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Comment: Re:More religious whackjobs (Score 1) 219

by lgw (#49604395) Attached to: Native Hawaiian Panel Withdraws Support For World's Largest Telescope

Are you being deliberately obtuse? No one has the right to compel these gentlemen to do anything, or take their land, just as they have no right to set the use of anyone else's land. If, however, this is public land (as seems likely), then the government gets to decide what to do with it.

I don't know what their beef is anyhow - build the damned thing on top of the volcano, and if the freaking volcano god doesn't like it, well, I'm sure He'll think of something.

Comment: Re:More religious whackjobs (Score 1) 219

by lgw (#49603877) Attached to: Native Hawaiian Panel Withdraws Support For World's Largest Telescope

When a nation turns its back against God, the church, and its citizens (abortion), it is all down hill from there.

I'm sure you're right. Which god again? I know I don't believe in 9999 of them, but I sometimes forget what the one is that I don't disbelieve. If these religious whackjobs are elected leaders, and represent the will of the majority, then that's that - doesn't matter why they believe. But if they're some vocal minority trying to use the state as a weapon of their religion, that's clearly not religious freedom, is it?

Comment: Re:More religious whackjobs (Score 1) 219

by lgw (#49603865) Attached to: Native Hawaiian Panel Withdraws Support For World's Largest Telescope

So what part of "land owners or majority in a democracy" was unclear to you? People are free to believe in whatever invisible sky grandfather makes them happy, and do with their own land according to those beliefs. But trying to block construction on someone else's land, or on public land if you're not the majority, is the opposite of religious freedom - it's using the state as an instrument of religion.

Comment: More religious whackjobs (Score 3, Insightful) 219

by lgw (#49601433) Attached to: Native Hawaiian Panel Withdraws Support For World's Largest Telescope

More religious whackjobs blocking progress. If they own the land, or represent the majority in a democracy, so be it; otherwise a does of "separation of church and state" would be welcome here. No one should get a free pass on being a religious whackjob simply because they aren't a Christian whackjob.

Comment: Re:She has a point. (Score 5, Insightful) 452

by lgw (#49601047) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

But teenage girls are not the biggest fans of pornography sites

This Victorian attitude that centers on the idea that women don't like sex just needs to die. Teenage humans are fans of pornography sites. Different strokes for different folks, of course. When a man and a woman both get drunk enough to lower their standards enough to actually get laid, this is not "rape culture", dammit, because men and women both are interested in sex. It's not "lie back and think of Britain" for fuck's sake.

Only from TFS did I learn where this image came from: having first seen it in an age where 16-bit (and even 8-bit) color palettes were the norm, I just assumed it was chosen for the purple feather, the details of feather and hatband and hair (which emphasize compression artifacts) and the human face, which we're very good at seeing distortions in. It just seemed like a challenging photo to compress in the days when jpg was too heavyweight for most PCs.

Still seems like a perfectly reasonable test image.

Comment: this is musk only bad idea. (Score 1, Interesting) 499

by WindBourne (#49594041) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System
Seriously, the man is a genious, but batteries for homes is not that good, unless it is possible for utility to control them as well. At the very least, Tesla should make available server software that utility can interact with home batteries when owner allows. In seasonal weather with high demands and when solar can be blocked via clouds or length of day, it is best to allow utility to control when to charge them , or buy from them.

Comment: Re:Seems he has more of a clue (Score 1) 691

by budgenator (#49592329) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics


        IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, Summary for Policymakers, p. 5 (the 5th AR is published)

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        Gabriele C. Hegerl, “Detecting Greenhouse-Gas-Induced Climate Change with an Optimal Fingerprint Method,” Journal of Climate, v. 9, October 1996, 2281-2306

        V. Ramaswamy, “Anthropogenic and Natural Influences in the Evolution of Lower Stratospheric Cooling,” Science 311 (24 February 2006), 1138-1141

        B.D. Santer, “Contributions of Anthropogenic and Natural Forcing to Recent Tropopause Height Changes,” Science vol. 301 (25 July 2003), 479-483.

        In the 1860s, physicist John Tyndall recognized the Earth's natural greenhouse effect and suggested that slight changes in the atmospheric composition could bring about climatic variations. In 1896, a seminal paper by Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius first speculated that changes in the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere could substantially alter the surface temperature through the greenhouse effect.

        National Research Council (NRC), 2006. Surface Temperature Reconstructions For the Last 2,000 Years. National Academy Press, Washington, DC.

        Church, J. A. and N.J. White (2006), A 20th century acceleration in global sea level rise, Geophysical Research Letters, 33, L01602, doi:10.1029/2005GL024826.

        The global sea level estimate described in this work can be downloaded from the CSIRO website. anomalies/index.html

        T.C. Peterson, "State of the Climate in 2008," Special Supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, v. 90, no. 8, August 2009, pp. S17-S18.

        I. Allison, The Copenhagen Diagnosis: Updating the World on the Latest Climate Science, UNSW Climate Change Research Center, Sydney, Australia, 2009, p. 11 01apr_deepsolarminimum.htm

        Levitus, et al, "Global ocean heat content 1955–2008 in light of recently revealed instrumentation problems," Geophys. Res. Lett. 36, L07608 (2009).

        L. Polyak,, “History of Sea Ice in the Arctic,” in Past Climate Variability and Change in the Arctic and at High Latitudes, U.S. Geological Survey, Climate Change Science Program Synthesis and Assessment Product 1.2, January 2009, chapter 7

        R. Kwok and D. A. Rothrock, “Decline in Arctic sea ice thickness from submarine and ICESAT records: 1958-2008,” Geophysical Research Letters, v. 36, paper no. L15501, 2009

        National Snow and Ice Data Center

        World Glacier Monitoring Service

        C. L. Sabine, “The Oceanic Sink for Anthropogenic CO2,” Science vol. 305 (16 July 2004), 367-371

        Copenhagen Diagnosis, p. 36.

        National Snow and Ice Data Center

        C. Derksen and R. Brown, "Spring snow cover extent reductions in the 2008-2012 period exceeding climate model projections," GRL, 39:L19504

        Rutgers University Global Snow Lab, Data History Accessed August 29, 2011.

a few more 2009s than I saw at first glance, yet the point I was making , that the link was based on old references is still valid.

Comment: Re:Lesson for workers : Keep skills sharp (Score 1) 621

by AttillaTheNun (#49590827) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

And most people still vote in favour of politicians who clearly are working for these CEOs and their cronies, not the average citizen. Before you can reasonably expect things to change, the public first needs to wake the f up and stop (re)electing these clowns. We're still a very long way from that, as most people still hold firm to the notion that "their party" deserves their vote.

If Machiavelli were a hacker, he'd have worked for the CSSG. -- Phil Lapsley