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After Silk Road 2.0 Shutdown, Rival Dark Net Markets Grow Quickly

bunratty Re:No kidding (86 comments)

Well, all those jail cells aren't just going to fill themselves up, are they?

about two weeks ago
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Meet the 36 People Who Run Wikipedia

bunratty Re:What's wrong with hierarchy? (140 comments)

It's pretty easy to verify what speech on Wikipedia is accurate. All information should be verifiable by checking a reliable source. If you find information in Wikipedia where no source is given and you think it may be incorrect, put in a [citation needed] tag. If no one adds a citation, anyone is free to remove the information.

Of course, many people who bitch about Wikipedia and how it doesn't work complain that their edits were undone, often because they added information without a reliable source for verification. You can't please everyone. Either you set a bar to clear to get your edits in and people complain that their edits are undone, or you let everyone add anything and people complain that too much information is inaccurate.

about three weeks ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

bunratty Re:My two cents (695 comments)

So CO2 doesn't acidify the oceans?

about a month ago
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Drupal Fixes Highly Critical SQL Injection Flaw

bunratty Heh (54 comments)

The flaw lies in an API that is specifically designed to help prevent against SQL injection attacks.

You had one job!

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

bunratty Speakeasy Speed Test (294 comments)

I've used the Speakeasy Speed Test in the past. I'm currently on a T1 connection and just got a reading of 1.5 Mbps upload and download speed, which is right on the money.

about a month and a half ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

bunratty Re:phase change (295 comments)

I don't know about you, but when I boil water, I bring it to a boil, to nearly 100 degrees Celsius. I don't let it all evaporate away!

about 1 month ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

bunratty Re:we get it (295 comments)

Yes, people breathing creates carbon dioxide and plants use it. But you know digging up fossil fuels and burning them creates GREENHOUSE GASSES that cause WARMING, don't you?

about 1 month ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

bunratty Re:we get it (295 comments)

Nice strawman. It's not about "the world ending" or "higher taxes" or "world government" at all. I don't know how you people twist a bit of warming into crap like that. We're burning fossil fuels, creating carbon dioxide, which is a greenhouse gas, and it's causing warmer temperatures. Those warmer temperatures will cause economic losses, so to cut our losses we should cut carbon dioxide emissions by generating electricity from non-fossil fuel sources.

about 1 month ago
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

bunratty Re:12kW/day? (268 comments)

I shall have you know, sir, that there is no such unit as a cubic story. The proper term is cubic story squared! Good day, sir!

about 2 months ago
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

bunratty Re:47 square yards? (268 comments)

I think he converted 40 square meters to 47 square yards, which is fairly reasonable. But then he really goofed and called it 47 yards square, which is something completely different altogether -- something that is a square with 47 yards per side!

about 2 months ago
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

bunratty Re:12kW/day? (268 comments)

3 editors, but they spend only 12 editor-seconds per story.

about 2 months ago
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South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early

bunratty Re:don't really like that term (169 comments)

Isn't that a problem with all energy sources? Speaking more realistically, fossil fuels will run out in hundreds of years and solar will last billions. Which would you bet the future on?

about 2 months ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

bunratty Re:Two new deniers are born... (207 comments)

Nope. Antarctic ice is melting, at an accelerating rate no less. You are referring to the temporary sea ice that forms each winter. The ice melting off the land makes the ocean less salty, and fresher water freezes at a higher temperature than saltier water. But even though there is a bit more sea ice in the winter, the overall effect is that the ice is melting at an accelerating rate. Yeah, those pesky facts, huh?

about 2 months ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

bunratty Re:Two new deniers are born... (207 comments)

No warming for 18 years? Then how could we have just had the warmest summer ever recorded with continued melting of ice worldwide and rising sea levels? I think this was all predicted by the hypothesis of anthropogenic global warming, and is now being observed. If we see the warming stop, and the melting and sea level rise slow significantly, then we can talk about rethinking the hypothesis. Let me know when that happens.

about 2 months ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

bunratty Re:I remember this from university (207 comments)

Daniel Dennett actually suggests that you should internally signal an alarm when someone uses the word "surely" in an argument. A statement prefixed by surely is quite often the weakest part of the argument, and if your surely alarm goes off automatically when you hear or read the word, you can know a good place to look for a flawed argument. I think that surely we can say the same for "clearly." Did your alarm go off just now with my use of "surely?"

about 2 months ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

bunratty Re:"Belief" is not part of the scientific method (207 comments)

That's not the reasoning behind the statement that the greenhouse effect warms the Earth. There are calculations and predictions behind it. If you predict the temperature of the Earth without the greenhouse effect, you get far colder temperatures than we observe. When you add in the greenhouse effect, you do get the observed temperatures. That's the scientific method -- hypothesis, prediction, and observation. Arrhenius even used this reasoning to predict in the 1800s that burning fossil fuels would cause warming. Hypothesis, prediction, and observation. You know, actual science.

about 2 months ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

bunratty Re:Most rational people never believe in AGW (207 comments)

That's an interesting thought process... "some warming is natural" means "no warming is artificial." It's like claiming at your murder trial that someone's death was natural, so therefore humans can't cause other humans to die. Talk about grasping at straws!

about 2 months ago

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How well do our climate models match our observations?

bunratty bunratty writes  |  about 9 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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