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Comment Re:I feel sorry for you guys. No joke. (Score 2) 395

Hi Qbertino,

If you read through this thread, the replies you received will likely be greatly disheartening.

It's truly a fact-free world where "truthiness" trumps reality.

Even here on Slashdot.

When stories of outrageous ISP pricing and behaviour, etc. ad nauseam, start appearing in the future, take some solace in that it's basically exactly what they've asked for and they deserve it, hard. H.L. Menken being paraphrased there.

Thanks for you many +5 Informative / Insightful posts over the years. I don't expect to personally be around to see any further ones you make. But I'd enjoy reading your comments on ArsTechnica where I linger silently.

It's one place where facts and reality triumph over emotions and beliefs.

Comment Re:SCOTUS: Anonymity necessary for free speech (Score 1) 241

(In case you hadn't noticed, a couple of the big-name services are currently engaged in purging "hateful" posters and suppressing display of articles ferom "fake news" sites. When you get down to the actual posters and sites suppressed, the actual definitions seem to actually be "conservative".)

Not necessary to include quotes around "fake news" -- they were by any measure fake news sites.

And if the actual definitions of "fake news" sites coincides strongly with conservative sources, that's a problem for conservatives - why the dependence on fake news?

Comment Re:Moving goal posts (Score 1) 357

It was underwater. Or don't you remember the last storm. The one that flooded all the subways, cut off power to half the city, and destroyed Rockaway?


Well, he points to Al Gore on the topic of climate change, so "N00b" is being pretty generous of you.

And I'd like a link to an IPCC report that predicted NYC would be under water by now. Eventually, without massive infrastructure to prevent it, sure.

Slashdot sucks donkey balls on political issues these days and, unfortunately, climate science has been politicized by the deniers.

Comment Re:Law of unintended consequences, also frosty (Score 1) 470

Not if we keep shooting those people.

First we need to "take care of" those that use "drug" as a past tense for drag:

I drug the couch outside.

Drug is already a verb, dammit -- to administer drugs to, usually without consent.

And we've been switching from irregular verbs (learnt, burnt, dreamt, ...) to regular ones - I cannot for the life of me figure out why dragged is being replaced with drug - drives me nuts.

Comment Re:Why wouldn't you? (Score 1) 140

Keep thinking though. What are the chances of

* your battery being alive

Greater than zero.

* knowing your location

The last building I entered before the earthquake, duh.

Any wifi data is worthless and a distraction.

It appears the experts - the actual rescuers - disagree with you.

Still don't believe me? OK, As someone who has never responded to an emergency you seem to be an expert,

I never claimed expertise, just noting that the real experts on the scene are asking for this.

but you're really an armchair quarterback compared to me.

Hilarious. Now you're claiming expertise and in conflict with what those on the scene are saying.

Who should I believe? It's a tough choice but internet armchair rescuer loses by a hair's breadth on this one.


Comment Re:Why wouldn't you? (Score 1) 140

Think it through, the best a buried person could do is send an email saying they're under rubble. We already know that. Wifi is more of a distraction than anything useful in this situation.

We do not already know that. It might be known that there's a pile of rubble, but not that someone was inside, and not that they're alive.

If they can say "I'm alive under the rubble at 123 Main Street", it can be hugely beneficial to their survival. Can then focus on which multi-tonne pile of rubble to start digging through.

Or a group message via WhatsApp or something saying, "We've found 10 people in the basement of 321 Main Street - help us get them out ASAP" sent to rescuers.

It may not be a high likelihood of happening, but a better chance than someone downloading child porn during the recovery effort, or rescuers standing around taking selfies because they're really only there to pump up their social media profiles.

Comment Re:Why wouldn't you? (Score 1) 140

I'm saying the people will get more rescuing done if checking their email and posting selfies is not an option.

Perhaps, for you, having WiFi means taking & posting selfies.

For others it might be a way for a trapped person to ask for help and give their location, or a method for rescuers to be notified to rush to a certain location for an emergency beyond what they're currently working on (maybe a collapsed school or hospital) (maybe even leading to more rescues).

There are many, many possibilities in an earthquake devastated area in which an internet connection can be handy - life-saving even.

Comment Re:The Earth is used up (Score 1) 323

Well, plants need water just like they need CO2, but obviously too much water will not promote growth.

Same with CO2 - not necessarily a 100% positive thing.

3. Too high a concentration of CO2 causes a reduction of photosynthesis in certain of plants. There is also evidence from the past of major damage to a wide variety of plants species from a sudden rise in CO2 (See illustrations below). Higher concentrations of CO2 also reduce the nutritional quality of some staples, such as wheat.

4. As is confirmed by long-term experiments, plants with exhorbitant supplies of CO2 run up against limited availability of other nutrients. These long term projects show that while some plants exhibit a brief and promising burst of growth upon initial exposure to C02, effects such as the "nitrogen plateau" soon truncate this benefit

6. Likely the worst problem is that increasing CO2 will increase temperatures throughout the Earth. This will make deserts and other types of dry land grow. While deserts increase in size, other eco-zones, whether tropical, forest or grassland will try to migrate towards the poles. Unfortunately it does not follow that soil conditions will necessarily favor their growth even at optimum temperatures.

Comment Re:From TFA (Score 1) 323

We already have empirical data from previous periods with high greenhouse gas numbers, and we know what happened: plant life flourished, died, got buried, turned into coal, and served as a carbon sink. Anyone arguing that this won't happen again is making an extraordinary claim that demands extraordinary proof.

It's not entirely clear that coal can be replenished at anywhere near the scale we've been using it.

This interesting bit of info on coal's formation came to my attention not long ago:

Trees invented lignin -- the tough fibrous component in bark -- millions of years before bacteria and fungi invented ways to break down and digest lignin. (Even today, lignin takes a long time to break down and only a few organisms can digest it, but there are enough that it gets recycled eventually.) That meant for millions of years, trees that died didn't rot and get recycled as they do today; instead, they just piled up and eventually got buried and became coal.

Better source:

Now a new genomic analysis suggests why Earth significantly slowed its coal-making processes roughly 300 million years ago—mushrooms evolved the ability to break down lignin.

Comment Hack WIndows, then Linux to access Windows? (Score 1) 228

This seems circular:

Windows applications could inject code, modify memory and add new threats to a Linux application running on Windows.

Is this some privilege escalation scenario for the original "Windows applications" against its own system via Linux subsystem?

Isn't that a bigger problem with the subsystem implementation?

Comment "Ninety-nine percent of the land is not used"? (Score 4, Interesting) 203

Try taking a train trip across the United States, or Europe or Asia or anywhere in the world. Ninety-nine percent of the land is not used...

Sounds like nonsense; just because there aren't houses on it doesn't mean it's unused. There's a lot of farmland in, for example, central North America, or outside the larger European cities.

Also, forests, for example, might be called "unused" by some, but I'd argue that they are useful just as they are and if we raze them all for farmland and housing we'd be in a bad way.

For example, forests are repositories for all kinds of specialized DNA (refererring now to the 2nd quote in TFS), and to stretch the DNA-is-code analogy, it's rarely a good idea to discard forever any when storage is cheap.

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