* Posts by bombastic bob

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Parliamentary Trump-off? Pro-Donald petition passes 100k signatures

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ad hominem attacks

"You want an anti-Trump comment that is not ad hominem then that should be pretty easy."

Apparently not. You started off with 'racist' and 'misogynist'. Nice throwing of word-bombs! You might as well add 'sexist' 'homophobe' and 'bigot' to complete the copy/pasta list of accusations that are thrown at ANYONE who isn't a politically correct member of "the left". By the HOWLER MONKEYS.

Those words echo so badly that they're sounding hollow. Maybe *THAT* is why you didn't recognize them as ad hominem attacks!

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Re: Asleep at the Wheel

"Not only fake news, but revisionist history now?"

ACK. Just because a lefty "saiz" it, does not make it true, even when REPEATEDLY ECHOED by the howler monkeys, at volumes so loud, no amount of capitalization and punctuation can simulate it!

And 'same' for the 'trickle down' commentary another poster did. Supply side economics works EVERY! TIME! IT! IS! TRIED!! Trump economics will be just that: Tax cuts, smaller gummint, spending only when necessary (not propping up politically-correct industries like Solyndra nor devaluing currency via 'quantitative easing'), de-regulate, and let the private sector do its "thang".

That's what Reagan did. That's what Trump will do. That's why the 80's were so successful, why the Soviet Union broke apart, and why we had sustained economic growth for 2 additional decades. Yes, it took THAT long for the left to RUIN the U.S. economy, claiming 'our days are over' in the process, so that the USA could _also_ be subservient to EU socialism.

Good thing the UK voted Brexit, too. Same idea. The "petition" that MATTERS aka "an election".

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Re: nice!

"So please, do feel free to tell us all about which one is growing 'very rapidly'."

Uh, the one that appeals to HOWLER MONKEYS?

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Re: nice!

"Notice how some people will grasp at any straw(man) to maintain their world view. "

The original petition was probably "astro-turf" (not 'grass roots'). Getting 1.5 million 'howler monkey' types to sign it wouldn't be all that hard (especially if it's all done electronically).. The fact that conservatives are "bothering at all" with a petition like that actually means A LOT MORE, even if the total count is lower.

It's like "percentage of the left who sign petitions" vs "percentage of the right who sign petitions".

It ALSO reminds me of the recent pre-election polls (for both Trump _and_ Brexit), which were oddly skewed in the wrong direction. OR, the ratio of downvotes that a typical conservative poster gets in El Reg article comments.

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Re: Classic Trump supporters?

"This petition could well have been created by false-opposition to reinforce their own sterotypes and divert from valid arguments."

I'd say that about the ORIGINAL petition, the 1.5 million anti-Trump signatures from an astro-turf (aka "fake grass roots") well paid group of sock puppets for George Soros, and/or the left in general, as well as the arrogant/elitist HOWLER MONKEYS that sling poo and downvote as much as possible to make it SEEM as if they're significant, when they're not. [maybe they're just bored]

The thing is, conservatives tend to be busy running their OWN lives [not trying to manage EVERYBODY ELSE through INTIMIDATION and BULLYING and MEANINGLESS DEMONSTRATIONS] and as a result, don't have THEIR views being echoed on the evening news. "If it bleeds, it leads" so guess what gets the media attention? The anti-Trump viewpoint, that's what! And it's in line with their (the lamestream media's) attention, and creates controversy, and they quietly profit from it all.

it's like that bunch of B.I.itchy ladies that showed up to protest (in various places) on the day after Trump's inauguration, wearing pink cat-ear hats (read: neko mimi cosplay gear), calling them "pussy hats" in reference to a comment Trump made one time when the camera was rolling, complete with a laughable speech by Madonna and other performers, venting their vaginas over Trump's off-color comment, the kind of comment that *MOST* men have made at one point or another, but won't admit to because their lady friends and/or wives would make them sleep in the bathtub for having said such a thing at one time in their lives. Because, they don't have a sense of humor any more!

*cough* - well, now I'm out of breath.

HOWLER MONKEYS. that's who signed the original petition! The response was just a tiny fraction of the people who are OUTRAGED ENOUGH at the fake "popularity" of the anti-Trump crowd, speaking out and saying HEY, WAIT JUST A DAMN MINUTE (or its equivalent), being SO tired of the one-sidedness and HOWLER MONKEY bullying with the downvotes and the sock puppets and other well-known (lame) techniques of trying to seem BIGGER than they are.

Want to bring down that pesky drone? Try the power of sound

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Re: more distant attacks could be achieved by ramping up the power output.

"using a suitably sized parabolic dish"

By using multiple speakers, you could create a somewhat coherent beam of sound. I'd expect this to be a 'military grade' version.

a bit more damping/averaging/noise-canceling on the drone side might fix it, though. "Fix it in software".

Imagine a ChromeOS-style Windows 10 ... oh wait, there it is and it's called Windows Cloud

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I.T. comes full circle, from timeshare to PC to... TIMESHARE!

I knew this was dumb, back in the "noughties" when Micro-shaft introduced their ".Net initiative".

The whole idea that the distributed processing horsepower of a PC on every desk (in lieu of a big-iron server in an air-conditioned room of its own) would be traded in for "light client heavy server" stuff just *irked* me, like an instinctive revulsion, or a foul stench.

Well, here it is in its FULL GLORY! 'Windows Cloud'. Whee.

Might as well use those old VT100 and HP smart terminals, too.

subsequent note: this is me taking their name literally, because you KNOW it's what they want!

'Treat your developers like creative workers – or watch them leave'

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Re: Managed Creativity

"once they've proven that they are capable of doing so."

we're back to what I see as the major weakness in [Fr]Agile: the junior guy gets to have his say-so in the design, presumably on an equal level to the most experienced and/or knowledgeable developers.

I have been in meetings where this happens, and seen the results of meetings I have ALSO deliberately NOT been part of a project, one that had meetings where that apparently happens, and it's frighteningly ugly - project I had working in 3-4 weeks as a demo takes OVER A YEAR, never completes, and then in conjunction with a round of layoffs, I'm brought in and tasked with, along with another senior developer, getting it finished up within a month. In other words, that entire year went by with moving targets and the manager going into a squee-fest with the junior guy over the endless possibilities, or so I've been told, and manager ends up going with a LOT of different ideas that should NEVER have been gone with.

Some people think that pitting one engineer against another for "competing ideas" is a GOOD thing. I think it's EXTREMELY BONEHEADED, and is only likely to result in rage-quits and self-stifling in "go ahead, do it YOUR way, see what happens" mode. Some 'not so competent' engineers are REALLY GOOD at sounding like they know what they're doing, only to find later on, that the thing just doesn't work, or never gets finished, doing it "that way". Yeah, OOPS.

And it seems to ME that [Fr]Agile _ENCOURAGES_ this.

meanwhile, in light of all of THAT, the saner approach of "every developer gets to have his own sandbox with a set of well-defined requirements" makes even MORE sense, now. The boss, naturally, would have to know his employees, monitor them occasionally, and make sure they're on track, to make THAT work...

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Re: Agile makes us cogs

[Fr]Agile makes certain management types happy with themselves for implementing it, and gives "the most junior guy" plenty of say-so in implementing the "solution".

<sarcasm>What's not to love?</sarcasm>

Which of course is a recipe for FAIL unless said management type is genre-savvy enough to prevent it.

(in such a case, genre-savviness, he would've had been TOLD TO USE AGILE by a higher level management type, rather than 'swallowed the koolaid' or 'thought that one up himself')

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when I worked in the M.I.S. department, decades ago...

decades ago I worked in the M.I.S. department at a major corporation. They brought me in because they had a stack of work requests that weren't getting done.

Sometimes these work requests had trivial, even strange things being requested. Someone wanted a report modified so that it was sorted a specific way [a rather bizarre request as I recall]. Turns out the accountant just needed information for all customers of type 'X' based on a field in the customer's database entry, and wanted them all together so she could type the numbers into a spreadsheet quicker instead of going through several hundred pages, blue-lining them, etc.. I offered to create a file she could import into the spreadsheet instead, with all of the values she needed already calculated. It was like "you can DO that"? [it was easier than her request in a lot of ways, and saved on the cost of the paper and toner to print 'yet another report' on].

Sometimes it just pays to just go and ask "why exactly do you need this" and work out a better solution. Fortunately, people were open to the concept, and usually happier with the results afterwards.

With net neutrality pretty much dead in the US, your privacy is next

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Re: So what's next?

when ad blocker usage becomes the norm, the content providers will need to adjust their attitudes.

similarly, those services that care nothing for our privacy simply need to be avoided. alternatives DO exist. 'duck duck go' for example (in lieu of google or bing). perhaps the TRUE answer isn't to have the FCC act like fascists, but instead to let the private sector 'work it out'.

Admittedly, existing FTC privacy requirements COULD be altered to correct privacy-related abuses universally. I get regular statements from banks and credit card companies regarding the use of my private information. I always tell them "no".

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"Your lies grow tiresome."

Those kinds of comments grow tiresome. And the downvotes from the left-wing howler monkeys, who sling poo instead of providing relevant counterpoints.

Oh, and upvotes for Big John.

Facebook ad biz comes under scrutiny in MPs ‘Fake News’ probe

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Re: The problem with the concept of "Fake News"...

I have a better idea - just let the chaos reign, and let people get used to using their BRAINS when reading.

Father of Pac-Man dies at 91

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Re: A sad day indeed ...

"Pacman still resides in my all-time top 10 go-to arcade machines even to this day."

And, it resides in bowling alleys, skating rinks, and other places where classic games can be found.

It's "timeless".

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"In other PacMac news US President Donny Trumpy"

your parody was good, up until the last line about giving away money and influence. then it flopped. no up/down for that. just a 'meh'.

Facebook ‘Happy Birthday’ lawsuit rolls on

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can't open pandora's box on spamming

can't open pandora's box on spamming. It starts with "happy birthday" and ends up being "happy birthday and here's your latest deals on spectacular items at low, low prices"

NO. just no. on spam of ANY kind. even an automated 'happy birthday' text message to your friend's phone that you didn't specifically ASK to be sent.

because, as we all know, some spamming entity will 'friend' a zillion people, and next thing you know, that automated spamming happy birthday message becomes a vector for getting away with spam-vertisements.

'Maker' couple asphyxiated, probably by laser cutter fumes

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apartment + industrial equipment = *bad idea*

just pointing out an obvious fact. other than neighbors complaining about noise and smell, I suppose the exhausting of toxic fumes is item #0 on the list of "why you do not do this"

Corn-based diet turns French hamsters into baby eating cannibals

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waiting for "save the hamsters" to intervene

I'm waiting for some "save the hamsters" society to intervene. Watching the en"sue"ing court battles would require a different kind of corn... popped in coconut oil, with plenty of butter and salt.

That's right - SAVE THE CANNIBAL HAMSTERS from themselves!

Former Mozilla dev joins chorus roasting antivirus, says 'It's poison!'

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Practice "Safe Surfing"

with the obvious STD prevention parallel, there's what I like to call "Safe Surfing" on 'teh intarwebs'.

0. When doing ANYTHING "intarweb related" (this includes e-mail), ONLY log in with 'guest' level credentials. This means you will probably need to have a separate 'administrator' login for fixing things and doing updates. Big whoop, just do it.

1. Don't use Internet Explorer. EVAR. That includes 'Edge'.

2. Make sure you disable scripting by default. A plugin like 'NoScript' makes this easier.

3. If practical, delete cookies and cache on exit.

4. Unless you have some "compelling reason" not to, use a NON-WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEM for web-related things.

5. _ONLY_ view e-mail in PLAIN TEXT, and without "embedded attachments". Attachments should be opened ONLY by specifying "open with" or saving first, then opening directly with an application.

6. Do _NOT_ examine office documents with a MICROSOFT PRODUCT

7. Do _NOT_ view PDF files with Adobe's PDF reader!

8. If you _MUST_ use 'Virus Outbreak' (aka MS Outlook) for e-mail, _NEVER_ 'preview' ANY kind of document or attachment in a preview window.

9. _NEVER_ click on a link in an e-mail, _ESPECIALLY_ if you are viewing it in HTML [chances are a spam mail will direct you to a phishing site by faking the link info, but viewing as plain text reveals this with no ambiguity]

Wow, look out, hackers: Trump to order 60-day cybersecurity probe

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time to keep an eye on regulators

it's time to keep an eye on regulators. watch them. scrutinize them. make sure they don't do anything crazy/stupid. And protect the privacy of the individual, above all else.

