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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

cforciea Re:Why Cold Fusion (or something like it) Is Real (350 comments)

That's a pretty busted up analogy. The closest I can come to fixing it for you is if you provide me with a series of instructions for painting the Mona Lisa but following them produces a picture of American Gothic every time anybody tries to follow them, it is unlikely that you used those instructions to create the Mona Lisa.

about a month ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

cforciea Re:Fruit of the poisonous tree (341 comments)

In the US, the independent source exclusion from the poisonous tree doctrine would apply and said recording would be admissible, unless the poster left out that his dad is also a police officer.

about 3 months ago
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UK Prisons Ministry Fined For Lack of Encryption At Prisons

cforciea Pointless accountability? (74 comments)

The fine is nominal — one part of government fining another is rather pointless, but it does show that there's a little bit of accountability.

It seems like the two clauses of that sentence are contradicting each other. How does a "pointless" fine show any accountability at all?

about 3 months ago
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Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

cforciea Re:Why are you giving this dipshit free PR? (113 comments)

Not only that, but flappy birds was a shitty ripoff of a flash game I played 10 years ago using art assets more or less directly stolen from Mario. I don't see how he wasn't already trolling us.

about 3 months ago
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German Intelligence Spying On Allies, Recorded Kerry, Clinton, and Kofi Annan

cforciea Re:Bottom line... (170 comments)

I've got a question for you. How do you think the first nation states came to be? Can you explain why you think that if we somehow managed to demolish them today, it would leave us in a different enough situation that they wouldn't just form again, with or without the consent of those who would be governed? Wouldn't it happen even more quickly, given the much larger wealth and power concentrated among fewer people?

about 3 months ago
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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

cforciea Functional Programming? (315 comments)

A functional language is one whereby the functions themselves can be stored in variables and passed around as parameters to other languages.

What in the actual fuck. That may be the worst definition of a functional language I've ever heard. Even if I try to interpret it as something that could make any sort of sense, I just get that storing functions in variables makes a language functional, which the author goes on to debunk by pointing out that C++ isn't a functional language. Why bother even trying to describe them if you have no idea what the hell they are?

about 4 months ago
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Perl Is Undead

cforciea Re:Yes, Perl is indeed dead and rotting (283 comments)

From the benchmark you linked:

String manipulation is the core functionality for all languages so this allows to compare languages fairly.

If that doesn't clue you in on how utterly full of shit he is, I'm not sure what will. I mean, Java Strings are immutable. This test is just about adding strings together. That's pretty much the worst possible case for trying to benchmark Java. So if you're coding Java and adding a bunch of strings together, you use a StringBuilder and not a String. Only you can go look at the source code, and whoever wrote it didn't. Not only that, but how much memory Java would use during the run would depend pretty much entirely on flags given to the JVM, because it would just keep eating up space copying the immutable String over and over until it was forced to garbage collect. And that's all just a quick inspection of the Java comparison. I am pretty confident without looking that that margin of difference between C and C++ is entirely due to pathological C++ code.

I mean really, if you think that your interpreted language is comparable to any major compiled language in performance, you're an idiot. Sabotaged test results (whether the result of duplicity or incompetence) don't change that.

about 5 months ago
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Wyoming Is First State To Reject Science Standards Over Climate Change

cforciea Re:Reasons for scepticism (661 comments)

Fine. Does he do his own medical diagnosis because he doesn't trust his doctor to think for him?

about 6 months ago
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US Coast Guard Ship To Attempt Rescue of 2 Icebreakers In Antarctica

cforciea Re:They are ridiculing you (382 comments)

I followed the shitty blogs linking to shitty blogs all the way down to watch Al Gore's "predictions". It's funny how saying things like that he was told some models show a 75% chance that all polar icecaps will be melted by x date gets translated to "Al gore's expert opinion". I notice the other trend there is to use words like "scientist" when talking about Al Gore, even though he is clearly no such thing, to set up a false relationship between him and actual people doing science, so that whenever he does say something stupid, a bunch of people like you can dance around and pretend that he is representational of the climate science community.

So yes, you "make fun" of people like us by trying to find examples of people who happen to agree with us for whatever reason on this particular issue, and then pouring on ad hominem attacks against them. And not only that, you have to make shit up because otherwise the ad hominem attacks aren't even compelling enough. I suspect you sound a lot smarter in your head than you do to the rest of us. Maybe you should spend a little more time getting your facts in places other than blogspot.

about a year ago
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US Coast Guard Ship To Attempt Rescue of 2 Icebreakers In Antarctica

cforciea Re:This whole incident... (382 comments)

You do know that graph you just linked has an upward temperature trend, right? And that some of the projections are actually under the best fit line?

about a year ago
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Cadillac Unveils Pricier Alternative To Tesla Model S

cforciea Re:The $5,000 gets you... (196 comments)

That article is awesome. You know that somebody is being extra fair with their comparisons when they start adding things like payroll tax and unemployment insurance to the cost of an employee to inflate the number, as if that has anything to do with unions. And my heart just breaks for the auto manufacturers that they pay a third more than base salaries because their workers have to work on average hundreds of hours of overtime per year.

Here's the real takeaway from that article for me: base wages are $30/hr, the effective wage due to the overtime ends up being $40/hr, and the general rule of thumb for the fully loaded cost of a worker is usually 150%-200% of salary, so they are right on target. Remember that, for instance, 4 weeks total of vacation and sick leave costs 7.7%, unemployment insurance costs another few percent, payroll tax is another 6.8%, throw in a few more percent for worker's comp. You're north of 20% before you even start paying for health insurance and retirement.

