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Comment Re:So, the gist of it is... (Score 1) 165

we need to make them really work, to the point of being overloaded.

imagine if 10,000 people showed up and were 'violent enough' (not that I even believe this crap) to get their phones stolen. yes, stolen, not 'seized'. and they put nothing but encrypted random bytes on it.

the so-called authorities would spend man-years trying to get nothing.

imagine if it was 100k or 1M people.

the ultimate DOS of the feds that no longer work for us, but seem to be a rogue arm of the government.

it would bring a big smile to my face to imagine them trying to decrypt pure randomness.

basically, we have to make it too expensive for them to keep doing this shit to the population.

problem is: the US has lost its ability to really rebel against its own illegal government. we don't really do much in the way of protesting, and the gov guys do all they can to scare us into NOT doing this. and most people are easily controlled by fear (understandably so). so this would not really happen in the current climate. we are not hungry enough to really rebel as a whole, yet. maybe it will get to that point, though. trend surely shows that direction.

Comment Re:Hahahahaha (Score 2) 118

$30 is ~ what you would pay for two tickets during non-prime hours, without the popcorn, soda, and goobers.

Maybe if I was intentionally trying to go to the most expensive theater in town.

I can easily purchase non-prime hour tickets at a value theater for $3.50 per ticket ($6 later in the evening) and even just picking a random theater few will break $10 each.

Granted - ticket prices vary by region of the country you may be in but if the movie studios aren't planning to ALSO vary this $30 rate they still are going to have to compete against cheaper tickets in those regions.

Comment Re:No complaints here (Score 1) 358

Indeed. My son-in-law's best friend fights wildfires, and he's expecting a bumper summer, because despite lots of snow in Coastal British Columbia, interior regions have had far less snow, which means there's a high expectation that this is going to be a very bad year for forest fires. The costs of those fires are monumental, and many of those costs are spread fire and wide by insurance companies who will need to jack up premiums across the entire pool to make up for the costs. Insurance rates are literally the canary in the coal mine here, and actuaries have been factoring the numerous effects of climate change for some time now.

Comment Re: No complaints here (Score 5, Insightful) 358

No, deserts heat up and expand, and you have hundreds of millions of people trying to move into your back yard, meaning you have to pay a fuck ton more in taxes to support border patrols, armies, all the while you're facing food and water supply problems because your bread basket regions suddenly are less productive, and you become more reliant on foreign sources of agriculture. Meanwhile many other costs, like insurance, start skyrocketing, or many climate-related problems simply aren't covered. Oh yes, and as mentioned elsewhere collapse of many major fisheries, which will lead to huge pressures on coastal populations in many parts of the world where those fisheries are a significant, if not primary source of protein.

Will it happen in your lifetime? If you're under thirty, very likely yes. I'm in my mid-40s, so hopefully I'll miss some of the nastier effects. My kids and grandchldren won't, sadly. But the West is pretty wealthy, so doubtless will pull through relatively alright, though tens of millions of refugees fleeing regions far more vulnerable and far less economically capable of weathering the worst of it, will start showing up, as I mention above, and the costs of keeping them out or integrating them will be huge. Some areas will simply become unlivable by even the hardier animals, and people have this habit of not just sitting down and dying when survival where they are becomes impossible.

Comment Re: No complaints here (Score 1) 358

What we do know is that Saudi Arabia is spinning off the largest sovereign wealth fund in history. The Saudis know full well that petroleum's reckoning is coming soon, so they're making what they can of it while they can. Like I say elsewhere, in a hundred years I bet large swathes of the Arabian desert will be salt reactors and solar collector arrays. I'll wager they have every intention of being energy titans, whether that be in the form of fossil fuels or solar.

And really, who the hell would want to invest in oil right now? It's clear that OPEC has lost any power to manipulate the price. Every time it looks like supply is going to be restricted, boom the price gets knocked again. Up here in Canada we're watching investment in the oil sands fall simply because production costs are so high, and oil prices so low, that there's little point to even bothering. Shell has sold off 1.3 billion dollars in assets in Canada, so when the big guys begin to act like the end game is coming, you know it isn't far off.

Of course, for the petroeconomies this is a disaster. Whether it's the extreme case like Venezuela, or the more moderate economic contractions of Alberta or North Dakota, a lot of jurisdictions who have basically lived off the oil teat are facing long-term woes.

Comment Re: No complaints here (Score 1) 358

Others make the case better. I'm just here to call out pseudo-skeptics for what they are; liars and morons. Do you think, say, anti-vaxxers, Creationists and the whole "HIV doesn't cause AIDS" crowd deserve some sort of continued decent respect. At some point, people who make false and absurd claims should simply be treated like the intellectual midgets they really are.

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