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Comment Re:CPU? Memory? (Score 1) 310

This is what killed JPEG-2000 as a mass-market format. While it gives images apparently 1/2 to 1/3rd the size of an equivalent-quality JPEG, it takes dozens of times as long to decode. Result: unusable footnote. A similar thing could be said for general compression formats like BZIP2 and 7-Zip versus GZIP. Given its self-inflicted gunshot wound right out of the gate of being GPLv3-only, if one were to go to all the effort of implementing a buggy *open* driver, would it suffer the same fate as JPEG 2000?

Comment Re: there is no (Score 2, Insightful) 411

The reason you don't know this is because you probably derive most of your 'information' from sources that actually don't deal in science.

You mean like the IPCC? Perhaps you could explain why the objective, full-coverage satellite data shows no warming for nearly 20 years while the CO2 level has continued to rise exponentially. This suggests that the CO2 sensitivity used by the alarmists in their failed predictions is way too high, at the least. Also, the issue is not "AGW"; it's Catastrophic AGW caused specifically and exclusively by CO2 concentrations. (As doomed-to-fail plans to limit CO2 emissions is the only thing the alarmists are even talking about, rather than feasible, cheap plans like geo-engineering.) Every time someone takes a step, they cause a small earthquake. Does that mean they should sit very still and starve to death? Similarly, if a small amount of AGW isn't seriously dangerous, does that mean we should kill hundreds of millions of people through energy poverty to fail to solve something that really isn't that much of a problem? What will you do if the global temperature starts falling in the next five years while CO2 concentrations continue to rise exponentially? Will you admit you were wrong?

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