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Comment Re:enough to power a huge smartphone (Score 1) 67

Sigh. A Watt is a unit of power, not energy. Every second our bodies consume 100J of energy, which means on average we're burning about 100 watts (J/s). We consume around 8Mj per day, or 2000 Kcalories, or the equivalent of 40 of my laptop's batteries (56Wh) or 634 of my phone's batteries (3.5Wh).

Comment not an EU court (Score 4, Informative) 64

This wasn't an EU court. It was the UK High Court, which based it's ruling on the UK Human Rights Act, which is a UK act of parliament which enshrines the European Convention on Human Rights (a treaty which pre-dates the EU and the EC) into UK law. (Where "UK" kind of excludes Scotland. IANAL, let alone a constitutional one).

Comment Re:Anyone think it's about 'sex w/o a condom'? (Score 3, Insightful) 197

"Second, sex without consent is rape." Which is not what happened.

Well, non-consensual sex is what is claimed. Whether it happened is for a jury to decide.

And dumbasses like you think it's still about sex without a condom

Ah, what en elegant way you have with words!

Comment Re:Anyone think it's about 'sex w/o a condom'? (Score 5, Insightful) 197

They pretend it's about the Swedish "rape" case, by which I mean consenting sex without a condom.

Sigh. First off, it's just as easy to extradite someone to the US from the UK as it is from Sweden. If the US wants him, there's no need for them to somehow persuade the Swedish authorities to extradite him first on their behalf.

Second, sex without consent is rape. If someone agrees to have sex with you on condition that you use a condom, then they haven't consented to condom-less sex. And condom-less sex with a promiscuous stranger risks such nasties as HIV. Whether this happened, we don't know. But the Swedish authorities have the right to carry out an investigation.

Overall, my feeling is that WikiLeaks is an important public service, but that Julian Assange is a bit of an arsehole.

Comment Re:Steyn is Slime (Score 1) 393

Yes, but we already know that hockey stick graph was misleading. Mann left off the warming and cooling trend of the Medival warming trend, aka, the right side of the valley, to show a hockey stick, not an elongated U.

We also know he had code problems, and his results are bad.

Fraud? Probably not.

Confirmation Bias? Probably.

Perhaps you aren't aware that at the time Mann produced the hockey stick, the nature of his research was to investigate underlying natural cycles of climate (e.g. El Nino); he wasn't particularly interested in the AGW aspect of it. His initial graph went back as far as the data available at the time would allow and be statistically valid.

I'd suggest people read Mann's book "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars".

Comment Re:I'll bet that... (Score 1) 115

Google never wanted the data. They would have deleted it immediately when they discovered that bits of random traffic data had been logged along with the SSIDs (which was the bit they were after), except that would have been regarded as destroying evidence. So instead they notified all the relevant authorities and waited for permission and/or orders to delete the data.

Comment Re:data sample question (Score 5, Insightful) 476

We know due to lots of stuff, like tree rings and lake sediments. While they all have margins of error, they are all in broad agreement that the temperature rises in the last century have been exceptional. We also have CO2 data from ice cores that shows that for 0.5M years CO2 levels varied between about 180 and 280ppm, in step with the ice ages and Milankovitch cycles, while in the last 100 years it has risen suddenly to 400ppm.

Comment Re:The CO2 change IS NOT 40%! (Score 4, Informative) 497

The relationship between CO2 content in the atmosphere, and how much heat the Earth absorbs from / radiates into space, is basic physics, and has been well understood for a hundred years or so. Increasing CO2 from 280ppm to 400ppm will cause a significant heating of the atmosphere and oceans. Dismissing it because it's only 0.00012 is vacuous handwaving.

Comment Re:Good to Know (Score 1) 365

IANAL. IANA American. However, my understanding is that: copyrights are decided in federal courts. This decision does not establish any precedent, although of course people in other trials may reference it as a useful example of something clearly argued. If appealed, it goes to the 9th circuit, which covers a few states including California. If that circuit makes a firm ruling on the copyrightability of the SSO of APIs, then that is precedent-setting for all lower courts within the 9th circuit area. Courts in other areas are not bound by it, but may of view it as a useful example. If further appealed to SCOTUS, then any decision there binds the entire country.

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