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Comment: Re:exactly extreme exaggeration turns some off (Score 1) 458

by drooling-dog (#48944161) Attached to: Most Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change

...examples of leading climate researchers from Stanford, UC Berkeley, and Yale making statements like "by 2010, New York City will be underwater"

What "leading climate researchers" said this? Citations needed. Did you hear this on Fox News, or are you just making it up?

Rising CO2 levels and climate change are politically controversial only because the fossil carbon industry hired a bunch of PR firms to sow public doubt. Who needs science, when industry PR is gospel?

Comment: So what's the point? (Score 1) 351

by drooling-dog (#48898269) Attached to: Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

I'm not sure what the point is here. Could it be:

  • Some chemicals with unfamiliar-sounding names are harmless, therefore we should assume that all are?
  • Warning labels about chemical hazards are stupid, because the public should be sufficiently educated about chemistry and toxicology to know if a compound is dangerous by it's name alone?
  • Unfamiliar substances should be assumed to be safe unless we know otherwise with certainty?

Furthermore, if you use the name "di-hydrogen monoxide" for water, I'm going to assume you've had no chemistry beyond high school. No chemist would say "monosilicon dioxide" for quartz (SiO2) or "tri-iron tetra-oxide" for Fe3O4, for example. So if you're ridiculing people for not recognizing "dihydrogen monoxide", you're also looking like an noob to people who know better.

Comment: Re:Don't know why... (Score 4, Insightful) 122

by drooling-dog (#48845403) Attached to: Cuba's Pending Tech Revolution

On the contrary, they'll be falling all over themselves to do it. We'd be talking about property rights that are granted by the existing government, rather than a previous one that was overthrown in a revolution. Property exists when a government pledges to defend your exclusive interest in something, and in general it's not guaranteed to survive a successful revolution. Or are you one of those people who thinks that property rights are granted by God?

Comment: Re:Cyptowall is very sophisticated (Score 4, Informative) 181

by drooling-dog (#48753959) Attached to: Inside Cryptowall 2.0 Ransomware

Cyptowall was recently being distributed by yahoo ads via a compromised flash ad

That's why my hosts file includes these entries (among many others): count.3721.yahoo.com yahooads.valuead.com yahoo.nuggad.net agyahooag.112.2o7.net yahoo.ivwbox.de adserver.yahoo.com ae.adserver.yahoo.com au.adserver.yahoo.com cn2.adserver.yahoo.com hk.adserver.yahoo.com in.adserver.yahoo.com us.adserver.yahoo.com pn1.adserver.yahoo.com pn2.adserver.yahoo.com tw2.adserver.yahoo.com a.analytics.yahoo.com y.analytics.yahoo.com srv1.wa.marketingsolutions.yahoo.com srv2.wa.marketingsolutions.yahoo.com srv3.wa.marketingsolutions.yahoo.com advision.webevents.yahoo.com ts.richmedia.yahoo.com adjax.flickr.yahoo.com nz.adserver.yahoo.com sg.adserver.yahoo.com br.adserver.yahoo.com cmk.tw.yahoo.overture.com cn.adserver.yahoo.com tw.adserver.yahoo.com be.adserver.yahoo.com dk.adserver.yahoo.com eu-pn4.adserver.yahoo.com fr.adserver.yahoo.com nl.adserver.yahoo.com se.adserver.yahoo.com uk.adserver.yahoo.com de.adserver.yahoo.com es.adserver.yahoo.com gr.adserver.yahoo.com it.adserver.yahoo.com no.adserver.yahoo.com s.analytics.yahoo.com visit.webhosting.yahoo.com #[WebBug] geo.yahoo.com cm.tw.overture.com #[cm.tw.g.ysm.yahoo.com] cm.west.yahoo.overture.com cmh.tw.yahoo.overture.com cmx.tw.yahoo.overture.com ad.antventure.com #[any-world.ngd.ysm.yahoodns.net] ar.adserver.yahoo.com ca.adserver.yahoo.com cookex.amp.yahoo.com launch.adserver.yahoo.com mx.adserver.yahoo.com o.analytics.yahoo.com z.analytics.yahoo.com

Comment: Re:No matter how much lipstick you put on it... (Score 2) 127

by drooling-dog (#48711079) Attached to: Bitcoin Gets Its First TV Ads

You are a true believer that perpetually growing spending (wasting) is the only way your idea of economy survives. What a load of BS!

