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Global Warming's Silver Lining For the Arctic Rim

wigaloo Re:Serious question? Here's a serious answer (582 comments)

One example: raise the temperature, and you get more water vapor. More water vapor yields more clouds, which have a *massive* cooling effect.

Bzzzzt. Completely and utterly wrong. More water vapor does not yield more clouds. Higher relative humidity (not the same thing) yields more clouds. What is going to happen with relative humidity isn't entirely clear -- the processes are not well understood. Even then, whether more cloudiness leads to warming or cooling depends entirely upon the altitudes the clouds form at and a myriad of other complex factors including interactions with aerosols.

You, and many others on slashdot, ought to consider whether or not scientists who have devoted their lives to studying this problem might actually know more about it than you. Trivial inspection of your arguments reveals completely flawed reasoning. The scary thing is that you probably have many of your friends and family convinced that you know better.

more than 3 years ago
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Vodafone Backs Down In Row With Android Users

wigaloo Re:And this is why you buy unlocked/unbranded (106 comments)

To me, this shows we need a truly open distribution of Android that isn't controlled by any company. i.e., the Debian of Android. Debiandroid?

more than 4 years ago
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Survey Says Most iPhone Users Love AT&T

wigaloo Re:Ignorance (490 comments)

With a degree in physics, you need something to balance your vast uncoolness.

I wonder how that ever happened? Physics explores the mysteries of nature and the universe. It seeks to give a practical understanding of how the world works. People used to talk about and be interested in these things. The most fascinating scientists have been from Physics -- Einstein, Feynman, Hawking, etc. And yet the subject area has struggled to attract interest in recent years due to this perception of being "uncool".

FWIW, a hell of a lot of physics had to be discovered to make the iPhone a reality.

more than 4 years ago
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Boeing, BAE Systems Show Off New Unmanned Planes

wigaloo Re:UAV ? ICBM (157 comments)

Sure, we can shoot down 80 missiles if we get lucky..

No, I don't think so. From Wikipedia: "As of February 2007, the U.S. missile defense system consists of 13 ground-based interceptors at Ft Greely in Alaska, plus two interceptors at Vandenberg AFB, California." There are a lot of doubts about the effectiveness of this existing system. See the work of MIT Professor Theodore Postol here.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Censors Ulysses App In Time For Bloomsday

wigaloo Re:I do not think it means what you think it means (333 comments)

... you're not buying the information itself or the right to make even one filecopy of that information which you sell or give to someone else. (Yes, backups are fair use, no matter what anyone says.) I'm sorry, but you're just not.

Emphasis mine.

The US Copyright Office would seem to disagree with you:

"Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed."

The information itself is not protected. A good counter-example to your statement is the case of academic publishing (e.g., scientific papers), where the information is clearly meant to be re-used and no additional license is provided to say so because it is not needed.

more than 4 years ago
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The Telcos' Secret Anti-Net Neutrality Strategy

wigaloo Re:Watch the other hand... (457 comments)

There have been many times in the United States where our government will push something like Social Security, saying "This is to help the widows with children", which, yes, is a noble cause that many can't argue with. But look at it now, it is a system used to hook the societal leeches and give paychecks to fat-asses who are too lazy to get up and work.

Hi there! Are you from Freedom Works, or one of those "regular American" grassroots Tea Party folks? Just curious.

more than 4 years ago
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How Bad Is the Gulf Coast Oil Spill?

wigaloo Re:Don't worry BP ... (913 comments)

Thanks for your reply. My objection is to your rant about liberals, which completely diminishes your arguments and credibility. Your comment history shows that this is not a new thing for you. Perhaps you should consider where that kind of dogma leads. It is better to make sound arguments based on critical thinking rather than emotional appeals following an ideology.

more than 4 years ago
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How Bad Is the Gulf Coast Oil Spill?

wigaloo Re:Don't worry BP ... (913 comments)

I know this is INCONVENIENT to the Anti-corporate, anti-petroleum, liberal crowd.

Are you suggesting that the pro-corporate, pro-petroleum, conservative crowd has found it convenient to accept their share of the responsibility for this disaster, troll?

more than 4 years ago
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How Bad Is the Gulf Coast Oil Spill?

wigaloo Re:Corporate Weaselspeak (913 comments)

Put another way, all this finger-pointing at BP by the politicians is a smokescreen so that we don't hold them accountable. "Drill, baby, drill", indeed.

more than 4 years ago
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How Bad Is the Gulf Coast Oil Spill?

wigaloo Re:Corporate Weaselspeak (913 comments)

I think this will be a long (decades?), dirty fight to hold BP accountable.

