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Comment Re: Sociopaths gonna sociopath. What's new? (Score 4, Insightful) 181

Or maybe it's neither. A third possibility is that as rich people generally enjoy more insulation from physical hazards and risks in social situations, their biological instinct to assess random strangers for threat potential is duller than in poor people.

Anyone want to guess a fourth?

Comment Re:Speaking as a Canadian and privacy advocate... (Score 1) 102

In my opinion; Canadian police forces are far less deserving of anti-cop, paranoid rhetoric than US or Latin American forces. In this case, the police obtained a court ordered warrant before asking the telecoms for the tower dump info. This is exactly how the law is supposed to work

While I agree with your emphasis, it's important to understand the US/LA "anti-cop" sentiment you've encountered covers far more than just the constabulary. The fact that a court approved a warrant makes little difference to those who consider the entire system corrupt: the police who enforce the laws, the judges and attorneys who interpret them, the politicians who sign them, and the vested interests that write them.

And it shouldn't come as a surprise to find that such a sentiment will colour opinions even across borders; people worry that what happens 'there' might (be) happen(ing) 'here'.

Comment Re:Bases were actually in Denmark (Score 1) 208

It's no different than if you buy a house and discover after the fact that there are toxic chemicals buried in the back yard that require costly cleanup. It is the responsibility of the current house's owner, not the previous owners of the property, to clean up the mess.

That actually varies by country. In mine, the previous owners would still be held responsible for their own actions, face fines and/or imprisonment under various health and safety laws concerning the unsafe disposal, and I could bring suit to have them pay compensation for the cleanup.

Comment Re:Unless RAID is used... (Score 1) 161

I tried out Crucial and OCZ too. They sucked. So once the prices got reasonable I stuck with Intel, and also later Samsung, and I've actually had less problems with SSDs than with HDDs. Heck, I can get 5 and even 10 year mfr wty SSDs for a reasonable price these days. Sounds like you got bit big by a bad experience and are now twice shy.

You're still right that HDDs have better recovery options than SSD - but that's why you should really consider using _both_. I build almost all my machines these days using SSD for the OS and apps/data that are IOPS hungry and using HDD for handling big storage requirements and backups. SSD actually dies? Pop in a replacement, restore from last night's backup, done.

Comment Re:I've seen this before (Score 0) 412

If the summer months keep breaking records but the winter months keep canceling them out, that still indicates there is an ongoing change even if the "average" isn't moving. For example, what's worse, an increase of 1 degree to the mean or an increase of 10 degrees to the range? (answer is I don't actually know, it's just an "engage the reader's brain" thing). I think people should be less fixated on a single measuring stick; climate is more nuanced than that. But "global warming" was a great phrase to grab people's attention (or if you're more cynical, to sell ads); suddenly everyone was an armchair climatologist. Have to admit it was fun picking a side and debating it for a while. The energy companies picking a side took the fun out of it. Nowadays I mostly just read and lurk. Mostly.

Hurricanes (cyclones here in the antipodes) fascinate me too, but I'm moving inland next month - seeing them only on TV will be a fine fringe benefit! I wouldn't wish a Cat 5 on anyone. A Cat 1 is bad enough (been through two of those, friends lost their roof, have no desire to be able to personally compare a 5).

Comment Re:I've seen this before (Score 3, Interesting) 412

Huh. So what you're saying is, five years ago we had a year in which some months broke all previous records for heat, and this year that's happening again, but... what, exactly? I can't tell whether you're just using this topic to vent about your coworkers, or whether you actually have an opinion on global warming (or the lack thereof), or if you're just very disappointed that we haven't had a bunch of Category 5 hurricanes. ;p

Comment Re:Hell, go after the Animal Agriculture industry. (Score 1) 227

Hmm. Two questions. How much of the animal agricultural industry's emissions are from short-cycle (biological) sources as opposed to long-cycle (geological) sources? How much impact has the animal agricultural industry had on Earth's overall biologically-sourced greenhouse gas emissions as a net change since the beginning of humanity's industrial age?

Comment Re:Um, no. (Score 1) 187

Thankyou for making your opinion clear, Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz of the Galactic Hyperspace Planning Council*.

I mean, you're wrong, because independent invention is in fact not a defense unless you can demonstrate you invented it first (since copyright law is functionally legalised extortion - and I say that as a good friend of several published authors), but your declaration of assholedom is duly noted.

*if that reference is unclear, I suggest you read The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

Comment Re:74 at time of crash (Score 1) 623

I love this topic because I always get to mention the Autobahn. No speed limit and half the traffic fatalities per mile as US interstates, all because the slower people keep right, and allow the faster people to just pass.

I'm from neither the US nor Germany. Is the lack of a speed limit the only (significant) reason at all? Not road quality or driver education or anything else?

Comment Re:Soros? (Score 1) 1145

You have yet to explain why it can be supported, and I've been pretty clear in saying that taxes cannot do so. That's why it won't work. Why will it work? Where will the free money come from?

There is no free money. None. Nada. Questions like that are what piss me off most, because they imply nothing good about the person asking the question. Furthermore, the money that goes into the current, horribly inefficient, welfare system we have NOW isn't free either. So answer me this question: do you believe there is ANY welfare system that can prevent systemic poverty? Because the current one ensures the opposite happens.

Comment Re:Soros? (Score 1) 1145

Others have already admitted that "the vast majority" will see their taxes go up at least as much as their UBI payments would be.

If it goes up as much, then are they worse off? If it goes up more than as much, will the excess amount place them under actual financial duress?

To make that statement true, that means that people who pay zero income tax today will be handling ALL of their UBI back to the government as taxes.

Where are you getting this from? If you're making so little income that you don't even pay income tax, why would you be handing back all of your UBI back as taxes? That doesn't even make sense.

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