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Comment: Re:U.S. is established on religion, so (Score 1) 900

by Renegade Iconoclast (#38516460) Attached to: America's Turn From Science, a Danger For Democracy

God is generally accepted as being "simple", meaning no parts, or physical manifestation, or in time and space.

Generay accepted? By whom? Certainly not by evangelicals, who believe in the literal word of the bible, and number about 100 million in the USA. They believe God created us "in his own image". And that he had a son with a woman in ancient Israel. That's he, so yes, God has a penis. See, that's the problem with thinking your definition of God is "generally accepted". Whatever your definition is, you're wrong. What you're describing sounds more like Deism, which is not even a popular opinion, much less generally accepted.

If you insist on being the loudmouthed variety of atheist, please at least educate yourself on millenia old lines of thought. Discussing the topic of religion without knowing this stuff is like discussing physics without knowing about gravity.

Nice condescension, but whom in particular should we read to educate ourselves, since you know so much about it? If you're talking millennia, then you must mean Catholics, as they're the only Abrahamic religion which has been around that long. Shall we read Aquinas, who considered such questions as how many Angels can occupy the same space?

Comment: Re:Let the informed battles begin (Score 1) 413

by Renegade Iconoclast (#38178928) Attached to: Climate May Be Less Sensitive To CO2 Than Previously Thought

I'm afraid that you are the one who is incorrect.

And what I said is completely relevant to the discussion at hand (global warming), as well as your assertion. Part of the big picture is that the poles are expected to show the effects of warming more quickly. Alaskans are predicted to observe more rapid changes. And they are.

Comment: Re:Let the informed battles begin (Score 1) 413

by Renegade Iconoclast (#38175358) Attached to: Climate May Be Less Sensitive To CO2 Than Previously Thought

First of all, only a few glaciers are expanding. The vast majority are retreating.

Second of all, rapid glacial retreat near the poles is a prediction of climate science, because the poles are predicted to be more sensitive to global warming. So yes, actually, people living near the poles are seeing global warming first-hand.

Comment: Re:Let the informed battles begin (Score 1) 413

by Renegade Iconoclast (#38175292) Attached to: Climate May Be Less Sensitive To CO2 Than Previously Thought

I did not say anything about "conspiracy". But biased sources are biased sources, on either "side" of the argument. One is no better than another.

This is complete nonsense. Some arguments don't have two sides. You can be forgiven for getting your idea of objectivity from the mainstream media, which treats every "controversy" as if it has "two-sides" even if the ratio of the sides is 10^8.

Realclimate cites actual scientific papers, for every article. They're "biased" because the science is biased. People who think greenhouse gases don't warm the planet are simply wrong. Just as wrong as people who think creatures don't evolve, or that the earth is flat. Physics dictates a rise in temperature with a rise in greenhouse gases. And guess what, the global experiment in flooding the atmosphere with greenhouse gases confirms this prediction.

Is the American Astronomical Society biased for endorsing gravity and special relativity?

Comment: Re:Let the informed battles begin (Score 1) 413

by Renegade Iconoclast (#38175218) Attached to: Climate May Be Less Sensitive To CO2 Than Previously Thought

The climate is a fantastically complex system.

Which is a common little nugget of handwavium that deniers love to trot out. I'm not saying you're a denier, mind you, but it's a silly excuse.

.There has been a lot of progress in climate modeling, but it isn't like predicting where a cannon ball will land if you know the starting trajectory.

Actually, it is something like that. Though it's more like predicting where a cannonball will land on an alien planet, given a range of values for the mass of the planet.

You know the cannonball is going to come down, somewhere, just not exactly where. Just as we know that raising the concentration of GHGs in the atmosphere will warm the Earth. We knew it 100 years ago (and anyone who brings up the widely debunked "70's ice-age" meme, prepare for a severe smackdown. It isn't true).

The physics predicting a rise in temp from CO2 are so basic, you don't need a fancy computer to model them. CO2 (and other GHGs) are opaque to some wavelengths of infrared light. In other words, they're black. Just like you don't need a fancy computer to predict that your black car will get hot in the Texas sun, you don't need one to predict that the atmosphere will heat up when flooded with IR-trapping gas particles. It has to, based on universal laws of physics.

