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Comment: Why not explain the last 120,000 years (Score 1) 355

Woop-de-dooo. Let them explain the last interglacial temperature max, when sea levels were 3 to 6 meters above current levels, the subsequent cooling, glaciation, and massive reductions in CO2 and CH4, then turn around from peak glaciation 22,000 years ago and the warming to the present. 250 years of warming? Try 20,000+ years of warming....

Comment: Re:Externalities come home to roost (Score 2) 156

by R80_JR (#42391061) Attached to: Insurance Industry Looking Hard At Climate Change
Who might have guessed that climate change is what forced humans to become human. http://phys.org/news/2012-12-fluctuating-environment-driven-human-evolution.html And there's no denying that humankind has prospered in the 20K years of (more or less) continuous warming since the last glacial maximum.

Comment: Renivent the wheel (Score 1) 891

by R80_JR (#38620904) Attached to: Why Fuel Efficiency Advances Haven't Translated To Better Gas Mileage
Back in the late 60's/early 70's I drove Renault 8 and 10 cars, which easily achieved 40+ MPG on the highway. That was with 1000cc and 1100cc engines, BTW. Back when you could get "gallons per dollar", not dollars per gallon.... Since then mileage has decreased due to: 1) Emission controls on the engines 2) Changes in gasoline formulation, particularly "winter blends" 3) Increased weight of vehicles due to crash safety requirements

Comment: Real Problem - Over budget, behind schedule (Score 1) 275

by R80_JR (#36490298) Attached to: Weather Satellites Lose Funding
The real issue with the NPOESS polar orbiting meteorological satellite program was that it was 6 years behind schedule and $3B over budget. That's not a success by any measure. A textbook case of a government program gone bad, with the requisite calls for more good money to be thrown into the abyss after the bad....

Comment: 22 year solar cycle linked to droughts (Score 1) 87

by R80_JR (#33235490) Attached to: Can Solar Storms Cause Wildfires?
NASA SP-426, "Sun, Weather, and Climate, 1978m John R. Herman and Richard A. Goldberg, republished 1985 by Dover Publications, Inc. Section 3.2 talks about correlations with the 22 year Hale Solar Cycle (the 11 year cycles have alternate polarity). Rainfall and drought are the first two mentioned..... not exactly the solar storm, but still the sun

Comment: Re:No, it's the stupidest tech startup (Score 1) 148

by R80_JR (#29096939) Attached to: Is the Federal Government the Most Interesting Tech Startup For 2009?
No way, no how. The Feds are more like Dilbert's "Mordac", preventers of information technology. In addition to no-bid fraud, waste, and abuse on the read-only, non-transactional "transparency" web site, add in the reaping of email addresses at whitehouse.gov (a practice carried over from the Obama campaign web sites, by the way, with no effective way to get off the list through the web site).

Comment: At least get paid well..... (Score 1) 352

by R80_JR (#26306879) Attached to: Interesting Computer Science Jobs?
If you're a U.S. citizen, try try the Navy or Air Force as a commissioned officer. Lots of technical jobs, and the only coding they'll let you do is on your own time. If you're really gung-ho, add the Army and Marine Corps to your list. They're hiring.... And there is life (and work) after the service. Been there, done that....

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