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Scientists Found the Origin of the Ebola Outbreak

bunratty Re:Origin? (86 comments)

Yo mama!

about three weeks 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 three weeks 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 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 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 ago
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NASA's Greenhouse Gas Observatory Captures 'First Light'

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

I don't think it's climatologists who are the ones dismissing results they don't want. Actually, everyone would love to see that carbon dioxide emissions cause very little warming, but that's just not what the bulk of the data shows.

about a month ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

bunratty Re:Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

When applied to other animals, the term is "breed". Do you agree that different breeds of dogs have different physical characteristics, right? Remember that dogs of different breeds can mate and produce fertile offspring, so they are not different species.

about a month and a half ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

bunratty Re:The only good thing (511 comments)

I was taught that using marijuana leads to heroin use. When you see many people around you that do not adhere to that model, you start disregarding the information as BS. After realizing how ridiculous some of the information presented about drugs was, I disregarded it all, so it actually backfired. The purpose of drug programs should be to inform students of the real consequences of drug use, not to make up horror stories to scare students.

about 2 months ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

bunratty Re:Ban caffeine! (511 comments)

The whole notion of a "gateway drug" is the misconception that correlation implies causation. Just because someone used caffiene, nicotine, alcohol, or marijuana before moving on to more powerful drugs does not mean that they caused the use of more powerful drugs. You could ban all of those drugs, and some other drug would become the first one users try.

about 2 months ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

bunratty Re:Gentlemen, start your engines. (701 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.

about 2 months ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

bunratty Re:Gentlemen, start your engines. (701 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.

about 2 months ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

bunratty Re:Gentlemen, start your engines. (701 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.

about 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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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