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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

arielCo Well, duh (382 comments)

"Breaking news: An oil glut won't make fossil fuel consumption go down - it might even increase."

4 days ago
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2014 Geek Gift Guide

arielCo Re: The best gift? (113 comments)

His links (Amazon or otherwise) don't seem to have referral IDs. Just saying, criticize him over the right things (like verbosity and being wrong).

5 days ago
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2014 Geek Gift Guide

arielCo Re:The best gift? (113 comments)

I hovered over a few links (including some at Amazon) and there's no referrer ID. Since he doesn't send you to his personal blog either (remember Ronald Piquepaille?), it's not even clickbait.

I agree that most of his content is too fluffy, and I usually stop reading way before the middle.

5 days ago
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"Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

arielCo Re:I smell something ... (153 comments)

Whenever something sounds too good to be true, it usually isn't. I'll put some cash on this being in the Ig-Nobles in a year or two.

Since you like truisms, here's another: conventional wisdom is not at all.

Back to 'Eat less and exercise', everyone. That's probably safer, anyhow.

Depends. If you're so overweight that you risk joint damage or increased wear, or a heart attack from overexertion, a pill to give you a leg-up is a godsend.
  Plus, not everybody will lose weight just eating "less" and working out; I know because I'm insulin resistant with a bum thyroid to boot; diet and exercise are only part of the solution.

about a week ago
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"Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

arielCo Re:Magic pill developers = REALLY rich people (153 comments)

Lots of cases are self-reinforced - insulin resistance improves when one loses weight, and sometimes one's too fat to exercise effectively and/or safely. So, it's not a given that you'll depend on the wonder pill for the rest of your life.

about a week ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

arielCo Re:Have Both (563 comments)

No, but if you listen closely you can hear the electrons going "Wheeeee!".

about a week ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

arielCo Re: Entrapment is lazy policing (388 comments)

All three want the info as end users, although for different reasons. ISIL would love to reenact the USS Cole bombing, China is in desperate need of new tech for their catch up efforts (though I doubt mechanical drawings will provide that), and for Russia it's just common sense strategically.

about two weeks ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

arielCo Re:You have it backwards (388 comments)

The documents do not describe why Awwad was targeted.

There's still a possibility that Awwad expressed his intent, even if through a pseudonym. I wouldn't presume that the feds make random cold calls to see who bites - the targets would gossip about it before long.

about two weeks ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

arielCo Re: Egyptians? (388 comments)

But contacting a third party who's not an arch-enemy, but would be VERY interested in selling this info to bigger people, might not, or so this idiot may have thought.

about two weeks ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

arielCo Re: What in the hell was he thinking? (388 comments)

Last few words in my comment:

... to buy the info presumably to trade it to Russia or China for a profit or favors.

In other words, Omar al-Kebab may have no interest in bombing the new boat, but ISIS sure might, and China would love to do a bit of the old catch-up, and the Russians definitely see the strategic value. So Omar will pay nicely, hoping to make a profit.

about two weeks ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

arielCo Re: Egyptians? (388 comments)

And contacting any of those countries in his position would trigger a lot of alarms. But contacting a third party who's not an arch-enemy might, but would be VERY interested in selling this info to bigger people might not, or so this idiot may have thought.

about two weeks ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

arielCo Re: Entrapment is lazy policing (388 comments)

You don't need to build a carrier (assuming you're even able to replicate the bleeding edge of U.S. naval tech with just blueprints), or even have plans to sabotage one, to benefit; you can simply trade with those who can (Russia? China? ISIL?) for profit or favors.

This bozo knew better than to contact the Russians or the Chinese in his position, but figured he wouldn't raise any flags by going with a third, "neutral" party.

about two weeks ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

arielCo Re:What in the hell was he thinking? (388 comments)

He doesn't care who wants to build (or sabotage) the ship - only who would pay for that information. In his position, traveling to Russia or China would've raised a dozen flags; likely he expected a third party, not exactly pro-US but less than an arch-nemesis, to buy the info presumably to trade it to Russia or China for a profit or favors.

about two weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

arielCo Re: quick notes? (523 comments)

You seem to be talking about handwriting in general, which neither TFA nor I have a problem with and won't go away anytime soon precisely for the reasons you mention. Cursive (glyphs drawn without lifting the pen, the opposite of block letters) is what Finland is dropping and is well on the way of the dodo, and most people can't do it legibly anyway.

about three weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

arielCo Re:Just cursive, or all writing? (523 comments)

Cursive. From TFA (more of a blog post):

So what about a world where cursive writing is forgotten?

What do you do when your computer is dead and you need to leave a note? The death of cursive script probably isn't the death of handwriting but the death of doing it quickly and with style. Some no doubt will want to master it just for the sake of it - like driving a stick shift.

