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Comment: Re:Did you bother to read the story? (Score 2) 59

by Casualposter (#47340139) Attached to: 2600 Distributor Withholds Money, Magazine's Future In Limbo

Well, then perhaps the advertisers in their magazines should be aware that they are stealing from or attempting to steal from 2600 magazine. Sure it is a hacker magazine, but if they will steal from hackers, they will surely rip off the automotive enthusiasts.

2600 should file claims immediately both civil and criminal. Keeping about $100,000 is enough to get big agencies interested and it is certainly not legal to spin off the "bad" parts to a "bankrupt" entity merely to avoid paying the bills.

Should be fun to watch.

Comment: Re:So? (Score 1) 691

by Casualposter (#32665094) Attached to: Louisiana Federal Judge Blocks Drilling Moratorium

The goal of the Navy is to NOT have a sub lost due to a nuclear accident.

The goal of the OIL company is to make as much money as possible while pushing as much of the cost and risk to other people.

This spill is a consequence of corporate valuation in monetary units as the sole reason for corporate existence.

Comment: Re:Word Permutations (Score 1) 158

by Casualposter (#32631988) Attached to: German Publishers Want Monopoly On Sentences

Ah, yes! Everyone uses language. Copyright language. NOW, everyone uses YOUR copyrighted language. SO! PROFITS RAIN DOWN FROM THE SKY! Well, that is exactly how the drug addled minds behind these schemes think. SO the next best thing is to TAX everyone for using language.

Well, we know where all of the communists and socialists are. This is nothing more than redistribution of wealth!


Astronomers Discover 33 Pairs of Waltzing Black Holes 101

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the teach-them-to-foxtrot dept.
Astronomers from UC Berkeley have identified 33 pairs of waltzing black holes, closing the gap somewhat between the observed population of super-massive black hole pairs and what had been predicted by theory. "Astronomical observations have shown that 1) nearly every galaxy has a central super-massive black hole (with a mass of a million to a billion times the mass of the Sun), and 2) galaxies commonly collide and merge to form new, more massive galaxies. As a consequence of these two observations, a merger between two galaxies should bring two super-massive black holes to the new, more massive galaxy formed from the merger. The two black holes gradually in-spiral toward the center of this galaxy, engaging in a gravitational tug-of-war with the surrounding stars. The result is a black hole dance, choreographed by Newton himself. Such a dance is expected to occur in our own Milky Way Galaxy in about 3 billion years, when it collides with the Andromeda Galaxy."

Comment: Re:Only the view of a theist. (Score 1) 845

by Casualposter (#30622612) Attached to: Ireland's Blasphemy Law Goes Into Effect

The argument used by christians who claim that life does not exist beyond the confines of earth are all derivatives of "It's not in the bible, so it must not exist." The vatican has often ruled on the validity of science via the interpretation of scripture. What this means is that someone takes the literal writings of the bible ands says: If these words are true, then what must also be true? So if the bible says that the earth was created but does not mention any other world, then no other worlds must have been created. Such interpretations have been demonstrated to be patently false as we have found other worlds in orbit around other suns, and we have shown that the earth is not the center of the universe, and we have shown that the sun does not go round the earth. Nevertheless, the interpretation of scripture as a means of determining the nature of the world continues.

Comment: Re:Only the view of a theist. (Score 1) 845

by Casualposter (#30622452) Attached to: Ireland's Blasphemy Law Goes Into Effect

The catholic church was given the power to write the laws of christianity by the Emperor Constantine at the first council of Niceae where the full count of bishops of the christian church were brought together by the power of the emperor and the decisions of the council were enforced by the power of the roman empire. While the churches of the christian religion all claim that their faith gives them the moral authority to interpret the scriptures, the legal authority to write the laws of the religion is derived from the ancient roman legal authority.

Comment: Re:Because obscurity... (Score 3, Insightful) 379

by Casualposter (#30610420) Attached to: TSA Subpoenas Bloggers Over New Security Directive

They are wasting our time and money on this obviously stupid stuff and because it is so stupid, they slap "super secret" on it. Just because something is "secret" does not mean that it is in the best interest of the public to not know about it. The real national security issue is that some jackass got on a plane with a bomb in Nigeria, and then made it through Amsterdam and all the way to Detroit before trying to blow up the plane. Making passengers sit still with their hands in the air for the last hour of a 12 hour flight doesn't address how the bomb got on the flight to Detroit in the first place. The TSA has a tough job: keep the bombs off the planes without making air travel so odious that it doesn't work. But when the TSA does something like this proposal - something so obviously not related to fixing the actual problem, they want it to be secret because everyone will think, and rightfully so, that Colonel Klink and Sergeant Shultz of Hogan's Heros are running airport security.

To me, this leak falls under the whistleblower laws. This type of stupidity is negligent.

But of course, the TSA thinks that all of its requirements and lists must be secret because the "Bad Guys" will get through much easier if things are known. But then, secret laws and secret rules with brutal enforcement are fundamentally unfair and ineffective. Far too easy to catch the ignorantly innocent rather than the nefarious. The TSA has a history or trying to hide their rules and go with arbitrary requirements, and by golly they don't want ANYONE to talk about it.

Comment: Re:Programming without music? Listen Up Cog (Score 4, Insightful) 1019

by Casualposter (#30413540) Attached to: Music While Programming?

Forget you. You are not valuable. You are an expense. You are a necessary evil that cuts into the profits. Why do you think the company stock goes up when a bunch of you are laid off? If you were valuable assets, then the company could borrow against your value like it can against inventory and accounts receivable. You could be sold or traded like inventory or the old company car.

Right now there are fifty guys in line for your job. Your manager can replace you with another monkey in clothing faster than you can say "But I like music." IT does not matter what your experience or your skills or education, you are a cog in a machine and when you squeak you get replaced with some less squeaky cog.

That's the nature of companies in our day in age.


Over 160 Tutorial Videos Created For Unreal Dev Kit 48

Posted by Soulskill
from the how-it's-done dept.
As a follow-up to Epic Games' release of a free version of the Unreal Engine last month, the company has now posted over 160 video tutorials which demonstrate the various uses of the Unreal Development Kit. Roughly 20 hours of footage were created by technical education company 3D Buzz, with topics ranging from user interface to game physics to cinematics.

Games Workshop Goes After Fan Site 174

Posted by Soulskill
from the don't-anger-your-base dept.
mark.leaman writes "BoingBoing has a recent post regarding Games Workshop's aggressive posturing against fan sites featuring derivative work of their game products. 'Game publisher and miniature manufacturer Games Workshop just sent a cease and desist letter to, telling them to remove all fan-made players' aids. This includes scenarios, rules summaries, inventory manifests, scans to help replace worn pieces — many of these created for long out of print, well-loved games...' As a lifelong hobby gamer of table, board, card and miniature games, I view this as pure heresy. It made me reject the idea of buying any Games Workshop (read Warhammer) products for my son this Christmas. Their fate was sealed, in terms of my wallet, after I Googled their shenanigans. In 2007 they forbid Warhammer fan films, this year they shut down Vassal Modules, and a while back they went after retailers as well. What ever happened to fair use?"

Comment: Re:Oh, hey, (Score 2, Interesting) 1011

by Casualposter (#30271762) Attached to: Where the Global Warming Data Is

So what you are saying is simply that the climate will change. There is NOTHING that we can do to stop climate change. If we spend trillions of dollars to do something the climate will change. If we do NOTHING the climate will change. Which is how this planet's environment has been working for billions of years. The climate changes. Duh.

Raising a hullabaloo over the climate changing is a very good political game, but it is not very good science. Should we study how the climate works? Should we learn to model and predict the weather? Sure. These are worthy goals. But that is NOT what is going on here. At this time, there are conflicting models about how changes in the various components of the atmosphere will change the climate. Some predict high temperatures, some do not. Some think that the high temperatures will trigger an ice age, some do not. Some predict that the Sahara Desert will become green, some say that the desert will expand. Many of these models, based upon reasonable science lead to mutually exclusive results: they cannot all be correct.

