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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

Michael Simpson Re:McCarthyism v2.0 (242 comments)

Mashiki, I agree. I've been here for years but the whole global warming, eliminate the cows rants are rapidly reducing my interest here. If Slashdot is going to become a HuffPost tech puff site, I'll just leave. I feel like I'm living through the rise of Idiocracy.

about a month ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

Michael Simpson The study focuses soley on Japan (552 comments)

The submitter is a bit disingenuous to post a story about Japan's climate and then extrapolate it to the world and then uses another suspect study as an illustration of skewed science. You can't have it both ways. Global temperatures have been flat for 17 years. Maybe Japan has an increased temperature due to the radioactivity due to Fukishima and the simultaneous release of a new Godzilla movie.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Switching From SAS To Python Or R For Data Analysis and Modeling?

Michael Simpson Re:Innovation is more than tools (143 comments)

The parent is 100% right. When I worked with SAS, we were able to do things with it that was not anticipated. The sort of thinking required is the same no matter what language you are using. The people using SAS are not typically programmers but people studying relationships and causality. Dropping them down into a lower level language will probably hinder those studies.

about 2 months ago
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How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

Michael Simpson Re:Climate Science (305 comments)

Beat me to it. Why all research must be scrutinized and verified by independent sources.

about 2 months ago
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NASA Launching Satellite To Track Carbon

Michael Simpson Re:what a waste of money (190 comments)

So your argument is that it is the sun is the that drive earth's temp?

about 2 months ago
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NASA Launching Satellite To Track Carbon

Michael Simpson Re:what a waste of money (190 comments)

That really is the problem, isn't it? IPCC has been 100% wrong on every forecast. At what point do we give credence to anything put out by this obvioulsy inept orgainzation.

about 2 months ago
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Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

Michael Simpson Re:That proves it (567 comments)

The problem is that the deniers keep trotting out the *same* nonsense and outright lies, and at some point we have to say, enough. Saying that people don't believe the science because the scientists don't take every crazy rant seriously and debunk the lies endlessly is to participate in the strategy to keep us from taking action before it's too late. If you really believe what you said, here's how you can help - post a link about that claim he made that Escondido changed the traffic light patterns to increase their speeding ticket revenue.

The problem is that the alarmists keep trotting out the *same* nonsense and outright lies, and at some point we have to say, enough. Saying that people don't believe the science because the scientists don't take every crazy rant seriously and debunk the lies endlessly is to participate in the strategy to keeps taking money from the middle class and redistributes it to the wealthy.

Did you see what I did there? I just fed your stupid response back to you. It sounds just as banal coming from me as it did you.

about 2 months ago
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Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

Michael Simpson Re:That proves it (567 comments)

Why is it the alarmists all post as AC, but the rational ones are willing to post with their names? I think it's obvious. Self assured people stand behind their convictions.

about 2 months ago
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Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

Michael Simpson Re:That proves it (567 comments)

Well, you now know how the thinking masses feel about the invasion of a non-thinking species. The definition of crackpot is usually assigned to alarmists who run around screaming that the sky is falling.

Not one iota of fact presented. Just a stream of attacks. Pathetic.

about 2 months ago
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Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

Michael Simpson Re: That proves it (567 comments)

Where the friggin like button. We have a winner. When people are paid to take a position, they lose thier ability to be unbiased.

about 2 months ago
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Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

Michael Simpson Re:That proves it (567 comments)

Seriously anonomous coward? I put my name on it. Where's yours? Just because you are gullible enough to believe everything your overlords tell you, means you know jack. You response is an unthought out attack on me. Do you have pussy tattooed on your forehead? Again, if climate change is so critical, why do the solutions look like a means to extract money from the masses? Why do the solutions not look like solutions? Cap and Trade? Give me a break.

AC, I know you. You are a pedantic little pajama, hot chocolate drinking boy hiding behind his keyboard.

Debunked talking points? By who, DailyKaos or HuffPo? If you really have been around since the 70's, you would have remembered the drought and fires from the 70s.

about 2 months ago
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Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

Michael Simpson Re:That proves it (567 comments)

Evidently climate scientists can ignore the data and falsify what they need to buttress the alarm.

The ends justify the means. The tired 97% of climate scientists agree...has been thoroughly debunked. People are seeing this for the scam that it really is.

If you doubt it, ask yourself why the solution to climate change looks like a tax increase. The have-nots want to whine about how the rich get richer and yet when the rich put forth solutions that will make them more money, the masses swallow. Al Gore gets a cut of every carbon transaction at the expense of the poor. California passed cap and trade. Twice a year, rate payers get a check for $30 - $40 for their "profit" in the cap and trade scheme. But rates just went up 25%; top tier 32 cents a kwh to 44 cents a kwh. This is the solution to climate change?

The largest producer of carbon is transportation. If that is so, why do I travel from red light to red light and then idle at the light? Escondido implemented a safety program where if you did the speed limit, you made it all the way through town on green lights. That was 5 miles of non stop travel. They dropped the program when revenue plummeted; people weren't speeding or running red lights. Most of the lights in San Diego are set so that if you do 10 to 15 mph over the speed limit, you will get a long string of green lights. Fast enough to catch speeders but not so fast as to create a safety issue. It's the money stupid. If the government really thought climate change was a threat, we would develop technology that would allow the traffic lights to communicate with each other and sense where the majority of traffic was located. Instead, I'll get a red light as I approach and there are no cars waiting. So, I sit there idling.

In the early 70's we were running out of gas. We were just months away from pumping that last barrel from the ground and gas prices soared. We were reduced to gas rationing. 10 years later, we were all driving gas guzzling Suburbans and Humvees.

In the early 70s, the alarm was that we were on the cusp of the next ice age. We were about to encounter global cooling and plans were introduced on ways to warm tjhe planet. Some solutions were, cover the ice with soot. Burn the forests, raise the carbon foot print.

People in general are stupid and gullible. Being in tech doesn't seem to correlate with critical thinking. If climate change is real; it's a threat and it's man made, I'll participate when the solutions look like solutions and less like a scheme to get more money from the masses. But my 50+ years as seen a string of alarms meant to extract money from the gullible only to see a decade later, we have moved on to the next alarm.

about 2 months ago
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Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

Michael Simpson Re:Speaking as a guy in his 40s... (370 comments)

That is not my experience. Younger people are really good at reinventing that which has been invented. And then they want a patent for their 'new' and 'innovative' work. At 52, I've done mainframe, then micros and now embedded. I marvel at the lack of knowledge new college grads possess. When I go to recruit for job fairs, I find CS graduates who have not had a comparative languages class, have not programmed in assembly and the only programming class they have had is Java. Only knowing Java or other VMs isolates you from what the hardware is doing. This occurs at UCSD! So the "hotshots" build web applications. Big deal, you will be replaceable in 10 years.

I find that older workers who become unemployed became so by becoming irrelevant. How many jobs for Visual Basic developers? Is C# on the rise or the decline? For work going forward, Android is going to be the largest market for coders. That means Java...sort of. But to do interesting projects, you better know how to write C/C++ via JNI to do interesting things that the sandbox prevents you from doing.

At 52, I don't find my job in jeopardy. I still get approached by companies to try and lure me away from my current job, which I love. Others my age, don't keep learning. They still want to write all of their software in Perl, regardless of the suitability of the tool. (Thinking of specific individuals in my organization that may find themselves downsized.) Adapt or die.

I can say with certainty however, that the majority of young engineers ARE NOT impressive. Unfortunately, the bean counters just look at numbers and engineer bodies are plug in, interchangeable modules. And yet, I made a tremendous amount of money fixing the code that was outsourced to India. The source came back and failed open source scanning, meaning that code was ripped off, or the code was so poorly written, that it was unusable. The US Federal health insurance website is an example of this.

about 2 months ago
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Geothermal Heat Contributing To West Antarctic Ice Sheet Melting

Michael Simpson Re:And who will be pushing the accelerator (387 comments)

I agree with the parent. The solutions to curbing emissions has been cap and trade, a program meant to remove more $ from citizen's pockets by increasing the amount of money they pay for energy. California has just implemented cap and trade. Electric bills are going up. Do you think that utilities eat that cost? And of course, the middle men, think Al Gore's company, takes a little bite of every cap and trade transaction. These entities have produce a "product" literally out of thin air. The cap and trade industry produces nothing. It merely has created an industry that shears the sheep by whipping them up and telling them the planet is but a few years away from catastrophe. Sadly, people are stupid and gullible. The surprising thing is, you see them here, supposedly educated logical people and it is allways the same, "But we must do something, anything!"

