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Comment: "Artificial photosynthesis" is misleading (Score 4, Insightful) 128

by MrVictor (#49493843) Attached to: Breakthrough In Artificial Photosynthesis Captures CO2 In Acetate
If I am understanding TFA correctly, this would be more aptly titled "solar powered electrolysis apparatus to feed oxygen to acetate-secreting bacteria on a nano-wire substrate". Bad science journalism. This will not save the world.

Comment: Re:The next big bubble? (Score 2) 54

by MrVictor (#49249665) Attached to: Uber Rival Lyft Raises $530M, Will Beef Up IT
The plutocrats are so enamored with these companies because they basically eliminate the concept of traditional employment.

All these "sharing economy" app companies make you fill out a 1099-MISC if you want to work for them so you can be considered a contractor. Classifying workers as contractors is the real reason why these companies are able to drive out traditional competition. It prevents workers from forming unions and frees the companies from having to pay various taxes, workers compensation, unemployment, and health insurance. If the monied interests are able to buy enough congress critters to get this crap fully legalized, then you can bet your ass this style of labor abuse will be coming to a workplace near you.

Comment: The real facepalm here is Timmylogic (Score 2) 182

by MrVictor (#48768295) Attached to: Four Facepalm Bugs In USPS Label-Printing Site

Since I printed these labels with the ship date specified as today, it should be more clear if the labels will still be considered valid tomorrow, which is the soonest time that a pickup could be scheduled.

On two occasions I have been asked, 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.

~C. Babbage

Comment: Non-anonymous comments are worse (Score 5, Insightful) 384

by MrVictor (#45795687) Attached to: Internet Commenting Growing Away From Anonymity
Take a look at the Facebook comment section of any sports article. The caustic comments are still there, and contrary to what they want you believe, are worse than ever. Now, instead of your typical benign flames and trolls you have truly nasty, personal insults aimed at a poster's wife and kids or something. It's truly disgusting. If these sites thought real identities were going to stop this thing, they were sorely mistaken. The masses have absolutely no dignity.

Comment: Re:Food for thought (Score 1) 783

by MrVictor (#45472495) Attached to: Texas Drivers Stopped At Roadblock, Asked For Saliva, Blood

This is why "Stop and Frisk" was outlawed in New York

Stop-and-Frisk was not outlawed and is still very much alive. The closet fascists in the federal appeals court did not like Judge Shira Scheindlin's decision one bit so they had her removed from the case and blocked her decision. This was all based on some flimsy "impartiality" charge.

Those who claim the dead never return to life haven't ever been around here at quitting time.