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Comment: Misleading (Score 4, Informative) 786

by PeterP (#40616497) Attached to: Nature: Global Temperatures Are a Falling Trend

Real Climate has a much more interesting take on the paper:

http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2012/07/tree-rings-and-climate-some-recent-developments/

Finding the weak points in various temperature proxies and using that knowledge to improve the overall accuracy of the temperature record is a good thing, and a normal part of the scientific process. Sensationalist reporting of the type The Register engages in just serves to inflame the debate without adding anything useful to the discussion.

Crime

Girls Bugged Teachers' Staff Room 227

Posted by samzenpus
from the making-the-grade dept.
A pair of enterprising Swedish schoolgirls ended up in court after they were caught bugging their teachers break room. The duo hoped they would hear discussions about upcoming tests and school work, allowing them to get better grades. It worked until one of them decided to brag about it on Facebook, and the authorities were called in. The girls were charged with trespassing and fined 2,000 kronor ($270) each in Stockholm District Court.
XBox (Games)

An Early Look At Halo: Reach 107

Posted by Soulskill
from the go-go-gadget-arms? dept.
KatanAlpha writes "Based on all the information coming out about Halo: Reach, it seems that Bungie's basic philosophy has been: 'The sequels to the first Halo sucked. Let's fix that.' We've already seen a little bit of this with Halo: ODST, wherein Bungie returned to some of the core elements of Halo gameplay and ditched many of the changes introduced in Halo 2 and 3. Reach seems to continue this idea while trying to invigorate the franchise by introducing greatly improved graphics and additional gameplay mechanics."

Comment: Re:Why Are We Deferring to an Economic Organizatio (Score 1) 715

by PeterP (#30469474) Attached to: Russians Claim More Climate Data Was Manipulated
Interestingly, you omit the sentence directly preceding the one you quoted:

Also Siberia is one of the worst places to look at homogeneity, as the stations aren't that close together (as they are in Fennoscandia and most of Canada) and also the temperature varies an awful lot from year to year.

It appears to me that they know the Siberian data is junk and they are trying to discourage people from using it. The entire email up to that point is a discussion of why Siberian data is poor, and how trends reflected in other disparate areas of the globe are not always evident there.

Also, I'm not entirely convinced that your standard of evidence (a simple statement that collapses the works of thousands of scientists using huge data sets and millions of hours of computer time, into an elevator pitch) is entirely reasonable. I think its fairly well established that CO2 traps heat in the atmosphere, and we have increased its concentration to a level unprecedented in human history. Is there is an above average chance that there is a tipping point in the global climate system that can be reached and will end up setting a new stable point with a vastly different climate than we currently enjoy? The literature would seem to point to this conclusion.

I'm sure you could start from first principles and do all of the math by yourself, starting from the raw climate records. It would be a massive undertaking, but since you seem ready to dismiss the opinions of the majority of climate researchers because you yourself don't understand what they are doing, this seems like a fair compromise. Should only take 15 or 20 years, lemme know how that works out for you.

Google

+ - Google Urges National Inventory of Radio Spectrum

Submitted by
Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "Google, the wireless industry, and consumer advocates have come together to support a bill that would require the federal government to take a complete inventory of the national airwaves to determine what spectrum is being used, how it is being used and who is using it. The government needs to clean up its sloppy record keeping, they say, or the US risks running out of wireless capacity with the increasing use of the mobile Internet. "Radio spectrum is a natural resource, something that here in the US is owned by all of us American citizens," wrote Richard Whitt, Google's counsel for telecom and media. "Most of us don't give it much thought — and yet use of these airwaves is precisely what makes many of our modern communication systems possible." The new law, if passed, would require the Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications & Information Administration to report on the use of all spectrum bands between 300 megahertz and 3.5 gigahertz, including information on the licenses or government user operating in each band and whether the spectrum is actually in use. The unusual alliance between Google, public interest groups, and big telecommunications companies may be temporary. The telecom companies want to have the opportunity to buy any extra spectrum at an auction while Google advocates the use of new technologies that would allow the spectrum to be shared by whoever needs it."

Comment: Re:Duh, what's new? They're Fox (Score 5, Funny) 753

by PeterP (#27150325) Attached to: What Has Fox Got Against Its Own Sci-Fi Shows?
Reminds me of the first Family Guy episode after they got cancelled:

Peter: Everybody, I've got bad news. We've been cancelled.
Lois: Oh, no! Peter, how could they do that?
Peter: Well, unfortunately, Lois, there's just no more room on the schedule. We've just got to accept the fact that Fox has to make room for terrific shows like Dark Angel, Titus, Undeclared, Action, That 80's Show, Wonderfalls, Fastlane, Andy Richter Controls the Universe, Skin, Girls Club, Cracking Up, The Pitts, Firefly, Get Real, FreakyLinks, Wanda at Large, Costello, The Lone Gunmen, A Minute With Stan Hooper, Normal, Ohio, Pasadena, Harsh Realm, Keen Eddie, The $treet, American Embassy, Cedric The Entertainer, The Tick, Luis and Greg the Bunny.
Lois: Is there no hope?
Peter: Well, I suppose if all those shows go down the tubes, we might have a shot.

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