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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

wiggles Re:The only good thing (327 comments)

> rich white people have drug problems

As someone who grew up in the 80's, drugs have been big with rich, white people for a long, long time. Powder cocaine was the drug of choice for people back then, now it's meth as cocaine becomes more and more expensive, or painkillers for the percieved 'safety', changing to heroin when safety ceases to matter to the addict and cost becomes the primary factor.

In the 40's and 50's, it was GI's coming back from the wars hooked on morphine. In the 60's, it was everything. 70's was when cocaine really took off.

Rich white people have had drug problems as long as there have been rich white people.

3 hours ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

wiggles Re:But what IS the point they're making? (301 comments)

Large cookie cutter subdivision homes developed by a single builder do have some of that stuff because it's more economical at scale - and they can create massive hollow boxes for pennies that blow over at the slightest breeze. There are subdivisions near my house that have some of this stuff - they have a lot of trouble selling because the houses just 'feel cheap'. Engineered trusses instead of joists, laminated or metal studs, etc. just give the house the feel that it's not entirely stable, even if it is all valid according to code.

3 days ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

wiggles Re:But what IS the point they're making? (301 comments)

The Chestnut was wiped out due to a fungal plague. Ash and Elm species are currently being devastated by the Ash Borer and Dutch Elm Disease, respectively. Walnut is being killed off by Thousand Cankers disease. I'm waiting for Oak and Maple to be wiped out due to some other exotic pest - perhaps Oak Wilt or some such.

3 days ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

wiggles Re:But what IS the point they're making? (301 comments)

New apartment buildings are built with concrete. New houses are built with wood and the expensive ones are clad with brick, at least, in my area.

Also, concrete production is responsible for a massive amount of greenhouse gasses - as lime is heated to produce cement, it gives off a lot of CO2, which is dumped into the atmosphere.

3 days ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

wiggles Re:But what IS the point they're making? (301 comments)

As someone who does carpentry and has helped build a couple houses over the past few years, this is patently false. You've been lied to by whatever environmentalist rag you subscribe to.

Most homes in the US are framed out of 2x4's cut from pine, floorboards are made of pine plywood, hardwood oak, cherry, and others are used for flooring. All of this comes from the timber industry, mostly from Canadian timber, but some more exotic stuff still comes from Brazil and Africa. My brother's floor is Brazilian cherry.

Some of that lumber is sourced from tree farms, but those tree farms are problematic as well - it takes years to grow them, and habitats establish themselves within those farms as they grow. The longer it takes to grow them, the longer it takes to offset losses in virgin forest. Hardwoods typically take over 30 years to be ready for harvest, longer if you want wider wood as you would need for 2x6 or 2x8 joists and furniture.

3 days ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

wiggles Re:But what IS the point they're making? (301 comments)

So what happens when solar panels become too environmentally impactful? What happens when the wind turbines are impacting migratory birds? What happens when the lithium mines and copper mines used to make those electric car batteries are deemed too toxic and environmentally hazardous? Why, we shut them all down! Who needs electricity? And while we're at it, all those trees we cut down to build houses are destroying habitats for all kinds of animals - so let's use different building materials - earthen materials strengthened with straw perhaps? Much more environmentally friendly. Next, concrete manufacturing is a top producer of greenhouse gasses. Let's stop making concrete - we don't need sewer pipes if we just have our waste water carried away by gravity in ditches, right? It worked for mankind for thousands of years!

So we ditch the electricity, ditch the timber, ditch the concrete, and what's left?

Mud huts and open sewers.

3 days ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

wiggles Re:But what IS the point they're making? (301 comments)

Mud huts. I think they want us all to go back to mud huts and open sewers.

3 days ago
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'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

wiggles Re:What a silly title ... (115 comments)

I'm no expert on this technology, but from tfs, it would seem to increase bandwidth by minimizing loss over distance, allowing for longer range and faster speed.

4 days ago
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'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

wiggles Re:What a silly title ... (115 comments)

Not necessarily - there are lots of situations where it's not practical to run a cable. Secure connectivity between naval vessels is a prime example, others would be for use in the space program, or cheaper data communication between buildings in a campus. Residential broadband internet would be simpler - put an optical transceiver on the roof and point it at a tower - no more digging up the garden to provide fttp.

