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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

budgenator Re:Why do these people always have something to hi (330 comments)

So did Phill Jones at the Climatic Research Unit of the University of E. Anglica but that expectation of privacy didn't stop the character calling him/herself FOIA from releasing all the Emails that were required to be released by GB's Freedom of Information Act.

yesterday
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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

budgenator Re:Public Work should not be "proprietary" (330 comments)

If you put random data into Mann's formulas you always get the hockey stick? Even "random noise?" Wow, where's the citation for this? And why does he need Mann's personal emails then? It seems like he could show Mann was a liar and phony pretty easily if "random noise" reproduces the results.

The citation for random noise; also note that just because the computer programming implimentation of Mann's formulas is wrong doesn't mean the Mann's formula themselves are wrong.

Backgrounder for McIntyre and Mc Kitrick “Hockey Stick Project”January 27 2005

The GRL article, “Hockey Sticks, Principal Components and Spurious Significance”
<http://www.climate2003.com/pdfs/2004GL012750.pdf> identifies what is almost certainly a computer programming error in the principal components method used in MBH98. The error causes their PC method to nearly always identify hockey
stick shaped series as the “dominant pattern” in a data set (the so-called “first Principal Component” or PC1), even
when the data are just random numbers. We carried out 10,000 simulations in which we fed “red noise”, a form of trendless random numbers, into the MBH98 algorithm . In over 99% of the cases it produced hockey stick shaped PC1
series.

Steyn said Mann's "hockey stick" graph was fraudulent, which the above citation appears to support, Mann is suing Steyn for defamation claiming that Steyn called Mann the person a fraud, which is sufficent to allow Steyn pretty wide berth durring the discovery phase to look into Mann's professional conduct and correspondance to deduce past behaviours as part of Steyn's defense. Additionally Steyn is a journalists, and Mann is by most common standards a public figure so the rules governing libel and slander are different then for most of us peons living in anonymity.

yesterday
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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

budgenator Re:Public Work should not be "proprietary" (330 comments)

The problem wasn't that the results weren't reproducible from the data, the problem was any data reproduced the results; even random noise reproduced the results.

yesterday
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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

budgenator Re:Why do these people always have something to hi (330 comments)

Do you want all your email and documents published to the public? If not, what do you have to hide?

If your a public servant sending and receiving Emails via a publicly owned servers, while on publicly paid for time, you had better be prepared for the eventuality that everything will be made public. Sooner or later these Emails will be leaked, all it takes is one FOIA, Manning or Snowden and all your secrets are public!

yesterday
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Code Quality: Open Source vs. Proprietary

budgenator Re:Not a surprise (131 comments)

Your assuming that heartbleed was a bug and not an undocumented feature requested by a Governmental sponsor, even unwashed libertarian programing hippies have to eat.

3 days ago
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

budgenator Re:Wat? (580 comments)

I reverse-engineered the old Microsoft assembler for CP/M to give it an advanced feature it lacked and did it strictly on my own time and for my own private benefit (pre-DMCA).

Disassembling something like SSL is several orders of magnitude more involved than an assembler for CP/M, but I'll give you extra points if you remember what run #400 did.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

budgenator Re:Bullet, meet foot (574 comments)

When windows 95 upgrade came out and I migrated from windows 3.1, all went well because file-manager was still there from win3.1, then I got my first machine with win95 only and it took me two days to figure out what the start menu was.

4 days ago
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NASA To Send SpaceX Resupply Capsule To ISS Despite Technical Problems

budgenator Re:Not allowed to play with Russia (71 comments)

It was a catch-22 situation, philosophically Democrats hate the Industrial-Millitary complex, and philosophically Democrats, (like most Americans) support the troops. It's pretty hard to hurt the Industrial-Millitary complex without hurting the troops, yet NASA is a pretty good suragate for the Industrial-Millitary complex as a lot of the subcontractors are the same and no troops to worry about. Of course I'm probably giving too much credit and they really were that stupid.

