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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

itzly Re:unfair policy (203 comments)

Only if there's no competition between insurance companies. Otherwise, keeping the rates at a lower level will gain more market share.

12 hours ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

itzly Re:unfair policy (203 comments)

No, in that case, the question would have to have the words "statistically significant" in them. The word "significant" by itself means the same for scientists and laymen alike.

12 hours ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

itzly Re:unfair policy (203 comments)

Funny how you react to a comment about Arctic ice with a study of Antarctic ice.

12 hours ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

itzly Re:unfair policy (203 comments)

Not "has an effect", but "is a significant contributing factor". There's a huge difference.

13 hours ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

itzly Re:unfair policy (203 comments)

In addition to the answer being always no, it's also always yes, since the earth has been without any ice too. Without a time frame, the question is rather meaningless.

13 hours ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

itzly Re:Fresh water less dense, more volume per weight (203 comments)

I don't know that I would expect a "waterfall", since that would imply a sudden edge. I would rather expect some sort of slope. And as long as there a source of new water flowing into the ocean, I would expect this slope to persist.

13 hours ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

itzly Re:What will it take? (203 comments)

Is there anything we can do to prevent this from happening ? And if there's something we can do, do we need to start right now or would it be okay to wait a few million years ?

13 hours ago
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Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

itzly Re:What will it take? (203 comments)

But if there's more ice, it's because of global warming.

citation needed.

yesterday
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

itzly Re:If get drunk... (275 comments)

Simple. The owner of the car will get the ticket.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

itzly Re:Simple (610 comments)

Can you recommend a good smartphone with a DVD player ?

2 days ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

itzly Re:It's OK to attack mythology and superstition... (259 comments)

it's the afterlife predictions of the former that people actually experience when they die

If they can explain their afterlife experience, they weren't really dead, and what they experienced wasn't the afterlife.

3 days ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

itzly Re:Star Trek (505 comments)

And a self destruct sequence...

about a week ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

itzly Re:Flight controls instead? (505 comments)

So why don't jet fighters use a wheel ?

about a week ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

itzly Re:Global Warming? (273 comments)

No, because in my logic we already know the amount of methane in the atmosphere, and this has already been entered into the models. Where exactly this methane is coming from doesn't really matter.

about a week ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

itzly Re:Global Warming? (273 comments)

The fact that the amount of seepage is higher than previously thought does not mean it is actually growing.

about a week ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

itzly Re:Global Warming? (273 comments)

We have known about them in the past but recent discoveries have shown that more exist than was thought and with methane being 30x more potent of a green house gas than CO2 it throws the models and calculations off.

If the seeps are not growing in size or quantity, the atmospheric methane due to the seeps should remain constant, and the models should be unaffected.

about a week ago
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UEA Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility of Alien Life

itzly Re:Extremophile (97 comments)

2. The utility of radio waves for communication wouldn't hinge much on the physic form of an organism, just something much like sapience.

Radio waves don't reach very far before they are drowned out by natural sources of radiation. Beyond one light year, you already need powerful radio sources, combined with large antennas to detect them. And there's only a short time window. It took earth billions of years before we started emitting radio waves, and already we're reaching the end of the window with the increased use of wide spectrum digital transmissions that are much harder to detect from a distance.

about a month and a half ago
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UEA Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility of Alien Life

itzly Re:Correction (97 comments)

Or maybe you meant "we" in a personal sense in which case yeah

You need quite a wide reaching definition of "we" if you want to include many different colonists, spread out over radically different planets, evolving over billions of years. Only a few dozen million years ago "we" were small furry rodents.

about a month and a half ago
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A Look At NASA's Orion Project

itzly Re:The one good feature of ARM (108 comments)

On the other hand, what price can we put on avoiding extinction?

The next extinction event is much more likely to come from human activities than from an asteroid.

about a month and a half ago

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