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Comment: Re:And this is how we get to the more concrete har (Score 1) 328

by dywolf (#47766969) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Yes. many of them DO get rich through rule of law.
Specifically laws that make it legal to exploit the poor, the underprivilidged, the weak, etc.
Or to pass down billions to their children to keep it in the family, lest anyone ever actually have to "work".

You'll have to remind me how they contribute to society though.

Oh wait I know...this is the one I get told all the time: think of all those poor Walmart worker, who would be jobless if not for Walmart. Why, they're doing them a favor by even hiring them. Therefore the Waltons and Walmart deserve every dime they get by exploiting the social safety that keeps their workers from dying and starving homeless in the street cause their job doesn't pay them enough to prevent from being homeless.

Comment: Re:And this is how we get to the more concrete har (Score 1) 328

by dywolf (#47766751) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

The Discovery Institute... has nothing to d with science and everything to do with undermining it.
The American Family Association ...
The Family Research Council ...
Family Values ...
(Basically anything family has nothing to do with actual caring families, and everythng to do with opposing LGBT rights)
Heritage...
Enterprise...
Freedom...
ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice) ...

Why so many misnomers over on that side?

Comment: Re:just because the dept of ed.... (Score 1) 328

by dywolf (#47766329) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

what you've just said... is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul...

Comment: Re:just because the dept of ed.... (Score 1) 328

by dywolf (#47766307) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

the US DoED has nothing to do with this.
i know people on the right like to mock the department of education, as if education and a department to oversee it are bad things.
but this view is born out of ignorance over what exactly the department of education even DOES.

unlike most countries, the US DoED has almost nothing to do with curriculum.
most of thethey do is disburse funds from the fed to the states, along with some minor oversight responsibilities regarding civil rights on college campuses. That's it. But after articles like this, and others, maybe they should have something to do with curriculum.

Also, fun fact: the republicans opposed the creation of the US DoED as well. Apparently they were of the opinion that education is unconstitutional because education is not in the constitution...boy, they've sure come a long way in 40 years, haven't they ?

Comment: Re:Irreversible? (Score 1) 293

by pla (#47766035) Attached to: Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report
The 'impossible' is just something that hasn't been done yet.

Quoting a work of fiction doesn't make your point unless your point applies only within that world.

Unless, of course, you think we can solve global warming by reversing the polarity of the neutron flow (or perhaps Gandalf can just not let any IR photons pass, if you prefer fantasy solutions over scifi ones).

Comment: Re:Monopolistic thuggish behavior (Score 1) 304

by dywolf (#47764791) Attached to: Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

Regulated utilities provide water, natural gas, trash pickup, and power to the majority of americans already.
Either through a municipal entity (local government workers) or a private company that holds a contract with the municipality.

Either way, if it's behaviour begins to get unruly and you're unable to force their hand through the market (by cutting back usage of the service), you can also slap them down in the voting booth, which is easier to do on the local level.*

(*for now...the Koch's and ALEC are begining to try and buy local elections too)

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 304

by dywolf (#47764695) Attached to: Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

Of course actual outright bribery...cash for votes...is rare...it's too obvious.
But when a congress critter's campaign (and please dont use that nonsense about PACs not being the same thing...) is majority financed by a particular company in their district, and the critter continually backs anything that benefits that company....what word would you describe it with?

Each of the biggest GW deniers in congress is heavily backed by oil and gas companies.
Each of the biggest military industry supporters is heavily backed by defense contractors.
Etc.
Etc.

The only manure here is your own.

Comment: Of course it's shrinking (Score 2) 93

by dywolf (#47764647) Attached to: Statistics Losing Ground To CS, Losing Image Among Students

As far as the general public is concerned:
When it's convenient, people use numbers, real or made up, in order to disprove the other sides point and prove their own...
When it's not convenient, all statistics become questionable ("ya, but msot statistics are made up") in order to disprove the other sides point and prove their own...

The reality of the numbers don't matter. People just don't care about actual objective facts, they just want to back up their preconcieved notions to spread their stupidity. It's just like how Americans approach science in general really.

Comment: Re:Not the PSUs? The actual cables? (Score 2) 119

by dywolf (#47763857) Attached to: HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

sounds like cutting corners with narrower gage wire and possibly thinner insulation jacket as well.
i don't know the current draw of the devices in question, but if the wire gage is too thin it will get very hot.
another possibilty is the connection point between the wire and the connectors. it also needs to be of sufficient cross section to tranfer the full current load without overheating.

either way the answer is: cutting corners.

Comment: Ripe for abuse (Score 1) 176

by pla (#47761183) Attached to: Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report
So what stops me from just picking up one of these "burner" phones and (presumably prepaid) credit cards to actually use for legitimate purposes?

Hell, even if they just send me a bottom-of-the-barrel tracphone, hey, free $30 flip-phone to keep in the car for emergencies (911 will work on any activated US cell phone, regardless of its in-service status)!

Comment: Re:Only fair (Score 0) 92

by pla (#47755139) Attached to: Early Bitcoin User Interviewed By Federal Officers
When you participate in a pyramid scheme

Funny how you dumb fucks never get tired of showing off your ignorance regarding that term every time Bitcoin comes up.

You'd think after having your betters correct you a few hundred times over the past three years, you might have learned a bit.

Then again, that presumes an AC actually means to stand behind their post rather than just see who bites. Oh well.

/ Pull the hook out of his mouth.

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