There are some mitigating factors. Plants absorb some CO2 (but not methane). Cloud-cover increases over coastal and ocean regions, due to greater evaporation. However, much of this is offset by the fact that we're still burning down forests to grow crops, and the fact that H20 is also a greenhouse gas. That's where the models come in. We know that CO2 and methane and other gases will warm the Earth. It's only a question of how much.

Comment: Re:Here's The Thing. (Score 1) 413

by Renegade Iconoclast (#38171894) Attached to: Climate May Be Less Sensitive To CO2 Than Previously Thought

I'm old enough to remember the 1980s as well, and also well informed enough to know that your characterization of "climatologists were warning that we were heading into another Ice Age" is complete bunk. Some climatologists felt we'd enter another ice-age within 10,000 years or so, if greenhouse gas emissions didn't interfere . There were some non-scientific journals that tried to sensationalize the few papers that you're talking about, but the majority of climate scientists even then predicted that GHG was going to warm the planet.

Here's just one paper which destroys your assertion: http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/pdf/10.1175/2008BAMS2370.1

You didn't answer the question. Do you dispute any of my original facts, and if so, which ones, and based on what evidence? Instead of answering, you brought up yet another tired and debunked denier talking point, which I can also trace to Michael Chrichton, MD.

Your assertion of "the claims" of the rain forests and tropics disappearing is yet another red-herring. I don't know enough to reply to that charge, but I do know it's irrelevant to the discussion, which you continue to studiously avoid.

Comment: Re:Here's The Thing. (Score 2) 413

by Renegade Iconoclast (#38169188) Attached to: Climate May Be Less Sensitive To CO2 Than Previously Thought

And you want us to believe that you can predict, WITH GREAT CONFIDENCE, that the Earth will be 10 degrees warming in so many years because of what mankind is doing?

"Oh, well, that's different," screams the AGW crowd.

You don't know the difference between weather and climate.

You also apparently don't know that increased temperatures due to greenhouse gases are a (nearly 100 year old, before the advent of computers) prediction of physics . The models simply try to guess how much.

It's hard not to treat you in a condescending way when you make such elementary errors of assumption, omission, and commission. If you'd actually like to address the science, rather than abusing your Caps-lock key, I'm sure you'd get a less condescending response. If you arrogantly put forth Michael Chrichton-level arguments as if they're sound, and as if you've made some sort of new scientific discovery, expect to be condescended to.

Which of these facts do you dispute?

- Carbon dioxide and methane (and other GHGs) trap infra red energy that otherwise would be lost to space. Without an atmosphere, the entire Earth would be below freezing.
- Geological evidence proves that large increases in CO2 lead to corresponding changes in temperature.
- Temperatures have spiked higher, faster, than any time in the history of humankind.
- Simple physics dictates a rise in temperature when GHGs are increased, yet the output of the sun and its distance from Earth remain the same. For the temperature not to increase would require some sort of mitigating intervention.
- No such proposed mitigating factor has been shown to be occurring.

Comment: Re:One small victory for a man.. (Score 1) 717

Indeed. I watched it and I don't want my hour back. Coyne gave me some new arguments, which is surprising, since I follow the "new atheists" pretty closely. The charge of ad-hominems is completely without merit. It isn't an ad-hominem to point out flaws in your opponent's logic.

Comment: Why not focus on quality instead of major revs? (Score 1) 244

by Renegade Iconoclast (#37773942) Attached to: Ubuntu Turns 7

In 7 years the dev team has put out 11 versions of Ubuntu. I got tired of the rat race. Every kernel broke my video driver, and every major revision broke some other software. I always had problems with compiz, and when I turned it off, I had other problems. I finally gave up when I installed 11 (from scratch) and faced the black screen of death on my first boot, and the solutions I found online didn't work. I tried CentOS but it wasn't compatible with about half the software I wanted to run. It seems like Ubuntu is the go-to distro for most packages, so can't they stick to a version for more than a year?

Comment: Re:Was this article all a mistake? (Score 1) 688

by Renegade Iconoclast (#36981790) Attached to: Was<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET All a Mistake?

Hmmm.... maybe I don't. I've spent the last 10 years writing stock market software. For us, "real-time" means in such a fraction of a second that the human operator can't tell the difference. It doesn't do much good to show more quotes than the human eye can see.

I can see how, for engineering applications, the "human" definition of real-time wouldn't be good enough. But I assure you, windows is fast "enough" for anything that involves a human operator, assuming the people writing the software are competent.

