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Comment: Re:This helps the NSA. (Score 1) 153

Small correction. If the NSA is getting this info from Irish servers, they are absolutely allowed to get it according to American law. It is of course absolutely illegal according to Irish law. Next up: drone strikes in Ireland, there is no law that forbids that either.

Comment: Re:What's bad about Uber drivers? (Score 1) 48

Taxis in the Netherlands are generally great (though expensive), with the notable exception of Amsterdam. There they refuse you service if the trip is not long enough to their liking. They are typically rude, and oftentimes armed. It's fun to go to the taxi-stand at Amsterdam central station and notice the permanent presence of at least two police cars there. They're not there to protect taxi drivers from the population, that's for sure.

I've taken UberPop in Amsterdam and it's great. Unfortunately, the Uber drivers need to ask you to sit in front, to reduce the risk of being attacked by vigilante taxi drivers. It's a breath of fresh air in a thoroughly unpleasant market, and I hope legislation gets passed soon to make it legal.

Comment: Re:Gulf oil spill, Fukushima (Score 1) 417

Your problem lies in confusing cause and solution. Yes, there's a problem with CO2, please recognize that so that we can have a meaningful discussion about the solution. As long as people like you are fighting the causal analysis because you don't like the solutions that others are proposing, you are not contributing in a meaningful way. You're just stalling.

Recognizing that we're in trouble does not equate buying into any solution. It is however close to criminal to fight the analysis at this stage.

Comment: Re:Maybe not as scary you might think (Score 1) 417

Yes, and all life is descendent of an unbroken string of lucky breaks. Every single one of our ancestors, going back to the origin of life 4 billion years ago, was able to reproduce at least once to produce each and every organism on earth today. Given this, it is clear that we've been bred for luck. Nothing bad can ever happen to us.

Comment: Re:So doe sthis mean I can... (Score 1) 1168

Your argument breaks down when enough people find the act of 'inclusion' offensive in its own right. Say I do start a wedding shop that caters for gays somewhere deep in bigot land. Although on the surface I'm serving a larger potential market, the religious bigots will avoid my business as the plague, simply because I also serve a group they don't like. They will also refuse to do business with anyone that dares to shop at my place. Because I'm Satan. Net result, I only get custom from the few gays and libs that dare to confront the majority, and I'm bankrupt in a few months. Status quo is maintained and will not be broken due to the tyranny of the majority. Study segregation a bit to see how this works.

Comment: Re:Different conceptions of harm? (Score 1) 1168

In reality, gay people outside of large Metropolitan areas will indeed be unable to get a cake decorated. Because Jane's wedding shop is not decorating "gay" cakes, Sue's wedding shop, who is providing "gay" cakes will be out of business very soon, as only gays will do business there. The rest of the population goes to virtuous Jane and will leave Satan Sue without much business. So soon there will be no cake to have, nor eat, for gay people. Tyranny of the majority.

Comment: Re:They can lower it all they want. It will not ma (Score 1) 442

by NoOneInParticular (#49370799) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient

Someone needs to move first, and I think China has a pretty good argument that the rise from 320 ppm to 400 ppm from 1960 to 2015 is about 80% attributable to Western society. No wonder they're waiting for the West to stop further increase before they start. Posts like yours give a clear indication that the US will not make this first move.

Suppose you drop a piece of paper in a landfill, and suddenly you get slapped by a bill to clean up 50% of this landfill. Fair?

Comment: Re:It depends (Score 1) 486

by NoOneInParticular (#49340517) Attached to: No, It's Not Always Quicker To Do Things In Memory
They're testing the common assumption that to do anything fast, you have to do it in memory, regardless of language etc.They take production code to test this. Their work falsifies the claim that memory operations are necessarily faster. The abstract is pretty clear about this, not sure where you got confused.

You should never bet against anything in science at odds of more than about 10^12 to 1. -- Ernest Rutherford