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Comment: Re:Woop Di Do Da! (Score 1) 215

The government is not writing checks out of the general fund to pay people to drill for oil.

So, the trillions of taxpayer dollars we've spent on wars to protect energy interests just don't count? The hundreds of thousands of lives that were spent in these wars, counting the civilian casualities?

You might have an answer to that question if you weren't one of the "people who don't really understand this stuff".

And you're worried about 30% of the cost of solar panels. You're a special kind of person, you are.

Comment: Re:Woop Di Do Da! (Score 1) 216

Is there any other mainstream technology that repeatedly makes outlandish claims, and just shrugs it off as if it never happen when those claims don't deliver, and yet gets massive taxpayer-sponsored support?

Coal, hydraulic fracturing, the pharmaceutical industry. The defense industry.

Shall I go on?

Comment: Re:All modern law is a recipe for selective enforc (Score 1) 149

by Uberbah (#49389061) Attached to: Draconian Australian Research Law Hits Scientists

If the cops aren't required to arrest everyone who commits any arrestable defense, then by definition you have selective enforcement.

Cops and prosecutors don't have unlimited resources, so by definition they have to pick and chose which laws to enforce. Ideally, this means they threaten the 19 year old who gets it on with her 16 year old boyfriend with probation rather than having to register as a sex offender for the next 30 years, and instead focus on the deputy mayor who got caught slapping his wife around. It doesn't mean sending Kirkarou to prison for three years for revealing some of the CIA's torture, and then giving Petreaus a slap on the wrist for using beyond-top-secret information to impress his mistress.

Our entire system of law is actually designed for it.

That's sounding a little Randian. The solution to corrupt actors within the state isn't to get rid of the state, but the corrupt actors.

Comment: How about less elitism instead (Score 1) 364

by Uberbah (#49388989) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

Most people who are in college, shouldn't be attending.

Because their parents were middle class, not upper class. That might not be your intent, but it's the result.

And finally, the quality of those liberal arts degrees has declined in a lot of colleges. Humanities degrees are nothing more than Marxist indoctrination diploma mills.

What a finely pressed brown shirt you have, my dear.

Maybe promote American industry instead of allowing Wall Street to gut it?

That would require putting away the shirt and taxing the rich at socialistiky levels and undoing the damage of capitalism with socialistiky programs.

Comment: Re:You have removed my news source for the day (Score 1) 32

by MightyMartian (#49388923) Attached to: Rare Ideopathic Encephaly Tied to Higher IQ, Not Lower

Man I love that movie (though the critics, typically, savaged it). My favorite bit is when Beldar goes after his daughter's boyfriend:

"I find you unacceptable! If I did not fear incarceration from human authority figures, I would terminate your life functions by applying sufficient pressure to your blunt skull so as to force its collapse!"

Comment: Re:Not an April Fools post! (Score 1) 215

Oddly, California has higher standards for insulation than pretty much anywhere in the USA.

Many places with cold winters (upper mid-west) use natural gas for heating and the summer season requiring air conditioning is pretty short so some things like white roofs don't work well there.

White roofs? Really? That's the closest you could get to insulation? You've got a long way to troll before you troll, troll.

Comment: Re:Lame, lame, lame (Score 1) 66

I don't think you understand. After seeing all these strange articles, I have come to the conclusion that these are not April Fools jokes. A real slashdot april fools joke would have been witty and subtle. It is obvious that someone is using Samz/Zonk to spread their SyFy/Dice propaganda. Probably communists.

If you are reading this Samz/Zonk, message for help by making the first letter of each word of the title of the next article spell out "SOS". Be discreet about it so that your captors remain unaware. We will send the A-Team immediately.

% APL is a natural extension of assembler language programming; ...and is best for educational purposes. -- A. Perlis