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Comment Re:Middle ages warmer (Score 2) 159

When it came to an end it started the little ice age which called all of the above to this day never recovered.

The Medieval Warm Period and Little Ice Age were highly localized around the Atlantic. Europe may be at high risk for turning into Canada, but it's likely the rest of us will see far more subtle changes.

I find the Medieval Warm Period instructive. Today there's lots of fear-mongering that Global Warming will ruin all arable land, when in fact the Warm Period was a huge boon.

Comment Re:Mozilla is wasting money, brains, and time (Score 2) 75

Firefox OS was never faster or lower-end than Android to begin with. The idea that HTML+JS+CSS could ever be faster than native compiled apps (or even Java/Dalvik for that matter) was just insane. Damn near everybody knew it was a bullshit waste of money just thrown at the wall.

Comment Re:Mozilla is wasting money, brains, and time (Score 1) 75

once they accomplished that goal, they didn't know what to do next.

Actually, they did know what to do next, but they do so rather aimlessly and pathetically. It seems there's nobody at the wheel.

Mozilla helped get PNG adopted as an alternative to GIF, but that's only for still images, while GIF also does animations. Firefox first failed to promote MNG, then ensured its death by removing it from their browser, and much later introducing their own MPNG standard, which then repeated the above cycle of indecision, neglect, and sabotage.

Much the same goes for video... They shouted loudly in support of open video standards, but were pretty slow to even just include them in their own browser(s).

Personally, I'd be happy if Mozilla just focused on optimizing the hell out of Firefox. It's much slower and memory-hungry than other browsers on Android. Even on my desktop, a little bit of JS can drag the browser to an unresponsive crawl, even utilitarian sites like Amazon get less usable with each heavier and slower browser release.

Comment Re:Well, that's a start. (Score 1) 112

The video has no sound. It was certainly a quick encounter, but the officers swear they ordered him to show his hands 3 times, and the video doesn't show enough to contradict their statement. There are no other witnesses to contradict them, either.

Non-experts analyzing videos often come to completely wrong conclusions. The conspiracy theories around the JFK assassination come to mind...

Comment Is "denier" defined well enough, specific enough? (Score 1) 641

I mean, I've seen the term used in many contexts - towards those who actually deny that global warming is happening, to those who just need clarification on various arguments, and those who ponder how responsible humans actually are. In short, the term has been used and abused so much that it really needs refocus if it is to be taken seriously, IMO.

Comment Re:Well, that's a start. (Score 2) 112

Of your three cases, the officer in the first is facing criminal charges with up to 20 years in jail. Obviously the system works.

The second two were running around in public with realistic looking guns, and didn't quickly do what the officers ordered... Are you suggesting that people should be able to point fake guns at cops with no repercussions? Too many officers get killed on the job, already. Requiring psychic abilities in use of force decisions will make that number sky rocket.

Comment Just start syndication (Score 1) 203

Krebs just needs to change his distribution model. Instead of limiting this info to his own website, just start publishing the content on any interested website. Why hasn't slashdot already contacted him and offered to host his content? Even if they can DDoS a single major site into submission, they won't stand a chance of taking several offline.

For that matter, why wasn't Akamai sending out tons of abuse@ emails during this mess, telling ISPs to stop the flood coming from their side, or face financial liability for any continuing traffic? That would actually SOLVE the DDoS problem, quickly and permanently diminishing the ranks of their botnets, and eliminating the attackers resources, costing them money.

Comment Re:With all due respect to Mr. Hawking and us... (Score 1) 280

None of those things allow information to move faster than the speed of light,

No they don't, as far as we know right now. But they're observed phenomenon that are themselves capable of FTL, completely shattering your oversimplified claim that the limit of c is invariable. They prove there is room for something else...

Comment Re:It's a good idea, even if he's lying. (Score 1) 222

People who use more than 10GB will move to Sprint because it is cheaper.

No, they won't, and the numbers show that they don't, because Sprint's coverage is lousy. If anything, most Verizon users could be convinced to move to AT&T if the price difference was significant.

People also like certainty in billing. People hate the idea that changes in usage from month to month will affect their bill.

Nonsense. Nobody has a problem with metered water bills. What they dislike is huge ballooning overage charges, and overly high bills to begin with, which my idea would eliminate.

Telcos are trying to get you both ways, charging a big monthly fee for much more service than you would normally use, then big balloon overage fees for the occasion you do go over.

Comment Re:Bandwidth (Score 1) 222

Sure, you can see what you've used, but you have no idea what you will use.

If you had 100MB of data, how would you know how much of that it'll take to go to a random web page? How do you know that random web page won't just start feeding you the text to all the literary works ever created, over and over again?

How about one day the administrators of a website you frequent decide to put large streaming videos on their page one day. Now you just used up a bunch of your monthly allowance.

It's impossible for users to know how much data they will use.

Comment Re:With all due respect to Mr. Hawking and us... (Score 1) 280

the fact that there exist things that are poorly understood doesn't mean that you can just make up whatever you want

No, indeed, but it makes it foolish to clutch on to the current theory as an infallible cornerstone.

All evidence that humans have encountered, from all fields, from the tiniest of scales to the most distant of astronomical observations,

Humans have encountered a trivially tiny amount of evidence about the universe, and are prone to misinterpreting or rationalizing what little we do see.

shows that nothing moves faster than the speed of light in a vacuum.

Except for, you know, numerous things in Quantum Mechanics, like quantum entanglement, virtual particles, etc... Which is why folks like Einstein worked so hard to find alternative theories and disprove quantum theory.

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