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Comment: Re:Subscription to what? (Score 1) 198

by Stargoat (#49150355) Attached to: Lenovo Saying Goodbye To Bloatware

To having Communists read your stuff.

Seriously, I was buying Lenovo before now. I did not get burned on Superfish. But I'm done with Lenovo. If this is what they try get away with without effort at hiding, then what they are they spending effort on hiding? I don't need the PRC in my network also, I have the NSA for that.

Comment: Re:disclosure (Score 1) 438

No, it's the supporters who are claiming that the moon is made of green cheese, that human beings are powerful enough to affect climate significantly.

There is a scientific consensus for that. But a mere consensus does not make it true, and it is, after all, a very fantastic and fantasy filled claim that has not been borne out by correct models.

Comment: Re:Reversing what now? (Score 2) 421

by Ashtead (#49113913) Attached to: What If We Lost the Sky?

Why would that be a probable outcome ? Why couldn't we just add a little bit of the aerosols, measure the effect, and slowly add some more ?

There is pretty good historical evidence of what did happen when a big volcano blew out lots of ash and particles. Mount Tambora for example, that had an eruption in 1815, and the following year, 1816, became known as "the year without a summer", because of this. There is no good reason to expect a significantly different outcome from filling the atmosphere with other similar particles. It will become colder.

On the other hand, this does argue for the possibility that the system can behave somewhat predictable, with negative feedback as it were, within a smaller range of excitations, like varying the speed of an aircraft as long as it runs faster than stall speed. But once driven past some inflection-point that we can expect to be there, given that the system is chaotic, all bets will be off.

Still, this suggested solution seems to be worse than the problem. The possible increased temperatures and CO2 will just make for better growth conditions for all kinds of plants, of which many are food for animals which in turn are eaten by humans. Less sunlight, less heat, less CO2 and there will be less foliage, then eventually less food available. How can that good for anything?

And finally, back in the 1970s and 1980s, there was a lot of argumentation about acid rain, caused by partculate pollution from coal-fired plants, where the sulfur was precipitated as acid. Countries have managed to put a stop to this kind of pollution, though there are still localized problems with particulate pollution in cities. And now there are someone arguing that this sort of thing actually could be worthwhile in an attempt to halt a perceived warming process?

Comment: Re:Even more confusing (Score 1) 5

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#49112933) Attached to: just think how some conversations could go

Oh, and back on topic and more to the point:
7. If gas tank 20% full and battery 20% full, hibernate mode on computer if accidentally left on and wheels are not moving. Right now if you tried to use a Gen2 prius as a backup house generator, you run the risk of bricking the system, unable to boot computer, unable to add more gas, must drag onto a flatbed and tow to Toyota to use their fancy charging system to bring the car back to life.

Comment: Re:Even more confusing (Score 1) 5

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#49112889) Attached to: just think how some conversations could go

I guess I'd just make some different programming choices- and eventually really want to replace the computer in my Prius with one that has some added features. These features may already be available on newer models, mine is a 2006 Gen2.

Features I'd like to see:
1. The only reason to run the gas engine under 25 miles an hour should be for recharging and generating, period. EV mode only at low speed.
2. An expert mode should be available wherein "creep ahead at stop" is disabled
3. Cruise control should also be able to be set by a numeric keypad, and should be able to handle values lower than 23.
4. Sport mode should be available that disengages the traction control and enables all three motors for acceleration (you can get the second half of this in a gen2 by angrily stomping on the accelerator, it takes a second to engage, but you suddenly go from 34 HP to 174 HP as the second electric and the gas motor kick in).
5. Finer resolution than 5 minutes on the average MPG consumption graph.
6. Ability to download trip data onto an SD card.

Comment: Reversing what now? (Score 2) 421

by Ashtead (#49110819) Attached to: What If We Lost the Sky?

This is supposed to "reverse" the climate change? As in making it essentially perpetually cloudy? This sounds nothing so much like a nuclear winter, though without the nukes...

How something like that is going to reverse anything, now climate being that chaotic as it is doesn't easily move forwards or backwards along some line, like a car or animal does. It will change it, sure. Probably to the nuclear winter-like conditions, as if that were anything better than today's situation. Or maybe this would also keep heat in, so we would get what is essentially a runaway greenhouse... now wasn't that what was supposedely the problem initially?

This is just wrong on so many levels...

Comment: think bigger (Score 1) 21

by Bill Dog (#49108041) Attached to: Might explain some of the behavior here

First off, I think you've got reversed those accusor(s) who are trying to set you straight with those who would only be trying to further confound and knock you down (since you're not one of them, on the solid Left). For me it's the latter that I've removed from my sight here, because I want to be more right/correct, not less.

But you seem to think the way to wisdom is via the wicked. And it partly is, as one half of one's studies towards that. But they're like the Medusa, where direct interaction, like you pine for, is death; you have to examine them indirectly or askew, to not be affected by them.

Secondly, that quote is absolutely brilliant. I like to think I'd gotten close to it, realizing of course that Political Correctness was essentially about bullying.

But I had mostly been considering the Left's constant variations of "the emperor is fully clothed" as the movement's/religion's way of checking how far they'd currently come at any given point. That is, I had assumed that the chief purpose of the non-stop peppering us with untruths, of wide-ranging obviousnesses, was to gauge how either converted or dumbed-down the society had become so far.

I thought the Left's goal might be to make gullible sheep out of all of us, however long it took. But no, I think that Theodore is right and there'll always be those who'll never give in intellectually, and the best the Left can hope for with us is to make us feel like we've sold our souls behaviorally.

And to feel like the scum that they are for doing so, which is then also giving in, feelings-wise.

Thirdly, this truth is a helluva lot bigger than just stupid Slashdot. This is going on full-bore of course in America, and the world in general.

But don't lose sight of the bigger picture -- neither communism nor a Caliphate is the be-all-end-all -- it's just Satan trying to unravel God's order in the world. Satanism, effectively, comprises facets of economic, political, and religious beliefs, whichever ones in those categories that leads to the most misery. But the individual isms, and the people that push them, are really just part of one strategy.

America was a formerly powerful, formerly pretty headstrong nation. BHO doesn't love Muslims. He's not a Muslim, despite what stupid Right-wingers say. He's an atheist (despite what your moderate-to-severe HappyThoughtisis says). And atheists aren't really anti-religion, despite what stupid Slashdotters say. Ever hear of an atheist group putting up billboards saying there is no Allah and Muhammad was not actually a prophet?

It's that those who are against God, of the Jewish and Christian religions, feel they're aligned on a fundamental level. Against Israel, and against a nation under God being supreme in the world. America has to be knocked down several pegs, and be fundamentally transformed away from our Judeo-Christian heritage and values and beliefs. When everyone is even and subdued, then the Antichrist can come and rule.

p.s. I'll be waiting for your singular "Lord bless your heart" response.

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