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Comment: Pass around a real mic. (Score 1) 73

by FooAtWFU (#49175789) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Wireless Microphone For Stand-up Meetings?
Get one, mmaybe two real wireless microphones from Shure or someone like that -- think "audio equipment catalog", not "computer equipment catalog". Get the cables to hook the base station up to standard microphone input. Pass the mic around to whoever is talking; it doubles as the "currently speaking" token (and you only have one person at a time talking at standup, right?). Make sure you have lots of spare batteries (presumably rechargeable) in a convenient location.

Comment: Re:Interesing... (Score 4, Interesting) 387

by FooAtWFU (#49137417) Attached to: Lawmakers Seek Information On Funding For Climate Change Critics

Meanwhile in Europe where one party's politicians don't spend as much effort trying to use global warming as a bludgeon against their political enemies (and an excuse to funnel public money to their friends) popular acceptance of "climate change is a real thing to worry about" seems to be higher. How about that, hmm?

Comment: Re:Why hasn't it happened already? (Score 1) 241

by FooAtWFU (#49111231) Attached to: Al-Shabaab Video Threat Means Heightened Security at Mall of America

Two problems: we need the oil the ME provides (since we're not developing EVs fast enough and we won't build SkyTran),

Things have changed in the past 5 years. Western Europe might need the oil the Middle East provides (or alternatively, Russia, if you want to pick alternate geopolitical foes)... but if I recall correctly, the US was the world's #1 oil producer in 2014. There has some retrenchment since November, due to lower prices and oversupply, but it's nothing that couldn't be reversed in a real crisis.

Comment: on starting with smaller-scale albedo modification (Score 5, Insightful) 421

by FooAtWFU (#49110639) Attached to: What If We Lost the Sky?

Developed areas currently cover around 1% of Earth's surface already. Switching to more-reflective materials -- asphalt mixed with recycled glass, roofs with light-colored shingles instead of dark, Mediterranean-style exterior color schemes -- not only increases albedo but can mitigate heat-island effects and reduce the need to expend energy on cooling.

Comment: Re:The General Attorney of Canada missed the point (Score 2) 231

by FooAtWFU (#49010655) Attached to: Canadian Supreme Court Rules Ban On Assisted Suicide Unconstitutional

In most assisted-suicide schemes, the burden of proof is on the "killer", not on the prosecution.

Methinks you trust Systems too much.

The present paper provides evidence that these laws and safeguards are regularly ignored and transgressed in all the jurisdictions and that transgressions are not prosecuted. For example, about 900 people annually are administered lethal substances without having given explicit consent, and in one jurisdiction, almost 50% of cases of euthanasia are not reported. Increased tolerance of transgressions in societies with such laws represents a social "slippery slope," as do changes to the laws and criteria that followed legalization. Although the initial intent was to limit euthanasia and assisted suicide to a last-resort option for a very small number of terminally ill people, some jurisdictions now extend the practice to newborns, children, and people with dementia. A terminal illness is no longer a prerequisite. In the Netherlands, euthanasia for anyone over the age of 70 who is "tired of living" is now being considered. Legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide therefore places many people at risk, affects the values of society over time, and does not provide controls and safeguards.

-- Legalizing euthanasia or assisted suicide: the illusion of safeguards and controls, J. Pereira, MBChB MSc. Current Oncology. 2011 Apr; 18(2): e38-e45.

Comment: Re:to be honest, we dont have farms anymore. (Score 1) 194

by FooAtWFU (#48998391) Attached to: Farmers Struggling With High-Tech Farm Equipment

You can thank the FDR administration for setting us down this path with New Deal legislation explicitly designed to make food production more like factories, with standardized, homogenized output -- to say nothing of the price-supports and other handouts to big agribusiness which continue to this day...

Comment: Re:Let me translate (Score 1) 55

by FooAtWFU (#48987927) Attached to: Using Machine Learning To Find a Better Job
Nor is there any direct relationship between the recruiter who's emailing you and your resume. Place key information about your career objectives (e.g. "i want you to get me a visa to work in $location") within the first paragraph and watch it be gleefully ignored, not just by the usual spammer suspects but by a variety of guys with a coherent pitch and several major tech shops like Amazon, Facebook, et cetera. :(

Comment: Re:Home school kids are just weird (Score 1) 700

by FooAtWFU (#48976813) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Pros and Cons of Homeschooling?

I mean, have you ever met a normal one? Case closed.

Good point! You need to teach these kids about socialization and how to interact with other people in the world around them. After all, you wouldn't want your children to grow up into judgemental assholes making invidious generalizations about some minority out-group of people they're barely familiar with, just because they're a little outside the mainstream.

hey wait a minute ...

Comment: Re:Not the fault of science (Score 1) 958

by FooAtWFU (#48966037) Attached to: Science's Biggest Failure: Everything About Diet and Fitness

Science did not tell us to avoid natural fats in our diet, it was the: USDA, FDA, AMA, etc. etc. It was government and industry associations, sensational journalists who won't or can't deal with basic stats, not scientists. ... The jump to connecting this to climate change had zero supporting evidence in this article.

Psst. When most Americans hear about climate change, it's either policy proposals and advocacy from politicians in the government, or the EPA, solar industry, et cetera... or it's sensationalist news coverage, much like diet fads.

It's a testament to something that more people aren't skeptical/denialist given the sort of marketing that is involved, but I'm not sure what exactly.

Comment: Re:I predict far less outrage (Score 2) 102

by FooAtWFU (#48844661) Attached to: Feds Operated Yet Another Secret Metadata Database Until 2013

Nah, when a citizen gets murdered, there's supposed to be a trial.

Okay. You're alleging racist treatments of minorities based on prosecutors failing to indict cops who kill black people.

There's supposed to get a trial when a prosecutor thinks that he can convict the guy of some crime. "Police officer shoots random innocent in what appears to be a tragic accident possibly involving negligence" is apparently not one of those cases, for some reason or another -- probably the cozy relationship between prosecutors and the police, which is dubious enough.

But I want to contend that it's not really racist: they really wouldn't hold a trial in a similar case if the guy shot was white, and if you keep playing at it for racial reasons you will fail to effect meaningful policy changes that will address the issue, which would be more unfortunate for minorities than it would for me or most Slashdot readers (because we're demographically less likely to come into contact with law enforcement, in part because we're fancy computer programmer types who make a lot of money and can afford to live in neighborhoods which aren't riddled with crime).

The next person to mention spaghetti stacks to me is going to have his head knocked off. -- Bill Conrad