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Comment: Re:"Possibly"? (Score 4, Insightful) 506

Who will apply the law to her? Her political allies in the DOJ? Who will look into it? Her political allies in the press?

When someone can never be held accountable, aren't they above the law?

Tomorrow: Everyone who wants her to follow the rules: sexists. They just don't like women in power.

Comment: Re:Perhaps it wouldn’t pass today’s .. (Score 1) 286

The Greenpeace and FoE speakers who I know would be justly ashamed to make such inaccurate claims. Plus they know that if I'm anywhere about, I'll tear them to shreds for such inaccuracy, Which rather destroys the effect they're trying to achieve.

Then again, they're something approaching scientists of one form or another. They have more attachment to truth than to politics.

Comment: Re:What could possibly go wrong? (Score 2) 371

by Kohath (#49160887) Attached to: Google Wants To Rank Websites Based On Facts Not Links

I'd like to hear a good explanation why this isn't just self-reinforcing groupthink. For every 10 genuine facts, you'll see some widely quoted falsehood like "1 in 5 women on college campuses is sexually assaulted" promoted by Google as a fact. These kinds of bogus statistics are very common.

Comment: Re:Dedup and pointers (Score 1) 183

That was the underlying theme of a story I read by IIRC Greg Benford a year or so ago. I recall being moderately disappointed, to the extent of not being bothered to go to the library to get the second or third volume of the trilogy.

Hmmm, maybe not Benford. Nothing in his bibliography strikes a resonant tone. I'll have to fish it off the shelf (I remember feeling somewhat conflicted between the writer's reputation and my lack of engagement with the characters, scenario and underlying re-building of the laws of physics. So I don't think I've sent it off to the second-hand-bookshop in the street.)

Comment: Re:That is close! (Score 1) 117

by RockDoctor (#49157663) Attached to: Another Star Passed Through Our Oort Cloud 70,000 Years Ago

I wonder how many comets it kicked out of the cloud and have cause some ruckus here on Terra.

Why do you think any comets etc that were perturbed have already arrived?

There's nothing to prevent (say) a 10km body from having been perturbed 70,000 years ago, into an orbit that brings it into close proximity to Quaor in 10 years time, which then perturbs it into the inner Solar System on a couple of hundred year drop into a field in Oklahoma.

The debris could still be arriving here in several million years.

Comment: Re:Perhaps it wouldn’t pass today’s .. (Score 1) 286

Oh so that's why everyone in Europe and half of Asia are dead

From Kaos' figures (which I am taking as unadulterated bullshit) he's talking about killing pretty much everyone outside of Africa and South America.

The boy has the "thousand yard stare" : back away from him, while feeling around for useful tools like a clue-by-four. His original case may have had some merit, but by his deranged mumblings, he's tainted it by association.

Comment: Re:Perhaps it wouldn’t pass today’s .. (Score 1) 286

There's even a few places here in Ontario where radon venting is mandatory in your house, most of the southern part of the province has 50-800m of limestone over the bedrock and that's not enough to prevent seepage.

I'd look at that as a geologist and think - there's a good chance that the limestones would help to concentrate the seepage of radon from the basement into particular areas.

Q: How many IBM CPU's does it take to execute a job? A: Four; three to hold it down, and one to rip its head off.