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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

OneAhead Re:Kiev just got busted (655 comments)

Yeah, in territory they don't control. This is stupid even for a conspiracy theory.

yesterday
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

OneAhead Re:Let us keep our thoughts with our Kremlin frien (655 comments)

Exactly. Russia never even denied involvement. Putin's statement was bluntly "it happened in Ukrainian airspace, hence it's Ukraine's responsibility", while Lavrov ham-handedly contested Ukraine's calling it a terrorist attack. They're all too aware there's far too much incriminating evidence out there to sweep under the rug, hence they're going into damage control. And for all the finesse they used to make the US look like irresponsible warmongers in the Syrian chemical weapons debacle, they're acting laughably clumsy now that they're at the receiving end.

My guess is that the Russians gave their people/proxies in eastern Ukraine enough training to shoot something down, but not to clearly ascertain what they were shooting at. An SA-11 radar system is not as easy to operate as the microwave oven in your kitchen; it takes a lot of training for people to use these things effectively, and it probably wasn't a high priority for the local commanders, as their marching orders were: "covertly create as much provocation and chaos as possible in Eastern Ukraine so that Russia gets the best possible bargaining position once the peace negotiations start". They basically got what they deserved; something like this was just waiting to happen. I would feel wryly satisfied to see the higher-ups in Russia caught utterly by surprise, except that the tragic death of so many innocent people takes all the joy out of it.

yesterday
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

OneAhead Re:Vendor Software (277 comments)

my Nexus 5 which runs basically the same hardware is great on all counts.

Hahahahahaha! Just you wait till Google has shifted their attention to the Nexus 6 or whatever comes nextus. The bugs will come crawling out of the woodwork on your next upgrade, as is currently the case for the Nexus 4.

yesterday
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NVIDIA Is Better For Closed-Source Linux GPU Drivers, AMD Wins For Open-Source

OneAhead Re:That's Odd. (185 comments)

That's only true if you don't need support for newer versions of the OpenGL standard. If you do, the Nvidia proprietary driver is pretty much the only viable option in Linux. The Intel driver is perpetually a few generations behind, and the AMD/ATI drivers are perpetually buggy (though I hear they're getting better).

about a month ago
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NVIDIA Is Better For Closed-Source Linux GPU Drivers, AMD Wins For Open-Source

OneAhead Re:Just don't upgrade the kernel with nvidia close (185 comments)

Actually, that's the package manager's doing; automatic re-installing upon kernel updates worked right from day one. The "proprietary drivers" tool that was introduced later is just a friendly front-end to the package manager, because finding the package that makes the most out of the hardware without breaking anything is somewhat less than straightforward for the inexperienced user.

about a month ago
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NVIDIA Is Better For Closed-Source Linux GPU Drivers, AMD Wins For Open-Source

OneAhead Re:Just don't upgrade the kernel with nvidia close (185 comments)

That would be because a most of the open-source drivers (yes, video is one of the exceptions) are baked right into the kernel and Just Work (TM)(if the hardware's supported, that is). This is why there's no excruciatingly slow "please wait while we search for drivers" when you plug in a new keyboard or mouse; there is no driver.

True, sometimes a device is recognized incorrectly and one needs to dig into arcane settings, but at least most of it is documented in some form or another most of the time. In windows, these problems are less common, but when they happen, far more time is spent on them (aaugh... shotgun debugging the Windows Registry)...

about a month ago
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NVIDIA Is Better For Closed-Source Linux GPU Drivers, AMD Wins For Open-Source

OneAhead Re:Just don't upgrade the kernel with nvidia close (185 comments)

Aaah, but you see, youngune, you secretly do love configuring stuff, you're just in denial about having that masochistic streak.

about a month ago
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Gecko Feet Inspire Hand-Held Spider-Man Paddles

OneAhead Re:How do they keep clean? (64 comments)

I suspect the paddles will be 'battle-field ready' once they figure that out...

about a month ago
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NVIDIA Is Better For Closed-Source Linux GPU Drivers, AMD Wins For Open-Source

OneAhead Re:Captain something or other (185 comments)

Capt. Obvious was quoted as saying: "It offends me that people always assume I'm not doing my job. Sheesh, I took care of this one years ago!"

about a month ago
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"Eskimo Diet" Lacks Support For Better Cardiovascular Health

OneAhead Re:Eskimo?! (166 comments)

+1 very impressive! (though I doubt many here will get all of it)

about a month ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

OneAhead Re:Here's a link to a story about it. (932 comments)

I fully understand the argument of the article to which you linked...

FACT. Not arguable.

WRONG. You did not understand the argument of the article.

The data shows their models weren't just wrong... they were HORRIBLY wrong - way, way overestimated.

Hyperbole much?

therefore one should carefully consider how much faith one invests in these models' ability to predict the future.

