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Comment: Re:Maybe not as scary you might think (Score 4, Insightful) 417

And hey, we shouldn't worry about meteor impacts because all life on Earth now is descending from life that survived the one that killed the dinosaurs! Bring on the meteors! Also, did you know that many people in Japan are descending from people that survived having nuclear bombs dropped on them, thus rendering them immune to radiation?

Comment: What About Competing Theories (Score 4, Funny) 417

I notice TFA doesn't mention competing theories, like the ocean acidificaiton is being caused by the natural cycle of sunspots. This is a serious theory, put forth by me the other day when I was looking up at the sun and thinking that no one probably has done any research into how sunspots could affect ocean acidity. This is just anther example of the mainstream media not giving equal time to competing theories! Instead, they just focus on those that come from scientists doing studies!

And if it's not sunspots, it's probably volcanoes or something. I'll figure that out if someone disproved my first theory.

Comment: Re:Nothing new here (Score 0) 198

And it's way more generous than Java. Microsoft is promising it won't sue for anything developed on a .NET runtime. Not their .NET runtime. Any .NET runtime, even those not developed by Microsoft.

".NET Runtime" means any compliant implementation in software of (a) all of the required parts of the mandatory provisions of Standard ECMA-335 – Common Language Infrastructure (CLI); and (b) if implemented, any additional functionality in Microsoft's .NET Framework, as described in Microsoft's API documentation on its MSDN website. For example, .NET Runtimes include Microsoft's .NET Framework and those portions of the Mono Project compliant with (a) and (b).

So, basically, they're explicitly promising not to pull the shit that Oracle pulled with Google over Java. But because Microsoft killed their Pappy some people are developing elaborate conspiracy theories over how, really, their promise not to sue is somehow a bad thing.

Comment: Re: White balance and contrast in camera. (Score 1) 420

by Hardhead_7 (#49153223) Attached to: Is That Dress White and Gold Or Blue and Black?
It's not just that. It flipped for me. I saw it Friday morning abd, saved the pic to my PC so I could open it up and use a color picker to see it was actually blue when it looked white/gold to me. Later that day, I was going to show it to a co-worker so I opened it up again. But now it was blue/black. It'd flipped twice more for me since then.

Curiously, the xkcd comic doesn't fool my eyes at all.

Comment: Re:Before or after? (Score 4, Informative) 560

by Hardhead_7 (#48716953) Attached to: 2014: Hottest Year On Record
For those too lazy to click, here it is straight from NASA's FAQ

Q. Why can't we use just raw data?
A. Just averaging the raw data would give results that are highly dependent on the particular locations (latitude and elevation) and reporting periods of the actual weather stations; such results would mostly reflect those accidental circumstances rather than yield meaningful information about our climate.

Q. Can you illustrate the above with a simple example?
A. Assume, e.g., that a station at the bottom of a mountain sent in reports continuously starting in 1880 and assume that a station was built near the top of that mountain and started reporting in 1900. Since those new temperatures are much lower than the temperatures from the station in the valley, averaging the two temperature series would create a substantial temperature drop starting in 1900.

Q. How can we combine the data of the two stations above in a meaningful way?
A. What may be done before combining those data is to increase the new data or lower the old ones until the two series seem consistent. How much we have to adjust these data may be estimated by comparing the time period with reports from both stations: After the offset, the averages over the common period should be equal. (This is the basis for the GISS method). As new data become available, the offset determined using that method may change. This explains why additional recent data can impact also much earlier data in any regional or global time series.

Another approach is to replace both series by their anomalies with respect to a fixed base period. This is the method used by the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit (CRU) in the UK. The disadvantage is that stations that did not report during that whole base period cannot be used.

More mathematically complex methods are used by NOAA National Climatic Data Center (NOAA/NCDC) and the Berkeley Earth Project, but the resulting differences are small.

Comment: Re:Propaganda (Score 1) 560

by Hardhead_7 (#48716873) Attached to: 2014: Hottest Year On Record

No doubt man contributes to it, but Solar activity and earth history going back millions of years indicates this is a normal pattern shift.

The temperature seems to be defying its historical link to solar activity. Based on solar activity we should have been seen fairly severe cooling over the last few decades:

This. We just had a Solar Maximum where you could (and I did) go out and look at the sun (with sun shades!) and see exactly no sun spot. At the maximum. The sun has been very cool lately. If it was at normal levels, global warming would be (very slightly) worse. Of course, the sun's variance is much smaller than the effect CO2 is having anyway.

365 Days of drinking Lo-Cal beer. = 1 Lite-year