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Comment: Geoengineering would hurt some people (Score 1) 103

by pubwvj (#49597069) Attached to: Climatologist Speaks On the Effects of Geoengineering

Geoengineering would hurt some people. Global warming is good for some of us in the northern climates because it is giving us a longer growing season.

Note I'm not arguing about if it exists, but the reality is climate changed is a mixed bag that hurts some people and benefits other people depending on where you are. There are scientific papers about this. Thus any geoengineering to reverse climate change will also hurt some people and benefit others.

A better idea would be to focus on the real problems such as pollution, reducing waste, war, etc.

Comment: Re:Word Press? Wow! (Score 1) 89

by pubwvj (#49568087) Attached to: New Zero Day Disclosed In WordPress Core Engine

"I used to offer WordPress as blog engine to my users. Like .... 7 or 8 years ago. And half of my time was spent updating, upgrading, and cleaning up after WordPress."

Well there's your problem. WordPress 4.2.1 of 2015 is a totally different system than what you were using. It is now much easier to update, upgrade, clean and manage. Try it again.

Comment: discovered in the WordPress 4.2 (Score 2) 89

by pubwvj (#49567707) Attached to: New Zero Day Disclosed In WordPress Core Engine

"discovered in the WordPress 4.2 and earlier core engine"

WordPress is on version 4.2.1 and makes automatic nightly updates and if comment moderation is turned on fully and always then this is not an issue.

Keep up-to-date.
Moderate comments.

Both of these practices are good for other reasons.

Comment: Legacy Support (Score 1) 368

by pubwvj (#49538079) Attached to: iTunes Stops Working For Windows XP Users

Providing legacy support is in the best interests of Apple and content providers because there are still a large number of users out there with older systems who will buy content if they can easily access it. Making it hard or impossible is a hurdle that kills the sale and encourages piracy. Legacy support makes cents.

Comment: Re:Multiple domestications (Score 1) 167

by pubwvj (#49494045) Attached to: Scientists Close To Solving the Mystery of Where Dogs Came From

Yes, I did read the article and still see strong evidence and logic for the multiple domestication. For example, some strong domestication results are within the 15K BP timeframe but people also took domestic dogs with them to Australia which is much greater than that frame. It's complex. I doubt this will solve it.

Comment: Multiple domestications (Score 4, Interesting) 167

by pubwvj (#49493147) Attached to: Scientists Close To Solving the Mystery of Where Dogs Came From

There is a huge amount of evidence that domestication did not happen once or in one place but many times in many places around the world. This evidence points back as far as about 135,000 years and as close as about 15,000 years for each of these events in time where wolves domesticated humans. It is speculated that wolves did this for two reasons: fire and thumbs for scratching.

It is not surprising that there would be multiple domestications. A human plus a wolf are far more powerful at defense and offense, at hunting and guarding than either species alone. Our social structures are very parallel and our physical abilities complement each other.

In English, every word can be verbed. Would that it were so in our programming languages.