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IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

miltonw Re:We've gone beyond bad science (703 comments)

OK. I'm sorry. You will probably misinterpret what I said and continue this silly discussion. I'm sorry you took offense. All I wanted to do was help improve your response to the skeptic. I felt it was weak and, as I said, not responsive to the actual comment. It would have been more effective to have challenged them to prove their assertions or provided your own facts to disprove their assertions, or both. Your response was more like "Yeah? Well, well ... your mother wears army boots!" I was trying to help. Sorry I wasn't able to. Please disregard all my posts to you on this. Never mind.

about three weeks ago
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IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

miltonw Re:We've gone beyond bad science (703 comments)

Interesting. The thread is about the IPCC and someone posted a comment about the IPCC and you went off topic to attack someone entirely unrelated to the IPCC. I understand why you did that, and I understand it was perfectly reasonable and justified in your opinion. I also understand why you falsely assumed I had expressed an opinion about global warming or was aligned with any earlier commenter. I get it. Fine. No problem.

about three weeks ago
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IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

miltonw Re:We've gone beyond bad science (703 comments)

This has nothing to do with Chris Monkton or Anthony Watts.

There are people here who are posting opinions and facts here. You did not respond to the opinions and facts posted here. Instead, you avoided what was posted here and made personal attacks against people who are not here and who cannot respond.

That's pretty safe, isn't it? You don't have to provide facts, you don't have to express an opinion about what was said here and defend it.

As I said in the beginning - that isn't very responsive to the discussion here by people here is it?

about a month ago
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IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

miltonw Re:We've gone beyond bad science (703 comments)

"Oh for goodness sake", why don't you argue the issues instead of attacking random people? You should be embarrassed.

about a month ago
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IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

miltonw Re:We've gone beyond bad science (703 comments)

Do you really think that ad hominem attacks are responsive? In my opinion, the person who feels they must resort to ad hominem attacks has admitted they have lost the argument.

about a month ago
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The Internet's Network Efficiencies Are Destroying the Middle Class

miltonw Is there an echo in here? (674 comments)

"The new technology will destroy civilization as we know it!!!1!!!!"

Why is this stupid article even considered news? Someone will always predict the End of Civilization as We Know It when new technology disrupts the old, Right Way to Do Things, technology.

And they are always wrong. Things change. Deal with it.

(Protip: The destruction of the middle class has nothing to do with the Internet).

about 3 months ago
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US Federal Judge Rules NSA Data Collection Legal

miltonw Re:unavailable information (511 comments)

Answer this question: Is there any data that you want to be **completely unavailable** to law enforcement with **proper warrant**?

Definitely! There are protections, or used to be, that made certain information totally off limits to law enforcement no matter what kind of "proper warrant" they might have. One example: conversations between husband and wife.

In your world, there would be no such protections.

Our military and law enforcement absolutely must be able to use all means to catch the bad guys.

So now everybody is a "bad guy" - and the military and law enforcement can do anything to us?

It is important, very, very important that we keep in mind that you can't "catch the bad guys" if you become the bad guys. If the military and law enforcement break the law to gather information, then they are the bad guys!

about 4 months ago
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I decorate my dwelling for the winter holidays ...

miltonw Re:Creating memories for my kids (199 comments)

Yes! When my kids were young, we always had fun and Santa was real. We were never religious but, like you, I don't object to religion. I feel sorry for deeply religious Christians having to cope with all the crass commercialization of "their" holy day - but that's another subject.

Now that my kids are all grown, there really isn't any reason to continue that. I love the time and getting together, but the whole decoration and gift-giving is for children - to continue the "magic".

I tell everyone, "If I want something, I'll buy it. If I haven't bought it, I don't want it." This relieves everyone the agony of trying to figure out what to buy me. I opt out of the crass commercialization and save everyone some time and money.

That being said, I look forward to making the time magical for any grandkids.

about 3 months ago
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Multivitamin Researchers Say 'Case Is Closed' As Studies Find No Health Benefits

miltonw Not a good conclusion from the studies. (554 comments)

In general, the mega-study found no significant benefits specifically for cardiovascular disease, cancer, and cognitive function. And "mortality".

