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Comment Re:Folding@Home (Score 1) 36

This is so completely wrong. The customers paid for a drug. They got the drug, and now the money they paid for it isn't theirs. Big bad pharma then took the money that belonged to them and paid for the research.

Let me know when the day comes that a pharmaceutical company chooses to spend money on research and not recoup it from consumers, plus profit.

It's always consumers that pay, in front or at the end, it's always consumers.

Comment Re:Ignorant fucking asshole (Score 2) 117

You know why?

I think a big part of it is because the guys who flew RC aircraft over the years have been serious hobbyists and not "I bought this on Amazon" goofballs.

I walk my 15 year old dog near a park where a lot of these guys fly their rigs. I've never met one who wasn't thoughtful about what he was doing and respectful of others' safety. They don't fly over the kid's playground, they don't fly over the traffic on the surrounding streets. They're human beings. A lot of them bring their kids and teach them the same appropriate behavior, while getting the kids interested in a cool hobby.

Comment Re:100% Consensus among scientific organizations (Score 2) 262

Yep. IIRC George W Bush, who is hardly known to be an anti-oil liberal, ultimately ended up agreeing that AGW was a real thing that needed to be dealt with. This was a man who literally gained much of his power from his connections to the oil industry, more so than the majority of AGW-denying Republicans.

There's a point at which the more serious the consequences, the less you can afford to grandstand and tell people what they want to hear. Just as we see every Presidential candidate split into three virtually completely different people at every election - the party's candidate during the primaries, the centrist during the main part of the election, and the establishment figure post-election - we see some politicians, from time to time, feel obliged to split from their base on key issues.

That doesn't always mean they're right. Obama turning from Guantanamo-closer to drone-assassin and whistleblower-hunter overnight seems more to me about preventing himself from having problems with the security services, or possibly fear of being blamed if there's another high profile terror attack, than anything about it being the right thing to do. But seeing people from Thatcher to Bush acknowledge AGW when there was no establishment pressure to do so, and when the consequences of AGW were unlikely to be felt (or, if felt, were unlikely to result in them being blamed) during their regimes is instructive.

Comment Re:Folding@Home (Score 2, Insightful) 36

Zero. It was 100% funded by big bad Pharma that you guys all claim to hate.

Wrong. It was funded by the customers of big bad Pharma.

Remember, all corporate research is ultimately funded by customers. Before you go giving them some humanitarian award. don't forget it's always the customers that pay the bill.

Comment Re:Best and Brightest (Score 1) 254

We're tired of being told how horrible we all are by you authoritarian thugs.

For the record, here was the entirety of my post:

"Stories about women in tech always bring out the best in Slashdot readers."

And the AC takes this as "being told how horrible we all are by you authoritarian thugs". You just can't be nice to some people, I guess.

Comment Re:Three Seashells (Score 1, Insightful) 240

Well, if by "trees" we mean large swaths of Douglas Fir or Poplar monoculture, sure. If we mean a mature and diverse climax forest, no.

And so what? Why should any non-hippie care. It's not a theme park for your amusement.

If, by "renewable", we mean "we grow as many board feet as we harvest", again, no. Not even close,

Yes, 90%+ of all wood used in the US comes from tree farms now, and basically all paper (it's just cheaper for paper).

is nowhere near actually replacing what was lost.

Sure, that's not the job of the paper company anyhow. Most forest land lost over the centuries, and with farms now being very small compared to "peak farmland", forests are coming back (the natural process isn't quick, but more every decade since the 50s).

"The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in times of moral crisis, preserved their neutrality." -- Dante