Rolgar (556636) writes "On Tuesday, we read that Peter Gleick admitted had leaked insider documents from the Heartland Institute, including one particularly damning document that the Heartland Institute claims is a fake. Today, admitted skeptic Robert Tracinski is claiming that IT forensics prove Gleick is the liar, and this was an attempt by Gleick to recreate a mirror of the email leak from last year back at the other side.
Because of Gleick's position at the Pacific Institute, Tracinski calls into question the credibility of the entire Global Warming movement, saying he was not a lone wolf acting alone, but he is a leader of the movement who previously was considered very creditable, but now he has sacrificed that credibility to try to score points playing politics instead of maintaining credibility.
In related news (linked to by Tracinski, links to related articles within), scientists who had recently claimed in the Wall Street Journal that climate change is not settled, have responded to a single response to their initial column claiming further evidence that carbon dioxide's effect is overestimated in every model, and that over the past two decades, the IPC has released three predictions, each one lower than the last, and none doing a very good job of predicting where temperatures were headed, if carbon dioxide is the dominate cause of temperature that is claimed.
As a mild skeptic, I could understand last year's claims that scientists didn't have time to respond to every open records claim by denialists, when a 20 minute request would take weeks or even months to respond to, preventing the scientists from doing real work. This however looks like a very stupid or desperate move, and makes me think that barring an amazingly accurate run of predictions by the scientists and their models, this debate is going to be decided for the denialists because the models, and therefore, causes of the last century's warming aren't correct." Link to Original Source top
Rolgar (556636) writes "Looking specifically at biology research, two researchers have found that more competitive fields have more errors in data reporting. One important difference between the competitive and non-competitive fields would be that in competitive fields, the scientist is under pressure to to be first, and therefore has an incentive to make the data fit the conclusion, where the non-competitive scientist has more time to complete the research properly. The researchers of this study claim 'Interactions of highly popular proteins tend to be confirmed by high-throughput experiments at much lower frequency than interactions of un-popular proteins.' Surely, competitors would have incentive to replicate and disprove a competitor's experiment, in case the the work was done incorrectly or reported fraudulently. Instead, one foreseeable result could yeild that this leads to a culture of fudging the results of the current study to match those of a previous studies, building a consensus based on series of bad experiments, as some claim is the case with climate studies. This again points to the need for openness in science, but also should call for more diligence about independent confirmation of research results." top
Rolgar (556636) writes "Tom's Hardware reports that the recently announced Windows 7 mode, that will support software written for Windows XP, will 'require virtualization technologies in recent processors such as Intel VT and AMD-V.' The article continues by explaining that many current Intel processors don't have VT support, and detailing which ones do and don't. Considering the Vista capable class action lawsuit, if this causes confusion or disgust for users of Windows 7 this fall, will the fallout hit Microsoft, Intel, or Dell, HP and other vendors if this isn't accurately communicated to buyers before acquiring a new machine?" top
Rolgar (556636) writes "Bob Cringely suspects that Google is partnering with electric utility companies to install fiber to the home as part of their PowerMeter project, bypassing the need to acquire rights to run cable and hire local people to lay their own lines. Maybe the day of competition that will bring high speed internet to everyone is around the corner after all." top
Rolgar (556636) writes "Microsoft has decided to push back the date they will stop sales of new copies of Windows XP, both OEM and retail, from January 30th to June 30th. This will give customers the option of choosing Windows XP after they've had a chance to see what Vista SP1 brings." Link to Original Source top
Rolgar (556636) writes "Cringely says that IBM has begun massive layoffs in a quiet manner, starting with 1300 employees, but by the end of the year, the total will rise to at least 100,000 and probably closer to 150,000 employees, nearly 40% of their U.S. workforce. Some people will be temporarily retained as contractors at a fraction of their salary, and eventually, IBM will also dump many of the unprofitable customer contracts worked on by Global Services or outsource the work to Asia. If these people are looking for work, that could seriously drop wages for technical workers in the US since they will have to compete with these people for available jobs." top
Rolgar (556636) writes "This week, Bob Cringely states that since the Apple TV will be an always on device (unless you unplug it) with a 40GB hard drive, Apple will distribute content to Apple TVs for every ISP, and then use centrally controlled P2P sharing on those Apple TVs to distribute the content to the rest of the owners of the Apple TV, cutting their own bandwidth costs and providing video faster to the consumers. The ISPs will incur higher (essentially free) bandwidth locally, possibly lose some subscribers to cable TV, but have fewer costs through the Tier II Internet backbone providers, which I suspect would possibly undercut the Apple and Google's need to worry about net neutrality for video. Bob also expects that Google will be involved with their fiber network and advertising expertise, and I suspect that they'll bundle in YouTube content as well and maybe Google has worked out a way to distribute YouTube video to PCs through this network. Bob suspects that they won't get around to announcing the full details of this plan until they hit a half million units or more, and that this Apple and Google pairing will become the equivalent of a cable TV provider with almost none of the infrastructure costs, and that eventually the real HD revolution will come from Apple and Google." top
Rolgar (556636) writes "At launch, you could easily acquire a Wii, at least when compared to the other console launches in the past year. Now, at least in some locations, its near impossible to get your hands on one, as one blogger reports it. So, when will you be able to walk in and buy one at the counter. February? July? Next Christmas? 2008?"