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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Eunuchswear Re:Pft (957 comments)

Lying troll.

4 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Eunuchswear Re:Pft (957 comments)

Why? It is funny. You have to laugh or you'd puke.

5 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Eunuchswear Re:Pft (957 comments)

In the workplace if a man even smiles funny at a women he's walked out the door. The same man threatens violence against another man and it's treated as a joke.

No idea what kind of hell hole you work in, but around here if you threaten violence against a co-worker you are at minimum suspended and possibly even immediately fired.

And this is in France, where it is famously very hard to fire someone.

5 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Eunuchswear Re:Pft (957 comments)

Poe or actual moron?

I'm betting actual moron.

5 days ago
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UEA Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility of Alien Life

Eunuchswear Re:Meaning of LIFE!?!? (97 comments)

LIFE may originate on some planet where Methane, Hexaine or Helium is the local liquid, or molten Lead, Carbon or Iron, or, or, or...

Chemistry.

Carbon is probably where it's at in terms of a backbone that allows for enough complexity, and that puts some limits on temperature and other parameters.

about a week ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Eunuchswear Re:Gentlemen, start your engines. (701 comments)

Ignorance is bliss.

Please don't learn anything about the Hearltland institute or the ICCC, it will only make you miserable.

Scott Denning is an OK guy though.

about a week ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Eunuchswear Re:Gentlemen, start your engines. (701 comments)

If you don't watch the whole thing you're missing something good.

But if you're lazy start at about 13:20.

Remember that Denning is addressing the Heartland Institute organised ICCC6 conference.

about a week ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Eunuchswear Re:Gentlemen, start your engines. (701 comments)

I love the bit towards the end where he's getting realy worked up.

"Physics doesn't care what you believe."

Adressing the Heartland conference attendees:

"If you don't help us figure out how to adapt we're going to wind up adapting in ways that are unacceptable to you."

"Do you think Greenpeace is going to advocate effective solutions! Is that what you're waiting for?"

"If free market advocates shirk their responsibility others will dictate policy."

"When will you stand up and offer solutions!"

"Are you cowards?"

"What I said, just to recap, in case you missed it" (sheepish laughter from audience)

"Everyone in this room understands how climate works well enough -- arguing about the details is not worth your time."

"Climate will change a lot in the next few decates and policy will be enacted in response to perceived needs."

"The political right has been absent without leave in proposing solutions to these problems, and the world needs you to be engaged."

"Thank you."

(stunned silence, applause)

about a week ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Eunuchswear Re:Gentlemen, start your engines. (701 comments)

Or, alternatively

A tous de DDO, attention pour la decompte finale.
Dix, neuf, huit, sept, six, cinq, quatre, trois, deux, unité, TOP, allumage vulcain... allumage EAP, decollage... toutes les paramtres abord sont nominaux.
(Arianne 5)
(please don't mention 501)

A tous de DDO, attention pour la decompte finale.
Dix, neuf, huit, sept, six, cinq, quatre, trois, deux, un, TOP, decollage... toutes les parametres sont normaux
(Soyuz)

about a week ago
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The Hacking of NASDAQ

Eunuchswear The Chinese, the French, the Israelis. (76 comments)

The Chinese, the French, the Israelis—and many less well known or understood players—all hack in one way or another.

But never the USA.

about two weeks ago
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The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

Eunuchswear Re: Not France vs US (309 comments)

What a pity their economy has not been sustainable since decades and can only survive on massive injections of tax money and protectionism.

Please explain how you can "inject" tax money into an economy.

What protectionism?

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Blasts Off From Florida

Eunuchswear Re:Guaranteed (112 comments)

Guaranteed - there are no black engineers involvedin this.

Oh, how sad, you're not just a racist fuck. You're also wrong.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Blasts Off From Florida

Eunuchswear Re:"An anonymous reader" (112 comments)

AC is right.

"Man rated" means "we refuse to calculate the odds that it will fail because by definition it will never fail".

And then it fails.

about two weeks ago
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New Technology Uses Cellular Towers For Super-Accurate Weather Measurements

Eunuchswear Re:Military Applications (42 comments)

The military application is that it is rumoured to be able to detect stealth aircraft.

about two weeks ago
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The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

Eunuchswear Re: Not France vs US (309 comments)

If you don't want French money you're not obliged to take it.

If you do want French money then you obey French law.

If you think that Amazon are stupid enough to ignore the 9th largest economy in the world just because of some idiotic pseudo-religous worry about "free markets" I've got a bookshop to sell you.

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

Eunuchswear Re:Probable cause (223 comments)

But Islam is a Judeo Christian religion.

about three weeks ago
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Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

Eunuchswear Re:Probable cause (223 comments)

I heard that if you say that five times in front of a mirror a black guy will become president.

about three weeks ago
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Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

Eunuchswear Re:Probable cause (223 comments)

Zow! New forms of insanity creep out from the shadows.

You want to look up the work "kaffir".

about three weeks ago

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Islamic State of Iraq and Syria -- There's an app for that

Eunuchswear Eunuchswear writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Eunuchswear (210685) writes "ISIS (aka Daech), the black flag waving, AK47 toting, extremists advancing rapidly towards Bagdhad have a social media marketing group.

You're probably thinking "Oh, just a few sad losers pretending to be Jihadis posting tweets from mom's basement", but no. They have an Android app that uses the Twitter accounts of anyone who downloads it for sending ISIS propaganda in organised campaigns, while avoiding Twitters spam detection filters. At one point ISIS managed to get their propaganda into the first results in a search for "Baghdad" — an image of an ISIS fighter with the words "We are coming, Baghdad".

The tweet is more powerful than the AK?"

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Scientists boycott NASA conference because of ban on chinese participants

Eunuchswear Eunuchswear writes  |  about 10 months ago

Eunuchswear (210685) writes "Congress has passed laws forbidding NASA from allowing Chinese nationals on its premises, so NASA was forced to reject applications from Chinese scientists to attend the upcoming meeting on the Kepler space telescope next month.

This ban extends even to Chinese scientists and students working in the USA, angering many American scientists. Geoff Marcy, known for his work on explanets is reported to be boycotting the conference. "In good conscience, I cannot attend a meeting that discriminates in this way. The meeting is about planets located trillions of miles away, with no national security implications." he said in an email to the conference organisers."

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BT worth GBP 30 billion less than its wires

Eunuchswear Eunuchswear writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Eunuchswear (210685) writes "El Reg calculates that British Telecoms current market capitalisation, around GBP 20 billion is less than the value of the copper in it's network, around GBP 50 billion for it's 75 million miles of installed wiring.

So, borrow the cash, buy the company, strip the wires and sell them off, you'll be able to repay the loan and make a tidy profit.

Pity about the total destruction of the UK economy, but them's the breaks."

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Has Slashdot been trolled by Fox News?

Eunuchswear Eunuchswear writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Eunuchswear (210685) writes "A recent Slashdot story claims that

"Some voters in Las Vegas have noticed that Democrat Harry Reid's name is checked by default on their electronic voting machines. By way of explanation, the Clark County Registrar says that when voters choose English instead of Spanish, Reid's Republican opponent, Sharron Angle, has her name checked by default."

Using a story from a local Fox news affiliate as a source.

Interestingly the current version of the Fox5Vegas story (marked "UPDATED: 6:39 pm PDT October 26, 2010") contains no mention of "default options" or "Spanish". It does contain a statement from Larry Lomax, the Clark county Registrar of Voters:

Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax said there is no voter fraud, although the issues do come up because the touch-screens are sensitive. For that reason, a person may not want to have their fingers linger too long on the screen after they make a selection at any time. "Especially in a community with elderly citizens (they have) difficulty in (casting their) ballot," Lomax said. "Team leaders said there were complaints (and the) race filled in."

Has Slashdot been trolled by Fox news?"
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Slashdot trolled by Fox News

Eunuchswear Eunuchswear writes  |  more than 3 years ago

A recent Slashdot story claims that

"Some voters in Las Vegas have noticed that Democrat Harry Reid's name is checked by default on their electronic voting machines. By way of explanation, the Clark County Registrar says that when voters choose English instead of Spanish, Reid's Republican opponent, Sharron Angle, has her name checked by default."

Using a story from a local Fox news affiliate as a source.

Interestingly the current version of the Fox5Vegas story (marked "UPDATED: 6:39 pm PDT October 26, 2010") contains no mention of "default options" or "Spanish". It does contain a statement from Larry Lomax, the Clark county Registrar of Voters:

Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax said there is no voter fraud, although the issues do come up because the touch-screens are sensitive. For that reason, a person may not want to have their fingers linger too long on the screen after they make a selection at any time.

"Especially in a community with elderly citizens (they have) difficulty in (casting their) ballot," Lomax said. "Team leaders said there were complaints (and the) race filled in."

Has Slashdot been trolled by Fox news?

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I have a list... (Climate scientists who don't believe in AGW).

Eunuchswear Eunuchswear writes  |  about 4 years ago

I plaintively asked for a list of climate scientists who didn't believe in AGW and the estimable (arg!)Styopa came up with http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1715502&cid=32912336

Well, part of the problem is that the whole postulation of Global Warming (oh wait, it's merely Climate Change now, isn't it?) is such a hash of assumptions and begged questions. If an argument has 100 failed component parts, where do you begin in listing who's "opposed" to it?

That said here's a partial list of climate-specific scientists who have publicly critiqued one or more aspects of the general premise "The globe is generally warming and humans are a significant cause."

Richard Lindzen, Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and member of the National Academy of Sciences

Garth Paltridge, Visiting Fellow ANU and retired Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research and retired Director of the Institute of the Antarctic Cooperative Research Centre.

Hendrik Tennekes, retired Director of Research, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute:

Antonino Zichichi, emeritus professor of nuclear physics at the University of Bologna and president of the World Federation of Scientists

Chris de Freitas, Associate Professor, School of Geography, Geology and Environmental Science, University of Auckland

William M. Gray, Professor Emeritus and head of The Tropical Meteorology Project, Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University

William Kininmonth, meteorologist, former Australian delegate to World Meteorological Organization Commission for Climatology

David Legates, associate professor of geography and director of the Center for Climatic Research, University of Delaware

Tad Murty, oceanographer; adjunct professor, Departments of Civil Engineering and Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa

Fred Singer, Professor emeritus of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia

Jan Veizer, environmental geochemist, Professor Emeritus from University of Ottawa

Tim Patterson, paleoclimatologist and Professor of Geology at Carleton University in Canada

Syun-Ichi Akasofu, retired professor of geophysics and Founding Director of the International Arctic Research Center of the University of Alaska Fairbanks

John Christy, professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, contributor to several IPCC reports

Craig D. Idso, faculty researcher, Office of Climatology, Arizona State University and founder of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change

Patrick Michaels, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and retired research professor of environmental science at the University of Virginia

August H. "Augie" Auer Jr. New Zealand MetService Meteorologist, past professor of atmospheric science at the University of Wyoming

Reid Bryson, Emeritus Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Marcel Leroux Professor of Climatology, Université Jean Moulin

Frederick Seitz, solid-state physicist, former president of the National Academy of Sciences

Does that list seem trivial to you?
--
-Styopa

Which doesn't sound trivial at all. But who are these people?

