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Comment: Re:What if we overcorrect? (Score 1) 343

by BlueStrat (#46766097) Attached to: Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

Any scientists care to produce data on how much cooling that hunting the large numbers of truly enormous herds of buffalo that covered many square miles to near-extinction produced? The temperature records I've seen do not show any such corresponding result.

There are about twice as many bovines in the US now. Estimates of the population of bison in the 1500s are 30-60million. There are 90million cattle in the country now. The biomass of a bison was commonly 300-1000kg. The biomass of a beef cow at slaughter is about 600kg average: So I what you're seeing is a replacement of one bovine with another, with a increase in population and biomass.

So you're saying in effect that if the buffalo herds had grown to ~30% larger that it would have had a significant effect on global warming? That's quite a leap.

If global climate is so delicate we're all doomed no matter what we do.

I'm all for solidly-based, practical, cost-effective, common sense, and pragmatic efforts to protect the environment. This whole CO2 and climate-change alarmism is not any of that.

The Earth is in a warming cycle that will continue until it peaks and reverses back towards another ice age, no matter what we puny humans do. We can only make tiny-to-the-point-of-irrelevance changes in the rates of those changes.

Rather than attempt to put chains on the growth of civilization and the freedom of men, why not trust that humans will do what they've always done? Adapt, survive, overcome, and prosper. With the growth of civilization also comes a growth in our ability to adapt, overcome, and mitigate.

Also, with the growth of civilization will be a growth in our ability and desire to move problem-making industries like energy production and many other types of industrial operations. Once humans start moving such activities off-planet, there will be a chance for Earth's natural processes to abate and recover from the damage we may have done on our way to maturity. Humans can't advance as a civilization and live like they're afraid to walk on the grass.

You can't have humans totally proscribed from causing any potential damage to the environment or climate. It's going to happen no matter what, and no matter how many laws are passed or treaties that are signed. Not saying I favor a free-for-all. As I stated above, pragmatic and cost-effective rules that can reasonably be enforced, and that don't do more damage than they're intended to mitigate.

"The secret is to bang the two rocks together, kiddies!" - MC at The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe.


Comment: Re:What if we overcorrect? (Score 1) 343

Point of precision: Cow flatulence isn't a significant source of greenhouse gasses. Cow digestion makes methane, but it is released at the front end of said bovine.

We must work to eliminate the large numbers of carbon-producing buffalo immediately!

Oh, wait...

Any scientists care to produce data on how much cooling that hunting the large numbers of truly enormous herds of buffalo that covered many square miles to near-extinction produced? The temperature records I've seen do not show any such corresponding result.

If curbing the bovine population were to have any meaningful effect on warming, we should be able to identify and quantify the data that would tend to confirm or disprove this from the time periods before and after the time of the disappearance of the buffalo herds.

As a matter of fact, I find the lack of this comparison being used to bolster the case for bovine carbon regulations/laws conspicuous by it's very absence.


Comment: Ah, Crony-Capitalism! (Score 4, Interesting) 223

by BlueStrat (#46681915) Attached to: Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

Where government creates regulations and laws to favor "connected" businesses and interests. That's how the established ISPs have come to have so much power.

." has to wonder how long before the U.S. recognizes the internet as a utility and passes laws and regulations accordingly."

Now the author of TFS thinks *more* laws & regulations from the *same* crooks that have intentionally worked long and hard to *create* this situation are suddenly going to help!?

If there's enough crap stirred up to occupy the news cycle for more than a day or two, they'll do what they always do. Put together some Bill with a great-sounding name and at a quick glance looks good, but there will be sub-clauses and sub-paragraphs buried deep in the weeds of the Bill that actually make things *worse*.

Hmm, on second thought, where did I put that property title to that bridge? I may have found a prospect!


Comment: Re:Freedom of Speech? (Score 2) 328

by BlueStrat (#46667709) Attached to: Federal Bill Would Criminalize Revenge Porn Websites

It's not defamation of character if what you say is true.

Basically, if you're not photoshopping someone's head onto another body, revenge porn is not defamation.


