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Global Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach New Monthly Record 372

Posted by samzenpus
from the it's-getting-hot-in-here dept.
mrflash818 writes: For the first time since we began tracking carbon dioxide in the global atmosphere, the monthly global average concentration of carbon dioxide gas surpassed 400 parts per million in March 2015, according to NOAA's latest results. “It was only a matter of time that we would average 400 parts per million globally,” said Pieter Tans, lead scientist of NOAA’s Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network. “We first reported 400 ppm when all of our Arctic sites reached that value in the spring of 2012. In 2013 the record at NOAA’s Mauna Loa Observatory first crossed the 400 ppm threshold. Reaching 400 parts per million as a global average is a significant milestone."

Comment: Re:That guy just wasted his time (Score 2) 314

by volkerdi (#47854461) Attached to: GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

By what strange theory does Slackware support systemd? And how is the conversation being "held back"? At least on LQ, I think it's been discussed to death to the point where there's really nothing new to say about it.

I can say one thing for certain: you do not know that anything concerning systemd in Slackware is likely or not. Hell, *I* don't.

Comment: Correlation does not imply causation (Score 2, Insightful) 211

by volkerdi (#47143343) Attached to: Study Finds Porn Exposure Associated With Smaller Brain Region

More pseudoscience. They say that they're not sure whether this means that porn shrinks your brain, or if the shrunken brain causes porn viewing. But, this leaves out the very real possibility that this correlation means nothing whatsoever. The site below collects correlations that look pretty convincing in the graphs, but quite obviously are unlikely to be cases of causation in either direction:

http://www.tylervigen.com/

Comment: Re:Still CDDL... (Score 2) 297

by volkerdi (#44880587) Attached to: OpenZFS Project Launches, Uniting ZFS Developers

CDDL is basically LGPL on a per-file basis.

Perhaps the intent of the licenses is similar, but there's more to a license than that. Unfortunately, being licensed under the CDDL causes a lot more license incompatibility restrictions than either the LGPL or BSD license do. If it were under one of those, there'd be hope for seeing it as an included filesystem in the Linux kernel. But since it's under the CDDL, that can't happen.

The developers are, of course, welcome to use whatever license they like. Just pointing out that the CDDL is *not* basically the LGPL under "per-file" or any other basis.

Comment: Re:second hand e-smoke (Score 5, Informative) 314

by volkerdi (#44793529) Attached to: Research Shows E-Cigs Might Be As Good For Quitting As Nicotine Patches

yummy, I always like breathing in someone else's medicated ethylene glycol.

It's propylene glycol. But besides that, second hand nicotine was never an issue (and propylene glycol is recognized as safe, and even used in many asthma inhalers). The harm from second hand smoke comes from the smoke particles, something that's not present in e-cig vapor.

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