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Comment: Re:I'd prefer they stay armed, TYVM (Score 5, Insightful) 44

by sideslash (#49786107) Attached to: The Marshall Islands, Nuclear Testing, and the NPT
The ethics of nations maintaining nuclear arsenals is a debate not likely to be resolved soon. However, the nasty things our defense research scientists did to the people living on the Marshall Islands is hopefully something everyone could agree is not OK.

Comment: Re:Maybe science went off the rails... (Score 2) 381

by sideslash (#49774451) Attached to: Can Bad Scientific Practice Be Fixed?
Unfortunately it looks like some people took me literally, and are modding down kenh for expressing an unorthodox opinion. To me that's unfortunate, since climate science is ripe for the same sorts of criticisms as the humanities -- mostly surrounding questionable claims based on statistics and data analysis. Not saying the whole field is a crock, just that criticism and audit are always scientifically desirable, even -- no, ESPECIALLY when major practitioners in the field are so thin-skinned about it.

Comment: Re:Alan and Alvin (Score 1) 106

by sideslash (#49768679) Attached to: No, Your SSD Won't Quickly Lose Data While Powered Down
Nah. Blaming the editors is a long and time honored tradition at Slashdot, as you well know.

Every once in a while I get annoyed about something and write a letter to my local newspaper. They pretty much always publish it, and (annoyingly to me) they pretty much always edit it for style, grammar, length, etc. It annoys me to be edited on a very subtle and debatable point of grammar, but I can't say they aren't doing their job. Contrast that to our Slashdot editors... (sigh).

Comment: "Bad company corrupts good character" (Score 4, Insightful) 163

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) 108

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) 108

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.

"Your attitude determines your attitude." -- Zig Ziglar, self-improvement doofus

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