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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

coinreturn Re:Is California populated by idiots!!! (369 comments)

California is sitting next to the largest body of water on the planet, all they need to do is set up some desalination plants to make it potplantable

That should help spread your idea.

3 days ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

coinreturn Re:Oh really? (369 comments)

So what alarmist hyper-environmentalist news stories are we to believe? Last time I checked, we had environmentalists screaming that fracking thousands of feet down leaks chemicals (sand, light hydrocarbons) through thousands of feet of permeable geological layers. If these layers are so permeable and the alarmists are telling the trough, how come it takes `thousands` of years to recharge the aquifers?

The act of fracking, or fracturing, creates many tiny cracks.

Here's a thought experiment: Stick your head under a bucket of tightly packed soil (mostly clay) in a bottomless bucket and fill it up.

Now try the same thing after you use a spade on the soil in the bucket for a few minutes.

Get the picture?

Let's hope he actually tries your experiment - and without a spotter.

3 days ago
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Finding Life In Space By Looking For Extraterrestrial Pollution

coinreturn Re:Problem: (95 comments)

What if the aliens aren't a bunch of irresponsible, selfish shitbirds? A civilization as advanced as ours or better could go unnoticed because they have a clean atmosphere.

Answer: Maybe they are only trying to detect Republican aliens.

4 days ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

coinreturn Re:Yeah, students will use bandwidth (285 comments)

Perhaps you'll understand your own style - you're an asshole with no brains who couldn't win an argument with a rock.

4 days ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

coinreturn Re:Yeah, students will use bandwidth (285 comments)

Re-read your own comment. You said, "...and anyone who thinks otherwise is simply ignorant." That is most certainly ad hominem. But someone who doesn't know the difference between opinion and fact can hardly be expected to understand logical fallacies.

5 days ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

coinreturn Re:Yeah, students will use bandwidth (285 comments)

Nope. It's an absolute fact that trying to control your users in such a draconian way is bad.

Are you really that obtuse as to believe that a VALUE JUDGEMENT of BAD is fact, not opinion. Your brain is broken.

5 days ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

coinreturn Re:Yeah, students will use bandwidth (285 comments)

Rather than telling other people to "grow up," how about focusing on their actual arguments? That's something you didn't really do to begin with.

Well I would, had there been any arguments present. There weren't. It was all pure opinion. It is not "a fact" that walled gardens are bad - it's an opinion. You should really learn the difference.

5 days ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

coinreturn Re:Yeah, students will use bandwidth (285 comments)

I do not want kids to get used to DRM, walled gardens, and proprietary software. Plus, this is little more than corporate welfare.

Grow up. Other people aren't as radicalized as you are and actually like it.

about a week ago
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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

coinreturn No Extra Cost? I doubt it (234 comments)

They like to raise their prices constantly. The extra cost will appear later this year - I guarantee it.

about a week ago
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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

coinreturn Re:happy users! (234 comments)

Both Verizon FIOS users were reportedly very happy (other than their experience using Netflix).

Really? I live outside the city (as in no water or gas infrastructure) and I still have FiOS, here in Northern Virginia.

about a week ago
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Appeals Court Affirms Old Polaroid Patent Invalid

coinreturn Re:Refund! (45 comments)

Sorry, I overlooked your introductory clause.

about a week ago
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Appeals Court Affirms Old Polaroid Patent Invalid

coinreturn Re:Refund! (45 comments)

If a "Patent Assertion Company" or "Non-Practicing Entity" is found to have collected royalties on an invalid patent, they should be required to return the royalties.

I disagree, if the royalties were collected under a contract that was not forced upon the payors via court action or threat thereof.

about a week ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

coinreturn Re:68K vs x86 - Apple vs IBM PC (236 comments)

The original PC, in 1981 ran on the 8088 - an 8/16 bit hybrid chip. By the time the Mac was released in 1989

Strange that the 1984 commercial was for Macintosh, which according to you was released 5 years later.

about two weeks ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

coinreturn Re:Well here we go again. (552 comments)

Comes with that rack of Pentium IVs in the closet.

You mainline Pentiums?

about two weeks ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

coinreturn Re:Thrown from the vehicle (443 comments)

There have been two deaths resulting from a Tesla crash.

