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Comment: More fascism (Score 3, Interesting) 86

by rossz (#49156401) Attached to: Under US Pressure, PayPal Stops Working With Mega

The feds have been putting pressure on banks to stop taking accounts for businesses they do not approve of. So far, they've gone after accounts of the porn industry and gun stores. I fully expect them to target tobacco stores in the near future. They do this by suggesting to the bank that they would find it necessary to conduct thorough and repeated audits if the banks work with "less than desirable" businesses.

Comment: Re:And no one cares (Score 1) 164

by cascadingstylesheet (#49155721) Attached to: Google Taking Over New TLDs

I am watching the "new generation" use the internet/web browser. They don't do it the way we (I?) did. They have little concept of "url" or web site address. Any resource they access is entered into the ever-present search box or "magic combo url bar", as series of search terms or a common name. They rely on the (non-standartized but helpful) search subsystem (usually, Google, but not always) to bring them to the right place.

So in other words, AOL keywords.

Comment: Re:Climate change phobia (Score 1) 285

by argStyopa (#49154217) Attached to: We Stopped At Two Nuclear Bombs; We Can Stop At Two Degrees.

Except that - even if you agree that climate is changing, which seems to be indisputably true - it's still rather humanocentric to assume that we "could have changed something".*

* First, you have to assume that global warming is driven largely by humans; considering that about every 120k years there's a sudden spike in temps and CO2 and the last one was...120k years ago, I think the burden of proof (that this one is caused by SUVs and Republicans, when none of the previous dozen were) is still on the AGW folks, depite the politically-driven IPCC reports.
Second, you have to assume that the warming isn't simply intrinsic to how we live in the 21st century, like the concomitant carcinogens that are consumed with cooked meat. Sure, if we killed off half of humanity it might reduce warming significantly, is that worth it? We could all live like hunter gatherers, but is it worth it?

Comment: Re:Inquisition (Score 1) 382

by cold fjord (#49153939) Attached to: Lawmakers Seek Information On Funding For Climate Change Critics

Lawmakers Seek Information On Funding For Climate Change Critics

John Schwartz reports at the NY Times that prominent members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate are demanding information from universities ...

Its simple to get right. You didn't, and still haven't.

Comment: Re:Inquisition (Score 1) 382

by cold fjord (#49152205) Attached to: Lawmakers Seek Information On Funding For Climate Change Critics

And yet you still haven't successfully identified either the topic of the story or who the story is centered on. If you can't comprehend something that simple it's a safe bet that you don't have a meaningful understanding of the science of climate change, which leaves you in the cargo cult enthusiast category.

Maybe you should be planting trees, it would be more useful than your post, and it would keep you out of trouble.

Comment: Re:Bigger Markets (Score -1, Flamebait) 100

by DNS-and-BIND (#49151393) Attached to: Google Reverses Stance, Allows Porn On Blogger After Backlash
There are whole huge swathes of blogspot.com that are tranny porn and the like. Not surprised they claimed it as 'identity' or whatever. I mean, their entire identity is sexual. I like sex too but damn it doesn't define me as a person. We all have other interests outside the ol' bedroom. How'd we get into Google fiber?

Force needed to accelerate 2.2lbs of cookies = 1 Fig-newton to 1 meter per second