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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

PortHaven No...no...no... (630 comments)

Everyone is not getting it....

It is not global warming, CO2, solar output, it is planar sinking!!!

You see, the earth orbits the sun on an eliptical path. (Yes, everyone is exclaiming we know that.) Okay, but there is also an elevation to that. And clearly, the earth's elevation has sunk, and this results in the northern hemisphere receiving a greater share of the sun's output and the southern hemisphere less. All of our favorite snowflakes have decided it is just getting to warm in the Arctic and have begun a global migration south toward the Anarctic.

Downward Frost Migration

about a week ago
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Amazon's Plan To Storm the Cable Industry's Castle

PortHaven Re:The GAzN Network (85 comments)

Right, so I'd much prefer to be the product at $20/month than to be the commodity at $150/month

about two weeks ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

PortHaven Re:REALLY??? (427 comments)

No, translation....

You're telling me it's hotter than ever, based on your assignment of modern temperature collecting methods

about two weeks ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

PortHaven Re:REALLY??? (427 comments)

Right, but it's been a couple years of record breaking cold around much of the world.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

PortHaven I don't know... (471 comments)

It might be nice to be able to just look at my wrist to check the time, rather than always having to yank out my cell phone.

about two weeks ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

PortHaven Um....DUMB? (368 comments)

$2,000,000,000

Divided by $100,000,000 million in profits. Means what, a 20 year return on investment?

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That said, it could eliminate the whole GPL issue. Microsoft has lawyers in abundance.

about two weeks ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

PortHaven REALLY??? (427 comments)

Well, this was the coldest summer in my memory. I don't think I've ever experienced 50 degree weather in July/August (and I used to live further north).

Oh, this is just localized. Except, wow...I've got friends over in Europe experiencing the same. Okay, perhaps it is just the northern hemisphere of Earth. I haven't checked with my Aussie and S. American friends as to whether this year was warmer or colder for them.

But if this is in fact the highest CO2, and one of the warmest global temperature years. Something is very lacking on the observable real anectdotal evidence. And yes, folks dismiss anecdotal evidence. But if anecdotal evidence is in fact in conflict with your theory. You should pause and reconsider. If you say, penguins can't fly, and suddenly see a penguin fly.....it's time to pause and re-analyze and assess whether you've discovered a new type of penguin or whether your premise is not globally valid. Perhaps one must revise to "most penguins" don't fly.

Now granted, we have not discovered any flying penguins. But we've found a lot of equivalent questionables in regards to Global Warming claims. Enough that I think there needs to be some honest re-evaluation.

about two weeks ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

PortHaven Re:Meanwhile in the real world... (427 comments)

Well, when you're talking 1-2 degrees over a century. 0.2% is an EXTREMELY significant change.

about two weeks ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

PortHaven Re:Meanwhile in the real world... (427 comments)

Odd because, well, most folks (and I mean across the globe) that I know have been lauding some rather cold weather. We've seen hundred and even thousand year old records broken.

Maybe we don't necessarily agree that the temperature recordings are accurate, or rather they're accurate, but that modern satellite records (which are fairly recent and new) have not been properly synced with historical temperature records. A simple fact of which puts all models into question.

The fact that models have largely and universally failed at prediction would cause any respector of science to contemplate whether they have made an incorrect assumption - unless you've got ego or money in the boat.

about two weeks ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

PortHaven Wait....um...ya...it's Joe vs CO2 (427 comments)

Okay, so we cut back CO2 production, snazzy, snazzy. And yet now we're having the highest ever.

OR

Could it be that we're having one of the highest levels of volcanic and tectonic activity? I mean how many volcanoes are ablowing? Yellowstone aglowing? Who's aknowing? Perhaps we'll reduce CO2 only to go BOOM!

TROLOL

about two weeks ago
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Under the Apple Hype Machine, Amazon Drops Fire Phone Price To 99 Cents

PortHaven Phire Phone (134 comments)

I'd have so bought it if....

a) Expandable Memory Card

[Yes gimmick sold me on it.]

b) Replaceable battery
c) Front facing speakers (ala M8, which I'd have bought if it had a replaceable battery)

about two weeks ago
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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

PortHaven Seems the Solution is Simple (354 comments)

Though will take a bit of time...

Mojang, implements an API service into the Minecraft Server.
Mojang, has developers modify the Bukkit code to no longer access the decompiled-reverse engineered server code, but rather the server's public API calls.

Now, Bukkit has been decoupled from the server. And is no longer in violation of GPL, and all of the contributions are not GPL valid. Problem solved.

Granted this takes, time, coders, and $$$.

about two weeks ago
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Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

PortHaven Two simple solutions (253 comments)

1) Phone warranties must be equivalent to celluar contract. In other words, 2 year phone contract. Phone must have a 2 year warranty. 80% of the problems just got solved.

