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Comment: Re:Just in time (Score 1) 91 91

Microsoft has been pushing for renewable revenue streams. Switching to subscription is going to kill Windows, regardless of whether or not Windows is subscription. If you look at the moves MS is doing lately, they seem to be offering up a lot of trial balloons for all sorts of various Subscription models. They have decided against Windows (for now) but having paid attention for a long time, I know that is temporary.

My meaning was, it doesn't matter what is actually "subscription", but it is going to kill Windows. And it will likely kill off Office as well.

Having both Office 365 and Google's Docs at work, I can tell you most people prefer Google Docs for just about everything. It is really that much of a better ONLINE experience.

Comment: Re:I sincerely hope the 1st Amendment is bulletpro (Score 1) 237 237

The intention of the subsidies was clear, they wanted to force the states into having their own Health Care Exchange; they wanted all the Republican held states to suffer. They stated it so. And they also stated that it wasn't a tax, because nobody would have voted for a "tax increase" and a violation of Obama's pledge not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $250K/yr.

But that doesn't matter now. Now that it is a tax, it can be repealed as such. Who is gonna vote against someone repealing a tax? Oh right, liberals.

Comment: Re:Good for greece (Score 1) 1121 1121

Probably would have been fine if Greece hadn't cooked the books just to get the Euro in the first place

You have to wonder about that. The EU knew they cooked the books and had a helping hand in them doing it.

And yea I am really sure everyone is going to be just clamoring for Greece;s own currency... not.

I have always wanted to see Greece, If they go back to the Drachma that might just happen.

Comment: Re:Living Wage is mandated for, and desired by idi (Score 1) 36 36

living wage

Is a flat out lie. Yeah it sound great and triggers emotional responses (fear, anger) of simpleminded people who can't see beyond "Single Mom with three kids" working in a Min Wage job, because they are completely unqualified for any other kind of job. We aren't allowed to talk about why she has three kids from four fathers (well, we know two of the kids fathers, the third is in dispute until Paternity test is done). The point being, "living wage" is a simpleton view of the world, and is wholly unworkable and creates more problems than it solves.

And while I am talking about it, there is no point convincing people who believe in the "Living Wage" lie to change their view, because they can't, any more than my wife can stop fearing spiders. It is an emotional response, and no amount of logic matters at that point.

Comment: Re: I lost interest when I saw brisket (Score 1) 138 138

I wasn't lying. I was mistaken. If you literally don't understand the difference then you're too stupid to have an opinion more meaningful than your favorite jello cup.

""Call It A Night, Cowboy!
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Here is the message. I get this maybe once a month.

Comment: Re: Good for greece (Score 1) 1121 1121

It was a case of a single country trying to help out its own economy.

There. Fixed that for you.

It isn't and wasn't a freebie. All it accomplished was shoving the problem further down the road. The result: massively increased debt AND a sluggish economy that has never recovered from 2008-2009. (Stock market levels are not, and never have been, a good indicator of the general state of the economy.)

Real unemployment (as opposed to official government figures re: "job market") remain high. Inflation remains a problem. Income disparity has continued to increase.

Obamanomics doesn't work. It didn't work for FDR (his own Treasury Secretary though he was completely nuts). It didn't work for Carter. It doesn't work now.

Comment: Re:Good for greece (Score 1) 1121 1121

Yes. That was 40 years before any talk of the Euro. So what's that got to do with "designing a currency"?

The EU disagrees with you

Winston Churchill calls for a "kind of United States of Europe" in a speech he gives at the University of Zurich.

Perhaps you would like to learn about it ?


  Or are you going to say you can have a united states circa 1945 without a national currency ?

Did New York and Detroit benefit equally from the same national monetary and trade policies ?

Probably not, but what's that got to do with "designing" a currency, or Greece?

LOL I have to wonder if you are stupid or trolling ? If you are this dense


Go to town. If you're a troll well at this point I am done feeding you.

Comment: Re: I lost interest when I saw brisket (Score 1) 138 138

Ah, SEE... this is what is so funny. There are so many fewer of you idiots than it appears! You were the shit head AC from that discussion weren't you?

