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Comment: Re:Bring on the lausuits (Score 1) 592

by MillionthMonkey (#49144797) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules
The IRS targeted political groups that brought in the most money. That meant that most of them were PACs with large corporate contributions, which primarily donate to Republican candidates. So naturally the Republicans made it into a fake scandal. Ironically the guy at the IRS who was at the center of the "scandal" was himself a Republican.

Comment: Re:Bring on the lausuits (Score 1) 592

by MillionthMonkey (#49130429) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules

ObamaCare has highlighted the "Rule of Unintended Consequences". Who knows what consequences are in this decision. The only time the "people" win is when the Federal Government does not regulate. Regulation is strangulation and, ultimately, death.

How much can I make if I post shit like this? Will they pay me less if my bullshit posts get modded down? And do they make you post "make money on your computer with Google" crap?

Comment: Re:Bill Nye, the Dogma Guy! (Score 1) 672

by MillionthMonkey (#49114321) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge
In the first link he says to get vaccinated; and he's only wrong if you look at it from a libertarian political perspective. In the second he says that TV weathermen should once in a while mention that a heavy storm is "consistent" with climate change (not "caused by"). That's a typical denier tactic is to imply that since we don't know which individual storms were worsened by climate change, then we can safely say that none of them were. That's exactly what Marsha Blackburn said in that video.

Comment: Re:Bill Nye, the Dogma Guy! (Score 1) 672

by MillionthMonkey (#49109815) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge

OK, I should have written my comment from Nye's perspective not mine. If these "farmers" and "programmers" aren't qualified to speak then neither are democrat politicians nor green campaigners, regardless what opinion they hold. Only the high priests of science should be allowed to say anything. If Nye is going to apply appeal to authority then he should, at least, apply it consistently.

Actually I don't think this characterizes Nye's position at all (and the article summary sucks BTW). On a show with him, Marsha Blackburn said that "I think that Bill would probably agree with this, neither he nor I am a climate scientist. He is an engineer and actor, and I am a member of Congress, and what we have to do is look at the information we get from climate scientists." He responded that "you don't need a PhD in climate science to understand what's going on". It seems a distortion to say that he thinks "only the high priests of science should be allowed to say anything," only that you need to be scientifically literate.

Comment: Re:Bill Nye, the Dogma Guy! (Score 1) 672

by MillionthMonkey (#49109095) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge

You originally said that to be consistent, if I shout down someone who says X is true, I should also shout down someone who says X is false. I didn't need to bring up "authority" at all to point out what a dumb statement that was.

BTW, this was also wrong:

Science does not rely on qualification or authority or consensus and the myth that it does is the biggest threat to scientific literacy today.

Consensus is part of the scientific method. You come up with a theory, test it with an experiment, publish your conclusion, and subject it to peer review where it may or may not gain consensus.

Comment: Re:Bill Nye, the Dogma Guy! (Score 0) 672

by MillionthMonkey (#49108823) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge

And show some f***ing consistency, please. If you're going to shout down "conservatives" for being unqualified to talk about climate change please shout down "liberals" and "greens" that talk about, and accept, climate change as being unqualified to talk about it too.

Yes, be consistent... if you shout down people who are wrong, you should also shout down people who are right.

Comment: Re:List of folks with permanent rights of way (Score 1) 290

A few weeks ago I had my dog on a bike harness and we were cycling / galloping down a street in Salt Lake City (about 15 mph). Some guy was yakking on his phone and obliviously started wandering backwards off the curb into an intersection while facing 180 degrees away. I slammed on the brakes (along with someone driving a car) and my dog's leash broke off its safety hitch since he'd made a split second decision to pass the guy on his right side. The dude turned around and said, "what the hell [can't you see I'm on the phone here]?" This was in Salt Lake City; I didn't know he could have been fined $50. Although around here, they ticket cyclists for not having their bikes registered. The rules for driving in Utah are shocking to anyone from out-of-state; they were apparently written for demolition derby. I've seen safer driving in Mad Max movies. You have right of way if you think someone can slam on their brakes and leave streaks in the road without T-boning your ass. (I guess you have to, since you can never see around the guy next to you straddling the crosswalk with his Ford F300.) I'm always seeing drivers holding phones against their heads and gesticulating with their other hand to people who aren't physically present, instead of actually touching the steering wheel. (And I won't say much about the baby strollers around here, except that they're often going side-by-side in formation.)

Comment: I smell a class action (Score 1) 134

by MillionthMonkey (#49101891) Attached to: Homeland Security Urges Lenovo Customers To Remove Superfish
Someone needs to sue these dicks- if I had to repair my computer for national security reasons because of someone's incompetent malfeasance, I would want to get paid for the time wasted. If you're a lawyer specializing in class action suits, this warning from the DHS is like a Superfish on a platter!

Comment: Re:That's unpossible. (Score 1) 212

by MillionthMonkey (#49101857) Attached to: The Best, and Worst, Places To Drive Your Electric Car
An electrical outlet is not at the boundary of a closed thermodynamic system. With an electric car, the waste heat is produced at the power plant before the energy is converted to electricity and sent on its way to you in the first place. In general heating is a wasteful use of electricity; if your utility burns fossil fuels to generate power, you'll have a lower carbon footprint from heating something with oil or gas than with electricity. That waste heat can go into your house or car instead of the air above a cooling tower miles away.

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