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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

Paltin Re:You are wrong. (869 comments)

If all of AGW science was done by Assistant Professors, you'd have a point.

If already tenured professors didn't have a massive say in what was published by those tenure seekers, you might have a point.

The whole "they lose their jobs" argument falls completely apart with even a trivial examination of the evidence of understanding of how science operates. It is laughable. The only people who believe it are those who are looking for excuses to dismiss the science in favor of their a-priori positions.

about 5 months ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

Paltin You are wrong. (869 comments)

>If they found that there was no man-made global warming, they'd be out of jobs.

You are showing complete ignorance of the scientific funding situation as well as academia.

Tenure track positions don't disappear if they don't get certain results. And there is a multitude of other climate topics that are important and need scientists working on.

And of course, this wasn't done by people with a vested interest in a positive conclusion, it was done by physicists. Statisticians with no vested interest have also found the same results.

You are just createing a false narrative that allows you to ignore facts you do not like.

about 5 months ago
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Why the FAA May Finally Relax In-Flight Device Rules

Paltin Re:Journalistic pseudo-science (278 comments)

An additional weakness in these arguments is that they are using perfectly functioning devices.

What happens when you have some dumbass with a wildly broken thing get on a plane? Testing needs to occur under the worst possible conditions, not the best possible.

We already knew it was safe in the best possible conditions.

600 million people fly each year. A HUGE number. They need to find out if it is safe for every device in all possible combinations and all possible conditions, because the real world will present those combinations very quickly.

Don't start with the best case, start with the 1 in a million case. Proceed from there.

about a year ago
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EPA Report That Lowers Methane-Leak Estimates Further Divides Fracking Camps

Paltin Re:Less methane? So fracking what? (127 comments)

Oh, no, I agree, there is evidence that oversight isn't strict enough. There are also questions about sourcing the water used for fracking, and of course concerns for what to do with waste afterwards; it is a much newer technology and regulation has clearly lagged behind because of it.

But the fact remains, when you pump water and soap 3000 ft below the surface, into an area where there is a reservoir, and you are worried about what it getting out... you sound like a paranoid anti-science ignoramus.

about a year ago
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EPA Report That Lowers Methane-Leak Estimates Further Divides Fracking Camps

Paltin Re:Less methane? So fracking what? (127 comments)

Underground gasoline storage tanks are banned????

I'd better go tell my every gas station in the US, they're got a problem!

As far as your claim that you can't quantify the risks, why don't you try and do so? Here's a hint: It's doable. There are several ways you can do it, either from a geology direction (Hint: what are the characteristics of a hydrocarbon reservoir?) or from a public safety direction (Perhaps deaths and injuries/year? It's not like we don't have a massive amount of field testing from the past two decades.... Just to be fair, do a comparison to a comparison to the technology that cheap gas is reducing, which is coal).

Let me know what you find out.

about a year ago
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EPA Report That Lowers Methane-Leak Estimates Further Divides Fracking Camps

Paltin Re:Less methane? So fracking what? (127 comments)

I hear that gasoline is toxic, and we pump that into our cars, so we better ban cars, too.

about a year ago
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EPA Report That Lowers Methane-Leak Estimates Further Divides Fracking Camps

Paltin Re:Less methane? So fracking what? (127 comments)

Oh no, not chemicals! The vast, vast majority of what is pumped is water.

about a year ago
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New Humble Bundle Is Windows Only, DRM Games

Paltin Re:I'm one of the people who's pretty angry... (553 comments)

While I do understand how you feel, I would suggest that this is a success in many ways. %r%r Why did the humble bundle start out? Part of it was the goal of showing major game companies that there was a better way. Pay what you can, support charity, no DRM. %r%r While they obviously haven't gotten all the way there, the fact that a major studio's business model is to give away their games for free except what we want is a huge victory for the good guys. I don't like humble bundle going this way, but in the end it still is progress. This is something good happening in our world. A step in the right direction.

about 2 years ago
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New Drug Could Cure Nearly Any Viral Infection

Paltin Re:HIV? (414 comments)

We... already have a treatment for HIV after you get it. The cocktails are now such that HIV has very little effect on life expectancy.

more than 3 years ago
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New "Last Dinosaur" Find Backs Asteroid Extinction

Paltin Re:What sort of rock was it found in? (157 comments)