I would think that simply requiring a signed & notarized release form to release video/photographs of individuals nude and/or engaged in sexual acts would reduce the amount and viciousness in many cases of these revenge videos and those who upload them, and the damage they often inflict on women whose biggest crime was choosing to trust a sleazy and heartless SOB.

I see no need to pass legislation which impacts basic civil rights. There are already numerous legal precedents and laws/regulations on the books that could be slightly tweaked, possibly as I outlined above, to solve this type of attack and violation of privacy.

What has been proposed in this Bill is nothing but a power grab by government.


Comment: Re:Sure, but... (Score 1) 392

by BlueStrat (#46667413) Attached to: How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

/There is the small issue of nuclear fallout being scattered throughout the atmosphere.

LOLwut? You think anyone would seriously consider touching off an ascending string of air-burst nukes at Kennedy Space Center? Or even at White Sands?

Something that massive would have to be built in orbit, possibly even lunar orbit or one of the La Grange points, far away from Earth, with materials obtained from captured asteroids and/or lunar mining and use of solar-powered electromagnetic rail systems to launch materials off the lunar surface to orbit.

A space-going ship of that scale makes it not practical to be climbing out of deep atmospheres and gravity wells with, never mind trying to soft-land such a large mass on same using nuclear explosions. Ships at such scales would necessarily travel from a "parking" orbit at the origin to a "parking" orbit at the destination, and use auxiliary craft for planetary landings.

Capture an asteroid of sufficient size and a suitable composition consisting of a mixture of rock and water & methane/etc ice, hollow out the interior, and with some work you have a ship with it's own integral micrometeorite and radiation shielding, plus a built-in propellant and oxygen supply.

We have the technology right now to begin, and the growth of our knowledge and abilities will accelerate with demand and use so that we will achieve the ability to complete the most difficult parts as the time for doing those things comes up.

The spin-off technologies and knowledge gained from such a project would make life back here on Earth much safer, cleaner, and healthier for everyone.


Comment: Re:EU bans most GMOs & labels all (Score 1) 509

by BlueStrat (#46667119) Attached to: The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

What about giving me basic information on the labels about where my food is coming from so that I can decide for myself what I want to eat?

Then we agree that the act of banning, and therefor removing the ability to make that *choice* as opposed to allowing people to choose for themselves, is a bad thing.

Thanks for your support.


Comment: Re:EU bans most GMOs & labels all (Score 1) 509

by BlueStrat (#46657713) Attached to: The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

There is not in any way "consensus" that "GMOs are safe"

The EU bans most GMO foods and requires labels on the others....they have plenty of peer reviewed published research to base that decision upon

Again the facts say otherwise.

The consensus is that they are safe.
American Medical Association []
National Academy of Sciences []
World Health Organization []
Chief Scientific Advisor to the European Commission []
Department of Agriculture []
Food and Drug Administration []
Environmental Protection Agency []

Scientific consensus is that GMOs are safe.

Yes, the reactionary, anti-science Progressives in *both* major Parties who sees a chance to grab more power and control by corrupting the entire field of science in order to use it for political purposes (the ends justify the means), wants to see most people (except themselves, of course. THEY are far too important!) freezing and starving in the dark, willing to do anything they say to receive basic necessities rationed out by them as they see fit.

It's all about control.

We're living in a giant KFC farm for people, with ever-smaller cages built of the ever-growing amount of laws, regulations, taxation, licensing, bureaucracy, and destruction of civil rights along with increasingly-militarized local police forces financed and therefor controlled by the central government.

With national fiscal crisis occurring across the globe, the impending collapse of the US Dollar, and the world economy teetering on the brink of collapse, we are at the precipice of a global sea-change which will herald-in the beginning of a new age of war, tyranny, genocide, and poverty worldwide.

Hang on to your ass kids, it's gonna get bumpy!


Comment: Re:At least it's on our side! (Score 0) 123

by BlueStrat (#46609527) Attached to: Classified X-37B Space Plane Breaks Space Longevity Record

It neglects to consider that the government gives as well as takes.

Pull that bus over right now.

Government gives *nothing*.

All government is, is force. It has no wealth of it's own. Anything it "gives" in entitlements/benefits/bread & circuses/etc comes from taking wealth, under threat of lethal force and imprisonment, from those who worked to produce it and transfer it to someone else or to some other group.


