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Comment: Re:Who profits from West slowing down? (Score 1) 770

by Microlith (#47858965) Attached to: How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

what is far from settled, is whether the humanity's impact is anything to speak of

The only way it's "far from settled" is to play willfully ignorant and deny the fact that humanity is not a trivial force on this planet.

Arctic ice should've disappeared this summer — instead, it has grown.

Don't go citing the Daily Fail as if they had credibility.

The profits of fossil fuel corporations are not endangered by the "green" moves at all

I see you don't think long term.

But for the government folks — those, who are sincerely convinced, they know better than their subjects — this is a perfect way to expand their control.

Oh the paranoia! Please, cite some more credibility-free sources, would you?

Comment: Re:Who profits from West slowing down? (Score 5, Insightful) 770

by Microlith (#47852965) Attached to: How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

though there are still perfectly valid debates in almost any other branch of science (dieting, economics, pedagogy, biology, and even computers — you name it — it is all in flux),

Sure, sure...

the science of climate is "settled" and anybody doubting the line pushed by the governments must also believe, the Earth is flat.

Utter nonsense. What's settled is that the climate is changing at the hands of man, what's open to debate is what the impact on us will be in the short and long term. The "consensus" is the same as the "consensus" that supports the modern understanding of evolution - it is a refinement and agreement across the field on the gross mechanism for something, and all the arguments lie in the details.

Kudos for tossing in the pinch of anti-government paranoia, it has to be that and not the desire for massively profitable fossil fuel corporations to defend said profits.

Comment: Re:Slashdot comments indicative of the problem (Score 0) 1262

Such a shitty troll.

She riles people up by creating the most offensive and inflammtry, and MISLEADING videos then cries to the press "help, people are being mean to me". She asked for it and she got it.

No, if you disagree with what she posts then you create your own counterpoints and deconstruct her arguments in a sane and rational manner.

What she's getting now is beastly bullshit, and you're basically saying "she shouldn't have dressed that way, it's her fault for getting raped."

Do your homework on her before being a SJW (ending your 'people be being mean to her because she woman' )

So it's being an "SJW" to suggest people shouldn't be right pieces of vile shit towards others when they disagree with someone's opinions?

and you will quickly understand the hatred for her.

I could understand disagreeing with her. The hatred is vile and baseless.

Comment: Re:Okay... and? (Score 5, Insightful) 316

by Microlith (#47739973) Attached to: For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

And paying salaries to U.S. employees who pay income tax on it and spend their money in the US, thereby also paying US sales taxes.

The 1% pushing the tax burden off on the 99%, who can't play international games with their finances.

Which only makes sense, since the US is one of the few countries in the world to tax people's oversea earnings.

No, that's not relevant. They play a shell game to make sure that all earned profits are earned in areas with little to no tax, then claim they made no profits. Or, if you're GE, you claim you made a $1B loss while reporting billions in profits to your shareholders.

If tax policies in the US were more reasonable, Microsoft wouldn't have to do that.

Like what, pledging fealty to corporations and letting the people of the country subsidize their existence?

On which those Americans pay sales tax.

Which helps local municipalities only - ignoring that sales taxes are regressive.

But as you said in your first part: the tax credits are for R&D, not for making profits!

Indeed, they claim the tax credits and losses in the US, but the profits outside. It's a massive scam, really.

Comment: Re:GPL is about User/Owner Freedoms (Score 1) 117

by Microlith (#47718241) Attached to: Qt Upgrades From LGPLv2.1 to LGPLv3

What about libraries?

What about them? The rule is the same, so either you attempt to get a specially licensed version not under the GPL, you comply with the license. The LGPL wasn't made so you could use things in tivoized systems, it was so you could use a library with a closed source program.

You can still do that, but not also include that library in a tivoized system.

All Tivoization did was teach commercial developers that FSF is an ornery as ever and to avoid GPL software (or any open source) and buy a proprietary package instead.

People who push tivoized systems are not your friend, and having them use Free Software makes a mockery of the entire concept.

Tivo did everything right according to the letter of the license, and everything right according to the spirit of many open source developers

Hardly. They complied with the letter of the license, but particularly in the case of the GPL, which seeks to protect the recipients of binaries generated from GPL sources, they took a huge shit on the spirit.

they did nothing sneaky or underhanded.

Tivoization is underhanded.

If they had used a closed proprietary operating system no one would have cared at all, they were only punished for using open source.

They weren't punished. They were criticized and their lock down was recognized for what it was. But yes, had they used a closed, proprietary platform no one would have cared and they wouldn't have gotten the "omg these guys run Linux" attention that they didn't really deserve.

Comment: Re:Double standards (Score 1) 533

by Microlith (#47475419) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

most conservatives don't claim to be open and inclusive

All the more reason to ignore them. You can't run a country when a group that is finding itself headed towards being a minority wants to exclude the rest of the country.

Liberals do, and then bash anyone with different ideas or beliefs as neo-conservative warmongering science-denying ultra-fascist teahadists.

And "conservatives" like to pigeonhole anyone they disagree with. Of course, "conservatives" have a problem with their side being actually full of the people you describe.

It's perfectly possible to be open to ideas from both sides of the spectrum.

True, but that does not mean all ideas deserve equal consideration.

It's called being a moderate.

Being a moderate doesn't mean you have to listen to and accept every idea that comes across your radar. And very little out of the Republican party these days is truly worth consideration by any moderate.

Comment: Re: Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (Score 1) 533

by Microlith (#47471915) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

So the credit rating was lowered because the Republicans eventually capitulated, not because they "shut down" the government.

Not because they "capitulated," but because it was obvious that they'd play stupid games like that without actually making useful moves towards controlling the debt. Make no mistake, the GOP didn't cause the shutdown because they were concerned about the debt. They were annoyed that they didn't get their way to the exclusion of all others.

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