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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

ivano Re: Yep it is a scam (661 comments)

but the Earth had warning and cooling periods before men had any influence.

I never understood why people think this is an argument for anything. We're talking about subject matters like paleoclimatology and the experts in the field who work on climate change. They know this shit.

That's why AGW is so dangerous - they know that there has never been climate change this *fast* before. *All* the other times it took hundreds of thousand of years to do the same thing that is now happening in a few hundred.

4 days ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

ivano Re:Yep it is a scam (661 comments)

No it's not. Just because DDT doesn't increase the risk of breast cancer that it is somehow safe.

A Lancet review of epidemiological studies concluded that that DDT causes cancers of the liver, and pancreas, that there is mixed evidence that it causes cancers of the testes, and that it probably does not contribute to cancers of the rectum, prostate, endometrium, lung, or stomach.

(Rogan WJ, Chen A (2005). "Health risks and benefits of bis(4-chlorophenyl)-1,1,1-trichloroethane (DDT)". Lancet 366 (9487): 763–73.)

DDT is linked with a lot of development problems - especially at the levels needed for malaria eradication.

I think it's healthy that we're debating whether or not a chemical, that has both beneficial and harmful effects, should be used - but risk assessment isn't cut and dry.

5 days ago
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NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record

ivano Re:Cue the Deniers (360 comments)

Be there; done that. Wattsupwiththat should in no way be taken seriously by anyone. http://www.skepticalscience.co...

"...the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature study (BEST) finds that urban heating has an influence on global temperature trends that is “nearly negligible” and that what effect has been observed is even slightly negative, which is to say that temperature trends in urban areas are actually cooler than the trends measured at rural sites, and that the Earth's land surface has warmed approximately 1C on average since 1950."

about a week ago
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Hubble Takes Amazing New Images of Andromeda, Pillars of Creation

ivano Re:Any plan to send up a better Hubble ? (97 comments)

Err...James Webb telescope, maybe? Mostly a infrared telescope - as Hubble was a visual and UV one.

about three weeks ago
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Should We Be Content With Our Paltry Space Program?

ivano Re:No we shouldnt (287 comments)

beyond just that scientists want to science.

The problem with we shouldn't fund "X-ers or X-ists for doing X" is that for X = science you get something totally different in return from anything else. You get new and demonstrable knowledge.

about three weeks ago
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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

ivano Computer careers and gender (208 comments)

The interesting thing is when you do see a "normal" girl doing software development you can instantly see how much more "aware" they are with interacting with other people. Not a lot of people will like to hear this - but because they have the technology skills AND the social skills they get picked up pretty quickly for jobs requiring more responsibility and eventually higher ranking jobs.

In fact I'm pretty tired of going over to talk to a (male) colleague and they either can't or won't answer the question but instead will ramble on about something slightly related but nothing to with my question; or they'll be so passive-aggressive about any question that you have to know the answer beforehand to be able to ask the question in the precisely right way that they are willing to answer (think about talking to Dick Cheney about torture).

Of course, I'm ignoring that Russian girl who didn't know how to formulate an if-statement. And then there are those brilliant guys I've worked with which I still can't figure out their code - but it works just fine.

about a month ago
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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 6 months ago
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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 a year ago
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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 a year ago
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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.

1 year,6 days
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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 a year ago
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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 a year ago
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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 http://www.linearcollider.org/.

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

ivano Re:Personally (655 comments)

Like Jenny McCarthy.

about a year ago
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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 a year ago
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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 and a half ago
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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
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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.

more than 2 years ago

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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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