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Comment Re:Liberals -- explain yourselves (Score 1) 337

They should use the capitalist approach to the problem. Move the servers offshore, and transfer the ownership of the content to a non-US based corporation, so that the law no longer applies to them.

Here's a better approach...and one that is more likely to actually happen. Anyone who cares to preserve the material will band together to download it all from Youtube, and upload it to TPB. You have 9 days, pirates. Arrrrrr!

Comment Re:The truth is that it does not matter. (Score 4, Insightful) 1066

IF global warming is anthropogenic then it is a direct function of population size.

No, it's a direct function of the aggregate amount of heat-trapping gasses put into the atmosphere by all of the people on earth. If you could magically lower the rate of population growth to zero or below tomorrow, yet at the same time more and more of the developing world adopts more carbon energy demanding western lifestyles, you still won't have fixed the problem. Conversely, if we could magically make it so that we could have an equivalent lifestyle on a small fraction of the carbon-producing energy we use now, we could still maintain population growth with greatly reduced carbon output.

I'm not arguing in favor of continued population growth, anything but. But population alone is not the driving factor.

Comment Re:My recollection of Kindergarten, circa 1986 (Score 1) 228

My kindergarten year was 1969-1970, and my experience was pretty close to what you describe. I remember the teachers making a big deal of the fact that I could already read in kindergarten, and they didn't start with the Dick and Jane books until 1st grade. While I'm not one to grumpily castigate "kids these days", if they're pushing kids that much harder nowadays, I'm not seeing any particularly positive results from it.

Comment Re:No --- really --- it isn't (Score 5, Insightful) 38

Software which I use that uses QT: 4K Video Downloader, Calibre, Google Earth, KeePass, MuseScore, PokerTH, Stellarium, Virtual Box, QBittorrent (not on list).

Software that uses QT which I don't use but I believe is pretty popular: Adobe Photoshop Album, Doxygen, Guitar Pro,, Parallels, Spotify, Wireshark. That's not counting games or dev tools.

Considering that I'd be hard-pressed to list that many useful desktop apps in, for instance, Java, I'd say it's a reasonably impressive list.

Comment Re:Good for a laugh. (Score 1) 197

Interesting exercise in cherry-picking statistics until you actually look at the link.

However, you neglect to mention India with nearly the same population as China, which only has 17% smartphone penetration compared to China's 58%. So in China and India aggregated, "most of the population still doesn't have a smartphone" is true, and considering that Pakistan, Vietnam, and surprisingly even Japan are well below 50%, I see no reason to think Wilson's claim is inaccurate.

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