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Comment Everything is an art (Score 1) 446

A long time friend of mine used to work as a garbage collector, we used to go fishing a lot on weekends. He summed up your observations with the words "everything we do more than once becomes an art". We decided that the art of fishing is having a good time regardless of what the fish are doing.

Comment Re:Michelson-Morley were wrong. Ether exists (Score 1) 446

Yes MM were measuring the speed of light, they were using the motion of the Earth around the sun to see if it added/subtracted from to the speed of a light beam. They could show that their equipment was sensitive enough to detect a change with direction if there was one, that's why their results were so convincing . MM were testing what Maxwell had predicted, ie: the speed of light is a constant value regardless of relative motion, Maxwell's constant (and it's value) falls out of his equations, it's a physical constant in the same way as the strength of gravity, or the charge of an electron, is a physical constant. Since the speed of light is a physical constant, time and distance must vary in different reference frames, this was the insight that Einstein came up with. To be fair to Newton, he only had two stated assumption in his "Principia", one stated that "time is constant". Everyone just accepted that as fact until Albert took a very fast tram ride.

Comment Re:Predictions, so far, have been accurate (Score 1) 555

Look up "polar amplification" or "stratospheric cooling", these are phenomena that were seen in models before they were observed in nature. There are about a dozen such phenomena that have been discovered via climate models.

BTW: Climate models are based on finite element analysis, AKA numerical integration. Statistics doesn't come into it until you compare the results to historical data (hindcasting). Hindcasting is the standard method to test any FEA model, doesn't matter if you are modeling the casting of an engine block or the earth's climate.

Last I check you need at least eight decimal places and statistically significant sample not to be laughed out of most fields.

In cosmology and astrophysics getting a result that is within a few orders of magnitude is considered "accurate". In archeology a radioactive dating result with 10% is considered a "good result". Science isn't all about measuring the width of a proton, other than particle physics, there are actually very few scientific fields that "demand" eight decimal places of accuracy.

The problem I have with critiques of climate models like yours is they are non-sequiturs and born from ignorance, they don't make any sense because they are sourced from MSM articles that (for political reasons) aim to convince you that modeling physical phenomena is some kind of scam that scientists are using to make money. If you want to critique the models then write a paper explaining why you need "eight nines" to convincingly demonstrate to others that the north pole is melting. There are lists of rebuttals to these fake critiques on the web, skepticalscience is one of the better ones, I'm sure you will find a few of your favorite talking points torn to shreds on that page..

Comment Re:What's a DLL? (Score 3, Interesting) 162

It's no longer a problem with MS libraries but it can still be a problem with third party dll's, the problem is not that different to having symlinks point to multiple versions of an .so file in unix. In both cases it works when done correctly, but it's easy to get the wires crossed if you're not careful.

Comment Re:What's a DLL? (Score 3, Informative) 162

There is no "bug" with the installers or windows, the machine has been compromised prior to running the software.

TFA is a "beat up" (likely paid for by Oracle), it does not explain how the attacker is able to put the compromised dll on the machine in the first place. If an attacker can put a random binary on your local drive then they already own your machine. What a random installer subsequently does on a compromised machine is irrelevant to how the machine was hacked.

Car analogy: If a miscreant cuts your brake line without your knowledge, it is not the manufacturer's fault that the brakes no longer work as advertised. If the manufacturer's can make it more difficult to cut the brake line that's great, but they cannot, and should not, be held accountable for malicious damage caused by someone who had unrestricted access to your brake line.

Comment Re: What's the viable alternative? (Score 1) 158

I left HS in 1975, boys in my HS were not allowed to learn typing, cooking or dressmaking. Girls were not allowed to learn woodwork, metalwork or mechanical drawing. I also thought typewriters were "cool" but never so much as touched one until I bought a second hand Apple ][ (a decade after leaving HS). I have been a degree qualified software developer for 25yrs now. I don't give a flying fuck if you are 'embarrassed' by my inability to touch type because it has had exactly zero impact on my career.

Comment Re:Boat still hasn't left port (Score 2) 269

First let me say I agree with your post, rapid deflation is as bad or worse as rapid inflation. Stability is desirable however it also has problems, "growth" is in many ways just another way of saying "increased efficiency. So today's widget should be cheaper than yesterday's because it's cheaper and easier to make than yesterday's widget. This may in turn spur more growth since you would expect the number of widgets sold to increase as their price decreases. In this way society as a whole benefits from growth, stopping that "natural" deflation means that those who control production reap ALL the benefits of growth. This is what people are currently pissed off about, the last three decades have seen little or no real wage growth, all that growth has gone into the pockets of those few who control production. Sure they helped create that growth, but no more than the people who clean the executive bathroom who gave them the time to do so.

Comment Re:Seems reasonable (Score 1) 173

Their excuse sounds like bullshit to me. If the BC people move away after the electricity company have built the extra capacity then there's a thing called a "national grid" that allows them to sell it to other electricity companies. If they are really worried that the extra capacity is only a temporary fad then theu could use the same grid to buy the extra power at wholesale.There is no electricity company in the US that sells exactly the same amount of power it generates, The grid is a giant electricity "market", wholesale electricity is traded 24/7 and moved to where it is required, plus or minus a couple of hundred MW in a particular location is business as usual.

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