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Comment: Re:So what? (Score 3, Insightful) 232

by AlphaWolf_HK (#46790695) Attached to: VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

Probably not. My thinking is that this is a precedent that states that any information that is used to guide public policy (read: laws that affect you and me) can be hidden from the public, skirting the intent of FOIA laws, by having that data be produced and/or curated by a private entity or person. This has further implications than just global warming squabbles; this could give groups like the NSA incentive to privatize spying, among other things.

An easy fix for this IMO is that nothing can be used to guide public policy or legislative actions unless the information used to glean them is already public. That would allow people like Michael Mann to keep their data private if they want, but stuff they produce can't be used to guide government decisions and/or actions unless he publishes it into the public domain before that process even begins. That would also satisfy climate skeptics IMO.

And really, why shouldn't it be this way? I mean I really don't like the idea that some derp could in theory dictate laws by claiming the world is about to end if we don't do it his way, meanwhile being able to hide his source of information and claim we just have to trust his work.

Comment: Re:Uh oh (Score 4, Informative) 130

by AlphaWolf_HK (#46785881) Attached to: Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

I really don't think Monsanto would care to be honest. Or more precisely, I'm not sure why they would care.

By that I mean, I'm trying to figure out what is special about the seed these guys are "open sourcing" and I'm really not sure what sets it apart. Good luck to them I guess, but I just don't see what would make somebody want their seed instead of any other seeds they can obtain. This strikes me as being like forking FreeBSD under the GPL license, not adding anything to it at all, and then asking the FreeBSD community to switch.

It's already known however that several farmers (at least 144 of them so far have been proven to) deliberately try to grow Monsanto seed without paying Monsanto for them.

Anyways, SCOTUS recently stated that Monsanto can't sue in cases of accidental planting of their patented seeds (Monsanto hasn't ever filed such a lawsuit against somebody who accidentally planted them, let alone won one; rather an organic group was trying to ask SCOTUS to forbid all Monsanto patent lawsuits; a request that SCOTUS denied saying that Monsanto's existing stance was both sufficient and binding.)

Comment: Re:OpenWRT all the way (Score 4, Informative) 96

by AlphaWolf_HK (#46784033) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which Router Firmware For Bandwidth Management?

Dunno but I wouldn't use that anyways. Without even looking it up, I'd actually wager that Tomato 1.27 was last updated before the patch that made heartbleed possible ever existed, so it isn't even relevant.

Tomato Shibby on the other hand is what you'd want, and yes, it definitely has that particular issue resolved as of the latest release:

Comment: Re:what does jim rogers have to do with this? (Score 1) 333

by AlphaWolf_HK (#46783619) Attached to: Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

TFS (or rather the editor's two cents) didn't state the reason for picking a Mercedes. I think GP is asking why that comment was added there -- I don't really get it myself. Why would he ride around the world in a Mercedes first of all, and second of all, why is it relevant to an article that is talking about electric cars? As far as I can tell, they drove a 3 liter gas guzzler.

Comment: Re:OpenWRT all the way (Score 5, Informative) 96

by AlphaWolf_HK (#46783561) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which Router Firmware For Bandwidth Management?

Tomato is a fork of HyperWRT, not OpenWRT, and in fact has nothing to do with it. HyperWRT itself was a fork of the stock WRT54g firmware.

OpenWRT is good, but not for the faint of heart. Tomato is suitable for everybody though, and in fact is IMO THE firmware to use if you are just all around unsure of which one to pick. I'd use Tomato over DD-WRT for many reasons, but the biggest one being a much cleaner UI (also in spite of what TFS says, Tomato actually has all of the same features as DD-WRT in addition to some extras; rather the author probably just isn't sure where to find the features he thought was missing.) Pretty much the only case I could ever think to take DD-WRT over tomato is that DD-WRT works on some hardware that Tomato does not; however if your router supports Tomato, there's no reason not to use it over DD-WRT.

Comment: Re:perception (Score 1) 318

I actually watched the video just now, and I didn't see any of the "technology induced" problem that they talk about. Most of these people just looked the other way when he asked them. And I know the exact feeling they go through. I personally don't like being begged for money. I don't EVER ask anybody for money, and if I gave money to everybody who asked for it then I wouldn't have any myself either. Naturally when people hassle me like that, I try to ignore them.

Comment: Re:perception (Score 1) 318

I don't know about being homeless as a choice, but bumming for cash around a bridge certainly is. I mean when you think about it, every major city in the US has missionaries and/or government funded shelters where all of the bare essentials are literally given away for free. So why the need to beg for money on freeway offramps?

