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Comment Re:the sun is round how is it tilted (Score 2) 218

>Whether it's the Sun or the plane that's tilted is a philosophical question.

Actually, it's a physics question. The answer seems to be that the planets' orbital plane, the ecliptic, is tilted. Given the relative mass and positions of the bodies involved, it is much easier fir the hypothetical planet to affect the ecliptic than the sun.

Comment Re:Just curious... (Score 4, Informative) 218

Here's what I get from the reporting on the original article by Batygin and Brown. Given the data, Planet Nine's orbital path is pretty well known. It is, however, way out there, which means that there is a lot of orbital length to search. The data do not give any hint as to where on the orbit Planet Nine might be. B&B speculate that it is not on the part of the orbital path that brings it closest to the sun, because there are good odds that all of the comet hunting scopes in the world would have spotted it by now. A good amount of telescope time is now being spent searching the further reaches of the orbit, and my guess is that it will be found within five years. If it exists, of course.

Comment Re:DGW - Dinosaurogenic Global Warming (Score 1) 354

Great. Let's return to that. The entire central United States was a relatively shallow sea, since there were none of those pesky ice caps and glaciers. What is now Florida was well under water, which in my mind is a good thing. Of course the end of the Jurassic wasn't the end of life. It was followed by the Cretaceous, with most of the well known dinosaurs. And, the end of the Cretaceous wasn't the end of life either. The point is that life goes on. However, which life might be important. If your particular species goes extinct, you might consider that bad. Your little screed demonstrates a fie ignorance of paleontology, geology, and climatology. Perhaps a bit more study of basic sources would help.

Comment They Knew (Score 2) 104

I find it difficult if not impossible to believe that Wells Fargo management didn't know this was going on. "Improperly created accounts" is one of the classic ways to steal from an employer. They're also great for laundering ill-gotten funds. Banks, insurance companies, and other financial institutions all have audit processes designed to ferret this out. So they knew, and they understood that it was their customers getting ripped off, and they were OK with that. Someone needs to go to jail, but that won't happen.

Comment Re: Other than Brother... (Score 2) 387

>Their ultra expensive laserjets are pretty good.

I beg to differ. My experience was the same as yours back into the nineties, but no longer. I purchased three very high end multi-tray HP laser jets around 2008 for a 28 person office that used a lot of paper. While the front quality and speed was good when they worked, the paper handling part of these machines broke or wore out constantly. We would replace all the rollers and gears, etc., and they'd work great for a while. Then the paper jams would start again, and we would find that some cheap part had worn out again. Anecdotal evidence, surely, and ymmv, but caveat emptor.

Comment Re:Don't blame Google (Score 1) 140

Well, no one could have anticipated this. Or at the very least the organization that put up these kiosks would have needed a lot of Internet experience to think that this might happen.

All it would have taken to anticipate this is five minutes shoulder surfing the computers in the nearest public library. Any library. Anywhere.

Comment Re:Good thing you have a choice (Score 4, Insightful) 537

It wouldn't be illegal under FCC in the US, but it's still endangering people by blocking calls to emergency services. It shouldn't necessarily be legal.

I'm pretty sure that the bar has a landline telephone. Pick it up; punch 999 (UK), 112 (EU), or 911 (US). It's not that hard. If it was my bar, I'd install a couple of pay phones back by the WC for nostalgia's sake and a little extra profit. They also get emergency numbers for free. Otherwise, join the smokers out side for your Twitter fix. I'd be happy to stop bye if I was in the neighborhood.

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