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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

bane2571 Re:YOU ARE PAYING FOR COMCAST FOR IT! (324 comments)

What Netflix should do is recoup the cost by charging it back to Comcast customers. Seems perfectly fair to me.

4 days ago

Asia's Richest Man Is Betting Big On Silicon Valley's Fake Eggs

bane2571 Re: Why? (269 comments)

Because according to the article the fake egges are cheaper to produce, healthier and actually taste better. Now that all may be marketing BS for a new product but if true is a perfect justification for the things to me.

Also, egg allergy is a thing so if you are manufacturing the eggs you might even be able to do something to remove the allergenic portion, which would be nice.

about 2 months ago

'CandySwipe' Crushed: When Game Development Turns Nasty

bane2571 Re:Irony (251 comments)

Yeah, Apple Computers never did anything in music, they certainly haven't been involved in anything tunes related as far as I can see.

about 2 months ago

Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

bane2571 Re:Cool (684 comments)

No need to get all frigid about it, he was just joking around.

about 3 months ago

Reducing Climate Change Uncertainty By Figuring Out Clouds

bane2571 Re:There is no uncertainty (249 comments)

A lot of the problem with the stories on global warming is that they respond immediately when warming indicators occur but rarely when cooling indicators do, they also rarely if ever publish the later corrections when mistakes are made.

The image that got me thinking the most is this comparison of climate models to reality; the dots and squares are reality: http://wattsupwiththat.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/cmip5-73-models-vs-obs-20n-20s-mt-5-yr-means11.png?w=640&h=480

Another good example is page 102 of: http://www.climatechange2013.org/images/uploads/WGIAR5_WGI-12Doc2b_FinalDraft_Chapter11.pdf where recent observations are less than the majority of the models that are predicting extreme rise in temperature. That document is from the IPCC.

There are quotes from a climate scientist (sorry I'm not sure which) specifically stating that 17 years without a change in global temperature anomaly would indicate that the models are wrong. We've had 17 years of no change: http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/hadcrut4gl/from:1997/plot/gistemp/from:1997

about 4 months ago

US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

bane2571 Re:Fuck religion. (903 comments)

The thing is you are not paying to be insured against pregnancy, you're paying to be insured against medical conditions unspecified. As has already been said, your at risk of pregnancy women are also paying for your risk of prostate cancer.

You need to not look at it as what you are paying for that you don't need but what you are getting cheaper that other people don't need. I'd imagine that it evens out or even comes down favourably on the white middle class over 50 male side of things.

about 4 months ago

Reducing Climate Change Uncertainty By Figuring Out Clouds

bane2571 Re:There is no uncertainty (249 comments)

Greenhouse gases' actual impact on climate cannot be definitively shown and the climate sensitivity value is often revised - usually downward. Despite emitting HUGE quantities of C02 over the last 20 years, temperatures have not risen outside of quoted error ranges. 100 years ago, the prediction was for global COOLING, and the more recent (25 years) predictions of warming have been so badly wrong that they have need to be revised down every time they are republished.

When it comes to climate science, there is nothing but uncertainty and fanatically denying that just makes people more dismissive of lay person AGW supporters.

about 4 months ago

Science Museum Declines To Show Climate Change Film

bane2571 Re:In the USA (398 comments)

Actually, the last ice age's results showed that we are dependant on a WARM climate for our survival.

about 5 months ago

UK MPs: Google Blocks Child Abuse Images, It Should Block Piracy Too

bane2571 Re:Piracy rationalizations in 3... 2... 1... (348 comments)

I don't believe there is any moral standing for pirating other than a "screw the arseholes" attitude however the counter argument to the piracy is theft of services is that there is actually no cost to the producer in the piracy "theft" whereas in the case of true theft of services you are depriving the provider of those services of, at the very least, their time.

