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I prefer my peppers ...

jbengt Re:Depends on the dish (285 comments)

Until I finally moved out on my own (a few decades ago), I hadn't realized food was supposed to have so much actual flavor

Those who routinely eat extremely spicy food also don't realize that food is supposed to have so much actual flavor.

about three weeks ago

Can Science Ever Be "Settled?"

jbengt Re:i interpret it to mean (497 comments)

Replying to undo a fat-fingered moderation.
A law is not a theory. A scientific law is based on observation, but it is more akin to an assumption or premise, taken as a 'given', while a theory is an attempt to give an understanding of reality that explains observations and allows predictions.

about a month ago

Midwestern Fault Zones Are Still Alive

jbengt Re:On the other hand (115 comments)

The current building code in St Louis is written with earthquakes in mind, it's ust that there are a lot of older buildings that are still vulnerable.

about 3 months ago

I'd rather pay for my space latte with ...

jbengt I take my coffee black (265 comments)

Didn't vote, since I don't drink lattes, you insensitive clod.

about 3 months ago

Sun Not a Significant Driver of Climate Change

jbengt Re:Way to state the obvious (552 comments)

false, the Sun and insolation drives climate and climate change, greenhouse gas effects are secondary

Invalid, that does not contradict TFS or TFA. The point being made is not that solar activity is a minor influence, but that that changes in solar isolation cannot account for the patterns of climate change over the last millennium in the northern hemisphere, and that effects of volcanism and greenhouse gases fit the data better.

about 4 months ago

NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware

jbengt Re:NSA failed to halt subprime lending, though. (698 comments)

Except of course for the fact that the words themselves . . . actually do mean a form "raises the question".

Maybe if the phrase was something like ".. which begs to ask the question. . . ", otherwise, the "plain English" meaning of words themselves is that you are talking to a question, begging for something from it. (please, Mr. Question, may I have a dollar for a cup of coffee?)

about 4 months ago

NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware

jbengt Re:NSA failed to halt subprime lending, though. (698 comments)

People forget that the NSA has actually done a _lot_ over the past century that has been of extreme benefit

The NSA has only been in existence about 60 years. Yes, it had it's precursors in code-breaking military intelligence units in WW1 & WW2, but it was President Truman who secretly established the NSA (known as "No Such Agency")

about 4 months ago

About 25% of HealthCare.gov Applications Have Errors

jbengt Re: Human error (157 comments)

Except with Obamacare, it's the law that you have to use the 1.0 buggy release.

It seems like you are conflating the website with the law. You do have to get insurance, but you do not have to use the website.

about 4 months ago

Moore's Law Blowout Sale Is Ending, Says Broadcom CTO

jbengt Re:A decade long product cycle sounds good to me (267 comments)

IIRC, the separate "core" CPI that leaves out food and energy is for short term comparisons since food and energy can be very volatile. Large short term swings in those commodities can mask the "real" inflation rate in monthly reports. Of course, prices of food & energy are still part of the cost of living, and are considered in the CPI.

about 4 months ago

Tech Companies Set To Appeal 2012 Oracle Vs. Google Ruling

jbengt Re:Isn't it ironic... (198 comments)

I don't know that it is entirely clear that without clean room BIOS, IBM would have dominated.

That is not what the GP was saying. GP was making the point that in a more heterogeneous hardware environment, MS would not have been able to build a monopoly based on a single dominant operating system.

about 4 months ago

Tech Companies Set To Appeal 2012 Oracle Vs. Google Ruling

jbengt Re:Bull hockey (198 comments)

Let's avoid the battle over "originality" and "creativity" and note that the issue at hand is actually whether the code in question is expressive or functional.

about 4 months ago

Tech Companies Set To Appeal 2012 Oracle Vs. Google Ruling

jbengt Re:Bull hockey (198 comments)

You can only get a copyright on an original work

You can only get a copyright for original expression, it does not cover the functionality expressed.

about 4 months ago

Thieves Who Stole Cobalt-60 Will Soon Be Dead

jbengt Re:Tough luck.. (923 comments)

"But of course nobody in the US seems to actually give a shit about this part of Jesus' teachings or else you would not have the death penalty."

Excuse me Euroweenie. The death penalty is about as direct eye for an eye and you are likely to see.

Excuse me Anonytestes, but did you read the post you responded to?

about 4 months ago

Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners

jbengt Re:Hey California, I have a solution for you (752 comments)

Sweden hasn't been genetically and socially homogenous in a long time. They have Sami minority in the north, Finnish, Danish and Norwegian across the country and they have been taking refugees

You may have a valid point, I don't know the demographics. I'm from Chicago, where you can (I have) eat at a Swedish restaraunt owned by a Greek, served by an African, food cooked by a Swedish chef, with your table bussed by an Hispanic. As an American of Swedish and Danish descent, I don't think Swedes, Danes, and Norwegians are really that diverse from each other.

about 5 months ago

Why There Shouldn't Be a Chess World Champion

jbengt Re:New sub-category 'Sports' (284 comments)

Surely chess is a game, not a sport.

Then why did my brother need to pass a physical in order to be on his high school chess team?
(OK, the answer is stupid bureaucratic rules, but still)
More seriously (or more pedantically, really), Sports and Athletics don't mean the same thing. If you're doing it for fun, it's a sport. If it requires athletic ability, it's athletics.

about 5 months ago

Microsoft Warns of Zero-Day Attacks

jbengt Re:TIFF (165 comments)

Problem is, most email to fax gateways use either TIFF or PDF, and most of them are TIFF. Though PDF isn't any better (in fact, historically it is much worse, security wise) . . .

Considering an image in a .pdf is typically a tiff with all the .pdf "goodness" wrapping around it, it shouldn't be surprising.

about 5 months ago

Snowden Seeks International Help Against US Espionage Charges

jbengt Re:chaotic (351 comments)

An individual should not have the right to decide which of his government's secrets should be revealed.

A government should not have the right to decide which of its policies & laws should be kept secret from its' citizens.

about 6 months ago

Tech Titans Oracle, Red Hat and Google To Help Fix Healthcare.gov

jbengt Re:Oracle! YES!! (404 comments)

I've had the misfortune of needing to use an Oracle system with a web interface to deal with a large client for construction management & billing. If that experience is any indication of how Oracle will fix the problem, the Feds would be better off keeping the very crappy existing system. (seriously)

about 6 months ago

The Mile Markers of Moore's Law Are Meaningless

jbengt Re:Not a law (156 comments)

Moore's law is an observation, assumed to be true until observations contradict it, which is exactly what a scientific law is.
Also, correct me if if I'm wrong, but wasn't Moore's law about the number of transistors in an integrated circuit, rather than the (closely related) size of features?

about 6 months ago

Would-Be Tesla Owners Jump Through Hoops To Skirt Wacky Texas Rules

jbengt Re:Red state (470 comments)

And they don't care whether your car gets its energy from gas at the pump or natural gas at the generator.

Actually, most of them would probably rather sell more natural gas to the electric companies: Fracking has created a huge glut in natural gas supply in the US, which can't be easily shipped out of the country, so its' price has dropped dramatically in the US. On the other hand, the oil extracted by fracking can easily be sold on the world market at world market rates, even if we don't consume here.

about 6 months ago


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