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Comment: Re:People who don't read it are telling us about i (Score 2) 63

by MillionthMonkey (#48893893) Attached to: Smartphones, Tablets and EBay Send SkyMall To Chapter 11
That's got to be a large part of it; they're a waste of space. Imagine a stack of hundreds of those things, turned on their sides. They would occupy a whole seat. With Skymall gone they can compress your knees further into the back of the guy in front of you and cram in an extra row of pig crates.

Comment: Re:Science by democracy doesn't work? (Score 1) 412

by budgenator (#48887275) Attached to: Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

Look again all that red over Indonesia and the Philippines is from volcanism, all that red over Greenland and Iceland is from volcanism, all of that red in the north Pacific Ocean is volcanism. All that red in the South American and African equatorial regions is from the rainforrests. You have to go to China to see Anthropogenic CO2 levels high enough to be in the red.

Comment: I'm not an expert on arithmetic, but... (Score 5, Funny) 661

by MillionthMonkey (#48871267) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax
Now look, I know many Americans have been hearing from elite liberal leftist Harvard professors in their ivory towers who keep saying that 15 is greater than 5. And, I have heard from many other experts in this field who are frankly quite skeptical that this is the case, that we're simply overlooking 5 and what a tremendously big number it is. So I don't think it's time to just cut off debate before the data is in, as if 15 is just greater than 5 so we should just get used to it whether we think it's right or just. It doesn't comport with the experiences of average hardworking Americans who deal with these numbers every day, who depend on them for their livelihood. So at the end of the day, I think it's obvious that the data is just not in yet. Now I'm not a mathematician. But one thing I do know, is that on the other side of the aisle, we have people who also are not mathematicians, but they see this as an opportunity for their agenda to shove a draconian arithmetic inequality down the throats of the American people!

Comment: Re:Are they voting on whether Pi = 22/7 also? (Score 1) 661

by budgenator (#48870513) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

In other words, every Senator who isn't either a subject-matter expert or an arrogant person and who doesn't want people to think he is in one of those two groups must abstain if this comes to a vote.

Personally I think this was just a way for the Democrats to help Warren Buffet keep his massively profitable oil transportation by rail business intact by making the vote on the KeystoneXL unpalatable to the Republicans.

Comment: Re:NASA Doesn't Think So (Score 1) 661

by budgenator (#48870207) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

NASA seems to think that climate change is being caused by human activities and they back it up with a lot of references to studies on the matter. IMHO, we're never going to convince people to change their behaviors or give up their luxuries. If we want to make a difference we need to develop the technologies that make it more advantageous to adopt the renewable solution (like kick-ass cars and cheaper home energy).

The Nasa climate scientists (Gavin Schmidt) who claimed 2014 set a new record for global warmth last night admitted they were only 38 per cent sure this was true.

That NASA?

Comment: Re:Wow... Just "no". (Score 3, Insightful) 203

by budgenator (#48864549) Attached to: Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites

They sent the info to 14 different companies,
HIPAA violation is due to willful neglect and is not corrected, Minimum Penalty, $50,000 per violation, with an annual maximum of $1.5 million; Maximum Penalty, $50,000 per violation, with an annual maximum of $1.5 million;
is a $1.5M fine going to phase either the USG or that rogue's gallery of internet advertiser's? We probably spend more than $22.5M on brake pads for fighter jets each year.

Comment: Re:a better question (Score 1) 585

by MillionthMonkey (#48847473) Attached to: Why Run Linux On Macs?
Actualy the MacBook Air seems pretty tough. When I had epilepsy I entered fugue states; my wife told me how I threw this thing across a room once. Another time I kicked it really hard and it slid right under the door to safety. I have also rolled on top of it during convulsions. The only reason I have it at all is that it used to be hers, until water got spilled on it last year and it immediately died, so I got her another one. A year later we were moving, and I dug it out of the closet. I was about to throw it out but tested it one last time- it booted right up again! I guess it needed a couple months to dry out. So now we have two of them. My "real" computer is running Win 7 in the other room. I use this thing for what it was designed- posting crap on the Internet while sitting around on a couch surrounded by empty beer bottles.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (7) Well, it's an excellent idea, but it would make the compilers too hard to write.