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Where the Global Warming Data Is

RiotingPacifist Re:Deniers? (1011 comments)

Where am i condescending? Overly verbose yes, but that was to avoid getting attacked for leaving anything out.

>The sad fact is you are not much different than him -- you're only parroting other people's opinions.

I'm replying to make the point that it's quite easy to understand the fundamentals of global warming, so ggp and me aren't parroting any more than somebody without an evolutionary biology degree is parroting when they defend evolution. I can't speak for ggp but I personally know what the absorption spectra of carbon looks like and that it is a largely inert gas (i.e it will stay up there for some time), so the only bit of the global warming argument I'm taking on faith is mirco-> macro.Yes the jump from micro to macro is a big one but the data (from multiple sources, not just CRU) tends to suggest that it's happening.

more than 4 years ago
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Chrome OS, Present and Future

RiotingPacifist Re:just speed? (132 comments)

>So you've surveyed most users and have the evidence to make that statement?

Yes, i found the majority to be incompetent and unable to secure there data as well as google can. a source

>If what you say is true, why isn't the world just running Linux and a web browser on everything?

See above

more than 4 years ago
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Augmented Reality and Privacy

RiotingPacifist Nobody gives a shit about you (144 comments)

Nobody reads your twitter, nobody follows your flicker account and no 2bit criminal is going to do both when i can just drive round the block and see your curtains haven't changed states in the last 3 days. There are reasons to care about your privacy, future blackmail, employer searching for you, etc, but nobody reading you (mirco)blog is going to steal your TV.

more than 4 years ago
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Where the Global Warming Data Is

RiotingPacifist Re:Deniers? (1011 comments)

How is that relevant, am i not allowed to make a case for evolution unless I'm an evolutionary biologist?
The fundamentals of global warming are pretty simple, certain chemicals absorb certain frequencies of and remit it (some times at lower frequencies) towards earth (well 49% of it but that's more than 0%). Some of the chemicals are short lived (e.g water) other don't absorb much and some are in very low concentrations, the key one that is none of the above is CO2. Various independent research projects have shown a correlation between CO2 levels and global average temperature (long term). One of the key causes of confusion is that global average temperature doesn't map well to local average temperatures. Another is that while the fundamentals are strong, the macro data is pretty weak (but what macro data isn't).

more than 4 years ago
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Chrome OS, Present and Future

RiotingPacifist just speed? (132 comments)

There is much more to Chrome than it's fast boot, most of that is because it's cloud based not inspite of it, most users don't want/need to have control of their data/applications.

more than 4 years ago
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Google-Microsoft Crossfire Will Hit Consumers

RiotingPacifist Re:Competition is bad for consumers (336 comments)

But Osama sure did well out of it, the cold war was a boom for many leaders (good and bad) used the cash both sides were willing to dole out to hurt the opposition to launch themselves. Would Mozilla be where it is today if it weren't for google?

more than 4 years ago
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Modeling the Economy As a Physics Problem

RiotingPacifist Re:Another implication... (452 comments)

Nukes may not be forever, but neither is the sun, nuke are definitely for long enough though.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikipedia Disputes Editor Exodus Claims

RiotingPacifist Re:Liar (207 comments)

A relevant Orwell reference... on the internet? Dear god, what is slashdot coming to!

more than 4 years ago
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Flexible, Color OLED Screens For E-Readers

RiotingPacifist Re:No! Larger please. (118 comments)

isn't e-ink for e-readers and OLED for replacing LCD displays?

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Putting Batteries On-Board Its Servers

RiotingPacifist Re:On board batteries fine, but 277 volt? (155 comments)

If you have bigger pick up trucks, then you need less of them to carry a set amount of goods and so there is less traffic on a road.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Putting Batteries On-Board Its Servers

RiotingPacifist routers/switches? (155 comments)

Don't they require power too? It's all very well keeping your server up in the event of a power failure but unless you keep your routers (and the routers all the way to the backbone) up, what's the point?

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Wants Computer Privacy Ruling Overturned

RiotingPacifist Re:I am shocked! (670 comments)

need a large standing military?

The intention was to have no standing military and limited policing, these might be noble goals but in 2009 on earth they are simply not feasible, so holding text written assuming these would be true as sacred is ignoring reality.

Don't take the Founding Fathers word for it though -- Dwight Eisenhower said almost the same thing just 50 years ago.

I wouldn't take Eisenhower's words any more sacredly than the Founding Fathers, we're not living in 1959 any more than we are living in 1788.

I see no reason why that's any less relevant today than it was 200 years ago. In fact, I would argue that it's more relevant today.

