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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

Eunuchswear Re:We don''t do tax returns in the UK,you insensit (380 comments)

"Most people have no idea how much they pay in taxes." proof?

Even though I don't write a check, my tax software it kind enough to provide me exactly how much I paid in taxes, so that I can easily calculate my EffeciveTaxRate (19%)

Don't need software for that in France, the "avis d'imposition" has your effective tax rate printed on it.

2 days ago
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Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

Eunuchswear Re:Um Yeah. Right. (109 comments)

My comment meant: If the crime rate in the area where you live is so high that being robbed for something as trivial as a cell phone

Why do you persist in thinking he was robbed where he lived?

Parenthetically, I think this might have been the original reason people who could afford it moved out of the city into the suburbs.

How many people who live in the suburbs work in the suburbs?

2 days ago
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Racing To Contain Ebola

Eunuchswear Re:Is Ebola a "rapid burnout" disease? (111 comments)

I didn't say that Tai was the only reservoir, it's just the obvious one for an outbreak in the Guinea - Sierra Leone - Liberia area.

2 days ago
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Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

Eunuchswear Re:Great start (109 comments)

I'm english and I recognise that we stole America from the native Americans. Let's give it back.

2 days ago
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Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

Eunuchswear Re:Um Yeah. Right. (109 comments)

Wow, you might consider moving.

In some parts of the world cellphones are known as "mobile" phones or "portable" phones. Maybe he wasn't at home when they were stolen?

2 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Eunuchswear Re:u wot m8 (565 comments)

Actually "apt-get update" normally breaks things for me. Window updates require a lot of annoying restarts, but at least the GUI comes back. Most of the time when I update one of my linux boxes it completely breaks and then I spend hours trying to figure out what happened. Half the time I give up and do a complete reinstall. I have never had a seemless distro update even though I try it every time [...] actively uses Raspbian, Puppy Linux, Linux Mint DE, and Ubuntu.

Well, there's your problem. Just use Debian.

2 days ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

Eunuchswear Re:more pseudo science (846 comments)

200% of the increase? Err... math is not your strong point is it? How do you get more than 100% of the increase? Wait, I don't want to know what passes for reasoning in your head.

It's simple. Our CO2 emissions are about twice the size of the observed CO2 increase.

Average global temp is on the rise, but has been doing so since the end of the last ice age.

Got a source for that, big boy?

Geez, go use google.

here let me do it for you:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G...

look for the chart showing temps going up since last ice age peak of 20K years ago.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f5/All_palaeotemps.png

Yup, temperatures rose from about -20Ky to about -10Ky, and they have been slowly falling since. Temperatures have not been rising since the end of the last ice age.

show a correlation between any solar parameter and global average temperatures.

TSI:

http://lasp.colorado.edu/lisir...

easy correlation there. Match to warming trends, much stronger than CO2.

Looks like you have some serious problems reading graphs. Maybe you should see an opthalmologist.

Do you realy see a correlation here:

http://woodfortrees.org/plot/pmod/from:1975/offset:-1366/scale:0.5/mean:12/plot/hadcrut4gl/from:1975/mean:12

How about here:

http://woodfortrees.org/plot/hadcrut4gl/from:1955/mean:12/scale:150/offset:320/plot/esrl-co2

3 days ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

Eunuchswear Re:To be expected (677 comments)

Fuck off you racist troll.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Eunuchswear Re:Medical doctor (723 comments)

No idea, I was just going off the name.

Sorry, one beer to many.

3 days ago
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Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

Eunuchswear Re:Not puzzling at all ... (266 comments)

More importantly it represents money raiders can use to buy your company out from under your feet.

3 days ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

Eunuchswear Re:To be expected (677 comments)

What a ridiculous non-sequitur.

Do you think the Gnome Foundation ever got a penny from their users?

Anyway, I bunged 'em $500, not like it's serious money and they are doing good work.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Eunuchswear Re:Medical doctor (723 comments)

So boil the willow bark in vinegar.

Big fucking deal.

(you have started wine maiking, right? Priorities, priorities...)

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Eunuchswear Re:McGuffey's 4th New Eclectic Reader:"The Colonis (723 comments)

I would choose a lot of people from "the lower classes", as they have been accustomed to making do with what they can get.

Nope. Replace "the lower classes" by "the third world" and you'd be getting close.

Did you know there are people who hand-rewind electric motors?

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Eunuchswear Re:Medical doctor (723 comments)

In a fraction of a second it would cool too much to melt lead.

It's a good thing we don't use lead for soldering, then.

Melting point of lead: 621.5F (327.5C)

Melting point of solder ~370 F (~190 C)

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Eunuchswear Re:Medical doctor (723 comments)

Ok, I know that some kinds of marketing are a pain, but seriously:

Solar cell.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Eunuchswear Re:Medical doctor (723 comments)

Many people claim that rebooting would be hard because all the nice easily available resource sources (iron, copper, and so on) have been worked out.

Yes, they were worked out.

And moved to where we live in already purified form.

Cars man. fucking cars.

Tons of useful metal lying all over the place.

3 days ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

Eunuchswear Re:more pseudo science (846 comments)

CO2 is a greenhouse gas... yes, but not to the degree the models are claiming, or it would be hotter

Ca commence bien.

C02 is partially man made. Stipulate nearly all man made.

Our emissions are about 200% of the increase. Leave your "stipulations" at home.

C02 is large/rapid,but we are talking a change from .03% to .04%. not 30% to 40%, but 4 orders of magnitude smaller.

WTF? Please eat this tiny amount of botulotoxin I have here. Itls so small it can't have an effect on you.

Average global temp is on the rise, but has been doing so since the end of the last ice age.

Got a source for that, big boy?

There are other mechanism at play, like that great big fusion ball in the sky, that fluctuates in output.

so show a correlation between any solar parameter and global average temperatures.

Or water vapor, the most abundant greenhouse gas.

Which is in equilibrium with the liquid water in the oceans so cannot rise unless the temperature increases. Whoops!

You are a troll. Go away.

3 days ago
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Racing To Contain Ebola

Eunuchswear Re:Is Ebola a "rapid burnout" disease? (111 comments)

2500 km?

Why would bats migrate from the RDC to Guinea?

Which animal species are you going to suggest next? Fish? Insects?

4 days ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

Eunuchswear Re:Many warmer periods in the past with no AGW (846 comments)

What I find interesting is the conclusion of your linked article which mentions that it has been much warmer in the past, but restates the supposed dangers of AGW.

Where does the article say that? Are you perhaps confusing the rantings of Easterbrook with the debunking of Easterbook?

4 days ago

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Scientists boycott NASA conference because of ban on chinese participants

Eunuchswear Eunuchswear writes  |  about 6 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  |  more than 3 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  |  about 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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