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Comment: Re:You're doing it wrong. (Score 1) 143

by BarbaraHudson (#48188261) Attached to: An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

65,000 people don't belong in any dessert. That's clearly unsanitary.

[_] Shhhh ... it's made from soylent green :-)
[_] Well, we had to find a new use for all those zombie parts coming on-stream thanks to ebola.
[_] "You got people in my dessert!" "You got dessert in my people!"
[_] It's Burning Man. They'll eat anything.
[_] You know our slogan - "it's real people food?" Well, what did you expect?
[_] You're right - there's not enough people in the dessert. Everyone knows 640k should be enough.
[_] At Burning Man, people desert YOU (probably because of the smell after the first few days ...)

Comment: Re: Agner Krarup Erlang - The telephone in 1909! (Score 1) 143

by BarbaraHudson (#48188199) Attached to: An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man
"I want a mumble mumble mumble and a mumble mumble mumble - no make that mumble mumble mumble ..."
"Mumble mumble mumble?"
Morale of the story - get your lazy ass out of the car if you want your "fat food" fast.

The real reasons for two lines into one:
1. Once they have your order, they have you. Don't matter how long the queue takes - you're already psychologically invested, stuck in the line. Welcome to the Hotel California fast food queue;
2. Those awful speaker systems - combined with language barriers in much of Canada - mean that sometimes just getting the order will jam up the line. I think they must buy their speakers from the same company that sells P.A. systems to the Metro.

Comment: Like everything else, it depends ... (Score 1) 1

by BarbaraHudson (#48186573) Attached to: On posting anonymously

I recognize the value of anonymity, particularly when dealing with people who are in a precarious position, where they want to pose questions or make comments that, while harmless, if they weren't anonymous, could lead to severe consequences because of other people's prejudices, stupidity, or whatever.

But this has gone beyond stupid. Moving out because of death threats on twitter? Seriously???? "Oh, but they're serious - they know my address!!!" Come on - that means nothing.

There was a time when everyone's phone number (and address) was in the phone book (unless they paid extra for an unlisted number), when letters to the editor had to have a verifiable contact, and people could be held accountable for what they said.

Now everyone is afraid that *any* personal information will be used against them (though that doesn't stop them from giving it all to facebook). Just like they're afraid of people who make pseudo-anonymous threats on the internet (oh, takes a whole bunch of courage to threaten someone anonymously - not!).

I've never been one to hide my identity. My first slashdot account was under my birth name, the current one is under my name post-transition. Anyone can get my address, phone number, etc., easily enough - I've posted them online. Anyone stupid enough to mail or phone me a threat will get what they deserve, since those are traceable (and if anyone thinks that using the internet to make those phone calls is untraceable, they're stupid enough to get what's coming).

Anonymity has its uses, but so does transparency. There's a balance to be struck, depending on the situation, but enough of the pseudo-drama already. It has completely derailed discussion of the real issues.

Comment: Re:Overly broad? (Score 2) 367

by BarbaraHudson (#48185731) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

It's a myth that Sugar causes diabetes. I'm so tired of that FUD being spread around.

There is no direct link between sugar and diabetes. Sugar causes weight gain and obesity, which can lead to diabetes.

I have a sister who has never been overweight. She has type 2 diabetes. Insulin resistance (type 2) is caused by the body being repeatedly forced to produce high levels of insulin - such as her 2 liters a day Pepsi habit - over a lifetime. Those May Wests and chocolate bars didn't help. So, her tissues developed resistance to her body's insulin, and now she has to take pills to help her tissues utilize the insulin she produces.

Same story with one of my nephews, who was always a bit skinny, but guzzled soft drinks all his life.

Ask any endocrinologist. Type two diabetics come in all shapes and sizes.

Given that type 2 diabetes represents more than 90% of all diabetes, we really need to cut the crap (including soft drinks). There was a time when soft drinks weren't a regular part of lunch or supper meals. Now people are drinking them at breakfast.

