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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

zr Re:"we need a stance of problem fixing,.. (387 comments)

thats not what this ted talk is about at all, actually. watch it, you might be surprised

5 days ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

zr "we need a stance of problem fixing,.. (387 comments)

...not just problem avoidance" — David Deutsch

Legendary scientist David Deutsch puts theoretical physics on the back burner to discuss a more urgent matter: the survival of our species. The first step toward solving global warming, he says, is to admit that we have a problem.

http://www.ted.com/talks/david...

5 days ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

zr Re:the one thing about comcast i could get behind (291 comments)

you could _attempt_ to sue me. you'd have to find a judge who'd agree to take the case. possible? sure. likely? don't think so. not only that, there are laws against frivolous litigation.

that said, the problem is, suit at question isn't considered frivolous.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

zr the one thing about comcast i could get behind (291 comments)

and thats the thing they're getting sued over.. ..there's something seriously wrong with our legal system..

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

zr start your own business? (717 comments)

unfortunately i'm not speaking from experience, just spitballing ideas.

best of luck to you!

about two weeks ago
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Orion Capsule Safely Recovered, Complete With 12-Year-Old Computer Guts

zr Re:So fucking what? (197 comments)

it makes me feel very very impressed.

why bother flying spacecraft when you can fart your way into world fame?

oh, and, of course, be sure to poop on everyone who can't fart quite as eloquently as your impassive self :-)

about two weeks ago
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Orion Capsule Safely Recovered, Complete With 12-Year-Old Computer Guts

zr Re:So fucking what? (197 comments)

i'll bet you can fart "happy birthday" which is even more impressive..

about two weeks ago
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Orion Capsule Safely Recovered, Complete With 12-Year-Old Computer Guts

zr Re:So fucking what? (197 comments)

"so what"??

"stupid canon shell"??

sheesh..

about two weeks ago
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Security Experts Believe the Internet of Things Will Be Used To Kill Someone

zr Re:Ummm ... Duh? (165 comments)

first off, i agree with you in principle.

however, i'd like to take issue with the qualification "lazy and incompetent". companies do what the market demands of them. examples of companies that create markets are very rare.

in the world we live in, succeeds the company which sells the most not the company that makes the best.

being the first to market is a major factor of selling the most. and that is _our_ doing. its _us_ who have selected (thank you Darwin!) companies to rush to market plug and play crap.

about three weeks ago
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Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

zr Re:Both sides equally (albeit differently) at faul (189 comments)

risk is nothing unusual in the business. all GT would have had to do was either:

- pad the contract enough to account for the risk (they may have, i've not read the contract)

OR

- say "no" to the amendment.

worst case scenario they would have lost a (granted, large) customer. instead they went bankrupt.

the fundamentals _were_ good. namely one side clearly wanted sapphire and had plenty of cash. the other side knew how to make it and had the expertise.

only goes to show that fundamentals alone are not enough to guarantee success.. quite frankly thats why not every geek (yours truly included) can grow a successful business.

last point i'll make is, i wouldn't draw long term conclusions out of this snafu. business deals fall through. shit happens. hopefully both sides learned something.

about three weeks ago
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Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

zr Both sides equally (albeit differently) at fault (189 comments)

Apple intimidated a smaller company into an unworkable deal.

The smaller company that supposed to be an expert in the field agreed to sign an unworkable deal.

Both failed to amend the deal in time to fix the debacle. Businesses amend deals all the time. Provided the fundamentals were good, all they had to do was communicate timely.

about three weeks ago
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Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

zr Re:This is clearly futile... (193 comments)

not enough to declare "invalid" but it *is* absolutely a reason to ratchet up scrutiny if motivation is tainted by self interest of the people pushing this law.

and, its not about "validity" of the cause, (who in their right mind would say that drug abuse is good?!) its about effectiveness of the policy to achieve the ends its setting out to achieve. i don't see any less suffering caused by drugs after decades of the "war on drugs". any success has been achieved by decriminalization, education, and advancing the science of addictive behavior.

same goes for the "right to forget". we, as society, must learn to cope with bullshit about each other that exists on the net. censorship isn't the solution, education is.

meantime some fat cronies playing up fear card to reach deeper into their constituent's pockets.. pure and simple.

about three weeks ago
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Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

zr Re:This is clearly futile... (193 comments)

setting aside that your statement is certainly debatable (there is a difference between use and abuse) you've entirely missed my point.

my point being, fighting straw man wars is a reliable method for financing comfortable lifestyle to a whole class of individuals in the politics theater.

war on drugs is one. right to be forgotten is another. i'm sure you can name few others.

about three weeks ago
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Wikipedia's "Complicated" Relationship With Net Neutrality

zr Re:Are they the same? (134 comments)

we have plenty of laws on the books to fight the root cause, which is the monopoly control of resources and markets.

everything else in time will take care of itself.

about three weeks ago
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Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

zr Re:This is clearly futile... (193 comments)

no better than "war on drugs" or any other method of milking the tax payer..

about three weeks ago
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

zr fine with me.. (286 comments)

..i think they will have to keep windows in the hatches. they'll now call the emergency exit rows "observation deck" and charge x2 for them.

thats what i call win-win :)

about 2 months ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

zr Re:21 day incubation period... (487 comments)

are you suggesting that quarantine should be selective based on citizenship? talk about logic..

about 2 months ago

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