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Comment: Re:They're called trees. (Score 1) 120

That's an interesting Wiki page. But I'm afraid those figures say almost nothing about the actual number of trees or forest density in those countries.
For example, Spain has a higher forest area percentage than Germany, 36% vs 31%. Not sure what counts as "forest area" though, because while it is true that Spain has more untouched wilderness than Germany, most of the land is dry with very sparse tree density. In contrast, Germany has mostly moist, rich land and very dense forests. By these accounts I wouldn't be surprised if Germany had three times more trees than Spain despite it being a smaller country with less forest cover.

Comment: Re:there's a strange bias on slashdot (Score 2) 189

You realize that the U.S. also fines and sanctions many European companies for misconduct or anti-trust settlements? For some reason when this happens it usually doesn't make news on Slashdot.

Also, it's a little ironic that you as a citizen are so eager to defend those companies that set up their financial HQ in some foreign tax haven so they have to pay next to nothing in taxes in the U.S., giving nothing back to society.

Comment: Re:Hell No Hillary (Score 1) 676

How about the fact that George Bush Junior was in charge when the first major terrorist attack on U.S. soil killed over 2000 Americans and destroyed the WTC?

How about the fact that the wars that GWB started have turned the entire middle east into a clusterfuck of terrorism, torture, genocide, rape and cultural devastation?

How about the fact that during GWB's two terms the U.S. debt started to soar as the economy started to collapse?

How about the fact that during GWB's two terms civil liberties were dashed and slashed in the name of the war against terror and that the U.S. engaged in torture and holding people for decades in prison without trial?

But you still just adore him, don't you?

Comment: Re:wildfires? (Score 1) 304

by allcoolnameswheretak (#49436219) Attached to: Obama Says Climate Change Is Harming Americans' Health

It would be interesting to know how those temperatures were measured. The most common approach is measuring air temperature. Scientists have found however that the oceans act as a climate regulator for planet Earth and suck alot of heat and CO2 out of the atmosphere. Sometimes that heat comes back to the surface in bursts and sometimes it stays in deeper layers of the ocean. But the heat is never gone, it is simply in the water.

Comment: Re:wildfires? (Score 1) 304

by allcoolnameswheretak (#49432315) Attached to: Obama Says Climate Change Is Harming Americans' Health

I wouldn't rule out that there have been some monster fires in the past that have been worse than anything we have experienced lately. But what I find hard to believe is that the total amount of burned m and CO2 released through fires was more 100 years ago than now.

Why? Most fires are caused by people. Voluntarily or by accident. The U.S. is much more heavily and densely populated now than 100 years ago, and we have many more appliances, tools and ways to cause fires today than in the past. It sounds illogical to me that 220 million additional Americans didn't have an impact on wildfires in the USA.

Comment: Re:wildfires? (Score 3, Informative) 304

by allcoolnameswheretak (#49432085) Attached to: Obama Says Climate Change Is Harming Americans' Health

California is experiencing the worst drought (ever, perhaps). It is so bad, they are starting to ration water consumption. Scientific studies indicate climate change is real (unless you live in the USA), so in all likelihood the severe drought is an effect of climate change. And dry land causes fires easily. Ergo Climate change -> drought -> wildfires.

How is that simple deduction a red-herring?

Comment: Re:don't need to look it up (Score 2) 53

by allcoolnameswheretak (#49422671) Attached to: Back To the Future: Autonomous Driving In 1995


The olde 486 DX2... I remembereth that well. If thou hadst one, thou will belike many fond mem'ries playing classic MS-DOS games on it.
A meaneth brach 'twas too. capable of running yea the most demanding titles without breaking a sweateth. I cri'd when i had to puteth mineth down due to corky age.

Comment: Re:people are going to be saying (Score 1) 737

by allcoolnameswheretak (#49344409) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

so this copilot is a complete scumbag. depression and suicide is nowhere remotely an excuse or even a valid explanation for selfishly mass murdering 150 innocent people.

While it's emotionally tempting to go with that opinion, I'm not so certain it applies. One thing about depression is that you stop caring and certain bits of your brain simply shut down. I think it is possible that this co-pilot, under normal circumstances and in a right state of mind would have been disgusted at the thought of killing so many people. But in the mental state of depression your emotion and empathy may cease to exist, maybe the passengers didn't even register in his thoughts when he took the decision to end his life, if that is really what happened.

It cannot be ruled out that he wanted to take all these people with him with malicious intent, but it can also not be ruled out that in that moment he was positively insane and didn't really know what he was doing.

Comment: Re: Idiot Parents (Score 2) 569

That's bullshit. Admittedly, I used to think like that too. I thought that parents that do their job right will have their kids "under control". As long as you take care of them, educate them and show them right from wrong, they will all turn out all right.

Well, life showed me otherwise. I'm vastly different from my sister, even though we had the same upbringing. I know a guy who was an exemplary son until he suddenly completely broke with his parents and refuses to have contact with them, nobody knows why. His parents are great people and his sister turned out completely fine.

One of my uncles is a complete bastard whereas the rest of my aunts and uncles are great people...

There is only so much influence parents have over their children. Friends, life, the environment and their individual character also make a huge impact. Right now I'm thinking that parents can influence only about a third of a child's character. The other third is friends and environment and the rest is just pure, uncontrollable individuality.

Comment: Re: And the almond trees die. (Score 1) 417

by allcoolnameswheretak (#49315497) Attached to: How 'Virtual Water' Can Help Ease California's Drought

You're holyness, pleese take pity on the rest of us down to Irth types when our feable minds make misstakes, for we are not hi and mightee such as thy and may sumetimes fael to flawlessly ex-press ourselfs even in a language with sutch logical and consistend pronownciation and spelling as the Inglish one, praised it be!

"A car is just a big purse on wheels." -- Johanna Reynolds