2) Accidental Damage policies, if phone is insured against accidental damage, then device is replaced OR xxx amount is applied toward a replacement or refurb model.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's Plan To Storm the Cable Industry's Castle

PortHaven The GAzN Network (85 comments)

The Google Amazon Netflix Network - seriously, this is what they should do. They should basically, form a pact, get a few other big companies like Facebook. Then start popping out internet access points locally. Dump those billions into cabling and internet towers. By-pass Comcast/Verizon completely. And watch Comcast's worst nightmare.

Googe+Amazon+Netflix+Facebook = majority draw

Google and Amazon already have a lot of fiber. How much such a coalition earn from $20/home broadband?

about three weeks ago
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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

PortHaven 3DTV (197 comments)

I love 3DTV....

The problem is content....often you can find a blu-ray of a movie on sale for $12.99, but then they want $35 for the 3D version. 3D should be priced at $5 more than the regular versions. And get the same sales. That would do wonders.

Passive 3D is great....lightweight....tons of fun.

about a month ago
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Extracting Audio From Visual Information

PortHaven Now that's a bit disturbing.... (142 comments)

Puts the potato chip bag back into his lunch bag.

(How much did DHS pay for this research?)

about a month and a half ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

PortHaven Strange... (552 comments)

I remember 100+ degree days in Connecticut in the late 80's and 90's. Now I am much further south in Pennsylvania and rarely recall such days. So yes it is hard for me to believe that this is the hottest of all.

(And yes, I understand weather is not climate, but I am pretty sure this post is insinuating weather is climate so STFU.)

about 2 months ago
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Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines

PortHaven Wait.... (149 comments)

I thought I read somewhere that it was 10,000,000 kbps, or was it 10gbps?

about 2 months ago

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Adobe launches AIR, open-sources the Flex SDK

PortHaven PortHaven writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PortHaven writes "Today Adobe launched several products and initiatives:

- AIR, Adobe's integrated runtime environment which brings Flash to the desktop has gone live.
http://www.adobe.com/products/air/

- The release of Flex 3,and the Eclipse based Flex Builder 3, were launched! Along with the new release, Adobe's Flex SDK has also gone open-source. Adobe has launched a new website in support of the Flex SDK, BlazeDS & Tamarin.

Definitely an exciting day for many of us RIA developers."
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1-ton ROUS found...

PortHaven PortHaven writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PortHaven writes "The fossilized remains of a rodent measuring nearly 3 meters and weighing approx. 1 ton has been discovered.

The scientists believe the rodent, named Josephoartigasia monesi, roamed the earth about four million years ago...obviously readers of "The Princess Bride" know that these large rodents of unusual size continued to exist until the late 1800's in select regions of the world.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/01/16/super.rat/index.html"

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One million doses of vaccine recalled

PortHaven PortHaven writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PortHaven writes "Today on CNN.com a recall of one million doses of vaccines. The doses were not properly sterilized and could pose a risk of infection.

Recently, there was a post on Slashdot regarding YouTube videos containing misinformation on the dangers of vaccines.

While I agreed that most of the information put out is misinformed, outdated, or fear-mongering. I expressed concern that while the vaccines by design might be safe, there may be bad batches from the manufacturing process. Those seeming to suffer such ailments from vaccinations may have received a batch of subpar quality. A scientific study may show the vaccine to be safe when manufactured properly, while not taking into account the affect of poor quality batches.

However, even expressing such concerns on Slashdot easily gets one labeled as being anti-science. I am far from being an anti-vaccine advocate but I am also aware of modern day manufacturing processes and failure rates. Numerous studies have shown that manufacturing processes tend result in a portion being defective or of sub-par quality (be it chemical testing standards, Snickers bars, or Xboxes) — so how is it unscientific to point to this as a valid concern regarding vaccinations."

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PortHaven PortHaven writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PortHaven writes "Just received a notice from Comcast regarding future rate hikes. Essentially, Comcast is trying to force all it's broadband subscribers to use their TV service.

The rates were as follows:

$39.95 internet+TV
$49.95 internet only ($39.95+$10 additional fee)

The new rates for 2007 are as follows:

$42.95 internet+TV
$59.95 internet only

There is nearly a 40% cost difference if you decide not to subscribe to Comcast's TV. Yes, it is common to offer discounts for bundled services but Comcast has gone way beyond a mere bundle discount. The new pricing scheme is akin to McDonald's announcing that you can no longer buy a hamburger unless you also buy a coke and fries. Everyone understands the concept of the value meal. Buy a #1 and save 70 cents on your big mac, fries and coke. But what Comcast is doing is charging $7 for a #1 value meal. And if you just want to buy a big mac charging you the same $7.

Essentially, this pricing is designed to prevent customer from moving to alternatives. Now any difference in savings you'd gain by using satellite TV + cable internet is lost because there is now a $20 surchage. Presently, my household does not own a TV or subscribe to TV service instead we utilize Netflix and iTunes. The only real alternative to cable broadband is DSL. However, the telephone companies require you to have a landline (approx. $20). I, like many others in the younger generations have found no need for a landline (our cell phones do quite nicely) nor for TV service.

It appears I have no choice but to choose one or the other if I want broadband internet access. It's Monopoly! Do you choose to land on Boardwalk or Park Place?"

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