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Comment: Re:how many of these people don't want to retire? (Score 4, Insightful) 257

by Yaur (#46777011) Attached to: I expect to retire ...
I can't imagine that there will be a time in my life where I'm going to want to stop building stuff. I might "retire" and work on my own stuff or FOSS or something, but can't imagine that I would retire as in not work on something constructive. My dad is in his 60s and is the same way so I'm expecting that attitude isn't going to change.

Comment: Re:Go after em Nate (Score 2) 335

by Yaur (#46539599) Attached to: Nate Silver's New Site Stirs Climate Controversy
But he does talk about exactly that. Specifically about the relationship between per capita GDP and the expected death toll from natural disasters. How do you account for that if the reason isn't better, or at least more widely available, technology and preparedness. Is the counter argument that we are getting better at preventing damage from disasters faster than they are getting worse? That doesn't seem particularly different than his POV.

Comment: Re:Read the update at the end of the article (Score 1) 335

by Yaur (#46539499) Attached to: Nate Silver's New Site Stirs Climate Controversy
If anything I thought it was part of his argument... cost in absolute terms is going up because GDP is going up, but going down as a share of GDP because wealth also allows us to prepare better for disasters (e.g. with better technology). I'm not in a position to say, but assuming that he hasn't doctored the data (which seems sadly common in this domain) it seems like an interesting assessment.

Comment: Re:Go after em Nate (Score 1) 335

by Yaur (#46539417) Attached to: Nate Silver's New Site Stirs Climate Controversy

In fact, today’s climate models suggest that future changes in extremes that cause the most damage won’t be detectable in the statistics of weather (or damage) for many decades.

So he isn't a denier exactly. He is saying that damage from natural disasters is not a significant contributor to the damages at this point. Someone making a, data backed, nuanced argument about climate change... seems like its time to get the popcorn.

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Comment: Poor english (Score 1) 298

by Yaur (#46165751) Attached to: Is Verizon Already Slowing Netflix Down?
The key line from the transcript is "yes, it is limited bandwidth to cloud providers". You can translate that bad English into : "Verizon is limiting bandwidth to cloud providers" and get incensed or "Verizon has limited bandwidth to cloud providers" and have a complete non-issue. Given how unlikely it is that a low level CSR is going to know about Verizon's super secret throttling system I'm going with the latter.

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