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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!

5 days 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 a week 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 a week 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 a week 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 a week 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 a week 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 a week 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 a week 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 a week ago
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Service Promises To Leak Your Documents If the Government Murders You

bunratty Re:Hosted in the US? (98 comments)

Even if they don't reed the data (they don't need to)

Yeah, who needs a flutist when you're already a whistleblower?

about a week ago
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Scientists Found the Origin of the Ebola Outbreak

bunratty Re:Origin? (86 comments)

Yo mama!

about 1 month ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

bunratty Re:As it's always gone (266 comments)

One could even say it's the opiate of the masses.

about a month ago
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The Man Responsible For Pop-Up Ads On Building a Better Web

bunratty Re:Unintended Consequences? (135 comments)

Ah, it took me a while to find it. Under Filter preferences... there's a checkbox for "Allow some non-intrusive advertising." It was already checked when I first found it -- the documentation says it's enabled by default. It doesn't seem to allow much advertising through, yet. Maybe if more advertisers read about the feature and sign the Acceptible Ads Manifesto that will change.

about a month and a half ago
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The Man Responsible For Pop-Up Ads On Building a Better Web

bunratty Re:Unintended Consequences? (135 comments)

I never thought of that as the reason that Firefox became popular (and why Mozilla was quickly becoming popular before that). Back then, Mozilla's built-in popup blocker blocked nearly all popups. IE didn't have any corresponding feature? That sure would be a compelling reason to switch browsers!

When I read the article, the thought I had was that I installed AdBlock Plus only to disable the popups that Firefox didn't block with its built-in blocker when popups evolved to get around it. Is there still not an ad blocker that blocks only the most annoying ads such as popups?

about a month and a half ago
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NASA's Greenhouse Gas Observatory Captures 'First Light'

bunratty Re:fast forward 5 years.... (143 comments)

This is exactly what I referred to above. When "skeptics" can't argue the issue, they dismiss the evidence they don't want by labeling it "propaganda". You can also take a look at my signature.

about a month and a half ago

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How well do our climate models match our observations?

bunratty bunratty writes  |  about 7 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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