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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

riverat1 Re:Wait a minute (240 comments)

Maybe the can be laid on thick and scalloped with dimples like they did on Mythbusters.

1 hour ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

riverat1 Re:Prison population (406 comments)

... It's all well-and-good for Finland to look down on us for it, but Finland doesn't have to deal with a MUCH larger minority and impoverished population who are way more prone to crime than your average European suburbanite. Let's see how Finland behaves when we ship over the 20% of our population of children living in poverty. Let's see if Finland is so liberal on crime when we up their black and hispanic populations to 30% (like in the U.S.) of their total population instead of the 0.5% it currently is.

Or we could do like Finland does and make sure none of our citizens live in such abject poverty that a life of crime appears attractive. We could make sure that children's brains aren't stunted by growing up without enough food to eat or with poor nutrition. The Finns care far more about social welfare than we do in the US.

2 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

riverat1 Re:Let me get this right (826 comments)

The health of an economy has more to do with how fast money is moving through it than the absolute wealth in it. More income equality increases the spending ability of those toward the lower end of the income spectrum who are more likely to spend it immediately into the economy.

Take me for instance. I'm not rich but as an IT professional I do ok. Ever since I paid off my house 5 years ago I haven't changed my spending habits much so the money is just accumulating instead of being spent back into the economy. That doesn't help the economy much. (My excuse is I'm close to retirement and I'm building my nest egg.)

4 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

riverat1 Re:The Middle Class is the Bedrock of Society (826 comments)

No pure "ism" whether it's capital, social, commune or whatever will work in its pure form. They are way to idealistic about the nature of human beings. The strongest most resilient societies take the best of a variety of ism's to maximize the benefit to their members. If you're too much of a purist for your favorite ideology all you will ever be is disappointed when people don't conform to your idea of what they should be.

4 days ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

riverat1 Re:Timeline! (376 comments)

Snorting it would probably stuff your nose up pretty good at least.

4 days ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

riverat1 Re:So confused (376 comments)

My coworker, a retired Marine sergeant, is in Jackson Hole right now. What's the address? :)

More seriously I think there may be something to your rant. Saddam Hussein was our bought and paid for guy up until then late 1980's then he wanted to go independent and refused to stay bought. I think at least part of the reason we went after him was as an object lesson to our other bought and paid for dictators around the world. Problem was they didn't really consider all of the chaos that would come from deposing him.

4 days ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

riverat1 Re:Timeline! (376 comments)

Yellowcake uranium is not particularly hazardous unless you snort it like cocaine. It's 99%+ U-238 which has a half-life over 4 billion years.

4 days ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

riverat1 Re:Designed in US, Built in EU, Filled in Iraq (376 comments)

How about when some enterprising group of potential suicide bombers visit Liberia looking to pick up a minor case of Ebola and then going on a world tour using the largest international airports or railways for their travel needs?

Wouldn't that be a little like carrying around a briefcase with unshielded weapons grade plutonium in it? The time between the beginnings of contagiousness and incapacitation is pretty short.

4 days ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

riverat1 Re:Designed in US, Built in EU, Filled in Iraq (376 comments)

In Afghanistan the Taliban are very hard on women but on the other hand in Iraq under Saddam Hussein the women were some of the most liberated in the Middle East, but much less so now under the current government.

4 days ago
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Designing Tomorrow's Air Traffic Control Systems

riverat1 Re:control control control (72 comments)

What a libertarian fantasy world you live in. All the lawyers in the world can't help you if you're dead because of someone else's malfeasance.

4 days ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

riverat1 Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

Can someone tell me why so many talking heads are saying "It would be a BAD thing to stop allowing any normal commercial flights INTO the US from that part of Africa till they get it under control?

I don't think there are any direct flights from that area into the US. Thomas Duncan came through Brussels. It's probably impossible to totally quarantine such a large area.

Note that both of the Ebola patients were health care workers directly involved in the care of Mr. Duncan and so were exposed to him when he was extremely contagious. None of the people in the family he was staying with or the Emergency Room workers appear to have been infected and it's been long enough that we would probably know that by now.

5 days ago
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Pentagon Unveils Plan For Military's Response To Climate Change

riverat1 Re:LOL. 'Climate change' indeed. (228 comments)

There is no such as 'catastrophic man-made global warming', which is why the LIARS renamed it 'climate change', which means something completely different.

You can always tell someone is a climate science denier when they add the adjective "catastrophic" to the front of anthropogenic global warming. The term "climate change" came before "global warming", not after. Gilbert Plass published the peer reviewed paper "The Carbon Dioxide Theory of Climate Change." in 1956. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was created in 1988.

about a week ago
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Pentagon Unveils Plan For Military's Response To Climate Change

riverat1 Re:Systems perpetuate themselves (228 comments)

Climate change is inevitable, but the main reason that it's so damaging is because we have large static cities. Nature isn't static. We need to learn now that if we plan on having permanent settlements that they will have to bend with nature. Like it or not, our coastal cities cannot exist as they are now for much longer.

