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US Secret Service Wants To Identify Snark

DuBois Detect Sarcasm???? (213 comments)

How are you going to teach a computer to detect sarcasm when most of the posters on Slashdot can't, assuming posters here are actually human? Which might be a stretch.

about 2 months ago

Global Warming Since 1997 Underestimated By Half

DuBois Re:Look deep instead of shallow (534 comments)

The temperature has been rising since the end of the Little Ice Age. Nobody disputes that.

Please show me what percentage (or any non-modeled number) of that rise is due to human activity. Now, we can talk about solutions.

about 8 months ago

Global Warming Since 1997 Underestimated By Half

DuBois Re:So what? (534 comments)

Read Dan Brown's "Inferno" for one suggestion. Many in the eco-community think this is a viable "final solution."

about 8 months ago

How Human Psychology Holds Back Climate Change Action

DuBois Re:What About Fear? (530 comments)

Fear is the mind killer. — Frank Herbert, "Dune"

about 10 months ago

How Human Psychology Holds Back Climate Change Action

DuBois Re:Here's what holds ME back. (530 comments)

And that's exactly why our economy is doing so well these days...

about 10 months ago

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner Has Taken Its Battery Certification Flight

DuBois Re:I wont be a guinea pig (123 comments)

If they replaced it with a standard lead acid it would have been flying already.

Few large airplanes use lead-acid batteries anymore. NiCad is pretty standard for anything larger than a Cessna 210.

about a year ago

State Rep. Says Biking Is Not Earth Friendly Because Breathing Produces CO2

DuBois Re: Many things are possible if we eliminate some (976 comments)

Your force. My decision. I decide not to let misanthropes like yourself limit human potential by forcing population limits. You hate humans. I believe only humans can enjoy a pristine forest, save the whales, or bicycle through the countryside just for the fun of it.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What Features Belong In a 'Smartwatch'?

DuBois Re:sunrise alarm (322 comments)

We could get rid of daylight-wasting time if everyone used one of these. It then wouldn't matter where you are. We'd all be synched to the sun.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen

DuBois Pilot G-2 0.38 (712 comments)

I have to write very small commentary in pilot's logbooks. The only pen that accomplishes this properly is the Pilot G-2 0.38. Available at Office Max but not Office Depot.

about a year and a half ago

Complex Systems Theorists Predict We're About One Year From Global Food Riots

DuBois Burning food for transport (926 comments)

Not surprising when we're burning so much food by turning it into ethanol and putting it in our cars.

about 2 years ago

Climate May Be Less Sensitive To CO2 Than Previously Thought

DuBois Re:well if this pans out (413 comments)

Nobody rational denies climate change. Many rational people deny human caused climate change. If there were empirical evidence for blaming humans, we'd have a debate. Lacking such evidence is the reason why there is merely a shouting match between irrationalists of all sorts.

more than 2 years ago

Long Takes In the Movies, Antidote To CGI?

DuBois Re:Russian Ark (295 comments)

An entire movie in one take. Loved it!

more than 3 years ago

US Military 'Banned' From Viewing Wikileaks

DuBois RAH comments (390 comments)

“I began to sense faintly that secrecy is the keystone of all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy . . . censorship. When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, ‘This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,’ the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives.” — John Lyle in "Revolt in 2100" by Robert Heinlein

more than 3 years ago

National Academy of Science Urges Carbon Tax

DuBois Re:Politicized science (875 comments)

And you rely on a failed politician and a bunch of coercively financed "scientists"?

more than 4 years ago

National Academy of Science Urges Carbon Tax

DuBois Politicized science (875 comments)

Climate science has abandoned evidence and data and gone straight to propaganda. Check out the data and evidence for yourself, don't listen to the anti-technological propaganda from the politicized climate scientists.

more than 4 years ago

TSA Wants You To Keep Your Seat, and Your Hands In Sight

DuBois The Final Solution (888 comments)

All airline passengers will be put in straightjackets for the duration of the flight. Catheters and diapers will be provided.

more than 4 years ago

The Limits To Skepticism

DuBois Overweight, or too much CO2? (1093 comments)

'This man is too heavy,' said the doctor who had been called in to see a patient in the Land of Fools, 'and his ailment will undoubtedly become worse unless something is done about it.'

He went home, leaving his knowledge and expected some action to be taken.

When he returned to see the patient, he was met by sorrowing relatives.

'Doctor,' they said, 'the man was sicker than we knew. Even after his weight had been reduced, he died.'

'Perhaps he did not get his weight down fast enough.'

'No, it couldn't have been that. We decided that the best way to take off weight was to cut his head off. We had that done in five minutes.'

—Idries Shah, "Reflections"

more than 4 years ago



Crucial climate change data hacked by Russian

DuBois DuBois writes  |  more than 4 years ago

DuBois (105200) writes "A Russian hacker has obtained FOI data from the Hadley Center in the UK that appears to give credence to the recent reports of misused data in some climate change papers. The data may be obtained from and the single zip file there (downloaded at 0100 UTC 20091120) has the md5 hash of:

MD5 ( = da2e1d6c453e0643e05e90c681eb1df4

If this is a forgery, it's a very clever one. Be sure to run Linux or you might catch viri."


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