Apple Refuses To Unlock Bequeathed iPad
Actually, yes. Death is kinda... terminal. One will never need/want/use/reclaim that data or those devices ever again. As in: never ever!
Much better that my family get what was mine (it'll then actually be theirs due to inheritance) then them having to pay lawyers to prove that they are my inheritors and that I'm actually dead.
NASA Forgets How To Talk To ICE/ISEE-3 Spacecraft
A 20m plate of pork?!? Will need barrels of German brew to wash it down with.
The Mammoth Cometh: Revive & Restore Tackles De-Extinction
"de-extinction" (there's got to be a better term)
India Plans Mission To Probe Sun By 2020
They're going into a sun spot... you know, a hole where the sun don't shine (as brightly).
Project Ara: Inside Google's Modular Smartphones
That reminds me of the old saying...
"They just don't make things as well as they did in the old days. I still have my grandfather's hammer/axe. I've changed the head three times and the handle four times, but it's still fine."
Doctors Say New Pain Pill Is "Genuinely Frightening"
Prison / Jail is never the answer, and every single claim that they make that your loved one will get "help" in prison is a straight bullshit lie.
Agreed, and not just for drug use, but generally.
Modern society ought to have advanced enough by now to have other, better ways than the fairly archaic prison system. We have found a few alternatives (such as the Swiss system of drug rehab). But we need more options for other types of problems. I think it's time we made a serious effort to find better alternatives that yield better outcomes.
Doctors Say New Pain Pill Is "Genuinely Frightening"
They often need more than medical help. They often need counseling and help to get back on track. But what they don't need is punishment for being addicts.
(Punishment for committing drug related crimes is a different matter.)
South Park Game Censored On Consoles Outside North America
What you describe is political correctness. Where does it stop? Each one of us is a member in various groups of people: male/female, some race(s), social level, fitness level, etc.
PC is very bad for society because it stifles freedom of speech by creating polarised taboos. They're polarised in that, for any given topic, some people (usually the perceived underdogs) are allowed to speak negatively while others are not, regardless of the truth. Ironically, although PC tries to appear anti-bigotry, it is in itself bigoted because it establishes polarised taboos.
Taboos are bad because they prevent people from voicing legitimate concerns, thereby preventing people from having complete and honest discussions about those concerns. If people can't discuss legitimate problems, then improving our societies becomes hit and miss, usually miss.
That is why complete freedom of speech is so important, and why PC is do dangerous. And that is why your examples lead to a bad situation.
Many people have fallen for the misconception (or rather: lie) that PC is an attempt at tact. Of course, PC and tact are very different. Tact enables one to honestly state ones point without breaking down communications. In doing so, one is able to continue to convey opinions and the overall mood is improved, leading to a greater desire to understand and cooperate - all without compromising the truth.
Among those who confuse PC and tact there seem to be two camps:
- Those in the pro-PC camp don't seem to understand that enforcing PC actually hurts people. Sometimes PC hurts the very people that it intends to protect.
- Those in the militantly anti-PC camp seem to think that any attempt at tact is pandering to PC and fail to understand the value of respecting others, thereby "legitimising" the effort of the pro-PC group. (Well, at least that's how the pro-PC group sees it.) Not to mention that tactlessness breaks down communications, thereby rendering any speech (free or not) pointless.
How Well Do Our Climate Models Match Our Observations?
I'm no expert, but this is my understanding...
Higher temperature causes more evaporation from the oceans (which, as everyone knows, cover 3/4 of Earth's surface). This evaporation may be minute in small areas, but when it happens across huge oceans the total effect is... noticeable. After all, that's how storm clouds form over the oceans. And the oceans are vast, and little bits of extra evaporation over vast areas amass to noticeably greater clouds. So a slight increase in temperature over vast areas cause greater storms. These storms might have happened even if global temp stayed low, but with higher temperatures the storms become more violent.
Now, if a winter temperature "ought to have been" -10C, then the clouds will freeze and fall as snow. If the temperature increases to -9.3C, then the clouds will still freeze and fall as snow, but... because the evaporation over the oceans was greater (water evaporates even when very cold), the clouds will hold more water, leading to more snow falling.
All these weather events lead to greater hurricanes, greater floods, greater snowfall, etc. All these are costly to humans, and often more so to fragile eco-systems.
As to why dry areas are expected to become drier, I don't know. Hope someone else can enlighten us on that.
2. Aggravating factors
There are large swathes of tundra across northern Asia that is mostly frozen. And if that melts (and some of it already is), then we'll have more fertile land to live on, except... that tundra contains lots of rotting vegetation that, when thawed, releases lots of methane. Methane is a much more potent greenhouse gas than CO2. Luckily methane decomposes after some years, presumably by being combusted into H2O and CO2, thereby still being an unnecessary addition of greenhouse gas.
The arctic ice can be thought of as a thermostat. In the winter it freezes and grows. One could think of it as "storing cold" (although that idea makes about as much sense as "centrifugal force"). When the summer heat thaws the antarctic ice, cold waters are released which cool the northern hemisphere, thereby evening out summer and winter temperatures. But, global warming causes the freezing zone to shrink. I wonder what will happen the summer when there is not enough ice to even out the summer warmth.
As you say, it is a minor fluctuation. But the problem is, as you also say, the average global temperature, and it's that which makes all the difference.
Anyone more knowledgeable willing to weigh in?
1870s Horse Flu Epidemic Brought US Economy To Its Knees
...or a computer flu that cripples 5% of the worlds servers. That would have quite an impact too.
Scientists Create Pizza That Can Last Years
There's a scene in Wall-E where he opens a Twinkie packet and serves it to his cockroach friend. The Twinkie is as good as new... 400 years after humans abandoned Earth.
South Carolina Woman Jailed After Failing To Return Movie Rented Nine Years Ago
What else is there to say?
Apple Rumored To Be Exploring Medical Devices, Electric Cars To Reignite Growth
Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor
I notice there are only 168 hours in a week - please share your time technology!
Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor
Being at work and actually doing work are not the same thing.
Sure, many people might prefer spending time at work. That's fine.
But insisting that people stay at work, even when it lowers their productivity, health, live quality, etc. is when there's a problem.
Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost
the world is just slowly moving on from text to images and iconography, as sad as that may be.
So, we're moving from literature back to cave paintings.
That's one way to make civilization implode. And I always thought civilization would come to a more dramatic end due to some calamity.
Oh well. The end is nigh in yet another way, then.
Kentucky: Programming Language = Foreign Language
Sorry to burst your bubble...
In about year 2000 I lived and worked in Stockholm, but our head office was in San Diego. We had one of those paid "team building days". While we were attaching our rented gear and my boss was inside paying the following conversation took place...
Rental guy: Your accent... Where are you from?
Rental guy: Where's that?
Boss: In Europe.
Rental guy: Oh, I've heard Europe's no good.
Rental guy: Do you have pizza in Europe?
Boss: Well, there's this little county in southern Europe called Italy... (Don't know if she actually said or just thought this last part.)
Same business. Swedish developer in San Diego head office was working on a financial application for use on both sides of the Atlantic. He notices that one local programmer was hard coding dollar signs.
Swede: Why are you hard coding dollar signs?
Local: 'Cos they're money fields.
Swede: We don't use dollars.
Local: What? Don't you have money?
International scout meeting in Sweden involving members from all over the world. They laid out a world map and for the fun of it asked everyone to go stand on their respective country. All did, except for one group who wandered around lost. "The US is over there." says the organiser.
And I have many more anecdotes.
My point is, this sort of story comes out so often that it forms a pattern, but only involving people from the US. People of other countries seem to at least be aware of our ignorance, so these sorts of exchanges don't seem to happen. Sure, we have cultural misunderstandings, but that's not quite the same thing.
That said, I've met many (even related to some) people from the US who are very switched on. It seems to me that in the US people are either very knowledgeable or very ignorant, with very little in between.
Mars Rover Opportunity Finds Life-Friendly Niche
It's one thing to send rovers to scout Mars. But if we send bunker blasting missiles to Mars, then we'll only have ourselves to blame when Mars attacks.
Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support
I don't get sperm donation
Me neither. I'm male.
Ask Slashdot: How To Reimagine a Library?
purge the non-fiction books that are out of date. Nothing says "the library is obsolete" like a shelf full of science books from 1973.
Or, for the sake of preservation, put them in a "historical section".
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