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Scientists Race To Save Miami Coral Doomed By Dredging

DiamondGeezer Re:Mass extinction waits for no-one (99 comments)

Your statement is one large fallacy: Post hoc ergo propter hoc "It came after therefore it was caused by"

The CO2 changes in the atmosphere are neither rapid nor unprecedented. Also, the clear witness of ice cores is that rises and falls in CO2 in the atmosphere are a centuries delayed response to climatic warming and cooling. Since 97% of CO2 is from natural sources, the man-made contribution is tiny compared to the natural evolution of CO2 from our oceans which originated in the Medieval Warm Period.

Using Henry's Law only works if there is carbon dioxide equilibrium between the ocean and the atmosphere. There isn't.

about a month and a half ago
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Scientists Race To Save Miami Coral Doomed By Dredging

DiamondGeezer Re:Pave the Earth! (99 comments)

+1 Funny

It's a shame no-one noticed but me.

about a month and a half ago
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Scientists Race To Save Miami Coral Doomed By Dredging

DiamondGeezer Re:"Clues about climate change"? (99 comments)

"...than normal..."

We see the problem right there in that statement.

about a month and a half ago
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Studies: Wildfires Worse Due To Global Warming

DiamondGeezer Re:Accoeding to arsonists (379 comments)

But clearing the underbrush causes CO2 to be produced causing temperatures to rise...

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

DiamondGeezer Re:Meanwhile, in reality world... (784 comments)

"Ah, nothing like quoting an anti-AGW blog as if it were the equivalent of a published article"

Ah nothing like quoting Skeptical Science or Real Climate or DeSmogBlog or HughPickensDOTcom, because those are outlets of pure unvarnished truth that no sane man may object to.

In fact the WUWT article points to an article in "The Australian" and quotes the NSIDC.

I assume you get your answers from Genesis because you like things handed down as Holy Writ, probably because its easier than thinking. Climate alarmism is deeply religious and very much creationism without all of the messy stuff about Cain and Abel.

Like "The West Antarctic Ice Sheet is 50 below zero, so how is it melting?"

But that's for people who understand science and critical thinking, something you're not capable of.

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

DiamondGeezer "Cuethedeniers" (784 comments)

Why bother allowing people to comment if you're going to insult them with reference to Holocaust Denial?

Alternatively, exactly who died that a claim of climate modellers about future events became Holy Writ that may not be challenged or questioned?

about 2 months ago
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Wyoming Is First State To Reject Science Standards Over Climate Change

DiamondGeezer Re: Motivated rejection of science (661 comments)

That's right, because before 1950 climate was stable.

about 2 months ago
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Wyoming Is First State To Reject Science Standards Over Climate Change

DiamondGeezer Re:Motivated rejection of science (661 comments)

"Motivated reasoning" - the new phrase for "Possessed by the Devil"

about 2 months ago
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Stanford Getting Rid of $18 Billion Endowment of Coal Stock

DiamondGeezer Re:Activist investors (208 comments)

Refusing to invest in coal industries does not help reduce carbon emissions and pollution one jot. If there's ever a polluting industry it would be the so-called renewables which use rare earths and cause massive pollution.

about 3 months ago
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What Was the Greatest Age For Indie Games?

DiamondGeezer 49 (92 comments)

Can't post. Playing Dota 2 in a coffee shop

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Race To Develop Livestock That Can Survive Climate Change

DiamondGeezer HughPickensDOTScare (291 comments)

Is there a sweetheart deal for Slashdot's owners to post every deranged end-of-the-world scare story from HughPickens?

Inquiring minds would like to know, because every single scare story has been rebutted many times (although Slashdot never gets to see those stories because the debunkers are in league with the devil/big oil/republicans/illuminati/adam sandler (delete as appropriate))

The modern term for this is "motivated reasoning" but in the past it was called "moral hazard" or "moral depravity". Different words, same result - an attack on the motivation of the person who denies the coming Apocalypse/Judgement Day/Zombie Outbreak (delete as appropriate)

In Russia they have a word for this: Lysenkoism

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Race To Develop Livestock That Can Survive Climate Change

DiamondGeezer Re:We've already passed "Peak Child" (291 comments)

"This means drastically more land area and more water is needed than for growing traditional, primarily vegetarian diets."

Step away from the keyboard, out of your mom's basement and take a look at the real world

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Race To Develop Livestock That Can Survive Climate Change

DiamondGeezer Re:why cows? (291 comments)

"Red meat offers very little and is harmful to the human body in many ways.".

Yes the harm it does to Olympic athletes and cyclists is a warning for everybody. Nobody needs iron, zinc and those fat-soluble vitamins from meat if Walgreens has them in little bottles.

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Race To Develop Livestock That Can Survive Climate Change

DiamondGeezer Re:Time to shift gears for the human race (291 comments)

You could start by cracking a book or three and realising that we've been through end-of-the-world-unless-we-repent apocalyptic scares for as long as man has been upright.

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Race To Develop Livestock That Can Survive Climate Change

DiamondGeezer Re:are you kidding? (291 comments)

Ah yes, the CO2/Water vapor feedback coeffient - the entirely made-up non-physical fudge factor that turns a rise in an essential trace gas from pimple to asteroid-hitting-the earth scariness.

"There is a reason that energy boards treat modeling as an adversarial process. It is more like lawyering then science"

Whatever it is, it's not science.

about 3 months ago

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

DiamondGeezer DiamondGeezer writes  |  about 2 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 a year and a half 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 a year and a half 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  |  about 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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