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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

drfred79 Re:say it isn't so! (552 comments)

Scientific model, not scientific fact. They are attempting to extrapolate future temperatures using previous temperatures. Fact only happens after.

And I don't think you caught my Michael Mann hockey stick reference. He lied, proving your argument wrong.

about a week ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

drfred79 Re:say it isn't so! (552 comments)

Hockey sticks? If the Heartland Institute is biased at least taxpayers don't have to subsidize their hypothetical lies. What's worse? A private entity lying to you or a government entity you pay for and are supposed to be able to trust lying to you?

about two weeks ago
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WebODF: JavaScript Open Document Format Editor Deemed Stable

drfred79 Re:Cntrl+Click to follow link? (91 comments)

Following the link to their demo provides an explanation of their product. At the bottom of their explanation it has a link to their website. To follow the link to their website they use a windows editor context to press the cntrl key to follow the link. My joke was about an OS specific context to perform a simple function.

about three weeks ago
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WebODF: JavaScript Open Document Format Editor Deemed Stable

drfred79 Cntrl+Click to follow link? (91 comments)

Do I open up my Galaxy Note 3's pen context to perform a Microsoft Windows function or do I just use terminal to cntrl+ click?

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

drfred79 Re:Can an "atheist company" refuse too? (1330 comments)

That's the point. Who would buy a home with no road to it? There is a market based solution for everything.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

drfred79 Re:Can an "atheist company" refuse too? (1330 comments)

Additionally, who said anything about forced by the government? Would you buy a house where the developer failed to build roads? Oh sorry a market regulated self truth. I forgot, these things only magically occur by Fiat.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

drfred79 Re:Can an "atheist company" refuse too? (1330 comments)

I like how you don't see the difference in Federal governmentabs local. No one minds having local governments mandate this, you could always move. We can't be American and move out of Obamacare.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

drfred79 Re:Can an "atheist company" refuse too? (1330 comments)

How is my ancestors building civilization having anything to do with my subsidizing people currently who live in the society my ancestors built?

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

drfred79 Re:Can an "atheist company" refuse too? (1330 comments)

Even since the forties, maybe thirties, when a developer wants to build X amount of homes then they are required to build the roads around each home. I know you didn't think when you just shut down his answer but the government didn't just come in and build roads around each home. Plus most proper highways were built by companies as turnpikes long before the freeway system.

about three weeks ago
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Workplace Surveillance Becoming More Common

drfred79 Re:How is the technology applied (195 comments)

Since you thought it was easier to ignore what I said after my first sentence (maybe that's all you bothered to read or maybe something ideologically different from what you believed caused some type of mental blockage) I thought I'd provide a quick excerpt from Justice Alito today who essentially made the exact same argument I did. "A corporation is simply a form of organization used by human beings to achieve desired ends," he wrote. "And protecting the free-exercise rights of corporations like Hobby Lobby, Conestoga and Mardel protects the religious liberty of the humans who own and control those companies."

about three weeks ago
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Workplace Surveillance Becoming More Common

drfred79 Re:How is the technology applied (195 comments)

I apologize. I noticed in my post that I failed to clarify. I meant the employers freedom of speech to run their business as they want.

about a month ago
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Workplace Surveillance Becoming More Common

drfred79 Re:How is the technology applied (195 comments)

This is a dead topic. Since no one else will receive the benefit of my post I'll just summarize really quick.

Corporations are a free expression of how individuals want to conduct business and earn a profit. Recent Supreme Court decisions especially have been expanding the individuals ability to exercise free speech in any organized manner.

about 1 month ago
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Workplace Surveillance Becoming More Common

drfred79 Re:How is the technology applied (195 comments)

Let me turn that around on you and ask how surveillance of your employees is regulated under interstate commerce?

about 1 month ago
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Workplace Surveillance Becoming More Common

drfred79 Re:How is the technology applied (195 comments)

I have to unfortunately agree. Laws that encroach on private business' ability to run their busyness as they like is encroaching on the First Amendment. We don't need good and bad private business laws. That's their business.

about a month ago
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Workplace Surveillance Becoming More Common

drfred79 Re:Them saving money (195 comments)

Naw. Ever have a depressing single person coffee break? Imagine a coffee social. Hiring a competent manager that can record you coming in at 9:04 and forcing you to break at 11:04 is soul crushing. I'd rather act like I'm having a socializer for fifteen minutes.

about a month ago
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The EPA Carbon Plan: Coal Loses, But Who Wins?

drfred79 Re:No winners economically (268 comments)

Perhaps it would be worth it to make the distribution grid a public utility - as you say it's already paid off, often with the aid of large government subsidies. If the power companies wont play fair with independent power generation and storage entrepreneurs then perhaps it's time to cut them out of the equation. Inform them the cables have been claimed via eminent domain and will be paid for at an amount of (materials - subsidies) amortized over the next N years. They still control the bulk of power generation, at least at first, and get paid the same rates as everyone else. It would probably raise energy prices at first, but I don't see any way to get off fossils that doesn't, and it would facilitate a much faster and market-driven adaptation period.

You're forgetting the huge legacy maintenance costs. PG&E is scared shitless because the price they've been charging customers has been below the cost necessary to maintain leaky natural gas pipes. PG&E had to raise rates and is now undertaking a massive generational renovation process. The grid takes a constant life cycle maintenance plan. The fixed cost of installation is minuscule and already the risk had been borne by the installer. That's like the government saying "this Gmail experiment worked; Google thanks for the memories, eminent domain bitch."

First of all, I don't think you know what the word subsidies means. Credits and subsidies are two different devils. I honestly think someone smart explains this for each overreaching governmental naysayer. Subsidies is what solar panel producers, like Solyndra, receive. They are cash money and they are given to companies to distort the energy market. Credits are money you have earned that you don't have to pay to the government. You are paying the government less money you have earned. Its an offset to tax. Tesla makes a larger proportion of its revenue from subsidies and credits. If we were to equally apply your winners and losers strategy to all companies, lets start with companies that receive more of their revenue from the government than they do from actual sales. That's fair right? Nationalize a company that makes over 51% of its revenue from profiteering off the government?

But let's be honest with ourselves. You're not looking for equality in the name of the law. You support crony capitalism "for the right reasons." Playing fair has a lot of meanings. One definition of playing fair is not hiring lobbyists when you can't compete in a fair capitalist market. Another one that is much more subversive is a fair price. That's the fair you mean. When the government has already picked its winners and losers the producer who charges the lowest energy cost to the poor is not always the winner. You're interested in factoring in government kickbacks.

Let's do a Reductio ad absurdum. The producers aren't playing fair. They are charging the price of their costs plus profit plus government interference. Well since you plan on setting prices for the cost of energy all businesses are going to go out of business unless the government forces the cost of the inputs, oil, natural gas, silicon, et al. You can't just set the price of the end result. So let's go farther, to retrieve these natural resources takes capital and labor. Guess which one will be less costly to cut over the long run? I can make an automated natural gas miner a lot more economically efficient than I can cut the wages of employees.

Suddenly we not only have a cut in the labor force but we've subjected the poor to higher energy costs. Is that the end game? Because at this point I kinda feel that we're intentionally keeping the poor poorer with this false effort to man-make the temperature the same. Oh wait? Even if we enact these changes we don't expect to change the direction of the climate's increase (which hasn't increased for 20 years)? Wow than go ahead and explain sustaining the proletariat to me. Because you are better at it with government fiat than any capitalist selling $2 cream cheese at Walmat ever could be.

about a month ago
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How Riot's Social Scientists Fight League of Legends Trolling

drfred79 Re:Misery loves company (116 comments)

Common Situation:"Hey, they can see you right now Player 1, do you mind moving back into the bush fully?"

Player 2:"shutup and stop complaining you take this game too seriously, this is unranked."

and then you get reported and you throw your hands up in the air because half the players on this game are contrarians.

Calling out one player for treating his team as pawns in his high score strategy is also an easy way to make your whole team pissed off.

"STFU his score is 12/0/1 you are 12/12/400 he is obviously a better team player."

