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Comment: Re:Here's the interesting paragraph (Score 2) 166

by drinkypoo (#47727995) Attached to: Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

If Scotland wants to get out of the nuclear game; but the UK wants to hold on to some Global Influence, it would be a very, very, mutually convenient arrangement for Scotland to offer a sweetheart deal

It's really quite simple. They get all the benefits of having the nukes (MAD) without any of the drawbacks (paying for them) just by having them next door. So yes, they really want them out. There are no drawbacks.

Comment: Re:$230 (Score 1) 479

by drinkypoo (#47727927) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

I'm convinced that ad based funding is a bubble waiting to pop.

Congratulations on learning the lessons of history! You must have been paying attention to past trends in print media, which in this case are completely applicable to the modern technology.

I almost never watch anything on youtube anymore.

I haven't seen an ad on youtube in ages. I have a youtube adblocker on my android phone (via Xposed Framework) and I use adblock on desktops.

Comment: Re:Ads or Paywalls, take your pick (Score 1) 479

by drinkypoo (#47727921) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

How do you propose to reimburse people who generate or curate content, such as the editors at Slashdot, or the writers at Cracked or the Onion?

I don't. The slashdot editors don't deserve any money, since they don't actually do their job. Cracked regularly slips some completely ignorant or perhaps willful bullshit into their top ten lists, where anyone with even passing familiarity can see they have no fucking clue what they're on about. The Onion will get paid by someone, but not me, and if not, no great loss. Only a small handful of their articles are actually better than the basic internet noise floor, and those articles cost nothing to write and can exist without The Onion.

In short, nothing of value will be lost if all of those outlets disappear. All the same content can exist without them. Especially slashdot editors.

Comment: Re:haven't watched it... (Score 1) 214

by drinkypoo (#47727863) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

In some random other case you might be right.

And sadly, we cannot trust any government to only tell us not to watch things when they are not things which are damning to those governments. History teaches us this. I prefer not to have to sit around and watch you repeat it like a complete rube.

Comment: Re:say it again (Score 1) 174

by IamTheRealMike (#47727705) Attached to: Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

Part of this is the much-hated reference requirement -- all facts in a Wikipedia page must have an external source to back them up. This rule alone causes a huge amount of strife among those who don't understand

It causes a huge amount of strife because it's yet another policy that's easily manipulated by people with no common sense.

For a long time the article on Bitcoin stated outright that it was a ponzi scheme, despite that Wikipedia's own article on Ponzi schemes had a list of requirements which Bitcoin obviously did not meet. Attempting to get this fixed was a kafkaesque nightmare due to someone camping on the page and immediately reverting any change that removed or even just qualified this statement. The reason: the statement had "citations" which turned out to be (a) someone's blog, and (b) an article in The Register, that well known bastion of reasoned and careful analysis.

Wikipedia is a project that manages to work in spite of the absurd management and crazy policies, because the idea of a global encyclopedia is such a compelling one. But it badly, badly, badly needs to be forked by people who find a way to run it better.

Comment: Re:Total BS (Score 1) 210

And your father's knowledge is broader and more accurate than this report's ..... because?

There was certainly a time when wage disparities were truly enormous, though not that big. But the entire premise of this story is that what we knew to be true just ten years ago is now out of date.

I suspect your father was giving you information that was once correct but no longer is.

Comment: Re:Check your local fracking mixture (Score 1) 290

by drinkypoo (#47719349) Attached to: Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

CCl4 is not soluble is water, and would not make hydrocarbons more mobile or more soluble. It would however, readily dissolve in hydrocarbon fluids

You mean like diesel fuel?

  where it would be difficult and expensive to separate.

The petroleum is going into a fractional distillation column. Its whole purpose is to perform this kind of separation. While the process might be difficult and expensive, it is a process which the petroleum will undergo anyway.

The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.