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The City Where People Are Afraid To Breathe

Marcika Re:hmm.. (243 comments)

So a layabout who used to be a paid killer is more deserving than a layabout who used to be harmless, in your opinion? What makes you like nationalistic wannabe murderers?

about 9 months ago
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97% of Climate Science Papers Agree Global Warming Is Man-made

Marcika Re:Yeah... (1105 comments)

No he doesn't, because you just made it up. Single payer is cheaper than medicare/VA which is cheaper than private third-party insurance in the US. International comparisons prove it.

about a year ago
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CO2 Levels Reach 400ppm at Mauna Loa For First Time On Record

Marcika Re:Mauna Loa info... (497 comments)

It doesn't. Hint: Don't read Republican-baiting tabloids like the Telegraph for science reporting. They use bloggers with grade-school level science "knowledge" as their source, like Delingpole. If you want to know about Mauna Loa and other measuring sites, why not have a look at the NRAA instead?

about a year ago
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Real World Stats Show Chromebooks Are Struggling

Marcika Re:I quite like mine. (250 comments)

Toshiba Kirabook - as well-specced as the rMBP but machined out of magnesium alloy and lighter.

about a year ago
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Where Have All the Gadgets Gone?

Marcika Re:Trashcan (278 comments)

The alternative is having a cheap dumbphone with a walkie-talkie function (nobody cares if it gets lost, battery lasts for a week), having a good camera (with a decent xenon flash that can shoot in the dark), and having a cheap tablet or ipod touch for browsing and gaming, where you don't care if the battery runs down before you arrive at your destination. With this setup you don't lose all your functionality if one device runs down, breaks or gets stolen. You can upgrade each one separately. Most functions are superior to the all-in-one, at a lesser total cost -- but at the cost of added bulk.

about a year ago
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'Download This Gun' — 3-D Printed Gun Reliable Up To 600 Rounds

Marcika Re:Just what we need right now... (582 comments)

You did it against the largest empire - with the help of the second and third largest empires, which brought massive navies and armies to bear and even attempted invasions on the English home soil. Without the French and Spanish to occupy them, the Empire would have squashed the militiamen like the poorly-disciplined rabble they were.

about a year ago
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How the U.S. Sequester Will Hurt Science and Tech

Marcika Re:Total BS (522 comments)

Possible. Given the number of people, even likely that some of them have some degree of intelligence.

But that is off topic and doesn't change the fact that it is fucking stupid propaganda to say that the President raised taxes, when the actual fact is that Congress didn't extend a temporary tax cut.

about a year ago
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Apple Now Working With the NYPD To Curb iPhone Thefts

Marcika Re:How about bricking them? (123 comments)

It is very hard and highly illegal. Hard enough that web forums are full of criminals who want to swap their stolen smartphone with somebody else's stolen smartphone from another country (since the IMEI blocks usually only happen for a single country).

about a year ago
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Petition For Metric In US Halfway To Requiring Response From the White House

Marcika Re:Good luck with that (1387 comments)

Yup. The UK metricated in the 1970s, long before they started having railways or steam engines or spinning jennies.

about a year ago
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Black Sheep Blackberry Blackballed By Business

Marcika Re:Really? (349 comments)

Dude, the people with BBs are the most social people I've met. Whether it's email or facebook messenger or BBM or WhatsApp, the unified messaging interface and the fast typing is the sole reason to use them... If "ahead of the game" means the same iDevice as your grandma - well, let's just say you are welcome to your hires.

about a year and a half ago
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Black Sheep Blackberry Blackballed By Business

Marcika Re:Bad IT Dept doesn't know how to setup Exchange (349 comments)

BIS is shared with governments. BES which is used by every enterprise out there, isn't. You generate your own AES key and don't to share it with anyone.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Ultrabooks Are Falling Well Short of Intel's Targets

Marcika Re:iSuppli ignores recent history (513 comments)

Dude, a "high-end workstation" is a regular desktop PC, except at three times the price.
That's what your parent comment was extolling on.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Aircraft Carriers Still Rule the Oceans

Marcika Re:carriers = projected air power (718 comments)

The saber rattling is not about cruise missiles that can be shot down by R2D2. The saber rattling is about ballistic missiles, 15-ton kinetic energy penetrators that are repurposed ICBMs and reach Mach 10 or so. Even in the unlikely case that a Phalanx or countermissile can hit it directly and destroy it, that will only mean that you now have 15 tons of supersonic tungsten/depleted uranium shrapnel incoming...

about a year and a half ago
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Committee Lowers Nobel Prize Award

Marcika Re:They are irrelevant (178 comments)

using as your examples two that are not awarded by the same committee as the natural science prizes

The Economic Sciences price is awarded by the same institution as the science prices. Maybe you thought of the Literature price?

about 2 years ago
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Taxes Lead Angry Birds Maker Rovio To Consider Move To Ireland

Marcika Re:Seems fair to me (626 comments)

Zuck's success came entirely and exclusively from his access to the Harvard student community. If you have any familiarity with the spread of Facebook across the networkers of the world, the fact that the early adopters were high status Harvard friends of Zuck rather than random high school students from Armpit, Nebraska was the main factor for the fast spread and wide geographic adoption.

about 2 years ago
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Will IBM's Watson Kill Your Career?

Marcika Re:I certainly hope so! (206 comments)

Well, you do some menial work for me that Watson can't automate, and I'll dream up your house for you. Depending on your personal dystopia that work is sex work, or playing a musical instrument, or being my valet...

about 2 years ago
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The Art of Elections Forecasting

Marcika Re:Doesn't Matter (101 comments)

Lieberman is no democrat. He sabotaged the public option for the republicans by joining the threatened filibuster. Thus no majority. Thus your point is moot, coward.

about 2 years ago
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How Would Driver-less Cars Change Motoring?

Marcika Re:Hard to see how this could happen (648 comments)

Do we have driverless trains?

Yes, quite a few, starting from 40 years ago. Interestingly, the train drivers' unions managed to keep staff on many of these trains - even if the train drives automatically, there often is a person who checks tickets or pushes the door-close buttons even if it is entirely unnecessary.

about 2 years ago
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How Would Driver-less Cars Change Motoring?

Marcika Re:DUI's and balance sheets. (648 comments)

Well, it would eliminate some traffic police, traffic lawyer and prison industry positions. But that would be small fry compared to the amount of taxi drivers and truckers that would be out of jobs.

In the end, whether you see it as utopia or dystopia depends on your confidence level in human nature -- whether you think society can find useful ways of make-work or self-actualization for all the unemployed people made obsolete by progress.

about 2 years ago
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How Would Driver-less Cars Change Motoring?

Marcika Re:Sounds great (648 comments)

If you can ferry one 7am commuter and one 9am commuter with one car, you already halved the cost. If you allow automatic carpooling with 3 people for each of these rides, you're down to less than 20% of the cost of having your own car.

Another way of doing it is to have a light rail system like BART and combine it with short robot-taxi shuttles from the home to the station and from the station to work. This also allows the robot-taxi to pick up 4-6 rides per rush-hour period.

about 2 years ago

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Marcika Marcika writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Marcika (1003625) writes "The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the authoritative scientist group on global warming, published a new report on Friday (Financial Times article). Conclusions: The likely rise in sea levels can be quantified more accurately between about 28cm and 43cm (2001 predictions gave a range from 9cm to 88cm). The arctic ice cap is likely to melt, but the Antarctic ice shield is safe due to increased precipitation. The panel thinks that it is 90% certain that human action is shaping the climate, up from 50% 6 years ago. Even before publication, scientists warn that the report is too optimistic (NY Times article)."

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