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Comment: Re:Changes nothing (Score 1) 182

by nedlohs (#47964441) Attached to: Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

How is that wierd?

People throw money at things like "ALS research" with literally zero chance of financial reward.

And I'm sure someone somewhere has managed to ebay something they got on kickstarter for more than they paid for it. So though amazingly small there's probably a non-zero chance of financial reward.

Comment: Re:Risk aversion (Score 1) 182

by nedlohs (#47964235) Attached to: Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

But then someone has to judge on whether phase X has been completed or not.

Venture capitalists have legal contracts and the all important lawyers for when the two sides disagree on whether the requirements for a phase have been met. Kickstarter is not going to spend that sort of money and effort on each and every project.

Comment: Re:I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (Score 2) 952

by nedlohs (#47930333) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

In 1953 the percentage of GDP from manufacturing was 28%. In 2012 it was at 12%. I'd call that a drop.

Then you're an idiot. Since 28% of 2.54 trillion is significantly smaller than 12% of 15.43 trillion. So the opposite of a drop.

And no "The manufacturing capacity of the US has never dropped decade-over-decade" could never be referring to as a percentage of GDP, capacity is the raw amount and some other amount increasing doesn't matter in the slightest.

Comment: Re:as good as a pair of pliers to drive in a nail (Score 1) 112

by nedlohs (#47926125) Attached to: A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

Sure but that CL415 only dumps 1600 gallons at a time, meaning it as to do 7 or 8 of those "fly to a body of water, scoop, fly back to the fire" reloads for every one the drop te DC-10 does.

There's most likely situations in which the DC-10 is better, and other situations in which the CL415 is better.

Comment: Re:It's getting hotter still! (Score 2) 630

by nedlohs (#47910281) Attached to: Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Which university did Al Gore get his climatology degree from again?

Oh, you mean he's just a spokesperson? Like Bill Cosby was for JELL-O? Why would you give a shit what he said?

Of course if you have the reference for the prediction he was just repeating that might be from a slightly more believable source than Mr "I have a nobel peace prize, and an Oscar!". Though chances are pretty good that actual source says something like "X% chance" making it less of a slam dunk.

Also north != south, but that doesn't invalidate the claim, you could be going off topic on purpose.

Comment: Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (Score 1) 149

by nedlohs (#47891747) Attached to: Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

Right, so in your country they just makes the "some conditions" work exactly the same way (it's probably how they do it in Nevada too for that matter).

Just like when you are required to advertize a job position but already know who you want to employ - and so the job advertisement becomes amazingly specific on a bizarre mix of required experience.

You scratch my tape, and I'll scratch yours.