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NSF Commits $16M To Build Cloud-Based and Data-Intensive Supercomputers

Curunir_wolf Re:Repuiblicans hate reality (28 comments)

So, are you saying all science and data on every subject should always be public?

Nice straw man you've got there. Obviously, I never said or intimated anything of the sort. If some idea is being used to create public policy, enforced by armed bureaucrats, then, yes, absolutely, the science needs to be public and available.

Indeed, back in Good Old Days one could use water for fuel

Another nice straw man. Oh, right, since we had worse pollution 70 years ago, every little tyrannical behavior of the EPA should be allowed without question.

But hey, maybe you fancy living in Mordor.

... and you fancy living in North Korea. nyah.

2 days ago
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Canada's Ebola Vaccine Nets Millions For Tiny US Biotech Firm

Curunir_wolf Re:"Experimental Vaccine" (69 comments)

You first.

It will probably be the military first. They're already being sent into Ebola-ravaged African countries for ... "support". And they always get the experimental drugs tried on them before the general public.

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NSF Commits $16M To Build Cloud-Based and Data-Intensive Supercomputers

Curunir_wolf Re:Repuiblicans hate reality (28 comments)

They are calling to task the "Most transparent US administration in history", which is threatening to veto this bill because "the Environmental Protection Agency should, in some case, be able to write regulations based on science and data that is not made available to the public." There's some transparency for you.

Of course propaganda from the left-wing Salon (and the only references in the article are to the even-more-left-wing ThinkProgress site) gets this bill completely wrong. Maybe try reading it?

The whole "controversy" is over some pure conflict of interest language. Exact terms: "Board members may not participate in advisory activities that involve review or application of their own work." Any of the nine board members can provide scientific data from any scientist with defense of that data; however a specific board member cannot self promote his own work. This is language found in nearly every piece of legislation that charters and administrative board. It's the same deal as requiring a judge to recuse himself it he has a personal interest in the judgment.

Anything that curtails the power of the tyrannical EPA is a good thing in my book - they have become way too powerful. If they don't have authority to regulate something, they just call up one of the many NGOs (that they provide grant money to), and tell them "Hey, you should sue us over this so we can stop it or at least tie it up in court until they run out of money or give up." If it doesn't work, at least those colluding organizations can get some settlement money out of it. That's the current SOP for the EPA, and it's undemocratic and should be illegal.

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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

Curunir_wolf Re:It boils down to energy storage costs (628 comments)

You're paper is based on the same data.

"YOUR" FFS. I can't even go on after that. It's not even my paper./P

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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

Curunir_wolf Re:It boils down to energy storage costs (628 comments)

I guess you don't think the sun has anything to do with earth temperature, either - I mean, it's so far away and everything, how could it, right? It's CO2 all the way down...

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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

Curunir_wolf Re:It boils down to energy storage costs (628 comments)

CO2 is a proven heat trapper

Actually, it turns out that in the atmosphere, CO2 is a coolant.

That article is quite interesting, but it is not relevant to CO2 warming of the lower atmosphere and climate change.

It's talking about radiative cooling of the thermosphere which is a near vacuum and gas temperatures reach up to 4,500 degrees F (or 2,500C), and how the solar cycle influences the variability in radiative cooling.

Well how relevant CO2 concentrations are to climate change is still up to debate. But this indicates it is more relevant to the cooling of the thermosphere than previously though. It's not like the thermosphere is irrelevant to earth's temperature.

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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

Curunir_wolf Re:It boils down to energy storage costs (628 comments)

Actually, that was debunked last year...from someone not exactly an AGW proponent either...

That was NOT the article or the study I sited - my link is from a paper just published last April, and it's about the coolant effect of CO2 in the middle and lower atmosphere, not the troposphere. Since you couldn't even bother to click on the link when I posted it, here is a quote from the abstract:

Infrared radiative cooling of the thermosphere by carbon dioxide (CO2, 15m) and by nitric oxide (NO, 5.3m) has been observed for 12years by the Sounding of the Atmosphere using Broadband Emission Radiometry (SABER) instrument on the Thermosphere-Ionosphere-Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics satellite. For the first time we present a record of the two most important thermospheric infrared cooling agents over a complete solar cycle. SABER has documented dramatic variability in the radiative cooling on time scales ranging from days to the 11 year solar cycle. Deep minima in global mean vertical profiles of radiative cooling are observed in 2008–2009. Current solar maximum conditions, evidenced in the rates of radiative cooling, are substantially weaker than prior maximum conditions in 2002–2003. The observed changes in thermospheric cooling correlate well with changes in solar ultraviolet irradiance and geomagnetic activity during the prior maximum conditions. NO and CO2 combine to emit 7×1018 more Joules annually at solar maximum than at solar minimum.

