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Simple Rogue WiFi Hotspot Captures High Profile Data

bunratty Re:Hackers Obey the Law!! (67 comments)

Most people who go to prison don't particularly care about obeying laws. That attitude doesn't seem to result in much leniency from the courts.

about two weeks ago
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Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

bunratty Re:Stop trying to win this politically (786 comments)

She missed the "reasoned hypothesis" step. We know that burning fossil fuels produces carbon dioxide, and we know that carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas. So of course burning fossil fuels will cause warming! And because we've observed the warming, we've confirmed this prediction beyond all reasonable doubt.

about two weeks ago
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Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

bunratty Re:Denier? (786 comments)

Do you have a better term for people who continue to vociferously claim that warming is not happening? They're not just doubters or skeptics or merely asking questions. Personally, I think denial is the most accurate term for these people, but I'm open to other suggestions.

about two weeks ago
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Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

bunratty Re:Stop trying to win this politically (786 comments)

When Arrhenius predicted global warming over 100 years ago, he was not looking at past data. He began with a reasoned hypothesis (burning fossil fuels emits carbon dioxide, carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, therefore burning fossil fuels will cause warming), made his prediction, and we've observed the warming which proves the prediction correct. It's a slam dunk as far as I'm concerned.

about two weeks ago
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Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

bunratty Re:Stop trying to win this politically (786 comments)

Whether global warming is happening and what the effects will be is a scientific issue. But what we need to do to reduce carbon dioxide emissions is to change energy policies, so that is a political issue. It's just the same as with CFCs eating away the ozone layer and sufur emissions causing acid rain. If no political action had been taken, those would still be problems.

Ironically, most of the people who argue against the science of global warming are opposed to what to do about it. They argue we should not destroy the economy and go back to an agrarian lifestyle. But using LED light bulbs (and doing other things to use energy more efficiently) and generating power from solar, wind, and nuclear are the actual proposed solutions, not lifestyle changes. In effect they're taking a politcal issue and trying to argue it in the scientific arena, which will never work.

about two weeks ago
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2014: Hottest Year On Record

bunratty Re:The epitome of alarmism (560 comments)

Why do you think something was omitted? Oh, you imagined it because you're looking so hard for it.

about three weeks ago
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2014: Hottest Year On Record

bunratty Re:The epitome of alarmism (560 comments)

Where's the alarmism in calmly stating a true fact? I think many people who react this way add a silent "...and we're all gonna die!" that is neither stated nor implied. I suppose you see what you're looking for everywhere, if you're looking hard enough.

about three weeks ago
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65% of Cancers Caused by Bad Luck, Not Genetics or Environment

bunratty Re:mostly bullshit (180 comments)

This study says that about 35% of all cancer is caused by carcinogens, so in fact it confirms that carcinogens cause a significant proportion of cancer.

about three weeks ago
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Pope Francis To Issue Encyclical On Global Warming

bunratty Re:Global Change? Bring it on! (341 comments)

I can assure you it was not pleasant to live through the extinction events that caused major evolutionary changes. When the dinosaurs died off, mammals also had it very rough. That's why we're trying to avoid a large, rapid rise in temperature -- it's going to be unpleasant to live through. It reminds me of the ancient Chinese curse May you live in interesting times.

about three weeks ago
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Pope Francis To Issue Encyclical On Global Warming

bunratty Re:Doesn't matter (341 comments)

It's not even a matter of whether a particular substance is a "pollutant" or "toxic". Many necessary substances can be harmful if present in high concentrations. You can die just by drinking too much water. That doesn't mean that water's a pollutant, even though too much can kill you. The argument that carbon dioxide is not a pollutant because plants need it is similarly confused -- too much of a good thing can be harmful.

To get to the heart of the matter, the EPA considers any harmful emission to be a pollutant, even if the substance emitted is necessary for life.

about a month ago
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The New (Computer) Chess World Champion

bunratty Re:General artificial intelligence? (107 comments)

Yes, exactly! I would say that the AI programs we hear so much about: Watson, Google's self-driving cars, deep-learning neural networks, and so on will never reach general artificial intelligence. It's like climbing a tree and expecting to reach the moon. All those programs use simple algorithms geared towards just one purpose. You present those programs with any task other than the specific one they were designed for, and they fail miserably. General artificial intelligence, the ability to handle a wide variety of tasks autonomously, is a different beast altogether.

about a month ago
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The New (Computer) Chess World Champion

bunratty General artificial intelligence? (107 comments)

So when will these chess playing programs attain general artificial intelligence on par with a human? With each improved player, we must surely be getting closer...

about a month ago
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Research Highlights How AI Sees and How It Knows What It's Looking At

bunratty Re:This synopsis (130 comments)

Well, if you have the idea of a rocket, yes you can put the parts together and make a rocket. But no one has an idea of how to make a working general artificial intelligence. That's the leap. What are the parts we need? How do we put them together? No one has a clue! If you know how to do it, write it up in a thesis, collect your PhD, and make billions.

about a month ago
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Research Highlights How AI Sees and How It Knows What It's Looking At

bunratty Re:This synopsis (130 comments)

There's a tremendous gap between the "AI" that researchers are working on and and artificial general intelligence. The algorithms used in AI systems are almost always very simple. These algorithms are simply not going to make this leap and become what we would consider intelligent. It's like expecting Google search to suddenly gain sentience. My favorite quote about this is "Believing that writing these types of programs will bring us closer to real artificial intelligence is like believing that someone climbing a tree is making progress toward reaching the moon."

about a month ago

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How well do our climate models match our observations?

bunratty bunratty writes  |  about a year 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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