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The Royal Society Proposes First Framework For Climate Engineering Experiments

Impy the Impiuos Imp You get nothing. Good day, sir! (162 comments)

If I were a schill for big business, I'd be all, "Yeah yeah! Do it! Let's compensate by geoengineering!"

DO NOT DO THIS. If it works and you overshoot, you'll induce another ice age, which can happen in as few as a couple of years. Unlike moving in from the oceans over 100-300 years (a nuisance, and less damaging to human life than slowing technological advancement by massive intervention in the economy) an ice age will indeed, and actually, and rapidly kill billions of people.

Lik Willy Wonka, I will sigh and burble flatedly, "No. Stop. Don't do it." but the children won't listen.

2 days ago

Financial Services Group WCS Sues Online Forum Over Negative Post

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:As a chrono-American, I can remember... (111 comments)

I knew Australia was in trouble, freedom-wise, when a judge stripped a dwarf of his right to be tossed in bars for profit, saying it violated the dwarf's "dignity".

So he stripped the dwarf of the dignity of being a sef-reliant, self-deciding, sovereign individual and turned him into a ward of his local royal highness.

  " I decide when you have dignity, not you, dwarf!"

3 days ago

Financial Services Group WCS Sues Online Forum Over Negative Post

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:As a chrono-American, I can remember... (111 comments)

> This is a libertarian utopia

You, sir, are ignorant.

The vast majority in prison are for drug or other consenting pseudo-crimes, none of which would be there in a libertarian utopia.

Secondly, libertarians are fine with government-run prisons. It's one of the few things we think government should actually do. Calving it off for private (which wouldn't be even suggested with a vastly reduced prison population) to for-profit private enterprise is a. thing people woupd be agnostic about until proven better. In any case, that's driven by decidedly un-libertarian types like Cheney.

3 days ago

Reading, Writing, 'Rithmetic, and Blockly

Impy the Impiuos Imp Don't forget to learn storage techniques! (18 comments)

and'unplugged' activities, lessons in which students can learn computing concepts with or without a computer.

"Here's your grandpappy's Penthouse, kid. Knock yourself out."

3 days ago

Watch a Cat Video, Get Hacked: the Death of Clear-Text

Impy the Impiuos Imp In the crypt (166 comments)

Interesting. Unencrypted command-and-control channels embedded in the commnications of custom application communication.

Next up: Buffer overruns and similar by violating the same stream or data stream.

5 days ago

Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

Impy the Impiuos Imp int stroustrup() (425 comments)

If your last name were to be made into a C library string function, what would it do?

I'm Baba Wawa and this............ is Twenty Twenty.

about a week ago

California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Screwed... (327 comments)

HAW HAW HAW!!! My theory remains undefeated and regnant supreme: These environmental regulations, like most other government realms of intrusion, are about getting "useful idiots" AKA True Believers, to line up behind certain politicians in a power grab, and that that, in turn, is to let them wield power to extort kickbacks. Value of the environmentalism per se is irrelevant to the power struggle. That's a meme to get you to behave in ways that support the power grab.

Remember that: I could grant 100% validity to the value of environmentalism's every last bleat, and it still wouldn't alter the power dynamics.

Except in this case they went to far and put themselves over a barrel.

This plot would make a perfect thread to insert into Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. "But we didn't really mean to kill off your enterprise -- we rely on it for jobs to maintain our power. We just want you to play ball."

I estimate a 60% chance of a downmod as some meme defense mechanism activates in the brain of a True Believer, and they downmod to help protect the meme guiidng their actions

about a week ago

T-Mobile To Throttle Customers Who Use Unlimited LTE Data For Torrents/P2P

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:This is going to end so well for them! (147 comments)

Torrents are designed to have many points sending small amounts of data. It's not for giant pseudo-servers. With lots of people, net downloads should be almost as fast.

Hell if you ran the software self-throttling uploads, we'd never have these issues.

about a week ago

Why Hasn't This Asteroid Disintegrated?

