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Comment: Re:What is the right temperature? (Score 1) 356

by cbiltcliffe (#49368189) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient

The current rate of change is around 2 orders of magnitude greater than it was coming out of the last ice age.

I keep hearing AGWers saying that, but it's just not supported by evidence. The end of an ice age is marked by a global increase of 10-15 degrees in a matter of a few decades; maybe 100 years, tops. We're warming at no where near this rate, right now.
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Comment: Re:Only 1C (Score 1) 356

by cbiltcliffe (#49368173) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient

Interestingly at ~0.9C we already see permafrost melting and decaying which could leed to some feedback effect that could ultimatley dwarf our contribution.

For most of the past 10,000 years, the earth has been between 1 and 2.5 degrees warmer than current, yet, somehow, these warmer temperatures haven't caused the death of the planet and all life on it. We're still here. The polar bears are still here. Most of the indigenous tribes on various island nations around the world wouldn't exist if the climate alarmists are correct. In the period since the end of the last ice age, it's only really in the past 6-700 years that we've been as cold as we are right now, and some of these islands have been inhabited for a couple of thousand years. Despite the warmer temperatures, and undoubtedly higher sea levels and such that would have resulted from them, these natives were not wiped out by super hurricanes, super storm surges, super droughts, or what have you.

Comment: Re:Let's see (Score 1) 356

by cbiltcliffe (#49367661) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient

The Canadian government is already quietly jettisoning all manner of climate crapola at the federal level. Firing people, shuttering redundant and idiotic departments, things like that.

That may be true, but the Liberal Ontario government is determined to fuck the province over, even if they can't destroy the economy of the entire country.

Comment: Re:Let's see (Score 1) 356

by cbiltcliffe (#49367637) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient

There can only be one explanation for a phenomenon, and it can never have anything to do with climate change. So obviously sea level rise has nothing to do with it. Because, LIBERALS!

There can only be one explanation for a phenomenon, and it is always everything to do with climate change. So obviously falling sea levels has nothing to do with it. Because, CONSERVATIVES!

See how stupid that sounds when the shoe's on the other foot?

Comment: Re:Best buy (Score 3, Interesting) 192

by cbiltcliffe (#49363275) Attached to: Best Buy Kills Off Future Shop

Really? Nothing that's distinctly Canadian? Did you see the closing ceremonies for the Vancouver Olympics? My wife and I watched both the Canadian and American coverage. The announcer on the Canadian coverage was happily chatting away about the festivities, whereas the American announcer was pretty much speechless, because what he was seeing was so not American.

We're a hell of a lot friendlier and more polite than Americans, in general. Not that there aren't exceptions; there certainly are. But on the whole, it's true. I've traveled a fair amount through Canada, various parts of the US, and some in Europe. I've never felt uncomfortable or out of place, except in the US. Now, that was mostly in the north east, as when I went through Tennessee, people were almost as friendly as Canadians. Americans just seem to be more blunt and "in your face" than pretty much anybody else I've encountered in my travels.

Besides: we have Red Green.

Comment: Re: The Canadian middle class is dying out. (Score 3, Informative) 192

by cbiltcliffe (#49363221) Attached to: Best Buy Kills Off Future Shop

Almost a million dollars (CDN) for any decent-sized house that isn't a dump.

You must have only looked in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal. Anything upwards of about $600,000 in the London area gets you an absolute mansion.

As an example: 4 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, a huge lot, inground pool, 2 car garage, tons of landscaping, fountains, etc, for $715,000.
http://www.realtor.ca/propertyDetails.aspx?PropertyId=15394802

If that place qualifies as either a dump, or too small, then you have no right to bitch about the price of property, because you must pretty much be a 1%er.

Take a look at the $700,000 - $800,000 range:
http://www.realtor.ca/Map.aspx#CultureId=1&ApplicationId=1&RecordsPerPage=9&MaximumResults=9&PropertyTypeId=300&TransactionTypeId=2&SortOrder=A&SortBy=1&LongitudeMin=-81.48207731193361&LongitudeMax=-81.01035184806642&LatitudeMin=42.886606758167304&LatitudeMax=43.087019589728655&PriceMin=700000&PriceMax=800000&BedRange=0-0&BathRange=0-0&ParkingSpaceRange=0-0&viewState=m&Longitude=-81.24621458&Latitude=42.98689485&ZoomLevel=11&CurrentPage=1

There are plenty of huge houses, 3 car garages, etc, in there.

If you want to look at the more realistic for most people range of $300,000 to $400,000:
http://www.realtor.ca/Map.aspx#CultureId=1&ApplicationId=1&RecordsPerPage=9&MaximumResults=9&PropertyTypeId=300&TransactionTypeId=2&SortOrder=A&SortBy=1&LongitudeMin=-81.48207731193361&LongitudeMax=-81.01035184806642&LatitudeMin=42.886606758167304&LatitudeMax=43.087019589728655&PriceMin=300000&PriceMax=425000&BedRange=0-0&BathRange=0-0&ParkingSpaceRange=0-0&viewState=m&Longitude=-81.24621458&Latitude=42.98689485&ZoomLevel=11&CurrentPage=1

You'll still find plenty of very nice houses in there, too.

Comment: Re:Innovation vs. Commodity (Score 1) 392

by cbiltcliffe (#49225497) Attached to: Does USB Type C Herald the End of Apple's Proprietary Connectors?

Your statement relies on the unspoken assumption that Apple actually innovates. They don't seem to be doing much of that lately; more often their modus operandi is to treat customers and business partners with contempt, litigate against any company seen as competition, and overcharge for, well, virtually everything.

Comment: Re:Could be. (Score 3, Funny) 392

by cbiltcliffe (#49225237) Attached to: Does USB Type C Herald the End of Apple's Proprietary Connectors?

Other than the fact that it's proprietary, I do like the Lightning connectors. Especially compared to those damn 4 dimensional USB connectors: try to plug it in, fail, reverse, fail *again*, reverse once more, *then* it will go in.

Well, if they're 4 dimensional, that makes sense. 3 space dimensions, and 1 time dimension. You didn't plug it in at the right time, initially, and had to wait 6.43 seconds to get it into the right spot in time to make it work. :-/

Comment: Re:System worked, then? (Score 1) 163

by cbiltcliffe (#49224255) Attached to: On the Dangers and Potential Abuses of DNA Familial Searching

"Will the test results incriminate the accused? Will the police have to keep up with their tireless searching for evildoers? Tune in next week, same Bat-time, same Bat-channel, when we won't answer these questions! Then in two weeks, we probably won't answer them again! But if you tune in a month from now, we'll find the answers to these pressing questions!!"

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