If you're going to take that attitude then you'd better plan for around 300 feet of sea level rise because that's how much there will be if all of the ice in the world melts plus adding in the steric effects of ocean warming.

about a week ago
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Pentagon Unveils Plan For Military's Response To Climate Change

riverat1 Re:Systems perpetuate themselves (228 comments)

And debate on the causes...

The only people who still want to debate the causes are those who are motivated to disbelieve in human causes. The scientific community has largely moved beyond that are of argument.

about a week ago
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Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

riverat1 They need to find the right field of study. (283 comments)

If the climate science deniers are right they're in the wrong field. If they'd just sell their souls to toe the warmista line they'd be rolling in grant money. /sarcasm

about two weeks ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

riverat1 Re:90% ? (423 comments)

I did some research and calculations and it looks like the heat capacity of the oceans is about 1,000 times the heat capacity of the atmosphere.

Mass of the World Ocean 1.37 x 10^21 kg or 1.37 x 10^24 grams
Specific heat of water 4.1813 J/g/K

Mass of the atmosphere 5.3 x 10^18 kg or 5.3 x 10^21 grams
Specific heat of air 1.012 J/g/K

1,370 * 4.1813 = 5728.4
5.3 * 1.012 = 5.3636

5728.4 / 5.3636 = 1068

I think I calculated that correctly but let me know if I got it wrong.

about two weeks ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

riverat1 Re:Time to take action (423 comments)

Wrong. I will never change the way I live.

At some point you won't have any choice about changing the way you live (if you're young enough to be still alive in another 20 or 30 years). The changes that will occur from global warming will necessitate that you change whether you want to or not.

about two weeks ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

riverat1 Re:What happens to that heat? (423 comments)

The 2014 Atlantic Hurricane season has been mild but the Eastern Pacific season is on the verge of record setting and the Western Pacific typhoon season is going strong.

about two weeks ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

riverat1 Re:please no (423 comments)

The accuracy of models is not a binary condition. They were accurate in the past given the state of our knowledge. They are more accurate now because the state of our knowledge has improved. They will be more accurate in the future as we learn even more.

about two weeks ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

riverat1 Re:please no (423 comments)

So it wasnt [sic] going into the oceans before and all of a sudden started going into the oceans all at once? Thus creating a "pause"? Why wasnt [sic] the heat going into the oceans before the "pause"?

Considering that over 90% of the heat from global warming goes into the oceans in the first place and that the top 10 feet of ocean contain as much heat as the entire atmosphere it doesn't take much of a shift in heat absorption by the oceans to have a profound effect on atmospheric temperatures. Heat has always been going into the oceans, the distribution has just shifted a little lately.

about two weeks ago

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Extreme Hot Temperature Days Increase Despite Warming "Hiatus"

riverat1 riverat1 writes  |  about 8 months ago

riverat1 (1048260) writes "A new study published in Nature Climate Change (pay walled) finds that despite the "hiatus" in global temperature rise the the area and time span of extreme heat days continues to rise. As explained in an article at Phys.org temperatures for every day were compared to the same calendar day from 1979 to 2012 and the hottest 10% of days were classified as hot temperature extremes. They found on average extremely hot events are affecting more than twice the area they did 30 years ago and the upward trend in the number of days and area affected persisted right through the warming "hiatus".

"Our analysis shows there has been no pause in the increase of warmest daily extremes over land and the most extreme of the extreme conditions are showing the largest change," said Dr Markus Donat.

"Another interesting aspect of our research was that those regions that normally saw 50 or more excessive hot days in a year saw the greatest increases in land area impact and the frequency of hot days. In short, the hottest extremes got hotter and the events happened more often."

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Comet ISON Nears Date With Sun

riverat1 riverat1 writes  |  about a year ago

riverat1 (1048260) writes "Now visible in the morning sky comet ISON will swing around the Sun on November 28. ISON will pass 730,000 km above the surface of the Sun at closest approach (Mercury's perihelion distance is 46 million km). If it survives its near brush with the Sun it could provide a spectacular sky show from December into January. This NASA timeline shows that ISON will be the most observed comet ever as instruments ranging from a balloon carried telescope to the Hubble Space Telescope to the STEREO satellites will be brought into play. Lowell Observatory astronomer Matthew Knight lays out three possibilities for ISON, spontaneous disintegration before it gets to the Sun (less than 1% chance), disintegration as it rounds the Sun or survival. If it survives its closest approach to Earth will be on December 26 at about 1/3 of an AU."
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NWS Announces Big Computer Upgrade

