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Comment Re:Deniers? (Score 1) 507

He appears to be plotting balloon surface altitude vs RSS lower troposphere. That is not correct, he needs to use 850 mb or interpolate to match the lower troposphere definition. Also he could have looked at UAH.. Also he appears to be using an old RSS dataset, because they have a spike in 2015 which should show through on the 5 year MA.

So that's a few things worth checking. However it is great, now I've got the balloon data to play with as well. So to summarise, thanks for the blog link, but it is not definitive.

Comment Re:Deniers? (Score 1, Insightful) 507

Check out the satellite data for lower tropospheric temperature, and the balloon dataset for correlation. These are both fairly robust measurements of temperature, in that urban heat island effect etc do not have to be 'adjusted' out (or not). It is also interesting to look at the trends in individual well sited terrestrial weather stations with good histories. For some reason these on average show a lesser warming trend than NOAA and GISS and all the other self publicists.

Having said that we probably will see +1 deg C relative to 1880 before long, and I wouldn't be amazed to see +1.5 by 2100 (except i'll be dead). But a sthe IPCC says anything up to +2 is on average beneficial for mankind, and there isn't enough fossil fuel left to get us much over that.

Comment Maybe mechanical engineering was a better choice (Score 1) 180

$132000 a year, 38 hour week, six weeks leave a year, plus public holidays. Oh, and I work one day a week from home. My commute is half an hour from one house, or an hour from my weekender.

So this whole tech worker thing sounds like wool mill workers in the 1880s. Are you the new proletariat?

Comment Terrible summary (Score 1) 168

Seems to be a heap of stuff in the summary that isn't in the article "Each time the deck of the bridge twisted now, it sought to return to its original position (inertial forces)" etc- all of which defies physics on Planet Earth.

As others have pointed out, "Tacoma Narrows wasn't a resonance" has been a bit of a mantra for 20 years or more, obviously things take a while to get to Texas.

Comment Re:Again, false solutions ... (Score 1) 127

The problem that your idea has is that the 6 billion third worlders who want to be first worlders have no interest in your CO2/climate conspiracy theories and are busy burning as much coal as they can, and building new coal powered generating plants at a breakneck speed. So until you can find a way of getting them on board, your pious attempt to reduce CO2 (which frankly is mostly done by exporting manufacture to the third world) then this is all hot air.

Comment Re:Same agencies. (Score 1) 127

I disagree, if a geoengineering tool is found to work, eg sequestration (which strikes me as a completely dodgy proposition), it'll be the people-haters in the warmist camp who'll be against it.

If nothing else this project may allow some refinement of cloud/albedo modelling, thereby improving the hopeless climate models that the warmists take so seriously.

Comment Re:Why not surge pricing (Score 1) 250

"Extreme surge pricing just means the cabs are reserved for upper income people, which some of you find perfectly acceptable. I don't, especially in an emergency."

Then what is the point of having more money? You seem to be implying that it shouldn't be used to buy harder to get services or items? Frankly that is precisely why I spent 15 years investing 50% of my earnings, so now I can have 3 houses, and work for fun, and drive a shiny car and go on fantastic holidays. I wouldn't have bothered if it just meant I could buy more cheap crap.

Comment Re:Metabolic rate doesn't vary that much (Score 1) 381

Annoyingly enough you are correct. Exercise is a good way of getting fit, but not a particularly effective way of losing weight. I have recently been losing 1 kg a week (for 2 months) mainly because I have had a jaw reconstruction and basically have to eat slowly, and due to some other treatment food doesn't taste that great, so I tend to get bored before I finish a plateful.

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