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Comment Solar *activity* not *output* (Score 5, Insightful) 249

Not solar output falling 60%, which would lead to completely frozen Earth, but solar activity, i.e. the 11 year sunspot cycle. Predicting levels near or at those found during the Maunder minimum. This does imply some reduced level of solar output.

Comment Empire! (Score 1) 134

I was a CS undergrad and never used the Plato system for structured learning, but played many an enjoyable hour in the basement of the CS building on a Plato terminal playing Empire. Was the best Star Trek game back in the day. Fantastic game for its day, and very fun after spending uncounted hours hacking some assigned programming task into shape.

Comment Why believe this? (Score 2) 248

Given that the reports of the Snowden NSA documents indicate that the NSA worked with willing private sector companies, why should anyone believe that this is nothing more than a public relations push by Google? I think Google is trying to restore trust by appearing to be doing something while in fact being just as open and cooperative with the NSA as it has always been. I will believe that there is some pushback by private companies when there are actual public (not secret) court cases brought by the government to force them to do something. Until then I call shenanigans.

Comment Re:How is that an "upshot"? (Score 2) 167

The point is that a) Uber is stealing tips from the drivers and needs to be punitively punished and the behavior stopped and b) there is so much malfeasance by companies doing this sort of thing that one can make a career out of stopping them from shafting working people. That is the outrage. And yes, the bad actor in this case is Uber and their stealing, not the people trying to set it aright. Dimwit.

Comment No source of ignition except a fireplace? WTF (Score 1) 224

From the article "Forensic experts found that a fire in the fireplace of the sitting room where the badly burnt body was found, had not been the cause of the blaze that killed Mr Faherty.". Yet we the investigator has no clue how the body could have caught fire. Geez.

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang