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Comment Re:We worship the blowhard (Score 1) 1276

Believe it or not, there ARE Republicans who have more moderate opinions and can present evidence of their arguments.

Sadly, while there used to be Republicans like that, there are few left. Partly, the reasonable ones fled their party in disgust when nutjobs like Bush II and Palin, and power-hungry crooks like Tom Delay, Newt Gingrich, John Boehner, etc. became leaders in the party. Partly, they were deliberately driven out by GOP leaders striving for ideological purity. Their "big tent" doesn't have room for anyone who is pro-choice, gay, non-"Judeo/Christian", opposed to unlimited military expansion, etc. Today's GOP would scream that Barry Goldwater is a Communist and run him off.

Comment Re:We worship the blowhard (Score 1) 1276

There is often a flood of Libertarian comments, but that doesn't mean that there are many Libertarian commenters. Libertarianism really only works as an extremist position, and those extremists are likely to pounce on anything that they don't like while the majority of liberals just let the insanity flow-by.

That being said, I think Slashdot has many more Libertarian commenters that you would find in a random population sample because Libertarians are found disproportionately in engineering fields. Partly I suspect (pet theory) that this has to do with the creation-and-control aspect of engineering feeding into the "look what I made all by myself" attitude of Libertarians. Another factor is probably the lack of "education" in technical and engineering programs that are tightly focused on a small subject matter while neglecting the usual benefits of making someone an all-around educated person. That kind of experience produces technocrats with highly marketable skills, but the political leanings that resemble those of the completely uneducated.

Comment Re:Yeah right (Score 2, Interesting) 414

Also, all this means is that Greenland and West Antarctica are contributing less than 1/4 of the annual rise in sea levels rather than accounting for more than half. I guess we have to keep looking to find where the rest of the rise is coming from.

Unless a "rebounding crust" can also cause sea-level rise?

Comment Re:Oakland needs to mellow out (Score 1) 690

> It's the large industrial hemp growers that are growing the good quality pot, driving the price down, Are you sure that this is not an issue of confusing terminology? Maybe the complaint is about "industrial hemp growers" as in "large-scale growers of high-THC hemp, who use industrial-farming practices". That is different from "growers of industrial-hemp", a different strain of the plant that has almost no THC.

Comment Re:Obvious answer? (Score 5, Funny) 736

For those who haven't seen this quote:

There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.

Comment Re:Not really (Score 1) 226

We don't hold the car manufacturer liable for the existence of car thieves, why is Microsoft liable for the existence of bot-herders?

If Ford touted the security of their cars, but tapping "shave and a haircut" on the driver's window of any Ford unlocked the car, started the engine, and disabled any installed LoJacks, I could see a lawsuit.

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