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Comment: Re:please no (Score 1) 423

by LordLucless (#48107527) Attached to: Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

Consider, I'm going to roll a 6 sided dice. What number am I going to roll?

The whole of climate science and meteorology is predicated on the fact that those systems are not random. Yeah, the more iterations of a random event, the closer you get to the statistical average. But that doesn't mean that the more variables you add to a system, the more it converges on a predictable single value.

I'm not sure I'm going to agree with this statement however. Is an apple a simpler fruit than an orange?

Is an orange the aggregate of millions of apples over a long period of time?

Comment: Re:please no (Score 1) 423

by LordLucless (#48080349) Attached to: Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

However, while I'm sure that both 'sides' in this debate are equally guilty of seeing what they want to see, that which confirms their observer bias, I'm not sure that ridiculing weather forecasts is a valid argument against the accuracy and predictive power (or lack thereof) of climate models.

Really? Weather is a simpler, shorter-term analysis than climate, pretty much by definition. If we can't perform the simpler task particularly well, it argues against us being able to do the more complex.

Comment: Re:Not Humanly Possible != Impracticle (Score 1) 470

by LordLucless (#48016859) Attached to: The Physics of Space Battles

It depends what you mean by "drones". Missiles would basically be one-use drones, with the firing ship serving as their control centre. In space battles, distances would likely be large enough for relativistic time lags in comms between ship and missile to be a thing, so they'd have to be capably of autonomy after they'd moved beyond comms range of their ship.

Comment: Re:I seem to remember... (Score 1) 275

by LordLucless (#47753785) Attached to: Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

Give me an objective definition of "market" that makes the doesn't make the distinction between software products and support services, yet does distinguish between, say, operating systems and web browsers.

I doubt you have one. You just draw the line on a case-by-case basis wherever it supports your argument.

Comment: Re:I seem to remember... (Score 1) 275

by LordLucless (#47746029) Attached to: Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

Plenty of companies offer free services to attract customers, while other companies may charge for the same services. That is not illegal.

This is incorrect. The only reason it seems this way is because it takes so long to gather evidence, and the ensuing court cases take so long to eventuate.

So, what you're saying is that there are pending court cases against, say RedHat, because they offer their OS free of charge, undercutting Microsoft's offering?

Or maybe against Google, or OpenStreetMaps, for uncompetitively providing free services that conflict with other services who do not charge?

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