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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

sycodon Too Fine Grained. (453 comments)

I think one thing is clear. All these studies are way to focused and fine grained. They look at micro aspects of the climate and then try to apply the observations to a system that is many orders or magnitudes larger.

It's like examining 1" square sections of the Sistine Chapel paintings and then trying to predict the color in the next 1" square based on the color in the current square. Hit and miss, misleading successes and baffling failures because you don't understand the totality of the entire painting.

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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

sycodon Re:Connecting I-80 and U.S. 50 (149 comments)

So the view of the other single wide mobile homes and the washer dryer sets in the front "yard" will be obscured?

  Nevada, for the most part, is dirt and weeds.

3 days ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

sycodon Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (149 comments)

As an American, I find the multitudes of taxes, fees, charges, and other blood sucking extortion schemes run by Government to be bizarre.

3 days ago
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Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

sycodon The Way It Works (290 comments)

Being in the midst of trying to control mine, here is a basic explanation provided by my Endocrinologists with some help from Wikipedia.

It all comes down to the Renin–angiotensin system.

When the Kidneys think they don't have enough fluid volume to do their job, they send out signals that ultimately come back to themselves, causing them to retain salt and ditch potassium. Water, naturally, follows the salt and results in increased blood volume and subsequently, pressure. That's why many BP meds contains diuretics.

Too much salts mucks up all the complex feedback mechanisms.

Something that is apparently under diagnosed is a condition called Aldosteronism, where the adrenal glands make too much of a hormone called aldosterone, a primary messenger in this cycle. Aldosterone levels are not part of the standard blood workup done by your average family physician and diagnosing the condition requires a special, hours long process. It's is kind of a Zebra in diagnostic terms but is looking more and more like a horse.

So if you are afflicted with High BP and you're not having much luck controlling it, ask your doctor about aldosterone levels. High BP that is a result of this condition is more dangerous in the long term, but possibly curable by suppressing the aldosterone or removing one of the adrenal glands.

4 days ago
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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

sycodon Re:Empirical Data Trumps Information Theory (211 comments)

The phrase "...places new limits on..." suggests that they have found that Life is even less likely. But the phrase, "...favorable to life are unlikely to be unusual...", however awkwardly, suggests that Life is more likely.

5 days ago
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UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

sycodon Re:80 million people? (198 comments)

I expect they don't usually keep their appointments.

5 days ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

sycodon Re:Meanwhile in the real world... (427 comments)

I think you don't really understand the word, "Exacerbated". Hint: It's not what you do in the shower on Friday nights.

about a week ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

sycodon Re:Talking Point (427 comments)

Funny...citing a misleading talking point to call something else a misleading talking point.

about a week ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

sycodon Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (762 comments)

Point to the AC.

At least he bothered to look at the links.

However, Hansen says that "deniers" should be tried for "crimes against humanity". This petty much equates to putting people in jail if not executing them should they be found guilty, however unlikely.

about a week ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

sycodon Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (762 comments)

I see.

There must be some fallacy that is the opposite of the appeal to authority...something like, "I reject you evidence because I don't like the publication which provides it.

about a week ago
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Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

sycodon Re:Hell no (362 comments)

I hope they won't teach in the same asshat way the teach addition .

about two weeks ago
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Dell Demos 5K Display

sycodon Hijacking this comment (204 comments)

Anyone know the effective resolution and screen size of the Oculus Rift?

Can we envision one day the elimination of external monitors in favor of lightweight and inexpensive versions of Oculus Rift with a form factor closer to that of Google Glass?

about two weeks ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

sycodon Re:Too much pop-culture (226 comments)

BBT is about Penny's tits, plain and simple. If not for her and her frequent bra-less scenes, the show would be a failure.

about two weeks ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

sycodon Re:How does he (226 comments)

Also...Are Penny's tits as big as they look?

Or, is it just T.V that makes them look big?

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Harness E. Coli To Produce Propane

sycodon Re:Glucose (82 comments)

5 to 10 years away...that's better than Fusion at least.

about two weeks ago

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Fuel and other products from CO2

sycodon sycodon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

sycodon (149926) writes "Researchers at the University of Georgia have found a way to transform the carbon dioxide trapped in the atmosphere into useful industrial products. Their discovery may soon lead to the creation of biofuels made directly from the carbon dioxide in the air that is responsible for trapping the sun's rays and raising global temperatures.

Discuss."

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Clean Coal Efforts Starting to Pay Off

sycodon sycodon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

sycodon (149926) writes "Scientists at Ohio State University have announced the discovery of a new process that takes the energy from coal without burning it – "and removes virtually all of the pollution."

The technology, known as Coal-Direct Chemical Looping (CCDL) , captures more than 99 percent of coal's carbon dioxide emissions based on laboratory research. The team of scientists led by Liang-Shih Fan, professor of chemical engineering and director of the Clean Coal Research Laboratory at Ohio State University, has been working on this and other clean coal technologies for 15 years with funding by the Department of Energy.

This new technology virtually eliminates pollutants and "could reduce the cost of carbon dioxide capture by more than half if implemented on a commercial scale," according to the OSU research team."

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Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) Ges Legit?

sycodon sycodon writes  |  about 2 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "From TFA

A growing cadre of scientists now suspect that Pons and Fleischmann’s observations were the result not of fusion but of more plausible physical processes. Some are even cautiously optimistic that those processes could be exploited to generate abundant amounts of clean energy. “There’s enough evidence that says we need to look at this,” says Joseph Zawodny, a physicist at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia.

"...if LENRs could be proved and tamed—a very big if—the effect could be transformative. Dennis Bushnell, chief scientist at NASA Langley, wrote in an online article that LENRs could potentially satisfy the world’s energy needs at a quarter the cost of coal. ""

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ACLU: Warrantless Electronic Surveillance Surges Under Obama

sycodon sycodon writes  |  about 2 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "The ACLU has released documents that show that in the last two years the US Department of Justice has conducted more warrantless electronic surveillance, involving spying on telephones, email and Facebook accounts, than in the preceding decade.

Chris Soghoian, principal technologist at the ACLU's Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, commented: "We're seeing a massive increase in requests for what as a technologist I would call metadata, so it's not the what you say, but the who you say it to.""

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Innocence of Muslims Film maker Arrested, Jailed.

sycodon sycodon writes  |  about 2 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man behind the film Innocence of Muslims,has been arrested and jailed in Los Angeles for probation violations. The situation is a win-win for the Obama administration who can now appear to be punishing the man who's film caused millions of Muslims around the world to go apeshit, but at the same time to be simply enforcing the law as all evidence indeed suggests Nakoula violated the terms of his probation."
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A stellar revision of the story of life

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "Today the Royal Astronomical Society in London publishes (online) Henrik Svensmark’s latest paper entitled “Evidence of nearby supernovae affecting life on Earth”. After years of effort Svensmark shows how the variable frequency of stellar explosions not far from our planet has ruled over the changing fortunes of living things throughout the past half billion years.

It has profound implications on all manner of flagship theories, including AGW.

The paper is available here."

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Terminator COntact Lenses

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "From TFA: "Live data that streams directly before your eyes à la The Terminator sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but researchers are this close to making it a reality. In a study published in the December 2011 issue of the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, University of Washington researchers demonstrated the safety of such a device by testing it in the eye of a rabbit. Although the prototype contained only a pixel of information, which appears as a tiny dot of light, scientists say it’s a proof of concept that could lead to superimposed emails and other messages in your line of sight. Talk about hands-free communication."

A whole new market for Pr0n."

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Obama goes full throttle on Outsourcing

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "In what I can only describe as a major WTF is going on here moment, a federal agency (Agency for International Development) run by a hand-picked Obama appointee (Rajiv Shah) has launched a $22 million program to train workers, including 3,000 specialists in IT and related functions, in South Asia. Following their training, the tech workers will be placed with outsourcing vendors in the region that provide offshore IT and business services to American companies looking to take advantage of the Asian subcontinent's low labor costs. Correct me if I'm wrong, but with today's economy, the last thing we need is the Federal Government helping foreign firms undercut the U.S. IT Labor force."
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Nuclear Battery Design To Be Revealed

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "At the highly anticipated Annual Winter Conference of the American Nuclear Society on November 18, Hyperion Power Generation Inc. will present the "launch" design for the Hyperion Power Module (HPM) to be deployed into the global market.

Read about it here

Discuss amongst yourselves."

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Rationing Healthcare

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "An Article, Principles for allocation of Scarce Medical Interventions, in The Lancet by Ezekiel Emmanuel MD, Rahm Emmanuel's brother, who is Barack Obama's "Special Advisor for Health Policy" discusses how to ration healthcare (Free registration required) Summary: Because none of the currently used systems satisfy all ethical requirements for just allocation, we propose an alternative: the complete lives system. This system incorporates five principles (table 2): youngest-first, prognosis, save the most lives, lottery, and instrumental value.5 As such, it priorities younger people who have not yet lived a complete life and will be unlikely to do so without aid. Many thinkers have accepted complete lives as the appropriate focus of distributive justice: "individual human lives, rather than individual experiences, [are] the units over which any distributive principle should operate."1, 75, 76 Although there are important differences between these thinkers, they share a core commitment to consider entire lives rather than events or episodes, which is also the defining feature of the complete lives system. Consideration of the importance of complete lives also supports modifying the youngest-first principle by prioritizing adolescents and young adults over infants (figure). Adolescents have received substantial education and parental care, investments that will be wasted without a complete life. Infants, by contrast, have not yet received these investments. Similarly, adolescence brings with it a developed personality capable of forming and valuing long-term plans whose fulfillment requires a complete life.77 As the legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin argues, "It is terrible when an infant dies, but worse, most people think, when a three-year-old child dies and worse still when an adolescent does";78 this argument is supported by empirical surveys.41, 79 Importantly, the prioritization of adolescents and young adults considers the social and personal investment that people are morally entitled to have received at a particular age, rather than accepting the results of an unjust status quo. Consequently, poor adolescents should be treated the same as wealthy ones, even though they may have received less investment owing to social injustice."
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Fuel Tax Could Be Replaced with by-the-mile tax

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "The technology to implement a by-the-mile tax on automobiles is being quietly (albeit not secretly) developed by several universities and states. While this may be old news, what is news is that the Federal National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission has concluded earlier this year that the road tax was the "best path forward" to keep revenues flowing to highway and transportation projects, and could be an important new tool to help manage traffic and relieve congestion.

Read more Here

Short version is that your vehicle's movements would be tracked via GPS and you would be billed for each mile. No need to describe the privacy implications."
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What Is TheFuture of BIRT?

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "I have an opportunity to do some significant BIRT report contracting at significant pay. The job lasts for 6 months. However, I have already wasted part of my career learning and using a tool that has only a niche market (4D) and I'm not anxious to do it again. What is the future of BIRT? Will become the Gold Standard of reporting tools? Or will it be just another bit of debris along the roadside in the endless parade of new and improved development tools?"
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sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) made an surprise appearance at the convention (National Conference for Media Reform)to announce that he would be heading up a new House subcommittee which will focus on issues surrounding the Federal Communications Commission......Also in consideration is the "Fairness Doctrine,". Kucinich said in his speech that "We know the media has become the servant of a very narrow corporate agenda" and added "we are now in a position to move a progressive agenda to where it is visible."

It is common knowledge that the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine was responsible for the explosive success of Talk Radio and enabled (for better or worse) hundreds of new media outlets to flourish.

Read the full scoop here http://www.fmqb.com/Article.asp?id=333927"

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