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Comment Re:All bullshit (Score 1) 246

Where I live, there's pretty much no sexual shame for a woman to have sex, which eliminates the concept of this argument.

It hasn't eliminated anything, there is nowhere on this planet (outside a 1970's hippie commune) where a 15yo girl can have sex whenever she wants, with whoever she wants....AND....still have nothing to hide because all the parents are cool with it.

Disclaimer: I make no claims about this case in particular but at the end of the day, some males are violent arseholes, some females are manipulative arseholes. Violent aresholes ruin lives, manipulate arseholes ruin lives. It's not, as Feminists and MRA's would have you believe, a "problem with men" or vica-versa, it is, what it has always been - aresholes being arseholes. Arsehoes can be suprisingly difficult to spot (eg:Rolf Harris), I pity any 'peer' with a conscience who is asked by society to find the truth in an "alleged sex-crime".

Comment Re:"...need to be prepared..." (Score 2) 368

If you want to talk about paleo-climate, realise that the industrial revolution looks like an asteroid strike in the fossil record.
I will never understand why some people accept that "sea levels rose 125m in the last 10,000 years", but call BS when the same people tell them "AGW is a serious problem"? It seems to be related to the common religious behaviour where people pick and choose the bits they like, then labels the rest as BS?

Comment Sputnik was scary technology. (Score 1) 282

How many times have we all seen the clip of JFK promising to put a man on the moon?
How many of us know what the rest of the speech said about Sputnik and the Kremlin?

It was 1960, the US still clung to the idea that all out nuclear war was winnable, the coffers of the military-industrial complex depended on that belief. Sputnik put them on the back foot, a communist radio beeper was whizzing over their heads with impunity in broad daylight. Sputnik scared the crap out of the Pentagon, the fear motivated them to seek the highest ground there is - the Moon. Amazingly, they reached it.

I was a 10yo kid in a small Aussie town, I saw the moon landing live and rehearsed the "duck and cover" thing at school, nobody (least of all me) connected the two. Everyone I knew watched the landing, TV's were set up in public halls, pubs, and shops, since there will still plenty of homes that didn't have one. IMO there really hasn't been a world event to rival the public attention the moon landing received. Yes, 911 was a huge shock, but from a historical POV it was just another suprise attack on a dominant power.

Comment Re:Hey, that's great! (Score 1) 89

The "slashdot paradox" when it comes to the workings of the biosphere is about politics, not science. To many otherwise intelligent people, science that contradicts their political/religious beliefs cannot possibly be "real" science. We all suffer from bias, but to observe an extreme example of this type of bias you need look no further than, Rhodes Scholar and current Prime Minister of Australia - Tony Abbott.

Comment Re:Hey, that's great! (Score 2) 89

Thanks, very informative post. Spatial resolution has a major effect on the accuracy on any FEA model. Taken to the extreme, if the block size in a FEA simulation is comparable in size to the Gulf of Mexico, then you won't see hurricanes in your model. One consideration is that the size of a hurricane does not necessarily indicate storm intensity. Cyclone Tracy that hit Darwin in the 70's was an unusually small cyclone, IIRC less than 50km across, but the winds were amongst the strongest ever recorded in Darwin, strong enough to flatten it. I believe Darwin is now a Mecca for storm modellers hunting data, during the wet season a tropical storm conveniently develops over Darwin bay every afternoon, it's like clockwork, locals have a name for it, IIRC it's called "Harry".

To those who are bringing up the "chaos" issue, yes we will never get accurate forecasts more than about a month in advance. Since Tracy hit Darwin in the 70's accuracy has improved from 3 days at best, to 10 days at best, that's extremely useful for the military and commercial logisticts. Predicting cyclone tracks is notoriously difficult but it seems these days that tracks for the next 5 days are usually pretty accurate.Track predictions for any number of days above 1 in the 70's were almost useless. New Orleans had at least 3 days warning, everyone was told a massive storm surge was expected, hell I was 10,000km away in Australia and heard about the expected surge days before it hit. New Orleans was not a natural disaster, it was the "worse than useless" response from authorities that was the problem. Darwin suffered the same "lack of response" problem in the 70's, but to be fair it was a very remote place back then.

Comment Re:Is this better? (Score 1) 85

It may not make a difference, depends where the bottleneck is on your machine. My ~2yo 750 on an i7 has no trouble with games, I also have a 550 on an i5 with an SSD. User experience for games on both is good, no problems with frame rates. Before installing the SSD on the i5 it had no hope of keeping up with the i7, now it is hard to tell the difference without checking the frame rate numbers.

My current beef is with the laws of physics and human ingenuity, neither will allow the ping time from Oz to US/EU game server to drop below ~200ms.

Comment Re:Software error ... (Score 1) 234

Better process are the only answer, they can minimise the harm from mistakes, but they will only catch foreseeable mistakes. Some mistakes are so bizarre that they are not foreseeable, eg: I live alone and the other day I caught myself putting the soy-sauce bottle in the microwave, I meant to put it the fridge but didn't realize my mistake until I started closing the microwave door. Auto-pilot told me the next step after closing the door was to set the timer, this meant I was forced to think about what I was cooking and for how long. At that point auto-pilot switched off and I was left wondering why I was about to nuke the soy-sauce, auto-pilot happens to all of us, there are very few experienced drivers who haven't run the daily commute on it for the entire journey

Comment Memo: The O/S wars are over. (Score 1) 231

When you've been using Linux since 1996 like me

What makes people like you think that the O/S should be held responsible for buggy applications? When I read that sort of emotional nonsense about operating systems it just makes me think the author hasn't got a clue about anything outside the intellectual cage he has built for himself.

Inertia is a powerful force. It's not always easy to learn something new

The problem with most of the warriors in the O/S wars is they divorced windows 20yrs ago but are still bitter about the split. If you had been paying attention you would realise that windows is not the same O/S you split up with in the 90's, it grew up when XP was released, you would be wise to follow its example, nothing says "bitter" as clearly as someone trying to belittle the people who learn to like/love their ex.

Disclaimer: degree qualified software developer for 25yrs, comfortable with a wide variety of unix and windows flavours.

Comment Black balls. (Score 1) 390

The first thing I noticed about the "shade balls" is that they are black, meaning they will absorb virtually ALL of the sunlight that hits them and convert it to heat, given the relative conductivity of air and water, most of that heat will end up in the water. They will also significantly increase the surface area that is exposed to heating. In fact, I can't think of a more cost efficient way to heat a large body of water, so what on Earth makes them think this will "prevent evaporation"?

Comment Re:wow, super insulting and prejudiced. (Score 1) 207

As a developer I really like the way World of Tanks has evolved over the last few years, they have built up a dedicated army of beta-testers, and its hows in the quality of the game. They maintain historical accuracy in the tanks without sacrificing gameplay, they do that via a group of old men in cardigans. The physics feels real and the art work in the game is breath-taking, particularly the stormy skies and sunsets. The artwork that really strikes me as different from other shoot-em-ups are the small poignant details, like butterflies dancing around your tank while laying in ambush, a table for two with wine and a flower in an otherwise bombed out street, a child's roundabout in a war zone, etc.

Also it's the only FPS my 50yo wife will play - took me a long time to find a FPS with "no blood and gore".

God doesn't play dice. -- Albert Einstein