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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

IRWolfie- Re:Stanford, UC Berkeley prof of climatology, UN (666 comments)

" it is true that today it is warmer than it was 500 years ago, and much colder than it was 1,000 years ago." The difference with previous events is now our own emissions are the dominant forcing not natural events.

about a week ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

IRWolfie- Re:Stanford, UC Berkeley prof of climatology, UN (666 comments)

"Dr Schnieider was warning of the dangers of global cooling" He wrote a paper speculating that the effects of aerosols would be greater than that of global warming. His was a minority view and he was wrong.

"By the year 2000 the United Kingdom will be simply a small group of impoverished islands, inhabited by some 70 million hungry people"
Firstly, Ehrlich is a biologist, not a climatologist. Secondly, he was talking about overpopulation, not climate change.

"Entire nations could be wiped off the face of the earth by rising sea levels if global warming is not reversed by the year 2000"
But that's a prediction about the future, not now. Global warming wasn't reverse by the year 2000 and Bangladesh in particular is going to face a lot of difficultly this century.

"Amid predictions that by 2010 the world will need to cope with as many as 50 million people escaping the effects of creeping environmental deterioration, ..." Firstly I have no idea what the actual numbers are escaping drought, famine etc, but I just checked http://www.unep.org/cpi/briefs... . Apparently the predictions were by Norman Myers and unep claims they were never their forecasts. His predictions also don't appear to be mainstream at all. He seemed to have this strange idea that _all_ people just leave a region when there are extreme weather events like droughts when they don't (even in cases of war etc).

"let's throw in our favorite leader of the global warming movement, Al Gore" Al Gore is a politician. A politician is only as reliable as the information he gets and has no particular expertise. "The polar ice caps have actually INCREASED since then, significantly" Nope http://earthobservatory.nasa.g... There is a lot of variability, but the trends are pretty apparent and the lowest extent was in 2012.

Here the Washington post have a visual of the same thing: http://www.washingtonpost.com/... . Again there is variability but the trends are pretty obvious. Nothing to justify saying it would be clear (as far as I can see) by 2013, but the trend is still there.

Edit: Same post but with the formatting fixed.

about a week ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

IRWolfie- Re:Stanford, UC Berkeley prof of climatology, UN (666 comments)

"Dr Schnieider was warning of the dangers of global cooling" He wrote a paper speculating that the effects of aerosols would be greater than that of global warming. His was a minority view and he was wrong. "By the year 2000 the United Kingdom will be simply a small group of impoverished islands, inhabited by some 70 million hungry people" Firstly, Ehrlich is a biologist, not a climatologist. Secondly, he was talking about overpopulation, not climate change. "Entire nations could be wiped off the face of the earth by rising sea levels if global warming is not reversed by the year 2000" But that's a prediction about the future, not now. Global warming wasn't reverse by the year 2000 and Bangladesh in particular is going to face a lot of difficultly this century. "Amid predictions that by 2010 the world will need to cope with as many as 50 million people escaping the effects of creeping environmental deterioration, ..." Firstly I have no idea what the actual numbers are escaping drought, famine etc, but I just checked http://www.unep.org/cpi/briefs... . Apparently the predictions were by Norman Myers and unep claims they were never their forecasts. His predictions also don't appear to be mainstream at all. He seemed to have this strange idea that _all_ people just leave a region when there are extreme weather events like droughts when they don't (even in cases of war etc). "let's throw in our favorite leader of the global warming movement, Al Gore" Al Gore is a politician. A politician is only as reliable as the information he gets and has no particular expertise. "The polar ice caps have actually INCREASED since then, significantly" Nope http://earthobservatory.nasa.g... There is a lot of variability, but the trends are pretty apparent and the lowest extent was in 2012. Here the Washington post have a visual of the same thing: http://www.washingtonpost.com/... . Again there is variability but the trends are pretty obvious. Nothing to justify saying it would be clear (as far as I can see) by 2013, but the trend is still there.

about a week ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

IRWolfie- Re:More proof (666 comments)

"The IPCC predicts a 30cm change in sea levels by ..." Have you intentionally picked the very lowest estimate from the best case scenario in the IPCC? It depends on what scenario happens, whether we deal with reducing emissions or not. At the top edge of the worst case scenario it appears to be 1 metre (slide 10) for example. http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/unfccc/... Of course, the sea level rise isn't going to be uniform. As mass is lost from Greenland for example, it means that water levels will not rise as fast in the Arctic. Also, the sea level does not uniformly increase with time, there is short term noise of about half a metre (eye balling the graph on slide 8).

about a week ago
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GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon

IRWolfie- Re:If this were ten years ago, I would have (268 comments)

