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Comment: Re:Personal morality and pandering (Score 1) 653

by guises (#49413431) Attached to: Carly Fiorina Calls Apple's Tim Cook a 'Hypocrite' On Gay Rights
Yeah, I had a vague idea of who Carly Fiorina was previously. I knew she headed HP for a while (with much associated hate around here) and I knew that she was potentially running for office next year, though I didn't know under which party. The summary though is just a long way of saying, "Carly Fiorina has made an announcement: 'I am running for office as a Republican.'"

I'm sure she'll mention the Affordable Care Act soon enough.

Comment: Re:Filter the work area (Score 1) 261

download photos of Mr. Sniffles to their "hard drive".

What, people don't have hard drives anymore? Why the scare quotes?

Speaking for myself, these sorts of distractions could really be a pain in the butt when they came at a time when we were rushing to get everything done. When they came during the slow bits though, I loved these just as a way to break up the day. Nothing is worse than focusing on just one thing without break or relief, relentlessly, all day long.

Comment: Re:Hasn't been involved with Greenpeace since 1985 (Score 4, Informative) 573

by guises (#49310973) Attached to: Greenpeace Co-Founder Declares Himself a Climate Change Skeptic

$106 billion was spent by US government on climate research by 2010

I... don't know where to begin with this figure. If "by 2010" you mean the amount which has been cumulatively spent on climate research since the United States was first conceived as a country, I probably would still not believe you. But maybe, at the outside. And only if you adjusted for inflation and you included work to address the 1930's Dust Bowl as "climate research."

That is a staggeringly ridiculous number, and the fact that you would present it here as though it were true, as though it were a plausible thing to say, represents a deep myopia. The total R&D budget for the US for 2015 is $135B, most of that goes to defense research.

Comment: Re:Hasn't been involved with Greenpeace since 1985 (Score 3, Informative) 573

by guises (#49310903) Attached to: Greenpeace Co-Founder Declares Himself a Climate Change Skeptic
Are you trying to suggest that Democrats have never been right-wing? The fact that Southern segregationists were Democratic prior to the modern reformulation of the parties does not make John Calhoun any less right-wing. I don't know what you're trying to suggest with the Lincoln quote, that has nothing to do with anything. Though, admittedly, this whole thread is nothing but mud-slinging... maybe you're just trying to fit in.

Comment: Re:the establishment really does not like competit (Score 3, Informative) 366

by guises (#49289545) Attached to: Uber Shut Down In Multiple Countries Following Raids
I know that established taxi companies are fighting this, and I'm sure that's a big part of why Uber is getting harassed, but Uber is a really sleazy company. If Uber were more sympathetic I imagine there'd be more of a push to defend them.

Look at AirBNB. Same crowd-sourcing business plan, competing with heavily regulated established players, but a wholly more endearing image. They do get some guff, but no where near what Uber has been facing.

Comment: Re:EA got too greedy (as usual) (Score 1) 256

by guises (#49280937) Attached to: SimCity's Empire Has Fallen and Skylines Is Picking Up the Pieces
Well... Except none of those advantages are exclusive to Steam. I'll grant you mention some that are worse, so I'll give Steam that much credit, but I get all of the advantages that you do from Steam through Good Old Games, with none of the DRM and without being tied to the service (though, of course, I must use the service to get the benefits which go above and beyond the games).

Also: Steam takes a crazy-high-but-now-standard-because-of-Steam 30% of sales. GOG takes the same, but the Humble Store takes 25%, of which 2/5 goes to charity. Now maybe that doesn't matter to a gamer directly, but it sure does indirectly whether or not they realize it. And tying your whole games library to Steam, with DRM lock-in, means that this revenue share is pretty well set in stone. There can be no market forces driving that down.

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe