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

danbert8 Re:"Could", (392 comments)

http://www41.statcan.gc.ca/200...

Looks like it's pretty sparse up north...

As for the Mexicans, they aren't trying to get here because of climate or lack of resources, they are trying to get here because of jobs, benefits, and American society.

about a week ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

danbert8 Re:"Could", (392 comments)

So Canada and Siberia are wrong because you say so. Explain to me why the majority of the population of Canada is scrunched up along the southern border... Is it because they don't want to live in the cold or because the availability of light for half the year is unbearable.

As for people being welcome in my culture, I welcome people of all backgrounds, colors, peaceful religions, and means. I am an American and that was supposed to be the whole point.
"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free"

about a week ago
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Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

danbert8 Re: Reduced revenues != lost profit (280 comments)

I'd say it's more analogous to a capacitor. And it will lose its charge very quickly if not kept powered.

about a week ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

danbert8 Re:"Could", (392 comments)

Science doesn't leave subjects and move on. That's not how it works. That sounds more like a religion or a cult to me.

about a week ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

danbert8 Re:"Could", (392 comments)

No, America has no friends because we torture innocent people even though we know it doesn't do us any good. We act like policemen of the world and thrust our political beliefs and morals on the rest of the world while we shit in our own living room back at home.

Pollution probably doesn't make the top 5 reasons to hate America worldwide.

Also, it's convenient when you get to define pollution to be whatever you want. Considering that the gasses you exhale as part of staying alive are considered pollution now.

about a week ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

danbert8 Re:"Could", (392 comments)

You have a point. That's why we are releasing the pressure of all those hydrocarbons locked up below ground and putting the CO2 back in the atmosphere where it belongs.

about a week ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

danbert8 Re:"Could", (392 comments)

http://longbets.org/

I'd put money on there not being a collapse of human civilization due to climate change over the next (I'll even let you choose the amount of time). Would you?

Yeah, didn't think so.

about a week ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

danbert8 Re:"Could", (392 comments)

In 500 years, billions of people could be living on the moon. How big was New York in 1500? Do you really think over 500 years people can't MOVE? It's not going to disappear in a tidal wave. If anything, it might turn into a city like Venice which is still managing to survive despite sinking into the sea. Even in the worst predictions of global warming, I fail to see how there won't be enough landmass to support all the people we currently have. In fact, given improving technology, it wouldn't surprise me if we could double, triple, or quintuple the population in 500 years and still have a higher standard of living. I mean well more of the landmass of the world is currently unlivable because it's too cold, not because it's too hot. Antarctica, Canada, Alaska, Greenland, most of Russia... Too damn cold.

Sure most of the population currently lives near the ocean, but that won't change in 500 years, just the location of the coast. People will move inland over generations and I'm sure they won't complain that more latitudes will have tropical weather.

about a week ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

danbert8 Re:More cooling, then? (392 comments)

This would get modded flamebait. Warmer periods in earth's history have been more life prolific. I have yet to see studies seriously listing benefits of a warmer climate and actually comparing that to any negatives. It's all catastrophe and death. Because if heaven forbid we might benefit from it, there's no reason to tax or subsidize things, which appears to be the end goal of climate research, to engage social change.

about a week ago
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3D Printer?

danbert8 Re:Hot Glue Guns (173 comments)

Unfortunately poverty is defined by relative wealth, so until you kill everyone but the richest person, there will still be poverty.

about a week ago
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3D Printer?

danbert8 Re: (173 comments)

Actually I've managed to avoid goatse... After getting hit with tubgirl, I've always been paranoid about links...

about a week ago
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Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

danbert8 Re: Reduced revenues != lost profit (280 comments)

Good thing nobody has electric heat in the winter or an electric water heater... Oh wait. The grid is not going away. Batteries can't power stuff like that.

about two weeks ago
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Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber

danbert8 Re:The lesson (329 comments)

Actually, gem quality larger synthetic diamonds are becoming more feasible. My wife has a .79 carat fancy blue synthetic diamond in her engagement ring. And industrial diamonds don't compete with gem diamonds. Most diamond veins are suited for industrial use. Due to flaws, small size, undesired color, etc there are plenty of natural diamonds that won't get used for gems. Any that are of gem quality aren't used for industrial purposes due to cost.

about three weeks ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

danbert8 Re:So basically (445 comments)

What stops the mega wealthy is competition. What prevents competition is the government. As long as you have freedom of association, you can choose to associate with companies that don't exploit you. There is room for basic labor laws preventing child labor, discrimination, and a few other things.

OSHA should be privatized and made to be a safety standards company similar to how Underwriters Laboratories and other safety industries work. OSHA rules are out of date and often absurd.

