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Comment: Re:How much? (Score 1) 142

by penguinoid (#47793585) Attached to: Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

And ad blocking. Don't even get me started. So many ad blockers are so proud of what they do, like it's some badge of honor to block.

Of course we're proud. What do you think we are, stupid? Who wants to sacrifice bandwidth so as to have a gaping security hole that occasionally installs malware directly via exploits, frequently contains deceptive warnings which actually link to malware, and at best are noisy or flashy distractions from the page itself? And then the pop-ups, pop-unders, redirects, phishing scams, etc. Things have gotten so nasty that Adblock Plus more effective for securing your computer than the so called "security software", and as a bonus it doesn't even eat all your processor and blocks ads besides.

And the worst is that the advent of ad-supported web pages has slowly pushed people away from producing quality content as a contribution to the world, and towards producing SEO or clickbait content (or perhaps the latter hides the former).

Comment: Re:Congressional Pharmaceutical Complex (Score 2) 205

by penguinoid (#47793173) Attached to: States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

You mean the War on Drugs was a complete waste of time and money and ruined millions of peoples' lives for no reason, while funneling billions of dollars a year to ruthless criminal warlords in South America?

No, it was complete waste of time and money and ruined millions of peoples' lives for the purpose or reducing freedom and privacy, while funneling billions of dollars a year to black ops funding, police department funding, and ruthless criminals everywhere.

Comment: Re:Employers don't want employees who LOOK lazy. (Score 1) 130

by penguinoid (#47786723) Attached to: Coffee Naps Better For Alertness Than Coffee Or Naps Alone

There's also the question of whose dime this caffeine nap is on: the employee, or the employer.

Each has an opinion and it's probably not the same opinion.

If an employer allows proper rest breaks, they do it on their own dime. If the employer doesn't allow proper rest breaks, it's still on their dime only in a way beancounters have more trouble counting.

In this case, there's also the question of where to nap -- not too many employers would like to replace office/factory space with a bed. I suspect only "live at the office" tech companies will do this, both as they already have so many perks and because they will benefit more from better employee concentration.

Comment: Re:Unintended consequences? (Score 2) 367

by penguinoid (#47771791) Attached to: Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

What happens when an officer feels that he can't let people off the hook because he's constantly being watched? It might spell the end of "I'm just going to let you off with a warning this time".

If it is routinely inappropriate to enforce the law, they ought to change the law, not make exceptions for whoever they like.

Comment: Re:This is good! (Score 1) 522

by penguinoid (#47767881) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

I bet everyone ignores the fact that the best-supported Intelligent Design theory is the one where the Intelligent Designer is the laws of nature. None of the other versions make any predictions, only offer explanations (because they can never say that this is how the designer must have done things.)

My pet peeve is people who think science is about "truth" or "explanation", when it really is about prediction. Something that gives the best "explanations" is the worst scientifically since things with the most explanatory power have the least predictive power.

Comment: Re:What's so American (Score 1) 525

by penguinoid (#47766827) Attached to: Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

Extreme libertarianism is currently the law of the land in Darfur and Afghanistan. It's not working out well for those places.

Kind of hard to claim its libertarian if you can be put to death for rejecting Islam.

Extreme Capitalism was the law of the land in America before early in the 20th century. It didn't work well for America.

Were they buying and selling laws on the open market? If not, then it wasn't extreme capitalism.

Extreme Socialism would be, what, communism? We tried communism in a few places and yeah, it didn't work very well, but better than maybe I would have predicted.

Communism would be one form of extreme socialism, however it was never tried. (Not to be confused with people claiming it was tried)

Comment: Re:Backward-thinking by the DMV (Score 1) 505

by penguinoid (#47761181) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

No, what I'm saying is where is the log of which times the Google cars were driving autonomously and which times the professional drivers took control? If the drivers took control every 5 minutes, then it would be pretty much irrelevant how many total miles the cars logged autonomously.

Comment: Re:Mod parent to infinity (Score 3, Interesting) 140

by penguinoid (#47761013) Attached to: Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

What this means is even if we find some means of restoration that is 100 times as potent at cooling the planet as CO2 is in warming it, the task is incomprehensibly huge.

No. No it isn't. There's a few individuals who could personally afford to send us back into an ice age. Just to give a couple examples,

According to estimates by the Council on Foreign Relations, "one kilogram of well placed sulfur in the stratosphere would roughly offset the warming effect of several hundred thousand kilograms of carbon dioxide."

Recent research has expanded this constant to "106 C: 16 N: 1 P: .001 Fe" signifying that in iron deficient conditions each atom of iron can fix 106,000 atoms of carbon,[34] or on a mass basis, each kilogram of iron can fix 83,000 kg of carbon dioxide.

But they have side effects. And perhaps they have side effects that won't become apparent until we try them on a large scale.

Comment: Re:Backward-thinking by the DMV (Score 1) 505

by penguinoid (#47759943) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

It's even more extreme than that. Google's cars have driven a combined 700,000 miles with only two incidents. One involved a crash while under human control, and the other was the Google car being rear-ended while stopped at a light. That's a phenomenal record. Source

It would be a phenomenal record if it was 700,000 straight, uninterrupted miles. How phenomenal a record is it when there's two professional drivers babysitting it at all times? I've yet to see the logs of timestamps when the divers took control, so until then I see no reason for treating this as anything other than two professional drivers driving 700,000 miles.

Comment: Re:Mod parent to infinity (Score 2, Insightful) 140

by penguinoid (#47759469) Attached to: Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

Well bad news, we've been fucking with it heavily for a couple hundred years with no plan whatsoever, and we're still mostly acting like it's no big deal.

No, we've done very little to purposely change the environment (and nothing at the global scale). Our various industries all give us guaranteed benefits (though not necessarily net benefit), and the effects on the environment are a side-effect, and comparatively small. If we decide to intentionally target the global environment, the effects could be much bigger.

I'm not saying climate engineering is a bad idea, but keep in mind that people are arrogant and overconfident. Test everything, even if it means going slowly. We don't have a backup planet in case there's a mistake, and we really can afford to wait decades before implementing these measures.

The economy depends about as much on economists as the weather does on weather forecasters. -- Jean-Paul Kauffmann