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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

thedonger Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (651 comments)

Proper skepticism promotes scientific inquiry, critical investigation, and the use of reason in examining controversial and extraordinary claims. It is foundational to the scientific method. Denial, on the other hand, is the a priori rejection of ideas without objective consideration.

That's funny. The first definition on Google states "a person inclined to question or doubt all accepted opinions.", which seems to be a good fit for those who are denying global warming. If anything, it seems as though the Fellows of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry should call themselves something different.

The Fellows of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry are Google Deniers.

2 days ago
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Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

thedonger Re:We have the best form of Democracy in the world (139 comments)

While I pretty much agree with everything you say, I'd like to add one (completely subjective) detail: I don't think egotistical types are limited to government. I've seen people rise in corporate power structures as a result of ruthless and aggressive behavior. It's almost a tautology that those who crave power, who are willing to shove others aside, end up near the top of the heap. There probably aren't many auto dealerships, for example, who are run by introverted, accommodating people.

Again, it's just my opinion.

I agree. What I meant to imply is only that we don't want them in government. To reach the top level of business requires at least a little psychopathy.

3 days ago
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Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

thedonger Re:We have the best form of Democracy in the world (139 comments)

Actually it kinda does. The ability to constantly abuse the system means there is a massive flaw in said system.

The flaw is how we use it. Freedom and liberty are hard to maintain, and we have allowed government to become something other than "we the people." It has become an entity unto itself, and as such it strives first and foremost to ensure its own survival. We have recast the role of statesman to celebrity, which guarantees ego rules the roost. Regulatory agencies within the executive branch are de facto law making bodies, and in the end we hinge our hopes on Supreme Court decisions, who amended their charter - at least in practice - to include filling in the legislative gaps left by Congress, who are too busy running their reelection campaigns.

If our government is car, we're passengers who are allowing a bunch of drunks to drive it. We are getting what we deserve, so long as we choose to not take the wheel.

3 days ago
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Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

thedonger Re:We have the best form of Democracy in the world (139 comments)

When looking at a five-year-old article by Nate Silver that looked at political donations by car dealers, fully 88 percent of those donations went to Republican candidates, and just 12 percent to Democrats. That possibly suggests a propensity among Republican state legislators to support the interests for car dealers over those of electric-car buyers. Is the small bit of evidence enough to make a case?

But we have the best democracy you can fine anywhere. It doesn't matter if our legislators are being bribed indirectly, or get embroiled in obvious conflict of interest matters.

Welcome to the USA!

Ohh wait, let's preach to the world about free markets.

The fact that we don't use our government correctly does not make it inherently bad.

And maybe that Nate Silver stat just means that Republicans are more likely to be business owners, and that local politicians are more likely to listen to business owners.

If someone doesn't support Uber then they are acting against the principles of small government and the free market, and therefore not accurately representing Republican values.

3 days ago
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Ron Wyden Introduces Bill To Ban FBI 'Backdoors' In Tech Products

thedonger Re:This is bothersome (109 comments)

Maybe the question we should ask is, How did we reach a point where we need a bill to prevent the government from forcing its will on manufacturers?

about two weeks ago
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Which Programming Language Pays the Best? Probably Python

thedonger Re:Yes (277 comments)

I was wondering what languages I should learn myself. I have some experience with C++, but that's over 10 years ago, and only as a hobby. I've been thinking about picking it back up, but wasn't sure if there were better options. Since I'm an adult and looking to be able to support my family, money certainly is one of the leading factors as to which language I want to get into.

A more relevant question than money may be what interests you? Automation, mobile apps, database, web, etc.? You may have the potential to make more money as a Python programmer, but will a few thousand on average more per year make the job itself more worthwhile? Would, say, only $95k per year to program C++ -- if the specific job was more to your liking -- be a deal breaker?

Another way to look at it: If you are happier doing the job, might that make you perform better and therefor out-perform the industry average?

about three weeks ago
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Here's What Your Car Could Look Like In 2030

thedonger Re:car (144 comments)

Everything will still look the same except they'll all be wired to the internet so every place you go to will be tracked, in the name of safety

Everything will look the same, but be a half a degree warmer.

about a month ago
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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

thedonger Re:Let's do the math (307 comments)

Hoverboards, goddammit.

about a month ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

thedonger Re:Trust (481 comments)

It sounds like cops hate anyone who is not a cop.

Hate is probably the wrong word for most cops but it would be fair to say cops don't trust anyone who isn't a cop. Cops tend to (understandably) have an us versus them world view and see everyone's actions as those of a potential suspect. Apply a bit of low grade racism and you have a real problem with police distrusting a minority population and the minority population growing to distrust the police.

If computer repair technicians had even the remotest of chances that when they worked on certain types of machines that said machines would purposefully electrocute them, they would necessarily grow to not trust those machines or machines that looked just like them, and treat them differently than other machines.

Or, if you prefer, it is easy for us to sit back and judge when our job is never actively trying to kill us.

I'm not saying I agree with stop and frisk, nor am I saying that cops are above criticism. But the public seems to hop on the anti-cop bandwagon pretty quickly. Maybe they are victims, too; a product of how we have let society evolve?

about a month ago
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Magic Tricks Created Using Artificial Intelligence For the First Time

thedonger Re:Next trick (77 comments)

Are you an artificial intelligence unleashed on /. by researchers for the purpose of saying positive things about artificial intelligence researchers on /.?

about a month ago
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Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

thedonger Re:MySpace 2.0 (206 comments)

It will mostly be video. Yeah. Just like MySpace. And we all know how successful that was.

MySpace let users control too much of the look and feel of their pages, and it devolved into GeoCities.

about a month and a half ago
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Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

thedonger Re:Most of Facebook is moms reposting the same jok (206 comments)

That hasn't been my experience. These days, my Facebook feed seems to be filled with people posting Buzzfeed links to "20 sexy historical facts that will blow your mind!" or else it's a link that says "You won't believe what happens in this video!" without giving any explanation as to what's in the video.

In other words, it's mostly tedious, useless advertising for something or other.

They thought this comment was pointless, but they never saw this coming...

about a month and a half ago
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Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

thedonger Re:But of course! (206 comments)

And in five years, we'll all be using a system where we wave our hands around in the air to do gestures to control our computers! /sarcasm

We already do that! /masturbation

about a month and a half ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

thedonger Re:we get it (295 comments)

I wonder why, when a finding doesn't directly support man-made climate change it is because science is hard and not always accurate, but when it can even be remotely pointed to as correlated with man-made climate change then anyone suggesting it may not be accurate is a [insert favorite anti-right saying; e.g., Bush-loving gun toting bible-thumper]?

I know, I know. Science is never wrong because unlike politicians and leaders of corporations, scientists aren't people and therefore not subject to all the typical failings of human kind.

about 2 months ago
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DHL Goes Live With 'Parcelcopter' Drone Delivery Service

thedonger Re:How much? (92 comments)

A boat would be much more difficult. The North Sea has strong tides with associated strong and varying currents. It falls "dry" for six hours every 12 hours. Besides, it's Germany: To keep in style, the boat would have to be a u-boat.

I think to make the boat option viable it would have to be a submersible of some kind. And then it could hook up to an underground, automated system that launches a quadcopter drone out of a silo for local delivery.

about 3 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

thedonger Re:Anti-competitive behavior is a big deal (312 comments)

And that gets to the root of much of this, Uber supporters WANT it to be unfair out of some feeling that the incumbents must be keeping competition out through unfair means (not to say they are not in some areas), thus they are applying the anti-golden rule (do unto others as you suspect they are doing unto you)... or at minimal 'people with new gold should rule'

Uber will disappear if Uber drivers need to conform to the rules of taxi drivers (including caps on the number of drivers and medallion prices). I can drive my own car around, say, NYC. I can drive my car around NYC with friends in it. I can even drive my car around NYC with strangers in it. But if I am using the Uber driver app and they are using the Uber passenger app then suddenly there is unfair competition? Well, I guess there is if you are the boss of a taxi union.

about 4 months ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

thedonger Re:What? (708 comments)

I think Islay malts used smoked peat, so at least some burning is needed.

about 4 months ago

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