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Comment Re:Austin 16 minute commute? (Score 1) 127

A good friend of mine lives in Austin and his commute is less than 10

When I worked for Tivoli it took me five minutes just to walk across the Arboretum (at which point I was at work, because I was in the nearest possible apartment complex.) I call shenanigans. Even then it was unusual to have less than a fifteen minute commute. All my friends say the 35 is now a parking lot any time it's vaguely near commute time. If you live in Austin, and you actually have a commute worthy of the name, you're not making it in ten minutes.

Comment Re:How much do they get paid? (Score 3, Insightful) 52

Because everybody knows there's nothing like a self-selected sample to get accurate insights into your product.

This is what I find hypocritical of Microsoft. The people who are going to sign up to get prerelease versions of Windows are going to be the more tech savvy crowd who are going to articulate what they want, and then get summarily ignored...

"Provide a means to actually-disable telemetry!"
"No."
"Let me control my update cadence!"
"No."
"Provide a classic mode for the Start Menu, even if it's not by default!"
"No."
"...At least let me leave Classic Shell in after the different major updates?"
"No."
"Let me use Chrome without Edge acting like a clingy ex-girlfriend?"
"No."
"Stop auto-downloading apps I didn't ask for?"
"No."
"Can we use ZFS or at least ReFS in desktop Windows?"
"No."
"Could you stop changing my default PDF reader?"
"No."
"Could you make the control panel situation a bit more consistent?"
"No."
"Could you integrate more cloud storage providers, rather than plastering me with OneDrive ads?"
"No."
"Could we have our integrated backup tools back like we used to have in Windows 7?"
"No."
"Could my installed drivers be set to be excluded from auto-updates in Windows Update?"
"No."
"Then what feedback *do* you want?"
"The kind your computer provides to us automatically."
"So, you don't want actual human feedback, then?"
"No." ...Because that's what I think they seem to want.

Comment Re:What precentage caused by man? (Score 1) 262

The conclusion remains the same when more appropriate statistical methods are used.

No, any proper application of statistics would have recognized the divergence in the tree record reconstruction, and not tried to cover it. Any high-quality scientist would have tried to investigate the divergence instead of publishing it.

There was bad science done here one way or another, although it wasn't outright fraud as some people claim.

Comment Re:Dilemma Solution (Score 1) 243

Fine, a massive capital gains tax on dividends, on resource extraction licenses, and a massive tax on any income over $500,000, including any "interest-free loans", shares, and any other financial instrument. If you think taxing corporations is bad, then tax the living fuck out of those that are making the money. Oh, and repeal all corporate personhood. All shareholders will be liable for the misdeeds of the corporation, up to and including imprisonment for death and injury a corporation causes, and seizure of shareholders' assets in the case of insolvency or financial penalty beyond current cash and asset reserves.

Is that what you meant?

Comment Re:Dilemma Solution (Score 1) 243

There are a few Roman Emperors that assumed the Army would save them. It's pretty much been a universal truth for a few thousand years that it isn't the popular revolts that lead to a government's fall, it's what the army decides to do that counts. If the generals still feel the regime is worth saving, they'll back it. If the generals are noncommittal or want the government to fall, but want to play no overt role, then the soldiers stay in their barracks. Sometimes, the army, or enough of it, will join the revolution, and then it's all over. But very rarely, particularly since the invention of heavy artillery, does a popular revolt get very far on its own.

Comment Re:What precentage caused by man? (Score 1) 262

Why did it start to diverge? You can't answer that question. Here's why, I'll tell you why: because starting in the 1950s, the number of thermometers in the world increased dramatically, and we were able to make much more accurate readings of world temperature. Once our temperature readings became accurate, we could see that they didn't match the tree record.

When Mann saw that the tree record diverged from the temperature record, he should have begun an investigation into why not. That's what a good scientist would have done. Mann didn't do that, he published as was. Ergo he is not a good scientist.

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