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

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

I reply with facts, and returns with insults.

about three weeks ago

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

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

Whose point? And why not. Brazil is in the tropics and it is a major food producer. Clearly higher temperatures in the higher latitudes will not inhibit food production.

about three weeks ago

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

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

Brazil's Main Agricultural Products and Exports:

        Sugar: the world's largest producer and exporter.
        Coffee: the world's largest producer and exporter. It controls about 30 percent of the international market in the bean.
        Orange Juice: the world's largest producer and exporter. It accounts for roughly one in every two glasses of orange juice consumed in the world today.
        Beef: Brazil has the world's largest commercial cattle herd of around 200 million head, and is the largest exporter of beef.
        Poultry: With a fast expanding grain belt, Brazil has leveraged its corn and soy production to become the world's largest exporter of poultry meat. Feed accounts for about 70 percent of poultry production costs.
        Soybeans: the world's No. 2 soybean producer and exporter, and one day will likely overtake the United States as the leading producer of the oilseed.
        Corn: No.3 world exporter of corn. Until recently it has been only a marginal corn exporter, keeping 95 percent of the 55 million tonnes-plus of corn produced at home to feed its booming pork and poultry industries. But in the past several years, Brazil has exported around 7 to 11 million tonnes a year.
        Cocoa: Brazil ranks sixth among the world's cocoa growers.
        Timber: With abundant rain, sun and land inside the tropics, Brazil is the world's lowest cost producer of pulp from timber.
        Cotton: ranks no.4 in world exporters of cotton fibre. Brazil produces close to 2 million tonnes of high grade long fibre cotton lint.

- See more at: http://www.4property.uk.com/br...

about three weeks ago

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

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

Well that would explain why Brazil is a major exporter of agricultural products.

about three weeks ago

Should Nuclear and Renewable Energy Supporters Stop Fighting?

rssrss Re:No, because they are not compatible (551 comments)

As I say: These are people who do not want to solve problems, they want to be problems.

about 2 months ago

Extinct Species of Early Human Survived On Grass Bulbs, Not Meat

rssrss Re:Tiger nuts? Not meat? (318 comments)

No. But the album is great. Some of Bruce's best work.

about 3 months ago

Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

rssrss Its the Owner (937 comments)


Under current law in most states, the owner has financial responsibility if there is a crash. In fact, most car owners have no assets to collect on, so it is the owner's insurer that usually picks up the tab.

Regardless of manufacture attempts to disclaim liability, third parties (drivers and passengers of other vehicles, pedestrians) can sue the manufacturer if the crash was caused by an unreasonably defective vehicle. It is relatively rare because most cars are insured and the owners insurance covers the injury, while claims against the manufacturer are expensive and difficult to prove.

Further, anyone who thinks that there are not driverless cars on the road today is kidding themselves. I see many driverless cars on the road. We will be far better off when there is computer operating the car instead of an idiot texting behind the wheel.

about 3 months ago

Intel Puts a PC Into an SD Card-Sized Casing

rssrss This is not the droid you are looking for (219 comments)

This is as noted above is for embedded used. They also debuted a very small desk top:

"Smallness uber alles: Intel's tiny, Haswell-based NUC desktop reviewed: Diminutive desktop is a workstation, game console, and HTPC all rolled into one." by Andrew Cunningham on Jan 6 2014 at http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/01/smallness-uber-alles-intels-tiny-haswell-based-nuc-desktop-reviewed/.

The dimensions of the case are:
4.6 in. x 4.4 in. x 1.4 in.

about 3 months ago

Protesters Block Apple and Google Buses In California

rssrss Re:Not a protest, kidnapping. (653 comments)

Go read the case law. Any restraint on freedom of movement can be deemed a kidnapping, and is a felony.

about 4 months ago

Goodbye, California? Tim Draper Proposes a 6-Way Split

rssrss Other people have similar proposals (489 comments)

Here is one person who has drawn a map based on 50 states having equal populations (~6 million at 2010) as response to the problem of unequal state population in the Electoral College and the Senate:


"The largest state is 66 times as populous as the smallest and has 18 times as many electoral votes."

He gets 5 or 6 states out what is now California.

