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Comment: Re:Way to state the obvious (Score 1) 552

by jbengt (#45775325) Attached to: Sun Not a Significant Driver of Climate Change

false, the Sun and insolation drives climate and climate change, greenhouse gas effects are secondary

Invalid, that does not contradict TFS or TFA. The point being made is not that solar activity is a minor influence, but that that changes in solar isolation cannot account for the patterns of climate change over the last millennium in the northern hemisphere, and that effects of volcanism and greenhouse gases fit the data better.

Comment: Re:NSA failed to halt subprime lending, though. (Score 1) 698

by jbengt (#45717661) Attached to: NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware

Except of course for the fact that the words themselves . . . actually do mean a form "raises the question".

Maybe if the phrase was something like ".. which begs to ask the question. . . ", otherwise, the "plain English" meaning of words themselves is that you are talking to a question, begging for something from it. (please, Mr. Question, may I have a dollar for a cup of coffee?)

Comment: Re:NSA failed to halt subprime lending, though. (Score 1) 698

by jbengt (#45717569) Attached to: NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware

People forget that the NSA has actually done a _lot_ over the past century that has been of extreme benefit

The NSA has only been in existence about 60 years. Yes, it had it's precursors in code-breaking military intelligence units in WW1 & WW2, but it was President Truman who secretly established the NSA (known as "No Such Agency")

Comment: Re:A decade long product cycle sounds good to me (Score 1) 267

by jbengt (#45619419) Attached to: Moore's Law Blowout Sale Is Ending, Says Broadcom CTO
IIRC, the separate "core" CPI that leaves out food and energy is for short term comparisons since food and energy can be very volatile. Large short term swings in those commodities can mask the "real" inflation rate in monthly reports. Of course, prices of food & energy are still part of the cost of living, and are considered in the CPI.

Comment: Re:Isn't it ironic... (Score 1) 198

by jbengt (#45612645) Attached to: Tech Companies Set To Appeal 2012 Oracle Vs. Google Ruling

I don't know that it is entirely clear that without clean room BIOS, IBM would have dominated.

That is not what the GP was saying. GP was making the point that in a more heterogeneous hardware environment, MS would not have been able to build a monopoly based on a single dominant operating system.

Comment: Re:Tough luck.. (Score 1) 923

by jbengt (#45610683) Attached to: Thieves Who Stole Cobalt-60 Will Soon Be Dead

"But of course nobody in the US seems to actually give a shit about this part of Jesus' teachings or else you would not have the death penalty."

Excuse me Euroweenie. The death penalty is about as direct eye for an eye and you are likely to see.

Excuse me Anonytestes, but did you read the post you responded to?

Comment: Re:Hey California, I have a solution for you (Score 1) 752

by jbengt (#45406925) Attached to: Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners

Sweden hasn't been genetically and socially homogenous in a long time. They have Sami minority in the north, Finnish, Danish and Norwegian across the country and they have been taking refugees

You may have a valid point, I don't know the demographics. I'm from Chicago, where you can (I have) eat at a Swedish restaraunt owned by a Greek, served by an African, food cooked by a Swedish chef, with your table bussed by an Hispanic. As an American of Swedish and Danish descent, I don't think Swedes, Danes, and Norwegians are really that diverse from each other.

Comment: Re:New sub-category 'Sports' (Score 1) 284

by jbengt (#45345307) Attached to: Why There Shouldn't Be a Chess World Champion

Surely chess is a game, not a sport.

Then why did my brother need to pass a physical in order to be on his high school chess team?
(OK, the answer is stupid bureaucratic rules, but still)
More seriously (or more pedantically, really), Sports and Athletics don't mean the same thing. If you're doing it for fun, it's a sport. If it requires athletic ability, it's athletics.

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