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Comment: Probably not what it appears (Score 1) 182

by Troyusrex (#46988979) Attached to: Oil Man Proposes Increase In Oklahoma Oil-and-Gas Tax
My bet is that he wants to go to 7% tax straight away instead of having the tax at 2% for the first four years because his wells are older than those of other companies and this tax structure would put him at a disadvantage? Unfortunately, more often than not when businesses push for regulations it's not out of pure motives but as a way to restrict competition.

Comment: Misprint... (Score 0) 70

by Troyusrex (#45192487) Attached to: Biological Clock Discovered That Measures Ages of Most Human Tissues

'My goal in inventing this clock is to help scientists improve their understanding of what speeds up and slows down the human aging process.

That's a misprint. The actual quote is "My goal in inventing this clock is to become really stinking rich. I don't mean a little rich, I mean Bill Gates rich. Famous too. 'The guy who solved aging' has a good ring to it. Mostly, however, I just want sacks and sacks of cash.

Comment: Re:Why only the Northern Hemisphere? (Score 1) 310

by Troyusrex (#44922755) Attached to: Arctic Ice Extent Tops 2012's, But Is 6th Lowest In History
I'm not sure where you got that graph, but it doesn't match the official statistics from the NSIDC. There is absolutely a statistically significant trend in Antarctic ice, both in minimums and maximums. In fact, the minimum trend is even more pronounced than the maximum trend. Now, had you argued that the ice melt in the Arctic far exceeds the gains in the Antarctic (by about 3 times) I'd agree with you but as-is you are very much overly minimizing the gains in the Antarctic.

Comment: not so good with numbers... (Score -1) 151

by Troyusrex (#43548803) Attached to: Scientists May Have Detected Neutrinos From Another Galaxy

The two events, nicknamed Bert and Ernie, have a 99% chance of originating outside our galaxy

I beg to differ. They either have a 100% chance of originating outside our galaxy or a 0% chance. We may be 99% sure it originated outside the galaxy but that doesn't impact whether they actually did or not. (and don't give me any of the quantum observer effects jargon. These waves functions would have collapsed long ago).

Comment: Re:Misleadingly framed (Score 3, Funny) 277

by Troyusrex (#43256247) Attached to: Pew Research Finds Opinion Dominates MSNBC More Than Fox News

This is as misleading as the studies that "disproved" that organic food is more nutritious. Nobody was making the claim they disproved.

There are absolutely many people making the claim that organic foods are more nutritious. Like here, here and here.

And yes, there are people making the claim that MSNBC is not biased or much less biased than Fox News.

Comment: Tantalum won't be much effected (Score 4, Interesting) 139

by Troyusrex (#43013347) Attached to: New Technology Produces Cheaper Tantalum and Titanium
I happen to live close to the largest Tantalum processor in the world and so I've been following tantalum movements for a long time. The main constraint on Tantalum as it is isn't processing cost but supply of the mineral.

At CURRENT extraction rates there's less than a 50 year supply so making the processing cheaper will just make it run out faster.It's possible some new sources will be found, but no apparent ones are on the horizon.

Comment: Re:No bias at all... (Score 1, Insightful) 484

by Troyusrex (#42988767) Attached to: There Is Plenty To Cut At the Pentagon
And the F-35 replaces the F-18, F-15, F-16, A-8, A-10 and the Harriers. The 3 versions they will have is a huge SAVINGS because it replaces so many other planes. Of course, the author also doesn't adjust for inflation which is a huge factor. I'm not saying that there isn't a lot to cut from the Pentagon, or even from the F-35 program, I'm just saying that the rational given here makes no sense at all.

Comment: So what... (Score 1) 427

by Troyusrex (#42670661) Attached to: Tech Firms Keep Piles of 'Foreign Cash' In US

[Oracle pays] about 2.5% at the time (by contrast, grad students and parents pay 6.8%-7.9% for Federal student loans).

Why bother to add this? Oracle is a very credit worthy company with large assets. In contrast, student loans have a very high default rate and are risky to lenders (or the government if they assure them).

Obviously it was added to try to create some outrage where none rightly exists.

Comment: Re:Now THERE's a reversal. (Score 1) 251

by Troyusrex (#42616133) Attached to: Soot Is Warming the World — a Lot

Warming has not been lower than forecast (what stinking place did you pull that from?)

I pulled them from a VERY stinking place, some place most people never go, the actual data. Take a look at the IPCC forecasts from 1999 IPCC now take a look at actual data from 1999 to 2012 at NOAA (or Hadley CRUT).

It clearly shows that while there has been warming it has been lower than the low forecast.

If you don't want to sift through the data (although I encourage you to do so and see for yourself), here's an article from an anti-denier site showing Hansen's 1988 predictions similarly being low. Note that this site is in the business of proving that global warming is real, their bias is strong and their data is suspect but even they clearly admit that actual temperatures are below the forecast.

These aren't cherry picked examples either, take most past temperature predictions and chart them against actual and you'll see that the rise is less than predicted. Or check the IPCC predictions from edition to edition and you'll see that they are slowly moving down in the near term (although often have global warming shift into high gear a few decades hence).

To be clear, I'm not a denialist. I do think global warming is real and a problem. But I think Climate Science is a lot like economics, they have a pretty good idea what's going on and you'd be foolish to ignore them, but you'd also be foolish to think that they have everything fully figured out or that they aren't missing some really big and important factors in their analysis.

Comment: Now THERE's a reversal. (Score 1) 251

by Troyusrex (#42609535) Attached to: Soot Is Warming the World — a Lot
It was less that two years ago that they said that the reason warming is lower than forecasts is because of pollution in China Global warming lull down to China's coal growth. While I certainly believe the earth has warmed and humans have some blame I'm HIGHLY skeptical of the media's representation of Climate Change for reasons like this.

The Universe is populated by stable things. -- Richard Dawkins