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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

transporter_ii Re:Because.... (635 comments)

The weird thing with this is, you can get extremely violent, near pornographic movies at Walmart. I have some independent horror film packs I picked up there, and while I'm not easily shocked, I was almost shocked that Walmart carried them. I watched the entire disgusting things...twice.

4 days ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

transporter_ii Re:Oh no (297 comments)

You can turn genes on and off with diet and lifestyle. Check out the field of epigenetics. Genes are influencers, but your fate is not written in stone because of them.

See: http://www.livescience.com/418...

The types of bacteria in your gut today may be different tomorrow, depending on what kinds of food you eat, a new study suggests.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

transporter_ii A New Diet Quickly Alters Gut Bacteria (297 comments)

Genes can be turned on and off depending on diet and lifestyle. Not only that, but the types of foods you eat can influence your bacteria:

The types of bacteria in your gut today may be different tomorrow, depending on what kinds of food you eat, a new study suggests.

The study also adds evidence to the idea that human diets — acting through the gut bacteria — influence the risk of certain diseases

http://www.livescience.com/418...

We bring a lot of misery on ourselves, but it's human nature to attempt to blame someone (or something) else.

about two weeks ago
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Mayday PAC Goes 2 For 8

transporter_ii Re:Ideology (224 comments)

I disagree, at least here in Texas. If you actually talk to people, a very large percentage of people have a very clear idea of libertarianism in their heads. That isn't how they vote, though.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's Echo Chamber

transporter_ii Re:Uh (112 comments)

Yeah. I'm a cable cutter w/ Amazon Prime and I'm quite happy with the video content. I don't watch much TV, but when I do I enjoy the commercial free content, even if it is a bit older. If you never watched it, it's all new to you.

Commercials are like cigarettes. Every one you watch takes five minutes off the end of your life. Of course, just sitting and watching TV does that, too, I'm just saying.

http://beforeitsnews.com/alter...

Gotta go for a walk now. :)

about two weeks ago
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Disney Patents a Piracy Free Search Engine

transporter_ii Re:Why is this a patent ? Also : useless. (164 comments)

Search engines that do not filter will be ruled drm circumvention devices. Just like when Windows and Apple finally get DRM nailed down and Linux doesn't implement it. Circumvention devices.

about three weeks ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

transporter_ii Re:Much as I despise trolls (489 comments)

As the drug wars wind down all over the world, they have to have something to fill the prisons with. And really, this one will be easier to fake than the throw down baggie that the police had...because the trouble with the throw-down baggie was that you couldn't trust the police with it... I'm just saying.

about a month ago
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Treasure Map: NSA, GCHQ Work On Real-Time "Google Earth" Internet Observation

transporter_ii Re:So they'll suffer from TMI (267 comments)

The Internet of Things will be of help for this. We need hacks so that everything sends out random information. If they want information, let's drown them in a sea of it.

about 2 months ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

transporter_ii Re:OK, NOW I'm pissed. (441 comments)

It's unlikely anyone will want to join such an organization until they are desperate.

You mean like when they have no jobs and are renting out rooms in their houses, sharing tools, and driving for Uber. How much further do we have to go?

about 2 months ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

transporter_ii Re:OK, NOW I'm pissed. (441 comments)

So, what, I'm supposed to sit back and accept an attitude of 'fuck U.S. workers

I think what all of "just OK" tech workers are going to have to do is form our own companies and route around the big corps. The big guys seem hell bent on taking the path they want to take, and it doesn't include us. The only viable option for the normal people is to form communities and support each other in these communities. Maybe the Republic of Texas whack jobs were on to something...they just went about it the wrong way. Maybe some community coops that produce something tangible and real -- hiring us "just OK" workers in the process -- instead of storing up guns and food?

about 2 months ago
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Researchers Discover New Plant "Language"

transporter_ii mRNA talks to people too (70 comments)

Eating Plants May Change Our Cells - LiveScience

Called microRNAs, these compounds are the movers and shakers of our cells, as scientists have found they turn up and down levels of human proteins. However, until now scientists thought these chemicals were only made and used inside our bodies, but new research shows that microRNAs from plants can enter the human body.

Chen-Yu Zhang at Nanjing University in Nanjing, China, found low levels of plant microRNAs from rice in human tissues. After testing the effects of these chemicals on mice, Zhang concluded microRNAs from plants could actually impact how the human body functions.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Files Legal Action Against Samsung Over Android Patent Dispute

transporter_ii Re:Laugh all the way to the bank (83 comments)

And Apple was not supposed to be involved in music, just computers.

about 4 months ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

transporter_ii Re:Finally! (474 comments)

If someone breaks into a house, they should be in jail for breaking into a house. I know plenty of people who do drugs and *don't* break into houses or commit other crimes. Also, the high prices are driven by the prohibition of drugs. If they were more affordable, it becomes much less of an issue to break into houses or cars to get money.

about 4 months ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

transporter_ii Re:Pot and kettle (204 comments)

Yes. Much cheaper to shorten sentences by dropping prepositions...

about 4 months ago
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Tired of Playing Cyber Cop, Microsoft Looks For Partners In Crime Fighting

transporter_ii Re:No-ip isn't shady (113 comments)

It boggles my mind that a vigilante corporation can get a court order to simply seize another companies assets.

