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Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

Rockoon Re:Grim (158 comments)

Is that the same Furgeson that while having all that military gear still failed to stop a riot?

4 hours ago
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Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

Rockoon Re: Requirements ? (129 comments)

You quoted the answer to your question.

Its obvious that worshiping has gotten in the way of reading.

2 days ago
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The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

Rockoon Re:MOOC is designed like a physical classroom (182 comments)

There is a difference between a simplified overview and a dense fact-regurgitation. The difference is that I expect to get an understanding from a simplified overview, while I dont expect to get an understanding from a dense fact-regurgitation.

"Simplified" does not mean "simplistic" unless you dont understand how education works.

Richard Feynman. End of discussion.

4 days ago
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

Rockoon Re:Can we please cann these companies what they ar (288 comments)

Do you think fewer regulations would make them safer?

Wont make them any more OR less safe, which means that the regulations arent about safety at all. Do you think regulations that arent about safety but are sold to you as if they were about safety is a good thing for you?

4 days ago
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

Rockoon Re:Can we please cann these companies what they ar (288 comments)

Should people be able to sell themselves into slavery ?

We are talking about contracts, and people do "slavery" contracts all the time. For example, employment contracts.

Contracts, unlike the "slavery" that you want to imply, can be broken. Broken contracts go to civil court, where a judge decides how the harmed person is to be made whole again (typically with a money judgment.)

I'm sorry that you dont understand anything at all about the world of contracts but insist on acting like you do anyways.

4 days ago
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SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

Rockoon Re:Overkill much... (210 comments)

Son, the pixels arent 14-bits each. They are 42 bits each, which is rounded to 48 bits each. 6 bytes per pixel.

5 days ago
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Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

Rockoon Re: I can simply ignore all health and diet advice (291 comments)

American Heart Association stance on trans fats:

Is this the same American Heart Association that had a negative stance on salt?

Why the hell do we care what they say again?

about a week ago
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China Targets 2022 For Space Station Completion

Rockoon Re:Every space program is for peaceful purposes (100 comments)

Missile technology. Science is a distant third but has always been used as the front for PR purposes.

Missile technology is science.

about a week ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

Rockoon Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

Yes. I also predict that the violent overthrow of the government will happen within my lifetime.

about a week ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

Rockoon Re:Wrong fucking argument (499 comments)

Dude, she was penpals with *2* people from those violent overthrow groups that you claim she was twice-removed from affiliation-wise, while they are (still) serving time in jail. You want other people to read the fucking article? Why not inform your own dumb ignorant ass?

about a week ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

Rockoon Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

Which is exactly why the U.S. government deserves to be overthrown. Unless they're going to welcome in their critics, they deserve destruction *by* their critics.

It has nothing to do with welcoming critics. It has to do with lying during the one step of getting hired where you absolutely shouldn't fucking lie.

My job requires government licensing, which includes a 10-year background check form in which we are to list things like arrests, charges, convictions, lawsuits, dispositions, , etc that happened in the past 10 years no matter how minor. Neglecting to mention anything, no matter how minor is immediate grounds for refusal of licensing. No license no job. Period.

The only thing I could have put on the form (in my case) that would have lead to a refusal of licensing is that I was convicted of specifically larceny (my job deals with very large sums of money.) I could have been an parole for the murder of a nun and that would have made no difference at all. My only job at that point of the hiring process was simply not to fucking lie.

I didn't. I got the license necessary to legally perform the job because I didnt fucking lie. Very fucking simple.

about a week ago
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Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

Rockoon Re:Seems fine to me. (184 comments)

But ultimately the police in the US do an unpopular job

It used to be that they did a popular job. If the job is unpopular now, one must consider what changes have taken place between then and now.

about a week ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

Rockoon Re:Meanwhile in the real world... (427 comments)

And news flash: the little ice age was also eurocentric (ie not global), and it ended hundreds of years ago.

...and by eurocentric you mean "including at least also Asia, Mesoamerica, Africa, Antarctica, Pacific Islands, New Zealand, and South America."

The claim that the Little Ice Age was a phenomena local to the north atlantic was completely debunked by the existing data immediately after the claim was made.

about a week ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

Rockoon Re:Talking Point (427 comments)

Have you looked at the data?

heading:

Climate data (raw)

The *first* link, which is to the Global Historical Climate Network (GHCN) "v2" data is not raw temperature data. I know that the site claims that its raw data, but only precipitation data is within the main data set. Within the "v2" set is a subfolder with temperature data in gridded (processed) format, and the readme for the gridded data specifically mentions that if you want actual raw temperature data to look at the GHCN data set (yay thats what we are doing....?) Unfortunately as I already pointed out, in the v2 data set there is only precipitation data and gridded (processed) data.

