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Comment: Re:YES (Score 1) 375

by Gallomimia (#49166093) Attached to: Google Wants To Rank Websites Based On Facts Not Links
This would have been great back when google was inventing the relational search engine. But now that the corporation has thrown in its hat with the regulating bodies of the real world, I can only predict that google will become the ultimate censor, finally cementing Orwell's Minsitry of Truth in the virtual world.

Comment: No we didn't. (Score 1) 341

by Gallomimia (#49159195) Attached to: We Stopped At Two Nuclear Bombs; We Can Stop At Two Degrees.
In addition to evidence of more tactical nukes being used in combat elsewhere and much later in history than WW2, there were also more than a thousand tests of nuclear bombs, some done underwater and leaving their highly radioactive byproducts in the sea. If we only take our information from video games, we can see that nuclear detonations cause global warming. (Sid Meyer's Civilization 2). If we examine it with careful thought and actual science, we can see that the nuclear bomb releases heat and greenhouse gases orders of magnitude higher than most anything else on the planet, excepting perhaps volcanoes, the other elephant in the room with regards to global warming. So. Before we start talking about goals and fantasies where we reverse global warming and recycle every plastic bag that comes with our shiny new computer components, let's think about whether those two degrees are because of nuclear testing and detonations.

Comment: This happens on my Late2010 mpb (Score 1) 99

GPU is nVidia 320m I have several dozen screenshots of the problem. Yes, saving the screen to PDF or PNG actually shows the scrambled graphics as is. It only happens after severe overheats and is easily corrected with a simple restart of the affected app (game) a full system reboot is not required.

Comment: Re: "computer hacking" the convenient catch-all (Score 1) 327

by Gallomimia (#49012007) Attached to: Swatting 19-Year-Old Arrested in Las Vegas
Yes I suppose the arrestee has a point in playing pranks in order to call attention to the drastic over-response that has become the brunt of jokes and pranks like this. A lot of other comments here have pointed out that this can become highly dangerous due to the overzealousness of these gun-toting maniacs. A sticky situation indeed. Some people want to use prank calls to point out how ridiculous this situation is, while the rest of us want them to stop because its making bullets fly. Something's gotta give, and its probably going to be pictures of american kids shot to death by SWAT members responding to a prank call.

Comment: Re:"computer hacking" the convenient catch-all (Score 3, Interesting) 327

by Gallomimia (#49011905) Attached to: Swatting 19-Year-Old Arrested in Las Vegas
This is contradictory to the reduced IQ requirement. One man tried suing the police force for declining his application on the grounds that his IQ was too high. The supreme court upheld the force's decision. I believe that was a slashdot story around a year ago if anyone can post a link.

Comment: Money is the determinant (Score 1) 958

by Gallomimia (#48983171) Attached to: Science's Biggest Failure: Everything About Diet and Fitness
You all seem to have confused the fact that we live in a capitalistic society. The media is yelling and shouting in our faces the idea that religion is an enemy of science. The only enemy science has today is capitalism. And capitalism has had religion as its enemy for centuries. Eg Jesus kicking the crap out of the money changers for cornering the markets for half-sheckles at the temple. The Jewish Torah, The Christian Bible, and the Muslim Qur'an all at one point made interest on a loan a sin. The Torah was first to change, and the Bible soon sought to catch up to their competitors.

Capitalism is an enemy of Science because the capitalists treat science like a commodity. They figure they can "buy some science..." that makes my company look good. Convinces people that having a long shower is causing global warming. Tells folks that switching off lights will contribute to power conservation but ignores the amount of power used by their vacuums, hair dryers, and electric ranges. Proliferates lies about their diet in such a way that everyone becomes sick and has to visit the hospital all the time, take very expensive drugs with extensive side effects, and pay thousands of dollars in health insurance. And it's working! But real science doesn't work like that. Real science can't be swayed by interpreting the numbers wrong and spin-doctoring the results. Real science depends upon an informed public, just like democracy. It depends on people being able to scrutinize the opinions of scientists and capitalists alike, and deciding for themselves whether the science they are reading about through the sensationalist media is valid or not.

The enemy of my enemy is my friend! Therefore science and religion are friends! The media frenzy proclaiming the opposite is obviously engaged in divide and conquer tactics. Ignore them.

Comment: Re:In other news... (Score 2) 307

by Gallomimia (#48956369) Attached to: The NSA Is Viewed Favorably By Most Young People
I love how you say "our" response as if the electorate hasn't been dragged along like a bull with a ring through its nose. Keep in mind that having a democratic society depends entirely upon having an informed electorate. Test how informed that electorate is; go out into the world and try talking about economics, politics, technology, or how mathematics applies to any of them. Go ahead. See what happens.

Comment: Insert Fiction Here (Score 1) 282

by Gallomimia (#48929697) Attached to: EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance
Here is a story about this very concept. The characters use encryption, get a local ISP with indie music sharing bundle to switch to encrypted traffic only in order to conceal their own encryption in the noise, thus inspiring google to make the switch to HTTPs.

Nothing in progression can rest on its original plan. We may as well think of rocking a grown man in the cradle of an infant. -- Edmund Burke