5 days ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

budgenator Re:more pseudo science (856 comments)

but the study used “multi-proxy climate reconstructions” and a lot other fancy sounding phrases.

about a week ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

budgenator Re:Fuck Obamacare (722 comments)

The US really does go batshit crazy when somebody attacks us, especially when the attack is on civilians; I think something on the order of 1 or 2 thousand jihadists have been killed in Iraq and Afganistan for every casualty in 9/11. Sooner or later people will figure that messing with the US is just like kicking a hornet's nest.

about two weeks ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

budgenator Re:i pledge to you... (722 comments)

I could have signed up for a plan that paid 60/40 after a $10K deductable and actually gotten $2400.00 of the subsidy back at income tax time! That would have been a benefit, just not a healthcare benefit.

about two weeks ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

budgenator Re:IANA Physicist, So... (630 comments)

Seems like uranium would be more massive than that at the apparent volume of the projo.

about two weeks ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

budgenator Re:IANA Physicist, So... (630 comments)

Well actually in O2 + Cl2 -> 2ClO, oxygen would be the fuel and chlorine would be the oxidizer.

about two weeks ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

budgenator Re:IANA Physicist, So... (630 comments)

OK, hot, yes, but wouldn't they need something combustible to actually erupt into flame? Or what am I missing?

The answer is PV = nRT the ideal gas law, as the projectile is moving at mach 5 it compresses the air in front of it and when the temperature of the compressed air reaches about 650C it looks like fire, which is gasses at about 650C.

about two weeks ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

budgenator Re:Glitterboyz on the way (630 comments)

There is a youtube video where the weapon is initiated (fired isn't quite appropriate as there is no fire involved) and you can definitely see the barrel recoil within the gun base. The M114, 155mm howitzer firing the M107 he projectile masses at 43Kg and has a muzzle velocity of 564 m/s resulting in at least 24252 Kg*m/s of recoil; the railgun fires a 10 Kg projectile with a muzzle velocity of 2235 m/s resulting in 22350 Kg*m/s or 8% less recoil (power) than a howitzer; 1.3678128e7 J vs. 4.995225e9, but 365 times more energy.

about two weeks ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

budgenator Re:Time to add another layer of BS indirection: (469 comments)

Oh come on, this study is bogus, the artcle said it was a double-blind study, but there is noway in hell that a violinist of sufficient skill to extract from a Cremonese violin anything close to it's potential, wouldn't know a 300 year old instrument the second they picked it up; this study neither proves or disproves anything.

One difference no one talks about it that the wood in a stringed instrument "loosens" as it's played as the wood is exposed to sonic nodes and antinodes and developes it's tone; if it's hard to tell the difference between an elite modern violin and a Strad now, wait untill the modern has been played of a 1000 hours!

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

budgenator Re:Does anyone edit these posts? (245 comments)

/. editors don't edit, they just make postings visible.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

budgenator Re:Updates more likely to infringe than drivers, A (245 comments)

I'm sure when you signed the legaly binding contract to get the source code that you'd have to have to modify to compile to get the binary patch, their was a clause prohibiting you from distributing any binaries from the source or derivatives of the source.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

budgenator Re:A Terrific Opportunity (245 comments)

Most malware likes to patch the whole it got in through if only to reduce competion and preserve it's enviroment.

about two weeks ago
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Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation

budgenator Re:Stop using Youtube (306 comments)

Condidering how convoluted music rights are, your friend may have unwittingly signed away more rights than either of you realize.

about two weeks ago

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budgenator budgenator writes  |  more than 7 years ago

budgenator (254554) writes "Researchers at UNLV's Center for Energy Research Have a low/zero energy house built in the Los Vegas Area that not only doesn't have a bill for electricity used for the year, it has four months worth of credit!
Right now, Nevada Power technically owes UNLV for power it generated for the year, but while the utility acknowledges the credit, Boehm said there will be no refund check in the mail. "But they will bring it (the power bill) down to zero, except for the $6 a month access fee" for using the utility's grid
The house is a test bed for energy conservation and is highly monitored and compared to a near identical but conventional house. Researchers hope to identify the most cost-effective techniques and be able to build low/zero energy home for only 10% more than convention structures. The experiment has finished phase one with limited occupancy and is planned to be treated more like a real home in phase 2. The home used 58% less energy than the baseline home which had $200.00 a month electric bills."
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budgenator budgenator writes  |  more than 7 years ago

