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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

Kohath Re:Well if two google engineers say so (351 comments)

Real-world limits tend to preclude taking "every" opportunity. A more realistic approach would be to do things that might help a lot and not do things that take time and effort and won't help much.

1 hour ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

Kohath Re:Deliberate (351 comments)

Get all the experts into the same room and lock the door..

That's not how free, democratic societies make policy.

2 hours ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

Kohath Re:If and only if (351 comments)

Is there evidence to conclude that enough people in democratic countries and enough leaders in undemocratic countries would support sufficient political action for long enough to solve the problem (according to the climate models)?

The opposite conclusion seems to be true so far.

2 hours ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

Kohath Re:Well if two google engineers say so (351 comments)

A common argument is that climate change can be avoided if everyone makes a number of small changes in their lives. These guys have determined that marginal, easily affordable changes in people's lives are insufficient according to some climate models. (Unless there's are large, unforeseeable technological advances.)

In other words, a specific approach or category of approaches won't work if you believe the forecasts of some severe climate models. The obvious response would be to stop advocating the unworkable approaches and/or re-examine the climate models to see if they might be overestimating the challenge.

Perhaps the article communicates this poorly. It's still useful info though.

3 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

Kohath Re:Get a sales force and some customers (175 comments)

If he were going to start the next Google, he would be talking to his venture capital friends and his other advisors, not to AskSlashdot.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

Kohath Get a sales force and some customers (175 comments)

Business is about sales and customers. Everything else you do is completely irrelevant if you don't have sales and customers. If you don't have a good plan to sell your wares, you don't need to spend 5 minutes thinking about how you will produce them.

2 days ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

Kohath Tech news vs. political news (495 comments)

Spend a few days reading nothing but technology news. Then spend a few days reading nothing but political news. For the first few days you’ll see an exciting world of innovation and creativity where everything is getting better all the time. In the second period you’ll see a miserable world of cynicism and treachery where everything is falling apart. Please explain the difference.

5 days ago
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Interviews: Ask Adora Svitak About Education and Women In STEM and Politics

Kohath Microaggressions (148 comments)

Do you believe in microaggressions? Why or why not? Is a belief in microaggressions helpful or harmful? To whom is it helpful? Who should worry about microaggressions? Who shouldn't? How can someone be certain they are innocent of committing microaggressions? If someone is accused of something like committing microaggressions, are there two sides that must be considered, or only one?

5 days ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

Kohath Re:More detailed ratings are a good thing (637 comments)

European governments are a lot more professional than their U.S. counterparts. European pro-government sentiment and US anti-government sentiment may both be correct and wise.

about a week ago
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Can the US Actually Cultivate Local Competition in Broadband?

Kohath Re:Can government solve government problems? (135 comments)

You can expect some disadvantages from living in North Dakota.

One actual advantage is that you have elected government beholden to a small number of people. If you can get a few neighbors together, you can probably get a meeting with your local officials who deal with CenturyLink. Get them to pressure CenturyLink to do upgrades or to find an alternate solution for you. You might actually get part of what you want if you work at it a little.

about two weeks ago
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Can the US Actually Cultivate Local Competition in Broadband?

Kohath Re:Can government solve government problems? (135 comments)

An ILEC is a local telephone company. Non-ILECs have no such requirement.

Also, what do you expect in North Dakota? We shouldn't make laws for everyone based on conditions in North Dakota.

about two weeks ago
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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

Kohath This is bad (377 comments)

I've never owned a farm.
I've never planted or harvested a crop.
I've never used fertilizer.
I've never seen GMO seeds.
I've never gone a day without food.
I've never been to Africa.

But I know this is really bad.

