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Comment Re:The dark matter between their ears (Score 2) 164

Saying that there exist some non-baryonic matter is a theory. So they have fact (observations) and they manipulate the theory (by adding dark matter, dark energy to barionic matter to the model) to match the fact. Exactly what you were asking for. But if you have an alternate model to offer, go ahead, I'm sure astrophysicists would like to hear from it.

Comment Re:You are confusing panic and fear for zealotry (Score 1) 369

There are currently 136 February month in the record (1880-2015, included) As there is a high probability (according to you) that February 2016 will be one of the hottest or coldest on record (I assume you want to say that the probability is 1/137 for each possibility?)

If I offer the following bet: you give me 100$ is February 2016 is one of the 10 warmest in history, and I give you 100$ if February is one of the 40 coldest in history. Do you take this bet? (you can change to any month of 2016 or 2017, if you want. We can also bet for 2030 if you want, but then I will probably forget before the date)

Comment Re:NASA ignoring satellite measurements... (Score 5, Insightful) 369

Which part of the statement "This October Was the Hottest Ever Measured" is the uah data supposed to completely "lack of correlation" with? When I look at the global temperature in the uah data ( , Globe column) and take only October (month=10), I see that October 2015 is indeed the warmer, with a delta of 0.57 degC with 1981-2010, where the previous warmest were 2012 and 2014 with 0.37 each.

It's relatively difficult to see that in your plot, as you give a plot with all temperatures, including October and the other 11 months of the year.

Comment Great news for sceptics (Score 1) 369

This is a great news for "climate skeptics". They will be able to use the 2015 (or maybe 2016, if next year still benefits from el nino) for the next five years in the following sentence: "2015 was an outlier", and if the next el nino is not as strong as the current one, they will be able to use 2015 in their favorite argument in the 10 years after that: "the warming stop in 2015. There is a flat line if you use 2015 as reference".

2015 is the new 1998


Comment Re:Sigh (Score 3, Interesting) 418

As you send more and more messages with the same pad, or if the pads follow any kind of predictable pattern, or god forbid, one of your pads is discovered through other means, the encryption is severely weakened.

Basically you are saying that you can break one-time pad if the system used is not one-time pad.

Comment Re:I'm majorly confused (Score 1) 291

Similarly, since I'm not in the old west, I don't care if "high noon" is an noon, or 1, or 1 second after noon.

That depends, what is your definition of "day"? Is it one rotation of the planet, or /exactly/ 86400 seconds? That is what this debate boils down to.

Isn't a day exactly 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4.0916 seconds? That depends on your definition day, but that's the duration of one rotation of the planet ;-)

Comment Re:It's not the Earth's fault (Score 1) 291

You are right, a second is a second, a time is a time. The problem with the leap second is not a time problem. It's a date problem. Uniform second (TAI, GPS, ...) are great to measure the time elapsed between t1 and t2. Non uniform date (UTC) are great to indicate a precise date. They don't have the same purpose, but both are useful to different problems and people.

Comment Re:It's not the Earth's fault (Score 1) 291

Just for correctness, GPS and TAI are "parallel" but not identical (the gap between the two is always equal to 19s.) Because TAI is computed using the number of second since the 1st January 1958 midnight UTC, where GPS is similar, but with 1980, and there were 19 leap seconds between 1958 and 1980. (in fact, 9 leap second, plus the initial 10 seconds shift in 1971 or 1972).

Comment Re:Amazing (Score 1) 492

Do you have anything that shows that a very successful real estate developer would be a very successful president? Because if we decide to chose someone very successful, why not go for a very successful sportsman and businessman, for example Jordan? Or why not try a very successful rock singer? Or a scientist which has got some Nobel price (other than the Peace one, maybe ;-) )?

The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.