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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Your.Master Re:Duh (378 comments)

So?

6 hours ago
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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

Your.Master Re:Let's do the math (287 comments)

Yes, he can. The only sense in which we can travel 28000 light years away in 1000 years requires that we invent time travel, at which point the phrase "in 1000 years" no longer makes sense.

It's a well-known result: FTL travel implies time travel.

yesterday
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

Your.Master Re:My motorcycle... (453 comments)

Right, he pays for it too...so he gets to play by the same shared rules.

Which, right now and for the foreseeable future, allows you to ride a motorcycle, but not always at 154mph.

2 days ago
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Harvard Students Move Fossil Fuel Stock Fight To Court

Your.Master Re:Turn off the electricity to the dorms (203 comments)

The idea is to increase generation from renewables and nuclear so that you don't nead fossils.

4 days ago
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Does Being First Still Matter In America?

Your.Master Re:Normal /. (244 comments)

There is a massive gap between "not 1st in absolutely everything" and "worse than everywhere else".

4 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

Your.Master Re: LOL ... w00t? (554 comments)

Your first "fact", that there are only two biological sentences, is not actually true. Intersex is a real biological thing and is entirely separate from political movements and debates about essentialism vs. culturally-defined roles. It's relatively rare, but that's not really the point.

Interestingly, the AC's political movement may be in part responsible for changing the language to prefer the plural over just using male pronouns. But I agree it's unlikely to "fix" English's grammar to fit anything but a strict binary mapping of genders.

5 days ago
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Blowing On Money To Tell If It Is Counterfeit

Your.Master Re:Why worry? (112 comments)

Oh right, and nobody ever does anything that's illegal so there's no point in taking action against it.

Also stealing cars is illegal so why bother with keys?

about a week ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

Your.Master Re:"eye sore" (515 comments)

I think some people severely underestimate and downplay the importance of wind power inconveniences like this (and the bright blinking lights into people's windows), but there is absolutely some BS about low-frequency noise causing cancer. I've seen that distributed and it is ridiculous.

about a week ago
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Laser Creates Quantum Whirlpool

Your.Master Re:I thought the distinction was arbitrary already (59 comments)

The question was:

Light absolutely has mass. For what definition of mass does a photon not have mass?

People have given very standard definitions for which a photon has no mass. Asked and answered.

The fact that relativistic mass is a thing is completely irrelevant to this discussion.

about a week ago
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Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

Your.Master Re:How much money ? (123 comments)

The article has a bit more info.

Spoiler alert: the shock is calibrated to each person to be "painful but not intolerable", and it's about 30 cents a shock for yourself or 60 cents a shock to others.

There may be an initial threshold -- my understanding is that the question would be something like:

"Would you rather be shocked 10 times and get $7 or shocked 20 times and get $9", or "Would you rather be shocked 5 times for $5 or have this chick get shocked 3 times for $4", not necessarily giving a 0 shocks = $0 option.

about a week ago
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How To End Online Harassment

Your.Master Re: "or religion" (834 comments)

Well that's an irrelevant aside.

You know that it's religions that claim knowledge worth knowing that humanity that non-members do not accept as knowable.

about two weeks ago
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Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

Your.Master Re:Translation (127 comments)

How is it extremely unlikely? What evidence are you talking about?

about two weeks ago
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Multi-Process Comes To Firefox Nightly, 64-bit Firefox For Windows 'Soon'

Your.Master Re:Tempting (181 comments)

It's not an intolerance of all forms of intolerance everywhere. That's a ridiculous strawman.

Your argument is like saying it's hypocritical not to eat people just because you eat potatoes.

about two weeks ago
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Multi-Process Comes To Firefox Nightly, 64-bit Firefox For Windows 'Soon'

Your.Master Re:Tempting (181 comments)

Follow your statements through to their logical conclusion.

If marriage isn't a right, straight or gay, then a government which grants privileges only to straight marriage and not to gay marriage is unfair discrimination.

about two weeks ago
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European Parliament Considers Sharing Passenger Information By Default

Your.Master Re:With one condition (58 comments)

What relevance does that have?

about two weeks ago
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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

Your.Master Re:Alternative? (377 comments)

There are laws in some places that explicitly prohibit the labeling of food items as non-GMO. Boy, does that piss me off!

See, this is a legitimate complaint. Get this fixed. Where are those laws?

about two weeks ago
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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

Your.Master Re:Nope (377 comments)

You are confused about what homeopathy means: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H.... Homeopathic medicine is very specifically not medicine.