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How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

Curunir_wolf Re:Problem? (185 comments)

Back to the propaganda again? You don't have any other records to play? Critical thinking failure. You obviously didn't read the paper. It establishes a much better correlation between certain types of radiation that reaches the earth than has been shown in recent observations than CO2 can show.

Very interesting indeed - and all without mentioning the word "radiation" anywhere in its text.

I'm trying to keep up with too many threads. You're right - that paper simply points out how badly the climate change models have tracked to observations. I was thinking of a paper I linked in another thread that shows CERN experiments confirming Henrik Svensmark’s regarding cosmic rays and global warming. Read it here.

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How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

Curunir_wolf Re:Problem? (185 comments)

Back to the propaganda again? You don't have any other records to play? Critical thinking failure. You obviously didn't read the paper. It establishes a much better correlation between certain types of radiation that reaches the earth than has been shown in recent observations than CO2 can show. All you've got is "LaLaLa I can't hear you", and rehashing a bunch of propaganda. It's carefully written to only talk about certain observation of solar OUTPUT, and ignores studies such as this one that use real measurements of radiation at the earth's surface.

But you don't want to hear anything that might challenge your ideology. Go back to preaching the faith, man.

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How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

Curunir_wolf Re:Problem? (185 comments)

Why do people keep referencing a propaganda site? Rather than point out all the fallacies present in their arguments, I'll just point you to some more current research showing how poorly climate models have been doing: Overestimated global warming over the past 20 years.

And even that paper acknowledges that there was warming in that period. Why don't you?

WTF are you going on about? "There was warming in that period." Happy? Am I on the list now?

The warming does not fit the models, nor is there a correlation with the increase in CO2. Can you acknowledge that??

2 days ago
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Prospects Rise For a 2015 UN Climate Deal, But Likely To Be Weak

Curunir_wolf Re:Too weak because humans are not the cause (145 comments)

First, you're looking at a propaganda site. I don't know where that graph is from, but the "forcings" don't work, and most of the assumptions made in the forcing models have been invalidated by observations. For instance, many used a parameter for forcings based feedbacks from increasing humidity that assumed net increase in temperatures, but it turns out, from long-term observations, that net temperatures decrease with increased humidity (due to cloud cover, which can insulate at night, but the total cover over time shows that the filtering effect of clouds during the day produces more than enough cooling to make up for it.

Many of the other forcing mechanisms that were used in climate models have been invalidated as well. I don't know which models have incorporated which of these tweaks, I don't follow it that deeply. But it looks like C/(W/m2) is either worthless or 1.

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Prospects Rise For a 2015 UN Climate Deal, But Likely To Be Weak

Curunir_wolf Re:Too weak because humans are not the cause (145 comments)

Why just since 1880? No "modern times" before then? We at least have writing for at least 4000 back, if not further. Why stop at 1880? Hmmm??

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Prospects Rise For a 2015 UN Climate Deal, But Likely To Be Weak

Curunir_wolf Re:Temperature? (145 comments)

as that page shows that calling CO2 is accurate in the English language, and also under EPA guidelines.

Clearly your English needs some work, I can't tell WTF you're trying to say, here.

I see you've gone from quoting a propaganda site to a tyrannical armed bureaucracy that directly funds that propaganda, and many others. I don't think that's better.

The only thing about the Federal government worse than the IRS is the EPA.

As for EPA's determination of CO2 as a pollutant, the Office of Inspector General review their finding, and concluded that not only did they not follow basic scientific method in coming to their conclusions, but they didn't even follow their own guidelines (this from the report):

EPA’s TSD Peer Review Methodology Did Not Meet OMB Requirements for Highly Influential Scientific Assessments

EPA fulfilled the statutory requirements for notice and comment rulemakings mandated in the Administrative Procedur e Act and in Section 307 of the CAA, and employed several of its processes de signed to ensure data quality.

EPA did not maintain a record of its respon se and disposition of comments for the two TSDs that accompanied the proposed and final rules. Additionally, the panel’s results and EPA’s response to the panel’s results were not made available to the public as is required for a peer review of a highly influential sc ientific assessment. We also noted that this panel did not fully meet the independence requirements for reviews of highly influential scien tific assessments because one of the panelists was an EPA employee. The OMB bulletin for peer review states that “scientists employed by the sponsoring ag ency are not permitted to serve as reviewers for highly influential scien tific assessments.” See appendix A, question 5, for a more detailed discus sion of the expert panel process.

no supporting analytical inform ation was available to show how EPA made its determination prior to dissem inating the information. EPA’s guidance for assessing the quality of externally generated information does not provide procedures or steps for assessing outs ide data or requirements for documenting such analysis.

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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

Curunir_wolf Re:The solution is infill. . . (453 comments)

Decry it as creeping socialism (or whatever) all you want, but you're looking at a symptom, not the underlying problem.

You have misidentified the problem. It's not any lack of resources, just the opposite, in fact. The real problem is certain elites that want to tell everyone else what to do with their property, because paying taxes on it, and everything it produces, is just not good enough - it's all about control.