budgenator (254554) writes "The Register reports that Pope Benedict XVI speaking at Pontifical Academy of the Sciences, feels that science not only doesn't conflict with religion, but is in fact "Part of God's plan". Scientists are not only admonished to recognize their limitations, but the Pope feels they have a "moral obligation to accuracy"
This means avoiding needlessly alarming predictions when these are not supported by sufficient data or exceed science's actual ability to predict. But it also means avoiding the opposite, namely a silence, born of fear, in the face of genuine problems,

Others such as Mike Hulme Director, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, feels there is a "thirst for environmental drama and exaggerated rhetoric", and further writes in an Op-Ed piece for BBC News
I have found myself increasingly chastised by climate change campaigners when my public statements and lectures on climate change have not satisfied their thirst for environmental drama and exaggerated rhetoric.

It seems that it is we, the professional climate scientists, who are now the (catastrophe) sceptics. How the wheel turns. ... What has pushed the debate between climate change scientists and climate sceptics to now being between climate change scientists and climate alarmists?
furthermore Hulme says "The rhetoric of climate change catastrophe is in danger of tipping society onto a negative trajectory," Personally I agree with Hulme, it's hard for me to remain open-minded on these issue when any attempt at reasonable debate turns is flame-fest."
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budgenator budgenator writes  |  more than 7 years ago

budgenator (254554) writes "We've all chuckled to ourselves as the slashdot effect has brought a server to it's knees and wondered if the site operator made enough money on advertising impression views to counter act the down-time. One good submission to slashdot, usually in a political or ecological hot-button issue is enough to make the servers strain and the pages of comments swell past three or four hundred in what seems like a blink of an eye. What if people started doing this on purpose, to push their political agenda, in a systematic and organized manner? That's what Give Israel Your Support or GIYUS.org seeks to accomplish by enlisting 100,000 people to download and install their client software Megaphone which will alert the users to the existence of on-line polls and comment enable articles so they can voice their opinions en mass. The Register is reporting the GIYUS.org has caused the BBC to modify its polls
"The long-running BBC History Magazine poll posed the question: "Do you think holocaust denial should be made illegal in Britain?" Soon after it was targeted by Megaphone, the poll was pulled."

I have not had an opportunity to test the Megaphone software as its a Windows only solution right now; but I did notice on the GIYUS.org is that the software uses a lot of libraries with varying degrees of openness in their licenses but there is no link to any sources to share back to the community or for security audits. While this seems to be strictly legal, Captain Hook would call it "bad form". GIYUS might be afraid of opposing groups using "their" software to mobile their minions, the reality

  1. is there probably isn't much that can't be put together using the typical OSS toolkits in a matter of days or weeks,
  2. any Anti-Israeli types could use the Megaphone just as easily to disseminate their opposing views.

The generation of opinion is important as GIYUS recognizes,

Today's conflicts are won by public opinion. Now is the time to be active and voice Israel's side to the world. Now is the time to be active and voice Israel's side to the world.
" What happens when an issue has to melt servers to be considered topical, and social networking sites explode into flame-wars and news site opinion polls get hammered into the dirt? Is this a proper use of the Internet or have they created the new Internet version of WMD? On the lighter side, we could all get free hosting, Google Ad-Sense and learn to use words and terms like "nigger-jews" "kikes" then report ourselves to GIYUS.org to generate some traffic!"
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budgenator budgenator writes  |  more than 7 years ago

budgenator writes "We've all chuckled to ourselves as the slashdot effect has brought a server to it's knees and wondered if the site operator made enough money on advertising impression views to counter act the down-time. One good submission to slashdot, usually in a political or ecological hot-button issue is enough to make the servers strain and the pages of comments swell past three or four hundred in what seems like a blink of an eye. What if people started doing this on purpose, to push their political agenda, in a systematic and organized manner? That's what Give Israel Your Support or GIYUS.org seeks to accomplish by enlisting 100,000 people to download and install their client software Megaphone which will alert their users to the existence of on-line polls and comment enable articles so they can voice their opinions en mass. The Register is reporting the GIYUS.org has caused the BBC to modify its polls "The long-running BBC History Magazine poll posed the question: "Do you think holocaust denial should be made illegal in Britain?" Soon after it was targeted by Megaphone, the poll was pulled." Is this a proper use of the internet or have they created the a new internet version of WMD? Seems like the organisation does expect this to become an arms race because while the software uses a lot of OSS parts, the source code seems to be held back."

