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Comment Re:email leak (Score 1) 476

when people mention reasons why they don't believe it, or ask real questions about it seeking clearer understanding, all we get is attacked, demeaned and insulted.

But you didn't ask any questions. Your post said

I was 100% on board with global warming until the email leaks

How insightful. What kind of a response do you expect if you haven't even looked into the CRU hacking case?

Now, the two important things we did learn from the CRU emails are that 1) denialists bombard the scientists with information requests, which is a drain on their resources and 2) there wasn't anything weird going on at CRU.

So, can you tell us why these facts made you doubt the existence of AGW?

Comment Re:And where does all this content come from? (Score 4, Interesting) 180

Ever heard of Hollywood accounting?

Hollywood accounting (also known as Hollywood bookkeeping) refers to the opaque accounting methods used by the film, video and television industry to budget and record profits for film projects. Expenditures can be inflated to reduce or eliminate the reported profit of the project thereby reducing the amount which the corporation must pay in royalties or other profit-sharing agreements, as these are based on the net profit.

How it works

An example is the Warner Bros. television series Babylon 5 created by J. Michael Straczynski. The series, which was profitable in each of its five seasons from 1993–1998, has garnered more than US$1 billion for Warner Bros., most recently US$500 million in DVD sales alone. But in the last profit statement given to Straczynski, Warner Bros. claimed the property was $80 million in debt. "Basically," says Straczynski, "by the terms of my contract, if a set on a WB movie burns down in Botswana, they can charge it against B5's profits."

Comment Some studios are ok (Score 1) 587

Some studios are playing nicely. Criterion Collection's discs don't have warnings, just their and occasionally Janus Films's logo. Same applies to Eureka's Masters of Cinema releases. Blue Underground's Zombi 2 has a 5 second FBI warning in the beginning, but to my astonishment the disc resumes playback from the previous position without prompting - the first disc I've seen that does this.

On the other end of the spectrum is Fox. Sigh.

Comment Greenpeace opposes fusion research (Score 1) 188

Excellent points. But did you know that Greenpeace is opposed to fusion research? In their own words:

Fusion energy - if it would ever operate - would create a serious waste problem, would emit large amounts of radioactive material and could be used to produce materials for nuclear weapons. A whole new set of nuclear risks would thus be created.

Contrast this with Fusion.org's FAQ (or consult your physics book):

The major conclusions reached by the SEAFP team in 1995 were that fusion has very good inherent safety qualities; there are no chain reactions and no production of 'actinides'. The worst possible accident originating in a fusion power station could not breach the confinement; any releases could not approach levels at which evacuation would be considered.

The radiotoxicity of a fusion power station's waste materials decays rapidly, and they present no accumulating or long-term burden on future generations. They would not need guaranteed isolation from the environment for very long timespans. In addition to these favourable results, fusion produces no climate-changing or atmosphere-polluting emissions.

I'm linking to archived version of the FAQ, since the current version seems to be dumbed down.

Comment Re:Adverts and lack of control (by the user) (Score 1) 360

Whedon's Angel box exemplifies the studios' attitude towards the customers.

Season 1: Copyright warnings, Fox logo, menu. User can skip the warnings by pressing MENU.
Season 2: Copyright warnings, Fox logo, menu. User cannot skip the warnings anymore.
Season 5: YOU WOULDN'T STEAL A CAR. Fact.co.uk:s "It' illegal to copy this dvd" blurb. Fox logo. Menu.

Consider that each season has 6 dvds, and the constant blaring becomes rather tiring. The irony is that I quickly calculated the cost of downloading and possibly burning the entire show, and decided that it was far easier to pay the full box set price. Had I known about S5's menus, I would've reconsidered.

Comment Re:Awesome! (Score 5, Informative) 284

From Wikipedia:

Infrared lasers are particularly hazardous, since the body's protective "blink reflex" response is triggered only by visible light. For example, some people exposed to high power Nd:YAG laser emitting invisible 1064 nm radiation, may not feel pain or notice immediate damage to their eyesight. A pop or click noise emanating from the eyeball may be the only indication that retinal damage has occurred i.e. the retina was heated to over 100 C resulting in localized explosive boiling accompanied by the immediate creation of a permanent blind spot.

Biotech

Chemical Cocktail Can Keep a Heart Viable 10 Days, Outside the Body 97

nj_peeps writes "Harvard professor Hemant Thatte has developed a cocktail of 21 chemical compounds that he calls Somah, derived from the Sanskrit for 'ambrosia of rejuvenation.' Using Somah, Thatte and his team have accomplished some amazing feats with pig hearts. They can keep the organ viable for transplant up to 10 days after harvest — far longer than the four-hour limit seen in hospitals today. Not only that, but using low temperatures and Somah, they were able to take a pig heart that was removed post mortem and get it to beat 24 hours later in the lab."
Biotech

Crowdsourcing HIV Research 52

biolgeek writes "In recent years, HIV has been managed with a collection of therapies. However, the virus will likely evolve around these drugs, making it crucially important to get a better understanding of the virus itself. An important step in understanding the virus is to get a handle on its genetic blueprint. William Dampier of Drexler University is taking a novel approach to this research by crowdsourcing his problem. He is hosting a bioinformatics competition, which requires contestants to find markers in the HIV sequence that predict a change in the severity of the infection (as measured by viral load). So far the best entry comes from Fontanelles, an HIV research group, which has been able to predict a change in viral load with 66% accuracy."

Comment Re:Perhaps nobody else cares? (Score 1) 952

besides gamers and drafters who else really wants it?

How about photographers? My old Konica-Minolta from 2004 used to take 2272 x 1704 pictures. My new Canon takes 18 megapixel images. Trying to edit them with a 22" widescreen monitor is rather painful, so I'm upgrading my display RSN.

Also on my wish list: Proper color management at OS level. Sheesh, it's 2010 already, make it just work!

Comment The horrible, horrible UI (Score 1) 204

Personally I like the GIMP interface and I don't see what's so horrible about it

How about this: Straight Line Tutorial.

Now consider that for a moment. A tutorial for drawing lines? This is a graphics software purportedly meant for image manipulation, yet the developers haven't created a simple Line icon.

I rest my case.

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