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NASA's Greenhouse Gas Observatory Captures 'First Light'

Garfong Re:How is CO2 leading cause of warming? (143 comments)

The ability to accurately model the details of a system is usually not required to model the average, long term, behaviour of the system.

Rolling dice is a complex chaotic system. Yet despite my complete inability to predict the results of any roll, I'm confident that casinos will make money on craps tables.

about three weeks ago

Hack an Oscilloscope, Get a DMCA Take-Down Notice From Tektronix

Garfong Re:A comment from the linked site: (273 comments)

Many oscilloscopes are Windows PCs with signal acquisition cards and special software, in an oscilloscope case. So the theory is probably that the pre-loaded oscilloscope software is the "protected work".

about a month ago

US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

Garfong Re:NIMBY at its finest (409 comments)

My guess is that at least part of this trip is due to the Democrats not wanting to have to explain to the electorate why they let two of God's Favorites expire in some sweaty jungle hut.

Because that's never happened before.

about 1 month ago

US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

Garfong Re:NIMBY at its finest (409 comments)

If I thought that generating papers had no bearing on choice of research, I would have said that. Since that's not what I said, please don't assume that's secretly what I meant.

But (ideally) high quality papers will come from high quality research. I think you're doing a huge disservice to the doctor who has a 60-90% chance of dying, and the researchers working with him. If all they cared about was their tenure review and grant cycles, they could probably find some research that had 100% less chance of dying of a strange African disease.

about 1 month ago

US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

Garfong Re:NIMBY at its finest (409 comments)

Right. Because the purpose of research is to generate papers.

Kind of like the purpose of falling in love is to get a marriage certificate.

about a month ago

Tesla and Panasonic Have Reached an Agreement On the Gigafactory

Garfong Re:What makes this a gigafactory? (95 comments)

Given Tesla's eco-friendly marking, this would probably be a bonus for a TeraFactory.

about a month ago

Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

Garfong Who does the NSA report to? (176 comments)

Don't the NSA report, directly or indirectly, to the President? So if executive branch support a measure to limit bulk surveillance, couldn't they, of their own initiative, direct the appropriate agencies to cancel or modify the mass surveillance programs?

about a month ago

Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Garfong Re:Cost (550 comments)

At least where I live, prescription glasses are tax-free medical devices; ironic glasses are taxed fashion accessories.

Of course the tax is far less than the cost of prescription lenses, but if you're going to wear glasses anyway the government is literally subsidizing not getting Lasik.

about a month ago

Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

Garfong Re:Good. Now what about ads? (139 comments)

I don't want it all for free, but I think companies should be honest about their business model. I think they should distinguish between "Free" trial, "Free" with paid upgrades, "Free" ad-supported, etc.

about a month and a half ago

Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

Garfong Re:Such harassment (362 comments)

Is it repeated, unwanted, attention of a sexual nature? Then it's sexual harassment.

about a month and a half ago

Krebs on Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails and Blaming Canada

Garfong Re:It is Canada's fault! (130 comments)

Based on the number of "please click here to continue getting our newsletter" messages I've been getting in my inbox, other companies don't seem to think the sky is falling.

about 2 months ago

Test: Quantum Or Not, Controversial Computer No Faster Than Normal

Garfong Re:The real question in my mind (119 comments)

In this test, both took exponentially longer. So either the d-wave doesn't work, or as the manufacturer has claimed, the problems were not setup to demonstrate the class of problems where the d-wave will show better performance relative to problem complexity growth than a conventional computer.

Or the maximum problem size handled by the machine is too small so see the sub-exponential growth. Complexity theory deals with performance on very large data sets, and, if I remember correctly, the D-wave machine is limited to a small problem size (max a hundred or so qbits)

about 2 months ago

Mt. Gox CEO Returns To Twitter, Enrages Burned Investors

Garfong Re:Really? (281 comments)

Everything is worth what its purchaser will pay for it.
        -- Publilius Syrus

about 2 months ago

Canadian Court Orders Google To Remove Websites From Its Global Index

Garfong TFS, of course. (248 comments)

Keep in mind the Supreme Court of BC is a trial court (despite the high sounding name). This could still be overturned on appeal.

about 3 months ago

The Profoundly Weird, Gender-Specific Roots of the Turing Test

Garfong Re:Read the whole article (136 comments)

Women don't talk about poetry, math, and chess?

This alternate test sounds really easy:

Q: Add 34957 to 70764.
ELIZA: Don't you ever say Hello?
Man: What does this have to do with being a woman?

about 3 months ago

Court: Oracle Entitled To Copyright Protection Over Some Parts of Java

Garfong Re:Legally correct decision with awful results (303 comments)

It kind of looks like the appeal court decision is setting this up for a potential appeal to the Supreme Court. The decision repeatedly talks about differences and conflicting rulings between different Circuits, which is one of the things the Supreme Court looks for when deciding whether to approve an apeal.

about 4 months ago

The Feds Accidentally Mailed Part of A $350K Drone To Some College Kid

Garfong Re:Stupid headline (157 comments)

He probably didn't show the label because posting personally identifying information on the Internet is generally a bad idea, especially if you're in temporary possession of a $100K+ item.

And I'm not sure where you're coming from about trying to make the Feds look bad. Having a package mis-delivered by UPS or a call ring through to voicemail are hardly scandalous.

about 4 months ago

FTC Takes Out Porn- and Botnet-Spewing ISP

Garfong Re:One of These Things.... (263 comments)

Pornography featuring children (RTFA) does not belong. The others prey on people who should know better.

more than 4 years ago


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