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Comment Re:Projections (Score 1) 987

I just looked at the charts in the page you linked and it doesn't look like there's been any upwards trend since roughly 2000.

In fact I'd even say the trend over the last 14 years looks slightly downwards, but 10 years is most likely too small a time scale to be able to tell.

Personally I see no reason why we shouldn't rapidly work towards recycling everything and not using materials that poison us and life on this planet.

Comment Re:Projections (Score 1) 987

Global mean temperature (from the report)

While I'm most certainly not a climate change denier, I am an optimist and I hope the model's are wrong because otherwise we're right royally fucked.

It does look like we're about to come under the temperature rises predicted... but the recession could of been responsible for that, it looks like there is no end in sight for the burning of coal and now tar sand. Tar sands are going to be environmental destruction on a shocking scale.

Comment Re:Information is not for you (Score 1) 128

Why is secretly recording phone calls worse than recording them without your consent?

When you phone your bank or just about any other corporation you get the typical "this phone call may be recorded for training etc purposes", good luck finding a bank/big industry that doesn't do that.

So corporations record everything.

But what if you are a whistle blower, what if you merely want evidence of wrong-doing. Now you can't have it, that's hardly fair is it? Or a journalist?

Make a law to prevent very personal private calls from being broadcast, fine, but don't criminalise all un-notified recordings.

And what about the police, are you going to bar them from making secret recordings, no? - that is double standards.

And if you make it illegal to record a phone conversation... Does that include someone writing down the conversation... during the conversation... or after the conversation? What someone happens to put you on speakerphone whilst someone else is shooting video... What if you were standing in front of a store video-camera and put the conversation on speakerphone - would that make the stores recording illegal!!!!!

Comment Re:tl; read anyway (Score 1) 870

Well, if you are allergic to the portable document format then you could read the html google cache of the document:
http://webcache.googleusercont...

As for acrobat, well, Adobe don't call it that anymore and you don't have to use their bloated reader, I use expertPDF and SumatraPDF.

And if you think longer paper = worse paper then this is for you:
UK Tabloid Public mental health warning, this is trash.

Comment Re:Not even close to the worst. (Score 1) 290

And just make sure you don't coat your driveway with this stuff (tar sealer):
Could your driveway be poisoning your kids

"a coal tar-sealed parking lot next door could cause a child to face a 38-fold increase in lifetime cancer risk."
(since lifetime cancer risk is already about 30%, this is clearly misquoted unless it relates to a rare cancer only)

Not 100% on-topic, but I think it's something everyone should know.

Comment Re:Not even close to the worst. (Score 1) 290

Funny that you should say that, see article:

Eating Fossil Fuels

Quote: "In the United States, 400 gallons of oil equivalents are expended annually to feed each American"

 31% for the manufacture of inorganic fertilizer
 19% for the operation of field machinery
 16% for transportation
 13% for irrigation ...etc

Comment Re:she's a nutcase (Score 4, Insightful) 710

Note - I don't think she's a nutcase, I think she has been treated very badly and I hope she gets a sensible amount of compensation.

But at the same time, she wasn't being asked to hula hoop and she didn't say the woman didn't start hula-hooping of their own volition, some people like to be looked at, I don't think the men gawping is a big deal. I think by the time this happened she had gotten so sensitive to the harassment she had received that this was the final straw.

Comment Re:she's a nutcase (Score 4, Insightful) 710

It's a red herring for the people who want to take a bash at Horvarth.

It may have been the straw that broke the camels back, but that's the point, she had been driven to the point where the straw became a back-breaker by the ill-treatment issue.

The whole point of the straw proverb is that it's not the straw that matters (red herring), it's the prior weight.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

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