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Comment Re:Oh boy. Another scam. (Score 1) 70

Is anyone actually listening to anything this fat fuck says anymore?

"This fat fuck, he played two, he played knick knack with a _____"

the file-sharing site that U.S. and New Zealand authorities dramatically shut down in 2012,

the file-sharing site that U.S. and U.S. New Zealand authorities dramatically shut down in 2012,

Minor fix for you there. Welcome New Zealanders, as the 51st state of America!

My personal tip for you, avoid the noodle salad at the buffet in Las Vegas.

Australia is stuffed with thousands of deadly creepy crawlers, but the noodle salad from the buffet in Las Vegas tops them all!

Submission + - Robot Babies Not Effective Birth Control, Australian Study Finds (wsj.com)

PolygamousRanchKid writes: From your baby AI department . . .

A weekend spent mothering a robot baby to mirror the “real experience” of parenting is meant to discourage teenage girls from getting pregnant. But so-called Baby Think it Over dolls don't cut teen pregnancy rates and in fact increase the risk, Australian research has found.

In a study published in The Lancet medical journal Friday, researchers found teenage girls who used the lifelike computerized dolls as part of a pregnancy-prevention program were more likely to become pregnant compared with girls receiving a less high-tech sex education.

I'm guessing that these robots didn't produce live, stinking diapers. When my sister and brother in law visited once, they were passing their baby around like a mirror of cocaine, taking a sniff, and saying, "Do we need to change it yet?"

While some students frayed at the pressure and consigned their crying robo-babies “to the back of their father’s tool shed” for the weekend, or placed putty over the speaker to dull the noise, most reported enjoying their brief exposure to motherhood.

“The numbers are small, but it makes such intuitive sense that something like this wouldn’t work,” said Dr. Kang, from the University of Sydney. “I think the reasons that young woman would choose to access contraception are far more likely about other reasons—the access to resources around her—being far more important than having time with a robot doll.”

Comment Re:Why haven't we done Voyager 3 and 4? (Score 1) 61

NASA stuff has been morphed by Congress into a source of pork. The folks in Congress hem and haw about which states get to build components. It's like a horse and donkey trading show, "OK, so my state will build the engines, your state will build the avionics, and your state will sell the television rights".

Just give NASA the money, and let them decide who is best to deliver.

Comment Re:Your tax dollars at work. (Score 2) 110

Washington, D.C., is owned by Hollywood these days. Just think of all the resources that were spent on skanking Kim Dotcom. Sure he was a creep, but these ISIS folks are even more creepier. The government in the USA should have better focused those resources on ISIS. But the financial interests of Hollywood, and the politicians who they own decided otherwise.

Comment Re:No, let's all sing (Score 1) 109

I'm thinking that a chorus of Slashdotters sounds like Vogon poetry:

Happy Birthday to you,
You live in a zoo,
You look like a monkey,
And you smell like one too!

Personal Disclaimer: I sang in the church choir from when I was old enough to walk up until I went off to a university. I was not religious, but sang in the choir, because that was a requirement to be in the Whitechapel Handbell choir. Now, handbells are a hoot and a half, and if you have never tried it, put it on your bucket list!

Submission + - BleachBit stifles investigation of Hillary Clinton

ahziem writes: The IT team for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton used the open source cleaning software BleachBit to wipe systems "so even God couldn’t read them," according to South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy on Fox News. His comments on the "drastic cyber-measure" were in response to the question of whether emails on her private Microsoft Exchange Server were simply about "yoga and wedding plans."

Perhaps Clinton's team used an open source application because, unlike proprietary applications, it can be audited, like for backdoors. In response to the Edward Snowden leaks in 2013, privacy expert Bruce Schneier advised, "Closed-source software is easier for the NSA to backdoor than open-source software," in an article in which he stated he also uses BleachBit. Ironically, Schneier was writing to a non-governmental audience.

Comment Re:Ahh, science (Score 5, Funny) 694

Except here they have it ass backwards with cause and effect, and need to read "The Critique of Pure Reason" from Immanuel Kant.