Comment: Re:Helping the poor (Score 2) 318

The last time I was being panhandled, it was by some lady who was smoking cigarettes at the time she was asking me for money. I said I didn't have any (which is true; I only carry a credit card and rarely have cash) but even if I did, there's no way I am going to give any to somebody who is likely to just buy cigarettes with it. If they want food, that is already easy to get for free (the shelters and churches literally just give it away.) If they need clothing, same thing.

When I think about it, cigarettes and/or booze are the only thing they actually need money for. All of the bare essentials are available at no cost.

Comment: Re:Yay for government!!! (Score 1) 136

by AlphaWolf_HK (#46776455) Attached to: Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality

They would need to take control of the carriers to do this. In an apocalyptic scenario, taking over the carrier would disrupt your phone communications anyways.

I think the most important thing is being able to maintain evidence you record via your phone and that it can't be destroyed by destroying your phone. A solution to that would be proper cloud backups of your data to mega style providers where only you hold the key to your data.

Comment: Re:wait, what? (Score 1, Insightful) 456

by AlphaWolf_HK (#46776129) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

If quality and skill are heavily reduced, then it wouldn't be worth sending work there. You really can't have it both ways on this one -- either they're smart businessmen who know India saves money, or they're smart businessmen who are wise to a lack of quality and skill.

Often times you simply can't afford to hire your own in-house development staff. Imagine for example that you run a small business and you don't have any programmers on staff, nor does your business operate in the IT sector. Suppose you need a custom inventory management solution because no pre-built ones from any domestic companies are available. Your solution in this case may very well be to hire an outfit in India to do it. You may very well not have the amount of money that a US based firm would ask for, in which case what is your alternative? "Not doing it at all" isn't a good answer.

Comment: Re:wait, what? (Score 1, Flamebait) 456

by AlphaWolf_HK (#46774681) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

Walmart shoppers are mostly a fat and unhealthy lot (or thin and flabby) mainly because it is cheaper to eat poorly and that is all they can afford.

Walmart sells the same food you get anywhere else. Same brands, same species.

Being overweight isn't a result of eating unhealthy foods, rather it is a result of eating too much food. This is what we call a first world problem. Does walmart contribute to that? Probably, because by eating their food you get a lot for your money. It's really up to you to determine how much food you need, not walmart.

Stores like whole foods rip you off. The shit they sell isn't any better than what wal-mart sells, rather it just has a feel good label on it that makes you think it's somehow better. That, and they sell homeopathic medicine that is completely useless, yet people pay out the nose for it anyways thinking it's so natural and pure.

When given the choice between paying a lot more and getting nothing better (whole foods) and getting exactly what you pay for (walmart) I choose walmart, thanks. Whole foods bans ingredients that have actually proven to be harmless, including MSG. Some "natural" researchers don't even seem to understand what it is, like this:

Notice they don't even seem to understand what the term means. Mono-Sodium Glutamate. They refer to it in the singular form, and then point to chemicals that don't have sodium (rather potassium) as being MSG (while additive-wise it serves the same purpose, it isn't the same chemical.) The proper thing they should be targeting are the glutamates in that case (this is the only thing on the "list" that they all have in common.)

Here's what the real research says:

Even if it did cause allergies, peanuts are known to be fatal for some people, yet you won't find whole foods banning peanuts. So why all the hate for MSG but not peanuts? I'll tell you why: It's because whole foods caters to people who are gullible idiots, and a fool and his money soon part. People who bitch about MSG are every bit as idiotic as those who claim they have electromagnetic allergies.

You know who follows the mainstream (rather than fringe) science though? Walmart.

And by the way, unlike most people, I actually know what "processed" means when it comes to processed foods, and I'm just going to call it like I know it: It isn't unhealthy. In fact I've actually turned my own health from provably bad (based on my blood work) to very good (again based on the same metrics.) Part of that included eating food at walmart and mcdonalds (prior to this I never actually ate at McDonalds; the reason I eat there now is because their food is so well documented I can know exactly what's in it.)

the tremendous amount of offshoring which has destroyed the US manufacturing base.

In a word: Bullshit. The US is still the worlds #2 manufacturer of physical goods. Frankly I'm surprised we're even that high; we're a very distant #3 on the global population list, but most of our population prefers to work in service jobs. So many of us look down their nose at people who work on assembly lines yet at the same time believe that there aren't enough manufacturing jobs.

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