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Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

O('_')O_Bush Re: Easy, India or China (292 comments)

Just about all companies are held by the 1%. Typically, companies pay company holders enough to be 1%'ers. What was your point there? The 1% isn't a hand-wringing, conniving, homogeneous group of evil doers.

2 days ago
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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

O('_')O_Bush Re: Who needs oil? (300 comments)

Sure, there will be nuts, by never underestimate the power of cheap.

2 days ago
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Scientists Find Traces of Sea Plankton On ISS Surface

O('_')O_Bush Re: This actually makes perfect sense. (116 comments)

Shielded in the capsule holding components of the ISS? Why not? The ISS parts weren't traveling in a vacuum, and given humid, balmy, oceanfront Cape Canaveral, seems reasonable to me that their might have been some air exchange or air captured.

3 days ago
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Switching Game Engines Halfway Through Development

O('_')O_Bush Re: Unity is 64 bit now (127 comments)

Why is that amusing? It was true for last gen as well. And the one before that. Simply, a $300-400 computer designed for low power(low temps), small formfactor just won't compete with a $750-$1500 computer without those requirements.

That is just a fact of life, no matter how it upsets fanbois.

What amuses me is the angst over "why does Skyrim run at only 30FPS and make me motion sick?" and "why aren't there 64 player maps like on PC?" Well duh.

about a week ago
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Switching Game Engines Halfway Through Development

O('_')O_Bush Re: Rise of the middlemen (127 comments)

That might have been true 15-20 years ago during the dotcom bubble, but hasn't been true since. Not even slightly.

about a week ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

O('_')O_Bush Re: Pinch of salt needed (226 comments)

That is not what a Premiere League spokesperson stated in a recent interview with someone from the British media and was aired on NPR this morning. They specifically pointed out the cases where people record or take photos of parts of the game from their phones and post to Twitter/Vine.

Also, interesting to note, the interviewer specifically pointed out the NFL as going through the same type of frustrations. In typical British media form, the interviewer was pandering to corporate interest in focus and language, and didn't make a single mention of the rights of the recorders, which seems perverse given that many Vines fit comfortably under the measures of Fair Use in the U.S.

about a week ago
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Point-and-Shoot: TrackingPoint's New Linux-Controlled AR-15s

O('_')O_Bush Re: Apply liberal amounts of gloss. (219 comments)

250m is about the end of extreme range for a .22 LR carbine.

M4s/M16s are towards the end of their legs at 600m. DMRs like the SPR go out to about 800m. Military bolt guns reach out to 1100m and beyond.

about a week ago
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Point-and-Shoot: TrackingPoint's New Linux-Controlled AR-15s

O('_')O_Bush Re: Apply liberal amounts of gloss. (219 comments)

250 yards is not particularly far away with a fast/flat cartridge like 5.56 NATO.
My ballistic calculator says that given the torso is, on average, 18" across, this system could aim dead center/upper chest (zeroed for 100 yds) and with no correction at all, hit its target correcting for elevation and windage for +/- 17mph wind with M855.

I am actually fairly unimpressed by this. Any dope can make a 300 yard shot with an AR on a head sized target and telescopic sights. If this was able to make those shots at 500+ yds, that would really be something.

about two weeks ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

O('_')O_Bush Re: This is the best case scenario (371 comments)

Well, screwing stuff over really isn't Oracle's modus operandi. Sitting on cash cows is. They have managed to do that just fine... to the detriment of developers who want the language improved.

about two weeks ago
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Snowden Granted 3 More Years of Russian Residency

O('_')O_Bush Re: Meanwhile ... (266 comments)

The difference is, before the leaks, people who made that claim were dismissed and ostracized as conspiracy nuts.

Now that it is fact, the public is a whole lot more paranoid.

The Patriot Act was Al Qaeda's greatest achievement.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Dinosaurs "Shrank" Regularly To Become Birds

O('_')O_Bush Re: No no no. (138 comments)

Wait... that isn't a parody religion too?

about three weeks ago
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Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

O('_')O_Bush Re: Men are obsolete (387 comments)

Patriarchy bogeyman. How convenient.

about three weeks ago
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The Great Taxi Upheaval

O('_')O_Bush Re: The Free Market has the Technology Now (218 comments)

In an area where land can be purchased for $6k/acre, real estate developers partition quarter acre lots at $200k/lot, and then put a $400k 3k sq foot cheap pine and vinyl cookie cutter on top.

