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Submission + - Billionaires Secretly Fund Vast Climate Denial Network 4

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Suzanne Goldenberg reports that conservative billionaires used a secretive funding route to channel nearly $120 million to more than 100 groups casting doubt about the science behind climate change, helping build a vast network of think tanks and activist groups working to redefine climate change from neutral scientific fact to a highly polarizing "wedge issue" for hardcore conservatives. "We exist to help donors promote liberty which we understand to be limited government, personal responsibility, and free enterprise," says Whitney Ball, chief executive of the Donors Trust. Ball's organization assured wealthy donors that their funds would never by diverted to liberal causes with a guarantee of complete anonymity for donors who wished to remain hidden. The money flowed to Washington think tanks embedded in Republican party politics, obscure policy forums in Alaska and Tennessee, contrarian scientists at Harvard and lesser institutions, even to buy up DVDs of a film attacking Al Gore. "The funding of the denial machine is becoming increasingly invisible to public scrutiny. It's also growing. Budgets for all these different groups are growing," says Kert Davies, research director of Greenpeace, which compiled the data on funding of the anti-climate groups using tax records. "These groups are increasingly getting money from sources that are anonymous or untraceable.""

Comment Re:The parent is responsible (Score 1) 279

That's akin to saying cereal shouldn't have sugar if it's aimed at kids.

A 9 year old usually can't walk in to a grocery store and buy a $6 box of Sugar-Cocaine-Pops without their parents knowing, and any parent with an ounce of common sense would let their child run free on a device that you can keep charging cash to.

And seriously, this guy didn't notice charges appearing on his credit card THAT HE USES ONLINE as it "drained"? I don't know about you, but any credit card # I put online for purchases I monitor like a fucking hawk with the amount of identity theft that's been going around.

Comment I get woken up at midnight to fix "design errors" (Score 1) 1303

Am I slave? People in the US work ungodly stupid amounts of hours as well. We get paid more, but in economic terms our "living wage" is a lot different than China's "living wage".

Abuses should be found and stopped, but ask any of the people working for Foxconn if their life is better or worse off because of Foxconn (and by extension Apple), they'll probably say their life is much better with the high-tech manufacturing jobs.

Comment Re:A solution in search of a problem (Score 1) 416

I'm not really sold on the idea that we need interactive textbooks, I've never had a textbook that wasn't very sufficiently searchable using the contents and index, and I don't see how you can keep a straight face and make the argument that a $400+ iPad is more durable than a $30 textbook, especially in a school environment where some textbooks can last for a decade or more.

Apple may want the iPad to be the standard with all their little monopolistic heart, but I just don't see it happening anywhere but in random charter or magnet schools who want to show everyone how hip they are with the new technology.

Why the hell would you WANT your child using a Textbook that's a decade old or more? That's part of the problem. When I was in high school (94-98), I had a social studies textbook which had a giant "USSR" label over the northern Asian continent.

Comment Personal vs. Professional (Score 1) 1880

I use Mac's personally, and somewhat professionally (my Macbook Pro serves as my mobile work computer as well using VPN, RDP, and various Open Source apps that I can use to connect to my work/client databases).

In the office I use a Win7 box, as is required. I have Win7 on my Mac Pro only for games. And then it's only for three (MW3, BF3, and as of today, Skyrim). If those games had Mac OS ports, I'd never use Windows on my personal machines ever again.

I never understood why tech people take the stance of "Oh you can't customize Mac OS as much as Windows, you can't put any hardware you want in it". That seems like a very small minority, at least at in my circle.

CAN I spend 5 hours hunting down a Windows driver issue or rebuilding my hardware from scratch? Yes. Do I WANT to spend time doing that? No. That's why I own Mac's.

Comment Re:Fever? (Score 5, Insightful) 692

Just because you haven't found a personal need/use for a tablet, doesn't mean the millions who've bought them (iPads and the dozen or so Xooms and Galaxy's out there) haven't. The CEO of Acer sounds like he's trying to make noise because Acer isn't in the competitive tablet business. In fact, nobody is in the competitive tablet business at this point, except Apple. And all signs point to it not slowing down anytime soon.

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