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Comment: Re:Since it only needs 2C (Score 1) 560

by ivano (#46295783) Attached to: How Well Do Our Climate Models Match Our Observations?
For an ice-age to occur you need three things: 0) Land masses near the poles (lets say in the northern hemisphere) 1) Earth's tilt needs to decrease (from it's present 23.5 degrees), 2) Earth's eccentricity increases, and 3) Summer in the northern hemisphere happens during Earth's aphelion When these 3 things happen. The summer is not powerful enough to melt all the ice created during winter. This allows the glaciers to grow. Ice-ages happen when we get cooler summers. NOT because it's getting colder.

Comment: Re:Which shows that people don't understand (Score 1, Insightful) 846

by ivano (#46012447) Attached to: Global-Warming Skepticism Hits 6-Year High
Remember you're talking to people who think that they can dismiss what you say because they (the deniers) think that everyone who uses the term climate change doesn't understand that the Earth's climate has changed before. But they're too stupid to understand that when we say climate change we mean anthropogenic climate change.

Comment: Re:What it will be used for... (Score 1) 178

by ivano (#45480909) Attached to: Galileo Navigation System Gets Go-Ahead From EU Parliament
What do you mean draconian? If, like a lot of /.-ers, you are libertarian how else will we pay for using the roads? A petrol/gas tax? But that's forced stealing - so you can't have that! The only far system is you-pay-as-you-go. The more miles you travel on the roads the more you need to pay. If you have a better system I would like to hear it.

Comment: Re:You need another one? So soon? (Score 3, Informative) 263

by ivano (#45413077) Attached to: Physicists Plan to Build a Bigger LHC
They have their reasons if you actually read about it. Anyway it takes roughly 20 years to plan, get funding, and build the thing. That's why they're starting now. It's called "what happens if you only have one chance to build something that as yet the technology hasn't been developed yet". For instance the LHC was designed before they knew if they could find magnets to be able to "bend the beams". Also check out http://www.linearcollider.org/.

Comment: Re:Personally (Score 1) 655

by ivano (#45198831) Attached to: Most IT Workers Don't Have STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Degrees
A lot of this is due to the fact that we no longer value expertise/experts. We've had too many well-funded self-interest groups going around nick picking experts until all that is left is your own self-doubt. Universities are full of experts and to not take advantage of that is one of the least fruitful things you can do while there.

Comment: Re:Personally (Score 1) 655

by ivano (#45198809) Attached to: Most IT Workers Don't Have STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Degrees
> is get your foot in the door of a first job or two Unless the person hiring you is an idiot. I don't have a CS degree but I do have one in maths (PhD). Unfortunately the interviewer refused to accept that I have any knowledge in CS because I didn't have a CS degree. I pointed out I was involved in one of the first big pushes of "experimental mathematics" where we program computers to investigate high level maths objects. Nope, can't get the job - no CS degree. After about 5 interviews like this in Australia I moved to Europe and in my first interview with a startup I got a programming job. It's all about attitudes. Some people have had problems with people with CS degrees. Some people have problems with self-taught guys. You really need to interview people based on what they can give to the company.
Media

Roku Finally Gets a 2D Menu System 80

Posted by samzenpus
from the new-look dept.
DeviceGuru writes "Many of us have griped for years about Roku's retro one-dimensional user interface. Finally, in conjunction with the release of the new Roku 3 model, the Linux-based media streaming player is getting a two-dimensional facelift, making it quicker and easier to access favorite channels and find new ones. Current Roku users, who will now begin suffering from UI-envy, will be glad to learn that Roku plans to push out a firmware update next month to many earlier models, including the Roku LT, Roku HD (model 2500R), Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2 XS, and Roku Streaming Stick. A short demo of the new 2D Roku menu system is available in this YouTube video."

Comment: Re:MOAR Mars Rovers FTW!!1 (Score 5, Insightful) 411

by ivano (#40892863) Attached to: Curiosity Lands On Mars
For Europa we need to drill through 20 km of ice. We can do 4km in 10 years (like Lake Vostok). But 20 km autonomously. Not in the near future. And where do we drill. We learnt from Viking not to be too ambitious. And I think your fantasy is getting mixed up with your reality. Also we go to Mars because it's the best chance to find life. They are only rocks to you because you never bothered to actually *look* at what is there.

Comment: It's guys like us[?] (Score 1) 349

by ivano (#35531712) Attached to: Heroism Is Part of a Nuclear Worker's Job
I work in a company where I understand a lot of shit that 99% of the rest in my company doesn't. (Note the 1% is more than me - I'm surrounded by people a lot cleverer than I am). So I work 10 hrs a day trying to get all our Hudson plans green and to make sure our automated processes work fine 24/7. Of course, if there's a hick up then I get the phone call; I'm the one to work over the weekend. You know the drill...I'm sure a lot of /. are in the same position.

These guys are "us" (probably less me, more you).

These are the guys that understand the system; probably complain like hell to management about what's *really* going on; are always too busy to go to the Friday drinks or that all-hands meetings to celebrate one of the managers finishing his org chart or whatnot. These are the guys that always seem to miss their son's bedtime; or are too tired to eat when they come home.

And now they have the added benefit that in 5 years time they'll get a phone call from their doctor telling them that something turned up in an X-ray and he needs to talk to them about it.

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