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Neanderthals Ate Their Veggies

dylan_- Re:One Sample (151 comments)

The other Homininae digest plant matter, so why should we think that Neaderthal did not eat any plant matter?

Because it's a good idea to think you might be wrong. It encourages you to think of ways to *prove* that you're wrong.

about 2 months ago
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Seagate Releases 6TB Hard Drive Sans Helium

dylan_- Re:Oops in title - "sans" ? (147 comments)

Doesn't "sans" mean without?

Yes, that's because WD's 6TB Ultrastar He6 was hermetically sealed with helium inside, something the company said was critical to reducing friction for additional platters, while also increasing power savings and reliability. Seagate, however, said it doesn't yet need to rely on Helium to achieve the 50% increase in capacity over it's last 4TB drive.

At least, I'm sure I read that somewhere.

about 5 months ago
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Nate Silver's New Site Stirs Climate Controversy

dylan_- Re:Cherry Picking is Much of the Issue (335 comments)

No, it's more like:

If you pick 17 years you get one conclusion.*

If you pick 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 or 34 years you get another conclusion.

(*actually, you don't. I've no idea where this "17 years" thing came from. The temperature data shows a rise over the last 17 years)

about 5 months ago
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Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

dylan_- Re:Shill (545 comments)

By that logic, stop using your computer.

If what you produce on your computer has the same value to society as the AC's excrement, then maybe you *should* consider stopping using it...

about 6 months ago
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Pro-Vaccination Efforts May Be Scaring Wary Parents From Shots

dylan_- Re:You cannot UN-VACCINATE your child or pet (482 comments)

Herd immunity is less important to me than keeping my kids from being crippled by polio.

Herd immunity is what keeps your kids from being crippled by polio.

Vaccines are not 100% effective. Learn how they work, at least for your children's sake.

about 6 months ago
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Physicists Test Symmetry Principle With an Antimatter Beam

dylan_- Re:Feynman tutored me in QM at Caltech (106 comments)

I'm afraid you've been wrong since 2nd grade then.

The mirror is actually misleading. Here's an alternative question:

Why, when you're facing another person, are your left and right reversed, but your up and down the same?

Bonus question: It's easy to describe what up and down are (down is closer to the Earth, up is further away). How would you describe left and right?

about 6 months ago
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How Well Do Our Climate Models Match Our Observations?

dylan_- Re:A very interesting answer (560 comments)

Or "The fact is that we can't account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can't. The CERES data published in the August BAMS 09 supplement on ... shows there should be even more warming: but the data are surely wrong. Our observing system is inadequate."

Heh, I love it when deniers mindlessly repeat that quote. You don't even know what it means, do you? Because if you did, you certainly wouldn't be mentioning it.

You see, we measure how much energy the Sun outputs. And we measure how much the Earth reflects of that energy (its albedo). We also measure how much it radiates, which - if the Earth was at a stable temperature - would be the same as the difference between the first two. Understand so far? That's what the "CERES data" refers to.

What Trenberth is saying is that the CERES data shows there should be far *more* warming than we're actually measuring! When you take into account air temperature increase, melting ice, sea temperature increase, etc etc it *still* leaves a big chunk of energy to account for. Now, any sane person would therefore assume that the energy can't just vanish: it's got to go somewhere that we aren't measuring.

Not the deniers, they think it's all being whisked away by the natural cycle fairies. Or perhaps they just don't understand what it is they're saying and are mindlessly repeating what they read on some blog. Hey, maybe you can tell us. Which is it?

about 6 months ago
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Was Julian Assange Involved With Wiretapping Iceland's Parliament?

dylan_- No articles (167 comments)

Oops, looks like little Bobby Tables visited their site....

about 9 months ago
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Opus 1.1 Released

dylan_- Re:Props to the authors of TFA (62 comments)

Can you supply audio information at a latter time, and trick the brain into interpreting it as having happened earlier by "context"?

about 9 months ago
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Nelson Mandela Dead At 95

dylan_- Re:What a great man (311 comments)

Just in case anyone is gullible enough to believe this without checking, your noble AC above just invented that "fact".

about 9 months ago
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NYT: Healthcare.gov Project Chaos Due Partly To Unorthodox Database Choice

dylan_- Re: follow the money (334 comments)

/dev/null seems to have great writing performance but has terrible reading performance. I wouldn't recommend it.

That's because it blocks while waiting on zero point energy. If performance is an issue, you can use /dev/unull instead, if you don't really need high quality nullity.

about 9 months ago
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Administration Admits Obamacare Website Stinks

dylan_- Re:Gov't project (516 comments)

Government only rises to greatness when faced with an external threat, e.g. war.

