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Experimental Drug Stops Ebola-like Infection

wirehead_rick So they are best qualified . . . (53 comments)

to go back to Africa and help fight the outbreak.

Since they are now immune and being health care professionals they are uniquely qualified to handle the treatment of Ebola patients without fear of dying from it.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Planks Would You Want In a Platform of a Political Party?

wirehead_rick Back to fundamentals (694 comments)

1. Use gold for money.
2. Shut down the Federal reserve and ban fractional reserve banking practices.
3. Shut down IRS and eliminate income tax.
4. Reduce the military to a maximum size no greater than the next largest military on the planet and station it inside US borders never to leave.
5. Reform Copyright limits to it's original timeframe (eliminate MM laws).
6. Reform patents to it's original requirements (you must build a working physical device that represents the patent).
7. Eliminate any laws governing the behavior and rights of corporations. Specifically remove any law that deems the rights of a corporation equivalent to an individual.
8. Ban campaign contributions. Allow campaigns for public office to occur for two days and only the two days before the election. Candidates pay for their own campaigns out of their own pocket.
8. Implement a term limit for _all_ public servants, elected officials and government employees to no greater than 6 years.

Good luck with anything less. You'll just be another re-branded statist party and you might as well run for office as a republican or democrat (either will work for you).

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Should Bitcoin Be Regulated?

wirehead_rick NO (385 comments)

Regulation of currency is evil.

about 2 years ago

Geeks On a Plane Proposed To Solve Global Tech Skills Crisis

wirehead_rick Global crisis? (303 comments)

The only global crisis I am aware of is the desire for western companies to drive down tech engineering and programmers wages.

What else could they be trying to solve on a freakin' plane?

about 2 years ago

Bradley Manning (WikiLeaks Source) Given Hearing After 2 Years In Jail

wirehead_rick Hero (369 comments)

That is all . . .

more than 2 years ago

U.S. Election Day In Progress: What's Been Your Experience?

wirehead_rick IL - Nothing to write home about (821 comments)

Only one other voter voting. I guess everyone know Obama will win his home state so low turnout.

All I had to do is sign. They compared my signature with one on file. No ID required.

Only voted for president and against every govt. program. Most local positions had only one candidate running (WTF?) so they didn't need my vote anyways.

Yawn. Nothing to report from Ill Annoy . . .

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

wirehead_rick Short Story (1365 comments)

The Butterfly Effect (not the movie!)

more than 2 years ago

Reverse-Engineered Irises Fool Eye-Scanners

wirehead_rick Simple fix (98 comments)

All biometrics can be fooled if the biometric sensor system alone is all you are using for the security.

Biometrics only uniquely identifies a person. You still need another person (security guard, for example) or technology (detect a live human being and/or a real eye) to verify it is a person that provides the biometric input. This is to prove an actual person is there.

Until someone switches eyes out (improbable) or finds a way to implant the iris image of another individuals eye within their own eye (improbable) a security person can verify an eye is actually being scanned by the biometric scanner. Add an independent security feature (ID, password, etc.) and it's a pretty darn good security system.

more than 2 years ago

In America, 46% of People Hold a Creationist View of Human Origins

wirehead_rick One thought (1359 comments)

46% is a lot of stoopid (sp intended) people.

Based on my personal experience. That number seems about right.

Dumb is "in" in the US nowadays . . .

more than 2 years ago

RIM Trying To Woo Customers With Porn, Gambling Apps?

wirehead_rick Re:One Word . . . . (157 comments)

Could very well be. I never owned Beta and Sony has been known to add a premium to their price tags.

I can say I never saw a Beta porn tape. But again, I never owned Beta . . .

more than 2 years ago

RIM Trying To Woo Customers With Porn, Gambling Apps?

wirehead_rick One Word . . . . (157 comments)


It seems the power of porn and technology has been underestimated over and over.

