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Comment Re:"The Polar Bears will be fine" (Score 4, Insightful) 372 372

Dyson agrees that anthropogenic global warming exists, and has written that "[one] of the main causes of warming is the increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere resulting from our burning of fossil fuels such as oil and coal and natural gas."[53] However, he believes that existing simulation models of climate fail to account for some important factors, and hence the results will contain too much error to reliably predict future trends: ...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F...

Freeman Dyson also doesn't understand gravity (no one does). But that doesn't mean some vague claims can't be made about the two -- "heavy objects hurt when they fall on your foot" isn't a rigorous scientific statement, but it is true, as is his (vague) quote above.

Comment Re:how much it took (Score 1) 274 274

... the longer it takes the less practical it would be to use it against a moving target.

Certainly true, but given that light is (near as makes no difference) instantaneous in this case, having the target in your sights and hitting it are the same thing. If the range is increased enough, I suspect that this would be a much easier weapon to use than, say, projectiles, as there's no possibility of evasion.

Comment Re:the layout sucks, thanks Dice ! (Score 1) 391 391

Of course, some people/corporations will make arguments relating internet to delivery services -- paying more for overnight shipping means you get the package/letter faster. Of course, this is a flawed argument for myriad reasons, not the least of which is that if someone mails me an overnight letter I don't then have to pay extra to receive it...

Often statistics are used as a drunken man uses lampposts -- for support rather than illumination.

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