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Comment Re:Because we are distracted by "global warming" (Score 1) 130

No, they have a theory. The greenhouse effect is a thing. Where they go off on the rails for me is assuming that the earth and humans can't handle climate variability. If anything for the long term strategy, we should be willing and accepting of climate change and be prepared to adapt. No amounts of cuts to carbon emissions will keep the climate constant. Whether climate change is natural or caused by humans, the effect is the same. Live near the ocean? Be prepared to move. Live in a cold climate, be prepared to have neighbors. Start building dams to hold and control drinking water supplies. Don't waste ground water on ethanol production. These are things that make sense regardless of climate change.

Comment Editors suck at their jobs (Score 4, Insightful) 272

The Pacific tropical activity can be attributed, in part, to impressively warm ocean water.

El Nino is an anomalous, yet periodic, warming of the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean. For reasons still not well understood, every 2 to 7 years, this patch of ocean warms for a period of 6 to 18 months.

Global warming caused by humans or effects of the not well understood El Nino? How much data do we have on simultaneous storms in the pacific? Assuming it was when the first weather satellite was launched in 1960, we've had 55 years of data which is what, maybe a dozen El Ninos? Is this an outlier? Is this normal? Or is it definitely evidence of human influence on the climate? Perhaps it's just a clickbait article from

Comment Re:It's not for them (Score 2) 415

Except by the time someone wants it or uses it, it'll be way behind the times. I'm sure the car manufacturers were "future proofing" their cars by putting in 8 track players too.

Make it replaceable if you want to plan for the future. My 1997 car has a better radio (not stock) that works far more reliably than my 2013 car with an integrated touchscreen infotainment system. I can also upgrade the 1997 radio again in 10 years, whereas the 2013 radio will be stuck with the same shit as long as the car lasts.

Comment Re:What I want (Score 2) 415

Hey, I'm sure there is a great reason why the HVAC controls need to be integrated into the radio and have components of the system put in like tetris blocks all under the dash. I'm guessing it has to do with the $2000 technology package that adds the value of a $200 double din radio.

Comment Re:Cars like pc's/phones/tablets (Score 2) 415

That is shockingly true. The "Source" button in my car is functionally useless. It switches between sources, but it includes everything, inputs that aren't hooked up, satellite radio stations with no subscription, and FM and AM "sources" that have no saved presets. Are you telling me that a car computer that knows there is nothing in the USB port isn't smart enough to skip that source? Why can't I disable the AM and Satellite sources if I never use them? Why the hell is there FM 1,2, and 3 on a goddamn touchscreen? When there were buttons for saved presets, it made sense. You only had 6 buttons, so if you wanted more presets, you needed a way to differentiate them. I have a damn touchscreen and 10% of it is dedicated to the artificially limited 6 presets. Give me 18 buttons (there is plenty of space and memory to store them) and then just have on damn FM source. Or let me save as many stations as I want and dynamically adjust the size of the buttons to fit.

The problem with car manufacturers is they put a damn touchscreen computer in the dash and then program it to behave like a standard radio with fixed buttons. Then it sucks as a real radio AND it sucks as a computer.

Comment Re: It's the interface, stupid (Score 1) 415

Oh don't even get me started. Rather than plow through 17 CDs in an audiobook, I ripped them to mp3s and put them in folders by disk. MyFord Touch doesn't allow any sort of sorting by filename or directory tree. Thus I had to strip all metadata and rename the files to 001, 002, etc to actually get them to play in some semblance of order and EVEN THEN there were still random times where 087 would be out of order or some other bullshit.

I don't use half the features, and the other half don't even freaking work like you'd expect them to.

Comment Re:What does Science have to say about this? (Score 1) 587

Right, but scientifically, there might be value in telling a patient they are getting a placebo when administering a drug to see if they get better despite not believing they are getting treatment. It is the inverse of believing they are getting treatment when they aren't. Both might be scientifically valid. Though I think I have read that some people get better on placebos even if they are told it is a placebo. People are funny creatures...

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success. -- Christopher Lascl