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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

MightyYar Re:Wait (83 comments)

This is a common tactic I see on Slashdot: "How can Slashdot be praising x when they usually say y?"

The folks claiming that the "hiatus" is a denier hoax are not necessarily the same folks who published this paper.

Furthermore, the argument is not that "hiatus" is a denier hoax - any fool can see temperature readings have been flat in most measured areas. The counter-argument is typically that the Earth is really big and that surface measurements alone do not necessarily represent the amount of heat absorbed by the atmosphere. Where all of that heat has been going was where the speculation has been, with the usual supposition being "the ocean" or "the poles".

1 hour ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

MightyYar Re:Why is this treated differently (157 comments)

Sweeeeeeet.

But that's just a payment plan. Unless you have one of these crazy grandfathered plans, you are in fact paying more than if you bought your own hammer as it wore out.

5 hours ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

MightyYar Re:Why is this treated differently (157 comments)

No, and frankly that would be a bad policy as it would get rid of any motivation for you to move closer to where you work. Even so, it is very common for executives to get leased vehicles.

5 hours ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

MightyYar Re:Why is this treated differently (157 comments)

This isn't the tool (cellphone is to hammer) - this is the consumables (minutes is to nails).

yesterday
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

MightyYar Re:NOT CONFIDENTIAL!! YAY!! (227 comments)

No, No, they don't have a right to know.

I have to disagree. If you do business with the government, you lose some of the privacy that you would have in a private transaction. Secrecy in government is just too tempting to abuse.

2 days ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

MightyYar Re:Surprise? (569 comments)

The hardest part is the macro language. VBA is an unspeakable horror, but it is well-documented and there are 20 years worth of forum help posts online fixing whatever problem you are currently working on.

2 days ago
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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

MightyYar Re:Windows 8 app store? (179 comments)

I'm not disputing what you claim, just saying that your use case is marginal. It's like snowmobiles. Some people use them for work. For the most part, they are toys.

3 days ago
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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

MightyYar Re:Windows 8 app store? (179 comments)

I'm going to throw an assumption out there: very, very few people are doing this. Yes, you could - in theory - "dock" your phone/tablet and do productive things with it. But a really top-notch phone is going to cost you $600+ and a really low-end computer that can kick the shit out of it will cost $200. I think that anyone who can afford the monitor, keyboard, and high-end phone will probably not sweat the cheap cpu too much.

So in the end, while I'm sure there are people in the fringes doing productive things on their phones and tablets, for the vast majority they are toys. This is not meant to be a disparaging comment - I have a smartphone, I have tablets... but I don't do anything more productive on them than take short notes and check email. Mostly they are consumption devices.

3 days ago
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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

MightyYar Re:And yet (179 comments)

Perfectly allowed? ISIS is being bombed by the US military!

(sorry for the obscurity)

3 days ago
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Not Just For ThinkPads Anymore: Lenovo Gets OK To Buy IBM Server Line

MightyYar Re:Because... (93 comments)

Corporations are government. They get their charter from government, and most of the big ones have very tight ties to government through lobbying and contracts. Corporations now do almost all of the actual work that we typically associate with government. It's a way of letting us have a ruling class while still maintaining the facade of democracy.

And I guess at the end of the day, we could always pass a law revoking corporate charters. Good luck with that, though.

5 days ago
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How California's Carbon Market Actually Works

MightyYar Re:try BitCoin next time (97 comments)

CO2 knows no borders

What you said is true, but obvious. Effectiveness on global CO2 levels aside, the CA program has been a success by other measures. They intended it to be a pilot program, and it looks like it has mostly worked out from a technical standpoint. They have demonstrated that the system is workable from an administrative and bureaucratic standpoint. Few people are silly enough to think that CO2 emissions can be handled on a local (or even national) level - but having what is effectively one of the largest economies in the world to use as an example is a pretty good start.

about a week ago
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How California's Carbon Market Actually Works

MightyYar Re:Seems like it would've worked (97 comments)

Well, here you go!

On the surface, it has been quite successful. But you have to remember that most of the reduction has come from natural gas displacing coal - which thanks to fracking would have happened even without the carbon trading.

about a week ago
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How California's Carbon Market Actually Works

MightyYar Re:try BitCoin next time (97 comments)

If you read the article, they are complaining that CA's system does not affect out-of-state emissions.

Duh.

about a week ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

MightyYar Re:What? (393 comments)

This typically creates wealth, in that it tends to transfer dollars from people for whom a dollar has less marginal value to people for whom a dollar has more marginal value

I might agree if Social Security and Medicare were financed with income taxes, but they are funded with a flat tax on paychecks... working people, not the rich. Actually, it isn't even flat since it is regressive in that there is an income cap! Add defense spending to the mix, which is not a transfer of wealth, and you have a large proportion of the federal budget.

about a week ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

MightyYar Re:What? (393 comments)

I completely agree. Not all of humankind's goals can be measured with economics. Perhaps exploring space has proven to be profitable, but that is not why we do it.

about a week ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

MightyYar Re:What? (393 comments)

How in the world did you get a "Flamebait" mod?

Anyway, I think that all Republicans - and for that matter Libertarians - would not object at all if the government restricted itself to umpire. I hear very few objections to even huge intrusions in the private market; limited liability and intellectual property are these massive government regulations that have profound effects on the market, yet you don't hear much objection except from the most ideological Libertarians. Most Libertarians all but throw a "right to property" in with the 3 natural rights: Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

I am neither really Republican or Libertarian, so I happen to think that government is perfectly fine doing some of the things you describe. But the smaller government folks certainly do have a point about efficiency... it's just you don't always need efficiency as the top objective.

about a week ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

MightyYar Re:What? (393 comments)

Actually, I pretty much agree with you. I don't really see a firm line between government and corporations. I think there SHOULD be a line, but I digress.

about a week ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

MightyYar Re:What? (393 comments)

Printing it is the same thing. It devalues everyone's currency a little bit, which is no different than taxing except that it is not at all progressive.

I'd like to figure out how these companies that are hiring people are doing so without obtaining that money from someone else.

In commerce, money is just a stand-in for barter. You hand over your money in exchange for something else - usually something that you could not economically produce yourself. The best private-market analogy to government is probably insurance - you pay for some protection should you fall down the social ladder or get invaded. The government also builds roads and such, but those items barely register on the federal budget.

about a week ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

MightyYar Re:What? (393 comments)

Even the USSR "created wealth" - it's just they did so with far less efficiency than the "private" sector would have.

about a week ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

MightyYar Re:What? (393 comments)

You don't have to look hard to find instances where the government is creating wealth

That is true and perhaps I used a poor choice of words. But we spend a depressingly small amount on those things compared to the overall federal budget.

about a week ago

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MightyYar (622222) writes "Apparently Al Gore's home energy use has actually increased since he made "An Inconvenient Truth", according to The Tennessee Center for Policy Research. While this organization is certainly not apolitical and I am a bit skeptical about their claims, if true this would give Gore critics further ammunition — he would indeed appear to be an elitist hypocrite, willing to preach to us about how to live without following his own advice. For us geeks, the Drudge Report gives us the numbers."

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