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UN To Create Independent Panel To Review IPCC

UltraAyla Re:Asking the fox to guard the hen house (342 comments)

There actually are independent scientists, and as the CRU emails show, they have been disparaged and shut up at every possible point.

Yes, because as we all know, a single case study always generalizes to the whole. I think it's ridiculous that people who are criticizing science are being so unscientific themselves.

As someone who has worked a great deal on climate change issues, I want to respect skepticism in the scientific process because it *usually* is very healthy. In this case though, so much of the skepticism is fueled by political bias that I believe it's become, for the most part, unhealthy for the science. That said, I understand your criticism of the CRU emails. It made me mad too, but it has been blown out of proportion. If you look at the IPCC reports, many of the studies the CRU scientists were criticizing were actually included. These guys had some power in the discourse, but not as much as people attribute to them.

more than 4 years ago
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Russians Claim More Climate Data Was Manipulated

UltraAyla Re:Why Are We Deferring to an Economic Organizatio (715 comments)

So, I would like to add something here. I think that a blanket release of the raw data could be problematic, but am for a data release. Even as someone with a degree that covers environmental sciences, economics, and statistics, I am not qualified to make a true analysis of this data and neither are 99% of the people who would attempt it, then claim one thing or the other. However, I am in support of the release of the data. Withholding data understandably engenders mistrust and releasing it would help, but I think that it should be released to a broad group of people who are agreed to have enough expertise to analyze the data.

This isn't to create some elite walled garden, but to give the science and data the respect they need in order to tell us anything. I feel like if the release was made to a broad enough group, and specifically a group of people with no history of weighing in on climate change, it should quell a lot of concerns about who is allowed to interpret the data.

Finally, thanks for making a real post with genuine concerns about the data instead of simply screaming hysteria like so many have on this data release without attempting to understand the context of the release.

more than 4 years ago
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B&N Nook Successfully Opened

UltraAyla Re:Someone else who wants somethign for nothing (275 comments)

Yes, so you allow free internet usage... up to a point, or for certain things. Then you charge. Doesn't that sound like any reasonable plan? Instead...

Solution: Don't buy one. It's not like these are life and death matters here where you can somehow morally justify stealing something.

more than 4 years ago
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Climatic Research Unit Hacked, Files Leaked

UltraAyla Re:RealClimate has a big reply on this (882 comments)

If you'd read further into the RealClimate article, you'd understand that the "trick" is normalization by instrument to understand each instrument's own bias and factor it in. Trick doesn't mean something to fool you here - it's a solution to an issue they were seeing in their data. The RealClimate post also mentions that the scientists who collected the data from 1961 onward in that case recommended not using that data.

more than 4 years ago
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Lawmakers Caught Again By File-Sharing Software

UltraAyla Re:Connections (203 comments)

You bring up a very good point - Lobbyists are one of the primary sources of information, but it is their job to be biased. While Congress (for us US people) has many agencies to give them expert analyses of important legislation, this analysis comes after a bill is written, and the agencies don't generally make recommendations for how to make changes that are good for the country. Additionally, these agencies are frequently limited by their mandates in how broad their analysis can be, so they are often incomplete or one-sided.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Computers Suck At Math

UltraAyla Re:What?! (626 comments)

GP was saying they should have done this to start with, not that they should go back and do this. But this software should go back anyway - it's broken.

more than 4 years ago
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Towards a Permission-Based Web

UltraAyla Re:we care (230 comments)

I think you hit it on the nose here. There can't be an expectation of openness and portability on phones right now. It just doesn't exist since it's all about sales and profit and lock-in. But I would like to point out that TFA (or at least TFS :) - this is slashdot, after all) seems to make the point that it shouldn't be this way, and that how we buy affects whether it is or not. I will not buy an iphone for this reason - I want more control than that. But like you said, I have no expectation of any market shift anytime soon or some nice ability to move my apps between devices.

more than 4 years ago
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How To Enter Equations Quickly In Class?

