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Comment: Just wow... (Score 2, Insightful) 343

by keepper (#42049139) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Should Tech Conferences Embrace Diversity?

The blatant crypto racism is exhibited in most of these posts... Guess what, your reaction is what proves the racism, not your quasi logical statements explaining your reaction...

No one bother to read the opposing views, or the reason why this was brought it.. just an immediate.. " Those women and brownies always want to be included... reverse racism"

To quote a SPEAKER that realized this after the fact

So I started asking around. I thought of all the prominent non-white-dude Ruby conference speakers I could in the space of a couple minutes. Just people who came easily to mind, nobody too obscure. I wanted to know if they had been invited to be part of that initial group of 15, and had said no.

Sandi Metz. Bryan Liles. Reg Braithwaite. Angela Harms. Sarah Mei. Katrina Owen (Norway). Keavy McMinn (Scotland). None of these people were invited to be part of the initial line-up. In fact, I couldn’t find a single woman or minority Rubyist who had been invited to be part of that 15.

Oh.. that changes the picture... doesn't it?

This whole "the world isnt racist anymore so just get over it" is a bunch of BULLSHIT. It's been barely a generation in most areas.. heck, we have people in the south holding to grudges and behaviors 6-9 generations deep. But someone, racist behaviour is supposed to be completely expunged in one generation, and well, any mention of it just shows reverse racism... bleh.. most of the above posters disgust me.

Comment: Re:Australia (Score 1) 1651

by Viper233 (#41527573) Attached to: To Encourage Biking, Lose the Helmets

I grew up on a farm, we never had to wear helmets even when on the motor bikes, I mostly wore one seeing it was bought for me, I never had a serious accident and nothing that a helmet would have protected me against.

Eventually I moved to the city and ended up riding through northern and central Sydney. I was always quite conservative and always wore a helmet and a UV vest. Mainly wore a helmet to avoid the fine of not wearing one.

I made a dash through a an amber light, the bus driver coming the other way turning right didn't see me and clipped me. I went down pretty quick. I remember thinking this is really going to suck slamming my head into the road... Oh the sweet, sweet feeling of having your head slam into the ground wearing a helmet. There is no better feeling in the world!!! I then jumped up, got off the road and started patting things down to see what was broken/bleeding. A slightly grazed cheek, knee and hand, no concussion and back riding to work in 10 mins. Someone saw it all, chased down the bus and we exchanged details, hence why it took 10 mins to go back riding.

I really like our mandatory helmet laws. I don't care so much for our our healthcare and compulsory third party car insurance... yet

Comment: Re:Programmer ethics (Score 2, Insightful) 174

by keepper (#38299060) Attached to: DARPA Seeks App Developers For War App Store

Oh nice.. another ( i'm hollier than though morality ) comment

Brought to you by(tm).... the internet... a DARPA/(Military industrial complex) sponsored project....
Made possible by (tm).. Xray litography... another child of a military sponsored project...

I can keep going. :)

go with your BS somewhere else..


+ - Wal-Mart, Target, GameStop Cut Wii Prices->

Submitted by RedEaredSlider
RedEaredSlider (1855926) writes "Rumors of an imminent Wii price cut have come to fruition today as multiple retailers have slashed the price of the Nintendo console.

Best Buy, GameStop, Target, and Toys R Us have all cut the price of the Wii from $200 to $170. Previous rumors were that the announcement of a price cut would not come until May 15, making today's premature by a month. According to the initial rumors, however, Nintendo plans to officially reduce the price of the Wii to $150, $20 less than the recent reductions by vendors.

The price cuts could indicate that Nintendo is moving towards a new console, or at least a new iteration of the Wii."

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+ - Final Fedora 15 GNOME 3.0 Test Day this Thursday->

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AdamWill writes "Over the last few months, the Fedora project has run a series of test events for the major new GNOME 3 release. The third and final GNOME 3 Test Day is coming up this Thursday, 2011-04-21. Now the final GNOME 3.0 release has been made, this event will focus on testing its integration into the upcoming Fedora 15 release and exposing any remaining bugs that can be fixed with minor updates. This is a great opportunity to test out the final GNOME 3.0 code on a late pre-release Fedora 15 base, and help the Fedora and GNOME teams to produce a great release. There will be live images available to make sure you can test easily and without the need for a permanent installation — there's no need to be a Fedora user to help out. There are comprehensive testing instructions on the Wiki page, and assistance from the Fedora QA and desktop teams in #fedora-test-day on Freenode IRC throughout the day (WebIRC link for those without an IRC client)."
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+ - Google invests in 392 MW solar power tower-> 1

Submitted by cylonlover
cylonlover (1921924) writes "Google has chipped in a US$168 million investment in what will be the world's largest solar power tower plant. To be located on 3,600 acres of land in the Mojave Desert in southeastern California, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS) will boast 173,000 heliostats that will concentrate the sun's rays onto a solar tower standing approximately 450 feet (137 m) tall. The plant commenced construction in October 2010 and is expected to generate 392 MW of solar energy following its projected completion in 2013."
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Comment: Re:Chewbacca of course (Score 1) 584

by Viper233 (#31698064) Attached to: How Smart Are You?

Not just that but think about it for a second
- carried out repairs to the Millennium Falcon, did he have a electrical engineering degree?
- respected by a 900 year old jedi

Surely this makes Chewy equal to or of high intelligence then a Genius.

Sure communication skills are lacking but I've met humans who are unable to put sentence together as well as Chewy could.

He also had the solution, "use a bigger hammer" or "hit it harder" down pat which has helped me out numerous times!


Planned Nuclear Reactors Will Destroy Atomic Waste 344

Posted by Soulskill
from the but-where-will-we-get-our-superheroes dept.
separsons writes "A group of French scientists are developing a nuclear reactor that burns up actinides — highly radioactive uranium isotopes. They estimate that 'the volume of high-level nuclear waste produced by all of France’s 58 reactors over the past 40 years could fit in one Olympic-size swimming pool.' And they're not the only ones trying to eliminate atomic waste: Researchers at the University of Texas in Austin are working on a fusion-fission reactor. The reactor destroys waste by firing streams of neutrons at it, reducing atomic waste by up to 99 percent!"

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"