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Comment Archives: stories: Opinion: Cybernaut

Re: “Back to the web?

Yeah back to the web and mobile apps :)

Posted by on 03/25/2015 at 3:09 AM

Re: “Violence in video games, part 317

You are close minded and far behind on reporting the fact that the gun was his grandmother's and was not secure, he didn't know what he was doing. I am not suggesting a child should be playing GTA but I am saying that you can'tju st blame video games for a flawed system that allows people easy access to weapons that cause easy fatalities.

Posted by Meako Marlow on 09/05/2013 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Technology vs. climate change

"A 1% reduction in world-wide meat intake has the same benefit as a three trillion-dollar investment in solar energy." ~ Chris Mentzel, CEO of Clean Energy

"As environmental science has advanced, it has become apparent that the human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future: deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities, and the spread of disease." ~ Worldwatch Institute, "Is Meat Sustainable?"

“If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetables and grains... the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. Roads.” ~ Environmental Defense Fund

"The livestock sector emerges as one of the top contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global. The findings of this report suggest that it should be a major policy focus when dealing with problems of land degradation, climate change and air pollution, water shortage and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity... The impact is so significant that it needs to be addressed with urgency." ~ United Nation Food and Agricultural Organization's report "Livestock's Long Shadow"

“It’s not a requirement to eat animals, we just choose to do it, so it becomes a moral choice and one that is having a huge impact on the planet, using up resources and destroying the biosphere.” ~ James Cameron, movie director, environmentalist, new vegan

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Posted by Jim Corcoran on 07/18/2013 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Suck it, analysts

Great article. It's refreshing to read.

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Posted by Charles Martin on 04/04/2013 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Console yourself

Just an FYI, expect SONY to block used games, not Microsoft. Sony filed for the patent after all.

Posted by PunkersXBL on 02/28/2013 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Troll or die

Please do not post something related to gaming that you publishers are not familiar with, even as a filler. Also that game is called League of Legends and no that guy isn't being a dick, hes just one of the 70% of people who do bad at the game and rage and blame their team. Get a better story online that you are familiar with and stay away from stuff you dont know such as internet gaming.

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Posted by Paul Sun on 12/16/2012 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Pirates face lawsuits

Couple of things ... Canipre isn't going after anybody ... that's up to the studios and their lawyers; they're simply a forensics firm hired to monitor traffic. Precedent was set a year ago based on a decision in 2005. It took this long for the press to catch up to it ...

Great article otherwise ... more here on the entitlement issue, also published today ...…

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Posted by Trevor Paetkau on 12/06/2012 at 9:07 AM

Re: “All In the stacks

It's sad to know that bullying has been becoming into an online-form already. As parents, we should be vigilant with our kids' activities, especially that all these bullying issues are on the rise, leading them to become the victims or worse, the bullies themselves. I just read a blog that really stuck me to the core. A mother, writing about her own child's safety and their heartbreaking experience. This is it:…

Posted by Shaira Leah Gomez on 10/25/2012 at 4:33 AM

Re: “Taking on Cyber Bullies

cyberbullying is becoming a serious problem in our society. Each day more children suffer. Parents often do not we find out what is happening. My partner recommended a software that allows you to follow the navigation of our children on the net and see if they are being ciberacosados​​, is very complete. I recommend it. We unloaded here

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Posted by Alba Muñoz Gomez on 10/23/2012 at 1:39 PM

Re: “I'm still standing

Way to go. Stick with it. We are on month 4 and it becomes a way of life after a while. you really do get a boost of energy and lose that afternoon sluggishness. Do you really us e a box?
Here is the one we use

Posted by Steve Brielmaier on 08/23/2012 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Bitcoin catching on?

It will take time, but Bitcoin will continue to be adopted as consumers and merchants adapt to the idea of an entirely digital currency. This model of an instantly transaction-able, decentralized digital cash fits the global market we now inhabit more than anything we've ever seen. I personally believe not only is this method plausible, but absolutely necessary. We can no longer act as if our economy has political boundaries.

Skeptics and those with invested interests of established means will continue to point to the perceived susceptibility of the BTC and paint it as a currency for criminals and those of 'questionable' ethics. However, if I had to guess, drug dealers, gun runners and smut peddlers all still accept cash too.

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Posted by schamacky on 08/03/2012 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Bitcoin catching on?

"The idea of buying Bitcoins makes more sense to me, and when/if the Bitcoin economy switches over to that model, I'm in."

This is not quite clear, so would you like to buy from someone specific? Because otherwise you can just go to some Bitcoin exchange and buy right away.

"most people can't accept BCT as a valid currency because it's not based on anything real — land, gold, bank holdings, bonds, currency holdings resources or any of the things that give normal currency value"

From the list only land and gold sounds real. But Bitcoin is based on land and gold almost the same as normal currencies. There are some people selling gold for Bitcoins, and I've seen someone offering an old house for Bitcoins.

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Posted by electron on 08/03/2012 at 2:37 AM

Re: “Bitcoin catching on?

