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Microsoft Plans $1 Billion Server Farm In Iowa

jamesl The Corn! (47 comments)

Oh, the corn. Think of the corn. Children will starve in Des Moines.

3 hours ago

Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

jamesl Wrong question (157 comments)

Right question: "Will This Flying Car Get Off the Ground?" As in, "Will This Flying Car Ever Make a Profit?"

Just like all others before it, no.

4 days ago

93 Harvard Faculty Members Call On the University To Divest From Fossil Fuels

jamesl Small beer (214 comments)

That's 100 (or 93) faculty members out of "about 2,400 faculty members."

Another headline could be, "2,307 Harvard Faculty Members Don't Call On the University to Divest From Fossil Fuels."


about a week ago

Microsoft's Security Products Will Block Adware By Default Starting On July 1

jamesl Because ... (177 comments)

If adware is malware, why wait until July?

Because if they just popped it on the unsuspecting world with neither prior notification nor opportunity for users and IT professionals to react and inform, pundits would be caught unaware and unprepared and spend the next weeks complaining. Loudly. Vociferously. Obnoxiously. And users would be more pissed off than they will be in any case.

about two weeks ago

Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay That Way

jamesl Except ... (323 comments)

According to industry experts ... we aren't anywhere close to getting a service that allows customers to pay a single monthly fee for access to a wide range of top-notch movies and TV shows.

Just like one service can't provide customers with a wide range of top-notch retail products. Except for Amazon.

about three weeks ago

Federal Student Aid Requirements At For-Profit Colleges Overhauled

jamesl How does this compare ... (295 comments)

... to not-for-profit institutions?

Perhaps public high schools should be held to the same standard. Like Charter Schools.

about a month ago

The Billionaires Privatizing American Science

jamesl Re:How much is enough? (279 comments)

Your calculation implies that the benefit is full employment. The benefit of science is knowledge. You get an F.

about a month ago

The Billionaires Privatizing American Science

jamesl How much is enough? (279 comments)

The poster asserts, "Government-funded science is struggling in the United States."

The Federal Government spends more than $130 billion on research and development (R&D) each year, conducted primarily at universities and Federal laboratories.

How much should the taxpayers spend on research? Show your work.

about a month ago

Google Flu Trends Gets It Wrong Three Years Running

jamesl Re:Big Models (64 comments)

You'll notice in the graph at your link that the temperature trend is flat since about 2000. No warming. Thanks for proving my point.

Big picture here ...

about a month ago

Google Flu Trends Gets It Wrong Three Years Running

jamesl Re:Big Models (64 comments)

I'll respond to you and hope that your friends below manage to find it.

On all data sets below, the different times for a slope that is at least very slightly negative ranges from 8 years and 7 months to 16 years and 8 months.
1. For GISS, the slope is flat since February 2001 or 12 years, 6 months. (goes to July)
2. For Hadcrut3, the slope is flat since April 1997 or 16 years, 4 months. (goes to July)
3. For a combination of GISS, Hadcrut3, UAH and RSS, the slope is flat since December 2000 or 12 years, 8 months. (goes to July)
4. For Hadcrut4, the slope is flat since December 2000 or 12 years, 8 months. (goes to July)
5. For Hadsst2, the slope is flat since March 1997 or 16 years, 4 months. (goes to June) (The July anomaly is out, but it is not on WFT yet.)
6. For UAH, the slope is flat since January 2005 or 8 years, 7 months. (goes to July using version 5.5)
7. For RSS, the slope is flat since December 1996 or 16 years and 8 months. (goes to July)


There is an embarrassing (for you) graph at the link in case you have trouble with numbers.

I've shown you my data now you can show me yours and we'll see who is the moron, you moron.

about a month ago

Google Flu Trends Gets It Wrong Three Years Running

jamesl Big Models (64 comments)

It's a failure that highlights the danger of relying on big data technologies.

Or big models. Like climate models. The ones that have predicted a warming climate for the past 15 years while the climate has not warmed.

about a month ago

Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

jamesl That old joke ... (712 comments)

You know that old joke ... Will the last one out turn off the lights.

How do these bozos plan to power the lives 300+ million Americans who like to read at night, watch TV and have electric appliances do their laundry and wash their dishes.

