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Comment Re:Clorine isn't the solution (Score 1) 117

Ozone is often used particularly because it dissipates, like at the zoo project I worked on, where the crocodiles and pygmy hippos couldn't thrive with chlorine. That said, one big reason chlorine is used more often is that it is much easier to handle. It can be relatively easily stored as a liquid solution in water and homeowners with backyard pools can get it in tablet form. Ozone generally has to be generated where it is used, and the safety features required may make you think twice.

Comment Re:Bad article. (Score 1) 194

This /. article totally fails to cover the reality that the number of trees has gone up (entire planet covered) and down (almost no trees in ice ages) over the course of the Earth's life.

Yeah! they didn't even mention that 400 million years ago trees didn't even exist yet.

Comment Re:Policy recommendations aren't predictive? (Score 1) 150

Pay someone more to stay home than they will get paid to work and they'll stay home.

The only place I've maybe seen that is in a photo processing plant, where they wouldn't (they claimed they couldn't) recruit blind people to work in the darkroom, but paid teenagers minimum wage (about $1.65 an hour) to do it. It was OK for me, since it was only a summer job, and I wasn't in the darkroom, anyway, but I doubt any adult could have lived on that even back then.

Comment Re:Ideology not reality ... (Score 2) 150

You've got that wrong. The recovery from the Great Depression (measured by GDP) started in 1933 , when Roosevelt ended deflationary policies. The recovery peaked in 1936 or 37, when Congress got scared of deficits and cut spending. At that time the real GDP was already above the 1929 GDP, but it consequently dropped for a year or so, until spending increased again, mostly in preparation for war, helping the economy to improve again. Of course all of that led to inflation, and unemployment spiked briefly after the war, but hey, you can't win it all.

Comment Re:Empirical analysis of chaotic systems (Score 2) 150

Which economists predicted 2007/2008?

Quite a few of them. Some didn't get their timing right but I can introduce you to economists and financial analysts that I know personally that were warning about a likely crash in the housing market and knock on effects as far back as 2003.

Hell, I predicted that the housing market would crash well before that (after a hi-rise condo developer I knew told me that 20% of their sales were to speculators who never had any intention of moving in). Does that make me right when the prices kept going up for years before crashing to levels still above the prices that were typical when I first thought it was going to crash?

Putting that stuff near "science" or "maths" is an insult to those fields of endeeavour.

Not any more than meteorology or ecology or geology or any other field that gets its data from complex and chaotic empirical sources.

The thing is, when scientists publish theories and mathematical models about meteorology or ecology or geology, people using those models and theories to make predictions don't affect the meteorology or ecology or geology. When economists publish theories and mathematical models of the economy, people acting on those models can change the behavior being modeled.

Comment Re:Too early (Score 1) 32

a Clinton/Bush matchup pretty much goes Clinton's way since her husband's baggage is easier to tote around than Jeb's brother's baggage. And that's the analysis for a close race!

And you're wrong because Clinton's baggage is not her husband's. Bill's popular, Hill isn't. Jeb has some baggage from his brother, but they're looking at the candidates in totality.

Jeb is a moderate former governor of Florida. Clinton is a scandal-beset senator and former Secretary of State. Jeb is neither loved nor hated, he just "is". Clinton is widely seen as dishonest, scheming, and lacking empathy.

Both have associated baggage from family members, but those family members aren't the people standing. Bill Clinton remains wildly popular in most of the US, if his "baggage" were the issue, Hillary Clinton wouldn't be unpopular.

Look, I know Obama is a centrist technocrat, but jesus, the last eight years haven't been that bad for liberalism in the US. For fuck's sake, you people literally got the best possible candidate and president a liberal could hope for in the climate of 2008 and all you've done is bitch bitch bitch, instead of trying to seize any of that momentum to build for better things.

What. The. Everloving. Fuck?

We've bitched because we're still stuck here with the torture, war on whistleblowers, and other Bush-era bullshit that he was supposed to end. Gitmo's still open. We withdrew from Iraq, but only in terms that we were going to anyway. We started a whole bunch of new wars, in Syria and Libya to name but two. Bush gave Saddam Hussein a show travel. Obama extra-judicially ordered the execution of Bin Laden. Obama extra-judicially ordered many other executions too, including drone strikes that have killed unknown numbers of bystanders. It's tempting to say we continued Bush's presidency with Obama, but it's worse than that in reality, we continued Cheney's vice presidency too.

Does any of that sound liberal to you? Seriously?

