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2011 Was the 9th Hottest Year On Record

JoshHeitzman Re:The open question... (877 comments)

As you go north, the hours of sunlight during the summer do increase, and they decrease during the winter in balance, but since crops are grown in the summer...

more than 2 years ago
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America's Turn From Science, a Danger For Democracy

JoshHeitzman Re:The Scientific Method (the basis of science) .. (900 comments)

Yup, with gems like the "science is settled", which will be wrong until/if the unified theory of everything is worked out, it's no wonder people are turning away from that science. It's also not helpful that many of those who accept the findings of climate science, label those who do not "deniers", shills for "big oil", or at best "skeptics" and largely refuse to discuss any questions about the methodology or conclusions. Is it any wonder that rational people would either avoid or disengage from that debate?

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon Drops California Associates to Avoid Sales Tax

JoshHeitzman Re:Why are Libs so enamored with taxes? (623 comments)

The State of California doesn't pay taxes to the federal government. While the people residing there residents and the in-state only businesses (can't count businesses in located multiple states as "California paying") do pay taxes to the federal government.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Drops California Associates to Avoid Sales Tax

JoshHeitzman Re:Why are Libs so enamored with taxes? (623 comments)

The government of the State of California does not provide all those things you mentioned, and you seem to be forgetting that Amazon pays corporate income taxes to the federal government and various taxes to various other states.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Bans DUI Checkpoint Apps

JoshHeitzman Re:Aside from hype, Apple's real policy... (601 comments)

Or it may make you want to become a corrupt politician, so you to can get paid for doing the same thing, instead of doing on your own time.

more than 3 years ago
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Mandatory Automotive Black Boxes May Be On the Way

JoshHeitzman Re:Next we will all be required to be chipped (619 comments)

How exactly does one damage dirt? Or damage rocks simply by walking on them?<br>

If "everyone" was hiking were I was I'd go hike somewhere since part of the reason I go is to get away from people.<br>

Also if we take you logic a bit further than the must be strict regulations for breathing since everyone does it, and we have to sure people stop exercising so they they don't emit too much CO2.<br>

more than 3 years ago
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Signs of Ozone Layer Recovery Detected

JoshHeitzman Re:Climate Change Deniers (363 comments)

You left out two inefficiencies in coal electric generation in your calculations: electric transmission loses and extracting and transporting the coal. Also your assertion that electric cars are 95% efficient appears suspect. A quick search found references to more like 80%. Electric cars still convert a fair amount of the power to heat from conduction resistance and mechanical friction.

more than 3 years ago
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Signs of Ozone Layer Recovery Detected

JoshHeitzman Re:Climate Change Deniers (363 comments)

Sure I wouldn't mind the State of Nevada building some nuclear plants here in using the profits as part of the state budget. Now if your talking about private plants, suck it up and build them in your own backyard in California.

more than 3 years ago
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Signs of Ozone Layer Recovery Detected

JoshHeitzman Re:Climate Change Deniers (363 comments)

Research scientists are not monks who have taken a vow of poverty in their devotion to "truth". Research satellites do have an obvious agenda: maintaining funding for their research. Funding is easier to get for research on a topic that people are concerned about than one folks aren't concerned with, so its in the researches interest to ensure concern continues so easy funding continues. As they say, follow the money. There are companies and individuals out there who are economically benefiting from folks who get a warm fuzzy from buying "green" and from CO2 output shifting schemes.

more than 3 years ago
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China Criticizes Google's "US Ties"

JoshHeitzman Re:Let's not forget (280 comments)

Well first thing I would ask is: What is anti-social speech? And more importantly, who defines it? If a govt wants to silence opposition to its policies, is anyone who speaks out "anti-social"? Or are you talking about child-porn? Because if you're talking about child-porn or cyber-bullying or whatever, then you're talking about crimes among individuals. But if you're talking about free speech issues like petitions or twittering about rallies, then you're not talking about "anti-social" speech, you're talking about political speech. And I think it has been proven over and over again that the dangers of allowing governments to suppress speech of any kind far outweighs the advantages to the society it is trying to "protect". In China, the govt has put in place an enormously powerful system of censorship to ostensibly control "anti-social" speech, but is in fact primarily a tool for controlling political speech. People can't see child porn very easily, but they also can't even see a picture of "tank man" (the guy who stood in front of a column of tanks in Tienanmen Sq). What is "anti-social" about political protest? Isn't that how the PRC was founded? They fought a war with the existing govt and won. Now they don't want the same thing to happen to them. China wants to enforce it's totalitarian system to protect those in power who know that if people are allowed to read and discuss anything they want, they would be thrown out on their asses. If you don't want to be censored, well...you're out of luck.

