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Ask Slashdot: Most Efficient, Worthwhile Charity?

Talla Amnesty (570 comments)

I've come to the conclusion that the best long term charity is Amnesty International. Sure, feeding the hungry saves more people in the short run, but I believe that democracy and freedom of speech is the only way to stop hunger and famine to return to the same areas again and again.

more than 2 years ago
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WikiLeaks Nominated For 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

Talla Re:Century (495 comments)

No, he got it because Torbjorn Jagland really likes being in the spotlight. Unfortunately he's not very good at politics, so he practically got kicked out of the important spots in the Labor party when they lost big after a period with him as prime minister. Getting the most powerful man in the world to visit Norway was an excellent alternative way to get attention. The way he sucked up to Obama in the Norwegian news media was just sickening to watch.

more than 3 years ago
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Greenland Ice Sheet Melts At Record Rate In 2010

Talla Re:Big Deal (654 comments)

Greenland isn't melting. The icesheet is ablating. Just because its average temp during the summer is 3C above "normal" (whatever that is) does not mean that the average temp is not 20-30C below freezing.

You are clearly just making your "facts" up. We know for certain that the ice is melting because of simple observable things like rivers and ice sliding into the ocean. The average temperature is well above 0 most places on Greenland during the summer months. If the temperature is on average 3C higher than normal, even more ice will melt during those months.

more than 3 years ago
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Our Lazy Solar Dynamo — Hello Dalton Minimum?

Talla Re:The things that must never be said... (571 comments)

They should have a FAQ List, just like the one that exists for every proposed solution to defeating spam mail.

In case you're not being sarcastic: there are tons of them, all you/they have to do to find them is tell Google to show you a list.

more than 3 years ago
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Our Lazy Solar Dynamo — Hello Dalton Minimum?

Talla Re:I see the Al Gore haters are out. (571 comments)

One of the best reasoned papers on this was penned by Burt Rutan, If you are only a casual follower of AGW I challenge you to read this and see things from one of the disbelievers points of view.

I agree this presentation works best if you don't spend too much time reading up on the science, because if you did you'd know how bad his arguments really are. They are fairly generic, and among the worst and most easily countered generic arguments the denialist camp has to offer. A google search for "generic denialist arguments" would be enough. Despite what denialist want to believe, proper scientists knows about these things and account for them.

more than 3 years ago
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Global Warming's Silver Lining For the Arctic Rim

Talla Re:Gulf Stream (582 comments)

It's not the temperature change itself that can stop the Gulf stream, but a large flood of fresh water from melting glaciers. Especially if the water piles up in large dams (much larger than the ones we've seen in Iceland) that burst suddenly, it will change the salinity level a lot in a short time.

more than 3 years ago
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Humans Will Need Two Earths By 2030

Talla Re:Shameless self promotion (738 comments)

Who's going to pay for the production and distribution of all this easily available food? I doubt those who pay for it now will, considering you're going to give it to somebody else. Also, the people in charge in these countries are a product of their society. They're corrupt because the whole society is corrupt. Take away one and another just as corrupt person will replace him.

more than 3 years ago
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Humans Will Need Two Earths By 2030

Talla Re:Bull (738 comments)

Of course, the fishing will end when there is no more fish to catch. Unfortunately, when this has happened in more local areas the stock has taken 20-40 years to recover, or not recovered at all (like some species of whale). In the mean time we will have to stop eating fish completely, which most likely means overtaxing other resources even more.

more than 3 years ago
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Proving 0.999... Is Equal To 1

Talla Re:I went one further (1260 comments)

Wooho, aren't you clever. If you want to make fun of my misspellings, at least have the courtesy to misspell it the same way.

Anyway, it's not an arbitrary low number, it's a number that's always lower than whatever number you can come up with, making it impossible to reach, and thus infinitely low. It's the same concept, and the reason you pretend it's an abitrary number is that it breaks with the definitions you want to believe makes sense.

more than 3 years ago
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Proving 0.999... Is Equal To 1

Talla Re:I went one further (1260 comments)

Then you're also defining 1/(1/infinity) as division by zero. You can of course do that, but you can just as well say that it means 1/infinitly low number=infinitly high number. Either way it's just a definition you agree to.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Warriors, Not Geeks, Run US Cyber Command Posts

Talla Re:That's as it should be (483 comments)

The big questions are military: who is the enemy? What are they trying to accomplish?

Like when they thought they were under attack by Iraq, and it turned out to be three teenagers from California and Israel? Sounds to me like they could use a few proper geeks to help them out with the computer stuff...

more than 3 years ago
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Hawking Picks Physics Over God For Big Bang

Talla Re:Who's on first? (1328 comments)

I always thought it was a metaphor

If course it was, this is just a clarification to stop religious extremists from being able to pretend that he supports their god. What I find really interesting in the article is that he supports M-theory. It may be old news, but I wasn't aware of it.

more than 3 years ago
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Believing You Are Very Good Or Evil Boosts Your Physical Capabilities

Talla Re:Playing your alignment? (192 comments)

> I hate to go all Godwin on you, but isn't the best example of evil in the past 100 years a perfect example of 'lawful evil'?

No, that's an example of a few lawful evil making the laws and a lot of lawful neutral following them.

more than 3 years ago
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Best Solutions For Massive Home Hard Drive Storage?

Talla Re:Define "massive" (609 comments)

> How much data constitutes "massive"?

From the way he asks and what he will be using it for I would guess 10-20TB.

more than 4 years ago
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Don't Talk To Aliens, Warns Stephen Hawking

Talla Re:His Master's Voice (1015 comments)

What I don't understand is why people think we have any resources here that they couldn't get much easier closer to home. If they have technology advanced enough to get here, they can already make anything the Earth can supply.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Seating Arrangement For a Team of Developers?

Talla Re:Ask your team (520 comments)

Unless different teams consist of different individuals with different preferences, in which case an arrangement that can make one group very productive can make others miserable...

more than 4 years ago
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Where the Global Warming Data Is

Talla Re:Geopolitical Consequences of Global Warming (1011 comments)

> GDP isn't a measure of wealth, it's a measure of productivity.

Yeah, right. My country's (Norway) GDP PP is extremely high because we have oil, not because the 50% of the population that's not on welfare is so extremely productive.

more than 4 years ago

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