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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

rhazz Re:Some anti-CO2 efforts CAUSE starvation (695 comments)

I bet there are many ways to cut down on CO2 production that have an overall negative impact on society - some obvious, others not so obvious. Converting food crops to gas crops seems like one of the obvious ones, right up there with "Save energy by cooking your pork at half the recommended temperature".

about three weeks ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

rhazz Re:Redistribution (739 comments)

People who live in these more civilized countries read this shit about the US and simply scratch their heads. The numbers alone are mind-boggling to people whose entire annual medical expenditure is usually under $100, and frequently 0.

I really do scratch my head. I honestly cannot fathom what it must be like to live in a society where if I break my leg or get seriously ill I might have to choose between treatment and paying the rent.

about a month ago
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Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

rhazz Re:Tops out at 10 billion (495 comments)

It only tops out at 10 billion if undeveloped countries continue to develop and other population trends continue. I saw this TED talk a while back, and what I didn't like about it is the sense of "Everything will magically work out, just relax and don't worry about it" it exhumed. The decline of population growth is relatively new, and has mostly come about by chance rather than any concentrated effort by humans. 40 years from now we could be back to uncontrolled growth again (maybe genetic designer babies will cause a worldwide boom). I think as nonrenewable resources become more scarce, the current population will start to seem more and more unmanageable.

about a month ago
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Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

rhazz Re:History is written by the victors (495 comments)

Populations in most developed countries are still growing, they just experience slower growth than underdeveloped countries.

But the rate of growth has been declining for many years, and much of today's growth is due to immigration. Canada's population growth rate is currently 1.2%. Two thirds of that is from immigration. So our local growth is 0.4% and falling. If current trends continue we will have negative local growth in a few decades. Immigration will keep us steady only as long as undeveloped countries stay undeveloped. :)
http://www4.hrsdc.gc.ca/.3ndic...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...

about a month ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

rhazz Re:Academia should not legitimize false science (1007 comments)

If students and faculty are really worried about the image of the school, they should just put on a competing event. That is, if they really care that much about it.

And legitimize the conference?

It only legitimizes it if the competing conference is about something scientific. If the other conference is about something equally silly, it would serve to add to the aura of ridiculousness of the whole thing. Ideally it ends up looking something like this.

about a month ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

rhazz Re:Why at a place of learning? (1007 comments)

Probably the best form of protest would be to hold a Pastafarian convention next door. It would highlight that people can assemble and discuss whatever they want, no matter how ridiculous and pointless it may be. And refrain from throwing meatballs at the creationists.

about 1 month ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

rhazz Re:Oh noes! Strategic Syrup Alert! (529 comments)

Why does the US, with so many gun-toting civilians present to stop people from getting shot by other gun-toting civilians, have such a high gun-related murder rate?

about a month ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

rhazz Re:Who saved the day with another gun? (529 comments)

Also if a bunch of average Joe's were up on parliament with guns out trying to kill the bad guy, they'd likely have been shot by the police responders...

about a month ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

rhazz Re:Dear Canada.... (529 comments)

And also regarding security, as soon as the news broke they locked down EVERY federal building in the city, not just the core. I am half way across the city from Parliament and I still cannot even leave the building to get food (lockdown at 10am, it's now 2pm), nor can anyone enter. They didn't even let those who were outside having a smoke back in. While this is certainly a reality check for us, sadly I foresee many billions of dollars being wasted on over-the-top security reactions in the near future - and it won't matter if it was politically motivated or not.

about a month ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

rhazz Re:Dear Canada.... (529 comments)

The security at most federal buildings in Ottawa is inadequate to handle this kind of threat. Do you think it's reasonable to post guards at every federal building? How many? With assault rifles? Parliament is also a public building (though the web site does indicate there are security scans - I admit I live here and have never been in it). And don't forget that the guy was taken out within sight of the main entrance by a swarm of both uniformed and non-uniformed guards.

about a month ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

rhazz Re:Dear Canada.... (529 comments)

The person who ran over the two in Montreal was already known to RCMP as a suspected radicalized individual. Fortunately we cannot arrest people based on their beliefs alone, he had to act or plan to act before he could be taken in. Unfortunately he apparently skipped the "planning" stage and went straight to running people down - he probably did it spur of the moment. I'm not sure how you could prevent that unless you jailed him just for reading jihadist material, or had an armed detail follow him around 24/7.

about a month ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

rhazz Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (324 comments)

Canada only has jurisdiction over what is can enforce its orders on. If Netflix has no employees or assets in Canada, Canada has no jurisdiction over Netflix.

The CRTC doesn't need jurisdiction over Netflix to make them play ball. They already have jursidiction over the ISPs which deliver Netflix content to canadian consumers, and I'm sure they could easily make doing business in Canada more expensive for them. If Netflix was untouchable then they would not have bothered to show up to the hearings.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

rhazz Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (504 comments)

Unfortunately all you have to do is guess the first character correctly, at which point the phone will auto-correct to the correct password.

about 2 months ago
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Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

rhazz Re:mercury in CFLs is a net good (173 comments)

Only if you accidentally the whole thing!

about 3 months ago
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After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy

rhazz Re:Doesn't this pretty much kill 4chan? (134 comments)

But a huge amount of what is posted on 4chan are just copied images or gifs created from (one would assume) copyrighted films/videos. And I'm not just talking about the porn sections. If they go down this path and actually enforce it I think it's very likely a number of the forums will dry up.

about 3 months ago
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Changing the Rules of a 15-Year-Old Game: Quake Live Update Causes Controversy

rhazz Re:Quake...the game that ruined my plans for LIFE. (170 comments)

so I Invested in a DUAL ISDN line (that's a 64 x 2 = 128k line) and pinged the bejeezus outta the competition

Why didn't you just download and use cheats? Paying $700 a month for something that will give you an automatic advantage over most players is pretty much the same thing in spirit, no?

about 3 months ago
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Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

rhazz Re:Wrong focus? (152 comments)

Yep, and it only takes two countries agreeing for it to be "internationally agreed"!

about 3 months ago

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