Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Comment: Re:Good thing climate change isn't real! (Score 1) 293

by cavebison (#49724603) Attached to: Larson B Ice Shelf In Antarctica To Disintegrate Within 5 Years

> what is under debate is the balance between natural climatic variation and human CO2 emission

http://www.newscientist.com/ar...

"About 40% of the extra CO2 entering the atmosphere due to human activity is being absorbed by natural carbon sinks, mostly by the oceans. The rest is boosting levels of CO2 in the atmosphere."

Here again you can see that we are contributing more than what the natural Carbon Cycle can absorb, which is the problem. The issue is NOT how much CO2 humans produce vs how much nature produces. The issue is that our added emissions tip the scale and the Carbon Cycle cannot compensate any longer. I hope you can re-think your position to understand the distinction between this and what you are saying.

Comment: Re:Good thing climate change isn't real! (Score 1) 293

by cavebison (#49724585) Attached to: Larson B Ice Shelf In Antarctica To Disintegrate Within 5 Years

> My understanding is [...] As far as I can tell [...]

Kudos for being honest that those parts are just your opinion / your understand. So I skipped those bits, as I doubt you're qualified to reliably inform me on the topic.

> No one is denying the scientific effect of atmospheric CO2, or that the Earth is warming - what is under debate is the balance between natural climatic variation and human CO2 emission

So you concede the reality and importance of climate change, and that CO2 in the atmosphere is one of the major contributors, yet somehow want to debate "cause". This implies your only difficulty is with the idea that human activity has been the major contributor to CO2 in the atmosphere, right? Well, that's easily fixed, allow me to direct you to the simple answer:

https://www.skepticalscience.c...

TL;DR: Yes natural CO2 is emitted, but it also *naturally absorbed*. It is a cycle, called the "Carbon Cycle". The problem is this: *Human emissions create an IMBALANCE between what is emitted what is absorbed*. Get it now? It's not about "how much is sent UP by us vs nature", it's about how we send up an EXCESS that cannot be absorbed back into the cycle.

> what is under debate is the balance between natural climatic variation and human CO2 emission

As you can see, no; it is not under debate. Like most in your camp, it is only under debate in your own mind, probably because you have only heard the rhetoric from other sources and not really understood the issues at all. Someone probably said to you "this is crap because nature sends up FAR more CO2 than humans do!" and that's all you heard. But it's a false, deceptive, pathetic argument, meant to mislead in order to allow companies to keep polluting. As such, it is also an immoral argument and those pedalling it should feel ashamed for contributing to ignorance and quite possibly future misery.

Comment: Re:Controversial because? (Score 1) 284

by cavebison (#49692069) Attached to: Bill Gates Still Trying To Buy Some Common Core Testing Love

> Want better teachers? Increase pay and better teachers will enter the profession.

Funny how some people claim that, when it comes to CEOs, high salaries are necessary to attract the best talent, but refuse to apply the same rationale to other professions like nurses, teachers, etc. Oh yes, doctors' and lawyers' salaries must also be high enough to attract the best people, but teachers - no, no, their profession doesn't work that way for some reason.

Comment: Re:Try again... 4? (Score 1) 226

by cavebison (#49601643) Attached to: Grooveshark Shuts Down

> I'd say it's pretty fucking obvious why users think music is free. The industry is presenting it that way.

Firstly, no, people don't think music is free, unless you're standing next to a busker or at a venue playing what they paid for to play. Everyone knows commercial music is commercial.

Secondly, by your reasoning, giving people samples of something makes everyone believe all the rest of that thing is also free.

Remember Kazaa back in 2001? Nobody thought they had a right to free music until Kazaa got plastered all over the news and everyone discovered they could be naughty kids and get stuff for free. The concept has stuck ever since - mainly because it's still easy to do with any torrent program. People love getting free stuff if they can, no matter what it is, that's just human nature. As long as it's easy.

If anything, companies giving away free music is a *response* to the how torrenting has presented music to people as free.

Comment: Re:A contrary opinion (Score 1) 359

by cavebison (#49570511) Attached to: Google Insiders Talk About Why Google+ Failed

> I have much more meaningful discussions on G+ than I do FB, partly because the number of followers on G+ is less, so less crap.

It sounds like those conversations are with people you don't know. Which is odd, as FB an G+ are centred around networks of people who know each other. Hence the G+ invite-only thing. If you want to have meaningful conversations with people you *don't* know, the Internet has been providing that since it started (and BBSs before that). You already have it here on /. There's also Reddit. Heck, there are things called "forums" all over the place, which served as social networks decades before "social networks" came along.

I don't think G+ provides anything new in the way of meaningful discussions with strangers who share interests. The internet's had that covered in thousands of ways for a long time.

