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Comment: Re:Because Cab drivers are notoriously ethical (Score 1) 232

by bschorr (#31467812) Attached to: GPS Log Analysis Uncovers Millions In NYC Taxi Overcharges
It even pervades information services. I wonder how many people get busted telling their boss or client they're working on Project A because they were on Twitter or Facebook talking about doing something totally different.

Accountability, for better or worse, is rising to a whole new level due to voluntary and involuntary location and presence services.

Comment: Re:Good luck calling 911 (Score 1) 122

by Ozric (#31463908) Attached to: Permanent Undersea Homes Soon; Temporary Ones Now

The only difference between "crackpot" and "visionary" is the degree of of appeal the crack/vision holds for you.

I am with ya, a few years ago I stated that people would at some point, start living under the water due to cosmic rays and solar radiation concerns. People thought I was a crack pot for suggesting it, I still stand by my statements and think it is a valid line of research.

Crack pot or no, think of the view from your porch.

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How the Internet Didn't Fail As Predicted 259

Posted by samzenpus
from the series-of-popular-tubes dept.
Lord Byron Eee PC writes "Newsweek is carrying a navel-gazing piece on how wrong they were when in 1995 they published a story about how the Internet would fail. The original article states, 'Nicholas Negroponte, director of the MIT Media Lab, predicts that we'll soon buy books and newspapers straight over the Intenet. Uh, sure.' The article continues to say that online shopping will never happen, that airline tickets won't be purchased over the web, and that newspapers have nothing to fear. It's an interesting look back at a time when the Internet was still a novelty and not yet a necessity."

Comment: Re: Lomborg has a response (Score 1) 807

by JackieBrown (#31242294) Attached to: Debunking a Climate-Change Skeptic

The global warming deniers act exactly like creationists do.

Really? I would have thought the opposite.

Care to explain how they act the same?

The global warming group is the ones saying that we should not question and waste time debating whether global warming was true or not even after their more outrageous claims were disproven.

Or do you mean that conservatives tend to be pro-creation and anti-climate change and liberals tend to be anti-creationism and pro-climate change? If so, how very open minded of you.

It reminds me of a history teacher that I once had that said he hated it when someone voted for someone based solely on them being pro-life. When I asked if he hated it when people would not vote for someone solely because they were pro-life, he said that was "different" because people that are pro-choice are automatically not close minded.

I got the same type of argument when I went to middle school in San Antonio. My brother and I would get beat up daily for being the only white kids in the school (the rest were predominately Hispanic.) When a teacher complained about how racist the kids were acting, they immediately responded and said it was impossible for them to be racist since they were not white.

The point is, it is easy to see your side as correct with no need to defend since anyone who disagrees must be irredeemably ignorant. Just because you believe it, though, does not mean your side is right.

Comment: Re:Science or Religion? (Score 0, Flamebait) 1136

by Ozric (#31169012) Attached to: A Warming Planet Can Mean More Snow

I call bullshit!

That CO2 is a greenhouse gas, and its increased concentration does lead to overall increase in average temperature.

There is no such thing as a greenhouse gas! There are gases that cause a greenhouse effect! CO2 is not even the worst, water vapor is!

Until you get that right, I have no time for you. The normal state of the Universe is Freaking COLD, I for one would rather be warm. There are more reports out that say LIFE will improve with a little warming. So I for one say bring it on, Let the third world have some cheap energy by burning coal and oil. Would you have them suffer with no standard of living increase by charging them for "Green Tech" they can not afford and we should not have to pay for? We can save more people by giving them POWER and WATER then by NOT. NOW who is the HATER?? you freaking AGW nutcases that is who.

Lastly, even if it is TRUE, there is NOTHING you or the INDEED the WHOLE of the EARTH can do about it. DO you get THAT, NOTHING!

Comment: Re:Well, in fairness (Score 2, Interesting) 400

by Ozric (#31105444) Attached to: Feds Push For Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking

Should you now be subject to have your possessions searched while the claim you're a drug-dealing prostitute for a half hour because you obviously weren't supposed to be on THAT public street?

I have a question for you.....
  Does the "drug-dealing prostitute" need to be subjected to that type of treatment any more or less then you do?

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Why Time Flies By As You Get Older 252

Posted by kdawson
from the like-a-banana dept.
Ant notes a piece up on WBUR Boston addressing theories to explain the universal human experience that time seems to pass faster as you get older. Here's the 9-minute audio (MP3). Several explanations are tried out: that brains lay down more information for novel experiences; that the "clock" for nerve impulses in aging brains runs slower; and that each interval of time represents a diminishing fraction of life as we age.

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