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Finding Life In Space By Looking For Extraterrestrial Pollution

WillKemp Re:Advanced? (95 comments)

Pollution occurs wherever there is life.

True. Earth was populated for millions of years by organisms that polluted the atmosphere with oxygen.

about a week ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

WillKemp Re:it is the wrong way... (291 comments)

Oh the idea has merit. It is why it keeps coming up. However, who eats the cost? We do. We as end consumers eat it.

Who do you think will eat the cost of rising sea levels and dried up water supplies? It certainly won't be the companies that caused the problems in the first place. It will be us again. But those costs will be astronomically higher than a tiny little carbon tax.

about two weeks ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

WillKemp Re:it is the wrong way... (291 comments)

We over and over do exactly the wrong thing to save the world. Which ends up doing the opposite.

I'm not sure who the "we" is that you're referring to, but you sound like you know what you're talking about. How do you recommend governments act to reduce carbon emissions?

about two weeks ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

WillKemp Pwned (291 comments)

Unfortunately, the Australian federal government is a 100% owned subsidiary of the mining companies. Although the prime minister is a moron in his own right, he's only doing what his bosses tell him to do.

about two weeks ago
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The debate over climate change is..

WillKemp Re:n/t (278 comments)

No, all of science is debatable. Even Newton and Einstein.

Only if you don't understand science. If you do understand science, you know it's not debatable – but it is falsifiable (i.e., it can be proved wrong, if it is wrong, by reproducible experiment).

You can debate things you don't understand, of course, if you must – and a lot of people do – but it's entirely meaningless.

about two weeks ago
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Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

WillKemp Re:It's sinking. (304 comments)

Nah, dispersants don't dissolve plastic - otherwise your dishwashing detergent would dissolve the plastic bottle it comes in.

about a month ago
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Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

WillKemp Re: One non-disturbing theory (304 comments)

A vast amount of this plastic is breaking up into tiny pieces, which then form a new class of plankton plastic plankton - and this plastic plankton is being eating by sea creatures along with the phytoplankton and zooplankton which make up their normal diet. Nobody knows what the effects of this will be.

about a month ago
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Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

WillKemp Re:One non-disturbing theory (304 comments)

Water is not the "ultimate" solvent. There are plenty of substances that do not dissolve in water - and plastic's one of them. What's happening is that sunlight and possibly wave action is breaking the plastic into microscopic particles, which are then being ingested by marine animals, just as larger pieces of plastic are. Nobody knows what effect this will have on the organisms themselves - or the organisms that prey on those organisms (which includes humans).

about a month ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

WillKemp Re:work life balance is a myth (710 comments)

I'll never be able to afford to retire, but if i do i'll be riding buses for entertainment and movement, too!

about 1 month ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

WillKemp Re: work life balance is a myth (710 comments)

Building radio stations in Afghanistan was pretty challenging!

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

WillKemp Re:Uh, sure.. (359 comments)

Developers starting on Emacs/VI when there was nothing else around kept with those tools

I started with VI 20 years ago and i still use it - but only when i'm working in a text terminal and need to do small edits. For almost everything else, i use Geany, which i find the most useful and streamlined editor of all that i've tried. But for the small amount of Android app programming i've done, i used Eclipse, because it makes life so much easier. There's no excuse for sticking with old software just because you're used to it.

about a month ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

WillKemp Re:work life balance is a myth (710 comments)

Nah,. I'm 56 and i've had that attitude all my life. I'm not rich, but i'm a lot happier than i would be if i'd spent all my life working in a crap job just for the money. And i've done a lot of really interesting jobs - in possibly as many as 30 quite different occupations, from builder to seaman, from computer programmer to miner, from taxi driver to technical adviser in Afghanistan. Life's too short to stick at crap jobs for long!

about a month ago
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I suffer from jet lag ...

WillKemp Re:FOF (163 comments)

Yeah, i wouldn't have flown nearly as much as i have if i lived in the US. I don't know why you people put up with it really.

about a month ago
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After Trademark Dispute, Mexican Carriers Can No Longer Use iPhone Name In Ads

WillKemp Re:Phonetics (53 comments)

Exactly. "eefoneh" =/= "eeponeh".

about 2 months ago
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After Trademark Dispute, Mexican Carriers Can No Longer Use iPhone Name In Ads

WillKemp Phonetics (53 comments)

[......] iPhone [......] phonetically identical 'iFone' brand

The author of this article clearly has no idea about Spanish pronunciation.

about 2 months ago
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In the year since Snowden's revelations ...

WillKemp Re:secure by default (248 comments)

We knew this stuff was going on in the mid-90's.

This stuff was going on in the 80s. But in those days it was phone tapping. There were computerised phone tapping systems by at least 1984. The police's system in London (UK) crashed during the miner's strike because everyone was talking about pickets.

about 2 months ago
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Study Finds Porn Exposure Associated With Smaller Brain Region

WillKemp Re:100% (211 comments)

I don't really have the stomach for exploitation any more.

Porn =/= exploitation. It's not hard to find non-exploitative porn.

about 2 months ago

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Australian lawyers to serve notices via Facebook

WillKemp WillKemp writes  |  more than 5 years ago

WillKemp writes "In what is probably a world first, the Australian Capital Territory's Supreme Court has ruled that Facebook is a sufficient means of communicating with parties to a legal action. Court notices have previously been served by email and mobile phone messages, as well as by traditional paper documents. But, according to an article in the Sydney Morning Herald, lawyers in a mortgage repossession case were granted the right to serve notices on the defendents via their Facebook profiles after private detectives failed to come up with any other means of contacting them."
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