And don't just say, "solar" or "wind" without including the cost (in $Gazillions) and time (in decades) to build out an entirely new infrastructure while inventing some way to store power for calm nights.

Nuclear? Great. Better start changing regulations and lining up money. Lots and lots of money.

about a month ago

Sniffing Out Cancer With Electronic Noses

jamesl ... as good as ... (22 comments)

... a mammogram.

A low bar.

about a month ago

Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

jamesl Alfalfa (545 comments)

Alfalfa is used to feed dairy cattle that produce ... dairy ... used to make cheese, yogurt and other products. Alfalfa is not fed to beef cattle.

about a month ago

Google Chairman on WhatsApp: $19 Bn For 50 People? Good For Them!

jamesl Reference please (303 comments)

'Ninety-nine percent of people have seen no economic improvement over the last decade,' he said ...

I'd like to see an authoritative reference for this statement.

about a month ago

California District Launches Country's First All-Electric School Bus

jamesl Price? Cost? (94 comments)

Like most stories about electric busses, electric trucks and electric cars, this one includes no useful information about cost. Who thinks that without a taxpayer handout, this thing makes any economic sense to the Kings Canyon Unified School District?

Pure Pork.

about a month ago

Steve Ballmer Blew Up At the Microsoft Board Before Retiring

jamesl Change is good (248 comments)

... although given that not making hardware propelled them to success in the 90s...

And making typewriters and mainframes propelled IBM to success in the 60s.

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

jamesl Meanwhile, the Linux community ... (860 comments)

... has done a terrific job converting these decrepit XP machines to open source. After all, its free, secure and runs on anything that XP will. The migration tools are free, secure, work really well and available just about everywhere.

And once she's running Linux, grandma will stop calling with all those support questions.

about a month and a half ago

Bugatti 100P Rebuilt: The Plane That Could've Turned the Battle of Britain

jamesl Authoritative Source (353 comments)

History, facts and performance from the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) which has the original on display.

about a month and a half ago



Ballmer's Last Year -- I'm big, I'm bald and I'm loud

jamesl jamesl writes  |  about 5 months ago

jamesl (106902) writes "The Wall Street Journal, in an article titled, "Ballmer on Ballmer: His Exit from Microsoft" talks about his decision to leave Microsoft, the reorganization so far and what its like to leave the place he's worked for 33 years. "Mr. Ballmer tried to spell out his plan to remake Microsoft, but a director cut him off, telling him he was moving too slowly. The board's beef was speed. Mr. Ballmer and his board have been in agreement: Microsoft, while maintaining its strong software business, must shake up its management structure and refocus on mobile devices and online services if it is to find future profit growth and reduce its dependence on the fading PC market. "
Link to Original Source

Scott Adams test phones

jamesl jamesl writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jamesl (106902) writes "Scott Adams says,

In a recent post I complained about both my old iPhone 3GS and my new Android phone. Brandon Watson, Senior Director of Windows Phone Apps challenged me to test a Windows phone. If I didn't like it better than the iPhone and the Android, he would donate $1,000 to the charity of my choice. I agreed. My evaluation follows.

His results are interesting and will certainly light a bonfire of hot comments."

Link to Original Source

When did Irene stop being a hurricane?

jamesl jamesl writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jamesl (106902) writes "Cliff Mass, a climate researcher at the University of Washington and popular Seattle blogger asks, "When did Irene stop being a hurricane?"

" ... there is really no reliable evidence of hurricane-force winds at any time the storm was approaching North Carolina or moving up the East Coast."

"I took a look at all the observations over Virgina, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York. Not one National Weather Service or FAA observation location, not one buoy observations, none reach the requisite wind speed. Most were not even close."

"Surely, one of the observations upwind of landfall, over Cape Hatteras or one of the other barrier island locations, indicated hurricane-force sustained winds? Amazingly, the answer is still no."

Cliff supports his statement with data from NOAA/NWS/NDBC presented in easy to understand charts."

Link to Original Source

Robo Jeep

jamesl jamesl writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jamesl (106902) writes "The US Army is sending "four [of] Lockheed’s Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) robot jeeps to Afghanistan where they’ll haul supplies for troops. The trucks are being sent there as part of a test program to see just how useful robot cargo trucks can be. The 11-foot long trucks can carry a half a ton of supplies for up to 125 miles after being delivered to the field in a CH-47 or CH-53 helo."
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