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Comment Centrifuge therapy? (Score 2) 120

I suppose this will spur research into centrifuge therapy to help patients pass kidney stones.

In about 25 or 30 years the technology will be well-studied enough that we'll see the first installation in a major hospital, and maybe 10 years after that the insurance companies will cover the treatment costs.

Just like how MRI machines were developed.

(In the mean time, doctors will advise kidney stone patients to stay off of roller coasters, because there's no evidence that the therapy is safe or effective.)

Comment Probably mining rights (Score 1, Troll) 127

Okian Warrior, off the top of your head, answer me right now:

Do you think that one/third of US Uranium reserves were actually physically sent to Russia?

I do not.

Why - is it important?

(I'm not mentioning that a Russian bank paid Clinton $500,000 for a speech right before the deal, because she says there was no conflict of interest.)

Funny how if you add up all of Trumps indiscretions, they don't even total one of Hillary's speaker fees.

Comment So sad (Score 2, Informative) 127

Eight successful years as Secretary of State.

What is so bloody sad is that you aren't even right about THIS thing, and you probably vote...

Remind me again HOW LONG she was Secretary of State for?

And that is ignoring the "Why were they successful?" point...

Not to bring facts into the argument, but during her stint as SoS, Clinton:

1) Sold 1/3 of our Uranium reserves to Russia
2) Sold dual use (civil/military) tech to Russia
3) Overrode expert opinion and ordered military intervention into Libya that led to the downfall of Gaddafi

That #3 is interesting. Clinton was advised that Gaddafi was the only thing keeping militant islamists at bay, and that taking him out would result in them forming a separate state based on terrorism.

We now know that by overriding the advice of experts, Clinton essentially caused the formation of ISIS and the subsequent deaths of hundreds of people, here and abroad.

Here's what the Washington Times reported at the time:

“I had facts that indicated America was headed once again into an intervention that was going to be disastrous,” Mr. Kucinich told The Times. “What was being said at the State Department — if you look at the charge at the time — it wasn’t so much about what happened as it was about what would happen. So there was a distortion of events that were occurring in Libya to justify an intervention which was essentially wrong and illegal.”

People say that Trump is scary and will lead us into war, but they conveniently forget that Hillary Clinton actually *did* lead us into war - under false pretenses!

Oh, and let's not forget all the people who had access to top secret classified information on Hillary's server.

Comment Liberals and their insults (Score -1, Troll) 127

Why don't you go one step further and claim that his own words were placed in his mouth by the liberal media conspiracy. You guys are practically that dumb already.

Liberals. Always with the insults.

Other than name calling, what have you got? Name one thing that Clinton has done *ever* that has benefited the American people?

Comment Everything Trump does is bad (Score 0, Flamebait) 127

Why is it that, in the media, everything Trump does is "bad".

It's almost like he doesn't have a team of extremely smart people working on tactics which are vetted with A-B testing and focus groups.

It seems like everything he does has a negative editorial comment nowadays.

Are Clintons actions editorialized as well? I haven't seen any good examples.

Comment After the election (Score 3, Interesting) 198

If there is any, and I mean *any*, evidence that Trumps communications to said senior Russian officials came with a "wink and a nod", or indeed anything more specific, then there is every reason for the FBI to get involved....

And of course, selling a third of our Uranium reserves to Russia or selling dual-use technology to Russia doesn't count. It's not important, and was scrubbed from someone's Wikipedia entry.

Thinking through the outrage over Palmer Luckey (Oculus Rift founder) from his support of Trump, and all the crass, oafish things that have happened during this election, one thing seems clear.

The time to address these issues is after the election.

That's the only time where anyone can legitimately claim that their concern is real, and not partisan sniping.

The ends don't justify the means, and it's not worth tearing down the system "just this once". Getting your candidate elected is not worth sacrificing their legitimacy to do it.

If your candidate was worth his/her salt, then you wouldn't need any of these dirty tricks. Right now, the only limits we should have are legal ones.