riverat1 riverat1 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

riverat1 (1048260) writes "After being embarrassed when the Europeans did a better job forecasting Sandy than the National Weather Service Congress allocated $25 million ($23.7 after sequestration) in the Sandy relief bill for upgrades to forecasting and supercomputer resources. The NWS announced that their main forecasting computer will be upgraded from the current 213 TeraFlops to 2,600 TFlops by fiscal year 2015, over a twelve-fold increase. The upgrade is expected to increase the horizontal grid scale by a factor of 3 allowing more precise forecasting of local features of weather. The some of the allocated funds will also be used to hire some contract scientists to improve the forecast model physics and enhance the collection and assimilation of data."
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BEST finds surface temperature changes track GHG emissions and volcanoes

riverat1 riverat1 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

riverat1 (1048260) writes "The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature studies latest release finds that land surface temperature changes since 1750 are nearly completely explained by increases in greenhouse gases and large volcanic eruptions. They also said that including solar forcing did not significantly improve the fit. Unlike the other major temperature records BEST used nearly all available temperature records instead of just a representative sample. Yet to come is an analysis that includes ocean temperatures."
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Chinese Build Sperm Extractor

riverat1 riverat1 writes  |  about 2 years ago

riverat1 (1048260) writes "In a bid to help men with infertility problems a Chinese hospital has built a sperm extractor.

Designed as an entirely automated and hands-free solution, the massaging device comes with a wide range of customizable features that allow patients to adjust the temperature, amplitude, frequency and speed to his liking. The machine also features a display screen and a surround sound system users can connect to using headphones.

According to the article the machine cost $2,800. Will this be the new must have accessory for /.'ers living in their mom's basement?"
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Sea Level Rise Can't be Stopped

riverat1 riverat1 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

riverat1 (1048260) writes "Sea level rise won't stop for several hundred years even if we reverse global warming according to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. As warmer water is mixed down into the oceans it causes thermal expansion of the water. Under the best emissions scenario the expected rise is 14.2 cm, under the worst 32.2 cm in 2100 (6 & 13 inches) from thermal expansion alone. Any glacial/ice sheet melt and water pumped from aquifers is on top of that. An easier to read summary is available at Reuters."
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Predator Drone Helps Nab Cattle Rustlers

riverat1 riverat1 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

riverat1 (1048260) writes "KTLA reports police in North Dakota arrested 3 men accused of cattle rustling with the help of a Predator B drone from nearby Grand Forks AFB. The sheriff of Nelson Country was chased off by 3 armed men when he went to serve a warrant so he came back the next morning with reinforcements including the drone which, while circling 2 miles overhead, was able to determine the whereabouts of the men on their 3,000 acre spread and the fact that they were unarmed. A SWAT team quickly moved in and apprehended the men. Local police say they have used the Predator drones for at least 2 dozen surveillance flights since June. The FBI and DEA have used the drones for domestic investigations as well.

Big Brother is watching."

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IBM scientist to launch TV series on computing

riverat1 riverat1 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

riverat1 (1048260) writes "A story over at InfoQ reports Grady Booch, IBM's Chief Scientist for Software Engineering, is going to create an 11 episode TV series on Computing — The Human Experience. The projects web site says:

Computing will explain the essential science of computing, present the stories of the people, events and inventions of computing, examine the connections among computing, science, and society, contemplate the future. In the spirit of Carl Sagan's Cosmos, Computing will inform, inspire, entertain. Computing is neither a lecture, nor a textbook, nor a dramatic recreation. It's an exploration and a conversation between the viewer and one of the industry's luminaries, delivered with wit, depth, and provocation.

The projects advisory board includes Vint Cerf, Alan Kay, Tim O'Reilly, and Mary Shaw."
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Dropping CO2 levels caused Antarctic ice sheet to

riverat1 riverat1 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

riverat1 (1048260) writes "In a news release from Purdue University a new study finds that CO2 level dropping below ~600 ppmv lead to the formation of the Antarctic ice sheet about 33.7 million years ago. The team studied geochemical remnants of ancient algae from cores drilled in geologically stable areas of the ocean floor. The focus was on two sites in the tropical Atlantic Ocean. Mark Pagani, the Yale geochemist who led the study cautioned it doesn't necessarily mean the ice sheet will melt at 600 ppmv of CO2 and said even if we reach the tipping point it will take thousands of years to completely melt it. The study is published in Science Magazine (paywalled)."
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The Strange Birth and Long Life of Unix

riverat1 riverat1 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

riverat1 (1048260) writes " The classic operating system turns 40, and its progeny abound.

