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Comment More FUD (Score 0, Flamebait) 416

If a climate model can't explain/show the past history of observed data, then how can it be relied upon to predict the future? Release all the data used for these claims, as well as the model. Isn't saving the world more important than being secretive with this information? Or is it more important to keep the incoming funding and celebrity? I don't know why Slashdot logged me out ... :/

Comment How much for the Diversity Initiative? (Score 5, Informative) 115

$300 million? Oh, that's right, the executive who pushed Intel this direction is leaving now. Here's her announcement to leave: Here's her announcement for the Diversity Program. Here's where that $300 million came from:

Comment Re:WIRED has it right (Score 1) 1044

Yeah - Just take a look at the three past suggested slates. ALL. WHITE. CIS-SCUM. HETERONORMATIVE. MALES. Oh wait, what's that? Multiple female authors on the suggestions? Multi-racial authors? Diverse political thoughts amongst the candidates? Yeah - I can totes see them being anti-diversity. I was in the Sad Puppies camp. Now I can't wait to see what new Byzantine rules and regulations the Old Guard comes up with to protect The Precious. I almost feel bad for the 2016 Hugos. Almost.

Comment Re:copyright protects punk rockers (Score 1) 189

Copyright is what keeps Jeb Bush from using Creedence Clearwater Revival songs at his political rallies.

Wrong. Most artists have a system either through their label on their own called licensing. If someone wants to pay an artist to promote a product, or be used to present a lifestyle that is attractive to potential customers or voters. When these political campaigns purchase a license, most artists don't have a veto over it, and take to the court of public opinion to shame the politicians into not using their music. Fuck those artists. If they want to sell their product to a specific ideological crowd, they should say that up front. Those that are 'all about the music' and 'taking a message of $PEACE$LOVE$WHATEVER to the people', and then cry when someone with some media exposure uses their product in a legal contractual way should be given an Iron Maiden treatment. Fuck. Them.

Comment Re:A bit rich (Score 2) 786

When the good doctor and his associates release all this data that was used to create their model, he is guilty of cherry picking data points and data manipulation. All the secrecy and denial of data release makes his conclusions suspect, regardless of their accuracy.

Comment Re:How is it their fault? (Score 1) 653

Yeah, because all the money we have been pouring into school systems the past 30 years made such a difference until now. Our per capita spending per student is abysmal for our ROI. But we keep voting in the people on the school boards who hire the people who make and execute the budgets for the schools, so there is no one to blame but the person in the mirror. I love the cycles where a new administrator in a district will institute a construction program within their first two years so that people will know they are 'serious' about education. The declining average testing scores may not give community pride, but the [INSERT BUILDING OR OTHER EDIFICE NAME HERE] sure is magnificent/breathtaking/bold/needed/awesome. School property is massively underutilized. Too bad people wouldn't be willing to have school in shifts.

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