I think that all this fuss over BP is pretty laughable. What we see here is the result of an industry-wide problem. There were apparently few preparations made for an underwater gusher by anybody. Otherwise we would have a fix already, wouldn't we? The "months" of time it will take to stop the flow is because it will take that long to manufacture the required tools. Why weren't preparations already in place, given how many oil rigs are active in the area? All this finger pointing at BP excuses the politicians (and ourselves) for the fact that there was no proper regulatory framework to mitigate a disaster of this proportion.

Go find yourself an oil-rigger, and ask them about safety on the Southern rigs. I'm told by friends in the industry that attention to safety in that region is severely lacking -- none of them would work there -- and that it was only a matter of time before this happened.

more than 4 years ago
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The MPEG-LA's Lock On Culture

wigaloo Re:GIF shenanigans (457 comments)

Anyone that comes up with a video codec that is as good as H.264 WILL get sued by MPEG-LA if they start using said codec in places where the use would require a payment to MPEG-LA if H.264 was used instead.

I often hear these claims repeated, but I wonder what evidence there is? Has MPEG-LA sued anyone where their patents don't apply? Is it impossible to create a video codec without infringing on MPEG-LA's patents? What are the problematic patent numbers? I ask these questions because I honestly don't know.

more than 4 years ago
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The MPEG-LA's Lock On Culture

wigaloo GIF shenanigans (457 comments)

It was exactly these kinds of shenanigans that led to the development of PNG as a replacement for GIF in Web browsers. Hopefully the same thing happens here (broad acceptance of a new standard), whether the replacement is Theora or something better.

more than 4 years ago
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Open Source vs. Wall Street Bonuses

wigaloo Re:people who do less useful work earn more (172 comments)

(Note for moderators: I don't know if I am actually being sarcastic or not. It's sort of like Parkinson's law.)

Had to look that one up.

Parkinson's Law is the adage first articulated by Cyril Northcote Parkinson as the first sentence of a humorous essay published in The Economist in 1955: Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. [Emphasis mine]

Sorry, what does that have to do with anything?

more than 4 years ago
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PowerPoint of Afghan War Strategy

wigaloo I don't know... (233 comments)

...if PowerPoint makes you stupid, but I sure feel dumber having read that article.

more than 4 years ago
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Lessons to Learn from Climategate

wigaloo Withdraw submission (1 comments)

This submission can be withdrawn. The article is discussed in this story.

more than 4 years ago
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"Father of Java" Resigns From Sun/Oracle

wigaloo Re:Job hunting (396 comments)

Yup. And it seems these days "Software/Internet Pioneers" have three choices: retire, start a new company, or work at Google.

I wonder if working at IBM is a more likely possibility? The future of Java as a platform is in question. IBM, with a substantial Java activity, could seize the initiative here in hiring the "father of Java".

more than 4 years ago

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Climate researchers fight back

wigaloo wigaloo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tomduck (897600) writes "The Guardian reports that climate researcher Andrew Weaver is suing the National Post newspaper in Canada in a libel action for publishing "grossly irresponsible falsehoods". The Post claimed he cherrypicked data to support his climate research, and tried to blame the "evil fossil fuel" industry for break-ins at his office in 2008 to divert attention from mistakes in the 2007 IPCC report. This comes fast on the heels of another Guardian article describing lessons learned from the exoneration of UEA scientists involved in the so-called Climategate affair. Are climate scientists finally fighting back against their critics, who they were previously more inclined to ignore?"
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Lessons to Learn from Climategate

wigaloo wigaloo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tomduck (897600) writes "The Guardian discusses lessons to be learned after the recent exoneration of UEA scientists involved in the so-called Climategate affair. It describes science as organized skepticism, and calls out the "deniers" for intellectually dishonesty due to their flat refusal to face facts. It goes on to explore the nature of science and scientific uncertainties, and the difficulties in communicating the results of science to the general public. The article concludes that "It's time to stop talking about conspiracies and think seriously about fire insurance."

As an atmospheric researcher, I am often discouraged by the tenor of the discussions on slashdot regarding climate change. For a community that prides itself on its grounding in science, there is a surprisingly strong rejectionist position when it comes to climate change. It is something we need to discuss further and come to grips with as a community."

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F-22 Raptor production to end

wigaloo wigaloo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tomduck (897600) writes "The US Senate voted today to end production of the F-22 Raptor. The F-22 is the premier air superiority fighter in the US Air Force. The vote was not even close (58-40), and had support from both parties. The Joint Chiefs of Staff endorsed the decision that 187 F-22s were enough, although some generals — and certainly contractors — were unhappy. The key problems facing the F-35 are that it can only address a narrow range of threats, and expense ($137.5M per unit). The future needs of the US Air Force and Navy are expected to be filled by the less expensive and more versatile F-35 Lightning II ($87M per unit), and the nine nations participating in the Joint Strike Fighter Program are expected to procure 3,100 F-35s through 2035."
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