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Comment: Re:"Thus ends "Climategate." Hopefully." (Score 1) 379

The way pro-AGW fanatics present arguments often stinks of conspiracy theories. (Those evile brothers, Big Oil, etc.)

As opposed to "all climate scientists as well as all governments all over the world, for several decades". Yeah, one of those sounds like a conspiracy theory, say like MKUltra. The other one gets you laughed at by flat earthers and moon hoaxers for being over the top.

Comment: Re:Climate Change on Slashdot? Bring on the fun! (Score 1) 349

by Plumpaquatsch (#47423151) Attached to: Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

" The GCMs really do not seem to work." why do you think that? they work very well. They have even lead us to make new discoveries about the climate.

" They clearly run way too hot. " no, they doi not. Another baseless statement I suspect you have no clue how models work. in general, much less in any specific field.

When I keep seeing graphics like this and and this which all show the majority of computer climate models over-prediction the current temperatures.

Hint: stop looking at graphics faked by "sceptics".

Blackberry

BlackBerry's Innovation: Square-Screened Smartphones 138

Posted by Soulskill
from the bet-you-didn't-know-you-needed-that dept.
EthanV2 sends word that BlackBerry, having finally caught up to a world dominated by smartphones, is now trying to push the envelope by developing a smartphone with a square screen. The BlackBerry Passport has a 4.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1440x1440. The phone has a physical keyboard as well. In a blog post about the new phone, they show a picture with it side-by-side with an iPhone and a Galaxy S5 — the Passport is slightly taller than the iPhone, and significantly wider, as you'd expect. The Passport is a play for BlackBerry's "traditional" work-oriented user base, where the earlier BlackBerry Z10 and Z30 were efforts to break into the post-iPhone consumer smartphone space. Though the Passport may well be preferable for spreadsheets and word processing, that square screen will be much less useful for widescreen movies, and its wide, blocky design will entirely prohibit one-handed use. The Passport is expected to appear later this year, and it will launch with BlackBerry 10.3 (at least, according to early hands-on previews).

Comment: Re:Rail? (Score 1) 142

by Plumpaquatsch (#47395921) Attached to: Autonomous Trucking

What I do not understand about Germany - indeed this whole region of Europe (I'm in Switzerland) is this: We have excellent rail systems, why not put long-distance cargo on the trains? There are various initiatives to do exactly this, but they meet with a wide range of passive and active resistance. Fact is, given the existing rail system, using trucks for long-distance freight makes no sense at all.

Most major rail lines in Western Europe are running at full capacity.

Biotech

Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain 284

Posted by samzenpus
from the green-light-red-light dept.
An anonymous reader writes "One moment you're conscious, the next you're not. For the first time, researchers have switched off consciousness by electrically stimulating a single brain area. Although only tested in one person, the discovery suggests that a single area – the claustrum – might be integral to combining disparate brain activity into a seamless package of thoughts, sensations and emotions. It takes us a step closer to answering a problem that has confounded scientists and philosophers for millennia – namely how our conscious awareness arises. When the team zapped the area with high frequency electrical impulses, the woman lost consciousness. She stopped reading and stared blankly into space, she didn't respond to auditory or visual commands and her breathing slowed. As soon as the stimulation stopped, she immediately regained consciousness with no memory of the event. The same thing happened every time the area was stimulated during two days of experiments.

Comment: Re:If we're talking long haul freight ... (Score 1) 142

by Plumpaquatsch (#47394757) Attached to: Autonomous Trucking

Look at what happened on one existing self-driving train system:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_2009_Washington_Metro_train_collision

Even in the simplest possible scenario (closed and tightly controlled metro system), the biggest self-driving train system in North America (not sure about the rest of the world) STILL wasn't able to avoid a fatal accident. This accident makes me wonder if it's simply beyond the capability of humanity to engineer a complex, self-driving train system that won't malfunction and cause fatal accidents.

So how many fatal accidents in manned trains? Let's cut this line of argument short and go straight to the obvious solution: abandon all technology. You go first.

Comment: Re:What's next (Score 1) 67

by Plumpaquatsch (#47394317) Attached to: Apple Hires Away TAG Heuer's VP of Global Sales

Hiring a non-computer executive? What's next, will they hire one from a soft drink company?

More importantly: Apple hiring anybody? Must be about iWatch. Apple on medical tech hiring spree, a possible hint of iWatch plans.

Apple hires somebody who worked for high-end fashion house Yves Saint Laurent? Let's ignore that YSL hired somebody formerly working at Apple and didn't go into making computers or smartphones - coincidently the same guy.

Apple hires anybody: pundits say its a replacement for Tim Cook.

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