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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

NoOneInParticular Re:California Energy Commission still saying it (553 comments)

Interesting evidence you bring to the table. So we have a prediction that increased tides induced by sea level rise will likely become very dangerous by 2050 for the bay area (up to half a meter of additional storm surge tide). An "underwater map" about what could happen in about 100 years from 1997 given a 1 meter sea level rise at the highest tide, and a professor that states that species will need to move to Canada if the temperature rises by about 2.5 degrees Celsius in 100 years.

Not sure if this truly supports your point, as this seems to be pretty consistent with what we're expecting to experience. Not 100% sure about the specifics of the Bay Area as that seems to be a bit on the high side, but could be an effect of the actual geography of the area.

4 hours ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

NoOneInParticular Re: Land of the free (564 comments)

I'm from Holland. It's pretty easy to obtain a gun if you really want to. But law-abiding citizens typically don't do this, because ... it's the law (duh).

By not having an arms-race, I'm not afraid being shot at by a burglar, because also they don't typically carry a gun.

yesterday
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

NoOneInParticular Re:Land of the free (564 comments)

Yes, and I'm pretty sure that intruders carry a healthy arsenal of weaponry to survive a confrontation with an armed homeowner. It's the arms race that's not very healthy.

yesterday
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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

NoOneInParticular Re: No - Keep Your Data Home (281 comments)

You don't understand how mail servers work, do you?

4 days ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

NoOneInParticular Re:THERE HAS NEVER BEEN CLIMATE STASIS! (390 comments)

Your argument doesn't hold water. You state roughly that the Nazis are leftist because all totalitarians are leftist. And as Nazis are totalitarians they must be leftist.

You mix terms: you draw an opposite between 'totalitarian' and 'liberal', and you equate them to 'left' and 'right'. That doesn't work: the traditional 'left' versus 'right' divide is about those who believe in 'class equality' and those that believe in 'private property'. Both have totalitarian as well as liberal factions. Where the left have communists that are as totalitarian as it gets, the right have fascists and authoritarian factions that drive towards a totalitarian state. The US "democrat and republican party" being one example of such an authoritarian right wing faction.

5 days ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

NoOneInParticular Re:Your argument is devoid of facts (390 comments)

The NAZI party was the NATIONAL Socialist GERMAN Workers PARTY. So per your argument, that's as right wing as it gets. All the NATIONAL parties of the history have been right wing. Left wing parties are typically INTERNATIONAL (their war-song is even called the "Internationale"), as their ideology is about class, not about nation.

So the name of the Nazis both appeal to extreme left wing, as well as extreme right wing. This is not a coincidence.

The rest of the AC's argument is as stupid and ill-informed.

5 days ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

NoOneInParticular Re:Despicable Greenpeace (465 comments)

Let me predict the legal outcome of this situation. If you're a cop, it's okay, you can walk free. If you're black, you will be shot when arrested. If you're neither, the outcome will depend on how much money you have.

5 days ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

NoOneInParticular Re:Good luck with that EU (334 comments)

I understood that Google pays their taxes in Ireland, just like Microsoft, Facebook, and many others, I guess that makes them EU companies, so what's your point?

about three weeks ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

NoOneInParticular Re:Price is where it's at (438 comments)

If price/megabyte is all you need, I'd suggest to remove your hard-drive and replace it with tape. Yes, the seek times are a bit long, but then again, you didn't care about your time, right. Just price/megabyte.

about three weeks ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

NoOneInParticular Re:Sure, but speed... (438 comments)

Question: I've can buy a nice 128 GB SSD drive for about 100 bucks. Where can I buy a 128 GB HDD for $10?

about three weeks ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

NoOneInParticular Re:Don't need amoebae to fly (455 comments)

Edsger Dijkstra had a famous quip about this: "The question whether a machine can think is about as interesting as the question whether a submarine can swim".

about three weeks ago
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Five Years of the Go Programming Language

NoOneInParticular Re:Was ok till I read this: (82 comments)

If that's your point, you might want to get off your operating system as well. That thing is doing all kinds of stuff while running your program that you didn't tell it to do, leading to all kinds of unexpected behavior.

about a month ago
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We Are All Confident Idiots

NoOneInParticular Re:Summary doesn't support headline (306 comments)

Yes, I have a kid. Mortally afraid to jump off a platform a quarter her height. No, overconfidence is not innate.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

NoOneInParticular Re:Powershell (729 comments)

One of my favourites in C:

int* a = ...
2[a] = 5;

Not sure if this is still allowed by the latest standards, but it used to work.This makes use of the fact that the bracket operator x[y] is syntactic sugar for *(x+y). So:

a[2] = *(a + 2) = *(2 + a) = 2[a]

Now try that somewhere else!

about 3 months ago
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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

NoOneInParticular Re:10,000 Leagues (203 comments)

Well, for starters, 10,000 leagues is a quite a bit over the circumference of the earth, so being so far under the sea is just simply impossible. If this Verne character is serious about his scientific ambitions, he shouldn't be three to four orders off with his approximations.

about 3 months ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

NoOneInParticular Re:Mandatory panic! (421 comments)

Sure, and by the same measure, the average European citizen is about 20 times less fearful of their government as the average American citizen. And that's the land of the free?

about 4 months ago
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A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting

NoOneInParticular Re:Identical devices (194 comments)

I think you're overestimating the effect of marketing software. Oh, yes, it's extremely effective at figuring out who you are over many sites, but then the offers are absolutely atrocious. To wit:

There is no time in my life I am less likely to buy some white pants, a toaster or a flight to Los Angeles than after I've just bought these items, yet that's precisely the time I see ads for these products or services.

In other words, digital marketing is a con. It's conning business into paying for technology. No actual value is achieved.

about 5 months ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

NoOneInParticular Re: Local testing works? (778 comments)

America is special. Because at foundation time had a war with a dictatorship, they started anew, with a fresh constitution. Luckily, the forces that be found a workaround. Now they have a two party dictatorship. God bless you all.

about 4 months ago

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