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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

by close_wait (#43691053) Attached to: CO2 Levels Reach 400ppm at Mauna Loa For First Time On Record
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

by close_wait (#40178151) Attached to: Judge Rules API's Can Not Be Copyrighted
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.

Comment: Re:Great! (Score 4, Informative) 99

by close_wait (#38914293) Attached to: Craigslist Donates $100,000 To the Perl Foundation
Its not a leak, Someone has already commented in the ticket that if you repeatedly create and destroy perl interpeters, then you need to set PL_destruct_level, because otherwise, (for efficiency), perl doesn't completely free the old interpreter, on the asumption that you're about to call exit(). So, it's just that no one got round to marking the ticket as rejected.

Comment: Re:"Interlinked" databases? (Score 2) 100

by close_wait (#38727282) Attached to: Serious Oracle Flaw Revealed; Patch Coming
No, the "ALTER DATABASE BEGIN BACKUP" was just how the issue was first discovered. The issue is that someone with *low* privileges on an obscure, minor DB server can bump the SCN on that server, which if it happens to be linked to any other servers (like your big important one), causes the SCN to get bumped on those servers. So you can DoS all the other servers.

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