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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

fche Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (632 comments)

Sorry, that was certainly not the intent. Of course "the" (this particular topic: AGW) was implied, and everyone else understood it that way.

2 days ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

fche Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (632 comments)

"utilizing the scientific process honestly, let alone correctly"

Well ok, mistakes happen ... but these don't meet the suggested criterion of "ignoring science entirely".

2 days ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

fche Re:Obviously no slant to this article... (632 comments)

"skeptics would like [to own the term skeptic]"

And the people's front of judea would like the splitters to call themselves the front of judean people.

2 days ago
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

fche Re:Who? (540 comments)

"other than that, the story was accurate"

2 days ago
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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

fche Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (632 comments)

"the denier ignores [science] entirely"

Do such people actually exist? (e.g., "scientist X, Y, Z don't have credibility with me" is not "ignoring science entirely".)

2 days ago
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Grinch Vulnerability Could Put a Hole In Your Linux Stocking

fche Re:Thank you Alert Logic (116 comments)

I'd really like to hear what Bennett Haselton has to say about that.

2 days ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

fche Re:Failed state policies (424 comments)

Read some of Michael Totten's series on Cuba.
It's not much better than North Korea, if you get beyond the goo served up by the michigan documentator.

3 days ago
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A New Law For Superconductors

fche a sign of good science (53 comments)

I don't know anything about the physics of this paper.

But I love figure 3 (also highlighted at the aps.org URL),
because it highlights outliers from the theory, and points
to the supplementary information for theories about why
those points didn't fit the otherwise nice curve.

Bringing attention to errors as well as successes - that's
good honest work.

4 days ago
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The GPLv2 Goes To Court

fche Re:Why not ask the authors of the GPL Ver.2? (173 comments)

The authors of a license, even the GPL, cannot simply redefine the pre-established legal concept of "derivation" (absence of which implies irrelevance of license, no matter what the licensor prefers).

5 days ago
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Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber

fche Re:Why are medallions sold and not leased? (329 comments)

... well, considering the supposedly the purpose of the medallion was to keep meanie drivers out of cabs, then they should reflect the deemed safety of the -driver-, not the car.

about three weeks ago
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Single Pixel Camera Takes Images Through Breast Tissue

fche Re:Not a camera (81 comments)

The trick is that the light source varies with different samples. What this apparatus appears to be computing is a dot product (overall image intensity) with a series of 2D wavelets. Then inverse-transform the coefficients to a 2D image.

about three weeks ago
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Renewables Are Now Scotland's Biggest Energy Source

fche Re:Math (235 comments)

Thanks for the links. I was indeed feeling a little lazy.

"How should the writer of the article know what you want to know?"

That seemed like a natural enough question. The writer ought to set the context. If we were talking about only a pittance of generation overall, then its exact decomposition of renewable vs. not would not be interesting. As it is, scotland produces some 15% of the UK total, so not too shabby.

about three weeks ago
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Renewables Are Now Scotland's Biggest Energy Source

fche Re:Math (235 comments)

... plus they don't talk about energy *consumed* in scotland, only generated. It would be more useful if there were a statement that scotland is a net importer vs. exporter of electricity.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Develop "Paint" To Help Cool the Planet

fche Re:the law (145 comments)

OK. So the original question remains how the temperature of the object can be multiple degrees cooler, in the steady state, than the ambient air. Why would those two heat flows not apprx. balance?

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Develop "Paint" To Help Cool the Planet

fche Re:the law (145 comments)

If the air is in contact with the painted surface (at constant pressure etc.), will the warmer air not transfer its heat, so as to produce an equilibrium of equal temperatures?

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Develop "Paint" To Help Cool the Planet

fche the law (145 comments)

"it becomes cooler than the surrounding air by around 9F (5C)"

Sorry, not possible, as per the first law of thermodynamics.

about three weeks ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

fche Re:my takeaway (222 comments)

The paper seems even lamer than that:
part 1 - REC failed
part 2 - Hansen says we're doomed
part 2a - we'd be doomed even if REC succeeded
part 3 - solution: "spend more money on R&D"

about a month ago

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