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The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

mjm1231 Re: Goldman Sachs All Throughout the Obama Admin (198 comments)

I guess it's the operative question, if, for some bizarre reason, the only person whose behavior you wish to review is Obama's. Why is this about him exactly?

5 days ago
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The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

mjm1231 Re: Goldman Sachs All Throughout the Obama Admin (198 comments)

The Fed guy at Goldman was right. Reality doesn't matter. In spite of the numerous replies pointing to the large number of inaccuracies, the post is still modded +5 Informative. In a world where the majority of people find false information "informative", what good is a moderation system?

5 days ago
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The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

mjm1231 Re:Goldman Sachs All Throughout the Obama Admin (198 comments)

It is a well known fact that Bush's Treasury Secretary, Henry Paulsen, who railroaded the wall street bailout through congress, was a former Goldman Sachs CEO. It is unfortunate that very little changed under Obama, but the article is primarily discussing conditions prior to and during the 2008 financial collapse, before Obama was even elected.

5 days ago
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Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

mjm1231 Re:Funny how this works ... (184 comments)

I've been watching Trailer Park Boys on Netfilx, so I assume Netflix is contributing something back to the pot.

about a week ago
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Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

mjm1231 Re:Funny how this works ... (184 comments)

My opinion is that there would have been a benefit in having those directly responsible suffer the most so that they would be a warning to future crooks (err, I mean businessmen) and for us all to suffer a little so society learns to not let organizations get `too big to fail`.

How about a third alternative, given that there were very likely multiple violations of existing law? Charge those directly responsible and sentence them to appropriate jail time along with hefty fines. Oh who am I kidding, laws are made for poor folk.

about a week ago
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Europeans Came From Three Ancestry Groupings

mjm1231 Re:Not True, I Saw It Online: (85 comments)

One thing I've found difficult to discover is what fraction of the US is purely European.

I don't think you read the article. Since 0% of Europeans are purely European, it seems unlikely the fraction of the US that is purely European would be any larger than that. In general, the only cases where there are persons who are 100% purely a member of any genetic group are identical twins (and triplets, etc.)

about two weeks ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

mjm1231 Re:The Year of Windows on the Desktop (545 comments)

Now if only they could make the OS worth buying rather than forcing it on people that buy non-OSX prebuilt systems.

You do realize desktop Linux distros have been unbelievably easy to install (or even run from a Live CD) for the last decade or so don't you? Nobody has been "forced" into using Windows just because it happened to ship as the default for a very long time.

And yet it doesn't stop them from charging you for it.

about two weeks ago
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

mjm1231 Re:Not good enough (323 comments)

a) false. You had to have your device set to allow automatic pushes.

Which is, of course, the default.

And, if I'm not mistaken, Apple defaults to downloading anything less than 100MB over cellular data. Which could be quite costly to people on more expensive data plans.

This exact thing happened to a family member. The do not ever purchase music or media through iTunes, so why not leave the default? The only thing that should ever come across are maybe software updates.

I wonder how much of a kickback Apple got from T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, etc. for this stunt.

about two weeks ago
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How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

mjm1231 Re:Not much different than the fire starting laser (180 comments)

It's wavelength dependent. visible light will blind people but for the military combat lasers they probably use wavelengths that the eye is opaque to, meaning no focusing on the retina and damage due to minor scatter and reflections, but will still literally cook the eye if directly exposed.

So doc, you're saying I'll still be able to see perfectly well out of my cooked eyeball then?
And will I also be able to play the piano after this "procedure"?

about two weeks ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

mjm1231 Re:Bikes lanes are nice (213 comments)

Just a guess here. You've never even seen a picture of a NY city sidewalk, have you?

about three weeks ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

mjm1231 Re:Decaffeinated (228 comments)

Current decaffeinating processes also remove a good deal of the flavor and aroma of coffee. If it were removed genetically, the stuff might actually be drinkable.

about three weeks ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

mjm1231 Re:Meanwhile in the real world... (427 comments)

Then you fail at reading comprehension. From the title, a belief in climate change can be assumed, but not that the drought is evidence for it.

about three weeks ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

mjm1231 Re:Meanwhile in the real world... (427 comments)

No. The article you linked to did not at all state that the drought in Texas was evidence of global warming.

about three weeks ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

mjm1231 Re:Meanwhile in the real world... (427 comments)

Stating that climate change had an impact is neither the same as attributing it as the single cause, nor the same as equating climate with weather. If you expect climate change to never have an impact on weather, then either your definition of weather or your definition of climate is very flawed.

about three weeks ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

mjm1231 Re:Meanwhile in the real world... (427 comments)

If climate != weather, then why is there always some global warming advocate on the news attributing every hurricane, tornado, drought, and heat wave to global warming? It seems to me that a more accurate representation of what I'm seeing on the news would be:

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Stop getting your news from shitty sources. On NPR news, this doesn't happen. Though for some reason, I have heard conservatives consider NPR to have a liberal bias.
As to your second question, I have heard the nutty right wing rant of the jews control the media, but never heard that the scientists control the media.

about three weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

mjm1231 Re:Feminism (1134 comments)

But as soon as you're going out to do any actual good work in the name of feminism, you're going to need a broader definition, one that opens it up for criticism.

Why, exactly, would that be?

about a month ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

mjm1231 Re:Feminism (1134 comments)

But you still live in a world where a woman is very much more likely to be denied the rights which a man has easy access to than the other way around. For the most part, the differentiation you are insisting on is only applicable in a fantasy world which does not, as yet, exist.

about a month ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

mjm1231 Re:Actually, it does ! (375 comments)

Half of your argument is missing. You need the revenues collected information ("taxes per head"). If you get that and do the math, then you've got something.

about a month ago
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Broadband Subscribers Eclipsing Cable TV Subscribers

mjm1231 Re:No shit. All cable content is crap these days. (85 comments)

None. I watch sports sporadically. Maybe a dozen NFL games, and once in awhile a special event like the Olympics or World Cup. However, I'm old enough to remember when that content was paid for purely by advertising. Now it still has advertising, so for me, the perceived value of being able to see these sports programs is pretty low. Certainly much much less per month than I pay for Netflix.

about a month and a half ago

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