I would PM you if I could. don't even know if slashdot has that functionality. email me, krisrhodes at gmail.

more than 3 years ago
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New "Last Dinosaur" Find Backs Asteroid Extinction

Paltin Re:No, it doesn't (157 comments)

The practical boundary is certainly microfossil measured, but those aren't as good a world-wide unique time stamp as the iridium anomaly - which in theory is uniform through the world and specific in time to a one year or so period. So yeah, no real disagreement here, but I'm also not about to start reading papers looking for the consensus K-T boundary either.

more than 3 years ago
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New "Last Dinosaur" Find Backs Asteroid Extinction

Paltin Re:What sort of rock was it found in? (157 comments)

They only have one picture of the "fossil" in the paper, and to be honest - it doesn't look like one to me. Preservation looks absolutely terrible. They don't really talk about preservation. It doesn't look like there is more of the animal there (which does, of course, highly support transport). If you can't access the paper, let me know and I'll send it.

more than 3 years ago
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New "Last Dinosaur" Find Backs Asteroid Extinction

Paltin Re:No, it doesn't (157 comments)

It is my understanding that the "official" K-Pg was defined based on the iridium spike, even though that was not what was used in this study.

more than 3 years ago
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New "Last Dinosaur" Find Backs Asteroid Extinction

Paltin Re:No, it doesn't (157 comments)

But there isn't a -gap-. There is uncertainty as to the exact timing. A gap is a period when you are sure there isn't anything; uncertainty means you don't know. To the best of our knowledge - and constantly improving as more work is done - the uncertainty periods are getting smaller. This is evidence for concurrence. Concurrence is not disproven, and the evidence that supports it keeps getting better as it is refined.

There are no terrestrial beds of fossil bearing rock that also contain unequivocal markers of the K-T iridium spike. That's why we have correlation. There are lots of continuous beds of fossil bearing rock that do contain the K-T and show evidence of mass extinction - in the marine realm. Foram extinction and population is well documented and not disputed, as well as other marine creatures. The most likely explanation is that the impact had some role in the extinction.


|...as the one true theory....

The article doesn't claim anything about one true theory, and neither did I. Straw man at it's best. Scientists look for evidence and weigh it. I recommend you learn more about Bayes theorem and then reexamine the evidence.

more than 3 years ago
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New "Last Dinosaur" Find Backs Asteroid Extinction

Paltin Re:Jumping to conclusions (157 comments)

Gradual extinction is still a possibility, but that's been covered by other studies and there is little to no evidence that specifically supports it.

What this paper does way in on is the claims that the extinction happened a long time (3m of rock worth of time) before the impact. If this is an unreworked bone, those claims are dead.

more than 3 years ago
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New "Last Dinosaur" Find Backs Asteroid Extinction

Paltin Re:huh? (157 comments)

>Sedimentation rates are estimated to have ranged from 52 to 81 meters per million years. Thus 13 cm represents no more than 2500 years.

Sedimentation rates are not constant. They tend to come in fits and bursts. I would not draw that conclusion from the evidence.

more than 3 years ago
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New "Last Dinosaur" Find Backs Asteroid Extinction

Paltin Re:No, it doesn't (157 comments)

The thing is - if they were in fact concurrent - then we'd expect that as better data becomes available, the dates converge.

This is exactly what has happened over time. There's actually new work being done by Zircon workers that continues to close the gap.

And yes, this IS evidence that supports that dinosaurs went extinct at the boundary. It increases the possibility of that, to the exclusion of others possibilities, by at least a little bit.

more than 3 years ago
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New "Last Dinosaur" Find Backs Asteroid Extinction

Paltin Re:What sort of rock was it found in? (157 comments)

Hell Creek formation = fluvial (river) deposits.

Reworking is always a possibility.

This specific fossil is claimed to have been found in an overbank deposit, which means that it was out on the flood plain, which if true means it is unlikely to have been reworked. But I'd want to see it for myself.

more than 3 years ago
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New "Last Dinosaur" Find Backs Asteroid Extinction

Paltin Re:extinctions (157 comments)

This is one of the bigger problems with the impact hypothesis. Also, amphibians were largely unaffected, and they tend to be very sensitive to environmental problems. Impact having an important contribution to the extinction is still the leading hypothesis, even if there are some things that aren't understood.

more than 3 years ago

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