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Comment: Re:My question (Score 1) 68

by rickb928 (#49557977) Attached to: Officials Say Russian Hackers Read Obama's Unclassified Emails

Ya think?

As if Hillary's server was any more secure than the White House UNclassified system?

If you think Hillary's server wasn't compromised by any government, corporation, or force that cared to, you are naive. It was surely pwned over and over. It was also probably so pwned that it was a good place to study the various attacks.

Comment: A contrary opinion (Score 2) 95

by rickb928 (#49557955) Attached to: Google Insiders Talk About Why Google+ Failed

But I LIKE Google+.

I have much more meaningful discussions on G+ than I do FB, partly because the number of followers on G+ is less, so less crap. But FB is full f people who genuinely can't think. It's sad how hard it is to have useful discussions on FB.

G+ also has much more interesting users. Maybe because they choose to participate, I don't know or care.

I can decline to have photos shared, etc, not much worse than FB.

If they truly hose up G+ in this split, I'll miss it.

Comment: Re:Damn... (Score 1) 360

by cduffy (#49556817) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

(lest see, how liberals who like to say that "you have rights for your opinion" and then mumble "but only, if we agree" assholes are going to react :)

Since you asked -- having a right to an opinion doesn't mean having a right to be protected from social consequences from your actions taken in airing that opinion.

Which is to say -- you're allowed to be an ass in public. Other people are allowed to be an ass to you in public as well; such is the market of public ideas. Mistaking people who don't want to be friends with you / listen to you / do business with you in response to your positions with people who would censor you (that is, invoke government action in response to your speech or act to make make that speech illegal) is a mistake.

You might ponder what it means that you believe in what you're saying enough to shout it from the world only from a position of anonymity (or, in Cito's case, pseudonymity). If there are people you respect for holding their convictions, did they do likewise?

Comment: Okay (Score 3, Interesting) 68

by ledow (#49551889) Attached to: Oculus Rift: 2015 Launch Unlikely, But Not Impossible

Okay, why does my "bullshit detector" go off. Not on the article, but I thought I'd pop onto Wikipedia and find out when Oculus Rift was first started as a project.

There's no mention. They mention the huge buyout in 2014, but no mention of the start of it, even under the "History" section.

And only one of the citations is from before that - an article in 2012. Now, it's not a deep secret, I can google and find stuff from that kind of era discussing it, but why OMIT this information in the History section of your own product's page?

Maybe it's because, 3 years on from the kickstarter, and millions and millions of dollars later, there's still no commercial product?

Comment: Re: Do not (Score 5, Insightful) 111

by ledow (#49551801) Attached to: Liquid Mercury Found Under Mexican Pyramid

Oh, fuck off.

They heated cinnabar ore. You get mercury when you do that. These people had metal, mined, and could build vast structures that weigh more than any skyscraper did for millennia after them.

You don't need a supernatural explanation that they found a liquid metal (a liquid mirror, in effect) fucking intriguing and so prized it as some kind of treasure to bury with their kings.

That people in these ancient eras had brains seemed to be frowned upon, as if we're the only humans who could be allowed to do that. Ancient Greek, ancient Egyptian, etc. civilisations all had astounding knowledge and abilities. Just because they were never able to fully capitalise on them and then we suffered a few thousand years of poxy ignorance doesn't mean they weren't geniuses. (Just so happens that several of those millennia were dominated by religious shit, Crusades, etc.).

Antikythera (extremes of "clockwork", gearing and mathematical technology), pyramids, battery technology, steam-powered engines, railways, they had a shit-ton of expertise, but the problem was that the insights were few and far between and hard to do, and secondary to surviving for the most part, so unfortunately they never were able to be joined together in the way we could do now.

Fuck your aliens. Pay your respects to thousands of years of education, science, inquisitiveness, some of the greatest minds who ever lived, single individuals who knew all of established science for their time, amazing insights, and artisans capable of creating their off-the-wall ideas using some of the most difficult craftsmanships in existence.

Comment: Re:sort of like Antifreeze and pets/wildlife (Score 1) 90

by hawguy (#49551197) Attached to: Bees Prefer Nectar Laced With Neonicotinoids

Toss a few gallons of water in your trunk before you head to remote locations -- while the propylene glycol in the antifreeze may not kill you, the corrosion inhibitors and other ingredients

The glycol is the corrosion inhibitor. That's its job as much as anti-freezing. That's why we use it even in climates without freezes, and not just a smaller package of corrosion inhibitors. You have to substantially change the properties of the water to retard corrosion.

Propylene glycol oxidizes when exposed to air and heat, forming lactic acid.[9][10] If not properly inhibited, this fluid can be very corrosive, so pH buffering agents such as dipotassium phosphate, Protodin and potassium bicarbonate are often added to propylene glycol, to prevent acidic corrosion of metal components.

Amsoil Low-Toxicity Propylene Glycol Antifreeze

Composition by Weight:
Total glycols >= 92 percent; Corrosion inhibitors and
antifoamants = 8 percent
; Water

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