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Comment: Prosperity Is Bad For Business (Score 0) 341

by mentil (#49152825) Attached to: We Stopped At Two Nuclear Bombs; We Can Stop At Two Degrees.

up to 20 degrees higher than today at the northernmost latitudes... the global sea level was about 25 meters higher

I bet some inland Canadians/Scandinavian countries wouldn't mind, and they're not the only ones. There's lots of money to be made by letting climate change create havoc: insurance companies get more business when there's uncertainty; uncertainty gives speculators more volatility to work with; defense contractors have more food riots to quell; politicians get to make more promises to solve the new problems; and corporations get more grants, bailouts and subsidies to help solve them. First-world politicians get to use FUD to gain a bit more control over the populace, and the harsher climates help them avoid that dreaded post-scarcity economy just a little bit longer. Break enough windows and people won't be able to buy a society that no longer 'needs' the robber barons and demagogues.

Comment: Real Reason for the Patent Gap (Score 3, Interesting) 126

by mentil (#49078695) Attached to: Patent Troll Wins $15.7M From Samsung By Claiming To Own Bluetooth

The real reason America has to catch up on the 'patent gap' is not so we'll be the most competitive, but so we can siphon as much money as possible from other countries' businesses. More patents means more lawsuit money coming into the country to offset the trade deficit. Gotta win at every statistical metric fathomable, dontcha know.

Comment: That Explains Why Online News Is Removing Comments (Score 4, Insightful) 267

by mentil (#49059065) Attached to: What Your Online Comments Say About You

That explains why many news organizations are removing the ability to comment from their sites: because it was undermining the effectiveness of the favored propaganda they pass along as 'news'. Remember kids, journalistic bias is all about WHICH propaganda you decide to go to press with.

Comment: Re:And why are you telling us? (Score 3, Interesting) 181

by mentil (#48848991) Attached to: NSA Hack of N. Korea Convinced Obama NK Was Behind Sony Hack

However, this wouldn't fool the NK government, if they're not actually responsible for the hack, because they're totalitarian enough to KNOW they weren't responsible. In which case, who is this 'leak' intended to fool? Rhetorical question, it's the American public.

Alternate option: NK was responsible but the confidential sources are proud enough of their jobs to want to toot the NSA's horn, and don't think NK can actually do anything to stop the hacking, even if they broadly know how they were hacked. Evidence of the Sony hack was found in a counter-hacking performed after the Sony hack, probably using already-existing implants, or was only examined after the Sony hack. The unusual degree of interest that Obama had in the Sony hack suggests that the NSA might've been given an unusual degree of interest in the matter as well, so it's plausible they would've found something beyond what the legal authorities would've.

Comment: Fuck the Nanny State (Score 3, Insightful) 319

by mentil (#48772863) Attached to: MI5 Chief Seeks New Powers After Paris Magazine Attack

An attack on the UK was "highly likely" and MI5 could not give a guarantee it would be able to stop it, he said.

I, for one, would rather be shot or blown up than live under a government that can 100% guarantee my safety. Better to live under a Sharia theocracy than a tyrannical nanny state.

Comment: Great. Bat Genocide Incoming (Score 5, Insightful) 112

by mentil (#48710669) Attached to: Ebola Patient Zero Identified, Probably Infected By Bats

I imagine once word of this gets out to people in certain African nations infected by Ebola, it'll get distilled into "bats are threatening our survival" and lead to wholesale slaughter of bats. Something similar happened with cats mistakenly being associated with the Black Death. This will then lead to a surge in mosquito populations, which will then lead to a surge in malaria cases, which will likely kill more people than the Ebola outbreaks themselves.

"One Architecture, One OS" also translates as "One Egg, One Basket".