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Comment Re:No complaints here (Score 1) 268

Indeed. My son-in-law's best friend fights wildfires, and he's expecting a bumper summer, because despite lots of snow in Coastal British Columbia, interior regions have had far less snow, which means there's a high expectation that this is going to be a very bad year for forest fires. The costs of those fires are monumental, and many of those costs are spread fire and wide by insurance companies who will need to jack up premiums across the entire pool to make up for the costs. Insurance rates are literally the canary in the coal mine here, and actuaries have been factoring the numerous effects of climate change for some time now.

Comment Re: No complaints here (Score 2) 268

No, deserts heat up and expand, and you have hundreds of millions of people trying to move into your back yard, meaning you have to pay a fuck ton more in taxes to support border patrols, armies, all the while you're facing food and water supply problems because your bread basket regions suddenly are less productive, and you become more reliant on foreign sources of agriculture. Meanwhile many other costs, like insurance, start skyrocketing, or many climate-related problems simply aren't covered. Oh yes, and as mentioned elsewhere collapse of many major fisheries, which will lead to huge pressures on coastal populations in many parts of the world where those fisheries are a significant, if not primary source of protein.

Will it happen in your lifetime? If you're under thirty, very likely yes. I'm in my mid-40s, so hopefully I'll miss some of the nastier effects. My kids and grandchldren won't, sadly. But the West is pretty wealthy, so doubtless will pull through relatively alright, though tens of millions of refugees fleeing regions far more vulnerable and far less economically capable of weathering the worst of it, will start showing up, as I mention above, and the costs of keeping them out or integrating them will be huge. Some areas will simply become unlivable by even the hardier animals, and people have this habit of not just sitting down and dying when survival where they are becomes impossible.

Comment Re: No complaints here (Score 1) 268

What we do know is that Saudi Arabia is spinning off the largest sovereign wealth fund in history. The Saudis know full well that petroleum's reckoning is coming soon, so they're making what they can of it while they can. Like I say elsewhere, in a hundred years I bet large swathes of the Arabian desert will be salt reactors and solar collector arrays. I'll wager they have every intention of being energy titans, whether that be in the form of fossil fuels or solar.

And really, who the hell would want to invest in oil right now? It's clear that OPEC has lost any power to manipulate the price. Every time it looks like supply is going to be restricted, boom the price gets knocked again. Up here in Canada we're watching investment in the oil sands fall simply because production costs are so high, and oil prices so low, that there's little point to even bothering. Shell has sold off 1.3 billion dollars in assets in Canada, so when the big guys begin to act like the end game is coming, you know it isn't far off.

Of course, for the petroeconomies this is a disaster. Whether it's the extreme case like Venezuela, or the more moderate economic contractions of Alberta or North Dakota, a lot of jurisdictions who have basically lived off the oil teat are facing long-term woes.

Comment Re:There's only one solution... (Score 1) 237

So why were there no tests against the full dataset? Because that made the CI runs take too long.

As a software tester, I've done a few back of the envelope calculations, filed a bug report if the maximum value is too long, and forced the programmers to prove me wrong. Most of the time they go back and refactor the code. Sometimes they wait until the bug bites them in the ass just before code release.

Comment Re: Good book for getting back into Java... (Score 1) 231

Your web site codebase is not written in python3, if you're using Pelican - it's written in fucking Markdown.

Some of the website content is written in Markdown. The rest are in Python data structures that are manipulated by other Python scripts and Jinja2 in the templates..

Great, you can spend the next 20 years maintaining your stupid codebase and never advancing or learning anything new.

Let's plot the evolution of my oldest website: Basic HTML (1997-2002) -> LAMP (2002-2007) -> Joomla! (2008-2011) -> Wordpress (20011-2016) -> Pelican (2016-Present).

And installing python2, making a virtualenv, installing pelican & beginning to publish using the native fabric functionality shouldn't take somebody competent and familiar with python more than the time it requires for their computer to process the commands.

I'm using Python 3 exclusively on my systems. You should get with the program and make the transition.

https://wiki.python.org/moin/Python2orPython3

Comment They're not always "double content" (Score 1) 124

why would you need all of them since it's double content.

They're not always "double content", as you claim, as many series are exclusive to one service. A recent article by Mark Hill used the following example:

I'm going to name eight television shows. They're all popular, critically acclaimed, or hotly anticipated, and I'd like you to guess what makes this group unique. [...]

Game Of Thrones, The Handmaid's Tale, BoJack Horseman, The Man In The High Castle, Twin Peaks (the revival), American Gods, Star Trek: Discovery, and My Brother, My Brother And Me.

[Answer:] each is exclusive to a different subscription service: HBO, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, Showtime, Starz, CBS All Access, and Seeso, respectively. If you want to legally watch all of them, it will cost you 69 (nice) dollars a month.

Comment My roommate is a C-SPAN and MSNBC junkie (Score 1) 124

The only reason to have live TV is to gossip about reality TV as if the "stars" are real and their life events matter.

That doesn't help people who live with a C-SPAN and MSNBC junkie, such as my roommate. Her favorite "soap opera" is the Trump administration. Or do you claim that U.S. politicians aren't real and the legislation they enact does not matter to U.S. residents?

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