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Comment: Re:Great (Score 1) 200

by bteed (#32937648) Attached to: Thermosphere Contraction Puzzles Scientists
That's not quite what the article says, though.

Emmert suggests carbon dioxide (CO2) in the thermosphere might play a role in explaining the atmospheric collapse.

This gas acts as a coolant, shedding heat via infrared radiation. It is widely-known that CO2 levels have been increasing in Earth's atmosphere. Extra CO2 in the thermosphere could have magnified the cooling action of solar minimum."

I'm not saying "Oh, what do those darned scientists know?", it's just interesting.

Comment: Perversion of the law's intent (Score 5, Insightful) 371

by bteed (#32822482) Attached to: AU Band Men At Work Owes Royalties On 'Kookaburra'
Copyright law was originally intended to contribute to the arts by incentivizing creation with a temporary monopoly for the creator. Hands up whoever thinks Ms Sinclair wouldn't have written this song if she knew some company 75 years later weren't able to get a cut of something they had absolutely no part in creating.

Comment: Re:too much advertising does this to you (Score 1) 186

by bteed (#32818970) Attached to: More Trouble In Apple's App Store
As much distaste as I have for Apple culturally, OSX's unix lineage wouldn't allow malware the same freedom it has on a poorly set up XP system. The exception would be PEBKAC issues that Mac users might be more vulnerable to because of their undying belief that their iDol will protect them. I've noticed that a lot in light of the recent events, actually. People in Apple forums making comments to the effect of "The real question is whether these hacked users were using PCs" and "Apple can't guarantee peoples safety unless they're using Macs".

Comment: This is the problem with lamescream media (Score 1) 286

by bteed (#32665644) Attached to: Fifth of Android Apps Expose Private Data
The whitepaper that they referenced is really pretty objective, it makes all the same points that commenters are making here (despite trying to sell you their brilliant new malware detector). A reporter reads it, uses a line or two from it, and makes a scary story. I have to give them credit for linking it the original source, though, sometimes you have to go digging through Google to find out how much they're really telling you.

OS/2 must die!