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Comment: Re: People living in the polar regions (Score 2, Interesting) 565

by Kokuyo (#47348395) Attached to: Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

The problem is not their method or whether they publish it. I believe their methods are quite sound.

The real problem is two-fold: First, weather is an extremely complex process. I doubt that we understand enough of it to reliably predict what's going to happen if one or more factors change.
Second, as was said before, the data they have to work with is very young. And what they use to 'create' older data might or might not be very accurate.

I don't quite believe that we are able to say without a doubt whether this change we are seeing now is unnatural.

That said, prudence suggests that we limit our consumption and production of waste of any kind to a tolerable minimum. Even if climate change were not caused by us, that doesn't mean that we're not running out of resources.

Comment: Re:Exception to the rule? (Score 1) 137

by Kokuyo (#46658865) Attached to: Study: Exposure To Morning Sunlight Helps Managing Weight

I have lost 23 kilos. I know how it works. But at the time, I've had no job. I was sleeping whenever and as long as I wanted, on most days I didn't have to be anywhere.

Then I found another job. 10kg returned in no time.

I'm telling you, what makes me fat is job induced stress and there is just no way getting around that, unless I want to get out of IT (which, in turn, would bring a lot of anxiety with it).

Comment: Exception to the rule? (Score 1) 137

by Kokuyo (#46658605) Attached to: Study: Exposure To Morning Sunlight Helps Managing Weight

Obviously, I am once again an exception. I take the bike to work and I do it most of the week during spring, summer and fall. I have 30+ minutes of exposure to light in the morning. I'm still a fat fuck. That despite balanced meals, carbohydrate consciousness and aforementioned 3 to six hours of physical exercise per week.

So frankly, fuck all those weight 'scientists'.

Comment: From what I understand... (Score 1) 251

by Kokuyo (#46571875) Attached to: 3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?

I could use a printer that let me produce custom stuff. I have a wood workshop and such a thing would be neat for jigs of all kinds.

Problem is, I am very bad at using 3D programs, unless you count sketchup. And AFAIK, these printers take input from very expensive and complicated 3D software... or have they added support for sketchup now?

Comment: Re:**criminal elements of...** (Score 2) 320

Switzerland's half-direct (!) democracy is prone to some of the very same failures the US republic is.

If you get the media on board and if you manage to put the people in a state of fear (mostly by going "Won't somebody please think of the jobs!"), you get just about anything pushed through.

We have equal rights clauses in our constitution... nobody gives a fuck. Married people pay more taxes than unmarried couples and they get a quarter less money once they retire, unless they get a divorce first.

If you manage to buy a house or a condo, the money you could potentially make off of it by renting it out is directly calculated as income... even if you live in it yourself. This has the effect that a lot of people who retire simply don't earn enough to pay the vastly increased taxes their by now paid for property incurs.

So no, please don't take Switzerland as a shining example. We have our fair share of problems as well.

Comment: Wildstar is awesome (Score 1) 64

by Kokuyo (#46471641) Attached to: <em>Wildstar</em> To Launch On June 3

Not as a game, mind you... I got bored out of my skull way before level 10... but the marketing videos were super. I enjoyed those. Had they made this franchise into a 3D cartoon instead of an MMO, I think they might have hit a veritable gold vein.

But as an MMO? No thanks. I have better things to do... such as staring at my wallpaper.

Comment: Let's Play (Score 4, Insightful) 110

by Kokuyo (#46344245) Attached to: <em>Thief</em> Debuts To Mediocre Reviews

Thank god for Let's plays on Youtube. If I happen to find that the reviewers are right, I don't need to buy it and if I find that I disagree, I can order it after having watched a bit of gameplay. In that case, sure, I have to replay already viewed scenes, but it doesn't top the amount of frustration I get from having spent good money on yet another crappy game...

Air pollution is really making us pay through the nose.

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