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Comment: Re:it is the wrong way... (Score 2, Insightful) 288

by WillKemp (#47480121) Attached to: Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

Oh the idea has merit. It is why it keeps coming up. However, who eats the cost? We do. We as end consumers eat it.

Who do you think will eat the cost of rising sea levels and dried up water supplies? It certainly won't be the companies that caused the problems in the first place. It will be us again. But those costs will be astronomically higher than a tiny little carbon tax.

Comment: Re:n/t (Score 4, Insightful) 278

by WillKemp (#47465397) Attached to: The debate over climate change is..

No, all of science is debatable. Even Newton and Einstein.

Only if you don't understand science. If you do understand science, you know it's not debatable – but it is falsifiable (i.e., it can be proved wrong, if it is wrong, by reproducible experiment).

You can debate things you don't understand, of course, if you must – and a lot of people do – but it's entirely meaningless.

Comment: Re: One non-disturbing theory (Score 5, Interesting) 304

by WillKemp (#47355741) Attached to: Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

A vast amount of this plastic is breaking up into tiny pieces, which then form a new class of plankton plastic plankton - and this plastic plankton is being eating by sea creatures along with the phytoplankton and zooplankton which make up their normal diet. Nobody knows what the effects of this will be.

Comment: Re:One non-disturbing theory (Score 1) 304

by WillKemp (#47355659) Attached to: Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

Water is not the "ultimate" solvent. There are plenty of substances that do not dissolve in water - and plastic's one of them. What's happening is that sunlight and possibly wave action is breaking the plastic into microscopic particles, which are then being ingested by marine animals, just as larger pieces of plastic are. Nobody knows what effect this will have on the organisms themselves - or the organisms that prey on those organisms (which includes humans).

Comment: Re:Uh, sure.. (Score 1) 359

Developers starting on Emacs/VI when there was nothing else around kept with those tools

I started with VI 20 years ago and i still use it - but only when i'm working in a text terminal and need to do small edits. For almost everything else, i use Geany, which i find the most useful and streamlined editor of all that i've tried. But for the small amount of Android app programming i've done, i used Eclipse, because it makes life so much easier. There's no excuse for sticking with old software just because you're used to it.

Comment: Re:work life balance is a myth (Score 4, Interesting) 710

by WillKemp (#47311661) Attached to: Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

Nah,. I'm 56 and i've had that attitude all my life. I'm not rich, but i'm a lot happier than i would be if i'd spent all my life working in a crap job just for the money. And i've done a lot of really interesting jobs - in possibly as many as 30 quite different occupations, from builder to seaman, from computer programmer to miner, from taxi driver to technical adviser in Afghanistan. Life's too short to stick at crap jobs for long!

"Catch a wave and you're sitting on top of the world." - The Beach Boys