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Comment Re:Why keep funding any of it? (Score 1) 44 44

You are ignoring a factor: UI. Jolla has a very characteristic UI look and design, based on swipes and gestures more than on button, and quite different from the one of Android. Jolla users look for native apps when they are available and they don't suck, so developers have an incentive in writing them.

And, also, people don't choose a Jolla phone for the apps. It's *mostly* the freedom. So your argument "oh, yes, and there's the freedom too" does not apply.

Comment Re:Just run your own (Score 3, Interesting) 147 147

Frankly if I was the CIA I would be intercepting traffic to the small oddball servers more than Google.

Frankly, at this point, if the CIA cannot access and intercept data from Google they are utterly incompetent in doing their job. For the cost of (at most) giving an employee a suitcase full of money, you get an incredible bonanza of data. Which secret service wouldn't do it?

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 180 180

Great powers can no longer win wars because of Nukes. The calculus is quite different to what you suggest. Don't get sucked into a pissing match with some Russian nationalist. Sure they've got good weapons, but nobody seriously thinks that Russia would have a chance in a conventional war against the west.

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 180 180

It astounds me how naive nationalists of all kinds tend to be. The Ukranians have the same dignity as every other country, and being crushed into a civil war is a high price to pay for a bunch of Russians to feel "proud" of their country. It is rather pathetic really.

Comment Probably sugar (Score 1) 409 409

The culprit is probably sugar, although there may be other confounding factors. Whatever the cause, metabolic disorder is going to cost more and more each year if nothing is done about it. Subsidizing the medical consequences of eating lots of refined sugar is perhaps the biggest negative externality in the economy ever.

Comment Your analysis lacks historical context (Score 2) 637 637

I also submit that Global warming / Climate Change has been ruined by the alarmists overstating there case rather than presenting clear and accurate statistics and claims.

There is enough blame to go around all sides of the political debate. But the science was always clear. The NAS showed that there was scientific consensus in 1979, and the public was on board, until Luntz, and some ex-tobacco propagandists got at it in the mid 1990s. Their actions are a matter of public record, but for some reason most people aren't interested in the actual history, except for some historians. And the political manipulation continues. Part of that is to always accuse the other guy of exactly what you are doing.

Comment Re:No Agenda (Score 2) 637 637

If someone agrees with you, they have the "truth". If someone disagrees, they have an agenda.

Why don't you read the original research, examine the /evidence/, replicate it if you want, and then decide. Suppose you like easy answers that fit your preconceived world view. So no agenda there.

"Facts are stupid things." -- President Ronald Reagan (a blooper from his speeach at the '88 GOP convention)