Make sure that the government OF THE PEOPLE, which Trump has said is getting the power BACK, isn't screwed over by "the kinds of things" that gummint has been trying to do 'the masses', like FOREVER.


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Re: CO2

"an amusing mockery of 'snowflake' activist 'facts' "

reminds me of DHMO (and Penn and Teller passing out 'ban DHMO' leaflets at an earth day thing, with predictable comedic results)


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Re: Alternative Facts

'where everything in Genesis is true'

yeah, dogmatic adherence to things of that nature [in the face of some pretty compelling evidence to the contrary] isn't very smart-looking, is it?

I say the same thing about climate "science" these days.

I see the alleged "fact bombs" saying things like "97% of scientists" and my first reaction is always "_WHICH_ scientists"?

Anyone on the intarwebs can claim ANYTHING, and randomly tw[a,ee]ting "facts" like that is pretty meaningless. People criticize Trump's claims of 3-5 million fraudulent voters, and I have to agree, there's no apparent basis for him to make that claim. But there's an investigation going on, and if they find 1 million, I'll still be JUST as appalled... [and just as NOT surprised].

I also have to wonder, if Trump's "fact bombs" are, in fact, a way of throwing the same crap back at "the left" that they've been slinging for YEARS.

/me stands up on the top of the porcelain throne, and yells "CRAP FIGHT!"

Google launches root certificate authority

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IT Angle

maybe THAT is why the NEW browser cert warnings?

as I understand it, chrome (and now firefox) have extra big/loud security warnings regarding certs, now. Not sure what they look like, but it's interesting timing, right?

Let's hope you can STILL load your own root cert for self-signed stuff in perpetuity, or is there going to be another TOLL BOOTH in the future for the small-time developer and experimenter?

Windows code-signing tweaks sure to irritate software developers

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Re: the approximate doubling of certificate prices.

"There's no suggestion that the OS is going to require signed application-level code"


consider what's already happened with device drivers. I'll get my coat, now.

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the approximate doubling of certificate prices.

Thanks for the toll-hike at the Redmond "Bridge"

Yet another impediment to:

a) independent developers

b) open source

c) people who just want to write stuff for their OWN computer

YET ANOTHER REASON to go with open source operating systems.

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Re: How long before...?

"You can buy the dongles on eBay?"

or, worse, CLONES of dongles at rock-bottom prices

Doomsday Clock moves to 150 seconds before midnight. Thanks, Trump

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since when did 'global [warm|cool|change]ing' get added?

"Hoax of the century" is now a cause for DOOM! So says the doomsday clock. DOOM! DOOM! DOOOOOM!

They were wrong about Ronald Reagan, too. "The bombs start falling in 5 minutes."

With all of that DOOM, maybe George Soros will sell short on the stock market and lose another $billion.

Trump signs 'no privacy for non-Americans' order – what does that mean for rest of us?

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Re: Trump has become more deranged

"How exactly does one 'prepare' for a third world war?"

buy some tin foil, make hats

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Re: Agencies shall, to the extent consistent with applicable law

"Perhaps, if it is illegal, they won't be able to do it."

that's the theory. I suspect actual practice will be much different than the FUD.

I also suspect that this was aimed primarily at ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, and not an excuse for NSA spying on the world. In other words, if a gummint program guarantees some level of privacy protection, such protection would NOT apply to illegal aliens. People here legally [including tourists] would most likely continue to be given the same kinds of rights and respect as before [even though our Constitution does NOT guarantee such things].

The REAL measuring stick should be this: the U.S. should treat foreigners the SAME way that U.S. Citizens are treated overseas. Just sayin'...

President Trump tweets from insecure Android, security boffins roll eyes

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"Is what he tweets a secret?"

apparently not, but it might be a better idea to get something that's deliberately "secured". As an example, having a cracked phone in your pocket while discussing security-related things, "listening in". THAT would be bad.

President Trump: Have the NSA secure your phone, please. k-thx.

President Donald Trump taken on by unlikely foe: Badass park rangers

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If only we'd started recording temperatures 100 years ago - this climate debate would be all over.

or maybe if there was some kind of ice core record we could sort it out.

does THIS help?


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Re: no bias nor inflamatory tone, move along

(re: demonstrating no man-made climate change, that such claims are a HOAX)

"No you haven't and, no you can't!"