The arrogance of man is obvious to those who look for it: we THINK that we are so IMPORTANT that we can and should control the climate. The truth is that we do not understand our climate to any significant degree. We cannot predict next summer's weather any better than our ancient ancestors despite reams of data and sophisticated models. Scientists make fools of themselves and their profession by making predictions that do not come true. How many Atlantic hurricanes again? How many droughts predicted in advance? If you could predict such things, you would make a killing in the markets, by the way. The incentive to make accurate climate and weather models is extreme. Think of the things we could do if we knew that the monsoon was going to be bad next year; or how many hurricanes in the Atlantic, Typhoons in the pacific, what the winter in Siberia was going to be. How well are the rains going to fall in the Midwest? Trillions of dollars in damages and untold consequences in human and animal suffering all because we can't predict next years regional climate.

As to the certainty of catastrophe, none of the models predict a climate that is inhospitable to life on our world. None of the models are even going outside the boundaries of known, past behavior for our planet. So what is this catastrophe? That the arable land will shift around? That humans will have to adapt to a changing climate? That we will face the political and economic difficulties of mass human migration? That is not a catastrophe of an environmental nature. That is a POLITICAL problem caused not by man's technology and emissions of carbon dioxide, but by the artificial walled gardens we created called countries. That changes in our climate can lead humans to kill each other over food is NOT a CLIMATE problem but a problem of human BEHAVIOR. Tossing trillions at a moving climate isn't going to the root of the problem: human behavior. And when those predictions do not lead to catastrophe, the science will be discredited like the boy who cried wolf. THAT is the real impending catastrophe.

But of course, by 2050, the scientists making the predictions will be long gone. They will have spent their grants and retired, and perhaps even expired. Kinda like religion where the priest promises you paradise after you are dead, so if he lied you can't complain, can you?

While it is certainly the job of science and those who profess to be scientists to provide the rest of us with data and interpretations, that is clearly NOT what is going on here. The data is being cherry picked. Criticism suppressed not with facts and data, but with political machinations - something that has clearly lead to disaster in our past. The truth, while painful, is liberating to all of us. That is NOT what is going here, people with vested economic and political interests are suppressing and manipulating data to support a pre conceived conclusion. Here we are seventy years beyond the dawn of nuclear power still relying on coal and gas for our energy. Not because nuclear power is more dangerous than coal and gas, but because of the politics of fear. People with vested interests in preserving their own territory came together to suppress the use of nuclear power by using the fear of accidents and nuclear war. And now, how much of this climate change would not be an issue if we had gone down THAT road? If we were using nuclear power and electric cars instead of natural gas, coal, and gasoline would we now be talking about carbon dioxide regulation?

Humans cannot see very well into the future. We cannot see all ends. Thus the Law of Unintended Consequences applies. What ever we decide about climate will not be the best decision and will be unenforceable by political means. And there will be consequences that we cannot predict. It is in technology that the changes to carbon dioxide levels can be made, but the current approach is not one conducive to developing such technology for global use. The advanced nations can do this, but the rest of the world will not follow suit because it will cost too much. It's easy to say to the European and American, we'll cost your family another $4000 in taxes to boggle up the climate a bit, but when you live in Kenya and your family makes $1300 per year, you can't saddle them with another $4000/year.

Now we can regulate how much carbon dioxide we produce in industry. But we can't regulate the concentration of the gas in the climate because we are not the sole source. Global temperature is the same. We can regulate how much heat we produce in industry, but we can't control the sun. In fact, we really don't know what the effects of higher carbon dioxide level will be, just like we don't know what the effects of higher temperature will be.

So the climate will change. What should we do? Where should we go? If we do nothing, the climate changes. If do something, the climate changes. We really don't know in which direction the climate will go or what the changes will do to any particular region. Which is exactly where we were a hundred years ago before we gathered reams and reams of climate data and tons of computers to model our climate. Now some scientists demand that we spend trillions on climate regulation to prevent an impending disaster of global proportions. Except that the details of this disaster are rather vague, and tend to sound a bit biblical: the seas shall rise swallowing the coasts, droughts and famine, war and pestilence, dogs and cats living together. Mass hysteria! Or maybe just a bit to much like a line from Ghost Busters, except here, if nothing happens, the scientists will have spent their grants, retired, and probably expired before anyone realizes that we've been conned.

