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Comment: That's not enough (Score 1) 65

by mark-t (#48230925) Attached to: EU Sets Goal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions 40% By 2030

Because there will be more than double that number of cars on the road by that time, and so it will still result in a net increase. It's better than no cuts at all, but IMO,. they should be focusing on reducing emissions by at least 10% every single year to really stay ahead of the rate at which more cars are being added to roads... by the same time, at that rate, emissions would have been cut by about 80% off of what they are today.

That would make a difference. Reducing by 40% over 16 years is just political posturing, not any serious attempt at wanting to make the future any better than the present.

Comment: Re:The bottom line (Score 3, Insightful) 29

by mark-t (#48229463) Attached to: Scientists Engineer Cancer-Killing Stem Cells

Wow... didn't have to read very far before I found somebody regurgitating *THIS* conspiracy theory again... of course, like most conspiracy theories, any otherwise entirely logical refutations are attributed as being part of "the cover up", and are excluded from consideration, preventing actual critical analysis.

There are problems with the pharmaceutical industries in North America, but this is not one of them.

Comment: Re:my thoughts (Score 1) 346

by silentcoder (#48228009) Attached to: NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

Fair point, but Ebola has no chance of doing the same. You have to put the disease in context.

If you want a worst-case scenario for Ebola in the US - this little history should suffice:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

Disease fatality rate at the time: higher than Ebola.
Disease spreading rate (and ease to catch): much higher.
Patient zero spread-risk factor: orders of magnitude higher than anybody exposed to Ebola in the US.
Higiene and care levels: far lower than today.
Level of panic: comparably exaggerated.
Quarantine protocols: major screwup.
Medical knowledge: 100 years less of it.

Total deathtoll: 53.

So it's rather unlikely Ebola will get that much done. My point was that if it is evolving this rapidly, that is good for Liberia - the US risk factor will barely be affected on the basis that it's so close to zero that the change from this won't be statistically measurable.

Comment: Re:Tesla faces a catch 22 (Score 1) 256

by mark-t (#48227633) Attached to: Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales
Even then, the thing here is that the only reason that the laws that prohibit manufacturers from selling directly to consumers even exists is because dealerships have actually *PAID* those manufacturers for franchising rights to be authorized distributors for that manufacturer, and if the manufacturer goes and sells directly to the consumer, then that is anti-competitive behavior.

Because there are no dealership franchises for Tesla, there is no actual reason that it should really be illegal... this ruling is a bad interpretation of the law, unless there is also some explicit law that requires that automobile manufacturers must offer dealerships franchises in the state

Comment: Gross margin? (Score 3, Informative) 107

But what's finally good news for the company is that the Surface gross margin was positive this quarter, which means the company finally starts making money on Surface sales.

I think that someone doesn't understand accounting very well. Thre are all kinds of real costs that don't get factored into the gross, so this report does not show whether or not Microsoft is actually making money on Surface sales. For example, all that advertising cost.

Comment: Re:i lose my civil rights cause a crazy fucktards (Score -1) 273

<tt>Pussy Kanucks won't slap-down their own power-grabbing politicins.&nbsp; Liberty has its costs. Sure, butcher-out a few thousand immigrant dog-fyucking Muzzi-wogs, but slap-down-hard your own native freedom-molesting anglo tyrants.&nbsp; </tt>

Comment: Re:Is there a way to prevent this? (Score 4, Insightful) 185

by whoever57 (#48225701) Attached to: Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

There has to be a way to prevent this

As a sysadmin, you should know that it is easy and cheap to rent a VPS (Virtual Private Server). Then, run squid on the server, or do some fancy routing to send all your web traffic out via a VPN to your VPS. Since most VPS services offer a minimum of 1TB of monthy data, there should not be any excess data usage charges.

Comment: Re:The saddest part is..... (Score 1) 54

If this issue were put to an actual vote, I have zero doubt that it would win by a landslide. I have yet to meet a single tech-savvy person that supports paid prioritization, even among conservatives.

There is a word or phrase for that, but I don't recall it now.

The problem is that most of the people you interact with are tech-savvy. You have an impression of how people would vote, but, in reality it is how a tiny slice of the population (tech-savvy people) would vote.

Comment: Re:This is silly (Score 1) 658

by bondsbw (#48223451) Attached to: Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

With a reduced money supply you have greater poverty

Um, no. You have some economic definitions mixed up. This is deflation, not poverty.

But considering that money is steadily inflating as it has for a long time, the money supply is therefore increasing. Thus reality contradicts your position.

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