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Why the "NASA Tested Space Drive" Is Bad Science

ivano Re:Space Drive or Global Warming? (315 comments)

Furthermore, we don't even know how the regular, massive swings in global temperature happen.

And this is what pisses me off with the climate "skeptics". If you don't know how the system will react when you're increasing the concentration of CO2 then why not err on the side of mitigating the CO2 concentrations instead of "business as usual".

about two weeks ago

The Higgs Boson Re-Explained By the Mick Jagger of Physics

ivano Re:Stil waiting. (94 comments)

But if you don't understand something how can you judge if it's a good explanation?

about 6 months ago

How Well Do Our Climate Models Match Our Observations?

ivano Re:Since it only needs 2C (560 comments)

For an ice-age to occur you need three things: 0) Land masses near the poles (lets say in the northern hemisphere) 1) Earth's tilt needs to decrease (from it's present 23.5 degrees), 2) Earth's eccentricity increases, and 3) Summer in the northern hemisphere happens during Earth's aphelion When these 3 things happen. The summer is not powerful enough to melt all the ice created during winter. This allows the glaciers to grow. Ice-ages happen when we get cooler summers. NOT because it's getting colder.

about 5 months ago

Global-Warming Skepticism Hits 6-Year High

ivano Re:Which shows that people don't understand (846 comments)

Remember you're talking to people who think that they can dismiss what you say because they (the deniers) think that everyone who uses the term climate change doesn't understand that the Earth's climate has changed before. But they're too stupid to understand that when we say climate change we mean anthropogenic climate change.

about 7 months ago

Review: Puppet Vs. Chef Vs. Ansible Vs. Salt

ivano Re:Oh really? (141 comments)

Italian: "non ho fatto niente" means "I didn't do anything", but a literal translation is "I didn't do nothing". So some languages allow you to use a double negative to signify the negative.

about 9 months ago

Galileo Navigation System Gets Go-Ahead From EU Parliament

ivano Re:What it will be used for... (178 comments)

What do you mean draconian? If, like a lot of /.-ers, you are libertarian how else will we pay for using the roads? A petrol/gas tax? But that's forced stealing - so you can't have that! The only far system is you-pay-as-you-go. The more miles you travel on the roads the more you need to pay. If you have a better system I would like to hear it.

about 9 months ago

Physicists Plan to Build a Bigger LHC

ivano Re:You need another one? So soon? (263 comments)

They have their reasons if you actually read about it. Anyway it takes roughly 20 years to plan, get funding, and build the thing. That's why they're starting now. It's called "what happens if you only have one chance to build something that as yet the technology hasn't been developed yet". For instance the LHC was designed before they knew if they could find magnets to be able to "bend the beams". Also check out

about 9 months ago

Most IT Workers Don't Have STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Degrees

ivano Re:Personally (655 comments)

A lot of this is due to the fact that we no longer value expertise/experts. We've had too many well-funded self-interest groups going around nick picking experts until all that is left is your own self-doubt. Universities are full of experts and to not take advantage of that is one of the least fruitful things you can do while there.

about 10 months ago

Most IT Workers Don't Have STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Degrees

ivano Re:Personally (655 comments)

Like Jenny McCarthy.

about 10 months ago

Most IT Workers Don't Have STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Degrees

ivano Re:Personally (655 comments)

> is get your foot in the door of a first job or two Unless the person hiring you is an idiot. I don't have a CS degree but I do have one in maths (PhD). Unfortunately the interviewer refused to accept that I have any knowledge in CS because I didn't have a CS degree. I pointed out I was involved in one of the first big pushes of "experimental mathematics" where we program computers to investigate high level maths objects. Nope, can't get the job - no CS degree. After about 5 interviews like this in Australia I moved to Europe and in my first interview with a startup I got a programming job. It's all about attitudes. Some people have had problems with people with CS degrees. Some people have problems with self-taught guys. You really need to interview people based on what they can give to the company.

about 10 months ago

PlayStation 4 Will Be Running Modified FreeBSD

ivano Nice thing about PS3... (457 comments)

...was how fast it booted up. One of the worse was how many times it needed to be restarted whenever it had an update. I thought Linux didn't need to be restarted ;)

about a year ago

Tests Show That Deadly New Flu Could Spread Among People

ivano Re:More ridiculous sensationalism (185 comments)

Why has heart compatibility have anything to do with immune system compatibility? Ferrets have a similar immune system to us than pigs do. Pigs on the other hand have a heart as big as a human - ferret hearts are too small. If ferrets had bigger hearts we'll be using them.

about a year ago

Curiosity Lands On Mars

ivano Re:MOAR Mars Rovers FTW!!1 (411 comments)

For Europa we need to drill through 20 km of ice. We can do 4km in 10 years (like Lake Vostok). But 20 km autonomously. Not in the near future. And where do we drill. We learnt from Viking not to be too ambitious. And I think your fantasy is getting mixed up with your reality. Also we go to Mars because it's the best chance to find life. They are only rocks to you because you never bothered to actually *look* at what is there.

about 2 years ago

Heroism Is Part of a Nuclear Worker's Job

ivano It's guys like us[?] (349 comments)

I work in a company where I understand a lot of shit that 99% of the rest in my company doesn't. (Note the 1% is more than me - I'm surrounded by people a lot cleverer than I am). So I work 10 hrs a day trying to get all our Hudson plans green and to make sure our automated processes work fine 24/7. Of course, if there's a hick up then I get the phone call; I'm the one to work over the weekend. You know the drill...I'm sure a lot of /. are in the same position.