After AT&T dropped the Multics project in March of 1969 Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie of Bell Labs through a combination of discarded equipment and subterfuge continued to work on the project eventually writing the first programming manual for System I in November 1971. A paper published in 1974 in the Communications of the ACM on Unix brought a flurry of requests for copies. Since AT&T was restricted from selling products not directly related to telephones or telecommunications they released it to anyone who asked for a nominal license fee. At conferences they displayed the policy on a slide saying "No advertising, no support, no bug fixes, payment in advance." From that grew an ecosystem of users supporting users much like the Linux community. The rest is history."

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"Game Changing" Furnace Improves Solar PV Producti

riverat1 riverat1 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

riverat1 (1048260) writes "

A game-changing Optical Cavity Furnace developed by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory uses optics to heat and purify solar cells at unmatched precision while sharply boosting the cells' efficiency.

So states a release by the NREL. The furnace uses about half the energy of a conventional thermal furnace, costs one quarter to one half as much and processes wafers in a significantly shorter time. Researchers ultimately expect to be able to improve solar cell efficiency by about 4% using the furnace."
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NASA explains sea level drop

riverat1 riverat1 writes  |  about 3 years ago

riverat1 writes "In 2010 sea level dropped 6 mm (nearly 1/4 inch). An August 23, 2011 update from NASA's Sea Level Sentinels explains the shift from El Nino to La Nina in early 2010 led to changes in rainfall worldwide that produced massive flooding in places such as Australia and the northern Amazon basin. Data from the GRACE satellites shows that the missing water has piled up on the continents. But the drop won't last, water flows downhill and will eventually find its way back to the sea."
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Gaddafi's monitoring of the internet

riverat1 riverat1 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

riverat1 (1048260) writes "The Next Web has a story on Muammar Gaddafi's monitoring of the internet and other telecommunications. As you might expect the monitoring was intense. The story names companies that supplied the monitoring software, most notably Amesys, a unit of the French company Bull SA. There is apparently a more detailed story behind the paywall at the Wall Street Journal here."
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Satisfaction Higher With More Government

riverat1 riverat1 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

riverat1 (1048260) writes "Dr. Patrick Flavin of Baylor, said the effect of state intervention into the economy equaled or exceeded marriage when it came to satisfaction in a study is published in the spring issue of the journal Politics & Policy. The article at physorg.com reports that the data comes from the World Values Survey 2005 that included 10,405 people from 15 advanced countries who were asked the question "All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days?". On a scale of 1-10 the overall average was 7.39. In the US it was 7.26. Flavin says the results hold regardless of the wealth, political leanings, marital status, health, education and other factors."
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Kentucky Announces Creationism Theme Park

riverat1 riverat1 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

riverat1 (1048260) writes "On December 1 Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced that a creationism theme part is expected to open in 2014. The Louisville Courier-Journal has the story.

The park called Ark Encounter will have a 500 foot replica of the Ark with live animals on it and a Tower of Babel explaining how races and languages developed. The park will be turned over to Answers in Genesis after it is built. They are a non-profit organization which may allow them to discriminate in hiring on the basis of religion."

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Building Roads With Sand And Bacteria

riverat1 riverat1 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

riverat1 (1048260) writes "Sand mixed with a solution containing Bacillus Pasteurii could be used to create engineered sandstone roads replacing asphalt with a cheaper, lighter colored surface that reflects more solar radiation and requires less nighttime lighting than asphalt. Bacillus Pasteurii cements sand grains together with calcium carbonate. It currently takes 320 barrels of oil to make the asphalt for a kilometer of roadway. Thomas Kosbau and Andrew Wetzler won the iida 2010 prize for their idea. Requested attribution: The iida awards are organized by designboom in collaboration with Incheon Metropolitan City."
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Real party animal helps study alcohol abuse

riverat1 riverat1 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

riverat1 (1048260) writes "From TFA: "Prairie voles, by their nature, stick with one mate for life and devotedly care for babies together. But given alcohol to drink, many become staggering drunkards prone to stepping out on their partners."

A study of the voles at Oregon Health & Science University found that unlike the traditional lab rats or mice they prefer alcohol (6%) to plain water. A single vole will drink equal amounts of water and alcohol but two of them living together will party down taking 4/5ths of their drinks from the alcohol spiked bottle suggesting social bonds play as big a role on drinking behavior as they do in any college fraternity. The study may lead to insights in human drinking."

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Air-fueled Battery Could Last Up to 10 Times Long

riverat1 riverat1 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

riverat1 writes "British researchers at the University of St. Andrews are investigating technology that could lead to longer lasting, lighter and cheaper lithium batteries. The battery uses oxygen from the air as a re-agent and replaces the lithium cobalt oxide cathode with porous carbon. So far they have more than tripled the capacity and are targeting a 5-10 fold increase in storage capacity. The battery could have applications all the way from personal electronics to vehicles up to storage of power for later use when the sun isn't shining and the wind isn't blowing."
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