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Comment Re:Hammerheads in Vermont (Score 1) 557

Free enterprise just leads to big government as the business that can get favorable laws implemented are going to do better then the business that doesn't get laws passed.
In the case of Obama-care, the market spoke by the successful insurance companies paying a fee to the politicians for more income.

Comment Re:Hammerheads in Vermont (Score 1) 557

A government that isn't too centralized and spending energy to repress its citizenship. It's not really size as you can have a small government that contracts out the secret police and a large government that is focused on improving infrastructure.

Comment Re:Hammerheads in Vermont (Score 4, Insightful) 557

How the hell do you come to the conclusion that the DNC and Obama are socialist? Have you not seen their actions? They're just as pro-big business as the Republicans, just different big businesses. Banks getting bailed out and then endless streams of free money printed just for their use, a socialist would have nationalized the banks, broken them up and hopefully turned them into credit unions or at least sold small banks back to the people.
Look at their healthcare reform, the only ones benefiting are the insurance companies with a guaranteed clientele.

Comment Re:Hammerheads in Vermont (Score 4, Informative) 557

Perhaps he is in favour of personal liberty and small government? Republicans (and Democrats) have consistently favored large government and trampling over the rights of the citizens while making whatever promises will get them elected.
So far the only successful libertarian movements have been socialist, which makes sense as socialism is in favour of the rights of the people while the various right wing movements are in favour of the rights of big business and/or the rich. In America both parties main differences are which big businesses they back with the Democrats throwing the odd bone to the people to attract those with leftist leanings and Republicans likewise throwing the odd bone to Conservatives to attract their votes.
The main problem with America is how successful the propaganda machine has been, including the idea that socialism equals big government.

Comment has good Mars info (Score 1) 552

Yes, I poked around on there. Mostly it seems to deal with weather, changes from one year to another while climate, at least on Earth, is usually considered to be 30+ year trends. The orbit of Mars is much more variable then Earths which does lead to long term climate changes.
The number I've heard about Solar driven climate is about 30%, which considering that the Sun has been outputting less heat then usual, may help explain the slow down in warming. I do worry about what will happen when the Suns output goes above normal.
There's so much conflicting information about the Antarctic ice. Is it volume or just area? Is the increase in one area more then the decrease in a different area. How much has precipitation increased? Warmer weather often brings more precipitation and if it still below freezing, that increases the amount of snow. If it is rain, or more melt, that lowers the salinity of the surface or the ocean and raises the freezing point leading to more ice. I'm not qualified to judge.

Comment Re:Oh, all the other planets have forest fires. Ok (Score 1) 552

In the case of Mars, it is dust storms, which are the main driver of weather on Mars. Jupiter (and Saturn and Neptune) generates its heat internally and has massive weather systems that transfer the heat upwards. I can't find any evidence at all about Titan warming up though Neptune and Triton are entering summer (in the southern hemisphere in the case of Neptune) changing the luminosity which some have jumped to the conclusion means warmth. Doesn't seem to be any other evidence n their case. Uranus, the one outer planet that does not create its own warmth, has not been warming up.
The Sun itself recentest peak in output was about 1960, dipped about 1970 peaked again about 1980 and has been on a downward trend since, possibly partially explaining why warming slowed down.

Submission + - Uborne Children's books release for free computer books from the 80's. (

martiniturbide writes: To promote some new computer coding books for kids, Uborne Children's Books has put online 15 of his children books from the 80's to learn how to code games. The books are available for free in PDF format and has samples to create your game for Commodore 64, VIC 20, Apple, TRS 80, Spectrum and other. Maybe you read some of them like "Machine Code for Beginners" or "Write your own Adventure Program for MicroComputers". Other publisher should also start to make their 80's and 90's computer books available for free?

Submission + - It's dead Jim

An anonymous reader writes: In the latest court filing at Groklaw, Judge David Neffer approved a motion for dismissal of the last of SCO's claims against IBM. Absent appeals, there is nothing left to litigate.

"ORDER granting [783] Motion for Summary Judgment on SCO's Tortious Interference Claims (SCOs Seventh and Ninth Causes of Action). Signed by Judge David Nuffer on 2/8/16 (alt) (Entered: 02/08/2016)"

Comment Re:Which apps? (Score 1) 273

The AC is full of shit. Both Github and Bitbucket are equally slow over dialup (about 1 minute to load a page here, not bad when the average page takes closer to 5 minutes after blocking the ads and such) and of course CTRL-F works on the page, at least with SeaMonkey.
I started using Bitbucket due to needing to clone a Mercurial repository and they were the only one to support Mercurial and I will say that Mercurial is horrible over dial-up with it often suddenly timing out after 10 minutes or so whereas Git is much more resilient. But that's Mercurial or more likely Python, not Bitbucket which I've been happy with though I will admit I only use the command line.

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