And then you have the LOL forums. Its a cesspool of hypocrisy and groupthink. As an experiment search for any topic a moderator started that outlines a controversial change. Find the first post that disagrees with the moderator. Then read the next ten posts. They will all defend Riot and convey varying degrees of saying the dissenting player is an idiot and rude for calling the moderator an idiot.

If you're trolling in LOL and you get put with another group of trolls do you think you care about the game? There could be some type of ven diagram that will have varying shades of grey for troll/teamplayer/cusser/asshole/nice guy/supporter/high ratio kills/deaths/low kills/deaths. It'd be a lot better than to start with a stick, find out its a bad idea and then add a weaker carrot, then dilute the stick. It just shows they are aimlessly trying to adapt their original strategy. I've played since Beta and all I've seen is a homogenization of play styles and attitudes and its not the best attitude and I'll argue to my death its a bad strategy.

about 3 months ago
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How Riot's Social Scientists Fight League of Legends Trolling

drfred79 Re:Misery loves company (116 comments)

Exactly, in a way. There are much smarter ways to create happy gamers instead of "We know the only right way to play LOL." The problem with Riot is they are so arrogant. Some people like to play aggressively, others don't. In most gaming communities that's okay. Not on LOL supposedly.

Use chat logs and scores/ratios to create gamer profiles. Match similar types of players together. Everyone will be happy without feeling forced to say gg after a game. What a insincere and frivolous way to measure gamer happiness.

Don't passive-aggresively ban players for a week like you're the player's parent. And at least give a reason.

All it takes is a little data analytics and leaving your neckbeard at home Riot.

about 3 months ago
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NASA Puts Its New Spacesuit Design To a Public Vote

drfred79 Null for Taxpayers? (127 comments)

I vote no.

about 4 months ago
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NASA-Funded Study Investigates Collapse of Industrial Civilization

drfred79 Scene: NASA Budget Conference (401 comments)

"Alright so the budget this year is somewhat bleak. Regardless of the fact we privatized spaceflight (contrary to our projected economic model) we have no budget to conduct any space missions. We need an excuse to perpetuate our funding people! "
"How about a worthless and biased economic study that has nothing to do with space and doesn't require Federal Economic experts, you know, like the Federal Reserve, or the Treasury? "
"Genius! Just make sure you somehow game the system to be the opposite of Civilization IV's governmental hiarchy so people don't get bored and fail to realize career government work is the farthest thing from Capitalism. I want absolute monarchy, anarchy, depotism, communism, and facsism to somehow be safer than Capitalism. "

about 4 months ago

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The Obamacare Rollout: What Really Happened?

drfred79 drfred79 writes  |  about 9 months ago

drfred79 (2936643) writes "Risk management expert Robert Charette was interviewed by the IEEE Spectrum website about his views on the rollout of healthcare.gov. Contrary to DHHS Kathleen Sebelius' testimony Robert Charette believes that it will take much longer to fix healthcare.gov:

Jones: Last week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius assured her inquisitors at a congressional hearing that her department has brought in experts that have a handle on the problems the site is facing. How confident should we be in Sebelius’ assurances?

Charette: Not very. They’re talking about dozens and dozens of items on their punch list—both in terms of functionality and performance issues. They’ve got just over 30 days to get through the list. Let’s just say that there are 30 items on it. What do you think is the actual probability of getting through testing them, making sure that the system works end to end and that there are no security holes all in a single month? How do you expect to get that done, knowing that every time you make a fix, there’s a high probability that you’re going to introduce an error somewhere else?

Jones: Let’s spin this forward a bit. How do you think this next month will actually go?

Charette: They said that they needed five weeks at the minimum to test it, and they’re still making all these changes. Where will that five-week window fit? If they had stopped right then and tested it for five weeks, they wouldn’t have been able to finish on time. And five weeks was probably the absolute minimum they needed, assuming everything worked. They’re patching the system as they go along and as Sebelius admitted, they’re doing very local unit tests (which, by the way, is what got them into this mess in the first place, with each contractor saying, "Well, my stuff works"). If they discover something major, they may have to run the whole system test again.

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