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Out of the Warehouse: Climate Researchers Rescue Long-Lost Satellite Images

tjstork Actual Reality (136 comments)

Well, you have a few stumbling blocks:

a) While the mechanism for AGW is pretty obvious and indisputable, the actual predicted value of climate models has been lacking. That's just a fact. They are getting better, and they will get better, but it is fact that they are inaccurate today.

b) The private sector is already pricing risk due to climate change into models for various natural disasters. Right now this is just best guess based on the models, but as the models improve, so will the risk models based on them. So, the "cost" of climate is something the market is working towards deciding. Until that actual cost is well known and understood by all parties, it will be politically impossible for anyone with any degree of skepticism towards the government in general to agree to let government decide what that price should be.

c) Since, the price of doing nothing is not even agreed to yet, it follows that any mitigate response must be viewed with suspicion, because, you can't compare the cost of action with the unknown cost of damages. A tell tale sign that there is a perceptual agreement on this issue by everyone, purported denier, and believer, is that, most believers remain anti-nuclear power, and I've seen little evidence this administration has even considered increasing research into nuclear fusion.

d) If the climate is always changing, it doesn't matter in the minds of some, if man is changing it or not, when something else will change it just as well.

So, the actual dollars and cents reality is that the proponents of climate change reform are asking everyone to make some rather radical changes in their life, to let there be new winners and new losers, when it is not at all understood how much the winners will win and the losers will lose, if we choose to do nothing but let fossil fuels exhaust themselves or deal with doomsday when it happens. Sure, there's denialism, but by casting opponents of your point of view into that camp, all you've done is basically positioned yourself as someone who is advancing a political agenda with climate change as its mask, rather than fixing any problems of climate change itself.

about 3 months ago
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Out of the Warehouse: Climate Researchers Rescue Long-Lost Satellite Images

tjstork Re:Straight to the pointless debate (136 comments)

There is nothing particularly unusual about our local weather station's story which hasn't been repeated in most cities around the world. So it is not surprising that noisy long term time series need to be cleaned up before being fed into sensitive predictive models. It would be dishonest not to if you know there was a change in the sampling history which required it.

But at that point, aren't you really basically just making it up? Granted, even satellite temperature sensors drift, but it seems that the real long term answer here is to just accept that the historical data is going back in time, and we're really just "guessing" at previous climate, as we simply didn't have the foresight to measure it correctly for the way we want to use it.

about 3 months ago
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Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

tjstork Re:Tesla batteries (245 comments)

It's not a bad business model at all. After all, that's what internal combustion engine companies have been doing for over a 100 years. They call it "General Motors", and not cars, for a reason.

about 4 months ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

tjstork Re:Property rights (215 comments)

There's actually an international treaty that prohibits countries from claiming property rights on celestial bodies due to their being in space. By signing that treaty, countries agreed that the property of space effectively belongs to the United Nations or whatever treaty body controls claims for it. But yes, suing for space is ridiculous, but, is noise pollution for airlines flying above your house as ridiculous? What about drones flying 500 feet overhead, or even 100 feet? I think as a property owner you should be compensated for that. It's your land, and you are entitled to "some" of the airspace above it, and I wouldn't be so quick to just hand that value of that away to another corporation to make money off of. I mean, would you let someone set up shop and frack in your back yard? What's really the difference?

about 4 months ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

tjstork Re:Property rights (215 comments)

Why are you so quick to give away for free something that a major corporation will make tons of money on? That transit conduit has a value and it is only because of government that I cannot get some value out of it. You can call me a hick all that you want, and maybe I am, but you're the one advocating a system where people are going to use a resource that you possess, for free, and without even a shred of protest. "Here Amazon, go ahead and make billions of dollars flying drones 500 feet above my house, for free." Yep, that's what you want. I think that's stupid.

about 4 months ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

tjstork Property rights (215 comments)

It's bad enough that someone can fly over your house at high altitude without you receiving any compensation, but, a bunch of drones added to the mix just undermines your own property rights.

about 4 months ago
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Method Rapidly Reconstructs Animal's Development Cell By Cell

tjstork Could you use this for body building? (39 comments)

I know it sounds vain but it does also have practical applications for people with muscular deficiencies owing to immobility. From what I've gathered, no one really knows what happens, precisely, to cause muscles to "grow". Sure, there's a hundred different theories tossed around on body building forums, but a lot of sounds more like pseudo-biological nonsense rather than real science. There's precious little experiment in the field and my lay understanding is that it is because the only method of looking at muscles is biopsy.

about 5 months ago
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Tired of Playing Cyber Cop, Microsoft Looks For Partners In Crime Fighting

tjstork Re:Bad programming (113 comments)

"Probably the best solution would be for the company to split up. The people who make the Xbox are probably weighed down by the rest of the company's ineptitude. I'd like to see those guys go their own way"

XBOX is running a version of Windows, which, is in many ways better than Linux. What's up for debate is its openness or lack thereof, but featureswise, Windows has lead Unix in a lot of ways.

