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Comment: Re:Let us keep our thoughts with our Kremlin frien (Score 1) 667

by OneAhead (#47503269) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Exactly. Russia never even denied involvement. Putin's statement was bluntly "it happened in Ukrainian airspace, hence it's Ukraine's responsibility", while Lavrov ham-handedly contested Ukraine's calling it a terrorist attack. They're all too aware there's far too much incriminating evidence out there to sweep under the rug, hence they're going into damage control. And for all the finesse they used to make the US look like irresponsible warmongers in the Syrian chemical weapons debacle, they're acting laughably clumsy now that they're at the receiving end.

My guess is that the Russians gave their people/proxies in eastern Ukraine enough training to shoot something down, but not to clearly ascertain what they were shooting at. An SA-11 radar system is not as easy to operate as the microwave oven in your kitchen; it takes a lot of training for people to use these things effectively, and it probably wasn't a high priority for the local commanders, as their marching orders were: "covertly create as much provocation and chaos as possible in Eastern Ukraine so that Russia gets the best possible bargaining position once the peace negotiations start". They basically got what they deserved; something like this was just waiting to happen. I would feel wryly satisfied to see the higher-ups in Russia caught utterly by surprise, except that the tragic death of so many innocent people takes all the joy out of it.

Comment: Re:Vendor Software (Score 1) 290

by OneAhead (#47503023) Attached to: Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

my Nexus 5 which runs basically the same hardware is great on all counts.

Hahahahahaha! Just you wait till Google has shifted their attention to the Nexus 6 or whatever comes nextus. The bugs will come crawling out of the woodwork on your next upgrade, as is currently the case for the Nexus 4.

Comment: Re:That's Odd. (Score 1) 185

That's only true if you don't need support for newer versions of the OpenGL standard. If you do, the Nvidia proprietary driver is pretty much the only viable option in Linux. The Intel driver is perpetually a few generations behind, and the AMD/ATI drivers are perpetually buggy (though I hear they're getting better).

Comment: Re:Just don't upgrade the kernel with nvidia close (Score 1) 185

Actually, that's the package manager's doing; automatic re-installing upon kernel updates worked right from day one. The "proprietary drivers" tool that was introduced later is just a friendly front-end to the package manager, because finding the package that makes the most out of the hardware without breaking anything is somewhat less than straightforward for the inexperienced user.

Comment: Re:Just don't upgrade the kernel with nvidia close (Score 1) 185

That would be because a most of the open-source drivers (yes, video is one of the exceptions) are baked right into the kernel and Just Work (TM)(if the hardware's supported, that is). This is why there's no excruciatingly slow "please wait while we search for drivers" when you plug in a new keyboard or mouse; there is no driver.

True, sometimes a device is recognized incorrectly and one needs to dig into arcane settings, but at least most of it is documented in some form or another most of the time. In windows, these problems are less common, but when they happen, far more time is spent on them (aaugh... shotgun debugging the Windows Registry)...

Comment: Re:Here's a link to a story about it. (Score 1) 932

by OneAhead (#47239025) Attached to: House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

I fully understand the argument of the article to which you linked...

FACT. Not arguable.

WRONG. You did not understand the argument of the article.

The data shows their models weren't just wrong... they were HORRIBLY wrong - way, way overestimated.

Hyperbole much?

therefore one should carefully consider how much faith one invests in these models' ability to predict the future.

That's plain FUD. You could just as well say one cannot invest faith in anything science produces, because our knowledge of science has been proven wrong and refined in the past. Repeatedly.

Comment: Re:Here's a link to a story about it. (Score 3, Insightful) 932

by OneAhead (#47217787) Attached to: House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

As explained in the link in my previous post (did you even read it?), if you take a set of data that fluctuates noisily but has an long-term upwards trend, you truncate it carefully so that the beginning of your truncated subset falls near a high point in the random fluctuations, and you use that to deny the upwards trend, then you are using a trick called "cherry-picking". You can argue you're presenting "simply facts", but it's dishonest. Watt's also dishonest is failing to declare a rather blatant conflict of interest.

Also, your own post contains contradictions. You're saying "...OBSERVED warming trend is significantly less than the IPCC 1990 PREDICTED..." (implying there is still a warming trend), and then you're saying "it has leveled off". Only one of them can be true, and it's the first one. There is still a warming trend, and yes, it's lower than the low-end 1990 predictions. Scientists have been debating over why that is for a while now. Heat getting trapped in the depths of the pacific ocean seems to be gaining traction as the most prevalent hypothesis, which is worrisome because once this finite heat reservoir is saturated, the heating will pick up with a vengeance. More info here, here, here and here (the 3 first links are all discussing the study in the 4th; I'll let you pick which source you like best).

Comment: Re:hahaha! (Score 1) 932

by OneAhead (#47217417) Attached to: House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

I doubt any scientists even the ones who believe in AGW want to cut off all oil now

Even among environmentalist, only a tiny (but verbal) minority thinks that would be a good idea. For the rest of us, CO2 emissions can be reduced significantly with minimal (or even positive) economic impact through a number of measures, but "cutting off all oil now" obviously is not one of them. There currently is no realistic replacement for oil on the horizon for the purpose of aviation, intercontinental ship transport and polymer synthesis. What can be done is to put gradual innovation pressure on the market (through carrots and sticks, i.e. tax breaks and taxes) as to slowly phase out coal for electricity generation and oil for most ground transportation. There are enough alternatives available to make that happen, and more local jobs would be created than lost. One could also think about a small global tax on bunker fuel. This would be a boon for employment in western economies, where it would help locally manufactured goods compete with ones that were shipped halfway around the globe.

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