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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015 106

Posted by Soulskill
from the gotta-head-to-the-payphone-to-torrent-something dept.
mrspoonsi writes: New York City announced today it has picked the companies that will deliver the technology behind its deployment of free, gigabit Wi-Fi to pay phone stations throughout the city. The LinkNYC stations will also include charging outlets, touchscreen displays that interface with city services, and free U.S. calling. It will be funded through advertising. Construction will begin in 2015, and officials expect up to 10,000 stations to be installed before it's done.

Comment: Thought Police Grasping at Straws (Score 1) 827

by EmagGeek (#48358149) Attached to: How To End Online Harassment

This is nothing more than the thought police grasping at straws trying to project an aura of legitimacy.

People say nasty things to each other. Nobody is more nasty to each other than young women. That is a fact. And, if I had a nickel for every time I overheard a nasty conversation between females at the water cooler about some man, I'd be pretty darn wealthy.

So, let us stop lying to ourselves by saying that gender hostility is a one-way street, shall we? People are people, and people will always say nasty things to each other. The thought police need to get over themselves and learn that the ability to deal with adversity and hostility internally is necessary for survival.


How To End Online Harassment 827

Posted by Soulskill
from the can't-we-all-just-get-along dept.
Presto Vivace sends this excerpt from an article at the Kernel, titled 'With Gamergate, it's not enough to ignore the trolls.' Gendered bigotry against women is widely considered to be "in bounds" by Internet commenters (whether they openly acknowledge it or not), and subsequently a demographic that comprises half of the total human population has to worry about receiving rape threats, death threats, and the harassment of angry mobs simply for expressing their opinions. This needs to stop, and while it's impossible to prevent all forms of harassment from occurring online, we can start by creating a culture that shames individuals who cross the bounds of decency.

We can start by stating the obvious: It is never appropriate to use slurs, metaphors, graphic negative imagery, or any other kind of language that plays on someone's gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion. Not only is such language inappropriate regardless of one's passion on a given subject, but any valid arguments that existed independently of such rhetoric should have been initially presented without it. Once a poster crosses this line, they should lose all credibility.

Similarly, it is never acceptable to dox, harass, post nude pictures, or in any other way violate someone's privacy due to disagreement with their opinions. While most people would probably agree with this in theory, far too many are willing to access and distribute this humiliating (and often illegal) content. Instead of simply viewing stories of doxing, slut-shaming, and other forms of online intimidation as an unfortunate by-product of the digital age, we should boycott all sites that publish these materials.

Comment: Dihydrogen Monoxide Vapor (Score 1) 695

Dihydrogen monoxide vapor is a far more prevalent and effective greenhouse gas than CO2. Though methane is even more powerful, dihydrogen monoxide wins on overwhelming volume.

CO2 is a red herring. Methane is a red herring. We have to get handle on dihydrogen monoxide emissions if we are to have a prayer of halting global climate change.


UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault 695

Posted by timothy
from the your-fault dept.
iONiUM writes The UN released a new climate change report which concludes that it is indeed happening, and it's almost entirely man's fault. From the article: "The IPCC was set up in 1988 to assess global warming and its impacts. The report released Sunday caps its latest assessment, a mega-review of 30,000 climate change studies that establishes with 95-percent certainty that nearly all warming seen since the 1950s is man-made." However, the report isn't entirely dire. It goes on to say: "To get a good chance of staying below 2C, the report's scenarios show that world emissions would have to fall by between 40 and 70 percent by 2050 from current levels and to 'near zero or below in 2100.'" Below zero of course means mining existing CO2 out of the atmopshere somehow.

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