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Comment Re:I think Google would walk here (Score 1) 172

In reality, there is not. You can keep your news outlets within the EU. You just don't ask for the fee you will be entitled to if this becomes law. About half of the german news outlets did so, when the german version of the law was introduced, and the other news outlets which asked for a fee, caved within some months because of their visitor numbers plummeting.

Comment Re:Fair use (Score 2) 172

In the EU, it is basicly the same. Small snippets are not considered copyright infringment. And that is the issue at hand. The publishers alleged that Google News is a source of income for Google, as they place advertisements there, and they thus are profiting from the publisher's work, though it doesn't collide with Copyright Law. And thus the publishers pressed for changes and a special exception from the snippet exception, first in Belgium (it failed after a few years), then in Germany (it failed within months) and Spain (not sure, how long it took to fail).

What's more sad: There were some local news aggregators in Germany, which couldn't afford the license fees and thus closed shop when the law went into effect. And now we are left with even less news aggregators which have even more market power.

Comment Re: Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 5, Interesting) 688

Desertification along the 23th latitude has the same cause everywhere. It's called Intertropical Convergence Zone. Because the Sun stands highest in the region around the equator, temperatures are the highest there, and warm air rises every day, taking much water vapor with it into heights up to 20 km. Here, the water condenses, and each evening just before sunset, you have heavy rain along the equator, hence the rain forests. The dry air floats to the side, making room for more warm, wet air coming up. Around the equator, you now have regular winds blowing to the equator. They are called trade winds, and they blow from northwest to the south east in the northern hemisphere and from southwest to the northeast in the southern hemisphere.

The dry air in 20 km height cools and sinks down north and south of the equator, causing a girdle of high air pressure north and south of the equator. But because the air is now dry, having lost most of its water vapor above the equator, it heats much faster when it sinks down. Thus, air coming up from the ground due to being heated during the day, stops somewhere inbetween, because warmer air sinks down, and the convection stops where both meet. As the air is not cool enough for clouds to form, there is no rain where both streams meet. This effect is called an temperature inversion, because the normal layering of the atmosphere with air getting cooler if you get higher is inverted.

Luckily, the zenith of the sun wanders along the year between both the northern and the southern Tropic, thus at least once a year, those regions get heavy rains. They thus have two seaons: the dry season and the wet seasons. Regions closer to the equator sometimes have two wet seasons. The wet season gets shorter and less intense if you get closer to the Tropics. Outside the Tropics, there is no wet season, thus you have desertification along both Tropics.

Before you call me naive, please get at least some basic meteorologic knowledge!

Comment Re: Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 5, Informative) 688

Some basics for you:

1) humans do better in warmer climates

Apparently, they don't. Global population density is highest between the 30th and 50th latitude. If you get into warmer climates, population density shrinks.

2) crops grow better

Most food crops are harvested between 30th and 50th latitude too. Around the 23th latitude (both north and south) you have either large deserts, where nothing grows, or you have the rain forests, which don't have any meaningful soils to put food crops on.

3) a warmer earth has more farmable pand

No, it hasn't. Most farmable land today (90%) lies at less than 100 ft above sea level. If sea levels rise, a large portion of it will be subdued. Yes, Siberia might lose its permafrost. But most of Siberia is either montainous (the whole east of Siberia), or it is far away from any oceans and thus doesn't get much rain. In fact, a Siberia without permafrost will probably turn into a steppe fast (the southern part of Siberia is a steppe already), and finally into a desert, similar to Australia. Thus, no additional farmable land in Siberia.

4) less enerygy, not more is required to live in warmer climates

Because of 1), much more energy will be spend on air conditioning, while many buildings in today's colder climates don't need much heating even during winter season, because they are built as low energy houses, where just the short sun period during the day is sufficient to heat the house enough for the inhabitants.

Global warming is a *good* thing.

We are perfectly adapted to today's warming levels. Global warming above today's levels is a bad thing.