Wars not make one great.

about a year ago
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New Zealand Court Orders Facebook Disclosure To Employer

dylan_- Re:Guilty Until Proven Innocent. (243 comments)

I call bullshit on this one. This works for three month at a maximum, and then you are exhausted.

That's the bit that you found unrealistic? The 80 hour work week?

Not, for example, the idea of fighting off H1Bs from a 22nd Century space station?

Huh.

1 year,19 days
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German Court Finds Fantec Responsible For GPL Violation On Third-Party Code

dylan_- Re:Premptive STFU to GPL white knighters (228 comments)

This was the way the system used to work in the 18th century: Dr Johnson had to line up a number of sponsors before he produced his dictionary.

This is completely wrong. The Statute of Anne was introduced in 1710, when Johnson was less than one year old. And Johnson was contracted to write the dictionary by a group of London book-sellers who approached *him* for the task.

about a year ago
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NASA's Garver Proposes Carving Piece Off Big Asteroid For Near-Earth Mining

dylan_- Re:It's a trap (110 comments)

Did you just try to make a point by beginning with "I read an editorial..."?

Are you ill or something?

about a year ago
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Same Programs + Different Computers = Different Weather Forecasts

dylan_- Re: Have these people never heard of IEEE754???? (240 comments)

another one says the earth will absorb the heat Which one do you trust?

I think I'd have to go with the one that doesn't redefine "absorb" to mean "magically disappear".

about a year ago
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Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

dylan_- Re:It may be a huge turnoff for you ... (1501 comments)

Oh, I don't. Many people are sincerly good people and are polite with it. You're not one of them. You're weren't looking for the best in someone, you were looking for the worst. You're the Wormtongue of this particular scene and your "Perhaps the latter..." is yet another example of your passive-aggressive crap. No doubt you were "just asking questions". Grow some balls and stop being the worst kind of human being. You could be better if you tried.

about a year ago
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Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

dylan_- Re:It may be a huge turnoff for you ... (1501 comments)

Linus Torvalds has produced the Linux kernel.

Whereas you, with your sneaking, sneering faux-politeness...what have you done?

I prefer Torvalds' approach, thanks.

about a year ago
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GMO Wheat Found Growing Wild In Oregon, Japan Suspends Import From U.S.

dylan_- Re:Postapocoliptic Nightmare (679 comments)

It's been claimed that the real reason to ban DDT is racism. DDT kills mosquitoes. Mosquitoes carry malaria.

DDT isn't banned for use against malaria. Interesting that you're trying to make our that you're so knowledgable about DDT and yet you didn't even know that...

about a year ago

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Humble Bundle: Linux Users Pay Most For Music Too

dylan_- dylan_- writes  |  about 2 years ago

dylan_- (1661) writes "It's well known that in the various game Humble Bundles — pay whatever you want for a variety of games — Linux users have consistently been the ones who voluntarily pay the most. Some have attributed this to the lack of games on Linux but the latest Bundle is for music rather than games and the trend continues. Linux users paying an average of $11.95, Mac $9.92 and Windows $7.50. Perhaps the old complaint of it being more expensive to hire Linux sys-admins is correct, meaning they tend to earn more and leaving Linux users with more disposable income?"
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Latest Humble Bundle Hits $1 Million

dylan_- dylan_- writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dylan_- (1661) writes "The Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle — where you pay whatever you want for a collection of games — has just hit the $1 million mark with 1 day and 9 hours left to buy. The games are DRM free, available for Windows, Mac and Linux, and include a donation to the EFF and Child's Play charity. As with previous bundles, Linux users are the most generous, paying an average $9.18, Mac users come in second paying $6.58 leaving Windows users lagging behind, paying $4.11 on average."
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Humble Bundle: Linux Users Pay Most

dylan_- dylan_- writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dylan_- (1661) writes "It's the last few hours of the Humble Indie Bundle deal, where you pay as much or as little as you want for five indie games. At time of writing, they've taken about $888,000 dollars from 100,000 contributions. The lowest payers are Windows users at an average of $7.75, with Linux users almost doubling that at an average of $14.26.

If you fancy getting hold of any of World of Goo, Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru or Penumbra Overture for cheap (or even expensive: the largest payment so far is $1000!), you have about 8 hours left."

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Dirac 1.0.0 released

dylan_- dylan_- writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dylan_- (1661) writes "According to their website, "Dirac is an advanced royalty-free video compression format designed for a wide range of uses, from delivering low-resolution web content to broadcasting HD and beyond, to near-lossless studio editing." Now a stable version of the dirac-research codebase, Dirac 1.0.0, has been released. The BBC have already successfully used the new codec during the Beijing Olympics and are looking to push it to more general use throughout the organisation.

The latest version of VLC (the recently released 0.9.2) has support for Dirac using the Schroedinger library."

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