Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?

Comment: Peer Block (Score 1) 698

by Howitzer86 (#48550123) Attached to: French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

...it's intended to block the typical addresses used by copyright monitors, but it also blocks malware and ads.

I remember a few years back you could download a host file. It was intended to block the typical sources of malware. But for some unfathomable reason, malware and ads seemed to share the same hosts 90% of the time so it would block advertisements too.

Comment: YOU'RE Bunk (Score 1) 367

We shouldn't be fooling around like this.

I suppose you feel it's better that we continue to fool around blindly so long as money can be made in the process... lets let the invisible hand fix it right?

Or even better, lets make it worse so that we can access the Antarctic and Arctic sources of oil faster. The military doesn't deny it, and are making strategies that consider it, because our enemies don't deny it either. And when you look at the actions of the oil companies in these regions, they're taking advantage of it too. There's about to be a veritable gold rush, and it can't happen so long as there's so much ice.

It's obvious we don't understand, or are too corrupt and greedy to admit, that there's no problem.

We are too corrupt and greedy to admit that there is a problem. A lot of money is on the line if we do something about it. So if you want to make money... everything is fine right? The invisible hand fixes it, and if not, then God is punishing us for permitting gay marriage.

You have to understand the difference between weather and climate. The fact that we had one warm month is weather. It is not a long term trend. It is one month.

Your next statement is kinda funny, having read this one. I guess we can't use anecdotes, but by-golly you can. In any case, cold months are also not indicative a long term trend. It's just weather. But, when you combine the data from all over the world, and not just one location that is hit by polar vortexes thrown from Canada, the trend becomes apparent. That is where the climate change data comes from.

Of course, I'm wasting my time.

Comment: Re:Sexism = Sexy these days (Score 1) 642

by Howitzer86 (#48402693) Attached to: Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

I learned from other scandals that organizations don't like negative attention, even if unjustified. If something an employee does causes an outrage, that employee is likely to be fired. Taylor went from his greatest moment up to that point, to his lowest, and probably got a stern talking to from spineless higher-ups who didn't want any part of all that drama.

He may have only narrowly avoided ruining his life.

Comment: Good? (Score 1) 254

Putin has said he thinks the Internet is a CIA project. Though he's wrong (it's a DOD project), he's also a man who's all about that spy stuff. He probably sincerely believes it's in his countries best interest to suppress internet usage, perhaps replacing it with one of their own design.

Considering a Russian gang has stolen over 1 billion user names and password hashes from hundreds of thousands of websites, and considering all such problems of that kind that the world has with Russia hackers, I think the best outcome for the world would be for that country to lose internet access. Their people will suffer as a result, but the more people stand to benefit from their potential isolation.

It's possible that of all possible outcomes, this is the best one.

Comment: Re:Obesity is the Epidemic Of Our Times (Score 1) 625

by Howitzer86 (#47229607) Attached to: EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

When I was going, we had variety, but it wasn't always healthy, but sometimes it was. I remember corn, lots and lots of corn. Corn cobs, corn corn, corn flakes (breakfast). Corn, corn, corn, corn, corn. And sometimes broccoli.

The pizza was gross, the spaghetti was mediocre, it was all together low quality, lowest bidder, prison food.

And then "a la carte" was invented, and we never ate healthy food again.

Comment: Re:People may not say what they know (Score 1) 600

by Howitzer86 (#46825029) Attached to: The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

NPR had a feature a while back about Republicans who secretly believed in Global Warming, and one guy who represented a rural area, saw the damage that was happening because of climate change, saw the threat human caused climate change presented to his constituents, but said the wrong thing despite having his constituents best interests at heart. Essentially the backwater hicks would agree with him that the climate wasn't being kind to them, but they turned on him once he mentioned the trigger word.

Its not like these people are incapable of believing in anything that can't be concretely proven either. They believe in God. I know one guy who also believes aliens have visited the Earth and that the "Men in Black" are real. But this ability to believe in the far-fetched does not guarantee that they would adopt the very likely possibility that we're hurting our own planet with green-house gasses. And once they do believe it, I'm not sure they will care.

They know the damage strip mining can do, and they don't care. They fight regulation of it tooth and nail. They're coming around on fracking, but they're also not going to care. Their line of reasoning is "If you don't like the poisonous water or earth quakes, move. If you can't move, you must not be working hard enough - f_ck you." They deny-human caused Global Warming, but when they come around on it, they won't care. Caring about the planet is for liberals and communists - thus saith the Reagan Religion

"Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows." -- Robert G. Ingersoll