And one temporary zombie.

about two weeks ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

coinreturn Re:Died Outside a Tesla (443 comments)

Died BECAUSE of a Tesla. Yet another victim of the idiotic EV hype machine. I can't wait until I can roll coal on some Tesla driving schmuck's ass. It's gonna be sweet.

No, he died because he was an asshole.

about two weeks ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

coinreturn Re:Died Outside a Tesla (443 comments)

But he will be correct eventually.

You assume that everyone will die eventually. Perhaps, but that is, as-yet, unproven.

about two weeks ago

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Nothing Can Stop Retreat of West Antarctic Glaciers

coinreturn coinreturn writes  |  about 3 months ago

coinreturn (617535) writes "From BBC News, we hear that "Nothing can stop retreat" of West Antarctic Glaciers. The total sea-level rise due to these melts will be four feet — though the timescales involved are likely measured in centuries, the researchers add."
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Google Hosts Fundraiser for Climate Denier Sen. James Inhofe

coinreturn coinreturn writes  |  1 year,17 days

coinreturn (617535) writes "Google, which prides itself on building a "better web that is better for the environment", is hosting a fundraiser for the most notorious climate change denier in Congress, it has emerged.

The lunch, at the company's Washington office, will benefit the Oklahoma Republican James Inhofe, who has made a career of dismissing climate change as a "hoax" on the Senate floor.

Proceeds of the July 11 lunch, priced at $250 to $2,500, will also go to the national Republican Senatorial Committee."

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iPhone 5 Puts iOS Back on top of US Market

coinreturn coinreturn writes  |  about a year and a half ago

coinreturn (617535) writes "The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech shows that strong uptake of the iPhone 5 over the past 12 weeks* has boosted iOS back to the number one spot in the US. It now has a 48.1% share of US smartphone sales compared with Android which has 46.7%."
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Apple's Share of Tablet Market Surges to 68% as Kindle Fire Shipments Plummet

coinreturn coinreturn writes  |  more than 2 years ago

coinreturn (617535) writes "IDC today released its data on worldwide tablet shipments for the first quarter of 2012, revealing that despite a quarterly drop in iPad shipments of over 20%, Apple's share of the tablet market rose to 68% from last quarter's 54.7%. Apple's boost came at the expense of Android-based tablets, most notably Amazon's Kindle Fire which appears to have seen its shipments collapse from 4.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011 to less than 750,000 units last quarter."
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This American Life Retracts Story on Foxconn Employees

coinreturn coinreturn writes  |  more than 2 years ago

coinreturn (617535) writes "According to This American Life, "We've learned that Mike Daisey's story about Apple in China — which we broadcast in January — contained significant fabrications. We're retracting the story because we can’t vouch for its truth.""
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10.8 Million Android Devices Infected with Malware

coinreturn coinreturn writes  |  about 2 years ago

coinreturn (617535) writes "According to NQ Mobile, newer and more advanced forms of malware have successfully infected an estimated 10.8 million Android devices worldwide in 2011. This is expected to increase throughout 2012.

The top three techniques used by malware authors to gain access to mobile device were:

Piggybacking on legitimate apps; Upgrade apps to malicious apps;
Enticing users for downloads."

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Apple: We Stopped Supporting Carrier IQ With iOS 5

coinreturn coinreturn writes  |  more than 2 years ago

coinreturn (617535) writes "In a statement given to AllThingsD, Apple said while it has used Carrier IQ’s network diagnostic software in the past, it recently stopped supporting it and plans to remove it from its mobile devices in a future software update. It also denied collecting any personal information though the software, which is disabled by default in its devices.

Cue haters vs. fanboys flame wars..."

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Consumer Reports Rates iPads above Other Tablets

coinreturn coinreturn writes  |  more than 3 years ago

coinreturn (617535) writes "Consumer Reports tested tablets from Archos, Dell, Motorola, Samsung, and ViewSonic, as well as several models from Apple. Each tablet was evaluated on 17 criteria, including touch-screen responsiveness, versatility, portability, screen glare, and ease of use, and testers found several models that outperformed the rest. The Apple iPad 2 with Wi-Fi plus 3G (32G), $730, topped the Ratings, scoring Excellent in nearly every category. The first-generation iPad, $580, also outscored many of the other models tested but tied with the Motorola Xoom, $800."

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