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Comment: Re:More snow = more pressure = faster calving! (Score 1) 136

by hendric (#46163475) Attached to: Greenland's Fastest Glacier Sets New Speed Record

Yes, too cold to snow. The amount of water vapor in the air is very temperature dependent. Even below freezing air can have water vapor: http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/relative-humidity-air-d_687.html

So as the air cools more and more, there is less vapor available for snow.

So another side effect of the overall warming can definitely be larger snowfalls in the winter - there is more moisture in the air to work with.

You do realize the interior of Antarctica is one of the world's largest deserts, right? Because it is so cold that the air can't hold very much water. And now it is receiving large snowfalls because of the increased water vapor. Look at that chart, and see how much the % increase is from say 0F to 15F (remember, the amount of warming is much larger in the arctic areas) - nearly double.

So yeah, more heating == more snowfall.

Comment: Singularity vs security updates (Score 1) 244

by hendric (#42718065) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Ray Kurzweil About the Future of Mankind and Technology

What effects does the need for constant security updates have on a singularity timeline and/or existence?
It seems that I spend more and more of my day waiting for software updates and patches (OS/PDF/flash/java/steam/etc) that we are rapidly approaching an "update singularity" where we spend more time fixing sofware than actually using it.

+ - Salman Khan speaks at STEM Conference->

Submitted by DrPerky17
DrPerky17 (1315813) writes "Salman Khan spoke Monday night at an STEM education conference hosted by the Virginia Military Institute. From the story: "Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, spoke to an audience of educators at the 2012 VMI STEM education conference Monday night about how the academy came to be and its possibilities for enhancing education in both the developed and developing worlds." (Full disclosure: my wife wrote the article for VMI.)"
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+ - Copious Takes On Dudes->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Fans of male fashion rejoice, a growing and popular shopping startup is now your stomping ground. If you haven’t heard of Copious, you’re behind. The company is working to build a social commerce platform, fostering sales between real folks, not what it would call ‘strangers.’

Yes, it has strong Facebook integration. You can barely get rid of the app once you integrate it into your profile on the social giant.

Copious sets itself apart by focusing on your taste profile. As you might expect, the more you use the service, the more it learns from you; your preferences build, and Copious helps find what fits you like the proverbial elbow-high glove.

However, until now, half the human race has been all but shut out by the platform. No more. Today Copious is branching out its service to include a number of male-specific, or at least weighted, categories that should appeal to the lot of us who don’t wait in bathroom lines. Yes Barney, you can have the highest of fives.

I’m being slightly unfair, as the new product niches that the company is announcing today are more than simply male-specific, but it’s not had to see them as inclusive to a new sex. From its release, the new categories include “men’s vintage, new and closet items, as well as art featuring photography, home decor and design.”"

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Censorship

+ - China Accepts WTO Ruling on US Entertainment->

Submitted by eldavojohn
eldavojohn (898314) writes "Via Game Politics, the US and China have signed an agreement decided by the World Trade Organization that will open the floodgates for US entertainment media to be sold in China. Previously China had argued that censoring certain video games, books, movies, etc gave them just cause to block all US entertainment. The other component was that China charged the United States with having a monopoly on such items when they were available through bootlegs and other unlicensed mediums inside China. The WTO ruled that censorship was not justification for erecting illegal trade barriers and both countries seemed to agree. It's unclear just how much this will affect distribution in China nor does it make it clear whether or not this puts more pressure on China to combat copyright violations inside its borders. It should be interesting to see the RIAA and MPAA response to this once it is in effect on March 19th of 2011."
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Iphone

+ - Jailbreaking is now legal->

Submitted by willite
willite (784038) writes "You can now legally jailbreak your cell phone, and circumvent copy protection on DVD's. You should be able to do anything you want with anything you purchase and own, so this should also mean you can modify your XBox-360 any way you want. (side note: since when was the Library of Congress able to make legal decisions?)"
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Games

+ - Sonic The Hedgehog 4: How Sega Can Drop The Ball->

Submitted by Buffalo55
Buffalo55 (1859612) writes "Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 marks a return to form for Sega’s mascot. Instead of creating another 3-D disaster, the company returned the blue blur to his 2-D roots, designing a game that is sort of a homage to the 16-bit classics, but with high definition graphics. From what we played, it seems like the publisher’s on the right track, but we’ve felt that way about previous Sonic titles before (Sonic Unleashed springs to mind) and wound up disappointed. Here now, are a handful of ways that Sega can ruin this game."
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