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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

DiamondGeezer Re:Global warming is bunk anyway. (308 comments)

It's only "warming" in the sense of a global average

Which also has not been warming either for the past decade or so. :-)

For which, there are a lot of excuses but not much warming... all that time CO2 has continue to increase so obviously what temperature changes there are, is disconnected from CO2.

Ah, such a simple way of looking at it. But the increase in energy retained on the Earth by enhanced greenhouse warming manifests itself in several ways. Not only can the troposphere warm up but the oceans and the land surface can warm up and ice can melt. When you look at the whole picture it's obvious that the Earth continues to warm.

Since around 93% of the warming goes into the oceans normally is doesn't take much of a shift to make a difference in tropospheric warming which is what you've been seeing. There are some hints that that situation may be about to swing back to the situation we had in the 1980's and 1990's so all I can say is enjoy your "no warming for the past decade or so" while you can, it won't last.

Ah I can help you there. The ARGOS floats show no signs of that heat being "hidden" in the oceans. So I'd have to say that 99.7% of your argument was bullshit with made-up statistics on top.

Thanks for playing.

yesterday
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

DiamondGeezer Re:Already fixed (266 comments)

A simple fix (why am I helping Walmart? Because fraud is fraud) is to present the evidence to a customer information point, where they will check whether the price given is actually offered by Amazon and give a voucher with a code of some kind which can be used at checkout.

Result: Fraud stopped in its tracks.

2 days ago
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Low Cost Ground Robot Chassis That Can Traverse Challenging Obstacles

DiamondGeezer Impressive, but.... (38 comments)

...what happens if you put the robot upside-down, or on its side? It looks to me like the robot is fine so long as it doesn't tip over. It's like a tank, but able to be flexible by not carrying a fixed payload.

Nice hobby object, but I can't see the point.

about a week ago
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GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon

DiamondGeezer How about a Linux windowing system... (268 comments)

...called Groupon

Groupon Window System will take the best of windowing system technologies, mix it all up in a big bit bucket, and then start a flamewar followed by a schism. Just like all of the others.

about two weeks ago
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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

DiamondGeezer Re:Concern for high values? (356 comments)

You can consider yourself a vegan but you're not. You've become omnivorous.

Veganism is a diet for rich western people who have shops stocked with food year round and first world medical facilities. For most of the world, veganism is a cruel joke, if not a slow suicide.

about two weeks ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

DiamondGeezer Re:A classic example of a false dichotomy (282 comments)

How can you question something without being accused of motivated reasoning or worse? How can you question that which is asserted as the beliefs of a credible consensus of scientists?

You can't. Its a classic fallacy.

about two weeks ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

DiamondGeezer Re:There is such a thing as fact (282 comments)

There are basically no credible scientists arguing if global warming is a thing. There are also no credible scientists arguing over whether it will negatively impact humanity. The argument is over what's causing it and the magnitude of the damage. Please note that the consensus is that the damage will be massive, it's just about _how_ massive....

You've just demonstrated that you don't understand science or the history of science.

about two weeks ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

DiamondGeezer A classic example of a false dichotomy (282 comments)

You can always rely on social scientists (now there's an oxymoron) to demonstrate a false dichotomy and a few other logical fallacies.

1. The earth is going to warm 3.2 degrees in just over a century. Do you
a) raise taxes on everything now including fossil fuels forcing many people into life-strangling fuel poverty and condemning billions to staying in poverty or
b) adapt to the changes, encourage as many people as possible to survive through prosperity or
c) question the validity of the rise in future temperatures as an unquestionable fact. You CONSERVATIVE DENIER.

2. Violent home break-ins are rising as the number of guns has reached saturation point. Do you
a) get armed yourself, increasing the likelihood that you or your children may be injured by having arms and ammunition in the house or
b) call for stricter gun controls, which limit legitimate gun ownership while doing nothing to prevent illegal gun possession or
c) question the validity of the rise in home break-ins as an unquestioned fact. You LIBERAL COWARD

3. You read a survey in a scientific journal and you possess a brain (rare on the Internet, go with me on this). Do you
a) accept its conclusions because its science
b) reject its conclusions because its flawed.
c) question the validity of the experiment because you probably think the moon landings were faked. YOU ARE A CONSPIRACY NUT.

about two weeks ago
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OpenSUSE 13.2 Released

DiamondGeezer Re:Ob (42 comments)

Not only systemd, but a whole /bin directory of the purest evil. It also supports #Gamergate and goes down quicker than a $10 hooker.

Apart from that, it's a Linux distro.

about two weeks ago
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New Study Shows Three Abrupt Pulses of CO2 During Last Deglaciation

DiamondGeezer Re:Correlation does not imply causation (132 comments)

It happens a lot in science. Have you actually read "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions"? Clearly not.

about three weeks ago
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New Study Shows Three Abrupt Pulses of CO2 During Last Deglaciation

DiamondGeezer In dishonor of Samzenpus (132 comments)

#cuethedeniers

about three weeks ago
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16-Teraflops, £97m Cray To Replace IBM At UK Meteorological Office

DiamondGeezer And so in dishonor of Samzenpus (125 comments)

#cuethedeniers #poisoningthewell #climatedenialiscreationism #dontquestionclimatemodels #dontmentionthehiatus

about three weeks ago
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Ubuntu Turns 10

DiamondGeezer Re:Unity is rubbish. Systemd is rubbish (110 comments)

Is it too late to mod this up as both insightful and a troll at the same time? That in asking 6 Linux users "What is the best distro" you'll get 7 answers?

about a month ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

DiamondGeezer Re:Ridiculous (475 comments)

If those thoughts can be transmitted to others, then yes. I'm not defending the result per se, I'm just telling you what its like in regards to the possession of sexual images featuring what appears to be children.

about a month ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

DiamondGeezer Re:Moral Imperialism (475 comments)

No. But such is the moral panic over child molestation in the UK that no-one dare stand up and defend him.

about a month ago

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Send your name into orbit and beyond with NASA's Orion

DiamondGeezer DiamondGeezer writes  |  about 1 month ago

DiamondGeezer (872237) writes "NASA are inviting everyone (even Slashdotters) to put their name which will be on a microchip onboard the maiden flight of the Orion capsule. The flight is scheduled to launch on December 4th 2014 on top of a Delta IV Heavy Rocket. When you fill in your name, you also get a facsimile boarding card with your name and a unique code to save and keep.

If only your name could collect frequent flyer miles. NASA is inviting the public to send their names on a microchip to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars.

Your name will begin its journey on a dime-sized microchip when the agency’s Orion spacecraft launches Dec. 4 on its first flight, designated Exploration Flight Test-1. After a 4.5 hour, two-orbit mission around Earth to test Orion’s systems, the spacecraft will travel back through the atmosphere at speeds approaching 20,000 mph and temperatures near 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.

But the journey for your name doesn’t end there. After returning to Earth, the names will fly on future NASA exploration flights and missions to Mars. With each flight, selected individuals will accrue more miles as members of a global space-faring society.

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Springpad shuts down - users advised to export data by June 25th

DiamondGeezer DiamondGeezer writes  |  about 6 months ago

DiamondGeezer (872237) writes "Springpad have annnounced that they will shutdown permanently on June 25th.

As we announced a few days ago, we are very sorry to let you know that Springpad will be shutting down on June 25th. Unfortunately, we were not able to secure additional funding or scale to become a self-sustaining business. As part of closing our business, a portion of our team is joining Google. At this point, our priority is to help you move forward with the data you have stored in Springpad. Today we are releasing an export tool that gives you a few options including a full Evernote migration, a viewable HTML data backup, and an importable JSON file for other services to use. Read more below about each of these options, or go to springpad.com/savemystuff to start migrating your data now. You will have until June 25th to continue to access your data and complete your migration. At that point Springpad.com will no longer be available, all online and sync features of the mobile apps will stop working, and your personal data will no longer be stored on our servers.

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The 2013 Slashdot Free Education Challenge

DiamondGeezer DiamondGeezer writes  |  about 2 years ago

DiamondGeezer (872237) writes "Most slashdotters would agree that with the ever rising cost of higher education and the ever-present need to keep ourselves ahead of the game, the game-changer might well be the free massively online education courses now being rolled out.

