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Comment Rainforest Action (Score 1) 186

IMHO the environmental activist community dropped the ball after Rain Forest preservation was the #1 agenda topic in the 1990s. In addition to being a carbon sink, the forests are the habitat for most threatened species. I was always lukewarm to Al Gore and for that political reason, they lost a lot of activist invested collateral.

Comment Re:Another Faulty Study (Score 1) 259

Wealthy is relative. When I lived in Africa for 30 months in the mid 1980s, I was (as a white man) presumed to be very wealthy by a far higher percentage of people than I was in the USA. And in fact, relatively speaking, I probably was far wealthier. I found a lot of "fast friends" were attracted to engaging with me, some out of common decency to make outsiders feel welcome, but others definitely on the bet that if they befriended me they could ask for a loan or a favor.

Naturally, the more people are trying to "make friends" with you, the more discerning you have to be in accepting those friendships. If I was a billionaire in the USA, I imagine there'd be similarities.

Comment Re:Does anybody ... (Score 1) 475

The issue is that the leaked emails were stolen and are being released by an actor with the capability of altering them (replacing the word "didn't" with "did" for example, or deleting context). If you cannot eliminate the potential for contaminated data, then you cannot either confirm or deny. So no, it isn't the Dog that Didn't Bark. If the press or HRC or Podesta says "these are real" and then a fake one is found, how do you go back and undo that?

If it is Russia, they will certainly release all real ones until the final week, and then who knows? What if we all accept they are "of course real" and report on them as such and then one appears the last minute (insulting Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Nevada, NC etc) that alters a swing state?

Comment Re:Feel The Bern (Score 1) 475

Oh get over it. Bernie himself certainly doesn't claim to have gotten more votes than HRC. He complained that the DNC preferred HRC, and was biased. But he did not and does not represent that it directly resulted in him getting fewer votes, and absolutely didn't claim to get more votes. The lack of outrage is rational not "palpable". If there are two candidates, and one wants 9 debates and the other wants 3 debates, and they hold 3 debates not 9 debates, that is not "stealing the election" any more than a football team losing a coin toss has a "game stolen".

Submission + - WikiLeaks says Assange's internet link was severed by 'state party' (

retroworks writes: WikiLeaks said Monday that its founder Julian Assange’s internet link was severed by a “state party” and that “appropriate contingency plans” were activated.

The website’s announcement came hours after it published three cryptic tweets. The messages referenced Ecuador, Secretary of State John Kerry and the United Kingdom’s Foreign Commonwealth Office. Each tweet was matched with a string of numbers. Rumors on Reddit and Twitter said that the numbers triggered a so-called “dead man’s switch,” which could be enacted in case Assange did die. Gizmodo reported that such switches do exist,

Comment Re:Major religion? (Score 3, Interesting) 163

The logical spiral is kind of interesting.

Read the links. This was a "cyber-bullying" law basically copied from similar USA attempts to stop "cyber-bullying". From that, a silly blog is written and then submitted as TFA by a /. submitter who boils cyber-bullying to "memes". That sets it up for a master persuader like yourself to inform us that the laws to stop cyber bullying come from radical Islam. Oh, wait, sorry... that was MY spin.

My guess isn't that it comes from Indonesia's peaceful Muslims, but by some sectarian Indonesian graduate of a California liberal arts program. But I don't know that, I'm only able to recognize my own confirmation bias.

Submission + - Better than Insecticide? Or Insect Genocide? A Modest Zika Proposal (

retroworks writes: Several scientific journals reported (early 2016) on technological proposals to take the Zika-carrying Aedes aegypti species of mosquito the way of the dodo bird and passenger pigeon. As fear over the spread of the Zika virus spreads (Florida, Singapore), more business journals are exploring private sector investments to eradicate the species of mosquito entirely — an investment itch begging to be scratched. But will business be content with eradication of just "cockroach of mosquitos"? The headline on today's WSJ article begs the question "Why Not Kill Them All?" Most articles seem to find extinction of the indoors attacking, dengue fever and malaria spreading Aedes aegypti a tantalizing prospect (MIT Review title "Humanitarian Cause" — https://www.technologyreview.c...). BBC weighed the approach more carefully, noting that mosquitoes make rain forests uninhabitable (and consequences of human populations in rain forests are usually disastrous). Investment channeling into the eradication of not just the most deadly species of the animal, but all 12 species of human — biting mosquitoes in the world, responsible for 500,000 deaths per year. Will capitalism would make the itch of mosquito bites forgotten... Forever? https://www.technologyreview.c... https://www.technologyreview.c...

Comment Electronic Recycling Company battery fire epidemic (Score 3, Interesting) 89

I manage an electronics recycling company. We are all hand disassembly, but even we have seen lithium battery fires. The companies which switched to shredding (to reduce labor costs) have had a serious and growing problem with fires from charged lithium batteries exposed to oxygen.

We use this youtube video for staff training

Comment Most Likely Explanation is Earth Satellite (Score 2) 282

If Earth launched a satellite precisely enough at the direction of the HD164595, and sufficient time elapsed for the distance to make earth's solar orbit fall in the range of the satellite's broadcast, and the satellite was sending communications back towards earth in its trail, could we not prank some future generation by not recording the launch? And how exactly do we know that wasn't done to us? Soviet Russia would have valued being the only ones to know that a signal wasn't coming from aliens, for example. Or some USA billionaire could have planned it, or rogue NASA could have calculated its eventual transmission would increase NASA funding...

If we translate the signal and it says that a Kardasian Prince needs us to transfer money in order to release millions of dollars from his account, it's a bad sign.

Submission + - Reported Top Nigerian email scammer arrested (

retroworks writes: Interpol reports that a Nigerian behind thousands of online scams around the world has been arrested in the southern oil city of Port Harcourt.
The 40-year-old man, known only as "Mike" is alleged to head a network of 40 individuals behind global scams worth more than $60m (£45m).
His operations involved using malware to take over systems to compromise emails, as well as romance scams. Nigeria's anti-fraud agency was also involved in the arrest.

"In one case, a target was conned into paying out $15.4 m (£11m)," Interpol said in a statement. "Mike" also allegedly ran a money laundering network in China, Europe and the US. The network compromised email accounts of small to medium-sized businesses around the world. They would then send fake messages to buyers with instructions to make a payment to a bank account under their control.

Submission + - Creator of the GIF says it is pronounced "Jif" (

retroworks writes: Steve Wilhite made the controversial declaration during an interview with the New York Times in the run up to the Webby Awards where he will accept a lifetime achievement award.
He said he was proud of his creation but remained annoyed that most people failed to get its name right.
"The Oxford English Dictionary accepts both pronunciations," he said. "They are wrong. It is a soft 'G,' pronounced 'jif.' End of story."

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