The EPA should also be privatized. Let the public see what the environmental rules are and boycott companies that destroy the environment. The EPA as is currently set up is accountable to no one and can effectively ban anything based on if they determine it is a pollutant.

The FCC should regulate what frequencies can be used and regulate interference so jamming is considered the same as blocking speech.

Libertarians don't believe in NO government or a ridiculously tiny government. They believe in a limited government (limited by a document, like say the Constitution), an accountable government (fair elections, unlike what we have now), reasonable and low taxes, and personal freedom. History has shown that free people do a very good (but not perfect job) of advancing society and creating wealth for the entire population even if it is unevenly distributed.

Most libertarians believe the government should do a whole lot for society, but at the smallest level of government. Fire departments, police, schools, etc should be manages by the local government, not the feds. Federal officials aren't accountable over local concerns.

Your view is that we need to keep money out of politics. I see that as dealing with the symptom, not the problem. I want to get politics out of money. The problem is that the government is so large and powerful that they can control large amounts of private sector money. Take away their power, contracts, tax benefits, and straight up handouts and then there isn't an incentive to buy politicians anymore. Why spend a billion dollars to win a position that won't return a billion dollars in "influence"?

about three weeks ago
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France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel

danbert8 Re:Why (395 comments)

Diesel is also a much safer fuel as it's not as highly flammable and explosive as gasoline.

about three weeks ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

danbert8 Re:It's the congress. Congress. CONGRESS! (445 comments)

That's right, the surveillance state is a bipartisan effort. They only vote along party lines to show their voters that they don't get along even though they do.

about a month ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

danbert8 Re:So basically (445 comments)

The implicit theoretical side of libertarians is that the wealthy population increases over time. Near 100% of the US population is wealthy by third world standards. You only call it concentrated wealth because it's more than you have. What is stopping the wealthy from taking over is the government in an ideal libertarian world. Yes, contrary to your delusions of what libertarians believe, we do believe in government. A government whose role is to protect the rights of the people.

Now in this system we have now, the rich can buy politicians and they are pretty much taking over. They openly admit that the rules of governance are no longer applicable to them. Tell me again how this is working so much better...

When we cut government down to where there are taxes for just schools, roads, and libraries and things are horrible, give me a call.

about a month ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

danbert8 Re:So basically (445 comments)

Good luck with that voting people out of office thing. Don't like John Dingell? He was first elected in 1955 and has been in congress ever since... Similar stories will all politicians. Incumbents have a huge advantage and are very difficult to replace. Even moreso in a primary. So even if I vote against a candidate that will represent me, I am still stuck with their voting record and decisions...

Meanwhile in corporate crazyland, if I don't like Wal-Mart, I can shop at any number of competitors and choose not to do business with them. You can vote with your dollars and unlike votes, every single one counts. You may not be able to vote for the board of a company (well actually you can if you choose to buy stock which is generally available to the public), but you sure can choose which companies you associate with.

Where is this example of corporations taking control of governance and oppressing the people? Name one country that has resorted to revolution to throw out a monopolistic corporation. Hmm, I can think of several governments that have oppressed the people to the point where only bloodshed can change governance.

It disgusts me that all of these blatant political flamebait posts are getting +5 insightful mods. The sad part is, the metamods will probably agree.

about a month ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

danbert8 Re:no dimocrats (551 comments)

Ahh yes, the Feds take money from the people in the states and then return it to them disproportionately and with strings attached. Federal taxes don't really pay for roads and schools, local money does.

about a month ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

danbert8 Re:no dimocrats (551 comments)

At least that has a shred of truth to it. I'm not on the Republican's side either, but I appreciate honesty when I see it. And all people regardless of political views should agree with your last statement. Obama is a shitty negotiator... It's probably because he goes on TV and insults his opponents all the time.

about a month and a half ago

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danbert8 danbert8 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

danbert8 (1024253) writes "PC World has an article about an interesting new idea for datacenter fire protection. What better protection is there than prevention? From the article:

Air is composed of about 21 percent oxygen, 78 percent nitrogen and 1 percent of other gases. Fire needs the oxygen to burn, and lower percentages of oxygen makes it more difficult or impossible for fire to start.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,129918/article.h tml"
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danbert8 danbert8 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

danbert8 writes "How long should a user be expected to wait for a final release for F/OSS software that is being actively developed? Or at least some progress updates?

I have been a GAIM user for years and 2.0 seemed like a breath of fresh air. But it has now gone through 5 betas in over a year. New features have been added, yet I find it no more stable now in beta 5 than it was in beta 2. Gaim's homepage http://gaim.sourceforge.net/ lists some news, and the new Planet Gaim http://gaim.sourceforge.net/planet/ has some additional insights, but neither has been posted on since November."

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