UltraAyla Infty Editor (823 comments)

I used Infty Editor in my classes - I think it's based on LaTeX but, it was pretty quick. I didn't use it to take notes in realtime though, so I can't tell you how successful that would be. http://www.inftyproject.org/en/software.html

more than 3 years ago
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New Optomechanical Crystal Allows Confinement of Light and Sound

UltraAyla Re:Could this be related? (91 comments)

My thoughts exactly. I know almost nothing about the actual deep physics of these, but my first thought with this was to entangle it with another one and make an ansible. mmmmm.

more than 4 years ago
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Car Glass Rules Could Impair Cell, GPS and Radio Signals In CA

UltraAyla Re:! surprising (762 comments)

quoting gp: "At least there's a benefit for shareholders in the scary corporation scenario."

S/he suggested that nothing beneficial comes from government. I listed some benefits of government. I've known plenty of people who've forgotten those. I said nothing about government not screwing anything up.

more than 4 years ago
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Car Glass Rules Could Impair Cell, GPS and Radio Signals In CA

UltraAyla Re:I think I've heard this before....listen up (762 comments)

I totally agree. The government does all sorts of things that I and others disagree with, but I was sticking to government work that most people would define as pure benefits (in responding to the previous comment).

Thanks for taking a shot at my intelligence. It really degraded your argument, which I was already inclined to agree with.

more than 4 years ago
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Car Glass Rules Could Impair Cell, GPS and Radio Signals In CA

UltraAyla Re:! surprising (762 comments)

yes, because roads, schools, and police aren't beneficial at all. grow up.

more than 4 years ago
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EPA To Reuse Toxic Sites For Renewable Energy

UltraAyla Re:Superfund (183 comments)

There's a big difference between getting them to a "pristine state" and merely getting them to be non-carcinogenic though. I really wouldn't mind the latter.

more than 4 years ago
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Court To Scammer, "Give Up Your House Or Go To Jail"

UltraAyla Re:Not really... (152 comments)

Hey, California has enough problems without you giving us Las Vegas!

more than 4 years ago
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California Publishes Television Efficiency Standards For 2011

UltraAyla Re:Counterpoints (265 comments)

Higher cost. Seriously...

doubtful. Efficiency regulations have a long history of saving consumers money. Even if it costs 10% more, which is unlikely, you're going to save a significant amount of money in its usage and easily recoup that cost over the lifetime of the product. Most efficiency regulations save consumers money rather than cost them money.

more than 4 years ago
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Astronomers Search For the Calmest Place On Earth

UltraAyla Re:Miles? (231 comments)

How many Libraries of Congress in a furlong?

more than 4 years ago
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Spammers Use Holes In Democrats.org Security

UltraAyla Re:OK, come on (129 comments)

Why should I pay for a program that claims I'm ineligible to receive benefits? That's like being forced to pay Microsoft for Windows 7, but they never bother to send it to me.

You could have received benefits (and it sounds like you did) during the period of time after termination of work that the government is financially able to help you. That period is now over. It's not a flaw in the program - if more money is paid into the program, they can fund more people for longer. Many people contend it's short in order to force people back into the workforce - that doesn't work as well in a recession, which is why the benefits were extended in February. It's simple.

And also you're confusing Republicans with Libertarians. The "L" party supports repealing everything, but the R party supports safety-net style programs such as Welfare, Food Stamps, Unemployment, SCHIP, et cetera.

I never said Republicans. I said conservatives. You're talking about fiscal conservativism, which both Republicans and Libertarians generally subscribe to. I know plenty of Republicans, and even a few Libertarians, that support these programs.

If I can't even get an unemployment check, how am I supposed to get help if I have breast cancer? If that govt program runs like the unemployment program, then I'll fill-out a lengthy time-consuming form just to be told I'm "ineligible" for help. Government-run monopolies are crap. Look at the bankrupt post office and amtrak for obvious examples.

