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Comment Re:Followed by: (Score 4, Insightful) 414

I agree with you about Bill Nye not pointing to climate change as the sole cause of the flooding. Had he said that, I'd think he was a complete idiot. Of course climate change has to do with almost every weather pattern. However it's worth pointing out that every few years, some random town in America (and in other parts of the world too) floods to a large degree, and has ever since I can remember (I was born in the mid 70's).

It's also worth pointing out that the water level has been rising at a noticeable rate for the last 10 years or so. I live near the ocean, and I've watched boat launches and piers go underwater during high tide, where that never use to happen. I wonder how much of this water rising had to do with, and will have to do with in the future, Louisiana flooding. They're basically already underwater in the lower parts of the state, so much so, that they cannot bury their dead in the ground, due to ground water being so near the surface. My hunch is that the ground water rising is the main contributor to flooding at times like this.

Comment Re:Good luck (Score 1) 183

I see the political scene as a small group of families that send their kids to special schools. When it comes time to get elected, all bets are off. Once the election is over, and the winners take their places, it's business as usual, and power stays right where it was before.

So if there's a Dawinian-style process, it's that the politicians evolve into more advanced politicians, and everyone else evolves in a real way. ;)

Comment Re:big woop (Score 1) 25

You have a good point, and honestly I have no idea to what degree the email service integrates with other sites. Maybe it's a bigger deal than I first thought.

I guess I just feel like everyone should be using some local email client, and saving all email locally, rather than on the provider's server(s). Of course there are very good arguments against that. However, Hillary Clinton comes to mind.

Comment big woop (Score 2) 25

The hackers were able to obtain usernames, email addresses, scrambled passwords, and birthdays.

So they have usernames (made up), email addresses (like I have on my business card), scrambled passwords (not even sure if this matters), and birthdays (not really something that many keep private anyway). I wouldn't care if any of this were taken from me, even if it were my gmail account.

Comment Re:It was user error, not a spreadsheet problem .. (Score 1) 337

With things in the IT world ever-changing, it's difficult even for IT professionals to keep up sometimes. I imagine that scientists are only using the tools available to them in the best way they know how. I seriously doubt that much of their time is spent keeping up with whatever new shit excel implements. In fact, when I think of who gets shit on the most by the constant changes to the programs that we all use, it's scientists. We all know that probably most scientists have the brain-power to understand/adjust to changes in the programs that they use, but they probably don't have the time.

Comment Re:Cut out the middle man (Score 4, Interesting) 106

Your logic is sound. The reason that it's not really happening that way is because the FBI isn't interested in making the world a better place. They're interested in getting as much money as possible. And they're not doing it for any reason, other than the same reasons that the drug cartels do it. I'm talking to you, guy who invented Civil Forfeiture.

Comment Re:I wonder how much Facebook knows... (Score 1) 183

This exactly. Facebook works by selling ads, nothing else. No eyes, no care.

You could be like me and have an account, but only use it once a year to simply check to see that no one has stolen your identity, and each time you "log off" you actually deactivate the account.

Facebook is a soap-box for Vanity Smurf.

Comment Re:All the data means all the data (Score 1) 301

"We're not dumb..."

No, arguably, a lot of folks here aren't dumb, but a lot of folks in general are dumb. This is due to their lack of attention and/or connecting the dots. Connecting dots is very important. Those that run the news agencies know and depend on this fact, yet most of the people seem to incapable of caring less. It's actually become more fun to make fun of the situation that we're all in than it is to do something about it, and that's the real tragedy.

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