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97% of Climate Science Papers Agree Global Warming Is Man-made

JobyOne Re:Yeah... (1105 comments)

HUMAN CO2 emissions above and beyond the normal, stable carbon cycle. Obviously.

about a year and a half ago
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97% of Climate Science Papers Agree Global Warming Is Man-made

JobyOne Re:Yeah... (1105 comments)

You're right, you personally reducing your output by 1/3 doesn't do much of anything. But if your neighbors and friends see you doing it and do it too, then so do their neighbors and friends and so on and so forth. Maybe enough momentum builds that your city's researchers and planners notice, and start a new recycling program, or spring for a renewable energy source of some kind. Now something big and useful and worthwhile is happening that couldn't have happened without the aggregate momentum of all those little things that didn't feel like they did anything.

What really riled me up about the post I replied to was that tired-ass old assertion that it's all politics, that basically "both sides are just as bad." No. Not on climate change they're fucking not.

They did a study recently and found that conservatives, even when told it will cost them more money in the long run, will refuse to buy energy efficient bulbs that make any kind of ecological statements on their packaging? That's a real thing that was demonstrated recently. So I refuse to let people like that sit and say people who care about energy efficiency are fucking blinded by politics. Not when their ilk will knowingly cost themselves money and their children a stable ecosystem in the name of political allegiances. No.

about a year and a half ago
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97% of Climate Science Papers Agree Global Warming Is Man-made

JobyOne Re:Yeah... (1105 comments)

America: The land of measuring brightness in units of energy consumption instead of...you know...brightness.

about a year and a half ago
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97% of Climate Science Papers Agree Global Warming Is Man-made

JobyOne Re:Yeah... (1105 comments)

We have to cut everywhere and everybody has to do it.

I don't follow. It's not like there's a direct causal relationship between one person cutting their emissions and another person raising theirs. If anything there's a decent causal relationship in the other direction. As more people and nations begin to take energy efficiency seriously it gets easier and easier to shame those who don't into not being selfish assholes any more.

about a year and a half ago
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97% of Climate Science Papers Agree Global Warming Is Man-made

JobyOne Re:Yeah... (1105 comments)

You're right with your point that cars and incandescents aren't "SOLELY" to blame...but with that one little adjective you're reduced to tilting at straw men.

FACTS: Worldwide 15% of CO2 emissions are from personal vehicles, and that number is rising. The United States accounts for half of that. Our houses use so much energy that they produce twice the CO2 that our cars even do. That means American personal cars and homes produce between 1/4 and 1/5 of the world's CO2 emissions. Given our wealth and the relative ease with which we can invest in energy-saving technology, that makes them pretty good places to start trying to improve efficiency.

If you want to reduce greenhouse gases, improving the efficiency of American cars and homes is important by any reasonable standard. That's a fact. No politics involved.

Manufacturers would also be a good place to look, but since publicly traded companies can only look as far ahead as their next earnings report I imagine you've drunk their Kool-Aid and would start shrieking "OMG TEH JOB CREATORZ" at the slightest whiff of regulation.

about a year and a half ago
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Florida Activates System For Citizens To Call Each Other Terrorists

JobyOne Re:How nice of them ... (501 comments)

It's not like that shit is secret or sensitive in any way. Those bunk-ass PDFs aren't exactly military-grade training manuals.

Anybody who has ever watched the Bourne movies or interacted with other human beings is pretty well trained to avoid the warning signs this nonsense advises watching for.

about a year and a half ago
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Florida Activates System For Citizens To Call Each Other Terrorists

JobyOne That's a place? (501 comments)

My favorite thing so far about their site is that one of the "Places to watch" is "Peroxide-Based Explosives."

Sounds like a fun place to spend a weekend.

about a year and a half ago
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UN Says: Why Not Eat More Insects?