If you think that's too much compensation for somebody working in a factory, you don't believe that the United States should have a middle class.

about a year ago
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Cadillac Unveils Pricier Alternative To Tesla Model S

cforciea Altenrative to the Model S? (196 comments)

It looks like news outlets all over the place are comparing this to the Model S, but then like 2 sentences later point out how it is mechanically basically a Volt. How does that make it an alternative to the Model S at all? Doesn't that just make it an alternative to the Volt? Was the Volt an alternative to the Model S?

about a year ago
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What the Insurance Industry Thinks About Climate Change

cforciea Re:We're in a major hurricane "drought" (385 comments)

I find that a kind of odd statement. First of all, I wonder what you mean by "major" hurricanes and making landfall. Is "major" category 3, 4, or 5? Does it take into account things like diameter? Is that ever, or just when it makes landfall in the US? I mean, it sure seems like you are carefully crafting you wording to exclude some pretty notable storms, like Dean, Felix, and Ike. And Sandy is a pretty dubious non-major hurricane, given that it had the largest diameter of any Atlantic cyclone, which was a large contributing factor to how damaging it was. And what's with the US mainland only caveat? Climate change only counts if the hurricanes happen to make landfall within artificial boundaries on a map? Felix didn't turn north after slamming into the Yucatan the same way WIlma did, so it didn't happen? Besides, I think if you actually applied your criteria prior to 2005, you'll find that it eliminates so many hurricanes that an 8 year gap isn't statistically anomalous at all.

When you have to get that oddly specific, you should be at least a little worried that you are cherry picking data to create "proof" of your already decided upon conclusion. If you instead just look at more general trends in quantity and strength of storms, it's pretty clear that we have had more and stronger hurricanes over time.

about a year ago
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Best Buy Recalls MacBook Pro Batteries

cforciea Re:More Battery Issues (56 comments)

I think I'm obligated to say that only an Apple user would assume that one's laptop will replaced before its warranty expires.

about a year and a half ago
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Oracle Discontinues Free Java Time Zone Updates

cforciea Re:there's always Joda Time... (405 comments)

+1 for joda-time. They effectively solved the entire problem domain of date manipulation for all of the use cases that have come up for me.
Presumably, they are affected by this change, as well, but the good news is that I'm confident that they'll do something to handle it without my having to do anything besides tick up a dependency version.

about a year and a half ago
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Billionaires Secretly Fund Vast Climate Denial Network

cforciea Re:Climate change is funded by MORE corp/gov grant (848 comments)

Be honest. Climategate is the only example you can think of.

I'll go ahead and hop on past the probable distinction between what you think "climategate" was, and what actual negative behavior was revealed to have occurred in that particular incident and move right on past to the fact that even if I give climategate to you, it does not support your premise. Your claim wasn't that there exists some instance of corruption in the scientific community. It was that there was more there than there is from parties funding warming deniers.

I don't claim to be a high priest of anything. I just know that morons like you tend to be perfectly happy latching on to whatever anecdotal evidence matches your "humble opinion" and assuming that means your belief is backed by some sort of empirical process. You've more or less made my point for me.

about 2 years ago
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Billionaires Secretly Fund Vast Climate Denial Network

cforciea Re:Free Speech (848 comments)

Sounds great. Where do I sign up?

about 2 years ago
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Billionaires Secretly Fund Vast Climate Denial Network

cforciea Re:Free Speech (848 comments)

You don't have to silence anybody to solve the problem. The Koch brothers can say whatever they want. There is a whole lot of room between letting some random billionaire tell people that global warming is a hoax and letting that same billionaire secretly fund organizations designed entirely to trick people into thinking there is a global conspiracy of people who go to school to become climatologists in order that they can destroy our freedoms for some extra grant money. I bet we can draw a line someplace in between. I'd personally start by taking away the word "secretly" and demanding that the whole process be more transparent so that people can more easily see the conflicts of interest. Unless you can show me the part of the first amendment that guarantees the right to anonymous donations to propaganda organizations?

about 2 years ago
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Billionaires Secretly Fund Vast Climate Denial Network

cforciea Re:Political Science (848 comments)

There is obviously bias in the scientific process, but you aren't talking about some amount of bias inherent in the system. You are talking about a vast international conspiracy of climate scientists, all with different funding sources and backgrounds, nearly universally colluding to manipulate their findings and their stated beliefs to manipulate the system to get more some more grant money, even though it has been repeatedly shown that they could get more income by flipping and taking funding from fossil fuel companies.

The whole issue has definitely become political football, but it definitely isn't the science that's leading us there.

about 2 years ago
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Billionaires Secretly Fund Vast Climate Denial Network

cforciea Re:Climate change is funded by MORE corp/gov grant (848 comments)

IMHO, more graft and corruption on the pro-manmade climate change side.

Luckily for me, there is actual data to examine, so I can safely ignore your humble opinion.

Unluckily for me, there are millions of tools just like you who are perfectly happy to eyeball it and trust their gut reaction when there is perfectly good data around to examine, and you all get to vote, too.

about 2 years ago

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Firefox Promotion Page Shows Internet Explorer Err

cforciea cforciea writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cforciea writes "The "Gnaw" cam on Firefox's promotion site has died with a Send Error Report dialogue. But it isn't just any old generic crash; it is an Internet Explorer error!"
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