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Thirst For Coltan Fueling African Conflict

techpawn Wait, what did that say? (252 comments)

Thirst for Coltrane Fueling African Conflict?
See there is a place for Jazz in the world... But liked him before he got clean man... No junk... No soul...

more than 6 years ago



Coffee may slow MS

techpawn techpawn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

techpawn writes "Seems the IT may be the correct line of work for people who suffer with multiple sclerosis. Research in mice with MS like disease given 6 to 8 cups a day showed improvement. Unfortunately, as we know mice are not people but this shows the healing power of caffeine. Specifically, caffeine prevented cells from the immune system from entering the brain and damaging the protective coating that surrounds the nerve cells known as myelin.

Then again How coffee does it take to kill me?"

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CDC finds teen aged girls with high rate of STDs

techpawn techpawn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

techpawn (969834) writes "The CDC has reported that 1 in 4 American teen aged girls have some form of STD and recommends to them and their parents that they be screened. From the article:

It found that nearly half of the African-American girls surveyed had at least one STD, while the rate was 20% among white and Mexican-American teenagers. Human papillomavirus, or HPV, affected 18% of the girls surveyed, chlamydia 4%, trichomoniasis 2.5%, and herpes simplex virus 2%
Trying to prevent teens from having sex is like trying to stop a car analogy on Slashdot."

Top court won't review Spying case

techpawn techpawn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

techpawn (969834) writes "The case that was rejected by a Cincinnati court because the defendents could not proove they where being wired taped has been rejected by the Supreme Court without any explanation as to why. The Supreme Court sided with the administration and rejected the appeal without any comment. And with that ignored the constitutional requirements of the separation of powers"

FDA says cloned animals safe

techpawn techpawn writes  |  about 7 years ago

techpawn (969834) writes "FDA says cloned animals safe and that they are virtual indistinguishable from their naturally bread counter parts. Putting the FDA in line with food regulators in Europe and several other nations. But at $10,000 — $20,000 a pop, cloned cows are more expensive than those created the old fasioned way. That and the consumer anxiety over this technology may keep dolly off your plate for a while yet."

Playing Mortal Kombat Used as defense

techpawn techpawn writes  |  more than 7 years ago

techpawn (969834) writes ""The "Mortal Kombat" explanation that two Colorado teens are using in a murder case won't work as a defense. Two Teens killed a 7 year old emulating moves from the Mortal Kombat video game. "There is no such defense as, 'The video game made me do it.' It won't even act as mitigation at sentencing if these teens are convicted," legal analyst Scott Robinso One of the 17 year old defendants claims he didn't stop due to intoxication. One wonders if he heard "FINISH HER" while drunk."

Child killed in Mortal Kombat

techpawn techpawn writes  |  more than 7 years ago

techpawn (969834) writes "The "Mortal Kombat" explanation that two Colorado teens are using in a murder case won't work as a defense. Two Teens killed a 7 year old emulating moves from the Mortal Kombat video game. "There is no such defense as, 'The video game made me do it.' It won't even act as mitigation at sentencing if these teens are convicted," legal analyst Scott Robinso

One of the 17 year old defendants claims he didn't stop due to intoxication. One wonders if he heard "FINISH HER" while drunk."



Job searches suck

techpawn techpawn writes  |  more than 6 years ago After four months I've been offered a position with a small-midsized company in town. It pays better than the mid-large sized company I was with. But I don't think I'll be taking another 4 month vacation because I don't agree with management. Lesson learned from this is that no job is forever and to keep the feelers out there. But I'm going to take at least 6 months off from having my resume up. This 4 month vacation was exhausting and I feel I owe it to the new company

I just like smaller companies, I'm finding more and more that the larger companies just look at their bottom line and lose touch with it's employees after they get too big. No more talking to the CEO because I don't agree with what he wants to do to IT? Forget that noise. I feel that anyone should be approachable no matter the size and amount of glass in their office.


The cake seating at the convention

techpawn techpawn writes  |  more than 6 years ago Okay, please explain this to me, because I've been watching this for 6 months now and I think I'm starting to lean for McCain:

"In their public postures, the Obama and Clinton campaigns are far apart. Clinton wants the delegates awarded in conformity with the January election results, which would give her 111 delegates more than Obama's take."

Even though:

"Even Clinton supporters on the rules panel insist that some form of punishment is necessary for Michigan and Florida. The two states violated party rules by scheduling their primaries early, prompting the top Democratic candidates to avoid campaigning there. Obama and several others withdrew their names from the Michigan ballot; Clinton's name remained on the ballot."

Okay punishment. They broke the rules set down by the DNC saying "If you move your Primary you won't be counted". So, umm, what's this punishment the Clinton supports want?

"Donald Fowler, a committee member and Clinton backer from South Carolina, suggested a way to sanction the states without discounting their votes. "Deny them passes to the convention for friends and spouses, and put them in sorry hotels," he said."

Right... Because THAT is the democratic process... Punish them by putting them in 400 dollar a night hotels instead of 900 dollar a night hotels... If the rules say "If you do this, The punishment is this" Then the punishment should be that! I'll take the super delegates with a grain of salt, I mean, in the general election we send our votes to the Electoral College. They're nothing more than super delegates who are SUPPOSE to listen to us.



