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Comment: Re:Denying Catastrophism, not Science (Score 1) 634

by Scottingham (#48635181) Attached to: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

I'm not disagreeing with your premise at all. Not even with the original shaky evidence of the models. To some degree the more dramatic statements were more from the media reporting than the research itself. Or a university press release.

For every new bit of information we get the models get better. To assume they're perfect to start is silly. To assume that if it slightly wrong it must be completely thrown out is also silly. Incremental improvements!

I offer no evidence to my claims. I don't even claim them as claims, just idle speculation. Personally, I don't care who or what did it or why it's going to happen, but that it will eventually happen.

Comment: Re:Denying Catastrophism, not Science (Score 1) 634

by Scottingham (#48634219) Attached to: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Could it be possible that the lack of increases in droughts, hurricanes, etc are due to an unforseen buffering effect (or underestimated buffering capacity)? Once the buffer is overwhelmed a whole cascade of 'bad things' could happen in relatively quick succession.

Comment: Re:not lossless (Score 2) 433

by Scottingham (#48594529) Attached to: Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

Exactly! I was going to say something along these lines. I truly think it's less about sound quality and more about the experience and tangibility of the records. In this digital age tangible products have a much higher value. You can have 30k mp3s and not really feel a huge attachment to them (and they can all disappear in the blink of an eye). The album art is also actually visible (compared to CD cases). The social experience of dropping the needle and hanging out with friends is also a lot of fun. A stack of records to go through on a Friday evening is great.

Record stores are also a great place to find new music as many have listening stations where you can listen to the actual record you intend to buy. None of that kiosk 30 sec sample of the middle of the song garbage.

Comment: Re:Is Nuclear going to be acknowledged? (Score 1) 652

by Scottingham (#48459681) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

As much as I love fission, it is FAR away from being an solved problem from an engineering standpoint.

There are some serious material science problems that still need to be addressed for any of the fast/thorium reactors to be ready for production. All the current coolant technologies have serious downsides. Sodium doesn't play nice with water or air, and liquid lead doesn't play nice with pretty much anything.

I think these problems could be solved if we approached the problem as a whole as another Manhattan project.

Comment: Relativistic Species (Score 3, Insightful) 307

by Scottingham (#48452067) Attached to: Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

I always like to think that any suitably advanced civilization eventually develops space-drives that can reach appreciable percentages of the speed of light. The time dilation effects would make traversing the galaxy relatively(heh) reasonable. The only hitch is that relative to all other lifeforms not moving at a such a speed would blink in and out of existence in the time it would take them to burp. Our current sliver of space-time is sooo tiny if you think about it like this.

What if there was a whole...dare I say...confederation of relativistic societies? In order to join you have to catch up. Otherwise you'll be gone in a blink.

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming