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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

cryptolemur Re:Why do these people always have something to hi (230 comments)

That was his point, don't you think?
Wasting 30 seconds searching would have given you http://simplex.giss.nasa.gov/s..., or http://www.cesm.ucar.edu/model... or http://www.mi.uni-hamburg.de/S... ... and many, many more.

Funny thing, the code, the data, the explanations, everything has been avalable for years, and yet so many of the public believe they're not. I wonder why that is?

It's like there was this massive political campaign against science. Of which you just became part of. Congratulations!

9 hours ago

Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

cryptolemur Re:Won't work (342 comments)

I gather the best way to 'encourage' investors to aim for long term profits, would be to simply make the tax be absurdly high (like 99.9999%) for HTC and then converge it to normal according to the time one has held a particular stock before sale. This way you can always make profit (if there's profit to be made), but even the gambler would be interested in the long term health of the general economy, and of the business in particular they have invested in.

Overnight, we'd have a stable, healthy, growing economy.

about two weeks ago

GCHQ and NSA Targeted World Leaders, Private German Companies

cryptolemur Re:@people from the US (145 comments)

I assume BND has been collaborating with US intellicenge a lot. Now, of course, it appears that anybody in Germany having collaborated with NSA (and it's brethen) or GHCQ should be considered a traitor and be put on trial.

Really, every European Intelligence Agency should be purged from persons who advocate international cooperation. And purged such a way that several genrations of intelligence people will think twice about "exchanging information".

Of course, what remains of international terrorism will have (again) grrreat time operating globally, but trust is something we can not afford anymore.

about three weeks ago

Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents

cryptolemur Re:The term of art is "obvious." (406 comments)

There could be that others listened to the customers, who at the time did not think all-touchy device was an improvement -- it still isn't! -- but good ol' Steve came forth and sold the abomination to people.

For most purposes touchscreen is an inferior input device compared to almost anything. It's like using your computer only with several mice and claiming it's great experience... now, making it the only input device, one hardly can call that an advancement.

about a month ago

How To Better Verify Scientific Research

cryptolemur Re:Replication (197 comments)

The *best* way would be to do a different experiment with the expectation of getting the same results if the original research was valid and understanding of the studied phenomena good. Then, regardless of whether the second study validates the first one or not, we would actually have more data and better understanding of the issue and problems regarding it's study.

Invalidating shoddy research would be a bonus.

about 6 months ago

Farm Workers Carry Drug-Resistant Staph Despite Partial FDA Antibiotics Ban

cryptolemur Re:"behind the curve" (120 comments)

But then you'd have to explain how the drug-resistant bacteria appeared on the hospitals, if it's not due to overuse of drugs. If it is due drugs, then you'd have to explain why it does not apply to factory farms with conditions akin to hospitals.

about 9 months ago

Electric Vehicles Might Not Benefit the Environment After All

cryptolemur Re:Depends on the energy source duh! (775 comments)

The best estimates put nuclear way 'dirtier' than say, off shore wind. Sure, it's cleaner than coal or even natural gas, but that nuclear fuel don't mine itself, nor does it enrich itself, not does it transfer itself to the reactor, not does it take care of the decomissioning of that huge pile of contaminated concrete and steel...

Nuclear is in no way or form zero emission power source.

Other problem with nuclear is the enourmous power generating capacity of a reactor: it requires equally enormous backup for the inevidable times the reactor is offline! And since reactors are slow to come online, that backup needs to be something else, like natural gas. Or wind. Or solar.
Think about that, too.

about 10 months ago

The Aging of Our Nuclear Power Plants Is Not So Graceful

cryptolemur Re:NIMBY (436 comments)

Second, the French have a much greater faith in their scientists and engineers than we do here in the United States. The French scientists and engineers in turn work hard to earn and sustain that trust by doing good work. I cannot recall there ever being a serious nuclear accident in France for example. Finally, it seems that the French legal system doesn't allow for NIMBYs to get in the way of projects that are deemed to be in the national interest whereas anyone with money for the filing fees can cause no end of legal trouble here in the United States.

After the oil crisis French goverment went for the nuclear solution without any democratic or parliamentary process whatsoever. Which soon resulted in violent demonstrations etc. The energy production in France is complety controlled (owned and subsidized) by government.

Currently nuclear seem to thrive only in countries where tax payers pay the bill and have no say in the matter...

about 10 months ago

Quadcopter Drone Network Will Transport Supplies For Disaster Relief

cryptolemur Re:Yeah, like that'll work (113 comments)

A better option would be to combine these with something like Aeroscraft cargo blimp to haul 60 tons od stuff in hours (20 -30) to disaster area and then do the delivery by drones.

The stuff could be preassembled kits of food rations, water purification, wide-spectrum antibiotics, perhaps a heater packaged in a light sheltering material with simple, drawn, cuilturally independent instructions in every item.

about a year ago

Defend the Open Web: Keep DRM Out of W3C Standards

cryptolemur Re:I'm for it. (351 comments)

I'd be much more inclined towards proper, standardized DRM, if the "rights" included my rights, too. The content provider could keep the right to create copies of the content, but I would have the ownership of that particular copy to do whatever I please to do with it. Enjoy, loan, sell, destroy...

1 year,28 days

How Scientists Know An Idea Is a Good One

cryptolemur Re:Read the literature... or not (140 comments)

Check out Journal of Negative Results in Biomedicine: http://www.jnrbm.com/ :-)

Anyway, I was taught early on this is one of the main reasons to attend conferences -- after seeing an interesting presentation (or even poster) about stuff close to yours, you go for a beer or two with the presenter and hear all the failures they suffered and the wrong turns they took on the way. And share your own, too.

The body of science is so much more than just the published papers, you know.

about a year ago

New Process Takes Energy From Coal Without Burning It

cryptolemur Re:Scaling is the Key! (365 comments)

33 or so billion metric tonnes of CO2 annually (assuming all energy comes from this here novelty) requires quite a big hole, doesn't it?

about a year ago

Groups Accuse EU Parliament of "Caving In" To Pressure From Business and US

cryptolemur Re:Relevant amendments: (58 comments)

So they don't always have to tell you they're collecting personal info and once your name, phone number, profile picture and other identifying data is stripped, they can do whatever they want with your data?

Well no -- if it's for example medical or health care research, then you do have to get explicit, specific, informed concent that can be withdrawn at any time...
There has to be some limits in a civilized society, you know!

about a year ago

Australian Federal Court Rules For Patent Over Breast Cancer Gene

cryptolemur Re:fucking great? (160 comments)

1. The research wasn't completely privately conducted (universities, and other government-funded organisations were involved), so I think there is probably some reasonable expectation that the community will benefit as a result.

I believe there was practically no private research, since Myriad was founded after the gene was already located in chromosome 17 and it was only a matter of time for the teams in different universities to pinpoint the location and find out the sequence. Furthermore, the company was founded by some of the university researchers that took part (well, their labs took part, at least) in the search for the gene.
Myriad was funded to patent the gene, to put it plain and simple. And by holding a patent not just to their gene test, but any BRCA1 sequence test, they have prevented anybody else for figuring out *why* mutations in BRCA1 may cause breast cancer.

about a year ago

Coral Reefs In Grave Danger, Say Climate Simulations

cryptolemur Re:Nuclear Power, now, and put it in my backyard (313 comments)

You got a lot wrong in your comment, but let's consider only the thing concerning nuclear power generation:
- with all the mining, processing and delivering of fuel plus the ridiculous amounts of concrete required for safe reactor building the CO2e/W of nuclear is approaching that of coal. - nuclear power is generated by huge units, 100's MW, so when they go offline (and they do, eventually) you need a lot of backup power, and it can't be nuclear since it has to be available at moments notice. - there are limited places to build nuclear plants, since they require lots of cool, clean water to operate, and those are becoming rare with global warming I so hope that the luddites would stop pushing for old solutions and would embrace new technology.

about a year ago

Strong Climate Change Opinions Are Self-Reinforcing

cryptolemur Re:Only 8%? (655 comments)

It is the anthropogenic variety that is questioned. I have a VERY hard time believing that anywhere near enough evidence has been collected to determine that humans are responsible for the GW.

Which one you have difficulties with:
- CO2 is a "green house" gas, it traps heat - Humans are pumping it to the atmosphere 40 billion tonnes per year

The logical step from those two to the Antropogenic in AGW is so small and obvious that when Arrhenius figured out the first one and knew the second one 120 years ago, he could make it without any evidence or measurement.
In the realm of physics it's easy to figure things out way before you can get any evidence...

about a year ago

A US Apple Factory May Be Robot City

cryptolemur Re:Automation and unemployment (602 comments)

"Rewarding employers" does nothing in the long term, and only 'distorts the markets' in the short term, so it should have never been used, albeit it seems to be the idiocy du jour.
Think about it: if there's no purchasing power, no matter how much the employer is rewarded, there's no cash flow to keep the business viable. On the other hand, if there is purchasing power and thus business, the employer doesn't need subsidies to survive.
The best thing to do to national economy is to tax/destroy wealth at the top and create it at the bottom.
That, and tax/moderate the financial markets regressively, but in relation to time between purchase and sale -- and start from 99.5% or so regressing to 15% in about ten years, forcing investors to care about the long term health of companies and aiming for stable and predictable markets.
Oh, and cut the copyright to 25 years from first publication. But that's negotiable.

about a year ago

Judge Issues Temporary Order Blocking Expulsion For Refusing To Wear RFID Tag

cryptolemur Re:What's the big deal? (305 comments)

Sorry, but just for clarification: are you against roll calls, too? It is "location tracking", after all. RFID is but a mere technical extension of already existing tracking, is it not?

In your ideal world, could I live my life at the same time as a productive member of society and yet completely anonymous to everybody else?

about a year ago

Dutch Cold Case Murder Solved After 8000 People Gave Their DNA

cryptolemur Re:Privacy issue: DNA dragnets (513 comments)

Exactly! This is pretty much what the paternity tests do -- they can rule out paternity 100%, but only give a "good possibility" of fatherhood.
I gather the police will have to have other lines of supporting evidence, too. Which, I assume, are easy to come by if the guy did it. There will be inconsistencies in his story, places he shouldn't have been, places he should have been etc.

about a year ago

Dutch Cold Case Murder Solved After 8000 People Gave Their DNA

cryptolemur Re:Privacy issue: DNA dragnets (513 comments)

It's not that slippery a slope. At least, where I live, neither DNA collected for any research purpose or fingerprints for passports can not be used in criminal investigation, no matter what. That's the law.
Now, it can be argued that the law can e changed anytime "the government" feels like it, but then again, by the same logic the law could also be changed to require everybody to wear AV-recording devices 24/7 at the convenience of "the government"...

about a year ago



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