Above the folder that is linked to are links to other data. The GHCN has gone through two significant changes since its inception in 1992. They are affectionately called "v1", "v2", and "v3." The v1 data is culled and processed data presenting only monthly mean temperatures (most stations do daily recording.) This data also only goes up to 1997 at which point v2 took over. So v1 contains culled and processed data and as I already pointed out, the v2 data does not include unprocessed temperature data either. So the raw data must be in v3, right? Let me quote the readme file for v3: "A new software processing system is now responsible for daily reprocessing of the dataset. This reprocessing consists of a construction process that assembles the data in a specific source priority order, quality controls the data, identifies inhomogeneities and performs adjustments where possible." and of course this is again monthly mean temperatures, not the raw station data.

This sort of story is true for every single link. Some of the links are literally to bitmap images of graphs, rather than to data. Others are links to only the most recent measurements at each measurement station (which itself isnt comprehensive), rather than to the hundred+ years of supposed historical data.

They claim the raw data is available, and go so far as to pretend to link to the raw data, and that of course gets people like you to shout down people that want the raw data.

Now to be perfectly clear what just transpired. People are asking for the raw data and are saying that the climate scientists wont release it. You then responded by linking to the blog of those very same climate scientists that it is claimed wont release the data (realclimate is run by Mann, Jones, Hansen, etc.) This blog claims to link to the raw data but actually does not. And finally, yuou tried to shout down someone that wants the raw data by yourself claiming that the raw data is available by citing the blog of the people it is claimed wont release the raw data and does not itself link to the raw data but claims that it does link to the raw data.

Do you feel at all duped?

about a week ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

Rockoon Re:Nearly 3 parts in a million (427 comments)

So yeah, we know it's accurate because it's using the same techniques and technology used all over the world

At no point did you show or even claim that they actually did the measurement all over the world. We know that CO2 concentrations are not evenly distributed, ergo the argument of the person you replied to has not been been challenged by you. Perhaps you would like to try again and pay attention to what the person you are so quickly responding to is actually saying.

Our entire civilization has been built on stable climates

lol.

about a week ago
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Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

Rockoon Re:Misleading Headline (246 comments)

Defend your assertions. Waving your hands repeating them is not defending them. Your claims that technology is immediately profitable the instant it is developed is remarkable, so the onus is on you to defend that claim.

The thing is that everyone here knows that you cannot defend that claim, because your viewpoint is that of a simplistic idiot. Everybody knows that technology is not instantly profitable the moment it is first developed.

Another example that might convince you of how stupid you are: Toshiba invested flash memory in 1980. Instantly, so flash drives were instantly possible, yet it wasnt until 1988 that *any* commercial application saw profitability, and that wasnt drives. In 1988 flash was introduced as a replacement for ROM and Firmware chips, but the technology was still to expensive for drives. It wasnt until 1995 that flash saw any use at all as anything resembling a drive, and that was as memory cards, so basically just floppy disks. The market for flash drives wasn't real until 2006, 26 years after flash drives were possible. Even today many people say that flash drives are still too expensive.

I will repeat that nobody was going to buy a $50,000 answering machine. That really is the end of the discussion you simplistic idiot.

about a week ago
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Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

Rockoon Re:Not moving assets, keeping them remote. (246 comments)

That rate is the highest possible rate, not what corporations actually pay.

You seem to be justifying having the highest corporate tax rates in the world because some corporations do not pay that much, and go so far as to make a long post that not once considers those corporations that do actually pay that much.

The reality is that these tax breaks and incentives are essential precisely because otherwise American corporations are completely fucked

The real downside of the high base with an incentive system is that it allows the government to pick winners and losers. Microsoft gets the incentive but that startup that wants to compete with Microsoft does not. That startup thus never happens in a country with the highest corporate tax rate. Thats the system we have and the solution is not to make Microsoft pay the highest corporate tax rate in the world. The solution is to have tax rates that are competitive with the rest of the world.

Having the highest rate in the world is such a bad thing that we sometimes give entire industries massive breaks, because its obvious that forcing (for example) our automotive or airplane industries to go under is a bad fucking idea. In many cases the breaks they get aren't even enough, so they also need to get highly lucrative government contracts just to stay afloat.

By defending the highest rate, as you just did, while simultaneously wishing the incentives to end.. what you are asking for is the complete destruction of America. What you should want is a much lower tax rates to begin with, but that wont get past your shallowly-justified dislike for corporate incentives.

about two weeks ago
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Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

Rockoon Re:Misleading Headline (246 comments)

AT&T immediately saw the value of this device and started to work to put this highly profitable device in everyone's homes! Err... not. AT&T killed it because they saw no profit in the device.

it appears that you think that if something is profitable at time T, then it must also have been profitable at time T - X.

What a simplistic idiot you are.

There is no chance in hell that when the technology was first developed to do it that it could have been profitable product. Just like when the technology for smart phones was developed it wasnt profitable. It took *decades* for all the technologies involved to mature enough to make multi-touch pocket computers profitable. Nobody was going to buy a damned $50000 answering machine.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

Rockoon Re:$5.4K Per Person. (200 comments)

If these people are worth spending the time to "poach" then they won't have a hard time finding a job.

The reality is that most of them weren't. There is just no way that 60,000 is a reasonable number.

about two weeks ago

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