Go to the link for the map.

about 4 months ago

Chimpanzee "Personhood" Lawsuits Fail In New York Courts

rssrss Re:Chimps' sex lives (370 comments)

They donâ(TM)t. Corporations do not vote in public elections in the United States.

about 4 months ago

Chimpanzee "Personhood" Lawsuits Fail In New York Courts

rssrss Re:Chimps' sex lives (370 comments)

... what I see is they've been given rights identical to a person when there needs to be some restrictions.

What are those restrictions and why shouldn't they apply to individuals and non corporate associations as well?

The first issue is many things need to scale with the size of the legal fiction.

Same question.

Under oath large corporations can make claims that are blatantly untrue because they've filtered through layers of management and lost the level of uncertainty.

Simply not true. Corporations cannot take oaths. Only individuals can. Corporations have been convicted of Obstruction of Justice. The problem of organizations and communications is inherent in organization. Some corporations are organizations (some are one man shops), and are subject to the problems of organizations, but it has nothing to do with being a corporation.

A great example of this is the tobacco companies testifying to Congress that "nicotine was not addictive", to the executives they had enough doubt to claim it was so, but the reality was there wasn't any real doubt.

It is extraordinarily difficult to convict anyone of lying to Congress. Juries tend to believe that Congressmen cannot tell the difference between truth and lies. See the Roger Clemens case.

Furthermore as a former smoker who kicked a 2 pack a day habit, I have real doubts about the idea of nicotine addiction. I think it is an excuse used by weaklings to deflect their responsibility for their own health.

about 4 months ago

Chimpanzee "Personhood" Lawsuits Fail In New York Courts

rssrss Re:Chimps' sex lives (370 comments)

The issue people have with corporate personhood is the granting of civil liberty rights to corporations, not the ability to own property.

The issue you refer to is a lack of understanding of what rights are. There can be no useful distinction between the right to own property and any other "civil liberty rights" in the US constitution.

John Locke, whose writings in defense of the English Glorious Revolution of 1688, became the inspiration of the Founding Fathers of the United States and part of the basis of the Constitution said that: "The great and chief end, therefore, of men's uniting into commonwealths, and putting themselves under government, is the preservation of their property." Sec. 124 of the 2nd Treatise of Government http://oll.libertyfund.org/index.php?option=com_staticxt&staticfile=show.php%3Ftitle=222&layout=html#chapter_16371.

The ownership of property is recognized and protected by Amendments 4 & 5 of the Bill of Rights and Amendment 14 as well. And, it and was deemed fundamental by Congress in the Civil Rights Act of 1866, which was the first civil rights act to protect the newly freed slaves. The provision is still part of the civil rights laws of the United States 42 USC Sec. 1982 - Property rights of citizens http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/42/1982&%238364;.

That association (including incorporation) does not impair civil rights is borne out by inspection of the First Amendment. Freedom of religion is exercised by the thousands of religious congregations that have incorporated. ABC, NBC, & CBS exercise the right of free speech, as do universities from Harvard to Slippery Rock, which are also corporations. The New York Times and the Washington Post depend on freedom of the press. Trade Associations and Unions are associations (some of which are corporations) formed to petition the government for redress of grievances.

And you can't disingenuously claim "it's religion freedom for JP Morgan or our whole society goes to hell", banking on the naivety of those which don't understand the law.

I cannot parse that sentence. As for the religious freedom of corporations, see above.

Like it or not, the law has _always_ bifurcated the public sphere into commercial and private parts.

And so?

Governments have wide latitude to control the behavior of commercial entities.

Subject, of course, to the overarching structure of the US Constitution.

Civil liberty rights ... were never intended to be applied to corporations, per se.

That is an interesting assertion. Perhaps you would care to provide some evidence for it. It is not, however a logical consequence of the laws.

Associations of persons, yes, but that's different than allowing the rights to inhere in a fictional entity.

It really makes no difference whether you think that rights inhere in an association or its members, unless you believe that individuals forfeit rights by associating.

For example ... unions are considered associations ... union officials and members can go straight to jail if the union as a whole doesn't abide by an injunction.