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Mental Masturbation and Reality

budgenator budgenator writes  |  more than 3 years ago

New Scientist has just publish a massive op-ed series Special report: Living in denial, which I honestly find offensive.

Whatever they are denying, denial movements have much in common with one another, not least the use of similar tactics (see "How to be a denialist"). All set themselves up as courageous underdogs fighting a corrupt elite engaged in a conspiracy to suppress the truth or foist a malicious lie on ordinary people. This conspiracy is usually claimed to be promoting a sinister agenda: the nanny state, takeover of the world economy, government power over individuals, financial gain, atheism. Living in denial: Why sensible people reject the truth

My reply to the "New Scientist"
We are not the underdogs here, we are the people who are going to pay the U$trillions in taxes, fees and cost increases and try to survive in a drastically altered economic world. People are starving to death right now, many more are surviving only because of the charitable goodwill of people in the industrialized countries. When it gets to the point that I have to choose between feeding myself or someone who was born in a third world country, well I'm sorry about their luck. When climatology was just Ivory Tower mental masturbation, it was OK that the degree of certainty was on the dodgy side, now that we are talking about trillions of dollars and lives of millions, the certainty required of your data and conclusions from it go up dramatically. You are coming to me with your hand out, you have the burden of proof and you have to convince me to my standards, not yours; and calling me pejoratives doesn't enhance your chances .

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Global warming's fatalities

budgenator budgenator writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Even though Global Warming is so last year in the English speaking world, not everyone is so up to date on the latest fashions and fads and they still worry about it. But this is just tragic on multiple levels.

Argentines Francisco Lotero, 56, and Miriam Coletti, 23, shot their children before killing themselves after making an apparent suicide pact over fears about global warming. Their son Francisco, two, died instantly after being hit in the back. But their unnamed daughter cheated death after the bullet from her dad's handgun missed her vital organs. Paramedics rushed her to hospital covered in blood when police alerted by worried neighbours discovered the massacre three days later.
Baby girl survives after being shot in the chest in parents' 'global warming suicide pact'

I hope Jones, Hansen, and Mann sleep well at night oblivious to the effects their cooked data and fear-mongering is having on gullible and physiologically fragile people

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The Consensus on AGW

budgenator budgenator writes  |  more than 4 years ago

2. The CRU e-mails as published on the internet provide prima facie evidence of determined and co-ordinated refusals to comply with honourable scientific traditions and freedom of information law. The principle that scientists should be willing to expose their ideas and results to independent testing and replication by others, which requires the open exchange of data, procedures and materials, is vital. The lack of compliance has been confirmed by the findings of the Information Commissioner. This extends well beyond the CRU itself - most of the e-mails were exchanged with researchers in a number of other international institutions who are also involved in the formulation of the IPCC's conclusions on climate change. ...
proxy reconstructions are the basis for the conclusion that 20th century warming is unprecedented. Published reconstructions may represent only a part of the raw data available and may be sensitive to the choices made and the statistical techniques used. Different choices, omissions or statistical processes may lead to different conclusions. This possibility was evidently the reason behind some of the (rejected) requests for further information.Memorandum submitted by the Institute of Physics (CRU 39)

The IOP is a scientific charity with 36,000 members worldwide whose values are "... to demonstrate integrity, objectivity and rigour; a clear drive to benefit society; and the strongest commitment to physics." for a society such as this to have sent this memo to the British parliament is particularly damning to the climate science establishment. I hate to say it but the field of Climatology is so FUBARed that the most reasonable answer is to write-off the $3-4 billion spent on research to date and start over.