With that in mind, I'd like to suggest a 2013 challenge for as many Slashdotters as possible to enrol in at least one free online course and report on the results back to the providers.

Some courses have had mixed reviews (for example this one got a pasting) but the only way these massively online courses will improve and go mainstream (and maybe get real-world accreditation to boot) is to take courses and provide large amounts of feedback — oh, and learn of course.

I've chosen edx.org as a starting point and I've already signed up to Introductory Statistics at Berkeley.

We could call it "The Slashdot MMO learning challenge". Cost: nothing but time which you would normally be frittering away playing WoW or Eve or something. There are no dragons to slay or grand space battles to conquer for virtual resources, but there is a future universe of education to be found.

Who's with me?"

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The War Z game forced off Steam after complaints - purchasers refunded

DiamondGeezer DiamondGeezer writes  |  about 2 years ago

DiamondGeezer (872237) writes "The recent zombie apocalypse game "War Z" has been removed from Steam after a large number of complaints that the promised content wasn't delivered:

The War Z was promoted as an open-world massively multi-player game that challenged gamers to survive in a many different zombie-infested virtual environments. In addition, said developer Hammerpoint, up to 100 players would be able to join each server and gamers would be able to draw up friends lists, rent their own private servers and improve game characters via a sophisticated skill tree....Complaints began appearing on chat forums on Steam and on social media site Reddit. Players vented their feelings about an update that changed re-spawn times from one hour to four hours when their character was killed. Players could resurrect instantly if they paid using an in-game currency that can only be bought using real money. The furore led Valve to halt sales of the game and offer refunds. In addition, Hammerpoint changed the way the game was described on Steam to be more accurate and issued a statement to address "questions and concerns".

There were also complaints about servers only allowing 50 players at a time when promised "up to 100" and other promised features not be available from Day 1. I guess that a lot of the furore was really about the idea that War Z was a rip-off of the Day Z Arma II mod which has a million players and that "War Z" developer Hammerpoint's real focus was making money though micropayments and tilting the playing field towards paying customers."
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EPA caught red-handed suppressing CO2 report

DiamondGeezer DiamondGeezer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DiamondGeezer writes "Anthony Watts has the scoop on a developing story that the EPA decided to suppress a report written by one of its long term analysts which criticized the EPA's attempt to regulate carbon dioxide as a "dangerous pollutant". The smoking gun is an email sent from the director of the EPA.

In other news, a columnist at the San Francisco Examiner who was initially skeptical about the story, confirmed that the suppression had happened and suddenly all of his columns have disappeared from the website. Hopefully its just a server glitch."

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DiamondGeezer DiamondGeezer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DiamondGeezer (872237) writes "Let's use the Slashdot effect for good!

It is now more than seven weeks since Alan Johnson, a BBC correspondent stationed in Gaza City, was abducted. I thought it would be good for Slashdotters who own websites and/or weblogs to put a simple button on their sites to remind everyone that Alan is still in captivity for reasons unknown, and to show support for all journalists in dangerous places who are brave enough to be there reporting for us.

The code for the button is on this page on the BBC website. The link on the button goes back to the BBC weblog chronicling Alan's story."
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DiamondGeezer DiamondGeezer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DiamondGeezer writes "The Inquirer reports on Peter Gutmann's dissection of Microsoft Vista:

"Windows Vista includes an extensive reworking of core OS elements in order to
provide content protection for so-called "premium content", typically HD data
from Blu-Ray and HD-DVD sources. Providing this protection incurs
considerable costs in terms of system performance, system stability, technical
support overhead, and hardware and software cost. These issues affect not
only users of Vista but the entire PC industry, since the effects of the
protection measures extend to cover all hardware and software that will ever
come into contact with Vista, even if it's not used directly with Vista (for
example hardware in a Macintosh computer or on a Linux server). This document
analyses the cost involved in Vista's content protection, and the collateral
damage that this incurs throughout the computer industry"

Lesson: If you want your graphics to be of the highest quality, your digital imaging to be top notch, then don't use Vista because it will degrade them in order to protect premium content and there's nothing you can do about it (other than go to OSX or Linux).

Happy New Year"

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