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Comment clearly infringing on slashdot (Score 1) 138

The new Mozilla logon fooled me at first. I saw those dots and slashes and began clicking, expecting to land on my favorite web page,
But Nooooooo.
Their use of slashes and dots is clearly intended to confuse the average user into thinking they would soon be happily gorging on news for nerds, but it is a trick. Someone should sue them.

Comment Re:Look to history (Score 3, Informative) 293

The webMD page you quoted is here:

You are being disingenuous because the sentence you quoted is part of a paragraph that advices AGAINST the uses and says that it is NOT EFECTIVE.

Here's the rest of it.

Colloidal silver is a mineral. Despite promoters’ claims, silver has no known function in the body and is not an essential mineral supplement. Colloidal silver products were once available as over-the-counter drug products, but in 1999, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled that these colloidal silver products were not considered safe or effective. Colloidal silver products marketed for medical purposes or promoted for unproven uses are now considered “misbranded” under the law without appropriate FDA approval as a new drug. There are currently no FDA-approved over-the-counter or prescription drugs containing silver that are taken by mouth. However, there are still colloidal silver products being sold as homeopathic remedies and dietary supplements.

  There are many Internet ads for the parts of a generator that produces colloidal silver at home. People who produce colloidal silver at home will likely not be able to evaluate their product for purity or strength. There are many products that are far safer and more effective than colloidal silver.

  Despite these concerns about safety and effectiveness, people still buy colloidal silver as a dietary supplement and use it for a wide range of ailments. Colloidal silver is used to treat infections due to yeast; bacteria (tuberculosis, Lyme disease, bubonic plague, pneumonia, leprosy, gonorrhea, syphilis, scarlet fever, stomach ulcers, cholera); parasites (ringworm, malaria); and viruses (HIV/AIDS, pneumonia, herpes, shingles, warts).

I have to agree with the previous posters assertion that "You, sir or madam, are a lying sack of dangerous shit."

Comment Re:Blues Brothers (Score 1) 456

Gee, Carrie, where'd you learn to shoot? Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy?

All those misses is how Jake knew she still loved him.

When your wife peppers the doorframe around you with her 9mm from the kitchen, do you just think "Well, I married a bad shot", or do you realize that she's trying to communicate something non-verbally?

BTW, for the slashdot aspies reading this, the answer is that she's trying to communicate, and she wants to know you still care for her.
So you need unzip, pull it out, and waggle it at her so she sees that you still want her.

Comment numerous errors seen (Score 5, Informative) 383

So I looked at the video in the article

1) It's a one-way street, and the crosswalk has SIX red lights. one over each lane, two at the sidewalk before and after the crosswalk. How did the sensors miss all those lights? Was it looking at tree and decided "Green? Keep going ..."

2) There is a pedestrian stepping into the crosswalk and the Uber drove past him. In Ga, all traffic must stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk, and I'm quite that sure Ca's law is even more strict.

3) The uber passes a car already stopped for the red light at the crosswalk. I don't know California law, but in Georgia it is also illegal to pass a car stopped for a pedestrian at a crosswalk. It's also common sense - you can't see if the car was stopped for a child/short person/wheelchair attempting to cross, so you should stop first and look second in that situation.

4) the light turned yellow at the 2 second mark in the video, and the Uber went though at 11 seconds, so it's not even close.

5) common sense that people have: If I'm coming to an intersection and other cars are stopping, I slow and look around; I know something is happening.
maybe the light changed while I was dozing, or maybe a passenger is going to open the door in front of me.
It appears that the Uber lacks this sort of situational awareness, but I don't know if the human was given an alert and ignored it in this case.

Comment Re: Good for them! (Score 1) 858

There's plenty to like about Clinton and plenty to dislike about Nixon, but to claim that the military played 'keep-away' with the nuclear football for the five years he was President is unbelievable. We were decades into a Cold War with Russia, and had they known POTUS couldn't retaliate we surely would have been attacked/provoked by the Russians.

So, got anything to backup your claim?

OP Creimer is wrong. There was a rumor that during Nixon's last days that they kept the football away from Nixon, but that did not happen. William Gulley among others have debunked that story.

Comment Re: Stop calling it "skepticism". (Score 2) 588

I can contribute to this discussion, but I have to post anonymously for reasons that will be obvious. I work at a major research institution along the east coast. I am paid well, well into six figures, as a climate researcher. My job is to fabricate data, but to make it believable enough that people accept our research is true. I can assure you that most climate research, like my own, is fabricated and completely false.

My favorite part of this is that this numbskull thinks there's a climate scientist who makes six figures.

It's like a riddle, and the answer is:
The AC climate researcher is working for the Koch brothers.

Comment Re:Good then bad then good (Score 1) 172

Hate to be that guy, but:

[citation needed]

Here is a sample calculation done by the various people who make that claim:

typical study of reduction in lifespan due to smoking:

The average geezer on SSA gets 15K a year.

The average medicare per-person yearly cost for the over 65 people is $19K.

cigarettes killing the old folks 7 years early save $238K from SSA and Medicare

Lung cancer is an expensive way to go. typical last-year costs are 95K.
cigarettes death include heart failure and strokes. quick deaths are cheap.

Comment Yeah, I'd take the deal (Score 1) 230

I would do it if I were young.
As written, it would mean that in exchange for a year of no sex, I would get decades of not having to worry about not only my own account, but also the integrity of all the places that I have accounts. I have several bank, credit union, and brokerage accounts, and they would all have to be made secure to protect my accounts. There is also the IRS, and the various hospitals who hold my medical records.

"online security" has to include both endpoints to be safe. It's neither your MS windows nor your Linux boxes at home that You should to worry about.

Comment Re:The Unintended Consequences of Bad Math (Score 2) 624

So given a line-up of 2 randomly chosen people, one white and one black, there is essentially equal chance that either one is an ex-con. And if you have a line up of more than 2 people, one that is racial proportional to the general population, say 7 white guys, 1 hispanic guy, 1 black guy and one ethnically ambiguous-maybe-asian, then the chance that at least one of the white people is a felon is about 7x higher than the chance that the black guy is a felon.

I agree with everything you're saying, in principle, but your math is bad.
It's not true that there's an essentially equal chance that either one of a randomly picked white-black pair is an ex-con.
From your provided numbers ...
A randomly chosen white person is one out of 156 million of which there is a 2.1% chance you picked a felon.
A randomly chosen black person is one out of 27 million with a 12% chance you picked a felon.
The combinatorics of picking two people, one white and one black give us 4,212 million combinations of two chosen.
(for each white cycle through 27M black =156M*27M)
Of these 4,212M combinations, there are four possible arrangements.
innocent white and innocent black (152.8M Innoc-W * 24.2M Innoc-B = 3697.76M pairs gives 87.8% of pairs both innocent
felon white and innocent black (3.2M felon-W * 24.2 Innoc-B = 77.44M pairs gives 1.8% of pairs felon white and innocent black
innocent white and felon black (152.8M Innoc-W * 2.8M Felon-B = 428.06M pairs gives 10.2% innocent white and felon black
felon white and felon black (3.2M Felon-W * 2.8M Felon-B = 8.96M pairs gives .2% both felons

So, of two randomly chosen white-black pairs out of the general population, there's a 2% chance you have a white felon and a 10.4% chance there's a black felon.

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