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Comment: Read The Fine Article... (Score 1) 503

by freeBill (#9970232) Attached to: Getting Serious About Fuel Cells
...or at least the fine blog.

No claim is being made about proven oil reserves. A very specific claim (which may or may not be true, according to the blog) is being made about the rate at which it can be pumped from the ground.

U.S. oil production has been declining for decades (as predicted by people who used a similar logic to the current predictors), long before environmental concerns had a big impact on drilling. The decline continued during the period during the 1980s when large offshore leases were made by the U.S. government and the Alaska oil came on-line. (Of course, this is not necessarily an indictment of those who argued in favor of those moves, since none of them were so stupid as to claim they would reverse the decline in U.S. production.) No serious observer claims that the U.S. "stopped looking" and surely no reasonable expert has ever made the case that the decline would be reversed if we "started looking again."

I would love to get Sybert in a room full of oilmen to see their reaction when they realize he doesn't know the difference between reserves and production. Indeed, one only need look at the problems of Shell Oil in the UAR to see that some of the recent drops in reserves have come from unanticipated problems in production.

Sybert ignores the article and the blog that points to the article. Then he spouts provably false propositions about a vaguely related issue. Then he spews pure ideological nonsense about military and scientific advancement on the oil front.

Other than that, it's a fine post.

Comment: Klingon (Score 5, Informative) 356

by mraymer (#8486001) Attached to: British School Offers Elvish Lessons
. I don't know if the same thing can be said for those who created Klingon...

From kli.org:

The Klingon language is something truly unique. While there have been other artificial languages, and other languages crafted for fictional beings, Klingon is one of the rare times when a trained linguist has been called upon to create a language for aliens. Add to this more than a quarter-century of the Star Trek phenomenon, a mythos that has permeated popular culture and spread around the globe. These factors begin to explain the popularity of the warrior's tongue. Klingon was invented by Marc Okrand, for use in some of the Star Trek movies. He invented not just a few words to make the Klingons sound alien, but a complete language, with its own vocabulary, grammar, and usage.

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Journal: Wow... 5

Journal by mraymer
So it seems like this post hit a soft spot with the Slashdot crowd. Since I posted it I've got a bunch of new people to flag me as a foe... and I want to know why?

I think it's all hilarious. I always mark my foes friends... just because that's even funnier. ;)

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Journal: Fucking Moderators 2

Journal by mraymer
So, if you look here: http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=78130&cid=6936 487 you will see that I got modded down into oblivion for posting a reference that someone else posted seven minutes sooner.

Words cannot express my frustration. Excuse me, fuckers, but which one of you, when my post was already at 0, decided, "Hey, someone might see this and laugh twice, better mod it down a little more!"


Journal: DRM, DMCA, and patents, OH MY!

Journal by mraymer
That's right, in my very first Slashdot journal entry, I'll tackle some big topics. Before I begin, this is US centric... I live in La Crosse, WI, and I have been to a whole two other states (so I stay home a lot, heh). I have not been to any other countries, so I cannot speak for them. OK, you've been warned... so no insensitive clod remarks! ;)

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