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Comment: Re:Where the fault lies? (Score 1) 231

by neonKow (#47418955) Attached to: Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

What the hell is wrong with you?! No one is telling you to buy anything, but saying that one phone encrypts data and another phone doesn't is a perfectly valid point. Stop your ridiculous religious war and realize that there are things my old brick phone could do that my smartphone can't as well.

Comment: Re:"Thus ends "Climategate." Hopefully." (Score 1) 497

by neonKow (#47418771) Attached to: Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

Not really. A single powerful entity using (abusing?) power isn't a conspiracy; it's basically all of human history.

A conspiracy would involve multiple people collaborating that would not do so under normal circumstances. Because that would involve too many coincidences to be likely, conspiracy theories tend to be dismissed. There really isn't any good reason for scientists all over the world to form a conspiracy in order to get everyone to switch from coal to solar power.

Comment: Re:"Thus ends "Climategate." Hopefully." (Score 1) 497

by neonKow (#47416789) Attached to: Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

Certain comments they make DO deserve to be downvoted to hell. If a round-earth skeptic made a comment claiming the world MIGHT be flat, they would likewise be downvoted to hell.

The fact is that there will always be some people left clinging to old beliefs that have to be dragged kicking and screaming into the modern age by the rest of society that has passed them decades ago, whether it's that AGW is happening, legal gay marriage is going to happen, equal rights under the constitution for everyone regardless or race or gender is happening, eugenics is bullshit, or that you can't use leaches to cure a cold.

To these people, they will always be unconscious of the fact that they think beliefs are the same as truths, and no new truths are allowed to appear. These are also the people who impede the progress of medicine, biology, social rights, and other sciences because when the consensus goes against them, instead of reexamining their beliefs critically, they feel like they're being attacked and respond by holding on even more tightly to their beliefs.

Here is a recent widely circulated article about why such skeptics continue to exist:
http://www.newyorker.com/onlin...

Comment: Re:"Thus ends "Climategate." Hopefully." (Score 1) 497

by neonKow (#47416611) Attached to: Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

That's a stupid way to look at things. Nobody flew to the moon either before we got there, but throwing math at things (even in the form of supercomputers) when we have a pretty good idea of how they work is a perfectly valid way of predicting things.

Anyway, there's plenty of indicators of climate change happening on a scale that will negatively affect what natural resources human beings can exploit. No, climate change won't wipe us off the face of the earth, but if the acidity of the ocean continues to rise and kills off large populations of fish, that's obviously going to bad economically for fishing industries all over the world.

Comment: Re:3rd world (Score 1) 190

Why are you picking a random town? That doesn't seem to be close to good weather, other tech companies, or start up capital. I'm sure there's a good school or two nearby, but there's clearly a higher concentration of tech focused school in northern California than near Nashville.

If you're choosing a location simply based off of cost of living, you might as well start wishing for a pony. Every major metro region in the country has a tech area, or even a booming technology sector, but that's very different from being a "startup hub."

Comment: Re:Economic reasons (Score 1) 384

by neonKow (#46862591) Attached to: How Concrete Contributed To the Downfall of the Roman Empire

Even if we disregard the fact that you're pulling numbers out of your ass, you're off by nearly 30% in your calculations based on your made up numbers!

You can't just use minimum wage like that because it isn't directly tied to inflation, or to the more appropriate Consumer Price Index. http://www.usinflationcalculat...

And that doesn't isn't even that tied to the durability of the car, which would include repair and upkeep costs as well as life expectancy!

And besides all that, your math is horribly inaccurate!
$15,080/$4,160 * 2500 = $9062.5 for a minimum wage job according to your math.

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