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Debunking a Climate-Change Skeptic 807

Posted by kdawson
from the so-many-notes-mister-mozart dept.
DJRumpy writes "The Danish political scientist Bjørn Lomborg won fame and fans by arguing that many of the alarms sounded by environmental activists and scientists — that species are going extinct at a dangerous rate, that forests are disappearing, that climate change could be catastrophic — are bogus. A big reason Lomborg was taken seriously is that both of his books, The Skeptical Environmentalist (in 2001) and Cool It (in 2007), have extensive references, giving a seemingly authoritative source for every one of his controversial assertions. So in a display of altruistic masochism that we should all be grateful for (just as we're grateful that some people are willing to be dairy farmers), author Howard Friel has checked every single citation in Cool It. The result is The Lomborg Deception, which is being published by Yale University Press next month. It reveals that Lomborg's work is 'a mirage,' writes biologist Thomas Lovejoy in the foreword. '[I]t is a house of cards. Friel has used real scholarship to reveal the flimsy nature' of Lomborg's work."

Comment: Re:He's a "double seater"... (Score 1) 940

by RodgerDodger (#31140822) Attached to: Southwest Declares Kevin Smith Too Fat To Fly

The actual problem is more that they seated him, on the plane, despite knowing that he had paid for 2 seats and that there was only one seat available.

SW shouldn't have put him on the plane - that's even what Kevin Smith says. However, having put him on, having the pilot come and throw him off is ridiculous.

Businesses

EA Shuts Down Pandemic Studios, Cuts 200 Jobs 161

Posted by Soulskill
from the say-goodnight-folks dept.
lbalbalba writes "Electronic Arts is shutting down its Westwood-based game developer Pandemic Studios just two years after acquiring it, putting nearly 200 people out of work. 'The struggling video game publisher informed employees Tuesday morning that it was closing the studio as part of a recently announced plan to eliminate 1,500 jobs, or 16% of its global workforce. Pandemic has about 220 employees, but an EA spokesman said that a core team, estimated by two people close to the studio to be about 25, will be integrated into the publisher's other Los Angeles studio, in Playa Vista.' An ex-developer for Pandemic attributed the studio's struggles to poor decisions from the management."

Comment: Re:Yes (Score 1) 782

by RodgerDodger (#28912573) Attached to: The Ethics of Selling GPLed Software For the iPhone

You can put up essentially the same app, as long as it is obvious it is a different app. Which means you're fighting trademark law, not copyright.

Change the icon, change the name, change the publisher name, and change the about us page, and you've done enough.

Think FireFox vs IceWeasel.

Furthermore - if someone takes your GPL'd app (which, presumably, you own the registered trademark for?) and puts it up on the AppStore, Apple will enforce your trademark and kick them off once you bring it to their attention.

If you don't own your trademark, then you have to do the above changes, _register_ the trademark, and then resubmit.

Wii

Sega Not Giving Up On Mature Wii Games 92

Posted by Soulskill
from the not-yet-anyway dept.
Sega has recently taken a few attempts at developing games for the Wii that were targeted at adults rather than kids. House of the Dead: Overkill and Madworld haven't been incredibly popular, but they've done well enough to turn a profit. In Sega's eyes, this makes mature-themed games for the Wii a successful experiment, or at least one they're willing to continue. Other companies are looking to get into the act as well. EA will be releasing M-rated Dead Space: Extraction for the Wii, and Bethesda has a project in the works too.

Comment: Re:Game code isn't set up that way (Score 1) 209

by RodgerDodger (#28528103) Attached to: Faction Changes Coming To <em>World of Warcraft</em>

It would have been nice to see something more done with the whole Aldor vs Scryers issue. Here was another faction option that was orthogonal to the main - there could have been a form of contests between them.

Not battlegrounds (that would be at odds with the "we're allies" aspect) but how about some sort of team sport? Ostensibly non-lethal. This would have allowed Orcs and Humans to compete together against the Blood and Night Elves. ;)

Comment: Re:Lame (Score 1) 209

by RodgerDodger (#28527983) Attached to: Faction Changes Coming To <em>World of Warcraft</em>

It's an easy statement to explain. GP said Blizzard was only about making money. Parent post said "No, there's also people who care about making great games". Because the GP left out this extra motivation, their post reflected "a fundamentally incomplete view of reality". It was incomplete because there were bits missing

Simple, really.

Comment: Re:Uhhh (Score 5, Insightful) 300

by RodgerDodger (#27397719) Attached to: Anonymous Blogger Outed By Politician

Actually, that is not the case. Government officials in particular have a greater duty to protect your privacy than the average citizen, due to their access to greater-than-normal tools to violate it.

If, for example, Rep. Doogan abused his office to discover Mudflat's identity, then that would be a serious problem.

Comment: Re:Fines... (Score 1) 876

by RodgerDodger (#26867781) Attached to: High Tech Misery In China

Most of the heavily automated factories in China are set up by the Chinese themselves.

Individual companies and groups in China recognise that the labour differential won't stay in place forever, and they don't want to see themselves either trapped in low-pay environments or see a flood of customers going elsewhere to even cheaper places. So they are bootstrapping themselves up now.

The interesting part is that they are bootstrapping up while still being cost competitive - proof that the sweatshop model is unnecessary.

(All that said, we have to remember that sweatshop workers actually prefer the sweatshop to the alternatives that they have. That alone is enough to make me shudder)

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