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How Far Are You Traveling For the Holidays?

MLease Travel? Holiday? (304 comments)

How about, "I have to WORK, you insensitive clod!"? :)

about 2 years ago
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Ticking Arctic Carbon Bomb May Be Bigger Than Expected

MLease Re:Not the first time, right? (339 comments)

The ice in the Arctic is floating in water. It won't cause sea levels to rise if it all melts.

Not all of it. There is plenty of land above the Arctic Circle covered in ice. The ice covering Greenland, for one example.

-Mike

about 2 years ago
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Ticking Arctic Carbon Bomb May Be Bigger Than Expected

MLease Re:Not the first time, right? (339 comments)

Because of cities and massive population on the coastlines?

-Mike

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Sales Below Projections

MLease Re:Ads everywhere (663 comments)

[blockquote]Who on earth thought that was a good idea?[/blockquote]

Who do you think? Marketdroids.

-Mike

about 2 years ago
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On Nov. 22, 2012, I expect to be ...

MLease Re:I work (340 comments)

Same boat here. Those PM guys are bastards, aren't they?

I do have a friend who's having a Saturday "leftovers" dinner (though he's making a fresh turkey and stuffing, and it's potluck for the rest) which my wife, daughter and I will be attending. So, I'll still get my tryptophan fix. :D

about 2 years ago
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Nate Silver's Numbers Indicate Probable Obama Win, World Agrees

MLease Re:GIGO (881 comments)

The problem is not that either of us thinks that running into rocks is a good idea, it's that we disagree about where the rocks are. I'm not convinced that the Affordable Healthcare Act is going to be the horrible burden on business people that they think it will be. The right has been crying wolf over every progressive policy that has come down the pike, claiming it's going to be the end of business and Mom and Apple Pie every time. But if you look at it, the economy has done better under Democratic administrations than it has under Republican ones. We do better when the middle class is going strong, not when the wealthy get to bleed it dry while sanctimoniously crying about "job creators" (who seem to like to create more jobs in India and China than here in the US). Private sector employment is doing fairly well under Obama, perhaps not as well as we'd like, but improving. Where a lot of the employment picture becomes dark is in the public sector, where due in large part to Republican state governments and obstructionism at the national level, a large number of public employees have received their pink slips.

As for the debt, you might want to watch this 3 min. video (or maybe not, if your mind is made up and you don't want to be confused by facts):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcvLHHMC4iI

Bush was the one who squandered the surplus Clinton left him, and plunged us into most of the debt we're carrying today, what with massive tax cuts that benefited mostly wealthy people and a pair of expensive wars (Afghanistan, I'll concede, may have had a point, but Iraq was completely senseless). And Romney's team was made up of a lot of familiar faces from the Bush administration. Obama has added to the debt, in his efforts to clean up the mess he inherited, true. But he isn't even 20% responsible for the size of today's debt (if you disagree, show me where that video has gone wrong, please).

-Mike

about 2 years ago
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Nate Silver's Numbers Indicate Probable Obama Win, World Agrees

MLease Re:GIGO (881 comments)

So, did you find a good recipe? Hope you're enjoying it.

about 2 years ago
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Nate Silver's Numbers Indicate Probable Obama Win, World Agrees

MLease Re:Nate Silver is wrong (881 comments)

So, how is that heaping plate of crow tasting?

about 2 years ago
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In the 2012 U.S. presidential election:

MLease Re:Why vote for Obama? (707 comments)

You may not agree with everything on this list, but here is a list of some of what he's managed to do, despite intense opposition and obstructionism from the Republicans:

http://freakoutnation.com/2012/09/04/youre-damn-right-were-better-off-hundreds-yes-hundreds-of-reasons-listed/

I'm voting for Obama on Tuesday. I think he's done a lot better than his opponents have given him credit for, and I think the alternatives are either ludicrous or terrifying.

-Mike

about 2 years ago
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How Facebook Can Out Your Most Personal Secrets

MLease Re:A thing called discretion... (467 comments)

You didn't read TFA, did you? She didn't post her own sexual orientation on Facebook. She had everything locked down as much as possible. What happened was that the owner of an open group (the "Queer Choir" group) added her to that group. Since it was open, notifications of her addition to that group were broadcast to ALL OF HER FRIENDS. She had nothing to do with it, her only mistake was letting the group leader know that she was on Facebook, and he took care of the rest for her. To be fair, he was a newbie and didn't know better. But Facebook should NOT automatically broadcast information like that to each of her friends. She should be allowed to control what information goes out, and she tried within the limits Facebook offered her, but was thwarted by that loophole.

