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Comment Re:Apparently when it suits you (Score 2) 270

The difference between weather and climate is basically time.
The hottest year on record is just the last data point of an increasing temperature over time http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gist...
Granted I would like to see a story of "This is the warmest 10 years" or 20, but that kind of news doesn't trigger the newspapers (well not until the numbers are nice and round when we hit 2020)

And there still might be some merit in pointing out this bit of weather since it's the hottest it's been for the last 100+ years. You don't want to over focus at a single data point but if that data point is an outlier it deserves some attention.

Comment Re:Blame the Assholes... (Score 1) 39

Fair call, but remember that the little shits of every generation since the internet got up to the same kind of shit - causing destruction and stress for the sake of impacting the world.
Everyone grows out of it, but then new kids grow into it.
Wash, rinse, repeat.

Comment Re:Why is birth control necessary? (Score 2) 301

Hey axewolf,
"The fact that it is WIDELY subsidized by the government implies the 'necessity'."
Eh? The government also subsidizes the arts and sports.

"Why is it more important to sacrifice your instincts, the substance of your being, that which led to the formation of your body, for momentary respite from pressures from society?"
Eh? Where's the sacrifice? Women can choose to have children when they have a financial and relationship stability. I'm going to take a wild guess and assume you're a man who doesn't need to worry about the personal implications of having a baby without the previous two things in place.

"It's pretty disturbing that you get modded up for saying things so incredibly..."
From this point on you just went on a wild insulting rambling. The doctor's and government officials aren't deciding anything for anyone here. They're giving medical advice and allowing people to choose birth control. The doctor's aren't prescribing birth control and laughing about how they made women better workers.

Anyway, I know there's no actual point replying to you, in fact so far every reply I've seen to a post of yours just makes you madder and act more paranoid delusional. Just wanted the post you replied to to have some backup.

Take it easy man.

Comment Re:What this actually means..? (Score 1) 189

Thanks for the info.
I know Facebook isn't the most altruistic business by any stretch, but I never understood the massive hate for breaking messages out into a message app, and similarly for this.
A separate app for messages makes a lot of sense, especially when it comes to notification settings, updates and local storage. All these apps are dollar amount free, and I feel their separation is for a cleaner technical experience rather than anything nefarious.
I completely respect people who don't want to use Facebook for privacy or other reasons, but I don't feel this is a smoking gun of them hating their users or even mistreating them.

Comment What this actually means..? (Score 3, Interesting) 189

So can someone explain if the following is true as it's my understanding:

* Facebook can be configured to automatically sync photos from your mobile device.
* That makes it super quick to share a photo. (and probably gives Facebook access to all your photos without user intervention)
* Now Facebook will discard the server side copy of photos that you never shared or put into an album unless you install moments?

Sorry if I've got my facts wrong, though it's so hard to work out the actual facts when 99% of discussion is Facebook bashing rather than fact discussing.
(No fan of Facebook policies here myself, just annoyed at how hard it is to work out what's going on outside of "Facebook = evil")

Comment Re:Energy argument? (Score 1) 951

True, but as you alluded to, who knows what laws of physics govern the reality of the parent universe?
It could even be a tiny universe where lost energy is easily reflected, assuming conservation of energy is even a thing.
Or maybe one day we'll just stop when the parent universe breaks.

(If we are in a simulation or the "true reality" I don't think it makes much difference, it's fun to think about tho)

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 123

Hey axewolf.
Here's an example of politicians being all "I will tell you what the solution is, you guys can work out the details" when the solution is bad or unworkable because no experts were consulted https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

These people are very smart at business, good at making deals. That doesn't mean they're smart at tech or give enough respect to experts.
As someone who works in tech who often consults with business people, I've seen this behaviour a lot. Often I can influence the situation enough, many times I can't.

By all means, I'm not saying that politicians have not been largely corrupted, and many prefer power over benefiting the common man, that doesn't mean that every bad decision is due to a malicious plot. This was just some people ignorant of the facts, who were too proud to be convinced otherwise, when they thought "Terrorists use encryption - we need to make it so we can counter terrorist encryption".

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 123

Whoah there buddy.
I'm going to agree with the OP.
The government on the whole is ignorant about tech. They're very "I'm an ideas man" kind of people, which is code for, "I can say stuff without having to think the consequences through".
They think you can open up encryption safely without the "bad guys" getting to it, and they also think that law enforcement is on whole the "good guys".

Counter point : You are a HUGE Part of the problem because you make everybody resisting well meaning but ultimately stupid legislation look like tin foil hat wearers causing our objections to be dismissed outright.
Counter counter point : Ignorance or shadow war - we both want these kind of people out of office. Don't go on a massive personal attack on somebody who would ally with you against this kind of stuff.

Comment Not hypocritical (Score 1) 566

Selling your drug to the citizens of a country that has leadership which performs horrible things or
Employing people in a country that has leadership which performs horrible things
vs
Selling your drug directly to an organisation which will do horrible things with your product.

The first part still isn't great, but there's still a world of difference.

Comment Re:Moral trumps Americans (Score 1) 566

Indeed,
Architects don't want to be responsible for designing prisons with execution chambers and death rows.
Builders don't want to build them.
Now drug companies don't want to assist.

It's effectively the rest of the world (and many of America's own people) putting sanctions on this. Regardless of legality executions are going to be a logistical nightmare.

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