Sure I can, and have done so already, and I'll do it AGAIN.

The CO2 mechanism is just on example of the HOAX of man-made global temperature whatever. It's there because it ties in directly with fossil fuels, which the left HATES anyway [they empower average people, making us more mobile and having affordable luxuries]. And the use of fossil fuels ties to human activity, and ANY connection they can make, is a method by which they can CONTROL people through manipulation and outright lies.

Consider this: If CO2 concentration increases, and if it were causing warming, it would result in a HIGHLY UNSTABLE condition, like thermal runaway in a semiconductor (which we are NOT seeing, by the way). Why? It's because when you heat ocean water, it RELEASES CO2! That's why.

The projection would be that, when the planet warms, more CO2 is released from the ocean, causing a warmer planet, EVEN MORE CO2, and so on. Thermal runaway. Yes, that's NOT happening. And it WON"T happen, because of the OBSERVABLE property in chemistry known as EQUILIBRIUM.

So what we DO see is a CO2 + H2O equlibrium reaction in the atmosphere due to RAIN. It ends up depleting atmospheric CO2 into waterways and the ocean, and it precipitates out as carbonates. [volcanos underwater can stir these carbonates up and cause CO2 to bubble up to the surface - and if you measure CO2 NEAR a thermal anomoly like that, you'll get the skewed figures that warmists need in order to "prove" their hoax - but I digress]

Now, ANYONE studying chemistry knows about equilibrium reactions, which CO2 and water have most definitely been observed as having, including the affinity of CO2 for being hydrolyzed in water, and so on. So the laws of physics COMPLETELY go against the claims that CO2 levels are rising, rising, rising, and temperatures are going with it. Besides, isn't it OBVIOUS, RIGHT NOW, that world-wide temperatures are starting to COOL DOWN??? That they've come off of a CYCLIC PEAK, and are heading back the OTHER way? What data is being IGNORED again???

The "inconvenient truth" here, aside from CO2 maintaining an equlibrium level, is that CO2 does NOT have a significant infrared absorption spectrum above VERY COLD temperatures (something close to -50C as I recall). So atmospheric CO2 will do a FINE JOB of helping to keep temperatures from going BELOW -50C, by blanketing IR emissions at those temperatures, keeping the heat in etc.. OK it's not perfect because occasionally, in Antarctica, it can get a bit colder than that. But not by much. Thank CO2 for THAT!

For temperatures in the NORMAL range, WATER has a significantly greater effect. NOT surprisingly, WATER absorbs infrared energy in the "normal daily temperature" range. So when it's cloudy during the day, it's cold. When it's cloudy at night, it's warmer than it would be on a clear night.

And some time ago, I calculated that "Water, the OTHER greenhouse gas" has something in the order of 100 TIMES THE EFFECT OF CO2 on world-wide temperatures. But you won't see gummints or enviro-wackies trying to make the claim that we have to stop putting WATER into the atmosphere. This planet is effectively FLOODED being 3/4 covered with the stuff. It would be a LUDICROUS claim, even to the most uneducated observer.

Then you have to look at ACTUAL TEMPERATURE CYCLES. It's actually been warmer in the past, around the end of the last ice age, even. No humans were burning fossil fuels, either.

As yet ANOTHER example, THIS guy extrapolates a modified "linear line" corresponding to the last 120 or so years of temperature data, in addition to a cyclic component.


however, if he treated that 120 or so year "bent linear line" like the SINE WAVE THAT IT IS, you would see the longer, 500 year (or so) trend, and it's on the upswing at the moment. We knew that.

What's not so obvious [when you consider the combination of 2 or more long cycles], when you don't measure ENOUGH data for LONG enough, is that you get a 'hockey stick' if you start at a low point (1970's) and end up at a high point (2010'ish), and think OHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGOD and project ridiculous increases in temperature and THEN blame CO2 for it.

(note: the guy on THAT web site believes that SOME warming is due to human activity. I don't accept CO2 as a mechanism, because chemistry/physics/science, and THEREFORE if you can't come up with something ELSE to model a 'human blame' after, I say it's NOT human activity at ALL!)