First Annual?

techpawn techpawn writes  |  more than 6 years ago I'm sorry, this crosses my mind from time to time.
Please don't use the phrase "First Annual" It's called the "inaugural" Then at least you won't seem like an ass when the "Second Annual" doesn't happen. Annual your planning a serial event, inaugural... well... you have wiggle room to fail.


S@t3 of t3h nation?

techpawn techpawn writes  |  more than 6 years ago I honestly fear for the upcoming generations. My girlfriend's cousin sent 3000 text messages in 15 days... that's a constraint of 160 characters and I know his vocabulary is not that strong to be that concise. It will become more common place for people to communicate with as few letters as possible using a less than accurate vernacular. In 30 years time, the state of the union address could be a MySpace post by "BestPrezForeva028". Our foreign policy will be decided by people who can't even find the countries it pertains to on a map (and frankly, I think that's already happening). Economic policies will be picked by a generation deluged with credit card offers as soon as they entered college and filled out student loan forms. The generation who saves a negative percentage will be burdened with the Baby boomers seeking a non-existent social security because their generation spent it all by dipping into it for "other programs" as well as an astronomical debt from a nearly 8 year war in the middle east during the start of the millennium that was going to "pay for itself", wall street greed, and who knows what else. In the mean time, my apathetic A.D.D. ridden generation will have to clean up some of that before it causes some major implosion. Unfortunately, they're too busy making asses of themselves on the internet before it's reigned in even further from the wild west attitude left on it since it's become more "user friendly". Most of them have another 5 to 10 years to go before they realize that playtime is over and they have to start actually caring about genocides and elections and why ousting a military dictator might NOT actually be a good idea. Until then, we must endure: corporations dictating government policy, global in fighting, and general ignorance.


The art of waiting

techpawn techpawn writes  |  more than 6 years ago I always get amazed at the number of art geeks on Slashdot. It's not just the art geeks, but, the actually well informed art geeks who can hold a well informed discussion or debate on the topic.
I've seen my fair share of "my kid can do that" posts when discussing art but just as many, if not more, defending actual art and the artistic process. Now my girlfriend is the artists, I just draw things I want to see, but she actually holds a degree in fine art. She's hanging in galleries in the area... And has hit that inevitable slump all artists hit after a good creative run.

So, If there is anyone reading this I ask you: What's a good way to get her creativity going again? She specialized in screen printing and our apartment is too small for the equipment she would need, but, I hate to see her not working on her craft. I've asked her and get the ever so esoteric answer of "when the muse decides to return..." however, could it be a lack of space/materials that is keeping her "muse contained"

There seems to be some artistic people in the crowd or at least involved with artistic people. Any ideas of what I can do to help her get back to her art work or is it just a waiting game? ...Waiting game sucks, let's play hungry, hungry hippos!


Time to Come clean

techpawn techpawn writes  |  more than 6 years ago I just took a procedure back to one of my developers, not for anything that was particularly WRONG with his SQL code, but because I just didn't want to have to figure out time in seconds needed to change from 8am to 9am if we ever decide to change it in the code if the future. I gave him the code that could fix it, and I felt vindicated that a senior developer agreed, that if you're setting the time to a static value just set it as a string and convert it. It's the same value in the end and far less headache when we look at it later and much easier to update.
When I went over to help him with it (frankly, it seemed to take him a while) he was staring at his OWN code, which while documented was quite confusing. We rewrote it and I told him that if it was hard for him to figure out, what about the other guys who may have to look at it later. So, yes while there may be some nifty date function that buy you a nanosecond in execution. I'm a DBA that says burn that to save us an hour of future development time and frankly... I'm lazy, I didn't want to do the time conversions myself to make his date functions work.


Until we elect a mouse things won't change

techpawn techpawn writes  |  more than 6 years ago Mouseland was a place where all the little mice lived and played, were born and died. And they lived much the same as you and I do. They even had a Parliament. And every four years they had an election. Used to walk to the polls and cast their ballots. Some of them even got a ride to the polls. And got a ride for the next four years afterwards too. Just like you and me. And every time on election day all the little mice used to go to the ballot box and they used to elect a government. A government made up of big, fat, black cats... But, oh, they were hard on the mice. And life was getting harder and harder. And when the mice couldn't put up with it any more, they decided something had to be done about it. So they went en masse to the polls. They voted the black cats out. They put in the white cats...And life was tougher than ever. And when they couldn't take that anymore, they voted the white cats out and put the black ones in again... You see, my friends, the trouble wasn't with the colour of the cat. The trouble was that they were cats. And because they were cats, they naturally looked after cats instead of mice...



The more complicated the coffee order, the bigger the ass

techpawn techpawn writes  |  more than 6 years ago "The more complicated the Starbucks order, the bigger the asshole. If you walk into a Starbucks and order a "decaf grande half-soy, half-low fat, iced vanilla, double-shot, gingerbread cappuccino, extra dry, light ice, with one sweet-n'-Low, and one NutraSweet," ooh, you're a huge asshole." - George Carlin

Coffee is something you get when you're half asleep. It shouldn't be like solving a rubix cube. Easy for some of us, but you look like as ass to everyone else when you do it.