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Why can't it just be one mass? (74 comments)

Or that they're frozen on or otherwise stuck. Stuff sitting on a table, shelf, or floor gets stuck there by other crud.

about a week ago

Where are the Flying Cars? (Video; Part One of Two)

Impy the Impiuos Imp Booth babes (107 comments)

> in Detroit

Say what now?

Good job promoting it.

about a week ago

Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

Impy the Impiuos Imp Support (165 comments)

> Including in-person tech support.

"I'm sorry, sir. I cannot unstick the pages because you let the barf dry."

about a week ago

Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:It's easy to fix (557 comments)

That just increases the pool of potential firelings.

A Politically Correct Recipe For Success:

"We need to increase diversity not for racist remediation, but because diversity increases quality of product and rate of invention in this bleeding-edge tech area. COMMENCE FIRING WHITE MALE ENGINEERS!"


> 55% White
> 6% Black

White: 72% of population
Black: 12% of population

White: 17% underrepresented
Black: 6% underrepresented

I assume they will be hiring three white people for every black person. Well, white chicks that is.

about a week ago

Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

Impy the Impiuos Imp As do you (183 comments)

> 50 cents per GiB

I prefer to think of it as 0.0007 cents per body part closeup.

about a week ago

Samsung Announces Galaxy Alpha Featuring Metal Frame and Rounded Corners

Impy the Impiuos Imp Real super (220 comments)

2 Gig
Same processor, maybe small speed bump
4.7 Super amoled, scarcely larger than my 3 year old phone
Concern about superficialities like plastic vs. metal case

May be time to move on from Samsung.

about a week ago

Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re: What for? (191 comments)

I just hope the damned thing lasts longer than the current micro POS, which has difficulties with thoisands of connect-disconnect cycles and the occasional bump.

about a week ago

Errata Prompts Intel To Disable TSX In Haswell, Early Broadwell CPUs

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Not all that surprising... (131 comments)

I heard none of the ultranerd devs had a tightly-coupled mammary.

about a week ago

3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Are they "small government" republicans ? he he (391 comments)

I assure ypu, Democrats do not want to open the can of worms of "who grants the most rent-seeking" laws and red tape to protect interests.

That's why they seek power in both parties. To get in the way to benefit someone, or extort someone.

about a week ago

Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Legal pemission? THEY GIVE IT! (364 comments)

So if I live in a "one-party consent" state, I can just record without notifying?

It also says California's Supreme Court ruled that if you talked to someone in California (an "all-party consent" state) you needed the CA guy's permission. How can they enforce that? Extradite? Do other states honor that or do they have their own balls?

about a week ago



Lucas sues over portable laser

Impy the Impiuos Imp Impy the Impiuos Imp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) writes "George Lucas has decided to sue a company that produces a powerful, portable laser that, coincidentally, happens to look like a lightsaber hilt. Or not. You be the judge.

It can set things on fire with the best of 'em, though, and, like a real lightsaber, should not be jammed in your eye.

Lucas filed a similar lawsuit last year regarding a laser that was too close to the Death Star, which was thrown out of court on technical grounds."

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Sony To Encase In Carbonite Half The Star Wars: Ga

Impy the Impiuos Imp Impy the Impiuos Imp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) writes "Not surprisingly that it's gone unnoticed for several days, but Sony is apparently merging out of existence half its Star Wars: Galaxies servers. In spite of a number of innovative features (three health bars, choreographable dancing and music coordinatable between several players, "your own R2 unit and 3PO", programmable droids, and so on) a complete overhaul of the combat system, designed to simplify it and make it more action-oriented, actually drove away more people than it attracted. It soon thereafter retired to that great Sony one-fee-for-all stable of aging and also-rans in the sky.

Still on life support, it was preceded in death by Sony foster brother Matrix Online."

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Impy the Impiuos Imp Impy the Impiuos Imp writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Went back to City of Heroes after an 8 month interlude in World of Warcraft. Ahh, the freedom of high-speed, true 3D travel. Ooooh, the power of the scrapper class in feeling truly heroic and dominant on the battlefield. You can take your +85 strength swords that increases your damage by 1.2% and, in the words of the Lieutenant, cram it up your ass.

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