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Moderators on crack

Eunuchswear Eunuchswear writes  |  more than 4 years ago

So, I added my ha'penny worth to the debate on AGW:

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1559622&cid=31242422
Some guy says:

The head of the CRC (that group that fudged their data) has made a personal fortune from it

And I reply:

  1. Perhaps you mean CRU (The University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit)?
  2. Where do you find evidence that they "fudged their data"?
  3. Where do you get the idea that Phil Jones (assuming that's who you're talking about) "has made a personal fortune" from being an "AGW proponent" (or anything else - hint: UK universities don't pay enough for people to make personal fortunes)

And it gets moderated:

A user has moderated your comment "Interesting" (+1).
A user has moderated your comment "Insightful" (+1).
A user has moderated your comment "Informative" (+1).
A user has moderated your comment "Informative" (+1).
A user has moderated your comment "Informative" (+1).
A user has moderated your comment "Troll" (-1).
A user has moderated your comment "Troll" (-1).
A user has moderated your comment "Troll" (-1).
A user has moderated your comment "Overrated" (-1).
A user has moderated your comment "Insightful" (+1).

Personally I think that comment was maybe a tiny bit insightful, the only information it contained was the correct name of the CRU, but what of the troll nature does it have? If people think I'm being sarky maybe they could mark it flamebait, but troll? Does anyone around here have a clue what "troll" means any more?

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Talking to a climate "skeptic"

Eunuchswear Eunuchswear writes  |  more than 4 years ago

So, I see this: http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1552564&threshold=0&commentsort=0&mode=nested&cid=31170808

I do not agree that the IPCC is 99.999% correct, I have very low confidence in the IPCC

Meteorologists' models make huge assumptions, they must. I won't believe a thing they've said until they clearly state their assumptions and make at least some attempt to find error bounds.

As an example, what do they use for the C02 absorptivity of sea water in their climate models? What temperature sea water? What salinity sea water? At what rate does the sea water mix? What percentage C02 in the water? What percentage in the Air? What temperature air? What wind velocity?

He's obviously read lot's of the literature, and seems to have some relevant questions, so I ask him what papers he's read that give him such a low opinion of climate scientists rigour:

That's the problem, I haven't even been able to find the papers to read. There are some whitepapers on the IPCC site, but I would like to find peer reviewed papers.

So, how, if he hasn't found any papers can he make such claims?

Anyway, let's leave that to one side for the moment. It's rather sad that it's so hard to find papers that answer his questions about the assumptions and error bars used by climate scientists. His main preoccupation seems to be modelling, so let's go check out what the IPCC said in Assement 4, WG1, Chapter 8 Climate Models and their Evaluation .

Why lookee there. There's a section of references. That's a surprise.

There are hundreds of papers referenced there. But "a skeptic" couldn't find one?

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Using nuclear reactors in load following mode

Eunuchswear Eunuchswear writes  |  more than 4 years ago

From http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file46772.pdf pp76

There is evidence however that nuclear plant can be designed to vary its output if required. In the case of France there are currently 58 Pressurised Water Reactors (PWR) operating, representing about 70% of the installed generation capacity and such plant has to provide flexible output. In load following mode these reactors can vary its output between 25% and 100% of rated output[29]. Load following can be done twice a day acting directly on the nuclear reaction or/and the cooling system. In 2002, 48 PWRs in France operated in a load following mode[30].

The most recent nuclear plant in France (Flamanville 3, in Lower Normandy, EPR design currently under construction) will have considerable response capability[31] being able to maintain its output at 25% and then ramp up to full output at a rate of 2.5% of rated power per minute up to 60% output
and at 5% of rated output per minute up to rated power. This means that potentially the unit can change its output from 25% to 100% in less than 30 minutes.

[29]
      âoeProgrammation pluriannuelle des investissements de production électriqueâ, 29 Janvier 2002, MinistÃre de lâ(TM)économie, des finances et de lâ(TM)industrie
[30]
      âoeRapport sur la durée de vie des centrales nucléaires et les nouveaux types de réacteursâ, 13-14 mai 2003, Parlement franÃais)
[31]
      âoeRapport préléminaire de sÃreté de Flamanville 3, version publiqueâ , EDF, Pg 26 http://www.edf.fr/html/epr/rps/chap01/chap01.pdf

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Have you Meta Moderated recently?

Eunuchswear Eunuchswear writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Have you Meta Moderated recently? Regular Meta Moderators are more likely to get mod points.

I get this irritating message about once a day.

I haven't had mod points for months.

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