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Comment Re:Conspicuous Silence (Score 1) 93

Which is why ewhac is pointing out the lack of upload speed listed. Likely the upload is pathetically slow. 30 mbit would be impressive for Comcast.

http://www.xfinity.com/interne...

You will notice, nowhere on that page do they list the upload speeds, that is because it is slower than 1/10th the speed of the download.

I have Comcast cable internet in the Chicago area. The speed whenever I test it is 105Mb down, 25 up.

Comment Re:"allows you to download a 5GB HD movie in 40 se (Score 1) 93

The bigger question is, where the hell are you allowed to download a 5GB movie? It sounds to me like the Comcast arm is catering to torrenters while the Universal arm is busy preparing to sue anyone who uses it.

Comcast's own mobile apps allow subscribers to download movies from their On Demand service for offline viewing. You can't export or copy it, but it does actually download the whole thing.

Comment Re:Trolling with Odd-Job's judo knee-chops was bli (Score 1) 65

Nobody can outrun remote mines if you know the quick-detonation trick. Throw-BLAM! Throw-BLAM! Throw-BLAM! You get the timing right very quickly after the first couple of deaths, and then you're an unstoppable explosion-throwing machine. To the point that most of my friends would rather play Power Weapons against me. Even though I always remember which doors/windows/surfaces the bullets go through and which ones they don't... and even though I actively track everyone's position by watching their screens. Simultaneously.

I don't particularly care if you're Oddjob or not. I know every weapon and armor spawn and timing with every combination of weapons. I know every blind corner and every defensible camping spot. I use control scheme 1.3. I will kill you repeatedly until you curse my name. Wear brown pants, especially if we face off in the Library.

I read this in Vizzini's voice. But have you developed an immunity to iocane powder?

Comment Re:Venus should be habitable higher up (Score 1) 211

Real space colonists know only cloudy clouds can cloud clouds. The latest reports from the Venus Communal Cloud Computing Continuity Cluster Clan only add further weight to the growing body of evidence that all attempts to cloud without clouds are doomed to failure. Unless you want to be left behind as the human race hurtles onward and outward into the cosmos, you'd best get clouding today. Clouds! -PCP

Clouds are for spherical cows! MOO say the spherical cloud cows!

Comment Re:Required reading - limits to growth (Score 4, Funny) 323

Now the fun bit. It's too late to do anything about it. We passed the point of no return back in the 1990s. It's a genuine "bend over and kiss your ass goodbye" situation.

And the good news... Many of us will be dead by 2040-2050 when it starts to get nasty tho we may see some signs as early as 2035 (I'll be 74 then-- my most likely lifespan is to 2038).

Don't be so pessimistic - at the rate medical science is advancing, you'll be able to live well into the apocalypse!

Comment Re:From TFA (Score 1) 323

If you don't think AGW is real, why don't you explain where all the energy being absorbed by CO2 in the atmosphere is going. Are you advocating the "magic heat sink back into space" theory?

What do you think trees and other plants breath?

Theoretically, there is a maximum amount of CO2 plants can absorb in a given year. Theoretically, our output could exceed that, even assuming all the CO2 gets where it needs to go to be absorbed. It's worth looking into.

What do you think the earth did before humans existed when a volcano erupted spewing many times more so-called "greenhouse" gasses into the atmosphere?

Nature occasionally killed nearly every living thing on the planet.

Comment Re:From TFA (Score 1, Informative) 323

To calculate the date for Earth Overshoot Day, the group crunches UN data on thousands of economic sectors such as fisheries, forestry, transport and energy production.

Earth-warming greenhouse gas emissions, it said, are now the fastest-growing contributor to ecological overshoot, making up 60 percent of humanity's demands on nature -- what is called the ecological "footprint".

I've never even heard of this metric. Is this based on real science or climate activism?

Well, it's based on empirical data. ... Because, there's no double blind study where we instantiated multiple Earth's on January 1st and then removed all humans from one to use as the control variable....No, it's not truly falsifiable -- then again you don't have multiple runs at this.

Well, obviously, but falsifiability and such apply to theories, not empirical observations.

...(evidently you aren't). The part where you said "climate activism" means you're just going into confirmation bias here anyway so even though it won't help ... Even though it doesn't matter because you've clearly already made up your mind.

You need to get your internet mind-reading device recalibrated. You could have just posted the link (which wasn't in the article for some reason (a pet peeve of mine regarding science reporting)) without the snark: http://www.footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/GFN/page/public_data_package.

Comment Re:From TFA (Score 3, Insightful) 323

I've never even heard of this metric. Is this based on real science or climate activism?

Whether or not this particular number is "real" or "climate activism" is somewhat irrelevant. The real science is very clearly telling us that our negative impact on the planet is substantial and that this is accelerating. This is the reason for the activism.

Sure, but good activism needs to have a solid foundation - the world is full of people twisting numbers and facts to suit their ends, and alarmist claims revealed to be based on bogus data do more to hurt the cause than help it. I'm not passing judgment on this particular claim, just asking.

Comment From TFA (Score 5, Insightful) 323

To calculate the date for Earth Overshoot Day, the group crunches UN data on thousands of economic sectors such as fisheries, forestry, transport and energy production.

Earth-warming greenhouse gas emissions, it said, are now the fastest-growing contributor to ecological overshoot, making up 60 percent of humanity's demands on nature -- what is called the ecological "footprint".

I've never even heard of this metric. Is this based on real science or climate activism?

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