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Comment Wow, did I just read that? (Score 1) 549


"We can't create a culture that says it cares about diversity and then excludes almost half the country because they back a political candidate," Zuckerberg wrote. "There are many reasons a person might support Trump that do not involve racism, sexism, xenophobia, or accepting sexual assault."

"We can't create a culture that says it cares about diversity and then excludes almost half the country because they back a political candidate," Zuckerberg wrote. "There are many reasons a person might support Trump, but those that do are racist, sexist, xenophobic, and accept sexual assault."

Comment FFS, it's not "University" of Georgia Tech (Score 1) 79

For crying out loud, you'd think Slashdot editors could get correct the name of a top 10 national engineering program.

It's "Georgia Tech," or "The Georgia Institute of Technology." It's not "Georgia Tech University," "University of Georgia Tech," "The University of Georgia at Atlanta," or "The Georgia Technological University."


US Tech Firms Urge Congress To Allow Internet Domain Changeover ( 128

Dustin Volz, reporting for Reuters: Major technology companies including Facebook, Google and Twitter are urging Congress to support a plan for the U.S. government to cede control of the internet's technical management to the global community, they said in a joint letter dated on Tuesday. The U.S. Commerce Department has primary oversight of the internet's management, largely because it was invented in the United States. Some Republican lawmakers are trying to block the handover to global stakeholders, which include businesses, tech experts and public interest advocates, saying it could stifle online freedom by giving voting rights to authoritarian governments. The years-long plan to transfer oversight of the nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, is scheduled to occur on Oct. 1 unless Congress votes to block the handover. The California-based corporation operates the database for domain names such as .com and .net and their corresponding numeric addresses that allow computers to connect. In the Sept. 13 letter, a copy of which had been reviewed by Reuters before it was sent, the technology companies said it was "imperative" that Congress does not delay the transition.

Comment Something isn't clear... (Score 2) 195

Here is the basic construction of the device from TFA:

"The UIC artificial leaf consists of two silicon triple-junction photovoltaic cells of 18 square centimeters to harvest light; the tungsten diselenide and ionic liquid co-catalyst system on the cathode side; and cobalt oxide in potassium phosphate electrolyte on the anode side."

So, the cathode is immersed in a combination of water and ethyl-methyl-imidazolium tetrafluoroborate (from TFA).

The anode is immersed also in an electrolyte.

The result is that "hydrogen and carbon monoxide gas bubble up from the cathode, while free oxygen and hydrogen ions are produced at the anode." (From TFA)

There's a big piece missing here: how does the CO2 from the atmosphere get to the cathode to be catalyzed, as it is immersed in this ionic fluid? Where does the Hydrogen come from - the electrolyte? It must, because there is no other place for it to come from. This means that the electrolyte is consumed unless it reclaims the Hydrogen, which we've been told is not the point.

So, the questions I have are:

1) How does CO2 get from the atmosphere to the cathode?

2) If the electrolyte is consumed in the process, does the H come from the water in the mix or from the ethyl-methyl-imidazolium tetrafluoroborate? (Slightly less bad if all we have to do is add water, but the fact they don't answer this question leads me to believe the H comes from the ethyl-methyl-imidazolium tetrafluoroborate)

3) Since we're releasing H and CO from the electrolyte in which the cathode is immersed, then we must also necessarily release Oxygen, both from the CO2, and from the electrolyte if it is the water being electrolyzed. Why do they not mention Oxygen bubbling up from the cathode, as it must?

Submission + - Pokemon Go Banned by Fatwa in Saudi Arabia (

EmagGeek writes: Top clerics in Saudi Arabia have issued a fatwa banning the playing of Pokemon Go as a form of gambling.

The decree was issued by General Secretariat of the Council of Senior Scholars on the website of the General Presidency for Scholarly Research and Ifta, Arab News reported Wednesday.

The edict actually updates an existing ban on the Pokemon card and video games before they morphed into the mobile phone virtual reality game that has swept the world.

The clerics issued the old fatwa, (No. 21,758), 16 years ago, declaring the original Japanese game a form of gambling, which is forbidden in Islam,

Comment Re:I'm Outraged! (Score 1) 130

Um, have you ever BEEN to a Chik-Fil-A? Nothing but love and inclusion to be experienced in that place. Do you know why? It is because Jesus commands us to love each other as he loved us. Jesus loved all people, regardless of their sins, transgressions, and shortcomings. He died on the cross to pay for our sins, and believe you me, we are all sinners.

As a Christian, I know I am not endowed with the right to pass judgment. I live my life dedicated to loving my fellow man as Jesus loved me, and the folks at Chik-Fil-A do the same.

John 13:34-35 reads: 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

Colossians 3:12-17 is one of my favorite passages:

12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Nothing in the great word preaches hate and intolerance, for we may not judge. Matthew 7 spells it out:

7 âoeJudge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, âLet me take the speck out of your eye,â(TM) when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.

Comment Re:Will anyone learn? (Score 1) 153

This. Even if it's just the Streisand effect of one.

I honestly don't understand what whoever decided to send the e-mails was expecting.

TBH, while I feel sorry for this employee on a personal level if they are indeed begging for their job and they're trying to make ends meet and this is the only job they can get that supports them adequately, whoever decided to send these e-mails really needs to use their head. If the poster feels they're benevolently warning unsuspecting people away from buying a poor quality product, that person is going to take those e-mails as confirmation that their negative review is impacting the company's ability to sell its product -- i.e. they have succeeded. If you want to convince that person to take their review down, why not maybe try some other tactic that would actually work?

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