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New Study Shows Three Abrupt Pulses of CO2 During Last Deglaciation

DiamondGeezer Re:Correlation does not imply causation (118 comments)

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

yesterday
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16-Teraflops, £97m Cray To Replace IBM At UK Meteorological Office

DiamondGeezer And so in dishonor of Samzenpus (123 comments)

#cuethedeniers #poisoningthewell #climatedenialiscreationism #dontquestionclimatemodels #dontmentionthehiatus

2 days 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 two weeks ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

DiamondGeezer Re:Ridiculous (474 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 two weeks ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

DiamondGeezer Re:Moral Imperialism (474 comments)

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

about two weeks ago
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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

DiamondGeezer Re:Satellites were Once Considered Crazy (352 comments)

Elon Musk is in many ways like Werner Von Braun

You mean he's a mass murderer who used technology to rain down death onto the allies? Wow.

about two weeks ago
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Pentagon Unveils Plan For Military's Response To Climate Change

DiamondGeezer #cuethedeniers (228 comments)

Because #poisoningthewell was already taken.

about two weeks ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

DiamondGeezer Re:Facts? (986 comments)

Only if you're an idiot who believes that David Copperfield can really make an elephant appear out of thin air.

about three weeks ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

DiamondGeezer Re:I've been keeping a short position ... (986 comments)

The price of oil has been declining for quite a while. It has NOTHING to do with this hoax.

Hopefully you've moved your stop loss to guarantee your profit.

about three weeks ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

DiamondGeezer HOAX Alert (986 comments)

Where's the shielding? If there are nuclear processes going on in that experiment then where is the shielding from alpha, beta, gamma radiation? Where is the neutron shielding? It's not there because it's not a nuclear reaction in the cell and its not a nuclear reaction because its a hoax.

Exactly the same bullshit claims were made by Pons and Fleischmann and the photos of the apparatus show exactly the same thing : claimed nuclear processes were going on with no shielding between experiment and experimenter.

This isn't an independent test because a) the lead investigator is a person friend of the "inventor" and b) the "inventor" was present during the experiment at the critical points where fraud could have taken place.

It looks and feels like a hoax because it is a hoax.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

DiamondGeezer On the bright side (644 comments)

At least it doesn't run bash.

Yes, linux nerds, the truth hurts. Linux has security holes. Enormous drive-18-wheeler-through-ones.

If you want to dish it out to M$ then you've got to be able to take it as well.

about 1 month ago
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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

DiamondGeezer Re:Second the recommendation (267 comments)

Read my comment above.

Plausible: adj having an appearance of truth or reason; seemingly worthy of approval or acceptance.

Plausible only in the very limited sense.

about a month ago
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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

DiamondGeezer Re:Second the recommendation (267 comments)

Like bringing in martian soil into the hab.

1. Martian soil has perchlorates in it, and will poison him through his skin and any food grown in it.
2. Martian soil has very fine dust in it, which cannot be dealt with by the lungs and will give him emphysema if/when he breathes it in.

I've collected about 35 scientific mistakes so far in the book and I'm only 1/3 of the way in.

about a month ago
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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

DiamondGeezer Re:Second the recommendation (267 comments)

I've started reading "The Martian" and I'm astonished by the number of basic science mistakes the novel has. And I mean teeth-grindingly bad.

I like the premise, but anyone with actual knowledge of science and engineering would laugh at it and throw it next to the Phantom Menace in terms of realism.

No, I'm not kidding and it is not a joke or a troll.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?

DiamondGeezer Lastpass.com (191 comments)

It works. Creates secure passwords. Stores them.

Easy.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

DiamondGeezer Re:Three words... (234 comments)

+1 Informative. Sorry I can't mod you up but there it is.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

DiamondGeezer I'm going to pick you up on one thing... (234 comments)

Not to mention my mind isn't as sharp now as it was 20 years ago when I graduated high school.

Wrong! Unless you have early onset Alzheimer's, your brain can be as sharp or sharper than it was in high school. I'm 49 and doing 2nd year university math, physics and statistics and I'm MUCH better at any of them than I was when I graduated high school.

Suggestions:

1. Join an astronomy club (mentioned above, but I'd reinforce it). See the wonder, gain experience and confidence from others.
2. Buy a small telescope with a motorized mount and learn to do some astrophotography
3. Do a course or two on edX or coursera - the way to get better at running is to run, the way to get better at science is to do science.
4. Reading books is good. Doing what the book says is much better.

Your mind is saying "feed me" so go feed it. You won't regret it.

about a month and a half ago

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

DiamondGeezer DiamondGeezer writes  |  about a week 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 5 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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