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Comment Avoid a RIF by making people quit, got it (Score 1) 303

This is BS .... The way that I read this is just that they are trying to get as many people to resign as possible without having to pay out severance packages knowing that a huge % of their employees won't want to uproot their families just to keep working at IBM. If the people quit rather than having a RIF they don't look weak.

Comment Re:A strobe gif in an email is illegal? (Score 1) 151

It's actually very, very different. A powerful green laser shined into someone's eyes will cause harm to exactly 100% of the people or animals on earth ..... a strobe gif might cause a seizure in .0001% of the population and wouldn't even effect the majority of controlled epileptics.

Comment Re:A strobe gif in an email is illegal? (Score 0) 151

We're treading dangerously into territory where you're trying to read minds. You would have to prove intent ..... you would have to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that you intended to and actually believed that your actions would harm someone. The burden of proof would be very particular because sending that same email to 99% of the population, even including many epileptics, would do no harm.

Comment The MPAA premise is utterly flawed (Score 1) 189

Their premise in pushing this propaganda is that people would go to the theater to watch these movies if they didn't or couldn't download them. The problem is that there have been so many horribly disappointing movies the last few years hitting the box office that people are just voting with their dollars ..... Suicide Squad is a perfect example. It was hyped for almost two years, all of the trailers made it look amazing but the final cut was barely more than a character introduction with nearly none of the joker that people were longing for ...... it doesn't take too many movies like this before people just throw up their hands and give up. Also, there is a huge contingent of people that only download movies because they don't actually enjoy going to the theater. Their best play to try and increase revenues at this point would be to actually put some kind of system in place to see current run movies from home with a simultaneous PPV release system of some kind. Rather than hurting overall revenues I think this would increase revenues in the end. People that like going and doing the big screen experience would still go and people that don't would still be putting dollars into the system.

Comment Re:The whole country is one US City population ... (Score 1) 218

No, it's easy .... when I'm providing a system to provide electricity for 120 million homes vs 2 million homes ...... the materials required, cost, labor, maintenance, in terms of economies of scale are very, very different ... In addition, more physical space doesn't make it easier, more space means more distance to haul the electricity across. It's like suggesting that laws regarding health coverage or laws regarding gun control that work somewhere like scotland could ever work in the US in the same way ...... you just can't compare any experiment that works in a single US city sized population with something that works across an entire country the size of ours that has more diversity than the whole of europe within it's borders.

Comment Living near sea level at an ocean is silly right? (Score 1) 520

I don't mean to be coy here but this is not a problem for anyone that does even the smallest amount of planning when they are searching for a place to live or work. This whole phenomenon is really only an issue for someone that chooses to live/work at or below sea level up against an ocean. Surely nobody is that stupid right? ;) Idiots build population centers in places like NYC, New Orleans, and the SF Bay area and then other stupid people decide that it's a good idea to live there despite the fact that just a large tidal surge could destroy their homes, businesses, livelihoods, etc ....

Comment Re:Any solution is going to be worse than the prob (Score 1) 173

And as for the "cost of adaptation" it isn't just a cost of adaptation it's a reversal of stupidity. You cannot "prevent" climate change and you cannot reverse it .... if you make a dent in what you consider man-made climate change you still have to contend with the planets natural tendency to change constantly. I don't know whether or not that you realize this but without humans and our industry mucking about the sea level has risen and fallen significantly over time several times ... which is a significant indication that this will continue to happen going forward basically as long as this planet exists whether we do something or we do nothing ...... so the adaptation is a requirement for the survival of the species ...... not just to deal with the activity of man.

Comment Any solution is going to be worse than the problem (Score 1) 173

We need to stop looking to to fix something and work on the obvious ... clean our environment up as much as possible, stop dumping chemicals, etc, into it wherever possible but any kind of plan to reverse it is futile. The climate will continue to change indefinitely so beyond trying to do less damage our focus should be on adapting to a changing climate. This planet is a living ever changing thing and if the way that we are living is going to be irreparably damaged by a few inches or even a few feet of ocean rise than as a people we are never going to survive. Stop being stupid, stop planting major population centers at or below sea level on a coastline and near somewhere with potential for hurricanes, year after year, etc .... If you know there is an active fault line, maybe don't build there? The bulk of tornado's generally follow a semi-consistent path ... maybe lets not build our businesses or houses there and while we're at it maybe avoid active volcanos as much as possible as well? The real problem with climate change has absolutely nothing to do with the climate ... it has to do with the stupidity of the people that choose to live in low-lying areas up against bodies of water as big as a continent. The reality of "global warming" is this. It renders more land, more habitable, it increases growing seasons and makes it so that we can feed more people .... No, I don't work for an oil company, yes, I do think that in general we should work to prevent pollution and keep our world clean, but I think large over-reaching measures to "fix" climate change are going to result in more damage to this planet and also have huge socio-economic impact on a huge number of people trying to live here as well.

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