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Obama Presses China On Global Warming

JWW Re:The pot calling the kettle black (260 comments)

Yep, like I said, the solution is not perfect so it needs to be rejected.

I bet you hate nuclear power even more than natural gas...

about a week ago
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Obama Presses China On Global Warming

JWW Re:The pot calling the kettle black (260 comments)

I agree totally with your idea that nuclear should actually be replacing many types of power generation as well (even eventually natural gas).

about a week ago
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Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

JWW Re:Black holes are real, we observe them all the t (356 comments)

Sooooo its something of huge mass that pulls things in like they're falling down a hole and it emits no light and therefore would appear to be black.

Why can't we call this thing a black hole again?

about a week ago
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Obama Presses China On Global Warming

JWW Re:The pot calling the kettle black (260 comments)

Yeah, funny that, how one of the countries that didn't actually sign the treaty is one of the only countries that met its targets.

But shhhhh we can't say this. Natural Gas is pushing out dirty coal for power generation, but its only a good outcome and not a perfect one, so it still needs to be attacked by environmentalists.

about a week ago
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Obama Presses China On Global Warming

JWW Re:The pot calling the kettle black (260 comments)

What I really loved about the recent climate rallies was how the solution presented was hardcore socialist/communist revolution and the rooting out of capitalism. As if the solution to Climate Change was to eliminate Capitalism and everything would be fixed.

Although, if thats the case I need someone to explain to me why one of the few countries remaining on the planet with a Communist system of government is also the worst polluting country on the planet. If the marchers are correct and communism is the way to salvation, then China should be an environmental paradise, right?

about a week ago
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Microsoft Lays Off 2,100, Axes Silicon Valley Research

JWW Hmmmmm (109 comments)

When the announcement that cuts were coming I made a comment on /. about how everyone at Microsoft would be looking over their shoulder wondering whether their job would be cut.

Howling responses insisted that no, the only jobs being cut were going to be in Finland and tied to Nokia.

Now we find out that jobs are being cut in Washington, Silicon Valley, and Fargo. Hmmm, thats a long way from Finland.

about two weeks ago
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

JWW Re:No, It Won't (326 comments)

The irony is that you can only really accomplish the needed sustainability if you do NOT try to accomplish the former.

Communism and to a lesser extent Socialism always attack the rich and promise the spoils to "the people". In the end the people always end up with nearly nothing (see Venezuela).

Whereas that evil vile capitalism has only ever just pulled millions upon millions of people out of poverty, worldwide, over the past 60 years.

about two weeks ago
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The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

JWW A million for... (131 comments)

Now they notice that its a million comments for Net Neutrality and a few hundred for and then screw us over by:

Giving us a watered down version of Net Neutrality "regulations" that the ISPs and Carriers can drive huge trucks through

or

They just let the mask slip and enable the fast and slow lanes exactly like the ISPs and Carriers want.

This truly will make me sick. I have no hope that the Internet will be regulated as common carrier like it should be. No hope at all.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

JWW Re:Decisions, Decisions... (123 comments)

How would SpaceX man-rate Dragon if they aren't selected by NASA given that man-rating space vehicles has always been done by NASA?

about three weeks ago
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When Scientists Give Up

JWW Re:Not enough STEM workers, obviously (348 comments)

You are joking, but really, how does the "Grant money for science is drying up" exist in the same country where we continually get "there are not enough people going into science" ?

There is a cognitive disconnect here. It even exists in private industry, where much much less funding is going into research as well.

about three weeks ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

JWW Re:Meanwhile in the real world... (427 comments)

Yeah, that's what I said. A pause in the increase. This means that the decade over decade increases are not becoming larger but staying the same. The rate of increase is not changing, but the temperature is increasing over time.

about three weeks ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

JWW Re:Meanwhile in the real world... (427 comments)

Sure the estimate of what could happen if it warms 4C by 2100 is a large number.

However, we are currently looking at increases in the historical record being around 0.14-0.18 degrees C per decade. Considering there are 8.5 decades left until 2100, the math says we could expect about 1.19-1.53 degrees warming by then if the decadal increase remains constant (ie. the "pause" in increases). These numbers are not 4.

To have an increase in temperature of 4 degrees C by 2100 a positive forcing feedback must take a dominant position it the climate. We have not yet found this forcing to exist. That of course doesn't mean that it doesn't but the models are predicting it and the actuals are not (as yet) showing it.

The thing with CO2 is that increases in temperature are related to doubling of the concentration in the atmosphere. That is to say that as CO2 increases, it takes more CO2 to continue to add on more increases in temperature as concentration goes up.

In the end it all relates to forcing. Is feedback positive and large or do negative feedback loops exist that respond to increasing CO2 in the atmosphere (increased albedo of clouds for example)? There's lots of science and studies we need to do here. What we know now is not correct (the models aren't accurate) that means we need to search for more measures to include in them.

about three weeks ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

JWW Re:Meanwhile in the real world... (427 comments)

When you climb to the top of a plateau you are at the highest point AND you are no longer going up.

Both "pause in the increase in warming" and "x of the last y years are the warmest on record" can be true statements AT THE SAME TIME.

about three weeks ago
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Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

JWW Re: So long as it is consential (363 comments)

Yes, but the corporations don't come and shoot you if you don't choose to give them your money.

Progressives always argue against BIG corporations and they always argue FOR the largest and most powerful organization on the planet being given MORE power. Their blind faith in the state is terrifying.

about three weeks ago
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Out of the Warehouse: Climate Researchers Rescue Long-Lost Satellite Images

JWW Re:using sophisticated software (136 comments)

What makes it sophisticated?

Well my first guess would be geolocating the images to the proper location on the earth, projecting the data in to a digitized map grid projection and storing the data in a science archival format.

about a month ago
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Indiana University Researchers Get $1 Million Grant To Study Memes

JWW Re: Let me help them (126 comments)

The year of the Linux Desktop.

about a month ago
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Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

JWW Re:Thing is, we know what we have to do (140 comments)

When you put it that way it sounds much more sensible, and tint as simple.

I do not disagree that technological advances will save us. I do disagree that carbon taxes and regulations will.

When these things you advocate outperform the old fossil fuel based variants, they will take over completely. Oh and those subsidies won't eventually matter. The new industries will get some of their own, and, this it the key part, if they outcompte fossil fuels on efficiency, there will be no way, subsidy or not, fossil fuels will win.

This just takes patience. Time will march on and in 30 years there will be no more gas automobiles. That process will not be simple, though. It will be a complicated evolution of both the technologies and the marketplaces they operate in.

about a month ago
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Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

JWW Re:Thing is, we know what we have to do (140 comments)

Your "simple" plan cuts transportation by a huge margin, say hello to large price increases for anything transported further than a trivial distance. The food you eat is not just transported, but planted, and harvested using the energy whose price you massively increased. Increase food prices even more. Your plan for coal breaks the power grid. Brownouts, blackouts and mandatory rationing will be necessary. Oh and the impact on food refrigeration will help increase food costs even more again.

Your "simple" solution would cause massive chaos, social unrest, riots and death. I suppose if thats your simple goal, then you're fine.

about a month ago

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