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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

whistlingtony Mars has no magnetosphere (480 comments)

Mars does not have a molten iron core, and hence doesn't have the cool magnetic field that earth does. That magnetic field does a LOT to protect our atmosphere from getting stripped off, not to mention protecting us from radiation.

Screw Mars. Spend all that money on making it nice HERE. We have the means. We have the tech. We could have a star trek utopia right here... Free education, opportunity through small businesses, cheap housing, plentiful energy. We could have all that right here if we just put a smidge of effort into it.

Take all that money and just pay off 5% of the population's houses. Those people, now freed from having to grind on the treadmill for their housing, could start small businesses... circulating money in the economy. It doesn't need to be much. Start a taco truck... Employ a few people... We'd have zero unemployment and a lot more happiness. The economic repercussions would be staggering.

A lot of human suffering is because a few assholes ruin it for the rest of us. How about we fix THAT? Screw mars...

13 hours ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

whistlingtony Re:So? (473 comments)

Actually, SolarWorld (a german company) is located in Hillsboro OR, and they pump out solar panels for roughly $1/watt, which is about average when I was shopping last. I suspect if there are cheaper panels, they're cheap for a reason....

yesterday
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

whistlingtony Re:Another terrible article courtesy of samzenpus (383 comments)

So many stupid replies, I'll reply to myself. I should have just said this; There are so many REAL instances of police militarization, illegal wiretapping of US citizens, killing US citizens without a trial... These are the things that anger Liberals. When a conservative bashes the governement for taking over, the examples seem to be toilet flushes, light bulbs, and soft drink size restrictions......

5 days ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

whistlingtony Re:Another terrible article courtesy of samzenpus (383 comments)

  • Why is it bad that federal law mandates that toilets not be wasteful? Who gives a shit, if you'll pardon the pun? That's a good thing.
  • Why is it bad that federal law mandates listing the wattage used on a bulb? I can't make informed decisions if I don't have good information. Why is it bad that federal law mandates low wattage bulbs? Again, WGAS?
  • I don't live in NYC. I don't care about soft drink sizes. Also, you could drink as much soda as you wanted... just get two. WGAS?
  • magazine rounds. WGAS? If you need to go on a killing spree just bring more magazines....
  • Air bags are a good thing. So are helmets. So... what's your point? Some states let people do stupid things? WGAS?
  • No they don't.... I can turn my GPS off... of course, they can track what cell tower I'm talking to at the moment.

There's no conspiracy here. Welcome to a civilized society. We have rules. Wwwwwooooooo!!!!! Big Scary Rules! There's no takeover. There's no micromanaging of your life. I live on the West Coast, in Portland, a supposed Liberal Bastion, and I live in Not Legal housing. Nobody gives a shit. The city knows....

I just don't see why you people need to be victims. It's like you're not happy unless someone is repressing you, and if no one is you have to invent someone...

The weird thing is, there are plenty of REAL instances of government oppressing people. Conservatives are usually the first to defend the government when that happens.... If those black people would just $BLAH that wouldn't have happened....

about a week ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

whistlingtony Re:Another terrible article courtesy of samzenpus (383 comments)

I pay a private company to take my trash. it's not taxes. You likely have the same situation.... so...

Also, you're coming across as a total crank and making conservatives look bad.

Seattle is trying to get people to put compost in the compost bins. They have tiny stupid $1 fines for not doing so... which they don't expect to have to give out that often anyway. What's the problem here beyond you hating the general rules of civilization?

about a week ago
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Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

whistlingtony Free Market Doesn't Exist (122 comments)

OK, first, how are the people posting about doctors over prescribing antibiotics being modded insightful? That's not really a problem any more, and it's specifically NOT what the article is about....

This should be a test case for those people that say that the Free Market is good and Government is bad. We have a problem with industrial farmers (I hate calling them farmers. I grew up on a farm. What they do has little resemblance to farming) abusing antibiotics. This is NOT new news. We've known this for a long time. There is no government oversight on this issue.

If all the libertarians and righties were correct, people would stop buying meat from these industrial farmers and they'd stop the practice. I should note that most of the people I see buying meat that's grass fed, organic, and cruelty free are all lefties (but that's because we're the only ones that actually give a shit about other people. Wow. That sounded jaded even to me. I'm going to leave it up there, but... there's some hidden anger I didn't realize I had.. I should examine that. anyway)

What we see is the opposite of that. Without a strong cop (government) regulating for the common good, the market is doing what it's designed to do.... Maximize profit and let society deal with externalized losses. The solution to this is to have the government stop pussyfooting around and regulate. It is heavily lobbied to make sure that doesn't happen, because our system is corrupt.

