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Comment: Send a letter (Score 3, Interesting) 107

If a bunch of Republican senators could get together and write a letter outlining the details of these abuses, I'm sure there wouldn't be any consequences (to themselves) whether the spying is classified or not. Plus, it would be a great way to limit the powers of the federal government and stick it to Obama at the same time!

Comment: Re:Didn't you get the memo? (Score 1) 320

Well, you could try making a solid, robust scientific argument that accounts for existing as well as new data. But if instead you want to put your faith in PR firms that are paid to manufacture public doubt on behalf of industries with vested interests, then you're building a political controversy and not a scientific one.

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): #[WebBug] #[] #[]

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.

"It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us in trouble. It's the things we know that ain't so." -- Artemus Ward aka Charles Farrar Brown