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Comment: Re: Who did the study? (Score 1) 293

by Opportunist (#49157889) Attached to: We Stopped At Two Nuclear Bombs; We Can Stop At Two Degrees.

Facts mattered? Must've been a long time ago.

Money matters. And I don't even want to solve whether the money from those industries that don't want to face expenses to deal with stricter environment laws matters more than that from industries that want to sell the stuff that makes the former compliant with stricter environment laws.

In the old days there may have been some scientific process to determine who's right. You know, with thesis, antithesis and discussion. Today it's way easier: Whoever contributes the most campaign money is right.

Comment: Not a good comic today (Score 1) 340

by Trogre (#49157651) Attached to: Is That Dress White and Gold Or Blue and Black?

That has to be one of the worst xkcd comics I've seen in a long time. The left picture shows a white and gold dress against a blue backdrop, and the right picture shows a blue and gold dress against a yellow backdrop. In neither picture does the "gold" look remotely like anything that could be called black.

I think a lot of this confusion is coming from the fact that the white balance of the picture is such that the blue fabric looks like evening light scattering off a white surface (a very light blue), so our eyes are interpreting that as the "white" point, and correcting everything else in the picture to match. So we have a way overexposed very dark object made to look like a slightly underexposed light object.

Comment: Re: stop the pseudo-scientific bullshit (Score 1) 81

by jd (#49156217) Attached to: Mysterious Siberian Crater Is Just One of Many

The Great Extinction, caused by Siberia becoming one gigantic lava bed (probably after an asteroid strike), was a bit further back in time. Geologically, Siberia is old. You might be confusing the vestiges of Ice Age dessication (which was 10,000 years ago) but which involves the organics on the surface with the geology (aka rocks).

Regardless, though, of how the craters are forming, the fact remains that an awful lot of greenhouse gas is being pumped into the air, an awful lot of information on early civilization is being blasted out of existence, and a lot of locals are finding that the land has suddenly become deadly.

Comment: Re: Authority (Score 2, Interesting) 145

by jd (#49156167) Attached to: As Big As Net Neutrality? FCC Kills State-Imposed Internet Monopolies

That is a good question. The last time the courts ruled on this, the ruling was that the FCC had ceded power and couldn't claim it back without the will of god. Or Congress, or something.

Personally, I'm all in favour of Thor turning up to the Supreme Court, but he probably wouldn't be allowed in on account of not having a visa.

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