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North Korea Denies Responsibility for Sony Attack, Warns Against Retaliation

Eunuchswear Re:Whether it was NK or not doesn't matter (231 comments)

He called you "boche", it's more likely that he's a frog than a brit.

A brit would probably have called you a kraut.

yesterday
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North Korea Denies Responsibility for Sony Attack, Warns Against Retaliation

Eunuchswear Re:False Falg? (231 comments)

Splendid. You think Sony has leaked massive amounts of its own and it's employees private data to big up a crappy film.

Seriously -- you are an idiot.

yesterday
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Eunuchswear Re: Simple answer... (469 comments)

And taxes are good, right?

Yes, they are. Glad you realise it.

2 days ago
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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

Eunuchswear Re:Why Steam? Why? (158 comments)

The rouble has lost roughly 50% of its value against the US dollar over the last two years.

For values of two years that are rather closer to six months.

3 days ago
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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

Eunuchswear Re:Why Steam? Why? (158 comments)

Had this happened 5 years ago, it's likely ISIS wouldn't have happened, but sadly they can survive now without Iranian funding.

Oh, dear, you were doing so well with your amateur economics lesson, then you stray into international affairs and fuck up bad.

Iran has never funded, and could never conceivably fund, ISIS.

ISIS is a bunch of Sunni islamic loons. Iran is a bunch of Shia islamic loons. ISIS kill Shia more or less on sight.

Iran is an ally of ISIS's enemies, Iraq and Syria. Iran is currently bombing ISIS.

If ISIS received outside funding it came from the Gulf, possibly including Saudi Arabia.

3 days ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Eunuchswear Re:Actually (574 comments)

North Korea has nuclear weapons

And no long distance delivery system

and a million soldier army.

And no navy and airforce large enough to protect it as they make their way across the pacific.

South Korea might have a problem, but elsewhere?

3 days ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Eunuchswear Re:yea but (574 comments)

And it doesn't have to be NK that does it... some crazy nut job could... and Sony would be on the hook for liability.

How?

3 days ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Eunuchswear Re:Land of the free (574 comments)

Americans are pussies.

They always give in to threats.

It didn't use to be so. Sad.

3 days ago
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Attorney Yasir Billoo Explains NDA Law (Video)

Eunuchswear Sooner or later you say... (38 comments)

Sooner or later you're going to encounter -- or even write -- an NDA,

Fuck off and die.

5 days ago
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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

Eunuchswear Both article and summary wrong (150 comments)

Looking at their (horribly small) graph it seems that the two best 2nd languages for English speakers are French (if you want to talk to Africa) and Russian (if your want to talk to Putin's near abroad).

Spanish doesn't win you much that you don't get with English + French.

5 days ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Eunuchswear Re:Really? (772 comments)

Anal prolapse is "no injuries"?

Death by hypothermia is not permanent?

about two weeks ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

Eunuchswear Re:Relevant C (641 comments)

0x2b | ~0x2b == -1

about two weeks ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

Eunuchswear Re:It does expose those blind spots (368 comments)

Actually, at the time people honestly believed that Mars, Venus and/or the Moon really did have perfectly breathable atmospheres and Earth-like gravity,

How "early" are you aiming for here?

Verne and Wells knew that the Moon and Mars didn't have Earth-like gravity or atmospehre. (I think they both overestimated the atmosphere of the Moon or Mars, but the knew it wasn't earth like).

about two weeks ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

Eunuchswear Re:Iain M. Banks Culture novels FTW (368 comments)

I agree that Iain M. Banks's Culture novels show that Stross's goal is at least possible. He did a brilliant job of imagining a distant future that gave me severe culture shock, but was also entertaining and engaging.

Well, for values of "a distant future" that include "the distant past".

The bad news is that we are not one of the ancestor civilisations of the Culture. In fact they visited us in the '80s and decided we were boringly horrible and to be left alone to see if we'd get interesting in the future.

about two weeks ago
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Every Weapon, Armored Truck, and Plane the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

Eunuchswear Re:Anything sold to the police should be sold... (191 comments)

The police are not civilians.

Sir Robert Peel would disagree:

Peelian Principle 7 - “Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.”

about two weeks ago

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

Eunuchswear Eunuchswear writes  |  about 6 months 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 a year 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 3 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 4 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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Journals

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Slashdot trolled by Fox News

Eunuchswear Eunuchswear writes  |  more than 4 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  |  more than 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 5 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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