+ - The Largest Ship in the World is Being Built in Korea

Submitted by (3830033) writes "Alastair Philip Wiper writes that at at 194 feet wide and 1,312 feet long, the Matz Maersk Triple E is the largest ship ever built capable of carrying 18,000 20-foot containers. Its propellers weigh 70 tons apiece and it is too big for the Panama Canal, though it can shimmy through the Suez. A U-shaped hull design allows more room below deck, providing capacity for 18,000 shipping containers arranged in 23 rows – enough space to transport 864 million bananas. The Triple-E is constructed from 425 pre-fabricated segments, making up 21 giant “megablock” cross sections. Most of the 955,250 litres of paint used on each ship is in the form of an anti- corrosive epoxy, pre-applied to each block. Finally, a polyurethane topcoat of the proprietary Maersk brand colour, “Hardtop AS-Blue 504”, is sprayed on.

Twenty Triple-E class container ships have been commissioned by Danish shipping company Maersk Lines for delivery by 2015. The ships are being built at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering factory in the South Korean port of Opko. The shipyard, about an hour from Busan in the south of the country, employs about 46,000 people, and "could reasonably be described as the worlds biggest Legoland," writes Wiper. "Smiling workers cycle around the huge shipyard as massive, abstractly over proportioned chunks of ships are craned around and set into place." The Triple E is just one small part of the output of the shipyard, as around 100 other vessels including oil rigs are in various stages of completion at the any time.” The vessels will serve ports along the northern-Europe-to-Asia route, many of which have had to expand to cope with the ships’ size. “You don’t feel like you’re inside a boat, it’s more like a cathedral,” Wiper says. “Imagine this space being full of consumer goods, and think about how many there are on just one ship. Then think about how many are sailing round the world every day. It’s like trying to think about infinity.”"

+ - The woman who should have been the first female astronaut.

Submitted by StartsWithABang
StartsWithABang (3485481) writes "We like to think of the Mercury 7 — the very first group of NASA astronauts — as the "best of the best," having been chosen from a pool of over 500 of the top military test pilots after three rounds of intense physical and mental tests. Yet when women were allowed to take the same tests, one of them clearly distinguished herself, outperforming practically all of the men. If NASA had really believed in merit, Jerrie Cobb would have been the first female in space, even before Valentina Tereshkova, more than 50 years ago. She still deserves to go."

Comment: Re:Oh-oh, here we go :-( (Score 1) 124

by BarbaraHudson (#48183911) Attached to: Why do so many liberals despise Christianity?

Except that even if I were to posit the existence of a god, if it were the god of the bible, I would have to stand in opposition, because the god depicted in the bible is morally wrong.

So who am I to condemn god?

I am what I am. Someone, apparently, with more mercy and common sense than the biblical god. Someone who has learned that you get further by rewarding good behavior than by punishing bad behavior, whether it's toilet-training a dog or dealing with children or other adults.

We're not "at war." But, I am not going to suspend disbelief when, taken as a whole, the bible promotes fear, prejudice, genocide, hate ... all sanctioned by the god of the bible, right up to the "end of days" and beyond. If the bible is true, I must in good faith oppose that god, and if it's false, what's the big deal?

It may be the exact opposite of Pascal's Wager, but Pascal's Wager was one of the dumbest pieces of failed logic around.

Comment: Re:Oh-oh, here we go :-( (Score 1) 124

by BarbaraHudson (#48183859) Attached to: Why do so many liberals despise Christianity?
I'm not blaming any god for any of it. How can I, when I don't believe god exists?

I thought you insisted that you're actually a woman, just born with a male body.

Female gender identity, male phenotype (as opposed to genotype, because we now know that portions of transsexualism are rooted in the genome).

Then even if some others mistake your wearing women's clothes as a sin, God knows the truth about you.

That would have been cold comfort to those who were being stoned to death in ages past, or held up to public ridicule today.

The thing is, I'm not even angry with those who condemn me. Why should I be, when I understand why they do so? It would be like getting angry at APK for all the junk he's posted the last couple of months. It doesn't happen.