Damn it, we're not talking about healthcare right now. I'm not trying to prove to you that big government and a public option are better. All I'm saying is don't use a program then whine about how it expired and refuse to pay into it. It's hypocritical asshattery. If you want to say smaller government is better, then fine. I disagree but won't argue with you on that since it's a deeply rooted ideology for us both that won't change in a slashdot discussion and because it's not the discussion we were having.

more than 4 years ago
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Spammers Use Holes In Democrats.org Security

UltraAyla Re:Not really a hole, more like open barn door (129 comments)

Solution: Use the website to fill up the sysadmin's box with requests that s/he add a captcha - that'll do it for sure! Right? Right?

more than 4 years ago
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Spammers Use Holes In Democrats.org Security

UltraAyla Re:OK, come on (129 comments)

My goodness. I believe the reason you can't collect benefits is because most states only provide unemployment insurance for 6 months after the termination of employment. That might not be entirely correct, but it's some period of time. Secondly, The "government compassion" you're whining about was actually doubled in the stimulus bill. The bill vastly expanded unemployment benefits both in terms of length of time, amount of money provided, and tax breaks for the unemployed. See http://employeeissues.com/blog/arra-unemployment-assistance/

There's your frickin' government compassion. And now you want to refuse to pay into it? Conservatives who utilize government services then complain about how they shouldn't exist at all kill me. Either advocate for smaller government OR take the benefits. Don't do both. I just can't believe it. This is the type of crap that brings our country down.

more than 4 years ago

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How to Build the Web 2.0 Presidency

UltraAyla UltraAyla writes  |  more than 5 years ago

UltraAyla (828879) writes "With the announcement that Predident-Elect Obama will record his weekly address as a YouTube video to be posted at Change.gov, questions arise of how an Internet fueled candidacy based in part on a platform of government openness can begin to use technology to make government transparent. My question for Slashdot is: aside from popular Slashdot policies such as Net Neutrality, how do you think government (either in the United States or elsewhere) can best utilize technology to engage the public and make government more transparent and accessible to the people?"
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700 Mhz Spectrum Winners: Verizon, AT&T, Front

UltraAyla UltraAyla writes  |  more than 6 years ago

UltraAyla writes "WIRED is reporting on the winners of the record-breaking FCC wireless spectrum auction that closed yesterday. Verizon and AT&T took the largest blocks of the spectrum (with Verizon taking most of the C-block). Google's highly publicized (at least on Slashdot) bid for part of the spectrum did not win. From the article:

AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless, the nation's two biggest cell phone carriers, bid a combined $16 billion of the record $19.6 billion pledged in the auction, according to an AP analysis of the results. Verizon Wireless bid $9.4 billion while AT&T Inc. bid $6.6 billion. The results raised concern that the auction had failed to attract any new competitors to the cellular telephone market to challenge the dominant carriers.
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Senate Committee Votes to Expand TV Ratings Techno

UltraAyla UltraAyla writes  |  more than 6 years ago

UltraAyla writes "WIRED is reporting that the Senate Commerce Committee voted on Thursday to advance the Child Safe Viewing Act to the Senate floor. From the article:

The Federal Communications Commission shall consider advanced blocking technologies that — 1. may be appropriate across a wide variety of distribution platforms, including wired, wireless, and Internet platforms; 2. may be appropriate across a wide variety of devices capable of transmitting or receiving video or audio programming


The article points out that "it's not clear how any filtering technology could work with the explosion of video-sharing sites like YouTube, the amount of content that isn't created by American companies.""

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UltraAyla UltraAyla writes  |  more than 7 years ago

UltraAyla writes "NTP's patent suits seem to have attracted the attention of Oren Tavory, a man who claims to have worked on a project with NTP founder Thomas Campana back in 1991. From the article: "In September, Tavory filed a lawsuit against NTP in U.S. District Court in Richmond, Va., demanding that a judge issue a court order naming him as co-inventor on seven NTP patents, and accusing NTP of copyright infringement and unjust enrichment.""

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