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Comment: Here's likely what happened (Score 2) 190

The FBI asks him to describe what he was able to accomplish in his theoretical lab. He does, they cut and paste it into the affidavit leaving out the part that it was in a simulated environment. You should never believe what's in an affidavit, it's designed to get a warrant, or get a DA to prosecute, not to be truthful.

Comment: The only bias in the author on Slashdot (Score 1) 328

The "inside the beltway mouthpiece" as this Slashdot article, so biasedly calls the article refuting the evidence, is full of actual, real counter arguments. The original study is horribly flawed in its conclusions. I know that the majority of Slashdotters have written off fracking as very dangerous, but this may be a new low in terms of biased reporting and abject failure of critical thinking. The original study found one chemical that is used in fracking, in extremely tiny amounts in drinking water. That same chemical is present in tons of everyday products (as others in this thread have mentioned). What is decidedly lacking from the drinking water samples is most of the other chemicals also present in fracking, which would seem to indicate that the source of contamination is not likely fracking at all.

Comment: Easy solution (Score 0) 1081

by shellster_dude (#49259493) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century
I'm against the death penalty for two reasons:
  1. You can't take it back if you were wrong
  2. It's too humane for monsters, when we have things like life without parole in solitary

However, if the debate is about a "humane" way to execute someone, why not inject them with the same drugs we use to knock someone out for surgery? No one debates the effectiveness of these drugs, they work, virtually every-time, hundreds of times a day for millions of people. The only bad side-effects are nausea and death, which aren't a problem in the execution process since the person isn't going to wake up anyway. Once they are out, you can dispose of them any way you like as they won't feel it.

Comment: Too many security issues. (Score 5, Insightful) 176

The command placement and directory browsing is cool, but I don't want any command line that accidentally runs things when I click on them. I don't want any command line that tries to interpret my input as multiple scripting languages. Both of those sound like a security disaster.

Comment: Example one... (Score 4, Insightful) 182

This is the reason we can't have a real conversation about Global Warming. It is a fact that islands sink. Little islands are commonly sinking slowly back into the ocean. This is long established, proved, and accepted. Erosion near cost lines is also well understood and a likely explanation. However, a bunch of "journalists" are using this story to promote Global Warming without ever even mentioning the most likely explanation. The resulting story gets promulgated across the internet because if fits a theme, that is popular and the media likes. This is simply unacceptable from a side that likes to claim "science" at every turn.

Comment: Numbers? (Score 1) 410

"Civil rights groups dispute those figures and say other states have seen fewer African-American and Hispanic students attending highly competitive schools, especially in graduate level fields like law, medicine, and science."

I'm sure that is all about racism, and has absolutely NOTHING to do with whole "minority" thing, and there being less of them as a percentage of the population...

Comment: Re:Low even for Slashdot (Score 1) 313

Nice try,

Facebook changing THEIR privacy policy directly affects users. The outcry is justified and has nothing to do with the politics of their CEO or board. This issue is entirely different. People are calling for boycotts and pressure because a perfectly capable board member used to work for the Bush administration which started a wiretapping program. It has NOTHING to do with what she personally has done nor what she has done as a board member of the Dropbox company.

Thanks for playing, next time try using your head...

Comment: Low even for Slashdot (Score 2, Insightful) 313

Let's quit pretending this is anything but an attempt to force her out because she is/was a Republican.

If she were a Democrat, the article would talk about the racist/sexist Republicans that were trying to force her out.

The Democrats have only enhanced the spying and wiretapping, but you don't get outcry's about the likes of Facebook the Zuckerberg's of the world who are huge Democrat donors.

I love to see that "tolerance" the left is famous for.

Comment: First, XFCE (Score 2) 452

by shellster_dude (#46716219) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?
First, I'd recommend going with XFCE for your desktop. It's simple, looks kinda like windows and doesn't change looks constantly with each release.

If you are going to be managing these things, you might want to go with some sort of thinclient architecture with a beefy server, serving the old ex-XP boxes. This will reduce the configuration hassle long term, and make those crappy XP boxes seem pretty snappy. The downside, and it can be a doozy, if the server goes down or the networking is lousy, no one will be able to work.

Hackers are just a migratory lifeform with a tropism for computers.