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Comment Libtard thermometers (Score 1) 116

Thermometers are just tools of libtard propaganda. I mean, how can I possibly have a so-called "fever" if my feet are cold? Where are the peer-reviewed scientific papers that show thermometers aren't a hoax? And I don't mean in libtard fake "scientific" journals like Nature, but in legitimate journals like this one:

http://www.coresci.org/jcts/

Trump needs to outlaw thermometers, is what.

Comment Re: Bullshit. (Score 2) 59

"Using a chat program to hide " doesn't even make logical sense.

It does if the chat program using public key encryption between the users. In that case even the mediating servers don't have access to message contents.

The scheme is flawless -- but then it almost always is unless it's devised by a total ignoramus. What they get you on is implementation.

Comment Tomography (Score 1) 34

They basically took a CT scan (computed tomography) using radio waves instead of x-rays.

Tomography has been around for over 80 years. It's why there's no lens when you have a traditional x-ray taken. You just fire the RF rays in a uniform direction (in this case the single WiFi course acts as a point source with all rays radiating radially), and capture them using a flat photographic plate (or in this case, by moving the WiFi receiver around on a plane). What they're doing isn't even as sophisticated as a CT scan because without moving the RF source as well, they can't capture 3D information.

Comment Re:BeauHD, can we get some programming subs? (Score 1) 66

I'm not going to create yet another online account just to submit content here to you for free!

Wait a minute. You're complaint is that you don't want to submit content for free but you want more articles about an open source programming language?

You might want to think that through.

Comment Re:Yeah, sounds nuts alright. (Score 1) 91

Yep, he's either delusional, or it's part of some huge scam.
I'm voting for delusional.

Still, the brain only would actually be harder than a head transplant. Kind of the same way it's easier for surgeons, real ones that is, to transplant the entire heart and both lungs than it is to just do the heart.

Of course, that cretin should first get his epic fail and possible murder or manslaughter charges for his head transplant he's already committed himself to before he goes for the wetware only version. Speaking of committed, why hasn't anyone dragged him off to the nuthouse for an examination yet?

Comment Re:2-3 hours a day! (Score 1) 379

You did the right thing with your quotes.

The GP used the word: stealing
If you're working on a personal project for 2-3hours on the side when you should be working on company stuff that is stealing.

You used the word: "steal"
BSing with co-workers often results information sharing (sometimes quite accidentally) that can often have a good benefit to a project. Checking the news can be a good brain reset between focused tasks helping overall efficiency. As does getting up and walking to the water cooler, having a coffee, and having a smoke. All that improves mental health (yes even smoking, because there's nothing more distracting that someone trying to think while going through nicotine withdrawals).

As for the errands, if you're doing those every day for several hours, I would put that one into the GP's stealing category. Running one for 30min every so often after lunch, that's just personal management that would likely otherwise result in an employee taking a sick day.

Comment Re:Purely symbolic (Score 1) 129

Exxon, Shell, BP, the list goes on. Just open a newspaper dedicated to the industry to see how investments in deep water are continuing. Exxon only awarded a contract to start on the Lisa deep-water field 3 days ago. BP announced a go ahead for Mad Dog Phase 2 (in the Gulf), Shell only just started up a new field in December and only 2 weeks ago Shell announced $13billion investment in a new deep-water field in Nigeria, that came hot on the heels of approving capital for the development of the Ursa basin (in the Gulf) expecting first oil in 2019.

So the answer to your question is: everyone.

Comment Re:Drill baby drill (Score 1) 129

You have simplified a lot of very very complex topics.

Offshore drilling is cheap as chips. Offshore drilling in incredibly deep water with unfavourable geology is expensive. Things constantly go wrong in offshore drilling. Barely a week goes by without another leak, spill or something. The difference is it rarely happens in the way that deepwater horizon did with known failsafe systems having previously unknown failure modes, and its worth remembering that this happened to the deepest offshore drilling well in the world.

As for parking a fracking rig anywhere, yeah I don't think the existing owners of the field are going to like you very much. Fraking doesn't magically suck oil out of the air, you still need to find geology that supports it and contains an oil field. For the most part there's very little untapped oil. Then there's the whole fact that fracking oil in North Dakota is hell sour compared to the conventional oil and therefore hard to sell and often goes at a huge discount.

