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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

coinreturn Re:still (457 comments)

A troll is still a person, and you can beat a person with a sack full of oranges.

If only we could find them IRL.

about two weeks ago
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NASA's Greenhouse Gas Observatory Captures 'First Light'

coinreturn Re:fast forward 5 years.... (143 comments)

just like the fact that they cant explain why there has been no warming for the past 17 years??

Still pushing that same old bullshit canard?

Keep modding me troll, deniers. Keep on suppressing discussion. Whatever; you're helping destroy the world.

about two weeks ago
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NASA's Greenhouse Gas Observatory Captures 'First Light'

coinreturn Re:fast forward 5 years.... (143 comments)

just like the fact that they cant explain why there has been no warming for the past 17 years??

Still pushing that same old bullshit canard?

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

coinreturn Re:What about Oregon and Washington? (368 comments)

Just say you notified them during their notification. "Oh, you weren't listening while playing your recorded notice? Well neither did I."

about three weeks ago
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NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

coinreturn Re:Punishes fans? (216 comments)

Also the horses become much more pleasant to be around when they are breeding.

Funny, I'm the same way.

What? You like to watch horses breeding?

about three weeks ago
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Brookings Study Calls Solar, Wind Power the Most Expensive Fossil Alternatives

coinreturn Re:I believe solar thermal does benefit from scale (409 comments)

It is easy to turn electricity into heat (just run it through a resistor) but difficult to go the other way.

Pshaw! Just get yourself a resistor with a negative value.

about three weeks ago
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For Fast Internet in the US, Virginia Tops the Charts

coinreturn Re:And yet here I am (98 comments)

Here I am, in downtown Richmond... ...3Mbps DSL.

You do know that they are talking about the average speed for the state..?

The way it breaks down in Virginia is:

You (and everybody else) = 3 Mbps The CIA in Langley = 2000 Tbps

State average = 13.7 Mbps

Though your post was likely meant to be humorous, there is some truth to it. The infrastructure here in NoVa is definitely influenced by the heavy presence of intelligence work.

about three weeks ago
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For Fast Internet in the US, Virginia Tops the Charts

coinreturn Re:And yet here I am (98 comments)

I sure don't.

Who are you with?

Your momma.

about three weeks ago
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Do Dark Matter and Dark Energy Cast Doubt On the Big Bang?

coinreturn Re:Oh good lord. (225 comments)

Dark matter is probably just civilizations that have built (advanced forms of) Dyson spheres around their stars.

Are the Dyson spheres so they can suck up all the cosmic dust?

about three weeks ago
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Floridian (and Southern) Governmental Regulations Are Unfriendly To Solar Power

coinreturn Re:Translated into English (306 comments)

I am left wondering how it could be $35K / cottage in Florida. Maybe it's to go off-grid altogether, thus requiring storage?

I'm not sure what a "cottage" is in Florida, but if I look at local prices (Central Europe), I see offers for off-grid PV installations (with storage) for cottages starting around $7k.

Florida likely needs a lot more A/C than Central Europe.

about three weeks ago
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Floridian (and Southern) Governmental Regulations Are Unfriendly To Solar Power

coinreturn Re:Translated into English (306 comments)

Heat, humidity, bugs, snakes, rabies. Also invasive species; the Nile Monitor Lizard looks like a real sweetie.

There's lots more (potential for) mosquito-borne disease -- yellow fever epidemics in the past, dengue showing up in Key West lately, and encephalitis is more common there than elsewhere. Termites are much more destructive down there, too. Sinkholes are common enough that you see billboard advertisements for lawyers to help sue for damage to your home.

Plus you're not the only person who had the bright idea of retiring there.

You forgot - Rick Scott, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio,

about three weeks ago
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Algorithm Predicts US Supreme Court Decisions 70% of Time

coinreturn Re:not really that hard, theoretically (177 comments)

Of course, I believe phrases like "the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed" are indisputably clear, and I'm astonished that people can find convoluted ways to try to tear it apart syntactically.and semantically.

I agree - as long as the bears don't mind you taking their arms.

about three weeks ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

coinreturn Re:NIMBY at its finest (409 comments)

Ever read or see "The Stand?"

about a month ago
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The Milky Way Is Much Less Massive Than Previous Thought

coinreturn Andromeda is a fattie! (119 comments)

Nyah, nyah.

about 1 month ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

coinreturn And Honda (317 comments)

Our Pilot does the same thing.

about 1 month ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

coinreturn Re:Is California populated by idiots!!! (377 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.

about a month ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

coinreturn Re:Oh really? (377 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.

about a month 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.

about a month 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.

about a month 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.

about a month ago

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Nothing Can Stop Retreat of West Antarctic Glaciers

coinreturn coinreturn writes  |  about 4 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  |  about a year ago

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 2 years 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  |  more than 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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