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Unfriendly Climate Greets Gore At Apple Meeting

Facetious Re:Who are the denailists? (572 comments)

You mean scientists like Richard Lindzen, Roy Spencer, and the Roger Pielkes (Sr.and Jr.)?

more than 4 years ago
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Reality of Global Warming? Learn about it where?

Facetious A few words of advice (3 comments)

Rather than point you to the sources you seek, I would offer a word of caution.

  • It is hard to get the core issues because this has become such a politically divided issue. I have yet find a site that doesn't have some sort of bias.
  • There is a great deal of hate on both sides of the debate. Because of this, the sides won't listen to each other and this leads to misunderstandings of definitions. For example, both sides of the debate generally agree that the Earth has warmed, but the AGW crowd is convinced that the skeptics are denying the fact that temperatures have risen.
  • There are a lot of appeals to authority. Words like "consensus" are thrown around a lot. Ignore that.
  • You seem to be a sincere seeker of truth. You will likely find yourself swinging from one side to the other as you learn additional things. That's normal. Keep with it and you'll eventually find an answer that satisfies you.

more than 4 years ago
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Let Big Brother Hawk Anti-Virus Software

Facetious Re:Why not just a Windows tax? (405 comments)

I know what you mean about the irresponsible user, and certainly that will happen. But consider the scenario you describe. There is no "root" user to log in as such on Ubuntu. Certainly some clowns will write apps to exploit users' stupidity, but Ubuntu (among others) are so much a part of the F/OSS community that said clowns should be kept in check pretty well. I'm not saying exploits won't happen, but I do believe that they will be far less of a problem than Windows users are used to.

more than 4 years ago
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The Problem With Estimating Linux Desktop Market Share

Facetious Re:Easy solution (409 comments)

A study of people on the street is obviously skewed against us Linux users. Street==natural light.

more than 4 years ago
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The Problem With Estimating Linux Desktop Market Share

Facetious Re:Guesstimates? (409 comments)

My name is Pat*.


* Not really.

more than 4 years ago
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Let Big Brother Hawk Anti-Virus Software

Facetious Re:Why not just a Windows tax? (405 comments)

If you are interested in AV for Linux, I have a bridge I'd like to sell you. I grow weary of the myth that Windows has viruses only because it dominates the market. Unix-like operating systems are simply built better. You have to work really hard to get those OSes to be insecure. Please research the matter, then come back and post your apology.

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Taps a 5th Lawyer From the RIAA

Facetious Taps? (587 comments)

I really hope "taps" doesn't mean what I think it means.

about 5 years ago
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Microsoft Ordered To Pay $388 Million In Patent Case

Facetious Re:Yes, that would be ironic... (233 comments)

For a long time Microsoft was a growth stock, and their P/E of 30 reflected that. Investors really expected that to continue as their server "products" displaced Unix, foreign markets began to flourish, and embedded products opened up to them. I personally believe that their stock has stayed put for so long simply because all three of these growth strategies were stymied, most often by Linux and/or other F/OSS.

about 5 years ago
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Microsoft Ordered To Pay $388 Million In Patent Case

Facetious Re:Yes, that would be ironic... (233 comments)

That $20B was $60B just a very few years ago. I do agree with you that they aren't losing money. I kind of wish they would. Bastards.

about 5 years ago
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Antarctic Ice Bridge Finally Breaks Off

Facetious Re:Whew, no problem then (505 comments)

Perhaps it is less about the quantity of scientists than the quality. I tend to like what Freeman Dyson has to say on the subject.

about 5 years ago
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With a Computer Science Degree, an Old Man At 35?

Facetious Re:Whatever your age is ... (918 comments)

You got a "+5 Insightful," and I would agree with the mods, but your reply was non sequitur to the GP. His/her point was that the time and money investment will likely not pay for itself. Your bottom line was, well, this: "The bottom line is that you go back to school because you love the subject." That's fine, but that wasn't what the GP was saying.

I will add as well that going back to school is not the only way to pursue an interest in a loved subject.

about 5 years ago
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More IT Pros Could Turn To E-Crime In Poor Economy

Facetious Re:screw that (112 comments)

No more "Breaking Bad" for you.

about 5 years ago
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Taxpayers Fund AIG Lawsuit Against US

Facetious Re:Is anyone surprised? (784 comments)

If you want to revolt by creating your own small community, you will either: (a) Be insignificant as to have no effect, or (b) Draw attention, which will result in laws being created to force you to participate in our national economy.

