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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

geekoid Re:Well, There You Go. (395 comments)

In some case, it will be top down. This will be in things like, building codes, emission guidlines etc.

If it gets too bad, then I will be all for a top down solution involving guns and the removal of corporate charters.
This is like 97% of all astronomers saying , there is a dark asteroid coming in a couple a hundred years the size of australia, we need to take action. And then large corporation and anti tax groups say 'no it isn't'. And 'your model isn't 100% perfect, therefor it's wrong and invalid!" and people saying. I'll believe it when I see it!" even though it will be too late to do anything about it.

In that case, I would also support taking action, even if it had to be a forced action.
This isn't about a different of opinion on a sports team, or tax code, or privacy. Its about something that will make all the irrelevant if we don't take action now.

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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

geekoid Thats been answered. (395 comments)

". To all you science people, correlation does not equal causation. "
no shit, Sherlock.

" How else do you explain the many periods of warming and cooling in the past long before humans even existed?"
There are different way the earth can warm. The effect of shoving more green house gasses into the atmosphere causes warming on top of other trends. There is no doubt about this at all.

https://www.ipcc.unibe.ch/publ...

" I rest my case"
You did not, in any way, 'make a case'. You might want to learn what the means.
If you want to make a case, you need to start by showing which one of these is false:

1) The Earth gets lots of light from the sun
2) Visible light emits IR when it strike something
3) CO2 absorbs energy from IR
4) Humans but more green house gasses into the air then can be absorbed.

The basic science on warming is trivial. Literally any of these can, nad have, been test by any decent College lab. Hell, even A good high school lab could do it. This is why deniers never talk about the actual science and only talk about cherry picked data points, or make ad homs.

So, the climate is warming due to more energy being trapped.
Climate Change is the impact AGW has on the climate. They are related but separate issues.
So, why would adding energy to a system not change it?
At this point, some knuckle head is about to slam his meat hooks onto his keyboard in what he thinks is a clever retort,. I will take this time to remind him the new equilibrium is only reach when the change in energy stops, and there is no rule saying the planet need to be livable when equilibrium is achieved.

More to the point:
Why do you think there is a 97% consensus? Why do you think countries whose best interest would be that there is no AGW agree there is AGW?
Some people think there is a weird conspiracy. That would mean the China is in on it for no reason. Why?

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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

geekoid Re:Impacts (395 comments)

Yes, we should prepare, but we can not adapt.
With are current Greenhouse gas release, there isn't an endpoint survivable by humans. It will get two warm for food growth, anywhere.
People act like, well it will happen and we will just farm 200 miles more north.

10 hours ago
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Brown Dwarf With Water Clouds Tentatively Detected Just 7 Light-Years From Earth

geekoid Re:Moons? (77 comments)

Well, it's funny you say that.

We saw two moons. One of which wasn't in earlier detections, and as it came around the brown dwarf, it just exploded. weird.

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Brown Dwarf With Water Clouds Tentatively Detected Just 7 Light-Years From Earth

geekoid Re: Is this the missing "dark matter"? (77 comments)

". You build a theory by standing on the shoulders of others and learning."
Yes. But if you don't even stand on the shoulders of the giants in a field, then you should probably shut the fuck up.

"Learning is the asking of questions."
Yes, but it isn't throwing out ideas so off base they aren't even wrong, and then telling people to show you why they can't be when the idea being stated makes no sense at all. AC who posted that question clearly doesn't know the first thing about dark matter. Frankly, the poster should have the decency to do some preliminary understanding of the problem before spouting off nonsense and then getting defensive about it.

11 hours ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

geekoid It's called fraud (179 comments)

Since they have no intention of actual using the service, then it's fraud.

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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

geekoid Re:Casting bricks in place? (191 comments)

No one knows that. It's a idea in 1(one) paper. Just like dozens of other solutions.
BTW, pouring them 'in place' brings up a whole new set of problems.

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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

geekoid Re:Not all the blocks (191 comments)

Well, it passed the KISS test, I guess that settles it. Lets totally forget other methods that pass the KISS test, and we will also forget the myriad of other thing that where done more difficult because of social reason and they didn't have the advantage of hind site.