How about the fact that they have tanks, planes, uavs, missiles and complex tactical training that a civilian population doesn't. Sure you might get lucky and take out a key figure from a bookshop, but if you think your rifle is going to help in a civil war in 2009 you have another thing coming.

The 20th century was filled with genocides of unarmed people, genocides that might not have happened if the victims had been armed and able to resist.

It is also filled with genocides by unarmed people, arming both sides doesn't make the problem go away.

It would be far better for our Republic if as many of those things as possible were handled at the state and local level.

Why? Why would you be any better of with all of those handled at a state/local level? In some cases you have more possibility for fraud, others lose out on benefits of the economy of scale and in the worst case scenarios you have races to the bottom that make legislation ineffective, so why is the Federal government doing something, inherently worse than the state/local government doing it?

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Wants Computer Privacy Ruling Overturned

RiotingPacifist Re:I am shocked! (670 comments)

I didn't say we should not concern ourselves with their warning, just that we shouldn't hold them sacred! Some dead white guy advice might still hold, some may not, following it as sacred is no better than following the teachings of jesus.

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Wants Computer Privacy Ruling Overturned

RiotingPacifist Re:I am shocked! (670 comments)

Jobs - 200 years ago there were slaves.
Jobs - 200 years ago there was no protection for workers against their bosses, no minimum wage, no unions, nothing.
Jobs - 200 years ago there was the potential of work for everybody, soon (if not now) there will be so much technology replacing cannon fodder that there will be permanent unemployment
Education - 200 years ago, education for all was not even an option
Healthcare - 200 years ago, people got sick they died. On the whole there was no expensive medicine that could help them if they could afford it.
Food/Shelter - 200 years ago, the technology didn't exist to make it feasible to provide shelter/food for everybody it does now (or will soon)

We do not live in the same world we did 200 years ago, it's not even the same as 50 years ago, ideologies from such times are not applicable today!

more than 4 years ago
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The World's First Osmotic Power Plant

RiotingPacifist Re:Polyethalene = oil doesn't it (262 comments)

I last failed chemistry 1 year ago and we're still fucked! The only solution is to grow plastics (like we grow biofuels), but that comes with significant downsides because farming is harder than drilling and well we need food too. IMO long term the solution is factory farming (they are starting to research this in Japan), but that requires a lot of energy.

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The World's First Osmotic Power Plant

RiotingPacifist two words (262 comments)

Thorium Fluoride

more than 4 years ago
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The World's First Osmotic Power Plant

RiotingPacifist Re:Nuclear power plants are offtopic, but here goe (262 comments)

insightful my ass! Nuclear power for civilian purposes produces enough energy for France, in fact it produces enough excess that they can run CERN with no negative effect on the environment. The only thing keeping it down are the lobbiests for coal/oil, big woop obsolete jobs are obsolete, while that sucks for the people who work in the coal industry it's just the way it is.

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Hacker McKinnon To Be Extradited To US

RiotingPacifist Re:UK citizen? (571 comments)

Pull the other one, he'll being made an example of because he embarrassed the US military! That's assuming the US can even be trusted to give him a trial and not send him of to a military court.

more than 4 years ago
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Hacker McKinnon To Be Extradited To US

RiotingPacifist Re:UK citizen? (571 comments)

somewhat biased in favour of the US

That is like saying, having your balls ripped of using a blunt knife is somewhat painful! The US allowed known IRA terrorists and fundraisers to stick around, but at the first opportunity we hand over some computer hacker, fuck that!

more than 4 years ago

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Channel4 launch flash based streaming

RiotingPacifist RiotingPacifist writes  |  more than 5 years ago

RiotingPacifist (1228016) writes "Channel4 have finally joined the BBC & ITV(silverlight) in offering a multiplatform on demand streaming service. While US readers probably don't care, as they have HULU, due to the death of the kangaroo project, it seams 3 separate sites for the major tv players is the best were going to get on this side of the pond. Now if only dave (and maybe five) would join them!"
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is Obama a mac and Clinton a PC

RiotingPacifist RiotingPacifist writes  |  more than 6 years ago

RiotingPacifist (1228016) writes "the new york times asks:

On one thing, the experts seem to agree. The differences between hillaryclinton.com and barackobama.com can be summed up this way: Barack Obama is a Mac, and Hillary Clinton is a PC.
Is this yet another bad real world to IT analogy (like all the wireless theft ones) , or is there some meat in the story?
Could we go further was Ron Paul, BSD/Linux? (good in theory but few people can be bothered to do the research and set him up)
And what the hell is McCain?"

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