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Comment Re:Politicizing science? (Score 1) 617

Wouldn't it be more like that the warming was so low that it could easily be explained with sampling accuracy error.

No, it would be a) only quite unlikely, just not very unlikely that there was no warming, and b) that the sample size of 10 (years in this case) is just too small to make the claim - which is exactly why they specifically asked for 10 and not more years (11 would have already tipped the scale).

Comment Re:No, WE do not have a responsibility (Score 1) 278

My only point was to show that not being able to return the game is no reason to put the burden on retailers to not sell the game in the first place. But now I'm curious about this:

Or you can teach your child to be responsible, and let them do it in a responsible way and act as a positive influence to your kids. Wow! that might be like parenting or something!

So if your 5 year old child bought the most bloody and gory FPS game ever (not a big FPS fan so I don't know what that might be), how would you handle that?

Comment Re:Almost $800 to watch TV. (Score 1) 286

Yep. Comcast is the worst. They also:

- kick off users for exceeding undefined GB download limits

- sell 25 Mbit/s lines that are actually only 5 Mbit/s - no better than DSL but twice as costly.

- force users to switch to Digital Cable which is incompatible with VCRs or DVRs

- And even if said boxes were compatible, the Digital boxes don't allow the user to tape one show while watching another live.

- Hold a Monopoly and bribe politicians to keep out competitors

- Bought out NBC Universal, so Comcast can censor any anti-comcast dissent from NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, USA, Bravo, Syfy, Telemundo, and so on.

Worst. Company. Ever.

Err, no. It's quite well publicized that the download cap is 250GB per month - larger than any other ISP in the US with a cap. I have a 16Mbps line - I average 14Mbps. No, you are not forced to switch to Digital Cable - they are changing their signal in order to put more channels in the same bandwidth - something that customers have been asking for for ages - and to stop people from stealing service. You can put something like 16 SD digital signals in the same bandwidth taken up by one Analog channel. The first two DTA's are free (some areas it's 3), each one after that is $1.99 - and this is National pricing. In my area there are 2 direct competitors to Comcast - including AT&T U-Verse (want to talk about crappy service - AT&T has NEVER been known for it's service, and they're even worse now). And finally Comcast didn't "buy out" NBC - they bought a 51% stake. Yes, that means a voting majority, but that doesn't mean they've "bought them out".

Try getting your facts straight. I've had Comcast for almost 10 years - they've been FAR better than their predecessor in my area (Viacom). They're not perfect, but I've yet to meet a company that is - and I've had far worse experiences with others (here's looking at you, AT&T). Let's face the truth folks - if all, or even the vast majority of Comcast customer's had such horrible experience, they would be hemorrhaging subscribers - but they're not. The fact is, that most customers are happy - they're just not as loud as others.

Comment Re:My plate is pretty full right now... (Score 1) 479

It is absurdly high, but having said that I worked for a bluechip (multinational travel company) two years ago and I think our total IE figures were around 96-97% - that site had as diverse a mix of everyday users as you're likely to see. Depending on his site's target audience (if all his users are corporate, for instance, with locked down browser choice) it's not inconceivable that he could be seeing those figures.

Comment Re:They couldn't have got it right.... (Score 1) 673

The outrage against Ford was that they did nothing to mitigate the risks of using their product.

On this, I agree with you.

What is the likelihood you will be hurt or killed using an automobile to get to work each day, what about hurting or killing someone else? I bet you do it though; the rewards of work opportunity afforded to you by the mobility the car provides justify the risk for you

I'm also fairly sure that I'm human, and I think that going to jail for vehicular manslaugter is sufficient reason to not answer my cellphone while driving or driving while wasted or drive faster than I can control the vehicle in a given situation.

You don't get it. Not all car crashes are caused by people talking on their cellphones or driving ridiculously fast. Some people are killed because of happenstance -- unexpected poor visibility (whether due to weather or things blocking your vision), sudden icy conditions, a tire blowout on the car in front of you that causes you to swerve and hit someone else, etc.

The fact is that you're more likely to accidentally kill someone while driving, even if you take all reasonable precautions, than you would, say, walking or taking the subway. It's a small risk, but not insignificant. If you drive, you're choosing to take that risk and thereby increasing the likelihood that others will die.

Yet you might do so because the benefits (getting to work faster or more efficiently, allowing you to have a job further from home, etc.) outweigh that risk. I don't have the numbers on Ford here, and I'm not going to necessarily defend their decision, but depending on how small the chances are that something bad would happen, I think companies in some situations have to say that risks are acceptable.

After all, it's possible that someone could slip on some ice and get impaled on a hood ornament (for example). So, should hood ornaments be outlawed because the risk of that happening goes from zero to one in a trillion or whatever?

Almost every decision we make every day poses a risk to someone. The question is when we need to consider that risk to be significant enough to take some other action about it.

Comment Re:Can someone please tell me... (Score 1) 193

It's much bigger than spam. Thousands upon thousands of other websites will let you log in by using only your facebook credentials. It takes two clicks (easily automated). If you don't already have an account, it typically just creates one for you.

Now think about what those other websites might be.
Now think about what those websites do with information in order to sell you things.
Now think about what kind of information people would put on those other websites, knowing that "only facebook" has weird privacy policies.

Thousands of computers testing thousands of permutations with facebook accounts and other websites.
Every nightmare scenario you can imagine about identity theft and fraud is at work here.

