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Comment: Re:Is it just me ... (Score 1) 238

by bill_mcgonigle (#48481075) Attached to: First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

I'd assumed he was a good guy who'd stolen a stormtrooper uniform to infiltrate and/or escape

Star Wars took a fair beating for being almost all white. Bringing Billy Dee Williams on was at least partially a response to such criticism. We would expect casting from a 2015 Star Wars to be broad and inclusive and not repeat the first film's mistakes.

The funny thing is all this "aren't you a little black for a stormtrooper?" talk is arguing for a "white" stormtrooper when the guy who portrayed Fett is part Maori so it's wrong, if you even care about the premise.

But it's all nonsense anyway - people need to enjoy the film and try to be a little bit more colorblind. None of the characters are humans anyway.

Comment: Diaspora is still very much alive (Score 1) 85

by afabbro (#48464263) Attached to: Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

Remember Diaspora? In 2010, it raised $200,641 on Kickstarter to take on Facebook with "an open source personal web server to share all your stuff online." Two years later, they essentially gave up, leaving their code to the open source community to carry forward.

Diaspora is still very much alive.

Comment: Re:Shyeah, right. (Score 1) 275

by afabbro (#48464195) Attached to: Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

in at least 1 different state

Are you expecting an entire state to disappear? I mean, I've heard jokes about California falling into the ocean, but a requirement of having backups in two different states seems kind of extreme.

Particularly because "two different states" could mean "Rhode Island and Delaware" which is very different than "Alaska and Florida."

Comment: Re: So low carb vindicated again (Score 1) 251

by bill_mcgonigle (#48441817) Attached to: Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

hey, it reduces end-of-life welfare costs by killing off the population more quickly. The "food pyramid" is good policy if you're a sociopathic bankrupt program.

I got a full blood panel before and after doing a ketosis diet for four months. All my numbers were much better, but to be succinct my total relative risk metric for coronary heart disease (1.0 is average) fell from 0.8 to 0.3. I was using a half gallon of heavy cream and several cups of coconut oil every week. Some bacon and steaks too. Plenty of nuts and cheese.

Most people see similar results. None of these blood tests are new science. All of these studies could have been done in 1980. I wonder if they were.

Comment: Re:How's this going to work (Score 4, Funny) 161

by bill_mcgonigle (#48438087) Attached to: Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

With 90% of their revenue coming from Google yet they just signed a 5 year deal with Yahoo how is this going to work out?

I guess we'll see, but Yahoo is probably guaranteeing at least as much revenue as Google, for the opportunity to be the default search engine.

So that gives MoFo five years to have FirefoxOS take over the smartphone market.


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Comment: Re:In an unrelated news item... (Score 2) 332

by bill_mcgonigle (#48438053) Attached to: The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Population count (507 mio. vs. 319 mio.) and GDP (18.4 trio. US$ vs. 16.8 trio. US$).

Given their superior regulatory environment, why does the EU only make less than 70% per-capita of what the US makes? Especially given that many US-headquartered companies are recognizing most of their revenue in Ireland.

Comment: Re:We've been doing it for a long time (Score 1) 367

The whole global warming scare made it abundantly obvious that the current state of science (plus politics) is incapable of intelligently managing the climate, or perhaps even managing it at all, much less intelligently.

But, hey, look what Harvard Economists have done with engineering the economy! Can't we have some ivory tower academics "fixing" the planet too?

But seriously, an upper-bound projected sea level rise of 4 inches is completely unprecedented, so we should seek to thwart the productive capacity of humanity, and whatever happens, don't put one tenth of that money into ensuring clean water for every human on Earth, eliminating malaria, or building fusion reactors. Where the regulatory victory in that?!

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