The conclusion does not follow from the premise. The consequences of a court order depend on whom it is addressed to and how they are notified of it, not on the legal rubric under which they have associated.

A corporation is a title that courts are free to ignore, especially when it comes to constitutional matters and rights that [normally] inhere in individuals.

Courts are not free to ignore the law. If the law provides for the disregard of corporate entity, then that is what they do. But, constitutional rights are not forfeited by association.

unless they're uber-conservative and have a political agenda.

Now we are slandering people. I won't dignify it.

about 4 months ago

Chimpanzee "Personhood" Lawsuits Fail In New York Courts

rssrss Re:Chimps' sex lives (370 comments)

... why should a foreign national have more rights to free speech under the law just by forming a corporation ...

The question assumes that which is not in evidence. No one gains or loses rights by forming an association with other persons, foreign or domestic. A corporation is a species of association.

Why can corporations not go to jail.

A corporation cannot go to jail because it is not a tangible thing. A corporation can be convicted of a crime, and the consequences of conviction may not be trivial. Just ask the former employees of Arthur Andersen, several thousand of whom lost their jobs when the entity was convicted of obstructing justice. Conviction may also result in fines and asset seizures. Furthermore, the living human beings who animate the corporation can be, and have often been, sent to jail.

Why can corporations be made up of people with rights, but individual cells don't have rights? You can easily declare a corporation has all those things without being a person.

Because human beings. and not their parts are the rights bearers. Further they do not lose rights because they have formed an association. The personhood of a corporation is a consequence of its structure not a premise. See my post above.

It is specifically corporations like the East India Trading company...

Corporations are associations of individual human beings. They are neither better nor worse than their constituents. The British government could have done what they did in India without the East India Company, as they did after the 1857 Rebellion.

Corporations ... have become, above the law ...

I have no evidence of your assertion. Logically, though, corporations being creations of the law cannot be above the law.

Historically, you are wrong. At the time of the American Revolution, almost all of the corporations in the US were religious, municipal or schools. Not until the time of the Civil War were there many business corporations.

Corporations and lawyers are the root of nearly all evil in our country currently.

That is quite an assertion, do you have any facts to back that up?

... willful erosion of private rights and expansion of corporate rights.

The rights of corporations are the rights of their constituent individuals. The expansion of one is the expansion of the other, and the erosion of one is the erosion of the other.

When our politicians are literally allowed to be bought ... by corporations ...

There is nothing new about bribe taking politicians. They have existed since the greatest antiquity. The formation of corporations didn't make them accept bribes and the abolition of corporations would not stop them. The existence or non existence of corporations will not affect the propensity of men to do evil.

As Solzhenitsyn, who knew evil well, said: "If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?

about 4 months ago

How Asimov's Three Laws Ran Out of Steam

rssrss Fortunately Some of Asimov's Predictions Didn't (153 comments)

Come true.

In the Robot stories, the "brains" of the robots were made out of an alloy of platinum and iridium.

Platinum currently costs ~$1300/oz. and Iridium costs ~$400/oz. Just imagine how much those robot brains would have cost.

Fortunately, we base our computers on silicon, which is relatively cheap and very abundant.

about 4 months ago

Exponential Algorithm In Windows Update Slowing XP Machines

rssrss Re:When I saw this, I didn't know what it was (413 comments)

Just kill the automatic updating.

Open the Control Panel open the System applet.

There is a tab that says "Automatic Updates".

Click that tab. Then click the button that says "Turn Off Automatic Updates".

Problem solved.

about 4 months ago



Dennis Ritche 1941-2011

rssrss rssrss writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rssrss writes "Dennis M. Ritchie was found dead on Wednesday at his home in Berkeley Heights, N.J.

Mr. Ritchie was the principal designer of the C programming language and, with Ken Thompson, co-developer of the Unix operating system."

Link to Original Source

Use Linux instead of Windows? China won't

rssrss rssrss writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rssrss (686344) writes "Even Communist dictators have a hard time getting organizations under their control to use Linux instead of Windows. 'For a decade now, China has been trying to get business and government users to adopt Unix (and later Linux) as their operating system. Yet most Chinese businesses, and many government departments, continue to use Microsoft operating systems.' Will Russia have any more success?"
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