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Comment: Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (Score 1) 770

by Shempster (#47865003) Attached to: How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation
The world needs scientists to speak up and drive changes in human activity on this planet (NOW). Why are we all allowing a bunch of selfish, corrupted sociapathic billionaires dictate immediate fate of the biosphere - especially the oceans. Oceanic life extinct in 2050 and civilization is allowing a tiny minority of ultra rich oil barons and aggro-businesses to effectively wipe out all life? What is crazy? Perhaps it is too late for earth and its precious lifeforms. That doesn't mean these shills go on and do what they do unpunished. Their bullshit needs to be wiped out - decades ago. Is human civilzation really so helpless and stupid, that it cannot stop itself from screwing up the future of all life, including its own?

Comment: Re:Partisan Attacks (Score 1) 206

by Shempster (#46799999) Attached to: Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again
Meaningless vitriol. I suppose you will debunk the IPCC's 5th report on global warming next. This world has serious problems, and there is no time for the idiotic stall tactics of politics of the plutocracy. If the human race cannot cut through the damn red tape, then it will go extiinct with the rest of life that already has disappeared in this current man-made mass extinction all life is in. You want to believe Jesus is going to appear and save everyone from themselves, then get out of the way.

Comment: Re:We've learned nothing? (Score 1) 290

The last thing this earth needs from humanity is a growing mass of entombed radioactive wastes with half-lives ranging from 30 years to 4.5 billion years. Industry will not conduct itself ethically when it's overseen by governments full of cronies cherry picked by industry itself. Corners will be cut, and hazardous events will occur. Human civilization has proven itself to lack the wisdom and moral courage to be responsible enough for the well-being of this planet's biosphere. Total energy consumption of human civilization must be brought down to sustainable levels. If humanity does not find a way to cut consumption, then human civilization and most of the remaining life on this planet (that humanity is supposed to be sharing with), will crash far sooner than anyone is publicly predicting.

Comment: Turn this ship around (Score 1) 1009

by Shempster (#45995517) Attached to: Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.
Can anyone other than Bill Gates pull that off? No. Metro was betting on a "post PC age" where tablets and other gadgets rule the day. But tablets are mainly for consumption of content, not creation, nor any meaningful application such as CAD, Adobe CS suite or even office suites. Until such applications are viable on a sufficiently powerful 'tablet PC' with a large, foldable and/or rollable surface - and sensitive enough for fine grained CAD and office work user input - the keyboard/mouse/graphics tablet input/desktop monitor/PC box configuration is going to be in demand. It's too bad AMD washed up. You force feed the lame metro interface - while apparently scaling back on the continual pursuit of perfecting the windows desktop gui user experience at your own peril Microsoft. Maybe you're the new RIM/Blackberry.

Comment: Re:LIAR (Score 1) 572

The NSA wants total access to everything man-made. They could use effective restraint, but from where? Not from the useless news media, not from an ill-informed public, and certainly not from the congress nor executive branches, & apparently not from the judiciary. I'm sure those in the NSA are stopping all kinds of evil doings that human beings do. Without proper oversight that eavesdropping power is open to all kinds of abuse/misuse, from petty personal vendetta's, to political/commercial spying and assassinations. I'd like to believe that every NSA agent is an outstanding and responsible, disciplined, individual with a much higher than average intellect, wisdom, and moral compass driving them. Is that really the case though? Apparently it is not the case.

Comment: Keyboard (Score 1) 186

by Shempster (#44618773) Attached to: Dell Dumps Keyboardless Windows RT Tablets

Selling the tablet bundled with a keyboard suggests Dell views it as a device for creating content rather than just consuming it, perhaps because Windows RT is designed to provide some "laptop-like" capabilities, Kay said.

Got it? Softkeys on tablets on smartphones are for consuming content, not creating any serious content. For texting, and short emails, softkeys are annoying. Are quality tactile keyboards and keypads antiquated by the hipster consumer crowd? Damn brats.

Comment: Armageddon (Score 1) 416

by Shempster (#44523035) Attached to: How Much Should You Worry About an Arctic Methane Bomb?
Political rhetoric aside, if there is a shred of truth to this possible methane bomb event, then humanity is too stupid, and unable to hit the brakes. You wind up with theories on how can human civilization possibly make the type of significant global changes to its daily operation that might mitigate the damage? Drastically cut the population via conventional weapons or some bio-engineered attack on humanity? Jam the majority of human population into giant bio-domed metropolises? (nah, that's sci-fi fantasy). I'm leaning more on mass-extinction level event that accelerates on top of the existing mass-extinction event already in progress, that wipes out everything except maybe cockroaches. Jesus isn't going to save us from our stupidity. Either way, its a possible type of armageddon, no matter what you believe.

Comment: I call BS (Score 1) 139

Nothing but astroturf PR. Cluck! Cluck! Caw! Caw! Squee! Squee! Whine and moan for show. They all know damn well nothing changes because we no longer have an informed public that cares one way or the other. That's the power of money, you buy things like revolving-door congressmen and congresswomen. Its the same reason we are wrecking the planet at record speeds.

Comment: Re:Bury (Score 1) 550

by Shempster (#44328039) Attached to: Microsoft Is Sitting On Six Million Unsold Surface Tablets
That was an interesting comment on a specific historical tale, even if its a complete distraction. Big corporations in bed with a government that has always wanted backdoor keys to easily bypass all encryption all the time. Always open to human frailty - our ability to be manipulated and coerced, and for the users of such power to quickly be wholly corrupted. On the other hand, its good news for cheap-thrill exhibitionists naked on Skype, at least until puritans (by perception) take over everything again.

Comment: Re:Abandoning the cloud ? (Score 1) 332

“Governments constantly choose between telling lies and fighting wars, with the end result always being the same. One will always lead to the other.”

- Thomas Jefferson

Spying on criminal elements of society is one thing, spying on everyone, and assembling metadata into some huge searchable database with a profit motive is another.

I assume all pivacy online is now gone for good. This does not mean it's ok. ie: Privacy in Ubuntu 12.10: Amazon Ads and Data Leaks

The flush toilet is the basis of Western civilization. -- Alan Coult