In any case, believe what you want. Calling people "denier" because they USE THEIR BRAINS instead of SWALLOW THE KOOLAID is just "yet another lefty trick" to SILENCE those who simply DISAGREE with you!

'nuff. I grow weary of repeating myself.

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no bias nor inflamatory tone, move along

sorry, but when the author uses terms like "President Snowflake" [totally getting WRONG the whole 'snowflake' concept] and "climate change DENIER", I have to point out the OBVIOUS SLANT here.

OK maybe just being snarky, but I don't think it's SNARK. I think it's the typical lefty tactics surfacing.

man-made "climate change" is a HOAX. I've proved it before, I can prove it again, and the only thing I'm "denying" is giving an opportunity to be MANIPULATED by SOCIALISTS.

And I think Trump wants a CONSISTENT government position on this issue, and NOT a bunch of people undermining the TRUTH, that human activity is NOT ruining the planet, and we don't need to PANIC and stop EVERYBODY from using (inexpensive) fossil fuel energy, based on PSEUDO SCIENCE claims that CO2 [which has about 1% of the effect that ATMOSPHERIC WATER has on earth's heat retention capability on a given day] allegedly caused by burning DINOSAUR REMAINS in our cars and power plants, is warming, no cooling, no warming again, the ENTIRE PLANET to a point of either a THERMAL MELTDOWN [which didn't happen, DID it Algore?] or A NEW ICE AGE, which ALSO did NOT happen. I mean, the data is out there, so how can ANYONE actually BELIEVE that CRAP???

Oh, because "scientists say so". I forgot.

Batman v Superman leads Razzie nominations

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hollyweird is so agenda-driven and clueless anyway

is it any WONDER they can't produce a decent movie any more?

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Re: Hamill owns Joker.

"No-one should have to see Mark Hamill in a unitard and cape though."

Cast him as 'voice of the Joker' like James Earl Jones for Darth Vader.

I'LL BE BATT: Arnie Schwarzenegger snubs gas guzzlers for electric

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Re: The issues with Hydrogen.

"Once we have a cheap, reliable, methane fuel cell"

nice wishful thinking on that, but I suspect you'd have to separate the H2 first, either with a catalyst or by heating or similar, for it to be practical.

Here's why: a fuel cell works by doing an oxidation/reduction reaction across a barrier of some kind, wher the electrodes are charged by the reacting substances at a voltage equal to their 'electronegativity' potential. Since H2 and C have different 'electronegativity', it would tend to mess up the cell's operation and make it inefficient. It would be less of a problem with air going through the O2 side, though slight inefficiency may result from NOT using pure O2. I suppose that problem is already solved, though.

As I understand it, fuel cell systems that run off of hydrocarbons do something that separates the hydrogen and then do something ELSE with the carbon (maybe burn it - I would). The exception might be a 'solid oxide' type which is HARDLY PRACTICAL for a vehicle. There's a patent for it that I found in a quick search.

In any case, fuel cells ARE a good idea, if they can be practically fitted into a car (along with a practical fuel system and fast refueling capability). I think the lunar rover had fuel cells. As I recall, it also had liquid O2 and H2 tanks. So yeah. Possible, but maybe not practical. yet.

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Re: I can't be the only one !!!

"$1.8 Million for a animation !!!

Who the hell thought that was a good price !!!!"

They should've had Terry Gilliam do it, for less, and it would've been funnier.

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Re: Hydrogen powered cars

"Almost all current hydrogen production comes from fossil fuels and generates CO2 as a result"

So you, also, generate CO2 whenever you exhale. And so do whales. And elephants. And every endangered animal species on the planet (even if 'exhale' is by osmosis).

FYI, CO2 has maybe 1% of the effect on temperature as WATER VAPOR (the 'other' greenhouse gas). Yes, I've done the math. It's related to a) concentration in the atmosphere, and b) infrared absorption spectrum. If anything, CO2 might actually cause MORE RAIN which might LOWER temperature, but in reality would just lead to re-establishing an equilibrium concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, except in those locations where underwater volcanos are causing CO2 effervescence due to carbonates in the sea floor (and make convenient locations for 'monitoring CO2' when you have an agenda and are shopping for 'facts' to back your B.S. claims). But I digress...

Seriously, though, you brought up the CO2 thing? I suggest studying chemistry. Then you'll understand why that's just PURE BOGUS B.S..