Given today's technology, if carbon was a real threat, don't you think money would be expended on the problems that are the problems? Case in point. I drive from stop light to stop light on my way to work. This morning, one of the lights turned red on the main road, even though there were no cars waiting on the side road. Every time the cars accelerate from the stop, they emit more carbon than a car that is maintaining a constant speed. A few of the communities, in the interest of safety, implemented, do the speed limit, hit all of the lights green strategy. When traffic ticket revenue plumented, those communities reversed course and implemented a different strategy. Most of the streets now reward a car doing 10 over with a string of green lights. So speeding is rewarded but now there is a source of revenue from the speeders. But if carbon was a real, and impending threat, don't you think we would use a network of Beagleboard Blacks to manage and measure traffic to ensure cars spend the least amount of time idling? But carbon really isn't an issue. It represents .3% of the atmosphere. Yes, point three percent. Of course, if we are to avert the next ice age, we really need to get carbon up to 4% to produce enough of a blanket to keep the glaciers at bay. I drive through a valley here in San Diego California and see the boulder left here from an ice age. I'd hate to see that amount of ice again.

As far as percentage of carbon emmisions, residential accounts for 10% of those emmisions. Expect those same residents to pay for 100% of the cost.

about 3 months ago
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Rising Sea Level Could Put East Coast Nuclear Plants At Risk

Michael Simpson Re:Where does 7 feet of water come from? (323 comments)

Or maybe the alarmists don't have the brain capacity to see the bigger picture on geological time scales.

about 3 months ago
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Rising Sea Level Could Put East Coast Nuclear Plants At Risk

Michael Simpson Re:Where does 7 feet of water come from? (323 comments)

The water level used to be MUCH lower. So much so that a land bridge connected Asia and America. It's where the Eskimos and Indians came through. And then, without any help from mankind, the water rose and flooded the land bridge.

Glacier bay used to be green in the 1700s. The indians lived there. And then the glacier came and filled the bay to where the wall of ice was 2 miles from the entrance. Without any help from mankind, over the next 200 years it receded. By the mid 1800's, it had retreated 44 miles and by the early 1900's it had retreated 65 miles.

The earth undergoes a constant state of change.

Climate change and all of the knee jerk reactions to save our planet are merely a scam to extract more money from the world serfs. Cap and Trade. California passed it. Electric rates are going up. The net effect for California's CaT is to take more from the middle and lower class.

http://wattsupwiththat.com/201...

is a nice rebuttal to the whole climate warming...eh no...climate change...eh no....climate chaos and we must do something....anything in the next 500 days or it will be too late group..

People are stupid sheep.

about 3 months ago
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Rising Sea Level Could Put East Coast Nuclear Plants At Risk

Michael Simpson Re:Except nobodies doing that (323 comments)

Why are all the alarmist Anonomous Cowards? Barsteward put his name on it? It'r really hard to take the sheep seriously when they post anonymously.

http://wattsupwiththat.com/201...

A rebuttal for the Obama's FUD piece.

about 3 months ago
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C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

Michael Simpson Re:It's a turd that's slowly being polished (435 comments)

If you can't stand C++, you probably don't have the experience to objectively comment on the language. I have ported several projects from VB, C# and Java to C++, when the client was not able to get the required performance from the product. Both of the VB projects were Pocket PC projects, one for Sprint and NASCAR and one for remote order taking. The problem in both of these cases were the start-up times were three and two minutes respectively. In addition, the products were static in nature, i.e. the number of functions were fixed. The client originally signed on to this language because development was going to be 1/10th the time so they would get to market quicker. Both projects were bid in terms of a few months. The language experts did deliver the products on time but were not able to get past the performance problems. I get brought in. I don't have to do the design, as the VB projects function as the desired product. I use ATL (active template library) along with the HP variant of STL. I also deliver the product in several months, but my start up times are measured in one to two seconds. In addition, using an optimized version of an XML parser I wrote, the menu processing went from a minute to a few seconds. The functionality of the products were not static in that I could dynamically allocate more features as needed.