Scientific decision making is not fear based, but fact based. Fear based political manipulation using some vaguely defined threat has lead to some of the worst decisions humanity has made. A brief historical review: Fear of the Jews in Nazi Germany lead to world war. Sure that was a made up fear, but it whipped up German support for the political goals of a small group of people. Fear of Communists gave the United States McCarthy, the Vietnam war, and the cold war. Fear of terrorists gave us the Patriot Act, the War on Terror, and two largely unwinnable wars: Iraq and Afghanistan. The debate on climate change has gone from science to politics with certain scientist banding together with other interest groups to whip up a frenzy of fear of impending global catastrophe in the far future that we must ACT NOW to prevent. This is EXACTLY the same fear mongering used to sell some very stupid policies.

And yes I am CERTAIN that the climate will change, and that I and my children are up to the challenge of surviving in this brave new world.


Herschel Spectroscopy of Future Supernova 21

Posted by Soulskill
from the that's-a-big-star dept.
davecl writes "ESA's Herschel Space Telescope has released its first spectroscopic results. These include observations of VYCMa, a star 50 times as massive as the sun and soon to become a supernova, as well as a nearby galaxy, more distant colliding starburst galaxies and a comet in our own solar system. The spectra show more lines than have ever been seen in these objects in the far-infrared and will allow astronomers to work out the detailed chemistry and physics behind star and planet formation as well as the last stages of stellar evolution before VYCMa's eventual collapse into a supernova. More coverage is available at the Herschel Mission Blog, which I run."

Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child 331

Posted by samzenpus
from the snack-is-going-to-be-on-the-floor-today dept.
Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."

Comment: Re:August (Score 4, Interesting) 1146

by Casualposter (#28957355) Attached to: Navigating a Geek Marriage?

First off, being "in love" with someone is a pretty messed up mental state which often blinds people to the faults and realities of the other person. This state of being "in love" can last a couple of years - though it does last far longer for some folks. The biology of this emotional state is to get two people who would otherwise not hook up, to have kids. Essentially, love blinds you to the faults (large and small) of the other person so that you are willing to make an eternal commitment to the other person.

1. Sex in relationships often diminishes regardless of the honesty of the people involved mostly because the female does not have the same sex drive as the male. Other factors contribute to the decrease in sex: medications (such as the birth control pill, anxiety medications, etc.), time stresses (got married and now you are both focuses on earning money to pay for the mortagage), and the negative emotional baggage that builds up over time. Sure, you love her now, and the fact that she won't do the dishes until the last dish is dirty doesn't bother you, but it will bother you a lot three years from now when you come home from an exhausting day of work related hell to find that all of the fucking cups are dirty. You won't get confrontational about it then because you are TIRED and it's a small thing. But sand is a small thing, and it can irritate the hell out of you. And after you have kids. . . sex is a challenge because nothing on earth kills the moment like the sound of your offspring opening the door for . . . a drink of water.

2. Weight gain happens because your metabolism changes and as you get older the work you do becomes less and less physical.

3. You money stops going where you wanted it to go when you were single. That causes resentment because no matter what, marriage does not change WHO YOU ARE and WHAT YOU LIKE. Don't expect her to change either. The only thing that changes people of either sex is trauma - emotional, physical trauma.

4. Relatives . . . mine are strange and insufferable. I like my in laws better.

5. My spouse drives the vehicle I don't want to drive. Right now, I drive the new truck and she drives the old civic. When we bought the SUV, she drove it, because I liked driving the protege better, of course she wanted to drive it.

6. Neglecting your spouse because you play HALO, or WOW 80 hours per week will cause just as much trouble as if you spent 90 hours per week working came home and watched football. It's the not being fair to the other person and forgetting that they need you to participate in their emotional well being part that cause the trouble.

7. Yes, she will ask. You will lie about it.

8. Learn to cook well.

9 & 10. Love is blinding so you'd better be sure she's being honest. If she likes to do the same things you like to do then you're doing pretty well. Otherwise, you'll need some win-win negotiations.

Honesty is the most important factor. If a person is brave enough to be honest with you, and very much wants to be a part of your life and vice versa, great. Beware though, the deceiver, because like a cheater, a liar keeps on lying.

Been there, done that, have the tee-shirt.

A morsel of genuine history is a thing so rare as to be always valuable. -- Thomas Jefferson