4 days ago
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Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service

wiggles Why? (87 comments)

I pay $300 per year in my property tax bill for the public library system in my town. Why would I use anything else?

about two weeks ago
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Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines

wiggles Terrible article. (149 comments)

The much better Ars Technica summary article says that yes, 30m for 10Gbps, but 1Gbps over 70m. Gigabit DSL would be a game changer.

about three weeks ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

wiggles Re:Car Insurance Companies Too! (353 comments)

Just have to switch it around - instead of "offering a discount" for people who do this, think of it more as "charging a penalty" for people who don't.

about three weeks ago
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US Arrests Son of Russian MP In Maldives For Hacking

wiggles Re:Kidnapping. (176 comments)

This.

Plus, ever since Snowden, the US is actively putting pressure on anyone in power in Russia - any Russians in positions of power with so much as a parking ticket in the US is on an extradition list.

about three weeks ago
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Solar-Powered Electrochemical Cell Used To Produce Formic Acid From CO2

wiggles Re:Great... Instead of CO2 we get CO (133 comments)

Problem with that is, vegetation rots eventually, releasing methane - a more potent greenhouse gas than CO2. Sure, you can flame it off, but then you're still releasing that captured CO2 back to the atmosphere. Only by increasing the forest footprint of the world, or causing massive algae blooms in the oceans can you really sequester CO2 in vegetation.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

wiggles Re:Sounds about right... (441 comments)

Do you know anything at all about cost/benefit analysis and payback period?

The Germans are doing this with tax dollars, effectively siphoned off of the other EU members. I'd have to do it with my own money.

about a month ago
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Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

wiggles Re:Detroit calls Google arrogant? (236 comments)

> Look outside! Life is beautiful and full of wonder!

Typical Euro-socialist garbage. :)

about a month ago
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Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

wiggles Re:Detroit calls Google arrogant? (236 comments)

>Is this a republicans vs democrats thread in disguise?

Isn't every thread on Slashdot a political one these days? I swear, sometimes I think this place has become a cesspool of political mudslinging. I miss the old days before politics took over.

about a month ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

wiggles Re:Sounds about right... (441 comments)

> Home owners can't really lose with solar PV

Unless, of course, you happen to live somewhere other than Southern California or Arizona, where weather conditions don't permit the sun to shine at sufficient intensity over the whole year. Here in the mid/upper midwest, the payback period for a solar installation on my house works out to be 17 years. Wind, on the other hand, can be cost effective if you have sufficient land space to put up a tower. I see a few of my rural neighbors with wind turbines on their properties.

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

wiggles Re:Wrong decision (484 comments)

All those TVs and the antenna are owned by you.

That's the difference.

In 1976, Congress updated the telecommunications act to specify that communal antennas were essentially 'retransmissions' under the act. SCOTUS was merely pulling Aereo in line with that existing law.

about a month ago

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Study shows that wifi signals are making trees ill

wiggles wiggles writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "Radiation from Wi-Fi networks is harmful to trees, causing significant variations in growth, as well as bleeding and fissures in the bark, according to a recent study in the Netherlands. The study exposed 20 ash trees to various radiation sources for a period of three months. Trees placed closest to the Wi-Fi radio demonstrated a "lead-like shine" on their leaves that was caused by the dying of the upper and lower epidermis of the leaves. This would eventually result in the death of parts of the leaves. The study also found that Wi-Fi radiation could inhibit the growth of corn cobs."
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U.S. Plans Cyber Shield for Utilities, Companies

wiggles wiggles writes  |  about 4 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "The federal government is launching an expansive program dubbed "Perfect Citizen" to detect cyber assaults on private companies and government agencies running such critical infrastructure as the electricity grid and nuclear-power plants, according to people familiar with the program.The surveillance by the National Security Agency, the government's chief eavesdropping agency, would rely on a set of sensors deployed in computer networks for critical infrastructure that would be triggered by unusual activity suggesting an impending cyber attack, though it wouldn't persistently monitor the whole system, these people said.