-Mike

about 2 years ago
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How Facebook Can Out Your Most Personal Secrets

MLease Glad I saw this article.... (467 comments)

I was just considering caving in to the relentless "get on Facebook" drumbeat I've been hearing from friends, relatives and people I do business with.

This article showed me why being on Facebook AT FUCKING ALL is a VERY BAD IDEA!

about 2 years ago
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The Worst Job At Google: a Year of Watching Terrible Things On the Internet

MLease Re:Just a short clip (535 comments)

Depends on how many short clips of objectionable material he has to watch. He still gets plenty of disturbing images planted in his mind, even if he shuts each one off just as soon as he figures out that the person's guts are being spattered or the child is getting raped. He still has to watch long enough to tell what's going on.

about 2 years ago
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The Worst Job At Google: a Year of Watching Terrible Things On the Internet

MLease Re:When it's objectionable to you... (535 comments)

It's Google's business because the law (at least in the US) says it is. In TFA, the author mentions that by law, child porn in particular has to be taken down within 24 hours (I'm not sure what laws apply to other types of offensive material). To do that, someone needs to review it to determine what it is and whether it runs afoul of the law.

It's not Google's job (or intent, as far as I can tell) to determine what we can and can't see. But they do have to follow the law or face whatever consequences the government chooses to impose for failing to do so.

about 2 years ago
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The Mathematics of 'Legitimate Rape' and Pregnancy

MLease Re:Something's still strange, though... (1469 comments)

True, but women who are not in a consensual sexual relationship and don't anticipate getting into one soon are less likely to be taking the pill. There are medical reasons for taking the pill that have nothing to do with contraception, but if a woman doesn't have a condition that calls for it, she's not likely to be taking the pill "just in case" she might get laid some time down the road. There are risks from side effects, and if there's not a particular reason for a woman to be taking the pill, she's better off not taking it until and unless she gets into a relationship she thinks might lead to sex. Some women are very sexually active and might take the pill by default, but many are not and may not expect to engage in sex until her perception of a relationship reaches a certain stage.

more than 2 years ago
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The Mathematics of 'Legitimate Rape' and Pregnancy

MLease Re:Doesn't really answer the question (1469 comments)

Why would there be an "evolutionary arms race"? Unless offspring resulting from rape are somehow less viable than offspring resulting from consensual sex, and rapists pass on their proclivity to commit rape to their offspring, there's no evolutionary pressure one way or the other. Evolution operates because of natural selection; if an inherited trait is survival-neutral, there's no selection for or against that trait.

more than 2 years ago
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Widely Used Antibacterial Chemical May Impair Muscle Function

MLease Re:What was the dose? (252 comments)

Oh, okay, fine, less than that. That's what I get for trying to be funny before reading on.

more than 2 years ago
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Widely Used Antibacterial Chemical May Impair Muscle Function

MLease Re:What was the dose? (252 comments)

Yeah. You'd probably barf first, though.

more than 2 years ago
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Romney Taps Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan As Running Mate

MLease Re:Challenge Ryan's economics (757 comments)

Bear in mind that I was merely posting a link to the article that the GP didn't bother to link to; I wasn't endorsing it. I was a lot better off in 2005, before my tech career imploded and I had to take a security guard job at less than a third of what I was making at HP in order to survive. So no, I'm not planning to regress any further and apply for a job at Mickey D's so I can have "more disposable income". :)

more than 2 years ago
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Romney Taps Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan As Running Mate

MLease Re:Emmerich has been widely debunked (757 comments)

Thanks, I found the article (since the GP didn't bother to provide a link to where it could be found), but didn't have time to dig deeper into it yesterday. My gut feeling was that the author keeps using the words "disposable income", but I don't think they mean what he thinks they mean. A lot of the benefits he cited are not direct cash subsidies, and shouldn't really be counted as "income" (disposable or otherwise).

more than 2 years ago

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MLease MLease writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MLease (652529) writes "Apparently Sweden is the first to spot a new tourism marketing strategy. According to CNN, they have opened the first cyber-embassy in Linden's Second Life. It doesn't actually offer any consular services, but merely serves as a place to "promote the Nordic state's image and culture". Sweden's Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, attended the opening of the "embassy" in the form of an avatar, as well as announcing it in a Stockholm press conference."
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MLease MLease writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MLease (652529) writes "It appears that Amazon is about to be hoist by it's own petard (remember the "One-Click" patent suit vs. Barnes & Noble?). The story is here for your enjoyment. :)"

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