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This 'SimCity 4' Region With 107 Million People Took Eight Months of Planning

Ambitwistor Magnasanti (103 comments)

Another cool effort, in SimCity 3000.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Design Bot To Conduct National Security Clearance Interviews

Ambitwistor Hello Leon (102 comments)

Let me tell you about my mother. [blam!]

about a month ago
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Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

Ambitwistor Re:Wait a sec (772 comments)

You're confused about fundamental vs. derived theories in science. As another poster said, when you start asking questions like why do natural laws exist?, "this is not the realm of science": it's philosophy.

We can explain evolution in terms of more fundamental mechanisms: selection, mutation, etc. With gravity, there is (currently) no underlying theory. And if we found one, you'd just ask why that theory exists. At some point, you hit the bottom, and it doesn't mean you understand the theory "less", it just means you've finally reached something that isn't describable in terms of something else.

Watch Feynman's attempt to explain this in the context of magnetism to understand this better.

about 4 months ago
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ESA's Cryosat Mission Sees Antarctic Ice Losses Double

Ambitwistor Re:0.43 mm per year, eh? (162 comments)

And yet, hundreds of millions of people and their supporting cities and other physical infrastructure weren't sitting in coastal zones when that happened.

about 4 months ago
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ESA's Cryosat Mission Sees Antarctic Ice Losses Double

Ambitwistor Re:0.43 mm per year, eh? (162 comments)

Your position seems to be "melting ice has never been the biggest source of sea level change from climate change". If so, this is not correct.

about 4 months ago
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ESA's Cryosat Mission Sees Antarctic Ice Losses Double

Ambitwistor Re:0.43 mm per year, eh? (162 comments)

They're talking about melting LAND ice, not SEA ice. Compare sea levels today to those at the Last Glacial Maximum (~120 meters lower), and ask yourself where the extra water came from.

about 4 months ago
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Air Force Prepares to Dismantle HAARP

Ambitwistor Re:Project done? (178 comments)

Or:

- 4. Didn't turn out to be all that useful for routine military applications, despite earlier hopes.

about 4 months ago
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Air Force Prepares to Dismantle HAARP

Ambitwistor Re:The silence for the Whales will be deafening (178 comments)

And wow! Hey! Whatâ(TM)s this thing suddenly coming towards me very fast? Very very fast. So big and flat and round, it needs a big wide sounding name like ⦠ow ⦠ound ⦠round ⦠ground! Thatâ(TM)s it! Thatâ(TM)s a good name â" ground!

I wonder if it will be friends with me?

And the rest, after a sudden wet thud, was silence.

about 4 months ago
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I'd prefer military fiction books that are ...

Ambitwistor Then you'd enjoy (236 comments)

Military fiction about Nazi Germany.

about 7 months ago
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Computer Geeks As Loners? Data Says Otherwise

Ambitwistor A curious game (158 comments)

The only way to win is not to play.

about 7 months ago
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Mystery Humans Spiced Up Ancients' Sex Lives

Ambitwistor Hobbits (238 comments)

Lord of the Rings? Didn't we already hear about these?

about 10 months ago
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Researchers Use Computer-Generated 10-Year-Old Girl To Catch Online Predators

Ambitwistor The Internet (545 comments)

where the men are men, the women are men, and the 10-year-old girls are FBI agent-bots.

about a year ago
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NC School District Recalls Its Amplify Tablets After 10% Break In Under a Month

Ambitwistor Ender's Game (177 comments)

We can't just go into Guilford County North Carolina and pluck a picture out of school files. Because all the computers are broken.

about a year ago
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Gladwell's Culture & Air Crashes Analysis Badly Flawed

Ambitwistor How can this be? (213 comments)

I was assured on Slashdot that Gladwell was supported by evidence and logic and science, and anyone who disagrees is just being politically correct.

about a year ago
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Malcolm Gladwell On Culture and Airplane Crashes

Ambitwistor Re:Have some patience (423 comments)

What "evidence and logic and science" points to the involvement of hierarchical culture in the command decisions of Asiana Flight 214?

about a year ago
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Deus Ex Creator On How a Video-Game Academy Could Fix the Industry

Ambitwistor Re:More IT / tech needs apprenticeship like school (132 comments)

Universities have apprenticeship-like schooling too; it's called graduate school. But the end goal is different than in industry.

about a year ago
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Malcolm Gladwell On Culture and Airplane Crashes

Ambitwistor Have some patience (423 comments)

It's starting to seem likely that there was gross human error involved, but let's wait to see what else comes out from the investigation before blaming it all on East Asian culture.

about a year ago
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A Case For Unilateral US Nuclear Warhead Reductions

Ambitwistor Re:Uncharacteristically Stupid (211 comments)

But destroy all life? Crack the planet open? Please, you make yourself sound like a uneducated savage worshiping the man with the fire stick.

Nice rant against an argument made by nobody here.

about a year ago
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A Case For Unilateral US Nuclear Warhead Reductions

Ambitwistor Re:wrong (211 comments)

Either Mt. Pinatubo or Mt. St. Helens were far larger than that in terms of energy and vastly more effective at coupling the debris into the upper atmosphere. Add to that the large amounts of sulfur compounds they emitted. So, where was the massive weather disruption or global cooling (or warming for that matter)? It didn't happen. It hasn't happened then or even with Krakatoa or other massive eruptions of less than Yellowstone or Mt. Toba scale.

Both Pinatubo and Krakatoa had noticeable climatic consequences. But those effects lasted only a few years, on the surface. (Krakatoa probably affected ocean heat for many decades.) Tambora helped cause "the year without a summer".

16 nukes wouldn't do much, but a large number of nukes could cause a nuclear winter. For the climatic consequences of that, see this paper.

about a year ago

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