They still need to move them after they were made.

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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

geekoid Re:Stupid theory... (191 comments)

", the pyramid gets less wide towards the top. "
That's what I've been doing wrong!

yesterday
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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

geekoid Re:Corroborating Hieroglyphics? (191 comments)

Doesn't mean they were formed in place.
Of course, a new valid theory about them seems to co out every decade, with little followup.

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California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

geekoid Re:Unintended Consequences (232 comments)

The premise is to makes stolen phone useless; which would nearly stop phone theft.

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California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

geekoid Re:Unintended Consequences (232 comments)

"The thief will unfairly target older phone model owners."
what the? dude, the thief is being unfair when he decided to steal a phone. By nature it's unfair. I highly doubt a phone thief will be an economist trying to equally balance the loss across society.

Setting aside all the incorrect assumptions you've stuffed into there, at worse case it would only be a few years, then phone swill be practically useless to steal.

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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

geekoid Re:why? (481 comments)

This is a huge change on the road. Just like all other changes, it needs to be put in incrementally so we can manage unintended consequence.

It's smart planning.

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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

geekoid Re:Never gonna work ... (481 comments)

" that would confuse the hell out of the computer."
no it wouldn't. The computer isn't running the computations to calculate if two parallel line eventual cross(they can, btw*). It checks it's mapping software and then tells you their isn't a match.

*IF they are infinitely long in 3 or 4th dimensional space.

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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

geekoid Re:Never gonna work ... (481 comments)

You do know some insurance companies are already have ads talking about automated vehicles, right?
Liability has been dealt with., It is not an issue.
A) Fails due to improper maintenance? Owner fault.
B) Drive intentional tries to do something stupid? drivers fault
C) Defect? manufactures fault
D) Any of those things done be another vehicles, well that's for their insurance to deal with.

"I can make up plenty of wacky scenarios which may or may not ever happen, and it probably wouldn't be an exhaustive list of things which could happen "
as I can with current vehicles.

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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

geekoid Re:Star Trek (481 comments)

Like he gave a damn about the show.

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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

geekoid Re:No Steering Wheel In Time (481 comments)

last year? 10.8 million reported accidents.

" Put another way, I'm a 99.95% safe driver."
No, you are not. No one is. When you, and I, and everyone else drives, there will be long periods where you aren't paying attention. The fact that no accident occurs is a matter of rote and luck.

Also, 99.95% is COMPLETELY meaningless.
"days driven vs. accidents, though,"
Yes, using a stupid useless metric, you appear safe.

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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

geekoid Re:CA is mind bottling (481 comments)

Shouldn't you grow up and realize that not all issues are the same with the same solution?

yesterday
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

geekoid Re:Backward-thinking by the DMV (481 comments)

Just like my 3 year old would refuse to go quietly to the dentist.

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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

geekoid Re:Backward-thinking by the DMV (481 comments)

What are you going to do besides die with you hands on the wheel?

yesterday

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Truck carrying Cobalt-60 found in Mexico

geekoid geekoid writes  |  about 9 months ago

geekoid (135745) writes "The Truck carrying Cobalt 69 that had been stolen has been found in Mexico. The thieves opened up the containers and where exposed to the radiation. It is presumed they will die form the exposure. Mexican Authorities are currently undergoing recovery operation."
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Windows 8.1 to boot to desktop

geekoid geekoid writes  |  about a year ago

geekoid (135745) writes "According to the Verge, Windows 8.1 will have an option to boot directly to the desktop. In light of recent reporting about the general distaste and design flaws of windows 8 user interface, will MS's updates be dynamic enough to stop the current MS Exodus?"
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Voyager 1 may have past through the Heliopause

geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 2 years ago

geekoid writes "Data beinr returned by the Voyager 1 indocates it ahs left the Heliopause, being the first machine ever to leave the protection of the Suns Solar winds.
Data: Energetic proton increase This is a monumental achievement for NASA, and a huge leap for all mankind. Showing once again that humans can do awe inspiring things."

