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Comment Re:What has Pokemon Go really go to do with this? (Score 4, Interesting) 148

Talking on the phone, Texting on the Phone, Playing a Game on the Phone, Eating your breakfast, Fiddling trying to read a map, punching in an address in a GPS, yelling at your kids..... All of this falls under distracted driving.

There is only so much we can do to stop stupid. As stupid people are often ingenious in finding new ways to be stupid.

The solution for distracted driving is getting rid of drivers. Self Driving Cars, Accessible Public Transit systems. Heck I would love it if there was a flatbed train along the interstate where you can park your car on it. And take the train the next 50 miles.

Comment Re:Worked for Amazon. (Score 4, Insightful) 133

Also unlike many of its Late 1990's .COM counterparts when it started Amazon had a business plan, that sold stuff not shares. They knew enough to price under the Brick and Mortar competition without any sustainable plan. Its prices and products were based on the cost it will be after they had completed their infrastructure. So while they were selling at a loss for a while, once the infrastructure was in place then they can make profit without having to change their competitivity.

Most of the other .COM plan was based on the idea if they sell at a low enough price then their suppliers will start giving them bulk discount... However with too much competition all trying to undercut themselves in prices they couldn't get enough traction to make it worth the suppliers effort to give them bulk pricing.

Comment Re:Big surprise some jackhole Silicon Valley (Score 1) 215

The problem is the Justice System allows the Rich to have advantages. More Money = More Lawyers = More Research = More Chances on finding a loophole = More Victories.

So the little guy who was wronged will lose out because the rich guy will win by a technicality.

Now I have been involved in helping doing the research for the company against the little guy, and from my experience most of the time the little guy is at fault too. Where they are often abusing the company's services well past the contracted amounts and declining multiple attempts to amend the contract to allow them to handle these extra services. Declining to pay when we prevent the user from abusing the service. Then finally suing the company after all services are cut off for non payment.

However that is the point of view I get from working for the company. I am sure that guy was given the full workup from the sales team, then gave a complex contract that he had little understanding of. Already feeling rip off he tried to use as much of what he got as he could. Then when seeing his services reduced without the price going down, he is refusing to pay because he isn't getting what he thought he should be getting. Then finally getting canceled.

For cases like this The company will always have the advantage as they know how to deal with these cases and have a cookie cutter process in place. While the guy suing it is mostly new to him and makes a lot of mistakes.

However the point of the justice system is to really look at the both points of views and point out where both sides may have been in the wrong and deal punishment for the group that has been considered to do the most wrong/reward to the person who has been injured the most.

Comment Re:Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 0) 534

The problem is the scientists are trying to show a rational answer to a gut response.
If the science hasn't swayed the deniers already then nothing probably will... However the trick is to influence their kids. While I am skeptical about most news coverage of science, because it is often over sensationalized, simplified, taken out of context, and stated as fact while it is mostly an untested hypothesis. We need science and rational thought to fill every little gap that the deniers put in their argument.

If this study shows to be strong, then that can fill in one of the deniers "questions" If global warming is caused by humans how come we didn't have it back during the industrial revolution. As most deniers are going that Global Warming is because earth is just going threw a natural warming period as it finishes it last Ice Age. Now if we can teach there kids the fact while their minds are open to new ideas even if we can convert each generation 10% over to stop being a denier, then we can work for progress.

However Science Reporting is so piss poor it makes it easy for these groups to say how science is wrong. Also sometimes we want to watch a Nature/Science show without the guilt.

Comment Re: Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 5, Interesting) 534

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) 534

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 Or the other reason.... (Score 3, Informative) 395

The fact the whole state is a river flood plain and only stupid people build homes in a river flood plain?

Global warming may have cause the weather pattern changes, but it does not change the fact that if you build in the low lands, you have to expect flooding because it will absolutely happen with a 100% guarantee.

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