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Comment: Re:"What happened to the dinosaurs?" (Score 2) 427

by Sique (#49780849) Attached to: Creationists Manipulating Search Results
We are related to lizards in a way that the last common ancestor of today's lizards and us lived about 290 mio years ago.

Btw. lizard is no cladistic category. Lizard is a habitus that often appears in certain groups of amniotes. But the lizards within the amniotes are not closely related to each other, or at least not more closely than to other amniotes. The lizardlike crocodiles are more closely related to birds (both are archosauria) than for instance to the Komodo dragon, though they look very similar. The Komodo dragon instead is more closely related to snakes and to the ancient marine mosasaurs than for instance the wall lizards.

Comment: Re:Make it more expensive ? (Score 1) 243

by Sique (#49734025) Attached to: Why Apple Ditched Its Plan To Build a Television
There was a similar story with mineral waters. A german fountain had problems with the revenue for their bottled water, so they raised the price per bottle, and suddenly, the revenue took up. Apparently, the bottled water is now seen as a high-market brand, and people are buying it because it must be good at that price.

Comment: Re:Facebook isn't free (Score 3, Informative) 147

To use a real world analogon: Burglary is still a crime, even if someone didn't lock his front door. Yes, you should lock the door. But it's still a crime to steal, even if you don't lock it. The Belgian Privacy Protection Commission now has listed some ways to lock your door - basicly they did already what you repeat now. Thus your remark could be rated "redundant".

Comment: Re:And OP is retarded. (Score 4, Informative) 335

by Sique (#49719331) Attached to: Stock Market Valuation Exceeds Its Components' Actual Value
The volatility of precious metals is known since the Ancient times. Precious metals have never been a good storage for monetary value, their main advantage was their ability to be measured easily (either by weighing them or by counting minted coins), and to be carried around easily - advantages you also have with paper money or with the numbers on a banking account.

Compare for instance the prices for platinum and gold, two precious metals with very similar properties: Same frequency of occurrence in the Earth crust, same properties (density between 19-20 g per cubic centimeter, does not oxydate easily, can be cast and cold formed), same usages (mainly jewelry, some industrial usage, some coined or cast into bars to be stored as assets). Their prices have been so volatile recently, that platinum was about twice the price of gold, and vice versa within just a decade. Compared with that, the dollar/euro exchange rate is an example of long time stability.

Comment: Re:Men's Rights morons (Score 1) 776

Whites became powerful because they valued personal and economic freedom among their own people and others.

This is plainout wrong, Whites became powerful when they still had Serfdom. And while England in fact abolished real Serfdom during the reign of Elizabeth I, it replaced it by the Copyhold tenancy, which only get abolished in 1925(!). Russia conquered most of Northern Asia in the 16th and 17th century, but abolished Serfdom in 1861. Nothing with personal and economic freedom among their own people.

Comment: Re:Great. Let's sit here and wait for the next wav (Score 1) 422

by Sique (#49696359) Attached to: Ice Loss In West Antarctica Is Speeding Up
70 years?!

Where do you live?

Industrial fossil burning started in Europe around 1710, when Thomas Newcomen built his first steam engines (while Thomas Savery had it patented in 1698 already, Newcomen's construction was of practical usability and was widely used).

In the mid-19th century, Western and Central Europe was fully industrialized, and coal was the main energy source. The retreat of the glaciers was noticeable around 1900, and has accelerated since then.

Comment: Re:Great. Let's sit here and wait for the next wav (Score 2) 422

by Sique (#49672925) Attached to: Ice Loss In West Antarctica Is Speeding Up
Additional, since more than 200 years, lots of sanatoriums to treat tuberculosis have been built in the Alps, and in parallel, tourism flourished here. Thus we have a huge collection of postcards and other pictures of the Alps including their glaciers reaching back that far (first colored drawings, since about 150 years also photographs), and thus we can easily document the glaciers' successive retreat for the last 200 years.

Climate change to ever rising temperatures at least for Central Europe is thus well documented for centuries.

Comment: Re:Great. Let's sit here and wait for the next wav (Score 4, Insightful) 422

by Sique (#49672845) Attached to: Ice Loss In West Antarctica Is Speeding Up
Oh, the climate models are quite good for the region I live in. Austria collects weather and climate data since more than 250 years already, so we have a pretty good timeline of climate conditions since the 18th century. If I remember correctly, yearly weather reports started in 1736, very important for a society depending heavily on agriculture. And tell you what: Average yearly temperatures have risen two degrees Celsius since the start of the weather records. And that includes the Year Without a Summer 1816 (probably caused by the volcanic eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815).

It's not as if the rising temperatures are something just recently discovered or somehow recalculated into the past. It's something that has been observed by several generation of scientists now.

Comment: Re:They're right you bunch of freetards (Score 1) 612

by Sique (#49658655) Attached to: FWD.us To Laid-Off Southern California Edison Workers: Boo-Hoo

Historically, small businesses create more jobs than any corporation does. Mom and pop businesses. Family businesses. Local cooperatives. Some individual who sticks his neck out - and entrepreneur. Young companies create jobs - older, more established businesses do not.

A lot of it can be attributed to statistical effects. Lets say, we make the cut-off between a small or medium business and a big corporation at 500 employees. Companies will cross this line all the time. Some grow larger than 500 employees, others shrink until they are below 500 employees, or they go bust and fire more than 500 employees. In all those cases of crossing the 500-employees-line, it will always be a small or medium company adding jobs and a large corporation slashing jobs. That's built into the definition! So in your statistics, you will see small companies adding jobs and large companies slashing jobs - but that's because you define small and large companies in a way that this result is inevitable. It has nothing to do with the potential of an individual company to add or to slash jobs.

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