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Warmest January in 32 years!

budgenator budgenator writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Yes that's right, January 2010 is the warmest in the past 32 years as measured by AMSR-E sea surface temperatures from NASAâ(TM)s Aqua satellite. Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. reports that "The global-average lower tropospheric temperature anomaly soared to +0.72 deg. C in January, 2010. This is the warmest January in the 32-year satellite-based data record." and that's from good satellite data not Ratty old ground station data. If it get any warmer we're going to freeze to death.

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New perl to the Biosphere

budgenator budgenator writes  |  more than 4 years ago

After decades of slowly increasing temperature and increasing CO2, our planet has responded by increasing its Net Primary Production, NPP by 6% (3.4 petagrams of carbon over 18 years, 42% of that increase occured in the Amazon river basin. This increase has been measured by NASA with the SeaWiFS instrument aboard the Seastar satellite . Now our planet is as lush as it has ever been since the end of the medieval warm period. All this could change, it appears that the planet may have stopped warming for the last decade, the PDO is either changing into a cool phase or very due to which could easily start a cooling trend. If that happens, the biosphere could take a serious hit as the planet cools and the cooler oceans absorbs atmospheric CO2.
Even now in Florida Iguanas are falling out of the trees, stunned by the cold and Manatees are huddling around power plant discharges for warmth, In the shallow ocean reefs of the Florida Keys the devastation to the coral is worse than it was in 1977 when it snowed in Miami and the first coral species made it's way to the federal endangered species list.

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How do Climatologists Measure Average Station Temperatures?

budgenator budgenator writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Yes I am one of those people who constantly ask those stupid questions and frequently I get stupid answers in return. When you get a stupid answer it's normally because you've asked how do we know something that everyone just automatically assumes we know and in reality we don't know. So what is the daily temperature?

If I were tasked with producing an average temperature to represent a given day for official records, I would take either a continuous strip record of the temperatures (best technique) or take numerous discrete measurements such as every 15 minutes and average them together. I think if you asked a 7th grade science classes to come up with a number to represent a whole day's temperature, they would quickly come to a consensus to use a very similar method; and most reasonable people assume the this is how professional meteorologists do it. This professional meteorological data then is used by the professional Climatologists.

  When you ask most people this they go to a table or a website and give you a number and
then report for example, BLACKSBURG VA, on Dec 21, 2008 the average temperature was 29 degrees F, but was it?

Definitions for the data Preliminary Climate Data(Form F-6) define

Maximum temperature. This is the highest temperature (F) recorded for the calendar day.(42 in this case),
Minimum temperature. This is the lowest temperature (F) recorded for the calendar day. (16 in this case) and ,
Average temperature. The sum of the previous two columns, divided by 2, and rounded, gives the value for this column.

This means while we are assuming that the dataset was rich and the reported average consisted of an average of 24-96 data-points per day, they are in fact using two! The main problem is while every day has a maximum and a minimum, they are not equally spaced. It may make sense if the minimum and maximum temperatures were 12 hours apart and the transition from one to the other was gradual, however in my neck of the woods temperatures can and often do change quite abruptly when storm fronts move into and out of the area. Because the "average" they use in the US is not representative of the reality on the ground, any subsequent use of the data taints that product as well.

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Missing link in global warming found!

budgenator budgenator writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Like many I've found that Anthropogenic caused global warming to be a bit too easy, and the leap from contributing factor to causality to be across a chasm a bit too wide. Researcher Henrik Svensmark's* work on cosmic rays seeding low cloud formation seems to suggest the the influence of the solar magnetosphere in shielding the Earth from cosmic rays and the clouds they form is 1.2 watts per square meter compared to the 1.4 watts per square meter attributed to man-made CO2.

The Danish scientists put together several well-established scientific phenomena to arrive at their novel 1996 theory. The sun's magnetic field deflects some of the cosmic rays that penetrate the Earth's atmosphere, and in so doing it also limits the immense amounts of ions and free electrons that the cosmic rays produce. But something had changed in the 20th century: The sun's magnetic field more than doubled in strength, deflecting an extraordinary number of rays. Could the diminution of cosmic rays this century have limited the formation of clouds, making the Earth warmer? reported Lawrence Solomon, in The sun moves climate change

interestingly this would mean that those who are proposing seeding sulfur oxides in the atmosphere to generate clouds would be merely replacing what the solar magnetosphere is blocking.

