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Comment Re:So... electromagnetic fields actually do someth (Score 3, Insightful) 74

Have they everheard about what a frying pan does to food? A barbecue? Just plain boiling water?

The site is completely inane. You should feel ashamed forquoting it. Like this bit:

"Even when the microwave oven is working correctly, the microwave levels within the kitchen are likely to be significantly higher than those from any nearby cellular phone base-stations."

Yes. Duh. Radiation from phone base stations is incredibly low in the average home. A phone, with its specialized single-purpose detector, often has trouble catching the signal. So yes, even with the microwave oven working correctly, the microwave levels are above zero. Ooooh scaaary.

You thoroughly earned a good flaming.

Comment Re:Wow, all the way back to 1979... (Score 1) 313

OK, then let us put it another way.

Why would people vote in politicians who are likely to do things that are contrary to their own interests?

If, as you say, Australian politicians ended up enacting legislation that was unpopular enough to destroy their careers, why were the Australian people stupid enough to elect them in the first place? The American voters seem smarter then, in comparison. Although thegarbz seems to be refuting the example anyway.

Blaming politicians is just another excuse for not taking responsibility.

Comment Re:Wow, all the way back to 1979... (Score 0) 313

but this is because politicians failed to act 30yrs ago.
Seriously? Politicians should have acted 30 years ago? What exactly should they have done 30 years ago, that wouldn't automatically make them lose their next election?

You can blame the people, not the politicians for doing what the people want.

Comment Re: No (Score 2) 1066

Resources exist to be consumed. And consumed they will be, if not by
this generation then by some future. By what right does this forgotten
future seek to deny us our birthright? None I say! Let us take what is
ours, chew and eat our fill.

-- CEO Nwabudike Morgan,
"The Ethics of Greed"

Comment Re:And the hits keep on coming ... (Score 1) 1066

This is absolutely true, as long as both are equally enforceable. Alas, so far tax has a better track record there.

Cap-and-trade has somewhat worked for fishing permits, but it also turned what was a bunch of fairly independent fishermen into a few financial companies that happen to also catch fish. Whether this would have happened anyway is of course unknown, so it is not guaranteed that it was cap-and-trade that did it.

Comment Yes, yes, complain all you want (Score 1) 299

But tell me where I can get a 15" laptop with 4k display and a great touchpad?

It should have USB-C, USB-A, ethernet (I hate that connector), and HDMI, but it should also not weigh much and look half decent.

I am typing this on a MacBook Pro, and the new MacBooks are ludicrously overpriced so my next laptop won't be one. I am just not very impressed when I look at the alternatives.

My current MacBook was merely ridiculously overpriced, but it was the only laptop that could fit two readable "A4" pages on the screen at once. Today, with 4k displays commonly found, that part should at least be fixed.

Comment Re:POWAR TO THE PEOPLE! (Score 1, Informative) 609

The parliament can enact a law and say "this law comes into effect on January 1st 2017, provided the public votes yes to referendum foo before that date".

That way the referendum is binding, sort of.

Nothing stops parliament from repealing that law on January 2nd, of course. (Or even on December 31st).

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