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Comment: Re:They can lower it all they want. It will not ma (Score 1) 338

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) 485

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.

Comment: Re:Pointing out the stark, bleeding obvious... (Score 1) 247

Mr. Helicopters, are you aware you are commenting in a thread about a country where public opinion, money as well as politics are aligned to create a solution? I understand you're from Texas, so it's hard to conceive that things are different outside of your backward little universe, but truly, claiming that nothing can be done "because politics" in an article where it is actually politics that works on a solution is even for Texan standards pretty darn stupid.

Comment: Re:Pointing out the stark, bleeding obvious... (Score 1) 247

Let's take another analogy: suppose we're somehow capable due to our actions to melt the ice on Greenland and Antarctic in such large quantities that the sea-level rises significantly. Suppose it will rise by 10 meters if we don't do anything. Shutting down what we do completely would let it rise by a mere 5 meters. Doing something less than that will only bring us halfway, making it rise only 7.5 meters. The difference between 7.5 and 10 will still probably save millions of lives. There will still be cities destroyed, but fewer. Although your plane analogy is possibly much more relevant to the issue of global warming than my sea-level example, it does point out that your argument doesn't necessarily hold water.

Comment: Re:He's not always right. (Score 1) 214

by NoOneInParticular (#49287613) Attached to: The GNU Manifesto Turns Thirty
I'm not sure that you've thought this all the way through. Imagine a world without copyright on software. Would the philosophy behind the GPL still be distinctive? I would say it would not: although it would make making the clause about distributing the 'preferred way of making modifications' untenable, it would allow everyone to modify and distribute source code if they have it, it would allow anyone to decompile, reverse engineer, modify and distribute. If I can distribute your binaries without repercussions, proprietary software would cease to exist. I'm pretty sure a world without copyright on software is RMS' dream.

Comment: Re:well.. (Score 1) 760

In most countries, if you frivolously take on a lawsuit and lose, you pay for the court procedure. You would indeed take up the courts time, but in the end, it is you who pays for that time. Revenue generation is unaffected (and incidentally, in these countries, revenues go to the state, not the police force).

Comment: Re:Awesome Models (Score 1) 235

by NoOneInParticular (#49205919) Attached to: El Nino Has Finally Arrived, Far Weaker Than Predicted
I'm in Holland. Holland is in the Northern Hemisphere. We had the highest average temperature in 2014. The highest in 3 centuries. Hell, I remember March 9th 2014, having a barbecue with my family with 20+ degree celsius. Every month with the exception of August was warmer than average. 2015 is not a whole lot different: no winter to speak of, no frost, no snow, no ice. Temperatures are again in the high 10s. You might want to do a bit more research.

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