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Congressmen want to remove propaganda ban

geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 2 years ago

geekoid writes "Rep. Mark Thornberry from Texas and Rep. Adam Smith from Washington State have created an admendment the would remove the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 and Foreign Relations Authorization Act in 1987. Those acts were created to protect the people from the government propaganda. Call you representative about this today. Find them here"
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Ada Lovelace day

geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 2 years ago

geekoid writes "Today is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada_lovelace> Ada Lovelace day. "The Right Honourable the Countess of Lovelace" was a mathematician, translator, and the first computer programmer. tragically she died from bloodletting. So, today is a good opportunity to remember women's accomplishments in technology."
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SEtI Allen Array shutdown

geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 3 years ago

geekoid writes "On April 15th, the Allen Telescope Array was shutdown. California's panic to 'save' money mean the the NSF funding for the operations of the Array has dried up. This is just one example of research and science getting slashed. Science is the very thing that gives us the tools we use, and drives the economy; but it's one of the first things to get cut. Why aren't we angered by this? Where is the 'Science, Research, and experimentation lobby?"
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Mandatory Health care fine by founding fathers

geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 3 years ago

geekoid writes "Most people against mandatory health care say "The Founding Fathers" would not want it, and that it's against the intent of the constitution. Not only is the 'founding fathers' claim a logical fallacy trying to gain some sense of false authority and appeal to emotion, it is also wrong. As it turns out the founding fathers actually created a mandatory health care act, and it was signed by John Adams. I suspect John Adams knew more about the constitution and it's intent then pretty much any Pseudo republican Tea Party member."
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Wikileaks shows the US is doing a pretty good job.

geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 3 years ago

geekoid writes "Wikileaks release of secret cables shows the Obama administration has a realistic view of world events, and is handling them very well.
From the article: "One thing that is helpful is that it shows that the U.S. government is basically trying to put in place good policies, that it has a good idea of what's happening in Afghanistan and Pakistan and has a pretty good analysis of the situation of Russia,"

IT also shows the US is viewed fairly well in the Arab world. My favorite quote:
The silver lining really is that the U.S. doesn’t come across as a gunslinger, at least in the Middle East.
- Fariborz Ghadar, foreign policy analyst.
As an American, I'm pretty happy with the way things are actually being handled in the mid-east."

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Sony halts Walkman.

geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 3 years ago

geekoid writes "After 30 years, Sony has pulled the plug on the Walkman. The Walkman was a portable cassette player. The first practical way to take the music you wan't where ever you go. Including shared tapes and copies of friends tapes. I had one and loved it. Even though they held less music then the Nomad, they weren't lame."
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A humorous view of the history of media piracy

geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 4 years ago

geekoid writes "Everyone on slashdot is familiar with the media's attempt to thwart people from copying their content. Over at cracked they have a humorous article looking at the media corporations history of piracy FUD."
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Video Games designed to be addictive?

geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 4 years ago

geekoid writes "Microsoft games researcher intentionally designs games to be addictive:
http://www.cracked.com/article_18461_5-creepy-ways-video-games-are-trying-to-get-you-addicted.html

The idea of game addiction has always been a solid foundation for a heated debate on Slashdot. When behavioral scientists are consulted to create the pattern of behaviors the game designers want, isn't that intentionally creating addictive behaviors? Should people be warned that a game has been designed to make them addicted?"
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Correlation and causation, and overview

geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 4 years ago

geekoid writes "So many people who post on Slashdot fall in to the causation is not correlation logical fallacy. I thought an article that discuss this logical fallacy, both it's use and abuse."
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geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 7 years ago

geekoid writes "Boing Boing has posted a story anout a person who was fired about talking about a gun, and then visited by the police for making a web comic about it: Boing Boing Link The police called it a borderline "terroristic" threat. The comic in question is here : Comic"
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geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 7 years ago

geekoid writes "Apple has announced there iPhone: http://www.apple.com/iphone/ I guess it's time to say I told you so... I told you so. It has a beautiful interface, but without buttuns I'm not sure how I will be able to dial without looking. Finally, the single device with all the functionality I want at a reasonable size. The price is a little steep, but that's what they said about the iPod."

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geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Even though I've been reading slashdot for quite some time, I jusr recently started poking around to see whats what.
Obviously, I found out about the Journal.

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