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Comment: Re:"Full responsibilty?" (Score 1) 331

by meerling (#49539029) Attached to: Drone Killed Hostages From U.S. and Italy, Drawing Obama Apology
Funny how so many people are assuming or asking about something like that.
Do you know nothing about how leadership "takes full responsibility" for anything people at least 2 management levels lower do?

Basically it means they'll yell at some underling to fix this, and actually check in on progress once a week or so as long as people keep bugging them about it. Also, they'll do the "sad face in public" thing to help with press releases and photo ops.

Doesn't matter if it's a politician or a corporation, it's all the same dance card. (One of these days I'm going to look up "dance card" and find out what that is, assuming someone bothered to wiki something that old.)

Comment: Re:A great way to transport it... (Score 2) 670

by meerling (#49511593) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California
It was about time for California to try and tell Oregon to divert one of it's rivers again. They attempt that on a regular basis. It's never going to happen, that water flow is important where it is even if nobody is drinking it.
Nobody is going to let California take their water resources, period. They need to find another solution, like reduce water needs, or build some desalination plants.
Besides, if a kickstarter doesn't reach funding, you don't get any of the money, and even if you did, wasting it on a politician would be really stupid.

Comment: Re:Varies, I suppose (Score 1) 533

by meerling (#49506413) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power
There are other methods to store excess power, but I doubt one homes solar panels would make it feasible for the home owner to install.
One of the common methods is to pump water to a higher altitude (up a hill, or into a water tower), so when you need the power, let it run back down to the generator. (The pump is the generator, just running in reverse.)

Comment: Re:in my opinion this guy is like Jenny McCarthy (Score 1) 320

by meerling (#49498605) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal
Warning labels... Funny how those don't have to rely on science or even basic intelligence. For example, there is a bicycle manufacturer that has added the warning to their bikes of "Not to be consumed" all because some F-N moron apparently decided to try and eat one of their bikes, and then sued the company because they didn't tell him not to.
If you want to base whether or not something is safe based on the contents of a warning label, you might as well kill yourself now, you'll be a lot less freaked out.

Comment: Re:in my opinion this guy is like Jenny McCarthy (Score 2, Insightful) 320

by meerling (#49498595) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal
You do realize don't you, that even the non-gmo stuff Monsanto sells is almost exclusively their own hybrids for which they already have Intellectual Property Rights. No genetic engineering needed for IP.
I have no problems with genetic engineering, though I may have issues with specific uses. Monsanto on the other hand, is just as bad and self serving as any other huge multinational corporation. They all suck.

Comment: Re:Fucking cowards (Score 2) 166

by meerling (#49453539) Attached to: UN To Debate Lethal Autonomous Weapons
War has pretty much always been a tradeoff and tech development to kill the other guy while not getting killed myself. That's why they started using armor, and ranged weapons, and landmines, and war elephants, and oh so many other things. This is really just a new twist on an old concept, but at least this time, it's controversial before it's been developed.

Comment: Re:What the hell is going on a the USPTO? (Score 1) 58

by meerling (#49453253) Attached to: After EFF Effort, Infamous "Podcasting Patent" Invalidated
What about Philo Farnsworth, the inventor of the electronic television?
No, wait, RCA employed an entire department to find ways around his patents to screw him, and the most money he got out of that invention was the $80 and a carton of cigarettes he won for stumping the panel on "I've got a secret". Yes, it's apparently true that they gave cigarettes as prizes back in the 50s.

We don't really understand it, so we'll give it to the programmers.