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Comment Re:We're so screwed (Score 1) 293

If your definition of "hyper alarism" is Venus then sure. The rest of us are "hyper alarmed" at the thought of meters of sea-level rise, vast swaths of the planet becoming uninhabitable due to heat and drought, refugee crisis of an unimaginable scale (just imagine relocating everyone in the lower half of Florida).

Comment Re:We're so screwed (Score 1) 293

That's absolutely false. *Some* methane is being released from the sea floor (actually quite a lot of it) but the cattle industry alone generates huge amounts of methane.
  What's extra scary is that CH4 is usually quoted as being 30x as potent as CO2 but that's on a 100 year time scale. Methane in the atmosphere tends to break down. Given that methane rates are *rising* it's more appropriate to use the immediate CO2e value of .. 120x. As someone above noted, we are so screwed. I've never envied the elderly before now.

Comment Re:RIP Blackberry... (Score 2) 59

What are you blathering about? Chen might have business moves that you disagree with but he has not "wasted billions." BlackBerry's cash position has held steady outside of acquisitions such as Good. We'll see what happens with the new Android based DTEK50 phone. It's aimed right at businesses and may well be bought by the boatload given BB's commitment to patching frequency, hardware security, and so on.

Comment Re:Would love to see something done (Score 4, Interesting) 236

Several calls a week? I'm envious. I get a minimum of several a day.
You know, murder is a crime because you rob someone of the remaining time they might have had on this planet. Robo callers steal the equivalent of lifetimes every single day and our useless FTC seems utterly incapable of doing a damned thing about it.

Comment Precisely why I despise the FTC (Score 1) 236

For years they have basically thrown their hands in the air and declared the robo-calling problem unsolvable. They even pathetically tried to crowd-source a solution. And here we learn that there are a small number of perpetrators behind the majority of the calls. No doubt the FTC will do nothing with this information.
I get as many as six robo calls a day. When I used to answer the calls just to waste their time the majority of the operators spoke American english so were clearly operating in the jurisdiction of US law.

Comment Re:Sigh, this again (Score 3, Interesting) 312

It's really interesting how vaping is different from cigs in terms of addiction. I switched from cigs to 12mg vaping and that was fine for a while.. but then, oddly, I found I could no longer handle 12mg! I couldn't understand it, I would walk to work, puffing along the way like I always do, and then find I was having trouble swallowing, terribly anxious amongst other symptoms. Looked up "nicotine overdose" and bingo. Switched to 6mg and now down to 3. Every attempt I made to "cut down" with cigs failed miserably. Somehow vaping gives you a glide path away from the addiction.

Comment Re:'Carcinogenic compounds'. (Score 1) 312

Jesus, thank you, someone did some maths. I feel like there's a slew of upstart researchers out there who are trying to make a name for themselves by publishing papers to the effect of "omg! looks at the bad things we found in ecigs" with no regard to whether the concentrations are actually dangerous.
Guess what, kiddos, there's LEAD in every glass of water that comes out of the tap! LEAD!

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