How do we feel about NSA spyware in all of our infrastructure?"

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Google ditching Windows completely

wiggles wiggles writes  |  more than 4 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "Citing several Google employees, the FT said the decision to move to other operating systems including Apple Inc's Mac OS and open-source Linux began in earnest in January after Google's Chinese operations were hacked. "Getting a new Windows machine now requires CIO (chief information officer) approval.""
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What happens when your implant gets a virus?

wiggles wiggles writes  |  more than 4 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "A scientist at the University of Reading has become the first human to be “infected” with a computer virus, as part of research into the potential risks associated with electronic devices implanted into humans.

Dr Mark Gasson, of the School of Systems Engineering, said the study had important implications for devices such as heart pacemakers and cochlear implants, which have now developed to the point where they could be attacked by computer viruses."

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Google engineer Blair-Goldensohn in freak accident

wiggles wiggles writes  |  more than 4 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "A "Google genius" (NY Post's words) was in a coma Wednesday night after a rotting branch snapped off a tree in Central Park and smashed him in the head. Sasha Blair-Goldensohn was walking to work through the park when a 100-pound limb came crashing from a massive pin oak tree near W. 63rd St. The 33-year-old computer engineer and father of two was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center after the 8 a.m. accident and was in intensive care. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2009/07/30/2009-07-30_horror_in_park_fells_dad_of_2_100lb_limb_crashes_onto_google_engineer.html#ixzz0Mmj4MXOT"
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Midway Games Faces Possible De-Listing, Sale

wiggles wiggles writes  |  more than 5 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "The Chicago-based video game publisher, which hasn't posted a quarterly profit since the end of 2004, reported another loss for the third quarter last week. Midway's stock closed at 29 cents Friday, having tanked 90 percent this year. The NYSE told the company it has six months to fix the problem or face delisting.

"How much value is left in essentially a few development studios, the 'Mortal Kombat' brand and a library of classic games?" asked Ed Woo, an analyst at Wedbush Morgan."

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Activision-Blizzard merger finalized

wiggles wiggles writes  |  about 6 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "The merger was first announced in December of 2007. Through it, Blizzard and Sierra parent Vivendi becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision, scoring 295.3 new shares of Activision stock. It'll also buy 62.9 million new shares for a total of $1.7 billion — the result is that Vivendi owns a stake of about 52 percent in its new parent company."
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Nanotechnologists develop "Chemical Brain"

wiggles wiggles writes  |  more than 6 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "According to the BBC: "A tiny chemical "brain" which could one day act as a remote control for swarms of nano-machines has been invented. The molecular device — just two billionths of a metre across — was able to control eight of the microscopic machines simultaneously in a test. ""
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Bioshock goes gold

wiggles wiggles writes  |  more than 6 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "Title says it all. From the press release: "2K, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), announced today that BioShock(TM) has gone to gold master exclusively for the Xbox 360(TM) video game and entertainment system and Games For Windows""
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Duke Nukem Forever Release Date: 12/1/07!

wiggles wiggles writes  |  more than 7 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "It's offical. According to this Best Buy page, Duke Nukem Forever is scheduled for release on December 1st of 2007. Talk about a solution to global warming! All we need to do is find hell, and use the sub-zero temperatures to siphon off our excess heat!"
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wiggles wiggles writes  |  more than 7 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "According to the Chicago Tribune, the recent surge of video sites such as youtube and Google video are pushing the limits of the internet's bandwidth, or soon will be. Pieter Poll, chief technology officer at Qwest Communications, says that traffic volumes are growing faster than computing power, meaning that engineers can no longer count on newer, faster computers to keep ahead of their capacity demands. Further, a recent report from Deloitte Consulting raised the possibility that 2007 would see Internet demand exceed capacity. Admittedly, this seems sensationalistic, but are we headed for a massive slowdown of the whole internet?"
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wiggles wiggles writes  |  more than 7 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "George Broussard randomly posted a thumbnail-sized screen shot from the game on the Shacknews message boards. Georgey says it's in-game, but they've also said the game will be released some day, so take it with the appropriate grain of salt. The screenshot can be seen here on 1up."

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