"I expect a large majority of people interested in the Gnome PoS software will not of heard of GNOME, the ones who have will know enough not to be confused by it." Why are you so certain? If someone had told me it uses gnome, i would have assumed it was from GNOME. KDE, XFCE users have heard of GNOME but they don't use it, so they wouldn't know what they interface should be like exactly, especially on a POS device, and it would be, I assume, going to be tech people making the POS acquisitions.

about 3 months ago
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Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

IRWolfie- Re:Does not make sense (519 comments)

Yes. It's almost a non-story. Courts indicate law needs updating, law gets updating.

about a year ago
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Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

IRWolfie- Re:Now that's news for nerds (519 comments)

You complain about something being disgusting, then propose something else even more disgusting as being funny. That you would find such a video funny is sickening.

about a year ago
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Inventor Has Waited 43 Years For Patent Approval

IRWolfie- Re:Proof of obviousness (258 comments)

Calculus isn't an invention, it's a discovery. It's not patentable. Calling them the "finest minds" seems a bit of hyperbole, they made great discoveries, but you don't need the finest minds to do what they did (Newton looks rather all too human and of his age, particularly with regards to his Biblical literalism and alchemy). It seems likely that equally great minds concurrent with Newton and Leibniz would have made the discoveries. They weren't in isolation and the progress in maths makes certain discoveries more likely at certain periods when the necessary pieces are in place.

about a year ago
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Publishers Withdraw More Than 120 Fake Papers

IRWolfie- Re:science has no defense against hooliganism (62 comments)

The sort of places these are published in have no standards in the first place. There are always predatory journals and also good quality journals. The issue here is that IEEE and Springer have low standards about what journals they allow.

about a year ago
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Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

IRWolfie- Re:Mixup (625 comments)

It is. This was tested in a eurobarometer by replacing "astrology" with "horoscopes" http://ec.europa.eu/public_opi... . The percentage of support dropped from 41% to 13%, indicating that most people do indeed mix them up.

about a year ago
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Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

IRWolfie- Re:Just not young people... (625 comments)

" The problem is just not young people think astrology is science, scientists think the same way." That is the most ridiculous statement I have heard. One contrarian scientist doesn't equate to "scientists" without further qualification.

about a year ago
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Solar Lull Could Cause Colder Winters In Europe

IRWolfie- Re:Not the sun (320 comments)

Continental drift wasn't a theory, it was a proposed historical fact. Wegener had no mechanism to suggest it which made sense, and his mechanisms where (and still are) rejected. It was the theory of plate tectonics that confirmed the historical fact of continental drift. It was not Wegener who made a concrete proposal of plate tectonics as that article you link to appears to suggest.

1 year,10 days
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Thousands of Germans Threatened With €250 Fines For Streaming Porn

IRWolfie- How did they figure out the people? (192 comments)

How did they get the IP addresses of people using a streaming website that they don't operate (and I doubt the records where handed over by this non-German website)?

about a year ago
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Nobel Winner Schekman Boycotts Journals For 'Branding Tyranny'

IRWolfie- Re:Already doing this in Physics (106 comments)

No. ArXiv papers are generally not resubmitted after being peer reviewed (that would be against the rules of most journals), and no peer review is done on ArXiv.

about a year ago
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Image Lifted From Twitter Leads to $1.2M Payout For Haitian Photog

IRWolfie- Re:Sweet sweet copyright justice (242 comments)

The GPL exists because, at present, copyright on code etc exists. If copyright did not exist on code, then the GPL would no longer be necessary.

about a year ago
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UK Court Orders Two Sisters Must Receive MMR Vaccine

IRWolfie- Re:Good. (699 comments)

You may have caught a cold but attributed to flu since your sister was infected with it (correlation doesn't imply causation).

about a year ago
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The Steady Decline of Unix

IRWolfie- Re: Uh huh (570 comments)

I am aware of that list. The operating system itself is not on that list, specifically the kernel as well. Consider that OpenDarwin shut down for the express reason that they couldn't get the code off Apple, I don't see what you are talking about.

about a year and a half ago
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The Steady Decline of Unix

IRWolfie- Re: Uh huh (570 comments)

No it isn't open source. They haven't released their code in a long long time.

about a year and a half ago
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IBM Devises Software For Its Experimental Brain-Modeling Chips

IRWolfie- Brain in a box (33 comments)

Is this a new variation to the Schrodinger's cat problem?

about a year and a half ago
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Fifteen Years After Autism Panic, a Plague of Measles Erupts

IRWolfie- Re:Outbreak, not "plague"; dont be sensationalist. (668 comments)

The "test" was already done in Japan which stopped the jabs years ago. It made no difference to autism rates.

about a year and a half ago

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