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Comment Re:I'll be voting for Castle & Bradley (Score 1) 296

The other 3rd party nobody votes for is the Natural Law Party which seems to have something to do with the Socialist Party.

The Natural Law Party believes that everyone should live in harmony and will achieve that goal through Transcendental Meditation. Apparently, they will hire flying yogis to surround any country they gain control of and the Yogis will use their karmic powers to cleanse everyone in the country of evil thoughts. The resulting paradise will end hunger and crime, and create the first perfect nation on Earth.

I'm surprised that I actually remember that from the 1992 election debates.

Please note: I do not endorse the Natural Law party or any of their claims, I'm merely repeating them here for the education and amusement of the reader.


Feds Charge 61 People In Indian-Based IRS Phone Scam Case ( 110

BUL2294 writes: Following the arrests earlier this month in India of call center employees posing as IRS or immigration agents, USA Today and Consumerist are reporting that the U.S. Department of Justice has charged 61 people in the U.S. and India of facilitating the scam, bilking millions from Americans thinking they were facing immediate arrest and prosecution. "According to the indictment (PDF) -- which covers 20 individuals in the U.S. and 32 people and five call centers in India -- since about 2012 the defendants used information obtained from data brokers and other sources to call potential victims impersonating officers from the IRS or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services," reports Consumerist. The report adds: "To give the calls an air of authenticity, the organization was able to 'spoof' phone numbers, making the calls appear to have really come from a federal agency. The callers would then allegedly threaten potential victims with arrest, imprisonment, fines, or deportation if they did not pay supposed taxes or penalties to the government. In instances when the victims agreed to pay, the DOJ claims that the call centers would instruct them to go to banks or ATMs to withdraw money, use the funds to purchase prepaid stored value cards from retail stores, and then provide the unique serial number to the caller. At this point, the operations U.S.-based counterparts would use the serial numbers to transfer the funds to prepaid reloadable cards. The cards would then be used to purchase money orders that were transferred into U.S. bank accounts of individuals or businesses. To make matters worse, the indictment claims that the prepaid debit cards were often registered using personal information of thousands of identity theft victims, and the wire transfers were directed by the organizations using fake names and fraudulent identifications. The operation would then use 'hawalas' -- a system in which money is transferred internationally outside of the formal banking system -- to direct the pilfered funds to accounts belonging to U.S.-based individuals.

Comment Re: How is everyone supposed to use Emacs? (Score 2) 523

Which is why it's called an "Escape" key. You use it under exceptional conditions. You don't want it underfoot, but when you need it, it needs to be there.

Pretty soon, people will be able to use real Apple hardware to insult Nigerian scammers, instead of sending a cardboard P-P-P-P-Powerbook.

Comment Re:The math (Score 1) 375

or maybe because the EU simply isn't perfect, and is not just a democracy of several competing demands, but a collection of them. seriously, in what world is your comment at all a useful, logical argument, and not false dichotomy that contributes nothing but a distraction?

And now you know why he's posting: the goal is to distract everyone (including himself) from the problem because the mere acknowledgement that the problem exists is a challenge to his personal beliefs.

Comment Re:horse has left the barn (Score 1) 375

No, we can't. Airplanes aren't going to be solar powered, wind driven ships are extremely erratic, and delivering food to cities by horse-drawn carts is so last millennium.

We could live comfortably without air planes*, we can design ships to be powered by wind and solar, electricity or hydrogen fuel cells as need, and there's no need to go back to horse-drawn carts. Your failure to imagine a world where we aren't dependent on oil is a failure of your imagination, not an indication of actual impossibility.

* Technically we wouldn't have to live with airplanes in any case, since we could use solar/wind power to create aviation fuel to run the planes on in a carbon-neutral way.

Comment Re:Relationship of technology to this election? (Score 1) 331

What part of "pointless and closed" were you unable to understand?

It must be part where you expect me to care about your declarations.

Do I need to be more explicit about why I believe you are not worth more of my time?

Well then, you should try backing up your words with actions.

The truth would require rudeness, and I'm not even campaigning to be president.

Oh, of course it would. When you've got no facts, no evidence, and no logic to back you up, what are you left with other than a bad attitude and insults?

Comment Re:Relationship of technology to this election? (Score 1) 331

Yes, you have convinced me you are fanatical and willing to repeat yourself.

That's what it says in my signature, though I have to say that disagreeing with your incompetent analysis of the situation hardly counts as repeating myself, unless of course, you are suck puppet, in which I could see where being shot down twice for ignorant blathering feels like "repeating".

I could extend my responses, but there was no evidence of anything recognizable as sincerity or curiosity, so you have also convinced me that would be a waste of time and keystrokes.

Actually, I find it doubtful that you could extend your responses. All you seem to have is accusations that professional pollsters are either less competent than you, who once studied polling in university before dropping out of your sociology program, or so corrupt that they provide poll results that match whatever the client requests. You have offered no evidence other than your own general opinions to support either case. Like the poster, I first responded to, you seem to be suffering from the Dunning Kruger effect where you know just enough about the topic to be very confident that you are completely right about everything that you don't know.

Or perhaps I should apologize for writing at a level that is too difficult for you?

Oh I understood everything you wrote, but I am not sure that you did because if you had you would have understood my counter-arguments. Frankly, you should be apologizing for your disgraceful conduct and for wasting the time of everyone who reads your posts.

Comment Re:Really ? (Score 3, Informative) 176

When quoting Arnold I have been a little incorrect, since five figures of precision in the measurement of physical variables actually give you a two months forecast. But I studied this about thirty years ago...
If you want to estimate the error, if n is the number of months of the forecast and eps is the measurement precision, the error is given by:
10^(2.5n) times epsilon. As you can see the error rapidly increases, although the formula I transcribed from Arnold's textbook is quite rough (toroidal Earth, steady flux and negligible viscosity). Not a bad approximation for estimating trade winds flux, however.
People at MET probably took care of the propagation of numerical errors in the calculation, by increasing the grid density and maybe setting up a system capable of working with quadruple precision. However the problem again is the needed precision of input data, that increases exponentially with the time forecasted.

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