I note that while Lyndon Johnson was negotiating the end of the Vietnam War, [candidate for president] Richard Nixon called up [Vietnam revolutionary leader] Pol Pot and said that if he delayed negotiations, Nixon would give him a better deal when elected. Negotiations failed, Nixon was elected and the Vietnam war was extended for 2 more years.

This was an American citizen interfering in the political process of the US, and promising aid to our enemy. It was clearly illegal, and the FBI of the time knew about it.

And did nothing. Illegal, and the FBI did nothing. Ring a bell?

Recently, Hillary literally(*) accused Trump of treason. That seems a bit over the line even for Democrats, and it seems illegal on it's face.

But now is not the time to complain, we've let these people have the run of our media, our internet, and our zeitgeist. Let's let it play out for another 6 weeks, then we can carefully examine these things with the benefit of hindsight.

(*) Using the correct definition of literally

Comment Not bad (Score 1) 851

I have to say, your post was well constructed and cogent, with no insults.

You make good points which are lost within fairly large paragraphs. The reader has to slog through a lot of words and actually parse them out to see your meaning. Consider making your point with short sentences and edit for terseness, I think you'll find that gives your position much more power.

If I came across your post in a different thread I would mod it up. I hope you'll keep posting here, it's rare to find someone who can compose an insightful post.

This is exactly the sort of debate we should be having on this site.

Comment The DNC are cheaters (Score 5, Interesting) 851

But really what did the DNC do do Sanders (who was not a Democrat prior to trying to run for President as one)?

They said mean things in private? They stacked the deck for her prior to Bernie running? And you think it is worth fucking-over America (the globe even!) so that she is not "rewarded"?

Early this year, when Bernie raised $60 million and Clinton had raised only $20, the DNC moved $60 million in funds earmarked for local campaigns directly into Clinton's account.

Bernie and Clinton won popular votes by roughly the ratio of their campaign spending, so the extra $60 million made a huge difference.

Bernie had momentum at the time, and would have outspent Clinton 3-to-1 in political ads. The extra advertizing would have very likely won him many of the early state primaries, and would have likely won him the national primary as a result.

Moving the money as they did is almost certainly a violation of federal election law, likely a violation of money-laundering law, and goes completely against any sense of neutrality in the DNC towards candidates. (Additionally, they short-sheeted all the local campaigns, giving republicans an edge in many areas.)

Effectively, they took all the campaign contributions people gave to Bernie and wasted them.

And you think it is worth fucking-over America (the globe even!) so that she is not "rewarded"?

It's worth standing up and saying "no" to corruption.

The people who gave support to Bernie Sanders should not have had their efforts wasted due to cheating.

Comment Really? Why? (Score 5, Insightful) 851

We complain about lobbyists... but this is so much worse

I'm curious why you think this is.

We've just had an article about lobbyists that prevent Tesla from selling in Michigan without going through dealerships (which are universally hated), another recent article where lobbyists caused a town to lose it's working gigibit fibre internet.

For contrast, note that the democrats put up a billboard of Trump kissing Cruz, and naked statues of Trump in several cities.

Question 1: Why is this worse than what Democrats do, and

Question 2: Why is this worse than lobbyists who actually screw us over and make our lives miserable?

Really. I honestly want to know. Why should this be of any concern to anyone?

Comment Are you smarter than a Trump supporter? (Score 2, Interesting) 526

The last I'd heard, news fact-checking organizations were reporting that he told the truth 15% of the time. Why would I ever care what the opinion of someone like was?

And don't tell me "because he's going to be president". The people of the United States are still smarter than that.

Here's one of your news organizations fact checking some things about Donald Trump.

Bruce, I don't know if you've noticed, but the media sometimes misrepresents things. For example, the polls say that 44% of Trumps supporters have a college degree, which the media is quick to point out is less than 50%, so Trump supporters are mostly uneducated.

What they (and you) fail to notice is that the national average for college degrees is 30%, so on average Trump supporters are more educated than the national average. (And here's a reference to the analysis as backing for that statement.)

