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How Well Do Our Climate Models Match Our Observations?

Onymous Hero Submitter can't read a bloody graph... (560 comments)

Where does the 0.7C warming since 1980 figure come from exactly? I make it roughly 0.7F (note: FAHRENHEIT) from 1980 until the last point in 2012. That's an anomaly of around 0.4C, which seems to tie in with the graph on the R Spencer page.

about 6 months ago
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Grocery Delivery Lowers Carbon Dioxide Emissions Over Individual Trips

Onymous Hero Re:America-centric much? (417 comments)

I ride my bike to pick up my groceries like most sane people.

That's great for you; single-person-urbanite-centric much? ;)

I used to do the same when I was a student and lived relatively close to the supermarkets. A few years down the line, I/we shop for three people once a week. That can be a good forty kilos depending on what we buy.

A little more on topic - and perhaps more importantly, these grocery deliveries also save *time* - life's most important resource.

about a year ago
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Oil Dispersants Used During Gulf Spill Degrade Slowly In Cold Water

Onymous Hero Re:"Didn't drilling regulations...?" No. (61 comments)

No, "natural seepage" will not cause millions of gallons of gas to drift out into the ocean every year,

Natural seepage in the gulf of mexico is about 140,000 tonnes a year, or 1 million barrels of oil. So, yes it does. Ok, it's only a fifth of the amount from the deepwater spill, but it's constant rather than one-off. Link: http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=10388&page=70

At the time of the spill, the liability was limited to 75 million bucks. That's definitely one regulation which increases risk taking!

Is someone paying you to post this?

Nope, you can remove you tinfoil hat now

about a year and a half ago
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Oil Dispersants Used During Gulf Spill Degrade Slowly In Cold Water

Onymous Hero Re:Or, we could have just done nothing... (61 comments)

Wasn't it drilling regulations that pushed drilling further and further offshore to much deeper (and risky) areas?

Anyway, there's vastly more oil migrating into the ocean from natural seepage than from the odd oil spill, so if you don't want oil in the water perhaps that's a better place to start :p

http://oils.gpa.unep.org/facts/natural-sources.htm

about a year and a half ago
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Air Quality Apps and Bottled Air Thrive On Beijing's Pollution

Onymous Hero Re:It is far older then that (102 comments)

A lot of libertarians should study these things, it goes to show that mankind needs lots of laws because without laws and enforcement of those laws, shit happens.

And don't forget a nice well-padded bureaucracy to administer all these laws!

about a year and a half ago
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Free Wi-Fi: the Movement To Give Away Your Internet For the Good of Humanity

Onymous Hero Re:In my country the ISP does this for you! (505 comments)

Yeah, I'm with neuf/SFR and noticed that they enable the public hotspot by default. I'm a bit concerned as to how securely the public wifi is segregated from the local network, but otherwise it's a pretty good idea and it means in big cities there's free wifi everywhere :)

about a year and a half ago
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Making Earbuds That Fit (Video)

Onymous Hero Re:Why not pony up for the real deal? (104 comments)

Anything by Beyerdynamic is good IMO. Personally I use some DT-231s which are now about 10 years old and still sounding good. :)

about a year and a half ago
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BBC Turns Off CEEFAX Service After 38 Years

Onymous Hero 888 (160 comments)

Page Triple Eight for subtitles :) - that was one I used pretty often.

Before we had the internet, ceefax (or teletext on other channels) was my main source of news. It was a great service, and one I'm slightly nostalgic about...

about 2 years ago
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The UK's 5-Minute 4G Data Cap

Onymous Hero Re:Mobile bandwidth (261 comments)

So, guys... how's that whole "Let the market decide" argument working out for you?

Ok I realise I'm replying to a troll, but here goes:

It's working out great, thanks. 4G is a new technology which has (at the moment) a very limited customer base. So, of course it's going to be expensive. When 3G first came out in the UK, there was a single network operator, 3. They didn't have great network coverage and prices were high. With time, new entrants came to the market and prices fell while service quality increased. The UK now has an excellent choice of cheap call and data plans.

The same will happen with 4G - of course it's going to be expensive to start with. Those new base stations are not free.

... when it gets its hands on something everybody needs, it's gonna take you to the cleaners. Every single time.

Everyone needs food. I don't see anyone (short of the real loony left) calling for state-owned farms and food distribution.

about 2 years ago
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CmdrTaco Looks Back on Fifteen Years of Slashdot

Onymous Hero Re:The Problem with Trading Hands (178 comments)

It's the most depressing article ever on Slashdot. It makes it sound like Slashdot is dying.

Let's not jump to conclusions - after all, Netcraft hasn't confirmed anything yet...

about 2 years ago
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Sir Tim Berners-Lee Accuses UK Government of "Draconian Internet Snooping"

Onymous Hero Hello? This is the EU, not the UK (192 comments)

The source of this junk law is the European Union. It just so happens that the UK has implemented this directive. Others will follow suit if they haven't already!

"On 15 March 2006 the European Union adopted the Data Retention Directive, on "the retention of data generated or processed in connection with the provision of publicly available electronic communications services or of public communications networks and amending Directive 2002/58/EC".[1][2] The Directive requires Member States to ensure that communications providers retain, for a period of between 6 months and 2 years, necessary data as specified in the Directive"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecommunications_data_retention#European_Union

about 2 years ago
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Russia Wants a Hypersonic Bomber

Onymous Hero Re:Good (319 comments)

I don't think it was the loudness of the ride that killed the Concorde...but rather the cost of the tickets (and the rising cost of fuel).

Nope. Concorde under British Airways at least was profitable, and would still have been at today's fuel prices. It was killed for entirely political reasons.

http://www.concorde-spirit-tours.com/concorde.htm

about 2 years ago
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How Apple Killed the Linux Desktop

Onymous Hero Actually Miguel... (933 comments)

Gnome3 has killed the Linux Desktop. Thanks.

about 2 years ago
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Making Saltwater Drinkable With Graphene

Onymous Hero Re:Holes? (303 comments)

It would be like worrying about gunk stuck in your colander while your colander was sitting in a fire-hose 24/7.

Ok, but wouldn't this cause a problem for the edges of the holes in the graphene being worn away by the water flowing past them?

;) Sorry!

more than 2 years ago
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Red Cross Debates If Virtual Killing Violates International Humanitarian Law

Onymous Hero No. (516 comments)

Sorry but electrons don't have human rights.

Haven't the RC got famines to deal with rather than being a trolling NGO?

more than 2 years ago

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Why High Speed Fibre Is Becoming Irrelevant

Onymous Hero Onymous Hero writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Onymous Hero (910664) writes "With the rise of high speed mobile networks such as 4G LTE and fifth-generation technologies just on the horizon, the idea of hard-wired or fibre optic internet connections is becoming outdated. Could areas without landline POTS service bypass this altogether and go straight to mobile?"
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Iceland Considers Internet Porn Ban

Onymous Hero Onymous Hero writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Onymous Hero (910664) writes "With the printing and distribution of pornography already banned in Iceland, further measures to stop internet porn are being considered by Iceland's Interior Minister Ogmundur Jonasson. From the article: "Iceland is taking a very progressive approach that no other democratic country has tried," said Professor Gail Dines, an expert on pornography and speaker at a recent conference at Reykjavik University. "It is looking a pornography from a new position — from the perspective of the harm it does to the women who appear in it and as a violation of their civil rights.""
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Saudi Arabia Calls For Global Internet Censorship Body

Onymous Hero Onymous Hero writes  |  about 2 years ago

Onymous Hero (910664) writes "Following the recent YouTube video "The Innocence of Muslims" and the subsequent Muslim violence, Saudi Arabia has stated that there is a “there is a crying need for international collaboration to address ‘freedom of expression’ which clearly disregards public order”. The World Telecommunications Policy Forum (a UN body) is the vehicle by which Saudi Arabia (and possibly other states) will try to use to implement a global set of internet content standards."
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