Comment Justified "stealing" for interoperability (Score 3, Informative) 109

the action replay (which uses stolen code from Nintendo)

Accolade used "stolen" code from Sega to get the console to recognize video game cartridges. Sega sued and lost. Post-DMCA, Static Control Components used "stolen" code from Lexmark to get the printer to recognize toner cartridges. Lexmark sued and lost.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1) 692

How I got to that conclusion to was by reading up on religions and reading the texts like the bible. The bible is actually quite interesting and there are some very good ideas in it. But most practitioners of their religion pick and choose bits or want to stick in their head in the sand about the fact the Jewish, Christian and Muslim religions are so similar and all three borrow bits from previous religions. Where as the wise thing would be to say there reason for all the similarities are that the fundamentals are true and they've just come out differently due to human interpretation and therefore embrace the other religions rather than act as if they are your worst enemy.

While I agree that these three (and all) religions shouldn't make each other their worst enemies, to claim that they are all the same is silly (this may not be your intent). Obviously all worship the God of Abraham, but each have writings that theirs is the only correct way to worship him (for example, John 14:6). Thus, your ideals of 'reading and following the complete holy text' and 'buddy up with the other religions' are somewhat at odds.

It's not that hard to see that America's "Christian" right and their beliefs do not match Jesus' teachings and beliefs. For starters the bible is quite clear that you shouldn't be a loud mouth religious jerk and that your connection to the lord should be private.

Slight clarification here. While one's relationship to God is meant to be private (the teaching is to pray, give to charity, and to fast in private so it doesn't become a status symbol or lead to boasting), it does not apply to teachings. It teaches we should preach the gospel loudly, but also to admonish those who need correction in private. More applicable here is 1 Corinthians 5, particularly 5:12 "What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?"

I'd go out of my way to help out someone who truly followed the word of Christ. I think for someone to sit down and actually read the bible and do their best to follow it to the letter is very admirable. By that I mean the important bits about helping your fellow man and not being a greedy douche. But there in lies the problem, I've not really met anyone like that and I've certainly not seen them on TV.

I think the problem is that they exist, yet are frequently busy helping and are absorbed within the Church rather than going out and meeting those outside. Or, the people they are meeting are elsewhere (I am connected with churches performing missionary and relief work in Mexico, Thailand, China, areas devastated by hurricane Katrina, local school districts, and multiple Indian reservations). In addition, many of this long-distance work is selflessly financed by the ones traveling, and those involved often return because they can't stand the suffering these people experience. Trust me when I say that these people exist, and they truly care about both Christ and others. The trick is to find a church where God truly is the center of all that is done (several of the churches I have attended), rather than focused on themselves (unfortunately, the church that I grew up in had a large number focused on this).

I certainly agree, though, that Christians should be seen by the world for the good they do, yet rarely are because the good they do is either less visible or nonexistant, or they instead do evil.

It's easy for people to say that Muslims need to tackle their extremists (which they should) but Christians have the same exact problem and they need to start standing up and condemning those who don't follow the bible properly rather than paying Sarah Palin to read a speech off her hand.

Again, big agreement from me. For the record, Pat Robertson and the Westboro Baptist Church do not speak for my God.

Comment Good furniture costs money (Score 2, Insightful) 260

For those complaining about the price tag: good quality furniture made from solid wood costs real money.
I spent over $1000 on black walnut (some highly figured) for a 7 drawer chest on chest I built last summer.
Probably spent close to 100 hours on it too.
Depending on the wood, $10, $20 or even $50 a board foot ( 1 square foot of wood, 1 inch thick) is not unusual.

That said, if it's cheap wood, or plywood with hardwood veneer, you should not be spending the same amount. (unless the veneer is exceedingly rare).

I wouldn't be surprised if there was well over $1000 of wood and hardware in it. (also wouldn't be surprise if it was crap).

Comment Re:f1rst p0st (Score 1) 366

What is your problem with the idea that social networks are a good way to meet people who have a lot in common with you? Friends of friends are more likely to be compatible with you and to live near where you live than any other group of people you meet online. Meeting compatible people is the first step to love making. At least that is how it always worked for me and it seems to still work that way for my friends and children. (I've been married for 33 years so I'm not using social networking that way. OTOH, having girl friends from 35 years ago looking you up on facebook can be an "interesting" experience.)

For many people social networks now provide the social function that was filled by schools and churches. Since most of us don't go to church anymore and most of the population is not currently in school, something had to fill that social niche. Social networking seems to do that very well.


Comment Re:Totalitarianism is not always bad (Score 1) 368

Unfortunately for Google, totalitarian systems are very effective under some circumstances. For example, totalitarianism proved to be the most effective system during large-scaled wars and other dire conditions. Today's growth of Chinese GDP proves that it is more effective in current economical situation than either US or EU.

Don't forget, during the last twenty centuries, China had the largest economy on Earth for 18 centuries, and it always was totalitarian. Like it or not, it will soon regain its position as the largest economy on the planet. So, under the circumstances, it is Google who needs China to stay relevant in future, not vice-versa.

effective != good

Comment Re:Short summary of the treaty (Score 1) 201

One or more of you parents and/or grandparents passed a little bit of wisdom on to you. I have to wonder where all the rest of America's parents and grandparents are. No one can "do without" these days, it seems. They can't even budget something down the road a month or two, let alone "do without". Insanity, I say.

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