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Comment Re:Doesn't work that way (Score 4, Insightful) 64

To put it another way, this whole line reminds me of the same thing with charity. You have a person with money who supports a charitable cause, and they give a lot of money to it, and someone responds, "..but you still have possessions X, Y, and Z! if you really supported the charity you'd donate more!". But it's a line of attack that the person donating to charity can never win: no matter how much they give, they can still be attacked for owning things, unless they donate to the point that they're homeless in the streets scrounging for food from trash cans.

If the argument was that Al Gore had a particularly high level of environmental impact relative to his wealth and other factors worthy of consideration (his job, where he lives, etc), then that would absolutely be grounds for charges of hypocrisy. But otherwise what you're really complaining about is wealth inequality, and doing the unwinnable argument, "If Person X really cared about Issue Y, then they'd give even more than they currently do!" - regardless of what that level of giving is.

Comment Re:Half assed... (Score 4, Insightful) 64

I think you're confused. They're not buying "carbon credits". They're literally putting money into the manufacture of wind turbines. More wind turbines will exist because of this. 285MW nameplate more. Wherein does the problem lie?

What's the point of them buying stakes on renewable energy companies if in the end their data centers and factories are still using unregulated coal power, usually in cities that desperately need to move away from those?

And what do you think that the additional produced turbines will do - lie around on a factory floor? They'll be installed and generating power on the grid. Who cares where?

And more to the point, you don't just get power from a single power plant. You're connected to a grid which moves power among numerous plants. In particular, on the Chinese grid there's a number of HVDC and HVAC lines that bring power from the sparsely populated interior (wind, hydro, etc) to the densely populated coast. Directly reducing the need for power generation infrastructure on the coast, even though the wind / hydro / etc hardware isn't located on the coast.

Comment Re: Your new president doesn't pay taxes (Score 4, Insightful) 64

And don't claim you didn't vote for Trump. The American ppl did.

Actually, the American people voted for Hillary. 65,4 million to 62,8 million.

If you disagree then you either don't believe in democracy

No, if you disagree, then you support facts. And, for that matter, if you support democracy (aka, the person who gets the most votes wins). The US is, however, not a democracy - at least when it comes to electing the president. Which is why Trump will be president.

Comment Really badly written article (Score 4, Insightful) 193

The summary says "he stuff was stolen". But the article itself is much less clear:

He added that he had opted to stay in a tent as it was easier and cheaper than commuting from his home in Perth, although his camping equipment had disappeared by Friday afternoon.

Did he say it had vanished? Or did the article writer find it had vanished on Friday? Not at all clear.

Also no aspect of the interview really asking the guy if he "had to" camp as the Willie bloke claimed, they just want you to assume that is the case. The actual guy who was camping just said it was cheaper and easier - if you are just going to be there a few week or two for seasonal work why wouldn't you prefer this to any kind of commute? Back when I used to work insane hours programming I slept under my desk for a week. It wasn't because I had to, it was just way easier at the time.

Also low 30's (assuming F) is not "battery cold", it's just mildly chilly and most sleeping bags would handle that temperature easily. I've camped before in sub-zero (again F) temperatures before and that's not at all uncomfortable with the right equipment.

Basically the whole thing seems written with a pre-determined viewpoint in mind and hardly any real research or interviewing done.

Comment Re:Doesn't work that way (Score 1) 64

Are you under the impression that environmentalists think that everyone should stop flying, driving, heating and cooling their homes, etc? Yes, you may find some radicals that believe things like that, but that is not a mainstream position. The mainstream positions are that consumption efficiencies need to be improved and production impacts need to be reduced.

Now, if your argument is that you think that it's unfair that there's such an economic wealth disparity that some people like Al Gore own private planes while many Americans can't afford a car, that so much of the world's production (and thus environmental impact) goes toward servicing the wealthy and so little toward the poor and middle class, and you think that government officials need to be voting for policies to minimize wealth inequality rather than huge tax breaks for the wealthy that give them an even larger share of the total environmental impact on the planet, then I have only one thing to say to that: "Welcome to the Democratic Party!"

But if you're of the impression that the concept of environmentalism is the same thing as reducing income inequality (and thus consumption inequality), you're sadly mistaken. Mainstream environmentalism is built around across the board improvements - things that effect everyone, not just specific groups.

Comment Re:Bush's fault! (Score 2, Insightful) 125

The DEA was formed back in 1973, so Bush - and Clinton, and Bush 41, and Reagan, and Carter, and Ford - all inherited the DEA. But I'm waiting for this to be claimed as #FakeNews because it's damaging to the Obama Administration, and it seems like anything they don't like is rebranded as either Russian (which this cannot be - it is the US DEA) or #FakeNews...

Comment Re:Independent contractor? (Score 1) 125

In some countries, like Canada any kind of contract relationship that looks too much like an employer-employee relationship can be deemed as such, and there have been companies nailed very hard if they're determined to be an employer; particular when it comes to various payroll taxes or violating maximum weekly hours.

Comment Re:Independent contractor? (Score 2) 125

I'm currently an independent contractor, and still had to agree to my client's non-disclosure terms, rules of conduct, etc, in order to take on that contract. I'm not saying I agree with Uber's notion of a "independent contractor". I'm just saying that *actual* independent contractors have to sign and adhere to workspace-specific agreements all the time. So, I don't think that's necessarily a useful metric.

Comment Re:Politics vs. Reality (Score 3, Insightful) 78

It's an issue of critical mass. Previous DDoS attacks were often due to exploits, some sort of reflection attack. Now, with IoT devices, there's sufficient bandwidth and enough devices to overwhelm a system with 100% legitimate and non-spoofed attacks, and that's a new and worrying trend. We're seeing a flood of *very* easy to compromise devices hit the market, along with sufficient outgoing consumer bandwidth to make them truly damaging even in the thousands, let alone in the hundreds of thousands or even millions.

We're going to be seeing even more of these devices on the market. If they don't improve their security, we'll be seeing connectivity drop to the reliability of a third-world power grid, and that's going to have a huge impact on a lot of people and businesses who now absolutely rely on that infrastructure being ubiquitous and reliable.

There's already an Underwriters Laboratories stamp (the best known of several Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories) on the bottom of most electrical or electronic devices you purchase. Why not a set of security requirements similar to that for internet connected devices? Let private industry and organizations develop and certify the specifics of the safety requirements, and the government can simply oversee the process. We already have a clear precedent on how to do this, and it doesn't appear to have stifled innovation in any sense.

And of course, this not a license to connect to the internet (it shouldn't affect hobbyists or software), but a requirement to ensure basic security when someone wants to mass-produce and sell hardware devices that connect to the internet. Just saying "but... internet" doesn't make shitty products immune from reasonable regulations that permeate every other aspect of business for the greater good.

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