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Comment Re:How do we prevent flooding the phone system? (Score 4, Funny) 330

"If a manufacturer made a device that connected to the public phone system, that could be compromised and made to call thousands of people at random"

ie 2016 campaign pollsters?

If you just see the 2016 campaign as a giant DDOS attack on the concept of democracy, a lot of things start to make sense.

Comment So what? (Score 1) 175

I live in MN.
I can predict "winter weather" - whatever the hell that means, precisely - to the same degree of accuracy 10 YEARS in advance.

"In 2026, we will see 'winter weather' in Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb and well into March".

If at least 2/3 of the years follow the normal weather patterns, I've just beaten their supercomputer.

Comment A simpler solution? (Score 1) 79

It's miserable and unfair to be in poverty. And simply giving them broadband will not solve that. Therefore I offer a simpler solution:

Why not just mandate that the poor "not be poor" anymore?
We should just give them all say, $100,000 per year, and then nobody will be poor and everyone will be happy.

That should work just fine.

Comment Huh? (Score 2) 111

"That sequence of events followed the lander's largely trouble-free approach to the Martian surface..."

Er, not to split hairs here but it was a largely trouble free approach to MARS.
After it arrived at Mars and after the bit following orbital insertion and correction, the next steps would be:
- separation
- descent ...and then all the OTHER steps of a fairly complex landing sequence went spectacularly wrong.

So it's a heck of a stretch to say anything but a trivial portion of its "approach to the Martian surface" wasn't a complete botch...?

Comment Re:So...FUD propaganda then? (Score 1) 83

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof, not that extraordinary proof is required to dismiss them. I can "prove" that corals have existed for hundreds of millions of years. During this span, the world has suffered long-duration changes AS WELL AS extremely catastrophic short-duration changes - supervolcanoes, meteorite impacts, etc - that changed the climate for decades.

Coral survived.

Look at the historical temp record - there's a 'pulse' of temp and CO2 every 120k-140k years. Just like we're experiencing now. And the last one was about 120k-140k years ago (so this would be right on time).

Corals survived.

So...there you go.

Comment So...FUD propaganda then? (Score 2, Informative) 83

"no coral"

Let's remember that coral is - literally - one of the oldest life forms on the planet.
They existed in much warmer, higher CO2 environments for hundreds of millions of years.

The tocsin that 'coral are dying' (implying that they're going to die out) is one of the more nakedly disingenuous pleas coming from the AGW crowd.

Submission + - Wikileaks precommits mean a big drop is coming, not that Assange is dead. (gizmodo.com)

argStyopa writes: Wikileaks has issued 3 precommits, which are crypto 'signatures' meant to confirm later data is genuine. This is likely tied to their post:
"Julian Assange's internet link has been intentionally severed by a state party. We have activated the appropriate contingency plans."
It should be taken as implied that either these precommits are in advance of an important dump, or simply as a preventative against more state-level attacks on their releases.

Comment What are PROBABLY Russians (Score 4, Insightful) 435

From the article:
"researchers assess with moderate confidence that the group is operating from the Russian Federation and is gathering intelligence on behalf of the Russian government"

I know it fits the playbook to simply call them "Russian Hackers" but hey, maybe...journalism instead?

Comment Let's not forget... (Score 5, Interesting) 99

...that as a geological feature, the GBR is relatively new.

As it only developed over the last 8000 years or so (since the last ice age) it's entirely possible that - in geological spans - the GBR is an ephemeral thing, like foam on the crest of a wave to us. To our short timeframe it seems permanent but it really isn't.

I know, that's not part of the FUD-creed, so downvote me to oblivion.

Comment Umm (Score 2) 169

...there have been conversations about the consequences of such for 30+ years (certainly since the concept of EMP gained widespread understanding).

If the country's emergency planners haven't already taken that into account (insofar as they're able with whatever budget they're given) they should be fired.

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