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Comment: Re:My 2 cents (Score 4, Informative) 854

Really? Let's examine your claims.

The US has seen a minor decrease in carbon emissions over the last 5 years or so, but this likely at least in part due to the financial crisis. There has been no long-term decrease over the "last 20 years", as you state, so the US isn't setting an example in cutting emissions. What matters, then, is total current emissions, where the US second only to China. The US emitted 5.4 million tonnes in 2010. By comparison, India (one of the countries you single out) and the EU have combined emissions of 5.7 million tonnes. India and China have very much larger populations. The US emissions per capita for 2012 are 16.4 tonnes, whereas China's are 7.1 and India's a paltry 1.6. Clearly the US has a lot of work to do.

Comment: Re:Don't bother. (Score 4, Interesting) 509

by umafuckit (#46657519) Attached to: The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

It would be tolerable if these people were just conspiracy nuts ala the "moon landing were faked" folks. We could laugh at them and move on with our lives. These people, however, are in seats of power in the government and are making big decisions about scientific funding.

And they're there because they were voted in by people who sympathise with these views. We get the government we deserve because, as a nation, the bulk of the US is scientifically illiterate. There will continue to be illiterates in power as long as the people are illiterate. Somehow we need to find a way to promote science as a way of thinking and do so without hurting the feelings of the religious right.

Comment: Re:Ethical is irrelevant. (Score 1) 402

They failed in Greenland because they were fuckwits and reared cattle in conditions that couldn't support this. It's amazing they lasted as long as they did. Had they made an effort to live in a more similar manner to the indigenous people, who'd lived there for many centuries, they'd have been ok. The early European settlers didn't have a technology problem, they had a common sense problem.

Comment: Re:Whaling bad, mass breeding cattle and pigs good (Score 1) 188

by umafuckit (#46621357) Attached to: UN Court: Japanese Whaling "Not Scientific"

So, can someone explain to me why whaling is such a very bad thing the whole Western world has to get in an uproar - yet destroying huge portions of the rain forest and endangering species living in it to breed cattle or grow soy is ok?

Nobody is saying the former is bad and the latter is OK. It's not an either/or situation: both are bad and people are trying to do something about both. In theory, however, it should be easier to do something about the whales than something about the rainforests.

Comment: Re:Perhaps this is insurance for FB (Score 1) 151

by umafuckit (#46614845) Attached to: How Facebook and Oculus Could Be a Great Combination
Yep, I'm being optimistic--I admit it. I don't think they'd be dumb enough to cripple the product by requiring FB integration. By my reading they haven't even done this with Instagram, so why would they do it with a gaming headset? That would be daft. Of course I could well be wrong, but given the absence of any real information as to what's going on it seems premature to write off the whole thing and just assume FB will fuck it all up. Let's see the product first.

Comment: Re:Depends (Score 2, Insightful) 151

by umafuckit (#46614827) Attached to: How Facebook and Oculus Could Be a Great Combination
Look, I don't like FB either but you're looking at this in a very one-sided way. As the article points out, Instagram and WhatsApp haven't been subsumed into FB in any obvious way following their acquisition. Go to the websites for those services and you won't see evidence of FB. With Instagram, for instance, it appears from the site that FB sharing is optional (I haven't used the App, but the website indicates this). So from past behaviour, FB haven't done an all-out assimilation of everything they've purchased. In addition, FB have contributed plenty to the opensource community. So there are good things there in addition to the crap they've pulled. Finally, they haven't done hardware before and so this very new territory. We know very little about what FB want to do with OR and, frankly, it doesn't look like they know either. It's quite plausible that they will be hands off. No 180 turns needed to envisage such a scenario.

Comment: Re:Depends (Score 1) 151

by umafuckit (#46614619) Attached to: How Facebook and Oculus Could Be a Great Combination
What FB crap? There is no final product: you don't know what it'll be like yet. Probably it'll just have a FB logo and FB will have some pointless (to you or me) services that utilise VR. If you don't have a FB account and aren't interested in that stuff then likely you just skip it, plug the OR into your PC and game away. We don't know that OR will be used to "push" FB. We don't know anything yet.

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