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Comment: Re:Temperature? (Score 1) 145

by Troed (#48445157) Attached to: Prospects Rise For a 2015 UN Climate Deal, But Likely To Be Weak

I fully agree with you - but - carbon dioxide is not in any way "pollution". It's plant food. It has likely contributed to our greening planet, which has caused deserts to shrink and our food output to reach record highs.

Either we explicitly want to cut down on CO2 production due to our skilled models saying it will hurt us - and/or we stop various forms of pollution. It's very unscientific to pretend there the same thing.

Comment: Awesome (Score 4, Interesting) 147

by Troed (#48440111) Attached to: Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard

Hats off. The 68000 was the first CPU owned (Atari ST) and I had a good six years of assembly skills behind me when it was finally time to leave. Awesome CPU for the kind of magic demo tricks only hard core assembler coding could bring out.

Relevant discussion:

Comment: Re:Sounds reasonable (Score 1) 243

by Troed (#48434529) Attached to: Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

There is no adequate explanation - which is why the court in its judgement specifically told the prosecutor to "get on with it". Including stating to the press that "get on with it" could mean "go to London and do the interrogation there".

I have no idea how that extremely important development could be left out from an objective summary ..

Comment: Re:phase change (Score 1) 295

by Troed (#48093965) Attached to: NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

No, no we are not in an unsually unstable period of climate. Or more accurately stated, that instability is BECAUSE OF US.

Not according to research.

Until a few decades ago it was generally thought that all large-scale global and regional climate changes occurred gradually over a timescale of many centuries or millennia, scarcely perceptible during a human lifetime. The tendency of climate to change relatively suddenly has been one of the most suprising outcomes of the study of earth history, specifically the last 150,000 years (e.g., Taylor et al., 1993). Some and possibly most large climate changes (involving, for example, a regional change in mean annual temperature of several degrees celsius) occurred at most on a timescale of a few centuries, sometimes decades, and perhaps even just a few years. The decadal-timescale transitions would presumably have been quite noticeable to humans living at such times, and may have created difficulties or opportunities (e.g., the possibility of crossing exposed land bridges, before sea level could rise)

Comment: Re:But... but nucular is bad! (Score 2) 143

by Troed (#47625339) Attached to: Transatomic Power Receives Seed Funding From Founders Fund Science

No, there are exactly zero big catastrophes going on right now. If you want to find catastrophes you need look no further than the actual tsunami that caused Fukushima - which resulted in tens of thousands of deaths (compared to zero from the failing reactors).

I live in Sweden, one of the countries that was actually affected by Chernobyl fallout. We had to make sure we didn't eat mushrooms for a short while - and that was it.

The "Big Lie" is that there have been nuclear catastrophes. A statement not supported by data:

Comment: Re:But... but nucular is bad! (Score 3, Informative) 143

by Troed (#47621409) Attached to: Transatomic Power Receives Seed Funding From Founders Fund Science

40 years ago there were people just like you saying how perfectly safe nuclear power is.

... and here we are, 40 years later, and know it to be true. Even the worst failure scenarios possible have not resulted in catastrophe. On the contrary, nuclear has turned out to be the safest energy production method of all.

If we want to be rational and stick to the facts, of course.

Comment: Re:Seems pretty different, not a gesture (Score 1) 408

by Troed (#46711647) Attached to: Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

No phone manufacturer ever thought of making a touchscreen based hand-held device prior to Apple as it was believed (and very correctly too) that it was inherently difficult to operate a 3.5" touch display. It was the app store that outweighed the negatives of iPhone touchscreen

Sony Ericsson P800 - released in 2002

Full touch, full web, app store

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