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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

AlterEager Re:How would we know? (811 comments)

Exit row seating usually offers a bit more leg room with no reclining seats in front of you. It used to be free, now many airlines charge for it. Therer is no shortage of takers.

Unfortunately it's also often off-limits for minors - my 16 year old son is not allowed to book exit row seats, and he's a hell of a lot bigger than me.

about a week ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

AlterEager Re:Anthropometrics (811 comments)

The best thing about "The Sheep Look Up" is the happy ending.

about a week ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

AlterEager Re:The init system (826 comments)

I kinda like the idea of Linux/systemd being a full featured mini computer OS while Linux/SysV (or better Linux/OpenRC is more like a traditional lightweight Unix).

What a strange idea.

My phone runs systemd.

about three weeks ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

AlterEager Re:Global Warming? (273 comments)

the natural carbon cycle deals out no where near the amount of CO2 humans do

What the hell are you talking about? Estimates for natural emissions are around 150 billion tonnes per year. That's thirty times Human emissions.

True.

And that estimate is from the IPCC so it's likely the figures have been carefully massaged down to make Human emissions appear bigger than they are.

Oh dear, you were doing so well until you had to put your conspiracy theorists hat on.

No, you dummy, the estimate isn't "from the IPCC". The IPCC don't deal in estimates. They just report the published science. That's where the estimates of the the size of the carbon cycle come from.

about three weeks ago
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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

AlterEager Re:Every week there's a new explanation of the hia (465 comments)

The purpose of the climate models is to forecast climate, not short-term events that have no effect on the trend.

You don't know that it has no long-term effects on the trend. ENSO hasn't been understood long enough. THEORETICALLY, it may be true, but it sure as hell isn't proven. Even now it is not well understood... which was part of my point.

The "theory" that says that ENSO has no long term effect is conservation of mass/energy.

I know you guys like to imagine that your vague hand-waving trumps basic science, but that's going a little far, don't you think?

about three weeks ago
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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

AlterEager Re:Every week there's a new explanation of the hia (465 comments)

ENSO has no long--term effect on climate. ENSO is a short term variation.

THE PURPOSE of models is to do forecasting. So far, no models can accurately project the behavior of ENSO.

The purpose of the climate models is to forecast climate, not short-term events that have no effect on the trend.

ENSO is irrelevant to climate, it's interesting for weather forecasting.

about three weeks ago
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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

AlterEager Re:Fun Fact (465 comments)

That is not a climate model. It has no physical basis. Models are not curve fitting.

about three weeks ago
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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

AlterEager Re:What you're religion does (465 comments)

No, what religions do is torture and murder heretics...

And prevent their papers from being published in scientific journals.

Oh, go on, just for laughs.

Please name one paper that was prevented from being published.

about three weeks ago
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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

AlterEager Re:Every week there's a new explanation of the hia (465 comments)

If ENSO cannot be predicted to any great degree (it cannot), yet it has a major effect on climate models, and now another effect is found that is claimed to have a far greater effect than ENSO, what then?

ENSO has no long--term effect on climate. ENSO is a short term variation.

(People who obsess about ENSO seem not to have heard of conservation of energy).

about three weeks ago
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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

AlterEager Re:Every week there's a new explanation of the hia (465 comments)

please link to an example of "sketchy science" that has been proved wrong by more solid, peer-reviewed science.

I know you're just smacking down a troll, but climate models have been over-estimating warming for years, as demonstrated by this science.

From the commentary:

Ultimately the causes of this inconsistency will only be understood after careful comparison of simulated internal
climate variability and climate model forcings with observations from the past two decades

Recent papers have investigated this and found that when either observed ENSO conditions are forced on the model, or model runs are picked whose simulated ENSO matches observed ENSO there is better agreement with observed temperatures.

By the way, the models don't just overestimate warming since 1997ish, they also underestimate it before 1997.

about three weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

AlterEager Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (739 comments)

Oh, sorry, I didn't realise I was talking to an insane person.

Hope you get better.

Bye.

about a month and a half ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

AlterEager Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (739 comments)

The swap file holds pages for which there is no room in RAM.

So you're putting the swap file in RAM.

Odd.

about a month and a half ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

AlterEager Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (739 comments)

So why are you worried about someone being able to read your swap file, which for some unfathomable reason is in ram, but not your decryption keys, which are also in ram?

about a month and a half ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

AlterEager Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (739 comments)

especially if you're one of those experimental types that likes to put a SWAP file in RAM and encrypt it.

Why would you put the swap file in RAM?

Why would you bother encrypting something that's in RAM?

about a month and a half ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

AlterEager Re:let me correct that for you. (619 comments)

The commonality amongst the early fascists could be seen in the name itself. A symbol of sticks bound together to product something strong, also the symbol of authority used by Roman Caesars. Thus a focus on a strong-man style central government, strong nationalism with a militaristic leaning.

Yup, just look at any US 10 cent coin struck between 1916 and 1945.

http://www.thecoinspot.com/10_cent_winged_liberty.php

about 2 months ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

AlterEager Re:News from two centuries ago (667 comments)

News from two centuries ago - "Yorktown captured by French Terrorists".
Looks stupid doesn't it? That's what you get when you oversimplify these things and assume that the backers are equivalent to the perpetrators. The backers in this case may be just as unpleasant as Napolean.

Assuming you mean Napoleon, what the hell does he have to do with Yorktown?

Are you talking about the siege of Yorktown in 1781?

And Napoleon who took power in 1799?

about 2 months ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

AlterEager Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

If they had actually identified the trajectory of the missile from a satellite, they would also easily know which side of the Russia/Ukraine border it originated on... which they do not.

A Buk has a range of about 20 miles.

The crash site is about 23 miles from the closest Russian border.

about 2 months ago

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