Big Bang Breakthrough Team Back-Pedals On Major Result
BICEP2 were a bunch of young upstarts
You got that right. And the tender egos of the Planck team got hurt by the "young upstarts" outdoing them. Awww, how sad.
Fact is, the BICEP2 team got the result and published in a leading journal. The team hardly backtracked at all. For more on this, see the blog post by Lubos Motl: "BICEP2 gets published in PRL".
It is pathetic how established scientists try to protect their egos from "young upstarts".
Battlefield 4 Banned In China
Their civilian resistance effort also went down in legend
Indeed, “legend” is the correct term. Many of the most active members of the French Resistance were Jewish, who therefore had little to lose. Their names were changed from obviously-Jewish ones to more French ones, when the history was later written.
Object Lessons: Evan Booth's Post-Checkpoint Airport Weapons
the [shoe bomber] was totally set up to fail from the very beginning and his 'bomb' was virtually fake
Do you have references for that?
Largest and Most Intense Tropical Cyclone On Record Hits the Philippines
Typhoon Ida (1958) had sustained winds of 200mph. That means that the energy in its winds was about 5% greater than the energy in the 195mph winds of Typhoon Haiyan (squaring speed to get approximate wind energy).
The Mile Markers of Moore's Law Are Meaningless
Moore's law has been superseded by Koomey's law:
the number of computations per joule of energy dissipated has been doubling approximately every 1.6 years.
Koomey's law seems to hold well.
Yahoo Censors Tumblr Porn
For a good discussion of this, see the following post at Eros blog:
Eros reported on this back in May, and here has a good discussion of the evasions and falsehoods from Yahoo!
Tennessee Official: Water Complaints Could be "Act of Terrorism"
“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety)....”
NASA Scientist: Heat Waves Really Are From Global Warming
Moderators, I am the author of the above comment that has been moderated "Troll"; the moderation was apparently done on the basis of replying comments. I ask you to check what my comment said, before moderating it as troll.
Here is what the Slashdot summary said.
the paper says, that scientists can claim with near certainty that events like the Texas heat wave last year, the Russian heat wave of 2010 and the European heat wave of 2003 would not have happened without the planetary warming caused by the human release of greenhouse gases.
It ought to be clear from this that the Russian heat wave, in particular, is being blamed on putative global warming. Now, check the three links in my comment to confirm that they do indeed say exactly what my comment claims. The second link requires a password or subscription; here is an alternative link, from the American Geophysical Union (which publishes the journal):
You can confirm that the quote supplied in my comment is taken from that link.
The real trolls are the commenters who claimed that I was misquoting or misrepresenting. My comment is not a troll, and it should be moderated fairly.
I think that it says something about the current global warming debate that an accurate critical comment such as mine is moderated troll while blatantly false criticisms of my comment get moderated up to 5.
NASA Scientist: Heat Waves Really Are From Global Warming
Yet more scaremongering from the statistically-incompetent Jim Hansen. Regarding the heat wave in Russia, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a press release entitled "Natural Variability Main Culprit of Deadly Russian Heat Wave That Killed Thousands"; the press release is based on a paper that was published in Geophysical Research Letters. Another paper, published in the same journal, concluded that "the heat wave falls within the realm of natural variability ... [and] appears not to be the product of long-term climate changes". Also, some researchers in Germany analyzed the data and published a paper, entitled "Large scale flow and the long-lasting blocking high over Russia", which says that the heat wave "appears as a result of natural atmospheric variability".
In short, the claim about Russia is false. The claim about the European summer of 2003 is also debunked. (I am not familiar with Texas.) And why does Hansen not mention extreme cold recently in Alaska?—is that also due to global warming? Bad weather has always existed.
Erasing Details Of Bad Memories
Suicides in the military are most commonly due to domestic personal matters: the soldier's spouse being unfaithful back home.
Why Bad Jobs (or No Jobs) Happen To Good Workers
a lot of employers won’t accept applications from people who are currently unemployed
That was the most startling part of the article, for me. Why are employers so strong in that? How should employers be persuaded to change?
More Plans For UK Internet Snooping Bill Revealed In Queen's Speech
The link in TFS to El Reg is missing. It should be http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/05/09/queen_speech_ccdp/
Nokia Faces Class-Action Suit Over Windows Phone Deal
Microsoft had a great reason to fear, and to conquer, Nokia: the Nokia N900. The N900 was arguably the best device ever: a full computer in a mobile form factor. It just needed some polishing of the user interface. Had the polishing been done, Nokia could have been on top of the smartphone market.
With the planned successors to the N900, people would no longer need separate phones and computers. They would just have their Nokia N900-successor, carrying that with them all the time. At home, or in the office, they would attach a keyboard wirelessly and plug in a screen--and there is their computer. This would have led to a revolution in the way both computers and phones are considered.
The N900 ran Linux. So the N900 was a vector for getting rid of Windows. Microsoft saw the threat, presumably, and moved to destroy it.
Quantum Random Numbers
Some way to generate random numbers is really important, for certain applications. Intel's next generation of CPUs, based on Ivy Bridge and due out within a month, addresses that. The CPUs support a new instruction: RdRand. RdRand generates random numbers based on noise in the hardware. For almost all purposes, it should be adequate.
NATO Awards Largest Cyber-Security Contract To Date
We don't know it's a bullshit contract until we have the name of the contractor to research some background (please include those details in the summary in future). I'm admitting that I haven't RTFA, but as soon as I read headlines like these I want to research the contractor.
I am the story submitter. The contractors are Finmeccanica and Northrop Grumman. Some research background is given in the last link in the summary.
Doctorow: the Coming War On General-Purpose Computing
The first half of the twentieth century was dominated by the war against fascism. The second half of the twentieth century was dominated by the war against communism. We are now engaged in a third great war: where governments try to gain total monitoring capabilities—where everything everyone does and says is monitored.
The goal will be to have everything tracked and recorded. The technology will certainly exist, and governments will certainly try to deploy it. And most people will acquiesce. Because the governments are doing it "to protect the children", or "to stop terrorism". Or maybe it will be done just for convenience (e.g. portions of the Internet now require a Google account—and having a Google account now requires giving Google your phone number). Just remember, "if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear".
This war will last decades, like the first two. The outcome is anyone's guess.
America's Turn From Science, a Danger For Democracy
Quoting the grandparent:
"Over and over, we read of hidden, manipulated, and cherry-picked data, refusals to abide with having outsiders vet their work, and allowing naked advocacy into the IPCC reports on climate change as if they were peer-reviewed science. "
Yes indeed. And anyone who claims otherwise--such as the parent--is either ignorant or dishonest. Here are some sources, but it feels unfair to only list these few.
The Hockey Stick Illusion (book about the "hockey stick")
The Delinquent Teenager (book about IPCC being infiltrated by extreme advocates)
"Understanding Climategate's hidden decline" (article about "hide the decline")
Watts Up With That? (leading blog)
Letter to the Science and Technology Committee (on fraud)
"World's Most Relaxing Music" Composed
Thanks for this!
Emergent Gravity Disproved
Lubo Motl has some additional, supportive, thoughts on his blog:
Once more: gravity is not an entropic force
Linus Renames 2.6.40 Kernel To Linux 3.0, Announces Release Candidate
Linus should have waited until 2.6.42.
Even Google knows that 42 is the "answer to life, the universe, and everything"
Sara Chan has no journal entries.