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The Magic of Pallets

Namarrgon Re:No love for forklifts? (143 comments)

True enough - but that still looks like a (manual) forklift to me...

1 hour ago
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The Magic of Pallets

Namarrgon No love for forklifts? (143 comments)

Arguably, pallets are just accessories for the machine that actually does the work. I'd like to see people unload a boxcar full of pallets by hand.

7 hours ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Namarrgon Re:Check your math. (876 comments)

Quote from your Pew Research link:

Overall, 8% of Muslim Americans say suicide bombings against civilian targets tactics are often (1%) or sometimes (7%) justified in the defense of Islam.

Emphasis mine. This does not support the claim of jihads or fundamentalism, unless you interpret the "defense of Islam" to mean "spread Islam everywhere". Might be interesting to compare that against a similar poll for Christians; I suspect you'd have similar results.

We could maybe try just leaving their religion alone? Then not only the great majority of peace-loving Muslims would be happier, but most of the rest too. Save the aggressive response for the nutjob violent individuals, treat them for the mentally ill criminals that they are, and leave religion out of it.

about a week ago
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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

Namarrgon I already have kids (574 comments)

And who knows what they'll do. They might help me in my old age, they might dump me in an old folks home and steal my stuff, they might even conceivably kill me, but they'll probably just live their own lives and forget to call. If I've brought them up well, I'm hoping they'll be good to me.

Why should our AI children be so different?

They won't compete for the same resources as us, so they're unlikely to kill us or steal our stuff, even if they were lacking in all emotion or altruism or ability to see the advantages of mutual cooperation. But we're going to have to deal with not knowing for sure.

about three weeks ago
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Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

Namarrgon Re:The power supplies were their bad. (189 comments)

Which one? I couldn't find anything here that describes what you posted about.

The opposite, perhaps - e.g. GT Equipment Holdings, Inc was indeed incorporated separately to GT Advanced Technology Inc, and GT Sapphire Systems Holding LLC (and others).

about three weeks ago
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Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

Namarrgon Re:Yes, go ahead...Blame Apple (189 comments)

Why did GT sign on the god damned dotted line?

Perhaps because of said "bait-and-switch" tactics?

Doubtless Apple assured GT they would definitely buy all that sapphire; why else would they invest so much in producing it? Even though the contract technically allowed them to back out, there was surely very little chance that would actually happen, and a far greater chance of massive revenue from being a key supplier for the next iPhone...

Then it turns out that the product wasn't as shatter-resistant as they'd hoped, and they backed out, or whatever. But who could've guessed that Apple might go back on its (non-binding) commitments? Tim pinky-swore!

about three weeks ago
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New Study Shows Three Abrupt Pulses of CO2 During Last Deglaciation

Namarrgon What causation? (132 comments)

Who said the CO2 causes anything?

The article and summary use the words "contributed to", which we know will be true - as a greenhouse gas, any increased CO2 will amplify and contribute to further warming. Doubtless there are other causative factors involved (e.g. Milankovitch cycles), some of which may well have occurred before the CO2 release.

The interesting question is, what triggered the CO2 pulses?

about 2 months ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Namarrgon Re:Women prefer male bosses (399 comments)

Daily Mail articles highlighting a single example should be dismissed, SJW or no.

The Business Week article discusses a series of Gallup polls, which make a better case. But even there, 34% of people had "no preference" - not that different to the 39% that preferred a male boss. I also note these have been steadily converging for the last few decades.

In any case, it's not particularly relevant to a Mars mission - candidates would be selected on their ability to get along, not randomly from the population.

about 2 months ago
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35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska

Namarrgon Re:Nothing new here ... (292 comments)

I presume you're referring to the interglacial warm periods, as shown in this graph.

We have a very good idea of what causes those - they align nicely with orbital variations (Milankovitch cycles). And we're not due for another one - we just passed the peak of one a few thousand years back. The temperature had been dropping slowly since then (up until a century ago).

about 3 months ago
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35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska

Namarrgon Re:2013 Antarctic sea ice hit 35-year record high (292 comments)

Usual selective reporting from the Daily Mail - claiming a 29% rebound from an all-time record low is somehow "proof" that global warming is overblown. The link is a year old too - this year is actually the sixth lowest in the satellite record.

Worth looking at an actual trend, rather than Daily Mail headlines.

about 3 months ago
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35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska

Namarrgon Re:Nothing new here ... (292 comments)

How does the cause of past events have any bearing on the cause of this event? Is it unthinkable for there to be more than one possible cause?

GP's linked studies make a good case about past events. They say nothing about this event, which may have entirely different causes. It's pure speculation to assume either way, at this stage, and accusations of confirmation bias and "bald faced lies" only reflect on the accuser.

about 3 months ago
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35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska

Namarrgon Re:Nothing new here ... (292 comments)

So because it's happened for other reasons in the past, that conclusively rules out climate change as a cause in this case? Not seeing the logic there.

Let's not jump to any conclusions here, either pro or against climate change as a cause, until we get a peer-reviewed study concerning this event. TFA is insufficient evidence, as is your link.

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

Namarrgon Re:Fox News? (460 comments)

You're right, I should apply my critical faculties and take his own words with a big grain of salt. Clearly he's not a reputable source even concerning himself.

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

Namarrgon Re:Fox News? (460 comments)

And that's good for Commerce, how? And Penn State?

So if I understand your logic:

1. CRU emails cleared ->
2. Climate "hoax" strengthened ->
3. Governments everywhere introduce massive new taxes "just in case" ->
4. Chamber of Commerce gets huge new budget for some reason ->
5. CoC panel members all get their fat bonus payoffs, along with all the other panels that cleared CRU ->
6. Vast global conspiracy involving government departments in most developed countries AND all major universities and scientific institutions AND their member scientists, who have all risked destroying their careers to fake all their studies and somehow share in this tax bounty - and nobody talks, no actual evidence is produced, the poor fossil fuel industry is just an innocent victim, and taxpayers around the world get stuck with a world running on renewable fuels with minimal pollution a few decades early.

Yep, makes perfect sense, far more sense than it being the fossil fuel industry that is doing their very best to deny all the evidence and sabotage any possible price on carbon, because they don't have hundreds of billions in profits and trillions more in potential assets at risk. No incentive there!!!

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

Namarrgon Re:Fox News? (460 comments)

Citations? What evidence is there that the Department of Commerce has a financial interest in a global warming hoax, or Penn State U? Eagerly awaiting your failure to reply.

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

Namarrgon Re:Fox News? (460 comments)

Do you have a reference for that? The first link I looked at just said

...the committee found no evidence of anything beyond "a blunt refusal to share data," adding that the idea that Jones was part of a conspiracy to hide evidence that weakened the case for global warming was clearly wrong.

So there could be various reasons for them to not want to share data (such as too much time & effort required) - but wanting to hide evidence against global warming, is not one of them. The GPs implied accusation that the science was fudged has been thoroughly and repeatedly disproved.

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

Namarrgon Re:Fox News? (460 comments)

Frederick Seitz? The physicist who, in your own link, admits he took money from tobacco and oil companies? Any reason we should be listening to his opinions over the thousands of climatologists and other scientists?

That interview made very interesting reading, like where he dodges the questions of undue influence from vested interests, and instead tries to accuse the interviewer of being unduly influenced (by persons unknown), providing no evidence of his own but talking over the top of any mention of actual peer-reviewed studies. I see no reason to consider him a reputable source.

about 3 months ago

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