Comment: Re:Useful in education (Score 1) 358

by cavebison (#49447339) Attached to: Google To Offer Ad-Free YouTube - At a Price

> some ridiculous ad immediately preceding a listening.

For Firefox or Chrome, use the AdBlock Plus addon.

> I'd also love to make the scourge of autoplay go away somehow

For Chrome, google "stop html5 autoplay" there are a couple of addons for that.

I use Adblock Plus in Firefox and never see ads in YouTube, ever. It's a must-have addon to bring sanity to the Web.

Comment: Re:Define "Threatened" and "Unwelcome" (Score 1) 765

by cavebison (#49325329) Attached to: A Software Project Full of "Male Anatomy" Jokes Causes Controversy

> Why do women constantly get to claim they feel uncomfortable and expect the world to rush in and see to it that reality meets with their expectations?

Same reason racist jokes are not acceptable - after hundreds of years of conflict, hate and discrimination based on race.

Same reason antisemitism is a big deal - the deaths of millions of people.

So think about how women have been treated over TENS OF THOUSANDS OF YEARS by men. Should we be somewhat conscious of that past? I think so.

We don't go around saying to black people, or gay people, "look it's all fine now, hey a black president, just move on!" So why do we think women should just suddenly be ok with everything and men don't have any responsibility for making them feel comfortable, welcome and safe? We do, simply because of history. Women have been treated a lot worse than blacks and jews and gays put together, over a much longer period of time, and still are.

Even if you think history doesn't count, just considering that women still don't get paid equally to men, makes any argument such as yours null and void.

Comment: Re:2017 (Score 1) 222

by cavebison (#49161559) Attached to: Harrison Ford To Return In Blade Runner Sequel

> My guess is that after this sequel comes out, we'll be trying to 'unsee it' and waxing poetic about how original and thought provoking the original was, and how flat, and full of fail this film is.

The tragedy is, it's obvious that if they really cared about these movies, they wouldn't even attempt to make sequels. They don't care, they just see the sequels as bankable. Producing soul-destroying sequels to original masterpieces still makes lots of money, as Lucas very effectively revealed. The fact they're doing a sequel at all means they don't care, which is a shame. As such, it deserves to be shunned, but it won't be.

Comment: Re:We'd like your feedback... (Score 1) 353

by cavebison (#49092909) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Useful Browser Extensions?

> To expand on this is there any plugin which can stop all canvas pop-ups?

Not that I've seen, but if it's a site you frequent then try using the Element Hiding Helper for AdBlock Plus. Once you learn a little about HTML, enough to understand how the hiding works, I find it *very* effective at removing the popups, and anything else on a site that I want to remove for one reason or another (usually distracting sidebar stuff).

Comment: Re:We'd like your feedback... (Score 1) 353

by cavebison (#49092905) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Useful Browser Extensions?

> Is there an extension that blocks these "We'd like your feedback" messages that seem to be popping up on every single site lately?

Not that I've seen, but if it's a site you frequent then try using the Element Hiding Helper for AdBlock Plus. Once you learn a little about HTML, enough to understand how the hiding works, I find it *very* effective at removing the popups, and anything else on a site that I want to remove for one reason or another (usually distracting sidebar stuff).

Comment: Re:There's a whole industry based around Elite Pan (Score 1) 339

by cavebison (#48925275) Attached to: Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

> Elite Panic is big business.

Or perhaps they got to be the elite by being big thinkers, long term planners and utter realists. Any scientist will tell you that it's inevitable that a major disease, comet impact, climate change, etc. will come and wipe out millions of people. It IS inevitable. But most people hate thinking stuff like that, won't take such things seriously in their lives, and will never feel compelled to do anything. Most feel they couldn't do anything about it anyway. The elite, however, are used to thinking big, aren't afraid to try big things, and are more likely to look reality square in the face - that's how they got there in the first place. Yes, reality - reality is money and power in a human civilisation. (That they created that system themselves isn't a problem or irony in their minds - they are proud of it.)

Comment: Re:WPF (Score 1) 421

by cavebison (#48658319) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Up To the Job?

> By some measures of success, sure.

Well, by the ones that count. They can't be doing that much wrong.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/gr...

But this is off topic I suppose, not about .NET specifically. It's just odd seeing people say "Microsoft is done", but praise Google, even though Google also made a lot of stuff that went nowhere in the market (Glass, G+), or makes no money. These companies get so much revenue across the board, they can afford to experiment and mess up here and there.

I think MS is just a popular punching bag out of habit, as this whole post demonstrates. I hardly ever comment, but still had to offer my 2c to this one. :)

Excessive login or logout messages are a sure sign of senility.

Working...