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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

xdor Re:"Gave" (223 comments)

I think this had to do with all traffic getting routed through the NSA servers. There was a minor indication of their co-opting of the the system back in 2012: http://blog.icann.org/2012/12/...

3 days ago
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US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom

xdor Re:Fracking takes water out of action (191 comments)

I was referring to the difference between Mars and Earth where Mars lacks the gravitational pull to retain oxygen, Earth still does.

Despite the escape of atmospheric hydrogen, its constantly being produced by algae, and fresh-water algae tend to grow more when things are warmer. I don't think hydrogen loss is the king-pin for the billion-year epoch dooms-day you're describing.

4 days ago
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US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom

xdor Re:Fracking takes water out of action (191 comments)

OMG are you sure this isn't like data from Mars?

Hey everybody the oceans are evaporating! Quick, somebody start a national drive for cloud seeding: keep our water terrestrial!

4 days ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

xdor Re:By all means (257 comments)

Thereby reestablishing the establishment as the keepers of all truth once again.

5 days ago
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US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom

xdor Re:What about green fracking? (191 comments)

The "greenest" fracking I'm aware of is propane-fracking. Uses propane instead of water as the fracking medium.

No water is used, some of the propane can be recovered, the remaining is suitable as a crude oil. As an added plus, unlike water, no radioactive radon is conducted back to the surface with this process.

Some Canadian company has applied for a patent to the process in the United States. IMO, this should be declined since Chevron invented the process back in the 70s for under-sea fracking. Not to mention if there ever was a case for making an invention public domain in the interest of the public!

The downsides are obvious: huge upfront costs (somewhere between $20 and $50 million per well maybe). And just a little more dangerous than working with water. Just a little.

about a week ago
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US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom

xdor Re:Fracking takes water out of action (191 comments)

In terms of the universe, you are probably correct.

However, I notice that pure combustion of methane gas yields carbon dioxide and water vapor (incomplete combustion yielding some nasty things like carbon monoxide). So all of this pulling of methane from underground and subsequent combustion: yields water vapor and a gas plants use to grow and thereby convert to CO2 to oxygen, which bound to hydrogen yields water.

So eventually, we will get the water back. And I'm not sure if the numbers work out (gallons of water polluted vs. amount of water vapor produced from millions of cubic feet of methane), but it seems there's a possibility, over time, we will actually have *more* water in circulation as a result.

about a week ago
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US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom

xdor Re:Excellent Question (191 comments)

You'll notice that your "market failure" argument is completely based on a non-market "government chill-factor" driver?

about a week ago
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US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom

xdor Re:Transition fuel (191 comments)

Maybe you missed the natural gas and propane shortages that occurred in the north-central regions last winter due the Canadian pipe-line explosion.

I totally agree that everyone should move to southern California so we don't waste all this energy just keeping people from freezing to death in these regions, but until that's practical you might notice that some people actually need this stuff.

about a week ago
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Indiana University Researchers Get $1 Million Grant To Study Memes

xdor Nice (126 comments)

assist in the preservation of open debate

That has got to be the most beautiful characterization of censorship I have ever read.

about three weeks ago
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Indiana University Researchers Get $1 Million Grant To Study Memes

xdor Re:Memes = Politics? (126 comments)

Which is why I suggest the grant money to study memes is really to fund a high-profile congressional campaign's viral marketing budget, using this pretense of "testing" political memes. Especially, if by some coincidence, the memes tested are for said high-profile congressional campaign.

Either that or the article is just trolling...

about three weeks ago
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Indiana University Researchers Get $1 Million Grant To Study Memes

xdor Memes = Politics? (126 comments)

What better cause than redirecting $919,917 to help market a high-profile congressional campaign.

about three weeks ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

xdor Brownian Motion (247 comments)

So are they postulating that even non-matter has motion?

about three weeks ago
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California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

xdor St. Louis (233 comments)

Police can draw the curtain before arrests and shooting begin: effectively turn off everyone's camera and twitter feed.

Now, no one will know...

about three weeks ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

xdor Seminar Poster (329 comments)

Apparently some things just can't be said unless they're copied and pasted from Microsoft Word.

about three weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

xdor IEDs (299 comments)

Mobile phones are easy triggers. They just want a way to blanket turn off if they have security recording of a terrorist buying x brand phone at y store.

about a month ago
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China Cracks Down On Mobile Messaging

xdor FCC (58 comments)

What the FCC would look like if it were run by the FAA

about a month ago
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Hackers Plundered Israeli Defense Firms That Built 'Iron Dome' Missile Defense

xdor Akin to Fukishma (184 comments)

If the Japanese can't manage nuclear power, who can? If the Israelis can't defend against Chinese hackers, who can?

(Definitely blew away my misconception. I had no idea anyone in Israel was dumb enough to use a Microsoft product on their network.)

about a month and a half ago
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Reglue: Opening Up the World To Deserving Kids With Linux Computers

xdor Deserving (91 comments)

I'm not deserving, I'm undeserving. And I mean to go on being undeserving: I like it.

about a month and a half ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

xdor Re:Conspiracy (212 comments)

When you've achieved what you've been working for: ability to purchase quality products, convenient access to services, and a plethora of entertainment: what's the need to be politically active?

Oh, wait. That's right. To confront other people who are being politically active and using the system to demonize those ideals and take all that stuff away. The old world ideations have been realized and somewhere somehow some people have realized that all of this stuff the old world wanted is just hollow claptrap, and now these new enlighten people will now do their level best to destroy that old world realization. So by promoting old world's demise all they fail to realize that they too are held up by many of the old world's innovations -- until they finally get their way and outlaw any products that threaten to be "the quality" (can't have near monopolies!), regulate to impracticality the existence any convenient services, and only allow entertainment that affirms the destruction of the old world ideals. Until this society collapses into chaos or is overturned by a person who somewhere somehow realizes the world could be better place if people were free to make quality products, offer convenient access to services and create their own entertainment.

Really I agree with you that the upper middle class is probably apathetic and out of touch with "real" people, and probably mean and insensitive, and more than willing to the let the powers that be run things as they are. However:

  1. a.) Being happy with ones ideals is NOT a bad thing
  2. b.) Tearing these happy middle-classers legislatively will NOT help anyone except those in power
  3. c.) Enjoying these ideals is NOT what makes them responsible for political power shifts.

As for the ones dependent on the state: You don't think that makes them pawns to be played by political players? Generational welfare conditions people to remain dependent: eventually coming to the view that the government is the only resource, they can only petition and hope the merciful rulers will hear their plea.

Whereas a person of some means has a choice if a local government brings down some crazy oppressive ruling: they can leave and deprive that local government of whatever taxes and local economic activity they may have contributed.

National oppressive government... well, there you don't have too much choice. So we're probably all screwed already anyway...

about 2 months ago
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The NSA's New Partner In Spying: Saudi Arabia's Brutal State Police

xdor No Big Deal (125 comments)

Since the CIA and Saudi worked together to organize 911, its only natural the relationship should continue...

about 2 months ago

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