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Re: Hydrogen powered cars @AB

"You HAVE to liquefy and store it as a liquid."

not true. there are substances that will absorb hydrogen at one temperature, and release it at another. These materials in 'hydrate' (or is it hydride? I guess it's hydride) tanks can be used for hydrogen storage, and actual tanks exist.


unfortunately, 'charge time' is _STILL_ significantly longer than a fillup of gasoline. So like battery tech, it needs to be improved.

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Re: Hydrogen powered cars

the ONLY problem with H2 is storage. once that's solved, either by using complex hydrates or a really safe and efficient liquid H2 system, the use of fuel cells [rather than an engine] would be PERFECT.

And yeah, you can use many methods to produce hydrogen, electrolysis being one of them. Some inexpensive methods actually involve FOSSIL FUELS, heh.

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Re: That car does not run on electricity

"Where do thing that electricity came from? Thats right - ancient sunlight and dead dinosaurs. nothing has changed except the location of the smoke stack."

Yes. thanks for saying that.

And don't forget waterfalls and uranium. [ok hydro-electric is indirect solar energy, already mentioned]

/me likes uranium, having at one time operated "Nukular" reactors for the U.S. Navy, like former Pres. Jimmy Carter, who always pronounced it 'Nukular'. heh.

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"If Trumpy gets rid of the EPA, does that mean VW is off the hook?"

We still don't want dirty air, so no. I don't think Trump wants dirty air. And besides, VW 'cheated' and violated the law.

You might see a relaxation of the requirements, maybe special exceptions for diesel, and of course NO! MORE! GLOBAL! WARMING! BULLCRAP!!! And no more "we will crucify them", either. The EPA is supposed to stop GROSS NEGLIGENCE, _not_ control citizens' daily lives NOR oppress technology.

Maybe we'll see a stop to the environmentalist nonsense regarding endangered species, too. I mean, how MUCH space does an endangered bird need to COPULATE, when 2 teenagers can manage to do it in the back seat of a car...

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Re: 'charged to 80 per cent in just 25 minutes'

"it doesn't spill on the pavement, nor catches fire"

actually, electrical connections CAN catch fire if they corrode internally or are subjected to any kind of high current fault that exceeds the capability of the system to manage the surge [that includes the CAR, not just the thing you plug into it]. And don't EVEN get me started on the dangers of improperly charging batteries that contain Lithium...

And there's the chance of electrocuting yourself. What happens if some dim-bulb decides to take a KNIFE to the thing, or someone runs it over and it's cracked, and then the insulation falls off, etc.. Lots of potential here for mayhem.

and 25 minutes is WAY too long waiting for a "fillup". That's up to 8 songs on the radio! I can order and consume a whopper from Burger King in less than that amount of time. I can walk a mile in that amount of time. I can DRIVE >20 miles in that amount of time [on a normal day]. If I paid myself an hourly wage, it's close to half my hourly rate that I'm literally WASTING because of that. And having to do this TWICE AS OFTEN because I can only go "up to 185 miles" on a charge [less if only 80%] ??? No thanks!

I can imagine, on a HOT day with a traffic jam, all of the electric cars that have no means of charging themselves sitting there NOT moving because they ran out of juice, making the whole problem "that much worse".

thinking of that... who in their right mind did NOT consider a 5HP 'charge engine'? In normal city traffic, it could turn on/off like a hybrid. Except, of course, hybrid cars have to RUN (nearly) ALL OF THE TIME and 'keep warm' which wrecks your overall economy. If you ran the engine ONLY to charge the batteries and/or supplement on hills, you'd end up with much BETTER economy because gasoline engines are most efficient when running close to FULL POWER. Same with diesel. But environmental stupidity-regulations PREVENT us from doing THAT... "It pollutes too much when cold". So we run it MORE to keep it WARM. (yeah, that made sense)

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: Taxed Enough Already

"Global fossil fuel subsidies were $5.3 trillion in 2015"

THAT shouldn't happen, either. There should be NO! SUBSIDIES! AT! ALL! as far as I'm concerned. And tax rates should be FLAT. And gummint should be SMALL.

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: Taxed Enough Already

"Someone mistakenly drank high-octane coffee this morning."

no mistake. I like my morning QUAD cappucino!