Comment Re: Google Scam Department is setious business (Score 1) 105

But so far, none of the displays I know of do this. That's problem with the handset manufacturers, not with the telco providers. If you look into the setup messages coming from the provider, both numbers are present in their respective carrier provided and user provided caller ID fields. Handsets thus display the user provided caller ID if present, and the carrier provided caller ID else.

I'm doing phone switches for a living, and I know that most customers order CLIP no screening because of the forwarding issue. Especially people on-call want the number of the original caller on their display and not the number of their office phone or that of the attendant dispatching the call to them. And without CLIP no screening, the original caller ID gets filtered out on the PSTN.

Comment Re: Google Scam Department is setious business (Score 1) 105

Also, your "call forwarding" problem is a red herring. The abusing party would need control over the forwarding phone (the target needs to be switched to the intended victim before each call) -- which need to be registered to the company the abuser wants to spoof.

This is not a problem. Just have a front business, buy a phone switch, add "CLIP no screening" to your line, and you are done. Your real phone number is never shown to the person you call, but you can spoof whatever caller ID you want - until you get bust.

Comment Re:Wrapper, not replacement (Score 1) 538

I've to see yet a valid objection about this change. All I see is "but my custom init scripts don't work anymore" and "init was it, init is it, and init will it be in all eternity".

init is a good solution in a constant environment, where you know beforehand what hardware is present, and where changes are seldom and will happen during scheduled downtimes. This is ok for most server environments and for cloud services. It is not workable for desktops and laptops, where hardware change on the fly is the norm with USB devices being plugged in and out, the network connectivity changing between different WiFi networks, LTE and ethernet, Bluetooth and different power saving modes which switch on and off different parts of the hardware.

Yes, you can try to play whack-a-mole and add custom init scripts for all the additional hardware and network configurations so they change on the fly, but it gets complex very soon, and it is error-prone, and you have long left the original runlevel concept that init used to define different states of the machine, because you would need hundreds of thousands of different runlevels given the possible number of combinations.

So if runlevels aren't the solution anymore, why keep the concept of init scripts, whose task it was to describe the differences between runlevels?

Comment Re: Google Scam Department is setious business (Score 2) 105

It has nothing to do with an alleged incompetence, it has to do with some basic functions of a telephone system.

Normally, you can send out only a caller ID that conforms to your PSTN connection. If you provide any other caller ID, it gets thrown out by the carrier and replaced by the default caller ID of your PSTN. This is all fine and dandy, if your PSTN connection is the actual origin of the call. But if you have call forwarding, this is no longer the case. If someone calls your desk phone at the office, but you are abroad, you can forward the call from your deskphone to your mobile. Nifty, right? But there is a problem: Your deskphone is not allowed to send out the caller ID of the original caller, as its PSTN connection is different than that of the original caller. So what you get on your mobile phone is the caller ID of your deskphone, but no information about the original caller as the carrier overwrites the information, rightly stating that your deskphone has no business sending a caller ID that does not belong to that connection.

There is a solution: CLIP no screening. The carrier allows the PSTN connection to send the original caller ID in a separate field: "User provided caller ID", which is different than the carrier provided caller ID. Your phone at home and your mobile phone will display the user provided caller ID rather than the carrier provided caller ID, because in most cases, this makes more sense. As long as your phone does not display both fields, this will lead to confusion if someone misuses the CLIP no screening feature.

Comment Re:This is the year of the extreme climate claims (Score 3, Informative) 412

Seven billion people have been enough to increase the CO2 in the atmosphere by 50%, from 270 ppm in the 1890s to 400 ppm today. Don't believe it? Then look up all the coal and oil we mined and extracted since then and calculate how much CO2 they release if two third of them are burned. And you will find out that adding that amount of CO2 to the atmosphere will increase the CO2 in the atmosphere by 130 ppm.

Yes, that's something you could calculate all by yourself. And now please argue that those additional 130 ppm in the atmosphere are not man-made!

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