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Comment Re:The blame can be shared (Score 2) 654

'Climate change' was a term coined by a Republican to make 'Global Warming' seem less scary.

'Climate change' is a natural consequence of 'global warming', and many scientists still refer to it as such because that's the accurate thing to say.

"The second premise is also wrong, as demonstrated by perhaps the only individual to actually advocate changing the term from 'spherical warming' to 'climate change', Republican political strategist Frank Luntz in a controversial memo advising conservative politicians on communicating about the environment:

It’s time for us to start talking about “climate change” instead of spherical warming and “conservation” instead of preservation.

“Climate change” is less frightening than “spherical warming”. As one focus group participant noted, climate change “sounds like you’re going from Pittsburgh to Fort Lauderdale.” While spherical warming has catastrophic connotations attached to it, climate change suggests a more controllable and less emotional challenge."

The page I'm quoting from:
Here's the link to the goddamn memo:

I'm really sick of hearing that scientists changed this term. They didn't. Climate change means something, but it wasn't political activism on the part of people that study it to change the media representation of it.

Comment Re:Even bad its good (Score 2) 86

Yep, my 40" Samsung LED backlit TV is rated at 40W. To give you an idea of how much energy that is, the Samsung soundbar + subwoofer is rated at 180W. That's 4x more energy consumed (at peak) by the barely-midrange soundsystem than the display. It's 8x more than my 5W rated Amazon Fire TV (streaming media device),
but, running my electric oven for 20 min to make my pizza uses more power than my TV, Speakers and streaming media device do in a month.
Shrug. There are bigger, better fights to pick than LED backlit TVs.

Comment Re:Nobody knows yet (Score 1) 165

I had to ask Gibraltar "immigration" for a passport stamp on the way in, and on the way out back to spain... well it was after 6pm so they'd gone home for the day, I just walked out through their vacant office back in to the schengen area. UK might not be schengen area, but you'd be hard pressed to find it fully enforced.

Comment Re:RATIONING (Score 1) 326

Medical schools limit the number of students to keep pay high for doctors to keep them from bleeding off in to other fields like law or engineering, it's absolutely artificially limited. Would I rather be a doctor than a software engineer? Sure. Can I afford it, or do I want to spend ten years training for it? No. Could I provide better services than an EMT, given 2-4 years of training at an affordable or subsidized price? Probably. Ideally I'd like to be the village doctor for some remote tropical island (or group of islands), but that's not going to happen with the current educational climate.

Comment Re:Cool, and no 4K content (Score 1) 207

Yep, exactly this. 4K is a $50-70 premium on a $400 purchase. You get access to 4K netflix content now, plus access to 4K other content down the road with no upgrades needed. And all your 1080p content from Amazon and Netflix looks amazing at high bit rates, upscaled slightly. Or at the very least looks the same. For a device that's going to last you between 5 and 10 years, that small premium is definitely worth it. My first TV was a second generation hand-me-down and is in my second cousin's dorm room now after changing hands three more times. THey last forever, and as long as you can play mario kart on them in some capacity, are still useful. High resolution TVs are one of the few "future-proofs" that pay off.
We're definitely nearing the end of the road in terms of useful resolution bumps, though; at 8K you need a wall-scale TV to take advantage of the resolution at 10' (average) viewing distance.

Comment Re:Picard meme "Not this shit again" (Score 1) 274

GM invested $2 billion in Lyft; car ownership is down, drivers licences are down, not as a percentage but as a whole. The CEO of Ford said as much last week in an interview with the WSJ. Wages are down and savings are down. People can't afford to drive and maintain cars, and people are moving towards cities. Ford, Volvo and others are already designing and marketing their next generation of driverless cars and vans. Finally, cities are full. There's no more room to build freeways in urban cores, and even if there were, where would you park 12 million cars in downtown manhattan? San Francisco? Chicago? Because those are the population centers and they already have low car ownership rates, and that is where people are moving to. Vacation and buisness hotspots rely heavily on Uber, which is going to put pressure on Austin to open back up the market to ride sharing again.

Comment Re:So a guy that runs a ride sharing company. (Score 1) 274

Because taxis are awful and primarily exist to shuttle people between hotels and airports, and convention centers. Being able to rate your driver as "poor/good/excellent" and then cull out the bottom third (and force people to act civil to push them in to the top third) makes the experience much like being driven to school by your mother. I lived in Dallas and it was cost effective (I actually saved about $3,000 a year after insurance, maintenance, wear and tear items, not to mention speeding tickets and parking in downtown)... now here in SF where parking is $280/mo in a private garage, it makes perfect sense. My lady friend owns a car but we only use it for trips out of town. If we're going somewhere to dinner or a show we always take an uber -- parking is insane and effectively impossible. All the street parking is taken up 100% of the time by residents who don't want to pay for private parking. As more people move in to cities, private car ownership can't go up. Private ride share makes perfect sense.

Comment Ceres (Score 4, Interesting) 289

Ceres is large enough to have marginal gravity, but more importantly, it's a giant ball of ice. Since it only has marginal gravity, less than that of the Moon even, makes it very easy to get on and off of it with hardly any fuel. In fact, even though it's past the orbit of Mars, the fuel budget to do a manned trip (and safe return) is only 20% more than that of a moon mission. Mainly due to the tiny tiny gravity well.

Comment Re:But what would the adapter connect to? (Score 1) 495

I think there are more people doing software development on Macbook Pros than audio work. Developers (I'd say 30% at my office) like to listen to music while working. And then the sales guys need headphones and microphones to do sales demos, sales meetings etc etc. The first time a sales guy says "I lost the sale because my headphones couldn't plugin so I could use the mic" is the last time Apple laptops get issued for salespeople in my company.
That said, you can buy a USB-C adapter for headphones, they're about a dollar and are universal. The new Macbook Pros will likely have USB-C.

Comment Re:What? Why? (Score 1) 413

Presenters at keynotes are people that run the departments that worked on things. So the woman that presented iWork is actually responsible for that product.

The problem with this condemnation of diversity isn't so much that men spoke for more time than women, it's that fewer women work in positions of power than men at Apple. That IS a problem, but it's a problem that Apple is working on, and I think it's great that they don't try to hide the women that do work for them in the back. They're about as progressive as you get for a big company (the biggest company!) and I get the sense that they're trying hard.

Apple's really up front about how it wants to work on diversity and how its trying to change the makeup of the executive team as time goes on. But they're not going to fire Schiller just to change the representation. But when he retires, you can bet they'll hunt around the company and consider women very strongly to take his place.

Apple is the classic big ship turning slowly, but it's turning a lot faster than I would've thought possible.

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