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Comment: Re:Seems he has more of a clue (Score 1) 698

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#49611365) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

Species that are unable to adapt have been going extinct without mankind's help for 9/10ths of the planet's history. For the remaining 1/10th, we've been a major motivator of evolution, that's true- Dodos and wooly mammoths and the like. But we are also to the point with GMO research that we can be a major cause of increased adaptation- we can speed up evolution, and likely will, because beef is tasty (among many other species that are directly useful to us, such as bees). Speaking of that last, just saw a report on OPB about a pair of beekeepers with a unique solution to colony collapse disorder- they're breeding stronger queen bees that can live through Oregon winters.

If mankind wants to survive, food needs to be our top priority. Luckily, as I mentioned someplace above I think, food production is also an answer to excess atmospheric carbon. Especially if we keep locking our own carbon up in airtight containers buried in concrete when we die.

Comment: Re:Systemd and Gnome3 == no thanks (Score 1) 129

by squiggleslash (#49611223) Attached to: Ubuntu 15.04 Received Well By Linux Community

Personally I wish no distro was set up to want you to use root... I have...less than fond... memories of torching everything in my Slackware systems by accident back when I used it in the late nineties.

After a temporary switch to Mac OS X in the early 2000s, I realized sudo was the way to go, and was very glad when I found modern distros reflected that.

Ubuntu isn't targeting people who need to feel like "teh lunix exparts".

Agree. It's actually aimed at a combination of newbies, and experienced *ix users. One should be protected from root at all costs. The other is experienced enough to know they should be too...

Comment: Re:Skewed (Score 1) 109

The established transportation service does *not* have to lobby. The relevant laws where established a long long time ago.

It is uber who must lobby, and it should do so *before* opening up business.

Not to mention, if they do lobby and manage to get the law changed such that they don't have to have insurance or be registered or have medallions, the same law would apply to the other transportation companies, so Uber STILL wouldn't have any advantage. They talk about being a tech company, but I don't see where they have any more tech than any other company. They have a mobile phone app and a scheduling system. Color me unimpressed. Plenty of other transportation companies have those as well and ALSO have insurance and the proper certifications.

Comment: Re:Chrome - the web browser that's added as bloatw (Score 1) 217

by tompaulco (#49608831) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip
I don't use IE or linux. Not sure where you get that information.
Yes, AVG has a free version (and a paid version) and that is all well and good, but just because it is free doesn't mean it should be allowed to clandestinely or deceptively install other software on my computer. As there are other similarly priced alternatives that do not install unwanted software on my computer, I installed the other software instead.

Comment: Re:Chrome - the web browser that's added as bloatw (Score 1) 217

by tompaulco (#49606231) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip
I don't think Avast had a Chrome bundle. AVG sure did and that is why I stopped using AVG. Either they offered me a choice, but didn't make it obvious, or just didn't give me a choice and just installed Chrome. Either way, I did not want Chrome installed and they installed it, so Chrome AND AVG got uninstalled.

Comment: Re:Chrome - the web browser that's added as bloatw (Score 4, Interesting) 217

by tompaulco (#49606199) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip

the browserchoice bullshit in europe expired at the end of last year... so all non-microsoft browsers, like firefox, lost that free exposure... so no os default like windows, no pay-for-installs distribution like chrome, means firefox falls. not surprising

So from a capitalist perspective, Firefox is the number one browser, because Firefox is the most frequently chosen browser for people who on purpose install a particular browser.

Comment: Re:Hahah (Score 1) 225

Splendid, and you will pay the absurd amounts of money necessary to keep him shuttling between the courts, prison and probation for the rest of his life.

American justice -- the second biggest demonstration of the broken window fallacy since Operation Iraqi Freedom.

So what are the alternatives? Shoot him? Or set him free with a book of matches and some printer paper?

Comment: Re:One word: Cloud (Score 1) 225

And we out here have zero idea of what his actual sentence will be. Yes, the max penalties for his felonies add up to 'years'. Will he actually get consecutive, max duration, penalty for each of them? Highly doubtful. This, of course, depends on any past interaction with the legal system. If he is a repeat offender, then yes, he may well get the max. Otherwise, probably not.

If he has not history, he will probably be released on probation.

Comment: Re:One word: Cloud (Score 1) 225

Better question: What kind of kid who at least *thinks* he might be capable of hacking the school's system wouldnt be aware of cloud storage/backup? Clearly setting a fire would do nothing to cloud stored data.

He must be the kind of student who took a high school computer class. Back in the stone age, when I took computers in high school, they taught you how to program (well, I already knew, but they taught SOME people how). Now, they teach people how to illegally download games, movies and music from the internet. After my stepson took the high school computer course and got an A, he had to ask me what program he should use to write a report on the computer. But he knows how get hold of movies that are still in theaters and get games for free.

Comment: Re: Complete Bullshit. (Score 1) 189

What do you do for a livelihood if there are no jobs available? It's rather lay down and die or create a business serving the needs around you. If the only profitable needs are illegal...

Well, I don't have a job at the moment, but among all of the things that I am considering doing, selling drugs and robbing banks are not on the list. I'd sooner stand on a corner and beg.

Today's scientific question is: What in the world is electricity? And where does it go after it leaves the toaster? -- Dave Barry, "What is Electricity?"