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Comment: Re:Damage or Change? (Score 2, Informative) 520

by thedonger (#47765201) Attached to: Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Climate has always changed, the concept of "Damage" is only relevant to those affected by it.

You mean, the same way as asteroids of various sizes have impacted into the Earth throughout the history of the planet, and "Damage" is only relevant to those affected by it?

Yes, I agree.

Sure, why not? And it is only "damage" to the species that die out. Think of all the evolutionary opportunity there will be in the Next Phase!

Comment: Re:Are we, America, butthurt? (Score 1) 247

by thedonger (#47764943) Attached to: Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

I suppose nationalism will be the last religion to die.

Nationalism is practiced as much in Europe, if not more. In the U.S. we think Europe and other languages and such is cool, even if on the outside we're all "BALD EAGLES AND SHIT!!!" ( In Europe, each country thinks their's is the shit that stinks the least. True, we've possibly worn out the "You're welcome regarding that thing we did to keep you all from speaking German...Twice" badge, but seriously, if you are European then you're welcome.

Comment: Re:Are we, America, butthurt? (Score 1) 247

by thedonger (#47764867) Attached to: Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

CERN isn't filled with scientists, it's filled with retards that can't think of a better way to probe the universe than to smash stuff and see how it breaks apart. It's the physics equivalent of a "doctor" trying to model the inside of the nose throat and lungs by looking at the pattern produced when someone sneezes. It's tard-science, plain and simple.

Alright, I'll bite: How would you do it, then?

That's obvious: Just ask God.

Comment: Re:Appre (Score 1) 225

by thedonger (#47522375) Attached to: VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

The problem isn't people coming here on H1-Bs, but their difficulty in turn that into a green card. The "apprentices" would mostly stay here if they could. And does anyone really want to argue that immigration of well-educated, highly-skilled engineers is bad for America?

All the focus on the political immigration debate seems to be on low-skilled workers, and the answers aren't so easy there. But anyone who can come here and work a job that pays $100k+? Keep em coming, I say.

I work for a company that had at least three if not four H1-B workers (as programmers), and other than paperwork and a couple grand for the lawyer getting a green card was not a problem for them. That's an admittedly small sample size. What roadblocks have you seen?

Comment: Re:Thanks for the tip! (Score 4, Funny) 448

by thedonger (#47305565) Attached to: $500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

Or not. I'm sorry, I don't trust kick starter campaigns.

Right? I gave Toad the Wet Sprocket $50 for their new record. Then it arrived as double LP with four bonus tracks! If I wanted bonus tracks I would asked for freakin' bonus tracks! And don't get me started about that photo essay book I bought into. It was so good I almost cried. If I want to feel stuff I'll give to an Indiegogo campaign!

Comment: Re:You want IE to be relevant? (Score 1) 105

Microsoft can and should be a huge driver for innovation in the industry.

Google (via Chrome) and earlier Mozilla (via FF) are the driver for Microsoft to innovate, since without that outside pressure we would still be using IE6. Maybe the Dev Channel is the start of Microsoft spinning off (well, not actually "off") innovation groups that aren't encumbered by the 800 pound corporate gorilla?

Comment: Controllers for PC? (Score 3, Interesting) 174

From the summary:

'In August of last year, a Microsoft spokesman confirmed that the Xbox One controller will be compatible for PC users sometime in 2014. That time has finally come. Windows gamers can now use the Xbox One controller to play games on their computer. If a game supports a USB gamepad or the Xbox 360 controller, it will also support the Xbox One controller.'

That is interesting given that my brother and my cousin - both big into gaming - use PC-style controls with their Xbox because they feel it gives them an edge over users of the Xbox controller.

Comment: Re:WOW (Score 2) 142

by thedonger (#47113463) Attached to: No, Doesn't Require 500 Million Lines of Code

yeah, where everyone is in a few insurance groups and gets the same basic benefits

obamacare has variable pricing based on history, finances, where you live, etc. lots of business rules to properly price the policy

Actually, no. We can program a high amount of variability in pricing and eligibility based on whatever data is required. And we own a private exchange, so we do that, too. Also, we can implement such a project in 6 months, sometimes less, including the entire reporting requirement.

We can predict everything, except the future.