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Comment Re: Carbon tax (Score 1) 479

Carbon tax only works if most everyone implements it, otherwise business goes where it isn't as it is cheaper.

Isn't that the point? Aren't carbon taxes a thinly disguised wealth redistribution plan? Make the developed nations adopt counter-productive measures and drive production to the under-developed nations. If that's not the case wouldn't we apply the measures to everyone?

Comment Re:Basic Statistics Deception (Score 1) 400

Cap and Trade for CO2 hasn't worked at all, the only people who were even in the market to begin with was tax evaders, money launders and con men, SO2 was a whole other ballgame, it was a regonal problem basically North of the Ohio River and East of the Mississippi River and effective SO2 emmission abatement technology was becoming available as the trading market was implimented. This region was is highly sophisticaled economically, technologically and the political entities have a long history of inter-governmental co-operation; pretty much the opposite of the CO2 cap and trade environment.

Comment Re:Basic Statistics Deception (Score 1) 400

>This is the same reason why Christian fundamentalists can't stand Islamic fundamentalists, despite the fact that they are ideologically indistinguishable to an outside viewer.

Only if the outside viewer doesn't bother to actually learn the ideologies. One big difference: Yahweh is generally presumed to take an active (if subtle) hand in shaping the world, whereas Allah is generally presumed to have stepped back and left the world to us, restricting his influence to the actions of his followers and judgement in the afterlife.

No Allah and Yahweh are the same God, to some Christian Fundementalists , a Muslim is a Jew that hasn't been circumsized and beleives that Mohamed is a prophet of God, a few consider Muslims Jews in thrall to Satan.

Comment Re:Not much worry with a source build (Score 5, Interesting) 472

One of our advanatages is that I'm sure the Russians don't want NSA backdoors in Linux, and the NSA doesn't want Russian backdoors in Linux and neither want Chinese Backdoors and simalarly the Chinese want neither NSA or Russian backdoors. After all of this "Spy vs. Spy" Linux is unlikely to have backdoors. If your requirements are great enough that unlikely isn't good enough your probably shit outa luck because nothing will be good enough for you.

Comment Re:Oh, really? (Score 1) 1255

sending your kid to public school won't be great, but if everyone did it would help a lot

I doubt it, schools* have gotten too in grained into the reducing everyone to the most common denominator mindset. *By schools I mean enough of the teachers and administrators too wear-down the majority that would do their jobs properly.

Comment Re: Uhg, not Cass Sunstein (Score 1) 530

Skeptical Science, please lets be serious. The truth is that the data sets shows a definate downtrend, its not statisticaly significant but its there;
    RSS: -0.04K,
  GISS: shows a -0.06 trend,
  HadCRUt4: -0.07K
  NCDC: -0.04K,
  UAH: +0.00K.
  All data sets show the current temperature are below well model predictions. If the climate is going to get back on the predicted warming trend line, its going to take some spectacular temperaure increases.

Comment Re: I never understood the principle. (Score 1) 454

We had micro-nuc's like the W48 for the 155mm howitzer had an explosive yield equivalent to 72 tons of TNT (0.072 kiloton). The Tactical Atomic Demolition Munition had a yield of 0.5 KT. All of the sub-KT devices have been removed from service. As far as precision, when a warhead flies halfway around the world and explodes over its target travelling at over 15,000MPH with a Circular Error Probability of 300m, I'd say that was plenty accurate.

Comment Re:article is bullshit (Score 1) 743

Odd it seems the Director of the NSA has the same password as the combination on my luggage,1234, or is it the same 7777 that activated all of the Air Forces Nuclear bombs I can't remember. One would think that the NSA would have a login lockout mechanism that would prevent people from accessing the system at unauthorised times and locations, so that people like Snowden wouldn't be able to use logins of other people without a bunch of visiable hoops to jump through

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