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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

bunratty Re:Gentlemen, start your engines. (700 comments)

I went on to watch a debate between Denning and Roy Spencer. I found Spencer's talk to be intriguing, but too optimistic:
1) He says that by his calculations, climate sensitivity is about 1.3 degrees Celsius, and could be lower. But he doesn't mention is could be higher, also.
2) He says that there has been no warming in the past decade or so, but doesn't address recent sea level rise and ice melt that does indicate warming.
3) He says he believes carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will not triple and may not even double, but offers no reasoning to support his beliefs.
The truth is that no one knows exactly what will happen, and Dr. Spencer could turn out to be right. But he gives no reason to be so optimistic. He just is. What if he's wrong? I remain skeptical of his beliefs.

2 days ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

bunratty Re:Gentlemen, start your engines. (700 comments)

Bottom line... stop pretending global warming isn't a problem. Propose what to do about it, or others will propose solutions you don't like.

4 days ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

bunratty Re:Gentlemen, start your engines. (700 comments)

About your signature... I thought a Heartland Institute video would be good for a laugh, but it is actually very informative. It should be a wake up call for millions of people.

4 days ago
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Cosmologists Show Negative Mass Could Exist In Our Universe

bunratty Re:The crackpot cosmology "theory" Du Jour (214 comments)

Science is about generating hypotheses, then determining which are incorrect. Many things we take for granted in science now sounded too fantastic to believe when they were proposed. Quantum physics, plate tectonics, and ulcers caused by h. pylori are three examples that come to mind. On the other hand, you shouldn't blindly believe any new hypothesis just because you like it -- you should demand evidence before you accept a new idea.

about a week ago
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Elite Group of Researchers Rule Scientific Publishing

bunratty Re:This (123 comments)

Why? It would take only one scientist to falsify AGW. All we need now is the evidence.

about two weeks ago
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Elite Group of Researchers Rule Scientific Publishing

bunratty Re:Kinda minimizes "consensus", doesn't it? (123 comments)

All that stuff in science textbooks has been the consensus of scientists for years. How else are you going to decide what to put in a textbook beside consensus? Just put in your textbook things you would like to believe are true?

about two weeks ago
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Today In Year-based Computer Errors: Draft Notices Sent To Men Born In the 1800s

bunratty Re:dmv (205 comments)

The problem seems to be with drivers who were born between 1893 and 1897. If the DMV existed with computerized records in 1960, these people would have been in their sixties and probably still have drivers licenses. Apparently their records are still in the system.

about two weeks ago
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India's National Informatics Centre Forged Google SSL Certificates

bunratty Re:So SSL is nothing more than an honor system? (107 comments)

Everything is nothing more than an honor system. You trust the operating system to accept only the password you chose when someone tries to log in to your account. You trust the compiler not to secretly install backdoors into software. You trust the hardware manufacturers not to implement secret knocks to allow backdoor access. You trust your browser to handle SSL certificates appropriately. If you don't like it, you can build your own hardware and software from scratch and feel safe in the knowledge that it's secure. That is, if you trust that you didn't make a mistake.

about two weeks ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

bunratty Re:"...technological paths available..." (389 comments)

I don't think they have agreed it's the most cost-effective solution. I think the bottom line is that they agree that the effects of a warming of 2 degrees Celsius are so bad that we should try hard to avert it. We don't have the technology to remove enough carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to meet that goal, so the only option is to reduce emissions. Now, if you have a better idea, please speak up!

about two weeks ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

bunratty Re:"...technological paths available..." (389 comments)

Governments around the world have agreed that we need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. That's the plan. If you have a better plan, write to your government and let them know what it is.

about two weeks ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

bunratty Re:Plant Trees (389 comments)

We're putting 30 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year. At that rate, every person on Earth would be responsible for creating nearly 5 tons of tree each year to eat up all that carbon dioxide. I don't think there's enough space on land for that, even if everyone could plant trees that fast.

about two weeks ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

bunratty Re:I live in Montana. I'm looking forward to it. (389 comments)

"They" didn't change "it". Global warming means exactly what it sounds like it means: the Earth is getting warmer on average. Climate change means all of the associated changes in the climate that go along with increased temperatures, such as increased drought in areas that are prone to drought. And you're right that global warming doesn't mean that it will get warmer everywhere, because at first some places will become cooler. However, as global warming progresses, it will eventually be hotter on each place on Earth than it was in the early 1900s.

about two weeks ago
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Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

bunratty Re:Modern Day Anti-Evolutionists (497 comments)

What predictions would those be? I've seen the temperature rise, the sea levels rise, and ice in the Arctic, the Antarctic, and Greenland melt. Those were all predicted before they occurred.

about two weeks ago
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Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

bunratty Re:Modern Day Anti-Evolutionists (497 comments)

You're assuming that reducing carbon dioxide emissions will necessarily "hobble the economy". I've never seen a coherent explanation of why that would be the case. Could you explain?

about two weeks ago
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Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

bunratty Re:It *isn't* that well understood (497 comments)

No, the point of reducing carbon dioxide emissions is absolutely not to halt all climate change. We couldn't do such a thing if we tried! The problem is the rate of change of climate. We want to reduce our effect on the climate so it isn't changing as rapidly. If it changes more slowly, we can adapt to the change much more easily.

about two weeks ago
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Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

bunratty Re:Modern Day Anti-Evolutionists (497 comments)

The whole point of my post was to see all of this horrible misinformation in favor of AGW being spread regularly, and it has uncovered... nothing. I just don't know what the deniers are even ranting about these days. Their arguments are just gibberish.

about two weeks ago
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Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

bunratty Re:Modern Day Anti-Evolutionists (497 comments)

No, I'm not being thick. I was expecting actual misinformation such as "volcanoes produce more carbon dioxide than fossil fuels", "Antarctic ice is not melting", "the planet's temperature is not increasing", "the warming is due to increased solar output" and so on. If you ask me, the misinformation is coming from the other side, you know, the one that doesn't have actual evidence on their side so they need to fabricate it.

As for your "short period of time" claim, I did not see a date in the first article you posted, and it also provides no time frame for when the prediction holds. How you could consider that to be a prediction already proved incorrect, much less misinformation, is beyond me.

about two weeks ago

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How well do our climate models match our observations?

bunratty bunratty writes  |  about 5 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  |  more than 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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