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Comment ...and for this they discredited tracking!?!?!? (Score 1) 693

education: the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life.

training: activity leading to skilled behavior.

sigh...

http://wik.ed.uiuc.edu/index.php/Tracking

Comment Re:But what created the law of gravity? (Score 1) 1328

Really, it's "easier..."? So amusing to see non-theists appropriating theistic "logic" for their scientific proofs.... Sure, Hawking can theorize that there is no God, even claiming that there is no evidence (acceptable to him) to support the existence of God. But until *he* can make something out of nothing, I think I will keep him relegated to the more suitable position of skeptic. In fact, the *only* way he can prove there is no God is by being/becoming one and making something out of nothing!

Comment Couldn't tell from the original article...but... (Score 1) 550

Seems to me you would measure (and report) energy consumption in kilowatt hours or something, right? Not in dollars? At least, you would explain how you calculated the increased costs with some background detail...wouldn't you?

After all, I think energy costs were up at least "1% to 4%" over the time period discussed. Increased "bills" don't equal increased "consumption".

Finally, I don't know whether you can use 2 counties prior bills as a control for statewide weather patterns, and thus variability in consumption patterns across the state. Her results would only be interesting on a county by county basis.

In other words, localized weather conditions SHOULD have produced disparate results in various counties. The effect of GENERALIZING results across the entire state obscures the facts...

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