Sent from my iPhone

about two weeks ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

Kohath Re:Dear Taxpayers, Screw you! - ATT (307 comments)

he said, speaking mostly to the wind. The wind never answered back and no audits ever occurred.

about two weeks ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

Kohath Re:if only (307 comments)

Having an alternative to Time Warner is a lot better than not having an alternative to Time Warner.

about two weeks ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

Kohath Re:if only (307 comments)

AT&T UVerse is the main competition for your local cable monopoly. But only where they already operate. I use them. They're only OK. But it's really nice to have a choice other than Time Warner.

about two weeks ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

Kohath Re:In the uk (461 comments)

That's their problem, not mine. Maybe they should rely less on expert witnesses and rely more on evidence that doesn't require expert interpretation.

about two weeks ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

Kohath Re:Yes, but the real problem is being ignored. (461 comments)

I pay 40% of my paycheck in taxes. If that's not enough for stripper age checking, then maybe we can do without stripper age checking.

about two weeks ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

Kohath Re:In the uk (461 comments)

They should stop keeping records of gun owners and expert witnesses then. There are exceptions -- that's why I said "in general" -- but there should be fewer exceptions. When something is none of the public's business then, in general, it's one of the government's business either.

about two weeks ago

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Teenage League of Legends player jailed for months for Facebook joke

Kohath Kohath writes  |  about a year ago

Kohath (38547) writes "Eighteen-year-old Justin Carter of Austin, Texas was arguing with a friend on Facebook about League of Legends back in February. After being called "insane", he responded with "Oh yeah, I'm real messed up in the head, I'm going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts". Below that, he wrote "lol" and "jk". He was arrested March 27, 2013 and has been in jail since that time. A hearing to review his case is scheduled for July 1, 2013. His parents have launched a change.org petition to convince the authorities to release their son."
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DEA locks student in cell with no food, water, toilet for 5 days

Kohath Kohath writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kohath (38547) writes "Daniel Chong, a 24-year-old UC San Diego senior from the Los Angeles, CA suburb of Cerritos, was detained in an April 21st search warrant raid on a residence. After questioning, he was told he would be released. He was then placed in a 5-by-10-foot (1.5-by-3-meters) cell without food or water or toilet facilities until 4:42 PM April 25th when he was found hallucinating and near death. He was transported to the hospital by paramedics and has recovered. The DEA said this was accidental and promised to conduct a thorough review."
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Say "Water Prevents Dehydration" in the EU, Go to

Kohath Kohath writes  |  about 3 years ago

Kohath (38547) writes "Bottled water producers applied to the EU for the right to claim that “regular consumption of significant amounts of water can reduce the risk of development of dehydration”. The health claim was reviewed by a panel of 21 scientists on behalf of the European Food Standards Authority. The application was denied, and now producers of bottled water are forbidden by law from making the claim. They will face a two-year jail sentence if they defy the EU edict."
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Researchers "lost" historical global clima

Kohath Kohath writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kohath (38547) writes "The Climate Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia have produced an analysis of global temperature trends indicating climate warming during the 20th century. Recently, Steve McIntyre from Climate Audit, known for helping discredit the Mann "hockey stick", requested the source data from CRU to validate the CRU's findings. His request was refused on the premise that Mr. McIntyre is not an academic. A subsequent request by Roger Pielke, Jr., professor of environmental studies at UC-Boulder, was refused for a more fundamental reason: the original data is lost. While "climate change" skeptics have jumped on this revelation, professor Pielke is not among their ranks. He laments: "... it is now also impossible to create a new temperature index from scratch. CRU is basically saying, "trust us." So much for settling questions and resolving debates with empirical information (i.e., science)"."
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Kohath Kohath writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Kohath (38547) writes "In today's Washington Post, Spencer H. Kim, father of the late senior CNet editor James Kim suggests that privacy laws were one factor in the inability to rescue Mr. Kim before he died of hypothermia in the Oregon wilderness. Spencer Kim writes:
Four days passed before we even knew James and his family were missing. But because my family was unable to confirm credit card and phone-use information until days after their absence was discovered, the start of the search was needlessly delayed. Precious time and a precious life were lost.
Like all laws, privacy laws have unintended consequences. Spencer Kim suggests these laws be amended to limit those consequences, even though it means less privacy."
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Kohath Kohath writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Kohath (38547) writes "The Democratic leadership in the Senate today sent a letter to Disney President and CEO Robert Iger implicitly threatening ABC's broadcast license if they go ahead with the planned airing of the "Path to 9/11" miniseries. ABC has spent $40 million developing the miniseries, which is set to air Sunday and Monday for the 5th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the US. The accuracy and truthfulness of this miniseries has been disputed by former Clinton administration officials. But is this kind of censorship really the right answer? And will we ever get to see "The Path to 9/11" miniseries so we can judge the content for ourselves?"

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