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Comment: So the story is that . . . there is no story? (Score 1) 125 125

Let me see if I've got this straight. The Sunday Times found some evidence which they presented to the UK government, and the government anonymously verified said evidence, but the Times decided to print only the government statements without the evidence?

Would I be entirely off the mark in guessing that the "evidence" also came from an anonymous government source? Oh right, this reporter "is sorry to disappoint you again," but he "does not know."

It seems to me that the Department of Disinformation is having a difficult time hiring quality employees.

Comment: Re:Global warming has continued unabated since 195 (Score 1) 298 298

by PatientZero (#49905333) Attached to: G7 Vows To Phase Out Fossil Fuels By 2100
While surface temperatures have slowed somewhat (though 2013 and 2014 saw them jump right back up), global warming itself--which includes ocean heat content, glacier and sea ice melting, and atmospheric temperatures in addition to surface temperatures--has not slowed. Their statements are consistent with this.

Comment: Global warming has continued unabated since 1950 (Score 1) 298 298

by PatientZero (#49881051) Attached to: G7 Vows To Phase Out Fossil Fuels By 2100

As evidenced by satellite data, the Earth has experienced a positive energy imbalance since 1950, accumulating more heat than it radiates into space. This additional heat warms the land, melts the ice, increases the air temperature, and accumulates in the ocean.

The 2014 global land-ocean temperature index data produced by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies shows an average rise of 0.12C per decade from 1950 to 2014. In 2012 Nuccitelli et al combined the ocean heat content measurements (surface and subsurface) with the land, ice and atmospheric measurements, showing a global energy increase of 20×10J since 1960.

There is a myth that global warming stopped in 1998—often called a pause or hiatus—because the surface air temperature rose only 0.05C per decade from 1998 to 2012 while atmospheric CO2 levels continued to rise. This argument is flawed for several reasons.

The myth ignores the surface temperature data before 1998 and after 2012. This is an example of cherry-picking: choosing a subset of data to fit an argument while ignoring the data that contradict it. By taking the fifteen year period starting in 1996, one could claim that global warming has increased since the rise for that period was 0.14C per decade. It is only by considering the entire dataset that we see an accurate picture.

The myth ignores the natural variability in the Earth’s climate due to trade winds, sun intensity, and volcanos and assumes the data measures only AGW (anthropogenic global warming). This is an example of misrepresentation. For example, due to the El Niño Southern Oscillation cycle, 1998 saw a particularly strong El Niño warming while 2012 saw a weak La Niña. This caused a considerable ENSO cooling during that period that partially masked the warming trend from AGW.

The myth jumps to the conclusion that a short-term slowdown in the temperature rise will continue forever. There have been similar short-term pauses throughout the twentieth century, but each was followed by a larger short-term rise that offset it. The long-term record shows a clear warming trend of 0.12C per decade.

Finally, the myth focuses on the surface air temperatures and ignores the increasing ocean heat content, increasing sea level, and decreasing arctic sea ice mass—another example of cherry-picking. For example, the Nuccitelli data shows an energy increase of 6×10J since 1998. Taken together, these demonstrate the simple fact that the Earth is warming overall, matching the satellite data.

You can find more at Skeptical Science.

Comment: Re:The fence's warehouse (Score 1) 205 205

by PatientZero (#49871493) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Kim Dotcom a Question

No, a crack house in a mall would be immediately obvious as a mall only has a hundred or so stores. That's very easy to police.

It's more like a Public Storage with 180 million units containing 12 billion items where some percentage of them are illicit. Every so often the someone points out an infringing item and asks that it be removed. And every so often those items are not actually infringing.

Comment: Re:Oh please U.S. Chamber of Commerce ? (Score 3, Informative) 81 81

by PatientZero (#49837269) Attached to: Investors Ask How Much Google Spends On Lobbying
The surface temperature is still warming, just less so. Instead, the energy is being absorbed by the oceans. A warmer ocean still melts sea ice and increases evaporation--another greenhouse gas. The energy imbalance is still there, and the heat must go somewhere. Just because WUWT ignores that basic fact of physics and the data from the oceans doesn't change it.

Comment: Re:Secret Ballot? (Score 1) 480 480

by PatientZero (#48798011) Attached to: How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

You're assuming those that take the time to register and vote actually do study the issues. Do many look beyond the superficial sources and advertising, or do they base their vote on their neighbor's equally-uninformed opinion, the name of the initiative, or the candidate's party?

Hell, we'd probably get the same results without the exorbitant costs if we simply employed a giant lotto machine.

Comment: Re: Killing Muzzies too doesn't imply non-Islamic (Score 1) 509 509

by PatientZero (#48788667) Attached to: Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

Don't forget that the Christian* sects took their turn at this too. The Protestant/Catholic wars wreaked havoc across Medieval Europe until the Renaissance and mass education. *waves hands over a thousand years of history*

Science. Education. Freedom. Opportunity.

Support these enough and the rest will eventually take care of itself. Sure, violence still pops up on occasion (e.g. abortion clinic bombings), but it's far less than the indiscriminate and organized slaughter that existed back then.

* I don't mean to imply it was only these two religions. Who can forget the horrible Amish incursions that nearly decimated Pennsylvania in the 70's!

Comment: Re:Nice but pointless for me (Score 1) 377 377

by PatientZero (#46503079) Attached to: Measuring the Xbox One Against PCs With <em>Titanfall</em>

You're not missing out. After being intrigued by the trailer showing the solo campaign and the pretty cool gameplay and graphics, I bought it Saturday and let it download overnight. Installed it this morning and started it up, but the tutorial crashed. Restarted it (remap the keys again because it didn't save them) and launched the campaign mode . . . which is online and multiplayer only. WTF?

Apparently, "campaign mode" now means "goal-oriented multiplayer modes with no story" like conquest while "classic mode" means "standard multiplayer games with no story" such as team deathmatch or capture-the-flag.

Twenty-four hour return policy activated, and good riddance. You'd think with all the cash EA has they could produce an online store half as good as Steam (much as that raises ire for some people), but alas that is not the case.

BTW, that browser extension was the server browser. I have no idea what it bought them to write a bunch of C code in a browser extension rather than packaging it up into a regular executable, but the major downside is that every time you join a server the entire engine has to be loaded and initialized. If these were the good ol' days of 2 second startup times it would be no problem. I gave up on BF4 pretty quick as it got so tiresome waiting for the game to reload every time you switched servers.

+ - Kansas to nix expansion of Google Fiber and municipal broadband-> 1 1

Submitted by symbolset
symbolset writes: Consumerist is reporting on a bill to restrict municipal support of broadband expansion. Purportedly to ensure a "level playing field" to encourage commercial expansion in this area, these bills are usually referred to as oligopoly protection acts. Everywhere they have been implemented expansion of new broadband technology stops. In this specific case no municipal entity in Kansas will be able to enter the same sort of agreements that enabled Google Fiber. From the bill:

Except with regard to unserved areas, a municipality may not, directly or indirectly: (1) Offer to provide to one or more subscribers, video, telecommunications or broadband service; or (2) purchase, lease, construct, maintain or operate any facility for the purpose of enabling a private business or entity to offer, provide, carry, or deliver video, telecommunications or broadband service to one or more subscribers.

More details at Muninetworks.org and GigaOM
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