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Comment are they both never present in thriving colonies? (Score 1) 347

I don't have time to check it out -- but just because two items are in ever failed colony doesn't mean that's the cause. I'm touchy on the use of corollary evidence used to claim causation which is the irresponsible route of the fame whores of science. If they were to introduce the two into a healthy colony together where it previously did not exist and they destroyed the colony near 100% of the time, it's causation. But the quoted statement doesn't say anything about these two not existing in thriving colonies. It might be there, and I might be a grouchy old man for this, but -- well I am a grouchy old man, so it would fit.

Seinfeld's Good Samaritan Law Now Reality? 735

e3m4n writes "The fictitious 'good samaritan' law from the final episode of Seinfeld (the one that landed them in jail for a year) appears to be headed toward reality for California residents after the house passed this bill. There are some differences, such as direct action is not required, but the concept of guilt by association for not doing the right thing is still on the face of the bill."
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A History of Storage, From Punch Cards To Blu-ray 160

notthatwillsmith writes "Maximum PC just posted a comprehensive visual retrospective about data storage, starting with the once state of the art punch card and moving through the popular formats of yesteryear, including everything from magtape to Blu-ray discs. It's amazing how much data you could pack on a few hundred feet of half-inch magnetic tape!"

Comment Gates is a "real deal" philanthropist (Score 5, Insightful) 841

The posers out there that want tax payer money to go to their cause are the absolute stingiest when it comes to their own money. Their motto is "Someone should give money, but it's not going to be me." That's cowardice, phoniness, and should be shamed. The idea of the government giving out charity money is awful for the personal growth and personal connection that donors get when giving their own money, under their own will, not under the threat of government force.

For Bill and Melinda to commit to giving all of their wealth away to charity before dying is beyond noble.

Bill's mosquito release brings a very real situation to a mostly sheltered culture. Those I know that have gone on mission trips to poverty stricken countries all profess that the were forever changed by the experience. Gates unleashed a small jar of change on that crowd, and I do hope it takes root and holds.


Submission + - CNN meteorologist: global warming idea "arroga ( 1

Neubian writes: I've never believed that man was the cause for the warming period earth has been experiencing, and I've seen a larger and larger swelling of the scientific community that disagree with the THEORY of man-made global warming.

If the theory is in fact proven to be wrong, what does this mean for those that have staked careers, reputations, and a pseudo-religious belief into it? Could it so many are so deeply rooted into the belief that they will "go down with the ship?" If the earth cools for several years to come, but every "global warming" computer model that existed predicted continual warming, doesn't that annihilate the theory? Or will defense of ego rule the day and we are pitched a "Two Days After The Day After Tomorrow" scenario in order for the alarmists to maintain control?

Shouldn't science be about the truth at all costs, especially that of ego? I mean, were major global warming promoters to come around and admit fault, I don't believe they would be met with ridicule and humiliation, but praise for their bravery and courage.

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