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Comment: Re:"Cultural arrogance" (Score 1) 138

by Immerman (#48653119) Attached to: US Seeks China's Help Against North Korean Cyberattacks

Actually no, assault refers to verbal violence (often specifically the threat of physical violence), it's battery that refers to physical violence. And most cases I've heard of take verbal provocation into account.

Again though, we're talking *American* law. Trying to make that the standard for international dealings is practically the definition of cultural arrogance.

Comment: Re:Skeptic or Denier? (Score 1) 666

by phantomfive (#48652925) Attached to: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'
Well, if you want to talk about evidence, the only way you could get more than 1 degree of warming (doubling CO2) is with feedbacks. CO2 by itself won't do that.

So you can hypothesize as many feedbacks as you want, up to and including 'clathrate gun', which isn't considered likely by most scientists, including the IPCC.

So really what I'm looking for here is convincing evidence (or even reasonable evidence, something more than a hypothesis, and something more than a crappy computer model) that one of the feedbacks will cause an exponential increase in temperature.

If we see that then I will easily change my mind, and in some cases even support drastic changes to prevent CAGW. Right now not even the IPCC is predicting CAGW, though.

Comment: Re:and they make big bonfires, too (Score 1) 214

by Immerman (#48652913) Attached to: The Magic of Pallets

Well, once a slat or two breaks you're probably not going to want to use it as a pallet anymore, but the rest of the wood is still perfectly usable. If you can dismantle and de-nail a pallet in a few minutes as shown in those videos, then you're going to need an awfully high-paying job for it to be cheaper to buy new wood. To say nothing of the environmental costs: every reuse you get before chipping is that much less fresh lumber that must be harvested.

Trying to save the nails though... that probably doesn't make sense unless you're pretty impoverished. Nails are cheap and iron is easy to recycle.

Comment: Re:and they make big bonfires, too (Score 1) 214

by Immerman (#48652679) Attached to: The Magic of Pallets

No, you've got it backwards: Money is time. Specifically it's tokens representing time you've spent doing X for someone else, which you can then give to a third party in exchange for them spending their time to do Y. It's time that is the limited resource - you can get money lots of ways, but all the money in the world won't buy you a single day of additional time.

Comment: Re:Security? (Score 1) 142

by Immerman (#48652605) Attached to: NASA 'Emails' a Socket Wrench To the ISS

Still, so long as they have their capsule to take shelter in, lions and tigers and bears (oh my) shouldn't be a problem. And as I understand it the ambient conditions in most of Russia are such that you're not really going to want to be wandering around without warmer clothing than there's any reason to include on a space launch.

+ - Problem Solver Beer Tells How Much to Drink to Boost Your Creativity

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "When you've been stuck on a problem or that creative spark just won't come, the chances are you've turned to a cup of coffee to get things moving. A quick java infusion can certainly help, but studies also suggest that alcohol can also have a positive impact on your creative cognition. University of Illinois Professor Jennifer Wiley determined that a person's "creative peak" comes when their blood alcohol level reaches 0.075, lowering their ability to overthink during a task. Medical Daily reports that marketing agency CP+B Copenhagen and Danish brewery Rocket Brewing wanted to help drinkers reach their imaginative prime, so they decided to create their own beer to do just that. The result is he Problem Solver. It's a 7.1 percent craft IPA that its makers say offers a "refined bitterness with a refreshing finish." To ensure you reach the optimum creative level, the bottle includes a scale, which determines how much of the beer you need to drink based on your body weight. The agency does offer a word of warning though: "Enjoying the right amount will enhance your creative thinking. Drinking more will probably do exactly the opposite.""

Comment: Bah ... (Score 5, Interesting) 102

by gstoddart (#48652365) Attached to: Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline

What is the point of putting kids in the middle of the forest if you can't beat them without anybody hearing? It was good enough for us, it ought to be good enough for these spoiled little kids.

Camp is there to weed out and identify the weak minded.

If you want to be coddled and understood, go to frickin' band camp. ;-)

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