From that article:

What’s more, Silver found that 44% of Trump voters have college undergraduate degrees, compared to 29% of US adults.

What I don't understand is why Clinton supporters always resort to insults.

I mean, you're especially recognized as being a smart person, yet I don't see you posting a rational reason why Clinton would be a good president.

Set aside that she's not Trump, because there are at least two other candidates, can you point to one thing she's done that has been of benefit to the people of this country? (With links please - don't just make things up.)

Bruce, You're a smart dude.

Can you explain why you need to defend Clinton... with insults?

P.S. - The term "offensive" is used entirely too much recently, but I was honestly offended by your statement. It was an insult, targetting a clearly defined group of people; hence, offensive.

Comment Last resort (Score 5, Insightful) 294

That said, I don't think that justifies attacking the hospital electronically or physically; just through legal channels. But the hospital and courts were complete and utter pieces of shit in this case.

It's an interesting situation.

We've long bemoaned our inability to hold people accountable for their actions. Example after example of big, politically well-connected entities seem to get off scott free, and we the people are powerless to do anything about it, nor can we force the government to action.

(HSBC directors not being charged, Wells Fargo directors not being charged, Oracle paying $95 million in services restitution for wasting $240 million, and so on.)

Note that Justina's parents were issued a gag order that prevented them from talking about their problems, and it was only *after* her father broke the gag order that the situation received public attention.

Do we believe that the father should be prosecuted for breaking the gag order? He was justifiably concerned for his daughter's welfare. The hacker was also concerned, and wanted to send a message and perhaps prevent more abuse and tortures.

We all know very well that the democratic process is lost to us - as anyone who voted for Bernie Sanders found out.

How can we condemn the "last resort" actions of any individual trying to bring about just and proper changes?

Where do we draw the line?

Submission + - Anonymous hacker explains his attack on Boston Children's Hospital (huffingtonpost.com)

Okian Warrior writes: Martin Gottesfeld of Anonymous was arrested in connection with the spring/2014 attacks on a number of health care and treatment facilities in the Boston area. The attacks were in response/defense of a patient there named Justina Pelletier.

Gottesfeld now explains why he did what he did, in a statement provided to The Huffington Post.

Comment Forum sliding (Score 0) 537

Why must so many geeks be filthy bigots? Every article is littered with racist and otherwise bigoted garbage. It's a shame that Slashdot is morphing into Stormfront.

It's an anchor for forum sliding.

They use bots to get these comments in at the very top, knowing that they'll be voted down to -1.

Then when an inconvenient or embarrassing discussion happens that they want to bury, they log into another account and respond to their own topmost comment, and log into further accounts to upvote the new comment.

The end result is that the inconvenient or embarrassing discussion gets pushed down the page.

They know that few people read past the first couple of comment blocks, so they use this technique to adjust the conversation to their own benefit.

Check out Correct The Record for info, and note that HRC spent $1 million on these sorts of techniques.

Comment Hackaday Prize (Score 5, Informative) 537

Check out the Hackaday prize, over at Hackaday.io.

For three years running, Hackaday has hosted the contest with a $100,000 first prize and a handful of $10,000 prizes.

Several of the prize categories would be appropriate for solving world problems, such as "citizen scientist", "automation", and "assistive technologies". (The other two categories are catch-alls which could also contain world-bearing solutions.

Many of the projects are high-concept. There are about 1000 entries this year, so you will get a wide range of possible project including some risible ones.

But there are definitely some strong entries this year.

I follow the Automatic Digital Microscope project, which hopes to automate (and speed up) the detection of tuberculosis in 3rd world countries.

The Electrospinning machine looks really interesting, could possibly become the next "3d printer" appliance for hackers.

The very high accuracy tilt sensor is possibly a new technology (I hadn't seen or heard of it before).

If you want to find techies improving the world, you might include Hackaday.io (specifically: the prize entries) in your search.

If you want to improve the world yourself, you might consider coming up with a project and entering the prize next year.

If you want to *help* improve the world, you might consider joining a Hackaday.io team that's entered for the prize.

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