Even Windows 3.1 had a better device independent rendering model than did the X terminals it competed against. And, ever since Windows NT, Windows has always had better APIs for threading while all many Unix's had (except for Solaris), was fork. DirectX is generally better than OpenGL. COM has its faults but in the long run proved to be the only binary object model that ever got used, and even the Windows desktop and shell has vastly better basic things like file dialogs than does Linux.

Visual Studio is still arguably the best IDE around and has been ever since Microsoft bought the Delphi guy over to write C#, and speaking of which, C# is a way better language than Java. Microsoft Office is still better than Open Office.

It's not that Microsoft has really sucked at the desktop, ever. They've just won so completely at it that they don't know how to do anything else right, although, I do think my Windows 8.1 phone is better than my iPhone 5s in some ways.

about 5 months ago
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The SEC Is About To Make Crowdfunding More Expensive

tjstork Re:Uh, no... (366 comments)

Liz Warren must have missed the big bank bailouts of the early 1990s when the FSLIC was folded into the FDIC, the epic stock market crash of 1986, the inflation of the 1970s. Pretty much, we've had crashed every decade, regulation or no. Better to let people make their own decision than the government make them for them.

about a year ago
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US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

tjstork The Problem With You Liberals (1146 comments)

Is, in a nutshell, that while you can rationalize banning smoking and mandate seatbelts and now health insurance, when you aren't doing it to just loot the country, and really are trying to be safe, is that, you don't recognize that we think it was your stupidity that made you need to get euthanized, aborted, or made you poor to begin with, and yet you call us dumb all the time, and we're the ones that have the money.

Once again, I'd say, sure, go ahead and do your euthanizations if you want to, but I don't need to buy health insurance when I'm young, or wear a seatbelt, and quick taxing smokes.

Liberals would never shut up enough about other people such that they would ever make that deal about government. Therefor, you have to stay alive and we don't want to pay your medical bills either.

about a year ago
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Officials Say HealthCare.gov Site Now Performing Well

tjstork Better still, just shut down the government (644 comments)

No, we have a democracy and we can change the rules of society. We can completely shut down the federal government and if you want to have single payer in your state, go ahead and have it, just don't foist it off on everyone else's so you can feel good about for yourself for wrecking the lives of those people that are managing their health risks in ways that makes more sense to them.

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Officials Say HealthCare.gov Site Now Performing Well

tjstork They don't want the coverage! (644 comments)

First off, let's establish that these 20% don't want the coverage. Otherwise, there would not be a law that forces them to buy it. So, why don't you rephrase your tragedy as "not everyone is paying for what I want.", which is more accurate.

1 year,16 days
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Officials Say HealthCare.gov Site Now Performing Well

tjstork Actually you are slaves (644 comments)

In the sense that, if your country was so voluntarily willing to pitch in for health care, then you wouldn't need taxes to make it compulsory, would you? Just saying. As it is, there is at least a credible minority of people in Canada who are essentially slaves - they are working for something they don't want, and, you don't speak for them....

1 year,16 days
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Officials Say HealthCare.gov Site Now Performing Well

tjstork There's no direct benefits (644 comments)

Let's cut to the chase and admit that the ACA is a moral argument. If there was a benefit to me, somehow, I'd have a check in the mailbox. There isn't one. The only reason that we put up with this federal slavery is to make a few people feel good about themselves, that, we're all pitching in for their causes because the people doing the most preaching don't really want to pay for their causes themselves.

The rest of us are just slaves to their dreams. No matter how good they are, they are still tyrants, and that must never be forgotten, and no man that preaches, should ever be trusted. Always remember that to make someone else's life better, government ruined yours.

1 year,16 days
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Computer Model Reveals Escape Plan From Poverty's Vicious Circle

tjstork Wrong (356 comments)

The US Health Care System would be fine for the middle class if states didn't screw it up with all these mandates for stupid stuff like birth control.

1 year,16 days
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Facebook Isn't Accepting New Posts, Likes, Comments...

tjstork I'm jumping for sure! (258 comments)

Facebook's down! Oh my gosh, I'm jumping off a bridge.

about a year ago
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British NHS May Soon No Longer Offer Free Care

tjstork There is no such thing as a social contract (634 comments)

Let's just get that out on the table. There's no such thing as a social contract in the United States and nor should their be. I would rather have an aircraft carrier battle group and the F-35 than someone else, but the preferred answer is to have that money back in my pocket. I earned it. It's mine. Like, yeah, I do have some social obligation but its only to people who are likewise productive or were productive. The permanent underclass of Federal Pets, is, in fact, just Federal Pets, and they should have about as much rights as Fido the family dog has.

about a year ago
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Charlie Stross: Why Microsoft Word Must Die

tjstork Re:Malice vs. Incompetence (479 comments)

The downside of that approach is probably more damaging to innovation than not. Basically, the problem is thus. You want smart people to work at designs, but a smart person will figure out that all of that criticism is a pain in the rear and not even bother with it. With a world full of opportunity everywhere, there's no need to prop up for further old stuff when you have to go through mazes of judges to do so. It's just not worth it, and that's why Office and other things really haven't changed.

about a year ago
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USAF Almost Nuked North Carolina In 1961 – Declassified Document

tjstork Re:Why were nukes making routine flights inside US (586 comments)

They knew about the dangers of radioactive contamination, and radiation in general. They just didn't care. That's the real story.

about a year ago
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USAF Almost Nuked North Carolina In 1961 – Declassified Document

tjstork Um, B-52s are subsonic... (586 comments)

"Hearing the sonic boom of the B-52s'" Those are subsonic jets. No sonic boom. But loud though.

about a year ago

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PETITION: Conservatives and Liberals United Against the War

tjstork tjstork writes  |  about a year ago

tjstork (137384) writes "I'm normally a political troll, but in my trolling I've noticed that, despite our vast political differences, there are a great many hard to the right conservatives and libertarians, and hard to the left liberals and greens, that are basically united against the United States picking a war with Syria. So I've created a petition for like minded political foes to come together on one issue and that is, let's not have this war? I'd much rather argue over all the stuff we conservatives and liberals do, in peace, than in war. Please sign."
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Linux, First Successful Drive Transplant

tjstork tjstork writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tjstork writes "I think my new Linux box must be among the proud recipient of one of the first successful total hard drive transplants in the modern world. By hard drive transplant, I mean, you take an old computer,rip out the old hard drive, and drop it into the new computer, and boot with that same transplanted hard drive.

The donor computer consisted of two dual core Opteron 270s based machine running on a Tyan S2885 motherboard. The recipient computer consisted of a single Intel Xeon 5520 on a dual socket Asus Z8PE-D12. There was some trouble going from the old GeForce 6200 AGP card to the new GeForce GT250 PCI-Express board but even that was resolved within a few minutes.

Sure, I might have gotten lucky, but it seems to me that being able to transplant hard drives is a huge, huge feature win for Linux if it could be made workable on a consistent basis. This sort of thing just breaks Windows model altogether. I can't say how many hours being able to plop a drive in and have a working system saved me, and I just dread doing the same thing for Windows, even Windows 7. Within a few minutes of a new system build, I'm up and rolling with Linux, I'd still have stuff to do."
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Iraqi Shoe Thrower Gets THREE YEARS

tjstork tjstork writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tjstork writes "It's pretty simple. The enraged reporter that through a shoe at President Bush was just sentenced to three years in prison for the crime of "assaulting a visiting head of state." Now, I'm one of the 20% that still has a soft spot for the old W, but even his fiercest critics have to concede that on that day he was at least a good flying shoe ducker. I would think we would all agree: no harm, no foul. Right or wrong, the whole point of the Iraq invasion and occupation was to instill American Democracy into that country, and among our most deeply cherished values is the right of free speech. It just seems wrong that this guy is in jail. Americans of all political stripes should demand that the shoe thrower be released. The guy is a hero to half the country, and proves the worthiness of democracy in Iraq to the other."
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House Kills Nuclear Power

tjstork tjstork writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tjstork writes "Buried in the latest 410 billion dollar bill to pass the House of Representatives is an item that zeros out funding for reprocessing spent nuclear rods for re-use. This dramatically increases the amount of nuclear waste that must be stored, and undermines the ability of the country to develop nuclear power plants. So essentially, Democrats are taking the first steps for the United States to bail on nuclear power."
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I think I just modded myself up.

tjstork tjstork writes  |  about 6 years ago

tjstork writes "There seems to be some kind of a bug or something in slashdot where I was able to mod up my own thread. When I log into "my page" to marvel at my bad karma, I can mod my own articles up, and I swear I even got a karma boost for modding up a rejected submission. Can you please fix this and bring back the old page? I worked hard to get my bad karma, and I didn't mean to screw it up so capriciously."
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Tesla Motors About to Go Belly Up?

tjstork tjstork writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tjstork writes "Tesla Motors, the darling of technorati for its high performance electric car, looks about to go belly up. Venture capital is cut off, layoffs are under way, and construction plans are being canceled."
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US Government Wants Your Fingerprints, Again

tjstork tjstork writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tjstork writes "Never put it past the government to use any crisis to try and get more power. Just like the previously conjured crises of the Red Scare, Civil Rights Protests, the War on Drugs, the Environment, the War on Terror, the first signs are coming that the US Mortgage crisis is being used as another way to smash the rights of the people of the people be secure in their freedom. The US Senate has just passed through committee a provision which would require everyone connected with the housing industry to be fingerprinted.

Read the article here

Spare your political thunder — this is a bipartisan move. The introduced law passed nearly unanimously. America has to be safe from evil people in the housing market, at any price, and your friends in the government are going to protect you from everyone, just as much as it will protect everyone from you!"

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Senators introduce legislation to drill ANWR

tjstork tjstork writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tjstork writes "If the price of oil hits $125 a barrel and stays there for 5 days, then ANWR would be opened up for additional drilling under legislation sponsored by Sens Ted Stevens and Diane Murkowski. With a total estimated value of well over a trillion dollars, drilling ANWR, under various proposals floated, would bring in nearly 250 billion dollars of tax revenue to a cash strapped government and would create a powerful shot in the arm with the addition of almost 100,000 jobs. Tax revenues from ANWR leases would be used to fund heating assistance programs and develop alternative energy technologies needed to help the United States be more fuel efficient.

So, the country is broke and teetering on financial collapse, and we have a trillion dollars in the "Bank of Alaska". Let's go get it!"

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Steam Tech!

tjstork tjstork writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tjstork writes "What has increased in power 10,000 times within the lifetime of its inventor. Today, you might be talking about CPUs, but, 100 years ago, one of the technological revolutions in place was the use of steam turbines! The Parson's steam turbine was invented in 1888, but, the steam turbine transformed the world. On land, increased power output and efficiency would lead to more electrical generating stations. At sea, ships were not only more efficient and faster, but, more reliable as well...militaries in pursuit of speed, were quick to adopt the new technology. Suddenly, a steamer could make 20+ knots. Parson's 1911 article is thus an interesting glimpse into a technical revolution that mirrors some of our own, from a leader of it. As the article points out, steam turbines gained rapidly in power in Parson's own lifetime, as much as CPUS gained in power in ours. But what's also different is an overall transformation to a science based industry. Its evident that calculus based engineering really took root with the steam turbine. Parsons, in his paper, isn't just describing the design of a steam turbine with rote examples, he's discussing the viscosity of water as steam or water, includes, early pictures of screw cavitation, and more. Of special note is the plug about how his new steam turbine will be fitted out into a new monster ships, the Titanic."
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Bush Officially Biggest Spender

tjstork tjstork writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tjstork writes "Take that you Democrats that talk about Bush being some tight fisted demon! Take that you, Republicans that bash the supposed free spending ways of the Democrats! Bush is the biggest spender since LBJ! And, depending on how you look at it, no one has expanded the government MORE THAN GEORGE W BUSH. Let's talk about THAT! The only stereotype that remains, it seems, is, if you want fiscally responsible government, don't elect anyone from Texas!"
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FastCGI + CGICC for Visual Studio 2005

tjstork tjstork writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tjstork writes "A few days ago, there was a story about Microsoft making a driver for IIS for FastCGI. They did it to get php rolling, but, I took a look at this and fell in love with the technology immediately. I really like C++, but, didn't like that there wasn't a good universal API for server side stuff that was simple and common to both IIS and Apache. FastCGI fits the bill perfectly. So, now, with FastCGI, I could amuse myself with the heady though of writing my own kinds of database servers, game servers, map servers, whatever will keep me writing code until my hands rot off. I had to do something in FastCGI in C++. Now, what to do? C++ for Windows has been abandoned by Microsoft for the most part and I do want to ultimately have my servers ported to Linux. I went and grabbed a copy of the FastCGI API, and a copy of the CGICC. I found though, that from a Windows perspective, getting both together is a bit of a pain, and so, I went and grabbed both, stripped out a bunch of stuff, and put it into a Windows Visual Studio 2005 project. All of the porting work had already been done. The one thing I did was to put fastcgi and cgicc into the same project, making it easy to build off, and also, change it from producing a DLL to producing a static library. I tend to like to avoid introducing new DLLs on Windows... You can get it from my blog. http://www.storkyak.com./ Or, if I'm slashdotted, I'd be happy to email it to you."
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Best 64 bit Linux dedicated hosting?

tjstork tjstork writes  |  more than 4 years ago

I am rewriting my website as a 64bit C++ FastCGI. I know I should probably use a higher level language or a more a conventional approach, but I am crazy and hoping that somehow my mad plan will work.

Question is, who out there might be good to host this monster? I'm assuming most shared hosting solutions would probably not let me run random C++ with some Apache configuration changes, so therefor, I need at least a virtual or shared Linux host. I see a lot of choices out there, but most don't say if they are 64 or 32 bit and I'm figuring that they are 32 bit, if nothing is said (Godaddy, that's -you-).

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