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Comment: "Bad company corrupts good character" (Score 4, Insightful) 128

by sideslash (#49754743) Attached to: 'Prisonized' Neighborhoods Make Recidivism More Likely
Pretty obvious, but sometimes the simple things need saying. That's a quote from the Bible, by the way. Evidently they had similar problems 2000 years ago.

People are social animals and they are generally aiming to fit in with some social group or other. Going from a drug/petty crime tolerant lifestyle to a clean start often requires changing your circle of friends. I have a friend who did this and completely turned his life around. Just to clarify, I'm one of his new friends, not his old ones. :p

Comment: Re:Article doesn't answer two biggest questions (Score 2) 104

by sideslash (#49744287) Attached to: Asus ZenFone 2 Performance Sneak Peek With Intel Z3580 Inside
I like technology options, the more the merrier, so I'm glad to see Intel pushing to compete with ARM. That said, I'm not going to recommend an x86 Android phone to a friend until battery life and app availability are both on par with ARM. Performance is already getting there, it's pretty clear.

My iOS devices are pretty fair space heaters themselves when rendering high frame rate apps. (shrug)

Comment: Article doesn't answer two biggest questions (Score 2) 104

by sideslash (#49744177) Attached to: Asus ZenFone 2 Performance Sneak Peek With Intel Z3580 Inside
FTA: "It remains to be seen [...] how long the ZenFone 2’s battery will last, but we should have all of that data shortly."

Ahem. Yes. That is one of my biggest questions about this phone, and the other is what you are supposed to do with it, given that the Android app stores' content tends to be geared toward ARM.

Comment: Re:-dafuq, Slashdot? (Score 1) 249

by sideslash (#49713795) Attached to: Greenland's Glaciers Develop Stretch Marks As They Accelerate

Wow. You are reaching far back in time there.

Hey, fun exercise: Without googling it, can you say how many years ago you think it was to what is commonly referred to as the "Little Ice Age"?

Far before goal posts were invented to be moved.

(yoda voice) So sure of yourself are you? The "Little Ice Age" was an unusually cold period for Europe and North America, which is designated as happening from about 1300 to 1870 AD. The expression "moving the goal posts" refers to association football (aka soccer), which has been played in Europe since the 400's BC and was standardized in the 1800's AD.

Comment: Re:Meanwhile (Score 5, Insightful) 71

I wouldn't kill a turtle myself, but I do eat beef and other delicious meats regularly. According to the Snopes article, the incident depicted is credibly alleged to be a legal hunting kill in Louisiana wherein the hunter ate the meat. Snopes provides evidence that it wasn't a casual killing with a sawsall like the hysterical Facebook post claimed, but rather a couple of 22 bullets in the turtle's head. What's depicted is the butchering process -- which by the way is just as ugly when it's a cow, we're just not used to seeing it.

So simmer down a bit!

Comment: Re:-dafuq, Slashdot? (Score 1) 249

by sideslash (#49697503) Attached to: Greenland's Glaciers Develop Stretch Marks As They Accelerate
I guess there may be people who deny that there ever was an ice age. They are in a very different category from the likes of Richard Lindzen, Judith Curry, and the M&M's, who accept climate change, and even accept that humans affect climate change to an unknown degree, as they question claims of anthropogenic catastrophe.

Comment: Re:-dafuq, Slashdot? (Score 0) 249

by sideslash (#49693893) Attached to: Greenland's Glaciers Develop Stretch Marks As They Accelerate

If you can find evidence that global warming isn't happening, I'm interested in reading it.

What would be unusual is if climate change wasn't happening. When I hear the phrase "climate change denier" (which I know you didn't use, so just putting this out there), I wonder if anybody even exists who fits that description.

Comment: Re:-dafuq, Slashdot? (Score 2, Insightful) 249

by sideslash (#49690817) Attached to: Greenland's Glaciers Develop Stretch Marks As They Accelerate

Touche. Nevertheless the majority of scientific evidence continues to support my side of the issue.

That may be true. However, I dispute that carbon sensitivity estimations based on computer simulations and projections should be considered scientific evidence, nor taken particularly seriously until and unless they are verified from Mother Nature.

Comment: Re:-dafuq, Slashdot? (Score 1) 249

by sideslash (#49690079) Attached to: Greenland's Glaciers Develop Stretch Marks As They Accelerate

We shouldn't waste our time arguing with people who are unwilling to consider alternative explanations to their specific models of reality.

On the contrary, we can argue with people all we like. Of course, the Slashdot comments section is just an online forum where (for the most part) non-scientists are playing a sort of team sport of advocating the view they think is correct. In a few cases trolling, but probably not that many.

The people who are doing the real scientific advancement aren't arguing with people at all per se, but interacting with ideas and testing them with data and analysis.

Comment: Re:-dafuq, Slashdot? (Score 2) 249

by sideslash (#49689549) Attached to: Greenland's Glaciers Develop Stretch Marks As They Accelerate

its the deniers you want to eliminate

Good grief. I think the word you're searching for is "convince". And even that is dubious, at least based on how I see the term "denier" indiscriminately used in the real world. Forcing conformity is not how science gets moved forward.

For example, M&M are frequently labeled as "bad" "deniers" who just need to be quiet and go away. But in fact, they have contributed insightful criticisms to the field, and anyone who says otherwise is selling something. There's a fair amount of noise on climateaudit.org, but there's also a useful signal to be found in there.

Comment: Delicious irony (Score 3, Insightful) 147

by sideslash (#49648461) Attached to: Technology and Ever-Falling Attention Spans
I am loving reading all these responses explaining how people avoid distractions, even while succumbing to the distraction of posting on reading and posting on Slashdot.

(Yeah yeah, I know, maybe they're in a different time zone... I would bet money the majority are still in their working hours. Including myself.)

Comment: Re:nonsense (Score 1) 532

by sideslash (#49629957) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

American healthcare compares favorably with European healthcare when you take everything into account.

What aspects specifically? In the US the most common cause of bankruptcy is medical bills. That just pushes the unrecoverable costs on to other people who then have to pay even more. Insurance companies get to decide what you can be treated for, rather than doctors allocating resources by medical need. While there is some excellent care available in the US, it isn't universal so basically you either get really good but expensive care or can't afford it and get terrible care.

Here's an article with a counterpoint to your view.

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