Yes, it's corrupt. The solution to that isn't to get rid of big government. That's exactly what the people doing the corrupting WANT. We need regulation of industry (not take over, regulate. No one's saying to socialize. Calm Down.) because industry always tries to externalize the losses to maximize profits, and someone needs to tell them "knock it off.".

Also, the free market is a myth. A useful tool to demonstrate and idea, much like a frictionless wheel to demonstrate basic physics ideas to a student... but we've known about this for a LONG time. We have many examples of companies acting badly in the last decade, but no examples of people punishing them into changing their behavior..... I'm still looking at you BP...

about two weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

whistlingtony Re:they will defeat themselves (981 comments)

long term goals... whoopdie do! They can have all the long term goals written on a napkin that they want. I want to rule the world too, you don't see us bombing my house.

There is an alternative. Bombing them only continues the cycles. Why do they exist? American and Russia meddled in the middle east. We've gone back and forth for decades now. This is just another cycle...

The alternative is to break the cycle. Lets go to the Kurds in Northern Iraq and help them create Kurdistan. Lets build roads, schools, hospitals, etc. Lets Marshal Plan the shit out of them. Do the same thing in the South. Do the same thing all over, and those people will love us. Look at this from the villager on the ground's perspective... A drone drops a bomb and kills your son. You hate America. Your son gets sick and he's treated at a hospital made by the Americans... Yay America!

We need to go back to winning hearts and minds. You do that by building instead of destroying. It seems like a longer process, and maybe the school that we build gets blown up... Good. Let the villager see that we built the school and THEY blew it up. It's not actually a longer process. I think it's a shorter process... How long have we been entangled in the Middle East?

about two weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

whistlingtony Re:they will defeat themselves (981 comments)

I'd like to bump up this idea that they're not a long term threat. Everyone is waving ISIS Around like they're scary... They're not. They took some land, they took some villages, they even took some cities. I get it. They're scary.... But taking territory is not RULING territory.

I'm not scared of 10,000 guys with AKs, rocket launchers, and pickup trucks... Not when they're on the other side of the world. I'm not scared of them, and I don't think they're a threat. I don't think they'll be able to hold the territory they have. I think planting a flag and actually governing are VERY different, and they have yet to actually govern the territory they hold.

Lets see how good they are at providing the functions of a government. Hospitals, trade, rule of law, schools..... Oh wait....

The American people are being whipped into a fear frenzy of nothing, to justify a continuation of war, which will continue the problem of terrorism, not solve it. Why? Because it makes money to continually bomb people....

about two weeks ago
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The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

whistlingtony Doing it wrong (182 comments)

Bah. If MOOCs are a failure, that's because they're doing it wrong. There's a lot of good research saying that humans learn best through experimentation and projects, and in groups... MOOCs can't do that.

I'm still waiting for our hidebound education system to do "homework" in class with other students and where the teacher can help and do "lecture" via a recording that students can watch while they're at home. My wouldn't THAT be nice? There's something MOOCs would be good at...

Throwing lectures via a recording at people doesn't work really any better than doing it in person.

about three weeks ago
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When Scientists Give Up

whistlingtony Political Posts Galore (348 comments)

There's going to be a LOT of posts about politics here. Mine will be no different. oh look, the first post is about global warming. "Just link your thesis to Global Warming, and you won't have a problem."

Except that's the complete opposite of what the article is saying...

We need good science. I'm very annoyed that we are subsidizing profitable industries while NOT funding important science work. You all should be too. What happened to us? What happened to America? When did we become so.... Stupid? When did we change from people that valued knowledge and learning to a people that put quotes around "scientists" all the time?

I'm guessing it happened right around the time that the messages that educated people were telling us became harmful to the messages that industry wanted us to hear. Why can people not see that?

about three weeks ago
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FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

whistlingtony tech vs. government (222 comments)

I am frequently found wondering about the pace of tech and the abilities it gives us being up against the speed of government, a large organization not known for speed. Designer drugs, fracking, UAVs, etc etc etc... It seems like it you move fast enough you can get away with a lot before anyone notices what you're up to. :D

This is not always a good thing, but... it is interesting.

about three weeks ago
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Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

whistlingtony Re:To the slashdotters of the world (165 comments)

I should also note there have been a LOT of coups in Argentina, and the US has been behind at least the ones in the 70s... This is known, not conspiracy. Kissinger gave the green light himself, and those records have been recovered under a FOIA request.

about a month ago
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Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

whistlingtony Re:To the slashdotters of the world (165 comments)

Ahem. I'm forced to point out that neoliberal is not liberal... I'm afraid many people don't know that neoliberal is a technical term in economics. From Wikipedia: "support for great economic liberalization, privatization, free trade, open markets, deregulation, and reductions in government spending in order to enhance the role of the private sector in the economy."