There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

Even more so with layer upon layer of government red-tape, incompetence, ideological social-engineering foolishness, and bureaucracy.

All that government has and all the powers it exercises are voluntarily granted to government temporarily, with the sworn & solemn agreement that the government will not exceed the bounds of that which is loaned to them, in exchange for the privilege of exercising those agreed-upon powers using the agreed-upon wealth exclusively for the agreed-upon purposes.

Furthermore, the citizens have a right and a duty to alter or abolish a government that violates that trust.

Government is a necessary evil. The less the better.

A powerful central government, necessary to support and administer/enforce a centrally run government entitlement infrastructure, even if run benevolently *now*, only requires a change of politicians/party for that same power to be used for corruption, oppression, and tyranny.


Comment: Re:At least it's on our side! (Score 4, Insightful) 123

by BlueStrat (#46608759) Attached to: Classified X-37B Space Plane Breaks Space Longevity Record

Have you noticed that not too many years ago, Americans would hear about some neat new technical military thing and think, "Wow, I'm glad that's on OUR side!" And now, they just expect it to be used for domestic purposes.

And yet, many of these same people will attack you and call you all sorts of names if you dare suggest reducing the Federal government's size, power, & scope. They just seem incapable of connecting the growth of government size, power, and scope to the government abuses of their civil rights that they're becoming increasingly aware of.

The cognitive dissonance is astounding.

All governments get their power from the citizens. The more power the government has, the less power and protections from government abuse the individual citizen will have. All governments get their wealth from their citizens. The more wealth the government has/spends, the less wealth citizens will have or be able to borrow for homes, businesses, schooling, raising kids, giving to charities, etc.


Comment: Re: No. (Score 1) 246

How is this any different from someone just unlocking your front door because the lock mechanism is stupid and helping himself to all your belongings?

The law on trespassing is that if your property is not plainly posted according to certain detailed legal requirements and you leave your door open or unlocked and someone enters your premises and/or if they cross onto your property, you may order the individual(s) to leave, and if they comply without delay, they have not committed a crime, regardless of what they may have seen while on the property and/or in the premises, and are under no legal obligation to keep it secret barring a court's order.

An internet address typed into a browser's address bar is in no way a closed or locked door, there are no signs warning against trespassing, not even any sign that there may be any private property there at all until 'enter' is pressed, nothing that's required to be present at the property owner's responsibility and cost in order to convict someone of a crime.

The whole concept being used to criminalize typing the "wrong" URL into your internet browser violates basic tenets of common law and civil rights.

This is big money working with a corrupt government and politicians of both of the major parties to both offload the security burden onto the populace, but also using the power of law and threat of lethal force to do it, which gives the government even more ability to intimidate, threaten, control, and to jail people selectively.

Gotta keep the trial lawyers, the politicians, and the private prison industry fat cats in plenty of hookers & blow while expanding their power over the population more and more.


Comment: Re:Did Fluke request this? (Score 4, Informative) 653

by BlueStrat (#46530649) Attached to: $30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

What possible safety function does coloring a multimeter yellow serve?

Being easy to find.

A meter "being easy to find" is not a safety function.

Says a guy that's apparently never been 10 feet down a very dark and cramped concrete-lined hole, troubleshooting and changing out a failed 480V 3-phase lift-pump motor and contactor assembly.

You really should avoid offering opinions on things whens it's glaringly-obvious that you know very little about them. It's like watching the guy who decides to do a belly-flop from 45 feet. It's just painful for everyone, even the observers.

I'm not being mean here. I'm hoping it sticks and contributes in some small way to you living a happier and more productive life.

"A man's got to know his limitations." - Clint Eastwood as "Dirty" Harry Callahan in "Magnum Force"


Comment: Re:**criminal elements of...** (Score 1) 320

The fact that ours doesn't is

the result of money: businesses having to much (in)direct influence.

If it doesn't lead to corrupted politicians, it's at least corrupting democracy.

You're putting the cart before the horse.

Corporations and others with money would not bother bribing/corrupting politicians in the US Federal government if those politicians had very little actual power or control, which is the way the US Constitution originally was designed.