Well... I copied the error the next time I got it:
  Call It A Night, Cowboy!
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I got this one the other day because I was arguing with so many halfwits... The hills were fucking alive with morons.

Anyway, I KNEW you'd keep stalking me so... when I got the error, I copied it. Bazzoom!

If you actually logged in... and you actually made a lot of posts... you'd get that message. I was wrong when I said 25 because I didn't remember the number. I love that you think you can claim I'm a liar for that... You're adorable.

Now you know. Suck it.

Comment: Re: The author doesn't understand Herbert (Score 1) 229 229

I hate to break it to you but a work of fiction is a work of art and a work of art can mean anything the author intends it to mean which can include complex philosphical ideas amongst many other things.

So... what you need to argue now is that Herbert did not express complex philosophical ideas in his books.

Spoiler alert... He did.

I've read all his novels and I think all of his novellas and even short stories. So... can you make the same claim, shithead?

Kind of doubt it.

*pushes the filthy peasant back into the pig sty he climbed out of and wipes the filth from touching him onto a hanky and then throws the hanky into the sty*

Fucking peasants.

Comment: Re:Pao Wants "Safe Spaces" for Shills and Ideologu (Score 0) 378 378

Obviously not... did you have any intelligent to say or only more embarrassingly stupid comments that do little more than stroke my ego by proving I'm better than one more meat sack?

Your navy seals comment was actually pretty revealing... you think I'm mad?

Bro... I just got done telling... I don't CARE about you enough to have an opinion. There's nothing you're saying that could even begin to evoke any emotion stronger than maybe frustration at your stupidity or disgust at your existence. But that's about it.

*kiss kiss*

Comment: Re:Alternatively... (Score 1) 81 81

I didn't explain properly. The military is not saying the new recruits are psychos. They're saying they don't have to be conditioned to kill. The average US WW2 vet was not a psycho. But after the war, he was much more able to shoot someone than he was prior to going to war.

He had had the violence normalized in his mind to a certain extent. However, that didn't mean he was a murderer. The crime rates after wars don't spike up above what they were went vets come home. They might go up above what they were during the war but they don't go up measurably above what they were before the war. And that is despite having many more people in your society that have psychologically normalized the concept of calculated methodical killing.

A certain amount of this is video games and violent movies. But that doesn't mean you're a psycho if you watch those things or even enjoy them as entertainment. But what it does mean is that when it comes time to actually pull the trigger it is less of a psychological shock. Parts of your mind are ready for it and it just blends into that same part of your mind.

Again, the military's attitude on the whole thing is that it is a mixed blessing. They like the "brains" of the new recruits. They find us to be better educated, smarter, faster with technology, less hesitant to pull the trigger, less psychologically conflicted about pulling the trigger... They are however fucking disgusted by the bodies.

Comment: Re: Coral dies all the time (Score 1) 145 145

As to the added effect of CO2, you'll still talking about a very thin spectrum of the EM band and I've found nothing to suggest that that band is special in anyway.

Also, I've found some indication that this notion of heat trapping assumes a vacuum between the lower atmosphere and the upper atmosphere. Because after all, heat can move freely through the atmosphere simply by one gas touching another.

Lets say I had something that was hot... and I put that hot thing in a transparent bubble of CO2... are you suggesting that the hot thing would cool off or lose its heat more slowly than if the bubble were filled with nitrogen or oxygen or helium? Because I don't think that matters.

I mean, what we're really talking about here is light captured from the sun rays reflecting off the earth and being turned into heat before they can be make it out of the atmosphere. Right?

How much of the Earth's reflectivity is even in that spectrum in the first place? Because we're not talking about sunlight at that point. We're talking about Earth light.... like moonlight... just whatever the earth emits when the sun shines on it.

So we're looking at very narrow spectrum... how much of the earth's reflected light is even in that band? how much energy are we talking about?