These guys are "us" (probably less me, more you).

These are the guys that understand the system; probably complain like hell to management about what's *really* going on; are always too busy to go to the Friday drinks or that all-hands meetings to celebrate one of the managers finishing his org chart or whatnot. These are the guys that always seem to miss their son's bedtime; or are too tired to eat when they come home.

And now they have the added benefit that in 5 years time they'll get a phone call from their doctor telling them that something turned up in an X-ray and he needs to talk to them about it.

more than 3 years ago

Texas Bill Outlaws Discrimination Against Creationists In Academia

ivano Re:Texas is not alone (1251 comments)

Except when someone drags a big gold asteroid into orbit and hyperinflation runs amok (like Spain in the 15 century). Just saying.

more than 3 years ago

Lack of Manpower May Kill VLC For Mac

ivano Re:user-friendly? (398 comments)

What about this: drag a collection of files to the playlist in VLC and it starts playing the list from the last one?!?!? Personally this is why I hate open-source projects; this would never have got through a team with dedicated testers :) But to throw petrol on the fire I still have old PPC Macs and since 0.7.x releases VLC has been very, very picky in playing files without stuttering. Something as simple as iTunes checking for new podcasts will make VLC just stop dead. Mplayer on the other hand, though less sophisticated, won't.

more than 4 years ago

VLC 1.0.0 Released

ivano Re:So it plays back media (419 comments)

You've never used it on a Mac then I assume. Because you would change your mind pretty quickly :)

more than 5 years ago

Steorn's "Free Energy" Jury Comes Back To Bite Them

ivano Re:What? No Mr. Fusion? (213 comments)

God damn it.

Look if the laws of thermodynamics are to be broken then it would have been observable in many different experiments, over many different areas of physics for the last 50 years. The LHC, Fermilab and any university department would have straightforward experiments demonstrating that the laws are broken. If the laws can be broken by bits of metal and magnets you can bet your bottom dollar that experiments that deal with observations on the quantum level would have, maybe, just maybe, have raised a red flag (like CPT violation).

It's far easier (note this is not about theoretic frameworks, just experimental observations) to see a discrepancy in the laws of thermodynamics than it is to exploit them. It's like saying it's easier to create fusion reactors than it is to observe them in nature (like, say, a star). So saying a machine can bypass the laws of thermodynamics but AT THE SAME TIME none of those discrepancies are actually observed is just plain dumb.

You know who were the people that DIDN'T believe the earth was round?; that objects of different masses would fall at the same rate?; that the universe is expanding?: normal, boring people on the street. When physicists were formulating the laws of quantum mechanics the average Joe was being amazed by the new invention of street lighting. Stop using the persecution of Galileo by the average Joe and his church with the scepticism of people with backgrounds in physics to Steom. They have a right to question and be extremely suspicious about a macro-scale observation that counters ALL observations, of different scales (from the universe to the quantum) that contradict their claim.

Saying that an observable, well documented law is just another mistake in physics is plain dumb and makes you look like someone who wouldn't know what a scientific principle is if it ran up your butt and whistled Dixie.

Rant over.

more than 5 years ago

Obama Proposes High-Speed Rail System For the US

ivano Re:I like rail! Great mass transit in Europe (1385 comments)

If you want to know how to do rail DO NOT LOOK AT ENGLAND. How long was it before the high speed rail to Paris was actually high speed? 2008! Thatcher cut so much from rail that it looks like it will cost up to 100 times more to put it back into shape than the amount that was saved.

more than 5 years ago



ivano ivano writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ivano (584883) writes "British researchers who have seen drafts of last month's IPCC report claim it was significantly watered down when governments became involved in writing it.

Prior to publication, the final version of the Summary for Policy Makers of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (Work Group 1: The Physical Science Basis) was consensually agreed line by line by governmental agents. Applying the tools of "Redactionsgeschichte", the substantive editorial changes established in this process throw light on the directions in which political and economic interests have influenced the presented scientific material. Attention has been paid specifically to those alterations that change the emphasis or meaning of the text, while minor re-ordering, textual transposition and polish for meaning and clarity, have been ignored. Links are then made between the direction of governmental editorial bias and the lacunae or omissions in the content as a whole. The study concludes with an exploration of the "primary task" of the Inter Governmental Panel on Climate Change.
In particular, the April 2006 version had many references to the potential for climate to change faster than expected because of positive-feedbacks in the climate system. These are now absent."


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