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Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

Pino Grigio Re:Just be careful (140 comments)

Probably. It's just something I heard about a conference for the Deep Carbon Observatory some time ago. We'll get everybody into a room to discuss whether we think it's a great idea for the government to give us $100,000,000 to do a study into it. Oh, we all voted Yes! The result was a massive shock, as you can imagine.

5 days ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

Pino Grigio Re: Not worth it (251 comments)

What an unusual comment.

5 days ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

Pino Grigio Re:Not worth it (251 comments)

Oh dear, list me all of the other things you don't pay for in life because of your sense of entitlement. Food? Clean water? Central heating?

5 days ago
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Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

Pino Grigio Re:Just be careful (140 comments)

I'm guessing he also explained how it would cost the government $100,000,00, payable in monthly instalments to various institutions, to do the feasibility studies.

5 days ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

Pino Grigio Re:Not worth it (251 comments)

If you don't like it, don't buy it. Nobody's forcing it on you are they.

5 days ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

Pino Grigio Re:Not worth it (251 comments)

have seen no compelling reason to part with my money

This is pretty much why Linux has never broken through on the desktop. Who wants to develop for a system that people like you use? I've got a mortgage to pay and I'd prefer not to starve to death. I'd rather develop on Windows and get paid actual money than develop for ungrateful Marxist pricks like you on Linux.

Enjoy your lentil soup.

5 days ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

Pino Grigio Re:Global Warming? (273 comments)

Oh dear, you were doing so well until you had to put your conspiracy theorists hat on.

It's not a conspiracy theory if its true, is it. It wouldn't be the first time either. The "official report" is the IPCC's report. It's filtered out of the literature, such as it is. It's almost certainly more accurate than the summary for policy makers, which tends to read more like an appeal for funding than a careful distillation of the facts.

5 days ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

Pino Grigio Re:Global Warming? (273 comments)

the natural carbon cycle deals out no where near the amount of CO2 humans do

What the hell are you talking about? Estimates for natural emissions are around 150 billion tonnes per year. That's thirty times Human emissions. And that estimate is from the IPCC so it's likely the figures have been carefully massaged down to make Human emissions appear bigger than they are.

5 days ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

Pino Grigio Re:Global Warming? (273 comments)

On the other hand, methane vents at the bottom of the Atlantic have probably existed since the Atlantic was formed and I expect for quite a few billion years in other oceans at other times. The idea that they came into existence the moment we discovered them and that therefore they must be caused or influenced by Man, specifically a few parts per million of a trace gas that's regularly recycled by the biosphere in huge quantities and has been for a billion years, is completely ridiculous.

5 days ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

Pino Grigio Re:Global Warming? (273 comments)

Don't be silly. There are at least 30 different versions of "what scientists think" about this issue. In other words they don't know. That isn't settled science is it.

5 days ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

Pino Grigio Re:Global Warming? (273 comments)

No it doesn't because we haven't been measuring it long enough or accurately enough to know what the natural variation is. I honestly don't know what the hell is wrong with you people. Why can't you see these totally obvious points.

5 days ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

Pino Grigio Re:I hope not (508 comments)

This is absurd. Generic programming, for example, is far better in C# than Java. Most of the stuff included with Java 5.0 was already present in C# 1.0.

about a week ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

Pino Grigio Re:Nope (508 comments)

That's the wrong side of the equation. What you should say is that it won out because a bunch of suits who make purchasing decisions got behind it. Don't blame the salesman.

about a week ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

Pino Grigio Re:I hope not (508 comments)

It was just coming into favour when I left. When I was around it was Modula-2 and Eiffel (for OOP) at University. I have always found Java to be absolutely horrific in practice, being pretty much the worst of all worlds. Today C# is far superior, whatever you think about Microsoft, and it's a real shame that .NET was mishandled at birth in the way that it was.

about a week ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

Pino Grigio Re:Does it really matter ? (375 comments)

People don't like to admit it but the existence of Nuclear weapons has prevented a major conflagration between the `big powers', at least since the Korean War (MacArthur wanted to use them there, his boss didn't).

about two weeks ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

Pino Grigio Re: Jurisdiction 101 (391 comments)

I suppose it could be argued under existing anti-terrorism legislation, but then accidentally driving in a bus lane could be interpreted in that way too under these illiberal laws.

The point is though, that anyone who wanted to share or view this footage should be sectioned and locked away in a psychiatric hospital regardless.

about two weeks ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

Pino Grigio Re:Does it really matter ? (375 comments)

The UK's deterrent isn't like France's really. The US supplies most of the Trident missile system with the UK putting its own warheads on (I think we still do that, at least we used to make them at Aldermaston). The thing is it's not really an independent deterrent. The UK doesn't need US permission before using it but it's almost totally dependent on US technology to launch and maintain it. Regardless the deterrent was really only design to guarantee that the UK could completely flatten Moscow in the event of Russian aggression against the UK. I'm not too sure such a capability is all that relevant any more.

about two weeks ago
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New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

Pino Grigio Re:Cool research, strange conclusion (185 comments)

This should certainly be modded up. As usual the press release has been somewhat distorted away from any actual claims made in the paper.

about two weeks ago
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New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

Pino Grigio Re:Makes sense I guess. (185 comments)

I think that's just to do with the fact that in the past men worked themselves into an early grave and had to retire later. I think I read somewhere recently that the difference between male and female life expectancy, in the West at least, is slowly converging to approximately the same value.

about two weeks ago

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