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Comment: Re: i'm going with 98% of the scientific community (Score 1) 217 217

Ok let's say that only 60% of experts agree that man is the primary cause of the current trends. A number that I pulled out my anus, and is surely way too low.

I'm going to go with 60% of the experts.

Incidentally, those are the 60% that aren't on the payroll of the oil or coal industry.

Comment: +1, pedantic (Score 1) 217 217

congratulations, you correctly identified that not everything in the list was a fact. here's your cookie.

the OPINIONS of the people on that list were ultimately formed based on facts, either real ones or fake ones doled out by alarmists, quacks, or fox news. my point stands.

Comment: Re:Alarming Freedom (Score 4, Insightful) 217 217

because the topics mentioned aren't opinions, they are facts - there is no room for someone to have an opinion on whether "the Earth is getting warmer mostly due to human activity" for instance. Either it is, or it isn't, and facts overwhelmingly point to yes. By denying those facts we are totally fucking ourselves in the ass, pardon my french.

Comment: ohmigosh stop the presses! (Score -1, Flamebait) 118 118

holy crap facebook should pay you a million dollar salary for noticing the glaring flaw in their solution. it's a shame that their team of experts were unfamiliar with this 'hard drive' technology you speak of. If only they had done more research!

Good thing we have you, stoned_ritual, expert on the subject, to chime in with a better solution!

Comment: Re:Do they ever follow up? (Score 4, Insightful) 283 283

in at least some cases the cost of following up is greater than the amount saved by booting those that abuse the system. see: drug testing for welfare recipients

so, is the money actually what's important to you? or are you just a hardass that can't stand to see someone get something for free on principle?

Comment: Re:yes obviously you are right (Score 1) 160 160

so here's the cool thing about heat. creating heat is one of the few things that we can actually do with amazing efficiency, nearly 100% in fact.

so i'm not sure what you think thermodynamics has to do with this, but even a 7th grader could tell you that running a computer is actually a very effective and efficient way to generate heat from electricity.

now, when sending servers out to a bunch of different locations and keeping track of them, i would say that a logistics manager is pretty darn useful. here's the definition, in case you aren't clear:

when it comes to creating a distributed system of servers that handle programming tasks and then report their findings back to a central source, i'd probably want a hot-dog vendor to plan that out for me. wait, no, i'd want a programmer, that's right.

what are your qualifications, oh anonymous coward?

Comment: yes obviously you are right (Score 5, Informative) 160 160

clearly you are an expert in this field and have done all the necessary research to determine whether this could be pursued in a trial rollout.

unfortunately, the project is not being run by experts such as yourself, it is being run by random dudes that just troll the internet posting drivel in comment threads. they are doomed!

I've never been canoeing before, but I imagine there must be just a few simple heuristics you have to remember... Yes, don't fall out, and don't hit rocks.