And signatures? A poor authentication system at the best of times - good riddance.

about three weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

arielCo Re:quick notes? (523 comments)

They're not dropping handwriting altogether; that wouldn't be practical. Even TFS says it's cursive script that they're dropping. From TFA (more of a blog post):

So what about a world where cursive writing is forgotten?

What do you do when your computer is dead and you need to leave a note? The death of cursive script probably isn't the death of handwriting but the death of doing it quickly and with style. Some no doubt will want to master it just for the sake of it - like driving a stick shift.

And signatures? A poor authentication system at the best of times - good riddance.

What do we get in return for dropping the writing system that we have used for centuries?

(Emphasis mine)

Cursive is an art form, best left to those who have a reason to become competent at it (calligraphists). Rest of the world, please write clearly.

about three weeks ago
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NASA Remasters 20-Year-Old Galileo Photographs of Jupiter's Moon, Europa

arielCo Careful there... (38 comments)

In addition to the newly processed image, a new video details why this likely ocean world is a high priority for future exploration.

ALL THESE WORLDS ARE YOURS EXCEPT EUROPA. ATTEMPT NO LANDINGS THERE.

about three weeks ago
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

arielCo Serious != smart (376 comments)

Do I want to read political rants and endless arguments filled with fallacies, bigotry and name-calling?

I'll have the vapid pictures of pets and hot chicks, please.

about three weeks ago
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Why the Time Is Always Set To 9:41 In Apple Ads

arielCo No "observer effect" here (109 comments)

If you have looked carefully, the clock has traditionally been always set to 9:42 in Apple advertisements.

And if you haven't looked, carefully or not, it still has.

about a month and a half ago

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Pussy Riot members jailed for two years for hooliganism

arielCo arielCo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

arielCo (995647) writes "Three members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot have been jailed for two years after staging an anti-Vladimir Putin protest in a Moscow cathedral. Judge Marina Syrova convicted the women of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, saying they had "crudely undermined social order".

On 21 February, as a part of a protest movement against the re-election of Vladimir Putin, four women from the group came to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, crossed themselves, bowed to the altar and began to perform a song asking the Virgin Mary to "drive Putin away" and describing the openly pro-Putin Russian Patriarch, Kirill I of Moscow, as someone who believes in Putin rather than in God, but after less than one minute guards cut short the performance and escorted them outside."

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Nokia hits junk credit rating

arielCo arielCo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

arielCo (995647) writes ""Quoth the International Business Times UK, among other sources: 'Nokia has had its creditworthiness downgraded to junk status by ratings company Moody's Investors Service after the troubled Finnish communications giant announced thousands of jobs cuts and warned of second quarter losses that are likely to be worse than expected. [...] Moody's had already warned in April that Nokia faced a downgrade to Ba1 — junk status — from Baa3, with a negative outlook.'""
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Nokia's Credit Rating Slashed to Junk Status

arielCo arielCo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

arielCo (995647) writes "Quoth the International Business Times UK, among other sources: 'Nokia has had its creditworthiness downgraded to junk status by ratings company Moody's Investors Service after the troubled Finnish communications giant announced thousands of jobs cuts and warned of second quarter losses that are likely to be worse than expected. [...] Moody's had already warned in April that Nokia faced a downgrade to Ba1 — junk status — from Baa3, with a negative outlook.'"
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Iran Discovers "World's Largest" Helium Reserve

arielCo arielCo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

arielCo (995647) writes "The managing director of Iran's Pars Oil and Gas Company said Iran has discovered the world's biggest helium reserve in its South Pars gas field in southern Iran, the English language satellite Press TV reported on Friday.

The volume of the world's helium reserves is 40 billion cubic meters and the South Pars gas field [reportedly] holds 10 billion cubic meters of the total amount."

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Venezuelan Govt seeks Internet content bill, NAP

arielCo arielCo writes  |  about 4 years ago

Ah, none is more coward! (995647) writes "Several local and international news outlets report that the overwhelmingly pro-Chávez Venezuelan National Assembly is considering to reform their Social Responsibility law to include Internet content. Besides regulations on mature content and mandatory airing of government messages, the existing bill includes broad prohibitions against "destabilizing" and "disquieting" content.

The Assembly will also propose a proposal for a single national Internet access point, "with a view to handling outgoing and incoming traffic in Venezuela"."
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Laser 'tattoos' for labelling fruit

arielCo arielCo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

arielCo (995647) writes "Those helpful-yet-annoying little stickers on fruits that tell the cashier the variety and brand may be replaced with a CO2 laser etching. Quoth the PhysOrg article: "the laser cauterizes the peel, much like when a laser is used on human skin. The cauterized area is impenetrable to pathogens and decay organisms and resists water loss". Demonstrated on a grapefruit, it is due for testing on "tomatoes, avocado and other citrus fruits". The original paper (abstract) requires a paid subscription."
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