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Comment: Re:1800s (Score 1) 552

by HappyHead (#47461917) Attached to: The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record
Also, sea levels were much higher - like, over a hundred meters higher. Higher enough to sell ocean-front property in Kansas - here's a neat toy to visualize sea level increases with current geography:

Sadly, it's a Java Applet, meaning you'll have to fight through permissions and version updates and crap, but if you can get past that, it's a good demonstration of why melting the ice caps is a bad idea, especially if you live in Florida or Louisiana.

Comment: Re:The Carbon Tax (Score 0) 552

by HappyHead (#47457973) Attached to: The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

you can and do breath carbon gases

Stick your head in a smoke stack and see how long that idea holds up for, or even just hanging out in some of the worse areas of China.

While technically many people would suffocate in an atmosphere which contained zero carbon dioxide (it triggers the breathing reflex when enough builds up in the lungs. You can breathe deliberately, but not while asleep.) excessive carbon dioxide is not breathable. Additionally, the majority of the producers of carbon dioxide are also pumping out hundreds of other pollutants into the atmosphere at the same time, the vast majority of which are very much not breathable. This is why people can die from being closed into a car where the exhaust system is leaking into the passenger cabin.

Comment: Re:Actually makes good sense (Score 1) 702

by HappyHead (#47401109) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes
If it's any consolation, China and Saudi Arabia still have tourist industries too, so there will always be somebody willing to brave the security theater and increasing chance of being arrested for offenses they aren't allowed to know about.

I actually knew someone whose idea of a great vacation was to go visit places like Libya and Yemen. We always accused him of being a secret government agent because there was usually a war in whatever middle-eastern country he visited within a month of his trip, occasionally starting while he was still there.

Comment: Re:Actually makes good sense (Score 1) 702

by HappyHead (#47399711) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes
About 14 years ago (yeah, before the 9/11 crap) I had to go on a flight into the US, and the laptop I had with me had a dead battery, but the customs/airport agents (were they even the TSA back then?) allowed me to just plug it into the outlet at the inspection station. They did however, have a rule that they had to verify that any carry-on electronics were actually working before they were allowed onto the plane, even in 2000.

The inspectors I had probably not typical though, especially now, since not only were they polite, they also thanked me for cooperating, and let me on the plane _before_ the first class people got to board. As we were wrapping up, they actually used a pair of six-sided dice to decide how many people to skip before the next person got inspected. (They rolled a 3 and inspected this little old lady who looked about 80. She also got on the plane before first class boarded.)

Why can't we have TSA agents like them anymore? Polite, explaining what they were doing and why, and actually random in their random inspections, rather than "that guy looks suspicious, we'll do him".

Comment: Re:Not all your readers are American (Score 1) 340

by HappyHead (#47379003) Attached to: On 4th of July:
Yup, and we'll get hit even worse with it next year when it's on a Wednesday - at least this year some employers gave their staff the Monday off to join the Tuesday of Canada Day. Next year? Not going to happen.

Of course, the Americans get to have the same problem in 2017/2018 when July 4th is on a Tuesday/Wednesday, and Canada day will instead be ... on the weekend, causing some of our employers to not give us time off at all.

Comment: Re:It was a myth (Score 5, Funny) 986

by HappyHead (#44620043) Attached to: Joining Lavabit Et Al, Groklaw Shuts Down Because of NSA Dragnet
The neat thing about the English language is that it has it's own built-in excuse for massively varying dialects and accents. Adding "ish" on the end of a word in English generally means "bares some vague resemblance to, but probably isn't actually the same as". Kinda like saying "Well, what we did was legal-ish", or "it looks kinda brownish". When we say we're speaking English, we're saying what we are speaking is "kinda sorta vaguely, but not quite exactly like what they speak in England". Thus, what they speak in Newfoundland is totally Engl-ish.

Technically, under those rules, Quebec "French" is also more Engl-ish than it is France-ish, but don't tell them that, it'll just upset them.

Yes, I did completely make that up on the spot, but it's a real-ish explanation.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.