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Greenland Ice Sheet Melts At Record Rate In 2010

thethibs Re:The meaning of random (654 comments)

Chuckle.

You really should have read past the first paragraph. I'm agreeing with you--if the the past is an indicator of the future, and I think it is, it's going to get warmer and keep getting warmer for a few centuries.

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Greenland Ice Sheet Melts At Record Rate In 2010

thethibs Re:The meaning of random (654 comments)

I've spent a lot of a long career building models that fit real-world measurements and have predictive power.

I would never be so dim as to call that doing science. Prediction is not explanation.

As to your item 3: AGW hasn't been falsified because it's not falsifiable, nor has any climate model demonstrated predictive power. It's astonishing how few climate scientists betray any understanding of chaos.

I'll stick with the equally-valid theory that the past is an indicator of the future, that the current warming trend is normal in the scheme of things, and that it should get quite warm in the next few hundred years.

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Greenland Ice Sheet Melts At Record Rate In 2010

thethibs Re:The meaning of random (654 comments)

You're wise to post anonymously. Humor-impaired, but wise.

more than 3 years ago
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Greenland Ice Sheet Melts At Record Rate In 2010

thethibs Re:The meaning of random (654 comments)

.05 is one chance in twenty that it's a fluke. That's what we call statistical insignificance.

A statistical correlation isn't evidence; it's a pointer that says "here there may be some interesting science." Until you do the science, you know nothing.

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Greenland Ice Sheet Melts At Record Rate In 2010

thethibs Re:The meaning of random (654 comments)

30 years is too short a period to be drawing conclusions. Looking at all of the current interglacial--back 10,000 years--makes more sense: http://smpro.ca/crunch/GISP2Civil.png

On that scale, these guys' record years are chump change. If the Mann Hockey Stick is an indicator that we're leaving the current cold spell and going back to normal temperatures, we can expect lots of "record years" for the next 200-500 years before it turns around again.

Having walked my dogs in -20C weather this morning, it can't get warmer fast enough.

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Open Source More Expensive Says MS Report

thethibs Re:My psychic prediction (465 comments)

I don't make those choices; individual businesses do. The fact that my clients choose to use what I consider to be the best, and best integrated, tools for the job is a happy convenience.

There's reality, and there's the Linux Enthusiast Reality Distortion Field.

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Open Source More Expensive Says MS Report

thethibs Re:My psychic prediction (465 comments)

they just use computers for resource allocation, scheduling, and billing and other accounting.

And the tools they use to do this are standards for the industry they're in, and they come from trade associations and accounting firms as Excel spreadsheets and Access databases. The firm that installed my furnace and water heater did it according to a dimensioned and commented Visio diagram they prepared laying out the equipment, wiring, gas piping and plumbing changes.

Where there's business, there's Windows.

more than 2 years ago
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Starbucks Gets Mobile Payment System

thethibs Re:Why? (149 comments)

I have a dim memory of a study indicating a genetic base for this.

For some people, Arabica tastes like dishwater; that's not hyperbole, it really tastes like soapy water. The more Robusta in my coffee, the better I like it. I also prefer Merlot to Chablis and have a taste for really hot, clear your sinuses, spices.

It's anecdotal, but among my friends and family, everyone's with or against the lot.

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Road Train Completes First Trials In Sweden

thethibs Re:80% due to human error? (345 comments)

I cant say for sure, but for me its 100%.

This being slashdot, it's astounding that you think that's relevant. I'd have thought that, even at a low-ranked school, basic stats would be part of CS.

If anything, you've demonstrated that not all moving mechanical failures result in accidents, which weakens your case.

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Starbucks Gets Mobile Payment System

thethibs Why? (149 comments)

All that trouble to get overpriced weak coffee.

A toony at Timmy's gets you good strong coffee and change, without interrupting your call.

Can you tell I'm Canadian?

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Open Source More Expensive Says MS Report

thethibs Re:My psychic prediction (465 comments)

You must work in a dull environment. My clients expect to be able to click on a graphic or table and edit or comment on it in place.

Embedding is a great labor saving device--the people where you work must just not know about it, because it's the lazy thing to do.

The only time I put dead cells or bitmaps (actually Windows Metafile is best for a whole bunch of reasons) is when I can't depend on the audience having the apps. In that case I usually put to pdf anyway.

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Should Younger Developers Be Paid More?

thethibs Suck it up (785 comments)

It's called a free market. I'm probably older than anyone on /. but I don't think I should be paid a lot just because I'm old.

I expect to be paid a lot because I'm smarter than the rest of you freaks.

more than 3 years ago
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Open Source More Expensive Says MS Report

thethibs Re:My psychic prediction (465 comments)

The problem with your solution is that your customers will expect to see Word documents with embedded Visio graphics and embedded Excel tables.

They'll expect tools that work as add-ins to Excel and Access, written in VBA.

If you're doing projects, they'll want the plan prepared in MS Project.

Your NEW company doesn't exist in a vacuum.

more than 3 years ago
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Open Source More Expensive Says MS Report

thethibs Re:My psychic prediction (465 comments)

So, what you're saying is that Lerner and Schankerman lied about their findings?

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New Study Links Video Games and Mental Problems

thethibs It's about the money (306 comments)

As in cell-phone cancer, bad fat and bad guns, you can't prove a negative. This makes the topic a research grant magnet, so we'll be seeing this kind of garbage forever.

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Trend Micro Chairman Says Open Source Is a Security Risk

thethibs Re:Nice Strawman (258 comments)

No. The question is how will you know it's good design. The answer is, I prefer to keep you guessing.

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Trend Micro Chairman Says Open Source Is a Security Risk

thethibs Nice Strawman (258 comments)

Nice Strawman there!

There are many ways to skin a cat and many safeguards that can be used to secure an OS.

Open source makes it easy to find which ones are in use and closed source makes it difficult.

The message is that good design plus obscurity beats just good design. That, at least, is the theory behind steganography.

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Major Sites To Join ‘World IPv6 Day’

thethibs Re:Yay (247 comments)

I have ipv4 at home and a /16 subnet. I'm not going to run out of addresses any time soon.

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Major Sites To Join ‘World IPv6 Day’

thethibs Re:Yay (247 comments)

You've confused NAT with VLAN. Two very separate things. VLAN requires local communication through the router, NAT doesn't. And it has no impact on network traffic, LAN or WAN.

Behind NAT everybody is part of one happy non-routable family. If you want to control who gets out through the router, that's what MAC address filtering is about and that, in most cases is a one-click effort in the router dialog (at least it is on my cheap SMB router). SPI's a given. Nobody's built a router without it in a very long time.

If you want to open a port for inbound connections, that's also just a few keystrokes. Nothing complicated.

Nobody suggested NAT replaces firewalls. It just makes everything else easier.

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Thunderstorms Proven To Create Antimatter

thethibs Re:So, here's a question... (153 comments)

A thunderstorm is hardly "controlled circumstances." And who said anything about pairs?

more than 3 years ago

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Macs Don`t Matter So Much to Apple Anymore

thethibs thethibs writes  |  more than 3 years ago

thethibs (882667) writes "An EWeek.com article proposes that "Apple is no longer a computer company that focuses its efforts on delivering the best machines users can buy. The company is now an electronics maker. And it wants to be the world's top hardware maker going forward. But in order to achieve that goal, Apple has forgotten about Macs. And although those computers are still somewhat important to the company, they aren't nearly as important to Steve Jobs and Company as they were years ago." If they're right, it explains a lot."
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web mag asks readers to fund its election coverage

thethibs thethibs writes  |  more than 5 years ago

thethibs (882667) writes "Now that journalism is no longer a profession but just an activity, the question is how are we going to pay for good journalism. One web magazine has an answer.

The Tyee, a B.C. online web magazine, is collecting pledges from its readers to fund its election reporting.

Those who donate can tell the magazine's brass what election issue — environment, housing, Olympics, for example — their money should go towards covering."

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Attackers Infect Ads with Old Adobe Vulnerability

thethibs thethibs writes  |  more than 5 years ago

thethibs (882667) writes "Just as everyone is buzzing about the latest Adobe vulnerability, someone poisoned ads hosted by Ziff-Davis with an older Adobe vulnerability. Z-D has fixed the problem.

The interesting bit of this is that a bunch of people got hit with the old trojan when they browsed to a story about the new one."

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