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Losing the Public Debate On Global Warming

Skidborg Re:How does this make a difference? (1181 comments)

And you're quite right about that, barring the introduction of other predator species like wolves that have been almost entirely eliminated from most states in the name of protecting livestock. I don't have a problem with meat eating in itself, but it is true that it is far from an efficient way to produce food.

about 2 years ago
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Banned From Kickstarter For Being Cyberstalked

Skidborg Re:Prove it (382 comments)

Woooosh.

about 2 years ago
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Canada Post Files Copyright Lawsuit Over Crowd-sourced Postal Code Database

Skidborg Re:This is a slippery slope (168 comments)

Longitude and latitude existed long before the US government was born. I doubt they can even attempt to make that claim.

about 2 years ago
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Losing the Public Debate On Global Warming

Skidborg Re:How does this make a difference? (1181 comments)

Domestic animal only breed because the farmers allow it. If you want to reduce the size of your herd, you don't mix the males and the females. It's that simple. Seriously. Cows don't have calves because of magic airborne spores.

about 2 years ago
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Mandatory Brake-Override Proposed For All Cars

Skidborg Re:Technology for stupid people and assholes (911 comments)

The problem is that all these reasonable things you could do with an old fashioned vehicle you cannot do with a state-of-the-art car because for everything you do there's a computer between you and the moving parts. When the computer decides to go HAL 9000 on you, there is not much you can do about it.

about 2 years ago
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Dental X-Rays Linked To Common Brain Tumor

Skidborg Re:This is bizzare (248 comments)

On the other hand, try to find a dentist who has an x-ray machine manufactured more recently than the 1980's.

about 2 years ago
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Dental X-Rays Linked To Common Brain Tumor

Skidborg Re:not sure (248 comments)

Key word being "modern equipment". It's not like most dental offices are just thrilled to discard their insanely expensive, decades-old X-ray machine and buy a brand new insanely expensive machine that does the same thing.

about 2 years ago
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MIT Institute's Gloomy Prediction: 'Global Economic Collapse' By 2030

Skidborg Re:Population crashes are not new. (816 comments)

Yes, and that's a big if. Is it, in fact, impossible to refresh them faster than they are consumed? How much funding has gone into researching this frankly vital question?

about 2 years ago
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MIT Institute's Gloomy Prediction: 'Global Economic Collapse' By 2030

Skidborg Re:Flowers (816 comments)

You're charging more than a stack of empty pizza boxes and an old laptop for mod points these days? Discriminatory against underprivileged royalty, I say!

about 2 years ago
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MIT Institute's Gloomy Prediction: 'Global Economic Collapse' By 2030

Skidborg Re:Population crashes are not new. (816 comments)

Organic fertilizer is renewable, it's just that we've reduces our agricultural industry down to a single person working thousands of acres of land, who can't handle the added workload of making an actual sustainable farm. If we're going to make it through the next century we're either going to have to accept an increase in food prices, or go back to buying food as raw materials (and actually start cooking at home again) as the extra cost of food is put into healthy farming rather than making sure all food appears on store shelves as frozen pizza.

about 2 years ago
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MIT Institute's Gloomy Prediction: 'Global Economic Collapse' By 2030

Skidborg Re:Flowers (816 comments)

My kingdom for mod points.

about 2 years ago
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MIT Institute's Gloomy Prediction: 'Global Economic Collapse' By 2030

Skidborg Re:Club of Rome (816 comments)

Which could be viably replaced with organic fertilizer, if we were willing to put more of our food prices into growing food instead of paying middlemen to insure that it arrives on store shelves in the form of frozen pizza. The current theory of industrial agriculture is terribly and inefficient, and isn't helped by the stigma that only the stupid and uneducated should be farmers.

about 2 years ago
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Canadians Protest Wind Turbines

Skidborg Re:Ahh, those crazy NIMBY crackpots (533 comments)

The main problem is that the editors chose to put the flakiest of the NIMBYers' arguments in the summary. The objection to the subsidizing of wind turbines is a very valid concern when Ontario is already nearing the brink of bankruptcy.

about 2 years ago
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Canadians Protest Wind Turbines

Skidborg Re:Reality check (533 comments)

One qualifier: Well maintained wind turbines are not aircraft propellers. What happens these things are 20 years old?

about 2 years ago
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European Law Could Give Hackers Mimimum Two-Year Sentence

Skidborg Re:Minimum Sentences (147 comments)

Though it's not like they're actually doing any research into the guilt or innocence of the person during the decades they rot in prison. If the police were willing to put the funding into initial crime scene investigation instead of keeping a possibly innocent person in prison for a decade, maybe there would be less wrong with the justice system in general.

Alternately, use the death penalty only when things are absolutely cut and clear, but make it A) immediate and B) public.

about 2 years ago
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European Law Could Give Hackers Mimimum Two-Year Sentence

Skidborg Re:Minimum Sentences (147 comments)

Of course part of that is that the "death penalty" is more of a "rot in prison for a decade or two and then we might kill you penalty", and by the time the executioners get around to offing anybody the public has completely forgotten about both the original crime and the murderer, and the execution doesn't even make the news.

A punishment of any kind can't serve as a warning to would-be criminals if it's carried out in a way that nobody knows or cares about.

about 2 years ago
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NYC Bans Mention of Dinosaurs, Dancing, Birthdays On Student Tests

Skidborg Re:I also propose to ban (470 comments)

As one of the fundy nutjobs, I'd like to say that this is ban is one of the stupidest things I've ever seen.

about 2 years ago
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MIT Prof Predicts the End of Disabilities In Next 50 Years

Skidborg Re:Money? (190 comments)

Yes. Abort everybody who might ever be in a car accident. That would take care of the vast majority of America's problems.

about 2 years ago
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You're Driving All Wrong, Says NHTSA

Skidborg Re:An admirable goal... (756 comments)

This. There are hundreds if not thousands of accidents that wouldn't happen if people would just concentrate on actually driving to the best of their ability.

about 2 years ago

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