I was with you, cheering along, right up until the last sentence where you just seemed to fall short like an Olympic athlete who makes a misstep at the very last moment to take silver not gold.

All money is conjured up out of thin air because we as humans assign value to stuff that is scarce. If food is scarce it becomes valuable, gold is scarce so it becomes valuable, bitcoins are scarce so they become valuable.

From Wikipedia (yeah, I know...):
"Money is any object or record that is generally accepted as payment for goods and services and repayment of debts in a given socio-economic context or country. The main functions of money are distinguished as: a medium of exchange; a unit of account; a store of value; and, occasionally in the past, a standard of deferred payment. Any kind of object or secure verifiable record that fulfills these functions can serve as money."

Bitcoin meets all of the above. So, fundamentally, if you trust mathematics, you can trust Bitcoin.

Posted by Gary Rowe on 08/03/2012 at 1:21 AM

Re: “Bitcoin catching on?

Bitcoin is amazing. It takes some education, but it's amazing.

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Posted by Erik Voorhees on 08/02/2012 at 9:28 PM

Re: “Bitcoin catching on?

If mining bitcoins is generating them from "thin air", so mining gold and silver is different? Both require energy.. For drilling or calculating - its not that different. Bitcoin is a decentralized currency - like silver and gold.. It's not a fiat currency that has a central authority that let you just buy it. All decentralized currencies need mining - since everyone should have the equal oppotunity to generate them.. Decentralized also means it cannot be killed by the authorities like they did to egold.

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Posted by Eyal Hertzog on 08/02/2012 at 9:21 PM

Re: “The Codec Code

Frankly, I wouldn't use 64kbps mp3 even for voice. I get increasingly annoyed every time an "s" or "t" is pronounced when encoded at these low bitrates, the bad quality is just so evident. Unless you have very poor headphones, you are able to hear these faulty artifacts all the way through 160kbps.

Open source is one thing, but the actual audible advantages of (Ogg) Vorbis is enough to "choose" this a as lossy storage format. Especially when Android phones are natively compatible with this, and VLC player for desktop computers. Ogg Vorbis is quite remarkable when considering quality per byte. I guess that is also the reason Spotify uses this for their digital music transportation.

Posted by kjetilbmoe on 07/31/2012 at 2:38 AM

Re: “The alternatives to Google

Thank you for the mention. The value of Primadesk ( is valid even if you pay for a storage service and have a lot of space with one service. As more and more people adopt cloud based services we see that people are not sending documents through email but are sending links.

So if one person likes Dropbox he/she might send Dropbox links but that person's friend might send a link from Google Drive or SkyDrive or Sugarsync. This means that all of us are going to have documents in many services and not just one.

So searching all different services, ability to drag and drop etc., become very useful to be productive (specially if you use a smart phone and do not have enough bandwidth to download, upload etc.,).

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Posted by Prima Desk on 05/25/2012 at 8:40 PM

Re: “An alternative to WiFi

Absolutely agree with Andrew and Bob. As for Ryan, if you believe what the utilities company tell you about how many signals are sent out a day (6?) you might laugh that a smart meter is anything to be of concern. Do you know that PG&E, when forced by the judge to disclose complete radiation data, revealed that instead of 6 times, an average smart meter send out pulsed microwave signal about 14,000 times a day, the highest number of pulses they have recorded from a single meter was over 190,000 a day!! Out of those 190,xxx - ONLY 6 times were for sending consumption data info, the rest just for synchronization with other nearby meters to maintain the mesh network. See chart on Page 7 of this document… It's highly laughable that you think humans have evolved to withstand ALL these different layers of artificial pulsed microwave in our environment. It's okay that you want to continue this "bath". Enjoy and don't regret when the health consequences show up. It's your choice. In the meantime, it is the people who don't want these frequencies who have to suffer as it is so hard to avoid. This epidemic is worse than cigarettes.

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Posted by Michelle Wong on 05/12/2012 at 10:29 PM

Re: “An alternative to WiFi

Electromagnetic waves comprise a very broad spectrum of frequencies, each with their own disparate properties. It's true that man has evolved bathed in these waves, but some more or less than others. The level of microwave radiation exposure in a typical city is now billions of times higher than what man evolved with. To extend your analogy with the Sun, imagine if the Sun's intensity were increased by 10 billion times. Do you think that would make a difference, or highly laughably to you, be harmful?

Reductio ad absurdum.

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Posted by Bob Bichen on 05/04/2012 at 8:09 PM

Re: “An alternative to WiFi

"If we could see radio waves, I imagine it would be kind of scary — like walking through a fog of very low-level radiation. Some of the signals would be weak, others strong. Cumulatively, it could be excessive."

The FUNDAMENTAL flaw with this comment is this: these waves also come from the SUN. We have been bathed in them for millennia. In fact, MAN has EVOLVED being bathed in these waves. How anyone can think that a smart meter's output makes a difference and/or is harmful is highly laughable.

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Posted by Ryan Medd on 05/03/2012 at 1:16 PM

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