And what do we have to show for it? Obamacare? That, if you remember, is the policy we keep pointing out to Republicans is:

1. A minor shakeup of what we had already.
2. THEIR FUCKING PLAN FOR HEALTHCARE. The thing THEY were going to implement.

...because when I hear this patronizing regurgitated bullshit from Obamapologists, that's what it comes down to. Obamacare. Whoopiefuckingdoo. A "Universal Healthcare" system that's just as shitty as we had before, and is aimed primarily at reducing the deficit and protecting hospitals and insurers from financial problems more than it's aimed at providing universal healthcare. Which it doesn't actually provide, though, thankfully, the small bright glimmer of light in the otherwise dark cloud, it does at least reduce the number of people without health insurance.

But our government still murders and tortures people. And we hound them across the world for whistleblowing. The social problems America seems to suffer from seem to be worse than ever. We have no fucking improvements in infrastructure because given a golden opportunity to, Obama decided to run down the center and ask for too little, knowing he wouldn't even get that.

Is Clinton going to invade Iran? She will if a Bush-level Republican would do the same, I guarantee it. She'll fuck up on infrastructure spending, spend absurd amounts of time trying to balance the budget for no good reason whatsoever, she'll ignore social issues just like Obama because, hey, she doesn't need to, right? And she'll do what she can to impress the political establishment by obsessing over the security state and ensuring those damned whistleblowers get what's coming to them.

Maybe ultimately you have a different definition of liberalism to mine, but as I've said before, Obama's purpose as president appears to have been to tell us that elections don't matter, that no matter how liberal someone appears before being elected, we'll still end up being fucked over. The country will continue to drift right.

It's been a terrible eight years for liberalism. Utterly and completely terrible. We still had HOPE in 2008. We don't even have that any more.

Comment Re:Misleading title - didn't pass Windows 8 (Score 1) 242

I was very excited by 10 until I installed it on my tablet and found that it was something other than an updated Windows. I definitely think the GP should hold off using it if they're happy with Windows 7, which was a high quality operating system.


1. It's bug ridden.
2. Can't comment on performance vs Windows 7, but on my tablet it's awful compared to Windows 8.1. UI latency is terrible.
3. Still insists on tying use of apps to Microsoft accounts.
4. Sizable amount of default UI seems to be constantly pushing you to buy or download things.

10 is "big" and has some nice features, but I really wouldn't push anyone to upgrade unless they've test driven it first and like it.

Comment Re:By what measure, success? (Score 1) 242

It would be difficult NOT to image Windows 10 not achieving at LEAST a 5% market-share when ALL of the installed copies of Windows 7 and 8 out there harass users to upgrade to 10 for free.

But... and it's a big but... not all the installed copies of Windows 7 and 8 harass users to upgrade to 10 for free. Or even offer the option.

To be harassed, you:

1. Need to have a PC that's allowed to upgrade automatically. That eliminates virtually all corporate versions of Windows, which is disproportionately high amongst Windows users.

2. Need to have a PC where the user clicked on the little Windows notification icon, and went through the steps needed to "reserve" a copy of Windows 10. That's not everyone. That's probably not even the majority of the Windows users not covered by (1) above given most users have no idea what that little icon is. For them (people like my wife) the only Windows 10ism they'll ever see is something in a notification bar they usually never look at.

3. Need to have a PC that's "ready" to install. My tablet notified me after two weeks. A week or so later, my main gaming PC notified me that it was ready. They're clearly still pushing it out.

(1) and (3) are dealbreakers beyond the user's control. You could possibly argue that (2) is where the user has made some choices that relate to their interest in Windows 10.

5%, in that context, isn't bad. It's not great either, but it's certainly respectable.

Comment Re:To be expected (Score 1) 242

Yeah that link was posted to Slashdot a few days ago. It's mostly inaccurate concerning Mac OS X - the Dock, for example, was a NEXTSTEP (capitals deliberate) feature from the mid-eighties, for instance. The nearest vaguely Windows 95ish thing you can say about the OS X dock vs older OpenStep docks was that it moved to the bottom of the screen. And the comments about buttons to close/minimize etc originating in Windows 95 are completely ludicrous. It's like he never used a GUI before Windows 95. (I think Mac OS X did copy Alt-Tab though, so there's that, if he'd bothered to mention it...)

Windows 95 was a significant step forward for PC users, but it didn't really do much that wasn't out there on other platforms already. The Start button was mostly a new concept, but Amigans, GEM users, and Mac users didn't really see anything we hadn't seen before.

Comment Re:Even if you opt into HTML5? (Score 1) 174

I'd like example URLs so I can try them on my PC and in the Firefox browser on my Android tablet.

I'll let you know, I've "opted in" on all my browsers but frequently, for some reason, get videos delivered via Flash instead.

Contradiction in terms.

There are degrees of terribleness. The current HTML5 DRM system, which requires each browser on each platform independently support each third party DRM scheme essentially means that content providers get to dictate which operating system and browser you use.

To compare that to Flash, which works on every platform that Flash is available for, is absurd.

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