Porn drove the Video Cassette business and is probably responsible for VHS defeating the superior Beta format.

It is also probably responsible for the huge early popularity of the Internet.

Barring backlash from prudish regulators this move can't be underestimated . . .

more than 2 years ago

What Do We Do When the Internet Mob Is Wrong?

wirehead_rick Credibility and Individual Responsibility (361 comments)

Journal organizations need to practice credibility. Credibility is built over time with trustworthy news reporting. The problem is most organizations have fallen to the dark side of profit and tabloidism and can never come back. Their credibility is lost for good.

Individuals need to practice skepticism and critical thought. Then they can identify credible news sources by paying attention. Alternatively, by recognizing logical fallacies an individual can read between the lines and extract newsworthy data embedded in the half truths and agenda driven news we see today.

There is no legal solution to this problem. Principled individuals have to stand up and decide to make things better.

more than 3 years ago

Steve Jobs Dead At 56

wirehead_rick RIP (1613 comments)


more than 3 years ago

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

wirehead_rick Thank you (1521 comments)

Thanks for Slashdot. It isn't perfect but it's damn close. Close enough for me. And having been a Slashdot follower for - uh I don't know how many years - at least 12 or so, it has been a big part of keeping me well informed in the tech arena where I have established my career.

It has helped me make good career and personal tech related decisions. It has helped me formulate a solid view of technology and all the financial, political and social issues involved with technology. I even learned a few things here and there. I can't imagine what my life would have been without Slashdot to follow and enrich it. Slashdot is invaluble to me. That's no BS. I am totally serious here.

Thank you sooo much for being a big part of my life even though you and I don't know each other personally.

Good luck to you and your future endeavors.


more than 3 years ago

Discovery's Last Go Round, As Seen From the Ground

wirehead_rick Cool (53 comments)

Just jaw dropping cool.

more than 3 years ago

HDR Video a Reality

wirehead_rick Re:Very impressive! (287 comments)

There is already _tons_ of video cameras with 3 sensors in them. Except the beam splitter splits the three sensors by _color_. It should be easy for mfrs to replace the 3 color beam splitter with a monochrome one and change the monochrome sensors with color sensors. Then just adjust the each sensor gain or shutter speed to vary the exposure. Then save three files for each sensor for later processing.

So it's just a simple beam splitter swap out, sensor swap out and SW change. Nothing else in the video cam has to change. Sounds like a minimum invstment to me.

more than 4 years ago

Tennessee Town Releases Red Light Camera Stats

wirehead_rick Revenue Generation in a down economy (567 comments)

This is just a simple way for localities to make up lost revenue for a decreasing tax base in an economic downturn. Speeding tickets are on the rise too.

It's just another case of there are so many damn laws you can't help but break some everyday. It's just govt. doesn't choose to fine you until the coffers get low. They let you break the law (speeding and the such) so you get into the habit and then bam - crackdown! Instant revenue stream.

My favorite way to get back is to absolutely refuse to turn right on red at any light with the cameras. I don't care how many people I piss off. I'll sit there all freakin' day long. If it's in your local municipality and you support the camera then you get to wait behind my paranoid ass. Serves ya right.

more than 4 years ago

Your Feces Is a Wonderland of Viruses

wirehead_rick No (211 comments)


more than 4 years ago



Water Powered Cars-The Answer to High Fuel Prices?

wirehead_rick wirehead_rick writes  |  more than 6 years ago

wirehead_rick (308391) writes "My daughter is convinced this technology is the answer to the world's oil problem. It claims that the use of water (HHO/Brown's/Hydroxy gas) improves gas mileage by a HUGE amount. A cursory search on the Internet shows a large number of web sites claiming the improvements are real. A search for any credible websites to debunk this technology have as of yet to respond. Can anyone point to some real scientific numbers from credible sources that either show the technology is valid (I have my doubts) or conclusively prove this is BS technology. I'd love to get my daughter off this kick once and for all."


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