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Comment: Re:Earth not warming for the past 14-22 years (Score 1) 563

by Truth_Quark (#47915819) Attached to: Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels
I see that you've never heard of nuclear energy, concentration solar energy, wind turbines, geothermal energy, biomass energy, sugar cane ethanol, methane digesters, hydro power, or photo-voltaics.

And yet this got modded up twice as insightful.

The science denier is strong on slashdot.

Comment: Re:Time for new terminology (Score 1) 563

by Truth_Quark (#47915797) Attached to: Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

The raw, unadjusted temperature records always have said 1937. It's the adjustments that are questionable, not the historical record.

This would be complete bullshit.

Unadjusted.
Adjusted.
The adjustments make a small difference, but over the last 50 years, that only accounts for about 0.01C of the 1.14C warming trend.

Comment: Re:I was promised "some sort of open source" (Score 1) 368

by Truth_Quark (#47876833) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Apart from the ridiculous tone of your comment, you seem to be under the false impression that Microsoft made those promises and/or that you made your purchase from Microsoft. Neither of those is the case.

Nope, I'm not under that impression. I'm under the impression that if Microsoft acquires Mojang, they acquire their assets and obligations.

Also, you can lie to us about your "purchase decision" all you like, but purchase decisions don't even come in to fair trading laws.

If I was mislead before entering into a purchase agreement, that comes under multiple fair trading laws. One is the Australian Trade Practices Act (1974). Another is the New South Wales Fair Trading Act (1987).

Even if you made this stick (which is possible because you're clearly an expert consumer lawyer) there would be no "high punitive fines" because the loss of value from this relatively minor aspect of the game's potential future is about as close to zero as it's possible to get without underflowing a double.

The Fair Trading Commission has been very heavy handed in the past. The fines are not about loss of value to the consumer, but about making deceptive conduct uneconomic.

Comment: Re:I was promised "some sort of open source" (Score 1) 368

by Truth_Quark (#47876795) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Besides, Microsoft could just open-source the version they bought, while denying you all the improvements they made later on. In a community that depends on user-generated content, the support for a 5 year old version will be virtually nil.

I'd be happy with that.

And I'm not sure they'd end up with the most popular fork. The Minecraft community is pretty big

Comment: Re:I was promised "some sort of open source" (Score 1) 368

by Truth_Quark (#47876787) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

If its not written into the license you received when you purchased the product, its all too easy to dismiss in court.

Australian law is pretty generous with finding "misleading conduct". The standard is if it would lead an ordinary member of the public to be influenced by it into error. The courts look at the likely audience and judge by the standards of persons who are not stupid, but are perhaps of less than average intelligence and background knowledge in that audience.

Also, it is sufficient that the conduct in question has the potential to mislead or to deceive. No intent to mislead or deceive is required.

Comment: I was promised "some sort of open source" (Score 4, Informative) 368

by Truth_Quark (#47868263) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+
Oh, hard luck Microsoft, you've just run afoul of my country's fair trading act.

Part of my purchase decision was that Minecraft would be released open source or public domain.

You've just purchased some very high punitive fines.

Once sales start dying and a minimum time has passed, I will release the game source code as some kind of open source. I'm not very happy with the draconian nature of (L)GPL, nor do I believe the other licenses have much merit other than to boost the egos of the original authors, so I might just possibly release it all as public domain.

Comment: Is there a science deficit in creativity? (Score 3, Interesting) 203

by Truth_Quark (#47832535) Attached to: Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?
... is the more salient question.

Hollywood has turned against scientists again, and the anti-science hacks of antivax and climate change denial and creationism/intelligent design and alt-med are getting more and more air time.

Uneducated intuition and magical thinking seem to be the respected characteristics in pop fiction, and well respected heroes like Sagan and David Attenborough have given way to more niche respected heroes like Hawkings, Cox and Tyson.

Comment: Re: The world we live in. (Score 1) 595

by Truth_Quark (#47771593) Attached to: New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

Show me some statistics on un-reported rape.

This can be studied by survey.

It's a fact, men are brought up in this society to own the image of strength and reporting that they were raped goes against that, while women are raised to protect themselves at any cost; because of this, most women will report a rape whether it happened or not, most men won't, even if it did.

I'd be interested to read your statistics on this claim.

1 1 was a race-horse, 2 2 was 1 2. When 1 1 1 1 race, 2 2 1 1 2.

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