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Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

Kohath Re:But we already paid for it... (194 comments)

Let's get the government to rescue us from the bad deal the government made. We can trust the government to help us to when dealing with Verizon, can't we?

3 days ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Kohath Re:They already have (661 comments)

What do you think the "big picture" is? I think the "big picture" is modest warming that falls short of a crisis. In the "big picture", there aren't many effective levers to pull to solve the warming problem, and the cost of pulling them is higher than the benefit.

There's no "save the planet" or not. Because a slightly warmer planet is still a healthy planet. And we'd be better off focusing our resources on solving problems like disease and deprivation than on problems like a small amount of warming over a few hundred years as we advance technologically -- eventually to non-fossil fuel energy sources.

4 days ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Kohath Re:They already have (661 comments)

The different methods of doing this serve as a check on each other and even though they produce slightly different results they are in agreement within the margin of error.

The temperature difference that made 2014 the "hottest year ever" is also less than the margin of error.

4 days ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Kohath Re:They already have (661 comments)

Historical temperatures are adjusted for comparison. This is well known. There are relatively few sites where the exact same thermometer, in the exact same structure, surrounded by the exact same surrounding structures, developments, and foliage has been in use for a hundred years or more. There are more in the US than in other countries. Many, many adjustments have to be made to the historical temperature readings to normalize them all with current readings and combine them into a global average representation. There are different methods for doing this that produce different results.

You should read up on the subject if you're interested in understanding it. If you just want to shoot down conspiracy straw men, then proceed. No knowledge or understanding of the subject is required.

5 days ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Kohath Re:They already have (661 comments)

If I can bound the period of time in my favor, the chances will be pretty high -- maybe not 50%. If I'm the one in charge of adjusting historical temperatures for comparison, I can probably do better than 50%.

5 days ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Kohath Re:They already have (661 comments)

You can forecast "hotter" and have about a 50-50 chance of being correct for any random period of time. How many models forecast these temperatures? It seem like the answer is most didn't come very close.

5 days ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Kohath Re:More proof (661 comments)

Unless the President's plan is enacted. If we do what the President suggests, sea levels will rise 1 or 2 mm less. Everyone shorter than 2 mm will thank us for our sacrifice.

5 days ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Kohath Re:More proof (661 comments)

It's opportunity to advance petty political nastiness under the banner of science. It's interesting that science is so frequently used this way, instead of being used as a method to advance knowledge.

Do scientists think using science this way is helping anyone?

Nothing is going to be done about climate change. But this is especially true if the climate change alarmism side wants to engage in petty political nastiness instead of legislative compromise.

5 days ago
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Drug Company CEO Blames Drug Industry For Increased Drug Resistance

Kohath We cannot accept (136 comments)

I also find it hard to accept a wide array of wacky statements. Whenever I see a statistic or comparison that would be interesting if true, I assume it's not true. Usually such statements are, at best, highly exaggerated.

about a week ago
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Amazon Plans To Release 12 Movies a Year In Theaters and On Prime

Kohath Re:Sell your Amazon stock now! (92 comments)

Everyone with your attitude sold their stock a year ago when the Fire Phone came out.

about a week ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

Kohath IRS Targeting Scandal (559 comments)

The IRS targeting of political opponents killed any chance this will ever happen. There's no basis for anyone to trust any government agency in the US. A few people will still trust blindly, or temporarily while their team is in charge, but it won't be many. Not for a long, long time.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

Kohath Re:Municipal Broadband? (417 comments)

I live in the 8th largest US city by population. Lots of cities have huge problems -- maybe even most of them.

Is municipal broadband only meant for people in a few well-managed cities? What about everyone else then?

about two weeks ago
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There's a Problem In the Silk Road Trial: the Jury Doesn't Get the Internet

Kohath Reasonable doubt (303 comments)

The protection should be from reasonable doubt. If the prosecution hasn't explained their case so the jury understands it, the case isn't proven to the jury beyond a reasonable doubt. It is very reasonable to doubt someone when you don't understand what they're saying.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

Kohath Re:Municipal Broadband? (417 comments)

I don't want to hold my elected officials accountable for my broadband. They can barely keep the roads paved.

I'm wondering why everyone seems to think so highly of their local officials. What cities have such great local officials that we want to give them all these new responsibilities?

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

Kohath Municipal Broadband? (417 comments)

Honest question: Is your local city government efficient, responsible, technically savvy, and trustworthy enough to expect them to do a great job as your ISP? If so, where do you live?

Why is municipal broadband appealing? Is it only better versus Comcast, or is it actually good in some way? Are you expecting to get it for "free" -- a.k.a. paid for by your neighbors?

Where in the US do they have municipal broadband with a long track record of working well, with competitive pricing not subsidized by tax revenue?

about two weeks ago
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White House Responds To Petition To Fire Aaron Swartz's Prosecutor

Kohath Re:Zero accountability (189 comments)

However, some of you (and it may not include you) seem to think that the government having less power is always better and is often the answer to problems.

Sometimes you can't solve problems. Less government power is the answer to not creating new problems.

When you have a non-government problem, you can often escape it or fix it for yourself or at least mitigate it somewhat. When it's the government causing problems, it's a lot harder to deal with.

about three weeks ago
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White House Responds To Petition To Fire Aaron Swartz's Prosecutor

Kohath Zero accountability (189 comments)

This is one reason why some of us want to stop giving the government more power. Because they can never be held accountable when they misuse that power and hurt people. No one in power is ever guilty of anything. Care and recklessness are rewarded equally.

It's easy to say you're for "openness" (and whatever other buzzwords) when you never have to actually live up to any sort of standards. Why should anyone listen or believe or trust? Apparently, we shouldn't.

about three weeks ago
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DuinoKit Helps Teach Students About Electronics (Video)

Kohath Hey (61 comments)

DuinoKit until you try it

about three weeks ago
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FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

Kohath Re:Yeah, but... (303 comments)

If they don't care about the 4th Amendment, why would they care about FCC licensing laws? Besides, what is the FCC going to do? Fine the FBI?

about three weeks ago

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Teenage League of Legends player jailed for months for Facebook joke

Kohath Kohath writes  |  about a year and a half 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  |  more than 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  |  about 8 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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