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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

Citizen of Earth Re:climate engineering?! (340 comments)

According to environmentalists, we have already accidentally engineered the climate a few times completely accidentally. I'd say have a pretty good chance of doing it *intentionally*.

3 days ago

Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

Citizen of Earth Re:No shit Sherlock (340 comments)

even if its as simple as stopping the massive amounts of emissions

In what way would deindustrialization and the attendant five-billions deaths be considered "simple". Heck, I'd bet there'd be some political push-back on your idea after as few as one-billion deaths.

Considering that climate engineering would cost us only a tiny fraction of cost of deindustrialization -- and has a chance in hell of actually working -- it's the approach we should be taking the most seriously.

3 days ago

Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

Citizen of Earth Re:Won't work (342 comments)

The way I see it, you can eliminate the advantages of HFT while keeping the markets highly responsive by imposing a "clocking" scheme on exchanges. When an order is received by an exchange, it is not executed immediately but stored in a queue to wait for the next clock tick. When that comes, the order queue is shuffled into random order and then executed sequentially. Make the clock ticks wait a random period between 40ms and 50ms and any timing advantage of HFT or geography is nullified. The exchanges are still highly responsive; they just do randomized batch processing. All of the requests they receive in the previous clock period ought to be processed within the new clock period (with perhaps some occasional spill-over, in which case the new clock tick is stretched).

about two weeks ago

Japan Orders Military To Strike Any New North Korea Missiles

Citizen of Earth Re:Sounds good! (107 comments)

Firing missiles is North Korea's method of begging for hand-outs. It usually works.

about two weeks ago

Vint Cerf: CS Programs Must Change To Adapt To Internet of Things

Citizen of Earth The Internet of Things (163 comments)

I don't understand why people want their $3000 fridges to be bricked by Chinese hackers. Could someone please explain it to me?

about two weeks ago

Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Citizen of Earth Re:Russia != Communism (870 comments)

that it is a nice idea that cannot be realized with current levels of technology

Technology? It cannot be realized because of human nature. We're going to need a transformative upgrade to that before any -ism that requires everyone to "play nice" can be realized in practice.

about three weeks ago

Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

Citizen of Earth Re:And the US could turn Russia into vapor (878 comments)

I think you're drastically overstating it. If Russia were to unload its $100B in reserves, it could depress the value of the USD by perhaps a couple percent for a couple of days, but it would do way more damage to itself. The global foreign exchange market is measured $5.3-*trillion* *per day*(!) and there are lots of aggressive players desperately trying to profit from arbitraging a few hundredths of a penny. If they figured out that Russia was dumping $100B at a deep discount for purely political reasons, the buyers would go into a huge feeding frenzy, mitigating the decline on the USD. Immediately after Russia finished unloading, the USD would jump right back up to its true value. The main result would be that Russia would have donated billions or tens of billions of dollars of value to speculators for a very temporary impact on the value of the USD. I wouldn't even call this a Pyrrhic victory; it'd be an unmitigated loss for Russia. China could do the same thing and have a bigger impact with its $1.3T, but also a bigger loss to itself.

about 1 month ago

NASA-Funded Study Investigates Collapse of Industrial Civilization

Citizen of Earth Re:Must have been written by Captain Obvious (401 comments)

Since the collapse of civilization will happen in a few decades, there is absolutely no reason to give a second thought to Anthropogenic Global Warming Caused Specifically And Exclusively By Anthropogenic Carbon Emissions And Curable By Donating Trillions Of Dollars To Genocidal Dictators For Some Reason (AGWCSAEBACEACBDTODTGDFSR). I'll bet these ultra-leftist alarmists didn't think about the implications of anybody taking their work seriously!

about a month ago

Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek

Citizen of Earth Re:Why? (390 comments)

Because he may be in possession of millions of bitcoins? I'm sure some unscrupulous people would like to unlawfully acquire them.

about a month and a half ago

MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Citizen of Earth Re:Ha ha (465 comments)

You mean the bank crashes where the monetary authorities stepped in and no depositors lost even a single penny? That one?

about 1 month ago

Microsoft Confirms Windows 8.1 Spring Update, To Focus On Non-touch Devices

Citizen of Earth 99% (172 comments)

said the Windows 8.1 update will come with improvements for non-touch devices

What a fantastic strategy -- to put a few afterthoughts into 99% of their market...

about 2 months ago

Federal Smartphone Kill-Switch Legislation Proposed

Citizen of Earth Re:The Safe Bet Here (173 comments)

It'll be hackers and the Chinese military that brick these American smartphones before the NSA does.

about 2 months ago

Environmental Report Raises Pressure On Obama To Approve Keystone Pipeline

Citizen of Earth Re:Horse... barndoor... (301 comments)

(Casselton, North Dakota anyone?)

Lac-Megantic, Quebec anyone? One thing about pipelines is that they don't tend to go through the centers of every small town along their route.

about 2 months ago

Michael Mann Defamation Suit Against National Review Writer to Proceed

Citizen of Earth Re:Insurance (393 comments)

And what happens to the insurance companies if they get it all wrong using the runaway greenhouse model? (Answer: record profits!)

about 3 months ago

Solar Lull Could Cause Colder Winters In Europe

Citizen of Earth Re:Not the sun (320 comments)

and placing trust in an experiment or model's results only as far as

Experiments and models are very different things. Experiments test how well your model matches the actual universe. Models test how well your model matches your model.

about 3 months ago

Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

Citizen of Earth Re:Double bind (1431 comments)

I'd say that we should be tazing texters, physically beating serial talkers, and reserving the instant death penalty for people who answer their cell phones.

How can I vote for you?

about 3 months ago

US Coast Guard Ship To Attempt Rescue of 2 Icebreakers In Antarctica

Citizen of Earth Re:In one week... (382 comments)

In one week will we be reading about how country X is sending an icebreaker to free the three stuck icebreakers?

It'll be Canada to show you amateurs how it's done.

about 3 months ago

Reducing Climate Change Uncertainty By Figuring Out Clouds

Citizen of Earth Re:Models vs models (249 comments)

A math teacher would lose his job if he taught kids that 2+2=5.

No, he wouldn't; he'd be protected by his union.

about 3 months ago

Reducing Climate Change Uncertainty By Figuring Out Clouds

Citizen of Earth Re:Models vs models (249 comments)

AGW is also a theory

At this stage, it's only an hypothesis.

AGW is a complex thing - there will be no one conclusive experiment that confirms or blows the whole thing.

AGW has exactly one experiment (computer models are not experiments; they are just expressions of their models), and its results will only be known in retrospect a couple hundred years from now. But even then, they will need to untangle dozens of extraneous factors from the results before drawing any conclusions.

about 3 months ago


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