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The Himalayas and Nearby Peaks Have Lost No Ice In Past 10 Years, Study Shows

dougmwne Re:Maintaining a balanced position (409 comments)

For example, do you remember how polar bears drowning in the Arctic sea due to global warming were cited as a reason to classify them as an endangered species, and how they were used as a symbol of climate change in Al Gore's movie? The lead scientist was actually placed on administrative leave, and several questions were raised about how the bears actually died and how the corpses were observed from 1,500 up in a helicopter rather than examined to actually determine their cause of death. Whether or not they were really drowning, there just wasn't enough data to come to the conclusion that was presented to the public with the level of certainty that was conveyed.

The Charles Monnett (polar bear scientist) investigation was likely politically motivated since nothing has come of it, but either way, the agency is on-record saying that his temporary administrative leave was unrelated to his polar bear research. He is back to work as of last August. This entire climate debate is so politically charged that a "rational "healthily skeptical" position" probably doesn't exist.

Director Bromwich:
" I can assure you that the decision had nothing to do with his scientific work, or anything relating to a five-year old journal article, as advocacy groups and the news media have incorrectly speculated. Nor is this a "witch hunt" to suppress the work of our many scientists and discourage them from speaking the truth. Quite the contrary. In this case, it was the result of new information on a separate subject brought to our attention very recently."

http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/boemre-director-says-offshore-oil-agency-not-witch-hunt

more than 2 years ago
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Exoplanet Reports Exaggerated

dougmwne News reporting is exaggerated?!?! (55 comments)

I wonder if /. editors realize that they could post a follow-up "nothing to see here" clarification for 99% of all news. In fact, I think they should start doing so. THIS JUST IN!!!ohwaitnevermind.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Wave Out of Beta

dougmwne it wan't a beta before! (255 comments)

I think that this implies that Wave has moved INTO beta, as in being feature complete, but full o bugs. previously it was a barely working alpha that lacked major functionality.

more than 4 years ago
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Researchers Build Evolving Brain Computer?

dougmwne Re:Goddamnit, no. (114 comments)

As a matter of fact, it is enough for anyone who's calculations are Turning complete!

more than 4 years ago
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iPad UK Pricing Confirmed; Apple UK Tax Applied

dougmwne Re:The OP forgot VAT. (248 comments)

At least in the UK you're getting a better return for your tax pounds. You spend a smaller percentage of your GDP on military and you get nationalized healthcare.

more than 4 years ago
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iPad UK Pricing Confirmed; Apple UK Tax Applied

dougmwne Value add (248 comments)

Why the flamebait? What they are calling the "apple tax" is really the value add tax, which must be built into the price of all products sold. Why should products be priced identically across all countries anyway? Shouldn't companies maximize their profits by pricing their wares competitively with the local market?

more than 4 years ago
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5-Axis Robot Carves Metal Like Butter

dougmwne Re:Lacking in the story... (277 comments)

Why? Do you need one? I can have one carved for you.

more than 4 years ago
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Valve Confirms Mac Versions of Steam, Valve Games

dougmwne Mac Gaming: 1 (541 comments)

A big win for gaming on macs. Valve has a cannon of some of the best FPSs the PC has to offer. I've been exclusively buying and playing my titles through Steam for about 2 years now (the sales are spectacular). Hopefully with native Steam support, more developers will take time and expense to make their new offerings dual-platform.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Airs Super Bowl Ad

dougmwne Undertones (315 comments)

I detect a big Googly brother undertone. Anyone remember the accidentally released Yahoo searches that told the story of people's personal lives through their search queries?

more than 4 years ago
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Extinct Ibex Resurrected By Cloning

dougmwne Re:Old story is old. (238 comments)

In that case, I suggest that the /. editors pick a few of the science and technology events from here and repackage them as if they just happened. I've not heard of most of these, therefore they are new to me.

This just in! The USSR's Venera 7 is the first spacecraft to land successfully on Venus and transmit data back to Earth!

more than 4 years ago
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Extinct Ibex Resurrected By Cloning

dougmwne Old story is old. (238 comments)

Why is this story from 11 months ago being reported by Slashdot as if it just happened? Could the reason be anything other than sloppy content gate keeping?

more than 4 years ago
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Inside the Windows 7 Launch Party Pack

dougmwne Re:Chair not included? (267 comments)

Are we sure about that? Think of all the OSX86ers compared to the preciously shallow pool of Macbooks.

more than 4 years ago
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Most Mac Owners Also Own a Windows PC, But Not Vice Versa

dougmwne Duh! (814 comments)

Hmm, so affluent households that own an expensive, designer computer are likely to own multiple computers? Shocked I tell you!

more than 4 years ago
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Google Reveals Chrome Hardware Partners

dougmwne Re:Noooo (343 comments)

All Hail Acrobat, King of the Bloatware!

about 5 years ago
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Verizon Wireless To Buy Alltel For $28B

dougmwne I Hope... (207 comments)

I hope this isn't the final nail in Sprint's coffin. I happen to be very attached to my $30/month everything unlimited SERO plan.

more than 6 years ago

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