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Comment Re: Stop it with the SJW crap!!! (Score 1) 130

Because it's easier on their mind.

Let's be honest here, if we wanted to do something about global warming, we'd have to change our way of life. And we'd have to change it big time. We (Europe and the US) use up more resources than the rest of the globe combined. Yes, including China. But they're trying to catch up. Should they ever reach us, it's game over anyway. That this isn't even sustainable in terms of resource usage, not to mention waste production, is, at least to me, obvious. If you disagree, do so, I don't give a shit.

So if you admit that global warming is a reality, you can do two things: Either feel guilty about continued overusing resources or reduce your consumption. Either is not really something people want to do. The first makes you feel bad (and we all know how troublesome this is to the fragile souls of our millennials) and the latter inconveniences you.

So it's easier to just wish it away and say it ain't happening.

Personally, I found a third way. I simply don't give a shit about it anymore. Yes, I'm convinced that global warming is real, the data I have available points to yes. But so be it. I won't live another 50 years, so I don't give a fuck.

If you want to save your planet, go ahead. Hell, I'll even move along. But don't expect me to waste any more of what's left of my time on trying to convince people that they have a duty to their kids. If you don't give a shit about your kids, how could you expect me to?

Comment Re: Stop it with the SJW crap!!! (Score 1) 130

I believe in data. If I still gave a fuck (which I don't because, well, I can't do jack shit about it anyway, it's like worrying about crashing with a plane when you're just a passenger, why bother investing energy into something you cannot influence?), I'd ask both sides to present their data, then draw my conclusions.

Comment Re:The anti-science sure is odd. (Score 1) 130

The problem is that the general train of thought of those that COULD make this decision is probably going to be: "Hmm... I mean, we do make a shitload of money on weapons and it's not like they get better by sitting around. And let's not forget it's good for the economy. So..."

Comment Re:Stop it with the SJW crap!!! (Score 1) 130

Hey! I made popcorn just for this occasion, don't ruin it now!

Seriously, there's very little on /. these days that produces nothing but incoherent rants where you needn't engage your brain to enjoy it, let me have my popcorn flick, will ya? We'll return to your highbrow entertainment in the next thread.

I know finding amusement in the bickering of low lives is a guilty pleasure, but let me indulge at least sometimes.

Comment Another mark of a failing economy (Score 1) 112

We used to invest in businesses, who then provided goods and services to customers. That's a thing of the past, simply because the number of people who actually have money left to buy crap isn't enough to make this investment viable.

So the logical next step is to invest in lawsuits. Here you needn't provide a service someone wants, you can actually force him to pay.

Comment Re:Bill Nye is not a science guy. (Score 0) 276

"Our favorite science guy?"

WTF is this, reddit? Goddamn slashdot's gone to shit. I mean, it's gone to shit several, several times since I started posting here, but every time I keep thinking we've hit bottom, no the editors find a way to dig deeper.

That's not the editor's writing, it's the submitter's writing, which you should know by now.

Comment Re:Stagnant? (Score 1) 121

I was just looking at this article which points out that Apple's R&D has gone up many times over since Job's passed on...

The thing is, that's usually a bad sign. It means that your development teams are growing very quickly, which has two effects:

  • The median age/experience level drops precipitously, resulting in poorer output quality.
  • The amount of effort required to maintain the products designed by more people grows by the square of the number of people involved.

Eventually you reach a point where every additional person makes the product worse or more delayed, rather than better or faster. These days, I keep getting the feeling that Apple passed that point a while back, and they just haven't noticed yet. This is one reason why innovative ideas almost invariably come from small companies, not big ones.

The other reason is that the larger Apple grows, the harder it will be to innovate, because the breakage caused by doing so will become an ever bigger problem as the code base increases in size. At some point, it will be necessary for Apple to start over from scratch—probably by buying a company that creates some innovative alternative. At that point, it will have fully become Microsoft or IBM. And that's okay. Eventually, somebody else will come along and become the next Apple. It's the circle of life.

Comment Re:Sterilized long ago (Score 2) 174

In our solar system only moons are tidally locked to planets, but no planets to stars.

Mercury comes pretty close with its 3:2 spin-orbit resonance. It spins 3 times for every 2 orbits. That's close enough to being tidally locked that the difference is mostly moot from a "cooked on one side" perspective.

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