That's plain FUD. You could just as well say one cannot invest faith in anything science produces, because our knowledge of science has been proven wrong and refined in the past. Repeatedly.

about a month ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

OneAhead Re:Here's a link to a story about it. (932 comments)

As explained in the link in my previous post (did you even read it?), if you take a set of data that fluctuates noisily but has an long-term upwards trend, you truncate it carefully so that the beginning of your truncated subset falls near a high point in the random fluctuations, and you use that to deny the upwards trend, then you are using a trick called "cherry-picking". You can argue you're presenting "simply facts", but it's dishonest. Watt's also dishonest is failing to declare a rather blatant conflict of interest.

Also, your own post contains contradictions. You're saying "...OBSERVED warming trend is significantly less than the IPCC 1990 PREDICTED..." (implying there is still a warming trend), and then you're saying "it has leveled off". Only one of them can be true, and it's the first one. There is still a warming trend, and yes, it's lower than the low-end 1990 predictions. Scientists have been debating over why that is for a while now. Heat getting trapped in the depths of the pacific ocean seems to be gaining traction as the most prevalent hypothesis, which is worrisome because once this finite heat reservoir is saturated, the heating will pick up with a vengeance. More info here, here, here and here (the 3 first links are all discussing the study in the 4th; I'll let you pick which source you like best).

about a month ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

OneAhead Re:hahaha! (932 comments)

I doubt any scientists even the ones who believe in AGW want to cut off all oil now

Even among environmentalist, only a tiny (but verbal) minority thinks that would be a good idea. For the rest of us, CO2 emissions can be reduced significantly with minimal (or even positive) economic impact through a number of measures, but "cutting off all oil now" obviously is not one of them. There currently is no realistic replacement for oil on the horizon for the purpose of aviation, intercontinental ship transport and polymer synthesis. What can be done is to put gradual innovation pressure on the market (through carrots and sticks, i.e. tax breaks and taxes) as to slowly phase out coal for electricity generation and oil for most ground transportation. There are enough alternatives available to make that happen, and more local jobs would be created than lost. One could also think about a small global tax on bunker fuel. This would be a boon for employment in western economies, where it would help locally manufactured goods compete with ones that were shipped halfway around the globe.

about a month ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

OneAhead Re:hahaha! (932 comments)

I do fully agree on that. As a scientist, I bury my face firmly in my palm 80% of the time I see a science story being reported in the mainstream media. They almost always get key points wrong - often to the extent that it completely twists the meaning of the original discovery. Even university press releases are not a whole lot better. In this light, I do indeed understand the general pubic gets confused and frustrated. But that's not a reason to dismiss science altogether or to resort to secondary sources who have an agenda and/or understand the science even less that the above.

about a month ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

OneAhead Re:hahaha! (932 comments)

Your statement may make a good soundbite, but it's a non-sequitur. If you disagree, please explain how it's the climate scientists' doing that the denialists had to move their "end of climate change" date forward repeatedly. Because I could use a good laugh.

about a month ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

OneAhead Re:hahaha! (932 comments)

What's going on is the Tea Party is apparently dragging the republican party to the right of center (politically).

The Republican party has been well to the right of the center since long before there was ever talk about this Tea Party. The Tea Party is pulling them towards the extreme right abyss, where there be totalitarianism (just like at the extreme left). From an international point of view, even the Democrats are center-right. The US political system is unbalanced, with no credible left. Maybe one will spring up once the Republican party has crashed and burned and the Democrats have been pulled a little bit more to the right by non-extremist Republican refugees. It's even possible the new left will call itself "Republicans", just like in the early years of the two-party system.

about a month ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

OneAhead Re:hahaha! (932 comments)

entangling alliances set up after WW2 specifically to prevent an American retrenchment.

There's nothing of that sort. The US went to Iraq against the will of a majority the UN (it wasn't just France, who simply got scapegoated for speaking out a bit more loudly than everyone else). And that's a general pattern; whenever there's talk about intervening somewhere, the US are the ones enthusiastically firing up the rhetoric while mostly everyone else is calling for cool. It's so predictable that Russia has started exploiting this to make the Americans look like fools (I'm talking about the Syria chemical weapons debacle here). The "our allies asked our help" argument is just a convenient casus belli if your military-industrial complex begs to show off its shiny new toys. Truth is, if you're the biggest bully on the block, whenever there's conflict, you will be asked for help. Most often by both sides. All the US has to do is pick a "long-time ally" on the spot, then send the cruise missiles on the other guy's ass.

Apart from that, +1 good post!

about a month ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

OneAhead Re:hahaha! (932 comments)

That would almost assume there was a big campaign of Democrat crossover voting for the candidate they like least, because he'll have a lower chance of winning against their candidate. I'm not discounting the possibility altogether, but it's a little bit far-fetched.

about a month ago

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