I like my coffee black; just like my metal...


Gort! Klaatu barada nikto!

techpawn techpawn writes  |  more than 6 years ago Did you get the refrence? All of it?

Well, maybe not every last little word...

I know what's in my signature, really! I DO! REALLY GUYS! I don't need corrected on it, as much as it seems a question... it isn't... It's a quote from Ash in Army of Darkness. Thank you all for your concern that I am not aware of the command to stop our giant robot overlords, but, really I'm good!

I'm really thinking of changing my sig now...


In case you missed it

techpawn techpawn writes  |  more than 6 years ago I didn't care how I was modded for it. This was completely worth it.

Granted, now I really don't care how I'm modded unless it's utterly unfair :P


And they WHEREN'T joking!

techpawn techpawn writes  |  about 7 years ago I know that I've made comments about other peoples sigs... About them being witty or overly insightful for the thread. But I think This guy was trying to correct me on mine...


Just because my opinions are unpopular

techpawn techpawn writes  |  about 7 years ago Don't mean they're over rated.

I've said it many times, that I worry that the mod system gives way to a single mindedness. I've got the karma to burn now so I'll go ahead and speak out on topics and say the unpopular things that need said. It's actually kind of entertaining to watch +5 Insightful go to 1 Troll in a matter of minutes. As if people want to keep the thoughts that they disagree with quiet. I've read the mod guidelines and that's not the way it suppose to work.
Now If I'm off topic, mod me off topic. That's fair. Troll and flamebate are specific though and shouldn't be thrown around as a way to silent someone. I try not to argue about the moderation system, hell, it's a free website and there is FAR more important things in the world to be pissed about (like the PINK blackberry? WTF?!). But, honestly, just because you disagree with me or think I shouldn't be rated as highly doesn't mean I'm a troll or flaming the thread...


Oh come on now

techpawn techpawn writes  |  more than 7 years ago I'm not usually one to complain about the mod system. All in all it works well but when a comment with no moderation is marked as overrated that kind of seems like abuse to me.

I thought overrated was to be used if something is modded too high unfairly and you want to bring it back down. It wasn't a troll or flamebate so it got modded overrated as the only "logical" option to mod it down?
Personally, I don't think it deserved that, it provoked thoughtful debate on the topic. It just happens to be an unpopular viewpoint. Did I expect positive moderation from that post? No, not really. It wasn't deeply insightful or interesting but it didn't really need modded down unless some mods did not want the viewpoint shared. I've gotten modded down for nonsensical reasons before and didn't say a thing, but come on. At least use the proper moderation unless it's specifically to silence someone.


subsection of a subsection

techpawn techpawn writes  |  more than 7 years ago It's amazing to me the number of other /.ers that have MS. It's actually kind of comforting. When I was first diagnosed I told them I wanted to get back to work. Even if half my body didn't work I could still type with one hand and damn it, that was good enough for a code monkey. But, to see the number of us affected with it by having or knowing a person who has it kind of, in a sick way, gives me comfort that I'm not alone in this subgroup of a subgroup.

It's not an easy illness and it's made me rather cynical but hey, fuck it, they aren't going to cure it any time soon so might learn how to live with it. I just hope people are claiming to have it for the sake of karma whoring


High holy hell!

techpawn techpawn writes  |  more than 7 years ago I knew we where all cynical liberal bastards, but damn! Remarking that just because a bill is passed making the illegal things the NSA did... umm... illegal... isn't a LAW gets me +3 and marked positive! I'm almost scared to post again in fear of losing my new found karma... again... 0_0 though I will say this, the system DOES work here. Idiots are punished and the cream and bastards rise.

Though, I wonder if it creates a singular hive mind. Do we all start to think alike for the sake of positive karma mods? I know if the mods follow the guidelines that they don't punish thoughts they don't agree with. Then again, they are only human and are prone to anyway. How many times have you seen someone marked as a troll or flamebate for having the descending opinion, or just not modded like the parent or positive respondent? Oh well, I shouldn't bitch about a system that's rewarding me.


Whoo! Neutral!

techpawn techpawn writes  |  more than 7 years ago Not good.. Not bad! No one cares.... yup... That... that sounds about right


Karma be damned...

techpawn techpawn writes  |  more than 8 years ago Well, I'm slowly clawing my way out from under the bridge of troll-dom. I've learned my lesson and have been getting some good mods of late. I'm taking the stance of "Better a quite wisdom then a loud fool". Throwing my pearls out only when I think I can REALLY add to the conversation or that my joke is really funny. At first I was pissed about the Karma system thinking it favored certian people. I mean, yeah, it has a tendency to create a single mindedness among the posters fearing a mod who disagrees with them will mark them troll or over-rated. But, for the most part it keeps the idiots and noobs at bay till we learn how/when a comment should be made. My goal is just getting back to neutral...


techpawn techpawn writes  |  more than 8 years ago I just want to know how my comment wound up on the wrong story. Oh well, with my crappy karma it's not like anyone saw it.

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