The industrial revolution was caused by the start of global warming. Before that, humans were huddling under blankets, complaining about how cold it was. When temperatures rose, the folks said, "Hey, it's warm outside, let's go out and build a factory or something!"

Comment "military surveillance" (Score 0) 44

I'm thinking that these critters could be used as an excellent PsychOps weapon. Some primitive guy with a beard and a rag on his head, carrying a Kalashnikov gets surrounded by a horde of these critters . . . he's going to wig out, drop the Kalashnikov and skedaddle, while screaming "Run Away!".

It would also be a hoot and a half to dump one of these varmints into the local public swimming pool. The folks in the pool would wig out, drop their Kalashnikovs and skedaddle, while screaming "Run Away!".

Submission + - Privacy Protected German Search Engine MetaGer.net Now Free Software (metager.de) 1

SearchEngineer writes: MetaGer.net, Germany's most popular meta search engine for the internet, has made its source code public, allowing its user community not only to verify its data protection and security features but also to contribute to MetaGer's future developments.

Run by German NGO 'SUMA-EV — Association for Free Access to Knowledge', MetaGer originally evolved from the Leibniz University of Hannover, its software has been placed under GNU AGPLv3. MetaGer's source code has been placed in its entirety in a public repository located at: https://gitlab.metager3.de/ope....

Read more: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/...

Submission + - Something "Unexpected" Happened When Seattle Raised The Minimum Wage

schwit1 writes: The latest research comes from the University of Washington which researched the impact of Seattle's recent minimum wage hike on employment in that city (as background, Seattle recently passed legislation that increased it's minimum wage to $11 per hour on April 1, 2015, $13 on January 1, 2016 and $15 on January 1, 2017). "Shockingly", the University of Washington found that Seattle's higher minimum wages "lowered employment rates of low-wage workers" (the report is attached in its entirety at the end of this post).

Yet, our best estimates find that the Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance appears to have lowered employment rates of low-wage workers. This negative unintended consequence (which are predicted by some of the existing economic literature) is concerning and needs to be followed closely in future years, because the long-run effects are likely to be greater as businesses and workers have more time to adapt to the ordinance. Finally, we find only modest impacts on earnings. The effects of disemployment appear to be roughly offsetting the gain in hourly wage rates, leaving the earnings for the average low-wage worker unchanged. Of course, we are talking about the average result.



More specifically, we find that median wages for low-wage workers (those earning less than $11 per hour during the 2nd quarter of 2014) rose by $1.18 per hour, and we estimate that the impact of the Ordinance was to increase these workers’ median wage by $0.73 per hour. Further, while these low-wage workers increased their likelihood of being employed relative to prior years, this increase was less than in comparison regions. We estimate that the impact of the Ordinance was a 1.1 percentage point decrease in likelihood of low-wage Seattle workers remaining employed. While these low-wage workers increased their quarterly earnings relative to prior years, the estimated impact of the Ordinance on earnings is small and sensitive to the choice of comparison region. Finally, for those who kept their job, the Ordinance appears to have improved wages and earnings, but decreased their likelihood of being employed in Seattle relative other parts of the state of Washington.

Still not convinced? How about a recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco that finds that "higher minimum wage results in some job loss for the least-skilled workers—with possibly larger adverse effects than earlier research suggested."

Submission + - Orangutans face complete extinction within 10 years (independent.co.uk)

campuscodi writes: Orangutans will be extinct from the planet within 10 years unless action is taken to preserve forests in Indonesia and Malaysia where they live, a conservation charity has warned.

The Bornean orangutan was officially listed as critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) last month, joining the only other kind, the Sumatran orangutan, in that classification. In just 25 years, more than a quarter of Indonesia's forests – 76 million acres, an area almost the size of Germany – have disappeared. One of the main reasons is to clear land to make way for palm oil plantations.

Comment A shower of gold . . . (Score 3, Insightful) 85

Me: You don't seem to like IT, but you are working in it. Why?

Him: The government told me that I could make a lot of money in IT.

Me: Are you happy in working in IT?

Him: No.

Tossing out code camp degrees massively to folks might seem to the government folks that they have increased the IT skill pool.

They are wrong.

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