Yeah, it will go down a little smoother when it is Microsoft, Sun, Google, and Facebook working together. I mean, it's easy to bash MS, but when it is team of industry titans, everything will run much, much smoother. Yeah.

about 4 months ago
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Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

transporter_ii We Aren't the World: Why Americans Make Bad Study (333 comments)

"This is just fascinating: Joe Henrich and his colleagues are shaking the foundations of psychology and economics, and explain why social science studies of Westerners — and Americans in particular — don't really tell us about the human condition: 'Given the data, they concluded that social scientists could not possibly have picked a worse population from which to draw broad generalizations. Researchers had been doing the equivalent of studying penguins while believing that they were learning insights applicable to all birds.'"

about 5 months ago
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Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

transporter_ii The Power of Now (333 comments)

Carl Jung tells in one of his books of a conversation he had with a Native American chief who pointed out to him that in his perception most white people have tense faces, staring eyes, and a cruel demeanor. He said: "They are always seeking something. What are they seeking? The whites always want something. They are always uneasy and restless. We don't know what they want. We think they are mad." ...

The Buddha taught that the root of suffering is to be found in our constant wanting and craving.

The Power of Now, p. 62 - 63.

about 5 months ago
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Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

transporter_ii Re:Mindless? (333 comments)

Perhaps just Americans? I can't find it at the moment, but there was an old study that showed a certain result. It was assumed the whole world was like this result. But, as it turns out, it was just the US, and most of the rest of the world reacted quite differently. The point is, we don't always make good test subjects, 'cause we are actually abnormal compared to the rest of the world.

I would like to see this test done in a society with a history of Buddhism in their culture and see how the test goes.

about 5 months ago
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Philips Ethernet-Powered Lighting Transmits Data To Mobile Devices Via Light

transporter_ii Re:Well, this sounds brilliant... (104 comments)

OK.
1) Everybody and there dog has a wireless product, so the spectrum is getting pretty darn crowded. No interference from RF!
2) RF signals easily pass right through your walls where people can capture and examine them. More secure...even adds some obscurity to the mix (for now)
3) Some people claim to be sensitive to RF emissions. They will probably complain about this as well. However, less RF emissions in your workplace.
4) Can route around blockage -- metal walls, etc., -- that might affect RF.
5) Could be more cost effective than wifi, especially for a large building or hotel. Don't know yet.

about 5 months ago

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SF Airport Officials Make Citizen Arrests Of Internet Rideshare Drivers

transporter_ii transporter_ii writes  |  about a year ago

transporter_ii (986545) writes "In the past month, San Francisco International Airport officials have been citing and arresting drivers from mobile-app enabled rideshare companies that pick up and drop off passengers, an airport spokesman said. Airport spokesman Doug Yakel said there have been seven citizen arrests issued to “various offenders” since July 10. The airport had issued cease and desist letters to several rideshare companies, including Lyft, Sidecar and Uber, in April.

Taxi drivers are holding a noon rally at San Francisco City Hall Tuesday to “keep taxis regulated and safe” and are calling for the end of ridesharing services."

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What the government pays to snoop on you

transporter_ii transporter_ii writes  |  about a year ago

transporter_ii (986545) writes "So what does it cost the government to snoop on us? Paid for by U.S. tax dollars, and with little scrutiny, surveillance fees charged by phone companies can vary wildly.

For example, AT&T, imposes a $325 "activation fee" for each wiretap and $10 a day to maintain it. Smaller carriers Cricket and U.S. Cellular charge only about $250 per wiretap. But snoop on a Verizon customer? That costs the government $775 for the first month and $500 each month after that, according to industry disclosures made last year to Congressman Edward Markey."

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East Texas Getting Compressed Air Energy Storage Plant

transporter_ii transporter_ii writes  |  more than 2 years ago

transporter_ii (986545) writes "A compressed air energy storage (CAES) plant was first built in Germany in 1978, but East Texas will be the site of one of the world's first modern CASE plants. How does it work? A CAES power generation facility uses electric motor-driven compressors (generated by natural gas generators) to inject air into an underground storage cavern and later releases the compressed air to turn turbines and generate electricity back onto the grid, according to the plants owner. The location near Palestine, Texas was selected because of its large salt dome, which will be used to store the compressed air. The plant is estimated at 350 million-plus, and will create about 20 to 25 permanent jobs."
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transporter_ii transporter_ii writes  |  about 8 years ago

transporter_ii (986545) writes "What hardware/software combination would best be suited for an 802.11x city-wide Mesh or PtMP network for use in a WISP application? Rather than this being a case of letting Slashdot do all of our research for us, we have already deployed two wireless systems with mixed results. One, a Motorola Canopy system, was extremely expensive but worked very well as long as line of sight was available. Given that we are located in East Texas, the LoS issue, combined with equipment cost, caused us to move to an 802.11b Mesh Network. For this network, we used custom-built APs that consisted of PC Engines WRAP boards, 200 mW radio cards, and Locustworld software, because of it centralized management features. While this setup was much more affordable, we have been plagued with a host of problems. The wireless network will slow down even though there is still plenty of bandwidth left on our backend, traffic that passes through just a couple of hops slows to an even slower pace for no apparent reason, and the APs will hang and/or reboot randomly under high temperature (again this is Texas) and high traffic. All in all, it has been a pain for us and our customers. Is there any Mesh or PtMP equipment that offers good stability, can handle the heat well, offers good network management features, and does so at least a somewhat affordable price? And for clarification, the system does not have to be fully 802.11x. Using a different spectrum for backhauls is something we are really interested in, except for the 900 Mhz spectrum, which is already pretty crowded in our area. Information on a setup that works good in an area with a lot of trees would also be extremely appreciated."

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