Or basically "capitalism with the gloves off"

about a month ago
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MetaFilter Founder Says Vacation Firm Forged Court Docs To Scotch Review

whistlingtony Re:scotch? (116 comments)

Yes, because EVERYONE on slashdot reads the articles and fully understands all the issues before posting.... sheesh. It was just a question. Questions are good. They help us learn. Snark? Not so much...

about a month ago
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MetaFilter Founder Says Vacation Firm Forged Court Docs To Scotch Review

whistlingtony Re:scotch? (116 comments)

woh! I see I got modded down into oblivion. I had never heard "scotch" being used as " Decisively put an end to". It seemed rather derisive. I'm still a little curious about the origins of the word. Looking up the Etymology of the word, it seems it might be from an old old word, and is not derogatory towards the Scots as I thought that it might be.

I'm not sure why curiosity or a sense of Not Assholism deserved to be modded down, but OK... Sorry Internet. Sheesh.

about a month ago
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First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

whistlingtony Re:It's amazing (199 comments)

You know the parties switched. Old republicans are not New republicans. You know that. That's stated above, go read if you don't know that.

Do they? so, the ACLU and EFF are republicans? Ha! Name me the conservative ACLU and EFF.... I'll wait.

I see what you did all over the place. Lefties do indeed push for gun control, but there's been NO serious push for that from the feds. Despite this lack of a push, righties seem to think Obama is going to creep into their house and steal their guns.

Yes, I know Frederick Douglas was republican. See above.

Can you provide some evidence of that? That would be neat to know. Although, even if true, the Feds have been paying for upkeep for a LONG time.

about a month ago
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First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

whistlingtony Re:It's amazing (199 comments)

I know this, because I hang out with all the other volunteers in my state, and we discuss politics. There are a few conservatives, and I'm happy to have them on this issue. None of us can get anything done while money sways votes.

about a month ago

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How to get a project coded?

whistlingtony whistlingtony writes  |  more than 4 years ago

whistlingtony (691548) writes "Hello world!

Heh. Sorry.

So, I had an idea for a piece of software that I wanted coded. Unfortunately, it's been years since I touched that stuff. I'm beyond rusty. I'd really like for the thing to see the light of day, but...

How can one go about hiring a programmer? A quick google search turned up a couple of websites, but they seemed... sketchy. I find it ironic that a programmer might know of such a website, but a non programmer who would want to use it probably would not.

My Idea:
I hate facebook. I hate it with a passion. Still, I'd like to put up an online journal website for friends and family to check up on me. I'd prefer to run it myself. I don't want to deal with huge config files. I don't want to write HTML. I'm 31 now. I just want my software to work.

I'd like to have a web server written for me in Python. I enjoy python and once the thing is written, then I could tinker and poke at it.

I'd like for me to have some folders. In the "Front Page" folder would text files. The web server would put those up as updates to the main page. Other folders would have text and pictures in them, and those would be links from the main page. I'd like to keep it simple, no flash or moving objects or anything.

Eventually I'd like to move it to HTML5 so videos could be posted in the same manner.

That's it really. A simple web server that creates pages based on the text and picture content of folders and organized by folders. A bare minimum configuration file, preferably none at all. I want it programmed in Python. Preferably, I'd want everything served up in HTML5. I'd also want the rights to open source the thing.

I have money. How do I give it to someone to do this?

-Tony Diethelm
Hater of Facebook"
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I need a language agnostic book on pseudocoding

whistlingtony whistlingtony writes  |  more than 6 years ago

whistlingtony (691548) writes "Hi all,

I am not a programmer, but have a smattering of programming knacks in various languages picked up over the years. One of the best things I learned was that going through and doing pseudocode makes everything so much easer and cleaner. Once that's written down everything else is just language specifics. I'm looking for a good book that is language agnostic and deals strictly with the practice of pseudocoding. I can't find one that seems good. Can anyone recommend one to me?

Thanks!

Whistlingtony"

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