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Comment: Armchair denial is not questionning science (Score 2) 718

by aepervius (#48636817) Attached to: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'
If you have data, make a model, and then either make experiment or prediction on model and come with a different result than the actual science, youa re doing science you can PUBLISH and then you are a climate skeptic because you have reason to.

Climate change denier, usually the same people which respond to criticism with "hey science is a religion you can't question it" are usually armchar people havign read a blog or two or have a poltical ground and have no fucking clue about the real state of climate science state.

How many people worldwide can be called climate science skeptic ? AKA : publish article and have data model to back it up ? Not many. I can count them maybe on a hand or two. ALL the rest are denier which throw any excuse up and they are present by many many order of magnitude more than the previous group (including the false criticism "established science cannot be questionned" ... It can, but with a proper data and evidence. Not with bullshit from a sofa).

And this is essentially why your criticism is not warranted. Science is about being constantly questionned by other falsifiable science hypotheses. Not by idiot in a chair repeating some conservative BS they saw somewhere abou solar flare or volcanoe.

Comment: nirvana fallacy (Score 4, Insightful) 56

by aepervius (#48628021) Attached to: India Successfully Test Fires Its Heaviest Rocket
Or whatever it is alled : expecting all basic ills to be solved before technological progress is considered. It is impracticable in the modern world and asking for it as you seem to do , shows a distinct problem at understanding how the world work. In practice you do not portion your whole finance to some problem as food or sanitation, otherwise you reach only stagnation. You have to dedicate some to technology advance.

And India is showing you why : they make a lot of progress, and in fact if their rocket is good enough (not many failure) they might get a good size of the satellite launching market, thus bringing in money and being able to concentrate on their other problem better, more so than as if they had instead investing that money in just food or basic sanitation.

Comment: I am wondering too (Score 3, Insightful) 580

by aepervius (#48625903) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'
I have posted that yesterday : the feedback I read from people having watched the film in preview told that it was horribly bad. Now they have made sure that for the next days or maybe even week they made the film "unforgettable". Maybe I am paranoid but I would bet that it is a PR coup on Sony side.

Comment: I am cynical (Score 2, Insightful) 586

by aepervius (#48621981) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release
I have the feeling the reason the show was cancelled , was because the pre-release feedback was very negative, that it was a bad film, but with those threat they saw an opportunity, and now they are priming the US market for a massive "buy it to spite terrorrist !" direct to DVD.

Comment: Artefact of US politics (Score 1) 435

by aepervius (#48621721) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations
The best time of reform, is when you are not fearful of reelection, and you are OK with using unpopular but needed reform. In this case, pretty it is much what's left for Obama. And you know what ? He might get long needed reform on the way (the cuban embargo for the last 50 years is one of the stupidiest political decision of the US, IMNSHO).

Now if somebody could really clean up that other little mess in the cuban isle before 2034-2053 that would be great.

Comment: wrong (Score 4, Informative) 250

by aepervius (#48604185) Attached to: Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents
"Sony can't (successfully) sue for whatever else you can dream up, because that would be the government enforcing some law restricting the press from doing their job as the press, a clear violation of the first amendment."

No. Proof : press is bound by copyright law too. Press cannot give the full copy of a book in an article and pretend it is covered by first amendment and freedom of press. Freedom of press is not a get-free-out-of-civil-liabilities card.

Bottom line : the first amendement and freedom of press is about not allowing the government to limit and infringe on press. It is not a "get free" card for all laws whatsoever, including copyright, 3rd party liabilities and so forth. If you spread private confidential or copyrighted document, you will get bitten in the ass , and it will be by civil lawsuit.

In fact remember : free speech mean the government cannot stops your speech. It does not protect you of ANY private consequence for that speech. If that would be the case journalist would never be sued for libel.

Comment: That is not that clear cut (Score 1) 880

by aepervius (#48599339) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney
"Some historians see the Crusades as part of a purely defensive war against Islamic conquest; some see them as part of long-running conflict at the frontiers of Europe; and others see them as confident, aggressive, papal-led expansion attempts by Western Christendom." You can check the source link at encyclopedia or wiki , this is not a consensus. It was probably a mix of all. Plus how many crusade were they over how 2 hundred years ? It was not ONE crusade, it was like 7 or 8. And there is a huge political influx of the byzantine loss of land.

Comment: The issue seems simple (Score 0) 295

by aepervius (#48595749) Attached to: French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber
The problem, if I understood it correctly (not a given as I know only the german taxi situation well), is that french taxi have some hoop and loop to go thru ( roughly translated says you need a licence, you need to not have been guilty of certain crime, there is some lessons you ened to follow). All costs. But Uber does not follow those restriction, no formation, no licencing, no background check (except the one they say they do... And we all know company cut corner soemtiems and do not do proper checks).

That said all french taxi driver can go and take a dump for all I care. As soon as they announced blocking other innocent third party they lost *any* support from me they could have had.

A much better solution would have been to NOT work and massively go protest by foot before the assemblé or something. But hurting others innocent third parties ? A big No.

Comment: I never understood the warmth argument (Score 2) 433

by aepervius (#48593855) Attached to: Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand
To me , those "warmth" argument are really about psychological bias. Sound warmth is one of those term which are never really defined properly and means everything and nothing. The only really objective measure is amount of noise , and fidelity compared to the original signals. I have never met an analogue system (even a high range one) which objectively reproduced the sound as good as a digital HD one could. Not to mention you better replay your LP in vacuum , because no matter how careful you will to clean it, you will get snaps, pop cracks, dust, flutter, variation speed, etc...

Comment: So the mod proposed to auto click sound good (Score 1) 190

by aepervius (#48567881) Attached to: Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion
There was this new add - on reported a day or two ago which auto clicked on ads. If really the advertising industry is losing money on that.... Maybe I'll look again into adding that addon on all PC I install FF onto (with the rest of the gang, nos script, no flash, ad block)...

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