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Comment: Re:How much have the seas risen? (Score 0) 182

by hxnwix (#47190977) Attached to: Rising Sea Levels Uncover Japanese War Dead In Marshall Islands

Well, I know Venice's big problem is that the city is actually sinking into the mud. That's been known for a long time. There are parts of the city that are always a good more then 5 inches under water. You'll see buildings with door ways that are about 4 feet submerged. So I'm a little dubious of that reference.

As to this situation. I'd have to see the thing. I can't take anyone's word for this sort of thing anymore. There's too much "opinion making" going on with people trying to distort the issue to suit their own personal grinding axe.

I could do the same thing... but I won't... I'll just say I'll need to see more to believe a word of it.

You have no idea that you're not thinking for yourself, do you?

Comment: Re:Where does 7 feet of water come from? (Score 1) 323

by hxnwix (#47045429) Attached to: Rising Sea Level Could Put East Coast Nuclear Plants At Risk

Yep - but this is about expanding water in the REST (non-arctic) of all earths oceans, and combine THAT with the melting Antarctic ice...

Don't be focused on what's happening in the arctic circle alone...

They're intentionally missing that point. No need to explain it - they can't understand it.

Comment: Re:Netflix is a terrible test case (Score 1) 227

by hxnwix (#46936591) Attached to: Comcast: Destroying What Makes a Competitive Internet Possible

VOIP uses approximately no bandwidth relative to Mexico city's landline connection, such that the drop in Netflix traffic concomitant with any easily observed or difficult to not observe event would afford more than adequate bandwidth for voice traffic. "Packet switched networks," as you say, does include GSM, which would certainly be jammed in such an event. Perhaps the old analog cell networks could fall under the circuit switched definition, but they'd be of less use than a 2 meter piece of wire you hang outside and use to tell your folks that you didn't die, but Jose and Linda are dead (just kidding, Dad, we were all outside lying on the big trampolene and smoking dope when the big one hit. It was actually kind of fun, except we got dusty when the house collapsed.)

I do generally agree with what you're saying, though. Fucking internet is bullshit; I hate this garbage too. Nobody reads these days. Time was, we'd blue box for hours ultra long distance about phreaking just because it felt good to tie up vital resources. And these electric cars! Useless in a crisis. Well, now that I think about that more, I realize it's also not true. But I'd agree with anyone who waxed philosophical about machining piston heads that you can't exactly build your own solar panel and so '68 mustangs outgun teslas in mad max eventualities.

Comment: let's get some crap out of the way (Score -1, Flamebait) 137

by hxnwix (#45512887) Attached to: Singapore & South Korea Help NSA Tap Undersea Cables

You're not important enough for anyone to care about your private communications.
All countries spy.
I, for one, think it's hot that the NSA sees my sexts.
If the NSA didn't do this, we'd already be dead.
Everybody already knew the NSA does this, so it doesn't matter.
It's not espionage if it's the data wasn't encrypted.
The constitution is a ball of twine to be picked at until nothing remains.
Burma shave.

This fucking bullshit dispensed with, you are now free to have a meaningful conversation.

Comment: Re:They dumped the waste water yet no misconduct (Score 1) 246

by hxnwix (#44828579) Attached to: Exxon Charged With Illegally Dumping Waste In Pennsylvania

It's according to how much actual toxic waste was in the water.

While the article (and the excerpt above) mention a list of scary chemicals that "can" be found in wastewater from natural gas drilling, it's also quite possible that the major component was... mud. And a small percentage of oil (usually three percent or less, and even lower for a natural gas well, all the way down to "practically zero") - and other not-very-toxic stuff. Or "toxic chemicals" found in parts per million or lower. If they were using fracking chemicals, the mud might have had some bleach and surfactants in it.

Now, if the rock they were drilling through had a high metal content, the water may have picked up some of that - but probably not too much, overall. Enough to break water standards, but not enough to be actually dangerous.

Since there's no charges, it was probably low-concentration stuff - a technical violation, but not serious.

Dear lord, drilling mud is more than just plain mud. "Parts per million! Who cares about a few parts per million!?"

Those are the parts that get you!

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." -- William James