Ever heard the saying "people get the government they deserve". Your statements above are premised on the assumption that government is separate from society rather then being a part of it. As the authoritarian part of a society, government is the authority on what is anti-social (i.e. against society). What particular moral view do you claim the US is imposing upon you by asking you to pay for something that it's citizens are trying to sell?

The moral view that they have the right to deny the idea to you, through the use of force, unless you pay them for the use of the idea.

more than 4 years ago
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China Criticizes Google's "US Ties"

JoshHeitzman Re:Let's not forget (280 comments)

What? Who in the world believes that copyrighting one's own work is immoral? I know people who think the laws favor copyright holders too much, but I've never met someone who thinks copyright laws are inherently "immoral".

People who believe it is immoral to monopolize ideas.

more than 4 years ago
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China Criticizes Google's "US Ties"

JoshHeitzman Re:Let's not forget (280 comments)

Sounds like your okay with governments controlling the internet so long as it conforms to morals, but you don't realize that other people have morals different from yours in which copyright (and enforcing it) is immoral and blocking anti-social speech is moral.

more than 3 years ago
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Perth Game Company CEO Takes IP By Night

JoshHeitzman Re:Call wikipedia (356 comments)

That's because they are capitalists in name only, only wanting the parts that benefit them and not the parts that don't.

more than 4 years ago
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Perth Game Company CEO Takes IP By Night

JoshHeitzman Re:IEEE (356 comments)

They aren't mis-advertising themselves if they don't say that certified per that particular ISO standard. IEEE doesn't have a trademark on Software Engineer any more then PE organizations have one on Engineer.

more than 4 years ago
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Perth Game Company CEO Takes IP By Night

JoshHeitzman Re:Call wikipedia (356 comments)

Sorry, but the professional engineering licensing/certifying organizations do not have a trademark on the word engineer, and the word has been around longer then the said organizations. Software engineers don't call themselves Certified/Licensed Professional Engineers, so I don't see the problem. Certified/Licensed Professional Engineer != engineer and engineer != Certified/Licensed Professional Engineer.

more than 4 years ago
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Mediterranean Might Have Filled In Months

JoshHeitzman Re:5 million? (224 comments)

Unless Moses was Akhenaten.

about 5 years ago
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Are You a Blue-Collar Or White-Collar Developer?

JoshHeitzman Re:It's a trick question (836 comments)

The words and the meanings of engineer and engineering predate these certifying engineering bodies you are referring too. These certifying engineering bodies you are referring to do not have trademark on the word engineer or engineering. Software/system engineers are not claiming to be be certified these engineering bodies you are referring too.

more than 5 years ago
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What If They Turned Off the Internet?

JoshHeitzman Kick 'their' ass... (511 comments)

...and make 'them' turn it back on. Who is 'they' anyway? Just want some names and addresses so I know where take the case of whoop ass when 'they' turn off the internet.

more than 5 years ago
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Will Silicon Valley Run Out of Data Center Space?

JoshHeitzman Re:No more startups (142 comments)

Deductions only apply to one of the three federal taxes on wages. The social security and medicare taxes have no deductions. If you've ever been self-employed then your are very aware of the 15% bite those two federal taxes take out of your income, but even if you are not self-employed those two take still nearly an 8% bite out of your paycheck (not to mention that if the employer didn't have to pay their half, they could just pay it to you instead).

more than 5 years ago
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Movable Clouds Migrate To Chase Tax Breaks

JoshHeitzman Re:Responsibility to society or shareholders? (151 comments)

Call it the tyranny of the majority, but it is the will of the majority.

It's only the will of the majority if was passed as proposition that actually have >50% of eligible voters vote in favor of it. Anything else is the will a minority, and usually a very, very small minority since most states only have a few hundred law makers.

more than 5 years ago

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