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Comment: Re:"...technological paths available..." (Score 1) 302

by Tokolosh (#47420361) Attached to: Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

Therein lies the problem. The governments have agreed on what scientific basis that this is the most cost-effective solution?

Meanwhile I suggest you google "geoengineering" and "contraception". You will find a lot of pros and cons. Myself, I am agnostic. But a proper evaluation is needed before we do something stupid.

Comment: "...technological paths available..." (Score 1) 302

by Tokolosh (#47418359) Attached to: Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

It seems to me that only a single path is being considered - to reduce CO2 emissions.

In reality there are numerous other potential paths, none of which are being evaluated. This kind of blinkered approach reminds me of certain southern politicians. How about bringing some real science and economics to bear on choosing the best response to global warming?

Comment: Home-Grown Terrorists (Score 1) 194

by Tokolosh (#47416667) Attached to: Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

This kind of behavior by the US government has the unintended consequence of creating more terrorists than it catches. The result is a vicious circle of rebellion and crackdown. It has already happened in the middle east with the constant meddling of the USA, and it is going to happen more and more at home. The country is already starting to divide into Patriots and Tories.

As an example, the feds raid Waco, yada yada, Oklahoma City gets bombed. This is not to say that all was well with the Branch Davidians, but the excessive and heavy-handed response led to a bad outcome in many consequential ways.

Other examples are Prohibition and the War on Drugs. We know how they turned out.

Comment: Re:LMGTFY (Score 2) 146

4. A statement that you have a good faith belief that the use of the copyrighted work is not authorized by the copyright owner...

Thanks for this. "Good faith belief" can cover a multitude of sins. The use of copyrighted work does not necessarily have to be authorized by the copyright owner, for instance in the case of "fair use". Nevertheless, it can be subject to a legal takedown. What a messed-up system.

Comment: Re:John Smith? (Score 1) 146

...they declare under penalty of perjury that they have copyright on the work that they believe you are infringing upon.

IANAL, but my limited understanding is that the original claim is NOT under penalty of perjury. However, if you dispute the takedown, your counterclain IS under penalty of perjury.

Can someone confirm or correct, please.

Comment: Re:Opportunity / Outcome (Score 1) 548

by Tokolosh (#47283189) Attached to: Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

You are assigning assumptions, putting words in my mouth and then disparaging me for something I did not say or imply. Shame.

Let me set you straight. I hope for equal outcomes, and all power to women/immigrants/LGBTs/darker-skinned if they achieve equality (whatever that means), or even go on to dominate. So I am very much for change, disruptive change, even.

But affirmative action has a bad track record and ultimately is counterproductive for numerous reasons.

Yes, I am a dead white male, an engineer (the real kind), work in a high-tech design company. As a lead engineer I have chosen to surround myself with talented team members and guess what? The gender balance is even, although more male for the old-timers like me, more female for the juniors. We are happy and productive.

"But this one goes to eleven." -- Nigel Tufnel