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Comment: Re:Campaign? Where is it? (Score 0) 688

by hsthompson69 (#47424839) Attached to: When Beliefs and Facts Collide

YOU are the one claiming all the experts are wrong; the burden of proof is on you to disprove the science.

And here's where you fail - appeal to unnamed authorities is the logical fallacy perpetrated by religions, not science.

The burden of proof us this - if we're doing science with AGW, we need to start off with a necessary and sufficient falsifiable hypothesis statement. Thus far, no such statement has ever been constructed.

Once we get that first step, we're doing science, and can decide what is right and wrong. Before then, all you're doing is preaching.

I'm just fine to trust the majority of the worlds scientists;

The fact that you outsource your rational thought processes to others may be fine for you, but I prefer not to be a sheeple :)

Sheeple don't follow expert opinion; they are herded by whatever barks at them or feeds them

You've been told what expert opinion is by the forces that bark at you and feed you :)

The two party thing is a false dialemma to distract slow people

No, actually, it's designed to maximize fund raising potential. If one part was completely dominant, nobody would contribute to the winners (because they're already going to win), and nobody would contribute to the losers (because they're already going to lose). Keeping the two parties carefully balanced at as close to 50/50 as possible maximizes fund raising potential, because both sides are scared. This leads to odd pairings like, "anti-death penalty + pro abortion", or "smaller government + anti-gay-marriage", or "anti-creationism + pro AGW" - it's almost certainly a calculated division of hypocritical views in order to make sure the final tallies are close to an even split.

It is possible to get to a necessary and sufficient falsifiable hypothesis statement for AGW - but once done, and treated like science rather than propaganda, the power of the Church of Global Warming diminishes. This is why it has been studiously avoided by those pushing for policy changes due to AGW. The question you have to ask yourself is, are you willing to listen to your experts in science when they won't start with the very basics of the scientific method?

As Feynman once put it, "science is the belief in the ignorance of experts". Great man.

Comment: Re:Not surprising. (Score 0) 688

by hsthompson69 (#47424779) Attached to: When Beliefs and Facts Collide

Proved wrong by your blind faith assertions? :)

The fact of the matter is this - your motivated thinking on this topic has blinded you to the base requirement for science - the necessary and sufficient falsifiable hypothesis statement. You can't quote one for AGW, and you can't make any reasoned argument that it doesn't need one to be science.

Q.E.D :)

+ - Single European Copyright Title on the Horizon->

Submitted by presroi
presroi (657709) writes "It has been 13 years after the last harmonization effort of copyright within the European Union and this period might soon be over. After the election of a new European Parliament in May this year, Jean-Claude Juncker has been nominated to become the new President of the European Commission. He has named a unified copyright his top priority, a statement repeated today at a hearing before the Greens/EFA group in the European parliament (transscript of the question by MEP Julia Reda and his answer in German, Video recording). These statements are coinciding with the upcoming release of a report by the General Directorate in charge of copyright, of which an advanced draft has been already leaked to the internet. The report analyzes four possible policy options, one of which is the introduction of a Single EU Copyright title."
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+ - The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test at Detecting AI->

Submitted by meghan elizabeth
meghan elizabeth (3689911) writes "If the Turing Test can be fooled by common trickery, it’s time to consider we need a new standard. The Lovelace Test is designed to be more rigorous, testing for true machine cognition. It was named it after Ada Lovelace, often described as the world's first computer programmer.

An intelligent computer passes the Lovelace Test only if it originates a “program” that it was not engineered to produce. The new program—it could be an idea, a novel, a piece of music, anything—can’t be a hardware fluke. Now here’s the kicker: The machine's designers must not be able to explain how their original code led to this new program."

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+ - Solved: why the Moon's far side looks so different 2

Submitted by StartsWithABang
StartsWithABang (3485481) writes "55 years ago, the Soviet probe Luna 3 imaged the side of the Moon that faces away from us for the first time. Surprisingly, there were only two very small maria (dark regions) and large amounts of mountainous terrain, in stark contrast to the side that faces us. This remained a mystery for a very long time, even after we developed the giant impact hypothesis to explain the origin of the Moon. But a new study finally appears to solve the mystery, crediting the heat generated on the near side from a hot, young Earth with creating the differences between the two hemispheres."

+ - The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane to Nowhere->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "On July 3 the the entire F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet was being grounded after a June 23 runway fire.

The grounding could not have come at a worse time as costs have soared to an estimated $112 million per aircraft.

One thing the grounding won't do, however, is derail the F-35, a juggernaut of a program that apparently has enough political top cover to withstand any storm.

