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Comment Re:How about taking the Herring away (Score 1) 322

TFA makes a bold assumption, that the reason for all of the political turmoil in the world is at least somehow related to climate change.

Perhaps you should quote the part where they made this claim, because I can't find it mentioned in the article. At no point does the article state that there is a singular reason behind all the conflicts of the world. At no point does it even say that climate change is a factor in all political turmoil in the world. You made that up.

You claim that ideology is the reason for wars, but where does ideology come from? Will the ideology of some armchair critic, sitting in his comfortable air-conditioned home in some far off affluent country, be the same as a poor, desperate person who has lived a large portion of his life in a crippling drought? If your answer is yes, then that seems to me to be a simplistic, black and white view of the world that has no basis in reality.

You claim that the article makes a bold assumption, but all it does it reports the studies that scientists have made and analyses of high-ranking military figures. You say it is a false assumption, but where is your evidence that it is false? All you have done is counter those claims with assumptions of your own. If you say that the wars in the Middle East had nothing to do with climate change despite what the scientists and military leaders say, that is something that I consider to be an extraordinary claim; and one that requires extraordinary proof. But you have provided none.

Comment Re:It's ok (Score 1) 55

Oh, also, once Trump is in the white house everyone gets a pony too. Little known campaign promise...

That might not be true though. His actual words were:

Hillary would never do it...You all deserve that...I always say that...Ponies...All of you..."

This could be interpreted either as a promise of ponies or that he was having a stroke. Maybe we should call for his medical records, just to see if there is any mention of ponies!

Comment Re:Cold, heartless liberal bean counters (Score 1) 385

Most conservatives don't believe a majority of those things, let alone all of them.

It must just be the loud ones then; like the pundits on TV and radio, and the conservative think-tanks. Either that or you are being idealistic about what conservatives think. But given that the original poster says that conservatives say things like "X% of y are Z", why don't you give us some percentages if you are so sure that you talk for the majority?

You could just as easily make a liberal strawman to show the opposite point.

If it is that easy, why not do it? It only took me a couple of minutes to make my list, so rather than just giving your opinion that it would be easy to do, why not give us the hard facts to prove it. I would be interested to find out what the liberals think that goes against science and other studies.

Of course, even if you can make the most brilliant and insightful list, it would not change my rebuttal of the original notion that conservatives are the realists "who focus much more on the cold, hard facts of how things *are*".

Comment Re:Cold, heartless liberal bean counters (Score 4, Insightful) 385

I have observed that liberals tend to be idealists, conservatives realists.

That's right. That's why the Earth is 6,000 years old, climate change doesn't exist no matter what the science says, evolution is a myth, market forces are the answer to any problem, implementing a minimum wage totally ruined our economy, we are safer if we all have guns despite the statistics from other countries, the government should not try to control our lives and yet somehow gay marriage not only devalues our normal marriages and causes earthquakes.

Comment Re:News at 11 (Score 2) 172

It won't work on any computer but Microsoft Windows computer.

Blind hope that your choice of operating system is safe is the worst form of security. From the article:

PoisonTap emulates an Ethernet device (eg, Ethernet over USB/Thunderbolt) - by default, Windows, OS X and Linux recognize an ethernet device, automatically loading it as a low-priority network device and performing a DHCP request across it, even when the machine is locked or password protected

Comment Re:How to prevent it? Raise taxes! (Score 1) 284

I make the post and it gets modded down, so I quote it again. I got karma, how long are we going to play this game?

Repeating yourself doesn't make the original statement any less moronic. Nobody has ever said that it is taxation itself that cools the system planet, apart from the OP and I suspect it was said because making pertinent arguments is just too hard for some people.

And repeating yourself just because someone nodded you down is just pathetic. If what you said was actually useful to anyone then someone else will mod you back up. But if all you are doing is repeating yourself just to get a rise out of someone then you are being a troll and deserve downwards moderation.

Comment Re:That's moronic (Score 1) 333

Microsoft also gets version numbers from Windows Update. There is also a site to which the networking system attempts to connect when determining whether a network has both local and internet services (giving a different status icon in the system tray). You can disable this, but I wouldn't be surprised if they submitted the Windows version in the HTTP request header.

Comment That's moronic (Score 2) 333

You can find great discrepancies between the OS market share reported from different sources, which shows how inaccurate they are. Let's face it, all they can do is guess by the only external method they can find - web browser stats. Only Microsoft can tell you anything even close to accurate as far as usage goes, and even they are limited to computers that are connected to the Internet.

The percentage changes listed in the TFA are going to be dwarfed by the error margin such that it is completely meaningless to try to make any proclamations that a significant number of people are downgrading Windows.

Comment Re:Sorry, Tim... (Score 1) 394

The other, is that the banks ultimately get to decide what cash-related technology becomes almost universally used, and just like the Australian banks, no banks will touch something they can't control.

The day after the /. discussion about Aussie banks being against Apple's payment system, I saw an advertisement at a bus stop from ANZ for Apple Pay. It seems that some banks will be willing to touch something that they can't control.

Comment Re:Coral Bleaching (Score 1) 99

You have made some assumptions there. You assume that half a degree is not enough to cause problems with the corel. Sure, scientists have their laboratory tests and charts to back up their claims, but you trumped them with your CAPS LOCK key. Never mind that corel is particularly sensitive to temperature variation and so for them half a degree is actually massive.

You also assume that the daily variance in temperature stops as soon as it gets warm. Could it not possibly be that the variance continues, but the peaks get hotter while it never gets as cold as it used to? The problem isn't that it gets hot for a short time, but if it stays hot for weeks at a time.

You say that this is all crap, but you have no idea of what you are talking about. You accuse the scientists of simplifying the problem and yet think that the idea that you came up with in 10 minutes that it can get hotter for parts of the day is enough to demolish the view of people who spend every day studying this sort of thing.

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