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Comment Re:Not just bitcoin (Score 1) 195

"A useful currency transacts within seconds, not hours."

Last I checked bitcoin transactions take a few minutes and not hours. That is a little slow for local transactions unless you count the time you wait to be able to pay and extremely fast for international transactions. If you count the real time a transaction takes, which includes the time during which it could be reversed by one party it is much faster than CC payments and is generally faster than the time it takes to go to the atm to do a cash transaction.

If you think transactions take hours you must be waiting for the maximum number of confirmations before counting any transaction. That is completely unnecessary. Unless you a transacting hundreds of thousands of dollars or more three confirmations is plenty of security, if you are engaging in transactions typically under $500 one is generally sufficient since the person paying you has no control over who will validate the transaction.

Comment Re:Reminder: CO2 is good, not bad, for environment (Score 1) 298

The jump here was you invoking a talking point I suspect even you know moronic.

Do you seriously think plants can just magically absorb vast amounts of CO2? If you do, then you are an idiot. If you don't believe it, then why repeat a demonstrably ludicrous meme?

Comment Re:Reminder: CO2 is good, not bad, for environment (Score 1) 298

Water is beneficial to human life, therefore I urge you to tie rocks to your feet and jump in the deep end. By your logic, you'll become healthier by the second!

I mean really, are you that fucking stupid? Just because plants benefit from CO2 doesn't mean they have infinite capacity to absorb it, or that the other effects of higher CO2 concentrations won't undermine any good it might do to plants. Among the moron anti-AGW talking points out there, this must be the surest sign that the person saying it is a fucking simpering halfwit.

Comment Coming Soon! (Score 1) 290

Future Macs will have no user interface at all. You will get a flat gray cube with an Apple logo on it that will have no interactive capability. However, you will be firmly nestled in the Steve Jobs Reality Distortion field, fully aware that, no matter how utterly worthless the overpriced cube may be, your status as a hipster is secure.

Comment Re:Why do you think that? (Score 1) 298

The American Midwest will have wetter winters and springs, but summertime temperatures will rise considerably, leading to drought like conditions which will harm many crops. These effects will be moderated towards the north end, but will also mean shifts northward of arable land. The problem being "northward" means Canada.

Comment Re:Reminder: CO2 is good, not bad, for environment (Score 1) 298

No, I never said rainforests would disappear. Some areas that receive lots of rainfall will continue to see lots of rainfall, and in fact will receive more. But other areas will become more drought prone, and parts of North America that are currently arable will be, or already are, in that zone.

It's you who has no idea how rainfall works.

Comment Re:Not just bitcoin (Score 1) 195

"But is in the control of the Chinese miners. I for one prefer a local elected body."

Elected doesn't mean much with rigged elections like we have in the US. But there is nothing stopping governments and/or major banks from mining investments of the scale they spend on financial networks and infrastructure they build now. That would dramatically speed transaction times and solidly put an end to worries about some upstart being able to get a controlling interest in mining power. Now that the hardware has made all the easy gains it's really the same problem as market volatility, small scale equals a volatile market.

Comment Re:Isn't CO2 plant Food? (Score 1) 298

Is there some reason you think plants have infinite ability to absorb CO2? After all, you need water to survive, so by your twisted logic, if I shove your head into a swimming pool and keep it down for a few minutes, why, you'll be healthier than ever?

I'm assuming your just being a smart ass, because otherwise it's possible that you did indeed hold your head under water for too long.

Comment Re:Thousands of Years (Score 1) 298

The problem is the one way way large amounts of CO2 are removed from the atmosphere is via the oceans, and when oceans start absorbing higher concentrations of CO2 it leads to higher acidity, which is already having significantly detrimental effects on ocean ecosystems, and, coupled with warming oceans themselves, could lead to major collapses of fisheries that feed hundreds of millions of people.

Comment Re:climate change deniers (you!) (Score 1) 298

Desalination may help with drinking water, but it would require such significant amounts of energy to produce water sufficient to replace potential losses of water for agriculture that it really isn't even under consideration (beyond which, large parts of Eurasia and North America's bread baskets are a helluva long way away from oceans).

If we have enough energy to use desalination for large scale agriculture, then we've solved the energy problem and don't even need oil any more.

Comment Re:climate change deniers (you!) (Score 1) 298

Where is "here"? Many aquifers in North America are being tapped out, to the point where aquifers in southern California are producing increasingly saline concentrations. Major river systems are not infinite sources of water, and shifting rain belts means some river systems could be under threat over the next century or two. And let's not even talk about a major shift of the rain belts into more northerly latitudes, meaning the American Midwest, one of the grain baskets of the world, could suddenly find itself with a lot less water, and a lot more arable land becoming arid or semi-arid. That will compromise the United States' food security, and your solution is what? To bomb Canada and take its food supply?

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