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Comment: Damn tree huggers (Score 3, Insightful) 444

by yusing (#45181993) Attached to: Scientists Say Climate Change Is Damaging Iowa Agriculture

The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970, to " to create awareness for the Earth's environment and to encourage conservation efforts."

The phrase "Damn tree huggers" has been heard ever since. Yeah, even in Iowa. So, 40 years of deliberate ignorance and acrimony is coming home to roost? Tough grid.

Comment: Albini's experienced opinion is a gold standard (Score 1) 440

by yusing (#44794741) Attached to: Why Steve Albini Still Prefers Analog Tape

ALL the software - and much of the hardware - I was using 10-15 years ago to craft, record and sounds is long dead ... because of OS and I/O changes. Anything at all proprietary is therefore inaccessible, and much of the hardware is worth a tiny fraction of what it cost. The OSS stuff, on the other hand ... CSound, MIDI, file formats ... remain sturdy and viable.

I'm quite sure Albini remains at the top of his game, particularly including the technical side of the game, and so his opinion will deservedly carry a lot of weight for anyone who doesn't have a recording contract. (Those also have about a 5-year lifetime.) Analog tape remains the only sane archival choice for a 20-30 lifespan, by which time there may finally be alternatives with an even longer lifespan.

Comment: Good thing. (Score 1) 607

by yusing (#44771673) Attached to: NSA Foils Much Internet Encryption

Clearly all the years of talk of security and encryption has accomplished is to lull many of us into a false sense of security. (Much like meeting with the TSA at the airport.) That false sense has kept many of us from asking the hard questions and really thinking about the weaknesses of the whole setup... which, as we are seeing more and more clearly, is rotten to the stinking core.

Good. Thinking about it all is good, and so is talking about it.

Comment: Re:Hyperbole isn't necessary (Score 1) 211

Hiroshima was long time ago, that's not scary. When I think about what the US faces (screw Japan) if those 400 tons of fuel catch fire and start burning for years, I'm already scared. When I think about TEPCO trying to 'fix' that alone, I'm more scared. Rocky Flats and Hanford and a terrorist with two halves of a plutonium baseball are a joke by comparison.

Something better get us all scared soon, because there's nothing else scarier on the planet right now ... and few people in the US seem to realize that.

Comment: Re:save some lives? (Score 1) 67

by yusing (#44666645) Attached to: Search For Evi Nemeth Continues

It looks as though Earhardt might have washed up on an island somewhere, so yeah, it seems worth holding out hope.

I was just reading the other day about some Japanese guys whose boat was blown out to sea and they eventually wound up in the US. At the time it was illegal to leave Japan, so it was decades before some of them found a safe way back in. Their families were stunned.

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