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"Dramatic Decline" Warning For Plants and Animals

Faffin I expect I'm still missing something basic (696 comments)

But I have to wonder if climate science is too. I wonder what effect pure heat has on temperature :D. Anthropogenic heat generation has probably increased along similar, or perhaps even greater lines to that of carbon dioxide.

Using figures pulled from wikipedia, average global temperature is 14C, current is 14.4, so from what I've found today, temperature is 5.6% above normal, and has increased 11.2% since 1880. Atmospheric carbon dioxide has gone from 280ppm to 400, so 0.012% increase...

The greenhouse effect of carbon dioxide is far from linear too. The more there is, the less you get.

Please only reply if you can shed some light on my observations. I've already tried to work it out for myself, and no, I don't want to trust the "scientific consensus".

about a year ago
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Observed Atmospheric CO2 Hits 400 Parts Per Million

Faffin Re: Yawn (367 comments)

You're right about the decimal point. I've actually googled a "ppm to percent conversion calculator" today.

I expect I'm still missing something basic, but using figures pulled from wikipedia, average global temperature is 14C, current is 14.4, so from what I've found today, temperature is 5.6% above normal, and has increased 11.2% since 1880. Atmospheric carbon dioxide has gone from 280ppm to 400, so 0.012%.

about a year ago
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Observed Atmospheric CO2 Hits 400 Parts Per Million

Faffin Re: Yawn (367 comments)

I wondered about this a couple of years ago. From IPCC figures, global temperature was currently about 3.3% above average. Atmospheric carbon dioxide was up 0.001%.....

about a year ago
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Belief In God Correlates With Better Mental Health Treatment Outcomes

Faffin Re:Reality IS depressing (931 comments)

Freud believed that too. He thought the problem with depressed people was that they are realistic.

about a year ago
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Walk or Run: Are We Built To Be Lazy?

Faffin Re:Is it lazy to be prudent? (189 comments)

Did you find you hit a plateau? I lost 30 lbs over 3 months then stopped. For the past 3, I haven't moved up or down. I've started doing bodyweight strength exercises to supplement the walking I do, and I guess I should look at reducing carbs even more. A rough estimate of what I eat at the moment would be 30-80g a day. What amazed me about low carb was the effect it had on my blood pressure and cholesterol. In 3 months, both went from extremely high to the high side of average or slightly above.

about a year and a half ago
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Ticking Arctic Carbon Bomb May Be Bigger Than Expected

Faffin Majority != consensus. (339 comments)

I don't see a consensus. It's easy to find highly qualified people who disagree with the majority.
From: On the dangerous(?) naivete of uncritical acceptance of scientific consensus

"How do we non-experts decide when to take the pronouncements of the scientific consensus with a grain of salt? The reader may well find the following rules of thumb quite helpful. Be skeptical of scientific research, even that which supports, and is favored by apologists for, the scientific consensus, whenever:
1. the people paying for the research have a vested interest in the results.
2. vast concentrations of wealth and power hang in the balance on the results.
3. a prominent scientist's professional reputation and career is on the line.
4. the dominant paradigm is threatened."

about a year and a half ago
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Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Calls For Governments To End Patent Wars

Faffin Time for some poetic justice. (135 comments)

Because of what they did with the one click patent, it would serve them right if Apple or Samsung sued them over something in the Kindle.

I expect this is all about how hard it would be for Amazon to launch a smartphone though.

about 2 years ago
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Are Commercial Games Finally Going To Make It To Linux?

Faffin They are already there, just need some support. (242 comments)

For example, Guild wars 2 has only just been released, but it runs. There are bugs though. What would be great for Linux gaming would be Valve investing in Wine development, and/or working with CodeWeavers on Crossover. Buy Jeremy White a Porsche and some fruity rum drinks.

about 2 years ago
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U.S. Imposes Tariffs On Chinese Solar Cells

Faffin Re:Unlikely to have much of an effect (345 comments)

So, China will complain to the WTO which is all about free, tariff-free trade.

I spent some time checking the WTO anti-dumping page. The rules appear to be fairly tight, but it appears the US has followed them. I doubt China would have much of a case.

more than 2 years ago
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Ivy Bridge Running Hotter Than Intel's Last-gen CPU

Faffin Re:notice the "when overclocked" caveat (182 comments)

The day has come again. An i5 2500k can be overclocked to the same degree as a 300A could.

more than 2 years ago
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30 Years of the TRS-80 Model 100

Faffin Re:Apparently running the website, too (143 comments)

Not completely, took about 2 min to load though. You beat me on the "It must be running on one" thing by several minutes though. All I can say is imagine a Beowulf cluster of these :P

more than 2 years ago
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Don't Worry About Global Warming, Say 16 Scientists in the WSJ

Faffin Re:WRONG - "exhaled at high concentrations" (1367 comments)

since when is 4% high concentration?

Funny you should ask that. The atmospheric carbon dioxide that everyone is worried about has only actually increased by about 0.001%. Really. This is not a troll. Go check for yourself at the IPCC.

more than 2 years ago
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Don't Worry About Global Warming, Say 16 Scientists in the WSJ

Faffin Re:Oh no, not again. (1367 comments)

I've never seen any documentation for a +2c rise in global temps in the last decade. If you check NASA and IPCC, the article is correct about stable temperature in the last decade. It is stable at an historic high though. About 1.6c above "normal".

more than 2 years ago

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