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Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

Livius Re:Interesting line from TFA: (192 comments)

I imagine the praying mantis would indeed prefer that.

If given the choice....

yesterday
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

Livius Re:What will it take? (261 comments)

Unless you already live in a place with such hostile climate that it could only improve, you don't actually know that things will be better for your location. And remember economic dislocations very far away can affect you.

yesterday
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

Livius Re:What will it take? (261 comments)

It's called global climate change. The 'global' part means that it affects more than one place.

yesterday
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

Livius Re:yet if we did it (428 comments)

I believe the parent was referring to the law as it applies to the police. What the rest of us would call rationalizing violations of the law.

yesterday
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

Livius What will it take? (261 comments)

So much freshwater from melting glaciers that sea level isn't even level anymore, and some people still don't want to believe there might be a climate problem.

(I don't mean the people who question how to address the problem - that's still legitimately an open question - or the severity of the problem, I mean the people still in denial that there's a problem at all.)

yesterday
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

Livius Re:yet if we did it (428 comments)

No, actually, willingness to believe tends to have very little to do with facts.

yesterday
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

Livius Re:Just nuke them already (504 comments)

So.... you support starting with Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, right?

yesterday
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Hacker Disrupts New Zealand Election Campaign

Livius Re:Way to go (71 comments)

We are not completely sure what kind of hacker this is. Revealing the truth selectively could create an unfair situation, which is not what you want for an election.

yesterday
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

Livius Re:Unintended consequences? (402 comments)

Every ten years or so, the law must be re-approved in order to stay on the books.

It sounds good, but legislation in force easily runs to tens of thousands of pages, so in jurisdictions where that's done, what happens is a committee of civil servants vets the existing laws, and the legislature passes a bill which says statutes in column A remain in effect as amended, statutes in column B are repealed, and there's no debate whatsoever.

yesterday
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

Livius Re:Just nuke them already (504 comments)

Just nuke these animals already.

I'm pretty sure that solution also has moral implications.

2 days ago
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

Livius On the bright side (504 comments)

At least there is a political disagreement and (a small number of government) people are talking about the issue.

It's scarier when you remember that Iran is a liberal democracy compared to some countries (Saudi Arabia).

2 days ago
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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

Livius Wrong Laptop (361 comments)

The actual terrorist laptop has documents describing the real terrorism strategy, which consists of, "plant a laptop with vague, nasty-sounding terrorist plots that will induce panic in people who don't think too hard about plausibility".

Who the genuine terrorist is who owns that laptop is a separate matter.

3 days ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

Livius Re:Obvious Reason (572 comments)

Wikipedia isn't doing enough to attract women to contribute.

Wikipedia isn't doing enough to attract *adults*. It's not a gender issue.

4 days ago
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Magnetic Stimulation Boosts Memory In Humans

Livius Re:Let's get this out of the way... (72 comments)

So maybe if you loaded the magnets into a shotgun, then fired them through your brain, you'd notice an effect.

I suspect you wouldn't notice anything. Ever.

4 days ago
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Robot Printer Brings Documents To Your Desk

Livius Narrow use case (64 comments)

I'm sure there are places with a valid need for this, but...

If you need to print confidential documents all the time, then you have a legitimate business case for your own printer (it's not like they're expensive).

If you don't have that need, getting up and walking to the printer is probably healthy for you.

There are already printers that will hold confidential material until you walk up to it and authenticate yourself.

And if there's a lot of issues around the security of what you're printing, maybe there's a staffing issue you need to look into.

4 days ago
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Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

Livius Re:ROLF! (216 comments)

Canadian health care has its problems, but it's still better than most of the alternatives.

However, the problem with public health care is that Canadians generally do not think about how their medical services are provided, and thus they are unaware of how much they cost, whether they are cost effective, and whether they represent the latest technological advances. The last point is why the summary's suggestion is laughable.

4 days ago
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Brian Stevens Resigns As Red Hat CTO

Livius Redundant (39 comments)

*Every* job termination, voluntary or involuntary, involves pursuing new opportunities.

4 days ago
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Death Valley's Sailing Stones Caught In the Act

Livius Re:The Lonely Assassins (48 comments)

Sure you can kill a stone. Enough heat and it melts, or just shatter it.

Unfortunately, I suspect Weeping Angels aren't actually stone in the geological sense.

4 days ago

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