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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

danbert8 Re:It is their fault. (299 comments)

Actually animals that are yummy don't go extinct. We domesticate them. It's all the ones that are useless to serve or be eaten by humans that are going extinct.

2 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

danbert8 Re:Cost (532 comments)

It was weird for me after the surgery when in the winter I was all like, "what the hell is this shit pelting me in the eyeballs?"

3 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

danbert8 Re:Uncertainty/fear? (532 comments)

It depends on the specific procedure. I had PRK done and I could actually see the LED target get clearer with each shot of the laser during the actual surgery. But yes, take the valium... It's extremely stressful to be immobilized for such a long period of time and having your eyelids clamped open.

3 days ago
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Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

danbert8 Re:Freemium usually sucks anyways. (139 comments)

Yeah, like the free games are stupidly hard and you can realistically only complete it if you pay for an upgrade or hints.

about two weeks ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

danbert8 Re:More Like Subsidized (533 comments)

The Constitution came to be as an agreement between people that was voted on and approved. It's not magic pixie dust, but it is the document which is the people's contract with our government. I think it's a pretty good foundation. It's not perfect, but it's a hell of a lot better than what we've got now. I can read the entire Constitution. I have read it several time in fact. It's a concise document that is pretty clear on most issues. It's been changed because the political class always desires more power and the people have lost the enthusiasm for liberty that the founding fathers had. Bread and circuses is what we have now to keep the masses content. How long do we have to wait for the fiddling to start?

about two weeks ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

danbert8 Re:More Like Subsidized (533 comments)

Well then fuck you too. Libertarians respect people who don't believe what they do. Apparently you can't do the same. I don't take the Federalist Papers as the bible, but I do see the wisdom in the words it contains. The threat of democracy doesn't lie in the distinction between direct voting and representative voting, but in the idea that whatever is popular should be the law. The Constitution is written to protect individual rights regardless of what is popular by limiting the powers of government. Libertarians only ask that the government stay within the bounds of its charter. A federal enforcement arm such as the FBI or federal marshals is fully within the bounds of the Constitution and a Republic, even one with democratically elected representatives. However, your original argument of "like a democracy" was bullshit as a monarchy or even a dictatorship can still have government enforced tort law.

So basically you attack a libertarian because you don't respect them and don't even put together a coherent argument. So if you aren't going to respect me, or anyone who believes as I do, then I will return your lack of respect with another fuck you in closing.

about two weeks ago
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The debate over climate change is..

danbert8 Re:Why is there a debate at all? (278 comments)

I think you are mixing up what I am saying. Poor people would take coal power without hesitation because it's cheap and it's better than what they have. They then can use electricity to heat their food instead of burning wood. Coal is the cheapest power source and thus the most likely to be within reach of the poor. Thus coal burning is going to replace wood and charcoal burning in the long run.

about two weeks ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

danbert8 Re:More Like Subsidized (533 comments)

From this view of the subject, it may be concluded, that a pure Democracy, by which I mean a Society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the Government in person, can admit of no cure for the mischiefs of faction. A common passion or interest will, in almost every case, be felt by a majority of the whole; a communication and concert result from the form of Government itself; and there is nothing to check the inducements to sacrifice the weaker party, or an obnoxious individual. Hence it is, that such Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives, as they have been violent in their deaths. Theoretic politicians, who have patronized this species of Government, have erroneously supposed, that by reducing mankind to a perfect equality in their political rights, they would, at the same time, be perfectly equalized and assimilated in their possessions, their opinions, and their passions.

A Republic, by which I mean a Government in which the scheme of representation takes place, opens a different prospect, and promises the cure for which we are seeking.

From Federalist #10 by James Madison

about two weeks ago
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The debate over climate change is..

danbert8 Re:Why is there a debate at all? (278 comments)

My point was that people who are choosing between wood and charcoal to cook food aren't going to think about climate change at all if it means they get electricity in their home. This is why coal power is growing in places like China and India, and will likely continue to grow around the world. What 1st world countries do to stave off climate change will be dwarfed by the 3rd world catching up to our standard of living.

about two weeks ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

danbert8 Re:More Like Subsidized (533 comments)

Except most of our oil comes from domestic and friendly sources. The largest imported oil source is Canada.

about two weeks ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

danbert8 Re:More Like Subsidized (533 comments)

1) A democracy is where 51% of the people decide the needs and force it on the other 49%
2) Most libertarians support the idea of a police force and law enforcement.

about two weeks ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

danbert8 Re:More Like Subsidized (533 comments)

I think you are confusing libertarians with anarchists. Libertarians believe "The government that governs least governs best." The government and laws exist in a libertarian utopia, but their task is to make people adhere to fair play.

about two weeks ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

danbert8 Re:More Like Subsidized (533 comments)

So libertarian strawmen are insightful now. Metamoderators, please act accordingly.

about two weeks ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

danbert8 Re:Rand Paul's a plagiarizing misogynistic racist (533 comments)

Not only will I take lower taxes, but the GP somehow made the leap that even if the government brings in less revenue, that's a bad thing and a corporate giveaway. I agree Rand is in the GOP and not a libertarian, but let's be honest and say if the government brought in less tax revenue and spent less (hopefully by even more than the decrease in income to bring us to parity) we'd probably all be better off.

about two weeks ago
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The debate over climate change is..

danbert8 Re:Why is there a debate at all? (278 comments)

That's all fine and dandy in the 1st world. But when your choice is between wood and charcoal to cook your food over an open fire in your makeshift home, the climate change debate is pretty political. People with no electricity don't decide between CFLs and LEDs.

about two weeks ago
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The debate over climate change is..

danbert8 Re:n/t (278 comments)

Except in this case, we don't have an experiment where we can reproduce the earth and any falsifications or confirmations will happen when we are all dead... Hence the need for debate.

about two weeks ago
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The debate over climate change is..

danbert8 Re:n/t (278 comments)

Yes, but people use these undisputed facts to shut down any dissent to the projection that the human caused warming will be catastrophic. If there isn't a catastrophe looming, no one can use climate change to push their political agenda...

about two weeks ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

danbert8 Re:hmmmmm (681 comments)

Except the JJ Abrams Treks which all suck.

about a month ago
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Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

danbert8 Re:One non-disturbing theory (304 comments)

Heavy metals also tend to be dense and not very soluble. If dumped into the ocean near a subduction zone, they would get recycled into the mantle at some point. I'm not so concerned with shit being buried in molten rock.

about a month 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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