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Comment: India & China (Score 1) 869

we'd have to get developing titans like India and China

This gets bandied around a lot as a "reason" not to do anything, or to do very little, about reducing human impact on the environment (Not saying that this is your point, just picking the words out). It's crap for two reasons: first, the impact of the US on the global environment far outweighs India or China's impact, now or in the foreseeable future. Secondly, and more importantly, the argument effectively says "can't fix everything so there's no use even trying." It may be that you can't fix everything, but we have to start somewhere, and doing something is better than doing nothing.

Comment: Re:No, not those who don't understand... (Score 1) 921

by Any Web Loco (#46363269) Attached to: Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass
But you didn't have a valid insightful point. You characterized the people in the bar in a certain way, denigrated them because of it, when in fact the fine article actually points out what the other customers actually did. Nothing like what you describe.

Comment: The Telegraph (Score 1) 359

Late to the party so I suspect all y'all will miss this but it's important to realise that The Telegraph is a very right-of centre, capital "C" Conservative news organisation. In the UK it's often called the Torygraph for it's unquestioning and unalloyed support of all things associated with the Tory (Conservative) party. For a different spin, try the Guardian's coverage, here.

Even better would be to actually read the LRB article which actually is a detailed, nuanced piece which says both good things and bad about the guy.

Comment: Re:Just. Wow. (Score 1) 362

What are you, 13? "Go look it up in Wikipedia". Please. Sam's (your) argument is that people suffer famine because they live in the desert and this would be solved if they just left the desert area. Because that's why famine happens. And because it's easy to leave. Seriously - how naive are you? Even the wikipedia entry on famine shows you up FFS,

Comment: Just. Wow. (Score 1) 362

What a well thought through and nuanced position that is. As a rule, famine doesn't happen because people live in a desert. It happens because of crop failure. Or war. Or any combination of a number of social and geo-political factors. But because they live in a desert? Not so much. Further, the "great" Sam's position implies that people have a choice about where they live. Again, not so much.

Comment: Black Mirror - The Entire History of You (Score 4, Informative) 341

by Any Web Loco (#46283341) Attached to: Google Tells Glass Users Not To Be 'Creepy Or Rude'
There is a great fun 1-hour TV show called Black Mirror - The Entire History of You which deals with what it would be like to be able to record every minute of your private life and review it at any stage. Didn't have entirely positive things to say. Worth a watch one evening - might temper your view?

Comment: Fork Slashdot? (Score 5, Interesting) 188

by Any Web Loco (#46170727) Attached to: Build an Open-Source Electric Car In About One Hour
Why don't we make our own Slashdot (with blackjack & hookers)? What IP is there in the site that we couldn't take with us? Could we take the moderation system (it's the only thing I can think of on Slashdot that's good and that no other site does as well)? I can't code for toffee but I'd be happy to make coffee & buy pizza for those who did.

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