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Comment Re:Can't we just stop printing? (Score 5, Funny) 378

When I was staying in Europe for a few weeks (I'm from the USA) I had to wire some money over to the landlord. So I opened the PDF form from my (American) credit union, filled in the details, pasted in a signature and sent it back. "Sorry sir, but we are unable to accept an electronic copy; please print out the form, sign it, and then scan+email or fax it over."

So of course I just opened the document in GIMP, rotated it slightly, added some noise, turned down the contrast and sent it back. Landlord was happy, credit union was happy, and all I had to do was forge my own documents...

Comment Re: As a chemist, I have something to say. (Score 3, Insightful) 135

Raising a dimensional quantity to a power doesn't always make sense -- since [whateverthefuck] = [micrograms/serving], [whateverthefuck^9] = [something silly].

And if you want to do this as relative amount (0.1 meaning ten percent, etc.), then raising it to the ninth power makes it smaller, which isn't exactly what you intended.

The More You Know...

Comment Re:Does anyone remember... (Score 2) 248

...can indulge his geekly interests in a more world-changing way than installing the newest release of Debian and vainly looking for something useful to run on it.

Wow. That's...a little too close to home. Please think of other people before saying such hurtful things.

Comment Re:"The Polar Bears will be fine" (Score 4, Insightful) 372

Dyson agrees that anthropogenic global warming exists, and has written that "[one] of the main causes of warming is the increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere resulting from our burning of fossil fuels such as oil and coal and natural gas."[53] However, he believes that existing simulation models of climate fail to account for some important factors, and hence the results will contain too much error to reliably predict future trends: ...

Freeman Dyson also doesn't understand gravity (no one does). But that doesn't mean some vague claims can't be made about the two -- "heavy objects hurt when they fall on your foot" isn't a rigorous scientific statement, but it is true, as is his (vague) quote above.

"We learn from history that we learn nothing from history." -- George Bernard Shaw