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Comment: Re:Science by democracy doesn't work? (Score 1) 497 497

Actually the data being use to claim there is a pause is the Satellite data set (RSS) which I believe has full Global coverage. The data being used to claim "hottest year ever" is (this year) the GISS Which is the interpolated data the GP mentions.

Most people trust that the climate scientists are using reasonable methods to determine the interpolation of station data but when the two data sets vary, it raises questions about which is correct.

Comment: Re:But, as the feminists say.. (Score 1) 333 333

Picture twins, brother and sister. Sister gets to play with the lights at the whitehouse but brother does not.

Now picture a group of friends with half girls and half boys. Same problem: You're saying to the boys that it is OK to exclude someone because of their gender, kind of not the message that you want to send when trying to improve gender equality.

Comment: Re:No programming? (Score 1) 200 200

From what I can see, the neural map resembles a set of logic gates. X input pass through the net and produces Y output. It's damn cool but I personally cannot see how it is in any way different from existing robotic constructs using integrated circuits.

As they say in the article, the key will be in scaling the system. Will it be able to replicate complex and/or learned behaviours, I'd love to see a robot with a built in reward system similar to dopamine and the ensuing pavlovian responses.

Comment: Re:Dumb idea ... Lots of assumptions .... (Score 1) 698 698

Why would the constitution need to be amended to allow regulation of the right to bear arms?

"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

Seems that regulation is baked right in.

Comment: Re:And to allow the NSA/Austrailian gov access to (Score 1) 142 142

As an example: Magic the gathering cards. US site: AU site: So with a $65 difference I'll happily take that $30 shipping hit. Note: Good games is one of the biggest games store franchise in the country and their prices are about the lowest you'll get.

Comment: Re:On the other hand... (Score 1) 700 700

Actually, it is perfectly reasonable in the case of electronic devices because the behaviour is different than expected when compared to an original chip. This causes the legitimate manufacturer to be placed in a bad light if the counterfeit chip does something catastrophically unexpected. Better for this to happen in the controlled environment of a driver update than when you're wherever these chips are in operation.

The true car analogy is if your car needs an oil change and the dealership discover counterfeit parts, they will void your warranty and likely declare your car not roadworthy if the parts are known to be bad - essentially bricking it.

And before you say the fake chips work perfectly fine, the fact that they can be bricked by the manufacturer of the original without bricking the legit version immediately reveals that to not be true.

Comment: Re:What an asshole (Score 1) 305 305

It's this attitude that I don't get. Because of this guy, Facebook are reviewing a newly demonstrated to be unfair rule that they have always had in place.

All this guy did was force Facebook to generally apply a rule they were until recently applying selectively. The real ire should be directed at Facebook for having a stupid rule rather than at the guy who caused them to actually enforce it.

I guess though his stated reasons for wanting the rule enforced are bigoted so perhaps the hate levelled at him is justified in that sense.

Comment: Re:Swapping Mr. Pigou for Mr. Magoo (Score 3, Informative) 291 291

AGL are reporting that their most polluting coal fired electricity plant(s) is now $186M less profitable due to loss of government funding provided entirely by the carbon tax. Essentially it was funding pollution, not penalising it. PEr the AFR: (paywalled, but the summary say it all) The carbon tax never did anything due to a ridiculous number of exemptions and pay-back subsidies designed to protect labour voting areas - one of which the above coal fired plant is in.

Comment: Re:WUWT (Score 1) 441 441

I'm willing to accept the 35% on face value as it is referenced. I still can't find what the total GW cost of each turbine is according to the paper, nor any method for calculating it.

The main claim the media is making about the paper is the energy return, but that seems to be a very minor aside as opposed to the full environmental impact the paper is actually discussing.

I know engineers. They love to change things. - Dr. McCoy