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Canadian Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Warrantless Cellphone Searches

Kernel Kurtz Re:Password protect your phone (104 comments)

It is unfortunate the ruling did not really address the concept of password protection whatsoever (ostensibly since it was not part of the facts in this case), though given that I'm assuming that part of the jurisprudence under appeal still holds.

That would be the same case, when it was in Ontario court;

[75] If the cellphone had been password protected or otherwise "locked" to users other than the appellant, it would not have been appropriate to take steps to open the cellphone and examine its contents without first obtaining a search warrant.

http://www.canlii.org/en/on/on...

The SCC in this ruling has now said you have no less right to privacy just because you don't password protect your phone, but totally sidestepped dealing with the real world implications of that. I expect this will be back before the court sooner rather than later.

5 days ago
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Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

Kernel Kurtz Re:Because (430 comments)

the guy definitely has some unresolved issues.

about a month and a half ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

Kernel Kurtz Re:precautionary principle contra emetic (695 comments)

This forecast has about a 5% chance of being vindicated retrospectively by future generations of scientists as being mostly on the mark.

That is another interesting thing about this whole debate. Science used to be a cooperative endeavor. Climate science is so polarized that there will be winners and losers in the historical record.

A couple generations from now, some group - either the Hansens and Manns or the Singers and Lindzens, are going to get the Lysenko Memorial award.

about a month and a half ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

Kernel Kurtz Re:Obviously. (695 comments)

Good science isn't political at all; it merely describes reality. Climatology, as groups like the IPCC present it, isn't good science. It's a bunch of fudge-factor-laced models and ignored observations tightly wound around a political agenda. Basically, ignore what you can't explain, place assumptions anywhere the data is incomplete, draw conclusions that don't match up to reality, and pretend it all makes sense because you have "consensus".

This.

I like science as much as anyone but the IPCC's actual predictive track record leaves me fairly underwhelmed.

The problem is that we need better data collection, more data collection, and a lot more work put into understanding the underlying mechanics of the system as a whole before we start drawing wide-reaching conclusions about the drivers of the whole thing

Yup. I've noted in my work that engineers tend to be more skeptical as a group in general. This probably sums up why;

http://judithcurry.com/2014/10... (long read but well worth it).

Basically the whole process is fixated on CO2 to basically the exclusion of all else. Suggesting anything else generally gets you ostracized. Oceans have only really entered the discussion recently and only because the models have been so bad. That's not the science I grew up with.

about a month and a half ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

Kernel Kurtz Re:marriage is about children? (764 comments)

That is what adoption is for (though I know several gay people who have children from hetero relationships as well).

about a month and a half ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Kernel Kurtz Re:Why (529 comments)

Sums it up well.

Government is a bigger threat to your rights and liberties than terrorists will ever be.

about 2 months ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

Kernel Kurtz Re:What happens to that heat? (423 comments)

No worries.

It will be either warmer or colder tomorrow too.

about 2 months ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

Kernel Kurtz Re:What happens to that heat? (423 comments)

The proper thing to do would be to count all categories and figure out how much energy conversion each represents individually and cumulatively.

about 2 months ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

Kernel Kurtz Re:please no (423 comments)

there is a direct correlation between the rise in fossil fuel use starting with the Industrial Revolution (~1850) and the incremental rise in global average temperatures.

No question it has been warming since at least 1850. Nothing unusual since then.

http://www.woodfortrees.org/pl...

If you have a graph plotting CO2 emissions over that time period I would LOVE to see the correlation.

Good luck.

about 2 months ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

Kernel Kurtz Re:please no (423 comments)

Even if we were able to improve climate models by leaps and bounds above the current ones (which themselves are pretty accurate), there would still be *some* uncertainty.

It's not that simple. No model will ever likely be entirely accurate, there will always be uncertainty. I'm not a climate scientist, but I know something about computing. In their large ensemble of models (I think there are around 30 of them in CMIP) you would expect some to overestimate, and some to underestimate, and observations (ie The Real World) would fall somewhere in the bell curve between if they represented an anywhere near realistic range of scenarios. That fact that they virtually ALL overestimate warming leads me to think there is something fundamentally wrong with the methodology across the entire group.

If they want us to trust them for anything important they should start by working on that. You don't have to be a climate scientists to think of where the problem might be.

about 2 months ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

Kernel Kurtz Re:What happens to that heat? (423 comments)

New research suggests that the upper layer of the ocean has warmed more than had been thought previously while the deeper ocean has cooled rather than warmed in recent years.

http://judithcurry.com/2014/10...

about 2 months ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

Kernel Kurtz Re:please no (423 comments)

A paper published today in Nature Climate Change finds climate models have greatly exaggerated global warming over the past 20 years, noting the observed warming is "less than half" of the modeled warming.

http://hockeyschtick.blogspot....

A new paper by prominent German climatologists Dr. Hans von Storch and Dr. Eduardo Zorita, et al, finds "that the continued [global] warming stagnation over fifteen years, from 1998 -2012, is no longer consistent with model projections even at the 2% confidence level

http://hockeyschtick.blogspot....

about 2 months ago
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Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

Kernel Kurtz Re:The last sentence in the summary... (232 comments)

It sure was no record hot summer here in Manitoba, and last winter was the coldest since the late 1800s.

about 3 months ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

Kernel Kurtz Re:What I want to know... (207 comments)

Given how bad their predictions are I don't lose any sleep.

I'll revisit when and if they actually have some track record of accuracy.

Don't let me interrupt your panic, though.

about 3 months ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

Kernel Kurtz Re:1 Billion Barrels (201 comments)

You know that's one well in a potentially huge field, right?

Though 11 days of worldwide energy from one well is impressive in it's own right........

about 3 months ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

Kernel Kurtz Re:So, import it (335 comments)

Why wouldn't someone from Iowa just buy the Tesla from a neighboring state and import it...

For the current high end cars Tesla makes this probably works most of the time. They are fighting it, but it is not killing them. If you can afford one you can afford a bit extra to fly somewhere else to test and/or pay for delivery. Your own state still may or may not screw you on the taxes.

As they seek to move down market to the masses that will not work as well. Their current business model is not suffering, but their future one will.

about 3 months ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

Kernel Kurtz Re:What I want to know... (207 comments)

Historically a warm climate has been better for humans than a cold one.

about 3 months ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

Kernel Kurtz Re:"Belief" is not part of the scientific method (207 comments)

Hypothesis, prediction, and observation. You know, actual science.

Except for the prediction part, which is pretty bad.

I would not want climate scientists as my investment advisers.

about 3 months ago

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