From that, they claim there are absolutely zero health benefits from supplements.

That just doesn't follow. There is a huge area outside of "cardiovascular disease, cancer, cognitive function and 'mortality'" that could come under "better health".

Talk about drawing vast, generalized conclusions from narrowly defined studies.

about 4 months ago
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Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

miltonw Re:Well, isn't this nice (961 comments)

Ah, did you miss that "I won't do that" part of that quote? I'm trying to figure out how "I won't do that" is a threat. Trying... Nope, not happening.

about 5 months ago
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Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

miltonw Re:Well, isn't this nice (961 comments)

Scott Adams did not "threaten to kill someone". Read what he wrote. He only wished that those who actively oppose assisted suicide be condemned to experience the same agony and suffering they have imposed on others. Actually, I think that's probably exactly what's going to happen for some of them.

about 5 months ago
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Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...

miltonw DigiComp (587 comments)

My first computer was a DigiComp. No memory at all.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Development Requirements Change But Deadlines Do Not?

miltonw You need someone to say no. (221 comments)

What I always did with change requests: The rule was, you must get an estimate and approval for ALL changes. The estimate would include how long it would take -- and I was real good at estimating that. The approval would explicitly be for the additional time required for the change -- meaning how much that change would push back the schedule. Most "urgent changes" became "oh, never mind". Any that survived and got approved automatically adjusted the budget and schedule to accommodate the change - so I remained on schedule and on budget.

about 9 months ago
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UCSD Lecturer Releases Geotagging Application For "Dangerous Guns and Owners"

miltonw Re:I answer... (976 comments)

So you think the app is a good idea?

about 9 months ago
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NHTSA and DOT Want Your Car To Be Able To Disable Your Cellphone Functions

miltonw Re:First (405 comments)

What a stupid and horrible idea. If you are driving and some road-rage idiot is after you -- you can't call for help? What about those stuck accelerator situations? What if you are speeding to the hospital with some badly injured person and need directions to the nearest hospital? I could go on and on. What a stupid idea!

about 10 months ago
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For 2012's U.S. tax season ...

miltonw Re:Not a good time (526 comments)

You do understand the difference between proposed solutions and what is/was actually implemented? In case you haven't been paying attention, what is proposed has little bearing on what is implemented.

about a year ago
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For 2012's U.S. tax season ...

miltonw Re:Not a good time (526 comments)

You don't argue very well, do you? You cherry-pick a bunch of phrases I said out of context and string them together in a confusing jumble to pretend I'm not making sense. Then you mock the strawman you created with ALL CAPS and insane ranting.

I say debt is bad and you go off on a side tangent about how some efforts to reign in debt have had bad consequences. Your "argument" failed to address my point completely. Eventually, you admit that I was correct, but only after tedious argument about side tangents.

You objected to everything I said about our national debt despite the fact that everything I said was accurate. 17 trillion IS "unprecedented". 17 trillion IS massive. The national debt IS growing. The national debt is NOT being addressed. Given these FACTS, our future generations WILL be saddled with this debt. I'll admit that "doomed" was a bit rhetorical, but "massively screwed by us" wasn't so punchy. I understand you cannot confront this and must argue every single sentence, but the fact that you can't confront it does not change reality.

I hope your wishful "Oh, this debt will be paid off soon and not bother our future generations!" comes to pass, but that old pesky reality does not bode well for your head-in-the-sand viewpoint.

In the future, try to remain calm and rational, it makes for a better debate. Avoid creating strawmen, it isn't effective and makes you look stupid.

As for this conversation, I'm done. I will not converse with someone who "debates" as you do. I don't need that kind of crap.

about a year ago
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For 2012's U.S. tax season ...

miltonw Re:Not a good time (526 comments)

You do not seem interested in technical or historical arguments.

I should just let this go but ... quit being such a pompous ass. Judging by our limited conversation, I suspect I have significantly more technical and historical knowledge in this area than you do but that's just my observation.

about a year ago

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