[need a coffee icon]

bombastic bob Silver badge

Taxed Enough Already

If a technology cannot stand on its own in the private sector, don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way to bankruptcy.

To *HELL* with public subsidies of UBER-EXPENSIVE CARS for "the rich", at the expense of "average joe" taxpayer.

Gasoline is liquid energy. Gasoline cars GO FARTHER, "recharge" faster, and are a proven technology that is over 100 years old. Current tech makes them _extermely_ clean, and Cali-Fornicate-You already requires bi-annual "smog checks" which take up time and partially burn up your rear brakes [if you have an older car like me that goes on the dyno].

And we already know what happens if your electric car catches on fire. The Fire Department isn't so sure of how to put it out, what effects water will have on it, and so on. It's basically a class D fire that COULD explode if you use standard firefighting techniques.

Anyway, when car makers get PAID to produce these electric vehicles so that PEOPLE WEALTHIER THAN ME can "afford" them, using TAX MONEY that *I* was FORCED to pay, I get VERY irritated...

and paying for all of those CHARGING STATIONS TOO??? yeah, right. [stoopid gummint]

Trumping free trade: Say 'King of Bankruptcy' Ross does end up in charge of US commerce

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: Crystal ball..

"US products will become more expensive and less competitive on the international market while short-term subsidies will make them cheaper domestically. "

no, no, no. Just no.

What you don't understand is Supply Side Economics, and how effective it is. No need for gummint subsidies. JUST! CUT! THE! TAX! RATES! and people will have more money to spend. That "primes the pump". Then cut CORPORATE taxes so THAT is no longer motivation to move offshore [and may be motivation to BRING BACK production]. Then cut the REGULATIONS that make it extremely difficult to get things done. [these are all in Trump's plan]

THEN, just LET the private sector "do its thing". keep enough regs to level the playing field and prevent outright exploitation, and VOILA! Prosperity happens!

[keep in mind that labor-intensive processes, which work well when paying pennies per hour, will most likely be replaced by ROBOTS, which means that engineering for ROBOTS will become a 'new demand' and a good way to earn money, just like when computers replaced rooms full of people adding up numbers.]

so it looks like your crystal ball is broken. Either that, or it only shows you what you WANT to see...

Note: this is like a 'Batman Gambit' in that it relies on people acting according to their own nature, rather than a 'master manipulator' plan that must control everyone by manipulating or forcing a particular outcome...

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: Same idiocy regardless of location

using Tariffs to "encourage" companies to create local jobs will most likely not work.

so go the OTHER way... CUT taxes! You know, like LOWERING the corporate tax, for starters... [yes it's on Trump's agenda]. and cut regulations. and so on.

Supply Side Economics - aka 'Reaganomics' - works every time it's tried! Even JFK would agree, as he outlined basic supply side economics in his 1962 speech at a New York economists get-together. I heard a replay of it. It was interesting to hear supply-side out of a Democrat. It made me like JFK even more. No _wonder_ they assassinated him! He must've had LBJ and the other liberals ripping out their own insides over it.

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: Same idiocy regardless of location

"In order to have a plan you need to EDUCATE the workforce"

no argument there, however, when education focuses on "feelings" instead of FACTS, social engineering instead of the "3 R's", and so forth, those poor widdle snowflakes won't be able to hold a job, let alone perform well. Might as well start fixing the problem at its source.

yeah no more telling those young 'skulls full of mush' (as Limbaugh would say) that it's all "whitey's fault", that American history is filled with social injustice, the Pilgrims were saved by the local "native Americans" and repaid with injustice, that slavery existed until Malcom X and the Black Panthers started THEIR movements, yotta yotta yotta. And the _RACIST_ poetry of Maya Angeloo...

If we taught the kids how to read, write, do math, and STANDARD history [not 'revisionist' social engineering] there'd be plenty of well-educated potential employees ready to go to work.

Same for colleges, but SQUARED.

Linux nasty kicks weak, hacked gadgets when they're already down

bombastic bob Silver badge

use of default passwords

yet another reminder to change the default passwords on intarweb-connected things.

I haven't allowed a dictionary-based sshd attack for some time. I'd expect admin:admin pi:pi pi:raspberry and a few others to be in that list.

and, unfortunately, you can't seem to educate people fast enough before they get cracked.

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