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Comment: Re: They're called trees. (Score 4, Interesting) 114

I don't know how viable these devices are for mass production or what it takes to keep them running, but you could potentially use them in places (building roofs, taller light fixtures in parking lots) where there isn't enough space or it isn't viable to plant trees.

I do recall, however, someone pointing out to me that industrial hemp is more efficient at removing co2 than even some trees.

Comment: Hasn't this been proven to be junk science? (Score 5, Interesting) 295

I can remember reading several articles which stated that cryonics doesn't work because the freezing process is not perfect - it does not stop decomposition, which older frozen specimens were starting to show. Why do people still spend money on this?

Comment: More jobs, not less? (Score 1) 442

So okay, here's what I don't get.

With illegal immigration, the argument is the immigrants are taking jobs no one here wants to do. I can buy that - they're not claiming that illegal immigrants create jobs.

With H1-B visas, Zuckerburg and Ballmer are claiming that more visas will somehow create more jobs. The only way I can see this happening is if companies start paying job applicants to go away so they can apply for more visas.

Can ANYONE make sense of this idea that H1-Bs create jobs?

Comment: Re: Overrated (Score 5, Informative) 200

by Joe Gillian (#49422789) Attached to: Snowden Demystified: Can the Government See My Junk?

I think the "dick pics" line actually really works well. If you think about it from the perspective of the average person, a lot of people buy the NSA's statements that they don't care about the communications of most Americans and that PRISM is necessary to maintain security. After all, a lot of people post everything they do on Facebook or Twitter where anyone can see it.

One of the articles I read on this mentioned that even people who support or don't care about the NSA suddenly cared when they realized that the NSA can see the things they don't post on Facebook (nude pics, sexting, etc).

If framing the NSA's data collection programs as "dick pics" makes more people understand, then I'm all for it.

Comment: Re: call the library ? (Score 0) 246

by Joe Gillian (#49414819) Attached to: Watching a "Swatting" Slowly Unfold

The problem with these sorts of incidents is that on the unlikely chance it had been an actual terrorist attack, the police could be sued if they wasted any time at all. That would include calling the closed library.

That's the problem with this whole thing: the police can't afford to verify the calls and have to treat all of them as real.

Comment: Worker Cruelty (Score 4, Interesting) 331

by Joe Gillian (#49357567) Attached to: Amazon Requires Non-Compete Agreements.. For Warehouse Workers

What I found most disturbing about the linked article on working conditions in the Amazon warehouses is that they were trying to get the temps to work harder with vague statements about full time employment. I work as a temp, and every single temp agency in existence has a provision in the contract they have with the employers that the employers will not hire the temp for a period (usually six months) after their last paycheck. I'm smart enough to know that anyone who promises me a full time job is lying, but to try and pull the wool over the eyes of these warehouse workers is unforgivable.

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