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Comment: Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (Score 1) 541

What would you label Al Gore "the polar caps will be gone in twenty years!!!" and the people who believed in drowning polar bears?

What do you call people who said weather would be extreme and unbearable within a few years, but it never happened.

These are extraordinary claims, yet they are proven false time and time again. THE only thing Science has proven, is CO2 levels rising. The rest of the predictive outcomes have been largely falsified.

Comment: Re: Science, bitches, that's *how* it works! (Score 1, Insightful) 158

by Archangel Michael (#48635637) Attached to: Quantum Physics Just Got Less Complicated

It is approximately right, but completely wrong. These are not mutually exclusive. Arguing approximations are perfectly accurate is itself a grave error.

We do use Newtonian Physics, not because they are correct (they are not) but rather because their approximations are within tolerances of certain deviations from accurate.

Comment: Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (Score 2) 541

Why do not the people who have a vested interest in AGW not being true fund the research to prove it,

I'm sorry, but you have it exactly backwards. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. AWG proponents have made some huge claims that simply have not even come close to happening. Some, have actually been proven to be false on their own face (drowning polar bears).

One cannot prove a negative. This is the basis for "Innocent until proven guilty". What you've asked for is assume guilt, and prove innocence.

As for AGW, the only thing you can prove is increase in CO2. Everything else is conjecture based on simplistic models that have been consistently proven inaccurate. Scare tactics of "by the time we prove it, it will be too late" is like religious people saying "By the time I prove to you there is a god, you're already dead and it is too late". Basically, AGW proponents are arguing Pascal's wager.

Comment: Re:deniers and skeptics [Re:Established science] (Score 1) 541

No. Deniers have made up their minds already;

You can say the same thing about the bots that have blindly accepted "experts" opinions. The problem is, many of the proponents of the AGW don't care about the science part, because they are too fucking busy crying wolf. Drowning Polar Bears was a story, until it was proven false. YET there were so many willing to believe the story, because it fit their religious narrative. Same can be said of just about anything Al Gore says, but he still attracts crowds of worshipers listening to his sermons, WHY?

There isn't much difference between the two religious camps, except one gets excused by the AGW proponents much more quickly. Why?

Until you can recognize the religious fever on your own side, and dismiss it as easily as you do the other "nutjobs" you are part of the problem.

Comment: Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (Score 0, Informative) 541

mistakes happen

Which is why we should NEVER ever stop questioning "science". Newtonian Physics is wrong, but close enough to be functional in many circumstances.

Science should be about continuous improvement, which requires ongoing skepticism.

AGW or "climate change" is one of those things I simply do not believe is "settled science", mainly because of the huge number of variables, and the models and advocate predictions have completely been falsified. It is the modern version of Piltdown Man (once "settled science", taught at university, and people even got PhD's based on it)

Call me a denier all you want. I'm not denying the "Science" part of this (CO2). I am denying the predictive hyperbole from the likes of Al Gore, who keeps making ridiculous claims, while having a huge Carbon Footprint (carbon offsets not withstanding).

And if you are going to make fun of Fox News, great, but the real person you should make fun of is the stupid chicken littles who have been proven wrong, but continue to spew their idiocy and the climate lapdogs keep licking up.

Comment: Re:fire them (Score 3, Insightful) 110

by Archangel Michael (#48626661) Attached to: Hackers Compromise ICANN, Access Zone File Data System

If my PM sent me a word doc via email, especially if it was sensitive, I would fire the PM for incompetence. Files should be stored on servers where proper security can be enabled and monitored. Once a doc gets attached to email, you have lost all control over it.

Document control systems need to be in place, and email is not a document control system.

Comment: Re:We have the best form of Democracy in the world (Score 2) 134

There are two kinds of Repbulicans, NeoCons and Libertarians. Neocons are Simply Democrat Lite banded. These are the people who support Amnesty along with the Democrats, Support Government intervention into markets (too big to fail), and so on. The others are the Libertarian, limited government types that are a much smaller crowd, but tend to be louder and better at getting more attention.

The war in the Republican party is over who has more influence at a given time. Right now, you're seeing a large number of Libertarian types coming into the new congress, which is why Boehner (a neocon) quickly passed a budget that gave the (D) just about everything they wanted. A huge number of republicans are pissed off, and seriously thinking about building a credible 3rd party, something you'll never see democrats do.

Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 2, Insightful) 563

by Archangel Michael (#48625977) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

I'm not going to Mod up, I am going to expound. The fact that we do not hold the people actually doing harm responsible, but rather go for anyone tangentially related but has deep pockets, in a get rich quick scheme using the legal system as a tool, is what is causing this kind of reaction. The threat of a lawsuit is greater than the threat from actual crime.

And to be honest, the US reaction has been pitiful. Why we put up with NK at all at this point is simply a matter of lack of leadership. However, as long as NK is a pawn of China and acts as their puppet, we cannot do anything to them. Make no mistake, this is China, not NK. But we are too chickenshit, and perhaps more importantly in debt to China, that both NK and China will get away with this shit.

And while I'm tossing blame, Sony itself is to blame for its crappy Security. How the hell does Muti-terabytes of data leave your network, without even a HINT of it. I'm sure that whatever cost savings they were going for when IT budgets came out was well worth it. I hope Sony gets it pants sued off (see first paragraph) by the likes of all the actors, crews and other employees.

What a cluster fuck.

Comment: Re:Man, am I old ... (Score 4, Insightful) 172

by Archangel Michael (#48619739) Attached to: Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

Taking that many pictures of "life" events, unless you're a photographer professionally, is completely void of meaning. The problem is, if your too busy taking pictures, you are NOT participating. Personally, I take a few pictures, to remind me, and then participate, which provides me with way more satisfaction than if I were sitting on the sidelines snapping hundreds of photos.

Comment: Re:Army? (Score 1) 175

by Archangel Michael (#48619181) Attached to: Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

Canada is invading?

Foreign threats capable of reaching the east coast would already be detected, being launched from across the Atlantic. Threats being launched from under water, close to shore, I'm pretty sure this would mostly be useless (sonar would be better suited).

No, this is about controlling the people of the United States. There is no other legitimate purpose.

Comment: Re:Depends... (Score 2) 164

From what little I know, the NSA doesn't actually spy on US citizens en mass. Instead, it has contracted other extra-national agencies to do it, specifically to get around the letter of the law. These are quid pro quo arraignments with agencies like Britain's MI6. We monitor them, they monitor us, and we exchange data.

So technically, they don't spy on us, but the result is the same.

Science and religion are in full accord but science and faith are in complete discord.