Starting in the early 1900s with President Wilson and the Progressive movement, however, the Federal government has been constantly expanding in power and scope, making it increasingly useful and attractive for the dishonest to attempt to corrupt.

As long as there is a large centralized nexus of power rather than a distributed system, there will be corruption.

The US Constitution is a network design. Instead of data, it deals in power. Like data networks, compromising a distributed system is far more difficult than compromising a system with a single C&C point.

If you look at government as a network, it's obvious the problem lies in far too much centralization of power.


Comment: Re:Take your pants down (Score 1) 151

by BlueStrat (#46514383) Attached to: Aussie Attorney General's War On Encrypted Web Services

I'm ashamed to be Australian today. These idiots don't represent most Australians. I'll have to contact my local member of parliament.

Not as ashamed as I am as an American, whose nation is supposed to be at the forefront of individual liberty and as much freedom from government regulation of, involvement in, or monitoring of the average person's life as possible while still maintaining domestic order and performing the duties necessary to conduct foreign affairs.

The further the government of the US strays from and exceeds the powers and scope granted by it's Constitution, the worse things have and will get. Not only for the US and those in it, but for the entire world...economically, diplomatically, militarily,.and from the perspective of individual liberty and freedom as well.

Where does one seek asylum from persecution when the are no more nations of free people? If there are no more nations of free people, who will stand against the next insane megalomaniac tyrant bent on world domination? And, there *will* be another. Without fail. There always will be (at least until the human race achieves Ascension :) ). The rise and fall of such describes a large chunk of the entirety of human history from the beginnings of civilization until now.

My greatest fear is that the US collapses into a full-on totalitarian police state that sees foreign aggression as the only practical means at it's disposal to feed the beast, seeing as it's economy is shot, and becomes the next threat to the entire world like WW2 Germany, squared.


Comment: Re:Take your pants down (Score 1) 151

by BlueStrat (#46514155) Attached to: Aussie Attorney General's War On Encrypted Web Services

The catch is that massive data collection and observation allows all kinds of progress. Is it really so wrong that your car insurance company can tell how fast you drive and whether you leave bars late at night? Or how about a medical insurance or life insurance discount because it is clear that you eat a lot of green leafy vegetables and not Spam sandwiches for lunch? Or how about knowing where your wife and kids have really been all week? Or how about linking cancer rates to locations or habits or even knowing your DNA and how it will tolerate such behaviors? And for crime prevention and punishment it is hard to beat heavy duty surveillance.

"Those who willingly surrender freedom for security deserve neither and will lose both."

Not a student of history or human nature, are you? That's always the refrain of the tyrant; "It's for your own good".

Such beliefs have fueled some of the most horrible atrocities in the history of mankind and killed many tens of millions of people.

A Panopticon that's only available to those in power guarantees those in power become tyrants and the citizens become slaves.


Comment: Re:Take your pants down (Score 5, Insightful) 151

by BlueStrat (#46504287) Attached to: Aussie Attorney General's War On Encrypted Web Services

Here's the third: Take your business elsewhere.

The world is a large place. Someone might want to tell Mr. Bigwig that his laws mean jack in all but one country.

Except that this trend towards increased government surveillance of the general populace by government intelligence and LE agencies, often in blatant violation of their nations' own laws and founding documents & principles, is a global phenomenon, particularly in the West, and no longer limited to a handful of dictatorships and totalitarian nations.

Blowing this stuff off because "just switch to a foreign provider" is short-sighted.

Individual freedom around the world, particularly digital privacy/security against intrusive, and often illegal by their own laws, digital spying by governments against their own citizens, is on a downward trend as the US and other Western nations grow increasingly paranoid and authoritarian.

The struggle against such invasive surveillance must likewise be global as these regimes work together both in the actual surveillance and also on the political side to increase their scope and power ever further.

This is particularly true among "Five Eyes" nations like Australia. What good would it do to switch to using services outside the country you're in if all the practical alternatives are just as bad or worse?


FORTRAN is a good example of a language which is easier to parse using ad hoc techniques. -- D. Gries [What's good about it? Ed.]