*Henrik Svensmark is director of the Centre for Sun-Climate Research at the Danish Space Research Institute (DSRI). Previously, Dr. Svensmark was head of the sunclimate group at DSRI. He has held post doctoral positions in physics at University California Berkeley, Nordic Institute of Theoretical Physics, and the Niels Bohr Institute. In 1997, Dr Svensmark received the Knud Hojgaard Anniversary Research Prize and in 2001 the Energy-E2 Research Prize.

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No electric bill in a year!

budgenator budgenator writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Well it's not really that good, but researches at UNLV's Center for Energy Research Have a low/zero energy house built in the Los Vegas Area that not only doesn't have a bill for electricity used for the year, it has four months worth of credit!

Right now, Nevada Power technically owes UNLV for power it generated for the year, but while the utility acknowledges the credit, Boehm said there will be no refund check in the mail.

"But they will bring it (the power bill) down to zero, except for the $6 a month access fee" for using the utility's grid, Boehm said.

The house is a test bed for energy conservation and has everything and the kitchen sink for energy conservation where it is highly monitored and compared to a near identical but conventional house. Researchers hope to identify the most cost-effective techniques and be able to build low/zero energy home for 10% than convention structures. The experiment has finished phase one with limited occupancy and is planned to be treated more like a real home, presently the home used 58% less energy than a traditional home and more can be squeezed out used conventional conservation methods such as CFL lighting.

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Pejorative scientific terminology denounced by the Pope

budgenator budgenator writes  |  more than 7 years ago

The Register reports that Pope Benedict XVI speaking at Pontifical Academy of the Sciences, feels that science not only doesn't conflict with religion, but is in fact "Part of God's plan". Scientists are not only admonished to recognize their limitations, but the Pope feels they have a "moral obligation to accuracy"

This means avoiding needlessly alarming predictions when these are not supported by sufficient data or exceed science's actual ability to predict. But it also means avoiding the opposite, namely a silence, born of fear, in the face of genuine problems,

Others such as Mike Hulme Director, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, feels there is a "thirst for environmental drama and exaggerated rhetoric", and further writes in an Op-Ed piece for BBC News

I have found myself increasingly chastised by climate change campaigners when my public statements and lectures on climate change have not satisfied their thirst for environmental drama and exaggerated rhetoric.

It seems that it is we, the professional climate scientists, who are now the (catastrophe) sceptics. How the wheel turns. ... What has pushed the debate between climate change scientists and climate sceptics to now being between climate change scientists and climate alarmists?

furthermore Hulme says "The rhetoric of climate change catastrophe is in danger of tipping society onto a negative trajectory," Personally I agree with Hulme, it's hard for me to remain open-minded on these issue when any attempt at reasonable debate turns is flame-fest.

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Chummer, here phishey, phishey phisey

budgenator budgenator writes  |  more than 7 years ago

The other day I found a phishing spam in my Gmail account's spam folder. While it's getting rare to get a phishing spam and have the phishing site still operating, this one was. So like many of us curiosity got the better of me and I saved the source code for the web page, and wondered how difficult it would be to write a Perl script to send data to the phishing site. Well the answer is with a few module like LWP, HTTP and DBI from cpan it takes about a 120 lines of well formated legible code, (or 20 as the camel walks). Using a database I already had the little script takes random first and last names, addresses, randomly generated SSNs, passwords, Mother's maiden name etc. and sends it to any website I want it to, even my own!

I named my little script chummer, after the guy who throws fish guts off the boat to attract predators to the people who hold the fishing poles; then it occurred to me that chum was also pretty good at attracting bugs. So now the big question is, If I fall prey the the highly satisfying urge to fill phishing sites up with a couple gigabytes of well formed but bad data using my little test script, Am I breaking the law; and if I am is anyone likely to care?

Does anyone thing I should generalize the program to be more analytical and possibly configure itself to send data to send data to any web application maybe using XML configuration files as part of a general purpose web application testing suite?