Part of that protection comes from the jaw-dropping amounts of money at stake. The Pentagon intends to spend roughly $399 billion to develop and buy 2,443 of the planes. However, over the course of the aircrafts' lifetimes, operating costs are expected to exceed $1 trillion. Lockheed has carefully hired suppliers and subcontractors in almost every state to ensure that virtually all senators and members of Congress have a stake in keeping the program — and the jobs it has created — in place.

"An upfront question with any program now is: How many congressional districts is it in?" said Thomas Christie, a former senior Pentagon acquisitions official.

Counting all of its suppliers and subcontractors, parts of the program are spread out across at least 45 states. That's why there's no doubt lawmakers will continue to fund the program even though this is the third time in 17 months that the entire fleet has been grounded due to engine problems."

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+ - Cosmic Mystery Solved by Supersized Supernova Dust->

Submitted by astroengine
astroengine (1577233) writes "How cosmic dust is created has been a mystery for some time. Although the textbooks tell us that the dusty stuff that builds the planets — and, ultimately, the complex chemistry that forms life (we are, after all, made of ‘star stuff’) — comes from supernova explosions, astronomers have been puzzled as to how delicate grains of dust condense from stellar material and how they can possibly survive the violent shock waves of the cataclysmic booms. But now, with the help of a powerful ground-based telescope, astronomers have not only watched one of these supernova ‘dust factories’ in action, they’ve also discovered how the grains can withstand the violent supernova shock. “When the star explodes, the shockwave hits the dense gas cloud like a brick wall,” said lead author Christa Gall, of Aarhus University, Denmark. “It is all in gas form and incredibly hot, but when the eruption hits the ‘wall’ the gas gets compressed and cools down to about 2,000 degrees. At this temperature and density elements can nucleate and form solid particles. We measured dust grains as large as around one micron (a thousandth of a millimeter), which is large for cosmic dust grains. They are so large that they can survive their onward journey out into the galaxy.” The surprising size of the measured dust particles means they can better survive the supernova's shockwave. This research has been published in the journal Nature."
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+ - Gamestop's Brilliant Idea: Require Preorders To Unlock Custom Game Content->

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (1002251) writes "One of the great universal truths of modern gaming is that preorders suck. The term refers to the practice of ordering a title at some point before it actually ships in order to get access to a variety of minor outfit tweaks, a few starting weapons, or boosts to early game play. Today, some publishers take this practice to truly ridiculous levels; the recent game Watch Dogs has no fewer than nine pre-order options. GameStop, perhaps sensing that there's pressure building against the model, wants to turn the dial up to 11 — and create preorder-locked, GameStop-specific content. According to financial analyst Colin Sebastian, "[GameStop] indicates that software publishers are more enthusiastic about partnering with it. For example, by offering exclusive content on each major game release and longer term, future models may include GameStop offering exclusive gameplay." GameStop is enjoying something of a renaissance at the moment. The company has captured a greater share of the Xbox One and PS4 market than it held at this point in the console cycle last time around and it's clearly looking to increase the attractiveness of its own business. That's fine but this kind of arbitrary lopping off of content to boost sales at particular shops simply isn't going to sit well with most gamers."
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis 328

Posted by Soulskill
from the pump-all-of-our-smog-into-the-sun dept.
mdsolar sends this story from the NY Times: Here's what your future will look like if we are to have a shot at preventing devastating climate change. Within about 15 years every new car sold in the United States will be electric. ... Up to 60 percent of power might come from nuclear sources. And coal's footprint will shrink drastically, perhaps even disappear from the power supply. This course, created by a team of energy experts, was unveiled on Tuesday in a report for the United Nations (PDF) that explores the technological paths available for the world's 15 main economies to both maintain reasonable rates of growth and cut their carbon emissions enough by 2050 to prevent climatic havoc. It offers a sobering conclusion: We might be able to pull it off. But it will take an overhaul of the way we use energy, and a huge investment in the development and deployment of new energy technologies. Significantly, it calls for an entirely different approach to international diplomacy on the issue of how to combat climate change.


Submitted by criticalmass24
criticalmass24 (759213) writes "Microsoft is warning customers that the end is soon coming for Windows 7 in much the same way it came for Windows XP earlier this year. Microsoft will end free mainstream support for Windows 7 on January 13, 2015.

That means no more security patches if hackers find holes, no more updated features or performance improvements."

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+ - Open Source implementation of BioWare's Aurora Engine->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The xoreos project that aims to create an open source game engine to play games made for BioWare's Aurora Engine (think Neverwinter Nights, Knight of the Old Republic, Dragon Age) is seeking OpenGL developers.

The project is currently being coded by Sven Hesse who also works on ScummVM and a few others, but their OpenGL knowledge is limited.

So, if you have good OpenGL knowledge and want to lend a hand you can contact Sven at or on Freenode IRC (DrMcCoy in #xoreos)."

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