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Comment: Re:OMG america is stupid (Score 1) 180

by u38cg (#49372091) Attached to: Commercial Flamethrower Successfully Crowdfunded
No. An idiot with a pointy stick, I can deal with. Unless he's particularly versed in the ancient art of stick-poking, I can probably put up a reasonable fight.

And he can't walk into a crowded bar and incinerate everyone with his pointed stick, either. I'm not concerned about pointed sticks. Assholes with flamethrowes: nope nope nope.

Comment: Re:This is interesting.... (Score 3, Insightful) 573

by u38cg (#49310433) Attached to: Greenpeace Co-Founder Declares Himself a Climate Change Skeptic
"It is possible to debate this" /= "This is not settled science". Yes, I dare say you will be able to blether for as long as I can. But here's the thing. Science converges on the truth. Yes, it might be wrong. But by definition you cannot know better than the scientific consensus, especially not on something as well scrutinised as AGW. So, in short, you can shove your "scepticism" up your ass, because I don't care and your opinion is of no relevance.

Comment: Re:This is interesting.... (Score 1) 573

by u38cg (#49310135) Attached to: Greenpeace Co-Founder Declares Himself a Climate Change Skeptic
Does climate change happen naturally? Yes? Is the current experience of climate change natural? No. This stuff isn't up for debate; it's as established science as evolution and planetary motion. Unlike evolution, though, there are a lot of people with a financial interest in the status quo and therefore strive (often honestly) to show that AGW is not true.

Comment: Re:Way too much credit (Score 1) 188

Couple of factors. One is typically the agent is using several systems that don't talk to each other, at least one of which dates from the 70s. Two is regulatory and risk requirements that mean you are forced to reenter data instead of checking it.

The other thing is that most of the efficiency from the poibnt of view of the customer is down to the local management of that rental location. Well managed places will zip you through, badly places won't.

Comment: Re:More of this ridiculous (Score 1) 134

by u38cg (#49154103) Attached to: Pakistanis Must Provide Fingerprints Or Give Up Cellphone
It may surprise you to learn that most terrorists are stupid and by making their lives harder it makes it easier to catch them beforehand or trace them afterwards. It's not like Pakistan isn't doing something we're not already doing in the West (trying buying an anonymous cellphone in Europe).

Comment: Re:well, it works! (Score 1) 224

by u38cg (#49117857) Attached to: 100 Years of Chemical Weapons
Wrong. Gas was extremely ineffective; all it did was deny an area to both sides and that only as long as countermeasures were not available. What changed the course of the war was the development of artillery and infantry technique; by 1918, the trench stalemate was becoming broken and had Germany had the resources to continue to prosecute the war it would turned into a war of manouvre.

Computers will not be perfected until they can compute how much more than the estimate the job will cost.