And if some significant amount of energy is turned into heat by CO2... it would seem that the heat could just work its way through the atmosphere to emit into space. I saw several people complaining about the way this issue is discussed talking about how the treatment of this heat trapping effect assumes a vacuum between the lower atmosphere and the upper atmosphere. I think I cited the scientific term for the effect in play before. I can do it again.

As to Ocean acidification, I'm not sure about that as well. Apparently only records since 1988 are considered valid and if you look at record that go back an additional 60 years you don't see the same trend line. The data before that is not counted apparently because it isn't considered accurate. But absent a longer trend line I don't know if you can claim what is and is not the ocean's baseline.

Would you mind citing an ocean acidification graph that goes back more than 20 years? Ideally as far back as possible.

Here is one thing I found that is sort of interesting to me anyway:

I'm actually downloading the data he's citing from the NOAA. There is a site I didn't know about where any jerk can query data from an automated system. It apparently takes hours for the data to be pulled. So I'll wait for the email and then I'll have a download link for some giant excel files.

This is a thing I see a lot... cherry picking the beginning of trend. So if you back out you'll see some graph that shoots up and down and up and down all over the place. But the graph as cited in many contexts will start at some arbitrary year that perfectly allows them to show a clean linear trend line that would be unsupportable if you showed a slightly longer time scale and noticed that before going up or down it was going down or up by some equal measure.

I feel more comfortable with longer trend lines.

As to how heat leaves our atmosphere, the CO2 isn't in the upper atmosphere pretty much at all. So... I don't know why you're saying the CO2 is relevant up there. If the heat is transferred to the upper atmosphere then its going to emit it the same way it always did. The CO2 isn't even up there. Just like the water vapor, the CO2 is mostly concentrated in the lower atmosphere.

As to this energy budget thing... this is interesting:

Examine figure 1... .6 watts per square meter is the imbalance... with a margin of error of 17 watts.

I mean... when your margin of error exceed your value... you basically have no idea.

I mean... lets say you tell me that a man is measured to be six feet tall... with a margin of error of plus or minus 30 feet... The measurement is meaningless in that case.

As to your question about whether a scientific paper has ever misrepresented itself... this is a very odd statement you're making. You're suggesting that no scientist has ever lied? I mean... do I need to cite the dozens of science fraud cases that have come up lately... mostly in medical science? I mean... okay. I'll just cite those so you appreciate that I can't just assume someone isn't lying. And I'll point out that that isn't how science works either. You don't just accept what anyone says. You test it.





So just because you publish something and it gets peer reviewed, it doesn't mean anything in the paper is valid or that the underlying conclusions of the paper are beyond criticism. Scientists are people and people lie for all the reasons that people do anything. Ego, money, power, peer pressure... name anything that can motivate a person to do anything and if that motivation becomes strong enough it can overwhelm other considerations.

As to whether my own intelligence is enough... you're missing the point. It has to be enough. If it isn't then I have no choice but to simply assume something is valid or disbelieve everything by default.

I'm not doing either.

As to my difficulty with ocean heat content, you couldn't translate that figure into temperature either so don't try to high hat or brow beat me on that one, sport. I'm doing my best to give you the benefit of the doubt and be respectful. But don't let that go to your head and assume that you can presume you've a greater command over this stuff than I do unless you can actually demonstrate that by converting that calculation into a more useful unit of measure.

I mean... if I wanted to, I could sit here and look at estimates of the mass of the ocean at the depth ranges they're citing and then divide the joules by the number of tonnes of water... and then I could figure out what that number of joules would do that that mass of water... but think we both know the temp difference that would come out of that calculation is going to be some tiny fraction of a degree at best. And from what I've seen of the historical graphs... the numbers are jumping around all over the place when you back out to merely centuries of time much less millennia. And that frankly makes it hard to claim we have a problem unless you can show a long term trend line. I keep looking at all these trend lines and they keep starting in the 80s or something. Its ridiculous.

As to the consensus argument you're now making... that is a political argument and not a scientific one. I'm not interested in it unless you want to have a political discussion about voter roles or something.

Murphy's Law, that brash proletarian restatement of Godel's Theorem. -- Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow"