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Comment: Re:Regulators DO suppress natural cures. (Score 1) 395

by Evil Pete (#46534193) Attached to: Survey Finds Nearly 50% In US Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

No. I think he is correct. The only real conspiracy theory with big pharma is that they are companies and only want to make money. They aren't in it for altruistic reasons. Natural cures are irrelevant to them unless they can extract and patent any active component. The US FDA also has a government mandated conspiracy to forbid people to peddle 'cures' if they haven't been fully tested whatever their actual merits. This isn't rocket science. Did you actually read what he/she said?

Comment: Re:Other 50% are uninformed (Score 1) 395

by Evil Pete (#46534057) Attached to: Survey Finds Nearly 50% In US Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

Aspirin [] a man made synthetic compound mimicking the pain relieving properties of willow bark?

Willow bark does not relieve pain. It has anti-inflammatory properties just as aspirin does, but not pain relief. The addition of the acetyl group artificially produced the pain relief effects.

Comment: Re:Time to ban Anonymous Coward? (Score 1) 109

by Evil Pete (#46300253) Attached to: Jim Weirich, Creator of Rake, Has Passed Away

Although I am tempted to agree with you I cannot. There are some topics where insider information is invaluable but identifiable posts would likely cause repercussions for the poster. We still need that. Anonymous Cowards on this topic are just that, cowards, but I don't see how we can get rid of them without getting rid of the more useful aspects of that role.

BTW, "OFF TOPIC" ... which fuckwit moderated that?

Comment: Meh. (Score 1) 3

by Evil Pete (#46181721) Attached to: New Slashdot Beta Sucks

I was getting kind of bored with the old looking slashdot. Been using it for what ... crap, has it been 15 years? IT people should like new environments, as long as they are functional and don't remove options. I welcome the new beta, though being beta I will constructively criticise it. If it is a dead dog then I will reluctantly go back to Classic. But let's see what happens.

Comment: Re:Bias against men (Score 1) 209

by Evil Pete (#45875957) Attached to: Headhunters Can't Tell Anything From Facebook Profiles

It used to be that feminists also were concerned with "male liberation" as well. I see none of that now. And there are indeed a selection of strange extremist types that tend to poison the well. If you want to see some of the disturbing ideas out there just google "piv feminism". These people are so far from the goals of feminism that it should be regarded as deviant. But it isn't. I've experienced a little bit of it myself, but I tend to regard people who have this attitude as a waste of space, so not worth thinking about. But it can bite in situations that matter ... but then that is people, people are not always reasonable or rational.

Comment: Re:Reasons for:SciFi list (Score 1) 796

by Evil Pete (#45843145) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

Nice SF list. Such a list could go on and on and on. Here are some I would recommend, just at random. I'll probably miss quite a few that I really like.

  • Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon, this book just defies words
  • Chthon, the novel that was edged out by Ender's Game, had a big effect on me.
  • Cryptonomicon
  • In the Ocean of Night
  • Dune
  • Songs of Earth and Power, fantasy by Greg Bear
  • The War of the Worlds

Agree with Consider Phlebas. I just gave up on the list there are too many even before you get to non SF stuff.

Comment: Ladies and Gentlement ... (Score 1) 215

by Evil Pete (#45825853) Attached to: The Startling Array of Hacking Tools In NSA's Armory

... we are fucked!

All hail the New World Order and our masters at NSA. I was not a true believer in the NSA NWO but then I watched the 30c3 vid mentioned in the summary. Holy crap. No wonder Charlie Stross gave up on his next novel. I am now beyond horrified and simply in awe of our new Overlords.

Comment: Re:Bounds test? (Score 2) 165

by Evil Pete (#45815709) Attached to: Not All Bugs Are Random

I actually read the article. You know what it is? It is a simplified tutorial on white box testing for people who don't know, that is, amateur programmers. Yeah, that would have once been new and interesting to me, when I was learning to program. Not when I was doing it for a living though. Bad title and summary.

Comment: No Surprise (Score 5, Interesting) 457

by Evil Pete (#45809995) Attached to: Researchers Claim Facebook Is 'Dead and Buried' To Many Young Users

Teenagers want and need to find a place of their own, to form their own subculture. A new technology comes along, they jump on board because they are highly adaptable, their parents less, often much less, so. But after five years the teenagers are getting out of their teens and those entering the teens once again need to find their own space. Therefore, there can be no permanent place for teens unless it puts off older people joining or staying. Anyway, someone needs to beta test the new communications paradigms.

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. -- Thomas Alva Edison