You are thinking of traditional medicine. Which is, indeed, not 100% hogwash (not 0% either).

quite frankly if there is no proven harm there should be no harm in a label.

It's just arbitrary. Might as well label something as made by people with princess leia hair. I'm pretty sure there's no proven harm, but I would oppose a label for that.

Agitate for people to label things as non-GMO. That's what you really want anyway. When you go to the store for milk you don't check each liquid vessel to exclude the ones that contain traces of apple, orange, alcohol, etc.., you go for milk. If you want something that contains no GMO, then ask for no-GMO labels (and enforce truth-in-advertising laws).

Lets not forget that a large reason for GMO seeds is to increase yields by protecting plants from pests. We are already seeing super pests [ucsusa.org] that can bypass the built in GMO protection and creating a much larger threat to agriculture than existed previously.

Here is an actual point. However, labelling isn't likely to solve that, you'd have to completely ban them. I'm extremely skeptical that we are worse off, but I'm willing to hear more. So far it looks just like the same "Red Queen's Race" evolution has always provided.

about two weeks ago
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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

Your.Master Re:Wholly feck, did you just say that? (377 comments)

Stamping Kosher is like stamping something non-GMO. Stamping GMO is like stamping non-Kosher. Jews absolutely do not get foodstuffs stamped "this is not Kosher". It's 100% beef far more often than it's 0% pork.

If you require that you only eat non-GMO food, then get food stamped as non-GMO. I will support *that* stamp. If that stamp is not legally defensible, then you have a legitimate grievance. I support mandatory labelling of known health consequences (like nutritional information), and I support trust-in-advertising laws that say if you label something non-GMO it better not have GMO products in it. I do not support mandatory labelling of the arbitrarily large list of things that have no known health consequences, but which some people may believe have health consequences.

I don't think I've ever heard of a subculture that specifically tries to buy only GMO food, the way Jews go for Kosher food. Although I have to admit I sometimes hesitate when I see an organic label on something, and think "would this be organic anyway and they are just putting it on the label because it sells, or did they make some compromise that I wouldn't have wanted them to make just so they could add this logo".

Might as well ask why we don't mandatorily label things as containing products harvested using John Deere. They should be proud to stamp their box with "JOHN DEERE HARVESTED FOOD" for all the world to see, if there's no harm and no fear of harm from John Deere harvesters.

about two weeks ago
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Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Your.Master Re:Ok but that's electricity, not energy (488 comments)

I wouldn't take 25 degrees C as the target room temperature.

I would rather use room temperature as the target room temperature: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...

You probably come from somewhere warm if you take 25 C as a target. Someone from somewhere cold might be perfectly comfortable going less than room temperature (and also wearing a sweater -- you can bundle yourself up to a greater than you can strip down).

You should also note that indoors is already warmer than the outdoors due both to waste heat from electric equipment and the humans inside, combined with the insulation (which tends to be much higher in cold places).

The other consideration here is it's simply easier to heat with alternative energy sources. Such as wood. Right now my heating and A/C are on the fritz due to some water damage and I'm using a wood fireplace.

The counter here would be that sources like solar are also more fruitful on warm days.

This said, I am aware of the recent findings that, at least in the US, heating tends to be more energy expensive than cooling. That's even easier to believe if you're all cranking it to 25.

about two weeks ago

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IE8 to default to IE8 standards mode, not IE7

Your.Master Your.Master writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Your.Master (1088569) writes "After weeks of frustrated developers calling for blood, Microsoft has reversed their earlier decision about backwards compatibility. The reasons for doing so are detailed on the latest IE blog entry. Web developers can still explicitly opt-in to IE7 compatibility mode."
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IE8 to use full standards DOCTYPE switch after all

Your.Master Your.Master writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Your.Master (1088569) writes "There's been a lot of fuss about the new IE8 meta tag. After scraping through the comments, it seems apropos to mention some facts about IE8 that were overlooked in previous articles: first, there is a registry setting to force IE8 to always use IE8 standards mode, and far more importantly, future, current unestablished well-formed DOCTYPES, such as the upcoming HTML5, will cause DOCTYPE-switching to IE8 standards mode in IE8. The meta tag is apparently intended to allow opt-in for currently-used DOCTYPEs, and to let future versions of IE know to limit themselves to IE8's capabilities (or to tell IE8+ to use IE7's "standards mode", or quirks mode)."

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