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Google Chrome Will Block All NPAPI Plugins By Default In January

Curunir_wolf Re:What's amazing... (107 comments)

wait...since when did IE ever add NPAPI support? It was all ActiveX for them.

Yes, but they have an ActiveX control that runs the NPAPI container. :P

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How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

Curunir_wolf Re:Corn Subsidies (185 comments)

You've convinced Europe.

Which is why they keep importing so many 3rd world immigrants to shore up the tax base, which has to grow continuously to maintain the central banking system.

The US is facing the same issue, and why they need to accelerate immigration - it's the only thing keeping the population growth from going negative.

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How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

Curunir_wolf Re:Problem? (185 comments)

Why do people keep referencing a propaganda site? Rather than point out all the fallacies present in their arguments, I'll just point you to some more current research showing how poorly climate models have been doing: Overestimated global warming over the past 20 years.

The evidence, therefore, indicates that the current generation of climate models (when run as a group, with the CMIP5 prescribed forcings) do not reproduce the observed global warming over the past 20 years, or the slowdown in global warming over the past fifteen years. This interpretation is supported by statistical tests of the null hypothesis that the observed and model mean trends are equal, assuming that either: (1) the models are exchangeable with each other (that is, the 'truth plus error' view); or (2) the models are exchangeable with each other and with the observations (seeSupplementary Information). Differences between observed and simulated 20-year trends have p values (Supplementary Information) that drop to close to zero by 1993–2012 under assumption (1) and to 0.04 under assumption (2) (Fig. 2c). Here we note that the smaller the p value is, the stronger the evidence against the null hypothesis. On this basis, the rarity of the 1993–2012 trend difference under assumption (1) is obvious. Under assumption (2), this implies that such an inconsistency is only expected to occur by chance once in 500 years, if 20-year periods are considered statistically independent. Similar results apply to trends for 1998–2012 (Fig. 2d). In conclusion, we reject the null hypothesis that the observed and model mean trends are equal at the 10% level.

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Prospects Rise For a 2015 UN Climate Deal, But Likely To Be Weak

Curunir_wolf Re:Temperature? (145 comments)

According to current definitions of "pollutant", CO2 fits the bill.

According to Skeptical Science. Which is kind of like saying that under current definitions of "safe", cigarettes fit the bill (according to Philip Morris).

4 days ago

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Neutrinos seem to be exceeding light speed

Curunir_wolf Curunir_wolf writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Curunir_wolf writes "Researchers at Cern have come across a puzzling result: The neutrinos they are emitted from underground to the laboratory detector 732km away appear to be getting there faster than the speed-of-light limit would allow. The experiment, the Oscillation Project with Emulsion-tRacking Apparatus or OPERA, was developed to study the phenomenon of neutrino transmutation (neutrinos changing from one type to another. The speed of the neutrinos, of course, was an entirely unexpected observation. "We wanted to find a mistake — trivial mistakes, more complicated mistakes, or nasty effects — and we didn't." says researcher Antonio Ereditato, "When you don't find anything, then you say 'Well, now I'm forced to go out and ask the community to scrutinise this.'""
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Obama appointee's office raided in bribery sting

Curunir_wolf Curunir_wolf writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Curunir_wolf writes "Just a month after President Obama names Vivek Kundra to the top federal IT position, his D.C. Office is raided by the FBI in a bribery sting. No word on whether Kundra is a object of the investigation."

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Top 10 Movies of All Time

Curunir_wolf Curunir_wolf writes  |  more than 9 years ago Here are my picks for the top 10 movies of all time, in alphabetical order:

  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Back to the Future
  • Bladerunner
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • Casablanca
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Rocky
  • Star Wars
  • True Grit
  • The Wizard of Oz

That's it. Not everybody's top 10, but it's mine.

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Anti-GPL Software drones

Curunir_wolf Curunir_wolf writes  |  more than 9 years ago Has anyone noticed how whenever anything positive about Linux, OpenOffice.org, Firefox or other GPL/opensource software shows up in the media, there are always negative responses that show up in letters and responses? I'm not just talking about /. articles, here. It's everywhere in print media, call-in shows, and anything else I've seen. Kim Komando, Popular Mechanics, and similar "layman-accessible" media that addresses tech issues are very popular targets.

Here are some /. examples of the kind of thing I'm talking about:

Ok, I'm too lazy to find more examples now, but I come across them all the time.

I'm not the only person that has noticed these trends on /. Check out this thread

But it's not just slashdot, these folks are all over the place, especially in the mainstream publications. So, is it just that there are a lot of loyal Microsoft fans out there (kind of like Apple zealots, but enamored with Windows), or is it underground marketing? Like Proctor & Gamble spending less on TV spots and more on product placement in movies, has Microsoft turned to promoting "opinions from the man-on-the-street" instead of slick advertising?

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