

I know..."Breitbart!". Well here it is from a left leaning source... The Atlantic "
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West Coast warming linked to naturally occurring changes

sycodon sycodon writes  |  about 3 months 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 2 years 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  |  more than 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  |  more than 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  |  more than 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  |  about 3 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 5 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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