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Comment: Re:Okay, so this has what to do with fracking then (Score 2) 154

by Loopy (#47391367) Attached to: Oklahoma's Earthquakes Linked To Fracking

You do realize that making patronizing statements with "standard denialist" in your litany is actually counterproductive to any sort of rational debate, don't you? Either facts stand on their own in the face of dissent or they don't. And the "facts" of today might not be the "facts" of tomorrow, assuming we are continually collecting data (defined as the result of scientific measures/experiments).

As for "masses of anecdotes resulting in data," I would point you to all the "we can light our tap water on fire because fracking" people, some of whom have neighbors with recorded family history of flammable tap water going back into the 19th century.

Comment: If you can't get paper ballots correct... (Score 1) 116

by Loopy (#47001681) Attached to: Estonia Urged To Drop Internet Voting Over Security Fears do you expect to get a much more complex system correct? Mind you, I'm aware that the problem is not necessarily the system itself, but the transparency of the system. People probably won't like to hear it but I'd suggest that the only way to eliminate fraud is to have votes linked to your ID so that every vote can be verified as A) not having voted multiple times, B) not voting if you don't exist in at least two separate systems e.g. social security and driver's license, and C) not voting outside of your registered district's area unless it's a national ballot initiative. Further, no more provisional ballots: if you cannot be bothered to register well enough ahead of an election to participate via the normal means, you do not get to vote.

Comment: Barnacles, etc.? (Score 1) 218

by Loopy (#46784385) Attached to: MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

Considering how badly infested stationary ocean objects can become with various types of sea life, and how much maintenance it takes to keep a small sailboat from corroding and suffering general mechanical failures due to both of the above, I wonder at the amount of maintenance required to keep one of these in operation.

Comment: As someone taught creationism in school (Score 1) 544

by Loopy (#46087673) Attached to: Map of Publicly-Funded Creationism Teaching

I'm struggling to figure out what teaching it had to do with my understanding of science? Creationism isn't science. I consider myself a Christian but I do not ever conflate matters of historical faith with how fast carbon decays or how electrons move or how likely the next jet I'm on is to fall out of the sky.

Knowledge of the bible has precluded rational scientific theory in exactly none of the self-professed religious people (e.g. Christians, Jews, Catholics, etc.) I've ever known.

Comment: Re:Protecting the arts and artists (Score 1) 442

by Loopy (#44009667) Attached to: Birthday Song's Copyright Leads To a Lawsuit For the Ages

I'm glad someone is pushing this topic (finally) and this is the perfect example. It's one thing to protect artists but the never-ending copyright extensions doing nothing of the sort. They ensure the media companies can generate recurring profits but, by and large, provide limit benefit to those actually responsible for the work. Oh wait...corporations are people now too.

It's funny how you snark about the "corporations are people" thing when it comes to this cause. I'm guessing you don't feel the same way about similar application of consequences/requirements when it's going in reverse (e.g. corporate tax rates)?

Comment: So the elephant in the room... (Score 1) 262

by Loopy (#43596745) Attached to: Siri's Creator Challenges Texting-While-Driving Study that voice-to-text software is so remarkably unreliable that nobody uses it without proofreading the output before sending. I think most people could have told you this without an official study.

And just for the obtuse, it isn't that it completely misunderstands everything you say, it's that when you're sending texts, the things it tends to fail to translate properly tend to be things that get your text posted to one of those autocorrect-joke sites. Or get you in trouble with the wife/husband/parents/boss.

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