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Comment Rampant in Photography (Score 0) 306

There might as well be a Dunning-Kruger effect built in to Photoshop, considering the number of photographers who suffer under the delusion that the terrible shit they produce is actually art.

Full disclosure - I'm a cranky photographer who's not total shit but is still mostly shit.

Comment Re:She's.. (Score 4, Insightful) 235

"commercial, nonattributable spyware that's proprietary to a government agency"

You can't parse that and have it make sense.

Commercial spyware that's somehow unable to be attributed to a person or organization? That defies the whole point of a commercial software product.

Commercial yet proprietary to a small group of government agencies? Again, that's not really the definition of commercial.

I can believe she had some sort of breach on her machine, most likely malware. Hell, I'd even be willing to believe there was some sort of spearphishing attack against her by someone who wanted data off a well-known reporter's computer but the rest of it just reads like a bad movie about the internet.

Comment Re:Cost (Score 1) 473

That's pure bullshit Conservative non-sense. I've had a pilots license for nearly 20 years and with the introduction of Part 61 licenses and the expansion of the aircraft allowed under sport and private pilots licenses its much easier to qualify these days.

But hey, don't let me get in the way of a good old fashioned big government hatefest. I know it must be terrible to have regulations for people who want to operate a vehicle that requires specialized training, and I'm sure that fuel costs and aircraft costs have nothing to do with it whatsoever. Right?

Comment Cop out (Score 0) 208

Wait, so I can literally blame anything on the NSA?

I ran out of ideas and motivation for my next book because of the NSA!

I'm late for work today because of the NSA!

Sorry, I can't afford child support this month because of the NSA!

This really sounds like a steaming pile of bullshit to me. Not that I'm in any way supportive of the actions of the NSA, but stating that you're not going to finish a series because it has become too much like real life just smacks of someone taking an easy way out.

Comment Other Hurricane Scales (Score 4, Informative) 216

The Saffir-Simpson scale is pretty antiquated for the exact reasons mentioned. Just measuring wind speed gives a very poor idea of how dangerous or destructive a storm will by, and gives no indication of relative size.

The better scale that the AMS is starting to lean toward is the Hebert-Weinzapfel scale, which has a much easier to spell name as the Hurricane Severity Index, or HSI.

With the HSI model, the speed of wind and the size of the wind field are taken in to account so a storm that is moderate intensity but very large in footprint, like Katrina, has a similar rating to a hurricane with a high intensity and very small footprint like Andrew. Both were similar in the amount of destruction they caused but Katrina was only SS Cat 3 at landfall, where Andrew was SS Cat 5.

But hey, lets just make jokes about Al Gore instead, cause Al Gore. Am I right here people?

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