Right now oil majors can't seem to offload fracking rigs and the wells they sit on fast enough, while investing more and more in offshore rigs. Hell your horribly expensive $62billion disaster pulled the breaks on offshore drilling, but even that has stopped with the company involved just approving a $15bn investment that was put on hold in 2013 for Mad Dog 2 deep water field with the hope to start drilling ... early next year.

2 weeks ago Shell announced a $13bn new deep water project, hot on the heels of winning engineering awards for their successful deep water well that went into production only a few months ago. Exxon is negotiating with Brazil for more access to offshore deep water permits, oh and only 3 days ago awarded multi-billion dollar contracts to start developing the Lisa deepwater field. And this is just deepwater, the riskiest of the bunch. There's still a shitload of untapped beautifully sweet light and shallow Norwegian crude out there as well oil companies love to plonk rigs up on when the going gets tough and they need something cheap to prop up the balance sheet.

Trump's policy won't make a difference, I agree with that. But offshore isn't dying in the slightest. If anything, fracking is what is experiencing an unprecedented level of legal challenge in the world right now, and if there's one thing in doubt, I'd say it's the future of gas fracking.

Comment Re:People like Musk need to do more homework (Score 1) 147

Learn a few things about urban planning, Elon.

Now it's time for your lesson. When dealing with an existing city that has the problems you so beautifully and correctly described, what do you do:

a) Rezone everything. Raze buildings to the ground, dissect shopping centres and spread them throughout the suburbs. force mass relocation of corporations, move skyscrapers and campuses. Reclaim even more land ripping even more houses and buildings down to redesign roads for better access for alternative transport. Put in more public transport that is able to navigate outside of traffic. And all of that while basically throwing the local economy into a blender fuelled by radically changing land values and the sudden obsolescence and devaluation of people's motor vehicles all of which sounds like it may be achievable in the next 100 years?

or

b) Come up with an innovative way of bringing people from a to b without doing any of the above, and preferably his century.

Don't arrogantly assume that you're the first person to want to address this problem.

He never did. But he is assuming that he is the first person to want to address this with money, a plan, a will and a way.

Comment Re:Well that didn't take long (Score 1) 197

Didn't take long for the "internet racist" to show their ugly faces. I almost feel sorry for them.

You mean racists like folks who advocate putting quotas on how many Asians are accepted to universities and high-paying jobs because they tend to do better than whites? Affirmative action against whites I can kinda understand. The operating premise being that in the past whites obtained their power, influence, and money partially by repressing minorities. And that the aftereffects of those past transgressions still slightly influence people's positions in society, so a counter-influence is needed to level the playing field. But Asians historically were one of those repressed minorities. Applying affirmative action against them just exposes you as a racist - someone who wants other people's position in society to be determined not solely by their ability, but partially by their race according to your unsubstantiated prejudices (in this case, that all races should be equal in everything, even if they're really not).

Despite what I just wrote, I actually agree with what California is doing with Airbnb. If you browse through their listings, the vast majority of properties are listed by landlords doing short-term rentals as a business. Not homeowners renting out their home while they're on vacation. If it's the home you live in with your personal items holding great sentimental value, you can rent it out to whomever you want. If you're only comfortable with people of the same race as you being in your home, then so be it. But if it's a second (or third, or tenth) house you rent out as a business, and your only attachment to the furnishings is their cash replacement value, then anti-discrimination statues should apply.

Comment Re:Bleep this (Score 2) 34

(Fucking salt lamps, really? I knew people were stupid, but come on)

One of my neighbors got a salt lamp for Christmas and put it on the curb for garbage pickup by New Year's Eve. I saw it when I was walking the dog and snatched it up. I was hoping to wrap it again and re-gift it to someone as a gag, but my wife saw it and plugged it in. Now it sits as a night light on the counter in the hallway going to the bathroom. True story.

I don't know about any health benefits, but it is strangely attractive. A light bulb inside a lump of salt. Who would've thunk it?

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