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Comment: Re:Amnesty - No way (Score 1) 570

by Talla (#38415636) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Efficient, Worthwhile Charity?

People who are being persecuted in Thailand might wonder how it's being spent:

Yes, Amnesty is clearly ignoring everything that goes on in Thailand:
And yes, that was sarcasm.

Comment: Re:Century (Score 1) 495

by Talla (#35088564) Attached to: WikiLeaks Nominated For 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

No, he got it because Torbjorn Jagland really likes being in the spotlight. Unfortunately he's not very good at politics, so he practically got kicked out of the important spots in the Labor party when they lost big after a period with him as prime minister. Getting the most powerful man in the world to visit Norway was an excellent alternative way to get attention. The way he sucked up to Obama in the Norwegian news media was just sickening to watch.

Comment: Re:Big Deal (Score 1) 654

by Talla (#34971638) Attached to: Greenland Ice Sheet Melts At Record Rate In 2010

Greenland isn't melting. The icesheet is ablating. Just because its average temp during the summer is 3C above "normal" (whatever that is) does not mean that the average temp is not 20-30C below freezing.

You are clearly just making your "facts" up. We know for certain that the ice is melting because of simple observable things like rivers and ice sliding into the ocean. The average temperature is well above 0 most places on Greenland during the summer months. If the temperature is on average 3C higher than normal, even more ice will melt during those months.

Comment: Re:I see the Al Gore haters are out. (Score 1) 571

by Talla (#34725626) Attached to: Our Lazy Solar Dynamo — Hello Dalton Minimum?

One of the best reasoned papers on this was penned by Burt Rutan, If you are only a casual follower of AGW I challenge you to read this and see things from one of the disbelievers points of view.

I agree this presentation works best if you don't spend too much time reading up on the science, because if you did you'd know how bad his arguments really are. They are fairly generic, and among the worst and most easily countered generic arguments the denialist camp has to offer. A google search for "generic denialist arguments" would be enough. Despite what denialist want to believe, proper scientists knows about these things and account for them.

Comment: Re:Shameless self promotion (Score 1) 738

by Talla (#33931034) Attached to: Humans Will Need Two Earths By 2030

Who's going to pay for the production and distribution of all this easily available food? I doubt those who pay for it now will, considering you're going to give it to somebody else. Also, the people in charge in these countries are a product of their society. They're corrupt because the whole society is corrupt. Take away one and another just as corrupt person will replace him.

Comment: Re:Bull (Score 1) 738

by Talla (#33930852) Attached to: Humans Will Need Two Earths By 2030

Of course, the fishing will end when there is no more fish to catch. Unfortunately, when this has happened in more local areas the stock has taken 20-40 years to recover, or not recovered at all (like some species of whale). In the mean time we will have to stop eating fish completely, which most likely means overtaxing other resources even more.

Comment: Re:I went one further (Score 1) 1260

by Talla (#33900838) Attached to: Proving 0.999... Is Equal To 1

Wooho, aren't you clever. If you want to make fun of my misspellings, at least have the courtesy to misspell it the same way.

Anyway, it's not an arbitrary low number, it's a number that's always lower than whatever number you can come up with, making it impossible to reach, and thus infinitely low. It's the same concept, and the reason you pretend it's an abitrary number is that it breaks with the definitions you want to believe makes sense.


Study Finds the Perfect Ratio of Attractiveness 176

Posted by samzenpus
from the hey-there-big-arms dept.
Gksksla writes "Scientists in Australia and Hong Kong have conducted a comprehensive study to discover how different body measurements correspond with ratings of female attractiveness. The study, published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, found that across cultural divides young, tall and long armed women were considered the most attractive."

Comment: Re:That's as it should be (Score 1) 483

by Talla (#33700356) Attached to: Why Warriors, Not Geeks, Run US Cyber Command Posts

The big questions are military: who is the enemy? What are they trying to accomplish?

Like when they thought they were under attack by Iraq, and it turned out to be three teenagers from California and Israel? Sounds to me like they could use a few proper geeks to help them out with the computer stuff...

Comment: Re:Who's on first? (Score 3, Interesting) 1328

by Talla (#33449150) Attached to: Hawking Picks Physics Over God For Big Bang

I always thought it was a metaphor

If course it was, this is just a clarification to stop religious extremists from being able to pretend that he supports their god. What I find really interesting in the article is that he supports M-theory. It may be old news, but I wasn't aware of it.

"Ada is the work of an architect, not a computer scientist." - Jean Icbiah, inventor of Ada, weenie