Unfortunately for resource conservation, that's about the gist of it. Modern capitalist economies require growth to survive. Once they go into deflation, investment stops and they fall into a downward spiral that's very difficult to escape (although massive public investment in global war has worked in the past). If you don't believe that deflation knocks out investment, I know some petroleum exploration companies that will eagerly take your money at the value they commanded when crude was still selling at $120/barrel.

If you want stability with a deflating fixed-supply currency like gold or bitcoin, you're going to have to consider a planned economy where production, prices, and wages are managed in fine detail, and hope that nothing unexpected happens to upset the five-year plans. The experience with these isn't very promising, however. Feudalism is another option that seems more acceptable (and maybe even desirable) to libertarians, or at least the ones that think they'll be living in the castle at top of the hill.

Comment: Re:Fine (Score 1) 293

by drooling-dog (#48661907) Attached to: Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

By that desire, the Hotel has the right to block all Cellphone services, after all they put phones in your room (and charge you ridiculous amounts of money to make calls on them).

That's actually happened. Back in the 90s, before cell phones were widespread, you typically made calls using a phone card. The hotel I was staying at (in San Diego) would block these calls, trying to force guests to pay their insane long-distance fees instead. They released the block the first time I complained, but when it happened again the next day I packed my bags and changed hotels. A hassle for sure, but the new hotel was cheaper and nicer (right on Pacific Beach), and didn't block my calls.

Comment: Re:Win hearts and minds (Score 1) 295

by drooling-dog (#48595765) Attached to: French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

Oh, yes, causing massive traffic snarls is a sure way to with the hearts and minds of the public.

Whether you're sympathetic or not, this is an act of civil disobedience to protest what they consider to be a mortal threat to their livelihood. Civil disobedience has never been about getting people to like you; it's about getting in the public's collective face to the point where you can't be ignored.

Comment: Re:use your own cable modem (Score 1) 291

by drooling-dog (#48561617) Attached to: Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

I did that a few weeks ago, after being bugged to upgrade from my old DOCSIS2 modem. I wasn't about to pay $8/mo. for $60 modem (and I wanted control over the router), so I bought my own, a Motorola SB6121 listed as compatible on their website. I spent an entire evening on the phone with three different reps, none of whom could activate it (despite a lot of time spent trying) because of some problem with the "provisioning department". Finally, I was told I'd have to physically take the modem to a customer service center. I did that the next morning, took a number, and patiently waited behind about 40 people waiting for 3 service reps. About an hour later it was my turn, and the rep just scanned the box with a barcode reader and I was done.

I don't know if my experience was typical, but it didn't seem that they were going out of their way to make the process easy.

Comment: Re: First and foremost (Score 4, Insightful) 176

by drooling-dog (#48442573) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

It's always a good idea to have a rough map of where you think you're going, but be careful about getting too carried away with formal business plans. You'll meet lots of people educated in business who will tell you that you need to sweat blood over a comprehensive plan - to the neglect of everything else - and then tour the country with a finely polished road show pitching it to potential investors. They tell you this because it shines the spotlight on their own training and talents. In reality, successful software business development almost never works this way, unless you have a stellar track record with several big hits behind you already (in which case they're investing more in you than the specifics of your plan). As others here have pointed out, what matters most is your rapidly growing list of happy, paying customers. Don't let your focus get diverted too far from that.

What the world *really* needs is a good Automatic Bicycle Sharpener.