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Comment Re:Actions of a few.. (Score 1) 89

The interesting thing about France is that it has actually two police forces, the Police National and the Gendarmerie. They somewhat compete against each other, don't always like each other very much and occasionally throw sticks into each other's wheels. I don't know, maybe the French are onto something there.

Comment Re:Actions of a few.. (Score 1) 89

It has nothing to do with freedom of speech. Freedom of speech is about expressing a private citizen's opinion. As a private citizen, anyone can campaign for banning anything they (don't) like, but the role of a senior public official is not to express random opinions but to preserve what the people regard as their fundamental rights and freedoms. If you are the CFO of a large corporation and you recommend to the Board that the best course of action would be to donate half the assets to ISIS, transfer the rest to a tax haven and blow up the tax office building just to be sure, you are going to get sacked at the very least, and claiming freedom of speech will not save you.

Comment Da Comrades (Score 1) 737

Everyday the Gaia mystics show their true totalitarian nature. The debate has never been about the science, it is about whether the hypothetical impact of any climate evolution on quality of life and economic prosperity would be so great that it would be preferable to the very substantial and immediate loss of prosperity and personal freedom, resulting from the "climate action" policies as they are being relentlessly pushed by the zealots. AFAIK no such argument has ever been proposed. So far it was always about "changing habits", lifestyle enforcement and "but... but... but... think of the children!".

Comment Re:Yeah. Riiiiiiight. (Score 0) 190

Sorry Dave, but you are the one who is wrong. The UNCHR's mandate was to "examine, monitor and publicly report on human rights situations in specific countries or territories". It was not to bring notorious violators on board as peers in order to engage with them. Yes, there is a place and time for that, but the police's role is to arrest offenders, not to have a discussion with them and definitely not to enrol criminals among their ranks in order to help improve these criminals' reputation. It was in fact so discredited that to the UN's credit, it was dissolved in 2006 precisely for that reason and replaced by the HRC. And since we are at it, what are the human rights improvements that were made in Lybia and Iran, under the respective presidency of those two countries? And, more importantly and closer to the topic, what about Figueres' view that political pluralism is "very detrimental" to the CO2 emissions cause? Is it also a case of a wannabe dictator appointed by the UN so that she can improve her ways?

Comment Re:The World Coal Assoc. doesn't get it (Score 1) 190

I don't care about fossil fuels industries or their profits. What I *DO* care about is energy availability, abundance and cost. The fact is that there is NO substitute for fossil at the present time. Nope, nada. If and when thorium technology or fusion become a reality, I will be all for converting our infrastructure to use them, but currently it's either fossil fuel or a massive regression in living standards. Such is the reality and even the more honest ones among green activists admit that.

Comment Re:The World Coal Assoc. doesn't get it (Score 2) 190

Ok. Would you care to explain what would replace coal, then? Which non-fossil source of energy is readily available, can be used 24/7, can provide as many or more GWh than coal at a cost to the consumer no higher than coal, is scalable enough to meet future demands (e.g. provide more energy per capita for 9 billion people at a lower cost) and can be deployed now, in poor and rich countries alike? I'm sorry but THOSE are the issues to be adressed, they come before "carbon" considerations.

Comment Yeah. Riiiiiiight. (Score 0) 190

The UN? Is it the same UN who elected Gaddafi's Libya to chair the Human Rights Commission, elected Iran on the Women's Rights Commission, repeatedly praises Cuba as a "victim" and appointed as Exec Secretary of the UNFCCC none other than Christiana Figueres, who is (in)famous for publicly admiring the way how China's totalitarian government can impose decisions on society without having to worry about those pesky checks, balances, freedom and other democratic inconveniences; among other great achievements? That's some moral authority!

Comment Nice things about systemd (Score 1) 928

IMHO there are many nice things to be said about systemd:
  • 1) it provides a predictable baseline set of features that developers can rely on
  • 2) it allows apps to create and manage services using a well-defined API rather than random, break-prone, kludgey scripts
  • 3) dependency resolution, evenement handling etc.
  • 4) at last it gets rid of the *nix heritage

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