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Comment Re:Total BS (Score 1) 191

Mostly someone spouting off. I think I was remembering an op-ed by Robert Kennedy Jr. (I looked it up, published in 2008):

In Virginia, the weather also has changed dramatically. Recently arrived residents in the northern suburbs, accustomed to today's anemic winters, might find it astonishing to learn that there were once ski runs on Ballantrae Hill in McLean, with a rope tow and local ski club. Snow is so scarce today that most Virginia children probably don't own a sled. But neighbors came to our home at Hickory Hill nearly every winter weekend to ride saucers and Flexible Flyers.

(And you can read the rest of the text from the link, it's plainly in the context of climate change.)

But even scientists can pin the blame as they see fit:

''I bought a sled in '96 for my daughter,'' said Dr. Michael Oppenheimer, a scientist at the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund. ''It's been sitting in the stairwell, and hasn't been used..."
And Dr. Oppenheimer, among other ecologists, points to global warming as perhaps the most significant long-term factor.

Comment Re:Who let the CS kids into the Hubris Reserve? (Score 1) 259

Microsoft cannot even successfully bring a phone to market. Don't we think curing cancer is just a wee bit harder?

On the other hand, some researchers think that cancer can be targeted and destroyed by viruses, so Microsoft might have a leg up.

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