Comment: Nonsense (Score 1) 688

by Renegade Iconoclast (#36980872) Attached to: Was<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET All a Mistake?

I agree that no sane person would make an O/S with it, but it is a great platform for video games, including 3d shooters. In fact, that's what my business partner and I are developing our game with. C# + XNA. Admittedly, our game is 2d, but only because we don't have the resources to create 3d assets, not because XNA is somehow lacking. Our time to production will be cut way, way short because of the simplicity and elegance of XNA. The only thing that makes it difficult is that the XBox version will require us to pre-allocate ALL of our objects, because the garbage collector on the XBox sucks. This does make things a bit trickier, you have to create object pools and crap that you normally would expect the GC to do for you, but it's still the bee's-knees in terms of coding time.

Most of the work of modern games is done on the graphics hardware, not the CPUs. For the tiny amount that is done on the CPUs, C# is plenty fast enough. I can put like 6000 sprites on the screen, rotating and scaling, before I drop below 60fps. And that's only due to my graphics hardware. The game code is hardly doing anything.

Furthermore, the tools to develop against the XBox are just freaking cool. I can debug the console exactly as though it were running on my local box, set a break point, inspect variables, etc, and I can't even tell it's a remote process. It just works.

And finally, the lead developer for XNA is the same guy who made Allegro in the 90s. I don't know if you were programming games back then, or playing around with it, but Allegro was great. The main problem is that it was slow. Well, Sean has had nearly 20 years to refine his techniques, and of hardware advances, and he has it down to an art. You barely need to write any code to have a game up and running. The vast majority of your time is spent in game logic, not looking up arcane DirectX commands. DX is mostly abstracted away.

Comment: Re:We All Wish (Score 1) 872

by Renegade Iconoclast (#32783414) Attached to: Climategate's Final Days

Well, we know at least one thing that could cause temperatures to plunge almost overnight. In fact, it would probably kill off a lot of plant life, and drop CO2 levels as well.

At this point, given what I know about our chances of surviving this crap, I see a new ice age as the best chance of survival for 90% of life on the planet. If we heat up the Earth too much, we're quite possibly headed for another Permian Extinction level event. The amount of hydrogen sulfide that has built up in the ocean since then is surely enough to kill most aerobic life on earth.

Comment: Re:We All Wish (Score 1) 872

by Renegade Iconoclast (#32782854) Attached to: Climategate's Final Days

No I don't mind. The loss of those edge cities will be more than compensated by the ability to grow food in the fertile plains of Siberia and Northern Canada

Yeah well not everyone shares your desire to move because of catastrophic climate change.

Furthermore, parts of the icecaps could fall off suddenly. It's not like it's guaranteed to melt in an orderly, slow fashion. Fancy huge tidal waves that cross continents?

Also still waiting on a response as to whether you enjoy breathing hydrogen sulfide.

Comment: Talk about begging the question (Score 1) 872

by Renegade Iconoclast (#32781106) Attached to: Climategate's Final Days

That's a brilliant circle of logic.

There aren't any peer-reviewed publications because those who control the publications wont publish dissenting opinion, and you can prove there's no validity to the dissenting opinion by pointing to the lack of peer-reviewed publications....

You claim circular logic on the part of the GP, and then you use it yourself. How... ironic.

Your statement is a classic example of begging the question (AKA, circular reasoning). You assume your premise in your statement. To wit, you assume that:

1.) There are dissenting articles worth publishing (feel free to cite one)
2.) Scientific publications base their acceptance of articles on whether the submitter is arguing against prevailing opinion

Neither of your unproven, circular assertions have any merit whatsoever. In fact, science loves controversy, and the best way to make a name for yourself is to prove a prevailing opinion incorrect. Examples abound:

- The cause of the Cretaceous extinction (once thought to be a slow death as the earth cooled, now known to be an asteroid)
- the evolution of birds (now known to be from theropods, though that was once very controversial)
- gradualism in evolution (now replaced by punctuated equilibrium)
- gradualism in climate (we've now shown that climate changes can occur very, very rapidly, rather than over thousands of years)
- the number of species of man (that's right, there were more than one, although the oldbeards still hate this idea, it's fairly widely accepted now)

These are just a few examples of science being turned on its head because scientists dared to go against consensus. You know how they did it? By publishing peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals.

You have a tendency to feel you are superior to most computers.

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