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The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

JWW A million for... (104 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


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.

9 hours ago

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?

5 days ago

When Scientists Give Up

JWW Re:Not enough STEM workers, obviously (347 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.

5 days ago

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 a week ago

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 a week ago

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 a week ago

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

JWW Re: So long as it is consential (362 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 two weeks ago

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 two weeks ago

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 three weeks ago

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 three weeks ago

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 three weeks ago

Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

JWW Re:Jon Katz (300 comments)

You know, sometimes I miss Jon Katz on /.

Then I get over it.

about three weeks ago

Adam Carolla Settles With Podcasting Patent Troll

JWW Re: Lodsys has been very quiet of late (63 comments)

Whenever patent trolls get talked about, it always comes down to how much impact this is having on small businesses and entrepreneurs.

I think the patent trolls naturally tell us that this is "no big deal".

However, I can't shake the feeling that utterly abysmal rate of new small businesses being started these days is directly related to these fucking evil trolls.

I think any estimation of how much economic activity is being stifled by these trolls is quite possibly orders of magnitude off.

about a month ago

Reading, Writing, 'Rithmetic, and Blockly

JWW Re: Stop posting stories, it's a PAC (18 comments)

It's not in the best interest of those of us who are engineers. So naturally we get kinda snarky when they ask for our help selling these courses.

about a month ago

The Billion-Dollar Website

JWW Re:Technical People (194 comments)

The GAO's report is exemplar of what I've experienced...the government has no clue what requirements are or should be, how to execute, how to manage a contract. My contracts have routinely consisted of us contractors drafting requirements and handing them over to the government, only to have them ask us if they were sufficient and would accomplish the (loosely defined) task, then sign them, hand them off to contracts and they appear on our desk weeks down the line modified by contracts to be 1) more generic, or 2) incorrect. The government oversight at the program manager level is almost entirely a rubber stamping process.

Exactly. But what I love most about the study is how this ineffective oversight will be solved by ..... MORE oversight!

about 1 month ago

Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania

JWW Re:Which company is next in line? (353 comments)

Yep. Sure this seems to be acceptable to stop someone doing something that is considered REALLY bad, but what happens when Hollywood convinces Congress to make illegally downloading a movie or a song a felony?

about a month ago

Aaron's Law Is Doomed and the CFAA Is Still Broken

JWW Re:Well (134 comments)


I'm growing tired of counting all the things that supermajorities of the people want that the government will never ever allow us to have.

There are so many things that could be reformed/improved/eliminated/added in the context of government that the PEOPLE truly want (and want through large majorities) that it boggles the mind.

However, if any of these things have a negative impact on the power of our politicians, or the power of their lobbyists, or the power of their party leaders, or the power of their special interest groups, then screw us.

about a month ago

Satya Nadella At Six Months: Grading Microsoft's New CEO

JWW Re:"mobile first" strategy (151 comments)

The problem I see with this is that even if Microsoft is starting to turn things around. "Employees are taking it in the shorts." That is what is really going to hurt. With the number being cut loose in the many thousands, and no clarification as who those thousands are, Microsoft now has pretty much everyone scared of losing their job.

That doesn't translate well into a strong improving company. People are going to spend a good amout of their time trying to find the exit, not making the company better.

about a month and a half ago

Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

JWW Re:Why the fuck is this on Slashdot? (582 comments)

Yeah, I mean c'mon. Also, Whats up with all these stories on slashdot about computers and computing devices?

Solid state microprocessors have been around since the 1960's. All these computing devices are just modifications of that basic technology.

Oh, wait, those stories are interesting. Hey, some people may be interested in seeing how satellite technology has changed too. The satellites we have imaging the planet today are not that "same old shit" from the 60's and 70's. Sensors and their sensing capabilities have changed immensely over the span of 40 years.

This story is interesting in detailing how that monitoring technology can identify the sites launching the mortars and the sites being hit.

about a month and a half ago


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