As to part (a), it will be significant to those who throw off their shackles. You are correct regarding part (b) unless a critical mass is established before the authorities' attention is drawn. I'll freely admit neither option is likely.

about 5 years ago
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Battle For Wesnoth Version 1.6 Released

Facetious Re:Let me be the first to say... (90 comments)

The proof of the pudding is in the derivation. Then again, I was a math major.

about 5 years ago
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Taxpayers Fund AIG Lawsuit Against US

Facetious Re:Is anyone surprised? (784 comments)

My friend, you strike me as sincere. Let me suggest an alternative to bloodshed. Let us revolt in a peaceful way. We can grow much of our own food. We can barter (without filing a 1099B with the Infernal Revenue Service). We can become our own creditors. We can create our own currency. It sounds simplistic, but extensions of these concepts would starve the dragon to death without us having to unsheathe our swords.

about 5 years ago
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Taxpayers Fund AIG Lawsuit Against US

Facetious Re:Is anyone surprised? (784 comments)

Wait just a damn minu.... [collapses back into chair, grabs chest].

about 5 years ago
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Building Your Own Solar Panel In the Garage

Facetious Re:Cells are NEW but also STOLEN (235 comments)

Maybe whoever modded you "flamebait" was trying to be funny, considering the context of your post.

about 5 years ago
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Google Summer of Code Announces Mentor Projects

Facetious What the hell is Durpal? (44 comments)

One of the links in the summary is to http://durpal.org/ . I wonder if that is a fork from http://drupal.org

Also, it is interesting to see the long forgotten WorldForge on that list. Maybe Duke Nukem should go open source to get some of that good Google cash.

about 5 years ago

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Ron Paul Introduces Bill to Abolish the Federal Reserve

Facetious Facetious writes  |  more than 5 years ago Congressman Ron Paul has made the bold move of introducing H.R. 833, The Federal Reserve Board Abolition Act. The short title of the bill is, "To abolish the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal reserve banks, to repeal the Federal Reserve Act, and for other purposes." Dr. Paul is known for being critical of the Fed, and now he's is making a stand.

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Microsoft shares drop on earnings news

Facetious Facetious writes  |  more than 5 years ago Microsoft's stock dropped 6% today to once again close below $30 per share. This time the drop wasn't from an announcement to buy out another company, but from their own earnings reports. The article suggests competition from Apple and Ubuntu explain why "Microsoft's third-quarter 2008 Windows sales are virtually flat year over year during a time when, by Microsoft's own estimate, the overall PC market grew 8% to 10%." Cnet, ZDnet, The Street, Bloomberg, and CNN Money also discuss the drop.

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Anthropomorphic Climate Change

Facetious Facetious writes  |  more than 6 years ago If you choose to believe me, then you are about to read an opinion from someone who is truly undecided on the issue of anthropomorphic climate change. I have studied both sides of the argument whenever I can (which is too rare, I'll admit), and I am still undecided. Here are some of the reasons why:

- There are more scientists on the "global warming is true" side, but there are legitimate scientists on the "global warming is false" side too
- For every piece of of good scientific evidence discussed, there are a hundred ad hominem or political attacks
- Making predictions is hard, especially about the future (oblig. Yogi Berra quote)
- Autodidacts such as myself are better swayed by good, reasoned argument than by credentials
- When discussing change versus the status quo in energy production and usage, we are talking about tremendous amounts of money, and hence power. It is nearly impossible in such an environment to have a reasonable discussion without the influence of those with an agenda.

I, personally, doubt very much that real scientists have ulterior motives. However, non-scientists seem to be less bulletproof. For example, it is very hard for me to take Al Gore seriously because he is the chairman of a company that stands to make a killing if laws are changed to reduce carbon emissions.

On the other hand, I have no love for the oil companies. The Forbes top 20 list of large companies is roughly split between financial companies (Chase, Citigroup, etc.) and oil companies. And Microsoft. They are a force to be reckoned with, and I admire those brave enough to say to them, "You are the problem." The past practices of many of the oil companies are deplorable, and I would feel little pity for them if they were to go bankrupt.

Add to this my belief that many of our (I'm American, so define "our" accordingly) problems with other nations stem from the unfathomable wealth these nations have accumulated from oil and how they have distributed that wealth. Enough has been said of this in other places that I won't elaborate here.

These two factors together are enough for me to feel inclined to stay out of the climate change debate. The inertia favors those who say it is real and want policies to reduce oil consumption. Of course, that does not make me a believer, and there is one factor that makes me hesitate: my concern for the poor.

I advocate policies that do not harm the poor. You might say I'm a progressive, but please don't call me a democrat (or republican for that matter). I have seen oil companies employ, at very good wages, those that would have no other course out of poverty. I also believe that measures that would reduce carbon emissions would drive up energy costs (domestic use and transportation) and that would affect most those with the least.

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