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Comment: Re:How long will it take slashdot to spin this? (Score 2) 106

by hawkfish (#48305953) Attached to: Gates Donates $500M+ To Fight Malaria and Other Diseases

I think there are serious questions about accountability, undue influence and private priorities that can be raised without touching how he made his money:

Research by Devi Sridhar at Oxford University warns that philanthropic interventions are ‘radically skewing public health programmes towards issues of the greatest concern to wealthy donors’. ‘Issues,’ she writes, ‘which are not necessarily top priority for people in the recipient country.’

Comment: Re:left/right apocalypse (Score 1) 495

by hawkfish (#48270419) Attached to: Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

I guess I see your point, replying to a comment that we've never had economic disaster due to climate change. But aren't most of your examples irrelevant, given that they occurred prior to the industrial revolution, and therefore had nothing to do with man-made climate change? If anything, those examples point out that climate disasters are a regular occurrence, regardless of human activity. I'm not sure that's the point you were trying to make.

People get shot all the time, so I guess it doesn't matter if I take a M-16 down to my local mall and start shooting people?

Comment: Re:Tax dollars at work. (Score 1) 102

by hawkfish (#48186991) Attached to: Canada Will Ship 800 Doses of Experimental Ebola Drug to WHO

Ummm -- that patent troll was a typo - is not natural - many here identify any non-practicing patent related entity as patent trolls.

Take your head out of your own arse and realize that your mistake is and was your's not mine. I can admit the twit of the week nomintation is now undeserved because of an honest error, can you admit that you did not correct your mistake until you were called out on it?

Sorry, you get twit of the week for not being able to figure the typo out from the original context...which was pretty bloody obvious.

Comment: Re:That's nothing! (Score 1) 276

by hawkfish (#48112917) Attached to: No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Not to mention they gave the same prize to Arafat, but not to Gandhi.

Well Kissinger got the nobel peace price. What a joke, the greatest mass murder in modern history right after Stalin.
Kissinger should be rotting in a prison alongside his prize.

"Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger got the Nobel Peace Prize."
    -- Tom Lehrer,

Comment: Re:What 20 years of research on pot has taught us (Score 1) 263

by hawkfish (#48112661) Attached to: Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

Awesome find! Thanks!

LOL, marijuana is just as "deadly" as potato chips. That will make it easy to remember. :-)

Really? Even with that short term memory loss?!

And we can't ignore the fact that pot leads to the munchies which leads to excessive consumption of... ...potato chips!

Comment: Re:Yes, and No True Scotsman also (Score 1) 247

by hawkfish (#47766281) Attached to: Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

I've been on Slashdot for many years now and I'm just starting to finally get tired of the general level of complete idiocy of most posters here. Am I getting old or is the internet population at large just getting dumber? Not sure.

Speaking as a fellow old fart, I think we are getting smarter - or at least more knowledgeable. Having to pass on this knowledge to ignorant young punks with more energy than us is what makes us grumpy old men.

Comment: Re:Astrobiology (Score 2) 39

by hawkfish (#47567305) Attached to: Enceladus's 101 Geysers Blast From Hidden Ocean

I predict it will be DNA and/or RNA similar to that on Earth. And I'm a Jesus freaky Christian, so I'm asserting God put it there and Jesus is Lord.

Of course, if nothing's found there, ignore me. Otherwise, if it's truly alien DNA, I will be very shocked. Alien DNA would definitely screw with my Christian belief system. Especially if we didn't even have the same nutrients in common.

Why? It didn't bother C. S. Lewis.

Comment: Re:Why is there a debate at all? (Score 1) 278

by hawkfish (#47478401) Attached to: The debate over climate change is..

That's not what he's arguing, he's arguing that having more efficient versions of things can save you money. Replacing lightbulbs with CFLs in my house paid for itself purely in terms of energy cost after a few months, and those bulbs lasted several years.

I don't know about you, but I hate shopping. One of the cost savings I got from CFLs was fewer shopping trips to buy bulbs.

Comment: Double blindness (Score 1) 57

by hawkfish (#47474991) Attached to: Biofeedback Games and The Placebo Effect

There was some survey done in the UK a few years back where the researcher went around and asked a bunch of people in various disciplines how often they used double-blind experimental designs. The results were kind of depressing. Physics was the worst at about 0.5% or something. Medical stuff was around one third. Oddly enough, the highest rate was for... ESP researchers.

So this sort of thing seems pretty widespread.

Comment: Re:Anyone have Cliff Notes? (Score 1) 128

by hawkfish (#47467309) Attached to: With New Horizons Spacecraft a Year Away, What We Know About Pluto

What do they expect to find on such a distant clump of rock and why is it they thought it to be a good investment to go snap a few slefies around it rather then use that money to go where things really ought to be interesting like Io and Europa?

Please return your 4-digit ID.

Second the motion.

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