JobyOne Soylent Green (626 comments)

Soylent Green is SPIDERS!!!!!

about a year and a half ago
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BitTorrent Opens Up Its Sync Alpha To the Public For Windows, Mac, and Linux

JobyOne Re:Use encryption (49 comments)

RTFA

about a year and a half ago
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Tweet From Hacked AP Account Causes High Freq. Traders To Drop DOW 150 Points

JobyOne Retirement account (314 comments)

Damn the almost-perfect timing of my retirement account contribution this month!

about a year and a half ago
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Can a New GPU Rejuvenate a 5 Year Old Gaming PC?

JobyOne My Experience (264 comments)

About a year ago I stuck a GTX 550 Ti in a machine that was at the time pushing five years old.

I generally upgrade video cards at least twice after the initial build of my computers, every 2 years or so. My needs for upgrading other components are generally low, because...really...who needs a top of the line processor? I generally stick to the top of the mid tier and it does anything I might need done for the next 5-6 years. As far as RAM goes, whenever I get a new motherboard I just put as much RAM as it supports in it, and have been known to spend more on RAM than CPU when building a computer.

I just recently rebuilt my computer (new motherboard, CPU, RAM, and a second GPU) for about $550, and that got it to a point where it can play Crysis 2 with max settings. I expect it will be able to play any game the makers throw at it for another two years before performance starts to become a real issue. Maybe longer, because it seems to me that game-makers are getting better at building games that still run (albeit less prettily) on older hardware.

If it hadn't been for some recent hardware failures I'd probably STILL be rocking the last machine, which would be over 6 years old now. I just didn't feel like throwing money down the drain buying a replacement motherboard that used and old-ass socket.

I think the only reason to buy absolute top-of-the-line hardware these days is to stroke your e-peen.

about 2 years ago
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Hacktivism: Civil Disobedience Or Cyber Crime?

JobyOne Re:MLK and friends went to jail as well (243 comments)

The difference is that when you sit in the street or chain yourself to a tree to stop a construction project or disrupt traffic the general public understands what you're doing. A prosecutor might be able to *try* to press terrorism charges, or some other trumped up nonsense, but at the end of the day enough of the public will understand the story to say "wait. He was just sitting in the street." So the crazy-ass charges won't fly for long.

When you engage in a little hacktivism, though, not enough of the public understands what you've done to protect you from overzealous prosecution. The prosecutor can throw around a few terms like "cyber criminal," "hacking," and "digital crowbar." All of a sudden in the eyes of the majority of the public you're some sort of criminal mastermind, wielding dark arts to bring society to its knees -- even if all your *really* did was essentially run wget on a website.

That's why we need to be more careful in how we craft "cyber crime" laws, and prosecutors and judges need to be more careful in how they interpret them.

about 2 years ago
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MIT Investigating School's Role In Swartz Suicide

JobyOne Re:You Disgust Me (382 comments)

Wrong. A crime is not a crime, regardless. Copyright and contractual violations (such as breaking JSTOR or MIT's EULA) require the wronged party to actually take the offender to court.

That's why the feds were charging him with ridiculous crap like wire fraud and damaging protected computer systems, because they couldn't press charges unilaterally on the crimes that he *actually* appears to have committed.

about 2 years ago
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MIT Investigating School's Role In Swartz Suicide

JobyOne Re:You Disgust Me (382 comments)

Let's assume Swartz was completely in the right on all of his actions. What, precisely, would you have MIT and the US Government do differently to prevent this suicide? What actions of theirs do you find culpable for forcing Aaron Swartz into no other choice than to take his own life?

Remember that the feds were acting unilaterally. They had not been asked by the supposedly wronged parties to bring these charges. In fact, they had been asked by one of them -- JSTOR -- to *not* bring these charges against Swartz.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosecutorial_discretion
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proportionality_(law)

You know, that almost sounds like an endorsement for suicide which is probably one of the most disgusting and vehement posts I've read here so far. There is nothing rational nor sane about taking one's own life. When I was 16 one of my friends committed suicide and more recently a roommate's girlfriend came over while my roommate was gone and committed suicide. As someone who has witnessed the aftermath both to someone who meant so much to me and someone I barely knew, I will tell you right now that it is a terrible act that impacts everyone -- and most often in a profoundly negative way. To call it 'rational' or 'sane' in any case reveals that you do not know anything about suicide.