On the server side of the NASCAR project, the JMS on a Tomcat server was able to handle 2000 concurrent connections. A C++ implementation was able to handle 40,000 concurrent connections. That increase means less hardware, less power. It seems that the Java server side mantra is throw more hardware at the problem.

Several C# projects also suffered from performance problems. The customers bought into the platform again because of the short development time. By utilizing Qt and C++, we were able to develop a highly polished product in the equivalent time as the C# product. We however were able to respond to 10 millisecond performance windows that are an absolute requirement of the project.

One thing that disappoints me is the quality of software engineers we encounter when we do college recruiting. It seems that the "hardest" language learned is Java. Assembly is an optional course and C++ is taught as a part of comparative languages. As a consequence, we see a number of people who consider themselves software engineers but don't have a good theoretical back ground in what the hardware is doing underneath. Then when these same engineers encounter a performance bottleneck, they don't have the tools to solve those bottle necks.

To get back on topic, I like STL and the evolutions of C++. It talked to Stroustrup about STL and told him that it was a good addition that I didn't initially grok. He said he had the same experience as well. Twocows, keep at it. You just might find a diamond in your turd.

about 4 months ago
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Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

Michael Simpson I'm calling bullshit. (545 comments)

The article claims 4 million gallons per ton to produce beef. Using a little imagery, I am picturing two steers (more than a ton of beef) swimming in a water tank of that size. Lincoln Nebraska's tank hold 4 million gallons. So what are these animals, aqua cows? They live in a Shamu sized aquarium? Maybe I'm just lucky because my cattle only each drink about 60 gallons a week. But you might say I didn't factor in the alfalfa. They don't really eat that much, two bales at most per week, each. So, two hundred pounds of feed per week, or about five tons per year. My uncle uses 1,000,000 gallons to water on his field of alfalfa, 15 acres, per year. Each acre produces about 6 tons per year so that million gallons goes to producing 90 tons of feed. That is enough to support 18 animals. 4 million gallons should support 72 animals or 36 ( a very modest figure) tons. That changes the assertion to 12,000 gallons per ton.

The truth is, alfalfa is used for milk production, not meat production. If you want to fatten up a cow, you feed them grains. You know, the carbohydrates that America uses as a primary source of their diet; which is why America is obese. The article talks about the cost of alfalfa driving up up the cost of beef. It is true that the Imperial Valley alfalfa farmers can ship their alfalfa to China on the empty cargo ships returning to China and make more money than they can shipping up to San Joaquin Valley where the dairies exist. The impact has been on milk prices and horse ranches. Alfalfa went from $9 for a 140 lb bale to $17 for a 100 lb bale. That upswing did nothing to meat prices. During this upswing, beef was incredibly cheap. I stuffed my freezer with $4 a pound rib eyes. There are other market forces that are now bringing beef prices up. The American herd is at a 60 year low. More people, less beef, more money.

I do believe the water figures given for vegetables to be fairly consistent. Most of that water doesn't go into producing the product, but instead evaporates off leaving the salts behind that ultimately destroys the land for farming. We have switched to hot house hydroponics. It uses a little as 1/20th the water as conventional farming. The reduction in pesticides is drastically reduced. The fish and crustaceans provide the nutrients that the plants need, and the plants and bacteria break down the fish wastes purifying the water. A hot house produces a tremendous amount of food.

If feels to me that the author as ideological agenda. The truth is, we are designed to eat meats, eggs and vegetables. Everything else, not so much. The American diet has caused an epidemic in obesity, diabetes and Alzheimer's. This is directly a result of what we eat today. You can read, "Grain Brain" for a neurosurgeons take on this subject.

about 6 months ago

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