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The New Internet Version of WMD

budgenator budgenator writes  |  more than 7 years ago

We've all chuckled to ourselves as the slashdot effect has brought a server to it's knees and wondered if the site operator made enough money on advertising impression views to counter act the down-time. One good submission to slashdot, usually in a political or ecological hot-button issue is enough to make the servers strain and the pages of comments swell past three or four hundred in what seems like a blink of an eye. What if people started doing this on purpose, to push their political agenda, in a systematic and organized manner? That's what Give Israel Your Support or GIYUS.org seeks to accomplish by enlisting 100,000 people to download and install their client software Megaphone which will alert the users to the existence of on-line polls and comment enable articles so they can voice their opinions en mass. The Register is reporting the GIYUS.org has caused the BBC to modify its polls

"The long-running BBC History Magazine poll posed the question: "Do you think holocaust denial should be made illegal in Britain?" Soon after it was targeted by Megaphone, the poll was pulled."

I have not had an opportunity to test the Megaphone software as its a Windows only solution right now; but I did notice on the GIYUS.org is that the software uses a lot of libraries with varying degrees of openness in their licenses but there is no link to any sources to share back to the community or for security audits. While this seems to be strictly legal, Captain Hook would call it "bad form". GIYUS might be afraid of opposing groups using "their" software to mobile their minions, the reality

  1. is there probably isn't much that can't be put together using the typical OSS toolkits in a matter of days or weeks,
  2. any Anti-Israeli types could use the Megaphone just as easily to disseminate their opposing views.

The generation of opinion is important as GIYUS recognizes,

Today's conflicts are won by public opinion. Now is the time to be active and voice Israel's side to the world. Now is the time to be active and voice Israel's side to the world.

" What happens when an issue has to melt servers to be considered topical, and social networking sites explode into flame-wars and news site opinion polls get hammered into the dirt? Is this a proper use of the Internet or have they created the new Internet version of WMD? On the lighter side, we could all get free hosting, Google Ad-Sense and learn to use words and terms like "nigger-jews" "kikes" then report ourselves to GIYUS.org to generate some traffic!

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Metamods on crack! Comments invited!

budgenator budgenator writes  |  more than 9 years ago

In a story about a ground based telescope, have 10X the resolution of the hubble space telescope,
jrockway (229604) posted Meh. We spent $80 billion to go kill people (erm, I mean get oil. oh I mean liberate the people! that's it!) in Iraq... what's $10 billion to help people understand the Universe?
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which I moderated as Troll and was voted Unfair. Why a troll? Because he posted a purely politicaly slam against the US in a scientific thread. In the future, I'm going to only mod one comment in each thread so that if I'm voted unfair in metamod, I can reply to the unmoderated post. I've been getting mod points twice a week sometimes so obviously I've got karma to burn. Might be interesting to see how many unfairs get moded to +3 insightful.

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Big-ass meteor

budgenator budgenator writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Last week on july 17 at approx 10pm EDT, I saw the most awesome meteor of my life. I'm used to seeing meteors as a pin-point source of light moving in the sky, but this was nothing like that. This meteor had a shape to it, it was cigar shaped and about as long as a 1cm would appear head at arm's length. In about a half second it crossed 30 degrees of sky and left a visible smoke trail!

Actualy I was very surprised that it was soundless, I've spent the last week scanning the papers and internet for reports of other sitings or UFO reports but have found nothing.

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moderation maina

budgenator budgenator writes  |  more than 10 years ago

As anyone can see by my user number, 254554, I've been on slashdot for quite a while. Originaly moderation duties was something I took very seriously, and didn't happen very often either. after a couple of +5 posts, I got mod points about once a month. Now however I'm getting mod points about once a week; thats a lot of work to do properly. It almost seems that the effort to moderate well is greater than the effort that the editors put into editing.

Also I think that everone should have at least one journal entry with comments enabled, especial if they have no email on slashdot; so a message can be left that might be a little too offtopic for a normal thead.

  I've often thought about putting some of the people that have posted stuff that's really pissed me off on my enemies list, then haunt their postings for things that can be modded down, which would burn off some excess karma and get my mod points back down to a reasonable level, or is that what everybody else is doing?

