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Comment: Re:So... (Score 1) 246

by al0ha (#48162707) Attached to: Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs
This is such a joke, America is an employee wasteland, enslaved to their corporate masters in part by huge amounts of debt assumed due to an increasingly higher cost of funding higher education, we've basically become a country of indentured servitude, and this is totally unnecessary if the people would only wake up and refuse this system that's been thrust upon them by the greedy 1%

Germany, which has one of the strongest economies on earth, is a nation where employees work 35 hour weeks, are given 6 weeks of vacation standard, and women may take as much time off as they need for motherhood, then return to their jobs. Not to mention that, they are considering making it illegal for your employer to email you after 6pm.

Germany's a perfect example of an extremely successful economy based on the idea of working to live, not just working, and their economy, vastly better than the US, shows this sort of philosophy works.

Comment: Pretty cool (Score 1) 1

by al0ha (#47967759) Attached to: Drone spots massive shark circling surfers
That's pretty cool and serves as just another reminder that sharks are not simple indiscriminate killing machines, nor for the most part are they dangerous to humans. Shark attacks on humans are unfortunate anomalies and continued drone and helicopter sightings like this will prove that point once and for all. Sharks have been among us surfers undetected all along, the only difference now is that sometimes we are finally able to see what they are up to.

+ - Drone spots massive shark circling surfers-> 1

Submitted by garymortimer
garymortimer (1882326) writes "This picture was taken on the Central Coast on September 17 at Killcare by drone pilot Tom Caska.

It shows a massive shark following a pod of dolphins right near where people are surfing. They are on 3m long SUP boards, which gives an indication of its size.

There’s no word yet on what kind of shark it was but it’s not the first sighting of a large one on this stretch of coast this month."

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Comment: The good news is (Score 1) 130

by al0ha (#47939885) Attached to: Once Vehicles Are Connected To the Internet of Things, Who Guards Your Privacy?
My 1968 Plymouth is certainly going to gain in value over the years, it has a lot going for it. No onboard spyware and being it uses a points distributor, EMP proof as well. w00t!

I strip away the old debris
That hides a shining car
A brilliant blue Barracuda
From a better vanished time

Comment: Re:Arrogance is bad even if it is true (Score 4, Insightful) 262

by al0ha (#47651501) Attached to: Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?
Let's get one thing straight, very few in the dotCom world are geniuses, and Mr. Zuckerberg is so far from being a genius he's almost not worth mentioning, there's no genius in Facebook, it's sheer luck and good timing. The entire idea that Silicon Valley is populated and run by geniuses is laughable. I work in a place where there are more bonafide geniuses per capita than anywhere else in the world, and though they may start out that way, very few remain arrogant as each of them eventually comes to the realization their view of their level of genius was skewed by the big fish small pond effect.

One of the greatest geniuses I've even had the pleasure of meeting, who has won a Nobel Prize in a physical science which certainly proves his particular genius, is a down to earth person and very respectful of everyone, unless of course you are a poser, then you might experience the wrath of his genius as understandably, nobody likes to suffer fools.

Comment: It's an artform (Score 4, Insightful) 240

I began a career in photography in the 80s and as such I can definitely understand the kid's appeal to traditional photographic methodology, it is a true art form where skill and knowledge must be developed over time in order to achieve spectacular results. It is very gratifying to manipulate both film and chemistry in order to achieve the image you have imagined, and watch it unfold slowly in real time on paper as you swirl the chemistry over it. Good times for all, keep it up kids!

Comment: Blood donors shortening their lifespans? (Score 1) 333

by al0ha (#46843815) Attached to: Blood of World's Oldest Woman Hints At Limits of Life
Wow, the fact the stem cells that regenerate blood cells wear out is something as a blood donor I'd not considered. According to this article wearing out has nothing to do with age and everything to do with the total amount of use per each stem cell.

I've always donated blood and most recently been donating red cells which takes twice the number of cells as a regular blood donation, but now I wonder if I am shortening my own life span by helping complete strangers who mean nothing to me? I am all for helping humanity, but not really at a profound cost to myself. I'd sure like to see a study of lifespan as it relates to long term blood donors, and until I do I am not sure I will be donating any more blood.

Comment: Re:Don't bother. (Score 4, Interesting) 509

by al0ha (#46656909) Attached to: The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates
>> most of this country is horribly undereducated and ignorant of how the world actually works.

Yep and that is part of the cloaked Right Wing agenda that is turning the US into an oligarchy. Every politician since time imemorial has stated education is their top priority, but the facts of the state of the educational system in America proves they are liars, every one of them. Now the worst of the Bush II Presidency has just been revealed with the latest Supreme Court ruling on money in politics.

In the government and in politics it's far worse than simple ignorance of scientific fact, there is active anti-truth campaigns funded by big money Super PACs. Now with the recent Supreme Court folly the Tea Party and other scientific denier whackos will have even more Super PAC money to continue their dirty work in the name of the 1%.

Our only hope to continue as a true Democracy is to figure out how to use the Internet to get money out of politics completely. That is what every brilliant mind should be working towards if we want any hope for the future generations.

+ - Will Schneier Help Save Us From The NSA?->

Submitted by al0ha
al0ha (1262684) writes "Schneier briefs members of Congress on the NSA in a closed door meeting. According to Bruce, "Surreal part of setting up this meeting: I suggested that we hold this meeting in a SCIF, because they wanted me to talk about top secret documents that had not been made public. So we had to have the meeting in a regular room."

I am so very happy to hear a rational expert, that is almost uniquely able to explain complex subjects and their potential ramifications to those of us possessing less than brilliant minds in this world, has been briefing Congress on the NSA."

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