But you can buy a 10 year old house with 15 acres, for $375k right down the road.

People snap or flip up the mcmansioncrappers and real estate developers make beaucoup money.

Boggles my mind.

about three weeks ago
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Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8

O('_')O_Bush Re: Nintendo bleeds (203 comments)

Call of Duty and Halo don't make an impressive library. What the other two consoles have is diehard brand loyalty(fanboism), which cause cause sales of their consoles despite having an unimpressive game library.

about three weeks ago
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UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

O('_')O_Bush Re: Online in England, maybe (282 comments)

You forgot the part, when regarding stripping rights, of a full on assault by the media and propaganda campaign to fuel a moral panic to push otherwise outrageous demands into law.

That followed by many years of conditioning into modes of thinking that make those laws seem sane.

Classic U.K. strategy.

about three weeks ago
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"ExamSoft" Bar Exam Software Fails Law Grads

O('_')O_Bush Re: Really? (100 comments)

Lawyers are not necessary to maintain law and order. They are useful only when law is written by and presided over by other lawyers, for lawyers.

That is, they are a solution to a problem they create.
  You can look back at just about every functionjng society for most of human history and neither find mob rule nor lawyers. You also find law that is comprehensible to a lay person.

Not saying our legal system is better or worse than old legal systems, just that the point you made about mob rule is certainly not necessarily true.

about three weeks ago
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Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

O('_')O_Bush Re: No shit, it's soccer. (160 comments)

Everything sounds dumb when you oversimplify it.

I mean, shit, American Football is a game about running forward and sometimes catching a large ball. And you want to talk about slow pacing, they cover a field 2/3rds the size of a soccer field about 1/10th as many times, and most of the game is standing around waiting to play. Even the "exciting" bits only move a few yards.

Your post and mine have roughly the same amount of truth to them.

about a month ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

O('_')O_Bush Re: Not news (342 comments)

I guess to boil it down to a shorter point, it is this:

Any other apex predator species given the same capability and opportunity would do the same as we did. We know this, because they do (that's why we have problems with invasive species).

For us to single ourselves out as 'special' or 'remarkable' is flawed. Possibly, so is the idea that this is even a bad thing. I mean, one of the tenants of punctuated equilibrium is that species evolve fastest when under high pressure and presented with new opportunities. And while we might be the cause of other species going extinct, we aren't the cause of *all* species going extinct, just the ones in niches that prevent them from adapting easily. In their niche-vaccuum is opportunity for the successful species to expand/adapt on their own, and potentially become new, interesting things once we are gone or have reached our own equilibrium with the environment.

about a month ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

O('_')O_Bush Re: Not news (342 comments)

Nature is not something that peacefully coexists with things to begin with. The only reason why it can appear that species are coexisting is that they are at an equillibrium left behind from driving the other 99.99..% of species extinct. To pick out humanity as a "problem" takes remarkable hubris.

We might wipe out 99% of current species including ourselves, but as far as the earth or nature is concerned, or grander, the universe, it doesn't make one shitpile of difference.

The only thing we should be concerned with is self preservation. Beyond that, any notion that we should be ashamed of how we have treated other species, destroyed habitats and whatever seems asinine.

They are marginally adapted lifeforms that struggled to adapt just like every other extinct species in the past. They aren't sacred. Nature doesn't have that concept. I mean, hell, as advanced as we imagine we are, we've only managed what fireants do..., breed a lot, adapt to new areas or cause new areas to adapt to us, outcompete everything that was there and take the resources we need. Totally unoriginal.

Our time is limited. If we want to raise species diversity for... whatever reason, aesthetics maybe, we need to get off this planet and go elsewhere. That has the benefit of extending our own survival beyond the next time there is a mass extinction (probably inevitable) that we didn't cause.

about a month ago

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