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Comment Re:Middle ages warmer (Score 1) 187

20% says that in extreme conditions your claim might be close to reality. I'm still not impressed.

I provided a citation that explicitly proves my statement and disproves yours, but that isn't good enough because I linked other stuff, too (and because you misread it on the first go-around)? Okay, I guess that makes sense... to someone... probably.

Don't worry. I can assure I don't have the slightest concern about your opinion on this or any other subject.

Comment Re:Middle ages warmer (Score 1) 187

Alaska, Sweden, Russia, win in a warmer climate.

If the thermohaline cycle stops, Europe turns into Canada, and Sweden and Russia will be in serious danger of turning into Greenland. Not a "win".

Similarly, if the California Current slows or stops, Alaska and B.C. Canada will get far colder, while Washington, Oregon and Northern California warms up.

It's an open question whether California will get less or more rainfall from warming.

Comment Re:Protect their IP? (Score 1) 75

What IP is being protected exactly, by preventing consumers from using cheaper, third party ink?

That's why companies made-up the term IP, so they can make up any imaginary property they wish to claim they own. You can't conjure up patents/trademarks/copyright out of thin are, but "IP" you can just go crazy with.

Comment Re:USPS (Score 3, Informative) 226

The USPS is not losing money as a result of its own operational costs vs income.

Yes it is.

the money the USPS is "losing" is being paid into a fund to pay retiree benefits for employees 75 years into the future

"the Postal Service would have lost $10.8 billion without the prefunding requirement."
- http://townhall.com/columnists...

And the USPS get lots of benefits:

"pays nothing in property tax, nothing in licensing or sales taxes for its vehicles and no state or federal taxes, even on its competitive products. It does pay federal tax on income from those products, but it pays those taxes to itself."
- http://www.breitbart.com/big-g...

pay retiree benefits for employees 75 years into the future - YES, that would include costs for employees that have not even been BORN YET.

Completely false.:

"the law only requires pre-funding of obligations to actual current and past employees."
- http://www.cnbc.com/id/4501843...

You're welcome.

Comment Re:Blocking is illegal, but this isn't... (Score 1) 166

Electronic devices would be somewhere far down the list.

Except these electronic devices can call 911 in the event of emergency, which gives them all manner of very special legal protections.

Second, we're not talking about a parking lot here,

That was only one of the two exceptions I referenced. The other isn't limited to parking lots.

Comment Re: Why the heck can't they just use a cable? (Score 1) 166

Actually on private property you can tell people they can't use their device or they can leave.

Nope. There are presumably millions of exceptions to that statement. You're obviously not a lawyer, and clearly not qualified to weigh-in on whether any regs were violated. The fact that the FCC has taken an interest clearly shows it's not cut and dried.

Comment Re:Middle ages warmer (Score 1) 187

nothing close to "ruining all arable land".

If you were expecting the foodpocalypse because you far too literally read one throwaway line, you're a complete idiot. That uncontrolled Aspergers is probably why you're on my lovely foes list. Yields down as low as 18% of their current levels would be incredibly devastating, and yes, a perfect and infallible scientist said that, so it's time to drop your hero worship.

scientists go, they tend to stick to what they know, and they know a lot,

Well, it sure is a good thing you know every single scientist out there, so you can explain them all to us.

Comment Re:There's plenty of space (Score 3, Informative) 166

I think it was a poor choice to raise a bunch of money by starting the sell spectrum to cell providers in the 90s instead of licensing it to them as had been done before

Bandwidth auctions are only selling off a LEASE of that spectrum in the first place.

so now a lot of power is concentrated into a few companies that own spectrum

Auctioning is a good way to allocate limited resources. The significant expense highly discourages carriers from buying anything they won't extensively use (leaving it open for smaller organizations) and have also encouraged the FCC to open up more spectrum to get in on some more of that big cash.

it's not necessarily in their interest to pursue certain RF research or new RF technology

It's money from the cellular carriers that has been paying for developments of 3G and 4G technologies, and is continuing with a surprisingly fast push to work on 5G.