Thank you for that, though.

about 2 years ago
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MIT Investigating School's Role In Swartz Suicide

JobyOne Re:You Disgust Me (382 comments)

...I wouldn't be surprised if he ended up with a fine plus time served.

Furthermore, he almost certainly could get a plea bargain-- believe it or not, prosecutors don't want to go to court if they can possibly get a conviction without doing so. Unfortunately, a plea bargain would have required Swartz admitting that he did broke the law, and it looks like he was not the type of person who would do that.

Swartz tried to plea bargain two days before he killed himself. The prosecutor adamantly refused to accept less than a guilty plea to every single charge (even the patently absurd ones), and was also adamant that prison time would be required.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2262137/Aaron-Swartz-Reddit-founder-request-plea-deal-turned-Massachusetts-prosecutor.html

If you're just going to make stuff up, you should probably be quiet.

about 2 years ago
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MIT Investigating School's Role In Swartz Suicide

JobyOne Re:You Disgust Me (382 comments)

Well, you're not MIT or JSTOR. *They* didn't press charges, or even pursue civil suits, but the feds did it anyway?

What does it say about the merits of this case that it was "United States v Aaron Swartz?" I'm skeptical as hell -- as you should be -- of any federal criminal case in which the supposedly wronged parties aren't even the plaintiffs.

about 2 years ago
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MIT Investigating School's Role In Swartz Suicide

JobyOne Re:You Disgust Me (382 comments)

If I bypassed your home's security and installed a laptop in your home that connected to your network and took all your files, would you want there to be laws against that?

Yes, but I'd also like the ability to call off the fucking dogs if you and I work out a civil solution to your wrongdoing. Remember that JSTOR and MIT were both aware of Swartz' actions, and neither had asked the feds to charge him. In fact, JSTOR had asked the feds *not* to charge him.

The red flag of prosecutorial over-zealousness is obvious from the name of the case: "United States v. Aaron Swartz." Not MIT, not JSTOR, not the alleged "victims." United States. The prosecutor was *way* out of line.

about 2 years ago
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Millions of Blogs Knocked Offline By Legal Row

JobyOne Not a "legal" row (162 comments)

This row wasn't "legal" at all. Thanks to the fucking DMCA copyright infringement is now generally sorted out with the content "owners" functioning as judge and jury (because they're not at all biased or greedy). If the legal system isn't involved it's hardly a "legal" row, it's more like a shakedown.

more than 2 years ago
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Shut Up and Play Nice: How the Western World Is Limiting Free Speech

JobyOne Re:Another Double Standard (1160 comments)

Oh really?

They're "solid democrats" who just happen to also run a site at beastobama.com where they write -- and I quote -- "Barack Obama is the Antichrist, and is leading doomed america to her final destruction and the destruction of the world!"

more than 2 years ago

Submissions

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Munn and Hendricks outed as owners of nipples

JobyOne JobyOne writes  |  more than 2 years ago

JobyOne (1578377) writes "Nerd sex icons Christina Hendricks and Olivia Munn have (perhaps unsurprisingly) had nude and nude-esque photos leak into the wild today.

Gizmodo writes: "...the lesson here remains the same. As we said when this happened to ScarJo: If You Are Famous and Take Nude Photos of Yourself, They Will End Up on the Internet. As impossibly good looking people, pictures of your impossibly attractive body are coveted by legions of Internet People who want to look at them briefly, email them around, grin, high five, and then go back to work. And there are a select few with the guile to yank those photos off your phone—where they are certainly not safe...""

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Gotta get that achievement

JobyOne JobyOne writes  |  more than 5 years ago Mostly I'm posting this so I can get that "Posted a Journal" achievement. On a side note, though, why is it that now that I have an account after lurking for the better part of a decade, I feel compelled to comment all the time.

I'd say that right now 80% of the comments I've posted are stupid. The first one I posted was good, and it's all been downhill from there. Maybe I should log out and make myself go through the login process whenever I want to post something.

Case in point: this journal.

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