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Comment: Extreme snow storms is global warming (Score 1) 637 637

by evanh (#49888895) Attached to: Why Our Brains Can't Process the Gravest Threats To Humanity

Extreme snow storms is one expected side effect of global warming. So, you can consider them as proof of warming occurring.

The reason is pretty simple, there is more moisture contained in warmer air. So, when it gets hit with a cold blast there is a lot more snow dumped as a result.

Comment: Toxins (Score 1) 97 97

by evanh (#49455025) Attached to: Being Overweight Reduces Dementia Risk

One thing that is well known is that shit like toxic heavy metals, that can circulate indefinitely in the body, tend to be safely captured by body fat and thereby stop being harmful for the duration of entrapment.

Conversely, one can surmise, that such toxins will continue their destructive process if there is little fat to trap them in.

Comment: Re:not just unlikely, completely avoidable. (Score 1) 70 70

by evanh (#49307841) Attached to: Government Spies Admit That Cyber Armageddon Is Unlikely

Stuxnet did, of course, use autorun - A so called feature that was a glaring hole the day it was introduced. I can't believe autorun actually persisted beyond a year or so.

Early viruses lived by being run from floppies. Most embedded themselves in other executables but in the case of the Amiga, it's early firmwares had a bug that would run a particular named file from any floppy inserted instead of from the boot drive in order to validate the disc.

Comment: No jobs = no need for money (Score 1) 227 227

by evanh (#48825531) Attached to: An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

The obvious extrapolation to the machines doing everything is no need for money. Every need is catered for by the machines. The machines maintain themselves.

The bigger question then becomes, what do the people do with themselves? The options for self-destruction get all the easier, especially with the machines at our beck and call. Can we have cultural aims that never include genocide?

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.