And again, the huge expense of buying new spectrum in an auction is encouraging cellular carriers to "densify" their networks, instead of just expanding their bandwidth.

Imagine if TV stations owned their spectrum, we might never have been able to force a HD digital transition.

There's been no need for the government to force carriers to start shutting off their 2G networks and rolling out 4G. There's competition in the market, and tighter integration between sender and receiver. TV networks could never have hoped to force their audience to upgrade their all their TVs, but cell carriers can and regularly do.

Comment Re:not limitless (Score 1) 166

the organizer of an event should be given some way to coordinate and organize access to the limited resource.

They can... They get an FCC licenses for restricted RF bands, and use those, instead of heavy-handed attempts at individuals co-opting and monopolizing unlicensed bands.

Comment Re:Blocking is illegal, but this isn't... (Score 1) 166

What you absolutely don't have a right to do is to carry whatever you want onto someone else's property. Take for example weapons bans which prohibit students from bringing knives to school, to Disney World, etc.

Except you increasingly DO have that right.

"a growing number of states are passing laws where the right to ban firearms does not extend to vehicles in employer parking lots."
- http://www.employmentlawdaily....

Schools are increasingly being thrown open to concealed guns:
- http://neatoday.org/2015/03/26...

Comment Re:Why the heck can't they just use a cable? (Score 1) 166

I can totally understand banning Wifi hotspot access points at big crowded events like this.

I can totally understand many things which happen to be illegal. I don't think anyone is dumbfounded by the idea of theft, extortion, etc.

Performance will suck for EVERYONE, including the venue WiFi.

Then the venue should have licensed their own radio spectrum from the FCC. Guaranteed there would be zero contention for their band, then.

You don't get to monopolize unlicensed spectrum, and tell people they can't use their legal devices around you. That's a recipe for the "electromagnetic sensitive" nut-jobs to demand everybody in proximity to them must shut off their cell phones. And the FCC takes a particularly dim view of this behavior when it's combined with FEES. If access to their on-site WiFi was free (and speeds were tolerable), the FCC probably would have just let it slide.

Comment Re:Middle ages warmer (Score 1) 187

Where do you get fear-mongering about ruining all arable land?

All over the place...

"severe crop failures and livestock shortages worldwide."
- http://www.livescience.com/370...

"average yields are predicted to decrease by 30â"46% before the end of the century under the slowest (B1) warming scenario and decrease by 63â"82% under the most rapid warming scenario"
- http://www.pnas.org/content/10...

"most of the Western Hemisphere (along with large parts of Eurasia, Africa, and Australia) may be at threat of extreme drought this century."
- http://www.skepticalscience.co...

"25 million more children will be malnourished in 2050 due to the impact of climate change on global agriculture."
"irrigated wheat yields, for example, will fall at least 20 percent by 2050 as a result of global warming"
"business as usual will guarantee disastrous consequences for the human race."
- http://www.scientificamerican....

"Decreased arability. Prime growing temperatures may shift to higher latitudes, where soil and nutrients may not be as suitable for producing crops, leaving lower-latitude areas less productive."
- http://www.climatehotmap.org/g...

It isn't from the scientists.

That sounds an awful lot like "No True Scotsman" to me...

Comment Re:Middle ages warmer (Score 2) 187

When it came to an end it started the little ice age which called all of the above to this day never recovered.

The Medieval Warm Period and Little Ice Age were highly localized around the Atlantic. Europe may be at high risk for turning into Canada, but it's likely the rest of us will see far more subtle changes.

I find the Medieval Warm Period instructive. Today there's lots of fear-mongering that Global Warming will ruin all arable land, when in fact the Warm Period was a huge boon.

Comment Re:Mozilla is wasting money, brains, and time (Score 2) 97

Firefox OS was never faster or lower-end than Android to begin with. The idea that HTML+JS+CSS could ever be faster than native compiled apps (or even Java/Dalvik for that matter) was just insane. Damn near everybody knew it was a bullshit waste of money just thrown at the wall.

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