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Comment: Re:Sudden? (Score 1) 257

The only way you can think that is if you get your scientific information from the introductions to newspaper articles. Seriously. Even the most egregious "No ice in 2014/2015" articles mention that these are possible outcomes (by using the words "could" and "might", which you have entirely failed to mention). The IPCC says that the sea ice should remain until ~2030.

You are showing off your ignorance as if it's something to be proud of. You've taken the gifts of knowledge and learning - given to you by the countless generations which preceded you - and wiped your ass with them. Congratulations. You're a great person.

Comment: Re:Haters gonna hate (Any materialized predictions (Score 1) 257

You don't seem to understand what "ad hominem" means, even though you linked to a good description of it. You are not very good at teaching yourself, it seems. That would go a long way to explaining why you can be so incredibly wrong about so many things, yet seem to think you are right, even when the evidence is dangled in front of your face.

Comment: Re:Any materialized predictions? (Re:Sudden?) (Score 1) 257

You are asking for a model, though. The models are used to make predictions - you can't have one without the other. As it is, many of the models have been very accurate, and this hasn't exactly been kept secret. The fact this information is so easy to find, and yet you haven't bothered looking for it, makes your position absolutely indistinguishable from someone who is engaging in an honest attempt to learn. If you are honestly attempting to learn, you are going about it the entirely wrong way. Instead of arguing on Slashdot, spend a few seconds on Google to learn something. I beg you.

Comment: Re:Any materialized predictions? (Re:Sudden?) (Score 1) 257

Are you that fucking retarded? Seriously? You are citing the Telegraph, and citing it wrong in the process. The article even states "... the IPCC suggests the ice will remain in place until the 2030s...". You are hanging on the words of one researcher, and not even bothering to look at the actual research involved, or what the scientists are saying on the matter.

You don't want to be proven wrong, or you are simply terrible at logic. Pick one.

Comment: Re:No doubt... (Score 1) 72

by dave420 (#49751549) Attached to: Musical Organ Created From 49 Floppy Disk Drives
Those are just 8 floppy drives playing music. This is a 49-floppy musical instrument which can be played in real-time by a pianist. That's quite the difference, and something you entirely failed to mention. I guess that would get in the way of Grumpy Old Man time, and take the wind out of you bitching about buzzwords and 3D-printing :)

ESA Satellite Shows Sudden Ice Loss In Southern Antarctic Peninsula 257

Posted by Soulskill
from the uber-for-ice-cubes dept.
ddelmonte tips news that the ESA's CryoSat spacecraft has detected a sharp increase in the rate at which ice is being lost in a previously stable section of Antarctica. In 2009, glaciers at the Southern Antarctic Peninsula began rapidly shedding ice into the ocean, at a rate of roughly 60 cubic kilometers per year (abstract). From the ESA's press release: This makes the region one of the largest contributors to sea-level rise in Antarctica, having added about 300 cubic km of water into the ocean in the past six years. Some glaciers along the coastal expanse are currently lowering by as much as four m each year. Prior to 2009, the 750 km-long Southern Antarctic Peninsula showed no signs of change. ... The ice loss in the region is so large that it has even caused small changes in Earth’s gravity field, detected by NASA’s GRACE mission. Climate models show that the sudden change cannot be explained by changes in snowfall or air temperature. Instead, the team attributes the rapid ice loss to warming oceans.

Comment: Lives up to a lot of the hype (Score 3, Interesting) 368

by MikeRT (#49750021) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever

In the years I've done Java development, the only times I've never had a problem building on Windows or OS X and deploying to Solaris or Linux was when someone used hard-coded paths or didn't make the program's deployment properly configurable for deployment to the target OS. Write once, run anywhere is more or less true with Java.

Comment: Re:forever and ever? (Score 1) 368

by fermion (#49749979) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever
Also think about Pascal. It too changed programming as it let a new generation of not very good coders generate applications. Who does Pascal now?

Not sure if Java is better or worse than Pascal. A similarity is that part of it's popularity is that it is a teaching language, perhaps more than a production language.

If it's working, the diagnostics say it's fine. If it's not working, the diagnostics say it's fine. - A proposed addition to rules for realtime programming