Think of it - we are the sum of our experiences, both good and bad. Without those bad experiences, I would not be the person I am today. Odds are I'd be less compassionate, less able to empathize. I wouldn't recognize myself. After all, we learn at least as much, if not more, from dealing with the bad things in life. Or as it is oft said, suffering builds character. And as anyone will tell you, I'm quite the character :-)

So no, I'm not angry, and always welcome the opportunity to share, even when some of it hurts.

Comment: Re:Oh-oh, here we go :-( God as bad parent (Score 1) 124

by BarbaraHudson (#48183805) Attached to: Why do so many liberals despise Christianity?
He could have given them knowledge. Knowledge is power. It's also the ONLY way to know right from wrong.

No matter how you sugar coat it, it was more than a raw deal. It was a setup. The first of many reasons not to believe in the bible as authority.

Look, you've obviously got a lot of rage and hate built up over God, accumulated over probably a long time, and that couldn't be undone over one weekend. I'll just say that I wish you peace.

Hardly. How can I be angry at something that doesn't exist :-) It would be like being afraid of dead ebola patients turning into zombies, or being angry at the easter bunny.

What you fail to understand is that atheism is not just for those on the left side of the socio-political spectrum, just as religion isn't just for those on the right side. Just because atheism is the fastest growing belief system in the world is no reason to try to pigeon-hole us. We're not evil, and we're not opposed (most of us) to people having their own religious beliefs.

Like the joke says - we basically all believe the same thing - I just believe in one god less than you do :-)

+ - Porous Silicon Improves Sensitivity of Integrated Optical Sensors->

Submitted by shalon13
shalon13 (3884431) writes "Researchers in Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new method to significantly improve silicon-based optical sensors for the detection of biochemicals and other molecules. This simplified approach reliably brings porous silicon to silicon-on-insulator (SOI) substrates, a widely used platform in the area of Silicon Photonics aiming for integrated optical devices with high performance and low cost."
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Comment: Already built into Windows 8.1 (Score 1) 1

Click on Control panel - speech recognition - set up speech recognition.

"Using only your voice, you can start programs, open menus, click buttons and other objects on the screen, dictate text into documents, and write and send e-mails. Just about everything you do with your keyboard and mouse can be done with only your voice."

I tried the screen reader, etc., that comes with knoppix. Mostly broken.

Comment: Re:So what qualifies? (Score 0) 429

by BarbaraHudson (#48183693) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

What I'm waiting for is a legal definition of what a troll is.

The actual case that caused all this was someone else behaving like a troll, and their daughter defending it, and getting trolled herself. FTFA:

Grayling cited the case of Chloe Madeley, the daughter of television presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan, who was trolled after she defended her mother’s remarks about the convicted rapist Ched Evans.

Finnigan said Evans, who was released from prison last week after serving half of a five-year sentence for raping a 19-year-old woman, should be allowed to resume his career as a footballer because his rape had not been violent and he had not caused “any bodily harm”. Chloe Madeley faced rape threats on social media after she defended her mother’s remarks.

The impossibility of consent, as proven by video footage:

On 20 April 2012, the jury returned its verdicts. McDonald was acquitted. Evans was convicted of rape and sentenced to five years imprisonment. Judge Merfyn Hughes QC stated in his sentencing remarks that: "The complainant was 19 years of age and was extremely intoxicated. CCTV footage shows, in my view, the extent of her intoxication when she stumbled into your friend. As the jury have found, she was in no condition to have sexual intercourse. When you arrived at the hotel, you must have realised that.


1. Guy convicted of rape by a jury.
2. TV personality says "should be allowed to resume playing soccer because no bodily harm was done" (original troll)
3. Daughter of troll joins into trolling on her mother's side.
4. People respond to trolling.

+ - IBM to jettison chip business->

Submitted by deskjockeypro
deskjockeypro (2031450) writes "So it seems IBM is finally removing itself from the chip business — paying GF 1.5B to take the US fabs off their hands. What does this mean to the future of IBM hardware? Will they go the way of Apple and use Intel chips for servers (including z, p and i) , keep proprietary chips made by the alliance, or exit the hardware business all together?"
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