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Comment: Re:Well... (Score 1) 78

Or maybe Comcast is his current cable tv vendor, and knows that improving its service by a googolplexian, will still result in it providing crappy service, whether it be the techs that install Internet service to business customers, that don't know what Linux is, or the sales reps that don't know whether or not the company can serve a specific address, or the equipment people that send out "new" equipment that looks like a Leopard 2A7+ rolled over it.

Comment: Re:I will never understand (Score 5, Informative) 96

by amber_of_luxor (#49551991) Attached to: Vizio, Destroyer of Patent Trolls

>Yeah, yeah, yeah, McDonald's Coffee case. There was something there legally that wasn't reported in the media or if it was, it went over everyone's head.

Things most people miss.

The manager of that McDonald's refused to pick up 50% of the initial ER bill. ( Literally, all they had to do, was sign a piece of paper, and that would have been that. I've forgotten the dollar amount, but even doubling it, to allow for the cost of having a lawyer examine it, would have been far cheaper, than the resulting lawsuit.)

McDonald's corporate had cited that specific McDonald's for violating their policy on how hot coffee should be served at, several times, before this specific incident occurred.

Need I mention her third degree burns, in an area of the body that is extremely difficult to treat.

Comment: Re:Is the math not towing the groupthink? (Score 1) 208

by amber_of_luxor (#49495945) Attached to: Social Science Journal 'Bans' Use of p-values

But their replacement is even more subject to bias that p-Values.

At least with P-Values I don't have to delve into a dozen things that are not in the paper, to see the error. With their proposal, I have to investigate at least a dozen factors that are not mentioned dn the paper, to determine where, and why the errors that are made are present.

IOW their proposed replacement makes lying using statistics so much more trivial, that you can now say that lies and statistics are synonyms.

Comment: Re:The Elephant in the room, no one is talking abo (Score 1) 332

by amber_of_luxor (#49459283) Attached to: California Looks To the Sea For a Drink of Water

Even if the earth was in the middle of an ice age, the Western Antarctic Ice Shelf would be collapsing, and melting away.

Using that as proof of global warming, is akin to using Westboro Baptist Church as proof that God is enamoured of out-of-wedlock same-sex intimate sexual relationships, and that everybody must participate in one, at least once a week.


Comment: Re:What a wonderful unit! (Score 1) 332

by amber_of_luxor (#49459189) Attached to: California Looks To the Sea For a Drink of Water

>If Americans adopt metric

I hope you realize that the United States was one of the first, if not very first country to both endorse the metric system, and make it a legal unit of measurement.

What Congress forgot to do, was mandate that all government agencies use the metric system.

Probably the major reasons for the failure of metrification in the seventies and eighties are:
A} Speed limits. Instead of changing 5 mph to 10 kph, it was changed to 8 kph. Nobody's speedometer has checks at 8 km/h, 16 km/h and similar multiples of 8.
B} Instead of moving the sign that says "exit 1/2 mile ahead" to "exit 1 km ahead", they changed it to read "exit 804.3 meters" ahead.
C} Instead of using cm to measure the height of a person, they used meters.
D) Instead of measuring bust size in cm, they used meters.
(One meter sounds small. 100 cm sounds big. Furthermore, nobody wants to be called a 1. 100, yes. 1, no.)


Comment: Re:I see what you did there (Score 1) 332

by amber_of_luxor (#49459037) Attached to: California Looks To the Sea For a Drink of Water

We are sorry, but the term " assclown " has been restricted to refer only to the individual who are/were part of Prenda Law, Inc.
Please do not use it for other purposes, or Prenda Law will be forced to file another frivolous lawsuit against you, for infringing upon their intellectual property rights.

Comment: Re: Impact on Ocean tiny in comparison (Score 1) 332

by amber_of_luxor (#49458927) Attached to: California Looks To the Sea For a Drink of Water

In the short term, nuclear energy is cheap.

In the long term, nuclear energy is the most expensive option that is available.
Hint: After factoring in all of the costs, it currently cost one trillion dollars to produce one watt of electricity from nuclear power. That figure climbs at around two percent per month, and will continue to do so, for then dozen millennia.

Comment: Re:But not to Nestle. (Score 1) 332

by amber_of_luxor (#49458757) Attached to: California Looks To the Sea For a Drink of Water

Southern California can either use the Salton Sea as a dumping ground for the brine, or build a canal from the Salton Sea to the Pacific Ocean, reflood the Salton Sea, and build desalination plants on the Salton Sea, dumping the brine right back into the Salton Sea.

Counter-intuitively, dumping brine into the Salton Sea will reduce the amount of salt in it.

Building a canal from the Salton Sea to the Pacific Ocean, could be enough to trigger a jump in real production of goods in California. (Part of it is from demolishing existing structures, including the flood plain, and part of it is from building replacement structures.) Worst case scenario is that it promotes local jobs, in a fashion that few other government programs are capable of doing.

Comment: Re: Must example set of him (Score 1) 629

I really wish I remember the legal citation for the case where the perp read the password on a Post-It note on the monitor.
Perp went to jail for breaking and entering.
Was not guily of unauthorized access to the computer system.

There are several other court cases where the rule is that if the password is known, then the access is authorized, regardless of how the perp came to know the password.

Comment: Re:Systemic and widespread? (Score 1) 489

by amber_of_luxor (#49441425) Attached to: The Courage of Bystanders Who Press "Record"

>." Do you have to worry about getting shot at your job? Probably not

Law Enforcement does not even rank in the top ten list of occupations where being killed on the job is an occupational hazard. Nor do they come in the top ten, where getting injured by a gun is an occupational hazard.

"America is a stronger nation for the ACLU's uncompromising effort." -- President John F. Kennedy