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Sung to "Big Yellow Taxi"

budgenator budgenator writes  |  more than 10 years ago

"Dont' it seem if you're SCO, you don't know what you've bought or you sold;

They sued IBM and were turned into a Parking Lot."

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Could a new Email client help fight spam?

budgenator budgenator writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I've been thinking about Email Clients and spam alot lately, spam has been very topical lately.
mostly I'm thinking that an Email client that
1. only down loads header on first connect
  a.checks the headers against known open-relays
  b. maintains a database of know "spam" IP addresses for simple statistical analysis
  c. makes sure that the FROM, REPLY-TO, and BOUNCE fields are the same as the originating domain.
  d. do some baysian filtering
2. maintains a whitelist of friends and business associates for priority handling
3. alows the mesage to be deleted from the pop server without downloading the body of the Email
4. de-CGIifes the image tags
5. randomly bounces a few questionables and request a resend to confirm its from a human being.

stopping a few spams that sneak through the existing systems would realy give the spammers fits because the get such a pathetic response on their campaines.
  it shouldn't be to hard to do, just cut and paste from some open-source projects could get a prototype up for testing pretty quick.

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Global warming hoax

budgenator budgenator writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I've often found all of the glum and doom prophecies about the increasing CO2 levels in the atmosphere to be a bit unbelieveble. Finally I decided to do a bunch of googling for reputable website about the role of CO2 in the atmosphere and global warming. The results are interesting, currently a program called MODTRAN is the best software for modeling the effects of GHG, Green House Gasses, on Infrared transmission through the atmosphere. This software was developed for the DOD to aid in IR sattelite imagery. It shows the CO2 has the most effect from 0 to 10 ppm and the increased effect falls off rapidly. Very little increase in IR absorbtion is shown when CO2 is varied between 100ppm and 1000ppm, we are presently at the ~360ppm level. In short I still see only the vaguest relationship between the increase in CO2 levels and global warming.

Other gasses like Methane, and Nitrous Oxide, have much more potent effects on heat retention of the planet; but significant natural mechanisms exist to remove these gasses from the atmosphere. The halogenated hydrocarbons have an extremely potent effect on heat retention, but we have decided to allow the usage of the worst of these in third world countries that have the least ability to properly handle them.

If people are really worried about global warming the single most effective thing that could be done is to return to ammonia based refrigerant systems, followed by agressive reduction of hydrocarbon emmisions, not worrying about CO2

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Will it really be a war?

budgenator budgenator writes  |  more than 11 years ago

As Retired US Military and former NBC Defense NCO, Nuclear.Biological and Chemical ware fare defense Non-Commissioned Officer, no one understands better all of the pros and cons of the impending conflict.

Firstly my friends, family, and former associates will likely be placed in harms way. Even if nothing else happens, many will be exposed to indigenous bacteria, viruses and other parasites for which they have no natural immunity, however there will be accidents, the mere intensity of military operations will insure it. They will be exposed to both Friendly-fire accidents and enemy fire.

Secondly there really is nothing to be gained for us. If we needed to raid for more oil Mexico would be more profitable for us. If we needed to get Macho and depose a dictator wouldn't our neighbor Cuba with their President Castro fill the bill in a more convienient manner? A military operation will be expensive both monitarily and in intermational ill-will.

So why will it happen? Because it's not a war, it's a hostage rescue that's why. Saddam Hussein is primarily holding the Iraqis hostage and along with them the United States and the rest of the world. Hussein as a child was a chicken thief who went caught will kill the chicken rather than be forced to return it to its rightfull owner.

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moderation in moderation

budgenator budgenator writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I've noticed that the slashdot community has gotten a lot more eclectic over the years. in the old days all most everybody used some kind of *nix. Now we have a lot more Windows users, and some of the religious wars have shifted so I'm making a greater effort to be more moderate in moderation than before.

Also I've noticed that moderation is happening a lot quicker than before. I find it strange that I can go into a topic from the front page that list say 9 comments and find that some are already modded to +5 and most of the flakey stuff is already -1.

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