Now the argument could be made that each creation of a work dilutes the value of that work but in fact when it comes to entertainment the opposite is true - each person that views any given work actually increases it's value and marketability.

about 7 months ago

Stronger Winds Explain Puzzling Growth of Sea Ice In Antarctica

bane2571 Re:OMG....this blows... (236 comments)

Despite the obvious fallacy of comparing the two, he does make a valid point. Every time you see something that discounts global warming impacts EG: Growth of ice in Antarctica increasing. It rapidly gets dismissed as "oh that is just natural variation" but you get the opposite EG: Loss of ice in the Arctic and it is end of the world global warming doom all the way down.

This kind of reporting is really very troublesome for both sides of the argument. Pro-AGW folks get painted as biased alarmists and Anti-AGW folks have any evidence they might use immediately dismissed.

I know enough to know I don't have the truth one way or the other about the whole AGW issue, but I sure as hell can tell when people are putting spin on things and everyone on both sides is doing that.

about 7 months ago

Global Warming Spreading Pests Far and Wide According To Study

bane2571 Re:Still want it? (193 comments)

On the flip side the bigger deceit is ignoring the debate by misrepresenting the consensus. The consensus appears to be "humans have an effect on the environment" but the anti AGW lobbying seems to take that to mean "Humans are causing end of the world levels of climate change"

The debate really is important because humanity are limiting a lot of good power generation options to avoid a catastrophe that might not actually even be catastrophic.

about 8 months ago

Scientists Explain Why Chairman of House Committee On Science Is Wrong

bane2571 Re:data sample question (476 comments)

Does Skeptical science have a graph that goes up to 2013 anywhere? I'm curious to compare that to a "denier" graph I found a while ago.

about 10 months ago

Australia Makes Asian Language Learning a Priority

bane2571 Re:Won't do much good (230 comments)

Indonesian, German and French have been mandatory parts of the Australian languages other than English syllabus since I was in high school 16 years ago.

Shifting the focus to more useful languages (IE those spoken in China) can only be a good thing for our future as a nation.

about a year ago

NTSB Recommends Lower Drunk Driving Threshold Nationwide: 0.05 BAC

bane2571 Re:Why not just 0? (996 comments)

In Australia we have a 0.05 limit on BAC plus a 0 limit on provisional (usually under 21) drivers. 0.08 is the point where you are obviously going to fail at driving. 0.05 is where you think you can do it but more likely than not cannot.

After seeing how friends dealt with the 0 limit on provisional drivers and in light of the fact I don't drive myself, I'd support a 0 limit - it encourages a lot of caution and forethought, particularly the morning after when you can still be drunk and might think it's just a hangover.

about a year ago

Watch a Lockheed Martin Laser Destroy a Missile In Flight

bane2571 Re:Cool (177 comments)

The per shot cost may be way lower but honestly, how many times are you actually going to fire this thing?

about a year ago

Lawmakers Seek To Ban Google Glass On the Road

bane2571 Re:HUD (375 comments)

Which states have that law? I was under the impression that your first amendment rights precluded the restriction of filming in any public place.

1 year,25 days

Blizzard Set To Debut 'Something New' At PAX East

bane2571 Re:What genres are new to them? (150 comments)

Positive results? It got me to stop playing WoW. Probably saved me a boatload of money on Diablo 3 micro transaction because of how trash that game is long term.

about a year ago

Making Sure Interviews Don't Turn Into Free Consulting

bane2571 Re:Conversely You Just Blew It (232 comments)

"Oh damn, I appear to have caused some kind of loop and now all the traffic on the network has jammed. Guess I don't get the job huh?"

Only people I don't want to work for let potential hires play with production environments.

about a year ago

Australian Economists Predictions No Better Than Flipping a Coin

bane2571 Re:Economy is not a science. (290 comments)

Dog breeding is an ongoing controlled experiment in evolution that has produced multiple intentional traits in dogs originally sourced from extremely different starting stock.

Then again, you could also say that that is clear evidence that Intelligent design is possible.

about a year ago


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