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Comment: Re:Misleading Summary (Score 1) 495

by geekoid (#48463153) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

Based on the read, their premise seems really stupid.
Reducing emissions, and getting rid of CO2 in the air are two different things. No wonder it failed.

Why won't a 10MW solar furnace near a data center not work?
If you want to reply 'doesn't work at night' you should be ashamed of yourself for commenting on something you know nothing about.

Comment: Re:Wouldn't time be better spent... (Score 1) 468

by ultranova (#48460689) Attached to: Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

Not quite sure what you need a cite on - That police in the US don't have the right to beat the shit out of you for no reason?

Yes. Does Officer Friendly actually get in trouble for breaking your arm? Or does he simply claim that you assaulted him, and possibly plant some drugs in your car to "find", and walk free? Because it sure seems like it's the latter.

Comment: Re: Don't be evil (Score 1) 116

Profiting from sending other people's children (or, put another way, excess population) to die in other countries which can't meaningfully fight back doesn't sound all that risky to me.

Neither Saddam nor Taliban could really fight back, yet those wars ended costing the US about a trillion dollars it could ill afford to lose. Furthermore, sending "excess population" to die risks revolution or at least demonstrations, like those during Vietnam war; and speaking of Vietnam, you also risk misjudging your enemy. Finally, in a capitalist economy everyone is a potential consumer helping drive up demand (and, more cynically, a potential worker helping drive down wages), and thus corporate profits - and this includes the enemy - so while some profit from the reconstruction, most are worse off.

Wars will end because both tree-hugging hippies and Mr. Burns want them to end. Even the Military-Industrial complex is better off fighting imaginary threats, which can be scaled and steered to pocket a maximum amount of money with minimum amount of expenses.

Comment: Bogus Nuclear Summary (Score 1) 495

by whistlingtony (#48459207) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

The two google engineers in question found that if we cut off carbon emission TODAY (like, say, going nuclear) it would already be too late. They were advocating climate engineering, which is to say we need NOT ONLY a cuttoff of carbon emission, but also massive carbon CAPTURE.

The submitter apparently didn't even read the article this time. How Sad.

Comment: Re: Don't be evil (Score 1) 116

That said, "imperialism" is a human fact: people love Greatness, no matter you are American, British, French, Russian, Spanish or Chinese.

People love greatness, and measure it in a variety of ways, including artistic and scientific achievements. Military might took a disproportionate importance simply because it used to be absolute necessity in the violent chaos of international relations. However, the age of war is ending, simply because they're too expensive and risky to wage, so we're seeing a shift in thinking - or do you think the Roman Empire would had advertised itself as "Land of the Free"?

I bet many Chinese think of themselves as the heirs of Genghis Khan.

He was a foreign warlord who conquered China, so that seems unlikely.

Greatness means power, which in turn means freedom to act as you wish. I'm afraid our brain is wired to think this way.

Right, so when people say Leonardo da Vinci was a great painter, they really mean he could kill you in 60 ways with a paintbrush?

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Sundays at noon an old friend has a blues show on a local college radio station, WQNA. Of course, since the blues and booze go so well together, Sunday is my "drink too much" day. So by eight I was too drunk to edit. I put the book down and picked up the notebook and started typing.

Comment: Re:How will I explain this to my children (Score 1) 116

So how NSA would be able to explain to a child that computer virus and malware represent the highest standard of behavior.

Just put it into historical context. A computer virus is a huge step up from real ones. And using one to stop a nuclear weapons program while causing zero casualties is definitely a win for the world.

Comment: Re:MOD PARENT RACIST (Score 1) 990

by whistlingtony (#48457415) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Racism in America is over people. We got a black president, everything's equal now. See? The comment above proves it. No More Racism. Phew... Well, glad we fixed that, on to global warming.

I'm very curious why so many people NEED to have this not be racism. They seem awfully defensive about it. I think it's because they don't want to admit the problem is still real, because that might mean they were part of the problem. Even the most racist of my Elders swears they're not racist, while making giant racist statements in public. "Now, I'm not a racist, but...."

America has a problem. Well, the whole world has a problem, but I live here damnit... And I've started to notice that little sneer people say when they talk about "liberals" and "progressives", as if wanting an equal playing field and a little justice and accountability is a bad thing.... What's wrong with you people?

Comment: Re:MOD PARENT RACIST (Score 1) 990

by whistlingtony (#48457329) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

I haven't seen those statistics... Where might I find them? Somewhere other than your ass please? :D

Remember kids, we don't have the death penalty for robbery. If we did, a JUDGE hands it out, not the cops. Brown MAY have been an asshole, but we don't shoot people for that. I don't want to live in a country where the cops can shoot people and there are no consequences.

I'd cry about the morality of the age, but I think we've always been like this. I don't believe in "the good ole days" when people had more empathy for their fellow human beings.

What's wrong with you people? Why are you broken?

Comment: Re:So it's not Skynet vs humans (Score 1) 112

by Evtim (#48457257) Attached to: How the Pentagon's Robots Would Automate War

Here is a story with an unexpected twist:

BTW, I miss Sheckley so much....I yet have to discover another master of the short Sci-Fi story that measures to him.

Of course he did wrote one that is in line with the "what could possibly go wrong" meme:


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