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Comment: Re:The pot calling the kettle black (Score 2, Insightful) 260

by JWW (#47983617) Attached to: Obama Presses China On Global Warming

Yeah, funny that, how one of the countries that didn't actually sign the treaty is one of the only countries that met its targets.

But shhhhh we can't say this. Natural Gas is pushing out dirty coal for power generation, but its only a good outcome and not a perfect one, so it still needs to be attacked by environmentalists.

Comment: Re:The pot calling the kettle black (Score 1) 260

by JWW (#47983311) Attached to: Obama Presses China On Global Warming

What I really loved about the recent climate rallies was how the solution presented was hardcore socialist/communist revolution and the rooting out of capitalism. As if the solution to Climate Change was to eliminate Capitalism and everything would be fixed.

Although, if thats the case I need someone to explain to me why one of the few countries remaining on the planet with a Communist system of government is also the worst polluting country on the planet. If the marchers are correct and communism is the way to salvation, then China should be an environmental paradise, right?

Comment: Hmmmmm (Score 4, Interesting) 109

by JWW (#47941569) Attached to: Microsoft Lays Off 2,100, Axes Silicon Valley Research

When the announcement that cuts were coming I made a comment on /. about how everyone at Microsoft would be looking over their shoulder wondering whether their job would be cut.

Howling responses insisted that no, the only jobs being cut were going to be in Finland and tied to Nokia.

Now we find out that jobs are being cut in Washington, Silicon Valley, and Fargo. Hmmm, thats a long way from Finland.

Comment: Re:No, It Won't (Score 3, Informative) 326

by JWW (#47939943) Attached to: New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

The irony is that you can only really accomplish the needed sustainability if you do NOT try to accomplish the former.

Communism and to a lesser extent Socialism always attack the rich and promise the spoils to "the people". In the end the people always end up with nearly nothing (see Venezuela).

Whereas that evil vile capitalism has only ever just pulled millions upon millions of people out of poverty, worldwide, over the past 60 years.

Comment: A million for... (Score 4, Insightful) 131

by JWW (#47911835) Attached to: The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

Now they notice that its a million comments for Net Neutrality and a few hundred for and then screw us over by:

Giving us a watered down version of Net Neutrality "regulations" that the ISPs and Carriers can drive huge trucks through


They just let the mask slip and enable the fast and slow lanes exactly like the ISPs and Carriers want.

This truly will make me sick. I have no hope that the Internet will be regulated as common carrier like it should be. No hope at all.

Comment: Re:Not enough STEM workers, obviously (Score 2) 348

by JWW (#47873919) Attached to: When Scientists Give Up

You are joking, but really, how does the "Grant money for science is drying up" exist in the same country where we continually get "there are not enough people going into science" ?

There is a cognitive disconnect here. It even exists in private industry, where much much less funding is going into research as well.

Comment: Re:Meanwhile in the real world... (Score 1) 427

by JWW (#47861783) Attached to: UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

Sure the estimate of what could happen if it warms 4C by 2100 is a large number.

However, we are currently looking at increases in the historical record being around 0.14-0.18 degrees C per decade. Considering there are 8.5 decades left until 2100, the math says we could expect about 1.19-1.53 degrees warming by then if the decadal increase remains constant (ie. the "pause" in increases). These numbers are not 4.

To have an increase in temperature of 4 degrees C by 2100 a positive forcing feedback must take a dominant position it the climate. We have not yet found this forcing to exist. That of course doesn't mean that it doesn't but the models are predicting it and the actuals are not (as yet) showing it.

The thing with CO2 is that increases in temperature are related to doubling of the concentration in the atmosphere. That is to say that as CO2 increases, it takes more CO2 to continue to add on more increases in temperature as concentration goes up.

In the end it all relates to forcing. Is feedback positive and large or do negative feedback loops exist that respond to increasing CO2 in the atmosphere (increased albedo of clouds for example)? There's lots of science and studies we need to do here. What we know now is not correct (the models aren't accurate) that means we need to search for more measures to include in them.

Comment: Re: So long as it is consential (Score 4, Interesting) 363

by JWW (#47841461) Attached to: Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

Yes, but the corporations don't come and shoot you if you don't choose to give them your money.

Progressives always argue against BIG corporations and they always argue FOR the largest and most powerful organization on the planet being given MORE power. Their blind faith in the state is terrifying.

One small step for man, one giant stumble for mankind.