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Comment: Re:Projections (Score 5, Informative) 987

by ThreeKelvin (#46625669) Attached to: UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

2010 and 2011 were La Niña years, i.e., years where the sea surface temperature is 3-5 degrees celcius below normal. What you're seeing is weather, not climate.

Now, if it continues like that for another ten-fifteen years, our models were wrong and you'll see me running in the street, celebrating.

Comment: Re:ObamaCare is a Horrific Debacle (Score 1) 162

by ThreeKelvin (#46526477) Attached to: Ex-Head of Troubled Health Insurance Site May Sue, Citing 'Cover-Up'

I set out to use the GDP per capita of Switzerland and the US (the two first on the list given by GP) to show you how you didn't use the numbers correctly. It turned out that the spendings on health care per capita of the two countries are almost the same*, and the joke was on me.

*(8676.91 $US per capita per year for Switzerland and 8272.64 $US per capita per year for the US)

Colour me surprised!

Comment: Re:From TFA (Score 1) 91

by ThreeKelvin (#46474823) Attached to: Study: Happiness Improves Developers' Problem Solving Skills

One of the important, but often belittled, tasks of science is to investigate the obvious. Some times something "obvious" turns out to be false. On the other hand, if the "obvious" turns out to be true, then we have evidence, and not just common sense to back it up.

Checking and double checking what we think we know is important, and we do it so that we may gain a better understanding of the world we live in.

Comment: Re:Did you read the ATL? (Score 3, Interesting) 362

You have a point, but you're a long way from cutting into actual need.

I live in a country where everybody has access to high quality ground water. Our avarage daily water consumption is per capita less than a third of that of a the US, where you don't have access to high quality water. (our tap water is cleaner than bottled water.)

I was shocked by the disregard for water the first time I visited the US. Just as an example, your toilet bowls are huge lakes of water compared to what I'm used to. Flushing all that water just made me feel guilty.

Comment: Re:If that wasn't crueal and unreasonable... (Score 4, Informative) 1038

by ThreeKelvin (#45992659) Attached to: Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

I know you're trolling but, I am proud. So thank you.

It took quite a lot of political pressure to get this through the EU. But it's quite worth it. Refusing to support other countries in this particular traditions is one of the better things that has happened in politics over here the last few years.

Also, correction for the summary: The EU didn't ban selling certain drugs to prisons, they banned exporting drugs to a country that would use them for killing, i.e., the prison could have used the drugs from Lundbeck, but the EU would then ban export of the drugs to the US, even to hospitals. So, if you'd like to put a negative spin on what we did you could say that we held you hostage and threatened to deny you medicine.

Comment: Re:These issues have been flagged for 10 years (Score 4, Interesting) 195

by ThreeKelvin (#45933273) Attached to: Hackers Gain "Full Control" of Critical SCADA Systems

I ran a part of the process plant by hand during the commisioning phase for the last automation project I was on. Working together with an operator I could barely keep up with one fifth of full capacity for four hours and we were both completely drained afterwards.

The complexity of modern process plants is mind-bogling to people who haven't seen them - and even when they've seen them they don't understand that all the valves, pumps, heat exchangers, etc., around them are doing a finely choregraphied balet behind the scenes. The manpower needed for running a process plant by hand is in the neighborhood of 10-20 times that of running an automated plant, and even then the throughput will be less and the quality of the resulting product lower.

Comment: Re:High unemplyment and we suddenly need more robo (Score 1) 157

Automation engineer here.

I (obviously) don't think that automation is inherently unethical, but I very much agree that societies can use it in unethical ways, e.g. for concentrating the wealth of a country on only a small percentage of the population. I don't see the current skewed distribution of wealth as a problem of automation, but as a problem in the government. I miss a good debate about who should benefit from the increased productivity, how the wealth should be redistributed in a "fair" way, and what role the government should take in this endevour. I miss hearing views like Nick Hanauer's.

Comment: Re:Huh? What? (Score 4, Insightful) 162

by ThreeKelvin (#45560603) Attached to: Snowden Document Says Dutch Secret Service Hacks Internet Forums

It might not be news, but it is still stuff that matters!

I want the world I live in to be a good place, not a place where, as you put it, people are tortured and spied upon. I want to be able to sleep at night, knowing that my government works for basic human rights, including the right to privacy and the right to not be tortured in some prison camp!

The more the wrongdoings of the governments of the west are exposed, the easier it is to stand up against them using non-violent means like voting and demonstrating. So, don't come here and tell me that it isn't in the category news and/or stuff that matters. I for one don't accept the world I live in, and I want to change it for the better.

Comment: Re:rotation right from when shot? (Score 4, Informative) 52

by ThreeKelvin (#45483465) Attached to: ISS Astronauts Fire-Up Awesome 'Cubesat Cannon'

Yep, perfectly normal. Most (if not all) cubesats tumble when they're jettisoned from their launcher.

For them not to tumble when they're jettisoned, they would have to have their center of mass perfectly on top of the spring and they'd need to have the exact same friction against the launcher on all four sides. It's much easier to just fit them with a de-tumbling system, e.g. a magnet on a spring.

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