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Most Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change

drooling-dog Re:exactly extreme exaggeration turns some off (374 comments)

...examples of leading climate researchers from Stanford, UC Berkeley, and Yale making statements like "by 2010, New York City will be underwater"

What "leading climate researchers" said this? Citations needed. Did you hear this on Fox News, or are you just making it up?

Rising CO2 levels and climate change are politically controversial only because the fossil carbon industry hired a bunch of PR firms to sow public doubt. Who needs science, when industry PR is gospel?


Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

drooling-dog So what's the point? (351 comments)

I'm not sure what the point is here. Could it be:

  • Some chemicals with unfamiliar-sounding names are harmless, therefore we should assume that all are?
  • Warning labels about chemical hazards are stupid, because the public should be sufficiently educated about chemistry and toxicology to know if a compound is dangerous by it's name alone?
  • Unfamiliar substances should be assumed to be safe unless we know otherwise with certainty?

Furthermore, if you use the name "di-hydrogen monoxide" for water, I'm going to assume you've had no chemistry beyond high school. No chemist would say "monosilicon dioxide" for quartz (SiO2) or "tri-iron tetra-oxide" for Fe3O4, for example. So if you're ridiculing people for not recognizing "dihydrogen monoxide", you're also looking like an noob to people who know better.

about a week ago

Iran Forced To Cancel Its Space Program

drooling-dog Re:WHO forced them? (141 comments)

Ask them who had just been elected the last time oil prices collapsed, in late 2008.

But really, the GOP and the fossil carbon industry have been BFF for a long time. Collapsing prices is the last thing they want.

about two weeks ago

Cuba's Pending Tech Revolution

drooling-dog Re:Don't know why... (122 comments)

On the contrary, they'll be falling all over themselves to do it. We'd be talking about property rights that are granted by the existing government, rather than a previous one that was overthrown in a revolution. Property exists when a government pledges to defend your exclusive interest in something, and in general it's not guaranteed to survive a successful revolution. Or are you one of those people who thinks that property rights are granted by God?

about two weeks ago

Inside Cryptowall 2.0 Ransomware

drooling-dog Re:Cyptowall is very sophisticated (181 comments)

Cyptowall was recently being distributed by yahoo ads via a compromised flash ad

That's why my hosts file includes these entries (among many others): count.3721.yahoo.com yahooads.valuead.com yahoo.nuggad.net agyahooag.112.2o7.net yahoo.ivwbox.de adserver.yahoo.com ae.adserver.yahoo.com au.adserver.yahoo.com cn2.adserver.yahoo.com hk.adserver.yahoo.com in.adserver.yahoo.com us.adserver.yahoo.com pn1.adserver.yahoo.com pn2.adserver.yahoo.com tw2.adserver.yahoo.com a.analytics.yahoo.com y.analytics.yahoo.com srv1.wa.marketingsolutions.yahoo.com srv2.wa.marketingsolutions.yahoo.com srv3.wa.marketingsolutions.yahoo.com advision.webevents.yahoo.com ts.richmedia.yahoo.com adjax.flickr.yahoo.com nz.adserver.yahoo.com sg.adserver.yahoo.com br.adserver.yahoo.com cmk.tw.yahoo.overture.com cn.adserver.yahoo.com tw.adserver.yahoo.com be.adserver.yahoo.com dk.adserver.yahoo.com eu-pn4.adserver.yahoo.com fr.adserver.yahoo.com nl.adserver.yahoo.com se.adserver.yahoo.com uk.adserver.yahoo.com de.adserver.yahoo.com es.adserver.yahoo.com gr.adserver.yahoo.com it.adserver.yahoo.com no.adserver.yahoo.com s.analytics.yahoo.com visit.webhosting.yahoo.com #[WebBug] geo.yahoo.com cm.tw.overture.com #[cm.tw.g.ysm.yahoo.com] cm.west.yahoo.overture.com cmh.tw.yahoo.overture.com cmx.tw.yahoo.overture.com ad.antventure.com #[any-world.ngd.ysm.yahoodns.net] ar.adserver.yahoo.com ca.adserver.yahoo.com cookex.amp.yahoo.com launch.adserver.yahoo.com mx.adserver.yahoo.com o.analytics.yahoo.com z.analytics.yahoo.com

about three weeks ago

Bitcoin Gets Its First TV Ads

drooling-dog Re:No matter how much lipstick you put on it... (127 comments)

You are a true believer that perpetually growing spending (wasting) is the only way your idea of economy survives. What a load of BS!

Unfortunately for resource conservation, that's about the gist of it. Modern capitalist economies require growth to survive. Once they go into deflation, investment stops and they fall into a downward spiral that's very difficult to escape (although massive public investment in global war has worked in the past). If you don't believe that deflation knocks out investment, I know some petroleum exploration companies that will eagerly take your money at the value they commanded when crude was still selling at $120/barrel.

If you want stability with a deflating fixed-supply currency like gold or bitcoin, you're going to have to consider a planned economy where production, prices, and wages are managed in fine detail, and hope that nothing unexpected happens to upset the five-year plans. The experience with these isn't very promising, however. Feudalism is another option that seems more acceptable (and maybe even desirable) to libertarians, or at least the ones that think they'll be living in the castle at top of the hill.

about a month ago

Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

drooling-dog Re:Fine (293 comments)

By that desire, the Hotel has the right to block all Cellphone services, after all they put phones in your room (and charge you ridiculous amounts of money to make calls on them).

