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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

OneAhead Re:Warmists never bother debating anymore (585 comments)

Ooooh! It's the biggest conspiracy in human history! By the sheer scale of it, I wager it must have been perpetrated by the Illuminati, the Masons, the Elders of Zion and the New World Order all at once, because each of these organizations hate the fossil fuel industry as they're handsomely funded by the scary-powerful alternative energy lobby. Luckily, it has now been exposed by a handful of diligent bloggers, with no connection to any polluting industry at all. Because everyone knows blog posts have more weight than peer-reviewed scientific papers. </sarcasm>

Seriously, knock it off with regurgitating debunked climate myths. Yours is #9 on the list. Also related.

2 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

OneAhead Re:Caricature of modernism (874 comments)

Hmmm, on second look, not a really good example of what I was saying. I can't quickly find a good source anywhere on modernist philosophy. There's of course this, but that's not the same; one could say modernist philosophy is a subset of modern philosophy. So I'm willing to concede the point by lack of time to dig up a good reference. Still, my assertion stands that TFA is one big strawman argument, and part of the problem.

2 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

OneAhead Re:Hollywood Logic (874 comments)

Wow, it's even on TV tropes. This Alva Noë guy is even more unoriginal than I initially thought.

3 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

OneAhead Caricature of modernism (874 comments)

Dear Alva Noë, the word you're looking for is "modernism", or rather, a caricature thereof. You're basically railing against a strawman on whom you put the label "Spock". I'm a scientists and I'm surrounded by scientists and atheists, yet I know few people who fit your description. Admittedly, some of the folks here on /. come close, but /. is a bit of a freak show in that respect. Either way, it sounds like you're trying very hard to paint modernists, atheists and adherents of science as sticks-in-the mud, which would make you part of the problem.

3 days ago
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Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

OneAhead Re:Enlighten me (173 comments)

Fortunately, the biosphere can separate elements far, far faster. Unfortunately, it's still far, far slower that the average historic lifetime of human civilizations.

about two weeks ago
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Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

OneAhead Re:Most mercruy is from natural sources-not power (173 comments)

You missed the best part....

The Heartland Institute published Watts' preliminary report on weather station data, titled Is the U.S. Surface Temperature Record Reliable?.[12] Watts has been featured as a speaker at Heartland Institute's International Conference on Climate Change, for which he acknowledges receiving payment.[55]

Documents obtained from the Heartland Institute and made public in February 2012 reveal that the Institute had agreed to help Watts raise $88,000 to set up a website,(...)

So, paid for by a fine organization that, apart from the climate change thing, is also known for denying the health effects of second-hand tobacco smoke, promoting franking, and openly advocating free-market environmentalism? A likely story!

about two weeks ago
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Fedora To Get a New Partition Manager

OneAhead Re:Damn the GUI! (170 comments)

So, not invented here rarely makes sense with RedHat

NIH rarely makes sense anywhere, yet people are doing it everywhere. It's just that much more fun to create one's own code base and fix one's own bugs than to learn someone else's and do their homework for them. Own farts smell better...

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

OneAhead Re:Customers going postal (811 comments)

On a American flight the passenger next to me went ballistic and very loudly demanded to be reseated, because I was wearing perfume.

This can actually be a pretty serious issue for people with asthma - just sayin'...

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

OneAhead Re:Why do they bother to divert at all? (811 comments)

This puzzles me too. It would make some sense if the airliners were trying to push politicians to intervene in some way, or to sway public opinion, but all I can see them getting out of this is fingers pointing at them (aside for the direct financial loss, of course)...

about two weeks ago
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Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

OneAhead Re:I don't like to trust people who write "Gates's (362 comments)

Roughly a millennium later, in an alternative time line where Sauron won the war:
OMFG THAT'S'SSSS BOSSSSSS55S55555five555fifty-five

about two weeks ago
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Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

OneAhead Re: So long as it is consential (362 comments)

Yes, but the corporations don't come and shoot you if you don't choose to give them your money.

Those who do not learn from history...

about two weeks ago
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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

OneAhead Missing <pedantic nitpick> tag (354 comments)

Be that as it may, this doesnt's change much to the discussion or conclusions in GP, because distribution is what was happening and distribution is what this DMCA takedown is stopping.

about two weeks ago
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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

OneAhead Re:Mod AC parent up (354 comments)

Goddit... one Holy War, coming up.

about two weeks ago
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Anti-Ebola Drug ZMapp Makes Clean Sweep: 18 of 18 Monkeys Survive Infection

OneAhead Re:Donations... (91 comments)

Yeah, they're the first NGO that started fighting this outbreak, and have the biggest presence in the area. Which is not a surprise given that they're one of very few (possibly even the only one) equipped to deal with biosafety level 4 diseases in the wild. With only a little bit of hyperbole, one could say they moved in where a lot of other NGOs moved out (and rightly so).

That said, all their qualified personnel and relevant equipment is already invested into this outbreak, so a significant part of any money you donate to them right now will go to their other programs - mainly Syria at the moment. However, don't let that stop you. Apart from Syria obviously needing some attention too, MSF is pretty efficient in the way thy use their money and their approach is uncompromisingly impartial and science-driven, to the point of being shunned by deep religious conservatives (*gasp*, promoting the use of condoms) and people with political agendas (*gasp*, daring to criticize the dire humanitarian circumstances in Palestine). Which explains why they're relatively unpopular in the USA compared to the rest of the western world.

about two weeks ago
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Floridian (and Southern) Governmental Regulations Are Unfriendly To Solar Power

OneAhead Re: Translated into English (306 comments)

Your underlying assumption of good faith and common sense is flawed.

about a month ago
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Online Tool Flagged Ebola Outbreak Before Formal WHO Announcement

OneAhead Details (35 comments)

Not many to find, but here's a source that at least has a date in it.

about a month ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

OneAhead Re:No, school should not be year-round. (421 comments)

it's an anomaly - most schools around the world are year-round

{Citation needed.} Oh, and here's one that seems to suggest the opposite.

First, are farms - school let out in the summer so kids could work the fields during prime growing season.

Yes, because in other countries, food falls from the sky on rainy days.

The second reason was historically schools didn't have AC, so they'd adjourn during the hottest months for obvious reasons.

Yes, because the USA is the only country in the world where it gets inhumanely hot in the summer. There's nothing as American as a siesta, amirite?

about a month ago

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