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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

bunratty Re:Are we so in thrall to our fossil fuel overlord (338 comments)

According to the story yesterday, we should triple the energy we get from renewables and nuclear. I don't think that's going to take the whole world back to the stone age. It sounds like developing more advanced technology and engineering to me.

2 days ago
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

bunratty Re:Climate Engineering (338 comments)

If you want to leave the Earth alone, why not just reduce the amount of fossil fuels we're burning?

2 days ago
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

bunratty Re:What if we overcorrect? (338 comments)

Every climatologist I know of agrees we've caused a significant amount of warming. 98% of them agree we've caused most of the warming. The skeptics think that we've caused less than half, although a significant amount. It would help your case very much if you post some evidence to back up your claims. What climatologists are suggesting that we haven't caused a significant amount of warming?

2 days ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

bunratty Re:When is the "UN" not the United Nations? (423 comments)

The only thing I'm trying to get across to him is that it isn't up to anyone to convince him to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. If he wants us not to try to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, HE has to convince THEM (governments worldwide) not to do it. That's what happened, for example, with CFCs and sulfur emissions decades ago -- governments agrees to cut emissions, and they did. We don't have to go around convincing the non-believers. Good thing, too.

2 days ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

bunratty Re:When is the "UN" not the United Nations? (423 comments)

I didn't claim the world agrees on the basis of a report produced by 12 people. I said it because governments around the world agree that we should limit the warming due to burning fossil fuels to 2 degrees Celsius.

At the very heart of the response to climate change, however, lies the need to reduce emissions. In 2010, governments agreed that emissions need to be reduced so that global temperature increases are limited to below 2 degrees Celsius.

You haven't been paying attention to the news at all, have you? Global warming is mentioned all the time, as is the widespread agreement to limit it by reducing carbon dioxide emissions by burning fewer fossil fuels.

2 days ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

bunratty Re:When is the "UN" not the United Nations? (423 comments)

I'm not trying to prove or convince you of anything. I'm just stating the facts. We (governments around the world) have agreed to cut carbon dioxide emissions. If you think we shouldn't, you're the one that's going to have to do the convincing.

3 days ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

bunratty Re:When is the "UN" not the United Nations? (423 comments)

Who said anything about freaking out? All we need to do is get more energy from non-fossil fuel sources. It's mostly about building new electric power plants, so it's not like we need your permission anyway.

3 days ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

bunratty Re:The Emperor Has No Data (423 comments)

Considering that the climate varies according to natural variation such as solar output and volcanic eruptions, both of which we cannot predict, I don't think it's surprising that we can't predict climate exactly, especially over the short term. And just because we can't predict climate exactly doesn't mean the predictions are worthless. That's a false dichotomy.

3 days ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

bunratty Re:Yeah I'm still not really buying this stuff. (423 comments)

I'd agree with you if it was just one study. But there have been hundreds of studies (starting in 1896), and they nearly all agree that doubling the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will warm the planet by 2 degrees Celsius or more. And we've observed the temperature rise nearly 1 degree Celsius with a rise in CO2 from 280 to 400 ppm, which appears to confirm those studies.

3 days ago
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'weev' Conviction Vacated

bunratty Re:Interesting (147 comments)

I read that as saying that it's often the right thing to do to break the law. On the other hand, you can't expect no legal consequences because you did the right thing.

5 days ago
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'weev' Conviction Vacated

bunratty Re:Interesting (147 comments)

You need to be very careful when doing security research. To expose a flaw in a security system, you often need to break the law, unless you have prior permission to expose flaws in a particular system. When I took Halderman's security class, he warned us that any student who broke the law would automatically get an F in his class.

5 days ago
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Why Are We Made of Matter?

bunratty Re:Something From Nothing. (392 comments)

It's way worse than that. There's a video of someone asking astronomy graduates from an Ivy League university what causes the phases of the moon and the seasons, and most cannot answer. What most people do is choose a belief, then actively look only for confirmation of that belief, even if it's an obviously lame excuse to desperately cling to that belief -- they act with willful ignorance. The Doobie brothers say it best -- see my signature.

about two weeks ago
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Why Are We Made of Matter?

bunratty Re:Something From Nothing. (392 comments)

Actually, the big bang theory simply says that the universe started in a hot, dense state and expanded into a cold, sparse state. It doesn't even try to explain how the universe came to be in that hot, dense state. It is similar to how evolution does not even try to explain how life started, just how species evolve once they exist.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

bunratty Re:RIP argument of authority (1036 comments)

But also there's lots of misinformation on the Internet. Some people go around looking for evidence to back up what they already believe, and they can often find a BS argument or just downright lies that support their beliefs. If you want to remain willfully ignorant, the Internet can help with that, too. Look at the copious "evidence" of chemtrails or reptilians or that AGW is a conspiracy for example.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

bunratty Re:The internet does what? (1036 comments)

Two words: false dichotomy. Notice the difference between "I don't believe in God," and "I believe there is no God."

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

bunratty Re:Knowledge (1036 comments)

The article explains in detail that correlation does not imply causation. But you're saying that correlation implies non-causation, which is even more incorrect. Correlation is evidence of causation of some sort. For example, it may be that technological advancements caused both the decline in piracy and global warming. Watercraft powered by fossil fuels led to a decline in sailing vessels, which could have caused a decline in piracy. And burning fossil fuels led to an increase in greenhouse gases which cause warming.

about two weeks ago

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How well do our climate models match our observations?

bunratty bunratty writes  |  about 2 months ago

bunratty (545641) writes "According to recent articles by Roy Spencer and John Christy, our climate models have done a poor job of predicting warming due to humans burning fossil fuels. They claim that we've observed only a fraction of the warming they predict. But when I look at the source they claim to use, the State of the Climate in 2012, I see that it shows a warming of 0.7 degrees Celsius worldwide since 1980, close to the 0.8 degrees Celsius warming predicted by the climate models. Take a look at the data for yourself. How well do our predictions match our observations?"
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Firefox 3 Beta 5 Released

bunratty bunratty writes  |  about 6 years ago

bunratty (545641) writes "Firefox 3 Beta 5 was released today. This last beta release sports performance-boosting improved connection parallelism. Not only has "the memory leak" been fixed: Firefox now uses less memory than other browsers according to Mozilla developers as well as CyberNet and The Browser World. As for the Acid3 test, Firefox 3 Beta 5 scores only 71/100 compared to 75/100 for Safari 3.1 and 79/100 for the latest Opera 9.5 snapshot. The final release of Firefox 3 is expected in June."

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