That's actually happened. Back in the 90s, before cell phones were widespread, you typically made calls using a phone card. The hotel I was staying at (in San Diego) would block these calls, trying to force guests to pay their insane long-distance fees instead. They released the block the first time I complained, but when it happened again the next day I packed my bags and changed hotels. A hassle for sure, but the new hotel was cheaper and nicer (right on Pacific Beach), and didn't block my calls.

about a month ago

Does Journal Peer Review Miss Best and Brightest?

drooling-dog Re:Not a measure of quality (139 comments)

Also, a lot of highly-cited papers are methodological in nature, and the "Big 3" tend not to publish many of those.

about a month ago

Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

drooling-dog Cancer (175 comments)

It seems that wrinkling may be the price we pay for clearing potentially cancerous UV-damaged cells from the skin. It might be a bargain.

about a month and a half ago

French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

drooling-dog Re:Win hearts and minds (295 comments)

Oh, yes, causing massive traffic snarls is a sure way to with the hearts and minds of the public.

Whether you're sympathetic or not, this is an act of civil disobedience to protest what they consider to be a mortal threat to their livelihood. Civil disobedience has never been about getting people to like you; it's about getting in the public's collective face to the point where you can't be ignored.

about a month and a half ago

Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

drooling-dog Re:Or... (244 comments)

"Wrapped up like a douche and then I'll roll her in the night" - Drove me nuts for years. I couldn't hear it any other way.

about 1 month ago

Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

drooling-dog Re:use your own cable modem (291 comments)

I did that a few weeks ago, after being bugged to upgrade from my old DOCSIS2 modem. I wasn't about to pay $8/mo. for $60 modem (and I wanted control over the router), so I bought my own, a Motorola SB6121 listed as compatible on their website. I spent an entire evening on the phone with three different reps, none of whom could activate it (despite a lot of time spent trying) because of some problem with the "provisioning department". Finally, I was told I'd have to physically take the modem to a customer service center. I did that the next morning, took a number, and patiently waited behind about 40 people waiting for 3 service reps. About an hour later it was my turn, and the rep just scanned the box with a barcode reader and I was done.

I don't know if my experience was typical, but it didn't seem that they were going out of their way to make the process easy.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

drooling-dog Re: First and foremost (176 comments)

It's always a good idea to have a rough map of where you think you're going, but be careful about getting too carried away with formal business plans. You'll meet lots of people educated in business who will tell you that you need to sweat blood over a comprehensive plan - to the neglect of everything else - and then tour the country with a finely polished road show pitching it to potential investors. They tell you this because it shines the spotlight on their own training and talents. In reality, successful software business development almost never works this way, unless you have a stellar track record with several big hits behind you already (in which case they're investing more in you than the specifics of your plan). As others here have pointed out, what matters most is your rapidly growing list of happy, paying customers. Don't let your focus get diverted too far from that.

about 2 months ago

The Math Behind the Hipster Effect

drooling-dog The essential tension (176 comments)

The essential tension of adolescence through young adulthood (and maybe some old adulthood too) is between the need for acceptance (i.e., to "fit in") and the competing need to distinguish oneself (to be seen as special or unique in some way). It explains a lot of what goes on during those years.

about 3 months ago

New Website Offers Provably Fair Solutions To Everyday Problems

drooling-dog The ice cream method (167 comments)

To divide ice cream equally between two kids, have one dish it out and the other choose. My parents did this with my brother and me, and there was never anything to fight about afterwards. You'll never see more precise measurement in your life, though.

about 3 months ago

Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

drooling-dog Re:Gore to the Rescue (553 comments)

You can tell a lot about a person (or political party) by whom they choose to ridicule, and why. Gore never said he invented the Internet, but rather that he was instrumental in its creation. And it was quite true. This is what Robert Kahn and Vinton Cerf had to say about the matter:

Al Gore was the first political leader to recognize the importance of the Internet and to promote and support its development... No one person or even small group of persons exclusively "invented" the Internet. It is the result of many years of ongoing collaboration among people in government and the university community. But as the two people who designed the basic architecture and the core protocols that make the Internet work, we would like to acknowledge VP Gore's contributions as a Congressman, Senator and as Vice President. No other elected official, to our knowledge, has made a greater contribution over a longer period of time.

So the kids in the back of the class are laughing and shooting spitballs at the smart kid. It's Junior High all over again.

about 3 months ago

U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

drooling-dog New frontiers in narcissism (165 comments)

How the hell is this considered a "selfie"?

Because this will be its biggest consumer market. Just imagine: I can surround myself with icons of the glorious figure that is me, and they will make great gifts (suitable for worship) for all of my friends and followers as well. And who on this Earth wouldn't be interested in an ultra-realistic 3-D model of what I ate for lunch? You could almost recreate the experience of what it is like to be me, looking at my lunch.

about 3 months ago

Machine Learning Expert Michael Jordan On the Delusions of Big Data

drooling-dog Re:zomg singularity! (145 comments)

It's not just regulation and consumer acceptance that limits the pace of technological change: it's also the need to amortize development costs over shorter and shorter product lifecycles (before being leapfrogged by competition). Does this imply that technology-driven markets will increasingly become "natural monopolies"? Not because of patent laws as we all fear, but because a monopolistic company can set the pace of innovation in its market such that a desired minimum ROI is achieved.

about 3 months ago

US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

drooling-dog Re:DAESH, not ISIL (478 comments)

I know very little about them or where they came from, but I do know that the continued flow of hundreds of billions of dollars per year to who-knows-who depends on the inability of the US to extricate itself from this quagmire. And so now we have these public decapitations, clearly designed to inflame the public and create a political environment guaranteeing that the torrent of war money continues for years to come. And when that finally starts to slow, who doubts that some other convenient outrage will be perpetrated to start the cycle all over again?

about 4 months ago


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